|People often speculate about
"the Beast" in Revelation chapter 13.
But why? Why make
Ah, but what did this beast represent?
Anyone who has read Daniel's dreams should recognize it as
the Roman empire
|What are the beast, the horns, the whore, etc.?|
|On this web site I will indicate how Revelation chapter
13 has already ben fulfilled. (and I have checked this against the words of living prophets). Perhaps these scriptures
will be fulfilled once again in the future, but either way, they have
already been fulfilled by the history of the last
|Why the Beast cannot be just one person|
|Ever since Darbyism became popular, most evangelical
Protestants have assumed that the Beast is an individual. This has led
to all kinds of failed expectations and conflicting theories about 666.
But the Bible is clear.
|A response to the common Protestant (e.g. Darbyist) view|
"(13:1) does refer to Rome, but (13:3) moves from an empire to an individual: 'And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.'
"Daniel chapters 7 and 8 have already shown that there will be a last days antichrist"
"Every great empire has a leader, which implies a personal leader for the Beast empire"
"seven kings (not empires)"
They "will sign a treaty giving their power and strength to him"
"the eighth king... also ruled briefly as the seventh"
"people of the earth will be dumbfounded at his appearance after being dead.
"all the world marveled at this and said "Where is there anyone as great as he" they exclaimed. "Who is able to fight against him?" At this point I must say that people would not have this kind of adoration for an empire, but for an individual person.
"As verse 8 declares "And all mankind... worshipped the evil Creature""
"This same evil Creature (notice the wording is consistent) is thrown alive into the lake of Fire (19:20)"
"He was permitted to give breath to this statue and even make it speak!" ... have you ever seen a statue of any empire?"
"the False Prophet... (13:11) is some man (not empire)"
"To find more about the Evil Creature who will attempt to battle the Lord Jesus Christ, we can turn to 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2."
We should not jump to conclusions. There are many false Christs and false prophets, right from New Testament times. As for 2 Thessalonians 2, all the early church members knew that the evil power was only held back by the political power of the Roman empire. This indicates a date of somewhere between the fourth and seventh century for its rise - far too early for any "last days" theory. For details, see the page on "don't take my word for it".
"This man of sin [2 Thessalonians 2] will come as Satan's tool, full of satanic power, and will trick everyone with strange demonstrations, and will do great miracles."
This is just standard practice for every false prophet.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
It further indicates that "the false prophet" is a composite figure, representing a whole class of people.
"He did unbelievable miracles such as making fire flame down to earth from the skies while everyone was watching. (13:13)"
I don't know which translation you use, but it does tend to add to the scripture. Have you not read the warning in Revelation 22:18? The Greek text simply says that the the beast/prophet will cause fire to come from heaven.
There are many possible interpretations. I prefer to think it just means particularly amazing signs. One theory that I don't particularly hold to, but is interesting nonetheless, points out that the Greek for "heaven" was "Ouranos" (e.g. Uranus, Greek god of the sky). So they say "fire from heaven" could be translated "fire from Uranium". I don't think we can be that specific, but it does indicate that there are many possibilities.
"One of the reasons that [the false image is made] is because God hates idol worship, the second great commandment."
That is true, but idols are not restricted to wood and stone. Perhaps the greatest idol is money, and after that power. These two themes identify the Roman value system.
"How much more of a rebellion could it be to make an idol of himself and place it in God's temple."
I didn't think Protestants believed in temples <grin>
"In Mark, Chapter 13 where Jesus is talking about the end times..."
Is he? he certainly ends with the end, but he starts by talking about the destruction of the temple in AD 70 (Mark 13:1-4)
(and so on)
at this point, the conversation branches away from the Beast in Revelation 13 and 17, and starts talking about Daniel's prophecies, so here we shall draw it to a close. I hope this little dialogue has been helpful. many of these points are dealt with in more detail on the following pages:
About the picture:
This montage represents the beast (seven heads, mouth like a lion) with a foundation in Rome (the coliseum). More prominent is the second beast (with horns like a lamb) who does great miracles (fire from heaven). He may appear to represent progress (looks like the lamb, does miracles) but in fact his work is modeled on Rome - classical assumptions, methods, theories (modern cities rise from the coliseum).