Revelation 13, The Beast from the Sea

Revelation 13

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

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The Apollo Fountain at the Palace of Versailles depicts the Greek god Apollo rising from the sea

A sign?

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.

Gaza fisherman hooks statue of ancient Greek god Apollo

Revelation 6: The Fourth Seal

Revelation 6

4th Seal

Widespread Death on Earth

When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth. Revelation 6:7-8

The fourth rider Death takes a fourth of the earth.

Death from the earlier seal judgements is ongoing and people will struggle against it.

The word for the pale horse in Greek is ‘chloros,’ which means it’s light-green.

I watched the Muslim riots in Cairo during the Arab Spring and the Muslim Brotherhood takeover in 2011. Cairo is the largest city in the Arab world and the largest urban agglomeration in Africa. A pale green horse was seen riding in the midst of the crowd with an erect rider dressed in medieval garb.

Some dismissed the ghostly sight as a lens flare. I wondered if it was a portent of things to come.

I am reminded of ‘The Mask of Anarchy,’ a poem by Shelley from 1819;

Last came Anarchy: he rode
On a white horse, splashed with blood;
He was pale even to the lips,
Like Death in the Apocalypse.

The poem was written after a massacre in Britain when cavalry charged into a crowd of 60,000 – 80,000 who had gathered at Manchester to demand the reform of parliamentary representation.

The powerful won’t give up their power.

If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them. Ecclesiastes 5:8

Could it be by the time the fourth horseman rides, there will be anarchy? 

For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 2 Thessalonians 2:7

Hades

Hades is both a person and a place.

Hades is another name for hell and it’s the name of the Greek king of the underworld.

In Greek legend, it was the job of Cerberus to guard the entrance to Hades and no one was permitted to leave.

I’ve seen that dog before in a nightmare. As a child, I dreamed I travelled down a long and sloping concrete tunnel until I arrived at two massive gates. The dogs were chained on both sides of the entrance. In my dream, they were lunging and barking at me.

I don’t know why I saw the gates and the dogs, it wasn’t something I was exposed to as a child. I saw the three-headed dog again thirty years later as a stuffed toy in a bookstore promoting Harry Potter!

Needless to say, it didn’t inspire me to read the books or watch the movies.

Job was asked, “Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?” Job 38:17

Perhaps I was shown those gates so I could write about them. Those massive doors will not prevail against the church, for Jesus declared in Matthew 16:18, “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” 

He said it at Caesarea Philippi, a city dominated by immoral activities and pagan worship.  There was a huge rock there, at the southwestern base of Mount Hermon, with a grotto dedicated to the Greek god Pan – Pan with horns and hairy legs like a goat. 

The locals called it “the Gates of Hell.” Jesus went to that place to serve notice on the Devil and Hades.  It was there, on that rock, that Jesus declared He would build his Church.

The prophet Zechariah prophesied circa 520 BC that Jesus would free prisoners from Hades; “As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.” Zechariah 9:11

Some 500 years later Jesus kept His word; After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. 1 Peter 3:1

Hosea, an eighth-century B.C. prophet prophesied about Jesus saying; “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction!” Hosea 13:14

I can imagine Lucifer’s consternation when Hades told him that Jesus opened the gates and set the prisoners free. No doubt Hades wished Jesus had never gone down there.

In Heaven, Jesus made a public spectacle of his enemies, according to the word in Colossians 2:15 which says; Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

And now He has the keys to Hades and death. In the first chapter, Revelation 1:18 when John fainted at the sight of Jesus, the Lord laid his right hand on him, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

This means Jesus has the power to release from death those who receive His gift of salvation. Hades will ride after Death, but will have no hold on those who have confessed their faith in Jesus. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? 1 Corinthians 15

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The times we’re living in

With events in the world heating up as they are, you may have questions about the time we’re living in. When will Jesus return? Until then, what can we expect?

Normally I focus on the Kingdom of God, but I have to write about what comes before the Millennial kingdom.

We’re on the cusp of the kingdom of the fourth beast – a technocracy that will arrive with “the fourth industrial revolution.” The framework has been built. There are five pillars : Information and Communication Technology for the internet and telecommunications, military putting up the satellites, big pharma making the mRNA injections, the media pouring out the propaganda, and the central bankers engineering us out of currencies and into the crypto monetary systems. They’re trying to keep the five pillars separate to keep us from seeing it come together into an integrated system – the smart grid. Transparency can blow the game. (See the link on my other blog: The end of currencies and a new control system.)

Eventually the nations will be dismantled and there will be seven kings and ten leaders. The fourth beast is described in Daniel 7 and Revelation 13. Daniel said it would be different from the previous empires. He told Nebuchadnezzar, “the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything.” (Daniel 2:40)

The teeth are iron and the ten toes are iron mixed with clay. “And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.  As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. Daniel 2:42-43

Technocracy is a system of government in which unelected decision makers are appointed on the basis of their expertise in a given area of responsibility, particularly with regard to scientific or technical knowledge. These leaders are globalists, they have no regard for people or national boundaries. They are Malthusians, having a belief that the earth is over-populated, and since the 1970’s they’ve been using fear: the fear of overpopulation, global warming, and now pandemics to control the population.

They want a global government which they will achieve through what they term “the great reset” which will bring in the fourth industrial revolution. The UN backed Great Reset is a proposal by the World Economic Forum to rebuild the economy sustainably following the so-called COVID-19 pandemic. The man heading up the WEF organisation is Klaus Schwab. Klaus is very much a product of Hitler’s Germany.

The phrase Fourth Industrial Revolution was first introduced by a team of scientists developing a high-tech strategy for the German government. This thing has come out of Germany, and no wonder, for Satan’s throne is still in Berlin at the Pergamum Museum. That doesn’t mean Daniel’s Beast is the EU. It’s a global empire. The fourth era technologies combine hardware, software, and biology. When the technate assembles, I believe it will do so rapidly. It will work with the anti-semitic United Nations.

The UN’s agenda is Agenda 2030, 17 very high-minded goals put in such a way that people accept them. However, the devil is in the details. The 17 goals are attached to 169 sustainable development goals (SDGs) which are currently being made law in each nation. These impose draconian top down management from the UN which is interfering with the rights of citizens in each nation and community. Immunisation is key role in achieving 14 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Click here to learn about immunisation’s key role in achieving 14 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Why 169 sustainable development targets? 169 = 13 x 13.

Daniel describes this kingdom as something that devours and breaks in pieces, and stamps the residue with it’s feet. It will be a technocratic dictatorship combining the worst elements of socialism, communism and fascism. There will be no privacy, private land ownership or even any say over your own body. Dissidents and vulnerable people will be mistreated, abused, consumed and utterly broken by this regime.

It is frightening, but take heart from this, Daniel prophesied that in the days of the ten kings the Kingdom of God will come.

In the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Daniel 2:44.

The great sign

Before the return of Jesus Christ and the arrival of His Kingdom, there’s a great sign. Israel will be in travail and there will be cosmic disturbances. The sign is described in terms of a big red dragon and a damsel in distress: Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.

Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads.  Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. 

She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up (harpazo) to God and His throne. Revelation 12:3-5 (NKJV)

At this time, the rapture will happen. Why do I say that? The term “caught up” is “harpazo” in Greek, which translates as the “rapture” in Latin. Harpazo means to catch up, take by force, catch away, pluck, catch, pull. The Bible context is to seize, carry off by force, to seize on, claim for one’s self eagerly, to snatch out or away. What would the parent of a toddler that’s run out onto the road in front of a vehicle do? That’s what the Holy Spirit will do when the time is right.

When the child is snatched up to the throne, war breaks out in Heaven and Satan is thrown down to earth. After being confined to earth Satan will be full of rage. “Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child.” Revelation 12:13.

Israel will be persecuted. Those in Judea who have heeded the warning will flee to a place in the wilderness to shelter in for 1260 days. We know the woman is Israel, but who is the child? There is confusion about just who is being caught up to the throne. Some think it’s a reference to Jesus – but Jesus doesn’t need to be snatched away from danger, He’s already seated on a throne at the right hand of the Father and has been for 2,000 years.

The Child

There are two words for the child: Teknon and Huios. The definitions are taken from the Blue Letter Bible:

Teknon means a male child, a son. It means an intimate and reciprocal relationship formed between men by the bonds of love, friendship, trust, just as between parents and children. In the Old Testament of “the people of Israel” as especially dear to God, in the New Testament, in Paul’s writings, all who are led by the Spirit of God and thus closely related to God.

Huios means

  • a son, in a restricted sense, the male offspring (one born by a father and of a mother), in a wider sense, a descendant, one of the posterity of any one, the children of Israel, sons of Abraham.
  • Son of man, a term describing man, carrying the connotation of weakness and mortality. The son of man, symbolically denotes the fifth kingdom in Daniel 7:13 and by this term its humanity is indicated in contrast with the barbarity and ferocity of the four preceding kingdoms (the Babylonian, the Median and the Persian, the Macedonian, and the Roman) typified by the four beasts. In the book of Enoch (2nd Century) it is used of Christ. Jesus used the term to identify himself as Messiah and also that he might designate himself as the head of the human family, the man, the one who both furnished the pattern of the perfect man and acted on behalf of all mankind. Christ seems to have preferred this to the other Messianic titles, because by its lowliness it was least suited to foster the expectation of an earthly Messiah in royal splendour.
  • son of God, used to describe Adam (Lk. 3:38) , used to describe those who are born again (Lk. 20:36) and of angels and of Jesus Christ, of those whom God esteems as sons, whom he loves, protects and benefits above others
    1. in the Old Testament used of the Jews
    2. in the New Testament of Christians
    3. those whose character God, as a loving father, shapes by chastisements (Heb. 12:5-8). Son of God means those who revere God as their father, worshippers of God, those who in character and life resemble God, those who are governed by the Spirit of God, repose the same calm and joyful trust in God which children do in their parents (Rom. 8:14Gal. 3:26 ), and hereafter in the blessedness and glory of the life eternal will openly wear this dignity of the sons of God. Term used preeminently of Jesus Christ, as enjoying the supreme love of God, united to him in affectionate intimacy, privy to his saving councils, obedient to the Father’s will in all his acts.

Using a concordance and lexicon, I looked up the original words in Revelation 12. “Her Child” in Revelation 12:3 is translated as Teknon. The male child she bore who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron translates as Huios. The Child who was caught up to God and His throne translates as Teknon.

So Teknon, Huios, Teknon. Why the two meanings?

Huios declares a position as rulers and judges.

Jesus promises the church of Thyatira in in Revelation 2:26 that he who overcomes, and keeps his works until the end, will be given power over the nations— ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron.’ So right there is the Huios, the male child who is to rule all nations with a rod of iron in Revelation 12:5. The Huios is not just confined to Thyatira, the church at Laodicea is promised, “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”

Paul wrote, “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?  Do you not know that we shall judge angels?” 1 Corinthians 6:2

In the world to come, those serving in the Millennium government will be the ones who overcame and kept his works. Finally, the terms Teknon and Huios are not confined to males. Paul defines who are sons and heirs in Galatians..

“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:26-29

42 is the answer

Finally, can we know when in the Tribulation the Harpazo will happen? The key is “The Woman.” After her child is snatched up to the throne of God, Israel she has to run for the wilderness where she will be taken care of for times, times and half times. That’s half way through the Tribulation. Jesus means what he says. He needs us to understand the time period, and so he’s expressed it three different ways – 42 months, 1260 days, and times, times and half times. So while we can’t know the date of the rapture, we can know at what point in the Tribulation the Harpazo will happen.

Paul speaks of the rapture occurring at the last trumpet and this leads to confusion with the seven trumpet judgements;

“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-52.

The last trumpet occurs with the Feast of Trumpets in September when one hundred trumpet blasts are blown. This was the only festival where the Jews did not know the day or hour it would be, as it was dependent on the first sighting of the new moon. When Jesus said, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father,” he was not only being literal, he was also using a Jewish idiom.

Before the rapture, there has to be a world leader heading a globalist government of seven kings and ten leaders and there has to be a Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Until that time, stay alert, and keep the faith. Run from forced vaccinations and live for the day. “Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof,” as Jesus said in Matthew 6:34.