The Scarlet Beast

THE SCARLET BEAST[The woman was] sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. When I saw [the beast], I was greatly astonished. Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of … the beast [that the woman] rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction … This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. 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. The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction. “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God’s words are fulfilled. (Revelation 17:3-14, 16-17)

Identity of the Scarlet Beast – The scarlet beast is the same “beast coming out of the sea” mentioned in Revelation 13:1 (the anti-Christ). There he is also described as “having seven heads and ten horns.” This description indicates that he is Continue reading “The Scarlet Beast”

THE Anti-Christ?

The End Time Anti-Christ – The two historical candidates aside (in his epistles John said there were many anti-Christ’s in the world), it is possible that a world Empire is still to come (a “revived” Roman Empire?), which will be rooted in all the previous Empires and unite all the evil and power of the previous Empires under the anti-Christ. Added to the ferocity of this beast will be Continue reading “THE Anti-Christ?”

Anti-Christ “Types” from the Past

THE BEAST FROM THE SEAAnd I saw a beast (continued)…

Throughout history, many possibilities have been suggested as to the identity of the anti-Christ, some of which are mentioned below. Continue reading “Anti-Christ “Types” from the Past”

The Beast

THE BEAST FROM THE SEAAnd 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. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. 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. 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?” The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. He who has an ear, let him hear. If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. (Revelation 13:1b-10)

The Coming of the Beast, Second Person of the Unholy Trinity – The Greek word used here for Beast means wild beast. Man becomes beastly when he severs himself from God, in whose image he was first made. World leaders and powers seeking their own glory, and not God’s, are represented as beasts. A classic example was Continue reading “The Beast”

The Anti-Christ

THE ANTI-CHRIST – The anti-Christ is the end-times antagonist of God and His people. He is a person who will be empowered by Satan and will function as an enemy of Jesus Christ and the Church. In the context of apocalyptic literature, this figure performs false miracles, deceives many in order to discourage people from worshiping the true God, and persecutes God’s people. The term anti-Christ could be interpreted either as Continue reading “The Anti-Christ”