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The Beasts of Revelation

We welcome you to another study with The Rapture Rebuttal. The focus of this study will have little to do with the rapture but will instead focus on the two beasts of Revelation and the entities involved therein. Jesus told us over and over again, that we should watch and be alert to the events around us. It is vitally important that we understand how prophecy will unfold in the last days so we know what to watch for. In 1 Corinthians 1:10, Paul tells us that their should be no division among us and we should all speak the same thing. These days, I would submit there are more divisions than ever, and it seems the churches agree on very little. If this doesn't bother you it should. We hope with this study we can clear up some of the misunderstandings about who or what these two beasts are. Please join us as we search the scriptures in an effort to shed light on this subject.

Revelation 13

1) And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

2) And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

Here John describes this first beast to us using symbolism. If we search out the scriptures we can get a far clearer picture of what John is actually seeing. The first place we will need to go, will be the book of Daniel.

Daniel 7

2)  Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.

3)  And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

4)  The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.

5)  And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

6)  After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

7)  After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns

8)  I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

Here we are given a vision of Daniel, who is seeing four beasts that will rise in succession to one another. Each of the first three are known by a single symbol. The lion, bear, and leopard. When we get to the fourth beast we are told it is exceedingly strong and diverse from all the beasts before it. If we go back and look at the beast from Revelation 13:2, we see the beast there, which is this fourth beast from verse 7 in Daniel's vision, has the attributes of the lion, bear, and leopard. Within this diverse fourth beast, we are seeing the convergence of all these beasts into one diverse, exceedingly strong beast. It is essential that we understand this as we move forward. Now you have heard our interpretation of these things, but let's hear what Daniel was told about theses four beasts.

17)  These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.

18)  But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.

19)  Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;

20)  And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.

21)  I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;

Here the mystery will begin to be unraveled. Let's make a mental note of this "little horn". He is a major player in this beast system. So far we have learned that he has a mouth speaking "great things" and he will make war against the saints.

23)  Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

24)  And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

25)  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

In verse 23 we find out what the beast is, the beast is a kingdom. We know many believe this beast to be a man. This does not align with these scriptures and we have proof here that we are talking about a kingdom rather than a man. The ten horns are 10 kings which rule this kingdom. It is important to understand these simple facts. What we have here is a system of government ruled by 10 kings, not by one man.

Now let's focus in on the little horn just a little bit. In verse 24, we see that a king shall rise after these10 kings, which will subdue 3 kings. He (little horn) will speak great things against the Most High and think to change times and laws.

Just to review, the beast is a kingdom and not a man, which is ruled by 10 kings, symbolized by the ten horns. Three of those kings will be subdued by the little horn, who will:

A) Make war with the saints

B) Speak very great things against the Most High

C) Change times and laws.

Revelation 13

3)  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

Here we see this kingdom receive a deadly wound. What would constitute a deadly wound for a kingdom? The inability to govern and the loss of public trust would be deadly for any kingdom and would force it's collapse. In other words, a loss of power in the eyes of the world.

4)  And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

After the deadly wound was healed, we see the beast (kingdom) is drawing it's power from the dragon. From these verses we must conclude that the dragon is a well respected world leader who uses his power to restore the public trust in this beast system (kingdom), he healed the wound. When we look at verse 4, it becomes evident that the dragon is a religious leader. Here we see the first instance of worship connected to the dragon and the beast. Notice at this point worship is voluntary. We would have to assume this event, (healing of the wound), is seen as a miraculous event and it has taken on spiritual significance for the world.

5)  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

Here a mouth was given unto the beast. Who was that mouth? Was it not the dragon? It was through his intervention that the deadly wound was healed and the beast system is drawing it's power from him. Through his influence he is keeping this system in power.

6)  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

Realize the power the dragon has at this point. The world is ruled by one united government. The power of this government to rule is based solely on the dragon and his influence. He is a very powerful man, so much so, that he is worshipped. Now that he has gained this power, we see him begin to try to move God out and set himself up as God. Let's think back to the little horn for a moment. What were we told he would do? Was it not this very same thing? We were told he would speak very great things against the Most High, in other words blasphemy. Let's compare the dragon and the little horn.

First the dragon - If we go to Revelation Chapter 12 we will find in verse 9 that the dragon is none other than Satan himself.

9)  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

In verse 9 we are given a few of the names Satan is called by. Each name is particular to what role he has played throughout time. We want you to be aware that the dragon was cast to the earth and particularly that his angels were cast out with him. This will be important as we look at the little horn.

The little horn - We need to go back to the book of Daniel for this portion in Chapter 8

8)  Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.

9)  And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.

10)  And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.

We just read that Satan and his angles would be kicked out of heaven. In verse 10 above, we see the little horn will cast down some of the host of heaven and of the stars to the ground. Angels are often referred to as stars in the Bible, here are just a few examples: (Rev. 1:20, Rev. 9:1, Dan. 8:10). Both this little horn and the dragon (Satan) are the same entity. This is clear from the scriptures, they both are seen as performing the same actions.

Revelation 13

7)  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Remember, we were told in Daniel 7:21, the little horn would make war with the saints. At this point the little horn has risen and is beginning to take full control of this government. How did he rise and become the mouth piece for this government? He did it as the dragon when he healed the deadly wound. All the same person just different names.

8)  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Here is more proof that the dragon and little horn are the same. In the first instance of worship, who was it that was being worshipped? It was the dragon. Those who worshipped him and the beast, did so voluntarily at that point. Now we are told the whole world will worship him and this will be under a religious government in which worship will be mandatory. This is not unprecedented, not too many years ago, the Iatola Komani came on the scene in Iran and took control of that country on a religious platform.

Just to review, what we are witnessing here is Satan's rise to power. First as a religious figure, who as the dragon will restore power to the beast (kingdom). In doing so, he will become the mouth piece for this one world system and he will eventually reign supreme, as we are about to read.  This is just the progression of one man from a religious mediator in the first beast system to the eventual ruler of the second beast system.

11)  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Here is the peak of the rise of the little horn, he now has taken complete control over the one world system. Only this beast (kingdom) is different from the one we have been reading about. It has two horns like a lamb, but speaks as a dragon. We know Christ is the Lamb, and this is where Satan will claim to be Christ. Why is it, that this beast speaks as a dragon? It is the dragon, it's just that simple! Who is the dragon, it's Satan (Revelation 12:9). If we understand all these names are one entity and are particular to his actions, then we will understand these two beasts.

12)  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

Here we see that the second beast (whatever you wish to call him it is Satan) has all the power of the first beast. Why? It's the same system, only now one man is ruling it, and it has become a religious system. If you will remember, the little horn was to change times and laws (Daniel 7:25). Here is where we see this take place, it is now a law that you must worship in him in order to have the right to buy and sell. Once again, all the same entity just different names.

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

14)  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Who is deceiving those on the earth in verse 14? Some would say it is the false prophet. This is just another name of Satan. If we go to Revelation Chapter 12 we will learn that this is the dragon or Satan who deceives the whole world..

9)  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

All these players are performing the same actions. Why? They are all one entity.

Revelation 13

15)  And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

16)  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

17)  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

We hope we have presented a clear picture of these two beasts and who the players are in them. When you look at all the evidence, it all comes back to one entity, Satan. He is called many names, but he is the same old deceiver from the garden. We hope you enjoyed this study, God Bless!

 

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