Verse 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. We have studied how that the sea represents the multitudes of people. “And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples ,and multitudes ,and nations, and tongues.”(Revelation 17:15).The beast is the devil and the seven heads are the seven world Empires of man, and the ten horns are the last ten countries that join forces with the anti-christ, and the ten crowns are the main leaders of the last ten countries. The name of blasphemy represents the ungodliness and evil of each of man’s Empires which are ultimately controlled by the devil, as we studied about in our classes on the Book of Daniel. This is why you really need to understand the Book of Daniel in order to get a good understanding of the Book of Revelation.See our class on Daniel Chapter 2,7, and 8 for a good understanding of verse 1.
Verse 2) 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. In other words the beast had in it the remains of all the former empires. The leopard was Greece, the bear was the Medo/Persians, the lion was Babylon. They all had influences upon what the world has become, and they were all empowered by the dragon that old serpent called the devil and Satan.
Verse 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. The anti-christ will be healed from a deadly wound. How can a wound be deadly, if you don’t die from it? The anti-christ will probably be killed or assassinated and the devil will enter into his body, and he will come back to life, and proclaim himself as God, and many will worship him.
Verse 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? By worshiping the anti-christ, people will ultimately be worshiping the devil. He will have great armies and arms and wealth under his control. ( Daniel Chapter 11: 31)
Verse 5) 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. The devil will proclaim himself as God and speak blasphemies in the temple for 42 months. The Word of God mentions this time period many times, so it must really be important that we understand. That’s why the devil tries so hard to mess it up with his lie, and false doctrine of pre-tribulation rapture which almost the whole Christian world has swallowed up. The Great Tribulation begins when the anti-christ places the Abomination of Desolation in the Temple. Then there is a period of 42 months, 1,260,days 3 and ½ years, or a time ,times and half a time until the Rapture. Also see our class on Matthew 24, in this web site www.answersintheword.com.
Verse 6) And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. (II Thessalonians 2: 3,4) says, “ Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
Verse 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. He will make war with Christian nations, America, and England, etc? (see Daniel Chapter 11). He will also make war against the saints, and when it looks like he has almost won, Jesus Christ will come, and gather all the saved together to the Marriage Supper of The Lamb.“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).”For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
Verse 8) And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the lamb slain from the foundation of the world. All the unsaved will worship the anti-christ.
Verse 9) If any man have an ear, let him hear. Know the Word don’t be deceived.
Verse 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 faith of the saints. When all this starts happening count down the days because they are going to get the wrath of God. This will help you get through this time.
Verse 11) And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. The false prophet will act like a lamb, but is full of evil and bad spirits.
Verse 12) And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. He has the power of Satan, and his job is to get the world to worship the anti-christ and in so doing they will be worshiping the devil, whether they realize it or not.
Verse 13) And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. The false prophet will even do miracles to make people believe in the anti-christ.
Verse 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 to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. Possibly some type of ultimate computerize robot, they call it Artificial Intelligence ( AI). It is the Abomination of Desolation that makes all other abominations desolate.
Verse 15) And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, 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. He will order everyone to be killed that does not worship the image of the beast.
Verse 16) And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: People wont realize that by taking the mark of the beast they will be worshiping the devil.
Verse 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. Under his reign you won’t be able to buy or sell without the mark in your right hand or in your forehead. However there will be whole nations that fight against him.
Verse 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. Here it is, the number of man, “666”. This number will be associated with the mark that the anti-christ will require everyone to have. The devil is rapidly racing the world toward this state now. Notice how the government is getting more and more control over everything?
Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.