What exactly is the beast in the end times? Is the beast a living being with a soul?


The short answer is YES, the beast is a living being with a soul, a human person not a character or philosophical expression. There is much to learn about these two Beast, the specifics are found beginning in Revelation 15:1

Verse one: "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”

“and saw a beast rise up out of the sea”

This Beast is a Gentile not a Jew. He is the False Prophet who will become the head of the revived Roman Empire, Babylon reborn. The sea is symbolic of the size of the Gentile nation, which is to say it’s huge.

“having seven heads” The seven heads are seven mountains located in Israel (Revelation 17:9).

“and ten horns”

These “ten horns” represent ten Kings that have no Kingdoms to rule over (Revelation 17:12).

These Kings when given their kingdoms, will rule in one of the seven forms once used in Rome. Kings, Consuls, Dictators, Decimvir or Magistrates, Military Tribunes, Emperors or Czars.

They will have one Emperor to rule over all of them, which will be the Anti-Christ.

“and upon His horns ten crowns”

These crowns are called Diadems, which are the ornamental head-bands of Kings. These crowns are symbols of the Beast right to rule, which is given to him by Satan himself. The new Roman Empire will be set up in a ten kingdom format. Ten kingdoms in Israel, ruled by one of the seven forms of Kings.

“and upon his heads, the name of blasphemy”

This blasphemy is thought to be the Beast making accusations against God derogatorily. The False Prophet will imply that he is God. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)

Verse two: “And the beast 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 gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority”

“And the Beast I saw was like unto a Leopard”

The Leopard symbolizes Greece (Daniel 7:6)

“And his feet were as feet of a Bear”

The Bear symbolizes Persia (Daniel 7:5)

“and his mouth as the mouth of a Lion”

The Lion represents Babylon (Daniel 7:4).

These three cities, Greece, Persia, and Babylon were the world powers before the rise of the Roman Empire.

“And the Dragon gave him his power and his seat and his great authority”

Satan gives the False Prophet his power, as the world is his to wield from the time of Adam, who delivered the power of the world to Satan with his sin (Luke 4:6).

Verse three: “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”

“And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death”

The wound symbolizes ancient Rome. Today, Rome by contrast is considered destroyed. Not Rome’s overall physical location, but Rome’s wealth, infrastructure, armies, influence, control and imperial rule is all gone. In this regard, Rome has been wounded to death, but in reality, only the imperial form of Rome’s government is gone. At least it does not appear as it once was.

The laws of western civilization are from Rome. It is spiritually how Rome continues to exist today, in the back drop of society (wounded but not dead). Rome’s imperial rule is hiding in plain sight, and with that Satan will revive Rome. First with the False Prophet and then subsequently with the Anti-Christ out of the systems of modern government. Rome’s imperial systems have been used throughout the world. It will come back into play with an Emperor as its head, the False Prophet.

Verse four: “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?”

“And they worshipped the Dragon which have power unto the Beast”

The Dragon is Satan, who empowers the Beast (False Prophet), to take over the world system of government and rule it. We must keep in mind that the world belongs to Satan both spiritually and tangibly for the time being (Luke 4:5-7; 2 Corinthians 4:4).

“And they worshipped the Beast”

This is everyone on the planet except the remnant of those who have received Christ through the testimony of the 144K.

Verse five: “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months”

“And there was given unto him a mouth, speaking great things, and blasphemies”

The False Prophet attracts people with his charisma and eloquent speech (2 Timothy 4:2-4; Titus 1:10-11).

“And power was given to him to continue forty and two months”

The False Prophet will speak against God in every conceivable way for 3 1⁄2 years. He begins here at the midpoint of the tribulation, after the plagues of God have ended.

He continues to rule, along with the Anti-Christ to the end of the tribulation. “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months”

“And there was given unto him a mouth, speaking great things, and blasphemies”

The False Prophet attracts people with his charisma and eloquent speech (2 Timothy 4:2-4; Titus 1:10-11).

“And power was given to him to continue forty and two months”

The False Prophet will speak against God in every conceivable way for 3 1⁄2 years. He begins here at the midpoint of the tribulation, after the plagues of God have ended.

He continues to rule, along with the Anti-Christ to the end of the tribulation.

There is so much more that can be addressed about the False Prophet and Anti Christ.

According to the text in context, these are real people.

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