The word “sea” can be a symbol of many peoples; here the meaning is symbolic of men and a human government.
This beast will be discussed at length in Revelation 17. However it is identified as the Holy Roman Empire which began with Justinian and will have seven revivals. The ten crowns are the final ten kings which will come together in the seventh revival. The name of blasphemy lies in its calling itself “Holy.”
This beast is the Holy Roman Empire church state system and does not refer to any specific man in this scripture.
Revelation 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard [very agile], and his feet were as the feet of a bear [very powerful], and his mouth as the mouth of a lion [crushing strength]: and the dragon [Satan] gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
The sixth revival of the system by Mussolini [he became Holy Roman Emperor with his concordat with the Vatican] was totally destroyed in World War 2, and now in the next few years a miracle working pope will call for another revival of the church state Holy Roman Empire system, and bring it back to life.
The whole world will be amazed at this revival of a New Federal Europe and at its great power; especially after it occupies Judea and Egypt and replaces the Anglo Saxon peoples as the world’s great power.
13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Once America is eclipsed [not necessarily occupied] by this New Europe; the whole world will be awed into exalting it as the world’s preeminent power.
13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
This prophecy of Holy Roman Empire type government of a now rising New Federal Europe then drifts into speaking of its leader, identified by the usage of the word “him.” This leader will make grand claims as he leads people away from God. This political leader [by whatever title he is given] and the seventh revival of this system, which is the feet of Babylon of Daniel 2 will be destroyed by the huge rock of Jesus Christ at his coming.
13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue [or to occupy Jerusalem and to make war] forty and two months.
This ruler blasphemes God by telling people to obey the religious leader as having the authority of God, in the same way that the present COG leaders blaspheme by making the same claim that they have the authority of God even when contrary to scripture.
The power of this Babylonian Mysteries style Holy Roman Empire system will enforce the religious leader as man’s ultimate moral authority, and the religion will, in return, use its persuasive powers to enforce the authority of the state.
13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
This system and its leader will persecute all who do not exalt the ultimate moral authority of the abomination the final miracle working pope. Most people will exalt this miracle working pope as the ultimate man of peace and ultimate moral authority, regardless of their own religious traditions. They will also be in awe of this church state political system which will become extremely prosperous for a short time, but as the third year approaches the political leader of the New Europe will hear rumors out of Asia and will attack them bringing retaliation and destruction upon Europe )Dan 11:42 on. . .).
This system will persecute anyone within its boundaries who does not accept the complete moral authority of the religious leader, including anyone who seeks to live by the Word of God: for example those wanting to observe God’s Biblical Sabbath rather than the unbiblical Sunday.
13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations [for about two years until Europe falls out with Asia].
13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship [the word “worship” means to fear and obey, or not to try to resist] him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints [the faithful to God are to endure this persecution patiently, until Christ comes to deliver them.
The scripture now proceeds from the section on the political beast of the Holy Roman Empire; to the religious leader.
The Final Miracle Working Man of Sin
A final miracle working religious leader who exalts himself above all that is called God by claiming ultimate moral authority over all religions will arise very soon now. This is the abomination spoken of by Daniel in Daniel 12 and by Jesus in Matthew 24:15, and by Paul in 2 Thessalonians.
13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth [earthy, worldly, carnal, rebellious against godliness]; and he had two horns like a lamb [he presents himself and appears as an angel of light, a wise man of peace], and he spake as a dragon.
This deceiver teaches his own words and ways, contrary to God’s Word and God’s ways, just as most of the Called out Ekklesia do today; which is satanic rebellion against God; However this man of sin works miracles and is supported by the power of the political system once he manages its rise.
13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast [he will have the full support and power of the political aspect of the Holy Roman Empire system] before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
This miracle working pope will call for the revival of the Holy Roman Empire church state system, and convince the peoples of ten European nations to join that system, which will then be allied with the Roman Catholic and Islamic nations, Psalm 83, of the earth.
13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
Even the majority of the Jews and Americans will be deceived that this is a great man of peace and ultimate moral authority. In Judea only the settler movement extremists will be against him and provoke war when this man goes to the Holy Place within 75 days after he is set up doing miracles in the Vatican.
This miracle working man of sin will impress people into reviving the Holy Roman Empire Babylonian Mysteries system
13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image [likeness] to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image [a likeness or revival of the Holy Roman Empire system] of the beast, that the image of the beast should [so that the likeness of this system should cone into existence as the now rising New Federal Europe] both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
This New Federal Europe will have the power to destroy all resistance for about two years,then they will go to attack Asia.
The Mark of the Beast
People will be deceived into believing and doing what this false religious leader says contrary to believing and keeping the Word of God.
All humanity except for a few overcoming called out ones have been deceived in their foreheads [beliefs of their minds] to follow Satan in their deeds [of their hands] since Adam and Eve. During this final end time the deception will climax.
Right now this deception and mark of the beast has already overwhelmed the Ekklesia as we prefer to follow idols of men in place of any zeal to keep the Word of God.
Following idols of men in the assemblies is exactly the same thing as following this final man of sin; the only difference is the name of the person being followed to believe and act contrary to the Word of God.
13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand [referring to actions and deeds], or in their foreheads [referring to what is believed in the mind]:
Just as in the church of God groups today; you must accept the system for the system to accept you. To function in this church state system people will have to accept it, or be rejected by it.
13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
The mark of the Beast is the mark of Satan; it is compromising with and rebellion against God and any part of God’s Word; it is a rejecting of any zeal to live by every Word of God.
It is what Satan taught Eve in the garden; it is to decide for ourselves what is right and wrong, instead of standing on God’s Word.
The Mark of God is to obey and follow God in all things!
Which mark only comes by sincere repentance and being sealed with the Holy Spirit! One can only do that through the indwelling presence of God’s Holy Spirit which is given to those who have committed to Obey him in all things (Acts 5:32).
When we have been called by God the Father in heaven, to have a part in the collective bride for the son, and we respond positively to that call washing away past sin and committing to remain sinless through the power of God at our baptism, then the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God is applied to us and God the Father pours out his Holy Spirit upon us.
God’s Spirit is in complete unity with God the Father in heaven and with the son, and will bring us into complete unity with God the Father in heaven if we follow its lead when we are sealed with that Spirit of Promise.
Ephesians 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Those sealed with God’s Spirit will learn to understand the things of God and will grow into a full unity of mind, spirit and deeds with God; IF they endure and follow the lead of the Spirit of God.
God’s elect will become like God in all things, and will diligently work to internalize the very nature of God the Father in heaven through a passionate love for him and his will and commandments; loving God the Father as Jesus loves the Father.
For if we are of God we will have Jesus Christ dwelling within us through God’s Spirit, and we will love those things that Christ loved, and we will do those things that Christ did and does.
1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk [live], even as he walked [lived] .
The sign of God’s people is that they are filled with love for God and diligently live by every Word of God, and that they will keep all of God’s Word without compromise or tolerance for any sin.
As the Mark of God is zealous faithfulness to God our heavenly Father, being sealed by the Holy Spirit and being diligent to live by every Word of God; so the Mark of Satan [The Mark of the Beast] is to follow Satan into his spiritual rebellion against and compromise with the nature and Word of Almighty God!
For those who think that this mark is only Sunday observance; what about the billions who do not observe Sunday and are still rejecting the practical application of God’s Word in many other things? For those who claim that this mark of the beast is polluting God’s seventh day Sabbath; what about those who do keep God’s seventh day Sabbath and rebel against other parts of God’s Word?
Remember that breaking any one point of the law is breaking the whole law, no matter which point we have broken. Breaking ANY law is rebellion against God and is just as sinful as breaking the Sabbath which is universal in the Ekklesia today. Today the Ekklesia call the Sabbath holy as they shamelessly pollute it!
Many are even rejecting the ONLY Mediator between man and the Father, our High Priest and ONLY Intercessor, Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
There is ONLY ONE Intercessor, ONLY ONE Mediator between men and God the heavenly Father, Jesus Christ ALONE! NOT ANY other!
There is ONLY one sacrifice for sin, and ONLY one High Priest that mediates for the sincerely repentant before God the Father!
For Jesus Christ ascended to God the Father as our Wave Sheaf to be accepted as a sacrifice for us and to be made a High Priest for our salvation.
Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
The Mark of Satan [Mark of the Beast]; is to decide for ourselves what is right and wrong instead of relying on and obeying God our Father in heaven.
The “Primacy of Peter” heresy is the mark of the beast and the Mark of Satan, for it exalts men above God as judges of the Word and Will of Almighty God!
This mark of the beast applies to ALL of mankind who are doing their own thing and not enthusiastically living by every Word of God in its fullness; and that includes the Ekklesia.
Brethren, this applies to the church of God today: it applies to all those who are lukewarm for the practical application of any part of God’s Word.
Nearly all people in the world today and throughout history have had or have the mark of the beast, as they do what they think is right, instead of zealously doing what God says is right!
Do not be deceived into thinking that you have the mark of God and do not have the mark of the beast, just because you have been baptized and follow the teachings of some man! All of the major corporate COG leaders and brethren have the mark of the beast, as is self evident by their rejection of truth and large parts of the Word of God.
The Number of the Beast
The mark of the beast and the number of his name are two entirely different things. The mark of the beast identifies those who rebel against God. The Number of the name of this f identifies this religious leader himself.
Revelation 13:16 And he causes all, both small, great, rich and poor, free and bond to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads. 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, OR the number of his name. 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast. For it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred sixty and six.
This is the number of a MAN, and this number is also the number of Rome and the Roman Church.
NOTICE CLEARLY that these are two DIFFERENT THINGS; yet very closely related, for the number is the letter number of the man who deceives; while the MARK identifies the people who follow the deceiver.
The Number of the Beast
Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
The number of his name, refers to the numerical value name of this beast in the Koine Greek that the book of Revelation was written in. The number of his name is 666 and this has been indelibly written on the Roman pontiffs and Holy Roman Empire from their beginnings; for in the Koine Greek that Revelation was written in; the English word Rome is Latinos!
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred, three score and six (666) Rev 13:18. Yes, the number of this end time Babylon and the great deceiver is 666.
To understand this number, we need to be reminded that this was written in Koine Greek. The Greek of the common man.
In the Greek, as it was written here, the name for Rome was LATEINOS in the Greek letters, of the prophecy which can be numerically rendered as: L 30 A 1 T 300 E 5 I 10 N 50 O 70 S 200