Who or What is The Beast of Revelation?
Looking Behind the Curtain
Satan’s wrath sits heavily upon humanity because he is the destroyer and he knows his time is short.
America is just beginning to bear the brunt and I’m not confident it will ever get better. Satan’s wrath is steeped in hatred against God and God’s children and especially Israel.
God’s wrath, by contrast, is the ultimate expression of His absolute love for mankind.
To prepare for class this Tuesday, I want to look at the identity of this ferocious BEAST and discover some of the meaning behind it’s heavy portrait symbolism.
I hope it will spark your interest to study it more as it’s one of the largest topics in the book of Revelation.
When John first saw this imposing caricature, it must have been a stunner!
What Is the Seven-Headed Leopard Beast of Revelation 13?
The beast with seven heads and 10 horns introduced in Revelation 13 represents Satan’s eighth and final empire: The Turkey-led Ottoman Caliphate.
11 The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven.
Let’s take a closer look at a few of his key features to get a better understanding of the nature of the beast.
* It has authority, power, and a throne, which point to its being a political entity – 13:2.
* God points out its blasphemy 3 times in 8 verses indicating it’s deeply connected to a religious system in addition to being a political entity – 13:1,5-6
* It combines features of the beasts described in Daniel 7:2-8 showing that it’s a future empire in Satan’s line of anti-Semitic empires (Da. 7:17).
* It ascends “out of the sea” (13:1), which is symbolic of the turbulent masses of Gentile nations – Rev. 17:15
“Seven Heads and Ten Horns”
The key to understanding the “seven heads” of the beast is given in Revelation 17 which says the seven heads are symbolic of “seven kings,” or empires (Rev. 17:9,10).
So the seven heads of the beast of Revelation 13:1 represent Satan’s seven former empires designed to oppress the chosen people and dominate the land of Israel.
The seven heads represent Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, and the Ottoman Empire. One of these former empires will return as the eighth empire.
The ten horns of Revelation 13:1 are also explained in Revelation 17 in verse 12,
12 “The ten horns you saw are ten kings… they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.
Here we see that the ten horns are symbolic of ten kings that form themselves into an empire (beast) having one mind. This is precisely what occurs in the formation of a Caliphate.
Ten Muslim nations willingly surrender their sovereignty as independent kings to form something better and bigger than themselves aka the Islamic Caliphate.
After this empire is formed and established, Antichrist mysteriously appears as the 11th king and wrestles control of the Caliphate to be appointed its ruler or “Caliph” – Dan. 7:24-25.
From all this, we conclude that the seven headed, ten horned beast of Revelation 13 is a symbolic picture, from the imagination of God Himself, representing the coming eighth empire, the last of Satan’s mighty empires to destroy Israel.
The Turkey led Islamic Empire is resurrecting and coming back to life today! Out of the midst of the Middle East chaos the beast will suddenly appear, and the world will never be the same.
America is in a spiritual battle as the forces of evil come against President Trump this week.
Will you please commit to pray for America and for the President and his family as the Impeachment Trial begins.
On the first day of impeachment proceedings we see Adam Schiff demanding that the Senate allow new witnesses and new evidence. Huh?? Sounds like Adam Schiff and his friends in Congress knew full well that their dog and pony show didn’t accomplish anything, and now they want the Senate to do the job for them.
Impeachment Trial Begins
An Urgent Request
This week, as President Trump is addressing the World Economic Forum in Switzerland encouraging increased business and trade with America, the impeachment process goes to the next level in Washington.
Such a contrast!
As the President continues to focus on building up this country and helping the people of this nation, he is attacked by those who should be thrilled about the great job he is doing.
It is a bleak and telling contrast when you compare what’s on his agenda today to the agenda of his enemies with only their political gain in mind.
They are not talking about or working for the successes, the booming economy, the great things about America, or the opportunities to continue building and strengthening—they would like to put a stop to it immediately.
Since the day the Democrats lost the last election, they are only interested in one thing—removing this President from office.
Join me in praying for President Trump today and for Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell as he navigates the impeachment process in the Senate.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say there will be more prophecy unfolding and more prophecy fulfilled in this decade than at any time in the last 2000 years!
Jesus described the signs at the end of the age as birth pangs (Mt. 24:8) indicating they would increase and become more intense as we draw closer to the Lord’s return.
That’s exactly what happened in the last decade. Explosive events in the Middle East like the Syrian civil war, the rise of ISIS and the Arab Spring led to the disruption of Libya, Iraq, Yemen and Egypt and set the stage for the rise of Turkey and Iran.
What do all these nations have in common? They all play a significant role in Bible prophecy.
The pattern of increasing prophetic activity will continue throughout the roaring 2020’s as the King of Glory maneuvers our world into position toward the countdown of the Rapture and Tribulation.
You never know… this decade may even include the Rapture and the 7-year Tribulation before it’s over! Are you ready for His upward call,
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).
We are living in a time when the battle between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan is intensifying as Satan knows that his time is short.
I’m convinced that this is because we are nearing the return of Christ-and the ultimate annihilation of Satan’s kingdom.
We are entering the most important decade since the Lord ascended to heaven from the Mount of Olives in the first century.
The Lion of the Tribe of Judah will roar from Zion this decade to remind us His return is closer than ever!