By Daniel & Karen Lane
Compiled from the writings of Father David
Rev.13:1 “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.”
The sea or waters are a symbol of the people of the World. (Rev. 17:15). So that beast comes out of the masses of the people and empires of man. The seven heads literally represent seven of the great world empires‚ from Egypt on down to the final Antichrist kingdom. The ten horns are ten kings of the end who cooperate with the Antichrist for a short time and “receive power as kings one hour with the beast” (See Rev. Chapter 17).
The fact that crowns are upon the ten horns show that this prophecy is dealing with the time when these kings are in power or with the final A.C. government itself. Though it is the final A.C. government that the rest of Chapter 13 deals with, God is showing us by this beast with seven heads that the antichrist government has always been in existence from the beginning. It’s all the same beast, although it has manifested its ugly head in the seven major governments of the world: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon‚ Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, Antichrist. Whatever government it is, it’s all part of the same beast, all part of the Devil’s governments.
This beast sounds very similar to the “great red dragon” in revelation chapter 12. They both have seven heads, they even both have ten horns. What’s the difference?
In Revelation 12 the crowns are on the heads and in Revelation 13 the crowns are on the horns.
NOW WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE EACH HEAD HAD A CROWN ON THE DRAGON? Because they were all big powers. Each one was a Great World Power, therefore symbolised by a crown on its head‚ meaning that it ruled, it was king of the world in its day. However, in this last one The Beast, the crowns are on the horns‚ indicating that these last ten kings or powers are going to be kings of nations, all of them kings of nations in a sense, in the very last days under the Antichrist on the last head. So here we have seven heads on this Dragon & because he possesses the Beast, the Beast also has seven heads.
WHAT DO YOU SUPPOSE THIS NAME OF BLASPHEMY IS? WHAT IS BLASPHEMY? They blast God, that’s about what it means. This Beast is going to blast God! He’s going to try to blast God off the Earth & even try to blast Him out of Heaven!
Rev. 13:2a “The beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, & his feet were as the feet of a bear, & his mouth as the mouth of a lion.”
Have you heard about these three beasts in prophecy before? Where? (Daniel 7)
*Daniel 7:2 “Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.
5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
Notice in revelation John said of this final Antichrist (BEAST) that it “…was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion” (Rev 13:2).
In Daniel 7 there came up four great beasts out of the sea a lion & that was Babylon, then there came up a bear, Medo-Persia, & after the bear came up a leopard, which was Greece. So what does this mean, if this Beast is part lion, part bear & part leopard? He’s part of all those kingdoms, or those kingdoms are all a part of this final great World Empire. God is literally painting a picture for the Prophet here to show that this final empire is going to be part of all of these Empires.
**Daniel 7:7 “After this I saw in the night visions, & behold a fourth beast (Rome), dreadful & terrible, & strong exceedingly; & it had great iron teeth; it devoured & brake in pieces, & stampedthe residue with the feet of it (Former beasts: Leopard, bear and lion) & it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; & it had ten horns. I considered the horns, &, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: &, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, & a mouth speaking great things. I beheld, & the same horn made war with the saints, & prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of Days came, & judgement was given to the saints of the most High; & the time came that the saints possessed the Kingdom.” (Dan.7:7,8,21,22)
The ten-horned Antichrist Kingdom grows right out of Rome. So really it’s a part, in a sense, of Rome, because it grows out of the Roman Beast. So you might say that the central part of the Antichrist Empire will encompass all of these countries & former empires, including itself, which was what?
WHAT WAS THE FOURTH BEAST OF DANIEL 7? (A great & terrible beast.) A great terrible horrible monstrous beast, the iron beast, the Roman Empire! Rome literally devoured & brake in pieces, & stamped the residue with the feet of it so in revelation 13:2 why doesn’t he say that it’s partly that fourth beast? Because this Beast is the revival of the Roman Empire! The beast is in a sense Rome, & Rome was composed of what? What are these other beasts? It goes backwards this time: Greece the leopard, Medo-Persia the bear & Babylon the lion.
The Beast in Daniel had ten horns and the Beast in Revelation 13 also had ten horns. The ten toes in Daniel 2 symbolise the same thing as the ten horns both in Daniel 7 & Revelation 13 symbolise. Ten final kings or kingdoms or World powers who, as the Lord says in Revelation 17, will give their power to the Beast.
***(Rev.17:12,13) “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the Beast. These have one mind‚ & shallgive their power & strength unto the Beast!”
Although the Beast with its seven heads symbolises all great World governments of all history, he is finalised & epitomised, he is summed up in the last final Antichrist government of the World. The head is on the same body, it has the same nature of all of them, & the body in a sense is Satan himself, hell itself, & each of these heads is just a different manifestation of the Devil’s governments & the Devil’s hellish systems of the World. And he’s the final one, so the antichrist is called the Beast. He is the Beast in its fullness, he is the Beast in its final fruition, this final Antichrist. He’s the summation of all false governments. He even has the different characteristics of the different governments, partly like a leopard & a lion, etc., so that he’s a little bit of all of them.
Rev.13:2b “And the dragon gave him his power & his seat & great authority!”
Who gave this Beast of Revelation 13 his power & his seat & great authority? (The Dragon!) And who’s the Dragon? (The Devil!) Where does the Beast (Antichrist) get his power from? (The Devil.) “And his seat” — his throne, in other words, to rule the World “& great authority” all over the World.
DEADLY WOUND HEALED!
Rev.13:3a “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed:
The Final antichrist government in a sense consists of all former empires, and we know he is specifically the 7th head, the head is on the same body, it has the same nature of all of them, & the body in a sense is Satan himself and each of these heads is just a different manifestation of the Devil’s governments & the Devil’s hellish systems of the World. And he’s the final one‚ so he’s called the Beast. He is the Beast in its fullness, he is the Beast in its final fruition, this final Antichrist. He’s the summation of all false governments. He even has the different characteristics of the different governments, partly like a leopard & a lion, etc., so that he’s a little bit of all of them. This final antichrist (BEAST) in a sense is the summation of all the heads (World Powers) they are all part of this final Beast, & he combines them all in himself. But he is mostly the revival of one of these heads (World Powers) which was wounded unto death.
NOW WHICH ONE OF THESE GREAT WORLD POWERS HAS DIED, BUT IS GOING TO BE REVIVED IN THE ANTICHRIST EMPIRE OF THE 7TH HEAD?
Rome! It’s that simple! Rome was wounded as unto death. Rome is considered to be fallen. Rome united more of the world under its empire than any other empire has ever united, & ruled more of the World than any other Empire has ever ruled! So that deadly wound is going to be healed & now it’s going to rule the World again under the Antichrist! So the Antichrist Kingdom is considered a revival of the old Roman Empire. A head that was wounded to death, fallen, died as far as the World was concerned‚ but it’s going to be revived once again in the Antichrist Empire. It will be like the revival of ancient Rome.
SO TO CLARIFY:
*Daniel 7:19 “Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast (ROME), which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up (ANTICHRIST), and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them (ANTICHRIST); and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.”
So we see this forth Beast upon the earth being Rome will continue right up until the Kingdom shall be given to the saints, this being when the stone Jesus smashes the kingdoms of man and it becomes a great mountain that fills the whole earth.
**DAN 2:44 “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.”
These kings come right out of the fourth beast ROME (Dan 7:24) but they don’t receive power as kings until the final Antichrist kingdom being the revival of ROME!
The antichrist’s empire, headed up by the “ten horns,” is merely a revival of ancient Rome which was mostly Europe. The antichrist kingdom is actually a resurrection of the old Roman Empire. It’s Rome again in the last days with ten powerful nations. The final Antichrist, Roman-like dictator will really be just a revival of ancient Roman dictatorship, & the Antichrist Empire World kingdom domination will be literally a revival of the old Roman Empire. It’s sort of a continuation of Rome, such as the iron which continues from the legs on into the feet & the toes of Daniel’s Image in Daniel 2. “His legs of iron, his feet part of iron & part of clay. And the fourth kingdom (Rome) shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces & subdueth all things; & as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces & bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet & toes, part of potters’ clay, & part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And in the days of these kings (ten toes) shall the God of Heaven set up a Kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: & the Kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces & consume all these kingdoms, & it shall stand for ever!” (Dan.2:33,40,41,44)
“After this I saw in the night visions, & behold a fourth beast (Rome), dreadful & terrible, & strong exceedingly; & it had great iron teeth; it devoured & brake in pieces, & stamped the residue with the feet of it: & it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; & it had ten horns. I considered the horns, &, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: &, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, & a mouth speaking great things. I beheld, & the same horn made war with the saints, & prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of Days came, & judgement was given to the saints of the most High; & the time came that the saints possessed the Kingdom.” (Dan.7:7,8,21,22)
The ten-horned antichrist kingdom grows right out of Rome so really it’s a part, in a sense, of Rome, because it grows out of the Roman Beast, right? (This seems to indicate that these ten kings of the Endtime Antichrist Empire could be primarily from Europe, the remains of the ancient Roman Empire.
HOW MANY HORNS DID THE BEAST HERE IN DANIEL HAVE? — TEN! How about the final seventh head of the Beast of Revelation 13 & 17, how many horns did it have? –Ten! Each of these winds up with ten. The toes in Daniel 2 symbolise the same thing that the ten horns both of Daniel 7 & Revelation 13 & 17 symbolise. Ten final kings or kingdoms or World powers who‚ as the Lord says in Revelation 17, will give their power to the Beast such as Europe to the Antichrist.
“And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the Beast. These have one mind‚ & shall give their power & strength unto the Beast!” (Rev.17:12,13)
REV.13:3b “…and all the world wondered after the beast.”
Remember the final Antichrist beast is in a sense the summation of all the heads and he is the 7th, and the body of the beast is in a sense the devil himself. So one of the beasts heads were wounded unto death (ROME) 6th head, a head that was wounded to death, fallen, died as far as the World was concerned‚ but it’s going to be revived once again in the Antichrist Empire 7th head. “And all the world wondered after the beast (Antichrist)”, not necessarily because they know that the antichrist is the revival of Rome but they wondered! Marvelled! Were amazed! They’re all going to marvel at his power & wonder at his miracles! That’s for sure.
AC’S FULL POWER COMES AT THE MIDDLE OF THE 7 YEARS!
REV.13:4 “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?”
They’re literally worshipping the Devil in the Antichrist! The people who love him and worship him and the Devil are going to say, “Who is like him? There’s nobody in the World like him! Who is able to make war with him?” No wonder the Antichrist is so powerful and such a superman and wonder-worker! Satan has at last been cast out of Heaven and in his fury, knowing that his time is short, he possesses this Antichrist, this Beast, and makes him a Superman, a Devil-man, the Devil in the flesh, like Jesus was God in the flesh! He will be the Devil in the flesh who will run the World and command all to worship him & attempt to slaughter all who refuse! The Devil, the “god of this World”! (2Co.4:4) That’s what he always wanted! –The whole World to worship him! And he’s going to get it – for awhile! Except from us and others who love the Lord and will dare to defy and resist him!
*DAN.11:36 “And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.”
**2TH.2:3-4 “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”
REV.13:5 “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.”
He does not come into full power over the whole world, worshipped like God & with such power they think nobody is able to make war with him, until the middle of the 7 years of his total reign. The beginning of his most horrible reign of terror, the Tribulation period the last 3 ½ years.
REV.13:6 “And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.”
This description of the Antichrist’s big mouth was also used by Daniel in his various descriptions of the Antichrist. ( Dan. 7:8, 11, 20, 25 ; 11:36 ) He’s going to be a big mouth! He’s going to roar like a lion! Speak with the roars of Satan himself and say great things, great blasphemies against God!
REV.13:7 “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” (Dan.7:25; Dan.8:24; Dan.12:7; Rev.12:11, 17).
What?! You mean to say this Antichrist prevails against the Saints? He wins? Does this mean the Church is absolutely dead and gone? No! Only the temporal power had been destroyed! Only the political & economic power had been destroyed! But it’s been good for them because it strengthened them spiritually and brought revival, and this is why the Lord allowed it to happen! Even though the Antichrist will be allowed to overcome us physically, obviously destroying the organised temporal power of the Church, he will not & cannot overcome us spiritually! [The above verse, don’t forget, proves that the Church is going to go through the Tribulation!]
Power was given him over all kindreds & tongues & nations, but that doesn’t mean they all accepted. A lot of countries are a pretty prime example of that. The government has the power over the country, but there are a lot of people within the country that don’t accept it. It doesn’t mean there aren’t any rebels. But he is the World Power, his is the World government, despite the rebels or even whole nations of rebels.
REV.13:8 “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.”
“The Book of Life” – This shows that you cannot differentiate between the book of the lamb & the Book of Life, they’re one & the same thing, because the Book of Life is the Book of the Lamb! It says, “Of the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the World.” They were written there, including your name, back before the world was even created, think of that! It says so in other places (Eph. 1:4) “Well, how did the Lord know I was going to get saved, how did He know I was going to choose Him?” He knew, just like He knew everything else! He knew who was going to choose Him & who was going to reject Him1 And all the people who are ever going to choose Him or have chosen Him or are choosing Him now or are going to choose Him before He comes or after He comes or in the Millennium or in Heaven, they’re all written in the Lamb’s Book of Life! Praise God!
*DAN.12:1 “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.”
**1PE.1:19-20 “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,”
**REV.17:8 “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”
REV.13:9 “If any man have an ear, let him hear.”
‘Ear’ does not refer to the mere function of hearing, but to understand.
REV.13:10 “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.”
He’s talking about the Antichrist here because that’s what this chapter’s about, he and his people who spend their time busily capturing & killing those who are not Antichrist. But “Here is the patience & faith of the saints.” Patience to wait for what? He’s going to get it eventually himself. “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity.” Those that persecute us (Saints), they’re going to be persecuted one of these days and they’re going to get it one of these days and even be killed.