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Question for believers in the "end times"

What do you think the beasts in the bible represent and why? There is beast of land and beast of the sea...What would you think that meant as far as America?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 5:54 PM on Jan. 23, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Which beasts? Beasts in prophecy represent "kingdoms" or "governments."
    Lexylex

    Answer by Lexylex at 6:01 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

  • The beasts in the bible. The two beasts in Revelations.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:03 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

  • America in prophecy---

    Revelation 13:11: “I saw another beast coming out of the earth.” John saw a great nation rising. From where? “Out of the earth.” Daniel’s beasts all rose from the sea. (See Daniel 7:3-7). Water in prophecy represents multitudes of people. Another angel confirmed:

    “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and tongues.” (Revelation 17:15.)
    Thus we have a new nation, with Christian features, rising out of a sparsely inhabited area, with a government without kingly power.
    Lexylex

    Answer by Lexylex at 6:13 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

  • Each word is significant. The true Lamb is Jesus Christ. “Like a lamb,” indicates this nation would have lamb-like or Christian features. A lamb is a young animal, a baby sheep. Thus this nation would at one time be youthful and new. Significantly, its “two horns” have no crowns like the first beast in Revelation 13:2. Crowns represent kingly power.
    Lexylex

    Answer by Lexylex at 6:16 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

  • Revelation 13 also reveals that this exact nation will finally achieve superpower status during the last moments of time, make a major mistake, and lead out in the global enforcement of the mark of the beast. God’s Word reports:

    “And he (the lamb-like beast] causes (he resorts to force) all (his power becomes global), both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their forehead, that no man might buy or sell (the world’s economy is involved) except the one who has the mark.” Revelation 13:16,17.

    Lexylex

    Answer by Lexylex at 6:17 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

  • Thanks! Lexylex those were some really good answers.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:42 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

  • The intent of the author, John, should be taken into consideration when interpreting Revelations.


    We know in Daniel the 4 beasts are the pagan kingdoms that conqured Isreal, so Revelations indicates John's beast is the same kind of thing - a conquering pagan empire. Since it comes after Daniel's four beasts, Rome is the logical canidiate. So evidence indicates that the Revelation beast of the water is the pagan Roman Empire of the early centuries.


     First, Revelation says that will happen "soon" (1:1, 2:16, 3:11, 22:6, 7, 12, 20) which would indicate that most of the events of the book (those that precede the Millennium of Rev. 20:1-10, in which we are now living) should take place shortly after the book was written, likely in the A.D. 60s.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:19 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

  • Second, we are told that the number of the beast is 666 and that this is the number of a man’s name (13:18). Not coincidentally, the persecuting, pagan Roman Empire Caesar Nero, whose name happened to add up to 666 in the Hebrew system of letters.

    Third, the seven heads of the beast are identified as seven mountains (17:9) which is likely to be the seven hills on that Rome was built on. Revelation also speaks of the Jewish temple as if it were still operating (11:1), but soon to be trampled by the gentiles, along with the holy city (11:2). Shortly after Nero’s reign, the gentiles did indeed invade Jerusalem, trample it, and destroy the temple.

    So John was talking about events in the early first century. Of course that doesn't stop people from coming in and puttig their own meaning on the symbols, but I doubt that was the intention of the inspired author.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:19 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

  • Anonymous, I assume you support a Preterist's view? That view is wrong because the little horn (antichrist) especially gains power after Rome was divided into ten parts. Nero came 500 years too soon.
    Lexylex

    Answer by Lexylex at 7:27 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

  • Lion (Babylon)
    Bear (Persia)
    Leopard (Greece)
    Dragon-like animal (Rome)
    Ten horns (Rome’s fall and division)
    Little horn (Nero–this doesn’t fit)
    Lexylex

    Answer by Lexylex at 7:28 PM on Jan. 23, 2009

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