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Revelation 13:1-14:5
The Four Beast of Revelation

#1. The Great Red Dragon
#2. The Composite Beast (Continued)


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We concluded our last segment in Revelation 13. We were investigating the composite beast, the beast that rises out of the sea and makes war upon the saints for 42 months.

 

Let’s review a few things before we go forward:

 

First, you should remember that we are in Revelation’s sixth prophecy that began with Revelation 12:7. We are studying a sequence of events that are in chronological order. This is a crucial point. If the events given in each apocalyptic prophecy do not occur in the order given, then who has authority to declare their order?

 

How can prophecy be “the more secure word of prophecy” if everyone is free to move the elements and parts around to suit their own conclusions?

 

If anyone can move a prophetic element out of its order to suit his own ideas, then everyone has the same privilege. This freedom makes prophecy a nose of wax and this leads to distortion of the intended meaning. Tampering with the order that God has given robs the Word of God and its authority, its simplicity and its power.

 

The Bible must speak and will speak for itself. The angel told John:

 

Revelation 22:19   And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which described in this book.”

 

This verse is very interesting. It indicates that a time is coming when the book of Revelation will be clearly understood by those wanting to know Truth. In other words, during the Great Tribulation, this warning applies to any person who tries to divert or deflect the truth that the book of Revelation proclaims. When God’s 144,000 prophets are empowered to proclaim His truth, anyone caught twisting the prophecies of Revelation around to avoid persecution will be condemned to death.

 

You may recall that the first verse in this prophecy, Revelation 12:7, occurred on Resurrection Sunday. There was war in Heaven and Lucifer was cast out of Heaven on that very day. [April 9, A.D. 30] You should recall that Lucifer then chased the woman to the desert for 1,260 years. You should also remember that near the end of the 1,260 years, the Earth helped the woman.

 

In 1776, God raised up a Protestant nation, the United States, to accomplish a very important global task…. That task was the translation and distribution of the Bible and the worldwide promotion of the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Do you remember our study on seals 1 through 3?)

 

When the devil saw that he could not destroy the woman after 1,260 years in the desert, the devil “went off” to prepare for war on the remnant of the woman – “…. Those that keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” (Revelation 12:17)

 

Then, in the next verse, Revelation 13:1, John saw the devil standing on the shore of the sea, waiting for circumstances to occur so that the composite beast could arise.

 

Revelation 13:1   “And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea…”

 

When the composite beast rises out of the sea, the devil will give this beast its great power, throne and authority.   

 

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.

 

Revelation 13:2   The beast I saw resembled a leopard [known for its swiftness], but had feet like that of a bear [claws as tough as chrome molybdenum alloy – the strongest form of steel] and a mouth like that of a lion [which kills its prey with a single bite]. The dragon gave the [composite] beast his power and his throne and great authority.”

 

The composite beast will serve a duel purpose.

 

First, from the human perspective, the composite beast, a crisis government, will appear to be necessary mediator between God and all mankind.

 

Second, from Lucifer’s point of view, it will enable him to prey upon the saints of God.

 

Revelation 13:7   “He [the composite beast] was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.”

 

What on Earth could create such a global monster?

 

The first four trumpet judgments described in Revelation 8:2-13 will produce death and destruction on a Biblical scale that exceeds human measurement and calculation. I believe the first four trumpet-judgments will occur during the first 30 to 60 days of the Great Tribulation.

 

Because these judgments will be global, the whole world will seriously question whether survival on planet Earth will continue. Thousands of cities will be destroyed. Earth’s infrastructures will be in ruin and twenty-five percent of Earth’s seven billion people will die as a result of these judgments.  [1.75 billion dead]

 

During these four calamitous events the inhabitants of Earth will be traumatized by two painful observations:

 

First, everyone will tremble at the reality of Almighty God, the power and scope of His fierce wrath. 

 

(Actually, Almighty God is Jesus Christ. Remember, Jesus took over the throne of God in 1798, but the world does not know this and mankind will not be made aware of Jesus’ authority until the 144,000 begin to proclaim the first angel’s message. (We will study the three angel’s messages later on.) Remember the 4th seal – how the fourth seal reveals the authority of Jesus?)

 

The second thing that everyone will notice about the first four trumpets is that God’s judgments fell on cities and places that were widely known for wickedness. When these two observations are synthesized together, most of the world will assume that more judgments from God are imminently forthcoming.

 

(In other words, four horrific judgments within the short span of 60 days will suggest that more judgments are imminently coming unless God is immediately appeased!)

 

This fearful anticipation of more judgments from God will induce panic and this panic will propel the leaders of the world to rapidly and radically transform their governments.

 

>>>Desperate situations require desperate solutions.<<<

 

During the fourth trumpet, darkness will cover the “middle third” of our planet (where most people live) and during this period of extended darkness the “crisis government” will form. This crisis government is the composite beast of Revelation 13 rising up out of the sea. The need for one global entity to appease God’s anger will be obvious to most everyone.

 

With 1.75 billion people dead, and thousands of cities lying in ruins, intelligent people will suddenly “wake up” to the reality of God and man’s accountability to Him. And who will be able to argue against man’s need to immediately appease God so that His judgments will cease?

 

Therefore, the religious and political justification for the formation of a “crisis government” will be simple and unanimous. Everyone will agree:

 

“The whole world has to change its ways. The nations must unite and appease God through repentance and worship or everyone on Earth will soon perish as a result of His wrath.”

 

 Consider this:

 

Jesus will turn the present governance of the world upside down with His first four trumpets judgments for a very good reason. Jesus intends to put the religious leaders of the world on display by catapulting them into the position of managing this global crisis for 890 days. 

 

Do you remember how Jesus elegantly exposed the fraud of Nebucahdnezzar’s religious leaders? The same will be true in our day. Jesus wants everyone on Earth to behold the horrible properties of false religion and there is no better way to do this in a religiously diverse world than by putting religious leaders in charge of government.

 

Political leaders will humbly submit to the advice and direction of religious leaders because religious leaders claim to be the experts on God. They claim to know the will and ways of Almighty God (and billions of people will trust them)!

 

This will surely prove to be the case of the blind leading the blind. As I said earlier, when the fear of God’s wrath has overtaken this world, and hundreds of millions of people are dead, the political leaders of Earth will humbly turn to the experts on God for instruction and direction. This turning to religious experts for answers will be a great opportunity for the Roman Catholic Church. The pope will invite religious and political leaders from all over the world to a worldwide council. 

 

Three amazing decisions will come from the council that would otherwise be unthinkable.

 

First discussion: Given the fact that there is many different religions but there is one angry God, this council will unanimously agree that all nations should unite as one man to appease God. (This is how man’s religious and political diversity is unified)

 

This union will only be possible because everyone will be afraid of God and everyone will agree, in principle, that certain standards of righteousness should be imposed upon the whole world or God will probably destroy everyone.

 

Very Important Point: There are two principles upon which the diverse religions of the world can agree: God requires repentance and worship! This council as the basis for world unity and the means through which God is to be appeased will accept these two principles.

 

Second decision: Because God’s anger was clearly directed at places that were well known for wickedness, every nation will agree to immediately begin legislating “sin-less” laws so that the wrath of the Almighty might be appeased. Maybe man’s efforts to live righteously will cause God to relent and His judgments will cease.

 

Further, all nations will recognize in this meeting that every nation must participate in appeasing God or God’s wrath will likely break out against the whole world once again. Therefore, the political leaders of every nation on Earth will agree to abide by the directives of the crisis government that will manage and mediate the current crisis between God and man.

 

Third decision: Every government requires leadership. This council will therefore create an executive body of religious leaders taken from all of the religions of the world. This supreme council will be something like the United Nations, except it will be religious and political in authority and far more effective.

 

The pope will be selected as the leader of this council. He will be given authority to oversee and direct the process of appeasing God on a global basis, and rightfully so. The Roman Catholic Church is uniquely prepared to serve the world in this role because it is both a spiritual and a political organization having diplomatic relations with more than 170 nations on Earth.

 

Very Important Point: >>>The pope will not be elected to this position for the purpose of imposing Catholic doctrine on the nations of Earth. The diversity of the world’s religions will not permit this.  This is why there are ten crowns on the ten horns!

 

Revelation 13:1 “…. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns….”

 

In the Greek language, these crowns are diadema. A diadema is a crown of authority, like that of a king. The point here is that in the short prophecy of Revelation 12:1-6, there were seven crowns upon the seven heads. The persecution of the saints for 1,260 years came through religion.

 

During the Great Tribulation, the persecution of the saints will be a civil matter. Politicians will enact sin-less laws and civil authorities will punish lawbreakers. So, the pope will not be imposing Catholic doctrine on the nations of Earth. Rather, each nation will be imposing its own laws on its own citizens. So, the mission of the pope and his congress of diverse religious leaders will be limited to overseeing and directing a worldwide effort to appease God through various forms of repentance and worship.

 

Actually, for all the good mankind intends to do, the crisis government will be a hand puppet of the devil.

 

Revelation 13:4   “Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, ‘Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?’”

 

 Obeying the demands of the beast equals obeying the devil.

 

The Greek word used for “worship” in this text is not talking about a church service or a “praise service.” The Greek word means submission and obedience.

 

When the governments of the world submit to the demands of the crisis government by creating sin-less laws, they will be in effect, worshiping the devil because the concept of appeasing God through forced obedience is false theology. <<< A God of love will not accept forced repentance nor forced worship.

 

The composite beast will arrogantly declare the will of God (Blasphemy) and all who refuse to cooperate will be punished. Sins of all kinds will be outlawed, sexual immorality will be condemned, bars and taverns will be closed, shops and stores will be closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (according to prevailing religious beliefs), morality will be legislated, and offenders will be severely punished by civil authorities all this – to stop God’s wrath.

 

The creation and imposition of sin-less laws in every nation will be possible because the composite beast will be directed by a congress of religious leaders from all religions and the politicians of all nations will submit to the demands of their experts to appease God. Some laws will stand in direct opposition to the law of God. (Blasphemy)

 

>>>The larger point here is that the formation of the composite beast is logical response to the first four trumpets. The composite beast is man’s response to God’s wrath. This is how a worldwide government can rise and be given authority over the whole world.

 

I hope you can NOW see why the first four trumpets are pivotal to understanding the formation of “Babylon” – the composite beast. The first four trumpets will be THE worldwide catalyst that brings about the formation of a worldwide government called “Babylon” in the book of Revelation.

 

The composite beast will be a composite government. The composite beast will not arise out of one nation. It rises out of “a sea of peoples, multitudes and nations.” This beast will have seven heads and ten horns – 17 entities in all.

 

The composite beast does not yet exist although all of the players are present.

 

Some discussion on timing …

 

We know that the composite beast rises out of the sea after the French Revolution (1789-1799) because one of the seven heads of the beast “had been healed” when this beast rises from the sea. (Revelation 13:3)

 

1798            Rises

----------x-------------------------------/---------

        6th head                               6th head

        Wounded                              Healed

 

As we will see, the seven heads of the composite beast are seven religious systems, and the head that was wounded is the 6th head, the Roman Catholic Church.

 

The Roman Catholic Church was seriously wounded during the French Revolution (1798-1799) and only in recent years (largely due to the popularity of Pope John Paul II) has the church regained much of the influence and respect that it once enjoyed.

 

The point here is that the deadly wound was inflicted in 1798 and it is not healed until the papacy once again has authority over nations as it did prior to its wounding in February, 1798. Like the former Taliban government in Afghanistan, the composite beast will be a ruthless monster driven by misguided religious zealots and sustained by false theology.

 

Because the devil is the hand inside the glove and the devil is a violent predator, the composite beast will waste no time persecuting the saints of God. This persecution will last for 42 months. (Revelation 13:5)

 

During these 42 months, the composite beast will have “authority” over all nations (Revelation 13:7) and Jesus at the Second Coming will destroy the composite beast. (Revelation 19:20,21)

 

This beast is called “Babylon” in the book of Revelation  (revelation 14:8, 17:5) because it parallels the ancient world empire of Babylon both in arrogance and ignorance. Remember how king Nebuchadnezzar demanded that everyone worship as he dictated or face death? Daniel 3.

 

Ironically, the composite beast will claim to speak for God, but it actually blasphemes God and misrepresents God and most of the world will not realize the blasphemy until the 144,000 points it out.

 

The devil has been preparing to make war on the saints for a long time (Revelation 12:17) and this development will be his last chance to destroy the woman. “He (the composite beast) was given power (by the devil) to make war against the saints and to conquer them….” (Revelation 13:7)

 

The devil will appear to win the war.

 

7 Heads /  10 Horns

 

The anatomy of the great red dragon in Revelation 12 and the anatomy of the composite beast in Revelation 13 is identical (both have seven heads and ten horns).

 

God represented these matters to John in this way so that we can trace the devil’s hidden presence and evil activities as he “enters” the human glove (the composite beast) to prey upon the saints. This human glove will be demon possessed just as Herod was demon possessed. This human glove will be a violent predator just as Herod was a violent predator.

 

This is an interesting paradox about the Great Tribulation.

 

While Lord Jesus is doing everything possible to save mankind from the curse of sin, the devil will be doing everything possible to destroy God’s people.

 

Jesus knows this.

 

Nevertheless, Jesus will use His justifiable wrath, man’s blasphemous theology and the hatred of Lucifer to achieve glorious results in the end! Wow!!!

 

Millions of precious people will be saved. In fact, a God of love deliberately and carefully designs the Great Tribulation so that He can save the maximum number of people! The composite beast will persecute God’s people for 42 months. But, Jesus will give His people sufficient grace and strength to deal with persecution and death.

 

Remember, God sustained the woman in the desert for 1,260 years, and He will also sustain the remnant of the woman to the very end of the age.

 

Matthew 28:20   “…. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 

Revelation 13:9     He who has an ear, let him hear.

 

Revelation 13:10   If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This (level of submission to God’s will) calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.”

 

Earlier, I made the comment that Jesus does a “fruit basket upset” in order to show common people the foolishness of religion. The first four trumpets will prove to be embarrassing to the clergy of the world’s religions in two ways.

 

1.   Ignorance exposed: If the “expert’s” properly understand God’s Word, which also includes the book of Revelation, they would be informed and prepared their people for these things.

 

What will the clergy say when their members say, “We paid you a substantial sum of money to inform us about the will of God, we paid you well to teach us the Word of God. But, you said nothing about these things. You took our money and gave us nothing in return. We have been defrauded and mislead.”

 

2.   Faulty doctrines exposed: When the reality of the Great Tribulation dawns, millions of people are going to realize they have been mislead by their experts.

 

When religious beliefs have to be abandoned or compromised in order to align with undeniable realities, laymen smell a dead rat.   : -)

 

Laymen may not be well educated in ecclesiastical matters, but they can be very quick to detect deception. What will the experts say when their members ask,  “Where is the rapture? Where is the escape from God’s wrath you promised? Why did you mislead us? How can we believe anything you have to say?”

 

Who Are The Seven Heads?

 

The composite beast has seven heads. Notice these nine specifications.

 

Revelation 13 says:

 

1.   Each head has a blasphemous name.   (v.1)

2    One of the heads had been wounded and healed.   (v.3)

3.   The beast was given a mouth to blaspheme God.   (v.6)

 

Revelation 17 says:

 

4.   The seven heads are seven hills.   (v.9)

5.   The seven heads are seven kings.   (v.9)

6.   Five have fallen.   (v. 10)

7.   One is.   (v. 10)

8.   One is yet to come.   (v. 10)

9.   The beast that ascends out of the abyss (the fifth trumpet) will be the eighth king and is a companion of the seven (kings) heads.   (v. 8, 11)

 

Ok, seven is a perfect number, a whole number. Because there are seven of the same thing; namely, seven heads, each head must symbolize the same thing. Revelation 13 says that each head has a blasphemous name on it.

 

This means the seven heads are religious in nature that is, they usurp God’s authority. According to Webster, blasphemy is defined as assuming the prerogatives of God. The composite beast will speak blasphemies against God. (Revelation 13:6)

 

This means the composite beast will speak with authority, e.g., it will demand laws be made that are contrary to God’s laws. This is blasphemy.

 

Remember when the Sanhedrin demanded that the apostles must not preach the name of Jesus in the streets of Jerusalem? What did the apostles say?

 

Acts 5:29   Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men!

 

God has declared in His fourth commandment that the seventh day of the week is His holy day; it is a memorial to His creation of Earth and all that is in it.

 

Satan has lead the religious systems of the world to think that the fourth commandment has been terminated or worse, that man has the authority to declare which day is holy to God. Therefore, laws will be enforced regarding the sacredness of Friday (Moslem countries), Saturday (Israel) and Sunday (Catholic and Protestant countries). These laws will be imposed on nations according to prevailing religious traditions.

 

The problem here is that (a) God will not accept forced worship, and (b) God’s Sabbath is holy on the basis of His authority, not men. God has never forced anyone to worship on His holy day. So, why should man? 

 

Remember the panic motto? “We must appease God or He will destroy us all.”

 

Does “forced worship” appease a God of love? Not at all. Forced worship is demonic theology. 

 

Seven Mountains

Revelation 17 says the heads are also seven hills (or mountains, KJV).

 

How can seven religious systems also be seven hills? In ancient times, the highest hills and mountains were reserved places of worship or they were believed to be the dwelling place of deity. Notice these words spoken to Israel just before Israel entered Canaan.

 

“Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains and on the hills and under every spreading tree where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods. Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places. You must not worship the Lord your God in their way.”

 

Ancient temples or shrines were placed on prominent high above ordinary terrain because high places were believed to be the dwelling places of God.

 

King David wrote, “Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?” (Psalm 15:1)

 

Israel’s temple mount is often referred to as “Mt. Zion” and Bible writers often spoke of the temple mount as “God’s holy hill.” (See Daniel 9:16,20; and Micah 4.) Here in the United States, we refer to the official building of the U.S. Congress as “Capital Hillbecause that building is our nation’s source of authority.

 

The point here is that the seven heads are also seven hills because they represent the source of authority for each religion. Seven blasphemous religious systems are seven “capital” hills. People look up (respect, depend on) to their religious authorities for knowledge and instruction on the will of God. Some authority determines every person’s view of God.

 

If your authority is the Bible only, you are on good ground. If your authority is anything other than the Bible, you are on sinking sand.

 

Matthew 7:26   But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.

 

Matthew 7:27   The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

 

Every religious system has experts, clergy (men and /or women who claim to speak for God. This is how and why the clergy is recognized as religious authorities.

 

Seven Kings

Revelation 17 says these seven heads are also seven kings; that is, the seven heads, the seven hills have subjects. Do religious systems have subjects? Yes! People submit to the teachings or demands of their religious authorities thinking they are obeying God.

 

Do you remember how Saul/Paul persecuted the believers thinking all the time that he was doing God a service? This is the power of religion!!! When confronted with a spiritual question or problem, to what authority do religious people turn to if not their religious leaders? Billions of people go through religious rituals every week for no other reason than their religious leaders think it necessary.

 

>>>History proves that religion has sufficient power to subjugate kings.

 

Five Are Fallen

 

Perhaps the most revealing specification about the seven heads is timing. The angel said to John, “This calls for a mind with wisdom…. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while.”

(Revelation 17:10)

 

This conversation between John and the angel took place around A.D. 95.

 

The statement by the angel, “five heads have fallen” is stated in the past perfect tense indicating that at the time of this discussion (A.D. 95), five of the seven heads had fallen. According to Webster, the term “fallen” means, “brought down” or where trust is required, fallen means “proven false.”

 

In both cases, one could say the former televangelist, Jimmy Swaggert, is “a fallen” man. 

 

He was brought down.

He was proven false.

He violated the trust many put in him.

 

The angel said, “Five heads have fallen.”

 

The word “fallen” is also used in Revelation 14:8 where the second angel says, “Babylon (the crisis government) is fallen, is fallen.”

So, looking at the end of the first century A.D., we find a simple explanation of what the angel meant when he said that five heads had fallen.

 

When Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us, five religious systems fell – they were brought down, exposed as false.

 

1.   Heathenism

2.   Atheism

3.   Judaism

4.   Eastern Mysticism

5.   Islam*   

 

*Note: “Islam” as we know it today, came into existence during the sixth century A.D. as a result of Mohammed’s influence and the term is used here to identify the ancient religion of nomadic Arabs. Many Christians erroneously think that Mohammed is the father of the Arabic faith.  This is not true.  

 

Mohammed united, expanded and codified the beliefs of the Arabs. Even though he is considered by the Moslems to be the last and therefore the greatest of God’s messengers, Arabs trace the origin of their faith back to Abraham through Ishmael’s 12 sons.

(See Genesis 21:13.)

 

How were these five religious systems “brought down” by Jesus?

 

1.   Heathenism is a religious system that does not have the truth about the God of Heaven. Heathenism creates its own gods and religious rules according to superstition and tradition. Jesus declared this religion false. (John 10)

 

2.   Atheism denies the existence and reality of God. Even though it denies the existence of God, it is a system of religious thought. Jesus proved that Atheism was false. (John 17)

 

3.   Judaism believes in God, but is also believes that salvation comes through obedience and ceremonial rituals. Jesus declared that man cannot save himself through obedience and rituals. (John 3; Matthew 5:20) 

 

4.   Eastern Mysticism teaches that man can become God. This is the inverse of truth. God became man to save us from the penalty of sin. (John 1)

 

5.   Islam denies that Jesus is deity, the Son of God and the Savior of mankind. This makes Jesus a liar. (Luke 22:70)

 

But wait! There’s more!

 

Keep in mind that the angel told John that “five heads have fallen, one is, and one is yet to come.” In John’s day, five heads had been exposed as false by the teachings of Christ.

 

The sixth religious system was just beginning to develop at the time of this vision, and according to the angel, a seventh head or religious system would appear later on and it would only last for a short time.

 

The sixth head or religious system that was developing in John’s day began as Christianity and today; this religious system is called Catholicism. (The English word Catholic is derived from the Greek word “katholicos” which means universal or inclusive.) John was a charter member of that new religious system. We know from church history that Christianity rose to power and fell from the truth as Satan entered through the back door and gained control of the church.

 

Centuries later, the Protestant Reformation produced the seventh and last religious system.  The angel said the seventh head would only last for “a short time.” This religious system is called Protestantism today.

 

Looking back over the landscape of history, Protestantism is a “newcomer” to the religious world in terms of existence and since we are near the end of the world, it can only last for a short time!

 

The essential problem with all seven heads is that all of them are blasphemous. This means all of them teach things that are contrary to the will of God! Of course, no honest hearted person believes that his religion teaches blasphemy. Everyone thinks that what be believes is the truth about God and this is precisely where the problem lies!

 

The only way to get out of this global confusion is simple. God will turn the religious world upside down so that everyone can hear the 144,000 and give His truth due consideration. The good news is that the sincere and honest of heart will receive the gospel of Jesus. The bad news is that most of the world will reject it!

 

During the Great Tribulation the 144,000 will proclaim the testimony of Jesus.

 

This will create much controversy. The will of God as taught by the 144,000 will stand in conflict with the will of God as demanded by the religious experts who control the composite beast. 

 

Because there will be severe penalties on both sides of this controversy, (if you obey God, you will receive the wrath of the composite beast, but if obey the composite beast/devil, you will receive the wrath of God) this contest will separate the sheep from the goats in all seven religions!

 

So, we are forced by the nine specifications on the seven heads to conclude that the seven heads of the composite beast represent the seven religious systems of the world!

 

 

 

 

They are:

1.  Heathenism

2.  Atheism

3.  Eastern Mysticism

4.  Judaism

5.  Islam*

6.  Catholicism

7.  Protestantism 

 

The composite beast will have power for 42 months/moons. (29.53 days per month x 42 = 1,240 actual days)   Look at the timing:

 

              /----------42 moons-----------/

---1-----2--------------------------3-----4---5---6----

     /----------1260----------------- / 4 /---70----/1

 

1.  Censer cast down

2.  42 moon begin

3.  Seventh trumpet  (1260 days end)

4.  1290th day

5.  42 moons and (1240 = 60 – 1300)

6.  1,335 Day

 

Summarizing the composite beast:

 

Revelation 13:1   And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea (waiting for his opportunity to persecute the woman, he knows what Jesus is about to do….). And now I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.

 

Revelation 13:2   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.

 

Revelation 13:3   One of the heads of the beast seemed to have a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished (at the wrath of God, the formation of the composite beast and they naturally) and followed the beast. 

 

Revelation 13:4   Men worshiped (obeyed) the dragon because he had been given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped (obeyed) the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him (and survive)?”

 

Revelation 13:5   The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority (making laws) for forty-two months.

 

Revelation 13:6   He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven.

 

Revelation 13:7   He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.

 

Revelation 13:8   All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.”

 

For 890 days, the composite beast will rule over the world and in spite of all the persecution and trouble for mankind it produces, it will claim a huge success.  Religious leaders will exclaim, “We have saved the day! No more judgments have fallen!!!”     

 

How foolish.

 

Ironically though, the longer the composite beast exists, the bigger a particular problem becomes. This problem will be one of “religious superiority.”

 

As time passes, a great debate will escalate within the leadership of the composite beast… “Which religion correctly reflects the will of God? Somebody has to be wrong.”

 

But, the leadership of the composite beast can’t resolve this question because one man cannot prove the superiority of his religious faith over that of another. Yes, all men are created equal: They are equal in arrogance and ignorance. So, there’s no way to convince a Muslim that Catholicism is a superior religion or vise versa.  

 

Diversity of religion always creates a hate-full environment. Such is the nature and one of the properties of false religion.

 

Consider the setting:

 

By the end of the 890 days, (2/3 of the 1,335 days allotted for the Great Tribulation), the composite beast will be consumed with conflict from internal fighting.

 

The composite beast will find itself at a religious impasse and the political rulers of the Earth will despise the composite beast. (Yet, they remain submissive for fear of God’s wrath.)

 

The composite beast will be so confused and conflicted from within and its “sin-less” laws are so stupid that many compare it to “a mad dog.”

 

Furthermore, by the end of 890 days, the advance of the gospel by the 144,000 will also be stalled. Most everyone will have made their decision to worship according to the demands of Jesus or worship according to the demands of the composite beast (to avoid punishment).

At this point in time, ready or not, the fifth trumpet occurs – the first of three curses – this is the physical arrival of Lucifer – who will settle the question of religious superiority by dissolving all of the world’s religions and making a new one-world religion.

 

Also, to establish “the kingdom of God” on Earth, he will select and install ten kings to rule over Earth.

 

When Lucifer appears, he will claim that he has come to establish a kingdom of peace and joy on Earth. He will proclaim that the kingdom of God will be among men for the next thousand years.

 

I have made three remarks because we now come in our study in this longer prophecy that begun with Revelation 12:7 to the arrival of the second beast in Revelation 13:11 – the physical appearing of Lucifer.

 

Revelation 13:11   Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon.

 

Revelation 5:6   Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

 

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.

 

Lucifer is the lamblike beast that ascends out of Earth (actually, he is released from the abyss).

 

Revelation 13:12   He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants (obey or suffer indescribable torture) worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.

 

Revelation 13:13   And he performed great and miraculous signs, even calling fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men.

 

Revelation 13:14   Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. (The religious wicked believed that he was God. Then, at the end of the five months of torture) He ordered them to set up an image (a likeness) in honor of the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived (a perfect union of church and state).

 

Revelation 13:15   He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak (laws) and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.

 

Revelation 13:16   He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead,

Revelation 13:17   so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.

 

Revelation 13:18   This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.”   

 

When the devil appears, masquerading as Almighty God, he will perform incredible miracles such as calling fire down out of Heaven to destroy rebellious people. Billions of people will either be intimidated or deceived into believing that God Himself now lives among men.

 

Ultimately, the devil will demand that all religious diversity be eliminated and naturally so. The devil will proclaim himself to be God and having absolute authority, his word is the law – a law from which there is no further appeal.

 

At the end of the fifth trumpet, the devil will have enough followers to move forward to accomplish his goal. The Bible predicts the devil will terminate the seven religious systems of the world by setting up a new one-world religion.

 

This new religion is called “an image” or likeness of the composite beast in the book of Revelation. In other words, the composite beast will be modified so that there will be “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” instead of seven opposing religious claiming to have conflicting truth about God.

 

The Bible also predicts the devil will eliminate the governments of Earth.

 

He will do this to gain absolute control over mankind.

 

Consider this scenario:

 

When the devil first appears, masquerading as God, he will lead the world to believe that he is (as God) has come to establish a thousand years of peace on Earth and all of the destruction caused by the first four trumpets must be rebuilt or repaired.

 

Like Pharaoh of old, everyone will be forced to work hard to speed Earth’s recovery. (Of course, the devil knows there will be no recovery from God’s destruction, he just uses false hope to “wear out” and torment the people of Earth.)

 

The devil will divide Earth into ten sectors and he will set up ten kings as “task masters” to oversee Earth’s reconstruction. Make no mistake. Lucifer will not be a benevolent king. All who stand in opposition to the devil’s heavy and harsh demands will be targeted for elimination.

 

On the other hand, everyone who believes the devil is God will be treated as a slave. By the time the seventh-trumpet sounds, the great red dragon, eighth king, will reign over Earth as “King of kings (politics), and Lord of lords (religion).” The government of Earth will be upon his shoulders and Lucifer will “sit in the heart of the seas” an ancient phrase that means “ruler of all nations.” (Ezekiel 28:2)

 

The devil will demand death for everyone who refuses to participate in his one-world religion and this decree will force everyone into one of two camps: worship the devil and live or worship Jesus and be killed. This will be the ultimate test of faith.

 

“He (the devil) was given power (and authority from God) to give breath (life) to the image (the one-world religion) of the first beast (composite beast), so that it could speak (make laws) and cause all who refused to worship (according to the demands of) the image to be killed.” (Revelation 13:15)

 

It was mentioned earlier that the Bible predicts the devil will divide the world into ten sectors and he will place ten “taskmasters” kings over these sectors. This may sound strange at first, but I need to show you three texts:  

 

Look at this verse describing the Second Coming:

 

Revelation 6:15   “Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains.”

 

Now, look at this text:

Revelation 13:16   He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead,

 

Now, look at this third text:

Revelation 19:17   And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God,

 

Revelation 19:18   so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.”

 

Here’s my point:

 

Slavery will exist at the second coming. The Bible distinguishes between free and slaves three times! What will cause slavery during the Great Tribulation?

 

1.   Bankruptcy / poverty

2.   Demonic opportunity

 

1.   In ancient times, there was no such thing as bankruptcy because there was slavery. If you could not pay your debts, your property was seized and you were arrested and delivered to your creditor as “his property.” There was a formula depending on the amount borrowed as to the number of years you belonged to your creditor.

 

I believe this same system will be implemented during the Great Tribulation. My advice is that you get out of debt as fast as you can. If you need help and information on this topic, you can listen to people like Clark Howard, Suzie Orman and Dave Ramsey.  Again, I think it is important that we get out of debt for nonessential things ASAP.

 

Second, when Lucifer arrives, he is going to require everyone to work and participate in the establishment of the kingdom of God. Hitler was able to extend his control over a large portion of Europe because he put everyone to work, and made slaves of everyone he captured.

 

I believe the devil will do the same. Hitler was demon-possessed man and we well knew his actions. The point here is a surprising one. Resting on God’s holy day will be impossible without suffering a penalty. Thus, the conflict over God’s holy day will come down to survival for everyone who obeys God’s law (worships God).

 

During the sixth trumpet war, Lucifer will kill 1/3 of mankind.

 

Revelation 9:14   It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”

 

Revelation 9:15   And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind.

 

This killing includes millions of saints and prophets.

 

Revelation 6:9   When he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.” The end result is simple. The saints will be conquered. A few will not be captured, but most will be.

 

The 2/3 that survive will take the mark of the beast which is the number, 666.

 

666 = 2/3 of 1,000.

 

Since the Bible doesn’t reveal the geographical boundaries of these ten sectors, they may conform to general geographical and cultural boundaries. For example, the ten sectors could be (1) North America   (2) Central and South America (3) Africa (4) Europe (5) China (6) India (7) Russia (8) Asia and the Middle East (9) Australia and (10) The Pacific Nations. Of course, time will tell how the world is divided.

 

The bottom line is that the composite beast and the devil will appear to succeed. Those who love lies will submit to their demands. Those who love the truth will be despised. It’s ironic that the world will end just like sin began: Believing the devil’s lies. The ten horns you saw are the ten kings (these kings are also represented by the toes of the metal man in Daniel 2) who have not received a kingdom, but for one hour [Greek syntax: for one hour does not mean 60 minutes, but at an appointed hour, they] will receive authority as kings along with the [great red dragon] beast. [As the taskmasters of mankind] They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the [great red dragon] beast. [At the Second Coming] they [the ten kings] will make war against the Lamb [as did Lucifer and his angels thousands of years ago], but the Lamb will overcome them because he is [the true] Lord of lords and King of kings and [rejoicing] with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”  (Revelation 17:12-14, insertions mine)   

 

Revelation 14:1   Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.

 

Revelation 14:2   And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard like that of harpists playing their harps.

 

Revelation 14:3   And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.

 

Revelation 14:4   These are those who did not defile themselves with woman, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as first fruits to God and the Lamb. 

 

Revelation 14:5   No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.

 

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