This number of the beast, Satan's number, has been present for a long time,
even from the beginning when the first mark was placed on the first one with rocks (little stones) in his head, Cain.
Chapter 13 of the Book of Revelation is to many folks one of the scariest and most misunderstood chapters in all the Bible.
Why? Well, the main reason is that people (including preachers and ministers) who are unfamiliar with the Word of God and the plan of God try to interpret what it says. Since they are completely unfamiliar with the symbology used to create a PICTURE to make things clearer and illustrate what's happening, they must make up stories out of their own imaginations to try and explain that which completely baffles them. And that's really scary, for that which one who claims to be a teacher or preacher says to God's children, affects their very lives and even their souls. It is a serious matter.
But for those who do have eyes to see and ears to hear, who are familiar with God's Word, and even for those who have followed along with us in this Book of the Revealing from the beginning, this chapter is easy, as you will see, because we have seen and read of it all before.
As an overview, we will encounter two "beasts" in this chapter, the descriptions of which will give us a PICTURE of the Political and Religious systems, two of the Four Hidden Dynasties, in their full flourishing, that Satan uses to deceive the whole world. It's really just that simple! Enjoy it.
your radio on? The locusts are coming soon!
And the dragon with them! Right after the NWO takes a hit!
It's the next benchmark in Bible prophecy! You are there!
Here's the first beast:
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.
 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.
So what do we see?
There's a great beast, a ghastly monster if you will, who rises up out of the sea.
And he has seven heads!
Wow, seven heads!
I don't know of any real animal or beast who has seven heads, do you?
he has ten horns with crowns on them! What a weird looking creature,
but very intimidating!
He also looks like a leopard with bear's feet and lion's mouth.
He's an awesome, terrible looking thing.
In fact he makes Godzilla look like a beauty contestant.
Got the PICTURE?
Then you have just seen the awesomeness of what the structure of the New World Order will look like after Satan, the dragon, is cast out of heaven and takes over.
Rev. 12:9 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent,
called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:
he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
Now let's look at the symbolism used in the PICTURE.
1.) Who is the dragon? We just read Rev. 12:9 so there can be no doubts or guess work as to the identity of the dragon. The Dragon is Satan.
also that we saw this same description of this same power structure
of the dragon in the first earth age in Rev. 12:3,
except that he will have 3 more "crowns" with him this time when he gets here.
2.) And what is the sea?The sea is the people of the earth from which the political system arises.
3.) And what or who are the ten horns?We've seen them before and we'll see them again. They are ten kings under the authority of Satan!Rev. 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
Daniel 7:24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: ...
Rev. 17:12 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.
Are the ten kings ten leaders of countries today?
so far as they were present in the first earth age,
they will most likely accompany Satan as part of that entourage of angels who are cast out with him.
They will reign over, i.e. divide up, the whole world, all seven continents.
4.) And what of these names of blasphemy? Don't forget, just as Satan will be appearing as the Messiah, though he be the false one, his angels will be with him and appearing as, and called by the name, "Ministers of Christ". Can you be more blasphemous than that?
5.) And what about the leopard, bear, and lion? We have learned about the attributes of these three "beasts" before, and their usage in the Bible.You should read all of Daniel chapter 7 where you will find the leopard, the bear, and the lion all identified as separate beasts before the final beast with ten horns rises up and takes over.
Here in Revelation, though,
we see that final beast,
and he possesses the most outstanding attributes of each of these carnivorous,
flesh eating, animals.
The leopard is cunning and swift whose spots cannot be changed (Jer. 13:23).
should also bring to mind the fact that "their spot is not the spot of
His children" of Deut. 32,
the Song of Moses, which we will soon see the overcomers singing in Rev. 15.
And the bear?
His powerful feet are able to crush and break in pieces as the one world system can do.
And mouth of a lion?
The mouth contains the lion's teeth which rip and shred and tear and devour.
Remember we read of Satan's "locust army" who also had the teeth of lions?
Rev. 9:8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
Though it might
appear to us as a giant beast we're not afraid of
Goliaths or multi-headed beasts,
or scorpions, or locusts, etc.
We have power over them (Luke 10:19) .
How about that David?
1 Samuel 17:36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
Even Paul was delivered out of the mouth of the lion by the Lord who stood with him!
2 Tim. 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
Rev. 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.
One of them takes a lethal blow to the skull.
But not to worry, his deadly wound is all patched up.
There, there. Any guesses as to who heals it?
Note: I thought I told you not to guess about God's Word.
you want to look ahead to verse 12 you will see that Satan himself,
the supernatural archangel coming as Jesus Christ, heals the deadly wound.
No problem for Slick Satan!
"And all the world WONDERED after the beast". Yes, it will be truly amazing, just marvelous for world peace!
for those who like to speculate as to what the deadly wound will be to
the New World Order,
here's a type set forth in history by the predecessor to the United Nations,
The League of Nations, formed during President Wilson's term
(he also gave us the Federal Reserve System).
The following quotation is from the World Book Encyclopedia.
"The League of Nations was an international association of countries which was created at the end of World War I. It grew out of the desire of the people throughout the world to prevent war forever.
The most important work of the League of Nations was the peaceful settlement of international quarrels. The Council of the League of Nations was set up for this purpose.
Unfortunately, the efforts of the Council were not always successful. For example, during 1935 and 1936 the Council failed to settle the dispute between Italy and Ethiopia. At that time Italy was trying to build up a great empire at the expense of the Ethiopians.
The failure of the Council to solve the Italian-Ethiopian dispute did much to weaken and finally destroy the influence of the League of Nations. No one really had the power to force nations to remain at peace." World Book Encyclopedia, 1953, vol. 10, pg. 4342.
was replaced in 1946 with the United Nations,
another attempt at a powerful enough world organization
that could try to force nations to remain at peace.
How is it going in the Middle East these days?
Rev. 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?
They worshipped the dragon!
Everyone should be totally "up to speed" by now on who this dragon dude is.
How is that the world worships the dragon?
They believe he is Jesus Christ!
So of course they will worship him!
he, the dragon, heals the deadly wound
and does bring about world peace and a One World Political System.
And who is able to make war with him?
My goodness, they say that now!
I've heard the statement
several times on talk shows:
"Who is able to go against the wishes of the international community?"
How much more true it will be when Satan comes poising as Christ!
Turn on your radios and television sets and listen to what is being said.
Then go read 1 Thessalonians chapter 5.
No one, not even the apostle Paul, should have to tell you what season we're in!
1 Thes. 5:1-3 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
The locusts are coming soon!
And the dragon with them!
Right after the NWO takes a hit!
It's the next benchmark in Bible prophecy!
You are there!
 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
They're crying Peace and Safety!
The cold war is over and people no longer fear.
Not even Terrorists!
Isn't studying God's Word in these last days exciting?
I mean here we are, present in the 2000's, when these prophecies are coming to pass!
prophets like Ezekiel and Daniel and all the disciples of Christ
wanted to know what it would be like in our day, in the final generation,
the generation of the fig tree which was planted in 1948,
the first born of whom are in their 60's, soon 70's and already have AARP cards in their right hands
(No, it's not the mark of the beast! It's just a sign of aging and the advent of discounts.)!
you realize how blessed we are that our Father saved you and me to be born
at the end of the 6th day, the 6,000 years of flesh man, to witness the birth of a new age?
Do you realize how exciting things will be shortly?
get to face the Dragon and his locust army!
(I said exciting, not easy!)
having come this far,
wouldn't you agree that the Book of Revelation is actually very easy to comprehend?
we take the time to understand the symbolism that the Holy Spirit uses
to paint vivid pictures for us, the meaning becomes self evident.
Often it just requires the application of common sense more so than "doctoral like" scholarship.
In our last few studies
we learned that the old serpent, the dragon,
is actually Satan himself.
we discovered in Rev. 12:7-9 that soon Michael will cast him
and his army of angels out of heaven and to this earth.
"Woe to the inhabiters of the earth", remember?
There will be spiritual warfare such as never was nor ever shall be again!
So, let's continue our study of the revelation of the "Acts of the Dragon" in Rev. 13:5.
Rev. 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.
This verse means that Satan will be permitted or allowed to speak and have power for 42 months.
Dr. Moffat translates it:
Rev. 13:5 He was allowed to utter loud and blasphemous vaunts, and allowed to exert authority for two and forty months; (Moffat)
This Big Mouth Dragon also suffers from a severe case of self delusion!
also noted in chapter 12 that all prophecy pertaining to Satan
and his own is given in "lunar" terminology since they are of the "night".
God's children walk not in darkness, but are children of the "day",
i.e. light, and so prophecy pertaining to them is given in "solar" terminology.
Here Satan, the chief "lunar-tic", is allowed 42 months (moons) to do his thing.
course we know that Jesus overrode this time period and shortened it,
else no flesh would be saved.
Mark 13:20 "And except
that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved:
but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days."
We learned in Rev.
the shortened period is 5 months,
the time of the swarming locusts.
Back to old dragon breath:
Rev. 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
But he's not going to be speaking "bad things" about God.
going to be speaking AS GOD,
i.e. everything that comes out of his mouth is blasphemous because he is claiming that HE IS GOD.
That's the blaspheme!
Remember what Paul told us would happen BEFORE our gathering back to Christ?
2 Thes. 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2 Thes. 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Blaspheme of God's "name and His tabernacle and all that is in heaven".
sits in the temple of God claiming to be the Messiah
and all those Christians who didn't have enough oil in their lamps,
i.e. were Biblically illiterate and were not sealed with the knowledge of His Word,
are bowing to the dragon, worshipping Satan, believing he is Jesus!
The dragon is really good at deception.
Just wait a few verses and we'll see him perform "miracles" to dazzle the troops!
course there are those rascally 'bruisers',
those Christians who are sealed with God's Word
who walk around fearlessly with the gospel armour on and in place,
stepping on Satan's little locust buddies and flashing the Big Two-edged Sword.
Dragon doesn't like them!
(Big deal, they don't like him either!)
Rev. 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.
He declares WAR on them!
He's angry with them and he hates them!
12:17 "And the dragon was wroth with the woman,
and went to make war with the remnant of her seed,
which keep the commandments of God,
and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
How does Satan overcome the saints?
He causes them to be delivered up to councils and placed on trial before the world.
Christ foretold us this.
has foretold us all things!
You just have to read them! Open your Bible!
Mark 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
But remember, not one hair on their heads can be harmed (Luke 21:18).
Beaten means the same
thing as "he overcame them"
or let's say they shall be "brow beaten".
Satan is not going to publicly physically beat people on worldwide TV.
He's too smart for that.
all, he's the number one "liberal leftist" in the world
and they believe in rehabilitation (conversion) not corporal punishment.
don't forget he's claiming he is Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord
the ruler of the whole world with power over all kindreds and tongues and nations.
And all the world believes this imposter!
Rev. 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.
you don't know ahead of time that there are two Christs,
if you don't understand 2 Thes. 2 and the 7 Seals real, real good,
then you will worship Satan as Jesus.
from Ezekiel 28 we know how beautiful and marvelous
and wonderful and charismatic this guy really is!
Daniel we know he enters in peacefully and prosperously with a booming
meaning big bucks for everyone ("It's the economy, stupid!")!
the previous chapter in Revelation, chapter 12,
we know that he drew a third of God's children away from God in the first earth age!
he's really, really good at swooning people!
They just love him to death (both figuratively and literally)!
And do you want to know something that's a mystery to most, yet it is real simple?
in chapter 12 we saw the woman,
clothed with the sun, with her 12 stars standing there facing the dragon and his own?
She was standing there
"ready to go" in the first earth age,
before the foundation of this earth age!
is those who stood against the dragon in that first earth age,
before the foundation of the world, who have their names written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
While they may have a special significance to God's elect, here's the shortened version:
"Do you get it?"
When they read "kill with the sword" they think about their flesh,
in this 13th chapter of Revelation we learned concerning the dragon, Satan,
that "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 (Rev. 13:8)."
Then we were told in the
very next verse
that "If any man have an ear,
let him hear (Rev. 13:9)".
So the obvious question must be asked?
Do you have ears to hear?
is an important question
because the very nature of the question itself lets us know by implication
that there are those who don't have them, right?
Therefore, there are two types of people who will read the rest of this 13th chapter of Revelation.
Those who have "ears to hear" and those who do not.
who do not cannot "see" or "hear" past the flesh level
and cannot understand that the tribulation of the false christ is a battle for their soul,
not their flesh.
they read "kill with the sword" they think about their flesh,
despite the fact that we are told in Rev. 1:16 that the "sword" is the Word of God.
they read of "famine" they think about their bellies,
despite the fact that Amos 8:11 tells us that the famine of the end times
is for the hearing of the Word of God.
fact they love to hear preachers tell them how they are going to "fly away"
in the clouds to save what?
They say you must be saved to be "raptured".
To save their flesh!
Does the Rapture Theory have anything to do with other than saving their little old flesh hides?
Think about it.
Did Paul tell us in Eph. 6 to put on the gospel armour to fly away or to take a stand?
Even our Christian soldiers when they go off to war ask God to protect them on the front lines.
They don't ask Him to fly them away so they can watch the battle from a remote place of safety.
Is the Bible a book about saving your flesh or your soul?
Should we be worried beyond
that which is the instinct of natural preservation about our bodies,
which are going to wither and die ANYWAY!
Here's what Jesus Christ has to say concerning the matter:
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Will you know one pebble from another?
Rev. 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.
Here's how Dr. Moffat translates it:
Remember again verse 8. Rev. 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.Rev. 13:10 Whoever is destined for captivity,to captivity he goes: whoever kills with the sword, by the sword must he be killed. This is what shows the patience and the faith of the saints. ( Moffat)
IF you understand the destiny then you are "marked" for one or the other, aren't you?
In other words,
you either have the Seal of God in your forehead
whereby your name is written in the book,
or you have the Seal of Satan in your forehead,
whereby you'll worship the dragon.
So who holds your soul captive?
If your name is written in the Lamb's book then you have the patience and the faith to endure unto the end.
Now, remember when we began chapter 13 we said there are two "beasts" described in this chapter?
here is the second beast (different from the "first" as shown in verse
who is the religious beast.
This PICTURE is nothing more than another profile of the dragon coming out of the pit, i.e. Satan.
Rev. 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.
Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, is the (1.) King of kings and (2.) Lord of lords.
He wields both the Rod and the Scepter.
He's both World Ruler and High Priest.
Satan's imitations of Jesus are described to us as blasphemous, venous beasts.
this verse is another PICTURE showing us that Satan comes
disguised as the Lamb of God, speaking blasphemes as the dragon,
because he is the dragon.
 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.
And he will have the world like obedient dogs "licking out of his hand".
Check out the word "worship" in Strong's.
proskuneo, pros-koo-neh'-o, Greek 4352; from Greek 4314 (pros) and a probably derivative of Greek 2965 (kuon) (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master's hand); to fawn or crouch to, i.e. (literal or figurative) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore) :- worship.
The Greek word "fire" is pur Greek 4442; a primary word; "fire" (literal or figurative, specially lightning).Rev. 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
This guy is really good!
That's why Jesus shortened these days.
Satan can snap his "pinkies" and lightning falls from the sky.
He will be spectacular!
 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.
By means of those miracles, one of which we just read of in verse 13.
And the people will "snap to it".
And he gives new life to the NWO.
 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 if you don't participate you're dead meat, marked for the kill brother!
The dragon is coming after you snorting "fiery darts".
Are you going to "fly away" or stand and chop his head off?
 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:
They are his "captives"
They will just love him!
They will do his bidding which is what "to receive a mark in their right hand" means.
It is a figure of speech just like I used "right hand man".
It has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE RIGHT HAND, it's ALL ABOUT SERVICE.
What did we read in verse 8?
All those whose names are not written in the book will "worship the dragon, the religious beast".
They will SERVE him as Lord!
Note: There is so much ignorance regarding God's Word for the lack of understanding figures of speech. I said before that if in the Book of Acts we found a verse that read "The apostle Paul got into hot water", there would be churches that would require members in good standing to get into a pool or tub of hot water. The scholars would discuss how much water they should get into and just exactly what degree of temperature crests the threshold from "warm" to "hot". They would cite Strong's concordance which would say that "water" means the wet stuff H2O as coming from a lake, river or the sea. But the figure of speech "he got into hot water" means he "got into trouble" and it has NOTHING TO DO WITH WATER! Do you have wisdom or not?
There are only two choices:
(1.) You either have the Seal of God in your forehead, in which case Satan can't touch you.
(2.) Or, you have the Seal of Satan in your forehead, in which case you'll do his bidding and worship him.
Oh, did I mention you are destined for one or the other?
Here's something else to consider.
If you don't know something then you don't know that you don't know it!
That's a definition of deception.
In other words, if you are deceived then you are unaware that you are deceived.
You believe a lie and stories to be truth.
if you're running around looking for Satan's mark to be a tattoo or stamp
or some microchip or a UPC code, then guess what?
He's already got you captive.
You already have the mark of the beast in your forehead and you don't know it!
has completely escaped you!
("That ought to make me some new friends", he said facetiously as he went to the next verse.)
Rev. 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.
It's his "seal" in your forehead, i.e. you are one of his, you carry his stigma.
What is "the name of the beast"?
It's blaspheme, remember?
He will tell you his name is Jesus, but he is really the son of perdition.
What is the number of his name?
666 not 888.
He's Satan not Jesus.
Do you "have his number"?
other words, if you are not a member of "the party",
the NWO and his Congregation, you'll have much difficulty in commerce.
How did those who were not members of the Nazi party make out in Hitler's Germany?
you'll either be saying "Heil Sweet Jesus" to the "fire breathing dragon"
or else you'll be delivered up.
(I just know some of you 'bruisers' are going to say "Kiss my Sword!" See you on the witness stand.)
 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.
You must first understand the verb "count" and then the understanding will appear wherein the wisdom lies.
What does "count" mean?
Here's Dr. Strong's Concordance:
It comes from the root word:psephizo, psay-fid'-zo, Greek 5585; from Greek 5586 (psephos); to use pebbles in enumeration, i.e. (genitive) to compute :- count
psephos, psay'-fos, Greek 5586; from the same as Greek 5584 (pselaphao); a pebble (as worn smooth by handling), i.e. (by implication of use as a counter or ballot) a verdict (of acquittal) or ticket (of admission); a vote :- stone, voice.
number of the beast, Satan's number, has been present for a long time,
even from the beginning when the first mark was placed on the first one with rocks in his head, Cain.
you can trace his descendents, who are the tares of Mat. 13,
the vipers Christ addressed in John 8, i.e. the kenites,
throughout the Bible and throughout history from the garden of Eden to present day.
How wise are you?
As Dr. Bullinger points out in appendix 10 of the Companion Bible regarding the number 6 .
"The great men who have
stood out in defiance of God
(Goliath and Nebuchadnezzar and this fire breathing dragon,Satan) are all emphatically marked by this number."
(I wonder if he means they had "666" stamped on their foreheads?") Have you read?
And it all fits with the Biblical numerics of 666. 600 = Warfare, 60 = Idol worship, and 6 = man, evils of Satan. Reference "Biblical Mathematics", Ed. F. Vallowe.
And have you looked up 666 in Strong's?
chi xi stigma, khee xee stig'-ma, Greek 5516; the twenty-second, fourteenth and an obsolete letter (Greek 4742 (stigma) as a cross) of the Greek alphabet (intermediate between the fifth and sixth), used as numbers; denoting respectively six hundred, sixty and six; six hundred sixty-six as a numeral :- six hundred threescore and six.
It is as Strong's defines
scar of service"
which is precisely as Webster has it "a mark of shame or discredit".
So, do you carry his "stigma"?
Are you stigmatized with the traditions of men?
Do have the mark of the beast "in" your forehead where the brain resides?
Are you deceived?
One last comment.
Are you familiar with
the Song of Moses which we've already mentioned several times
is sung by the overcomers in Rev. 15, which we will soon study.
If you read Ezek. 28 you'll
discover that Satan is called the king of Tyrus,
which in Hebrew means "rock".
many different ways must we be told,
how many vivid PICTURES must we be shown until we understand that there are two lambs,
two Jesus Christs, yes there are two rocks.
Deut. 32:31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.
You won't, because you wouldn't know one pebble from another.
So you'll be counted out!
Christ will say as it is written "Get away from me, I never knew you."
You can't count them unless you know who they are!
Think descendants of Cain, Satan's son from his seduction of Eve in "The Garden of Eden"