2 Thessalonians 2:9). (Haydock). The qualities represented are the most offensive of their kind, the swift cruel spring of the leopard, the brutish relentlessness of the bear, and the devouring power of the lion. The addition made to the words of the devil in the evangelist Luke (Luke 4:6), are remarkable: "All this power will I give thee and the glory of them; for that is delivered to me, and to whomsoever I will, I give it." Come and be healed on one of those days and not on the Sabbath.' The orthography of the name should be the orthography of good authority and use. This passage begins with a series of statements applying Christian principles to daily life, then transitions into a short-hand summary of the letter's major points. There is no allusion to "the eternal city." It has a future after the destruction of Rome (see on chapter 17-19). And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. “Go to bed and pretend to be ill,” Jonadab said. See KNOLLYS: Revelation 20:2 The throne of the beast, is the kingdom of the world, especially the ten crowned kingdoms before mentioned, whereof Great Britain is first, and shall be the last. The first one doesn’t begin that way, but we know it is about the kingdom from its explanation in 13:19. Inferno, i. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. The Beast, in whom are combined the distinguishing features and characteristics of its predecessors, as well as their sovereignty, is thus a fitting instrument through which the dragon can work. For, Satan has never given up to the beast his whole power, dominion, and authority. Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain . The dragon is not Satan generally, but Satan in a particular relation, as the prince of this world—see on ch. To the beast formed after this manner the dragon gives his power, and his throne, and great authority. 3. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. The dark-spotted body of this animal, from which it has its name in Hebrew ( נמר, in Arabic, to be spotted), is an emblem of spiritual staining. At the sound of their battle cry, God routed Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. It should be observed that in these two verses the citations are not so distinctly adduced by way of proof as are those of the first chapter. Obedience in Authority. Of each beast, that part is taken which more especially manifests its mischievous and frightful nature. We have thus six of the ‘heads,’—Egypt, Assyria, Chaldaea, Persia, Greece, Rome,—all of which had successively been opponents and persecutors of the Church of God. и дал ему дракон силу свою, The dragon gave him his power-seat-authority, Daniel, these animals represented three kingdoms that previously ruled the world. In this verse an angel warns Joseph that he must flee. The gift of Satan is subject to divine direction, and not merely to divine permission. Moreover, I will remove the prophets and the unclean spirit from the land. Christianity gave its idolatry the deadly wound: and in it were the seven churches of Asia, to which Revelation is addressed. Christ refused the sovereignty of the world from Satan (Luke 4:5; Luke 4:8); here is one who accepts it. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard -, And the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority -, And his feet were as the feet of a bear -. q The authorities that exist have been established by God. It is probable that St. John has the Temptation in the wilderness as described by the earlier Evangelists in his eye. The dragon of chap. Exodus 13:8 "And thou shalt show thy son in that day, saying, [This is done] because of that [which] the LORD did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt." But the name of Mohammed, in the Greek form, as. And the dragon gave him his power, and his throne, and great authority. ( A) son of David fell in love with Tamar, ( B) the beautiful sister of Absalom. But by some this power is supposed to be that of heathen Rome, in which case the seven heads become the seven hills upon which Rome was built, or seven of its emperors. Hosea 13:7. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. They are anti-Christ, as we shall see. 1. The kingdom the beast rules and represents seems to reflect his personal qualities. And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? Those in nations and governments who persecute the church of Christ, receive their power and their motivation from the dragon, Satan. But the name of Mohammed, in the Greek form, as Moametis, given by some commentators, has no authority, and, after a thorough investigation by scholars, is shown to be spurious. But the wild beast from the abyss is shown to have ceased, and to have begun again after being raised from the abyss, and it is then that the ten kings arise. His mother’s name was Maakah, # 13:2 Most Septuagint manuscripts and Syriac (see also 11:20 and 1 Kings 15:2); Hebrew Micaiah a daughter # 13:2 Or granddaughter of Uriel of Gibeah. Daniel 7:17; Daniel 7:23; Revelation 17:2; Revelation 18:3), and the seven heads are said in chap. New Testament. 2. Need for Watchfulness. 2 Samuel 13 - NIV: In the course of time, Amnon son of David fell in love with Tamar, the beautiful sister of Absalom son of David. The wild beast from the abyss in chapter 17 has the same. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. The Sower and the Soils (13:1-9) 2. The third kingdom, the leopard (Daniel 7:4-6), here first, including the former two, the bear and lion in reverse order, was the parent of Antiochus' blasphemy. The seventh, resolvable into the ten horns, is no one definite kingdom. The soul is divine, and can neither eat, see, smell, hear, … The dragon gave the seat and the power and the authority to the first beast. 2 Amnon became so obsessed with his sister Tamar that he made himself ill. She was a virgin, and it seemed impossible for him to do anything to her. These chiefs of the apostasies in the closing days are consigned alive to their eternal doom (Revelation 19:20). The beast has the feet of the bear. 14 But the president of the synagogue was indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, and he addressed all those present saying, 'There are six days when work is to be done. Now the scene of his vision shifted to the earth, and in his vision he stood on the sand of the sea. * 1 Let every person be subordinate to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been established by God. And great authority.—It is through this succession of world-powers that the dragon carries on his war. 13 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Revelation 17:10 at once affords us the point from which to start. NIV ©: He did evil in the eyes of the LORD and did not turn away from any of the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit; he continued in them. It could not, indeed, have been put in this form: Satan gave him. (1-10) Another beast, which has two horns like a lamb, but speaks as a dragon. The panther cannot, as Vitringa supposes, denote "nations of different languages and manners," on account of its spotted appearance; nor can it, as Bossuet conceives, be "the symbol of instability;" for everywhere in Scripture, when the panther is spoken of, respect is had only to its terrible and savage energy—see Habakkuk 1:8; Hosea 13:7; Isaiah 11:6. The order in which the beasts succeed each other, is here exactly reversed: in Daniel the lion, the bear, the panther—here the panther, the bear, the lion. Our selection, if made at all, must be made in such a manner that it shall embody the idea of completeness. 1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, This beast unites in itself the God-opposed characteristics of the three preceding. 3 . . . App-172.1; Revelation 176:1. Later, in verse 11, the second beast appeared on the land, as a satellite of the first beast, to execute his orders. And though Hebrews 2:12-13 are directly connected with the word “brethren,” yet, as the next verse shows, the most important constituent of the thought is community of nature. Here we have the description of the beast which rose out of the sea. Lueken, 22 f.; Weinel, 11–12), as a weird and wild messiah of the devil on earth. If the name be made out by mutilations, by giving false letters, or abstracting true ones, almost any name can be made to fit. (2) And the beast . Isaiah 11:15 And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod. The beast I saw. a 2 Therefore, whoever resists authority opposes what God has appointed, and those who oppose it will bring judgment upon themselves. (Comp. [Note that the same Roman government could serve both God and Satan. then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil;"on which Hitzig remarks: "the swarthy complexion of the Ethiopian, and the spots of the panther, are the emblems of sinfulness, and of blemishes of a moral kind." Such a symbolism would be appropriate to represent the attitude of Pagan Rome against Christianity. But the ten kings and the beast are not limited to Rome. Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft. All God's holy people send you their greetings. 2-kings 13:1 In the three and twentieth year of Joash the son of Ahaziah king of Judah Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned seventeen years. 13:2: Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Satan is the one who controls the earthly kings and empires of the future following the resurrection and enthronement of Christ in Heaven. The satanic character and history of the empire covers the most interesting and solemn crisis in the world's future — the three years and a half preceding the Lord's Advent in glory. Isaiah 10:32 As yet shall he remain at Nob that day: he shall shake his hand against the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem. 13:1: Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam began Abijah to reign over Judah. In this respect it is really the ‘Little Horn’ of Daniel 7:8, before which ‘there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots,’ in order that it might take their place. Then I stood on the sand of the sea: In Revelation 12, John’s vision mainly had heaven in view. 13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, p for there is no authority except that which God has established. Home >> Bible Studies >> James Studies >> James 2:1-13 These small group studies of James contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. Here all these features are combined, because the wild beast is a representative of all forms of world-power, which have been swift to shed blood: like a leopard leaping on the prey, tenacious and relentless as a bear, and all devouring (their throat is an open sepulchre) as a lion. The source of his kingship is revealed by John to be Satanic (compare Revelation 2:13 see 1 Corinthians 10:20-21). 1 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. The ten crowns, or diadems, on the ten horns symbolized the royalty and rank that belonged to the ten kings of the tributary kingdoms, and the great universal power of the ten-kingdom empire. (11-15) It obliges all to worship its image, and receive its mark, as persons devoted to it. א וַיַּ֩עַל֩ אַבְרָ֨ם מִמִּצְרַ֜יִם ה֠וּא וְאִשְׁתּ֧וֹ וְכָל־אֲשֶׁר־ל֛וֹ וְל֥וֹט עִמּ֖וֹ הַנֶּֽגְבָּה: Daniel only so far differs from Jeremiah, that in his representation of the earthly powers, that should desolate the people of God, by means of wild beasts, he substitutes the bear for the wolf. At the close of this period, the seventieth week of Daniel, the Beast and his coadjutor in evil go "into perdition," i.e., the lake of fire. Lift you up a banner on the high mountain, exalt the voice to them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles. A wild beast rises out of the sea, to whom the dragon gives his power. The orthography of the name should be the orthography of good authority and use. The visions of Revelation were not a history of Rome, but within their symbols were included the graphic representations of the emperor and the empire. the leopard is a swift creature, { Habakkuk 1:8} and a beast of prey, { Jeremiah 5:6} and so is this beast of the seventh and eighth head, { Revelation 17:10-11} see the exposition thereof. ., connecting the empire with the dragon of 12 and stamping it as Satanic (cf. It rises up out of the sea, as Daniel's four, and has ten horns, as Daniel's fourth beast, and seven heads, as Daniel's four beasts had in all-namely, one on the first, one on the second, four on the third, and one on the fourth. 2. 1. 13:2–18In this story of Abraham and Lot going their separate ways, Abraham resolves a family dispute by an act that shows both trust in God and generosity toward his nephew. The lion, in fine, is the symbol of Dioclesian, who was cruel and vehement against Christians. 2. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with … . .--Strictly speaking, a bare mountain. So are the Popes in the exercise of their anti-Christian power and dominion over all in their kingdom. 1. 33 He told them another parable, 'The kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour till it was leavened all through.'. i. ( C) son of David. Revelation 17:11. They are now accepted by the beast at the expense of becoming the dragon’s slave and sharing its fate. Greek. Accordingly, the throne of the dragon is only his dominion upon earth. 2. However, the seven heads representing ‘kings’ are Roman Emperors, for five are fallen, one is and one is coming. 2 Thessalonians 2:9. authority. The Bible teaches elsewhere that there are times when we must not submit, when it is necessary to disobey those in authority over us. So the wild beast primarily represents the bestial nature of earthly empire, summing up in itself all past empires. And the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 5. The dragon gave him his power-seat-authority; Satan, who had in past ages made use of pagan Rome as an instrument of persecuting God’s church, now transfers to him the same power and authority to be used against Christians. Satanic power from the abyss, Satan's own throne{*"Seat" read throne; also In Revelation 4:1-11 read thrones, not "seats." But didn’t you drive out the priests of the LORD, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and make priests … 2. The point is of great importance, especially for the interpretation of chap. The dragon (Satan, Revelation 12:9) gave him his power means the devil used his influence in favor of the beast of Rome. a. 14 Judah turned and saw that they were being attacked at both front and rear. Matthew 13 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE) Chapter 13. In other words, I have no wish that you should distress yourselves to set others at ease. "The fact that the leopard of Greece, the bear of Medo-Persia, and the lion of old Babylon ( Daniel 7) are all seen in this Beast, shows how all-inclusive of human things will be his character; he sums up all the brilliancy (Greece), all of the massive ponderousness of power (Persia), all of the absolute autocratic royal dominion (Babylon), that the Gentiles have ever known." 32 It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the biggest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air can come and shelter in its branches.'. And the dragon gave him his power, and his throne, and great authority. 2. Chapter 13. The last one doesn’t begin that way, but it talks about a disciple of the kingdom. It was repeated because it was important. Since the order, however, is reversed, no one can fail to see that nothing depends on it—that the object of the description is merely to portray the nature of the ungodly power of the world—that panther, lion, bear, equally belong to Egypt, Babylon, Rome. 32“But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor … A remarkable coincidence exists between these words and what is written both in the gospel of St John and the earlier gospels. See KNOLLYS: Revelation 17:10 See KNOLLYS: Revelation 17:11. rending and tearing in pieces all that he takes for his prey. Thus not only is the Beast the inheritor of the worldwide dominion directly bestowed upon Nebuchadnezzar, but he also represents the dragon in cruelty and brute force in the world. The reader will remember the wild beasts which in vision hindered Dante when he sought to ascend the “pleasant mount”—the “cause and source of all delight.” The leopard, the lion, the wolf were symbols of luxuriousness, cruel ambition, and hungry and heartless avarice, which oppose men and nations when they seek the Holy Hill, where the light of God ever rests. Three well known animals are mentioned here: each symbolic of swiftness, crushing power, eagerness to destroy. Isaiah 18:3 All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye. 21:2) and “Preach not (אַל-תּטִּיפוּ)” (Micah 2:6), an expression of speech, like “and as a remembrance” (Exod. Do you think Jesus washed Judas’ feet? Love. They have this in common with "John's gospel, that Satan bears a distinct name as the animating principle of the ungodly power of the world—there the prince of this world, here the dragon. 1 Samuel 13:2. And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! a 2 Therefore, whoever resists authority opposes what God has appointed, and those who oppose it will bring judgment upon themselves. And this, even apart from the passage before us, cannot be understood otherwise than as importing that Satan only promised what he was able in certain circumstances to secure. There will not be one stone left upon another that will not be thrown down.” The Signs of the End. The visions are not symbolic of the city of Rome. Olshausen observes: "The expression, ‘it is delivered to me,' contains a striking note of contrariety to the doctrine of an independent principle of evil; the prince of this world has received all from God, to whom alone belongs the glory as the eternal and universal Ruler." Satan here also is but a servant of God. And the dragon gave him his throne and great authority ... And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard. 7:14). 2 Corinthians 13:9 Context. 3. In attacking, the bear uses especially his fore-paws; while with the lion it is the mouth which especially inspires terror. NET ©: He did evil in the sight of 1 the Lord.He did not repudiate 2 the sinful ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat who encouraged Israel to sin; he continued in those sins. 6. Revelation 9:11, is identical with the star from heaven. 3 [] And he spoke to them at length in parables, [] saying: “A sower went out to sow. given by some commentators, has no authority, and, after a thorough investigation by scholars, is shown to be spurious. Of the four beasts of Daniel, only the three first enter into the composition of the beast before us. 10-74), And the dragon.—Read, And the dragon gave him his power and his throne (not his “seat,” as in the English version; it is the royal seat, the throne, which is meant). Daniel 7:4-6. Royal position is in view in both passages. 1 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Jeroboam, Abijah became king of Judah, 2 and he reigned in Jerusalem three years. In Septuagint it occurs Jeremiah 5:6; Jeremiah 13:23. “On the testimony of two or three witnesses a fact shall be established.” 2 I warned those who sinned earlier[ b] and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again I will not be lenient, 3 [ c]since you are looking for proof of Christ speaking in me. For, if we were to explain the promise of Satan as an empty boast, the temptation of Christ would be a thing unworthy of him. Two such examples are obvious: 1) the case of Daniel in Daniel Chapter 6 when he was told not to pray; 2) the case of the early Christians in Acts 5 when they were told by the religious authorities not to preach. He warns them once more that nobody will be spared from Christ's discipline if they remain in sin. Lactantius moreover informs us, that he took a pleasure in feeding bears, which bore so great a resemblance to him in size and brutality. a lion--13:2. Jeremiah 51:58 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the people shall labour in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they shall be weary. Menachem (Machbereth Menachem p. 99), however, classified it [טוֹטָפֹת] with “Speak (הַטֵף) to the south” (Ezek. chapter 1 chapter 2 chapter 3 chapter 4 chapter 5 chapter 6 chapter 7 chapter 8 chapter 9 chapter 10 chapter 11 chapter 12 chapter 13. verse: verse 1 verse 2 verse 3 verse 4 verse 5 verse 6 verse 7 verse 8 verse 9 verse 10 verse 11 verse 12 verse 13 verse 14. Various interpreters explain the whole of this vision by different ways. The “groove”, or Asherah, is frequently mentioned in the Old Testament. We are not, therefore, entitled to make an arbitrary selection from the worldly powers opposed to the Church of God, and to use it as simply illustrative of the nature of these powers in general. And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? Revelation 12:9): his vicegerent the beast must do the same. The bear figures Galerius Maximin, a man from the north of cruel and brutal disposition, terrible mein, and gigantic stature. there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 2 Kings Chapter 13. Satan has always been interested in supporting any institution that is an enemy of God. And the beast which I saw, was like a panther, and his feet as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion. The Destruction of the Temple Foretold. 13 Now Jeroboam had sent troops around to the rear, so that while he was in front of Judah the ambush was behind them. 13 In the course of time, Amnon. Chapter 13. . . 2 Timothy 1:13, ESV: "Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus." App-172. Home >> Bible Studies >> 1 Peter >> 1 Peter 2:13-25 These small group studies of 1 Peter contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. This characteristic, however, is not yet brought out; it will meet us in chap. Compare Daniel 8:24. 11 To end then, brothers, we wish you joy; try to grow perfect; encourage one another; have a common mind and live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.. 12 Greet one another with the holy kiss. 2. Revelation 12:3. The subtlety of the serpent is expressed in the second Beast (v. 11). which is the strongest and most devouring beast of prey. The question as to the precise meaning of the first beast has perplexed inquirers, and very various opinions in regard to it have been entertained. Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible. Like a leopard . Obedience in Authority. 2. Others add the idea of Papal to that of heathen Rome, in which case the seven heads become seven forms of Roman government—Kings, Consuls, Decemvirs, Tribunes, Dictators, Emperors, Popes: while others again understand by the seven heads seven kingdoms which, either in the Bible or in Christian history, oppress and persecute the Church of God,—the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greek, Roman, together with the Germanic-Sclavonic kingdoms by which the downfall of Rome was followed. What Satan here gives to the beast, he there promises to Christ. The different phases also could not be denoted here by the particular animals entering into the composition of the beast, because John has enlarged the sphere; does not, like Daniel, begin with Babylon, the ungodly power in existence at the time the prophet lived, but goes back to Egypt; so that the bestial forms in Daniel were found insufficient for him, when he was going to apply them to the same purpose. They might represent the power of Rome, but that is not enough to meet the necessities of the case with which we deal. 13 and he laid his hands on her. 1. It was the great red monster of chapter twelve who initially had the seven heads and the ten horns. Because Scripture says, “like the appearance of tzara’ath on the skin of the flesh” (verse 43), i.e., appearing like the tzara’ath dealt with in the passage of [lesions of the] skin of the flesh, [which begins with] “If a man has [se’eith, sapachat or bahereth] on the skin of his flesh” (verse 13:2). BG 13.2: The Supreme Divine Lord said: O Arjun, this body is termed as kṣhetra (the field of activities), … Commentary: Here, Shree Krishna begins explaining the topic of distinction between the body and spirit. 14 So when he had committed all to the Creator of the world, and exhorted his soldiers to fight manfully, even unto death, for the laws, the temple, the city, the country, and the commonwealth, he camped by Modin: In Daniel’s vision (Daniel 7:4) the kingdoms were described: the first, like a lion; the second, like a bear; the third, like a leopard or panther. The throne of the dragon is, at the same time, the throne of the beast in ch. Saul chose him three thousand men of Israel…. 1 Corinthians 13:2 - KJV. The power of the beast, is his poli-ecclesiastical jurisdiction in all causes, and over all persons, civil, military, maritime, and ecclesiastical; and therefore, here called. дракон См. They are the things which Christ had been offered by the dragon, but which He had refused (Matthew 4:9). That was in chapter 12, verse 23, and then we see it repeated in chapter 13, verse one, “He knew that His hour had come.” Then, if you jump ahead, to chapter 17, and verse one, “Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You.” Several have sought to explain the fact of John's confining himself to the three first beasts, on the supposition, that even in Daniel the fourth beast is composed of the peculiar features of the three first; so that the beast in John would thus be an exact image of the fourth beast in Daniel. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Revelation 13:2. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. The beast is vicar of Satan, who similarly has seven heads and ten horns: implying his universal power in all ages. The Roman See--in Latin, a seat of power and authority-- was derived from the dragon, who gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. See Daniel 7:4, Daniel 7:5, Daniel 7:6, and esp. 3. . 13:2: He reigned three years in Jerusalem.His mother's name also was Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah.And there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam. Your own selves. [Note that the same Roman government could serve both God and Satan. The empire gathered up all the obnoxious qualities of Israel’s former oppressors: craft, lust of blood, and vicious energy. The dragon gave the beast his power, his seat, and great authority. Hence the combination of traits from Daniel’s four beasts: general appearance that of a fierce panther, feet like a bear’s (i.e., plantigrade), jaws like a lion’s (of devouring strength)—a Palestinian (Hosea 13:7-8) picture of a perfect beast of prey, raging and ravening, before whom the church, like Dryden’s milk-white Hind, “was often forced to fly, And doom’d to death, though fated not to die”.— . This should be your first aim, rather than seeking "a proof of Christ speaking in me" (2 Corinthians 13:3). 1 sn This is a vague allusion to people described in scripture and extra-biblical literature and may include Abraham and Sarah (Gen 18:2-15), Lot (Gen 19:1-14), Gideon (Judg 6:11-18), Manoah (Judg 13:3-22), and possibly Tobit (Tob 12:1-20). The dragon gave the beast his own power. Daily Bible Study Questions for Gospel of John Chapter 13 Day One. Verse 13. Isaiah 45:1-3 Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; ….