The Two Beasts of the BOOK OF REVELATION :  Chapter 13
THE HOLY BIBLE The Book of REVELATION Chapter 13 THE TWO BEASTS OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION 1. A BEAST COMES OUT OF THE SEA (ANTICHRIST, Supreme Leader of the Illuminati, of The NWO) 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. 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 had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. Men worshipped 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 beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme GOD, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 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 whose names have not been written in The Book of Life, belonging to the, Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. 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 pained endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. 2. A BEAST COMES OUT OF THE EARTH (FALSE PROPHET, Pope of, The Vatican) Then, I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fir to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast – he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. He forced everyone: small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 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. This calls for wisdom. If anyone hs insight, let him calculate teh number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is: 666. THE DRAGONS PERSECUTION (Revelation 12:1-13, 18) Chapter 12 of, The Book of Revelation is crucial for understanding the, Apostle JOHN’s view of the sequence of history. The number three and a half was associated by the Christians and Jew with the times of evil and judgment. (see, LUKE 4:25 KJV) JOHN variously referred to the three and a half years as, either, “42 months” ( see,11:2, 13:5 KJV), or “1,260 days” (see, 11:3, 12:6 KJV), or a time, times and a half a time.” For John it was the period of time when the powers of evil will do their oppressive works. But during this time, GOD will protect His people while they bear witness to their faith (11:3) and simultaneously suffer at the hands of these evil powers. (11:2, 7; 12:13-17; 13:5-7) All communicators agree that this terrible period of tribulation will be brought to an end with the coming of the LORD. The critical question however, is when the three-and-a-half-year of persecution and witness begins. Though some scholars have relegated the three and a half years to some as-yet-unbegan moment in the future, Chapter 12 unmistakably pinpoints its beginning with the ascension and enthronement of Christ. When the woman’s (Israel) offspring is “caught up with GOD and to His throne,” there is war in heaven, and the dragon cast down to the earth. Heaven rejoices because it has been rescued from Satan, but the earth must now mourn because the devil has been cast down to earth, and his anger is great. He knows that he has been defeated by the enthronement of Christ and that he has but a short time. The woman, who (as Israel) brought forth the Christ and also other offspring (those who hold to the testimony of Jesus), now receives the brunt of the frustrated dragon’s wrath. As the enraged dragon now seeks to vent his wrath upon the woman, she is nonetheless nourished and protected for “1,260 days,” that is for “time, times and a half a time. John’s altogether brief description of the life of Christ (only His birth and enthronement are here specifically referred to) should not mislead the reader into thinking that it is the infant child who was “caught up to GOD and to His throne.” This passage does not have for its main purpose the telling of the life of Christ, for John knew his readers to be familiar with the decisive events in Christ’s history. Rather, the passage seeks to show the continuity of persecution as inaugurated by Satan against the woman (Israel) and her child (Christ) and continued against the woman and the rests of her offspring (Christians). It is, of course, the crucified and risen LORD, who is enthroned and whose accession to the throne brings the defeat of the powers of darkness. (see, EPHESIANS 1:19-23; 1 PETER 3:22; see, ROMANS 1:4; COLOSSIANS 1:15; and, 1 TIMOTHY 3:116) The account of the dragons defeat in, and expulsion from heaven clearly commences with, and is caused by, the enthronement of the woman’s offspring. Likewise, note well that the story of chapter 12:6, where the woman flees to the wilderness and is protected by GOD for “1,260 days,” has two unmistakable plot, “links” in the developing story of line of chapter 12. First, the woman’s flight and the “1,260 days” of persecution of the dragon, who has now been castdown from heaven to earth, that motivates the woman’s flight to the wilderness. Thus what we have in chapter 12:14-17 is the resumption and amplification of the woman’s story which was begun in 12:6 Note the parallel references in chapter 12:6 and 12:14 to the “desert” nourishment, and “time, times and a half a time or its equivalent, 1,260 days.” This dual plot connection – where two events are seen in connection with the woman’s flight -- between the enthronement of the woman’s offspring (Christ) and the dragon’s pursuit of the woman is neither odd nor surprising. It is the enthronement that (virtually simultaneously) produces the war in heaven, which results in the dragon’s expulsion and which then immediately causes the now-enraged dragon to persecute the woman and “the rest of her offspring.” It is not only clear that the “1,260 days” of chapter 12:6 is the equivalent of the “time, times and a half a time” of chapter 12:4, but the one particular period of persecution/protection in question commences both with the enthronement of Christ and the subsequent – and for all practical purposes, simultaneous – expulsion of the dragon from heaven. The dragon then brings forth two henchmen (chapter 13) to help him in his pursuit of those who believe in Jesus. Satan is thus embodied in a political ruler, the beast from the sea (chapter 13:1) who will speak blasphemies for “forty-two months” and “make war against the saints,” while the second beast (of false prophet, chapter 19:20, who comes up from the earth, seeks to deceive the earth so that its inhabitants worship the first beast. Thus in chapters 12-13, each of the various ways of referring to the three and a half years is a reference to a single period of time that began with the enthronement of Christ and will conclude with His return. The time period is not a literal three and a half years, but the entire time between the ascension and the return of Jesus Christ, which will permit the dragon to execute his evil work upon the earth. (see, GALATIANS 1:4; EPHESIANS 2:2) Almost two thousand years have elapsed since our LORD ascended to the right hand of GOD, but the evil period known as the three and a half years continues. Satan still rages, but this time is short, and his evil will cease at the return of Jesus Christ.