Revelation 13: 1-4
The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. 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 filled with wonder and followed the beast. People 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 wage war against it?”
Even though, I’m not putting the whole chapter on my posts, it would be a good idea to read it and keep it handy as you read the posts. This chapter introduces the last two important figures of Revelation—the Antichrist and the false prophet as well as the introduction to the mark of the beast and the number 666
The dragon on the shore clearly represents Satan. The first beast from the sea represents the Antichrist. The unbelievers of the world will be deceived into believing that the Beast (Antichrist) is a god when the beast is mortally wounded and comes back to life. Only those whose “names” are “written in the book of life” will refuse to “worship” the Beast. The Beast will persecute the “saints” of God, and exercise power throughout the world. The “Lamb” was “slain from the foundation of the world”, in the sense that Christ’s redemptive death for mankind was part of God’s plan from eternity past.
The Beast from the land is known as The False Prophet. In verse 16, the False Prophet) implements a worldwide identification system known as the mark of the beast. Without the mark people can not buy or sell.
The very last verse talks about the number 666. There’s a lot of confusion and theories about this number and what it really means. But I think the important thing is to remain faithful to God and worship him only. I don’t believe we can accidently take the mark of the beast. It’s not something I worry about.
The picture I chose today is a statue that was placed at the UN in 2021. Lots of believers feel that this is a depiction of the beast described in Revelation Chapter 13 and shows that the end times are definitely upon us.
What do I believe? It has some similarities but not an exact replica of the description, but interesting, nevertheless.