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Tectonic Chaos – Chapter 18 – The Human Beast

       

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 192B

October 5, 2004

Tectonic Chaos – Chapter 18 – The Human Beast


Revelation 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” is the Mediterranean Sea, which was, at the time of John’s writings, a vast shoreline under the control of the Roman Empire – It was a Roman Sea.  It is from this area that the last evil empire of John’s beast will arise from its southern Islamic countries of today.  The beast’s empire will control what was the known world of John’s day.

The beast is the 11th horn that arises among the 10 horns of the fourth beast of Daniel. 

Daniel 7:20,21 – And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, 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;

The beast is Ezekiel’s Gog, the last chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, who attacks Israel when he thinks it is dwelling safely in the latter years. 

Ezekiel 38:3,8,9 – And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: [8] After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. [9] Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.

The beast is Daniel’s willful King of the North who attacks the glorious land of Israel at the time of the end.

Daniel 11:36,40,41 – 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. [40] And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. [41] He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.

The beast is the Assyrian of Micah, the one from whom Christ will deliver Israel when he returns as the man who beings in the peace of the Millennium. 

Micah 5:5,6 – And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men. [6] And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.

The beast is Paul’s man of sin that will be revealed as the son of perdition before “that day” comes. 

II Thessalonians 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; [4] 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.

Revelation 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 seven heads of the beast are the ten evil empires of man that have affected and afflicted Israel since God called her out of bondage.  They are the past great empires of Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, Greece, and Rome, and the future empire of the antichrist, which will dominate all the areas the six existing before it dominated, and will be Islamic in character.   

The ten horns are ten latter day kings who were not alive as kings in John’s day, but will exist as kings in the seventh empire of antichrist.  And the ten crowns represent power and authority, which the ten kings will eventually turn over to the antichrist. 

Revelation 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. [13] These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

Revelation 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 first six of these empires that represent the seven heads of the beast have been guilty of the sin of worshipping many pagan gods, which is a form of blasphemy again the only true God. The seventh will worship Satan himself through his son.  Revelation 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?

It is rather ironic that all the extremist Islamic clerics and their countries refer to the United States as “the great Satan” and to Israel as “the little Satan.”  They are already worshipping him, and soon they will be worshipping him directly through his son, the antichrist.

Revelation 13:2 – And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

John is writing in the days of Daniel’s fourth beast, which had been prophesied by Daniel more than 600 years before John wrote the Book of Revelation.  The fourth beast was, of course, the old Roman Empire. 

Daniel 7:7 – After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

Daniel predicted the series of beast empires in advance, listing then chronologically as they were to arise.  But John, under the rule of the fourth beast in his day, lists them in reverse order because they had already occurred before he wrote Revelation.  The third beast had fallen to the fourth beast long before John was born, and was, of course, the Macedonian or Grecian Empire of Alexander the Great. 

Daniel 7:6 – 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.

The four wings forecasted the rapid spread of the Macedonian Empire to the four winds of the north, south, east, and west.  It was symbolized as a leopard, which gave a preview of the quickness with which it would advance against much greater numerical forces.  The leopard is well known for its cunning in taking a prey, as was the character of Alexander as he took his prey, the Persian Empire of Darius.  The four heads forecasted the division of Alexander’s vast empire after he dropped dead at a young age.  It was divided into four geographical sections.  They eventually became known as the territories under the rule of Thrace, Macedonia, Syria, and Egypt. 

Daniel 7:5 – 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. 

The second beast empire, which was overrun by Alexander’s armies, was the Persian Empire.  It was pictured as a bear because of its great size and slowness of movement when compared with that of a leopard.  It was this characteristic that allowed the lightning leopard like strikes of Alexander to defeat it.  At first it had two sides, a Persian side, and a Meade side, and was known as the Empire of the Meade and the Persians.  But eventually the Persian side rose up and became the more powerful side, such that it became simply the Persian Empire.  The three ribs in the bear’s mouth stand for the three kingdoms of Lydia, Babylon, and Egypt, which formed a Triple Alliance to stop the Persian conquests, but were destroyed by the bear. 

Daniel 7:2-4 – 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. 

The great sea is the Mediterranean Sea, which is the area that these four great beasts affected in their day and, as such, are pictured as rising out of it.  The first of the empires, which was symbolized as a lion by Daniel, was the Babylonian Empire.  It fell to the Empire of the Meade and the Persians at the close of Daniel’s life, precisely as he had predicted in God’s word.

So, Daniel goes prophetically forward from the first beast to the fourth, while John goes historically backward from the fourth beast to the first.  Then both Daniel and John go forward from the Roman Empire to the future 10 horned empire of the man we call the antichrist. 

Daniel 7:8 – I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

Revelation 17:12 – 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.

And both Daniel and John identify the antichrist as coming out of the fourth beast.  He comes out as horn eleven in Daniel, and as head seven in Revelation. 

Daniel 7:20,21 – And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, 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;