Introduction to Chapter 13
13 is an amplification of the scene in the 12th chapter.
12, we see a dragon with 7 heads and 10 horns pursue a women who gave birth
to a “man-child”, who was caught up into Heaven to rule the nations. This
drama in the 12th chapter is the background of the spiritual
events that happen in the 2nd half, (1260 days, 42 months) of the
7-year tribulation period. John defines Satan as the dragon (Revelation
12:9) and the women as Israel. Israel gave birth to the Messiah, who is
caught up to Heaven (Acts 1:9-11), Satan, the Dragon, then pursues the Women
who is protected for 1260 days or 3.5 years. The identification of the
participants is vital to understanding what is actually taking place in both
the physical and spiritual realms.
taking place in the 2nd half are a result of what takes place in
Heaven at the Midpoint of the 7-year period. Satan and his angels removed
from their place in Heaven are then, hurled to the earth for their final
stand. Chapter 12 reveals the Heavenly view of these events and the battle
of the ages between God’s plan of redemption, and Satan attempts to stop
it. Satan’s final method of assault on the women, and her offspring (the
saved) are revealed to us in the 13th chapter.
Earth will incarnate the leader of a “Revived Roman Empire”; this leader
will have died, and resurrect, to the wonder of the world. His resurrected
body indwelt with Satan, will assume control of the kingdom of the Beast.
Satan, portrayed as a 7-headed dragon in chapter 12, cast out of Heaven, is
now the source of power and authority of the 7-headed beast arising from the
sea, which John writes about. Satan will assume the controls of this
kingdom pictured as the “Beast”. This future kingdom will focus on the
glorification and exaltation of this “Satan-Man” and the persecution and
destruction of those who refuse to accept his deity. This period will last
for 42 months or 3.5 years, and will end with the return of Jesus Christ
when surviving Israel, finally recognizes Him as Messiah and calls out in
prayer and supplication for his return (Zechariah 12:9-10, Matthew 23:39
24:30 and Revelation 19)
the beast will be a false prophet who will perform great signs and wonders
in the name of this world leader. This false prophet will instruct the
world to worship the beast. An image of the Beast, constructed by the false
prophet will be the focus of worldwide worship. All who refuse to worship
the Beast or his image will be killed. The False prophet is pictured as
lamb with two horns, which speaks as a dragon. He is probably the leader of
the world wide religion in the first half of the tribulation which
persecutes the believers, the saints. Later, this world wide religion is
destroyed (Revelation 17:15-17) as the Beast and Satan, become the focus of
worship in the second half of Daniel’s 70th week.
In order to
enforce this worldwide religion of the beast an economic system will be
established demanding total submission to this world leader. Those who
refuse will be killed and cutoff from society. They will be unable to buy or
sell without total submission.
out of the Sea: The Kingdom
stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea,
heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a
the beast, which I saw, was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet
of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him
his power, his throne, and great authority.
Then I stood…(other
ms. “He stood”) The KJV source manuscript has vs.1 translated (I stood).
Some earlier manuscripts read (He stood) meaning the Dragon from Chapter 12
stood on the sand of the sea.
your manuscript source, either John stood on the sand of the Sea and saw a
“Beast rising” or the dragon stood on the Sea and John then saw a “Beast
rising” out of the sea.
the source manuscript, the meaning is not lost.
witness of events now changes from Heaven to Earth. Satan expelled from
Heaven, pursued the women who escaped into the wilderness, now Satan is
about to war with the offspring of the women. (Rev 12:17). John is about to
witness Satan’s method to his war.
Sand of the
of the sea” is a phrase associated with population and growth of the
descendents of Jacob. (Gen 32;12, Isaiah 10:22,Hosea 1:10, Rom 9:27). The
dragon’s pursuit of the women ends with frustration and the dragon pursuit
stops on the “Sand of the sea”. The next scene introduces the continuation
of the Dragon’s work.
wild animal) The Beast is the same as the one described by Daniel 7 and
later in Revelation 17. The Red Dragon of Revelation 12 differs from the
Beast described here, because this resembled a leopard, lion and bear as
opposed to a “Red Dragon. The Beast here has “Seven heads” and “10 horns”
like the Dragon. The “Red Dragon” has “Seven” Crowns as opposed to “ten”.
From verse 2, we learn, the Dragon is the source of power and authority for
In Daniel and Revelation the
Beast seen by both Daniel and John are portraits of the last Human
government before the return of the Messiah. When Christ returns the Beast
of Daniel and Revelation will be the dominant force on the Earth.
he said: ‘The fourth beast shall be A fourth kingdom on earth, Which
shall be different from all other kingdoms, And shall devour the
whole earth, Trample it and break it in pieces. 24The ten
horns are ten kings Who shall arise from this kingdom. And
another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones,
And shall subdue three kings.25He shall speak pompous
words against the Most High, Shall persecute£
the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then
the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and
half a time.26 ‘But the court shall be seated, And they shall
take away his dominion, To consume and destroy it forever.27
Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdom
under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most
High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall
serve and obey Him.’
the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron
breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes,
that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others. 41Whereas
you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the
kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just
as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. 42And as the
toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so
the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. 43As you
saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but
they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.
44And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a
kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be
left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these
kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
The beast of
Daniel will be a revived “Roman Empire”; we know this based on the 70 weeks
of Daniel (Dan 9:24-27), Daniel 7 and Daniel 2. The people who destroyed
Jerusalem and the Temple were the Romans, the “prince who is to come” is
their descendent. (Dan 9:26). (See 70 Weeks of Daniel Paper)
Also in Daniel 2, the image seen by
Nebuchadnezzar is linked to Rome, described by Daniel as the legs of Iron,
this kingdom later extends to the 10 ten toes and feet of Iron and
revealed these kings (10 toes) the God of Heaven would set up a kingdom
which shall never end. There is a gap of time between the Iron legs and the
Iron and clay feet and toes, this gap is described in Daniel 9;26 as a
period of “Desolation”.
Daniel seven has one beast, with “Iron” teeth and 10 horns. This Beast is
described as a “Fourth Kingdom”, different then all other kingdoms, with 10
future kings who will arise. They will subdue the whole earth.
Out of the
Sea symbolizes the sea of humanity based on Rev 17:15, Dan.7
he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are
peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. Rev 17:15
Seven heads and
Below) The Beast has identifiers seen in both Daniel and Revelation. The
Beast described in Daniel 7 as having 1 Head and 10 horns differs from the
“red dragon” of Revelation chapter 12, described as having 7 heads and 10
horns, the same as the beast in Revelation 13 & 17. To understand the
meaning is not a mystery, since the explanation is within the texts.
Beast represents the fourth and final government on Earth.
horns represent 10 future kings who turn their power over to the “Last-days”
ruler. (Revelation 17:12)
Attack against the Women
Tried to assimilate Israel
Exiled 10 tribes of Israel, tried to exile Judah
Destroyed Jerusalem, slaughtered Israel
Attempted to destroy Jews during time of Ester
Antiochus Epiphanies, Abomination of Desolation 164 B.C.
Destroyed Jerusalem, over 1.5 million Jews died, rest expelled.
During John’s day.
Israel Scattered Gathered
Daniel 9:26 foretells a period of desolation after Messiah is
This period end with Israel being gathered.
Future Kingdom during the Time of the Antichrist.
Ten kingdoms unite under Satanic power
heads represent 7 kings or kingdoms. Five are fallen in John’s day about 90
A.D., and one is and one is yet too come.
Dragon, who pursues the women in Revelation 12, has 7 heads. These seven
heads represent the seven kingdoms from the time of Abraham, Isaac and
Jacob until the “end of Days” which tried to stop God’s plan of redemption
by trying to stop Messiah’s birth, one way or another.
arising from the sea, is all seven kingdom in one collected in one final
“World kingdom” with the same Dragon, as the source of authority and power.
10 "There are
also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other
has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. 11
"And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of
the seven, and is going to perdition. 12 "The ten horns which you saw are
ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive
authority for one hour as kings with the beast.
On his horns
crowns or kingdoms make up the initial kingdom but at the Midpoint or
earlier 3 of the 10 kings are subdued by the little horn.
(especially against God):—blasphemy, evil speaking, railing.)
of these kingdom have railed against the God of Israel in their own way. The
Antichrist incarnated by Satan, will be the ultimate blasphemer. Demanding
worship from the whole earth.
which I saw….Verse
2, draws from the 3 additional beast of Daniel 7.
four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.
4The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I
watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth
and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.
suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on
one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they
said thus to it: ‘Arise, devour much flesh!’
this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on
its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion
was given to it.
the beast of Rev 13 has characteristics from the 3 previous animals
described in Daniel 7 depends on your understanding of Daniel. Most
interpret Daniel 7 in combination with the rest of the book of Daniel in
foretelling the succession of kingdoms leading toward the final kingdom.
Lion represented, Babylon
revived at the end, for the final conflict between Israel & the Messiah, and
The World and Antichrist.
combination of “animals” composing the final kingdom on the Earth in
Revelation 13 means two things.
kingdom “Revived Rome” will have characteristics of the 3 previous
kingdoms, Babylon, Persia and Greece.
kingdom “Revived Rome” will be a “world kingdom” ruling the lands of the
3 previous kingdoms. Daniel 7:23 says this kingdom will, “shall
devour the whole earth”
of Antichrist will be a world kingdom with a world capital. Revelation 18
and Isaiah 14 confirm the rebuilding of Babylon as the capitol city of
Antichrist. Revelation 17 demonstrates he will try to unite the world
through a “World wide religion”.
dragon is a reference to Satan who along with his angelic following was
kicked out of Heaven. Now Satan is the power behind the Beast and his
Kingdom. Satan before his expulsion from Heaven had tremendous power and
influence in the kingdoms of Men. (Luke 4:5, 2 Corn.4:4, Job 1:12,2:6) At
his last stand, Satan and his forces concentrate their power in one final
attempt to thwart God’s plan.
Beast out of
the Sea: The Man
I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his
deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.
I saw one of
represent the succession of kingdoms throughout history opposed to God’s
redemption through Israel’s Messiah. This Seventh head represents a “Revived
Roman” kingdom, which has recovered from its mortal wound. This head, the
“Roman Head” is lead by the Antichrist, who is Satan himself. John like
Daniel focuses on the Beast’s appearance and notices one of the 7 heads.
Daniel notices one horn among the 10 and describes its appearance and
"I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one,
coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out
by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and
a mouth speaking pompous words.
The Beast is somehow mortally wounded, and from Rev 17:8 we know he dies or
appears to die, went into Hell and ascended out of Hell. The Beast is a
satanic counterfeit of Christ resurrection. The death of the Beast
corresponds with the fall of Satan from Heaven. At the death of the Beast,
Satan was able to indwell the body begin to rule the world thru the
8 "The beast
that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and
go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names
are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when
they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
wound becomes the focus of worship during the last half of the tribulation.
All the world
mysterious death of this world leader and his resurrection will give
credibility to the next phase of Satan’s plan. The world turns to the Beast
not only as a political leader but also as “god on earth”. Satan’s pride
was his undoing, in Heaven he sought to be god; he will seek to be god on
word of the LORD came to me again, saying, 2“Son of man, say to
the prince of Tyre, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Because your heart is
lifted up, And you say, ‘I am a god,I sit in the seat of gods,
In the midst
of the seas,’ Yet you are a man, and not a god, Though you set your
heart as the heart of a god.
even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,
4whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest
the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God,
should shine on them.
2 Corn 4:3-4
foretells the character of this coming world leader; he is the ultimate
example of man’s fallen nature as he seeks to glorify himself above all.
the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify
himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods,
and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been
determined shall be done. 37He shall regard neither the
of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall
exalt himself above them all.
Contrast of Jesus to Antichrist
came from above John 6; 38
Antichrist will ascend from the pit, Rev 11:7
came in his Father’s name John 5:43
Antichrist will come in his own name, John 5; 43
humbled Himself Phil 2:8
Antichrist will exalt himself, 2 Thess. 2:4
was despised Isa 53;3, Luke 23:18
Antichrist will be admired, Rev 13:3-4
will be exalted, Phil 2:9
Antichrist will be cast down to hell, Isa. 14:14-15, Rev. 19:20
came to do his Father’s will, John 6:38
Antichrist will come to do his own will, Dan 11:36
came to save, Luke 19:10
Antichrist will come to destroy, Dan. 8:24
is the good shepherd, John 10:1-15
Antichrist is the “idol shepherd”, Zech 11:16-17
is the “true vine”, John 15:1
Antichrist is the “vine of the earth”, Rev. 14:18
is the “Truth”, John 14; 6
Antichrist is the “lie”, 2 Thess. 2:11
is the “Holy one”, Mark 1;24
Antichrist is the “Lawless one”. 2 Thess. 2:8
is the “man of sorrows”, Isa 53:3
Antichrist is the “man of sin”, 2 Thess. 2:3
is the “Son of God”, Luke 1:35
Antichrist is the “son of perdition”, 2 Thess. 2:3
is “the mystery of godliness: God..manifest in the flesh”, 1 Tim.
Antichrist will be “the mystery of the iniquity” Satan manifest in
the flesh, 2 Thess 2:7
Comparison of the Beasts
out of the Sea
head had fatal wound that was healed.
horns subdued by 1 horn. (7:20)
waged war on saints (7:20)
Times, ½ Time (7:25)
Times & ½ time (12:14)
-Little horn speaks against Most High (7:25)
-Oppress saints, Change times set laws (7:25)
-Victory over saints for 3.5 years (7:25)
taken away completely destroyed (7:26)
-Kingdom handed over to saints and “Son of Man’
in Heaven (12:7)
-Dragon hurled to earth (12:9)
-Dragon pursues women who gave birth to man-child. (12:13)
flees into wilderness from dragon (12; 14)
protects women (Israel) for 1260 days (12:15)
-Dragon makes war with offspring of women (12:17)
-Dragon gave beast his power, throne &authority (13:2)
uttered blasphemes against God, and those in Heaven. (13:5-6)
given power to make war against the saints (13; 7)
inhabitants of the Earth will worship the Beast. (13:8)
and Miraculous signs performed in Beast’s name (13; 13)
of beast set up and worshipped (13:14-15)
horns (kings) & Beast will make war on the Lamb (Jesus) (Rev 17:14)
will defeat Beast (Rev 17:14)
they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they
worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to
make war with him?”
he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given
for forty-two months. 6Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy
against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in
heaven. 7It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to
overcome them. And authority was given him over every
tongue, and nation. 8All who dwell on the earth will worship him,
whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from
the foundation of the world.
worshipped the dragon….The
religion of the earth will focus on the Beast, the man indwelt by Satan. The
Beast and his image will be a central part of the religion of “kingdom of
Satan”. The second half of the tribulation will be an end to the “Women who
rides the beast” of Revelation 17. The Beast, Satan incarnates the beast
and will demand worship from the Earth inhabitants, just as he tempted the
angels, man and Jesus on the mount of Temptation (Luke 4)
authority to the beast….
The dragon (Satan) was the force behind the Beast’s power.
The beast was Satan and the soul of the Antichrist both indwelling the same
body. After the “Glorious return” the Antichrist is cast into the “Lake of
fire” and Satan is cast chained into the Abyss. (Rev 19:20,20:2)
Who is able
to make war with him….The
kingdom of the beast will have military superiority over the Earth and will
seem invincible in the eyes of the world. Prior to the second half of the
Tribulation, the Antichrist with “Great fury” meaning great heat annihilates
many. (Daniel 11:44). This battle corresponds with the death of 1/3 of the
earth population, and the 6th Trumpet. This battle set the stage
for world domination in the second half of the tribulation.
Probably during this period, three of the horns or kings rebel against his
authority and are pulled up by the roots as described in Daniel 7:8. “three
of the first horns were plucked out by the roots”.
days, 3.5 years, the 2nd half of Daniel’s 70 weeks
He opened his
is outraged at the position he is in, He is not used to being confined to
the Earth and he knows his time is short, so he rages against Heaven.
him to make war with the saints…
are those who come to Christ during the 7-year period, those who were “Left
Behind”. During this time, Satan intensifies his search for the offspring of
the women who fled into the wilderness for 1260 days. The women’s offspring
both physical and spiritual are hunted destruction. When Christ returns,
the saints in hiding will be brought before Christ by the angels who will
gather them from the nations.
the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of
the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds
of heaven with power and great glory. 31And He will send His
angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His
elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
purpose of the persecution? Through the saints persecution many will come to
faith, and the sins of man will be manifest. During the “Sheep and Goats
judgment” (Matthew 25:31-46) the actions of those on Earth toward the saints
will be revealed. God will demonstrate his righteous judgments by the way
the saints were treated.
anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10He who leads into captivity
shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the
sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
If anyone has
is a call for understanding to those who are about to die. The ear is a
“Spiritual ear” in much the same way the letters to the churches addressed
those who had ears this is addressed to the surviving believers who are
about to be killed.
interesting point can be made here, the church is not addressed, but those
who have an ear. Since the church is not specifically mentioned, more then
likely the church was raptured prior to the tribulation.
is allowing this to happen for a purpose. In the 5th Seal, we
see those who are killed in the first half of the tribulation. Here saints
from the second half are prepared for what is to come. Death is not to be
feared because the very next phase for the martyr is Heaven in God’s
presence (Revelation 6:9-11, 7:9-11, 15:2) There is a place in Heaven
waiting for their arrival.
The ability to suffer for their testimony will bring many to a saving
knowledge in the last days. Much in the same way the early church spread
under persecution, this last group of Gentile and Jewish faithful will grow
allowing this persecution, because its only temporary and exposes those who
dwell on the earth for who they truly are. Daniel, also wrote about this
future period of persecution for the believer.
25 He shall
speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the
Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall
be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.
saw this period as 3.5 years (Time and times and half a time), to be
followed by a period when the saints would rule over the kingdom. Because
God would resurrect the martyred saints following this period of suffering,
they were to endure.
26 'But the
court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion, To consume and
destroy it forever. 27 Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of
the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the
saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And all
dominions shall serve and obey Him.'
13 "But you,
go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your
inheritance at the end of the days."
Chapter 13 Part 2
In Chapter 12
we see the dragon (Satan) who pursues the women (Israel) standing on the
“sand of the sea”. Out of the sea rises a Beast (kingdom of Antichrist)
which becomes the vehicle used by Satan to subdue the whole world under his
direct power. This kingdom of the Beast will use four realms of influence to
subdue man; politics, military, religious and economic. The Beast or the
“Little horn” of Daniel 7:8 focuses on the military and political realms.
While the second beast, the False Prophet will focus on the religious and
economic means of submission.
In the 13th
chapter, John sheds light on the methods used by this final world government
to cement his universal power. The religious aspect of his kingdom takes a
turn at the midpoint of the tribulation. The first 3.5 years of the 7-year
tribulation the Antichrist and the False Prophet unite the world under a
universal religious system (Revelation 17:1-6). In the 2nd half,
the focus of this religious system becomes the Beast inhabited by Satan. The
False Prophet performs satanic wonders including the “calling down of fire
from heaven” to awe humanity into worshipping the Beast. He points to the
resurrected Beast, the leader of the kingdom also called the Beast, urges
Earth’s inhabitants to worship him. He instructs the world to create and
worship an image of the first Beast. The image through satanic power appears
to come to life and speak. Those refusing to worship the image are subjected
to death. If the military, political and spiritual power did not convince
inhabitants of the Earth, the False Prophet applies economic tools to move
the Earth’s inhabitants to submit.
alive on the Earth at this point in the 7-year tribulation must choose. They
will have to accept the Antichrist as god on earth and live, or accept
Christ and face death. Those alive and faced with these choices will know
exactly what to do based on the 13th chapter of Revelation.
I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a
lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12And he exercises all the
authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those
who dwell in it to worship the first beast, who’s deadly wound, was healed.
I saw another
This is the third member of this unholy trinity, Satan’s counterfeit of the
trinity. This beast is a man called the “False prophet” (Rev 19:20). He is
a religious leader who counterfeits the Holy Spirit, by pointing to the
Beast (First Beast) as the object of truth and worship. The false-prophet
and the Antichrist work together from the start. This new world religion
will operate under the false ideal of “Relative truth”, those who insist on
Jesus being the focus of objective truth will be killed during the first
half of the tribulation. (Revelation 6:9-11) Jesus spoke about this
individual and the antichrist in the Olivet discourse,
false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders
to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25See, I have told you
Out of the
(Gr. Ge….arable land, earth as a standing place) Contrasted to the “Beast
out of the Sea” this Beast is out of the earth. Some commentators feel this
reference to the Earth means he will be an apostate religious leader as
opposed to being out of the sea of humanity.
He had two
horns like a lamb….
of areen, affection term lambkin used mainly in Revelation, 29 out of
30 times) Lambs are used mainly in the scriptures as a picture of sacrifice;
Jesus is called the “Lamb of God”, God’s Passover lamb. The lamblike nature
of this beast demonstrates his religious aspect. The two horns have
significant meaning and can be interpreted in several ways.
Horns are clearly spelled out in scripture as representing seats of
authority. The ten horns of the beast represent ten kings (Rev 17:12, Daniel
7:24). In Daniel 8, the horns on the ram and goat represent the King’s of
Greece, Persia and Media. These powers in the conflict, picture Greece as
the one-horned goat and Persia-Media as the two-horned ram. Jesus is also
pictured as a horn in Luke, He is called a “Horn of salvation”, (Luke
The two horns
on this lamb can represent two distinct religious systems unified by the
false prophet. There is strong evidence to suggest, this united religious
system will be the adulterous church pictured in three of the seven churches
(Laodicea, Sardis, Thyatira) unified with the remnants of Islam by the False
regarding this position:
Catholicism already accepts Muslims and Jews as having salvation,
without having to believe Jesus died on the Cross, or that he is the Son
Church's relationship with the Muslims.
"The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in
the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the
faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God,
mankind's judge on the last day."
who have not yet received the Gospel are related to the People of God in
various ways."325 The relationship of the Church with the
Jewish People. When she delves into her own mystery, the Church, the
People of God in the New Covenant, discovers her link with the Jewish
People,326 "the first to hear the Word of God."327 The
Jewish faith, unlike other non-Christian religions, is already a response to
God's revelation in the Old Covenant. To the Jews "belong the sonship, the
glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises;
to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is
the Christ",328 "for the gifts and the call of God are
major force on the scene must be reduced for the Jewish Temple to be
rebuilt at start of the 7-year tribulation period. The “Dome of the
Rock” must be destroyed which is either the cause or the conclusion of a
war between Islam and Israel. A defeated Islam will be ripe for a new
“Rapture” of the Church, those left behind will look to unify a world
filled with war and chaos, resulting from the Islamic war against
Israel, (Ezekiel 38-39), the Rapture and the rebuilding of the Jewish
Temple. This church is exemplified by the Jesus’ response to the 5
virgins who missed the coming of the bridegroom,
the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12But
he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
13“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour
which the Son of Man is coming. (Matthew 25:11-13)
This same warning to watch is issued to the church of Sardis, which is
warned they will miss his coming if they fail to watch.
Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you
will not know what hour I will come upon you. Revelation 3:3
adulterous church is destroyed in the 2nd half of the
tribulation period as this unified faith is turned away from the
adulterous women and toward the Beast. (Revelation
Spoke like a
source of this world religion will be Satan, whose goal is to destroy those
created in the image of God. Biblical Christianity is exclusive; there is
no room for a competing “Jesus”.
Jesus is the Son of God, and that He died on the cross. The Muslim Jesus is
not the Jesus of the Bible. Judaism today rejects Jesus as Messiah and
labels him a false prophet. Many in the ecumenical movement deny Jesus as
the son of God along with countless heretical beliefs. Here is what the
bible says about those who reject the biblical Jesus.
is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist
who denies the Father and the Son. 23Whoever denies the Son
does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father
will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your
name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you;
depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”
In the second
half involves the removal of religion’s mask, humanity will worship Satan in
the person of the Antichrist, who will demand worldwide worship. Those who
refuse will be killed. People worldwide will not be able to buy or sell
anything unless they totally submit to the Beast and his false prophet.
Daniel foretold this nature of the Antichrist over 2500 years ago.
regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard
any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all.
role of this “false prophet” is to help the world accept the claims of the
first beast. The first Beast is Satan manifested, so the second Beast is in
complete union with him and works to bring him credibility.
As Aaron was the spokesman for Moses before Pharaoh and Egypt. The false
prophet will represent the Beast before the world. In his name and presence
he points people on Earth to the Beast.
and wonders and demonic spirits the Earth is deceived.
for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should
believe the lie, 12that they all may be condemned who did
not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thes
I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the
dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false
prophet. 14For they are spirits of demons, performing signs,
which go out to the kings
the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great
day of God Almighty. Rev 16:13-14
The goal of
the false prophet is for people to accept the deification of the Beast
wound was healed….
The death and resurrection of the Beast at the Mid-point will be in
conjunction with the casting out of Satan from Heaven. His death and
resurrection will be highlighted as evidence for the Beast being God on
Earth. In the same way Jesus was crucified and resurrected was evidence of
his being the Son of God, Satan will counterfeit the resurrection.
performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on
the earth in the sight of men. 14And he deceives
who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the
sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to
the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.
false prophet does the signs as a means of deception. Signs are not limited
to God’s kingdom alone. God allows Satan to also perform signs as a way of
there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you
a sign or a wonder, 2and
the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying,
‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve
them,’ 3you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that
dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know
whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your
soul. 4You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and
keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast
to Him. Deuteronomy 131:1-4
coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with
all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10and with all unrighteous
deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of
the truth, that they might be saved. 2 Thess 2:9-10
A wicked and
adulterous generation will turn from “Truth” to a “Lie” for the sake of a
sign (Matthew 16:4). The psychics who claim to speak to the dead are in fact
speaking to “Familiar Sprits”, demons posing as departed loved ones (Lev
19:31, 20:6, 20:27). The practice is old; Satan has deceived people for
thousands of years using the system. But God allows the deception because
those who choose to follow the practice are being disobedient and in the
process failing a test. Satan’s restrictions on his deceptions will be
removed during the 2nd half of the tribulation.
impressive sign to those on the Earth who are being deceived, but a clear
identifier to believers who are waiting for the return of Christ. Who will
be able to question such signs without knowing the Truth? This is also
counterfeit of the two witnesses who called down fire on their enemies.
granted to do…..Satan
can only do what he is permitted to do as demonstrated in Job. Man is not
being tempted beyond his ability to say no. But the test on earth has
intensified because the time is short.
Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10Have
You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that
he has on every side? Job 1:9
false prophet instructs the inhabitants on the Earth how to worship the
The Image of
likeness, that is, (literally) statue, profile, or (figuratively)
representation, resemblance:—image., an icon) Those on the will demonstrate
their worship by making an image of the Beast. This is similar to Satan’s
deceptions throughout history. The man’s nature is to be worshipped if
ultimate power can be obtained. Great military leaders eventually viewed
themselves as god on Earth, Nebuchadnezzar, Alexander the great, and Julius
Caesar are 3 memorable ones. The 20th century, has had their
share of leader worship transferred to image veneration. Lenin, Mao, Kim il
Sung and Hitler are recent examples of leader worship turned to image
veneration. Man worship will ultimately be played out as Satan inhabits the
body of a man and demands the world worship him as god.
One of the
first acts of Satan is to immediately have the first 3 of 10 commandments
make an image.
worship the image
resurrection of the Beast will be the focus of the image for those dwelling
on the Earth.
In Daniel 3,
the bible prepares the world for this coming event by the example of
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. Three Hebrew boys who choose death rather
then worship the image the king of Babylon sets up. The image is 60 cubits
high, and 6 cubits wide, (60, 6) everyone was to bow to the image when the
music played. The Hebrews refused and were thrown into a firery furnace, and
were not harmed as one like; the “Son of God” rescued them. (Dan 3:25). The
message in Daniel is to the whole world, if three Hebrew boys could survive
a fiery furnace because the “Son of God” was in their midst, then we can
survive because the “Son of God” has redeemed us, but we must not submit to
Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits
and its width six cubits. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province
7 So at that
time, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp, and
lyre, in symphony with all kinds of music, all the people, nations, and
languages fell down and worshiped the gold image which King Nebuchadnezzar
had set up.
17 "If that is
the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery
furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.
18 "But if
not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor
will we worship the gold image which you have set up."
answered, "I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they
are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."
the book of Daniel demonstrates the way of salvation for those living in the
tribulation period. The picture of Daniel 3 when contrasted to Revelation
13 is striking.
King of Babylon Daniel 3:1
King of final Babylon (Revelation 17, 18, Isaiah 14)
King of Babylon set up an image
Antichrist sets up an image
Number associated with image
x 6 (Daniel 3:1)
666 (Rev. 13:18)
All peoples, nations and languages (Daniel 3:7)
All who Those who dwell on the (Rev. 13:8,14)
Worship the image or die
Worship the image or die
Jewish men refuse to worship
Jews, Israel refuses to worship
Thrown into a fiery furnace
Israel goes into great tribulation (Revelation 12:
One like the son of man
Son of Man (Daniel 7:13)
The image of
was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the
image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship
the image of the beast to be killed.
image created by men of the Beast seemingly comes to life. This Satanic
miracle is allowed to take place by God. Man is being tested by this part
of the strong delusion that God is allowing to fall on those who refuse to
believe the “Truth”. The “Image” of the Beast comes to life and takes and
further validates the identity of the “Beast”. Those who know the
scriptures will have a clear choice.
The image of
satanic powered Beast-Image is then able to reveal all who refuse worship,
those who refuse are executed. Worldwide hunts will begin for those who are
identified by the Beast for refusing to worship. For this reason many will
go into hiding and it will take the Angels at the return of Christ to bring
find them and bring them to meet their Lord.
the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of
the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds
of heaven with power and great glory. 31And He will send His
angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His
elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Matthew
system of the Beast
causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive
a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17and that no
one may buy or sell except one who has
mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast,
for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
False Prophet will implement a system to demand worship from all. The rich
and powerful will not be able to escape the requirements. All people will
need to submit to worshipping of the Beast.
To receive a
a scratch or etching, that is, stamp (as a badge of servitude), or
sculptured figure (statue):—graven, mark.)
Greek word indicates the mark to be an outside mark demonstrating loyalty
and submission to the Beast. The location of the mark is either on the
forehead or on the wrist.
That no one
may buy or sell…The
mark will be a system that allows control of the individual. Without
submission to the Beast there will be no ability to participate in the
clothing, shelter and fuel will not available to those who have not
submitted to the Beast.
technologies known as bio-metrics are being developed to track and control
segments of the population. With the increase in terrorism little
resistance to such a system can be logically justified today. Fear of
terrorism has removed many of our concerns of intrusive government; citizens
want to know who is a threat. One way is to have everybody marked and
accounted for. VeriChip is just one company developing a system that is
being used by some countries today.
types of identifications are listed.
of the Beast
of his Name
Let him who
is another call of understanding to those who are alive at the Midpoint.
This is one more piece of evidence for those who are alive not to accept the
The number of
Antichrist is a Man, and his name or some identifier is listed as a number.
Each letter in a name has a numerical equivalent. When the letters in a
name are added the total numerical value is the number of the name. Most
interpreters of revelation feel this is what is meant by this verse.
Whether the name uses a Greek or Hebrew letter is not known