Revelation 13:1 - 18
ESV - 1 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. 2 And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear's, and its mouth was like a lion's mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority.
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Daniel 9:26, "And after sixty-two weeks an Annointed One put to death..." This has already happened. Psalm 2 Also describes the messianic drama. Part has happened, part is yet to come. Read it carefully. I believe on one hand we have The Holy Trinity - on the other we have an unholy trinity. In the beginning God created - Genesis 1:1. In the beginning was The Word, John 1:1. Isaiah 44:3, " For I shall pour out water on the thirsty soil and streams on the dry ground. I shall pour out my Spirit on your descendants..." John 7:38,39 "...From his heart shall flow streams of living water. He was speaking of the Spirit which those who believed in him were to receive;.."The Holy Trinity. Lucifer, Satan was called in Isaiah 14:12, "Daystar, son of Dawn." The Hebrew word helel means to shine or to bear light. Ezekiel 28:12-14 describes him. He will become the son of perdition, the Anti-Christ, the counterfeit referred to in Revelation chapter 13. This person will head a powerful government. This person will be swift, ferocious and cunning. He will be full of the spirit of Satan.- His puppet. - The "Dragon" will control him. This is the first beast in Revelation 13. Revelation 13:11 "Then I saw a second beast..." This I think will be the false prophet. He will be a religious leader. He is the right hand man of the Anti-Christ. Remember Jesus said- Luke 21:8-13, "...Take care not to be deceived...and that will be your opportunity to bear witness." Matthew 10:17-22, "Be prepared...You will be universally hated...stand firm..."John 15:20 "Remember the words I say to you...16:1,2 " I have told you all this so that you may not fall away..." Mark 13:22,23 "For false Christ and false prophets will arise....I have given you full warning." So we have Satan, the Anti-Christ and the false prophet, an unholy trio. Beast #1 = The Anti-Christ. Beast #2 = the false prophet. Under the evil control of Satan, Lucifer. And so, "The curse of destruction will be abolished. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city; his servants will worship Him". Amen.
The term "beast" as used in the book of Revelation is a symbolic term for a ruling world power. It is from the symbolic language in the Old Testament and is always symbolic of a world power that rules over the whole known world. The bible mentions mentions several of these beast every one of them ruled on earth in antiquity and there has not been nor will there ever be any again save one "the Kingdom of Christ" which came during the first century and is the kingdom that was not made with human hands and came during the time of the 4th beast of the book of Daniel which was the Roman Empire. It is an everlasting kingdom therefore the one and only world kingdom that exists today. The one book that talks about these "beasts" more than any other is Daniel. The book mentions a great beast made up of 4 other beasts that appears in a dream of the Babylonian King Nebecanezer; the 4 beast making up the great one was the Babylonian Empire; the 2nd was the Medo-Persian Empire which over threw the Babylonian Empire; the 3rd was the Grecian Empire built by Alexander the Great who over threw the Medo-Persian; the 4th was the Roman Empire which was over thrown and sacked by God Himself. The kingdom of Christ is the stone the smashed the feet of iron and clay of the Great Beast. The book of Revelation is the unveiling of the prophecy given to Daniel about the demise of the 4th beast. Thus the beast of Revelation 13 is the Roman Empire and not some future destruction of the world. Revelation also give the demise/defranchisement of the jews as the chosen people of God by unveiling in great detail the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.
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