In the CTA Endtime Website Daniel Chapters 7, 8, 9:24-27, 11:21-45, 12, & Ezekiel 38 have been submitted & published along with many other endtime related articles. Revelation Chapter 13 is a very key & powerful Chapter that describes the coming Antichrist, False Prophet, and the coming Image and 666 Mark of the Beast.
REV.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 Beast had 7 heads, 10 horns, etc. These are all significant symbols or representations, neither the Antichrist nor his False Prophet in verse 11 are going to actually look just like that. These are symbols, these are representations, they stand for something. They don’t actually look like this. The Beast doesn’t actually look like he’s got 7 heads, the man himself, the Antichrist himself. Neither will his False Prophet arise & actually look like a sheep with two horns, it’s just a representation, a symbolism to make you think about what does he really represent?
Notice that this Beast rises up out of the sea, this could possibly be symbolizing people & nations. It may represent the sea of the world, the multitudes of the world. He rises out of the multitudes of the world. Revelation Chapter 17:15 highlights this possibility,
“And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest,… , are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.”
Also in the previous chapter Revelation 12:3 we see a similar description except it’s a Great Red Dragon that has seven heads and ten horns. Of course in Revelation 12:9 we know that this Dragon is referring to the Devil.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
The difference between these two beasts is that the Dragon in Revelation chapter 12 is the Devil & the Beast in this chapter is the Antichrist. In Revelation Chapter 17, we learn that “the seven heads are seven kings”--or kingdoms--“five are fallen”--Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia & Greece had all come & gone--“one is”--the Roman Empire was in power when John wrote this--“& the other is not yet come.”--The Antichrist’s final World empire!--“And when he cometh, he must continue a short space.” The Antichrist 7 year reign (Revelation 17:9,10.) So these seven heads are the seven great World empires that come & go upon the stage of History from the days of earliest Egypt to this last great Antichrist empire which is rising now.
“AND THE TEN HORNS WHICH THOU SAWEST ARE TEN KINGS, WHICH HAVE RECEIVED NO KINGDOM AS YET; BUT RECEIVE POWER AS KINGS ONE HOUR”--A VERY SHORT TIME--“WITH THE BEAST.”--The Antichrist. (Revelation 17:12.) Because these ten kings, kingdoms or powers had “received no kingdom as yet” during John’s day, at the time of the 6th head, the Roman Empire, it’s obvious that these “ten horns” are all on the final seventh head, the Antichrist! “These have one mind, & shall give their power & strength unto the Beast.” (Revelation.17:13) In the Book of Daniel, these same 10 World powers who cooperate with & help put the Antichrist into power are described in further detail in Daniel 2:41-43 and Daniel 7:7,8,20-24.
BUT THERE’S ANOTHER DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THESE TWO BEASTS. They both have seven heads, they even both have ten horns. What’s the difference? THE 3RD VERSE OF THE 12TH CHAPTER SAYS the Dragon has “SEVEN CROWNS UPON HIS HEADS”. But in the 1st Verse of the 13th Chapter, each horn has a crown. There’s a difference.--Why? We find out from the 17th Chapter later on that all of the horns are on the 7th head, & they symbolise the final ten kings or World powers who cooperate with the Beast (Antichrist) & do his will & have one mind with him.
SO THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT IN THIS BEAST THE ANTICHRIST THE CROWNS ARE UPON EACH HORN. Now why do you suppose each of the seven heads had a crown on the great red dragon beast the Devil in Revelation chapter 12? Because they were all big powers. Each one was a great World power, therefore symbolised by a crown on its head, meaning that it ruled, it was king of the World in its day. However, in this Beast in this chapter the antichrist, the crowns are on the ten horns, indicating that these last ten kings or powers are going to be kings of nations, in the very last days under the Antichrist on the last head.
and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
And blasphemy, blasting God, is about as easy a way to explain it to you without going into too much technical detail.
REV.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.
In the prophetic Chapter in Daniel 7 there came up a lion & that was Babylon, then there came up a bear, Medo-Persia, & after the bear came up a leopard, which was Greece. So what does this mean, if this Beast is part lion, part bear & part leopard? He’s part of all those kingdoms. SO HE HAS ALL THE CHARACTERISTICS, NOTICE, OF ALL THE FORMER KINGDOMS & EMPIRES WHICH HAVE PRECEDED HIM.
God is literally painting a picture for the Prophet here to show that this final empire is going to be part of all of these Empires.
That great Red Dragon we saw in the last Chapter--” (Revelation 12:3), the Devil himself, gives the Antichrist his power, his seat & his authority!
REV.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.
NOW, WHAT DID IT MEAN WHEN IT SAID, “ONE OF HIS”--THE 7-HEADED BEAST--“HEADS WAS WOUNDED TO DEATH; & HIS DEADLY WOUND WAS HEALED”? Well, we know that this is referring to the seventh head, the Antichrist, because later on in this same Chapter we see that the Antichrist has a false prophet, a promoter, who “causeth the Earth & them which dwell therein to worship the Beast, whose deadly wound was healed...saying to them that dwell on the Earth, that they should make an Image to the Beast, which had the wound by a sword & did live!” So it sounds like the Antichrist is assassinated by a deadly wound, but his deadly wound was healed & it appears to possibly take place just before the antichrist breaks the 7 year covenant?
:…and all the world wondered after the beast.
It doesn’t mean they all followed him, it doesn’t mean they all accepted his Mark! He’s going to amaze the whole World with supernatural miracles & his power & his ability to fight wars & conquer the World. Wondered, not wandered! They’re amazed by him! This simply means that he is going to be the ruler of the Earth. It says he has power over all, but it literally means above all, more than any other, over the whole Earth.--More than any other before or after till Jesus! He’ll be the greatest dictator that ever lived with the most power of any dictator that ever lived.
REV.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?
The people who are going to worship the Antichrist are the same people that are going to worship the Devil, & they’re literally worshipping the Devil in the Antichrist! “And saying, Who is like unto the Beast & who is able to make war with him?” Who’s saying this?--The people who love him & worship him & worship the Devil. They’re saying, “Who is like him? There’s nobody in the World like him! Who is able to make war with him?” The Antichrist Beast-marked people are going to think nobody’s able to oppose him, nobody’s able to make war with him. But is that true? You find out later there are going to be plenty of people who aren’t going to like him, & are going to make war with him too!
SO APPARENTLY DURING THE FIRST 3-1/2 YEARS OF HIS REIGN, THE ANTICHRIST IS CERTAINLY INSPIRED OF THE DEVIL & given wisdom of Satan & so on, but it’s at that “midst of the seven years” crisis point, when he breaks the Covenant, stops the sacrifice, his Image is set up by the False Prophet & the Antichrist says, “Worship me!”--that’s when he becomes personally possessed of the Devil, Satan himself!--So when he says to the World, “Worship me,” who is really talking?--The Devil, the “god of this World”! (2Corinthians 4:4.) That’s what he always wanted!--The whole World to worship him! (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)
REV.13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
He’ll be a charismatic speaker, with a mouth speaking great things in simple words that people can understand and relate to. He’ll be a man of action, working signs and wonders. And he’ll certainly be a strong leader-the strongest one they’ve ever had! He’ll make Hitler and Stalin look like pusillanimous wimps, because he’ll be full of the Devil himself-and the Devil will be full of fast, strong action, knowing he’s only got a few short years left and has to make the most of it while he can! He’ll have lots of new, unconventional ideas to turn the world around. After all, he’s the false messiah, the phony savior, and he’ll even seem to be able to work miracles, like Jesus did!
AND HOW LONG IS THIS SITUATION GOING TO LAST? How long is he going to proclaim himself to be God? How long is he going to insist that the World worship him? It’s plain as day right here in the last half of the 5th verse. 42 months! The last 3-1/2 years of the Great Tribulation.
REV.13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
He’s going to be very anti-God, anti-Christ, anti-religion. As far as the religions of the World are concerned, he’s going to be totally blasphemous against all their gods & all their deities & against God Himself & Christ Himself!
REV.13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Again, this is a picture of the Antichrist’s tyrannical rule. He will come to power “peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries” (Daniel 11:21), but halfway through his seven-year rule he will manifest his true evil character (Daniel 9:27) and persecute all those who oppose him.
HE HAS A LOT OF TROUBLE DURING THIS LAST PART OF HIS REIGN. His whole reign lasts about 7 years & this last terrible part lasts 3-1/2 years, because he breaks the Covenant right in the middle of the 7 years, & that leaves 3-1/2 years in which he has more trouble than he ever had, called the Great Tribulation. And he tries to give other people a lot of trouble too, especially Christians, he really clamps down on them & tries to put them out of business. There’s lots of persecution of Christians then & some of them are even going to be imprisoned & killed, etc. But there are going to be millions of us still alive & still surviving! (See Daniel 7:21; 8:24; 11:31-35; 12:7) (Revelation 7:9-17) (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)
Power was given him over all kindreds & tongues & nations, but that doesn’t mean they all accepted. A lot of countries are a pretty prime example of that. The government has the power over the country, but there are a lot of people within the country that don’t accept it. It doesn’t mean there aren’t any rebels. But he is the World power, he is the World government, despite the rebels or even whole nations of rebels. THERE ARE GOING TO BE WHOLE NATIONS, WHOLE RELIGIONS, WHO ARE GOING TO TURN AGAINST THE ANTICHRIST & FIGHT HIM & DECLARE WAR ON HIM. (See Daniel 11:40-45) “And the Rise, Reign & Wars of the Antichrist” article in CTA)
REV.13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Not everybody in the Book of Life is saved, at least not saved at the time when we are raptured, & have not been saved in time to get into that First Resurrection, but they’re in the Book of Life!
THIS VERSE SHOWS THAT YOU CANNOT DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN THE BOOK OF THE LAMB & THE BOOK OF LIFE, THEY’RE ONE & THE SAME THING, because the Book of Life is the Book of the Lamb! It says “the Book of Life of the Lamb.”
HERE AGAIN THE BOOK OF LIFE IS MENTIONED & IT’S SAID DEFINITELY THAT ANY WHO DON’T WORSHIP HIM ARE IN THE BOOK OF LIFE! Now that literally means whether they’re saved or not saved!--I mean whether they’re saved or not saved at the time of the Rapture, so they have to be raised in the Second Resurrection. But if in the Book of Life, they will be saved at least as far as going to the New Earth.
NOW WE FIND OUT LATER ON THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE BESIDES THE SAVED WHO APPARENTLY ARE WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE. Because at the last Judgement, the Great White Throne Judgement in Revelation 20:11-15, here the Angels pull out this Book of Life. Why worry with it if the Saved are all saved & everybody else is going to go to Hell, why make a difference? Why even have a Judgment at the end of the Millennium? Why have a Book of Life? Why even look in the Book of Life to see whose names are not written there?--As well, of course, those whose names are written there, obviously. What good is that if everybody who’s going to Heaven is already gone, & everybody who’s going to go to Hell is everybody that’s left!
BUT HERE IS ANOTHER SCRIPTURE WHICH YOU CAN APPLY TO THE THIS INTERPRETATION. Because you know that there wouldn’t even be any Judgment at the end of the Millennium, there would be no need for the Book of Life if there were not people in there who were saved in some way, at least saved to live into the next World. There would be no point of either the Judgment or the Book of Life. If there’s no difference between all these people, why pull it out? It seems like they should just have a book of death! What point is there in sitting there for God knows how long & reading off all the names of the people who are going to Hell? There’s no point in the Judgment at all if there’s no separation, if there’s no judging of who should go where! This Great White Throne Judgment is for all the unsaved people. The Christians received their Judgment 1000 years earlier at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
WHY PULL OUT A BOOK OF LIFE IF THERE’S NO LIFE LEFT FOR THEM, IF THEY’RE ALL GOING TO BE GOING TO DEATH! Not everybody in the Book of Life is saved, at least not saved at the time when we are raptured, & have not been saved in time to get into that First Resurrection, but they’re in the Book of Life! An example of that is the Millennium. Jesus will set up His kingdom on Earth with the Saints and rule for 1,000 years over those who have survived the battle of Armageddon. The Blessed people in Daniel 12:12.
The Blessed are those people, who though not saved, are spared, because they have rejected the Antichrist & have not accepted the 666 Mark of the Beast and who will be allowed to live on into the Millennium. The Kingdom of God on earth!
If the whole World were to accept the Antichrist & his 666 Mark & worships his Image & therefore they’re all slain & wiped out in the Battle of Armageddon & there’s nobody left or spared on Earth, who are the saints going to rule over in the Millennium?
During this period everyone will be reached with the Gospel.
It can be understood from the Scriptures that there will be many who will receive Jesus as their King and Savior and will be blessed of the Lord. We refer to those people, who get saved in the Millennium as Millennium Saints
But sadly and incredibly, others will still reject & rebel against Jesus & His Government and we call this class of people the millennial Rebels. This topic is covered in more detail in Chapter 20.
REV.13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
REV.13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Knowing they’re going to be avenged against this Enemy!
REV.13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Who is this two-horned beast? We find the answer in Revelation 19:20, which states: “And the beast 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.”
This two-horned beast is called the “False Prophet.” We don’t know exactly who he will be, but it’s clear from the passage above that he performs the multiple roles of being the Antichrist’s propaganda minister and high priest of the worship of the Antichrist. He has some sort of extraordinary powers or genius, similar to the Antichrist himself, as he “performs great signs.”
REV.13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
SO THERE’S THE FALSE PROPHET & HE’S THE ONE THAT CAUSES THE EARTH & THEM WHICH DWELL THEREIN TO WORSHIP THE FIRST BEAST (Antichrist) WHOSE DEADLY WOUND WAS HEALED! He’s his propaganda minister, the one who publicises him & advertises him & speaks for him” Even the False Prophet is going to have power to do miracles & supernatural wonders!
REV.13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
We don’t know yet exactly, it might be that sort of thing. They’re experimenting with laser beams, that’s fire, experimenting with atomic fire, that’s fire, & all these things. Maybe it’s supernatural spiritual power that the False Prophet brings this fire down from heaven? --Great signs & wonders!
REV.13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
The Antichrist has his propaganda minister, the one who publicises him & advertises him & speaks for him & causes them to make an Image of him & GETS ALL THE PEOPLE TO PRAISE HIM & WORSHIP HIM & MAKE HIM AN IDOL, a big Image that’ll probably stand out in front of the Temple because it may be too big to go inside. Some people theorise “in the holy place” means inside the rebuilt Temple, but it might be right outside where the altar is. It might be even on top of the altar! Wouldn’t that be an abomination of desolation, which is what the Bible calls it! The Antichrist stops the sacrifice of the Jews, the animal sacrifices that they’ve started again, & he decides that instead of sacrificing animals to God, he puts the Idol either out there in front of the altar or on top of the altar or inside the Temple or wherever so they’ll all worship him. I think he’d probably want it outside where everybody can see it, don’t you?--Because he himself is going to be inside claiming he’s God & pretending to be God. (Daniel 11:31; Matthew 24:15,21; 2 Thessalonians 2:4)
REV.13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
From the description of the Image having “breath,” it sounds like it’s some kind of an automaton, a computer-operated cybernetic robot or Android, programmed so that it can speak and act like it’s alive and command the worship of the world.
The order to kill all those who refuse to worship the Image of the Beast is obviously the beginning of the Great Tribulation. This meshes with the Scriptures about the Abomination of Desolation being set up at exactly the same time. So this Image and the Abomination of Desolation are the same thing.
AND THIS IMAGE OF HIS IS GOING TO HAVE THE WISDOM OF THE AGES, THE KNOWLEDGE OF SATAN, the knowledge of science, the knowledge of all Mankind! All the knowledge that has ever been learned & written & developed & discovered & everything is going to be programmed into this giant super-duper computer of all computers, the greatest god that Man has ever made, & then Man is going to fall down & worship it, his own god, made by his own hands!--No different from the heathen worshippers of idols & superstitious religions who worship idols of wood & stone, whom modern civilisation today ridicules & makes fun of, these superstitious ancient people that made idols of wood & stone & then fell down & worshipped the work of their own hands.
WHAT ELSE DOES HE DO BESIDES STOP THE SACRIFICES? This is important for you to know, because how are you going to know when the Antichrist really breaks the Covenant? He stops the Jewish worship, and the False Prophet has the Image set up, & then they gear that Image in some way to insist on the Mark of the Beast & to decree that no man is able to buy or sell without the Mark.--Without this 666 Mark of the Beast, possibly in the form of a chip implant or Tattoo.
BUT HOW DOES THIS IMAGE DICTATE & CAUSE PEOPLE TO BE KILLED? If he’s a computerized Android, what’s he got in him probably? What’s their major operation? Information! So what kind of information is he going to have?--Who has the Mark & who doesn’t have the Mark, & to order that anybody who hasn’t got it, should be killed! He’ll be able to spit out the lists & the names of the people who haven’t got it, & he’ll be able to spit out the names of the people who have got it.
IN OTHER WORDS, HE DICTATES IN THAT WAY WHO’S GOING TO BE KILLED, OR IT SAYS, WHO SHOULD BE KILLED, & WHO SHALL LIVE, WHO CAN BUY & SELL & WHO CAN’T, VIA THE MARKS. This is how that Image possibly operates?
REV.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:
It says that …”he causeth all…”, so some people ask will all the people on earth take the Mark? We know that not all will receive this Mark, as it looks like even whole nations will rebel against him & we who know the Lord will certainly refuse. So it means he tries to cause all or would like all to receive his mark, but is obviously not completely successful!
REV.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.
SO THE MARK HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE BEAST, APPARENTLY, BUT IT SOUNDS ALMOST LIKE THREE DIFFERENT THINGS: THE MARK OR THE NAME OF THE BEAST OR THE NUMBER OF HIS NAME!--Quite a variety there in choice. Now whether that all means one & the same thing, we don’t know?
Those may be three different things or they may be one & the same thing. Even if it’s a number, it’s still the Mark of the Beast. And even if it’s related to his name, it’s his brand, the same as his name, & it shows you’re one of his if you take it. So it’s all three even if it’s only a number--the Mark, the name of the Beast, & the number of his name. So the Mark, even if it’s a number, is still the name of the Beast, it’s branding you with his name by the fact that you’ve even got the number.
IT’S ALL COMING IN VERY INNOCENTLY WITH ALL VERY GOOD REASONS FOR DOING IT, to make sure everybody’s got a specific identification number so things can’t get mixed up in any way, & to make sure that all the economic system works perfectly & everybody’s got their own number, to facilitate & speed up the whole economic, & the exchange system of the World.
REV.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.
From reading this, it is clear that the Antichrist government is going to establish a new economic system through this mark that enigmatically links to the number 666. That “no man may buy or sell” also signifies a total control situation that is impossible under the current predominant free-market capitalistic system. Something has to change before this kind of economic uniformity can be imposed. What’s amazing is that the technical infrastructure for just such a system is even now being developed and pilot programs are being tested. If universally adopted, these programs could develop in the not too distant future into the very economic system foretold in this chilling passage of John’s.
Could today’s smart card and “chipping” technology be a forerunner of this Mark? It certainly seems possible. Already we have a computer small enough to be embedded in a thin piece of plastic carrying out the functions of buying and selling. Taking it a step further, we had the Jacobs family in the U.S.A. and others already proving the functionality and feasibility of having a computer chip inserted under the skin, solving the issue of positive identification, as well as enabling financial transactions, personal data storage, etc. It doesn’t seem that there is much of a credibility gap to hurdle to imagine a system similar to this being universally adopted. Is this then the Mark of the Beast? If it isn’t, it is so strikingly close that whatever it is, it must be related in some way.
So what of the number 666? For now, speculating on what that could be is still in the realm of guesswork, but it is likely to have something to do with people being assigned a unique number, much like many countries have today, such as Social Security or Personal Identification Numbers. The Bible cryptically tells us that it is apparently going to take “wisdom and understanding” to decipher how this number plays into this scheme, but when it does become apparent, it will confirm the dire predictions associated with it.
Right now, it seems that the switch from cash to electronic currency and the technology associated with it would be very beneficial. It would make our lives a lot more convenient by speeding up many time-consuming tasks, such as waiting in line to pay bills or at checkout counters, providing quick and easy boarding of airplanes and other transportation, hassle-free border crossings, instant identification when you need it, not to mention delivering the world from much of the crime that depends on cash. Surely such an improvement in the quality of life would not be sinister. Or would it?
The sinister underside to this new economic system is that while it will make life more convenient, it will also make our lives more controlled. It would be comparable to the ankle transmitters that some prisoners under house arrest or on parole must wear. Privacy would be virtually nonexistent. Every purchase you make would be known, every place you frequent could be determined, even every show you watch on TV could be monitored. The all-seeing Big Brother of Orwellian fame would become a reality.
So there’s clearly a link between accepting the Mark and accepting the Antichrist’s regime. Accepting the Mark could not just be a financial decision, but also a decision—perhaps unwittingly—to embrace the Beast and all he stands for. We don’t know for sure, but if the Mark is some sort of computer chip implant, it could well achieve a dominance over the bearer’s mind and actions. John, later on in his Revelation, foretells a horrifying doom for those who bear this mark and worship the Antichrist.
Rev 14:9….If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
REV.14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
REV.14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
REV.14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
But the comforting thought is that although the Beast will rant and rave against those who refuse to accept him and his system, his time is short and his doom is sealed. He is the ultimate loser. Jesus Christ and those who love and follow Him will emerge from the Great Tribulation as the glorious and eternal winners.