Beast Rising Up Out of the Sea
Revelation 13:1-2 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.The beast that rises out of the sea is none other than the little horn of Daniel 7, which has its roots in Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome/divided Rome. It is literally a continuation of Rome as a religious power (papal Rome). It exercised civil power by plucking three of the divided kingdoms by their roots and exercises great power to this day on the political and religious stages. There was a time when papal power was wounded, during the French Revolution. It has taken this long to regain what it lost. No other power matches the prophecy and history.
Revelation 13:3-10 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
- Beast. A kingdom or power (Daniel 7:23).
- Sea. means peoples, multitudes, nations and tongues (Revelation 17:15). This beast comes up from a populated area.
- Seven heads. The seven mountains upon which the kingdom sits (Revelation 17:9).
- Ten horns with ten crowns. Ten kings that are given power with the beast for an hour (Revelation 17:12).
- The name of blasphemy upon his heads. Speaking great things (Daniel 7:8).
- A leopard-like beast. (Greece; Daniel 7:6)
- Feet of a bear. (Medo-Persia; Daniel 7:5)
- Mouth of a lion. (Babylon; Daniel 7:4)
- The dragon. (Satan; Revelation 12:9) Gave him his power, seat and great authority.
- Note: John is listing the beast likenesses in reverse order from Daniel 7, pointing back in history. Daniel 7 pointed forward.
- One of his heads received a deadly wound. Pope Pius VI was imprisoned by Berthier in 1798 during the French Revolution and died in captivity.
- The deadly wound would be healed. The papacy would regain power in the last days.
- All the world wondered after the beast. This is true today.
- The dragon gave him his power and they worshiped him. Was given a mouth to speak great things, blasphemy against God.
- Power was given to him forty and two months (42 months; same prophecy as Daniel 7:25). The day-for-a-year principle for prophecy. (Numbers 14:34, Ezekiel 4:6) Forty two months = 1260 days (30 day months). 1260 prophetic years of papal rule and persecution between 538 AD to 1798 AD. Make war with the saints, overcome them.
- Worshiped in the last days.
- He that leads into captivity will go into captivity. He that kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Dire consequences for the beast and those who worship him.
In the next post, we'll look at the beast that rises out of the earth; the second half of Revelation 13.
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