Revelation 13:13
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New International Version
And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people.

New Living Translation
He did astounding miracles, even making fire flash down to earth from the sky while everyone was watching.

English Standard Version
It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people,

New American Standard Bible
He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men.

King James Bible
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He also performs great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in front of people.

International Standard Version
It performs spectacular signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people.

NET Bible
He performed momentous signs, even making fire come down from heaven in front of people

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And it will perform great signs so as to make fire descend from Heaven on The Earth before the people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The second beast performs spectacular signs. It even makes fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he does great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven to the earth in the sight of men

King James 2000 Bible
And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

American King James Version
And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

American Standard Version
And he doeth great signs, that he should even make fire to come down out of heaven upon the earth in the sight of men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he did great signs, so that he made also fire to come down from heaven unto the earth in the sight of men.

Darby Bible Translation
And it works great signs, that it should cause even fire to come down from heaven to the earth before men.

English Revised Version
And he doeth great signs, that he should even make fire to come down out of heaven upon the earth in the sight of men.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

Weymouth New Testament
He also works great miracles, so as even to make fire come down from Heaven to earth in the presence of human beings.

World English Bible
He performs great signs, even making fire come down out of the sky to the earth in the sight of people.

Young's Literal Translation
and it doth great signs, that fire also it may make to come down from the heaven to the earth before men,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:11-18 Those who understand the first beast to denote a worldly power, take the second to be also a persecuting and assumed power, which acts under the disguise of religion, and of charity to the souls of men. It is a spiritual dominion, professing to be derived from Christ, and exercised at first in a gentle manner, but soon spake like the dragon. Its speech betrayed it; for it gives forth those false doctrines and cruel decrees, which show it to belong to the dragon, and not to the Lamb. It exercised all the power of the former beast. It pursues the same design, to draw men from worshipping the true God, and to subject the souls of men to the will and control of men. The second beast has carried on its designs, by methods whereby men should be deceived to worship the former beast, in the new shape, or likeness made for it. By lying wonders, pretended miracles. And by severe censures. Also by allowing none to enjoy natural or civil rights, who will not worship that beast which is the image of the pagan beast. It is made a qualification for buying and selling, as well as for places of profit and trust, that they oblige themselves to use all their interest, power, and endeavour, to forward the dominion of the beast, which is meant by receiving his mark. To make an image to the beast, whose deadly wound was healed, would be to give form and power to his worship, or to require obedience to his commands. To worship the image of the beast, implies being subject to those things which stamp the character of the picture, and render it the image of the beast. The number of the beast is given, so as to show the infinite wisdom of God, and to exercise the wisdom of men. The number is the number of a man, computed after the usual manner among men, and it is 666. What or who is intended by this, remains a mystery. To almost every religious dispute this number has yet been applied, and it may reasonably be doubted whether the meaning has yet been discovered. But he who has wisdom and understanding, will see that all the enemies of God are numbered and marked out for destruction; that the term of their power will soon expire, and that all nations shall submit to our King of righteousness and peace.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - And he doeth great wonders. Men are apt to deceive themselves by attributing to other agencies the power to work wonders which belongs only to God himself. In St. John's time the arts of magic were used; in modern times the marvels of science often lead men to a disbelief in God. Archdeacon Lee, in his commentary, says, "We cannot doubt that there is also a reference to the wonderful power over nature which the spirit of man has attained to, and which has too often been abused to the deification of Nature and her laws, and to the disparagement of the Divine action which is ever present in creation." So that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men; that he should even make fire, etc.. as in the Revised Version. We are not to understand this literally. It is given as a kind of sample of the power possessed by the beast, being a form of miracle which would be well known to St. John's readers (cf. Elijah on Carmel, 1 Kings 18; Korah's company, Numbers 16:35, etc.; also the request of SS. James and John, Luke 9:54). The descent of fire is also frequently a sign of God's approval (cf. Genesis 15:17; Leviticus 9:24; Judges 13:19, 20; 2 Chronicles 7:1). The two witnesses possessed the power of sending forth fire (see Revelation 11:5). In this respect, therefore - in the very nature of his signs - the beast still seems to counterfeit the power of God.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he doeth great wonders,.... Or miracles; not real, but pretended ones, lying wonders, which the Popish legends are full of the accounts of, as done by the priests, or by this or the other saint:

so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men; in imitation of Elijah, 2 Kings 1:9; and this single instance is put instead of all others, it being usual with the Jews to express all wonderful and miraculous operations by this miracle of Elijah's: and this may be understood mystically, of the pretensions of the Papacy to confer the Holy Ghost, and his gifts upon men, by breathing on them, which on the day of Pentecost were represented by cloven tongues, as of fire, coming down from heaven; or of their anathemas, curses, and excommunications, at which time burning torches and candles are cast up, and fall down, as emblems of divine wrath, which is called cursing men with bell, book, and candle; or else of the fire of persecution: "from heaven"; the secular powers of the empire: "upon the earth"; the common people: or this may be understood literally; so they tell us, that Pope Zachary, once on a journey to Ravenna, had in the daytime a cloud to protect him from the heat, and in the night time armies of fire appeared in the clouds to go before him; and as Pope Innocent was at Mass, a golden crown was seen, and on it a dove, and under it a smoking censer, and hard by them two burning firebrands: and it is reported of Pope Hildebrand, that, whenever he pleased, he could shake his sleeves, and sparks of fire would come out; and by these miracles deluded the eyes of the simple with a show of holiness, which, with other instances, are taken notice of by Napier, Brightman, and other writers: and so here this is said to be done "in the sight of men"; to their apprehension, seemingly, in their view; they being cheated and deluded with an appearance and show of things which were not real.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. wonders—Greek, "signs."

so that—so great that.

maketh fire—Greek, "maketh even fire." This is the very miracle which the two witnesses perform, and which Elijah long ago had performed; this the beast from the bottomless pit, or the false prophet, mimics. Not merely tricks, but miracles of a demoniacal kind, and by demon aid, like those of the Egyptian magicians, shall be wrought, most calculated to deceive; wrought "after the working (Greek, 'energy') of Satan."

Revelation 13:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Beast Out of the Earth
12He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. 13He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men. 14And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life.…
Cross References
Exodus 7:11
Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts:

1 Kings 18:38
Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

Matthew 24:24
For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Luke 9:54
When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?"

Revelation 11:5
If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die.

Revelation 16:14
They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.

Revelation 19:20
But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

Revelation 20:9
They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God's people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them.
Treasury of Scripture

And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

he doeth.

Revelation 16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth …

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that worked …

Exodus 7:11,12,22 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the …

Exodus 8:7,18,19 And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up …

Exodus 9:11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; …

Deuteronomy 13:1-3 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and gives …

Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall …

Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs …

Acts 8:9-11 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the …

2 Thessalonians 2:9,10 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power …

he maketh.

Revelation 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth, …

Numbers 16:35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred …

1 Kings 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, …

2 Kings 1:10-14 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man …

Matthew 16:1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired …

Luke 9:54-56 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, …

2 Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist …

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