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Beast of Revelation

Revelation – The Beast
The main “beast” in Revelation is mentioned several times in the Bible. It is quite complex.
First of all, it is important to understand that the beast manifests in many ways over many
years. It can manifest as any group; political, military, or religious that is against the
Kingdom of God. With that being said, let us look at the various aspects of the beast
described in the Bible.
The Four Animals
Revelation 13:1-2 – And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and I saw out of the sea a beast
coming up, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon its horns ten diadems, and upon
its heads a name of evil speaking, and the beast that I saw was like to a leopard, and its
feet as of a bear, and its mouth as the mouth of a lion, and the dragon did give to it his
power, and his throne, and great authority. (YLT)
Daniel 7:3-7 – and four great beasts are coming up from the sea, diverse one from another.
The first [is] like a lion, and it hath an eagle’s wings. I was seeing till that its wings have
been plucked, and it hath been lifted up from the earth, and on feet as a man it hath been
caused to stand, and a heart of man is given to it. And lo, another beast, a second like a
bear, and to the same authority it hath been raised, and three ribs [are] in its mouth,
between its teeth, and thus they are saying to it, Rise, consume much flesh. After this I was
seeing, and lo, another like a leopard, and it hath four wings of a fowl on its back, and four
heads hath the beast, and dominion is given to it. After this I was seeing in the visions of
the night, and lo, a fourth beast, terrible and fearful, and exceedingly strong; and it hath
iron teeth very great, it hath consumed, year, it doth break small, and the remnant with its
feet it hath trampled; and it [is] diverse from all the beast that [are] before it; and it hath
ten horns. (YLT)
The first major aspect of the beast is the four animals. In Revelation, John sees the beast as
one creature with the aspects of a lion, a bear, and a leopard. However, Daniel sees that
beast as four separate creatures: a lion, a bear, a leopard, and one with iron teeth. Both of
these are correct, just from different points of view. The four animals represent four
kingdoms that are opposing the Kingdom of God. Daniel is seeing these in succession, while
John is seeing them as one power against God, outside of time. Without going into to much
detail, here are the four animals:

2 Ch 9:19). 334 As Daniel beheld. “kept looking” that is. that is. the beast lifted from the earth.” The elements of the revelation are most significant. In Ezekiel 17:3. for instance. a great eagle is used as a picture first of Babylon and then of Egypt.. there is agreement that the first empire represents the reign of Nebuchadnezzar or the Neo-Babylonian Empire. whether liberal or conservative. Winged lions guarded the gates of the royal palaces of the Babylonians. therefore. Likewise. In spite of the power indicated in the symbolism of the lion with eagle’s wings. . Daniel in his vision sees the wings plucked and the lion made to stand upon his feet as a man. generally have agreed that chapter 7 is in some sense a recapitulation of chapter 2 and covers the same four empires. In like manner. Rowley comments.The First Animal – like a lion with eagle’s wings. Solomon. he was only a man. 335 he saw the wings plucked from the beast. 7. A few have adopted the former view. but most the latter.C.C. Concerning this identification. had twelve lions on either side of the steps leading up to his throne (1 Ki 10:20. and given a man’s heart. this represents the Neo-Babylonian Empire which began in 626 B. made to stand upon his feet as a man. The lion is a common representation of royal power. the first kingdom is either the reign of Nebuchadnezzar or the Neo-Babylonian empire which he represents. the eagle was the king of the birds of the air. a man’s mind or nature. looking intently. with a man’s heart given to it. In Dn 2:38 we read that Daniel specifically informed Nebuchadnezzar: ‘Thou art the head of gold. no uncertainty that in this chapter. Interpreters of the book of Daniel. The beast is compared to a lion with eagle’s wings. The lion was indeed the king of the beasts. even though he was a great ruler. and ended in 539 B.’ There is. “Of this there is little dispute. This is most commonly interpreted as the symbolic representation of Nebuchadnezzar’s experience in chapter 4 when he was humbled before God and made to realize that. or as Leupold puts it. the lion with eagle’s wings is Babylon’s national symbol and the gates of the city were decorated with lions and dragons Daniel describes the first beast as being like a lion but having the wings of an eagle.

Ostrogoths 10.. Cassander in the west.. The Third Animal – a leopard with four wings and four heads. The Second Animal – a bear with three ribs in its mouth. Franks 3. Vandals 9. 3.C. Visigoths 7. this represents the MedoPersia Empire which conquered three nations: Egypt in 586 B. Lysimachus in the north.C. Lombards We can see that the key animal is the fourth one. which had four divisions and four leaders. because the ten horns are mentioned several times. Suevi 6. Alemanni 5. this represents the Greek Empire from 331 B. this represents the Roman Empire from 168 B.C. Alans 8. The Fourth Animal – strong beast with iron teeth and ten horns. Bavarians 2.D.C. Burgundians 4. As usual.C. to 476 A. Ptolemy in the south. Lydia in 547 B. Rome plays an important role in the fulfillment of God’s plan .. and Selucius in the east 4. which had ten tribes including: 1. and Babylon in 539 B.C. .2. to 168 B.