Apocalipsis – Capitulo 13

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Capitulo 13

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Capítulo 13

1 Entonces vi que emergía del mar una Bestia con siete cabezas y diez cuernos. En cada cuerno tenía una diadema, y sobre sus cabezas había leyendas con nombres blasfemos.

2 Parecía una pantera, pero tenía las patas como las de un oso y la boca como la de un león. El Dragón le cedió su poder y su trono con un inmenso imperio.

3 Una de sus cabezas parecía herida de muerte, pero su llaga mortal ya estaba cicatrizada. Toda la tierra, maravillada, siguió a la Bestia,

4 y todos adoraron al Dragón porque él le había cedido el poder, y también adoraron a la Bestia, diciendo: «¿Quién se le puede igualar y quién puede luchar contra ella?».

5 Y se permitió a la Bestia proferir palabras altaneras y blasfemias; y se le dio poder para actuar durante cuarenta y dos meses.

6 Ella abrió la boca para maldecir a Dios y blasfemar contra su Nombre y su Santuario, y contra los habitantes del cielo.

7 También le fue permitido combatir contra los santos hasta vencerlos, y se le dio poder sobre toda familia, pueblo, lengua y nación.

8 Y la adoraron todos los habitantes de la tierra cuyos nombres no figuran, desde la creación del mundo, en el Libro de la Vida del Cordero que ha sido inmolado.

9 ¡El que pueda entender, que entienda!

10 El que tenga que ir a la cárcel, irá a la cárcel; y el que tenga que morir por la espada, morirá por la espada. En esto se pondrá a prueba la perseverancia y la fe de los santos.

11 En seguida vi surgir de la tierra otra Bestia que tenía dos cuernos como los de un cordero, pero hablaba como un dragón.

12 Esta Bestia ejercía todo el poder de la primera y estaba a su servicio; y logró que la tierra y sus habitantes adoraran a la primera Bestia, a aquella cuya llaga mortal se había cicatrizado.

13 También realizaba grandes prodigios, llegando a hacer descender fuego del cielo sobre la tierra a la vista de todos.

14 Y por los prodigios que realizaba al servicio de la primera Bestia, sedujo a los habitantes de la tierra para que fabricaran una imagen en honor de aquella que fue herida por la espada y sobrevivió.

15 También se le permitió dar vida a la imagen de la Bestia, para hacerla hablar y dar muerte a todos aquellos que no adoran su imagen.

16 Así consiguió que todos –pequeños y grandes, ricos y pobres, libres y esclavos– se dejaran poner una marca en su mano derecha o sobre su frente,

17 de manera que nadie podía comprar o vender, si no llevaba marcado el nombre de la Bestia o la cifra que corresponde a su nombre.

18 Para esto se precisa sutileza. El que tenga inteligencia calcule la cifra de la Bestia, porque es una cifra humana: 666.

 

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15. 16. 171819202122.

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Chapter 13 

1 Then I saw a beast come out of the sea with ten horns and seven heads; on its horns were ten diadems, and on its heads blasphemous name (s).

The beast I saw was like a leopard, but it had feet like a bear’s, and its mouth was like the mouth of a lion. 2 To it the dragon gave its own power and throne, along with great authority.

I saw that one of its heads seemed to have been mortally wounded, but this mortal wound was healed. 3 Fascinated, the whole world followed after the beast.

They worshiped the dragon because it gave its authority to the beast; they also worshiped the beast 4 and said, «Who can compare with the beast or who can fight against it?»

5 6 The beast was given a mouth uttering proud boasts and blasphemies, and it was given authority to act for forty-two months.

It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling and those who dwell in heaven.

It was also allowed to wage war against the holy ones and conquer them, and it was granted authority over every tribe, people, tongue, and nation.

All the inhabitants of the earth will worship it, all whose names were not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life, which belongs to the Lamb who was slain.

Whoever has ears ought to hear these words.

10 Anyone destined for captivity goes into captivity. Anyone destined to be slain by the sword shall be slain by the sword. Such is the faithful endurance of the holy ones.

11 7 Then I saw another beast come up out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb’s but spoke like a dragon.

12 It wielded all the authority of the first beast in its sight and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound had been healed.

13 It performed great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of everyone.

14 It deceived the inhabitants of the earth with the signs it was allowed to perform in the sight of the first beast, telling them to make an image for the beast who had been wounded by the sword and revived.

15 It was then permitted to breathe life into the beast’s image, so that the beast’s image could speak and (could) have anyone who did not worship it put to death.

16 It forced all the people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to be given a stamped image on their right hands or their foreheads,

17 so that no one could buy or sell except one who had the stamped image of the beast’s name or the number that stood for its name.

18 8 Wisdom is needed here; one who understands can calculate the number of the beast, for it is a number that stands for a person. His number is six hundred and sixty-six.

 

 



1 [1-10] This wild beast, combining features of the four beasts in  Daniel 7:2-28, symbolizes the Roman empire; the seven heads represent the emperors; see the notes on  Rev 17:10 and  Rev 17:12-14. The blasphemous names are the divine titles assumed by the emperors.
2 [2] Satan ( Rev 12:9), the prince of this world ( John 12:31), commissioned the beast to persecute the church ( Rev 13:5-7).
3 [3] This may be a reference to the popular legend that Nero would come back to life and rule again after his death (which occurred in A.D. 68 from a self-inflicted stab wound in the throat); cf  Rev 13:14;  Rev 17:8. Domitian (A.D. 81-96) embodied all the cruelty and impiety of Nero. Cf Introduction.
4 [4] Worshiped the beast: allusion to emperor worship, which Domitian insisted upon and ruthlessly enforced. Who can compare with the beast: perhaps a deliberate parody of the name Michael; see the note on  Rev 12:7.
5 [5-6] Domitian, like Antiochus IV Epiphanes ( Daniel 7:8,  11,  25), demanded that he be called by divine titles such as «our lord and god» and «Jupiter.» See the note on  Rev 11:2.
6 [5] Forty-two months: this is the same duration as the profanation of the holy city ( Rev 11:2), the prophetic mission of the two witnesses ( Rev 11:3), and the retreat of the woman into the desert ( Rev 12:6,  14).
7 [11-18] The second beast is described in terms of the false prophets (cf  Rev 16:13;  19:20;  20:10) who accompany the false messiahs (the first beast); cf  Matthew 24:24;  Mark 13:22;  2 Thes 2:9; cf also  Deut 13:2-4. Christians had either to worship the emperor and his image or to suffer martyrdom.
8 [18] Each of the letters of the alphabet in Hebrew as well as in Greek has a numerical value. Many possible combinations of letters will add up to 666, and many candidates have been nominated for this infamous number. The most likely is the emperor Caesar Nero (see the note on  Rev 13:3), the Greek form of whose name in Hebrew letters gives the required sum. (The Latin form of this name equals 616, which is the reading of a few manuscripts.) Nero personifies the emperors who viciously persecuted the church. It has also been observed that «6» represents imperfection, falling short of the perfect number «7,» and is represented here in a triple or superlative form.[:]