Part 027 – The Beast – In the types

The Book of REVELATION

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Part 027

The Beast – In the Types 

The Two Beasts

Revelation chapter thirteen presents two beast – one rising up out of “the sea” (v.1), and the other rising up out of “the earth [the land]” (v.11). “The sea” is used referring to the Gentile nations; and “the land” is used referring to the Jewish people. The first Beast is revealed to be a political leader, seen as the rider on the white horse when the first seal of the seven-sealed scroll was broken, riding forth, “conquering and to conquer” (Rev.6:1, 2). And in Rev.13:1, he is seen 3½ years later, having achieved his aspirations of worldwide dominion and he will draw his power from Satan (Rev.13:2); and will sit in the rebuilt Temple on the Temple Mount, declaring himself to be God (2Thess.2:4; Matt.24:15). The second Beast will be a pseudo spiritual leader (v.11) who will draw his power from the first Beast and through supernatural powers and signs will direct attention to the first Beast causing all those who are dwelling on the earth to worship him.

The first Beast

The first Beast alone is the one occupying the limelight from Revelation six through twenty and he is seen in a similar manner throughout the Scripture, in both Old and New Testaments. But mankind knows very little about this man and because of this, he will be able to rise on the scene and deceive the masses, including many in Israel. Before dealing with Revelation chapter thirteen, it would be best to start from the Old Testament and see how this man is introduced and dealt with, all through Scripture.

Three main Old Testament types of the Beast

First of all let us start viewing things from the perspective of three main Old Testament types:

(1)    Nimrod in Genesis

(2)    The Assyrian Pharaoh in Exodus

(3)    Haman in Esther

(1)            Nimrod, the first king of Babylon (Gen.10:6a, 8-12)

The cursed lineage

Nimrod was a grandson of Ham. In this respect, the Beast is first seen in Scripture through one from a lineage which Noah had cursed, which had been downgraded to the position of “servants of servants [the lowest of servants]” for the remainder of mankind (Gen.9:24-25). The cursed lineage of Ham is set in opposition to the lineage of Shem, through which God’s blessings to all mankind would flow (Gen.9:26-27). The descendents of Shem through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will be the ones whom the Beast typified by Nimrod will seek to destroy, when he rises to power.

A servant, when he reigns

And note that which Scripture has to say in Prov.30:21, 22 about a person from this lineage occupying a regal position, as Nimrod occupied. “For three things the earth is disquieted [the earth quakes], and for four which it cannot bear: For a servant when he reigns…” The first of the four things due to which the earth is disquieted/quakes is for a servant, when he reigns. Nimrod in the type ruled a kingdom in his day (Gen.10:10) and the Beast in the antitype will rule the world in his day, producing similar conditions to those seen in Prov.30:21, 22.

He went out conquering and to conquer

Two things are said about the activities of Nimrod, when he is introduced in Gen.10:8, 9. Nimrod “began to be a mighty one on the earth” and “he was a mighty hunter before the Lord” [something repeated in the verse]. The expression, “before the Lord” has been already used in Gen.6:11, relative to wickedness in the earth preceding the flood. All this would lead to the thought of Nimrod hunting men rather that game in the field. Exactly corresponding to the type, the last king of Babylon will likewise become “a mighty one in the earth” and he will as well, become “a mighty hunter before the Lord.” He will begin his quest for power as seen when the first seal is broken in Rev.6:1, 2, “he went out conquering and to conquer.” And he will have achieved this power 3½ years later, as seen in Rev.12:3; 13:1-7.

The destruction of Nimrod and his kingdom

Then in Genesis chapter eleven we see Nimrod and those in his kingdom building a tower, seeking to make a name for themselves and attempting to keep the kingdom intact, producing a unified kingdom of that day (Gen.11:1-4). This of course, foreshadows the last king doing a very similar thing ― …The dragon gave him his power, his throne and great authority (Rev.13:2). …And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue and nation (Rev.13:7). The Lord came down and destroyed the kingdom in Nimrod’s day (Gen.11:5-9), exactly as He will do when the final form of this kingdom appears yet future (Rev.6:12-17).

A new beginning

Then in the latter part of Genesis chapter eleven Abraham was called out of the same area where Nimrod’s kingdom existed, to go to another land and realize an inheritance therein (Gen.11:31 – 12:4). And yet future, after God deals with the final form of the Babylonian kingdom, He will call the descendents of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob out of the same area where the Antichrist’s kingdom existed (worldwide) to go into another land and realize an inheritance therein (Deut.30:1-5; Ezek.34:11-13; Ezek.39:21-29). Thus, after the repentance, regathering and restoration of the people of Israel, the Millennial Era will be ushered in and that will be the age in which, not only Israel but all mankind will realize the purpose for which they were created.