The BEAST man
He said: “I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. 20 The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia. 21 The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between his eyes is the first king. 22 The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power.
23 “In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue, will arise. 24 He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people. 25 He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power. (NIV84)
Alexander the Great
This passage predicts the coming of Alexander the Great, who would come quickly and put an end to the Media/Persian empire. The passage goes on to say that at the height of his power, he would die, and his kingdom would go to four others that were not Alexander’s descendants. And then, out of one of those four would come the BEAST man. This is very interesting. The Antichrist is connected to the fourth kingdom, but the BEAST is not. And they are the same man. This is a definite Twilight Zone moment!
“After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns. (NIV84)
Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. (NIV84)
The Scarlet Beast – Crowns on Heads
This beast that the Harlot (or prostitute) of Babylon is sitting on represents the fourth kingdom. In [Daniel 2:34, 41-43], this beast is the last of the enormous and dazzling statue, that is, the ten toes that are made of iron mixed with clay. The ten toes of the statue are the ten toes, each having a horn. In [Daniel 7:7-8], we see this same beast (kingdom). In Daniel chapter 8, we see the BEAST man and not the kingdom beast. We do see in [Daniel 8:23] some profile information concerning this BEAST man. It says that he is a stern-faced king and a master of intrigue. We can see more profile information concerning this BEAST man in [Daniel 11:21], where it says that he is a contemptible person who has not been given the honor of royalty. This is another similarity to Adolf Hitler. Adolf Hitler was a common man and not from the leadership class. He was a corporal in World War I, and so this contemptible stern-faced master of intrigue will also be a common man.
A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. 3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. (NIV84)
I want you to take special note that we have the same fourth kingdom beast in this passage. It has seven heads with ten horns and is wearing seven crowns on its heads. I have written a separate series of articles about this Woman and the Dragon, and you can read it if you like. The point here is that at the time of this Scripture’s fulfillment, the crowns are on the heads and not on the horns.
And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 2 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. (NIV84)
The sea is a metaphorical description of humanity. This beast is the kingdom beast and has ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns. This kingdom has within it elements of the Babylonian, Media/Persian and Greek empires that proceeded it (lion, bear, and leopard.) And Satan is behind and powers this kingdom (dragon.) Take note that at the time of the fulfillment of [Revelation 13:1-2], the crowns are on the ten horns. This is important. The seven heads of this fourth beast (kingdom) are seven rulers that have ruled the Roman Empire. I don’t know why it mentions only seven of Rome’s rulers, but the Bible only considers seven of the emperors significant. This beast only had one head, as it were, at a time, so the seventh head is the ruler of the fourth kingdom at the time of the end. The ten horns, however, all rule at once. The idea is that animals can only have one head but can have multiple horns.
Crowns Now on Horns
So, now that the crowns are on the horns, we can understand that they are now ruling. Thus, the beast, as depicted in [Revelation 12], is earlier in time compared to the same beast shown in [Revelation 13]. They are the same beast but at different times.
If you are serious about understanding all this, you must be very familiar with [Revelation 17:1-18] the whole chapter. Please take the time to read the chapter many times and ponder what you read deeply until you see what it is saying.
Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. 8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come. (NIV84)
Now we are looking at the BEAST man. This is confusing because it is talking about the beast-kingdom and the BEAST-man. It is like a family that three generations of Robert Parkers. (Robert Parker, Robert Parker Junior, and Robert Parker II) When someone in the family mentions something that Bob said, you must place the statement in context. The BEAST-man and the beast-kingdom are similar. I try to write about the BEAST-man with beast all in caps to help you.
Look at what this passage says about the BEAST. He once was, now is not (at the time of John’s receiving this) and will come up out of the Abyss (Hell) and then go to his destruction. Now, that is a statement!
The Kingdom Beast
“This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. 10 They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while. 11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction. (NIV84)
I hope that you, my dear reader, will open your heart and mind to wisdom so that you can see what this all means. Remember, what you must do is stick to precisely what is written, no more, or no less. This is some very unusual stuff.
When John was receiving this revelation, five of Rome’s rulers have fallen (died), and the sixth was currently ruling. But the seventh head (ruler) would eventually come but only for a short while. This is talking about the man that we call the Antichrist. The Antichrist is the seventh head of the seven-headed beast (kingdom), but then the passage above goes on the talk about the man that comes up out of the Abyss and calls him the eighth head of a seven-headed beast. He is not biologically part of the fourth beast, but as the Scripture says, he belongs to the fourth kingdom. Remember how we saw in Daniel chapter 8, that the BEAST comes from the third kingdom and not the fourth? Well, that is true, and yet he pops up out of Hell and becomes the BEAST-man. The saying, truth is stranger than fiction, is really the case here.
And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 2 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. 3 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 astonished and followed the beast. 4 Men 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 make war against him?” (NIV84)
This is [Revelation 13] again. The head that “seems to have had a fatal wound,” is the seventh head of the seven-headed kingdom. What I see going on here is that this seventh head, the Antichrist, is in Jerusalem and he is assassinated (probably shot with a gun) and is understood to have died, but then the man from the third kingdom that has been there for many years, comes up out of the Abyss and the “Antichrist” rises from death but is now, in reality, the BEAST.