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Revelation 13:8

Revelation 13:8

All who dwell on the earth
The ones who not only physically dwell on the earth, but whose affections and complete allegiance are entirely upon the earth (Isa. Isa. 26:21; Luke Luke 21:35; Rev. Rev. 3:10+; Rev. 6:10+; Rev. 11:10+; Rev. 12:12+; Rev. 13:8+, Rev. 13:12+, Rev. 13:14+; Rev. 14:6+; Rev. 17:8+). They are to be contrasted with those whose citizenship is in heaven (John John 15:19; John 17:14-16; Php. Php. 3:20; Heb. Heb. 11:13; 1Pe. 1Pe. 2:11). These are they whom the martyrs of the fifth seal cried out for God to avenge their deaths upon (Rev. Rev. 6:10+). See Earth Dwellers.

And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you. (1Pe. 1Pe. 1:17-20) [emphasis added]

The secrets of God, established from the foundation of the world, were gradually revealed through God’s prophets (Ps. Ps. 78:2 cf. Mtt. Mat. 13:35; Tit. Tit. 1:1-3). In what is perhaps the “holy of holies” of the OT—Isaiah Isa. 53:1—God revealed that His lamb would be slain: “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth” (Isa. Isa. 53:7).3

John the Baptist understood the implications of Isaiah’s passage, for when he saw Jesus he remarked: “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John John 1:29). See commentary on Revelation 5:6.

Notes

1 We uphold the unlimited atonement of Christ’s blood for all of mankind. He was given for the world : John John 3:16; John 6:51; Rom. Rom. 5:18; 2Cor. 2Cor. 5:14-19; 1Ti. 1Ti. 2:4-6; Heb. Heb. 2:9; 1Jn. 1Jn. 2:2; 1Jn. 4:14.

2 James Strong, The Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (Ontario: Woodside Bible Fellowship, 1996), G2602.

3 A complete scroll of Isaiah was found as part of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Dated prior to Christ, it contains this amazing chapter predicting the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ hundreds of years in advance. It stands as irrefutable evidence of both the inspiration of the OT and the identity of Jesus Christ as the predicted Messiah of Israel.

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