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People say “what’s in a name?” to imply that name does not matter. Also, William Shakespeare (Wikipedia) has his own version “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet“, which “is a popular reference to his play Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet seems to argue that it does not matter that Romeo is from her family’s rival house of Montague, that is, that he is named “Montague”. The reference is often used to imply that the names of things do not affect what they really are. This formulation is, however, a paraphrase of Shakespeare’s actual language. Juliet compares Romeo to a rose saying that if he were not named Romeo he would still be handsome and be Juliet’s love. This states that if he were not Romeo, then he would not be a Montague and she would be able to get married with no problem at all.”
How about if dragon fruit flower is named rose? Will name not matters? Good, if the dragon fruit flower smell as sweet as rose, assuming that rose is still smelling sweet. Also, why is there ‘blasphemous name‘ in Revelation 13:1, if name does not really matter?
Simply put therefore, there are at least two (2) kinds of believers, to wit; 1) believers of Juliet or in a ‘rose’ or Shakespearean doctrine and 2) believers of the words in the Book of Revelation. (more…)
Believers worship the name Jesus, without valid logical reason, at all, or simply, based on questionable faith. Are they aware of the ‘name of blasphemy’ in Revelation 13? Or are they just comfortable believing in a lie? Of course, not all will admit that Jesus name is the name of blasphemy, but, if history is reviewed, with common sense and without bias or free from delusion, it will point to a Jesus name, which is being worshiped by Roman Catholics, Orthodox believers and Christians. Bible scholars, teachers and christian leaders would even shout in reverence of this name, not aware that it is the name of blasphemy.
Historically, Jesus name came from Greek name Iesous, which was initially transliterated to Iesus in the 1611 King James Version. At that time, letter “J” was not yet in existence in the English language. The name is also transliterated to Filipino as Hesus or Hesu or Esus, Esu, Iesus, Issa in other languages. Also, some historians quote Hesus or Esus as the name of a Celtic and Gallo-Roman god. It is described in wikipedia. Others describe Iaso, as the female counterpart name of Iesous in Greek, hence, in all probability, Jesus name did (more…)
There are different views on the two beasts in Revelation 13. But none of them points to Emperor Constantine I and his political-religious empire and Jesus Christ and Christianity, which are, in reality, being referred in the verses.
Objectively, the identity of the two beasts was ascertained through review of history and connecting it to the verses. For example, Revelation 13:1-2 (KJV) gives us the clue on the first beast. The verses state:
13 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.
2 And the beast which 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 seat, and great authority.
Verse 1 describes the rising up of the first beast out of the sea, which is a figurative description of the origin of the first beast. This is better understood, if co-related to the description of the second beast in Revelation 13:11, where it is described to “come up out of the earth“. Obviously, sea is liquid or unsolidified or not stable. In contrast, earth or land is solid or firm. These two describe the condition of the predecessor empire, where the first and second beast emanated, respectively. Notice that the description of the predecessor of the first beast (more…)