In article one of the anti-Christ, we look at bible scripture that clarify the relationship between the devil and the anti-Christ. The anti-Christ is the 7th head of the dragon or devil who has seven heads and ten horns. He is the beast out of the sea in Revelation 13 who rises along with ten kings as represented by ten crowns on its horns as described in Revelation 13 and Revelation 17. This study requires a pen and book to write down the important points for a better understanding.
- The anti-Christ is the beast out of the sea, who rises as 7th head of the dragon/Satan, along with the ten horns
Revelation 12:3, 93 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. 7 Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceived the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Revelation 17: The seven heads … 10 … are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while.11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.
- In Revelation 17, two beasts are mentioned:
- the beast who is the seventh head who has not yet come, but when he comes he will remain a short while
- the beast who once was, now not, yet will come up out of the abyss and Go to His destruction as the eight head
- When the prophecies of Revelation were given to John, five heads who represent seven kings had fallen, the sixth head and king was in power, the seventh head had not come.
- The 8th head or king who once was now not will be one of the five kings who once ruled (among the five because he once was meaning not the 6th king who was in rule at the time the prophecies were given).
Revelation 17 helps us differentiate between the seventh head who has not yet come and the beast who once was, now not, yet will come up out of the abyss and go to his destruction by telling us more about the ten horns
Revelation 1712 “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. 13 They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”
In Revelation 13, the beast from the sea is described to have ten horns, 7 heads and ten crowns upon its heads:
Revelation 13:1 The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.
The 10 horns have not yet received their power to rule but will receive their authority along with the beast for one hour. In Revelation 13:1… the beast rises up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns. The crowns upon his horns in Rev.13:1 indicate they have received authority to rule.
Thus, the beast out of the sea who rises along with ten horns,(or who has ten crowns upon its horns) is the 7th head of the dragon or Satan, the head who has not yet risen to power but when he rises, he will remain for only a short while.
- The beast who once was and now not, but will come up out of the abyss to go to his destruction as the 8th king/head is the second beast in Revelation 13, the beast who will come up out of the earth
Revelation 13: 11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon…13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth… 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
The beast out of the earth has been identified as the false prophet in Revelation 19
Revelation 19: 20 But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.
We will look at the second beast, the beast out of the earth or the false prophet in another article
- “Beast out of the sea”, indicates the beast will come out of a mass of water. Water has been interpreted as people,
Revelation 17:15 15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, … are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.
Thus, the beast along with the ten horns/kings will be chosen or elected by people to power. (These are those who will be elected/chosen to oversee the world peace treaty. (see previous article on world wide peace for scripture that supports a time of world peace before the rise of the second horseman who will take peace from the earth. The second horseman is the anti-Christ)
- A beast represents a kingdom and/or a king who rule that kingdom;
In Daniel, a beast has been interpreted as a kingdom,
Daniel 7 23 “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it.
In Revelation 17, the 7 heads of the dragon are kings symbolized by beasts
Revelation 17 11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction
The beast out of the sea who is the seventh head of the dragon will represent both a king as the anti-Christ and a government with the spirit of Assyria. The Assyrians were the most cruel people. The anti-Christ government will represent Assyria in their cruelty and under the command of the anti-Christ king; they will cause astounding devastation in many nations. The Bible indicates that it will be a time of distress like never before on earth, and a time that will never come again upon the earth, this will be because, the time of wrath that is coming upon the earth is a time of God’s vengeance upon the earth, And through the Assyrian commander or anti-Christ, God will pour his judgments upon all mankind and no one will escape, We will look at the Anti-Christ as the destroyer and Assyrian who takes peace from the earth in a another article. About those days, it is written:
Zephaniah 1: 14 The great day of the Lord is near— near and coming quickly.
The cry on the day of the Lord is bitter; the Mighty Warrior shouts his battle cry.
17 “I will bring such distress on all people that they will grope about like those who are blind, because they have sinned against the Lord. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their entrails like dung.
Jeremiah 9 22 Say, “This is what the Lord declares: “‘Dead bodies will lie like dung on the open field, like cut grain behind the reaper, with no one to gather them.’”
Isaiah 13 9 See, the day of the Lord is coming a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger—
to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.
10 The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light.
The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light.
11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins.
I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.
12 I will make people scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir.
In conclusion, the Anti-Christ is the beast who will rise from the sea along with ten others symbolized by the ten crowns upon its horns. As a beast he will represent both the 7th head of the dragon or Satan and the government of Assyria. He and ten others rise from the sea indicating from water which has been defined as people from all nations and languages, thus, the anti-Christ will rise by being chosen/ or elected to power by people of all nations and languages.