Who Is This Beast Mentioned In Revelation 13:18? - 666!

Revelation 13:18; "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."

Can someone please elaborate on that?

PLEASE READ THE WHOLE TEXT PROPERLY. THIS IS NOT A JOKE!

Revelation 13:1-18; "1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."

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666 then is the number of Rome and as such is the number of any system headed up by Rome.

Imagine such blasphemy of a man, whether he be a priest or pope, to claim to stand before the people “instead of the Son of God.” The second chapter of II Thessalonians describes him well:

II Thess. 2:4. “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. “

We can now see that this man of sin is truly exposed in Revelation 13:16-18. “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a MARK in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or, sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred, threescore and six.”

Let us not be blind. It is-not by-chance that the major religious movements of today are leaning more and more to Catholicism. It is n
ot by chance that the charismatic movement is becoming an adhesive to cement together Catholicism, Pentecostalism, and liberal Protestantism. It is not by chance that the Anglican church is trying to amalgamate with the Roman Catholic Church. Nor is it by chance that we have World Council of Churches with their one-world church thrust.
Though it is all very spiritual and much activity is taking place, remember the scriptures speak of two churches, one very large and illustrious and one very small and humble.

Don’t be fooled for there is no such thing as “unity and being one” as far as God is concerned unless it is unity around the Word of God.
In this hodge-podge, Catholics are still Catholics and all other respective churches hold to their own creeds with equal tenacity. “How can two walk together except they be agreed?”

There is little regard for basic scriptural fundamentals in this gatherings such as holiness, place of women, correct water baptism, error of infant baptism, and many others. In this mock revival the one dispensable element is the Bible itself.

Scripture nowhere points to a vast end-time revival nor does it teach that the Living Saints at the time of his second coming will be of any great number. Luke 18:8 STATES,” When the Son of Man cometh, shall he find faith on “the earth?”

Just as in Noah’s day (Luke 11:26) God will speak to the Laodicean Church and will call out individuals by his prophet to join Christ, (THE WORD) on the outside of the church. Rev. 3:20 says- “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any MAN hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me. “ That faithful minority will represent His lovely but tiny end-time BRIDE today.
GOD BLESS
Its' funny I do not see the word Rome in the Bible at all nor the Pope so I am assuming that people are also assuming or interpreting that it is Rome or the Pope being 666

For me, pointing at other religion or movements only shows the emptiness or shallowness of ones own connection with God. God creates everyone and everything.

Let God be the Judge! For each of us let us live our lives in union with God. We judge our own selves and endeavour to become better for it.
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. Revelation 13:1-2

Even the description in these very first two verses should help us to realize that this beast is the very same power described in Daniel chapter 7 which we found to be the Roman Catholic Church. Please review Daniel chapter 7 prior to continuing this study.

Words of Care and Concern
Lest some should think that we are attacking fellow Christians by identifying this beast power, please keep in mind that the prophecy is aimed at a system and not individuals. There are sincere, devout Christians in all churches. Revelation chapter 13 is simply a message of judgment and correction upon a large religious institution which compromised with paganism, like so many other churches that arose after her.

Now lets notice the similarities in description:
1. The beasts arise 'out of the sea', 'up from the sea' Rev. 13:1, Daniel 7:3
2. 'like unto a leopard', 'another, like a leopard' Rev. 13:2, Daniel 7:6
3. 'feet of a bear', 'like to a bear' Rev. 13:2, Daniel 7:5
4. 'mouth of a lion', 'was like a lion' Rev. 13:2, Daniel 7:4
5. 'the dragon', 'a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible' Rev. 13:2, Daniel 7:7
6. 'seven heads', (the four beasts have a total of 7 heads) Rev. 13:1, Daniel 7:4-7
7. 'ten horns', 'it had ten horns' Similarities in description Rev. 13:1, Daniel 7:7

Notice also that the beast and the little horn rule for the same period of time:
8. 'forty and two months', 'time, times, and dividing of time' Rev. 13:5, Daniel 7:25

The beast and the little horn have a notable leader:
9. 'number of a man', 'eyes of a man' See The Number 666 Rev. 13:18, Daniel 7:8

The beast of Revelation 13 and the little horn do the same things:

10. 'blasphemy against God', 'speak great words' Rev. 13:5-6, Daniel 7:8, 20, 25
11. 'make war with the saints', 'made war with the saints' Rev. 13:2, Daniel 7:21

Here are some additional points:
Notable power and position comes from the 'dragon':
12. 'gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority' Rev. 13:2

The beast receives a deadly wound:

13. 'wounded to death' Rev. 13:3

This wound is healed and the beast regains worldwide influence and power:

14. 'and his deadly wound was healed' Rev. 13:3

The beast is a religious power that receives worship:

15. 'all the world wondered...and they worshipped the beast' Rev. 13:3-4

It is clear from the books of Revelation and Daniel that the Roman Catholic church is the Antichrist of Bible prophecy. Correctly identifying this beast is important because from it will come the sign, or "mark", of it's authority over the world. This mark, the mark of the beast, or the mark of the authority of the Roman Catholic church, is prohibited by the Bible in the strongest language.

Dear Friends, before continuing on with our last point we want to express this word of encouragement. We know that some of you who are reading this web page may be associated with the Roman Catholic church. We want to assure you that God is not, the Bible is not, and we are not picking on individual Christians. God has His people, who love His Son Jesus, scattered among many different churches and denominations. However God also has a warning message for His people who are in these churches and are following the authority of the Roman Catholic church. We will soon study this final warning message in detail. Please stay with us and lets look at this last point from Revelation 13 together.

In Revelation 13, the mark of the beast is mentioned in the context of forcing people to worship with a death penalty upon the disobedient.
In Daniel an attempt to change God's law is addressed, could these two items be related?
16. 'And he causeth all, to receive a mark', 'think to change times and laws:' The Image and The Mark of the Beast Rev. 13:15-16, Daniel 7:25
A Beast in Bible Prophecy is a Symbol for a Nation

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

The Bible interprets its own symbols so that we need not speculate at all.

Kings and kingdoms are used synonymously in the Bible, where you have a kingdom you also have a king. The following two verses make this principle even more clear:

"These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth." Daniel 7:17

"Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth..." Daniel 7:23


And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. Revelation 13:1-2
The book of Daniel will help us understand the symbols in Revelation.

As chapter 7 begins, Daniel sees four beasts coming up out of the sea. In prophecy, what does a beast represent? What does the sea represent?

"The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon the earth." Daniel 7:23. "The waters ... are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." Revelation 17:15.

Answer: Beasts represent kingdoms or nations. Water represents multitudes of people or large populations.

The four beasts of Daniel 7 represent the four world kingdoms: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome.


The Ten Horns:

The 10 horns on the last beast represent the 10 kings or kingdoms into which pagan Rome was eventually split (Daniel 7:24). (These 10 kingdoms are the same as the 10 toes of the image described in Daniel 2:41-44.) Roving barbarian tribes swept in upon the Roman empire and carved out land niches for their people. Seven of those 10 tribes developed into the countries of modern Western Europe, while three were uprooted and destroyed.

Visigoths--Spain
Anglo-Saxons--England
Franks--France
Alemani--Germany
Burgundians--Switzerland
Lombards--Italy
Suevi--Portugal
Heruli--Rooted up
Ostrogoths--Rooted up
Vandals--Rooted up

"I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. Daniel 7:8

The clues in Revelation 13:1-2: beast, sea, seven heads, ten horns, leopard, bear, lion, and dragon, help us to realize that God is speaking about the same nation that he showed to Daniel.
Think To Change God's Law:

"And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. " Daniel 7:25

God predicted that a power would arise who would "think to change" His Holy law. God gave several points of identification so that those who wanted to know the truth would make no mistake. This issue, the attempted change of the Sabbath, involves some of the most serious warnings in all of the Bible.

Who Is Responsible?
We have looked at several quotations by the Catholic Church claiming the responsibility for the attempted change in God's law, we want to now see if the Bible confirms their statements by looking at the other verses that describe the little horn who would think to change God's law.

American Congregationalist:

"The current notion that Christ and His apostles authoritatively substituted the first day for the seventh, is absolutely without any authority in the New Testament." Dr. Layman Abbot, in the Christian Union, June 26, 1890.

Anglican:

"And where are we told in the Scriptures that we are to keep the first day at all? We are commanded to keep the seventh; but we are nowhere commanded to keep the first day... The reason why we keep the first day of the week holy instead of the seventh is for the same reason that we observe many other things, not because the Bible, but because the Church, has enjoined it." Isaac Williams, Plain Sermons on the Catechism, pages 334, 336.

Baptist:

“There was and is a command to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. It will however be readily said, and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week, with all its duties, privileges and sanctions. Earnestly desiring information on this subject, which I have studied for many years, I ask, where can the record of such a transaction be found: Not in the New Testament – absolutely not. There is no scriptural evidence of the change of the Sabbath institution from the seventh to the first day of the week.” Dr. E. T. Hiscox, author of the ‘Baptist Manual’.

"To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years' discussion with His disciples, often conversing with them upon the Sabbath question, discussing it in some of its various aspects, freeing it from its false [Jewish traditional] glosses, never alluded to any transference of the day; also, that during the forty days of His resurrection life, no such thing was intimated. Nor, so far as we know, did the Spirit, which was given to bring to their remembrance all things whatsoever that He had said unto them, deal with this question. Nor yet did the inspired apostles, in preaching the gospel, founding churches, counseling and instructing those founded, discuss or approach the subject.

Of course I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history as a religious day as we learn from the Christian Fathers and other sources. But what a pity that it comes branded with the mark of Paganism, and christened with the name of the sun-god, then adopted and sanctified by the Papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism." Dr. E. T. Hiscox, report of his sermon at the Baptist Minister's Convention, in 'New York Examiner,' November 16, 1893 (The leader / spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church agrees with this statement.See Below)

"The Scriptures nowhere call the first day of the week the Sabbath. . .There is no Scriptural authority for so doing, nor of course, any Scriptural obligation." The Watchman.

"We believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government."-"Baptist Church Manual," Art. 12.

"There was never any formal or authoritative change from the Jewish seventh-day Sabbath to the Christian first-day observance." -WILLIAM OWEN CARVER, "The Lord's Day in Our Day," page 49.

"There is nothing in Scripture that requires us to keep Sunday rather than Saturday as a holy day." Harold Lindsell (editor), Christianity Today, Nov. 5, 1976

Brethren:

"With the views of the law and the Sabbath we once held ... and which are still held by perhaps the great majority of the most earnest Christians, we confess that we could not answer Adventists. What is more, neither before or since have I heard or read what would conclusively answer an Adventist in his Scriptural contention that the Seventh day is the Sabbath (Ex. 20:10). It is not 'one day in seven' as some put it, but 'the seventh day according to the commandment.' " Words of Truth and Grace, p. 281.
Words of Care and Concern

Lest some should think that we are attacking fellow Christians by identifying this little-horn power, please keep in mind that the prophecy is aimed at a system and not individuals. There are sincere, devout Christians in all churches. Daniel chapter 7 is simply a message of judgment and correction upon a large religious institution which compromised with paganism, like so many other churches that arose after her.

The Little Horn
- 11 Points of Identification

A Nation

"I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things." Daniel 7:8, 20

A Nation

"I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things." Daniel 7:8, 20

The Bible interprets its own symbols so that we need not speculate at all.

"And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings." Daniel 7:24

Kings and kingdoms are used synonymously in the Bible, where you have a kingdom you also have a king. The following two verses make this principle even more clear:

"These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth." Daniel 7:17

"Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth..." Daniel 7:23

Uddy,

You are quoting about Catholic teachings..There is a Law that governs Catholic Teachings. Can you quote from that Law and where in the Law it states what you say the Catholic Teaching is about changing Gods Law. I only Gods Law about the Ten commandments and the Catholics have not deemed it to be changed at all.

Your hangover is about the actual day of Sabbath being a Sunday. Believe me I couldn't care less which day is a Sunday as long as one day is set aside for the Lord.

By the way Personally..I deem everyday to be for the Lord and that I am borrowing it from him..So I use it prudently and wisely....While I worship God daily..I leave Uddy and others to fight over which one is the true day according to their interpretation of the scriptures.
"And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. " Daniel 7:25

But what about changing the "laws"? The Amplified Bible translates "laws" as "the law." The reference is to changing God's law. Of course, no one can really change it, but has the papacy attempted to do so? The answer is "yes."

In its catechisms, the papacy has omitted the second commandment against veneration of images and has shortened the fourth commandment from 94 words to eight and divided the tenth commandment into two commandments. (Check this for yourself. Compare the Ten Commandments in any Catholic catechism with God's list of the commandments in Exodus 20:3-17.) There is no doubt that the little horn power of Daniel chapter 7 is the papacy. No other organization could possibly fit these points. Here are few statements from prominent Catholic leaders.

"The Pope is of so great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even divine law". The pope can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God, and he acts a vicegerent of God upon earth" Lucius Ferraris, Prompta Bibliotheca, art. Papa, II, Vol. VI, p. 29.

"The Sabbath was Saturday, not Sunday. The Church altered the observance of the Sabbath to the observance of Sunday. Protestants must be rather puzzled by the keeping of Sunday when God distinctly said, 'Keep holy the Sabbath Day.' The word Sunday does not come anywhere in the Bible, so, without knowing it they are obeying the authority of the Catholic Church." Canon Cafferata, The Catechism Explained, p. 89.
That is your choice my brother, but the word of God stands firm and we cannot say by altering it, will change God's will to our salvation.
Proverbs 28:9; "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination."
Jesus came and practiced the truth, he was the living word on earth and only us are so choosey taking the sacrifice made at the cross in Calvary lightly.
The kingdom of God abides in God's principle and law, and Satan with his angels wanted to control heaven according to their desire of lawlessness.
Arguing or bashing about Gods holy word will not benefit us, its only our obedience to his sound doctrine that will benefit us very richly in this life and eternity.
"John Paul's goal is a geopolitical structure for the society of nations designed and maintained according to the ethical plans and doctrinal outlines of Christianity as taught by the Roman Pontiff as the earthly Vicar of Christ." The Keys of This Blood, Malachi Martin, Page 455
"Therefore, also in the particular circumstances of our own time, Christians will naturally strive to ensure that civil legislation respects their duty to keep Sunday holy." John Paul II, Dies Domini, 67. The Day of Rest , 1998

"The best way to honor Pope John Paul II, truly one of the great men, is to take his teaching seriously; is to listen to his words and put his words and teachings into action here in America. This is a challenge we must accept." President George Bush, Remarks by the President to Cardinals, Bishops and Catholic Leaders, March 21, 2001

"All of us believe many things in regard to religion that we do not find in the Bible. For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath Day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the Church outside the Bible." The Catholic Virginian, "To Tell You The Truth,” Vol. 22, No. 49 (Oct. 3, 1947).
Uday what is this propaganda? hearsay? or both?
Does it make Christians better people when we go around accusing people of something just because we cant help but go along with the crowd mentality?

Why was president Kennedy shot? That is another propaganda story right there! Along with it's own hearsays and speculation and gossip and hidden facts and God only knows what else.

I call this sort of stuff "heavy conspiracy theorist stuff"!

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