The Beast (Part 1)

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The identity of this beast begins in the Book of Daniel. Below is a summary of the principal parts of four prophecies – three from Daniel and one from the Revelation. The first three columns are from Daniel, summarising four successive World Empires. The beast of Revelation has distinct similarities with the fourth beast of Daniel 7, (Col.2) where four beasts represent Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome in turn.


Columns 1 & 2 begin with Babylon (608 B.C.) where Daniel, an Israelite captive interpreted the King’s dream of a metal colossus. God said the golden head (Col.1) represented Babylon, and would be followed by two inferior kingdoms, each of which was represented by an inferior metal. After these the iron kingdom of Rome was to prevail for about 500 years and then disintegrate. The iron and clay feet (an incompatible mixture) represent a residual state of internal weakness. Yet elements of Rome’s strength (iron) will remain until the Kingdom of God will be established on this earth, represented by a small stone that strikes the feet, smashes the image, and grows to fill the whole earth. The Kingdoms of men are represented by beasts. (Col.2 pp) The fourth beast is of special interest as it concerns the Roman Empire as well as its subsequent fragmented state. Both states are represented by a great unnameable beast that makes war with the saints, and prevails until the kingdom of God is established.


God Himself named Babylon as the head of gold (Daniel 2:38), the ram of Col.3 (pp) as Medo-Persia (verse 20), and Greece as the goat with the huge powerful horn (verse 21). The next to oppress Israel after Greece, was Rome. Moses described this power in Deuteronomy 28:48-51. He said that God would put a yoke of iron on Israel’s neck that would come from the ends of the earth. This oppressor would also be like a flying eagle (the Roman standard); and would speak a language unknown to them (Latin). They would be merciless, and fierce; and would utterly break them in pieces. They did in 70 A.D. and finally in 135 A.D, and scattered those left throughout the whole earth. So the fourth beast of Daniel is Rome, whose influence remains in a factional Europe until it unites to oppose the Prince of Princes, Jesus Christ, at his coming. (Daniel 8:23-35)


The location of the Beast of Revelation must therefore be Europe. This beast is sub-divided in the revelation to add many details to the activities of the fourth beast of Daniel. Notice also that both beasts finally have ten horns that correspond to the ten toes of the metal image, which will be replaced by the kingdom of God. So the four beasts of Revelation 13 & 17 represent four stages in the development of Europe for the final war of the ten kings against the Lamb. (See diagram below). But the Lamb will overcome them, for He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and will take the Kingdom and reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:10, 17:12-14; 1Corinthians 15:25). -.


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