Revelation 13:6a
Revelation 13, Page 7

Bible, KJV Translation
13:6  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

Re-evaluation Translation
13:6  The Iranian leader blasphemed Yehuveh Elohim’s name, and the land He protected, and all who had come under His covenant protection.

Significant Words and Comments:
Commentary on Revelation 13:6 (28 March 2008):  “He opened his mouth,” that is, this Iranian leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, spoke openly, powerfully. 
“In blasphemy” against Yehuveh and His people. Blasphemy is “railing, reviling, slander, detraction, speech injurious to another’s good name,” especially “impious and reproachful speech injurious to” the name of Yehuveh, as discussed in notes on Revelation 2:9. But it is far more than this. In the role Iran plays in the destruction of the existing nation of Israel and the emptying of the land, their reproach of Yehuveh is exceedingly practical! 
        The strong spoken and acted reproaches of this Iranian leader is
“against Elohim, to blaspheme His name,” to make it appear before the world that Yehuveh is less than He is, the sovereign of the universe capable of defending His people. The psalmist appeals: “Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O Yehuveh, and that the foolish people have blasphemed Thy name.” In anguish, he asks: “O Elohim, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme Thy name for ever?” In their rebellion and apostasy Israel confessed, “My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me, for the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger. All this is come upon us,” but when they return to their covenant allegiance to Him, they will no longer be put down. Then their cry will be heard and answered: “Arise for our help, and redeem us for Thy mercies’ sake.” Psalms 74:18, 10; 44:15-17, 26.
        While vigorously spoken and acted reproaches are offensive to Yehuveh’s people, if we have returned to our covenant relationship with Him, it should not frighten us. As anciently,
“Thus saith Yehuveh, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.” “Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your Elohim will come with vengeance, even Elohim with a recompence; He will come and save you.” However, at this time, the Iranian leader is fulfilling Yehuveh’s purposes to empty the land of Israel, as clearly presented in Ezekiel 33:28-29: “For I will lay the land most desolate, and the pomp of her strength shall cease; and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate, that none shall pass through. Then shall they know that I am Yehuveh, when I have laid the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed.” But he errs in assuming this destruction is achieved through his wisdom, strength, political prowess, and acquired resources. Isaiah 37:6; 35:4.

Gael Bataman
Originally Written:               28 March 2008
Latest Update:                     31 May 2008

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