I recently heard from various endtime Bible Students on radio that in Revelation Chapter 13, that the first Beast mentioned there in verses 1-8 is just talking about the Beast and it’s only a system & there is no antichrist individual.
I also personally received this question on a local radio interview. Could Dubai be the beast coming out of the see in Revelation Chapter 13?
I believe that the Beast is symbolic as a cruel & controlled dictatorial world government. That’s partly right, but Bible Prophecy makes it very clear that an individual will lead this bestial system.
1John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
Throughout history there have been many cruel & dictatorial leaders but the final world leader will come during the endtime, who is referred to as the coming Antichrist!
There is a very power individual the Antichrist that will lead this bestial system, along with the False Prophet. (Revelation 13:1-15)
In Revelation Chapter 13:5-7 it describes the Beast (Antichrist) as a man speaking great things.
Revelation 13:5 And there was given unto him (Antichrist) a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
Revelation 13:6) And he (antichrist) opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
We see in the Book of Daniel in the old Testament the same characteristics of the antichrist!
Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn (Symbolic of Antichrist), 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.
Daniel 7:25 And he (Antichrist) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time (1 year) and times (2 years) and the dividing of time (½ year).3-1/2 years of Great Tribulation
The Antichrist will Exalt Himself above all
DANIEL 11:36 And the king (Antichrist) 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.
Daniel 11:37 Neither shall he (Antichrist) regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
2nd Thessalonians 1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2nd Thessalonians 2:3 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 (Antichrist) be revealed, the son of perdition (Antichrist);
2nd Thessalonians 2:4 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 (Antichrist) that he is God.
2nd Thessalonians 2:9 Even him (Antichrist), whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
Antichrist will make war against Christians.
Revelation 13:7 And it was given unto him (Antichrist) to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Daniel 7:21 I beheld, and the same horn (Little Horn Antichrist) made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
The Devil works through the Antichrist
Revelation 3:2 and the dragon (Devil) gave him (Antichrist) his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Revelation 13:3 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 (Antichrist.)
Revelation 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon (Devil) which gave power unto the beast (Antichrist): and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
Daniel 8:23 And in the latter time (Endtime)of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance( Antichrist), and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
Daniel 8:24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
Daniel 8:25 And through his (Antichrist) policy also he shall cause craft (Witchcraft) to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes (Jesus); but he shall be broken without hand.
Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Revelation 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (666 Mark of the Beast CHIP Implant technology?)
Also the Battle of Armageddon makes it very clear that the Beast is a person the antichrist!
Revelation 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
Revelation 19:18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
Revelation 19:19 And I saw the beast (Antichrist), and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
Revelation 19:20 And the beast(Antichrist)was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Revelation 19:21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him (Jesus) that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
Daniel 7:11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake (Antichrist): I beheld even till the beast (Antichrist) was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
After the horrific Battle of Armageddon then there’s the 1000 reign of Christ on earth & the Devil is locked up in the bottomless pit for the 1000 years. And joins the Beast (Antichrist) in the Lake of Fire.
Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Revelation 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Revelation 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Revelation 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast (Antichrist) and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
I could give more verses on this topic but Bible prophecy states that there’s a person leading the bestial system known by many Bible Teachers as the antichrist!
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