Now that we have an overview of what is taking place let us take one verse at a time and examine them more closely. Here is Revelation 13:1 again.
So then, this BEAST rising up out of the sea is a KINGDOM. Now the word "SEA" in the Bible sometimes refers to the WICKED. Please read Isaiah 57:20, which teaches us that the WICKED are LIKE the SEA when it is troubled and stirs up a mess of mire and mud.
Remember that the word "WATERS" something refers to people. In other words, a multitude of WICKED people are like the SEA when it is not at rest but is raging to cast up mire and mud.
Now this BEAST come OUT of the SEA. Or this beast system is ruled by god of this world whom we know is Satan. We can CLEARLY see this TRUTH in verse 2 where the DRAGON, which we know is Satan GAVE this BEAST his power.
We also see that the BEAST has SEVEN heads, which we know from Revelation chapter 17: 9-12 is speaking of SEVEN different KINGDOMS where FIVE were fallen in the past before John wrote the book of Revelation, and the KINGDOM of the Roman Empire that was present in John's day and then the SEVENTH KINGDOM which was is yet in the FUTURE from the time when John wrote down what he saw and heard. And then the EIGHT kingdom having 10 kings or being comprised of TEN united countries will rise up out of the SEVENTH kingdom or Empire.
To say this another way FIVE kingdoms were fallen and we know that the six kingdom the Roman empire also fell. So it make sense that the SEVENTH Empire will also FALL. With this in mind let us now consider the SEVENTH kingdom to be this first beast rising out of the sea, which I myself believe is speaking of the Islamic Ottoman Empire that FELL or was wounder to death by the SWORD of war where that war was literally fought with swords.
Remember in chapter six where I said the first three seals have already been fulfilled in history and the fourth, fifth and sixth seals will be fulfilled in the last 3 1/2 years right before the second coming of Jesus. Well the rising and wounding of this first beast corresponds to the first three seals, which is the rise and fall of the Islamic Ottoman Empire. Please read Revelation 17:8-12.
9. And here is the mind which has wisdom. The SEVEN heads ARE seven mountains, on which the woman sits. (Again the word Mountain is sometimes used to speak of a KINGDOM. So the seven heads of the dragon are seven kingdoms, which I believe that all sever of these kingdoms ruled the same area of land mass of the earth.)
10. And there are SEVEN KINGS (in other words these seven HEADS are seven different KINGDOMS that were, are. and yet are to be on the earth): FIVE are fallen (referring to Egypt, Assyria, or Nineveh, Babylon, Persia, and Greece),
and ONE IS,(referring to the SIXTH KINGDOM which was the Roman empire or kingdom that was present in John's day when he wrote the book of Revelation) and the OTHER is NOT YET COME (meaning in John's day the Roman empire was still in power and had not yet FALLEN, therefore this SEVENTH KINGDOM would not come into power until after the fall of the Roman empire); and when he comes (meaning when this SEVENTH KINGDOM comes into power), he must continue a short space (or in other words, this seventh kingdom would reign only a short time in comparison to the other six kingdoms. The Ottoman Empire lasted around 624 years. It began around 1299 AD. and fell by the sword of war in 1922/23).
11. And the BEAST that was, and is not, even he is the EIGHTH (meaning that Satan himself will give all his power to this last or EIGHTH KINGDOM, which I myself believe is the rising again of the Islamic Ottoman Empire, but it will not be called the Ottoman Empire, but rather this EIGHT kingdom will rule or dominate the SAME area or land mass as the previous SEVEN kingdoms. Remember that the fourth seal in Revelation 6: says that he will be give power over the FOURTH of the earth.), and is OF the SEVEN (which to ME means that this EIGHTH and last KINGDOM of Satan will come forth from the SEVENTH KINGDOM. But some say this last kingdom comes or rises up from out of one of these seven previous kingdoms and suggest that this eighth kingdom is a revival of the Roman empire. This MAY be the case, but again I myself personally believe that this eight kingdoms rise up out of the SEVENTH kingdom, which I believe is speaking of the Islamic Ottoman Muslim empire.), and goes into perdition.
In other words, these TEN KINGS will UNITE with this final beast kingdom to form a kingdom that goes into PERDITION, which we know to be the ANTICHRIST kingdom or beast system. But before we get into this let us go back to Revelation 13:2, which says,
Rev. 13:2. "And the BEAST (speaking of this SEVENTH KINGDOM) which I saw was like unto a LEOPARD, and his feet were as the feet of a BEAR, and his mouth as the mouth of a LION: and the dragon (or Satan himself) gave him (speaking of this SEVENTH KINGDOM) his power, and his seat, and great authority."
In other words, whatever this eighth and final kingdom that is ruled by the god of this world will be given it's power and authority from Satan himself.
Also we see here in verse 2 that there are FOUR kingdoms: one like a LION, another like a BEAR, and yet another like a LEOPARD, and the last kingdom like a BEAST.
You can compare this Revelation 13:2 to Daniel 7:2-6, which says,
4. The first was like a LION, and had eagle's wings: (this is the Babylonian kingdom. The lion with eagles wings is the symbol of Babylon.) I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.
5. And behold another beast, a second, like to a BEAR, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
7. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a FOURTH BEAST, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had TEN HORNS."
For now let me just say that I believe the LION represents the kingdom of Babylon, the BEAR represents the kingdom of Medo Persia, the LEOPARD represents the kingdom of Greece, and the fourth BEAST represents the Roman empire which has TEN HORNS and from among these ten horns rose up another little horn.
Let us continue with Revelation 13:3, which teaches us that ONE of these SEVEN HEADS or that ONE of these SEVEN KINGDOMS received a WOUND unto death, but was later HEALED.
Particularly the world wondered after this KINGDOM that seemed to be dead, but then REVIVED once again to become even more fierce than before like a WILD beast, so that the world began to say who can make WAR with the BEAST. And this is what is happening today with the radical Muslims, people are saying how can anyone fight such crazy people, who blow themselves up to kill others. And who use their own women and children as human shields. And who use their women and children as human bombs. And who will NOT STOP for anything, because they SINCERELY BELIEVE they are fighting for the CAUSE of Allah and the only sure way to paradise is to die for the god Allah. Who can make war with such a people without TOTAL and COMPLETE genocide of every last Muslim on the face of the earth. So this scripture is being FULFILLED today with this war on terrorism and the radical Muslims. As we study this further you will see that the ten kings are ten Muslim countries, which Jesus with fight against when he returns. But the Islamic prophecies say the opposite and say that Isa, which is their word for Jesus, will fight against the Christians and the Jews. This brings us to Revelation 13:4-10 which says,
Rev. 13:4. "And THEY (Speaking of the Muslims in this seventh Islamic Ottoman kingdom) worshiped the dragon (or Satan) which gave power unto the beast (ISLAM): and they worshiped the beast (ISLAM), saying, Who is like unto the beast (ISLAM)? Who is able to make WAR with him (Allah of Islam)?
Now this does not mean that they actually bowed down to Satan knowingly as do some Satan worshipers, but rather means that they are being DECEIVED by Satan to sincerely believe that they were worshiping the one true God of Abraham.
Again I myself personally believe that this BEAST is speaking of the Muslim nations that are uniting, but yet are still very divided just like the toes of iron do not truly mix with clay. You see, only the Muslim nations, who follow the teachings of ISLAM, are being DECEIVED by Satan to truly and sincerely believe that they worship the one true God of Abraham.
However in truth Muslims do NOT worship the one true and only Almighty God according to his WORD in spirit and in TRUTH. Because they DENY that Jesus is the SON OF the one true God of Abraham. ALSO they would not KILL the Christians and the Jews for following the teachings of the word of Almighty God, the Holy Bible.
So take heed and BEWARE my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord of this NEW movement called CHRISLAM, which is the MERGING together of Christianity and the religion of ISLAM. Muslims and Christians do NOT worship the SAME God is the same Spirit of TRUTH based upon the ONLY word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible. Muslims worship Allah and follow the Quran over the Holy Bible saying that the Bible has been corrupted. And Christians worship Yahweh that some Christians pronounce as Jehovah or Yahoveh, who is the one true God of Abraham. Muslims are of the descendant of Ishmael. And the true Jews are the descendants of Jacob, who God named Israel. The Christians are Abraham's seed by the PROMISE of God to Abraham by our FAITH is Jesus as God's SON who suffered and dies for our sins. Let us move on to the next verse.
Please notice again this same 3 1/2 year period of time, and how this beast system BLASPHEMES the on true and only Almighty God. The "him" here is the Islamic Muslim antichrist system, which DENIES that Jesus IS the CHRIST, the SON OF the living God. They exalt their god Allah to be the one true God. Also the "him" here in this verse is speaking of a man who is the leader who united the ten Muslim countries to make war with the Jews and the Christians. Please keep in mind that the Bible FOCUSES in one this time of GREAT tribulation such as has never been before nor ever shall be again, which has misled some to wrongly interpret the book of Revelation saying that ALL of what is prophesied takes place is a 3 1/2 year period of time.
The truth of the matter is that the "BEGINNING OF SORROWS" spans from the time of John all the way to the abomination of desolation, which begins the last 3 1/2 years of GREAT tribulation. So as the last 3 1/2 years approaches the persecution and affliction of the Jews and the Christians will increase more and more and will climax during the last of the last days.
I want you to please consider how ISLAM blasphemes that one true and only Almighty God by DENYING that Almighty God has a SON and that his SON Jesus DIED for their SINS.
Rev. 13:7. "And it was given unto him to make WAR with the saints, and to over come them: and power was given him over all kindred, and tongues, and nations"
Also not only notice that Islam kills Christians and the Jews, but also Muslims kill anyone who does NOT bow down to their god Allah. Now I am NOT saying the EVERY Muslim kills Christians and Jews for not embracing Islam, but the Quran does teach Muslims to fight those that oppose them.
Now I myself personally believe that the power given to this Islamic beast system is over ONE FOURTH of the land mass of the earth, which is the SAME area of the Islamic Ottoman Empire in the Middle East around the Mediterranean Sea, but will also cover the same area of ALL seven previous would empires of Egypt, Assyria, or Nineveh, Babylon, Persia or the Medo Persian empire, Greece, Roman empire, and the Ottoman Empire. This does not mean that their TERRORISM will reach around the entire world, but rather that they will DOMINATE the Middle east and some parts of Europe and will NOT dominate the entire globe.
Rev. 13:8 "And all that dwell upon the earth (or upon the LAND, speaking only of that ONE FOURTH part of the land mass of the earth that they are given power over) shall worship him (Allah the god of ISLAM), whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."
Now those in the WORLD, or the powers that be, speaking of the elite and those ruled or controlled by the elite may be DECEIVED to bow down to this false god Allah, but those of us whose names are written in the book of life of the Lamb will NOT be deceived into bowing down to this false god Allah of Islam. For those of us who have are eyes OPEN we can clearly see how the world says that we all worship the SAME God meaning that the Christians Jews and the Muslims all worship the SAME God. But in TRUTH it is ONLY the Christians who truly believe that Jesus is the SON of Almighty God. And it is only the Jews who are the REMNANT that Jesus will return are fight FOR at his second coming.
The key to understanding the book of Revelation is to start WITH the second coming of Jesus and work backward. Find out form the Old Testament WHO Jesus will FIGHT AGAINST when he comes again and then interpret the book of Revelation in that LIGHT of God's word. Read Psalm 83 and you will find that the TEN kings or the ten countries Jesus fights against at his second coming are ALL MUSLIM countries. We will cover this later a little and I cover it in the study "COULD ISLAM BE THE MARK OF THE BEAST?", but for now let us move to the next verse here in Revelation chapter 13.
In other words, if you are WISE you will HEAR what I showing your from the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, and you will NOT bow down to this false god Allah of Islam. And if you are a Muslim you will reject Islam and become a Christian and true follower of the one true and only Almighty God. It is better to die as a Christian and faithful martyr of the Lord Jesus Christ the SON of Almighty God, than to live now by giving into the threats of Islam and later suffer the WRATH of Almighty God in the day of judgment.
Rev. 13:10. "He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints."
This is the PATIENCE of the saints, who are being killed for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ; the KNOWING that Almighty God will AVENGE our shed blood that we willing give for the furtherance of the gospel of Jesus Christ. So do NOT take up arms of any kind to seek to save your physical life by killing Muslims who seek to kill you for the very purpose of being a Christian. We are taught in the Bible to not love our physical life even unto death and to not fear those who can only kill our physical bodies, but rather fear Almighty God who will destroy both the body and the SOUL of those who kill the Christians and the Jews.
This brings us to the revealing of ANOTHER beast that causes mankind to worship the first beast, which again was the Islamic Muslim Ottoman Empire or the SEVENTH kingdom that ruled in the same area or land mass of the previous six world Empires. This OTHER beast is the EIGHTH empire that is RESURRECTED out of the SEVENTH Ottoman Empire. Please read Revelation 13:11-18, which says,
Now let us go back to verse 11 and see what is being said verse by verse.
First of all we see the words ANOTHER BEAST, which teaches us that there are TWO beasts that we are to watch for in the last days to learn their identity. Now the word "HORNS" sometimes represents having authority. Please notice that this second beast has TWO seats of authority and appears to be like a LAMB where the LAMB represents true faith in the one true and only Almighty God. But also notice that even though this second beast APPEARS to have their faith in the one true and only Almighty God this beast SPEAKS as a DRAGON.
In other words, this second beast speaks LIES just like the first beast, because Satan is the father of lies and there is no truth in him. Also in the prophesies of ISLAM they are looking for Jesus to come and teach the Christians and the Jews to follow Allah. To say this another way, the Jesus or Isa of ISLAM fits the description of this second BEAST with TWO horns as a LAMB. Jesus WARNS us that there would be FALSE Christs in the last days and this Jesus or Isa of ISLAM sounds like the one we should be looking for so as the BEAST or the EIGHTH kingdom, so be NOT DECEIVED by the FALSE miracles done in this beast system of Islam.
Also please notice that I emphasized the word "earth" as being LAND, meaning out of THAT land mass of ONE FOURTH of the earth and NOT everyone in the entire earth. You will see what I mean in the next verse.
Rev. 13:12. "And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him (which I believe means that this second kingdom will occupy the same geographical area as the first beast), and causes the earth (or LAND, as in, the land mass of the Ottoman empire, the FIRST beast that was wound by the sword and rose again to become the EIGHTH beast dominating the same area of LAND as the previous seven empires) and THEM which dwell THEREIN to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed."
Here we see that this second beast kingdom causes those who dwell upon the LAND dominated by the Islamic Muslims countries to WORSHIP this first beast kingdom that was wounded unto death but revived once again. Notice the phrase "THEM which dwell THEREIN" where the THEM are both Muslims and any one living THEREIN those Muslim countries to worship Allah the god of ISLAM, where Islam received a deadly wound by the sword in 1922/23 and was healed meaning that Islam rose again to become a dominate religion of the world but speak as a DRAGON, the DECEIVER of the whole world.
Rev. 13:13. "And he (speaking TWO leaders of Islam, who the Muslims say is their twelfth Iman and Isa or who they will CLAIM to be Jesus, but in TRUTH their twelfth Iman is the ANTICHRIST and their Isa is the FALSE prophet or Revelation chapter 13. So this TWO horned Lamb that speaks as a dragon) does great wonders (in the sight of the Muslims and those dwelling THEREIN the LAND dominated by the Islamic Muslim countries and not every human being in the entire world), so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth (or land) in the sight of men,"
Rev. 13:14. "And DECEIVES them that dwell on the earth (or on the LAND) by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the BEAST (referring to the Muslim kingdom who follow the teachings of ISLAM and NOT in the sight of every human being on the entire globe); saying to THEM that dwell on the earth (or the LAND mass dominated by ISLAM and Sharia law), that they should make an IMAGE to the BEAST (or make an IMAGE to the false god of Allah of Islam), which had the wound by a sword, and did live."
You see, the religion of ISLAM and the ISLAMIC kingdom of the Ottoman empire fell not only by the PHYSICAL SWORD in war, but also by the SWORD of the Holy Spirit, which is the WORD of Almighty God.
Now the Arabic people before Islam came to them by their prophet Muhammad were idol worshipers and therefore they had many IMAGES, which Muhammad destroyed. Islam today bears the IMAGE of the CRESCENT MOON with the STAR. Islam also bows down to the Kaaba in Mecca. And in the corner of the is a Black Stone, which that bow down and kiss as a star fallen from heaven, which they believe cleanses them from sin. And Islam also places much emphasis on the IMAGE of the Arabic symbol that means in the name of Allah, which they wear on ARMBANDS and HEADBANDS as their MARK of servitude to Allah and the religion of Islam.
Rev. 13:15. "And he (the antichrist) had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that (or so that) the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed."
This may be their towers with very loud speakers giving all Muslims the call to prayer five times a day where the kneel and bow toward Mecca. Also there have been apparitions of an angel on top of the Kaaba in Mecca. So it may be that something like this that will take place and cause people, who are not Muslims to believe in Islam as the true religion. Or it may be something as the image itself simple saying "In the name of Allah", because all new converts to Islam must speak these words in Arabic that Muslims wear on the arms and foreheads called the Bismillah.
Rev. 13:16. "And he (the antichrist and false prophet, which Muslims will say is their Messiah and the prophet Jesus) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a MARK (or bismillah) in their right hand, or in their foreheads:"
Again this MARK of this beast system is what the Muslims call a bismillah, which is an IMAGE or Arabic symbols that say or speak, "In the name of Allah". And new Muslims converts are deceived into wearing this MARK of ISLAM on either their arm or their forehead.
Now in Muslim dominated countries if you are NOT a Muslims you must pay a very high TAX so that sooner of later if you want to eat you will become a Muslim or starve. In other words, the day will come when you must be numbered among those, who are Muslims and bear the name of ISLAM if you want to buy or sell in Muslim dominated countries. You will have to see this for yourself by listening to the testimonies of those, who came out of Muslim dominated countries. For a deeper understanding on this subject of ISLAM being the MARK of the beast please read the study "ISLAM IS THE MARK OF THE BEAST!" But for now let us take a closer look at a very popular verse in the book of Revelation.
Now the New Testament is originally written in Greek and the three Greek letters "CHI", "XI", and "SIGMA" that are only TRANSLATED as six hundred threescore and six or 666. In other words, John may have wrote these three Greek letters for what he SAW that resemble very closely to these three Greek letters.
Let me explain what I mean by this. The first Greek letter that John wrote down for what he SAW is the Greek letter "CHI" which LOOKS like two cross swords, which is the symbol that is used by Islam. Muslims have this symbol of crossed swords everywhere. In other words, the symbol of cross swords in to a Muslim like the cross is to Christians. And the Greek letter "CHI" looks very much like twp cross swords.
The next Greek two letters are "XI" and "SIGMA" which resemble some Arabic letters that say or speak "In the name of Allah", which is called "bismillah" in the Arabic language. Remember that John wrote down what he SAW. In other words, John may have DRAWN these Arabic letters and later the scribes that copied these ancient documents may have mistook these DRAWINGS of John of the Arabic letters to be Greek letters, because they are very similar. And then the translators not understanding their meaning translated the numerical value of each letter.
With that being said This verse may better be translated as, "Here is WISDOM. Let him that has UNDERSTANDING consider the MULTITUDE of this BEAST or multitude of this KINGDOM. For it is the MULTITUDE of a man (whom we know now as Mohammad who is the prophet of Islam). And his MULTITUDE is the MARK of crossed swords in the name of Allah."
For a deeper understanding of this subject of the MARK of the beast please watch a few videos that I have posted on my YouTube channel at AMATTEROFTRUTH. This brings us to he end of chapter 13.
Let us now continue this study in God's word by taking a look at Revelation chapter 14 verse by verse.