Revelation 13
Revelations is a symbolic book. The beast in Revelations is the same beast as in Daniel. 1. It's the Roman Empire; and 2. It's also identified as the Anti-christ.
Rev 13:1a
"And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea," The word "beast" has a two-fold meaning: It can mean the original Roman Empire, or the Revived Roman Empire. It is also the Man of Sin, the Anti-christ who is going to rule the final world system. Out of the "sea", or, more specifically, the sea of humanity, or the masses of nations, there is coming this final world empire. We are seeing it today, right before our eyes, in the European community. A restoration of the same geographical area as the ancient Roman Empire. It will be a government ruled by one man, the Anti-christ. Daniel and Revelations describes this government as a beast because of it's evilness and bestiality.
Rev 13:1b
"…having seven heads and ten horns." Seven distinct heads of state; (See Daniel-- the two horns--when Medes and Persians were depicted as the ram with two horns—the horns being 2 individual kings). Here we have 10 horns which mean there will be 10 distinct nations, three of which will not be very powerful or large enough to have their own heads of state. There will be 10 distinct leaders, "and upon his heads the name of blasphemy." Satan, of course is the head of this empire. All of the politicians will be satanic. We see that right now! Especially within the Democrats. When the Anti-christ appears, he will achieve his ends by lying, by description, by flattery, and his charasmatic personality. People will fall at this feet.
Rev 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 (Satan) gave him his power, his seat, and great authority." In the second book of Daniel, remember from the chart of the beast, on my homepage, the Babylonian Empire was called the head of gold; the Medes and Persians the chest of silver; the Greek Empire, the belly of brass; the Roman Empire, legs of iron. And in Daniel 7, Daniel saw those same empires as wild beasts: lion, bear, leopard, and the fourth beast beyond description. Daniel saw them prophetically, but now John sees them as looking back. Now they are in reverse order…"and the dragon (Satan) gave him his power; and his seat (throne), and his authority." This man will be satanically driven with power, talents and ability directly from Satan. He will take over these ten nations that I believe will be the European Community. And from there, he will arrive at the top and become the great world leader. Paul Henry Spock, a World War II Belgian General, who became a diplomat in 1957, said: "We need no commission, we have already too many. What we need is a man who is great enough to be able to keep all the people in subjection to himself and to lift us out of the economic bog into which we threaten to sink. Send us such a man. Be he a god or a devil, we will accept him." And today, the world is ready for such a man.
Rev 13:3
"And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death" (there is a lot of debate here as to whether the Anti-christ himself will be assassinated and be raised back to life.) It is possible the wounding to death here is the ancient Roman Empire. Everyone has historically believed that the Roman Empire was dead and gone. But it's coming back now as though nothing has happened.) "and his deadly wound was healed (pay attention now) and all the world (not just Europe, or the Mediterranean, but the whole world) wondered after the beast."
Rev 13:4
"And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying" (which is why we are seeing such an increase in satan worship world wide—and in the rise of Oriental religions which are tied to the occult—they are all getting ready to fall at his feet and worship him and his satanic power), "Who is like unto the beast…" (who can be like him—he's the greatest) "who is able to make war with him?" Rev 13:5 "And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies;…" He will be Anti-God, Anti-Christ and have tremendous satanic powers. Do not ever underestimate Satan. As when Jesus was tempted in Matthew Chapter 4, where one of the temptations were, as He was taken to the mountain top, the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them. Satan had the audacity to say to Jesus, "Fall down and worship me and I'll give them to you". They were his to give. Now Satan thinks he really has the world under his thumb, but GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!!! God limits Satan as he will be limited to 3 ½ years out of the 7 years. The first 3 ½ he'll be very successful and obliging, coming onto the scene, but he won't attain this position until the the middle of the Tribulation. So the last 3 ½ years will not be just the terrible wrath of God, but also the wrath of Satan because he knows his time is just about up. Jesus says it will be a time of trouble the likes of which the world has never seen or ever will again, in Matthew 24, and it will be such that we cannot even comprehend. Verse 5 brings us to mid-point of the Tribulation
Rev 13:11
"And I beheld another beast (a man, not in the governmental system, but the religious system) The Anti-christ comes up out of the "sea" (of humanity), and since Revelations deals with primarily the Nation of Israel, God deals with His Covenant people again, to prepare them for His return. So naturally all the Gentile nations will be effected, but the 7-year treaty concerns itself with the time factor and events that occur. Israel will be quick to accept the Anti-christ, his treaty, protection and Temple worship. Judging by how fast the Anti-christ is accepted, it is possible that he may be an Apostate Jew. In fact, since God concerns Himself mainly with the Land of Israel, the false prophret may also be an Apostate Jew. This is merely conjecture, though. No one will know for sure until they appear, but one might consider how often Jews have come right up to the throne rooms of Gentile empires: Moses, Joseph in Egypt, Daniel. They were all second in command. Karl Marx was a Jew. Some of the top leaders in communism were Jews, and even including some of the top men in Hitlers Reich. How about our own government? Many of our top leaders are Jews. This is just food for thought.
Rev 13:12
"And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him He will have almost as much power as the political leader, (verse 1), but he will not be a political, but a religious leader, heading up the global religion. "and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast (this is where he plays the role of the Holy Spirit. As our Holy Spirit points mankind to God the Son, this false witness points mankind to the Anti-christ.) He will have the power to convince the masses of people to worship the counterfeit, the Anti-christ.
Rev 13:13, 14
"And he (false prophet) doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,"He uses signs and miracles to convince the human race of who he is (but which we know to be the false prophet.) "And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles Satan has the power to perform miracles. So did Pharaoh's magicians in Egypt, et al. So will they in the Tribulation. "which he had power to do in the sight of the beast (Anti-christ); saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast…" And the whole world will worship that image of the Anti-christ. To show where these words come from go to (ref.)
Rev 13:14,15
"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 (Anti-christ who begins his rule in the revived Roman Empire, in the Mediterranean and Western Europe. By the time the Tribulation starts, his power will be world-wide. And the false prophet had power)"saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast. And he (false prophet) had power to give life to the image of the beast…" A HUGE biological computer that will actually be able to speak, think and give orders. The Japanese have such technology. (v. 15) "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." Government will be in every home on the planet, where your TV set will not be for incoming information only, but also outgoing. No-one will be left out! We see the beginnings of this now with our new TV boxes, some newer TV sets have chips already built in. We know that the government knows every single thing we do, where we shop, how we shop, when we shop, our bank account, our health, our investments, etc. etc.
Rev 13:16, 17
"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive the mark in (some versions say, erroneously, "on") their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man(or woman) might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. What is this mark? Hear it straight from Dr. Carl Sanders, who was in charge of conceiving it.
Rev 19:20
"And the beast (Anti-christ) was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both (men born of women, and raised like any other child, but became Satan's tools—one a political leader, and one a religious leader)were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone."
Rev 20:10:
"And the devil that deceived them (the lost of humanity) was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."  Also, Rev 20:10 (which will be after the 1000 years reign of Christ and we are ready to go into eternity. The Great White Throne Judgement--for all the lost in all humanity. So the 3 persons of the Unholy trinity of the Tribulation will go straight to the lake of fire, bypassing the Great White Throne. The lost of humanity will follow after the Great White Throne Judgement. 

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