Revelation #15

July 18, 2018
Born to Win with Ronald L. Dart

Revelation #16

July 19, 2018

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast that I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his throne, and great authority” (Revelation 13:1–2).

We’re in the 13th chapter of the Book of Revelation. Now, Revelation 12 and 13 (and 14 for that matter) are often called “inset” chapters. But they really belong here because they continue as a part of the seamless description of the vision of John. They include, however, history as well as prophecy. It is almost as though the Holy Spirit is going to bring us up to date on what’s going on here and the whole historical pattern of what is happening here.

Now, time has very little meaning in a vision. So some of what we read here will be past, some of it will be future, and it will not always be easy to sort it out. Our objective in studying this passage is not so much to foretell the future—as appealing as that might be—but to be sure that we understand the future as it plays out day by day because there’s going to be a lot of terrible things taking place. In fact, the whole message of Revelation 12 and is that the dragon is going to practice some staggering deceptions. He’s going to use the beast from the sea, and then a later beast from the land, as instruments of this deception. And the deception, to use the words of Jesus (Mark 13:22), will become so bad that if it were possible it would even deceive the very elect of God. There could come a time when even the most faithful among us could begin to doubt ourselves, our faith, and maybe even our sanity. In fact, it is even possible that some Christians could be deceived into worshiping the beast. But, what is this beast anyway, and what does it mean?

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Born to Win is the radio ministry of Christian Educational Ministries (CEM).  CEM is a service ministry with two major goals, first, to share the Gospel with the world and make disciples for Jesus Christ and secondly to teach those disciples of Jesus all that He commanded His disciples to do (Matthew 28:19-20).  Paul later expanded on this in his last letter to Timothy: 

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be proficient and equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17 from KJV and NRSV).

CEM was founded to serve the public, individual Christians of every stripe, and community based churches in every tradition. We are an independent, nondenominational ministry. 

About Ronald L. Dart

Ronald L. Dart is a gifted teacher of the Word of God.  People around the world have come to appreciate Ron’s easy style, his non-combative approach to explaining the Bible, and the personal, almost one-on-one method of explaining what’s going on in the world in the light of the Bible. People say they get hooked on Ron’s depth of insight into the Bible and appreciate the unique gift for clarity and simplicity that enable him to hold an audience. His listeners don’t want to miss a word this broadcaster has to say and they want their community to hear it as well.

 Mr. Dart was born to young parents on a farm just south of Harrison, Arkansas.  His father worked for the railroad and also sang bass with the Melody Four Quartet.  He started school in a one room schoolhouse in Gaither, Arkansas and finished high school in Houston, Texas where he met his wife to be, Allie Driver.  

He joined the Navy in September of 1952 and earned the rating of petty officer first class in four years.  After the Navy, Ron attended Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas for two years, and Ambassador College for two years, getting a bachelor’s degree.

Ron served as a pastor of a church, and returned to college to get his Master’s Degree. Then he went to the University of Texas, in Austin and did work towards his doctor’s degree in communications. It is through his continued studies in theology and  communications that Ron’s gift for teaching the Word of God became evident.  He has taught Old Testament Survey, Epistles of Paul and public speaking.  He has CDs of sermons he has given on virtually every book in the Bible. After retiring from teaching and church administration in 1995 he started Christian Educational Ministries and the Born to Win radio program.

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