The Greatest Story Ever Told About
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
                                                           CHAPTER 13

The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns
and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I
saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon
gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.  One of the heads of the beast seemed to
have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder
and followed the beast.  People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast,
and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”

As soon as the devil is cast down to earth, a beast comes out of the sea which looks very unusual.  
From the description one needs to ask, is this what he will really look like?  And again one has to
decide whether to believe what is written or not.  Since no explanation is given, I believe that this is
what the beast will look like.  As the scripture says
“the whole world was filled with wonder and
followed the beast”
.  This indicates that the whole world was totally astonished by him, they never
saw anything like it.  And he had a fatal wound that was healed.  Fatal wounds don't heal, but this one
did.  He’s immortal, like a god.  How could they not submit to him and make him their leader.  The
devil gives this beast his power, throne, and authority and the people worship the devil and the beast
because they see them as being their new powerful rulers.  This beast is also known as the antichrist.  
He will establish a new world order to unite the world under a one world government, one world
religion, and a one world monetary system which is what the elite have been working towards for
hundreds of years.  This beast resembles the four beasts that Daniel saw as recorded in Daniel 7
which also come out of the sea.  The first beast resembled a lion, the second was like a bear, and the
third like a leopard.  This beast looks like all of those.  The last beast in Daniel 7 is the most terrifying
and is also given authority for 3 1/2 years as is this beast.   The main difference is that this beast is
real, it is not a vision or dream as Daniel's were.  I believe that the message that was intended in
Daniel's vision is the same as Revelations, but Daniel's was only a vision that's why there is a
similarity but it is not an identical beast.   The reference in Daniel about the last beast representing a
fourth kingdom actually confirms Revelations as this beast does set up a kingdom on earth of which
he is the head.  In Daniel 7 there are 10 kings that come out of this kingdom.   They are earthly kings
who serve the beast.  Then another king (the little horn) comes along and subdues 3 of those kings.   
He is also a blasphemer who will make war against  Christians.   This also fits with 2 Thessalonians 2
where Paul speaks of the "lawless one" coming.  The verse
"...that day shall not come except there
come a falling away first and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.."
 is not meant to mean
that the Tribulation cannot start until the Antichrist comes.  Paul's and everyone else's meaning of
"that day, or the Day of the Lord" is not a literal day, it is a 7 year period of the Tribulation.   Paul
wrote 2 Thess shortly after 1 Thess to clear up this misunderstanding.  When he told them about the
ressurection/rapture in 1 Thess, many stopped working because they were waiting for that day which
they thought would come very soon.   Paul cleared that up in 2 Thess by telling them that "that day"
would not come for quite some time and in Chapter 3 he tells them to go back to work and live normal
lives.   The antichrist will come, but not on "that day" if it is taken as the first day of the Tribulation, he
will come in Chapter 13 which is about midway through the Tribulation.  As we see in Daniel 7 and in
Revelation 13, the antichrist will only rule the earth for 3 1/2 years.  I also do not believe that the
antichrist will be a man for reasons that I will outline later.  I believe that he will be what the Bible calls
him, "a beast".   If he were a man then he would be called a man.  In 2 Thes 2 Paul refers to the
of lawlesness"
.   This is a literal man because he is one of the kings which are men (he is the little
horn).  He is not called a beast because he serves the beast who is the antichrist, and the antichrist
serves the devil.  

The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for
forty-two months.

It’s obvious that this beast is totally against God.  Not only does he have a blasphemous name
on each head, he also speaks blasphemies.  But we have another time line….he is given authority for
3 ½ years.  Why 3 ½ years?  Because at the end of that time, Jesus will come back to earth with the
armies of heaven and chain the devil in a bottomless pit and throw the beast into the lake of fire.   The
beast arrives at about half way through the tribulation period.  In 2 Thess and in Daniel 7 the little horn
also speaks boldly against God.   This little horn, one of the kings of the earth, is a very ambitious
servant of the beast and the devil.   He makes war against Christians and is so big headed that he
even proclaims himself to be god.   When Jesus comes back with his saints, he destroys him.  

It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who
live in heaven.  It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it
was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.  All inhabitants of the earth will
worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb
who was slain from the creation of the world.  Whoever has ears, let them hear.  "If anyone is to go
into captivity, into captivity they will go.  If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they
will be killed.”  This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.

Not only does the beast have blasphemous names on it’s heads, and speak blasphemy, but he also
blaspheme’s God and all of heaven.  This is why he is referred to as the antichrist, he’s against
everything that is of God.  He is also given power to conquer Christians.  This will be a difficult time
for new Christians who get saved during the Tribulation as their faith will be constantly tested.  And
the beast was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.   This is the One World
Government that he will set up.  He will rule over the entire earth.  And all the people of the earth will
be so intimidated and overwhelmed that they will blindly worship the beast.   Not just obey and serve
him, they will worship him as well, just as if he was their god; all except Christians who will have to
be strong in their faith even unto death.  In 2 Thess 2, Paul tells us that many will be deceived by the
counterfeit signs and miracles that the beast's accomplices will perform.  This is why it's so important
that Christians understand their Bibles, so that they won't be tricked by the antichrist as Paul warns in
this chapter.  

Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a
dragon.  It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its
inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.  And it performed great signs,
even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people.  Because of the
signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth.
It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and
yet lived.  The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the
image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.  It also forced all
people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their
foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast
or the number of its name.  This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number
of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.

Then a second beast (known as the false prophet) comes out of the earth.  He is the right hand man of
the first beast and he forces all the people to worship the first beast.  He has power to do many
wondrous signs and miracles, and establishes his authority with the people and the beast.  He is the
“go between” the beast and the people.  He sets up an image of the first beast and forces everyone to
worship this image or be killed.   This is the One World Religion that will be forced upon all people.  He
impresses them with his power by making the image speak as if it were human.  He also forces
everyone to take a mark on their hand or forehead and by doing so sets up a One World Monetary
System which everyone has to comply with or they cannot buy or sell anything.

So immediately upon being cast down to the earth, the devil sets up his One World Government,
(which is not really a government, but a dictatorship), his One World Religion, (worship the image of
the beast or die), and his One World Monetary System (all monetary transactions will now be done via
the mark).  So there goes your freedom.  You will have none left.   You will either comply or die.  No
debate, no choice, no vote, this will all be forced upon everyone.  And because the whole world will
be so overwhelmed with the superiority of the beasts and the devil they won’t be able to fight back.   
This will be the most horrible time to be alive.  Mankind will be reduced to a mere robot who will be
told what he can and can’t do and his every action will be monitored and controlled.   Regarding the
666 I have no comment as to what this is or what it represents.  Once this happens, it will be easier to
know what it stands for.

This is why I don’t believe that the antichrist is a man.  He is not referred to as “he” but “it” as if he
wasn’t human.   And I don’t believe he will be.   From the description given, he sounds more like a
demon than a man or a half angelic, half demonic type of being.  To me it sounds like something that
the world has never seen before and this is why they will be so overwhelmed with it.  Even thirty
years ago the Book of Revelation looked like something from a futuristic science fiction movie, but
today we have all the technology that can make this happen.  Some if it is still to come, but most of it
is here already.  This is why some of the things described in the Book of Revelation are still not
completely understood, their meaning will be easier to understand as their time comes.
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