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The Identity of the Seven-Headed Beast March 25, 2010

Posted by Henry in Eschatology & End Times.
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In a previous article I wrote about the coming one world government and I raised some “clues” which pointed towards this. However in this article I will attempt to demonstrate what some of the prophesies, notably Daniel and Revelations, say about this coming world system and identify the nations that are involved, bearing in mind that I made references to the European Union being a precursor to the coming world system. I will attempt to achieve this by allowing scripture to interpret scripture. To begin with we will look at the first beast that John saw in Revelations 13. Although John saw two beast only one will be looked at here.

 Rev 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. 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. 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. 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? 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.

 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.

 In his vision John saw a beast rising up out of the sea but it will soon become apparent that this was not a literal beast. Consequently, the physical characteristics of the beast are merely symbolic as well. So what then is this beast? I must say here that I have seen quite a few varied interpretations of this portion of scripture, but by sticking to the principle of letting scripture interpret scripture we can safely answer this question. To do so therefore we need to look at Rev 17:

 Revelations 17

7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

 Lets pause here for a moment. The beast that John saw in Revelations 13 is the same beast here in verse 7 the meaning of which the angel is about to explain to John. But here we see that the beast now have a “woman” riding it. The reason I want to draw attention to this is that somewhat prophetically the symbol of the EU is that of a woman riding a “beast” and that woman is called Europa, from which Europe incidentally gets its name.

 So the angel explains the meaning of the beast as follows:

 8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. 9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

 We can now see that the beast is not literal but an allegorical reference to a world kingdom and the physical characteristics of heads and horns are also allegorical references for kings or seats of governments. So then we know it is a world kingdom (or world government) because we learnt from Rev 13:7 that power was given to the beast over ALL kindred, tongues and nations. The beast is also personified by a man (the anti-christ) and this is denoted by the reference in Rev 13:5 that a mouth was given to it to speak. We also know from Rev 13:18 that the number of the beast is the number of a man which again establishes the fact that the beast is represented by a man. Such a man will therefore be akin to a world president, in terms of our current understanding of world leaders.

 Now that we know that the beast will be a world system of government which overtakes the globe how can we identify the nations involved in it’s creation? The Book of Revelations does not tell us the identity of the nations but nevertheless other scriptures are given which can be relied on to identify them and these are in the Book of Daniel. But before going to Daniel, cast your mind back to the description of the beast in Rev 13 quoted above. We noted that the beast had seven heads and ten horns and it was like a leopard; it had the feet of a bear; and a mouth like a lion. Now Daniel saw four beasts that had the same characteristics as this beast that John saw and we can see this in Daniel 7:

 Daniel 7

2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. 3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. 4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. 5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. 6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. 7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

 From this passage of Daniel we can discern that John saw more or less the same vision as Daniel because when merged together these four beasts becomes the beast that John saw. This should be clear also from the point of view that the fourth beast Daniel saw had four heads and when added to the heads of the other beasts we get seven heads. The fourth beast also had ten horns. So bearing in mind that these beasts are kingdoms we can discern that John’s beasts constitutes an amalgamation of these four beasts of Daniel. We do not need to speculate however as the explanation of the fourth beast is given further along in the passage:

  16 I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things. 17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.

 23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

 It should become clear to the reader therefore that this fourth beast of Daniel is the same beast as that which John saw in Revelations 13. Indeed it would be worth reading the entire passage of Daniel 7 and comparing it to Revelations 13. Having said that we can now see that the beast is the fourth kingdom upon earth and which shall devour or overtake the whole earth. Again in comparison to the beast of John’s vision this beast is given a mouth to speak great words (blasphemy) against God (see also 2 Thess 2:3). One of the main differences in the two visions therefore is that whilst Daniel is speaking of the beasts from a future perspective according to his day, John is seeing one beast from a historical, present and future perspective. Hence the reason John says in Rev 17:8-11 that it is the beast that was (existed before), is not (not “presently” existing), and is to come (will exist in the future).

 In order to identify the nations or kingdoms that make up the beast therefore we need to ascertain what kingdoms constitute the first three beasts (kingdoms) that Daniel saw. In order to do this however we also need to look at the heads (i.e.,) the seven heads of the beast that John saw (bearing in mind that John’s beast is a unification of Daniels first three beasts which then expanded into the fourth). According to Rev 17 therefore:

  10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

 Note here that the seven “kings” are the seven heads or seven seats of power and in John’s day he is saying that five of the kings or heads had fallen (their reign had come to an end), one was in existence in John’s day, and the other is not yet come and when he comes he will continue for a short time.

 The first thing we need to realize then is that the four beasts that Daniel saw are after the pattern of the statue of gold, silver, brass and iron mixed with clay which the king Nebuchadnezzar saw in his vision in Daniel 2. Daniel explained that the head of gold of the statute was actually Nebuchadnezzar himself (see Dan 2:36-38) therefore his kingdom (the kingdom of Babylon) is the first beast that Daniel refers to in Daniel 7. The second beast that rose up after Babylon was the Medes and Persians which conquered Babylon and this is evidenced by Daniel 5:25-31. The third beast having four heads is Greece, which conquered the Medes and Persians and we know this from Daniel 8:20-22. After Alexander the great was killed the kingdom of Greece was split up into four kingdoms under his four Generals.

 At the time of John’s exile in Patmos we know that the Roman Empire was in full swing so when John says that five of the heads had fallen and one is we know that this one that existed in his day was Rome as Rome had conquered Greece. The five kings that had fallen therefore were Babylon, Media-Persia, and the four kingdoms of Greece. The problem here though is that we have 6 heads instead of 5 which seemingly had fallen. However, we know that Greek influence and culture was preserved under the Roman Empire hence historians refer to the Greco-Roman era or empire. Therefore symbolically three of the kingdoms of Greece had fallen but the head which represented Greece/Macedonia was preserved through the preservation of its language, culture and influence throughout the Roman Empire. If we should look at these kingdoms historically then we will realize that they had control and influence over the same geographical regions except where some of these kingdoms had expanded. The seventh head of the beast therefore will represent the head of the future world kingdom that in essence will replace the Roman Empire. We know from John’s description that the beast (and hence the fourth beast of Daniel) will comprised of all the nations/kingdoms that made up Daniels pervious three beasts and much more. In our day we can witness a beast forming in the shape of the European Union which in essence comprises of the Nations that formed the Roman Empire and the earlier Greek Empires. Note that Israel is part of the EU and that there is a plan for expansion towards the Middle-East, the Mediterranean and North Africa (see the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and the link below) and when this happens it will have incorporated some or all of the nations which formed part of the Media-Persian and Babylonian Empires thereby fulfilling the “image” of the beast that John saw. But as we have learnt from Daniel 7 this beast will eventually be a world kingdom that spans the whole globe. Can we still be in any doubt therefore as to the coming world government?

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7095657.stm

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1. JD - April 4, 2010

Henry, I have found some fascinating perspectives presented by those who have switched to a middle eastern paradigm. Check out: http://www.beastfromtheeast.org/
Even if you don’t agree, I think you will find the articles quite interesting. Also, take a look at my poem, “The Scroll” part 1 and 2 summarizing the Book of Revelation. I appreciate your devotion to God’s Word and our Savior. Good work!

2. Henry - April 6, 2010

Jerry,
I have found the site you recommend to be most interesting. Like you said I do not agree with everything but I do welcome alternative views which allows me to examine my own position. One thing I will say though is that I normally refrain from speculating as to the identity of the anti-christ. The simple truth is that his identity will be kept hidden “until that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition…..” Here is a spanner in the works though: Scripture says that “a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour” (Dan 11:38). Now whenever the scriptures use the term “God of his/your/our fathers” we know this is normally in reference to the Hebrew people. Going by Acts 3:13 the “fathers” referred to are Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. What should we conclude then, that the anti-christ might be Jewish? Indeed that is the conclusion that some have arrived at. Some say he will come from Dan hence the reason Dan is not included in the sealing of the 144,000 at the 6th seal! Who knows?

Anyway I have read your poems and I found them quite intriguing. You have a special gift. Keep up the good work and God bless.

3. jeremy - March 25, 2011

7 heads of the beast EGYPT, ASSYRIA,BABYLON,MEDIA PERSIA,GREECE,ROME,ANGLO AMERICAN WORLD POWERS 5have fallen 1 is Rome of johns day.The other yet to come Anglo American power. All have persecuted GODS people.The woman is all false religion on earth today.The combined ten horns IS THE UNITED NATIONS who are about to DESTROY all religion today this is in there manifesto please read it for yourself .

4. Henry - March 27, 2011

Jeremy,
Thanks for stopping by. I have no doubt that America will be part of the last world kingdom. Prophesy says it overtakes the whole earth. America is really an extension of Europe. I also find it interesting that the seat of government in America is called Capitol Hill. Thus named after Capitoline Hill in Rome where the temple of Jupiter stood. Again the statute of liberty is essentially a representation of the greek goddess Hera. Note also that the symbol of the UN is Ceasar’s laurel wreath encircling the globe so the connections are evident.

5. Reynor champion - January 7, 2012

the meaning of the seven heads was the seven kingdoms first Egyptians Empire
second Assyrian Empire third Persian Empire forth Greek Empire Roman Empire six United Nations and Seven Kingdom of the Anti-Christ the 5 was fallen but the six was still existence but the seven was not yet come but if they come there will be most powerful than the six that came

6. Reynor champion - January 7, 2012

the Kingdom that was reign today was the kingdom of america or United Nations America is really an extension in all countries in the world but if the Kingdom of Anti-Christ will come even in the ends of the world will be invade no one can escape to the Anti-Christ Empire

7. Reynor champion - January 7, 2012

the meaning of the woman who ride in the beast was the City of Vatican and the seven heads of the beast was the seven Kingdom and the ten Horns was the ten kings was the ten most powerful department of United Nations,, the seven heads was the seven Kingdoms the five was fallen the the 6 was reigning today

8. garcia89 - January 7, 2012

it is not seven it is 8 the 8 heads of the beast and the dirty woman was the meaning, let study the woman who riding the beast the meaning of the dirty woman was the City of Vatican and the beast was his horns and head the meaning of the eight heads of the beast was the eight kingdoms, here is the meaning of 8 kingdoms
1.Egypt Kingdom
2.Assyria Kingdom
3.Babylonia Kingdom
4.Persia Kingdom
5.Greece Kingdom
6.Roman Kingdom
7.United Nations Kingdom
8. Anti-Christ Kingdom

and the meaning of the ten kings was the ten most powerful department in the world

9. Henry - January 9, 2012

Reynor Champion and Garcia,

Thanks for dropping by. What you say may or may not be so. The Vatican does not sit on 7 hills but one of the 7 hills on which Rome stands. Do also consider that Jerusalem is a city which also sits on 7 hills.

Again the UN might very well feature as part of the final beast but we have no way of knowing for certain.

10. Ted McAlister - March 8, 2012

If you look up what a man named Walid Shoebat says in a video clip on his own website at the address- http://www.shoebat.com/videos/ett10.html And you fully watch the video clip that is there he has done a whole lot of bible studes and he points out the meaning of the 7 heads of the beast that makes the most sense. According to him what we are seeing going on in the middle east of the Islamic brotherhood getting thier laws put in to all the countries that surround Israel and other countries that are in Europe, The North Africa coastline, and what runs from the East edge of Israel all the way over to the borders of India and China it describes the empires and that we are witnessing things leading up to the rise of the final empire right now. So watch Walid Shoebat’s video and he will reveal things to you that you possibly did not know.

11. Henry - March 9, 2012

Ted,
Thanks for dropping by and for your comment. I may check out the link when I have a chance.

12. Tumelo fokane - August 30, 2012

You are right about the whole thing but you missed a part that the beast with seven heads is the 1st son of the dragon. The dragon had seven heads and also the beast have seven heads and ten horns.according to history of masons, the beast live before and shall return.yes its true i was able to find the way to prove this beast. Starting from garden of eden. According to masonic belief the green beast lion and the sun represents the hybrid god.the green lion represents the dark lord(satan) and the sun represents(god) and the blood that flows from the sun because is been biten by the green beast represents the evil to earth. If you can take a look at eden garden cain was the 1st born .cain is the son of the serpent(lucifer/satan) and his mother is eve. Satan represents evil while eve represents good.these shows us that the green beast is satan and the sun is eve .and the blood which felt to earth is cain ,the blood line of serpent of old.the beast is cain because he is the 1st son of satan. The green beast and the bleeding sun and the blood which felt to earth they represents ,satan and eve while satan helped eve to have tasted the tree of knowledge and the blood which felt to earth,represents the blood line of serpent.if you check the bible ,cain was the 1st murder and a lie. Satan was a murder and a lie. Same characteristics here.these prove a point that the beast about to come is cain the blood line of cain.i hope these will help you with your findings. Please dont contact me for the sake of my protection .i gave you the info you need to know.about the mark of the beast 666 is a number showing us the year the beast gonna return to earth. Cain according to bible ,we dont know what happend to him but if you check the genesis part the seven headed dragon is the one who cause the floods.cain is the one who cause those floods acting against god,hope these info helps you to unlock other part of prophecy


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