And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. Revelation 13:1-2
We begin this scene with seeing the “Trinity of Satan” (Satan (Dragon), AntiChrist (Nations), and False Prophet (Beast) We notice throughout the Bible, Satan try’s to copy or mimic God to fool the masses. The Ten Horns are the Ten Nations in unity against God. The Seven Heads are kings/leaders over time who wages war against God. We can speculate who all the nations and leaders are, we have a good idea who most of them are. But the point is to focus on the Anti Christ is a collective force of Evil, the Prophet Daniel had this same vision (Read Daniel Chapter 7)
And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another. Daniel 7:3
I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?” Revelation 13:3-4
One of the Evil world leaders will be fatally wounded and then miracously recover. This will fool the masses , and a majority of the world will be misled into worshipping Satan. Notice again, Satan tries to copy God but mimicking the resurrection
‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ Isaiah 14:14
There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him. And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Revelation 13:5-6
The Beast will continue to speak Blasphemy against God. And God will allow this to go on for almost 2 years of the Great Tribulation. Notice it says “ The Beast will speak blasphemy against those who dwell in Heaven” so there are already Christians in Heaven with God at this time
He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time. Daniel 7:25
It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain. Revelation 13:7-8
Looks like there will be a short time of false hope for Satan and his followers. Any Christian who is left at this time will be killed. Everyone who is left on the Earth at this point is worshipping Satan and condemned!
But make no mistake about it, we are already victorious through Christ! Christians may need to endure suffering, persecution, maybe even death. However we have the final Victory!
May they be blotted out of the book of life And may they not be recorded with the righteous. Psalm 69:28
If anyone has an ear, let him hear. If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints. Revelation 13:9-10
Here Jesus is giving a final message to the Saints! Persecution on a great scale is coming, most likely death. However whatever happens to us , let it be done, because we are already free and victorious with Christ!
“Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. Matthew 24:9
Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon. He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men. Revelation 13:11-13
Notice this Beast (False Prophet) will look like a Lamb (Christ) This False Prophet will deceive the entire world and get everyone to worship Satan. Notice Satan tries to copy God again by performing miracles to deceive the masses
For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. Matthew 24:5
And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life. And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. Revelation 13:14-15
Notice this miracle performed by the False Prophet, a statue of Satan will be made and the False Prophet will make it come to life. The entire world will be deceived and worship Satan.
This is a good reminder that not all spiritual power comes from God, as the Bible tells us “Test all Spirits to see if they are from God”
that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, 2 Thessalonians 2:9
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1
And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six. Revelation 13:16-18
What is the Mark of The Beast? This subject has been highly debated for centuries. Obviously we are living in the technological age, so it could be a microchip implant. However I believe the “Mark” is your alliance in your heart, mind, and soul to Satan.
As Christians we are sealed by the Holy Spirit, covered by the blood of Jesus Christ, those who follow Satan will probably be marked by Satan. I believe its more of a spiritual thing than a physical thing.
Who is 666? Remember the number 6 is symbolic for man, three 6’s is the Trinity of Satan (Satan, Anti-Christ, False Prophet) Its most likely not one individual by the entire evil empire of Satan
In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation– having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, Ephesians 1:13
And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ Matthew 22:37