Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. (NIV)
Read this passage and look and see where (exactly) the beast-man comes from? This passage says that he comes up from the Abyss, or in another name, Hell. This is very interesting! Do you remember that I said in a previous post that the Antichrist-man and the Beast-man are not really the same man? They are the same, but they are also not the same. This produces some very oddly phrased Scriptures that have confused many people over the years. How (exactly) does a man live on the earth and then go to the Abyss and then later come up from the Abyss to live on the earth again? Very interesting.
Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, … (NIV)
A man can only live once, and after that they must face judgment. So, I ask again, how can a man live on the earth and then go to the Abyss and then later come up from the Abyss to live on the earth again? The only way that this is possible is for the man to have gone to the Abyss without having died. Let us look and see how this is possible.
Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. (NIV)
Did Enoch die? This is phrased strangely, but it doesn’t say that he died.
2 Kings 2:11-12
As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12 Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. (NIV)
Notice the very similar funny wording that Elisha said after Elijah was taken? “And Elisha saw him no more.” Did Elijah die during this event? He did not. He was taken up into heaven in a whirlwind.
“See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.” (NIV)
Here we see God’s promise to send Elijah back to earth again to prepare the hearts of the people for the coming Christ. And Jesus said of John the Baptist …
I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. (NIV)
So, Elijah, who had lived as a man on the earth, but never died, was to return to the earth to complete his mission. He did so in the person of John the Baptist. John fulfilled his mission and then he died!
So, what of the Beast-man? Did he live in Scripture and then leave the earth to be kept in the Abyss until the time came for him to fulfill his purpose? Let us look and see.
Then the king of the North will come and build up siege ramps and will capture a fortified city. The forces of the South will be powerless to resist; even their best troops will not have the strength to stand. 16 The invader will do as he pleases; no one will be able to stand against him. He will establish himself in the Beautiful Land and will have the power to destroy it. 17 He will determine to come with the might of his entire kingdom and will make an alliance with the king of the South. And he will give him a daughter in marriage in order to overthrow the kingdom, but his plans will not succeed or help him. 18 Then he will turn his attention to the coastlands and will take many of them, but a commander will put an end to his insolence and will turn his insolence back upon him. 19 After this, he will turn back toward the fortresses of his own country but will stumble and fall, to be seen no more. (NIV)
This man, the king of the North, is from the third kingdom (Greece), and he is running around reeking havoc but then look at verse 19. “…but will stumble and fall, to be seen no more.”Very interesting. Notice the great similarity of the wording “seen no more,” that we saw very similar wording with both Enoch and Elijah. All three men were removed from the earth apart from death.
If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; 24 though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. (NIV)
The man of God may stumble, but will not fall, but as we saw, the king of the North stumbled and fell. This is symbolic talk for saying that he fell into the Abyss. You must read the entire 11th chapter of Daniel to see that this man that stumbled and fell into the Abyss was from the third kingdom and not the fourth and that will be seen as true in other passages.
The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction. (NIV)
Notice that this says that the beast was, and then it says that he is now not, but as we see in revelation he will be again. Do you see that this is sort of like Jesus?
John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, … (NIV)