What does the Beast of Revelation represent?
THE TRUTH IS SPELLED OUT CLEARLY!
The beast of Revelation didn't just appear out of nowhere. It was conjured by Satan for a specific reason. It is that reason which shows the purpose of the beast and what his ten horns and seven heads mean.
When the beast is first introduced, the paragraph introducing it begins with, "And I saw..." When we trace the 'and' back to it's beginning, we find Satan so enraged, he sets out to make war on two things - just two things: the commandments of God and the testimony of Christ. Out of that rage the beast is formed.
Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and when off to make war against the rest of her offspring - those who keep God's commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus. And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast rising out of the sea. (Rev. 12:17 and 13:1)
So what does God show us about this beast?
The first thing we are shown about the ten-horned beast of Revelation is that he is not a fixed 'location' on earth. He is walking and roaring. He has seven lion heads, a leopard body and four bear-claw feet. He is the 'roaring lion' Jesus warned us about.
Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1Pet.5:8)
The second thing we are shown is this beast is already defeated. Despite the fact his head was severely wounded at Calvary, he still arrogantly assumes he can take worship away from God and Christ. This insight into his nature shows he is running on pure pride, trying to gain subjects in a world Christ has ensured he will never rule again.
One of the heads of the beast seemed to have a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. (Rev.13:3)
The third thing we are shown is this description was given by God to glorify Christ. The beast was sent by Satan to do one thing only - make war against those who keep the Commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus.
He (Satan) went off to make war on...those who keep the Commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus. And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast rising... (Rev:12:17 - 13:1)
It is no mistake the beast conjured up by Satan has ten horns. There are Ten Commandments!
It is no mistake the beast has seven blasphemous heads. There are seven spirits, or names, of Christ. (Rev.5:6)
When we know the beast exists only to tear down the Commandments of God and bring blasphemy to the name of Jesus, we can see why Jesus told us would overcome him by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony (Rev.12:11). The blood of Christ covers the breaking of the Commandments, and giving testimony about Christ counteracts blasphemy. This defeated foe, is not something we should worry about!
How is this beast manifested?
Through humans! Many humans! Both male and female. The human 'whore of Babylon' who rides this beast is not one person, or one nation she is many people, in many nations.
Then I saw a woman, sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns (Rev.17:3)
The waters you saw where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. (Rev.17:15)
'She' represents the 'antichrist spirit' seen in many people!
Because we know the purpose and mission of the beast, we know the purpose and mission of his mistress, the human 'antichrist spirit' who Revelation says is responsible for all the sin of the world and the blood of all who are killed for their testimony to Christ. (Rev.17:5-6) She and the beast are 'one' in mind and in action.
What does this tell us about the whore?
The first thing it tells us is she is roaming around, like Satan, seeking to devour our faith, hope and love for God and Christ. Like the beast, she will hunt us with speed, she will roar out lies, and she will viciously tear at our lives to get us to take our eyes off Christ.
The second thing it tells us is she is filled with pride. No matter how many times she may be defeated, she will still arrogantly believe those who worship God and Christ are fools and will do everything in her power to prove them fools.
The third thing it tells us is she, like Satan and his beasts, will use everything she can (including money and the buying and selling of souls - Rev.18:13) to tempt, trick, trap or deceive God's people into breaking the Commandments or bringing blasphemy to the name of Jesus, or both.
People who try to convince us our belief in Christ is wrong in some way, or try to seduce us with all manner of worldly things, or attack us with lies or persecutions, are showing the nature of the beast and the woman who rides him. We cannot appease them. We will never convince them. We cannot agree with them.
They are the ones we are called to 'come out from'!
These three beastly attributes of the 'antichrist spirit' are designed to get us to take our eyes off Christ, to doubt him, to lose hope in him and to ultimately disobey God's commands. If we succumb to these beastly temptations, we compromise our relationship with both God and Christ.
Christ calls this dual betrayal, 'worship of the beast'.
Such a simple message! Yet, this very simple message has been made complicated by false and fear-filled end-time teaching. The whole Satanic purpose of the futuristic, single-human, 'Antichrist,' world-ruler myth, is to take our eyes off the real human anti-Christ, the Great Whore, so she can continue to deceive the elect, unabated.
A demonic ploy!
While we continue to look for some flashy, 'future' human antichrist world-ruler, we will never notice the many human antichrists standing right in front of us. Worse, we will never learn how to deal with the antichrist spirit in many people the way the Apostle John taught, or how to distance ourselves from her seductions as Jesus commanded.
© Excerpt from "AND THEY WORSHIPPED THE BEAST" by Monica Bennett-Ryan