4. The Kingdom of the Beast
The Beast IMG, by Pete Garcia
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. 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. 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 13:1-4
It is the year of our Lord 2022, and as of the time of this publishing, we are still waiting patiently on our sovereign Lord's long-awaited return for His bride, the Church. In the meantime, however, something curious is happening that has caught many a prophecy student by surprise...the rising of the Beast government.
As of 2020, we began witnessing this monstrosity rising up out of the sea of humanity under the guise of an international crisis by way of a "pandemic." It was here that we all witnessed the terrible abuse of power by local, state, national, and international governments, as well as private corporations, and nonprofit organizations. What began initially as global compliance quickly turned into varying forms of tyranny.
Since then, this bent toward global governance has increased exponentially, all under several unassuming names such as the Great Reset, Agenda 2030, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and even the resurrected "New World Order." Thus, the ascendance of this tyrannical beast system is not coming to us by military might as many suspected. For now, the men and women pushing this one-world system are hiding their true intentions very much like the iron fist cloaked in the velvet glove.
Author's Note: Before moving forward, a little clarification is required. The arrival and even appearance of the Beast system is not necessarily a prerequisite for the official start of the 70th Week of Daniel. We should also know that the Rapture doesn't start the 70 Week either. What starts that prophetic week of years is the covenant confirmed (Daniel 9:27) which triggers the unleashing of the Seal Judgments by our Lord Jesus Christ. The appearance of the "Beast System" before the Rapture as a form of governance, seems to be the pre-staging necessary for it to take over the minute after.
Although Revelation 13 is in the middle of the book of Revelation, it provides the reader a panoramic view of the ascendancy of this final human kingdom and how it comes to dominate the world in the 70th Week. Ergo, Revelation 13 really covers the period from Revelation 6 - 17. The use of fantastic imagery and symbolism (as given to John) is done to provide a timeless visual aid designed to make it relevant to every generation. For all its trappings in technology and modernity, the ferocity of this final human kingdom is absolutely beastlike in nature. Furthermore, the imagery is not arbitrary or random (as some believe), the imagery comes straight from the Old Testament book of Daniel chapters 7 and 8. These are actual kingdoms that will one day form the hybrid beast that rises up out of the sea of nations.
Regarding the imagery, the only consistent interpretation is to view it in light of the Old Testament. For example, the seven horns and eyes that are in/on the Lamb (Revelation 5:9-10) is speaking of Jesus having complete authority and omniscience (sees all, knows all). The consistent patterns of Biblical numerology throughout the Bible must be understood if we are to have any basic understanding of Revelation itself. This then applies to the ten horns. I mean if we are going to apply any level of consistency in our interpretation of symbolism, then that is the only consistent view we can hold too. But what about the Revived Roman Empire and the ten kings, and seven mountains, etc., etc.?
Well, when the book of Revelation tells us that a number or symbol is more than just the totality or perfection of some attribute, THEN we can apply the more corporeal understanding of what the symbolism is meant to be. First, let us list out what we see in Revelation. But let us look at it in the order they should present themselves, and keep in mind that this is all in relation to when Revelation was written, how these kingdoms impact or relate to the nation of Israel, and lastly, how they tie in with the imagery from the book of Daniel.
A. Seven Kings (Rev. 17:10) = seven global powers that have either controlled or conquered Israel, “…five are fallen, one is, one is yet to come.”
B. The First Beast = A global (multinational) political system. It is corporate and is intrinsically antichrist in nature. This final political system arises out of the sea of nations. Rev. 17:15 states the waters (the sea) are the peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues that make up this final political organization that will have total (seven heads, ten horns, ten crowns) control over the earth. At present, the only organization that best encompasses all of these attributes is the United Nations (UN).
At some future point, this political system will be personified by this man Antichrist. He will become the face of it and will take total control over it. He will lead either the UN (or some rebranded version of it) and this system will be renamed and will represent a “rebirth” of the ancient Roman Empire, much in the same way Israel was reborn as a nation in 1948. The purpose of this is to strip that uniqueness away from Israel by claiming they were the first (UN founded in 1945). This view also confirms the prophecy the angel Gabriel gave Daniel in Dan. 9:26 in which he says-
“And after the sixty-two weeks
Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. (My emphasis)
Historically, we know it was the Romans under the leadership of Titus Vespasian who destroyed the city of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70AD.
C. Ten Horns = The Ten Kings (who serve in one or several of the following forms: Kings, Consuls, Dictators, Decimvir or Magistrates, Military Tribunes, Emperors or Czars). Out of this First Beast (the political system) will come ten literal human rulers who exercise control over it (Dan. 2:41-42, Rev. 12:3). The number ten in biblical numerology signifies completeness or totality, esp. regarding human governments. However, in this case, we know they are human rulers because Revelation later confirms these as ten human rulers (Rev. 17:12). They will either represent individual nations, or geopolitical regions and will be of one mind.
Out of the ten, one will rise up (the 11th) and supplants three kings to secure total control over the other seven (for a total of ten). This one who rises up (the little horn) is The Antichrist. He starts out as the man of sin but will most likely be more than just a man. He will be upgraded either through Nephilim genetics (because we have the technology to do this now) or through some means of cyber-physical augmentation. At the midpoint, just after his assassination and "resurrection," he will become the ‘son of perdition’ when Satan physically possesses him at the mid-point. (2 Thess. 2:3)
D. Ten Crowns = Ten Seats of Power/Authority/right to rule. The crowns represent the positions of power these ten kings will possess, over the ten kingdom structures of the Beast. Remember that in Luke 4:5-6, Satan declared to Jesus (during the wilderness temptation) that he had control of these kingdoms and could give them to whomever he wished. In this final government, Satan will give control to ten kings, and these crowns represent that appointed authority.
E. Seven Heads = The seven mountains where the Harlot and the beast sit. Again, seven represents perfection and thus indicates this place may signify (to the people on earth) the most perfect place for global power to sit. Rev. 17:9 seems to indicate that this is a particular place. This is presumably either Rome, a rebuilt Babylon or Jerusalem (see also Rev. 11:8). If it is a city built upon seven hills, then there are numerous options.
F. The Dragon = Satan. At the midpoint of the seven-year Tribulation, Satan and his forces are kicked out of heaven and lose total access to the divine realm meaning they are now confined to the earth. At this point, Satan possesses the man Antichrist and indwells him (similar to how he physically possessed Judas Iscariot). Revelation 12 confirms two things that believers longed to know: 1) that Satan is the one who possessed the serpent in Genesis 3 to deceive Eve, and 2) when Lucifer (Satan) rebelled, he took a third of the angels with him. This heavenly expulsion could not have happened back in Genesis 3, because Satan still has access to heaven nearly two thousand years later during the days of Job (Job 1-2). Thus, this expulsion must be future still. In summary, we see the formation of the unholy trinity with the three main players:
Satan = the father
Antichrist = the son
The False Prophet = the unholy spirit
The ten kings as a mockery of the twelve disciples who make up his momentary entourage
The Harlot = the paganized, global church whose goal is to spread the gospel of Satan (Luciferianism)
The Mark = will likely be some form of quantum dot tattoo that contains the blood (or DNA) of this Antichrist that contaminates the bearer upon receiving it