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UNDERSTANDING THE BEAST

THE BEAST OF REVELATION, AND ITS SEVEN HEADS

DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS?

At the beginning of each page of the Prophecy Section of this journal I ask this question, and explain God's timetable for the second coming of Jesus Christ. That timetable is Daniel's '70th Week'. The first four pages of my Prophecy Section correspond to four links in a divine 'prophetic chain':

A side-by-side comparison of the three versions of Jesus' Olivet Discourse (from Matthew, Mark and Luke), combined with an examination of the four visions of John's Little Book (in Revelation chapters 11-13), leads to the undeniable conclusion that Daniel's 70th Week is the 'Great Week of the Abrahamic Covenant':


If John's 'Little Book' did not exist, I myself would feel compelled to embrace one of the other two major views on Daniel's 70th Week; either Post-Millennialism or Dispensationalism. But John's Little Book does exist. I present the four visions from that 'Little Book' in the four diagrams below:

1) THE TEMPLE AND THE COURTYARD (Revelation 11:1-2)

2) THE TWO WITNESSES (Revelation 11:3-12)

3) THE WOMAN, THE CHILD AND THE DRAGON (Revelation 12)

4) THE BEAST FROM THE SEA (Revelation 13)

While I encourage my visitor to examine each of my first four prophecy pages, I also offer a condensed PDF version of their combined message in the following link:

SIMPLIFYING THE SECOND COMING (PDF)

THE BEAST AND ITS THREE ALLIES:

(The False Prophet, The City of Rome, The United States)

This is the first in a series of four web pages in which I explain four 'prophetic characters' found in the book of Revelation; the Beast and its three 'allies'. And I explain these characters in the order in which we encounter them in Revelation. And so in this first page I begin with the Beast which we encounter in the first half of Revelation chapter 13.

In this first page I have much to say about both the Beast, and its allies. And in explaining the rise and fall of the Beast, I have necessarily had to explain the rise and fall of its 'close associates' with it. And so I would encourage my visitor to read this page first, because it provides important background information for the three pages that follow.

ROOTS OF THE BEAST IN DANIEL

Roughly 3000 years ago, around 1000 B.C., God made a promise to King David of Israel, telling him that someday one of his sons would establish David's Kingdom on earth forever:

The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you. When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you; your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.


Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before Me; your throne will be established forever.'

2 Samuel 7:11-13, 16

When king David died he was succeeded upon his throne by his very famous son, Solomon. Solomon's kingdom represented the peak of Israel's ancient glory, as his wealth and power reached unprecedented heights and he built Israel's first 'house' for God; the first Temple in Jerusalem. But Solomon did not remain fully faithful to God, and David's Kingdom declined over the following 400 years. It was finally brought to an end by the armies of Babylon in 586 B.C., as king Nebuchadnezzar conquered Israel, destroyed Jerusalem and Solomon's Temple, and brought an end to the dynasty of David's family.

One of the Jewish people who was taken captive to Babylon was a young man named Daniel. As Daniel witnessed Babylon's conquest of his homeland, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, the end of the kingdom of David, and the deportation of the Jewish people all the way back to where Abraham had first lived (before coming to Canaan), he could not help but wonder whether or not God still intended to fulfill His promises to the people of Israel.

ABRAHAM'S JOURNEY IN REVERSE

In response to his questions and prayers, God gave Daniel five prophecies that are recorded in the book of Daniel. Four of those prophecies share one common theme; describing how the promised 'Son of David' would not come to Israel again until after Israel had been dominated by four successive Gentile empires. At the end of that Gentile domination, David's promised Son would come to restore the Kingdom of David and rule the world.

The four empires in these prophecies are Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome. Daniel's first prophecy, in Daniel chapter 2, was not actually given to Daniel. It was given to king Nebuchadnezzar in a dream. Daniel then interpreted the dream for the king. In his dream Nebuchadnezzar saw a great statue representing the four successive Gentile empires; a head of gold symbolizing Babylon, a chest and arms of silver symbolizing Persia, a stomach and thighs of bronze symbolizing Greece, and legs and feet of iron symbolizing the Roman Empire:

statue

Nebuchadnezzar watched God cut out a stone and cast it on the feet of this statue, destroying the entire statue. Then the stone grew larger, filled the earth, and ruled the world forever. This stone symbolizes the second coming of Jesus Christ to bring an end to Gentile domination over Israel, and to re-establish the kingdom of David.

There are two things that we can deduce from Nebuchadnezzar's dream:

    1) God sees all four of these Gentile empires as ONE THING; they are all Babylon in His eyes. This is why He portrayed them as one statue. Persia, Greece and Rome have merely extended what Babylon started; the end of the Davidic dynasty in Israel.

    This is why the city of Rome is called 'Babylon' in the book of Revelation. Because when the apostle John received the book of Revelation, Rome had already risen to power and the 'Roman phase' of Babylonian domination over Israel had begun.
    2) We can deduce from Nebuchadnezzar's dream that THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST WILL OCCUR LATE IN THE HISTORY OF ROME. Since time moves forward as one moves from the head of the statue to it's lower parts, the stone falling upon the feet signifies that the second coming of Christ will occur late in Rome's existence, and bring the Roman phase of 'Babylon' to an end.

In Daniel chapter 7 these same four Gentile empires are presented to us as four separate beasts. Babylon was symbolized by a lion, Persia by a bear, Greece by a leopard, and Rome by a beast unlike any known animal. It was dreadful, terrible and powerful; having great iron teeth and trampling and devouring the whole earth. This fourth Beast corresponds to the iron legs and feet of the statue in Daniel chapter 2.

lion

BABYLON


bear

PERSIA


leopard

GREECE


fourth beast

ROME


Daniel observed that this Roman beast had 10 horns. Horns symbolize concentrations of power in Bible prophecy. Daniel was told that these 10 horns represented 10 kings (or kingdoms) that would arise out of the original Roman Empire (Daniel 7:24). The original Roman Empire ruled most of the 'civilized' world, centered around the Mediterranean Ocean. From its center in the city of Rome, Roman domination radiated outward in a 360 degree circle, dividing the world into 10 primary areas. I believe that these 10 regions, beginning with the Italian peninsula itself, might be divided up as follows:

    1. Italy
    2. Achaia (Greece and the surrounding region)
    3. Asia (an area now called Turkey)
    4. Syria (an area including what is now Israel and the greater Middle East)
    5. Egypt
    6. Africa (northern Africa)
    7. Spain
    8. Gaul (now known as France)
    9. Germany
    10. Britain

DANIEL'S BEAST APPEARS IN REVELATION

We first encounter Daniel's Beast in the New Testament, in Revelation chapter 13:

   Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a Beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.
   Now the Beast which I saw was like a leopard (Greece), his feet were like the feet of a bear (Persia), and his mouth like the mouth of a lion (Babylon).

Revelation 13:1-2

We are first shown these three traits of the Beast of Revelation 13:

    Trait 1) It is the 'Beast from the Sea'; arising from the great 'sea of humanity', just like the four Beasts of Daniel 7.
    Trait 2) It has 10 horns, like the fourth Beast of Daniel chapter 7.
    Trait 3) It is shares traits with the first three beasts of Daniel 7; a lion, a bear and a leopard.

    This is Daniel's Beast: the Roman Empire. But there is a difference in Revelation's version of Daniel's Beast; IT HAS SEVEN HEADS. And so it is necessary to understand the seven heads in order to understand the Beast's transition from Daniel to Revelation.

    But before we look at the 7 heads, we need to first consider a fourth and fifth trait of Revelation's Beast:

    Trait 4) It is established and empowered by Satan.
    Trait 5) The Beast would be authorized (by God) to continue for '42 months':

   The dragon (Satan) gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.   Revelation 13:2


   And the Beast was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies. And he was given authority to continue for 42 months.    Revelation 13:5



These '42 months' represent the second half of 'Daniel's 70th Week'; from 70 AD to the second coming of Christ. This shows us that Revelation's Beast is not a single man or nation. It is a Satanic creation with a long life, and it still exists in our world today. Given this information, we can now go on to look at the 7 heads.

THE SEVEN HEADS EXPLAINED

After Revelation chapter 13, we encounter the Beast again in Revelation 17. Only now it has a Woman riding upon its back. And it is in this chapter, as we consider the identity of this Woman, that God explains both 1) the Woman, and 2) how she came to be riding upon the Beast. God opens up three mysteries that enable us to understand the Roman Empire's transition from Daniel to Revelation:

    Mystery #1) The Roman Empire will be destroyed, and yet live again:

And the angel said unto me "Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the Woman, and of the Beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and ten horns. The Beast that you saw was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit and go into perdition. And they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the Beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

Revelation 17:7-8

John had already seen this 'death and resurrection' aspect of the Beast in Revelation 13:

And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the Beast.

Revelation 13:3


    Mystery #2) The Woman sits upon seven mountains:

And here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are SEVEN MOUNTAINS upon which the woman sits.

Revelation 17:9


The first thing that we must remember is the historical context in which John received this vision. The city of Rome has long been known to the world as 'The City of Seven Hills'. And so we might reasonably expect that the apostle John would have concluded that the Woman was the city of Rome. But God did not leave this in doubt. In the final verse of Revelation 17, God confirmed that the Woman is the city of Rome (which ruled over the earth in John's day):

And the woman which you saw is that great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.

Revelation 17:18
Seven Hills of Rome
THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME
    Mystery #3) The seven heads also represent 7 Kings:

And here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are...SEVEN KINGS. Five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. And the Beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goes into perdition.

Revelation 17:9-11

The second thing that we must understand is that the '7 kings' in this vision represent the Julio-Claudian dynasty of Rome; beginning with Julius Caesar, and ending with a man named Galba. The first five kings (who had already died) were Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius. The sixth king, Nero, was reigning when John received the book of Revelation. And the future seventh king, Galba, would reign for only a brief time.

In this vision, John was being shown what would happen after Nero's death, and the rise of Galba. It would lead to a Roman civil war that has come to be known to history as 'The Year of the Four Emperors'.

Galba first came to power in June of 68 AD. In January of 69 AD Galba was overthrown and put to death by a Roman Governor named Otho. Otho was then overthrown in April by a Roman general from Germany; Vitellius. Finally eight months later in December of 69 A.D., Vitellius was overthrown and replaced by the general of the Roman armies in Syria; a man named Vespasian. And Vespasian went on to establish the next dynasty of Roman emperors; the Flavian dynasty.

VESPASIAN AS THE BEAST

In Revelation 17 God does not recognize Otho or Vitellius as emperors. Vespasian is the eighth king, described as being 'of' the original seven, because he was Roman and had served under the first seven 'kings'. But there is something important about God's description of Vespasian that we must not miss. God describes Vespasian as the Beast:

And the Beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goes into perdition.

Revelation 17:11

Although he was just a single man, in this verse Vespasian is called 'the Beast'. Why? How does he qualify for this description?

First of all because of his 1) militancy; he was a very effective general. Secondly because, as the Roman general who had been sent to subdue the Jewish rebellion in Israel, he had demonstrated 2) hatred for Israel and its religion. And thirdly, because when Vespasian became the Emperor, he immediately 3) embraced the city of Rome; lavishing wealth and glory upon it in exchange for its political support.

One of the gifts that the Flavian dynasty gave to Rome was the Flavian Amphitheater; which is known today as the 'Roman Colosseum'. It was partially paid for through the spoils of the Flavian conquest of Israel. Vespasian is called 'the Beast' because he was the first in a succession of many military leaders, extending over 1950+ years, who would fulfill these three Satanic requirements for the job.

In 69 AD Vespasian had to pause his warfare against Israel, in order to return to Rome and take the emperorship. When he did so, he left his son Titus in charge of the war against Israel. Titus, who had thus become a prince of Rome, would complete that 'war' in an incredibly vicious way. This brutal victory was necessary 1) in order to show the citizens of Rome that the Flavian Dynasty upheld Rome's honor and deserved to be accepted, and at the same time 2) to warn any other rebellious parts of the Roman Empire that the Flavian Dynasty was not to be challenged.

Titus' victory over the Jews, as a PRINCE of Rome's new dynasty, was foretold in the book of Daniel:

And after sixty-two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself. And the people of the prince that shall come (Titus) shall destroy the city (Jerusalem) and the sanctuary (Temple). And the end thereof shall be with a flood (of destruction and dispersion). And until the end of the war (against the Jewish people) desolations (of the Temple Mount) are determined.

Daniel 9:26

ROME'S METAMORPHOSIS

An idea that illustrates the events of 69 A.D. is 'metamorphosis'; like the transition of a caterpillar into a butterfly within a cocoon. But in the case of the Roman Empire two creatures emerged from the cocoon rather than one.

When a caterpillar forms a cocoon, it essentially 'dies' within the cocoon. Its body parts are completely broken down, and its chemicals are used to make something new. In a sense this is also what happened in 69 A.D.

Before the Roman Empire entered the 'cocoon' of the 'The Year of the Four Emperors' after Galba's death, it had been unified; defined and ruled by one city. The Roman Empire was monolithic; it was the city of Rome. But after 'The Year of the Four Emperors', and the rise of Vespasian to power, what had once been a single Empire now became a combination of two different things:

    1) The city of Rome functioning as a religious and cultural center.
    2) A succession of 'military powers'; all of whom would cooperatively support and enrich the city of Rome.

Metamorphosis

Prior to the rise of Julius Caesar, the Roman Republic had been governed by the Roman Senate, located in the city of Rome. Rome itself was the seat of power, and decisions about the administration of the Republic were made there.

But with the rise of Julius Caesar, and the wars that he fought with other Roman generals for supremacy, the city of Rome and its Senators decreased in relative power. The various generals of the Republic began to decide who would rule the Empire next.

This tension between the city of Rome and the Roman military continued until the 'Year of the Four Emperors', when a complete break between the city and its generals became a permanent fact of life.

When we consider this metamorphosis of the Roman Empire, we must not forget that 69 AD coincides with the casting of Satan out of heaven and down to earth (Revelation 12:7-12). One of the most important keys to understanding God's addition of the seven heads to the Beast of Daniel chapter 7, and the changes that those seven heads represent, is to understand that those changes were instituted by Satan after he was cast down to earth.

Although God, in His sovereignty, authorized (allowed) the continuing existence of the Beast of Revelation throughout the second half of Daniel's 70th Week (Revelation 13:5), the combination of that Beast and the Woman riding upon its back has been the brainchild of Satan.

When he was cast out of heaven, Satan immediately set about to combine two things that would allow him to rule the world both religiously and militarily. And thus through the chaos of the 'Year of the Four Emperors', Satan brought forth a TEAM comprised of a Roman 'Woman' and a succession of international military 'Beasts'. And this coordination of religious and military power has continued to greatly impact the world ever since.

FEET OF IRON AND CLAY

This metamorphosis, from a single empire to a city riding upon the backs of many successive empires, is also revealed in Daniel chapter 2. In that prophecy the Roman Empire is first symbolized by the iron legs of the statue:

statue

In that prophecy the Roman Empire was first symbolized by the iron legs of the statue. But in 69 AD the iron legs became feet that were a mixture of both strong iron and weak clay:

This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, his legs of iron, and his feet part of iron and part of clay. You saw until that a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and broke them to pieces.

Daniel 2:32-34

This transition from iron legs to 'iron and clay feet' represents the metamorphosis of Rome; from a singularly invincible military power into a weak 'clay Woman' riding upon the back of 'iron military power'. This mixture of iron and clay symbolizes a policy that has been followed by the city of Rome ever since 70 AD; a policy of 'selling' its religious support to various military leaders throughout the world, in exchange for wealth, power and influence.

This is a policy that has come to be known as 'CLERICALISM'; a close cooperation or union between 'church and state'. From the very beginning, in 70 AD, the pagan religious leaders of the city of Rome dedicated themselves to the 'political science' of working with 'iron' military rulers. And it is a skill set which the first leaders of the Roman Catholic Church inherited from pagan Rome, and have long used.

In summary, the Beast of Revelation is comprised of military leaders and nations, beginning with the Roman Emperor Vespasian in 70 AD, who...

    1) HAVE EMBRACED MILITARISM AND BLOODSHED

    2) HAVE SUPPORTED SATAN'S AGENDA OF PERSECUTING JEWS AND OPPOSING CHRISTIANITY

    3) HAVE ALLIED THEMSELVES WITH THE CITY OF ROME IN A 'CHURCH + STATE' RELATIONSHIP

The following list provides notable examples of men and nations who have met these three criteria, and have been 'the Beast' over the past 1950+ years:

    The Roman Emperor Vespasian (9 AD - 79 AD), founder of the 'Flavian Dynasty'. As a Roman General, Vespasian began the Roman destruction of Israel before becoming the Emperor of Rome. His son (Titus) completed Israel's destruction and the slaughter and dispersion of the Jewish people in 70 AD.

    The Roman Emperor Constantine; founder of Roman Catholicism in 312 AD. Up until the rise of Constantine, Rome had been the religious center of world paganism, and had sought relentlessly to destroy Christianity and its book. But with the rise of Constantine, Rome went from trying to destroy the Christian church, to proclaiming 'I am the true Christian Church'.

    Constantine usurped the three divine offices of Jesus Christ; Prophet, Priest and King. He established Roman prophetic authority to 'decide' what the Bible says (at the Council of Nicea). Constantine also enabled a Roman priestly authority to administer supernatural sacraments; that supposedly have the power to forgive sin and save people. And Constantine declared Rome's authority to wage 'holy war' under the banner of the cross; thus making Rome the 'king of kings, and lord of lords'.

    Constantine's claim, to be waging war for Christ, is represented by the conqueror on a white horse in the first seal of Revelation chapter 6. The first six seals of Revelation 6 portray the entire history of the Roman Catholic Church; from its rise to its destruction (for a further discussion of the Roman Catholicism, see The City of Rome in Bible Prophecy).

    Charlemagne (Charles the Great, 742-814), who was crowned as the first 'Holy Roman Emperor' by the Pope of Rome in 800 AD. Charlemagne imposed Roman Catholicism, at the point of a sword, upon those whom he conquered.

    The Crusaders, first called to wage war in the service of Christianity by Pope Urban II in 1095 AD. The religious wars of the Crusaders were characterized, from the very beginning, by the persecution of Jews wherever they found them. Ultimately, after having conquered the 'Holy Land' of Palestine, and then having lost it back to the Muslim world, these crusading 'kings and nobles' focused their attention upon their homeland of Europe; supporting Rome in its battle against Jews, Muslims and Protestant 'heretics'. These wars against anyone deviating from Roman Catholicism began around 1250 AD, and are known as "the Inquisition".

    Ferdinand II of Spain (1452-1516), known as 'the Catholic'. As king of Spain he promoted the Spanish Inquisition and began the conquest of the 'Americas' (the Western Hemisphere) for Spain and the Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Ferdinand's grandson, Charles V, was a 'Holy Roman Emperor' who vigorously sought to unite Europe under the RCC. Charles V's son, Phillip II, sent the Spanish Armada against England in 1588, for the purpose of imposing Roman Catholicism upon Great Britain.

    Ferdinand II of Austria (1578-1637), also declared a Holy Roman Emperor, was the initiator of the '30 Years War' against Protestantism (1618-1648). This war left countless Protestant Christians dead and Europe devastated. The war ended in the Peace of Westphalia, which laid the European foundation for the modern, secular nation-state; seeking to restrict religious meddling in the internal affairs of nations.

    The European Axis powers of World War 2, comprised of Germany, Italy and Spain. These powers had all reached 'understandings' with the Roman Catholic Church prior to WW2. Together these governments of Hitler, Mussolini and Franco (along with the Vichy government of conquered France) facilitated the deaths of many millions, including the murder of 6 million Jews.

    The United States, with a large Roman Catholic population and many Roman Catholic institutions. Today the United States and the larger Western Hemisphere are the primary source of the wealth, power and influence of the RCC in the world. A close connection between the government of the United States and the RCC existed at the founding of the nation, and continues to this day.

THE 'LITTLE HORN' OF DANIEL 7

In the third section of this page, titled 'The Beast of Daniel 7, I suggest that the 10 horns on Daniel's 4th Beast represent the 10 primary regions of the old Roman Empire:

    1. Italy
    2. Achaia (Greece and the surrounding region)
    3. Asia (an area now called Turkey)
    4. Syria (an area including what is now Israel and the greater Middle East)
    5. Egypt
    6. Africa (northern Africa)
    7. Spain
    8. Gaul (now known as France)
    9. Germany
    10. Britain

And in Daniel 7:8 we are introduced to a 'Little Horn' that rises up from among these 10 horns:

I considered the horns. And, behold, there came up among them another 'Little Horn', before whom three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great (boastful) things.

Daniel 7:8

I believe that this 'Little Horn' is the United States of America. The 'eyes of a man' represent the humanism of democratic government. And the three horns that the 'Little Horn' overcomes are France, Great Britain and Spain. All three of these foreign monarchies had to be expelled from the lands of North America that would eventually become the continental United States.

In Daniel 7:11 we are shown that the end of the Little Horn will coincide with the final destruction of the Beast itself; through fire:

I watched then because of the pompous (boastful) words which the Horn was speaking. I watched until the Beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame.

Daniel 7:11

Then Daniel was shown what would replace the Beast upon the 'world stage'; it would be the 'Son of Man', the Lord Jesus Christ:

I was watching in the night visions and behold, One like the Son of Man was coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days (God the Father), and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom; that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away. And His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed.

Daniel 7:13-14

In the initial vision, Daniel was told that the Little Horn would become greater and stronger than the other 10 horns (Daniel 7:20). And Daniel desired more information about the Little Horn. The information he received is found in two parts:

I was watching, and the same (Little) Horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came. And a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High. And the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.

Daniel 7:21-22

He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for (until) a time and times and half a time. But the court shall be seated, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever.

Daniel 7:25-26

The thing that stands out in these two passages is that the Little Horn will be persecuting Christians at the end of the second half of Daniel's 70th Week (until 3.5 times are complete, Dan 7:25).

THE 10 HORNS THEN AND NOW

In Revelation chapter 17 God calls the 'Woman-Prostitute (the city of Rome) 'Babylon the Great':

So the angel carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And a saw a Woman sitting upon a scarlet Beast which was full of names of blasphemy; having seven heads and ten horns. The Woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written. Mystery: BABYLON THE GREAT. The mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth.

Revelation 17:3-5

The city of Rome is called 'Babylon' because, as I have explained above, the city of Rome is represented by the clay in the feet of the great statue in Daniel chapter 2. That ONE statue represents the 'unity' of its four Gentile empires (beginning with Babylon) in achieving ONE thing: the removal of the kingdom of David from the world. Therefore in Revelation God refers to the final 'Roman phase' of that statue as 'Babylon' as well.

But in Revelation chapter 18 'BABYLON THE GREAT' is obviously more than one single city in Italy. Its greatness is seen in its incredible wealth and world trade; enriching kings, businessmen, shipowners and sailors around the world. In fact 'Babylon the Great' is the economic engine of the world. This is why we are shown kings from around the world mourning over its destruction:

The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning. Standing at a distance for fear of her torment, they will say 'Alas, alas that great city, Babylon; that mighty city. For in one hour your judgment has come'.

Revelation 18:9-10

The entire 18th chapter of Revelation is devoted to explaining God's condemnation of 'Babylon', and His fiery destruction of it. And because that destruction of 'Babylon the Great' comes upon it in one hour, I believe that Revelation 18 portrays a sudden nuclear attack. And I conclude this not only based upon God's description of Babylon's fall in Revelation 18, but also from the description of that same destruction in Revelation chapter 17 as well.

God explains the 10 horns upon the Beast of Revelation 17. They are not the 10 horns of Daniel's Beast. God told John that the 10 horns upon Revelation's Beast would rise to world power for a final 'prophetic hour':

The 10 horns which you saw are 10 kings who have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the Beast.

Revelation 17:12

This is an important distinction to recognize; the difference between Daniel's '10 horns' and Revelation's '10 horns'. Secondly, God told John that the 10 horns on Revelation's Beast would hate and destroy 'the Whore' with fire:

And the ten horns which you saw upon the Beast, these shall hate the Whore. And they shall make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it in their hearts to fulfill His will, and to agree together and give their kingdom unto the Beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

Revelation 17:16-17

Given that 'Babylon the Great' in Revelation chapter 17 is the Roman Catholic CHURCH, I have concluded that 'Babylon the Great' in Revelation 18 is the greater Roman Catholic WORLD of our day; principally the United States and the Western Hemisphere.

And so I would point out that, while the original 10 horns of Daniel's Beast and the 10 horns upon Revelation's Beast represent different things, they have one important thing in common. They both provide a Biblical context for the rise and fall of the 'Little Horn' of Daniel chapter 7; the United States.

WHO ARE THE 10 HORNS OF REVELATION 17?

In the final two verses of Revelation 18 God sums up the end of 'Babylon the Great', and the reasons for its end:

The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore. And the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth. For by your pharmacology all the nations were deceived. And in her (Babylon) was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.

Revelation 18:23-24

The two verses above describe the United States and its 'Western allies' as they are today. Since the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic in 2020, we have seen it used by the United States to intimidate the public and change America's election laws. Then in 2021 we have seen America's 'medical merchants' impose an unproven mRNA vaccine upon the entire world; while suppressing information about nature's own antiviral remedies. And now, beginning in 2022 America's 'merchants' have sought to use their financial power to destroy Russia economically, while also seeking through Ukraine to militarily bottle up Russian access to the Black Sea (and Russia's ability to project power within its own legitimate 'sphere of influence').

A world that became 'unipolar' in 1991, with the fall of the Soviet Union and America's conquest of Iraq, is now once again becoming multipolar. And now much of the world clearly sees what the United States amounts to; a 'boastful' nation that believes that it has some kind of 'divine right' to dominate the world.

So who are the 10 horns that will hate the 'Whore'? For starters I suspect that they will be found primarily in the Eastern Hemisphere. Secondly, believing that Babylon's destruction in Revelation 18 is a picture of a sudden nuclear attack, I expect that the 10 horns will all possess nuclear weapons, and the ability to deliver them to the other side of the earth. So who might hate the Roman Catholic 'West', and have the ability to bring nuclear fire upon 'Babylon'? I leave that question for my reader to consider.

JUDGMENT OF THE BEAST AND THE FALSE PROPHET

Given what I have discussed above, it seems that a time will come when the Whore will no longer ride upon the back of the Beast. The Roman Catholic Church and its 'Roman Catholic world' will be gone. The Beast will stand alone. But that time has not yet come.

While being closely tied to the Roman Catholic Church today, the United States is also still a part of the Beast. I suspect that today's Beast is the United Nations. And I expect that East and West may arrive at some kind of understanding at the U.N. that accepts the new 'multipolarity' of the world, rather than the West's unipolar dominance.

It is in this context that I expect all of the nations of the world will embrace the Mark of the Beast and a worldwide digital currency that will facilitate security and financial 'trust', even between enemies. And yet this seeming arrival of global understanding will not last:

For you yourselves know perfectly that the 'Day of the Lord' so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say 'Peace and safety!', then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.

1 Thessalonians 5:2-3

It will be at this point, after 'Babylon the Great' has been destroyed in one hour by fire, that the remaining nations of the Beast will turn their attention to making war against the Son of God:

These (10 horns) shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings.

Revelation 17:14

In Revelation 16 we are told that demonic spirits will come out of the mouths of the Dragon (Satan), the Beast and the False Prophet; and that these spirits will then go forth to deceive the world:

And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the Dragon, and out of the mouth of the Beast, and out of the mouth of the False Prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

Revelation 16:13-14

And in Revelation 19, both the Beast and the False Prophet are captured and cast alive into the Lake of Fire:

And I saw the Beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and against His army. And the Beast was taken, and with him the False Prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the Mark of the Beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.   Revelation 19:19-20


These two passages would seem to indicate that the Beast and the False Prophet are individual persons. But I would disagree with that. I believe that the Beast and the False Prophet will be comprised of all of those people, still surviving on earth when Christ comes, who will have taken the Mark of the Beast and promoted it.

First of all, the Beast is something that was authorized by God to continue in existence from 70 AD to the present; for over 1950 years. Secondly, the Beast upon which the 'Woman' sits is synonymous with the 'many waters' of worldwide humanity that the Roman Whore sits upon (Revelation 17:15). Therefore the Beast and the False Prophet are not individual persons. They represent bigger and more long-lasting.

In order to understand this casting of the Beast and False Prophet into the Lake of Fire, we need to look at how Jesus Himself described it:

When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory. And before Him shall be gathered all nations. And He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides His sheep from the goats. And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand "Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world".

Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand "Depart from Me you cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Matthew 25:31-34, 41

At this judgment, all of the members of the human race who will still be surviving on earth will be brought before the Son of God. This judgment will occur at the beginning of Jesus' Millennial reign upon the earth. It should not to be confused with Jesus' judgment of the dead at the Great White Throne (Revelation 20:11-15), which will occur after the Millennium.

What is important to notice here is that wicked people will be cast alive, directly into the Lake of Fire. This is the capturing and 'casting alive' of the Beast and the False Prophet into the Lake of Fire in Revelation 19. They are one and the same event. Just as there will be Christians who will not die before the Lord Jesus comes, but who will be 'raptured' directly into eternal life, so there will also be enemies of God who will not die either; but who will be cast directly into the eternal Lake of Fire.

As we consider this judgment, it is important to note the basis upon which the Lord Jesus will bless the righteous and condemn the wicked:

For I was hungry, and you gave Me meat. I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink. I was a stranger, and you took Me in. Naked, and you clothed Me. I was sick, and you visited Me. I was in prison, and you came unto Me.

Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying "Lord, when did we see You hungry, and fed You? Or thirsty, and gave You drink? When did we see You a stranger, and took You in? Or naked, and clothed You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and came unto You?"

And the King shall answer and say unto them "Truly I say unto you, inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, you have done it unto Me.

Matthew 25:35-40

This basis of Christ's judgment upon the nations corresponds perfectly with the circumstances that will precede His coming. It will have been a time when the 'Mark of the Beast' was imposed, and when those who rejected it and warned against it were hated, persecuted, imprisoned and killed.

On the other hand, among God-fearing people who refused the Mark and were compassionate toward others making the same choice, there will be mercy. It will be within that context, and upon the basis of how people will have treated each other prior to Christ's coming, that His judgment will be made. And the righteous will have had their faith tested and proven:

And he said "Go your way, Daniel. For the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tested. But the wicked shall do wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand. But the wise shall understand.

Daniel 12:9-10

And this is the condemnation; that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

John 3:19

For Jesus to have spoken to His disciples about the Beast and his Mark would have been confusing to them. They would not have known what to do with the information. It pertained to something that would not make sense until after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.

But for God to close the Bible by broadcasting a warning forward in time about the Beast makes perfect sense.

This is why we have two different descriptions of Jesus' judgment of the world at His coming. Both are true and accurate descriptions of the same event. One was understandable to the apostles, while the other provides important additional information for our post-apostolic world.

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