|Mystic Figure, the Sea Beast,
Verses 1-10 (NASB)
The ten horns may be the ten toes in Daniel 2:36-45 and thus are ten kingdoms. Much has been said which countries these kingdoms may be. It probably will not be revealed until the tribulation time which of the then existing nations make up the 10 countries. Since the Bible is an "Abraham book", one would think these are from Abraham's seed. Thus, the 10 nations most likely are those with a majority of "Ishmael peoples".
Symbolically, the seven heads may be seven demonic realms. Each country has its own culture where the country is known for some social value (or lack thereof). There is a list of evil realms in Revelation 21:8 which may define these demonic realms. Contrast this SEA BEAST (counterpart of Christ) to what Christ is:
The ten nations will have someone in authority with special demonic powers. These do not necessarily have to be political leaders. they could be spiritual (Hebrews 5:7-10), economic (1 Timothy 6:10), or judicial (Luke 6:37-38).
This prominent feature shows up again in Revelation 17:3. There the sea beast is scarlet and still spouting off those BLASPHEMOUS names.
Note that the devil has a thing for NAMES. If you are
build up of your pride, someone has to know your name to brag about
Apparently it is very irritating to the devil that OVERCOMERS (Revelation
2:17) have a name which no one knows, the 144,000 have a name
and the Father, and the Book of Life contains the names of people the
cannot get to (Revelation
Likewise, these attributes have been equated to great empires: leopard (Greek), bear (Medo-Persian), and lion (Babylonian). This is not a real satisfying equivalence because the BEAST, in fact, as a whole entity comes up out of the Abyss to try to defeat "the Lamb" one more time (Revelation 17:8,14).
If the SEA BEAST is a counterfeit of Christ, as put forth in the previous verse, then the leopard is spotted or blemished (sin - Jeremiah 13:23) versus Christ the spotless One (1 Peter 1:19); the bear is a lumbering destroyer (mocking God's anointed prophet destroyed 42 lads by a bear - 2 Kings 2:23-25) versus Christ the restorer (Mark 1:21-28); and lion's mouth (roaring to strike fear into people turning them into cowards - Revelation 21:8) versus Christ's words so different, so life giving (John 7:37-52).
If you want to look at directional equivalents:
Bear = peoples from the north
Lion = peoples from the west
6th bowl (Revelation 16:12) = peoples from the east.
There are several candidates for this "as if slain" head:
WHO IS LIKE GOD?
This verse begins the fourfold purpose of the
Check out the influence that his word will have (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).
Watchman Nee points out in his book "Come, Lord Jesus"
times 6. Seven is the perfect number (creation completed, etc.), while
six is the Satanic one (verse
42 as a
between these two numbers results in wandering (during the Exodus,
passed 42 stations as written in Numbers) and judgment (42 lads killed
2:23-25)). This 42 month
period during the tribulation is no different.....people deceived (wandering,
verse 14), and if not deceived, killed (judgment,
Jesus indicated that even blasphemy can be forgiven except for blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:28-30). Since the Holy Spirit is part of the triune God, the BLASPHEMY AGAINST GOD seals the "sea beast's" doom.
His NAME encompasses all that is Christ from his humanness to the fulness of Deity (Colossians 2:8-15).
His TABERNACLE is the believer's place of worship. It is appropriate to identify the tabernacle as those who dwell in heaven (1 Corinthians 3:16), because believers have been removed from the earth in the GREAT UPTAKING.
And it was GIVEN TO HIM to MAKE WAR with the SAINTS and to overcome them;
This is the second reason (see verse 5) for the existence of the "Sea Beast".
The SAINTS referred to in this verse are those people after the rapture event who realize who Christ is and the price Christ paid for their sins. These SAINTS make a commitment to follow Jesus Christ. Perhaps they heard the two witnesses (Revelation 11) or someone from the 144,000 sealed Jews talked to them (Revelation 7) or they dug out and read their Bible or they may have pulled up this web site. Some way or other, they make a commitment to Jesus Christ.
While the "Sea Beast" is GIVEN the great power to make war (not necessarily military but perhaps economic, health, or legally with euthanasia laws (Daniel 7:25)) to overcome the SAINTS (Job 1:6-12) and kill them, the SAINTS do "win" in the end as Revelation 7:9,14 points out.
The devil tried to get AUTHORITY over all the nations before in Luke 4:5-8. He didn't succeed then, but this time he accomplishes it because he is permitted to have this authority (for a short time).This will be the last attempt to establish a devil-controlled world empire. The first attempt by Nimrod (Genesis 10:6-14; Genesis 11:1-9) resulted in the "tongues" referred to in this verse. But, as this verse points out, even the diversity of spoken languages will be overcome by the "Sea Beast".
Thus everyone has been "saved" or "written" in the Lamb's Book of Life because Christ died for all. Then by a person's own CHOICE, their own name is removed from the Book (Revelation 3:5).This is not a new concept: Moses understood it (Exodus 32:30-32-35) and Daniel understood it (Daniel 12:1-3). The question becomes What is your CHOICE? Don't wait until the tribulation to choose NOT to worship the AntiChrist!
An interesting sidelight in the description of the current Jesus, Revelation 1:12-16, the facial features are given spiritual equivalents. But the ears are not discussed, perhaps because they are covered by white hair. Consider that Christ doesn't need the ears, as such, because He goes right to the thoughts, which do not make any sounds (Luke 11:14-17-26).
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