The dragon in scriptures is very closely correlated to Satan and his
kingdom building efforts. In the Old Testament, the word, “dragon,”
comes from the Hebrew word, “tanniyn,” and means “dragon, sea-monster,
serpent, or whale.” When tied to the “great red dragon” in the book of
Revelation it can be concluded that the dragon is generally referring to
a sea-monster. The word, “sea,” in Revelation generally has reference to
the sea of humanity. There is much that the scriptures teach us about
Satan and his building of multi-national kingdoms to seek to destroy the
Lord’s humble obedient people. In a series of articles we will detail
the efforts of the “Great Red Dragon” to build multi-national kingdoms
as detailed for us in the book of Revelation and in the book of Daniel.
We will follow, generally, the following outline:
1. A general look at the word, dragon, in the scriptures and its
2. The desires of Satan.
3. Dragons’ Bride
4. Dragons’ Image
5. Babel and subsequent attempts to build the beast.
6. The seven headed beast.
7. The religious beast.
8. Satan’s attempts to destroy the Christ child and his attempts to
destroy the Lord’s faithful obedient children in His church today.
9. The Lord’s dealings with the seven headed beast.
10. The final battle.
general look at the word, Dragon, in the scriptures
The word, dragon, generally has reference in the scriptures to a sea
monster or a giant sea serpent. The first time it appears in the
scriptures is found in Deu. 32:33 “Their wine is the poison of dragons,
and the cruel venom of asps.” The dragon is identified here as being
Ultimately, Christ will be victorious over the dragon: Ps. 91:11 “For he
shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12
They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against
a stone. 13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and
the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.” Also, Is. 27:1 “In that day
the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan
the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall
slay the dragon that is in the sea.”
Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon is compared to a dragon: Jer. 51:34
“Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed
me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up like a
dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates, he hath cast me
In the prophecy of the Lord’s punishment of Babylon she is called a
dwelling place for dragons: Jer. 51:37 “And Babylon shall become heaps,
a dwellingplace for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an
Pharaoh, king of Egypt is also compared to or called a dragon: Ezek.
29:3 “Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against
thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of
his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it
The most concentrated use of the word Dragon is found in the New
Testament in the book of Revelation where Satan is called a great red
1. Rev. 12:3 “And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a
great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns
upon his heads.”
2. 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.”
The fact that Nebuchadnezzar and Pharaoh were called dragons as heads of
great kingdoms, paints to us a picture of Satan as a dragon being the
head of a great kingdom, which will be abundantly clear in later essays.
The desire of Satan for power, authority and worship is set forth in
Isaiah chapter 14:12 "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of
the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the
nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into
heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also
upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will
ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."
The desire of Satan or Lucifer is set forth for us in the form of five
"I wills" showing us what Satan is trying to accomplish.
The first is "I will ascend into heaven." This is consistent with the
doctrine the serpent set forth in the Garden of Eden when he told the
woman, "Ye shall not surely die:
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall
be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." Thus, he
said to the woman that by an act of the creature the creature could
attain to be like God. This is also the doctrine of most of the
religious world today. They believe that by an act of will or action
that man can attain to eternal life. This is a satanic doctrine and is a
lie. The truth is that eternal life is the gift of God and the creature
cannot do anything to get it.
The second is "I will exalt my throne above the stars of God." This
shows forth the desire of Satan to reign over the stars of God. In the
scriptures, the "stars" frequently depict God's children. It is Satan's
desire to reign as a King over the children of God. In order for Satan
to reign over the children of God, he must convince them that he is the
true King and that they should obey him in his kingdom. This requires
much subtlety and deception.
The third is "I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the
sides of the north." In the scriptures, Mount Zion is known as the
"mount of the congregation." We read about the "sides of the north" in
Ps. 48: "Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount
Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King." The "sides
of the north" are therefore, "the city of the great King." The church is
known as the "city of God." Satan desires to sit at the top of the
kingdom of God and be worshipped by the Lord's church. Again, this can
only happen where people are deceived and believe that Satan is God.
The fourth is "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds." In the
scriptures, the clouds are associated with the glory of God. It is
Satan's desire that he have more glory than God does in that he desires
to ascent "above" the heights of the clouds, which depict the glory of
God. Again, this is done through subtlety, as God's children would not
glorify Satan unless they believed Satan to be God.
The fifth is "I will be like the most High." The obstacle that Satan has
in being like the most High is that Satan is a fallen creature and God
is the creator. Satan is also an imitator. He uses the mirror image
principle to be like the most High.
I will illustrate the mirror image principle by using myself as an
example. When I look in the mirror in the morning, I see what at first
glance appears to be the almost perfect image of myself. However, the
image in the mirror is the closest to being the exact opposite of me. My
left ear in the mirror is my right ear. My left eye in the mirror is my
right eye. Everything in the mirror is exactly opposite of me.
Satan tries to be the exact opposite of God. God is the God of all
truth. Satan is a liar and the father of liars. God is the giver of
life. Satan is a murderer from the beginning. God has a bride (His
church) that is pure and a virgin. Satan's bride (so-called church) is a
harlot and the mother of harlots. God is love but Satan is hate. God is
light but Satan is darkness. God is a Spirit, but Satan is a multitude
of false spirits.
Using the mirror image approach, Satan tries to be like the most High.
Previously we had noted that Satan is an imitator. He uses the mirror
image approach to be like God. That is he is the opposite of God. The
Lord’s bride is described in the scriptures as a virgin. Also, the
Lord’s bride is described as his church.
In contrast we would expect that Satan’s bride would not be the opposite
of a virgin and the mother of many harlots. This is exactly what we find
in the book of Revelation:
Preface to Chapter 17
Recall from Chapter 12 "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." According
to chapters 13-16 Satan had developed a powerful multifaceted political
and religious systems in which to attack those who keep the commandments
of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ (the Lord's church). He
caused to rise up out of the sea of humanity a seven headed, ten horn
beast that was made in the image of the dragon. This was a multinational
beast designed to bring political power and pressure against the Lord
and His church. He also caused to rise up out of the earth another beast
with two horns like a lamb, but spoke as a dragon. This beast is the
false prophet. This also was a multinational religious beast designed to
gather the false religious systems against the true religion of Jesus
The second beast made an image to the first beast, which of course Satan
made in the image of the dragon. Furthermore, the second beast caused
all outside the true church of Jesus Christ to worship the image of the
beast (or dragon). This image of the beast is the antichrist spoken of
in 1 John chapter 2. The antichrist is one in the place of Christ who is
also opposed to Christ. As the scriptures teach, there are many
antichrists in the world.
Among the arsenal of this trifecta of enemies against the Lord and his
true disciples are included:
1. Destruction and devastation (Rev. 13:2).
2. Great political power (Rev. 13:2-4).
3. Blasphemy against God, against his name, against his tabernacle, and
them that dwell in heaven (the Lord's church). (Rev. 13:6)
4. False worship (Rev. 13:8, 12).
5. False wonders (Rev. 13:13).
6. Deception (Rev. 13:14).
7. Mortal fear (Rev. 13:15).
8. Bondage (Rev. 13:16, 17).
9. False spirits (Rev. 16:13).
10. False doctrine or teaching (Rev. 12:15, 16).
Finally there is introduced to us in Rev. 14:8 and 16:19 the bride of
Satan or the false church known as Babylon the Great. Chapter 17 will
help us identify Babylon the Great.
17:1, 2 Seven Headed Beast
"And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven
vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto
thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2
With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the
inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her
The seven angels are the same as the seven angels, which had the seven
vials of the seven last plagues. There is no reason to think that these
are any different from the seven angels of the seven churches of Asia in
Rev. Chapters 2 and 3. Since the word angel means messenger, the angels
are delivering the message of God to God's people. A part of the message
of God is God's judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many
waters. The "many waters" are identified for us in verse 15 "And he
saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth,
are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." This is
consistent with the fact that the great whore rides the back of the
seven head ten horn beast (v.3 "So he carried me away in the spirit into
the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast,
full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns").
The great whore was judged for her fornications. She committed
fornication with the kings of the earth, and the inhabitants of the
earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication. Her fornications
were spiritual fornications not natural fornications. Examples of
spiritual fornications follow:
1. 2 Chr. 21:11 "Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah,
and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and
compelled Judah thereto."
2. Ezek. 16:15 "But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst
the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on
every one that passed by; his it was. 16 And of thy garments thou didst
take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the
harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be
3. Ezek. 16:26 "Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians
thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to
provoke me to anger. 27 Behold, therefore I have stretched out my hand
over thee, and have diminished thine ordinary food, and delivered thee
unto the will of them that hate thee, the daughters of the Philistines,
which are ashamed of thy lewd way. 28 Thou hast played the whore also
with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played
the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied. 29 Thou hast
moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea;
and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith."
As can be seen by the above examples, spiritual fornication is idolatry
or the worshipping of false Gods.
There are two groups of people mentioned in the above passage, "the
kings of the earth" and "the inhabitants of the earth." The term, "kings
of the earth" is used several times in the scriptures and while
sometimes it has reference to natural "kings of the nations of the
earth," yet other times it appears to have reference to God's people:
1. Ps. 102:13 "Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time
to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. 14 For thy servants take
pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. 15 So the heathen
shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy
glory. 16 When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his
2. Ps. 138:4 "All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when
they hear the words of thy mouth. 5 Yea, they shall sing in the ways of
the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD."
3. Ps. 148:11 "Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all
judges of the earth: 12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and
children: 13 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is
excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven."
4. Lam. 4:12 "The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the
world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should
have entered into the gates of Jerusalem."
5. Rev. 1:5 "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the
first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.
Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be
glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
6. Rev. 21:24 "And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the
light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour
The term, "kings of the earth," appears nine times in the book of
Revelations and very obviously the first and last time it appears it is
referring to those who the Lord has made kings and priests unto God.
That is, it has reference to God's born again people. If we are to be
consistent in our interpretation then the other seven times it must have
reference to God's born again people. With this understanding, we
conclude that God's people sometimes commit spiritual fornication with
Mystery Babylon and her harlot daughters. It appears most of them commit
spiritual fornication or idolatry through ignorance.
The term, "inhabitants of the earth," appears to have reference to
humanity in general as those who inhabit mortal bodies:
1. Ps. 33:13 "The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of
men. 14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the
inhabitants of the earth. 15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; he
considereth all their works."
2. Is. 24:6 "Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that
dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are
burned, and few men left."
3. Is. 26:21 "For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish
the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall
disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain."
4. Jere. 25:29 "For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is
called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be
unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the
earth, saith the LORD of hosts. 30 Therefore prophesy thou against them
all these words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high,
and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar
upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the
grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. 31 A noise shall come
even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the
nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked
to the sword, saith the LORD."
5. Dan. 4:35 "And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as
nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and
among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say
unto him, What doest thou?"
All humanity are possessors of earthly bodies, but only God's born again
people have been made kings and priests unto God.
We notice a difference in the effect of Mystery Babylon's fornications.
The kings of the earth have committed fornication, but the inhabitants
of the earth are made drunk (intoxicated) with the wine of her
fornication. The one have committed fornication with a condemning
conscience, whereas the other has been completely taken in and ravished
with Mystery Babylon.
17:3, 4 Religious Beast
"So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and
I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of
blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 "And the woman was
arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious
stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations
and filthiness of her fornication."
With these verses of scripture, we begin the process of identifying whom
Mystery Babylon the Great is. However, before we definitively identify
her, we note that she was riding the back of a "scarlet colored beast,
full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns." This is
the same beast that is identified in Chapter 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." The dragon had caused this beast to rise up out
of the sea of humanity. The dragon had given this beast his seat and
authority. The dragon had made this beast in his own image. Thus, the
origin of the woman also came from the dragon. The dragon is the
architect of both the beast and the woman. In addition, the dragon was
controlling the movements of both the beast and the woman. The dragon
had arranged that the beast would export the woman's fornications on the
back of the beast and would ride the beast unto the uttermost parts of
the world. In addition, we would expect that since the beast was full of
names of blasphemy, that woman who rode upon his back would also be full
of names of blasphemy.
With verse 4, we begin to identify the woman known as Mystery Babylon
the Great. At this point, I will set forth the proposal that Mystery
Babylon the Great was Jerusalem under Judaism. Judaism is not a
scriptural term, but identifies the religion of the Jews when Christ
walked on the earth. The worship of the Jews was a polluted form of the
Old Testament Law worship that God had given her on Mt. Sinai. The key
here is "polluted." The Jews had changed the purpose of the Law worship.
The law was not designed to make anyone righteous, but to show forth the
need of a redeemer:
1. Heb. 7:19 "For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a
better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God."
2. Rom. 3:20 "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be
justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin."
3. Gal. 3:24 "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto
Christ, that we might be justified by faith."
4. Gal. 3:10 "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the
curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all
things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that
no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for,
The just shall live by faith."
The Lord told some unbelieving Jews: John 5:39 "Search the scriptures;
for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which
testify of me." These Jews assumed that the scriptures were a rulebook
by which they could attain eternal life. Rather than being a rulebook
for attaining eternal life, the scriptures are a testimony of Jesus and
what he did for his people. With this erroneous view of the purpose of
the scriptures, the Jews went about trying to establish their
righteousness through the keeping of the law of God:
1. Rom. 9:31 "But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness,
hath not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Wherefore? Because
they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For
they stumbled at that stumblingstone; 33 As it is written, Behold, I lay
in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on
him shall not be ashamed."
2. Rom. 10:1 "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel
is, that they might be saved. 2 For I bear them record that they have a
zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant
of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own
righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of
God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one
Furthermore, they weren't satisfied with just attempting to keep the law
of Moses, they added to the law their own traditions:
1. Matt. 15:1 "Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of
Jerusalem, saying, 2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of
the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. 3 But he
answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment
of God by your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father
and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the
death. 5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It
is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 6 And honour
not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the
commandment of God of none effect by your tradition."
2. Col. 2:8 "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain
deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world,
and not after Christ."\
3. 1 Peter 1:18 "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with
corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation
received by tradition from your fathers."
Furthermore, the Jews added their own teachings to the Old Testament
1. Matt. 15:8 "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and
honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in
vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of
2. Matt. 16:12 "Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of
the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the
3. Col. 2:20 "Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of
the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to
ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to
perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23
Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility,
and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the
They worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator. They
believed and taught that the creature through an act on his part could
attain to eternal life. This worship of the creature is an act of
spiritual fornication. The belief that the creature can attain unto
eternal life by his efforts is the doctrine of Satan. The serpent set
forth this doctrine in the Garden of Eden: Gen. 3:4 "And the serpent
said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that
in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall
be as gods, knowing good and evil." This doctrine that the creature can
do something to obtain eternal life has been exported all over the world
on the back of the seven head, ten horn beast.
We proceed to show that the woman called Mystery Babylon the Great
answers to Jerusalem and Judaism. The word purple appears in the
scriptures 48 times and about 40 of those times it is associated with
the law worship given to the children of Israel. The word scarlet
appears in the scriptures 52 times and at least 45 times the word is
associated with the law worship given to the children of Israel. The
word gold appears in the scriptures 417 times and in at least 350 of
those times the word is associated with the law worship and the children
of Israel. The phrase "precious stones" appears in the scriptures 19
times and in at least 15 times it is associated with the nation of
Israel. The word pearls appears 8 times in the scriptures and is
associated with Israel in all but one time, except when it is associated
with Mystery Babylon. All of these associations suggest that Mystery
Babylon and Jerusalem are the same. In the rest of Chapter 17 and
Chapter 18 there are many other signs that point to Mystery Babylon
being Jerusalem under Judaism.
The woman had "a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and
filthiness of her fornication." The word abomination is associated with
idolatry. An idol is a representation of a false God. The many
antichrists that are in the world today are all idols. The descriptions
of their Christs are all descriptions of false Christs and not the
biblical description of Christ. These false Christs are abominations and
their worship is spiritual fornication. Mystery Babylon's cup was full
of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. The Lord warned that
there would arise false Christs: Matt. 24:24 "For there shall arise
false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and
wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very
Rev. 17:5 "And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON
THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."
Jeremiah wrote in Jere. 3:1 "They say, If a man put away his wife, and
she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her
again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the
harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD. 2 Lift
up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been
lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the
wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with
thy wickedness. 3 Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there
hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore's forehead, thou
refusedst to be ashamed." Israel of old had a whore's forehead and the
woman known as Mystery Babylon had a whore's forehead in that she
refused to be ashamed of her harlotry and idolatry. The very title on
her forehead described her as a harlot and idol worshipper.
The first part of the title is "Mystery." Mystery is defined as a
secret. 2 Thes. 2: 2:1 "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of
our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye
be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by
word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 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; 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, showing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that,
when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what
withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth
will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked
be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth,
and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose
coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying
wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that
perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might
be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,
that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who
believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
This indicates that the woman was cloaked in secrecy. She was also full
of deception, deluded, deceived, and took pleasure in unrighteousness.
The word, Babylon, means confusion and indicates that the woman is full
of spiritual confusion. The doctrine of salvation from sin by works of
the sinner is a doctrine of confusion. There are multitudes of
variations of this theme and all based on the works of man. The problem
is that it requires a spiritually dead person to act to get spiritual
life. This is utter confusion. This confusion has gone forth throughout
the world upon the back of the beast.
The Great is referring to the great city. The term great city is used in
the scriptures 17 times. Most of the time it is used to describe
Jerusalem or Mystery Babylon, which I propose, is pointing to Jerusalem.
The following verses correlate Jerusalem to a great city:
1. Rev. 11:8 "And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great
city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord
2. Jere. 22:8 "And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall
say every man to his neighbour, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto
this great city? 9 Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken
the covenant of the LORD their God, and worshipped other gods, and
3. Rev. 21:10 "And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high
mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending
out of heaven from God,
11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most
precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal."
Obviously reference 3 above is referring to the church, whereas the
first two references are to natural Jerusalem. "THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." Elsewhere Mystery Babylon is described
as a harlot. This indicates that she, as a mother, gives rise to
harlots. Since her fornication is spiritual fornication and resulted in
the arising of idols (false Christs), her doctrinal teachings (salvation
by works) has gone forth on the back of the beast to all nations on the
earth and sprung up in multitudes of organizations including false
churches and other religious societies.
Rev. 17:6 "And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and
with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered
with great admiration."
The murderous nature of this woman is manifest here. In addition, Rev.
18:24 "And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of
all that were slain upon the earth." The Lord told us that Jerusalem
would slay the apostles and prophets: Luke 11:49 "Therefore also said
the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of
them they shall slay and persecute: 50 That the blood of all the
prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be
required of this generation; 51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of
Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say
unto you, It shall be required of this generation." Furthermore, he told
us in Matt. 23:33 "Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye
escape the damnation of hell? 34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you
prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and
crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and
persecute them from city to city: 35 That upon you may come all the
righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel
unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the
temple and the altar. 36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall
come upon this generation. 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest
the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would
I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her
chickens under her wings, and ye would not!"
This murderous harlot was guilty of the blood of the apostles, and of
the prophets, and of the martyrs of Jesus. She set forth the same nature
that was first manifest in Cain, who slew Able his brother, because his
own works were evil but his brother's righteous. The wicked and their
wicked religious systems will always persecute the righteous and the
true worshippers of the Lord. Only Jerusalem could fit the description
of Mystery Babylon who killed the apostles and prophets and to whom the
Lord declared judgment against in Luke 11 and Matt. 23. There can be no
doubt that Mystery Babylon and Jerusalem were the same "great" city.
Furthermore, though some think that Rome is Mystery Babylon, yet Rome
could not have been guilty of the apostles and prophets, because they
were already slain before the Roman religious system came into
existence. The only city that can fit the description is Jerusalem with
the wicked religious system of Judaism.
The Apostle John wandered with great admiration when he saw the woman.
This shows how deceptive the false religious systems can be. They
present a beautiful natural façade and the intricate workings of man
really appeals to the natural eye. There is a principle taught in the
scriptures that that which is outwardly beautiful is often inwardly
wicked and that which is inwardly beautiful is often outwardly plain.
Let us not be deceived with the outward appearance of false religion
that appeals to the flesh. The true religion of Jesus Christ appeals to
the inward man, not to the outward man.
"And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I
will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth
her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. 8 The beast that thou
sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and
go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose
names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the
world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. 9
And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven
mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 10 And there are seven kings:
five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he
cometh, he must continue a short space. 11 And the beast that was, and
is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into
In this passage of scripture we are given a description of the seven
head and ten horn beast which provided the means by which the woman,
mystery Babylon, carried her fornications throughout the world. This
beast exists in the past, the present, and the future: "the beast that
was, and is not, and yet is."
The beast ascends out of the bottomless pit where in Revelations Chapter
20 the dragon was bound for a thousand years so as not to be able to
gather the nations together during that time. The angel over the
bottomless pit is Satan and the bottomless pit is God's eternal judgment
against sin. Previously we saw the beast under the power and authority
of the dragon rise up out of the sea of humanity. Now we see it
ascending out of the bottomless pit and carrying the harlot woman.
As we have previously shown, this beast is a multinational political
power that reigns over the kingdoms of this world. It is said to have
seven heads, five of which are fallen, one is, and one that is not yet
come. The scriptures describe the first six multinational political
kingdoms. These are Syria, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and
Rome. At the time of the writing of the book of Revelation the first
five were fallen. Rome existed at that time as the one that is. The
seventh head is said to be not yet come, but when he comes he must
continue a short space. Since Rome, there has been no multinational
kingdom reigning over the majority of the nations of the earth. There
have been several attempts to form such a beast, but none has succeeded
Revelation Chapter 20 informs us that after the thousand years end that
Satan will be loosed out of the bottomless pit for a little season to
gather the nations together to encompass the camp of the saints. We will
have more to say about this when we get to Chapter 20.
The wording, "the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eight and
is of the seventh," is interesting. For something to be is not and yet
is indicates that it exists in a different form. The seven heads: Syria,
Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, and the future head are all
tangible and visible. For something to be "of the seven" and yet to be
"the eight" and to "be not" and "yet be" indicates that it is largely
invisible as a beast and covert instead of overt. In addition, the fact
that it is of the seven indicates that it has been around all along
throughout the reign of the overt seven head, ten-horn beast. This
indicates a secret organization that has beastly (multinational)
Nimrod was a kingdom builder and sought to build a one-world kingdom
when he built Babel and the tower. God, of course, thwarted his attempts
with the confusion of tongues. Such a covert organization would have as
it main goal to build a one-world government. There are several
references in the scriptures to kingdom builders:
1. Ps. 22:22 "The stone which the builders refused is become the head
stone of the corner."
2. Ezek. 27:4 "Thy borders are in the midst of the seas, thy builders
have perfected thy beauty."
3. Matt. 21:42 "Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the
scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become
the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous
in our eyes? 43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be
taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits
4. Mk. 12:10 "And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the
builders rejected is become the head of the corner: 11 This was the
Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?"
5. Acts 4:11 "This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders,
which is become the head of the corner."
6. 1 Peter 2:7 "Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but
unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed,
the same is made the head of the corner, 8 And a stone of stumbling, and
a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being
disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed."
There are several secret organizations in the world today, working in
secret to direct the course of human events toward a one-world
government. One only has to look on the back of the one-dollar bill to
see the term "novus ordo seclorum" which means new world order along
with the unfinished pyramid topped off by the all-seeing eye. This
indicates that the builders are planning a new world order in which the
all-seeing eye will be worshipped (Satan).
"And they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not
written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they
behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is." This simply states
that all the non-elect will wonder at the beast and the woman carried by
the beast. I was recently asked if the woman and the beast could deceive
the elect. My answer was "what did John do in verse 6? Rev. 17:6 "And I
saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood
of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great
admiration." If even the apostle can be deceived at the natural beauty
and organization of the woman and the beast, then she could deceive any
of God's unsuspecting people. We do know, however, that all the
non-elect wonder at her and the beast.
We know that God made man in his own image, but that man fell in the
Garden of Eden. Later, Christ is said to be in the image of God:
1. 2 Cor. 4:4 “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of
them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ,
who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
2. Col. 1:15 “Who is the image of the
invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:”
3. Heb. 1:3 “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express
image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power,
when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of
the Majesty on high;”
Satan is an imitator. Since, Christ is the express image of God, then it
stands to reason that the Dragon will also have an image of himself.
This we find in the 13th chapter of Revelation:
"And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down
from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 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. 15 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."
The Lord, after his death, burial, and resurrection, but prior to his
ascension into heaven gave the apostles gifts in which to manifest their
work and authority. Mk. 16:17 "And these signs shall follow them that
believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with
new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any
deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick,
and they shall recover." Similarly, Christ himself performed multitudes
of miracles and wonders during the three and a half years that he walked
in his ministry on earth. Satan is an imitator. Both the image of the
beast and the false prophet were established so as to deceive people
into believing that they are/were performing miracles and wonders.
We will now look at the image of the beast. Remember that whatever is
the image of the beast is also the image of the dragon. When anyone
worships Jesus Christ who is the image of the invisible God, he is
worshipping God. Likewise, when anyone worships the image of the beast,
he is worshipping Satan. He may not believe that he is worshipping Satan
and may even think he is worshipping Christ, but he is actually
worshipping Satan. It is said of Satan that he transformed himself into
an angel of light. 2 Cor. 11:14 "And no marvel; for Satan himself is
transformed into an angel of light." Obviously Satan is anything but an
angel of light, but he deceives others into believing that he is an
angel of light.
The image of the beast is the antichrist spoken of in 1 John. 1 John
2:18 "Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that
antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we
know that it is the last time." The word, antichrist, implies opposition
to Christ. It also means "one in the place of Christ." Thus, antichrist
is a false Christ made to appear as thou he is Christ. The scriptures
give us the only true image of Christ, which is a word description. The
scriptures describe the attributes, work, and covenant purpose of
Christ. To create an antichrist one would only have to change the
attributes, work and purpose of Christ.
John said that there were already many antichrists in his day. People
today are told to look for some future antichrist, but that is a
deception to hide the fact that many antichrist already exist in the
world today. A comparison between the true Christ and a typical
antichrist will illustrate the deception and manifest the image of the
1. The true Christ has all power in heaven and earth. The false Christ
or antichrist has done all he can do, and now he is dependant upon the
creature to finish the work of salvation.
2. The true Christ chose his people before the foundation of the world.
The false Christ has left the designation of his people up to the free
will of man.
3. The true Christ saves his people by grace. The false Christ provides
an offer of salvation based on the will and actions of man.
4. The true Christ died for all the sins of all the elect. The false
Christ died for some of the sins of all mankind, but not for the sin of
5. The true Christ is the one head of his church. The false Christ has
organized his churches after the Nicolaitane pattern.
Hundreds of other examples of differences could be given, but these
suffice to show how people can be deceived to worshipping a false image
and a false Christ or antichrist.
"And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from
heaven on the earth in the sight of men." Fire coming down on earth in
the sight of men is a sign of judgment. The following verses show this
1. 2 Kings 1:10 "And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty,
If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume
thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed
him and his fifty."
2. 2 Chr.7:1 "Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came
down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices;
and the glory of the LORD filled the house."
3. Rev. 20:9 "And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and
compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire
came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them."
The proposition is set forth that if a person doesn't hear the gospel
and believe the gospel and accept the Lord as their personal Savior, and
be baptized then the judgment of God will consume them and they will be
eternally lost and hell will be their eternal abode. Thus the fire
(judgment of God) comes down in the sight of men through there
"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." The false
ministry or false prophet says that they have the keys to whether a
person can go to hell or go to heaven. They also say that they have the
formula for eternal salvation and can give it to whomsoever will accept
it. They additionally set forth that if a person will receive their
gospel then they can get born of the Spirit and obtain eternal life. To
save from hell, to save from sin, to give eternal life, and to cause the
spiritual birth are all miraculous things. The problem for the false
prophet is that only God can do those things. Therefore, the false
prophet must deceive people into believing that they can do those
things. What the false prophet does is deceptive miracles and not real
"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." The whole
doctrine of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ
is turned around to fit the antichrist image that the false prophet has
set up. The scriptures say that "For the time will come when they will
not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to
themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their
ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (2 Tim. 4:3).
"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." Nebuchadnezzar
built an image and required worship of the image by all his subordinates
in the government. This was forced worship. Throughout the last two
thousand years multitudes have been slain because they refused to
worship the image of the beast. They refused to bow down to a false
Christ. Today in the United States we have the freedom of worship
without fear of government retribution. However, this is the exception
and not the rule.
The image of the beast speaks through the false ministry in the
perverted gospel that they preach. Paul said, "I marvel that ye are so
soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto
another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble
you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel
from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have
preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now
again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have
received, let him be accursed" (Gal. 1:6-9). Today multitudes of people
accept the false gospels as being the truth and are deceived into
believing a lie. Their image of Christ is perverted and become the image
of antichrist. Instead of hearing the true gospel they are hearing a
perverted gospel. Instead of worshipping Christ they are worshipping
another Jesus (2 Cor. 1:4), or antichrist or Satan.
"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: 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. 18 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
The right hand is used in the scriptures to indicate a position of honor
and power and is used to signify labor or work. As this verse is used to
indicate the right hand of man, it is used to signify the labor or work
The forehead is the place of conscious thought. In Ezekiel God set a
mark on those who sighed and cried against the wickedness that was
transpiring in Jerusalem. Ezek. 9:4 "And the LORD said unto him, Go
through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a
mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the
abominations that be done in the midst thereof." This mark was applied
so as to exempt the ones marked from the judgment of God upon the city.
Ezek. 9:6 "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children,
and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at
my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the
In the seventh chapter of Revelation God sealed the servants of God in
their foreheads. Rev. 7:3 "Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea,
nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their
foreheads." This sealing identifies the true worshippers or servants of
God with God. This is a sealing of the Holy Spirit as spoken of in the
first chapter of Ephesians. Eph. 1:13 "In whom ye also trusted, after
that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom
also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of
promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption
of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory." Thus in the
conscience of these servants of God they have an assurance of God's
"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." The
phrase "small and great, rich and poor, free and bond" is used to
indicate the universal nature of the mark that is placed in the right
hand and forehead. All, regardless of their station or status, who
worship the beast receive this mark. The mark is identification, but it
is not to be taken as a literal physical mark. It is used to identify
the worshippers of the beast by their works and by their thoughts. Thus
those who believe that they can work (right hand) their way to heaven
and that believe that their will (forehead) is ultimately the cause of
their salvation from sin and the cause of their new birth or eternal
life have been marked in their right hand and forehead. The mark is
their works and their will. However, the word of God says, "So then it
is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that
"And that no man might buy or sell." Buying and selling are terms used
to indicate merchandising. Sometimes there are auctions or other
merchandising arenas that require that the participants have some type
of identifying mark. Only those so marked can participate in the
merchandising. Later on in the book of Revelations Mystery Babylon is
described in much detail. The buying selling and merchandising will be
presented in much greater detail and clarity. Also the identity of
Mystery Babylon, which is the natural city of Jerusalem under Judaism
will also become apparent.
Rev. 13:1 tells us the name of the beast which is blasphemy.
"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." The number 666 is found in the Old Testament three times and
arranged a fourth time (1 Ki. 10:14; 2 Chr. 9:13; Ezra 2:13; Dan.
Chapter 3). In the New Testament the number is derived from three Greek
letters: chi xi stigma meaning six hundred, sixty, and six. 1 Ki. 10:14
and 2 Chr. 9:13 indicate a money base associated with the number. Ezra
2:13 associates the number with the children of Adonikam whose name
means high Lord. The 3rd Chapter of Daniel tells us about the Babylonian
king Nebuchadnezzar setting up an image that was 60 cubits high by 6
cubits wide and when six musical instruments began to play all the
people were to fall down and worship the image that Nebuchadnezzar had
set up. The gist of this is that the number 666 is associated with
man-made and man enforced worship. The penalty for refusing to worship
was death. This man-made and man enforced worship was enforced by the
ruler of the beast (Babylon).
Babel and subsequent attempts to build the
Gen. 10:8 “And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the
earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said,
Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. 10 And the beginning
of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land
of Shinar. 11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh,
and the city Rehoboth, and Calah, 12 And Resen between Nineveh and
Calah: the same is a great city.”
Nimrod was the first of the kingdom builders. It is said above that
Nimrod was a mighty hunter before the LORD. The Hebrew word translated
before also carries the meaning of being “against or opposed to.” Later
when the scriptures speak to us about Babel we will see more of Nimrod’s
opposition to the LORD and his attempts to build a kingdom over all of
Gen. 11:1 “And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2
And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a
plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 3 And they said one
to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they
had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. 4 And they said, Go
to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven;
and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of
the whole earth.
5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the
children of men builded. 6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one,
and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now
nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7
Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may
not understand one another's speech. 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad
from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build
the city. 9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD
did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did
the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”
The LORD had given commandment to the people after the flood: Gen. 9:1
“And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and
multiply, and replenish the earth.” The people were commanded to
replenish the earth and to do that they had to go forth. But under
Nimrod’s leadership the people sought to rebel against the commandment
of God and to build a city and a tower whose top may reach unto heaven
and to make themselves a name so that they be not scattered abroad upon
the face of the whole earth. This was the first attempt to build the
multinational beast to rule over the inhabitants of the earth and God
thwarted their attempts by confounding their languages. No doubt Nimrod
sought to be the ruler over this beast and to bear rule over all
mankind. Many attempts have been made since that time. As we read in
Revelation the great red dragon is behind these attempts in Satan’s
attempts to rule over all mankind.
A subsequent attempt to build a multinational beast is set forth in the
days of Abraham.
Gen. 14:1 “And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel
king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and
Tidal king of nations; 2 That these made war with Bera king of Sodom,
and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber
king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar. 3 All these were
joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea. 4 Twelve
years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they
rebelled. 5 And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings
that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the
Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim, 6 And the Horites in
their mount Seir, unto Elparan, which is by the wilderness. 7 And they
returned, and came to Enmishpat, which is Kadesh, and smote all the
country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that dwelt in
At one point, Chedorlaomer had gathered nine kings under his rule until
five of the kings rebelled against him. Subsequently he smote seven
other tribes as he sought to bring back the five kings that rebelled.
Later we see the LORD intervening when he blessed Abraham and the 318
trained servants to conquer and slaughter the kings in the vale of
Next, we read of a building beast under the King of Syria. 1 Kings 20:1
“And Benhadad the king of Syria gathered all his host together: and
there were thirty and two kings with him, and horses, and chariots: and
he went up and besieged Samaria, and warred against it.” Now, we see
that the size of the multinational beast has grown significantly and now
includes 32 kings under Benhadad, king of Syria. Later we see the LORD
blessing Israel with 7000 men to smite twice the armies of the 32 kings
and thus bring down the multinational beast.
Later, Assryia appears on the scene. In the days of Hezekiah king of
Judah, the kingdom of Assyria had grown to cover most of the civilized
world and went to take captive Hezekiah and the city of Jerusalem. Once
again God intervened and sent one angel who in one night slew 185,000 of
the solders of the king of Assyria. Then the sons of the king of Assyria
slew their father and the kingdom fell.
Next, arose Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon and he commanded an even
greater host of nations and took Judah captive as well. According to the
dream that Nebuchadnezzar dreamed and Daniel interpreted there were
three beastly kingdoms to follow Babylon, which are the Medo-Persian
empire, the empire of Greece and the Roman empire. It was the
multinational beast known as the Roman empire that was ruling at the
time of the birth of Christ. Since the fall of Rome there has been no
kingdom rise to the beastly position of reigning over much of the
civilized world, although the 20th chapter of Revelation tells us that a
seventh beast will arise sometime in the future.
By studying the beasts we learn that Satan uses the beasts to impose his
rule over the civilized world and to attempt to destroy those who will
not worship according to the prescribed manner of the beastly king.