In my last post I was attempting to explain the beasts of revelations as I understand them and I stopped at Revelation 13:9, so let me pick up where I left off.
(Rev 13:9 NIV) He who has an ear, let him hear.
If you are a follower of Jesus you have Spiritual Ears and you can hear Spiritual sounds, but if you have not turned to God, admitted that you are flawed and unworthy to live with a perfect God you can not hear and therefore can not understand anything I or anyone else may say about the Bible.
(Rev 13:10 NIV) If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.
This verse along with verse nine reveals to those who have an ear enabling them to hear that Satan’s governments are in charge and the things that Satan wants to do will be allowed by God. Christians would like to think that God will take care of us and rescue us from all evil, but He never said we would live a safe and secure life in this time, but we will when we are resurrected.
(Rev 13:11 NIV) Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon.
This second beast is I believe symbolic of money. Both beasts are abstract symbols and are not beasts in any way shape or form which is different from the dragon in verse 13:1. Though the dragon is a beast it is not referred to as a beast: we are told straight way it is Satan.
This beast comes out of the earth, meaning it did not originate in Heaven: it came from man not God.
This second beast has “two horns like a lamb” and I believe horns are symbolic of the seat of power. In governments horns represent the highest office and here they represent government and the people. Money has no power unless both the people and the government believe in it. Both the people and the government decide the worth of our money. If the people decide that a dollar is not worth a dollar any longer then it truly is not and the government has the power to make a dollar worth more or less in value.
Lambs do not have horns and I think this refers to the Lamb of God. The Lamb of God can save life and money also seems as though it can save life. One can not receive treatment for any aliment without money. One can not have insurance, services of a doctor, or medicine without money. Even those who receive treatment when they have no money would not if someone was not paying the bills for that treatment.
Money can be said to “speak like a dragon” when people believe it will buy the things that only God can supply. People think that it can buy health, peace, happiness and anything else they want, but it really can not. Money “speaks” like Satan.
(Rev 13:12 NIV) He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.
Money gets its power or authority from the government and governments use money to control the citizens of the country. If those who are the authorities want everyone to stop smoking then they just raise the taxes on tobacco to the point where no one can afford to smoke. They have not stopped anyone from smoking and yet they have made it so expensive that no one smokes: so they have stopped smoking. What they have done with tobacco they can do with anything that they wish to control. “O”, by the way it is always done for the good of the people! In this case money has exercised the authority of the government (The beast that came out of the sea) and because nonsmokers think it a good thing they worship (To regard with ardent or adoring esteem or devotion) the government for stopping smoking.
Islam, the head whose fatal wound has been healed, uses the money that oil provides to force subjects in Islamic nations to worship that government and anything else they want worshiped.
(Rev 13:13 NIV) And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men.
It seems that money performs great and miraculous signs, because without money everything that the world views as the wonderful accomplishments of man would not have been possible. There would be no airplanes, cars, research, or anything, but of course there would be little or no abortion, prostitution, gambling, etc.
At the end of this age God will purify this earth with fire. Fire is used to symbolize the ability to purify and to save. A live coal is used to purify and take the guilt away from Isaiah (Isaiah 6:6&7). If a group of Christians give money to build a large church where God can be worshiped and people saved, will the people of the world say God built the church or will they say money built it? The building just like revival meetings and television shows are all in full view of men and not possible without money.
(Rev 13:14 NIV) Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.
The whole world thinks that we should be governed by man, because governments can use money to create armies to protect the citizens and it can set up social security programs to take care of those who are too old to work, and programs to pay for medical care and so forth and we are greatly deceived.
As I said Islam is the head that was wounded and recovered. Islam has much money and it has used it to create a theocracy. Notice that what was once referred to has only a head in verse three is now the whole beast.
(Rev 13:15 NIV) He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.
Breath is symbolic of life and money gives life to Islam. If you do not worship Islam those of Islam will kill you.
(Rev 13:16-17 NIV) He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.
Money has the power to force everyone to do anything it wants. By that I mean those who control money can force anyone. If you want to eat, or be warm, or remain clothed in this world you must pay. If you do not pay taxes on your property the government will evict you. Those who put their faith in money and governments will bring forth (Also a definition of didomi- the word translated as receive) the mark of the beast.
As I said in “HERE IS THE NUMBER OF MAN” a previous post, the number of man is six. The number of man is the same number of the beast and we all start out with that number, but we can receive the number of Christ which is the number “one” and be made a seven. A whole new number but if one puts their faith in money or governments or anything of this world their number will remain or be brought forth into the light as a six.
(Rev 13:18 NIV) This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.
I said in my post on the number of man that six is just said three times for emphasis like holy is said three times for the same reason.
I think that all of the world and everything in it has the number of six. God has yet to enter into His rest and that will be on the seventh day. Everything here is in the sixth day and if it does not have the number of Christ making it a complete and new number it will remain a six and be destroyed.
Well, anyway that is how I see the beasts in Revelation. How do you see them?