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(Rev 13:18)  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast [a dangerous animal: (venomous, wild) beast]: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six [666].

1.       Goliath is the 666 man greatly puffed up with pride “whose height was six cubits and a span,” and he had six pieces of armor, “and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron:”

(1 Sam 9:1,2)  Now there was a man of Benjamin [son of the right hand], whose name was Kish [a bow /// to bend; to set a trap: lay a snare], the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power. And he had a son, whose name was Saul [asked], a choice young man, and a goodly [beautiful, well favored]: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.

1.       (1 Sam 15:10,11)  Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying, It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.

2.       (1 Sam 15:22,23)  And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken [give heed, regard] than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king [“kings and priests” Rev 1:6; 5:10].

3.       Who did Saul and the Israelite army believe for the victory? the invisible God, the “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12), or the very visible very loud and boisterous Goliath? God or this world personified and magnified in Goliath? God (Jesus Christ) or the talking head of the antichrist body?

4.       (1 Ki 18:21)  And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye [hesitate (dither); hop, dance] between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

5.       (Rev 3:14-22)  And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write [a people of punishment, vengeance]; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm [tepid], and neither cold nor hot, I will spue [vomit] thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh [overcometh what?] will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

6.       Laodicea = Nelson Study Bible: It was a wealthy city with thriving banks, a textile industry, and a medical school. The city was also known for its sparse water supply. All of these characteristics are played upon in Christ’s message to the church.

7.       Laodicea = Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible: The church in Laodicea portrays the apostate church of the last days (A.D. 1900-present).


(1 Sam 17:8-11)  And he [Goliath] stood [arose in defiance] and cried unto the armies of Israel [he will rule as God], and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array [in battle formation]? am not I a Philistine [rolling, i.e. migratory /// to roll (in dust): roll (wallow) self], and ye servants ['ebed; bondsmen] to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me [the fight is to the death], then will we be your servants ['ebed]: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants ['ebed], and serve us ['abad; bondsmen, worshipper]. And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.

1.       defy = Heb: to pull off, (by impl.) to expose (as by stripping); (as if a surrender); fig. to carp at, i.e. defame; to spend the winter:--betroth, blaspheme, defy, rail, reproach, upbraid.

2.       dismayed = Dict: 1. to break down the courage of utterly, as by sudden danger or trouble; dishearten utterly. 2. sudden or complete loss of courage; utter disenheartenment. [the spirit of fear]

3.       (2 Tim 1:7)  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear [timidity /// (dread); faithless: (cowardice)]; but of power [dunamis; force; spec. miraculous power], and of love [agape], and of a sound mind [discipline, i.e. self-control]. [which three altogether describe the Spirit of faith].

4.       (Rom 8:15)  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption [sonship], whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

5.       (Mark 5:15,16)  And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.

6.       (Luke 15:16-19)  And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

7.       (Rom 6:16-18)  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin [the bondage of sin], ye became the servants of righteousness.

8.       (Mat 4:8-10)  Again, the devil taketh him [Jesus Christ] up into an exceeding high mountain [symbol of pride], and showeth him [i.e. by sight] all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory [honor, praise, worship] of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan [adversary]: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.


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