Who is the Beast in the Book of Revelation?
Who is The Beast, the object referenced in the book of Revelation and spoken of by the prophet Daniel? For ages individuals have speculated on the identity of the infamous monster. The most well known reference describing this evil entity is found in Revelation 13.
Christians and non believers are familiar with 666 the number of The Beast. Some say it is a man, others a computer, while many think it is a bar code. But all agree on one thing, The Beast will be something dreadful.
The first verse in Revelation 13 starts with John, the human author of Revelation describing a beast coming out of the sea. “He had ten horns and seven heads”. John then describes a second beast coming out of the earth. “He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon.” This indicates that John actually saw two entities of unparalleled evil and not just one as many believe. A number of individuals do not realize an evil duo will reside on our planet for earth’s finale. The end-times beast will join forces with the most evil creature the world has ever known, The Antichrist, the embodiment of Satan himself [I will discuss the Antichrist in another blog].
John provides the explanation behind his description of The Beast in Revelation 17:12. He sheds light on its identity by telling us that the ten horns are ten kings. From just this verse alone we know The Beast is a political or government power. Also, we have the Prophet Daniel’s account in Daniel 7:15-25 where he refers to four kingdoms; past and future governments as beasts. Here the prophet gives a description of the most terrifying beast of all and refers to this beast as a political power of the future. Additionally, Revelation 13:16-17 gives us an indication that The Beast will control the global economy. These verses say, “He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.”
Earth will suffer a reign of terror; people will be slaughtered and their property confiscated as The Beast of the future, aka political power instigates a massacre on those who do not take his mark (Revelation 13:15-17). During the horror of the holocaust the above atrocities occurred and one Jew out of three was exterminated. At the time of the great tribulation two out of three will be annihilated. The beast will unleash terror on the world unequaled from the beginning of the world. (Matthew 24:15-22; Zechariah 13:8)
Some have asked me, “What is so wrong with merely taking the mark in order to survive? This seems like such a harmless gesture.” The answer is simple. God warns against it. Revelation 14:9-10 says, “…if anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury…” Those who take the mark will be identifying with Satan and pledging their allegiance to him. God wants our loyalty. In The Ten Commandments recorded in Exodus 20:3 it says, “You shall have no other gods before me”. Matthew 4:10 tells us to serve God only, Matthew 6:24 instructs us to have only one master, Deuteronomy 10:12, and Joshua 22:5 both say to serve the Lord your God with ALL your heart and soul.
Taking the mark of the beast will be a horrific reoccurrence of the past similar to those who honored the political leader Cesar as supreme lord. Each year citizens walked up a hill to an altar and publically placed a seemingly innocent “pinch” of offering into an incense bowl. Those who complied received a formal document to acknowledge their loyalty. Those who refused were burned at the stake.
If you don’t already have a personal relationship with the one true God through his son Jesus Christ, it’s not too late. John 3:16-18 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son”.
What is your take?