We are reaching the climatic moment soon as we are introduced to the two beasts the dragon (satan) brings forth.
The Beast Out of the Sea
First off…these beasts are not animals. This beast is a person. The sea does not mean a literal sea, but the nations of the earth. So the first beast comes from the nations of the earth. This first beast is the Antichrist himself. For the first 3 1/2 years he has presented himself as a man of peace…but the Antichrist was prophecied thousands of years ago by Daniel. The Antichrist is Satan’s superman….his counterfeit Christ. The whole world will worship the beast & the dragon. This is something that Satan has been craving all along.
The Beast Out of the Earth
We are now presented a Satanic trinity. The Dragon (satan), The beast from the sea (Antichrist) and now the False prophet. Some believe the reference to land means Israel. So out of Israel will come a false prophet that is most likely a Jew. It’s basically the Antichrist’s right hand man. The false prophet will duplicate similar miaracles like the two witnesses. His sole purpose (much like the Holy Spirit) will be to point the way to the Antichrist & Dragon.
Mark of the Beast
The False Prophet is the one who orders the image of the Beast made. The Beast will have his image set up in the restored Jewish temple
at this time. This image will literally come to life! It will speak and greatly amaze the world. Both the Beast and his image will speak “great things” and utter blasphemies against God. Worldwide worship is not the only goal of the False Prophet. He will also establish worldwide economic controls. Whatever the mark whether tangilbe or metaphorical…this mark will enable them to buy and sell. Those who do not follow the Beast and who do not have his mark (his name) will suffer greatly. Satan will now have what he has always wanted: the world will be worshiping him, and he will be in complete control of all the kingdoms of the world. What is the meaning of the number of the Beast, 666? It is interesting to note that the first six Roman numerals
add up to 666 (I = 1; V = 5; X = 10; L = 50; C = 100; and D = 500). This suggests, of course, the revival of the Roman Empire
, but it does not tell us anything about the Beast. Both Nebuchadnezzar
’s image and the giant Goliath are identified with the number 6 (Dan. 3:1 and 1 Sam. 17:4–7), indicating that the Beast will be a “superman” in the eyes of the world. We do know that, in both Hebrew and Greek, numbers are made from letters, as in Roman numerals. The numerical value of “Jesus” in Greek is 888. However, it is futile to juggle letters and numbers to try to discover the name of the world ruler.
Six is the number of man. Man was created on the sixth day, and was given six days for labor. The total hours of the day are a multiple of six (4 6 = 24); so are the number of months (2 6 = 12) and the number of minutes (6 10 = 60). The Hebrew OT uses four different words for “man,” and the Greek NT uses two, a total of six. There are six different names for both the serpent and the lion in the OT; both are symbols of Satan. History tells us that the number “six” was used in the secret mystery religions of the East. It seems, then, that the Antichrist’s number “666” represents the highest man can become apart from Christ. He is Satan’s “superman,” his false Christ. Seven is the number of perfection, and this Satan cannot reach.
Regarding application…Knowledge. Vs. 9, “He who has an ear, let him hear…” We begin to see how truly hard tribulation is going to be. This is a hard chapter to understand, but the biggest thing you need remember is not the identity of who this beast is or if you need to avoid the number 666. Rather let us desire Him who is Holy. Back in the day NBC used to do those commericals from NBC with the theme “The More you Know” The whole premise of this is really community outreach by this station. They want to inform people about drugs, family, relationships hoping the more they know, the more better society will be. Likewise…the more we know about Jesus & His full revelation…the more we will live Godly lives for Him! Let us not be people who are scared of such a time, but let us be people who warn others so they may turn from the world to the Lord!