The Book of Revelation
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The Beast Chapter
I want to say very emphatically that our Father does not deal in multi-headed beasts, even though there are a myriad of paintings over the centuries depicting such things in Revelation. The imaginations of men are fanciful at times and many of them run rampant.
Greek mythology has quite a few of them; the head-sprouting Hydra, the three-headed Chimera, the three-headed dog Cerberus, the two-headed ogres, the 100-headed Ladon and on and on it goes.
Scripture is not Greek mythology so there are no physical multi-headed beasts in this chapter.
Yes, we have found some spiritual entities in previous chapters that were referred to as beasts, the Zoon or Zoa (Plural), but we also found out that they were rather living creatures in the Texts, the word beast being used by the translators of the Texts, which is where we get our English translations of our Bibles.
Truth be known, these beasts probably looked like angels because we have no other descriptions that would vary from that or lead us to believe otherwise.
Mankind is sometimes referred to as a living creature.
So these Multi-headed beasts that we will soon read about must be REPRESENTATIVE of something else, or put another way, they must be SYMBOLOGY that REPRESENTS something else. To some that might make understanding this chapter very difficult but when that happens Father will always find a way for it to be interpreted for you to understand.
Remember that Jesus once said that His parables were not for all to understand and then He went and explained the meaning to all who had been listening or to you as you read them.
A thousand years ago, and many more, it was difficult for theologians to interpret and explain the Scriptures to some degree and many of them disagreed among themselves over the same point. Some of that came from misinterpreting a Hebrew or Greek verb or noun and this threw a different light on the subject.
Some stuck to their guns, refusing to admit that they had erred in their interpretation, because of their stature within the church and community. That, no doubt, misled many, many people but their ego would not allow an admission of error.
Regardless of what time it might have been throughout all of history, the Bible was able to be completely understood if one took the time to understand the languages with which the Texts were written, understand the many figures of speech and if one had difficulty in doing that, they simply looked to a learned pastor and relied on him. Which many people do even to this day, as hard to find as they might be.
Dr. Bullinger, the scholar that wrote the parallel column in the Companion Bible, once said that it was almost impossible for people to see in their mind how the entire world could witness an event at one time. He remarked, with some pride, that, with the invention of the telegraph and the telephone, that events could travel around the world in a few days. He lived during the turn of the 19th century.
How fortunate we are today that we can see events happening around the world in nanoseconds with GPS and communication satellites, digital TV, and streaming video on our smartphones. The five month period will be seen by billions of people at the same time and with our own eyes.
We won’t have to question fake news reports or videos and pictures altered by Photoshop, or wonder if what is being presented to us is the real truth.
This only further cements in my mind the belief that we are living in the generation of the fig tree. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if digital technology was the one last invention, that our Father would use, to show the entire world, at the same time, the end of this dispensation and the coming of our Lord.
Let’s see how many scoff at the truth of our Father’s Word when that happens.
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.
Revelation 13:2 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.
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. KJV
If a person were to take those words literally it’s no wonder that so many people are scared to death of Revelation!
Let’s step ahead, for a moment, and find out, again, what “water” or the “sea” means in this book:
Ref: Revelation 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. KJV
Waters or seas represents all the people of the world. All the different races, nations, different languages and different populations.
This beast that came up from the people is a political system.
And the dragon gave him his power. Who is the dragon? Satan/Antichrist gave this system it's power because he brought all these world leaders together and had them sit at the same table.
The people themselves elect the politicians of this system. Unless a nation is run by a dictator, most countries elect their representatives to their own government.
Not only the political system of this country but of all countries. They will make an alliance with Satan/Antichrist. And please do not overlook these words: For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will. HIS WILL. Not theirs. Not what they decide to do but what our Father wants them to do. He is in control of this entire situation.
Our Father allows the locust army in chapter 9, He stops the four angels from blowing the four winds, He tells Satan/Antichrist who he can mess around with and who he cannot. He is in control of every minute of these five months.
If you believe in Him and love Him you will have His seal on you and you are fully protected by His loving hand. Those that have listened to some false preacher all their lives and never studied for themselves are going to be in a cesspool of religious confusion.
Don’t let yourself end up there with them.
But there’s going to be a cockroach in the gravy… And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death. Somebody, within this group of leaders, is not going to go along with the program, somebody is going to pick up their marbles and go home, someone within this New World Order that Satan/Antichrist controls.
And his deadly wound was healed. It will all be smoothed over and the entire world will wonder in admiration.
Revelation 13:4 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? KJV
They worshipped Satan/Antichrist because he was able to bring all the world leaders together, at one time, and they were pleased because the future looked brighter than it has in a long time.
All of the world’s political leaders: Presidents, Prime Ministers, Dictators, Heads of State, Monarchs and such will align themselves for the sole purpose of gaining power and money. Just look at Bill and Hillary….dead broke when he went into office and today they’re worth over 55 million dollars and Bill is the richest living president.
Now, we could speculate on how all these world leaders would come together and the United Nations comes to my mind. There are about 196 nations on earth, with a few changing occasionally because of internal conflicts.
As of 2011 there were 193 member nations so that only leaves 3 nations that have not joined. The real power within the UN is in being one of the five “permanent members” and they are the United States, China, France, Russia and the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).
I believe that the deadly wound will be one of these nations rebuking the others and leaving. Who might that be? Again, I think it will be the United States. And the wound will heal when our president is talked into coming back to the table.
I also believe that Obama plays a part in our Father's plan because Obama, and his policies, will bring this nation, this only remaining superpower, down to the same level as lesser countries, making all leaders at this meeting on equal footing.
Just my humble opinion.
Don’t forget….the one who is bringing all these nations together looks exactly like Jesus Christ. Not some red-skinned dude wearing red flannel underwear with a forked tail and horns on his head.
Revelation 13:5 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.
Revelation 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. KJV
Speaking great things and blasphemies. How does Satan/Antichrist blaspheme our Father? By telling the world that he is the true Messiah and we know that these 42 months have been shortened to a five month period. Have you forgotten already?
Ref: Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. KJV
Ref: Mark 13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. KJV
Shortened to what length of time?
Ref: Revelation 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. KJV
Ref: Revelation 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. KJV
There are four powers that govern the entire world and we deal with them on a daily basis and they are politics, religion, education and the economy. Governments control their subjects by manipulating at least three of them. Religion, in most countries, is left alone because some governments and religion are inseparable. You can’t have one without the other and these are usually Middle Eastern countries.
If you’ll remember, back in the last chapter, I said that Satan had this same political system in heaven:
Ref: Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. KJV
But here on earth he has added three extra crowns, it’s gone from seven to ten. He’s got a little more power here on earth than he did in heaven.
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.
Revelation 13:8 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. KJV
The saints are all of our Father’s children, but, in particular, those here on earth during this tribulation. And he can mess around with everyone who’s….. names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb. Those who do not have the seal of God in their head.
Revelation 13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
Revelation 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. KJV
Satan/Antichrist will captivate almost everybody with his deception and appearance but he too will go into captivity by being placed in the pit for the length of the Millennium. At that end, he’ll be released for another five-month period, it's called a short season, because earth time, as we know it, will not be in effect AFTER our Lord returns and from this point that was 1000 years ago.
Ref: Revelation 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. KJV
Why a second five-months? Because the purpose of the Millennium is to give those souls, those people, that never had a chance of hearing the truth in this age, they will be taught during this 1000 years and as the overcomers were tempted and tested in this life, so will they who receive the truth during the Millennium. Five months of temptation by Satan. No longer the Antichrist.
Our Father is fair.
Revelation 13:11 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.
Who is referred to as the lamb in the New Testament? Jesus Christ, of course. It says that this beast was like a lamb. Didn’t say that it WAS the lamb but LIKE a lamb.
But he spoke like a dragon. Who is the dragon? We read about it in the last chapter. Here we are:
Revelation 12:9 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. KJV
The dragon is Satan. I’ve been telling you for some time now that Satan/Antichrist will look exactly like Jesus Christ and here is the description saying he was like the lamb. The Lamb of God. The Lamb slain.
This second beast, you will note, comes up out of the earth, not the sea (people of the world), but it’s essentially the same and he is the religious leader, the religious beast, the religious system.
Now we have been introduced to the entire structure of Satan/Antichrist: the political system and the religious system. Both of these will, and have, work simultaneously with the other two categories; education and the economy.
Education because people in church organizations have been taught the rapture theory since 1830 and economical because without the mark many will not be able to buy and sell.
Revelation 13:12 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. KJV
A few decades ago the new world order was a fledgling concept with scarce participants but today the coalition meshes together almost faster than one can keep up with. I’ve mentioned the European Union as an example of the new world order coming together.
It’s easy for Europe to form that union because there are so many country/states that border each other but there are other organizations that countries from around the world join together in and it boils down to essentially the same format.
Just this morning on the news it was reported that Prime Minister Putin of Russia is going to give nuclear technology to Egypt, so they can build a nuclear power plant, and if that happens it will make tensions rise even further in the Middle East.
Israel has been worried for years that President Assad of Syria has been taking their nuclear plant technology and converting it for use in atomic weaponry. Here in the U.S. our senators and congressmen are trying to stop that from happening while President Obama threatens to use executive orders to override anything that congress does to try to stop President Assad.
Doesn’t take a smart person to realize that Obama has Muslim sympathies and little love for Israel.
Humanism plays an important part within the new world order.
Here is the definition of humanism:
An outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems.
Any pastor or preacher that tells you that you can get rich through the Scriptures practices humanism. The technical term for it is prosperity theology.
The leader of the pack, this elite group of prosperity preachers, is Joel Osteen. And I don’t care if that makes you angry or not. He and his wife are coming soon to Atlanta and every time I see their commercial on TV I get red in the face and I almost get sick.
He stands there flashing his pearly whites, with a huge grin on his face, while the crowd, numbering in the tens of thousands, watching him raise his bible into the air, roars in approval of everything he says. It’s disgusting, it’s sickening. Not so much that he’s doing it, but rather the people in attendance almost worshipping the stage that he stands on.
And if you think that people love Joel Osteen, wait until they hear Satan/Antichrist because he WILL have the power to forgive debt, make sure that your mortgage is paid in full, give you all the creature comforts that you desire.
The people that listen to Joel Osteen are being groomed and primed for destruction. I call Osteen the “crowd warmer”. He’s the second-rate comedian that comes out and gives his act before the headline comedian. Gets people laughing and warmed up so that even bad jokes from the headliner will make people laugh.
Osteen is the band that comes out first to play for an hour while you listen to his music, have a few drinks and get “warmed up” for the headline band. And he’s making a pile of money doing it.
Well, the real religious headliner will be here soon and although the crowds don’t know it yet, they’ll believe every word he speaks and it will turn their souls to darkness.
Humanism is worldwide and it’s extremely popular. These preachers pretend to heal people and cast out demons and spirits, cancer and maladies. They pretend to heal, they make you believe that they can, and they steal your money and your eternity.
Can they make lightning come from the sky on a clear day? Satan/Antichrist can.
No wonder at all that Christ said that the whole world will be deceived.
Ref: Revelation 12:9 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. KJV
Revelation 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
Revelation 13:14 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. KJV
Lightning coming from the sky.
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. KJV
Satan/Antichrist has power over the beast because the beast is his system, he PUT it in power, and he controls it. Superficially, anyway. He has the power ONLY because our Father has given it to him.
They will not worship the beast if they have the seal of God in their mind, the knowledge of the good Messiah and the bad messiah. I’ve heard some preachers say that our Father forgives all sin, no matter what. Is that really true? Can a human being do ANYTHING and it be forgiven? Let’s find out:
Ref: Luke 12:10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. KJV
Now, there are two meanings given here. One, if you are delivered up before the councils of Satan/Antichrist, and being one of our Father’s Election, you try to speak your own words instead of letting the Holy Spirit speak through you; or you refuse to stand before him, you have committed the unforgivable sin. There is no remission available. It is blasphemy.
Secondly, if you are one of His Election and you decide to take advantage of all the offerings that Satan/Antichrist will afford people, thinking, maybe, that you can get forgiveness before the true Messiah comes, you have committed the unforgivable sin,. There is no remission available. It is blasphemy.
Do not worry. If you are one of His Election those two thoughts will never enter into your mind. The killing is in a spiritual sense. There will be no blood running down the streets.
Revelation 13:16 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: KJV
This mark of the beast is simply the opposite of the seal of God. The mark means that you believe that the false messiah is the true Messiah and you willingly go along with his programs. This mark is not ON you, this mark is IN you. It's a belief that you harbour in your mind that this false christ is the true Christ.
Revelation 13:17 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. KJV
If you believe that Satan/Antichrist is truly the true christ you will willingly work for him, you will try to convince others that don’t believe that he really is the Son of God. This mark is not a tattoo, nor a computer chip; nor a bank card. It is a belief that Satan/Antichrist is the true god.
On the other hand, if you are one of His Elect and you know that he’s a fake you will probably lose things like your EBT card, your SS check may stop coming, you may not receive medical care through Obamacare…..you will probably be ostracized from every government program that you might be participating in.
This is not a Hollywood movie. The people that are convinced that Satan/Antichrist is the true christ are not walking around like zombies with blood dripping from their chin. They still look just like you and I.
Right now there are about 45 million people in this country on food stamps. The SNAP program. And I would bet you a dollar to a donut that 70% of them are fraudulently signed up. It’s a major rip-off and the government supports it. They don’t actively peruse the people committing this fraud.
It’s truly taking from those that have and giving it to those that are too lazy to go out and get it on their own. These dead-beats will fall for the promises of Satan/Antichrist and ask where the line begins so they can sign up. The only thing that they will sign is their own spiritual death certificate.
Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. KJV
Here we come to the infamous 666. If there is just one thing that the majority of people believe, it’s that this number will be tattooed on you somewhere. Back of your hand or on your forearm or some believe, on your forehead.
Some will think that it will look like the "stamp" that the doorman puts on the back of your hand when you want to leave a club for a short time and then come back in without having to pay the entrance fee again.
Absolutely nothing could be further from the truth. Satan/Antichrist is here to win souls and he’ll do it peacefully and if every person that has the 666 tattooed on their face is trying to convince unbelievers to join up with them, it will never work. People are lazy and stupid, not blind.
We're going to go back into the languages a bit and find out what verse 18 is really talking about.
Let’s start with the word man. This is where all the so-called bible scholars stand up and tell you that the Antichrist is going to be a man. Probably the Pope or Obama, these are the top two choices today. It used to be a man from Europe.
That’s as far as I’m going with this nonsense. We’re going to let our Father tell us who this “man” is and I’m going to give the Strong’s Concordance numbers to make it easy for those that still doubt the truth of the explanation.
The word man in the Greek is anthropos:
✡ Man_NT: 444--anthropos (anth'-ro-pos); from NT:435 and ops (the countenance; from NT:3700); man-faced, i.e. a human being:
To most people the problem would be solved right here for it says man-faced and by example a human being. But notice that it is FROM NT 435 and let’s see what that means.
✡ From_NT:435--aner (an-ayr'); a primary word [compare NT:444]; a man (properly as an individual male):
Now, instead of being a human being, it’s gone to being a male.
Again, let’s keep going and see what NT:3700 means.
✡ From_NT:3700--optanomai (op-tan'-om-ahee); a (middle voice) prolonged form of the primary (middle voice) optomai (op'-tom-ahee); To gaze (i.e. with wide-open eyes, as at something remarkable;
To those that are not aware of who Satan/Antichrist is, this man or entity, is going to make people astonished, eyes wide-open in amazement.
I have quoted from Dr. Bullinger’s scholarly biblical work before and I am going to do it again in this instance concerning the usage/translation of the word “man” in this particular verse. I am quoting from the Companion Bible, Appendix 123: The Synonymous Words for “Man”, “Men”.
***Sometimes the word man is added in translating the Masculine Gender of Adjectives or Nouns, in which case IT IS NOT one of the words given below:
1.) Anthropos. (It is NOT a man-faced or human being)
2.) Aner. (It is NOT an individual male)
In other words, Dr. Bullinger is explaining that the word man was used to transfer the masculine gender to the noun beast. Don’t let this be a stumbling block for you because it really is very simple. The transcribers of the Original Manuscripts were not trying to imply that the beast was a man, i.e., a human being, but rather the beast was of the male gender and not the female gender, ok?
A “man-faced entity” would probably have worked better since the beast, which is the subject of the verse, is Satan in his role as Antichrist. Satan will be in a spiritual body and since we are made in the image and likeness of God and the angles then Satan, in his role as Antichrist, will look just like us or, more profoundly, just like the true Jesus Christ. The verse is absolutely NOT saying that the beast will be a man or a human being.
Let’s look at the word count:
✡ Count_NT: 5585 psephizo (psay-fid'-zo); from NT: 5586; to use pebbles in enumeration.
The prime root of NT:5585 is NT:5586 so let’s see what that word means:
✡ Root Word_NT: 5586 psephos (psay'-fos); from the same as NT: 5584; a pebble (as worn smooth by handling)
Don’t get all upset if you don’t remember these two Greek words because it’s their meaning that’s important. It means to use pebbles to count with and these pebbles have been worn smooth by handling them while you are counting. Imagine, if you will, a rock with sharp edges being thrown into a creek. Do you know how long it will take for the friction of the water on the rock to wear the sharp edges down to where the rock is smooth all over? Eons. Ages.
It’s an idiom that means that we should look far back in time to identify this astonishing entity.
If you will remember, there was someone else that was associated with a mark. It happened a long, long time ago and his name was Cain and it goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. And who was Cain’s father? The Serpent. Lucifer. The Devil. Satan.
Let’s look at six hundred threescore and six.
In the above number the six hundred is pretty plain to see; a score of something is 20 and three” score would be 60 and the number 6 will stand alone. So, if we add them all together we get: 600 + 60 (three score) + 6=666.
The number six is always associated with man and Satan and the number 666 simply means that Satan/Antichrist will have his day at the time of the:
It is at this time that Satan will appear in his role as Antichrist.
It may look like I have just skipped over the seven heads, the ten horns and the ten crowns from verse 1 but I’ll explain them fully when we get to chapter 17.
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15 February 2015