In the book of Revelation, it talks of a beast “that was, and is not, and yet is” (Revelation 17:8). It also talks of the people that dwell on the earth saying that when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is, they shall wonder or in other words they shall be filled with wonder about this beast. The only ones who won’t wonder after the beast will be the people whose names are written in the book of life from the foundation of the world. So this begs the question: who is this beast that was, and is not, and yet is, and what does it mean when it talks of a beast, that was, and is not, and yet is? One way of looking at this is to look at Revelation 13:1 where it talks of a beast rising up out of the sea and having seven heads…and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
In the book of Revelation, it is as a rule talking symbolically and the interpretation of this seven headed beast is that it represents the seven great world empires of both man and the Devil: these empires are Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Media-Persia (dual kingdom), Greece, Rome, and the soon to come Antichrist world empire. If we go back to the first great world empire (Egypt) then we are talking in a lot of ways about one of the most spiritual great world empire of both man and the Devil so in a sense looking back at history spiritually we have a kingdom, that was, and is not, but in this same sense somehow or other, yet is. So taking our cue from Egypt: how could Egypt in this same sense still be here till this day? Well, these seven great world empires have to be looked upon spiritually as “was” and “is not” and “yet is”. Egypt “was” and “is not” and “yet is” in that it spiritually re-emerged as Assyria – the second great world empire – then Assyria in this same sense become a “was” and “is not” and “yet is” in that it re-emerged and was called Babylon. Then Babylon was, and is not, and yet is, and re-emerged as being called Media-Persia and so on with the rest of the world empires. So what we get through the symbolism of Revelation Chapter 13 verse 1 is re-emerging empires all starting with Egypt and ending with the final Antichrist world empire adding up to a seven headed beast. So what we have is a theme going through this seven headed beast of spiritual emerging empires that in this same sense, was, and is not, and yet is.
The other interesting theme going through all of these re-emerging empires or in other words the re-emerging spiritual empire of Egypt is that they all have a name on them – the name of blasphemy. Blasphemy could be looked at simply as meaning blasting God. All these empires have been anti God and therefore antichrist, they all have on them the very name of blasphemy. This name of blasphemy will come into full sway on the seventh head in that the seventh great world empire of man and the Devil will in the same sense be the re-emerging and most spiritual empire of Egypt, it will also be the most blasting God empire yet in that the very Antichrist and son of the Devil himself will finally emerge and be revealed in this seventh world empire. He will cause both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their forehead. This mark, or in other words NAME will be the very name of blasphemy so when people receive the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name then they will be receiving the very NAME of blasphemy right into their foreheads or under the skin of their right hands and so they too will become blasphemers in that they will be blasting God through receiving the very name of blasphemy under their skins, they will also be receiving the very name of the “confused one” into their right hands or foreheads.
The “confused one” is the Devil himself who has always been behind all of these world empires. The Devil has been trying to rule this world for centuries now, he has tried through all of these great world empires and finally succeeds in the seventh and final Antichrist world empire. He has always had his name on every empire and will finally get his name – the very name of blasphemy – to be received and worshipped by the whole world as opposed to the name of Jesus who should be received and worshipped by the whole world. The Devil is the confused one, he believes that he is the Christ or in other words, the Anointed One. He believes his name should be on every tongue and that everyone should worship him and hold him as being their saviour, in this he is the confused one who has been trying to rule this world ever since the very beginning and through all of these so-called great world empires of both man and the Devil.
It says in Acts 4:12 “Neither is their salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost is the only unforgivable sin. If we take the NAME of the beast or in other words Antichrist into our right hands of foreheads then we are committing blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, this means that we will be rejecting the NAME of Jesus and true salvation through Jesus and instead will be choosing the very name of blasphemy himself and salvation through His NAME. So in this same sense we should turn our eyes towards Egypt for out of it shall come the great confused one, the great confused one will be the upcoming Antichrist. He will emerge out of the soon coming Great Confusion and will then bring the world further into confusion through the upcoming New World Order and Antichrist system.