Part 031 – The Beast – In Revelation


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Part 031

The Beast – In Revelation

Christ and the Antichrist

The Book of Revelation is an unveiling of Christ – the anointed One, the One whose right is to rule and reign, the One to Whom, God the Father will give “dominion, and glory, and a kingdom …” (Rev.1:1; Dan.7:13, 14). The Book of Revelation also has to do with a parallel counter-unveiling of the Antichrist to whom Satan, “the god of this age” (2Cor.4:4) will give “his power, his throne, and great authority” (Rev.13:1, 2). Satan will give the scepter to the Antichrist, 3½ years before his overthrow at the hands of the One to Whom God would have given the scepter. This will be the ultimate fulfillment of that which was announced by God in Gen.3:15: And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel. Then there is the matter of Israel and the nations occupying a central place in the Book of Revelation, exactly as seen throughout the Old Testament Scriptures.

God’s sovereign control

God’s plans and purposes made known in the Old Testament may appear to man as unattainable; but God with His omnipotent power and sovereign control of all things, can move men and nations as one might move pawns on a chessboard. God will have raised up this man Antichrist, to accomplish His plans and purposes, and this man will be no more than a pawn in God’s hands. This man, who will seek to destroy Israel, will be the person whose actions God will use to bring about Israel’s repentance and restoration. Once matters have been brought to a conclusion, God will judge this man for his actions. Note verses 4 and 5a of Isaiah chapter fifty-two which reflect on this matter. Verse four depicts the Assyrian Pharaoh in Egypt during Moses’ day, foreshadowing the first and last kings of Babylon during the Times of the Gentiles ― Nebuchadnezzar and the Beast. Then note Exo.9:16: But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up [the Assyrian Pharaoh in Egypt], that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth. What is said here about God’s dealings with the Assyrian Pharaoh, would exactly reflect on God’s dealings with Nebuchadnezzar and the Beast as well.

The distressful wailing to be heard among the Israelites in the Babylonian captivity, was heard earlier in the days of the Assyrian Pharaoh in Egypt, and it will be heard again during the days of the Beast, the future Assyrian. The distressful wailing yet future will result from an intense persecution, without parallel in history, at the hands of the Beast whom God would raise up. And this latter persecution will result in the repentance of the Jewish people. The Assyrian Pharaoh and the first king of Babylon were judged in history after God had used them to accomplish His own plans and purposes (Exo.14:13 – 15:12). And in a similar manner, the last king of Babylon, whom God will use to accomplish His own plans and purposes, will be judged as well (Rev.19:17-21).

Prominence of the Beast in Revelation

This man whom God will use ― Israel’s last and greatest enemy appearing during the final seven years of the Times of the Gentiles ― will under Satan, seek to destroy Israel. God though will bring matters to pass in such a manner that the end result of this man’s actions will be just the opposite of that which he set out to accomplish. This man is seen much earlier in the Book of Revelation, in chapter six, as the one riding forth on four different horses, each of a different color, covering events during the whole of the seven-year Tribulation (Rev.6:1-8). The breaking of the remaining three seals which include the trumpet and vial judgments, simply present details and commentary for that seen when the first four seals were broken. Then, this man, his actions, and the result of his actions are seen throughout chapters six through twelve; then we see a number of details about this man in chapter thirteen; and this man is seen throughout chapters fourteen through twenty as well.

An unholy trinity

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. And there will be a father-son relationship between Satan and the first Beast, comprising the first two individuals of an unholy trinity. 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 (Rev.13:12-14). Thus, the second Beast will function in a counterfeit realm to that seen in the work of the Holy Spirit (Matt.12:27, 28; John 16:13-15).

Wounded to death and lived

Just as God’s Son died and rose again, with all attention then directed toward Him by the Holy Spirit, the same thing will occur within the unholy trinity. Satan’s son, the first Beast, will receive “a deadly wound.” He will be “wounded to death,” and his wound will be “healed” (Rev.13:3, 12, 14; 17:8-11). Then all attention will be directed toward him by the second Beast. This man will be the seventh head commanding a ten kingdom federation of nations, as seen in Rev.12:3; 13:1. A mountain signifies a kingdom, and according to Rev.17:9, 10, these seven heads have to do with “seven mountains” denoting “seven kings” with kingdoms. This man, the seventh head, in Revelation chapter thirteen and seventeen, will be slain and then be raised from the dead, shortly after he comes into power, near the middle of the Tribulation (Rev.13:3, 5). In chapter seventeen he is seen ascending out of “the bottomless pit” (the abyss), a place where only the dead or the demons would be confined. Then, once the Beast ascends out of the abyss – once he has been raised from the dead – he is seen as the eighth Beast, though still of the original seven (Rev.17:11). And it will be at this time that “all the world,” seeing that which has occurred, will become engaged in Satan worship and Beast worship, saying, “Who is like unto the Beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (Rev.13:4, 8).

The image of the Beast

The second Beast introduces image worship by causing an image of the first Beast to be built and then giving life to that image. The image is then given ability to both speak and cause those on the earth to worship the image of the Beast, under penalty of death (Rev.13:14, 15).  The image of the Beast would undoubtedly be an object to keep the attention of the world fixed upon the Beast (Rev.14:9-11; 15:2; 16:2; 19:20; 20:4). The Old Testament counterpart to this image would be the image set up by Nebuchadnezzar, the first king of Babylon during the Times of the Gentiles. All were commanded to worship the image, under penalty of death (Dan.3:4-6). Three Jews, who refused, were cast into a furnace heated seven times hotter than normal (Dan.3:8-22). But the three Jews were protected in the fire after a manner that not a hair on their head was singed (Dan.3:23-27). Then, the king realized what had occurred and Who had protected them in the fire and decreed that all peoples, nations, and languages were to recognize and honor the God of the Jews (Dan.3:28-30). These events foreshadow that which will occur during and beyond the Tribulation ― the world caused to worship an image under the penalty of death, the Jewish people refusing, Divine protection provided for them in the fires of the Tribulation, deliverance of the Jewish people at the end, and the final result being the same as in the type ― the God of the Jews recognized and honored by the nations of the world (Ezek.36:33-36; 37:21-28; 39:21-29).

The mark of the Beast

A correct rendering of Rev.13:17, from the Greek text would be “and that no one may buy or sell, except one who has the mark, [which is] the name of the Beast or the number of his name.” The name of the Beast is not given, though his number is provided in verse eighteen ― “for it is the number of a man: his number is 666.” The name or the number of the Beast will be placed on the right hand or the forehead (possibly an implanted chip or some type of printing which can be scanned). And without this mark, no one will be able to “buy or sell” (Rev.13:17). This is what is about to come upon the whole world, and the time in view can only be very near at hand.