Of Revelation 13

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For a general overview with maps and more detail regarding the LBL beast, please visit the beast page.  A PDF tract is also available there. The following is a verse-by-verse of Revelation 13.
(URL) Revelation 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.

The waters are people, tongues and nations per Rev 17:15.  The seven heads are the succession of seven empires, that ruled John's "whole world", from Egypt through Islam.  One excellent fit for the 10 horns are the 10 Islamic Caliphates, of the seventh and final head, bringing more blasphemy against the God of the scriptures.

Revelation 13:2 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.

Daniel's prophecy defines the term "beast", when used in the context of the figurative language of a vision or dream in prophecy as:  
Daniel 7:23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth...
Daniel's prophecy also assigns the masculine gender to kingdom "beasts":
Dan 7:19.....the fourth beast.....stamped the residue with his feet;

The first three successive kingdoms Daniel prophesied of, in the figures of "lion", "bear" and "leopard", are widely recognized as having been the ancient kingdoms of:

Once we understand Revelation's prophecy to be of a leopard-bear-lion composite kingdom, to be another in the chain of successive of kingdoms seated in the Middle East and the holy land and occupying the same seat as Daniel's lion, bear and leopard individual kingdom "beasts", the rest of this chapter falls neatly into place. All of those ancient kingdoms persecuted and oppressed God's people just as the false prophet Muhammad's Islamic kingdom does today.

The "dragon", Satan, gave the seat of Revelation's composite leopard-bear-lion kingdom "beast" to his hate-filled, murderous, terroristic, Islamic empire "beast". The seat of Daniel's lion, Babylon, is today occupied by Iraq. The seat of his bear, Medo-Persia, is today occupied by Syria-Lebanon. The seat of Daniel's leopard, ancient Greece, is occupied by Iran today.

This leopard-bear-lion beast is covered thoroughly on this link.
(URL) Revelation 13:3  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 deadly wound inflicted on the First Jihad of the Islamic Empire - the seventh head of the leopard-bear-lion beast - was delivered by the hand of Charles "Martel" ("The Hammer") in the Battle of Tours France. This battle marked the zenith of, and the beginning of the fall of, the Islamic First Jihad.  Daniel pinned the year of this epic battle of 732 AD mathematically, with his 1335 "days".  Many believe this to be the most important battle of the Christian era, and the reason the whole world isn't speaking Arabic, and prostrating ourselves toward the Quraish pagan's black stone idol in Mecca five times a day.  All the world wondered after the beast that nearly conquered the whole known world, before being stopped by Martel, who was fighting against the astronomical odds of an Islamic cavalry of hundreds of thousands.  

(An ethnographic hermeneutic:  Strong's definitions - world - 1a) the portion of the earth inhabited by the Greeks, in distinction from the lands of the barbarians 1b) the Roman empire, all the subjects of the empire)
Daniel 12:12: Blessed [is] he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
From the Tanach: 12:12: Fortunate is he who waits and reaches days of one thousand, three hundred, and thirty-five.
And fortunate was he who waited and reached the 1335 without being killed, subjugated, enslaved - sexually or otherwise - or being compelled to renounce Jesus and convert to Islam.

Revelation 13:4 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?

Even today who indeed is "able to make war with" the Islamic beast that is scattered among the general population, and wears street clothes while using innocent women and children as shields, specifically to increase civilian casualties among their own for propaganda purposes. We learned in Rev 13:2 that it is the dragon - Satan - that gives his power, and his seat, and great authority to the Islamic Empire beast. As sad as it is there are 1.5 billion Muslims that worship this antichrist beast (Second Jihad) today, truly setting up the greatest tragedy in the history of mankind, if the church doesn't reach them with the truth in time. But as the institutional church sinks deeper into apostasy during this "falling away", particularly through interfaith pluralism, it doesn't seem likely that it will be the vehicle.

Through an ethnographic hermeneutic of John's whole world, who indeed was able to make war with the beast, that conquered nearly the whole known world.  Looking through the eyes of the prophet, and his whole known world, would seem particularly important in understanding Revelation because of John's assignment:  Revelation 1:19  Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; John is the "thou". The Roman Empire ruled in John's day, and the beast that had "not yet come" was the false prophet Muhammad's Islamic empire that conquered the Roman Empire. Much more on the page devoted to John's 8 "kings/beasts".

Revelation 13:5 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 mouth that was given to the beast was Muhammad and his Quran, which speak such blasphemy as rejecting Jesus' crucifixion and denying the Son of God.  For a Muslim to confess that Jesus is the Son of God, or even to pray in Jesus' name, would constitute the only unforgivable sin in Islam known as "shirk".  Power was given to this beast to continue 42 "months". This math problem is covered at this link and pins the Islamic mosque the Dome of the Rock right to the year. It further helps to see just how preposterously false Muhammad was through the nonexistent History of Mecca and the true origins of Islamic so -called "tradition".

Revelation 13:6  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

The Islamic kingdom beast through his mouth, the Quran, proclaims the blasphemy that God has no Son, contrary to hundreds of verses in scripture that proclaim the Father and His Son. Muhammad also called who he believed was the God of the scriptures YHWH - by the proper name of the Arabian pagan's deity "Allah" - blaspheming His name, and built the blasphemous Dome of the Rock on the holy hill, Mt. Moriah - God's footstool - where the Solomonic temple once stood and the holy of holies was once kept - blaspheming God's tabernacle. Also their god - Muhammad's alter-ego "allah" curses Christians and Jews while commanding his followers to fight us - with the body of Christ being the temple of God, His true tabernacle.

Revelation 13:7 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.

Here is what John's whole world looked like prior to the Islamic First Jihad pictured in the prior image:

The Muslims slaughtered Jews and Christians and thus made war with and overcame the saints, during the 152 years of the Islamic First Jihad, nearly succeeding in claiming the whole known world until stopped in Tours France. Indeed did conquer John's whole world and it may have remained that way if YHWH hadn't restored His people to their covenant land, as date pinned by Daniel, who protect the freedom, liberty and right to self-determination of all Israeli citizens through their democracy.

Revelation 13:8 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.

Through an ethnographic view, or looking through the prophet John's eyes at the state of his whole known world today, there is just a tiny remnant left whose names are written in the book of life, as the map of today's Second Islamic Jihad below, shows. Since all a person needs is to be marked by the name of the Islamic beast, the mark of the beast may well be fulfilled prophecy.

Revelation 13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
Revelation 13:10  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 the faith of the saints.

They led the saints into captivity, and then were ruled over briefly by the two horned beast, doing battle with the weaponry described. The First Jihad required 152 years of patience and faith for the saints to endure, and Islam is once again conquering and oppressing God's people, of John's world.
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Revelation 13:11 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.

Kingdom "beasts" rise up out of the earth, and Daniel defined beast for us as a kingdom when the figurative language of a dream is used, so that definition should still apply. But this beast is like a lamb, or better translated lambkin, suggesting it will perhaps appear to be Christian, or doing the Lord's work.  But this beast "spake as a dragon", so we know that his works may be more of Satan than Christ.

When we look to the history of the area we find that one kingdom that exercised power before the Islamic beast are the Roman Church Crusades that raped pillaged and plundered their way to the Holy Land in the name of the Lord. (more at the page bottom)

However a better fit with our timeline and the healing of the LBL beast by Western financing Islamic Jihad in the past tense, may suggest Western powers, with the first horn being the British Mandate of a "Christian" nation, with operation Desert Storm in the late 20th century and continuing into the 21st as the second horn.

Revelation 13:12 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.

"Before him" in this verse means "in the presence of".  So the two horned beast was in control, but in the presence of the first beast - the Islamic Empire - not instead of. The two horned beast caused those on earth to worship the first beast, by healing the deadly wound (Battle of Tours) of the First Jihad through Western wealth transfer by oil purchase, and arms shipment, financing and arming the Second Jihad in the image of the First Jihad. The British Mandate essentially accomplished converting the area of the Holy Land to worshiping the beast, by increasing the Arab population, as indicated by the excellent article at this link, or click on chart for "THE ARABS IN THE HOLY LAND - NATIVES OR ALIENS?"

Revelation 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

Through an ethnographic hermeneutic the earlier manifestation of this might be catapulted fireballs during the Crusades, and later British artillery, and eventually perhaps the tremendous spectacle of desert storm and the wonder of "smart" bombs - still "in the presence of" the beast.
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Revelation 13:14 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.

The world was deceived into believing that Western powers through the wonder of modern weaponry, could exercise power over this beast, but the Crusades and British Mandate - two horns - eventually lost the power they had exercised "in the presence of" the Islamic LBL beast.  Indeed even empowering the beast with Western wealth transfer in oil purchase, financing the Second Jihad to conquer in the image of the First Islamic Jihad, with 2 million slain in the Sudan alone, and 55 countries yielding to Islam worldwide - so far. With tens of thousands of Christians martyred around the world every year, mainly by Muhammadans.

Today the Saudi's spend billions in the U.S. setting up Islamic centers and mosques.  Regarding peace in the Middle East, has the Lord allowed those people to live peacefully together and prosper, whose collective primary religious tenant is that God has no Son - "that spirit of antichrist"?  Peace doesn't exactly describe the historical reality of this part of the world.  With a million Muslims killed or wounded in the Iran-Iraq war and even today we see the Sunni on Shiite mutual murder and bloodshed, and the relatively backwards 3rd world conditions the people suffer under, in spite of the trillions of dollars that the world has transferred to the area through oil purchase.

The Second Jihad of today is the image of the First Jihad, that was mortally wounded in the Battle of Tours, and "did live" indeed.

Revelation 13:15 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.

And two horns had the power to give life unto the Second Jihad by Western wealth transfer through oil purchase. The Islamic State is today slaughtering innocents, just as Muhammad and his followers did, through imperialistic conquest.

If a Saudi doesn't show up for morning prayers they send the police to his house.  Regarding those killed, Saudi Arabia is the beheading capital of the world. The penalty for "apostasy" or turning away from Islam is death, by beheading as we nearly witnessed on the level of world-wide attention in Afghanistan.  In order to avert the spectacle of beheading a national because he became a Christian, and the global outrage it would have inspired, the Afghan government had to pretend he was mentally incompetent.

Revelation 13:16 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:

This is a spiritual mark. The thoughts in our heads drive the works of our hands to do what, in Islam's case, is Satan's bidding. If this mark were to be physical then how is the "seal of God in their foreheads" to be physically manifest in regenerate believers?  
Here is a Skolfield paper exploring the Mark of the Beast through other scriptures.
After all, does God need the aid of a physical mark in order to sort us all out?
If it was to be a microchip or something goofy like that, what would happen if a person was under general anesthesia and a doctor implanted them while unconscious?  Would they then be condemned to hell? Though there does happen to be an interesting physical mark that many Muslim's foreheads are marked with.

Revelation 13:17 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.

Does that verse indicate a physical mark is necessary? Consider the condition of the Middle East today, in John's whole world, where a near unanimity carry the "name" of the "beast" - Islam - and how life is becoming ever more impossible, for that tiny remnant that do not carry the mark in the Christian beheading capital of the world.

Revelation 13:18  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.

And we have some Muslim's own testimony that "the Quran is the 666".  And being the number of "a man":  "GOD made His Messenger a witness with the letter Qaf and the number 666."

Brothers and Sisters, through an ethnographic hermeneutic applied to this chapter above, the Lord could return this very day! John's whole world has already been marked by the name of the beast - Islam.

2 Timothy 4:3-4  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

(link to the leopard-bear-lion beast detail page with maps)


Other Skolfield papers:
Mark of the Beast
Few Ears to Hear
A Little History
The Millennial Reign
Notes on Antichrist
Unforgivable Sin
An End Time Myth
Antichrist Myth
What is I AM?
Daniel's Second Times Prophecy

Craig Marlatt:
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"God is truth, so how well a person serves the Lord is not based on how good he is at defending his doctrine, but on how willing he is to seek out and follow the truth." - Ellis Skolfield

New Testament Greek Definition:
3625 oikoumene {oy-kou-men'-ay}
feminine participle present passive of 3611 (as noun, by
implication of 1093); TDNT - 5:157,674; n f
AV - world 14, earth 1; 15
1) the inhabited earth
1a) the portion of the earth inhabited by the Greeks, in
distinction from the lands of the barbarians
1b) the Roman empire, all the subjects of the empire
1c) the whole inhabited earth, the world
1d) the inhabitants of the earth, men
2) the universe, the world

New Testament Greek Definition:
1799 enopion {en-o'-pee-on}
neuter of a compound of 1722 and a derivative of 3700;; prep
AV - before 64, in the sight of 16, in the presence of 7,
in (one's) sight 5, in (one's) presence 2, to 1, not tr 2; 97
1) in the presence of, before
1a) of occupied place: in that place which is before, or over against,
opposite, any one and towards which another turns his eyes

 (URL) The history of Roman Church persecution and murder is one of the biggest reasons that unregenerates reject God unto this day. It isn't a surprise that resistant folks can't see a difference between the Roman Church of the middle ages and the rest of world. This has also contributed to causing folks to follow Muhammad (next verse), because it is difficult for Muslims to discern a difference between the historical behavior of the Roman Church, and the mass murder, prisoner rape and thievery of Muhammad. Indeed the spoils of pillage may have provided incentive for some Crusaders, since Roman Church clergy convinced them that if they went crusade they would be given blanket absolution from sin for the rest of their life, so it shouldn't be surprising that some behaved the way that they did.