Sun, Mar 11, 2018

The Beast Arises

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Meeting the BEAST

  • Four winds of Heaven
  • Great Sea in turmoil
  • 4 beasts (Kings) arising from the Sea of people in turmoil
    • Lion with wings plucked off
    • Bear with 3 tusks or ribs in his mouth
    • Leopard with 4 wings and 4 heads
    • A great and terrible beast
      • Stamping out the other three beats
      • Teeth of iron – (Revived Roman empire?)
      • Devouring and crushing the nations


John sees an amalgamated king that is similar to the creatures of Daniel 7:

Revelation 13:1-2

1 And I saw coming up out of the sea a beast that had ten horns and seven heads, and on its horns ten royal headbands, and on its heads a blasphemous name.

2 And the beast that I saw was similar to a leopard, and its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like the mouth of a lion, and the dragon gave it his power and his throne and great authority.


15 “As for me, Daniel, my spirit was troubled within me, [1]

and the visions of my head terrified me.

Daniel 7:28   This is the end of the account. As for me, Daniel—my thoughts terrified me greatly and my face changed over me, but I kept the matter in my heart.”

  • Daniel wasn’t able to make complete sense of what he was seeing, but he was terrified by the nations being destroyed by this terrifying beast, which possessed tremendous ability and strength.
    • The Aramaic verb conveys the picture of one who is pierced. Why was he distressed, even "pierced in his spirit"? The context answers this question for as the vision and its interpretation unfolds, Daniel's learns that the rise of the “Little Horn” will bring a 3.5 year period of “great tribulation” on his people the Jews. Obviously all believers during this 3.5 year period will be persecuted by the “Little Horn”, but Daniel was not aware of the N.T. saints from every tribe, tongue, people and nation. [2]
    • No doubt the blasphemous tongue of the terrifying beast greatly concerned and offended Daniel.

Revelation 13:5–6

5 And a mouth was given to him speaking great things and blasphemies, and authority to act was given to him for forty-two months.

6 And he opened his mouth for blasphemies toward God, to blaspheme his name and his dwelling, those who live in heaven.

  • “speaking great things and blasphemies . . .”
    • Who’s being blasphemed?
      • God
      • God’s Name
      • God’s Tabernacle
      • All those that dwell in Heaven with Him. (YOU)
        • (v5) It was given to the Antichrist – it was not of his own ability.
        • The power lasted 42 months; 1260 days;  3 ½ years
        • (v6) “Then he opened his mouth” – he was given the power, but he had his own will to blaspheme God and us.


16 So I approached one of the attendants

and I asked him about the truth concerning all this;

and he told me that he would make known to me the explanation [3] of the matter.

Daniel 7:16 (NIV)  I approached one of those standing there and asked him the true meaning of all this.   [4]

  • “Explanation” - Is the Aramaic word peshar which describes the act of expounding or unfolding what is not obvious so that the intended meaning or significance might be understood.
    • Gabriel is called in to bring Daniel some comfort in the proper interpretation of this prophecy for the “time of the end”.

Daniel 8:16–17

16 And I heard the voice of a human at the Ulai [5], and he called and said, Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.”

17 And he came beside where I was standing, and when he came I became terrified and I fell prostrate on my face. And he said to me, “Understand, son of man, that the vision is for the time of the end.”


  • Making sure that we interpret God’s Word in a plain and literal manner – we should always look for God’s Word to give us the best explanation of a mystery.


17 These great beasts which are four in number are four kings who will arise from the earth.

  • Four beasts = 4 Kings
    • Arising “from the earth” – not “to the earth” – these are not divine beings – they are human beings.
    • Human kings, not divine beings
    • 4 Kings that will suddenly will be recognized as World Global Speaks of 4 kings arising from the unified politic of modern globalism.
      • Global ecumenical movement


18 But the holy ones (the saints of the O.T.  [6]) of the Most High will receive the kingdom, and they will take possession of the kingdom forever, forever and ever.’

  • “BUT” - Irrespective of man’s plans and empires – God’s Saints will reign over all the Universe.

Daniel 7:9–10

9 “I continued watching until thrones were placed and an Ancient of Days sat; his clothing was like white snow and the hair of his head was like pure wool and his throne was a flame of fire and its wheels were burning fire.

10 A stream of fire issued forth and flowed from his presence; thousands upon thousands served him and ten thousand upon ten thousand stood before him. The judge sat, and the books were opened.


19 “Then I desired to make certain concerning the fourth beast that was different from all the others — exceedingly terrifying, with its iron teeth and its claws of bronze; it devoured and crushed and stamped the remainder with its feet

20 and concerning the horns that were on its head,

and concerning the other horn that came up

and before which three horns fell,

and this horn had eyes and a mouth speaking boastfully,

and its appearance was larger than its companions.

21 I continued watching,

and this horn made war with the holy ones (the saints of the O.T.)and it prevailed over them,

22 until the Ancient of Days came

and gave judgment to the holy ones (the saints of the O.T.)of the Most High;

and the time arrived

and the holy ones (the saints of the O.T.) took possession of the kingdom.

The “Little Horn” (The Beast):

  1. It came after the 10 horns (kings; cf. v. 24) were in existence and then was contemporaneous with them.
  2. It uprooted 3 of the 10 horns (kings; v 24).
  3. It was intelligent (it had the eyes of a man).
  4. It was arrogant and boastful (cf. v. 11).
  5. He will persecute the “saints of the Most High”.
    Obviously the horn represents a person.
    In 7:24 he is said to be a king.
    As in verse 18, the “saints” refer to the nation Israel.
    His persecution of Israel will take place in the Tribulation.
  6. He will overcome (he was defeating) the nation Israel and will bring that nation under his authority (Rev. 12:13–17; 17:7).
  7. He will be judged by God (cf. Rev. 19:19–20), and Israel, no longer under the rule of the little horn, will enter into her covenanted blessings in the kingdom (cf. Dan. 7:18). [7]


23 “And he said, ‘The fourth beast is the fourth kingdom that will be on the earth that will be different from all the other kingdoms,

and it will devour the whole earth

and it will trample it and it will crush it.

  • The Beast’s Empire will devour the whole earth
  • His armies will “trample and crush” every nation.
    • A much larger Empire than any that existed before.
    • A Global Government:
      • 1 Global Religion
      • 1 Global Economy
      • 1 Global Politic


Revelation 13:7–8

7 And it was given to him to make war with the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given to him over every tribe and people and language and nation.

8 And all those who live on the earth will worship him,

everyone whose name is not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slaughtered.


24 And as for the ten horns coming from it,

from this kingdom ten kings will arise,

and another will arise after them.

And he will be different from the earlier ones,

and he will subdue three kings.

  • A confederacy of 10 nations
    • Out of this confederacy will come the Antichrist, The Beast
    • An unstable government – iron mixed with clay
    • Somehow with a clear Roman influence.


25 And he will speak words against the Most High,

and he will wear out the holy ones of the Most High,

and he will attempt to change times and law,

and they will be given into his hand for a time and two times and half a time.

“change times”

  • Revise history
  • Question authority

Genesis 3:1    Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal which Yahweh God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God indeed say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

Revelation 13:6   And he opened his mouth for blasphemies toward God, to blaspheme his name and his dwelling, those who live in heaven.


“change laws”

  • Legislate worship for the Beast
  • Outlaw any other form of faith

Daniel 6:7–8

7 All of the administrators of the kingdom, and the prefects, the satraps, the counselors and the governors took counsel and have agreed to establish an edict of the king and to enforce a decree that whoever will seek a prayer from any god or human except from you for up to thirty days will be thrown into the lion pit.

8 Now, O king, establish the edict and you must sign the document so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians which cannot be revoked.”


Daniel 9:27.   And he will make a strong covenant with the many for one week (of years), but at the midpoint of the week (of years, or at 3 ½ years) he will let cease sacrifice and offering and in its place a desolating abomination comes even until the determined complete destruction is poured out on the desolator.”


“and they will be given into his hand”

  • 1 time + 2 times + ½ a time
    • 3 ½ times – denoting a period of 3 ½ years


  • Changing times and laws will be handed over to him for 3 ½ years
    • Almost everything we have known in the past will be revised
      • The Bible
      • The church
      • Religious spirits will rule mankind
    • Christians will stand by and let it happen.
      • 1960s – removing prayer from public schools
      • 1973 – Roe vs. Wade
      • 14 year olds getting abortions without parental approval
      • Gender and Non-binary laws


26 Then the court will sit, and his dominion will be removed, to be eradicated and to be destroyed totally.

  • The Beast
    • He will be eradicated and destroyed totally from earth
    • His empire will be removed, eradicated, and destroyed completely.
      • Seems there’s no other way to describe it’s destruction.
    • Judgment will await the Antichrist in Heaven when we all stand before the Great White Throne Judgment.


27 And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the nation of the holy ones (the O.T. saints) of the Most High;

His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,

and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.’

A benevolent dictatorship

A Theocracy with Jesus Himself upon the throne.

  • Wonderful to know that your eternal future is joined to these very Saints.


28 This is the end of the account.

As for me, Daniel  —

my thoughts terrified me greatly and my face changed over me,

but I kept the matter in my heart.”

  • The end of this vision’s accounting.
  • Chapter 8 brings us another apocalyptic vision.



[1] The Lord’s prophets, the men who spoke for God and wrote the books of the Old Testament, were not automatons; they were not simply voice boxes and writing instruments totally without emotions. They were human beings who had strong feelings. Here Daniel felt an inner hurt when he got a glimpse of the political turmoil soon to engulf the world. (Jeske, J. C. Daniel. The People's Bible 142. Milwaukee, Wis.: Northwestern Pub. House)

[2] 3

[3] Interpretation - Is the Aramaic word peshar which describes the act of expounding or unfolding what is not obvious so that the intended meaning or significance might be understood. This pattern of first the vision and then the interpretation is also found in Daniel 8 and Daniel 10.

[4] The Holy Bible: New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1984), Da 7:16.

[5] 195 אוּלַי [ʾUwlay /oo·lah·ee/] n. Of Persian derivation; GK 217; Two occurrences; AV translates as “Ulai” twice. 1 river of Elam. Additional Information: Ulai = “my leaders (mighties)”.  James Strong, Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon (Woodside Bible Fellowship, 1995).

[6] “The identity of “the saints” is the important factor of this statement. There are five verses in this chapter which mention them (see also vv. 21–22, 25, 27). Reference to them occurs again in Daniel 8:24. Immediately one school of prophetic interpretation assumes they are New Testament saints. A great many people think even narrower than that; they feel that their denomination or their little group are the only saints there are. My friend, God has a pretty big family. In the Old Testament He had Old Testament saints. The nation Israel were called saints; the Gentiles who came in as proselytes were called saints of God. That’s a different company from New Testament saints today who are in the church. Don’t get the idea that your little group is the only group that will be saved or even the idea that believers in this dispensation of grace are the only ones to be saved. God saved people before the Day of Pentecost, and He is going to be saving people after the Rapture. God is in the saving business; maybe the church is failing to reach people with the gospel as it should be, but God is not failing at all.”  J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary, electronic ed., vol. 3 (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997), 574.

[7] J. Dwight Pentecost, “Daniel,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 1353.