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Beastly Behavior

In “The Beast Rises” we discussed the escalation of the Beast’s power as he extends his influence into every aspect of our lives. This is happening right-now and at this very moment.

Have you not noticed how our nation has sunk to lower and yet lower levels with each passing election regarding how much wickedness we will tolerate from a standing President of the United States? Character doesn’t matter? Morality is subjective? Christians are terrorists?

Think about the perverse shows many allow our children to watch at the movies or on home televisions or worse yet, video games. Wow!

The Beast is Rising right under our petulant and disbelieving noses.

The idea of The Mark is becoming much more acceptable nearly every month and with every new person who receives this financially based new technology our world is one step closer to The Mark of the Beast becoming commonplace.

So let’s see what type of person the Beast will be and how he will likely behave.

Personality Traits of the Beast

((The following excerpts are taken all or in part from “This Side of the Whirlwind.”))

Scripture indicates the Beast will manifest several animalistic personality traits (Revelation 13:2). One of these traits is that of a “leopard” reflecting his willingness to kill. Mind you, these traits will likely be both metaphorical and literal, for The Beast will be swift on his feet, quick witted, and able to turn an entertaining phrase. The Beast’s leopard attribute will expectedly produce an impulsive nature; nevertheless, his intellect will make him difficult to undermine strategically and publically.[1]

leopard

Easy puddy-cat

The Beast’s “bear” attributes will present a calculating, sly, smooth personality with a slippery character. He will appear quiet and unassuming, slow to show his anger or hatred openly.[2] However, the Beast will be vengeful and unforgiving to those who offend him; and thus, he will move purposefully and stealthily against any who create offence or oppose his will.

bear

Not – Smoky the Bear

The Beast will also possess the personality traits of a “lion”.[3] The Beast’s lion nature will produce a person of tremendous power and political/social strength. The lion’s character will shape the Beast into a serious predator that will kill or punish his enemies by rending and tearing their lives or resources. It is also the lion’s disposition to allow others to do his hunting and often killing for his benefit and protection. When offended or wronged, the Beast will demonstrate the lion’s brutally in his willingness to attack his enemies, but only at a safe and discreet distance. God’s people and all those who will not bow down before the Beast will suffer the most.

lion

Not-Clarence the cross-eyed Lion?

Those who will not openly worship the Beast will suffer the full force of his indignation. Though he will outwardly appear confident and powerful, in actuality, he is tremendously insecure and filled with self-doubt and loathing. This is in his nature and the nature of all demonic beings who are constantly burdened with insecurities. Their need to torment humanity is derived from their own constant torment with self-doubt and feelings of unworthiness. This is the fundamental reason behind the demonic need to kill, steal, and destroy the lives of humans. Satan and his minions both love and hate God their Creator, He who has cast the demonic host from heaven. As a result, the demons are driven to torment anything created in the likeness of God.

It can be determined from the events and elements in this chapter that the Beast is the supreme enemy of God and God’s people. The Beast in Daniel 7 is the same wicked king found in Daniel chapters 8 and 11 as well as the Dragon found in Revelation chapters 12, 13, 16, and 20. The Beast presented in these sections is also synonymous with the “Wicked” or “Wicked One,” mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:8.

The Beast is the little horn mentioned in Daniel 7:8, which plucks up and kills three of his fellows. By killing the other three horns, the little horn becomes supreme ruler over his coalition. Through this betrayal, he gains control over the entire ten-nation oligarchy, assuming leadership over the remainder of the world. Though the Beast’s rise to power is complete, his reign will be short-lived.

The Dragon is merely a tool in the hands of God, molded and shaped to perform God’s purposes (Job 1–3). We know from scripture the Beast will be a blasphemer of God (Daniel 7:25; Revelation 13:6). We know he will be a powerful and greedy man devoid of compassion or genuine mercy. At first, he will feign positive though powerful attributes, knowing they are preferred in persons of power and leadership. Daniel 7:20 indicates his very appearance will be fierce and intimidating. Nevertheless, the Beast’s true ability to intimidate will likely come from his subtler qualities. Though he will try to hide his harsher personality traits, he will ultimately fail, as his base nature seeps through the cracks revealing the wickedness at his core.

Bear in mind, as the deceiver, his outward appearance will reflect whatever quality he needs for his public or corporate image. His primary goal will be the destruction of the human race with special attention paid to those who worship God and His Son. The Beast hates humanity, for they are created in the image and likeness of God. God is not only the Creator of humanity but also the Creator of the Beast. The core spirit of the Beast is not human but demonic. He is a killer, a politician and a businessman of the highest order.

On the surface, it will not be obvious the Beast is Satan incarnate. It will also not be evident by his demeanor, actions, or public behavior. He is evil and desires to pollute all mankind with his rebellious nature (2 Thessalonians 2:3–12).

The Beast, through his powerful and successful connections, will likely begin his reign in a senior position of authority possibly over a small country or large corporation. This demon in human form could just as easily enter the public arena through politics or through some small organization on the cusp of real power.

In the beginning, the Beast will appear benign and willing to please others from his unassuming and unpretentious station in life. His deceptions will be subtle, shrewd, and infinitely cruel, bringing destruction and sorrow wherever he goes.

Somehow, the Beast will manage to pass his culpability for a path of destruction onto innocent underlings as well as his superiors and innocent victims.

Ultimately, when the Beast does fall, he will be destroyed by his own insecurities and foolish machinations. As demonstrated throughout God’s Word, the Beast’s steps and days are limited, numbered in accordance with God’s Word and the full measure of God’s purposes (Revelation 19:19–20).

[1] A Dictionary of Bible Types by Walter L. Wilson, MD, DD, LHD (2005), 256.

[2] A Dictionary of Bible Types by Walter L. Wilson, MD, DD, LHD (2005), 34.

[3] A Dictionary of Bible Types by Walter L. Wilson, MD, DD, LHD (2005), 261–262.

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