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St. James’ Sunday Bible Study Lectures
February 17, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
The Beasts and Evil in the Political Sphere
Sunday February 17 2019 12:15pm. to 1:30pm.
In our last lecture, we explored John’s portrayal of Satan as a great red dragon, thrown down from heaven so that he now prowls the earth. In this lecture, we will see John’s characterization of evil in political life through the images of two beasts: the beast from the sea, who works in the realm of politics, and the beast from the land, who supports the beast from the sea through religious and economic practices that serve the interests of the empire. As we analyze John’s literary strategy in this section of Revelation, it’s helpful to think of the types of political cartoons that we see in the newspaper every day. Like modern cartoonists, John uses certain conventional images to comment on serious issues in contemporary life.