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And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads.
In the event of the confusion that the beast is Satan, as made evident in Revelation 12:3, the dragon is Satan, and this particular character is distinct from him.
From the description of the beast given in Revelation chapter 13, we see it rising out of the sea. However, we also see described, in other places of Revelation (such as chapter 11 and 17), the beast described as rising out of “the bottomless pit.” The latter description infers the beast will come from the demonic spiritual realm and be an incarnation of true evil. I find this is true for cases where the Bible refers to the anti-Christ as the beast.
However, as provided in Revelation, the Bible also refers to the beast as a body with a form of government consisting of many people. Therefore, I find the distinction made about the beast for a clear purpose. So forth, the governing body of the beast, which is described differently as rising out of the sea instead, indicates its hidden presence on Earth. Accordingly, this implies that the depths of the sea represent its long-sustained hidden existence from the people on Earth. Such that, near the very beginning of the second half of tribulations, this entity will become fully exposed for everyone to see for themselves, as well as the anti-Christ who is the leader of the beast’s body.
And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority.
Researching this, as these animals are most likely retreads from the animals given in Daniel chapter 2, it is widely held that these figures relate to either specific nations or regions on the Eurasian continent. The imagery the bear represents Persia, or present day Iran. The imagery the lion represents Babylon. Lastly, the imagery of the leopard represents Greece.
But the angel said to me, “Why do you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries her.
More information on the “woman” can be found in chapter 8 titled “Mother of Harlots“
This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated; they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he does come he must remain only a little while.
Something I particularly fixate on here is that “five of the heads have fallen.” This means (to me) five of these heads have already lived and died in the course of human history. Since kings rule as one, this would imply that these five heads are distinct men throughout time. As in, Hitler is one of the heads. Therefore, the anti-Christ will be another head of this beast where its other heads have come to show themselves in various times throughout world history.
As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to destruction. And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received royal power, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast. These are of one mind, and they hand over their power and authority to the beast.
These ten kings appear to be behind-the scenes-men of influence who will, basically, usurp the dominion of the existing world leaders. Essentially they will be working in conjunction with the anti-Christ, who will be their champion so to speak, that is literally hell bent on making war with God and God’s people. We will eventually find our world’s movement towards a One World Order to be an extension of Satan’s will and Satan’s opposition of God. Therefore, a major component to the body of the beast, will be a one world system that attempts to make all men a servant to Satan’s system of control.
So then, as we attempt to understand what the fullness of the beast will be, we should begin by understanding that the beast portended in scripture is much, much more than just one man. Metaphorically speaking, it also has horns, a body, feet, and it has existed for a very long time.
As such, we can see how these figurative representations certainly imply literal representations. Regardless, even though the anti-Christ will be just one head of the beast, he draws his power from the other heads, horns, and body such that he is the captain of all its members.
Inasmuch as, the anti-Christ will have tremendous power over the entirety of the world to impose his order and control over mankind. However, the singular greatest source of strength for the beast, which is its literal body, will in fact be the One World Order and network that allows its influence to be truly global and authoritative over all. Nonetheless, this body is nothing without its individual cells; a system among men is nothing without its individual constituents who uphold the system. Therefore, as unfortunate as it may be, also constituting the body of the beast will be people we know, either through social or familial ties.
The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come.
and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.
In reading scripture, we see that the problem of a spiritual war is that the quality of spirit doesn’t pass down from bloodline to bloodline, or is essential for people to relate to one another while cooperating in society. The fact of the matter is that, since Spirit is had or void by individual experience and choice, it comes and it goes like the wind, and that choice we make isn’t inherited by genes or acquired through social influence. The familial bonds, in our spiritual nature, is far beyond the mortal associations and concepts of groupings understood by our scientific textbooks. At the very least, according to scripture.
The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit
As demonstrated in scripture, there is no demographic that the Spirit readily presides in. So forth, we also understand Christ’s proclamation that He did not come to bring peace.
Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a ‘man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man’s enemies will be enemies of his own household.
As people come to see the reality of this prophecy, assuming it truly does describe what will happen in the world, there will be a divide from people, not from top to bottom, but instead from side to side. Those who consider themselves the same and equal will come see themselves as different from those they have established the strongest of bonds. So then, many who have felt divided by worldly things, will come to see themselves as the same, at the very least, for the children of the Spirit.
By this logic, all those of the light will recognize those of the light, and they will be able to recognize that which pertains to darkness. This truth will naturally expose itself as the circumstances of these extreme times will demand as much.
They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.
As we can see, the purpose of the beast will be to make war with God’s children. Therefore, in understanding who belongs to God in this way, I encourage each to have a broad mind. Jesus said, in Matthew 5:9, that the pure of heart will see God. So then, it’s not about one’s cultural interpretation of God, but about the purity of heart of any particular faithful person. Therefore, the beast will be about killing and ravaging those who truly abide in the Love of the Living God.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
Nonetheless, we have the word of the Lord, as we will see in the next chapter, that He will conquer the enemies of His children. In the end, there will be justice, and the Lord makes this His promise. Inasmuch as, I suggest that we all take comfort that this tyranny, like all things of this world, shall pass, and justice will weigh on those who create injustice, and justice will bless those who are made innocent.
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“Nature of the Beast” © 2018 Matthew L Ainsworth
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