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Beasts Of Revelation And Daniel

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    Part 1 THE BEASTS OF REVELATION AND DANIELThere are three seven-headed, ten-horned beasts mentioned in the book of Revelation (Rev. 12:3; 13:1; 17:3). Additionally, the seventh chapter of Daniel speaks of four beasts rising up from the ocean. Are these beasts all the same, or are they different? Is it possible for us to identify who or what these beasts represent? In this article, we are going to examine these beasts and attempt to identify them in order to better understand end-time prophecies. Let's start by looking at the seven-headed, ten-horned dragon spoken of in Revelation 12: REVELATION 12:3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. 4 His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. 6 The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days. 7 And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled down that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. (NIV) This great red dragon with seven heads, ten horns and seven crowns is plainly identified in this passage as Satan, the devil (v. 9). The reference to "his angels" clearly is speaking of the fallen angels. Notice that this seven-headed representation of Satan has seven crowns on its heads. The significance of this will become more evident as we progress in our study. Now let's look at the beast in Revelation 17 to see if it also symbolizes Satan, or if it represents someone or something else: REVELATION 17:1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, "Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality." 3 And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, 5 and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, "BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." 6 And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered greatly. 7 And the angel said to me, "Why do you wonder? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. 8 The beast that you saw was, and is not [ouk estin], and is about to come up out of the Abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come. (NASU) In Revelation 17:8, the angel tells John that the "beast" he saw "WAS and IS NOT and WILL COME." The language used by the angel definitely implies a time element. Most scholars date this prophecy recorded by John to approximately the year 95 C.E. The angel clearly tells John that, at that point in time, the beast "is not." The Greek phrase ouk estin is in the PRESENT tense. Yet the angel says that the beast "was" in the past, and he also says that the beast "will come up out of the Abyss" in the future. What does this mysterious statement mean? First, let's see what this statement does NOT mean. Many Bible scholars and commentators teach that this beast represents a revival of the Roman empire and that the great harlot is the Roman Catholic Church. However, the time element shown here doesn't fit with this identification. At the time John received the vision, Rome was still the dominant power in the world. The angel could not have truthfully said Rome "is not" at the time this prophecy was given. So who is this beast? To interpret this symbol correctly, it's first vital that we understand the identity of the one who comes "up out of the Abyss." Only when this is comprehended can the prophecy be correctly interpreted. Therefore, we have to start by determining what the Abyss is. A passage from Luke helps set the context for the understanding the Abyss: LUKE 8:26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!" 29 For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. 30 Jesus asked him, saying, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion," because many demons had entered him. 31 And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the Abyss. 32 Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. 33 Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned. (NKJV) Here we see that the demons possessing this man were terrified of being confined to the Abyss. As other Scriptures indicate, the Abyss is a spiritual prison where some fallen angels and demons are currently being restrained. The Bible teaches that there are at least two different groups of fallen angels and demons: (1) Those who can move around freely, and (2) those who are now locked up in "chains of darkness."Several passages of Scripture speak of the Abyss and those spirit beings currently locked up there: JUDE 6 And the angels who did not keep their own position, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains in deepest darkness for the judgment of the great Day. (NRSV) II PETER 2:4 For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but condemned them to the chains of Tartarus and handed them over to be kept for judgment; (NAB) I PETER 3:19 . . . He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. (NKJV)
     
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    Part 2 THE BEASTS OF REVELATION AND DANIELAt the sounding of the fifth trumpet, this prison will be opened and the evil spirit inmates chained there freed: REVELATION 9:1 Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from heaven onto the earth, and the angel was given the key to the shaft leading down to the Abyss. 2 When he unlocked the shaft of the Abyss, smoke rose out of the Abyss like the smoke from a huge furnace so that the sun and the sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss, 3 and out of the smoke dropped locusts onto the earth: they were given the powers that scorpions have on the earth: 4 they were forbidden to harm any fields or crops or trees and told to attack only those people who were without God's seal on their foreheads. 5 They were not to kill them, but to give them anguish for five months, and the anguish was to be the anguish of a scorpion's sting. 6 When this happens, people will long for death and not find it anywhere; they will want to die and death will evade them. 7 These locusts looked like horses armoured for battle; they had what looked like gold crowns on their heads, and their faces looked human, 8 and their hair was like women's hair, and teeth like lion's teeth. 9 They had body-armour like iron breastplates, and the noise of their wings sounded like the racket of chariots with many horses charging. 10 Their tails were like scorpions' tails, with stings, and with their tails they were able to torture people for five months. (NJB) The king or ruler over these released evil spirits is known as Abaddon/Apollyon (Rev. 9:11); both these names mean "Destroyer." For additional information on this powerful angel and his activities in the end-time, see my article "Who Is The 'Destroyer'?." This takes us back to Revelation 17:8 once more: REVELATION 17:8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come. (NIV) Abaddon, the angelic king, "was" free on the earth at some time in the past. Yet because of his wickedness and sins, God saw that it was necessary to imprison him in the Abyss. At the time John received his vision, Abaddon "was not" because he was locked in the Abyss. However, as the angel makes clear, this "beast" will one day soon be freed from his confinement and "will come up out of the Abyss." Why is Abaddon described as having the same form as Satan (seven heads, ten horns)? Remember, Satan is the great deceiver (Rev. 12:9), a master counterfeiter. In the end time, he and his chosen one (Abaddon, commonly known as the "Antichrist") will seek to replace God the Father and His Son, Yeshua. Just as Yeshua told his disciples that "he who has seen me has seen the Father" (John 14:9), the one who sees the Antichrist will have, in effect, seen his spiritual father, Satan the devil. Now let's go back to the passage in Revelation 17 for an interpretation of what the seven heads represent: REVELATION 17:9 Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, 10 and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while. 11 The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction. (NASU) In the Bible, a mountain figuratively represents a kingdom or the ruler of that kingdom. The seven mountains and the seven kings referred to in Revelation 17:9-10 are one and the same. This beast is in the same form as Satan; the heads represent earthly kingdoms that Satan has (or will) rule over. At the time John was receiving this vision (c. 95 C.E.), the angel tells him that five of the kingdoms represented by the heads of the beast had fallen, one head currently existed, and the other had not yet appeared. The angel is giving John (and us) a time sensitive clue. Five of the symbolic heads of the beast had already lost the power they once possessed. Those five were: (1) Egypt (2) Assyria (3) Babylon (4) Medo-Persia, and (5) Greece Rome was the sixth kingdom, the one in power at the time the Apocalypse was written. Therefore, there remains only one more kingdom, the seventh, left to come. The beast which arises from the Abyss is said to actually be the eighth, but he's of the seven. We will analyze the meaning of this mysterious statement in detail a little later when we examine Daniel 7. The dream recorded in Daniel 2 which was given by the Eternal to Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar helps us to put the pieces of this puzzle together. This dream deals with the last five of the seven heads of the beast: DANIEL 2:28 "But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, were these: 29 As for you, O king, thoughts came to your mind while on your bed, about what would come to pass after this; and He who reveals secrets has made known to you what will be. 30 But as for me, this secret has not been revealed to me because I have more wisdom than anyone living, but for our sakes who make known the interpretation to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your heart. 31 You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. 32 "This image's 1head was of fine gold, its 2chest and arms of silver, its 3belly and thighs of bronze, 33 its 4legs of iron, its 5feet partly of iron and partly of clay." (NKJV) If we look at this description objectively, it's clear that we have FIVE kingdoms described here, not the four usually identified by Bible scholars. Plainly the feet composed of an iron/clay mixture represent a different kingdom than the one symbolized by the legs of iron. DANIEL 2:34 "You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. 36 This is the dream. Now we will tell the interpretation of it before the king." (NKJV) Who or what does this "stone cut out without hands" represent? Clearly this is symbolic of the Messiah and his inauguration of the Kingdom of God at his second coming. Notice that the stone strikes the statue on its feet. This obviously indicates that the kingdom represented by the feet of this image will exist at the end of this age when Yeshua returns to the earth. The prophets Isaiah (Isa. 2:2-4) and Micah (Mic. 4:1-4) both speak of the time when this stone will become a great mountain and fill the entire earth: MICAH 4:1 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it. 2 Many nations shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 3 He shall judge between many peoples, and rebuke strong nations afar off; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. 4 But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken. (NKJV)
     
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    Part 3 THE BEASTS OF REVELATION AND DANIELNow let's begin to identify the five kingdoms represented by the different parts of the image: DANIEL 2:37 "You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; 38 and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all you are this head of gold." (NKJV) We are clearly told that the head of gold on this statue is Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. Remember, a king represents his kingdom in the Bible. What does the total image represent? Because we are given the starting point (Nebuchadnezzar's Babylonian empire) and the ending point (the commingled empire represented by the feet and toes which is defeated by Messiah at his return), we can deduce that this image represents five of the seven heads that John saw on the beast of Revelation 17. The first two satanically-inspired kingdoms, Egypt and Assyria, had already fallen at the time of Nebuchadnezzar's dream. Therefore, they were excluded from the dream of the image. DANIEL 2:39 "But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth." (NKJV) Just as Daniel foretold, Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon was followed by the Medo-Persian empire. The Medo-Persian empire was conquered by Alexander the Great's Greek empire, which at its peak stretched from India to Europe. DANIEL 2:40 "And 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." (NKJV) Although it had been around for several centuries, the Roman empire rose to prominence and great power on the world scene in the first century B.C.E. With their compelling military might, Rome crushed the remnants of the other kingdoms that had come before them. Just as the image had two iron legs, the Roman empire in its latter days was divided into the Eastern empire based out of Constantinople and the Western empire headquartered in Rome. DANIEL 2:41 "Whereas 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. 42 And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. 43 As 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." (NKJV) This fifth kingdom, although composed partly of iron, is not part of the Roman empire any more than the Roman empire before it was part of the Greek empire. These kingdoms are grouped together because they are all earthly kingdoms that Satan has been (or will be) allowed to rule. This final, end-time empire will be a mixture of spirit beings (iron) and human (clay). This is the meaning of the mysterious statement "they will mingle with the seed of men" found in Daniel 2:43. At the end of this age, Revelation 9 shows that the sons of God (fallen angels) and their hybrid offspring will once again roam free on the earth, just as they did before the Flood. The one overriding principle about the Bible is that it was written about and for the people of God. Daniel's interpretation helps us to correctly identify the kingdoms represented by the seven heads of the beast in Revelation 17. We can know that the kingdoms listed above are correct, because each of those seven has or will exercise authority and rule over God's chosen people Israel. That's the common denominator that ties these seven satanic human empires together and makes them representative of all the kingdoms of this world ruled by Satan. DANIEL 2:44 And 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. 45 Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the 1iron, the 2bronze, the 3clay, the 4silver, and the 5gold the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure." (NKJV) Once again, we see that FIVE are indicated here, not four. In verse 44, the phrase "in the days of these kings" refers to the ten kings represented by the toes of the statue. We know from Daniel 7:24 and Revelation 17:12 that these ten kings appear in the end-time and give their power to the Antichrist. This identifies the time period of the kingdom represented by the feet or iron and clay. The Messiah will destroy this entire satanic system, which has ruled the earth since the fall in the Garden, at his coming. Now let's go back to Revelation 17 for confirmation of what we've just reviewed: REVELATION 17:12 The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour. 13 These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast. 14 These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful." 15 And he said to me, "The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire. 17 For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled. 18 The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth." (NASU) Plainly we are told that the woman riding the beast represents the great city which rules over the kings of the earth. In Scripture, two spiritual cities are discussed: (1) Jerusalem above (Gal. 4:26), and (2) Mystery Babylon the Great.This woman, a harlot because of her spiritual adulteries, represents Satan's entire religious-economic system, called "Babylon the Great." This system is supported and promoted by the earthly kingdoms Satan has been allowed to rule, represented by the beast with seven heads.
     
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    Part 4 THE BEASTS OF REVELATION AND DANIELNow let's look at the third seven-headed, ten-horned beast mentioned in Revelation. REVELATION 13:1 . . . And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. (NIV) This beast is said to come up out of the sea. In Scripture, the sea often symbolically represents the nations of the world. However, the sea can also be viewed to represent the Abyss. In Jewish thought, the Abyss was associated with the ocean depths. Speaking of the Septuagint, which was the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures in use at the time of Christ, The New Unger's Bible Dictionary says: "The LXX renders Heb. tehom, 'the primeval ocean' (Gen. 1:2; Ps. 24:2; etc.) as 'abyss.'" (Abyss, p. 18). So while this aspect of the vision represents the rise of the beast from among the nations, it is likely dual in that it also represents the rise of Abaddon from the depths of the Abyss after his release at the fifth trumpet. Verse 1 also tells us that each of the ten horns has a crown, representing rulership and authority. In verse 2, we see that this beast has parts from a leopard, a bear, and a lion. This seems to tie the identification of the beast here with the four beasts Daniel saw in his vision recorded in Daniel 7. Let's now examine that prophecy in more detail, for it will help enlighten us on the meaning of Revelation 13. DANIEL 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head as he lay in his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, and told the sum of the matter. 2 Daniel said, "I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. 3 And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another. 4 The first was like a lion and had eagles' wings. Then as I looked its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand upon two feet like a man; and the mind of a man was given to it. 5 And behold, another beast, a second one, like a bear. It was raised up on one side; it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told, 'Arise, devour much flesh.' 6 After this I looked, and lo, another, like a leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back; and the beast had four heads; and dominion was given to it. 7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrible and dreadful and exceedingly strong; and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. (RSV) Here we have the four beasts Daniel saw in his vision described. The first beast is a composite of two animals, a lion and an eagle. The second beast was a bear, the third a four-headed leopard, and the fourth an unnamed, terrifying beast with ten horns. Most biblical scholars teach that these four beasts are the same four kingdoms identified in Daniel 2 (Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome). The four beasts of Daniel 7 do correspond to these kingdoms in a way often seen in the Scriptures, but they are not the same. In this vision, Daniel sees the four beasts rise up from the sea, which symbolically shows that these kingdoms would arise to world power from among the nations of the world. However, Babylon had already risen up from the "sea" many years before "the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon" (Dan. 7:1). Indeed, the Babylonian empire only had a few years of existence left when Daniel received this vision. While Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome were certainly types of the four symbolic beasts, logically we must look elsewhere for the final fulfillment of this prophecy. Before we identify the earthly kingdoms represented by the four beasts of Daniel 7, we need to understand the governing premise behind this matter. King Solomon gives us the guiding principle in the beginning of the book of Ecclesiastes: ECCLESIASTES 1:9 That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. 10 Is there anything of which it may be said, "See, this is new"? It has already been in ancient times before us. (NKJV) Remember, as noted earlier, the Bible was written for and about God's people. With this principle and Solomon's admonition directing our understanding, the specific identification of these beasts becomes more certain. Let's look at the first four kingdoms represented in Daniel 2 and establish the pattern presented there. The kingdoms started with Babylon and ran consecutively to Rome. When we look at the situation of the House of Judah at the beginning and end of the period when these four kingdoms ruled over the Holy Land compared to the situation of Judah during the reign of the four beasts of Daniel 7, a fascinating "mirror image" of events becomes evident. Judah was an independent nation when Babylon (the head of gold) rose to power. Although the fortunes of the Jews changed several times during the intervening centuries, by the time Rome (the legs of iron) fell, the Jews had been scattered throughout the world by the Romans in what came to be known as "the Diaspora." Each of the four kingdoms of Daniel 2 (Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome) played a large part (both negative and positive) in what happened to the House of Judah during this time period. As we examine the identity of the four beasts of Daniel 7, you'll see how this pattern of events is reversed during the time of these four kingdoms at the end of the age of mankind. When the first beast rises up, Judah is still scattered in the Diaspora. After the fourth beast has arisen, Judah once again becomes an independent nation. By relating the beasts to the animals representing them and end-time events affecting Judah, we can identify who these entities represent. The first beast, like a lion with the wings of an eagle, represents Great Britain and her offspring, the United States. The lion has long been the national symbol of Great Britain, and the eagle is the national symbol of the USA. The plucking of the eagle's wings from this beast represents the separation of the American colonies from Great Britain in 1776. With that event, the character of the British empire was changed, as the prophecy shows. Along with the eagle's wings, it lost the heart of a lion, and that heart was replaced by the heart of a man. No longer did Great Britain inspire terror in the world, as the brute power of a lion does. Instead, it used human cunning to hold onto power and territory. Since then, Britain has gradually lost its colonies and its might. Being the first beast mentioned, Great Britain begins the story of the rebirth of the modern nation of Judah called "Israel." It was Great Britain that initiated the return of Jews to the Holy Land through the issuance of the Balfour Declaration in November 1917. This declaration, from British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Lord Rothschild, head of the Zionist Federation in Great Britain, was written to show Rothschild that the British government supported the objective of a homeland for the Jews in the Holy Land. The British hoped to realize further Jewish support for the Allies in WWI. The Balfour Declaration became the cornerstone of international support for the founding of the modern state of Israel. Five short weeks after the Balfour Declaration was published, British General Allenby captured Jerusalem from the Axis Turkish forces defending it. By December 9, 1917, the Turkish army had fled the city. On December 11, General Allenby entered Jerusalem on foot through the Jaffa Gate. The bear is the national symbol of Russia. This second beast that rises up has three ribs in its mouth, and these ribs tell the bear to "arise and devour much flesh" (Dan. 7:5). In Hebrew, the word for "rib" literally means "side" and can be used to refer to that which supports something. In Russia, the Marxist doctrines of the founders of modern communism, Karl Marx, Frederick Engels, and Vladimir Lenin have supported the aims and actions of Russia. All of these men promoted the worldwide spread of communist rule through force or violence. In their Manifesto of the Communist Party, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels wrote: "The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win" ("Position of the Communists in Relation to the Various Existing Opposition Parties"). Hence the ribs' announcement to "devour much flesh." This Russia has done; since its founding in 1917, communist Russia has been responsible for tens of millions of deaths, many of them her own people. Russia's part in the rebirth of Judah is much more negative than Britain's, but just as effective. Several pogroms (mob attacks condoned or encouraged by the czarist Russian authorities) had taken place against the Jews in Russia in the decades before the 1917 revolution, forcing about 2 million Jews to flee to the United States and Europe. Because of the oppressiveness of the czarist forces, most Russian Jews supported the Bolshevik revolutionaries. However, both the Bolshevik Red Army and the counter-revolutionary White Army were guilty of mistreating and massacring Jews after the start of the revolution. After the victory of the communist forces, the Soviet regime came to regard assimilation and consolidation as the only solution to Russia's Jewish problem. In the face of Zionist calls for a Jewish homeland, Lenin declared that "there is no basis for a separate Jewish nation," and regarding a "national Jewish culture - the slogan of the rabbis and the bourgeoisie - this is the slogan of our enemies." The Soviet government caused the financial ruin of most Russian Jews through the termination of private commerce and the seizure of property and goods. Hundreds of thousands of Jewish families lost their means of making a living. These policies caused about 300,000 Jews to leave the Soviet-controlled territories for the Baltic states, Poland, and Rumania. Russia's new atheistic communist government also waged a fierce battle against Russian Judaism and its leaders. Heavy taxes were imposed on the rabbis and other religious officials to try and force them to leave their positions. A campaign was also initiated against the Hebrew language. The study of Hebrew was prohibited, and books could not be published in the language. These actions continued through World War II and were the motivation for many religious Jews to flee to the Holy Land after the War. The third beast, the leopard with four heads and four bird's wings on its back, is somewhat more difficult to identify. However, the characteristics of the leopard help us to recognize the entity it represents in this prophecy. Leopards are known for their swift and lethal attack. In a mechanical emulation of the fleet assault of a leopard, Adolf Hitler's Germany waged blitzkrieg ("lightning war") against its enemies using Panzer forces during World War II. These cat-quick attacks disorganized enemy forces through the use of speed, surprise, and superior firepower and led to the Third Reich's conquest of mainland Europe during the early years of the war. Interestingly, another name for the leopard is "panther." The big cats - the lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, and others - belong to the genus Panthera. Not coincidentally, the Germans have long displayed an affinity for the big cats. In fact, Germany's two main Panzer battle tanks in WWII were named the Tiger and the Panther. Now the Leopard tank is the backbone of Germany's armored forces. While the symbolism of the wings is far from certain, we can draw a clue from the pair of eagle's wings on the first beast. Just as that pair of wings represented a nation (the United States), so also the two pairs of wings on the back of the leopard could represent the Axis nations which aligned themselves with Germany in WWII (Italy and Japan). The four heads of the leopard represent the division of Germany into four regions after its defeat in WWII. The eastern half was controlled by Russia, while the western half was split between Great Britain, the United States, and France. Later these western sections were joined into what became West Germany. History confirms that Hitler's Third Reich provided a great impetus for the formation of an independent Jewish nation. The death of approximately six million Jews in the Nazi Holocaust, while tragic beyond words, was not in vain. Once WWII ended and the scope of the Nazi plan to exterminate the Jews was grasped, there was much international sympathy for the establishment of a Jewish homeland in the land commonly known as "Palestine." The fourth beast takes us to the point of the rebirth of the Jewish nation. This beast reverses the cycle originated at the time of Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon. The fourth beast seen by Daniel, which appeared to be horrible, strong, and unlike any of the others, has to represent the entity which played the greatest role in the formation of modern Israel. This fourth beast represents the global government of the United Nations.
     
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    Part 5 THE BEASTS OF REVELATION AND DANIELThe following historical information comes from the United Nation's web site: The name "United Nations" was devised by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt and was first used in the "Declaration by United Nations" of 1 January 1942, during the Second World War, when representatives of 26 nations pledged their Governments to continue fighting together against the Axis Powers. The United Nations Charter was drawn up by the representatives of 50 countries at the United Nations Conference on International Organization, which met at San Francisco from 25 April to 26 June 1945. Those delegates deliberated on the basis of proposals worked out by the representatives of China, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States at Dumbarton Oaks in August-October 1944. The Charter was signed on 26 June 1945 by the representatives of the 50 countries. Poland, which was not represented at the Conference, signed it later and became one of the original 51 Member States. The United Nations officially came into existence on 24 October 1945, when the Charter had been ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by a majority of other signatories. United Nations Day is celebrated on 24 October each year. (History of the UN) From the very beginning, the United Nations has had a great interest in the Holy Land, particularly Jerusalem. General Assembly Resolution 181, issued by the United Nations on November 29, 1947, outlined the formation of Jewish and Arab states in Palestine. Additionally, it called for Jerusalem to become an international city under the control of the UN: The City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus separatum under a special international regime and shall be administered by the United Nations. The Trusteeship Council shall be designated to discharge the responsibilities of the Administering Authority on behalf of the United Nations. (A/RES/181(II) (A+[​IMG], Part III-City of Jerusalem, Section A-Special Regime)The Jews accepted the UN partition of Palestine, eager to have a homeland of their own. However, the Palestinian Arabs rejected the planned division of the land; with the help of the surrounding Arab nations, the Palestinians sought to destroy the Jews and the hope of a Zionist state. This Jewish/Arab conflict led to the declaration of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948 and the ensuing Jewish war for independence. Despite overwhelming odds, the Jews were able to defeat the superior forces of the invading Arab nations through the intervention of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Due to the Jewish victory over the Arabs, the resulting Jewish state ended up being larger than that planned by the UN. From the beginning of the Jewish state, the United Nations as a whole has displayed an antagonistic attitude toward Israel. Israel became a member of the UN on May 11, 1949; however, Israel is the only member-state in the UN that has been prevented from belonging to a regional group. For this reason, Israel cannot be elected as a non-permanent member of the Security Council. This situation has also prevented Israel from participating in much of the standard work of the UN. Israel cannot vote for or be elected to many of the UN's central organizations. This condition violates Article 2 of the UN Charter, which outlines the principle of the "sovereign equality of all Member states." Following the Six-Day War of June 1967, the Middle East situation was discussed by the UN General Assembly, which directed the issue to the Security Council. After lengthy discussion, a final draft for a Security Council resolution was introduced by the British Ambassador, Lord Caradon, on November 22, 1967; it was adopted on the same day. Resolution 242, as it was known, established provisions and principles which were supposed to lead to a solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. One of the provisions in this Resolution indirectly dealt with the city of Jerusalem. The Resolution stated that the acquisition of territory by war was inadmissable; therefore, the UN required withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from the territories it occupied in the conflict. Of course, this included the eastern part of the city of Jerusalem, which had been under Jordanian control. From that point forward, Resolution 242 became the cornerstone of diplomatic efforts in the Middle East. Despite the fact that Jerusalem had been the ancient capital of Israel, and despite that fact that Israel was not the aggressor in the Six-Day War, the United Nations voted that Israel must return the territory it had taken while defending itself against the Arab invasion. In the 1973 Yom Kippur War, after Israel had fended off the Syrian attack on the Golan Heights and established a bridgehead on the Egyptian side of the Suez Canal, international efforts to stop the fighting intensified. US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger flew to Moscow on October 20, 1973. Jointly with the USSR, the US submitted a cease-fire resolution to the UN Security Council. The Council met on October 21 at the urging of both the US and the Soviet Union, and by 14 votes to none, adopted Resolution 338. This Resolution called upon the warring parties to immediately halt all military activities, and to start implementing all parts of Security Council Resolution 242 promptly after the cease-fire. Once again, even though Israel had been the victim of an attack designed to destroy them, the United Nations said they had to return the land they had acquired while defending themselves. Resolutions 242 and 338 have been the foundation of all UN relations with Israel in the past three decades. Since the Oslo Accord peace talks began in 1993, Israeli leaders have done much to try and appease the Palestinian Arabs and the UN. The Arab people in general, and the Palestinians in particular, continue to assert a claim on Jerusalem. They maintain that the eastern half of the modern city, which includes the old city and the Temple Mount, is theirs. The UN agrees that Jerusalem is not the property of Israel. On December 1, 1999, the UN General Assembly, by a vote of 139 to 1 (Israel), with 3 abstentions (Swaziland, Uzbekistan and US), held that Israel's imposition of its own laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem is illegal, null and void. Three thousand years of history apparently doesn't carry much weight with the United Nations. It won't be long before the armies of this dreadful beast encircle Jerusalem to enforce its mandates (Luke 21:20-24), just as the Roman army did in the first century. The United Nations, the "terrible" fourth beast of Daniel 7, will soon supplant the governments of the other beasts (the United States, Great Britain, Russia, Germany, and the rest of the world) and will begin to rule the earth in their place. The United Nations reportedly has the world divided into ten administrative regions; when the United Nations government begins ruling the world, these areas will be headed by the ten horns of the beast. These ten kings (represented by the ten horns on the fourth beast and the ten toes on the statue of Daniel 2) will rule over these administrative regions. DANIEL 7:8 I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots; and behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things. (RSV) The ten horns we see in this prophecy correspond to the ten horns we saw earlier in Revelation 13:1 and 17:3; additionally, they are the same as the ten toes we see on the statue in Daniel 2. From these parallel prophesies, we know that the ten represent end-time rulers of the United Nations' "New World Order." The little horn that ascends among them is commonly understood to be the Antichrist. We now know him also as Abaddon/Apollyon, angelic king of the Abyss (Rev. 9:11). DANIEL 7:9 As I looked, thrones were placed and one that was ancient of days took his seat; his raiment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, its wheels were burning fire. 10 A stream of fire issued and came forth from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened. (RSV) Here we see a picture of God the Father on His throne in heaven. From what we are told, we can see that judgment is about to take place. DANIEL 7:11 I looked then because of the sound of the great words which the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. (RSV) The Antichrist, who was blaspheming the Eternal, is judged worthy of death and is destroyed, along with his kingdom. Interestingly, however, the other beasts which came up out of the sea before him were not totally destroyed. Instead, they had their power taken away from them, but they continued to exist as identifiable entities. Verse 12 clearly tells us that the first three beasts, or human kingdoms, will exist after the return of Messiah. Clearly the kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece no longer exist and have not existed for many centuries. The first three beasts therefore cannot be Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece. DANIEL 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. 14 And to him was given dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed. (RSV) Now the vision shows the Eternal giving all the kingdoms of the world to His son, the Messiah.
     
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    Part 6 THE BEASTS OF REVELATION AND DANIELDANIEL 7:15 "As for me, Daniel, my spirit within me was anxious and the visions of my head alarmed me. 16 I approached one of those who stood there and asked him the truth concerning all this. So he told me, and made known to me the interpretation of the things. (RSV) Daniel didn't understand the vision, so he approached one of the angels standing nearby and asked him to interpret it. The rest of the chapter is the interpretation given by God through the angel. DANIEL 7:17 'These four great beasts are four kings who shall arise out of the earth. 18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, for ever and ever.' (RSV) Here we are plainly told that these beasts represent four human kingdoms that will arise. But the final outcome will be that the kingdoms of the world will be given to Yeshua the Messiah and his co-heirs, the saints. DANIEL 7:19 Then I desired to know the truth concerning the fourth beast, which was different from all the rest, exceedingly terrible, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze; and which devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet; 20 and concerning the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up and before which three of them fell, the horn which had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things, and which seemed greater than its fellows. 21 As I looked, this horn made war with the saints, and prevailed over them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints received the kingdom. (RSV) Daniel was so upset by the fourth of these four beasts that he skipped the first three and asked the angel to explain it, as well as the ten horns on its head and the other horn that arose among the ten. This other horn is said to have made war against the saints and defeated them until God the Father pronounced judgment in the favor of the saints. DANIEL 7:23 "Thus he said: 'As for the fourth beast, there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all the kingdoms, and it shall devour the whole earth, and trample it down, and break it to pieces.' (RSV) This fourth beast, which is different from the first three, consumes the whole world through violence. DANIEL 7:24 'As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise, and another shall arise after them; he shall be different from the former ones, and shall put down three kings.' (RSV) The ten horns are shown to be ten kings that arise as a result of the ascendence of this fourth, global ruling kingdom. We are told the "other horn" arises after these ten kings, and uproots three of the kings. It's clear that these ten kings who rule the earth through the coming global government (the United Nations) will exist simultaneously. Clearly the Antichrist is different from them; whereas they are human rulers, he is an angelic king. He will put down three of the rulers of this global kingdom in his bid for power. DANIEL 7:25 'He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand for a time, two times, and half a time.' (RSV) A "time" in the Bible is generally a year (cf. Dan. 4:16, 23, 25, 32). The Antichrist will blaspheme God and will be given authority over the saints for 3 1/2 years (Rev. 13:5). DANIEL 7:26 'But the court shall sit in judgment, and his dominion shall be taken away, to be consumed and destroyed to the end. 27 And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; their kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey them.' 28 "Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly alarmed me, and my color changed; but I kept the matter in my mind." (RSV) In the end, the Antichrist will be defeated, his kingdom destroyed, and the kingdoms of the world given to Yeshua the Messiah and the saints. Now that we've looked in depth at Daniel 7, let's go back to Revelation 13 and use what we've found to better understand the beast described there. REVELATION 13:1 Then I saw a beast come out of the sea with ten horns and seven heads; on its horns were ten diadems, and on its heads blasphemous name(s). 2 The beast I saw was like a leopard, but it had feet like a bear's, and its mouth was like the mouth of a lion. To it the dragon gave its own power and throne, along with great authority. (NAB) We see from Revelation 13:1 that this beast has seven heads. If we count the total number of heads on the four beasts seen by Daniel, they add up to seven also. Revelation 13:2 describes the seven-headed beast as a composite of the four beasts Daniel saw. The beast in Revelation 13 is the fourth beast Daniel saw (the United Nations), viewed by John after it had subdued and absorbed the first three. Just as with Daniel's beasts, this one rises from the sea. This kingdom is given power, rulership, and authority by Satan. If you will notice, the dominant characteristic of this beast is that of the third kingdom Daniel saw, the German nation and its WWII conquerors, the United States, Russia, Britain, and France. It's said to be "like a leopard," and four of the seven heads are the heads of the leopard. Clearly these nations will have a large impact on the shaping of the "New World Order." REVELATION 13:3 I saw that one of its heads seemed to have been mortally wounded, but this mortal wound was healed. Fascinated, the whole world followed after the beast. (NAB) Notice that one of the heads seemed to have been mortally wounded. Which head was it, and what was this apparently deadly injury that the beast suffered? The deadly wound will seem to be inflicted on the head of Daniel's fourth beast when the three horns (kings) are uprooting by Abaddon, the little horn from Daniel's vision. This global empire, the United Nations, which will conquer the entire world, will in turn be conquered by Abaddon, the king of the Abyss. But instead of totally destroying this satanic organization, Abaddon will appropriate it for himself and use it to rule over the world. Remember, a king is synonymous with his kingdom in the Bible. That's why both Abaddon and his kingdom are called "the beast." The power of Satan will be granted to this evil angelic king and his kingdom, and his sudden rise to power will amaze and impress the whole world. REVELATION 13:4 They worshiped the dragon because it gave its authority to the beast; they also worshiped the beast and said, "Who can compare with the beast or who can fight against it?" (NAB) The whole world will worship the dragon because of the power he gave to the beast. They will also worship Abaddon himself. Due to Abaddon's demonstrated power in conquering the United Nations, the world will think nothing or no one can defeat this "beast." REVELATION 13:5 The beast was given a mouth uttering proud boasts and blasphemies, and it was given authority to act for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling and those who dwell in heaven. 7 It was also allowed to wage war against the holy ones and conquer them, and it was granted authority over every tribe, people, tongue, and nation. 8 All the inhabitants of the earth will worship it, all whose names were not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life, which belongs to the Lamb who was slain. (NAB) This passage clearly ties the "beast" back to the little horn spoken of in Daniel chapter seven. Daniel 7:8, 11, 20, 25 mention the arrogant, blasphemous words spoken by the little horn, and Daniel 7:25 tells us that the little horn is given power over the saints "for a time and times and half a time." This is a year, two years, and a half year, which equals 3 1/2 years, or 42 months. It is evident that the beast of Revelation 13 is a world-ruling, satanically-inspired government which rises up in the end time. This government, the United Nations, will be dealt an apparently lethal blow by the sudden appearance of Abaddon and the destruction he brings when released from the Abyss. However, this seemingly fatal wound will be healed when Abaddon commandeers the United Nations and begins to rule using its governmental structure. There are a few other passages of Scripture which are relevant to this topic. The beast, Abaddon the king of the Abyss, is discussed in several Old Testament Scriptures. In these passages, he is referred to as Leviathan, the seven-headed beast of the sea.
     
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    Part 7 THE BEASTS OF REVELATION AND DANIELFirst, to get a little background on Leviathan, let's examine what some biblical scholars have to say about Leviathan. The New Unger's Bible Dictionary states: Since the discovery of the Ras Shamra religious texts in Syria on the site of ancient Ugarit, it has become evident that there is a parallel between the seven-headed Canaanite monster Lotan of prevailing mythology, 1700-1400 B.C., and the biblical leviathan. Isaiah seems to employ this ancient mythological idea of the destroyed leviathan poetically (Isa. 27:1) to symbolize the Judgment Day when God will triumph over the threatening evil of this world system. (p. 73, "Animal Kingdom") The Oxford Companion to the Bible records this of Leviathan: A mythological sea monster who is one of the primeval adversaries of the storm god. In the Ugaritic texts, Baal defeats Lothan (ltn, a linguistic variant of Leviathan), described as a seven-headed serpent, apparently identified with Baal's adversary Prince Sea. . . . In Job 41, Leviathan is described as fully under God's control, a divine pet (vv. 4-5; cf. Ps. 104.26). Many commentators have equated the Leviathan of Job 41 with the crocodile, and some elements of the description seem to fit this identification. But others, like his breathing fire (vv. 19-21), do not . . ." (pp. 433-434, "Leviathan") The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia has this to say about Leviathan: Lotan (or Litan . . .), the adversary of Baal and Anath in the Ugaritic myths, has long been recognized as the equivalent of OT Leviathan . . . Among the several references to Lotan in the Ugaritic literature . . . is one especially impressive parallel to Isa. 27:1 (UT, 67:I:1-3): "When you smote Lotan the fleeing serpent, you made an end of the twisting serpent, the mighty one of seven heads" (cf. also Ps. 74:14). (p. 109, vol. 3, "Leviathan") Now that we have a little background on the ancient understanding of Leviathan, let's examine the description of him from the book of Job. We're going to read this Scripture from an English translation of the Septuagint Greek translation of the Tanakh. This Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures was widely used at the time of Yeshua. JOB 40:20 "But wilt thou catch the serpent with a hook, and put a halter about his nose? 21 Or wilt thou fasten a ring in his nostril, and bore his lip with a clasp? 22 Will he address thee with a petition? softly with the voice of a suppliant? 23 And will he make a covenant with thee? and wilt thou take him for a perpetual servant? 24 And wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or bind him as a sparrow for a child? 25 And do the nations feed upon him, and the nations of the Phoenicians share him? 26 And all the ships come together would not be able to bear the mere skin of his tail; neither shall they carry his head in fishing-vessels. 27 But thou shalt lay thy hand upon him once; remembering the war that is waged by his mouth; and let it not be done any more. Hast thou not seen him? and hast thou not wondered of the things said of him? 41:1 Does thou not fear because preparation has been made by me? for who is there who resists me? 2 Or who will resist me, and abide, since the whole world under heaven is mine? 3 I will not be silent because of him: though because of his power one shall pity his antagonist. 4 Who will open the face of his garment? and who can enter within the fold of his breastplate? 5 Who will open the doors of his face? terror is round about his teeth. 6 His inwards are as brazen plates, and the texture of his skin as a smyrite stone. 7 One part cleaves fast to another, and the air cannot come between them. 8 They remain united each to the other: they are closely joined, and cannot be separated. 9 At his sneezing a light shines, and his eyes are as the appearance of the morning star. 10 Out of his mouth proceed as it were burning lamps, and as it were hearths of fire are cast abroad. 11 Out of his nostrils proceeds smoke of a furnace burning with fire of coals. 12 His breath is as live coals, and a flame goes out of his mouth. 13 And power is lodged in his neck, before him destruction runs. 14 The flesh also of his body is joined together: if one pours violence upon him, he shall not be moved. 15 His heart is firm as a stone, and it stands like an unyielding anvil. 16 And when he turns, he is a terror to the four-footed wild beasts which leap upon the earth. 17 If spears should come against him, men will effect nothing, either with the spear or the breast-plate. 18 For he considers iron as chaff, and brass as rotten wood. 19 The bow of brass shall not wound him, he deems a slinger as grass. 20 Mauls are counted as stubble; and he laughs to scorn the waving of the firebrand. 21 His lair is formed of sharp points; and all the gold of the sea under him is as an immense quantity of clay. 22 He makes the deep [abusson, "Abyss"] boil like a brazen cauldron; and he regards the sea as a pot of ointment, 23 and the lowest part of the deep [abussou, "Abyss"] as a captive: he reckons the deep [abusson, "Abyss"] as his range. 24 There is nothing upon the earth like to him, formed to be sported with [marginal rendering "mocked"] by my angels. 25 He beholds every high thing: and he is king of all that are in the waters." (Brenton's LXX) The Hebrew Masoretic text renders the final verse above in this way: JOB 41:34 He beholds everything that is high; he is king over all the sons of pride." (RSV) Clearly this beast is more than an animal. Because of the identification of this creature with the Abyss, and his title as king of "all the sons of pride," we can determine who Leviathan is. He is no other than Abaddon/Apollyon, the angelic king who will rise from the Abyss at the sounding of the fifth trumpet. A couple of other passages speak of him also: PSALM 74:12 Yet God is my king from of old, who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth. 13 You divided the sea by Your strength; You broke the heads of the sea monsters in the waters. 14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan; You gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness. 15 You broke open springs and torrents; You dried up ever-flowing streams. 16 Yours is the day, Yours also is the night; You have prepared the light and the sun. 17 You have established all the boundaries of the earth; You have made summer and winter. (NASU) The Oxford Companion to the Bible says of this passage: In the Bible Leviathan is also identified with the Sea (Job 3.8) and has many heads (Ps. 74.14), and his defeat by God is a prelude to creation (Ps. 74.15-17). According to apocalyptic literature, that battle will be rejoined in the end time when the evil Leviathan will be finally defeated (Isa. 27.1; Rev. 12.3; 17.1-14; 19.20; 21.1), and, according to later tradition, given along with Behemoth as food to the elect (2 Esd. 6.49-52), another recalling of creation (Ps. 74.14). . . . (pp. 433-434, "Leviathan") Let's look at one last passage about Leviathan in Isaiah, which definitely places him in an end-time context: ISAIAH 26:21 See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her; she will conceal her slain no longer. 27:1 In that day, the LORD will punish with his sword, his fierce, great and powerful sword, Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea. (NIV) Regarding this passage about Leviathan, The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary states: Isa. 27:1 looks forward to the subjection of Leviathan, a figure for the future day when Yahweh will end the chaos of this present age (cf. 2 Bar[uch] 29:4, where Behemoth and Leviathan are to be destroyed after they have been temporarily released.)" (p. 652, "Leviathan") As Revelation 19:20 shows, the beast (Abaddon/Apollyon/Leviathan) will be cast into the lake of fire only a few short years after his release from the Abyss. His armies will suffer defeat at the hands of the returning Messiah and the host of angels accompanying him. REVELATION 19:20 And the beast [Abaddon] was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. (NASU) CONCLUSIONAs this study has shown, we are rapidly approaching the fulfillment of many of the end-time prophecies of the Bible. In Revelation, we see several seven-headed, ten-horned beasts pictured. One of them, a great red dragon, is clearly identified as Satan the devil (Rev. 12). The other "beast" pictured is an end-time, world-ruling empire that is eventually ruled by Abaddon the Antichrist (Rev. 13, 17). His father, Satan, will give him great power and authority. The formation of this world-ruling empire is documented in the seventh chapter of Daniel. While some of the end-time prophecies of Daniel remain sealed, the Eternal is opening the eyes of the wise to see what is to soon come upon an unsuspecting world. May He have mercy upon us and help us to prepare spiritually for the tribulation that lies just ahead. Bryan T. Huie May 30, 1999 Revised: October 18, 2002
     
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    Honestly Kriss, were I a new babe in Christ, and desired to understand the prophetic scriptures, I would be left in a state of confusion after reading all that you've written. Fact is, I wouldn't remember a thing you said. God would not have us to be confused and ignorant in regards to the prophetic scriptures, Kriss! That's why, amongs all the scriptures that are hard to understand, there are enough that we can CLEARLY understand. The simple fact, Kriss, is that both Daniel and Revelation speaks of a mighty Christian kingdom; or nation which, during the latter years falls away from Christ and exalts in His stead the man of sin; son of perdition.That beast kingdom is described in various terms in scriptures.Paul in 11Thes.2 described it as "the temple of God".Jesus in Matt.24:15 described it as "the holy place" of which Daniel spoke.Daniel described it as "a little horn which waxed EXCEEDING GREAT".And, John the Revelator described that kingdom as "MIGHTY BABYLON".Once again, it's a mighty CHRISTIAN kingdom (nation) which falls away in the latter years. That falling away or "great apostasy" is that which preceeds the 2nd Coming of Christ.Are you able to understand where that kingdom is today?
     
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    Honestly Kriss, were I a new babe in Christ, and desired to understand the prophetic scriptures, I would be left in a state of confusion after reading all that you've written. Fact is, I wouldn't remember a thing you said. God would not have us to be confused and ignorant in regards to the prophetic scriptures, Kriss! That's why, amongs all the scriptures that are hard to understand, there are enough that we can CLEARLY understand. The simple fact, Kriss, is that both Daniel and Revelation speaks of a mighty Christian kingdom; or nation which, during the latter years falls away from Christ and exalts in His stead the man of sin; son of perdition.That beast kingdom is described in various terms in scriptures.Paul in 11Thes.2 described it as "the temple of God".Jesus in Matt.24:15 described it as "the holy place" of which Daniel spoke.Daniel described it as "a little horn which waxed EXCEEDING GREAT".And, John the Revelator described that kingdom as "MIGHTY BABYLON".Once again, it's a mighty CHRISTIAN kingdom (nation) which falls away in the latter years. That falling away or "great apostasy" is that which preceeds the 2nd Coming of Christ.Are you able to understand where that kingdom is today?
    Hi truth searcher,Your statements are confusing to me. I believe Kriss is saying the same thing as you are. I dont recall that the Scripture says any nation is called kingdom. Kingdom is usuarly God's kingdom.love, hitomi
     
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    Honestly Kriss, were I a new babe in Christ, and desired to understand the prophetic scriptures, I would be left in a state of confusion after reading all that you've written. Fact is, I wouldn't remember a thing you said. God would not have us to be confused and ignorant in regards to the prophetic scriptures, Kriss! That's why, amongs all the scriptures that are hard to understand, there are enough that we can CLEARLY understand. The simple fact, Kriss, is that both Daniel and Revelation speaks of a mighty Christian kingdom; or nation which, during the latter years falls away from Christ and exalts in His stead the man of sin; son of perdition.That beast kingdom is described in various terms in scriptures.Paul in 11Thes.2 described it as "the temple of God".Jesus in Matt.24:15 described it as "the holy place" of which Daniel spoke.Daniel described it as "a little horn which waxed EXCEEDING GREAT".And, John the Revelator described that kingdom as "MIGHTY BABYLON".Once again, it's a mighty CHRISTIAN kingdom (nation) which falls away in the latter years. That falling away or "great apostasy" is that which preceeds the 2nd Coming of Christ.Are you able to understand where that kingdom is today?
    Well I am not surprized that you dont get it sense from past experience you cant even read a sentence straight. And coming from a racist who has done nothing but spread false doctrine and and repeat your lies about the Black race among othersthough I did not write it I do take it as a compliment that you do not Agree thank you
     
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    Who or what does this "stone cut out without hands" represent? Clearly this is symbolic of the Messiah and his inauguration of the Kingdom of God at his second coming. Notice that the stone strikes the statue on its feet. This obviously indicates that the kingdom represented by the feet of this image will exist at the end of this age when Yeshua returns to the earth.
    Would you explain this? Why without hands? What are hands supposed to be?
     
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    with hands means made by man formed without hands is formed/ made by God
     
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    right could be a man or a principality=the beast= i thought it said HIS NAME= his name? it do??? but my annotations say man or city.
     
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    Well I am not surprized that you dont get it sense from past experience you cant even read a sentence straight. And coming from a racist who has done nothing but spread false doctrine and and repeat your lies about the Black race among othersthough I did not write it I do take it as a compliment that you do not Agree thank you
    Oh GOD FORBID that I should speak lies about such a noble and righteous people!! Surely THEY cannot be that ten-horn beast upon Babylon/America! What was I thinking?!!"The forth beast shall be the fourth kingdom (the European kingdom) upon the earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.""And the ten horns out of this kingdom are "ten kings" (the white Americans)that shall arise, and another (another race; another "ten horns") shall rise after them; and he (that race) shall be diverse from the first (from the white Americans), and he (that race) shall subdue three kings (three other white Eurpean kingdoms).""And he (that race; that ten horns) shall speak great words against the most High (against the white Americans), and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and shall think to change the times and laws (of the white Americans); and they shall be given into his hand for a time and times and the dividing of time.""But the judgment shall sit, and they (that race; that ten horns) shall take away his dominion (the dominion of the white Americans), to consume and to destroy it until the end." (Dan.7:23-26)Who oh who could that ten horns; that race of people be?! Which race is it that has accused and has worn down the white Americans?! It can't possibly be the BLACK race, for they've NEVER spoken words against, nor accused white Americans of ANYTHING!! And, white Americans have NEVER changed a law to suit them!Such mysteries!, such mysteries!
     
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    If you think you can have some kind of insight into Gods word with all your hate and prejudice's you are sorely mistaken this doctrine of your is based in your head not of God and frankly you are about one post away from being banned off this site.I suggest you find out about who God is before you attempt to explain and interpret his WordsMy God relief you of your blinders
     
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    "And he (that race; that ten horns) shall speak great words against the most High (against the white Americans), and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and shall think to change the times and laws (of the white Americans); and they shall be given into his hand for a time and times and the dividing of time."
    So... the white Americans are "the most High"? I always thought this term "most High" pertained to God... hmmm
     
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    The first beast is a political system.The second beast is satan himself in his role as the anti christ or better stated the instead of christ The one world political system which we are now headed will receive a deadly wound(it will fall apart)Thats when the second beast who is satan will arrive on the scene pretending to be Christ and he will heal that system,and it then shall become a one world religious system ruled by the beast(satan)pretending to be Christ 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." This beast coming up out of the earth looks like a Lamb [Jesus Christ], yet he speaks like a dragon; because he is the dragon [Satan]. He claims to be Jesus, and most Christians will believe him. He has plenty of sweet talk, blessings, wealth and what ever valued price you put on your soul, to sell your soul. Have you thought of what price you would put for your soul? 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." Satan will snap his fingers and lightning will come down from heaven. Satan will bring miracles, and supernatural wonders with him, and these wonders are given by God to perform the test the people of the world. Revelation 13:14 "And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles [signs] which he had power [it was given him] 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." This is the whole object for the great tribulation. "DECEPTION"! Satan is going to make an image of this "one world system" [religious beast] and breath life into system. Their will be something symbolic created within the system that will cause the whole world to bow. This reminds me of the "image" created in Babylon's "one world government" under king Nebuchadnezzar, in Daniel 3. At that time there were only three that would not bow to the image.
     
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    WOW! Kriss….Did you sneak into my house and read my notes. This is weird. This is almost exactly as I have written myself in my notes. Next time you sneak into my house, wake me up and we will have a bible study together.Do you have the same note pad as I do? Called the Holly Spirit? That has to be where you got it, because that’s where I got it. I came into his house and he gave it to me at the front gate…..Meet you at the front gate.As I read your notes, there was something that I was going to add....It's late...1:00 am in the morning...I got to go to bed, but yet trying to think of what it was that I was going to add.......OH Yes! I remember...The wings of a fowl on the Leopard.... That is France....France animal symbol is the Rooster. Have you heard of the German/Franco alliance? There is your answer...Now time for bed. Seems like there was something else, but I’m relying on memory now and there’s not much left at these wee hours of the morning. I'll have to re-read your post latter to see what that something else was...can't think now...Brain overload....or over 40 syndrome...At this point they are one and the same.
     
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    Darn you busted me:) I thought I was being quite. Thanks for the France info I can relate to that over 40 syndromesleep tight Im sure we' ll have much to discussGod Bless
     
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    The first beast is a political system.The second beast is satan himself in his role as the anti christ or better stated the instead of christ The one world political system which we are now headed will receive a deadly wound(it will fall apart)Thats when the second beast who is satan will arrive on the scene pretending to be Christ and he will heal that system,and it then shall become a one world religious system ruled by the beast(satan)pretending to be Christ 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." This beast coming up out of the earth looks like a Lamb [Jesus Christ], yet he speaks like a dragon; because he is the dragon [Satan]. He claims to be Jesus, and most Christians will believe him. He has plenty of sweet talk, blessings, wealth and what ever valued price you put on your soul, to sell your soul. Have you thought of what price you would put for your soul? 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." Satan will snap his fingers and lightning will come down from heaven. Satan will bring miracles, and supernatural wonders with him, and these wonders are given by God to perform the test the people of the world. Revelation 13:14 "And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles [signs] which he had power [it was given him] 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." This is the whole object for the great tribulation. "DECEPTION"! Satan is going to make an image of this "one world system" [religious beast] and breath life into system. Their will be something symbolic created within the system that will cause the whole world to bow. This reminds me of the "image" created in Babylon's "one world government" under king Nebuchadnezzar, in Daniel 3. At that time there were only three that would not bow to the image.
    The beast kingdom which John saw coming out of the sea in Rev.13:1 is "BABYLON", for BABYLON is the kingdom which has the "seven heads and ten horns".Notice:Rev.17:3,5"So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit on a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, "having seven heads and ten horns.""And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."Rev.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."This kingdom (nation) which John saw in his vision, is the very same kingdom which DANIEL saw in 7:23Notice:23 "Thus he said, the fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces."24 "And "the ten horns" out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another (another ten horns) shall rise after them........."Those "ten kings" and "ten horns" are two diverse people upon that kingdom (upon Babylon).The "ten kings" of course are the host people of Babylon.The "ten horns" are a people of which Paul refers to 11Thes.2 as the "man of sin; son of perdition", or, "the ten-horn beast" as we refer to them.It is that people (the ten horns) upon Babylon which had the wound that is healed, and results in the whole world wondering after them. As for Rev.13:11, that's the false prophet amongs the ten horns. He's the one who convinces Babylon to make an image of his people (of the ten horns).That "image" causes all of Babylon to accept the ten horns in the workplace (the right hand), and in places of learning (the forehead), and in all corporations and businesses (that buy and sell).
     
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