Revelation 13:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 13:7, NIV: It was given power to wage war against God's holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.

Revelation 13:7, ESV: Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation,

Revelation 13:7, KJV: And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Revelation 13:7, NASB: It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority was given to him over every tribe, people, language, and nation.

Revelation 13:7, NLT: And the beast was allowed to wage war against God's holy people and to conquer them. And he was given authority to rule over every tribe and people and language and nation.

Revelation 13:7, CSB: And it was permitted to wage war against the saints and to conquer them. It was also given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation.

What does Revelation 13:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The Antichrist—the "beast" seen coming from the sea (Revelation 13:1)—becomes a worldwide power. The whole world will feel the impact of his rule. He will exercise his authority over tribe, people, language, and nation. No doubt, there will be no law but his law. No one will be able to disagree with him or fail to worship him without risking life and limb (Revelation 13:15).

A tyrant with that kind of power would certainly make it almost impossible for a country to offer asylum to anyone who opposes him. However, many who accept the message preached by the 144,000 will provide shelter and food for persecuted believers (Revelation 12:14; Matthew 25:31–40). The beast will make the saints—meaning those who are saved, God's people—his personal target. He will "conquer" the saints, meaning he will be able to oppress, kill, and abuse them. However, he will be unable to destroy their faith or fully exterminate them (Revelation 15:2). Today, many believers around the world are being martyred for their faith in Christ, but neither "tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword" or even "death" can separate believers "from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:35, 38–39).