The Beast Rises
How will the Beast come to power?
Right under our noses!
After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. (Daniel 7:7 NKJV)
The fourth beast in the vision is the government of the Beast, which will rise to power during the period of the Latter Days. The organization of the Beast parallels the government of the Red Dragon found in Revelation 12:3 and the Beast that comes up out of the sea in Revelation 13:1–9.
The Dragon with seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads (Revelation 12:3–9) represents the organization of the Beast during the time of Christ. At that time, the world’s center of authority resided with the Seven Hills of Rome and the Roman Empire. The seven crowns in Revelation 12:3 represent this time frame. The vision relates to the first three and a half years of Christ’s ministry and the making of the new covenant. This was and is the first three and a half years of the seventieth week.
The Dragon from Revelation 13:1–9 with seven heads, ten horns, and ten crowns upon his horns is the End Times organization of the Beast. At this time, the world’s recognized ruling authority will be the ten-nation oligarchy, represented by the ten crowns. As previously mentioned, the kings will be the ten rulers or CEOs who yield their power and authority to the Beast (Revelation 17:9–13). This vision is taking place during the second three-and-a-half-year period, also known as the last half of the seventieth week. Bear in mind, these leaders may or may not be in the forefront. It is possible they will merely delegate their orders through others.
I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words. (Daniel 7:8 NKJV)
This verse conveys the idea the Beast or little horn will initially approach the world in an unassuming fashion, appearing innocent and nonthreatening. He will captivate the people of the world in a non-confrontational way by use of flatteries. The beast will accomplish his will behind the scenes at first, initially defeating three of his peers in order to seize complete control. His power-grab is paralleled in Daniel 11:21–22.
“And in his place shall arise a vile person, to whom they will not give the honor of royalty; but he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue” (Daniel 11:21 NKJV).
Remember, this is the Beast who will rule the world through a ten leader oligarchy.
24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. 25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time. (Daniel 7:24-25 NIV)
For a period of three and a half years the Beast will have near free reign over humanity. During the first two and a half years of the Great Consummation the Body of Christ will endure the crucible which is designed to separate True-Christians from Pseudo-Christian as God challenges His people to remain faithful and endure to the end. (Daniel 11:31-35)
The Beast will:
- not possess honor or mercy for he will be a contemptible person.
- fraudulently take the place of the King of the North, a coalition which will include Russia.
- begin his reign by encouraging the people and promoting feelings of safety and well-being.
- Though his followers will initially feel at peace under his perverse administration, his true colors and agenda will eventually become known.
- achieve the majority of his goals through a temporary though fraudulent peace and prosperity; however, the Beast will eventually betray his followers through acts of intrigue and vain flatteries.
- Finally take the people for all they are worth, thus destroying their immortal souls.
Once the Beast has seized power, he will scatter and destroy two-thirds of all Christianity (Zechariah 13:7).
“With the force of a flood they [Christians] shall be swept away from before him and be broken, and also the prince of the covenant” (Daniel 11:22 NKJV emphasis added).
- For their refusal to receive his new financial system and implant (the Mark), the saints will be scattered and broken, driven out and killed (Zechariah 13:8).
- The prince of the covenant, [Christ]
- The church, representing the people of the covenant, also known as the Body of Christ will be forced to flee into wilderness areas, forests and deserts in order to hide and hopefully survive (Matthew 24:15–22).
Each event is an action in the fulfillment of prophecy and the covenant of Jesus Christ. (Daniel 9:24-27)
We will touch on the significant attributes of the Beast in the next post “Attributes of the Beast”.
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