In the time of the harpazo – or the rapture, a great fiery red dragon will pull a third of the stars from the sky. Draco is one of two signs which will appear in Heaven and it fits with the sixth seal judgement where the stars fall from the sky.
The Dragon is a power as well as a sign in the heavens. In Revelation 12:3 it has seven heads and ten horns and seven diadems on his heads. Now it’s come down to the Earth.
John is back to earth as well, writing from the vantage of the island of Patmos where he is standing on the sand of the sea. The Sea is the Mediterranean. He is watching the final incarnation of the world government.
In Revelation 13:1 John wrote, “Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.”
The beast rising from the sea is going to get Satan’s power, his throne, and great authority. This global shadow government has already been formed and now the dragon has been confined to earth he is going to slot right into it. The world government is going to lose three horns in the process.
Leopard, Bear, Lion
Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne and great authority. Revelation 13:2
The god of Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece will arise. The Greeks and Romans knew him as Apollo. It will be the same god Nimrod served. Nimrod means to rebel.
The Beast will be used for judgement on the nation of Israel, as the prophet Hosea warned in Hosea 13:7-8.
These are the same as the four beasts that Daniel saw emerge from the Great Sea, the Mediterranean, except John described them as a composite and Daniel described them as sequential.
The beast is described in Daniel 7:1-6: as the lion with wings, the bear, the leopard and the fourth beast with ten horns. The lion originally had wings (verse 4, perhaps meaning angelic) but these were torn off. It was lifted from the ground so it stood on two feet like a human being and the mind of a human was given to it.
The beast will have the attributes of Babylon, Medo-Persia and the eastern part of the Greek empire which broke into four regions after the death of Alexander the Great.
The fourth beast was not likened to an animal predator but to something technological or industrial, like a machine, a technocracy. It was described as dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong with huge iron teeth.
The King that will arise
Daniel prophesied, ‘In the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their fullness, a king shall arise, having fierce features, who understands sinister schemes. His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully.’ Daniel 8:23-24
The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven
At mid-point of the Tribulation, the Antichrist and the Beast will be as one. The apostle John describes him as one of ten leaders in a global government built from seven successive empires, depicting him as a beast coming out of the sea.
The seven heads are successive empires – Babylon, Assyria, Egypt, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome and the empire to come. John described them that way in Revelation 17:10-11;
“Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.“
The beast will come back a second time from an earlier empire. In their attempt to mimic Jesus, the Antichrist will undergo some sort of resurrection.
John saw the Beast and said; “And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”” Revelation 13:3-4
Later in the same chapter, Revelation 13:14, John described the counterfeit as “the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.“
The Beast from the Sea is one of the dragon’s heads. The lawless one who will lead the world government. He will proffer an explanation for the disappearances, none of it true. I wouldn’t be surprised if God was portrayed as a hostile extra-terrestrial.
He will rule for 42 months
And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.
It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 13:5-8
If anyone has an ear, let him hear. He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Revelation 13:9
The world will believe in the false Christ’s strong leadership and the answers he will give as the power behind the throne of the world government. They will look to him to solve the world’s problems. His government will perform miracles and the world will think the Beast from the Sea is their messiah. He will make Hitler look like a choir boy.
The Strong Delusion
The truth of creation has been suppressed in order to espouse the lie of evolution. This will lead to God’s wrath.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Romans 1:18-31
The lie of evolution has lead to humanism and humanism is leading to man believing they can improve on evolution with transhumanism. Anyone believing that lie is going to be deluded into following the lawless one. He will take them into Human 2.0.
Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 2:7 that the lawless one won’t be revealed until the restrainer is taken out of the way.
The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
In 2014, a statue of a Greek god was fished out of the Mediterranean by a Palestinian fisherman at Gaza. The statue had compact, curly hair, and a missing eye. It was a statue of Apollo.