The Four Beasts of
#1. The Great Red Dragon (Continued)
Last month, we examined the
short apocalyptic prophecy found in Revelation
Even though Revelation
12:1-6 is a short prophecy, it provides an
excellent view of three critical points which we
need to observe before proceeding into the next
prophecy which begins with Revelation 12:7.
First, there is a very clear
demonstration of chronological order:
standing on the moon, pregnant, in pain, dragon
ready to devour her child the moment
it is born.
2. Woman gave
birth to a male child
3. The dragon
tried to kill the infant Jesus
4. Jesus taken
up to God and to His throne
chases woman. Women fled into desert for 1,260
This chronological order
affirms Rule 1. Each apocalyptic prophecy
has a beginning and ending point in time, and the
events occur in the order given.
Second, this short
prophecy informs us that it was Lucifer himself,
(the great red dragon) working through a demon
possessed man (king Herod) who tried to kill
Jesus at birth. Why is it important to know that Lucifer
himself attempted to kill baby Jesus?
>>>God wants His
children to know that Lucifer is a living entity.
He is a demon having evil objectives and
unbelievable abilities. God wants His
children to know that Lucifer and his fallen
angels are very powerful, but they are limited
by (a) divine authority and (b) human consent. [
the devil and he will flee from you. James
Over a period of time, a
person can slip into demonic possession. Here is
(1) Each time we refuse to
surrender to the dictates of the Holy Spirit, our
rebellion against God becomes deeper and
stronger. The farther we go away from God, the
more vulnerable we become to demonic influence.
Demons study us. They are anxious to gain control
of us because demonic control precedes demonic
(2) Once a person is
numbed by the Novocain of rebellion, he/she will
do stupid things that will produce serious
consequences and enormous guilt without
realizing at the time, the severity or
consequences of these actions. Demons are
delighted when this occurs because they are
masters of preying upon a sense of worthlessness
and self-loathing. Using guilt and shame, they
bait the trap for demon possession.
(3) Once a person begins
using drugs or alcohol to escape the realities
and responsibilities of life, demons take over.
The physiological connection between chemical
addition and demonic possession is overwhelming.
I believe millions of people are presently living
under the control of demons even though they may
not be totally possessed. This fact helps to
explain the insanity that we hear in the evening
Herods sin of
killing all baby boys ages two and under was a
act of insanity and I want you to understand that
another evil act, just as insane, is coming upon
the saints of God. The saints are going to be
attached and victimized during the
Great Tribulation. So dont be surprised! The
devil is a violent predator.
He preyed upon the angels
of God and one third fell.
He preyed upon Adam and
Eve and they fell.
He preyed upon the
antediluvians and they had to be destroyed.
He has relentlessly preyed
upon mankind ever since Noahs flood and
history reveals that all nations, great and
small, come to their end because he is a
relentless predator. It is sad to realize that
mankind has an unseen predator that is highly
intelligent and desperately evil and most people
have no idea that he even exists.
The devil is driven by
hatred and motivated by malice. He has no regard
or respect for anyone or anything except himself.
He has but one objective in life: Bring
everything that God has made to ruin.
Why? Because he knows that
he is hopelessly doomed. He knows there is no
recovery. He knows that God will fully punish him
for his actions at the appointed time and he
doesnt care, so why not create as much
grief for God and mankind until the end that he
possibly can? This is a heart of hatred.
Ok, so far, Revelation
12:1-6 tells us:
1. Chronological order
2. Lucifer himself is a
The third thing about the
short prophecy in verses 1-6 is the timely
setting of this prophecy. This prophecy spans
1800 years. It began in 4 B.C. (shortly
before the birth of Jesus) and it ended in 1798
(the end of the 1,260 years in the desert). How
can we know for sure that this prophecy ended in
If you remember our study
on Daniel 7, you should recall three important
1. The little horn that
arose from the fourth beast (the Roman empire)
was the Roman Catholic Church. This conclusion is
beyond reasonable argument when all the
specifications given in Daniel 7 are examined and
2. Daniel 7:25 indicates
the little horn would uproot three horns and
persecute the saints for a time, times, and half
a time. The Roman Catholic Church was
instrumental in the destruction of the three of
the ten horns that overran the Roman Empire.
Further, according to Rule 4, the Jubilee
Calendar forces a time, times and half a
time to equal 1,260 years. (Incidentally,
Revelation 12:6 and 12:14 confirms the fact that
1,260 days equals a time, times and half a time.)
3. History says that in
A.D. 533, the Roman Emperor, Justinian, gave the
pope the authority to determine who could belong
and who could not belong to the Holy Roman
Empire. Within five years, the Ostragoths, Heruli
and Vandals, the three tribal nations that were
part of the original 10 horns that divided the
pagan Roman Empire had been destroyed and the
Holy Roman Empire functioned without theological
When all of these
specifications are put on the table, we find that
1,260 years after the destruction of the three
horns, the Holy Roman Empire collapsed during the
French Revolution. The authority of the Church
over the governments of Europe was finally broken
in February 1798.
Revelation 12:6 says the
devil chased the woman (e.g., the saints) to the
desert for 1,260 years. It is obvious that Daniel
7:25 and Revelation 12:6 point to the same period
of persecution because (a) this time is so large
that there is no other place for it (b) the
specifications in both prophecies link
together to produce the same result.
Heres the point: If
you can understand how the devil used one man
in his attempt to kill baby Jesus
should be able to understand how the devil
used generations of evil men within the
leadership of the Roman Catholic Church to
persecute and destroy the saints for 1,260 years.
Its as simple as
Once it became politically
powerful as the corrector of heretics
the Roman Catholic Church became a
predator against anyone who challenged its
teachings or authority. The history of the
Christian Church parallels the history of Israel
in many ways. Both persecuted those who love
truth. Ironically, in both cases the persecuted eventually
became the persecutor.
The Church was supposed to
exalt faith in love for Jesus Christ, but
it became focused on growth and acceptance and
over time that morphed into a need for political
influence and control and that eventually that
morphed into the need for absolute power. By 538
A.D., the church gained absolute power.
We have examined these
things because it is imperative that you
understand that: Revelation 12:1-6 is a Lucifer
versus God prophecy and the prophecy that we are
going to study today, Revelation 12:7-14:5, is a Lucifer
versus the saints (the woman) prophecy.
It is also important to
understand these two prophecies because the
methods of Lucifer are very surprising and
clever. Heres the question: The human point
of view is simply inadequate. Thats why God
put these matters in the Bible.
God wants us to see more
and understand more about life than the naked eye
can see. Lucifer preyed upon Jesus using a demon
possessed man. Then, Lucifer preyed upon the
saints for 1,260 years using a church full of
demon possessed men. The surprising thing about
this story is how Lucifer cleverly used the
church (visible) to persecute the saints,
the church (invisible).
Now that you understand
these matters, lets explain Revelation
Lucifer versus the woman.
This prophecy begins with
Revelation 12:7 And there
was war in heaven, Michael and his angels fought
against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels
Revelation 12:8 But he was
not strong enough, and they lost their place in
Revelation 12:9 The great
dragon was hurled down that ancient
serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the
whole world astray. He was hurled [in] to the
earth, and his angels with him.
This prophecy begins with
a war in Heaven.
When did this war occur?
The Bible exclusively indicates this war occurred
on Resurrection Sunday. (April 9, A.D. 30)
erroneously think this war occurred before the
world was created. This is not possible.
Heres why: When Lucifer was cast out; a
declaration was announced in Heaven:
Revelation 12:10 Then I
heard a loud voice in heaven say: Now
(right now) have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of God, and the authority
of his Christ [e.g., Jesus has displaced the
authority of Lucifer). For the accuser of our
brothers, who accuses them before our God day
and night, has been hurled down.
Lucifer is our
. And angels are our brothers
If this war occurred in Heaven before the world
was created, there would be no brothers on Earth
to accuse! Even if this war occurred the day sin
began, how could the angel declare:
Now [right now] have
come the salvation and the power and the kingdom
of our God, and the authority of his
Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who
accuses them before our God day and night, has
been hurled down.?
Makes no sense!
Revelation 12:11 (This
verse explains how sinners overcome this powerful
predator and this declaration is inserted at this
point in the prophecy because Lucifers
accusations against the saints have no merit) They
overcame him [the devil] by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony; they did not
love their lives so much as to shrink from
Revelation 12:12 Therefore
rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea, because the
devil has gone down to you! He is filled with
fury, because he knows that his [remaining days]
time is short.
When Jesus was
resurrected, the devil knew that he and his
angels were hopelessly doomed for destruction.
The devil knew that his remaining days would be
short. The word short is relative to
the length of years the devil has been alive.
(Whats 2,000 years compared to 25,000
Look at the next verse. We
are looking for proof that this war in Heaven
took place on Resurrection Sunday:
When the dragon saw that he had been hurled
to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth
to the male child.
This is the clincher verse.
Look closely at the timing declared in this
Chronology in Verse 13
A.D. 30 A.D.
When the dragon saw (b)
that he had been hurled to the earth, he (c) pursued
the woman who (a) had given birth to the
Verse 13 clearly forces
the war to occur after 4 B.C.
But wait! Theres one
more passage of Scripture that will nail it down
the dating of this war in Heaven! A few days
before His death, Jesus went to the temple. We
John 12:28 Father,
glorify your name! Then there came a voice
from heaven, I have glorified it, and will
glorify it again.
John 12:29 The
crowd that was there and heard it said it had
thundered; others said an angel had spoken to
John 12:30 Jesus
said, This voice was for your benefit, not
John 12:31 Now
[right now] is the time for judgment on this
world [e.g., the moment of truth has come to see
who will now win the contest]; now [right
now, this coming week end] the prince of
this world will be driven out [of Heaven. He
will lose his seat in Heavens court as
clearly says the war in Heaven happened after the
woman had given birth (4 B.C.), and we also know
that after the devil was cast out, an angel
declared, Now have come
. because Jesus had just
paid the price for sin and was resurrected that
The involuntary but
justified unseating of Lucifer in
Heaven caused this war. Lucifer was thrown out of
Heaven because on the basis of a sinless life and
perfect submission to the Fathers will,
Jesus had won back (redeemed) the right to
represent Earth in Heavens court. So, the
devil became madder than a wet
Look at his string of
1. Lucifer tried to kill
Jesus at birth.
2. He tried to kill Jesus
3. He tried to keep Jesus
in the tomb.
4. So, madder than a wet
hen, Lucifer turned his attention to the work
that Jesus began while on Earth, the church.
For the first two hundred
years after he was cast out of Heaven, the devil
persecuted Christians with a zeal that was
unbelievable. When he saw that persecution was
not working, the devil infiltrated the church! He
worked on carnal minds of men and women in
leadership positions and through them; he
eventually gained control over the church visible.
By A.D. 538, he was ready to eliminate the church
But, he could not destroy
the saints of God. He could only chase them out
of the church of Rome through persecution. So,
the devil set up a great church/state system.
This cruel system of government lasted 1,260
years and Lucifer devilishly used it to torment
human beings with either the fear of Gods
wrath or fear of being burned at the stake.
Whether in or out of the church, life was
The woman (the saints) was given the two wings of
a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place
prepared for her in the desert, where she would
be taken care of for a time, times and half a
time, out of the serpents reach. (These are
the same 1,260 day/years mentioned in verse 6.)
Against all odds, the
church invisible survived. (God had prepared a
place for her.) For 1,260 years, the devil,
working through the Roman Catholic Church,
persecuted the woman in the wilderness. Some
historians claim that during the Dark Ages, more
than 50 million people were beheaded or burned at
the stake because they refused to obey the
demands of popes and/or prelates.
Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like
a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away
with the torrent.
Have you seen a flash
flood in the desert? Natures most powerful
force is a wall of water. (At 8 pounds per
gallon, nothing can withstand a rushing wall of
water.) Everything in the path of a flood is
either destroyed or washed away.
The phrase, the
serpent spewed water like a river, might be
compared to a tsunami of persecution. The devil
wanted to eliminate Gods saints from the
Earth, and a 1,260 yearlong holocaust was
conducted against the saints by the devil working
through the Roman Catholic Church.
During the Dark Ages the
devil made it illegal to own the Bible or any
portion of it. He made it illegal to worship
according to the dictates of conscience. He made
it impossible to disagree with current church
authorities and live. The devil did everything he
could do to terminate the presence of the saints
through the power and control of the church
visible which claimed to speak for God!
What a predator.
But the earth helped the woman by opening its
mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon
had spewed out of his mouth.
The Earth helped the
After Noahs flood,
God reserved a great landmass that would one day
help the woman. The land mass eventually became
the United States of America. Near the end of the
1,260 years of the devils persecution
(1798), God raised up the United States. He gave
this nation a new form of government that was
unlike anything western civilization had seen.
This new government was
born in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence
was signed. [just 22 years before 1798] God,
working through honest, intelligent and spiritual
men, gave this nation a constitution and Bill of
rights never before seen. God did not merely do
this for the benefit of those who would someday
live in this nation, No! God established the
United States for a divine purpose.
Go planned that this
Protestant nation would tear down the veil of
darkness that Catholicism had put around the
Bible. God wanted Bible truth to shine throughout
the world and God needed a variety of people to
translate and distribute the Bible to the four
corners of the Earth. (If you recall our study on
the first three seals, this is the time frame
when the first three seals were opened.)
In years past, the United
States has sent out more Christian missionaries,
published more Bibles and carried the gospel of
Jesus Christ than all the other nations on Earth
combined. In years past, this wealthy nation has
given more generously to spreading of the gospel
of Jesus than all other nations combined.
So, Yes! The Earth helped
the Woman. When the French Revolution terminated,
the power of the papacy over Europe ended, God
had a spot of ground ready to receive those who
wanted to own Bibles and read them, a place on
Earth had been prepared for people who wanted
to worship according to the dictates of their
Millions of Protestants
immigrated to the United States of America to
experience the joy of religious freedom. The
point here is that Earth itself helped the saints
and the United States became a powerful influence
for good upon the world for a period of time. But
alas, those days are over.
The United States is no
longer a Protestant nation exalting God. The
United States has turned its back on God and it
is in decline. Many of its leaders (political and
religious) have become corrupt. The love for
money has replaced love for God and man.
Integrity has faded. Honesty and transparency in
business and government is disappearing fast.
In the process, this
country has lost many of its international
friends, it had squandered much of its wealth,
and soon, I believe it will be a bankrupt nation:
both morally and financially.
When the devil saw the
power of the papacy broken in 1798
devil realized that God would not let him destroy
the woman in the desert, so he sat down to
rethink his final strategy against the woman.
Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went
off [to prepare] to [make war] against the rest [KJV:
the remnant] of her offspring those
who obey Gods commandments and hold to the
testimony of Jesus.
Now hear this:
The devil knows all about
the Great Tribulation.
The devil understands the
book of Revelation.
The devil knows that he
has one final chance to ruin mankind and to
thwart all that God is doing to save mankind.
The devil is preparing for
his last war against the saints.
This war described in
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.
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
During the Great
Tribulation, two key features will identify the
1. They will
uphold the Royal Law of God, e.g., the Ten
Commandments, including the fourth commandment
that demands rest on Saturday, the seventh day of
I should also mention here
a time is coming when resting from work on
Saturday will be a punishable offense. When the
devil appears during the fifth trumpet, he will
demand work on Saturday and all who refuse will
be targets of execution. [More will be said about
this matter later on.]
2. The second
thing that will identify the saints during the
great Tribulation is this:
The saints will hold
to the testimony of Jesus.
What is the testimony of
Jesus? The testimony of Jesus is anything spoken
by Jesus. In John 1, Jesus is called The
Word because He speaks as God and for God.
Whatever He speaks, that is His testimony. The
angels obey the testimony of Jesus!
. I am a fellow servant with you and
with your brothers who hold to the
testimony of Jesus.
The testimony of Jesus
will be heard during the Great Tribulation. The
words of Jesus will be spoken through 144,000 mouthpieces.
The words people will hear will actually be the
words (or testimony) coming from Jesus. This rare
phenomenon has occurred a few times in past
history, but it will be prevalent and awesome
during the Great Tribulation. The testimony of
Jesus is also called the Spirit of prophecy.
. For the testimony of Jesus is the
Spirit of prophecy.
The testimony of Jesus is
called the Spirit of prophecy because
those who are selected to speak the words of
Jesus are prophets of God, that is, they
are qualified by the Holy Spirit to prophesy. The
gift of prophecy rests upon them.
Lets go back to A.D.
Why is the prophet John on
the island of Patmos?
I, John, your brother and companion in the
suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that
are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos
because of word of God and the testimony of
John was punished with
exile on Patmos for obeying the Word of God and for
speaking the words that Jesus gave him
utterance to speak. John was a prophet. When a
person is given the gift of prophecy, a very
solemn responsibility rests upon that person.
That person must speak the truth regardless of
the consequences. This requirement explains why
the life span of prophets is very short.
Matthew 23:37 O
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets
and stone those sent to you, how often I have
longed to gather your children together, as a hen
gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were
The 144,000 will deliver
the testimony of Jesus without any deviation (no
weasel words). Wow.
No lie was found in their mouths; they are
blameless. [When we behold their suffering for
faithfully speaking the testimony of Jesus, these
words will become profound.] The 144,000 will be
Earths final prophets.
This is why the Bible
But in the days when the seventh angel is about
to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God [the
sealing]will be accomplished, just as he
announced to his servants the prophets.
Most, if not all of the
144,000, will die during the war against the
saints that takes place during the Great
In her [the great whore the one world
church/state which is established after the devil
arrives] was found the blood of prophets and
of the saints, and of all who have been
killed on the earth.
Look at this:
The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers
and springs of water, and they became blood.
Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters
say: You are just in these judgments, you
who are and who were, the Holy One, because you
have so judged;
for they have shed the blood of your saints
and prophets, and you have given them
blood to drink as they deserve.
Ok, lets summarize
1. The devil
was cast out of Heaven on Resurrection Sunday.
2. When he saw
that he had been cast out, he preyed upon the
church of Christ.
3. He then
infiltrated the church of Christ and used
demon-possessed men to persecute Gods
saints for 1,260 years.
4. Then he
spewed a great torrent (a flood of persecution)
out of his mouth to destroy the woman. (Biblical
language uses the metaphor of a flood in various
places to describe total and complete
5. But, the
Earth helped the woman. God opened up a new world
in 1776. This event would enable Protestants to
capitalize on the fall of the Roman Catholic
Church in 1798.
The United States was a
Protestant nation for a while. During its early
history, it propelled the Bible and the gospel of
Jesus throughout the Earth which
ironically, sets the stage for the Great
6. When the
devil saw the Catholic church brought down in
1798, he angrily summoned a council of demons to
lay plans for the final destruction of the saints
during the Great Tribulation Their
plan is all out war.
7. The saints
will be easily identified during the Great
Tribulation: They will uphold the Ten
Commandments and obey the words of Jesus, spoken
through the 144,000.
Now hear this: verse 17 is
the last verse in chapter 12, but verse 17 is
not the end of the sixth prophecy in
Revelation. The sixth prophecy continues
throughout interruption. Revelation 13:1 is the
next verse. This prophecy is quite interesting
because we are now living between verses 12:17
A new beast is introduced
in Revelation 13:
And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea [the
idea here is that Lucifer is seen waiting for
this beast to rise. The first four trumpets will
enable this beast to come to life.]
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
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.
One of the heads of the beast seemed to have a
fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed.
[this forces the beast to rise after 1798] The
whole world was astonished and followed the
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? [the word worship
means to obey, an act of submission]
The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words
and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for
forty-two months. [the composite beast has zero
authority other than these 42 months]
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.
All inhabitants of the earth will worship the
beast all who names have not been written
in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that
was slain from the creation of the world.
It only takes 8 verses
to describe the war that Lucifer will conduct
against the saints during the Great Tribulation.
Lets review a few
things: 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!
These judgments will occur
during the first 30 to 60 days of the Great
Tribulation. Because these judgments will be
global, most survivors will seriously question
whether survival on planet Earth will even
Thousands of cities will
be destroyed by the first four trumpet judgments.
Earths infrastructures will be in ruin and
twenty-five percent of Earths seven billion
people will die as a result of these judgments. [1.75
During these four
calamitous events the inhabitants of Earth will
be traumatized by two painful observation: First,
we will tremble at the reality of Almighty God,
the power and scope of His wrath. Second,
we will observe that Gods judgments fell on
cities and places that were well known for their
Since very few people
understand the book of Revelation, most of the
survivors will logically think that more
judgments from God are imminently forthcoming.
This anticipation will
induce panic and this panic will move the leaders
of the world to rapidly and radically transform
their governments. Desperate situations require
desperate solutions. During the forth trumpet,
darkness will cover the middle third of our
planet and during this darkness a crisis
government will form. This crisis government will
be the composite beast.
The compelling need for a
new government will be simple. Everyone will have
an overwhelming fear of Almighty God and who will
argue against the need to do something to appease
God or is it assumed that everyone will die? [In
other words, no one will be able to reasonably
argue against the formation of this crisis
government or its mission to appease Almighty
The religious and
political justification for the formation of this
crisis government will be simple: Mankind
must immediately appease God through repentance
and worship or mankind will perish.
God is going to turn the
world upside down with His first four trumpet
judgments and in the process, the religious
leaders of the world will come out on top!
Religious leaders will be
given positions of higher authority than held by
political leaders because religious leaders claim
(and billions of people believe) they know the
will and ways of Almighty God!
This fruit basket
upset will enable religious leaders to
insist on the creation of a crisis government to
deal with God and His wrath and bewildered
politicians will have no option but to go along.
Remember this panic
statement: We must quickly appease God through
repentance and worship or everyone will perish.
As political leaders
survey the global death and destruction caused by
the first four trumpets, when they realize that
God targeted places well known for wickedness,
they will be willing to do whatever religious
leaders think best.
Once empowered, and
claiming to speak for God, religious leaders will
attempt to appease God through the formation of a
crisis government. This crisis government will
resemble the former Taliban government of
Sins of all kinds will be
outlawed, morality will be legislated, and
offenders will be severely punished, all of this
to avert more of Gods wrath. The creation
and imposition of sin-less laws will be the
hallmark of the composite beast. So, the rise of
the composite beast in Revelation 13:1-4 should
be understood within the context of the first
The composite beast will
be a composite government.
The composite beast will
not arise from an existing nation.
The composite beast will
arise from a sea of peoples, multitudes and
nations. (Revelation 13:1-8; 17:15)
This composite beast will
have seven heads and ten horns 17
This beast does not yet
This beast rises after
the Earth helps the woman and we know
this beast rises after the French Revolution
because when this beast rises from the sea, one
of the seven heads of the beast had been
healed. (Revelation 13:3)
The seven heads are seven
religious systems, and the head that was wounded
is 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 is not healed until the papacy once
again has authority over nations as it did
prior to its injury in February, 1798.
Like the Taliban
government, the composite beast will be a
ruthless monster driven by misguided religious
zeal and false theology. The composite beast will
persecute the saints of God for 42 months.
(Revelation 13:5) During this time, it will have
authority over all nations (Revelation 13:7) and
it will be destroyed by Jesus at the Second
Coming. (Revelation 19:20,21)
This beast is called
Babylon (Revelation 14:8, 17:5) because it will
mirror ancient Babylon both in arrogance and
ignorance. Ironically, the composite beast will
claim to speak for God, but it only blasphemes
God and misrepresents God.
Babylon has not yet
formed, even though all of the players are
When fear of Gods
wrath is global and hundreds of millions of
people are dead, the political leaders of Earth
will turn to their religious leaders for
instruction and direction. Political leaders will
ask their religious leaders, What does God
want us to do? and religious leaders will
say, We must immediately appease God
through repentance and worship or everyone will
In this vacuum of fear and
uncertainty the Roman Catholic Church will step
forward with leadership and an elegant solution.
The pope will invite religious and political
leaders from all over the world to a worldwide
council. At a minimum, three amazing decisions
will come from this council that would otherwise
(1) Given the religious
diversity of mankind and given the fact that
there is one angry God, this council will
unanimously agree that all nations must unite as
one man to appease God. This union will be
possible because everyone will agree that certain
principles of righteousness should be imposed
upon the whole world. Amazingly, there are two
principles upon which the diverse religions of
the world agree: Repentance and worship of God!
These two principles will be adopted by this
council as the basis for world unity and
appeasement of God.
(2) Because everyone
observed that Gods anger was directed at
places that were well known for wickedness, every
nation will agree to begin legislating
sin-less laws so that the wrath of
the Almighty might be appeased and His judgments
cease. Further, all nations will recognize that
they cannot disregard this unified effort to
appease God or Gods 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 this new
crisis government that will be established for
the single purpose of managing the current crisis
between God and man.
(3) The leaders of the
world know that every government requires
leadership. This council will therefore create an
executive congress of religious leaders from all
of the religions of the world. (This supreme
council will be something like the United
Nations, except it will be religious in nature
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 of Earth.
>>>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 worlds
religions will not permit this. Rather, the
mission of the pope and his council of diverse
religious leaders will be limited to overseeing
and directing a united effort by all nations to
appease God through repentance and worship.
The composite beast will
be a crisis government created by world leaders.
The diversity of this government is indicated by
the fact that the composite beast is part lion,
bear and leopard, remnants of the ancient empires
presented in Daniel 7.
Actually, for all the good
the composite beast intends to do, it will
quickly become a hand puppet of the devil.
. The dragon gave the beast his power
and his throne and great authority.
The composite beast has
seven heads and ten horns just like the great red
dragon because the devil will totally infiltrate
this crisis government and working through demon
possessed men and women, he will control the
In other words, when the
crisis government forms, men will be responding
out of a legitimate fear for God because they
dont understand what God is actually doing.
However, as time passes, the crisis government
will quickly become corrupt. Absolute power
I like to define Babylon,
the composite beast, as a human glove
which mankind will create and the devil will use.
The devil will work through this human glove to
persecute the saints of God.
For example, if you put
your hand into a glove and then hit someone with
your gloved hand, who is responsible for the pain
you caused, your glove or your hand? The point
here is that once mankind exalts religion over
politics and creates this crisis government, the
devil will quickly enter through the back door to
take control of the world.
And he [the
composite beast] was given authority over every
tribe, people, language and nation. All
inhabitants of the earth will worship [obey] the
beast, all whose names have not been written in
the book of life belonging to the
When the governments of
the world submit to the demands of the crisis
government, they will be, in effect, worshiping
the devil because the concept of appeasing God
through forced obedience is false from the start.
The devil will be
delighted with the crisis government because he
has been preparing to make war on the saints for
a long time (Revelation 12:17) and now his chance
has come to make war on them and destroy them.
He [the composite
beast] was given power [by the devil] to make war
against the saints and to conquer
I hope you can see why the
anatomy of the devil in Revelation 12 and the
anatomy of the composite beast in Revelation 13
are identical (both having seven heads and ten
God represented these
matters to John in this way so that we can trace
the devils hidden presence and evil
activities as he enters the human
glove. The human glove will be demon possessed.
The human glove will be a violent predator.
This is interesting:
While the Lord Jesus is
doing everything possible to save mankind from
the curse of sin, the devil will be doing
everything possible to destroy Gods people.
The devil will make the most of the 42 months.
But, God will give His people grace to deal with
persecution and death.
He who has an ear, let him hear.
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
calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on
the part of the saints.