The First Beast
And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, o with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and p blasphemous names on its heads.
And the beast that I saw was q like a leopard; its feet were like r a bear's, and its mouth was like s a lion's mouth. And to it t the dragon gave his power and u his throne and great authority.
One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and v the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast.
And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, w "Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?"
And the beast was given x a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for y forty-two months.
It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven.
Also it was allowed z to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation,
and all a who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in b the book of life of c the Lamb d who was slain.
e If anyone has an ear, let him hear:
f If anyone is to be taken captive,
to captivity he goes;
g if anyone is to be slain with the sword,
with the sword must he be slain.
h Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another.
And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems.
And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns.
After this I looked, and behold, another, like a leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back. And the beast had four heads, and dominion was given to it.
And behold, another beast, a second one, like a bear. It was raised up on one side. It had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told, 'Arise, devour much flesh.
The first was like a lion and had eagles' wings. Then as I looked its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man, and the mind of a man was given to it.
And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?
Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon.
And said to him, "To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will.
The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish
The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come.
And cried out as they saw the smoke of her burning, "What city was like the great city?
I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.
I looked then because of the sound of the great words that the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was killed, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire.
And about the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn that came up and before which three of them fell, the horn that had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things, and that seemed greater than its companions.
And the king shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done.
2 Thessalonians 2:4
Who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.
But do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months.
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.
And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them.
Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.
As I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them.
Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.
The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.
And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.
1 Peter 1:19 - 20
But with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
Ah, you destroyer, who yourself have not been destroyed, you traitor, whom none has betrayed! When you have ceased to destroy, you will be destroyed; and when you have finished betraying, they will betray you.
And when they ask you, 'Where shall we go?' you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord : "'Those who are for pestilence, to pestilence, and those who are for the sword, to the sword; those who are for famine, to famine, and those who are for captivity, to captivity.
He shall come and strike the land of Egypt, giving over to the pestilence those who are doomed to the pestilence, to captivity those who are doomed to captivity, and to the sword those who are doomed to the sword.
Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.
Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.