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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The European Union is not the beast at this time. Although the dragon controls many beasts and the European Union is under the dragon's control. Only 3 nations of the world is not under the political control of the dragon. Instead, today the beast today is the United States for a clue to Identify the beast is Revelation 13:4 “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?” It is also clear 666 is money and materialistic lust. Dragon represents Satan's political control over the world, today Satan uses the Rothschild family and other secret societies.

Daniel uses beasts to represent nations of great military and economic power in each of their times. First Babylon, then Media and Persia, then Greece, then Rome, then 10 toes from Europe. Eventually, God establishes his own kingdom in opposition to the power of Satan. Near the beginning of this 7th seal well Jesus come again. Yet at the same time the coming of Jesus is to most individuals the day of their death. We all must prepare quickly for we know not the month, or day, or hour of his coming for each of us.

Thanks Keith but all ten horns or ten successive revival of the Roman empire are located on the seventh head.So it is dangerous to assume about America because of her location which have never been at one time in history under the Roman empire,Babylon, Greece or under the Persian empire.

THE CHURCH OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.

We have seen how god selected from the rest of mankind a group of peoples, chief among whom were descendants of Abraham, and formed them into a Nation. He brought them out of captivity in Egypt under the leadership of Moses and made a covenant with them. He brought them into a land of their own and helped them to establish the ancient State of Israel.

He raised up religious leaders, Kings and prophets, to rule and teach them. There grew up a collection of religious teaching which were different from those of other peoples.

These were put into writings gradually and collected in a book, the Old Testament part of the bible. Under Gods guidance they devised set forms of in which the sacrifice of animal played a central part. Because of their leaders, their teachings, and their bible and their worship, they enjoyed a certain form of unity, and thought of the nation as a person. The prophets often spoke of Israel as the bride of God.

But all these elements were imperfect. Their peoples ruler did not guide them wisely or teach the full truth, their sacrifices were weak signs and their worship too concerned with external forms, their bible was incomplete and they were never fully united.

THE CHURCH OF CHRIST. 

Christ came to bring all these elements to perfection in his Church. He did not take away the Old Testament. Rather he brought it to maturity. It was like a child which he brought to manhood. He said: Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them" (Math.5, 17).

The Church of Christ which we see in the New Testament writings has all the elements of the Old Church, but in a more perfect form. It has a surer religious authority, more developed teaching, a fuller collection of sacred books, a nobler form of worship, and it is united into one Body.

Unlike the Church of the Old Testament, it is not the Church of one nation only, but it is for all men of all times. It is not yet perfect, for it is made up of sinners. But God has promised that it will developed into the perfect Church in heaven.

THE LORDS DAY.

The first chapter of the Book of Genesis arranged the account of creation of Heaven and earth into six days. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all his work which he had done in creation" (Genesis. 2,3).

This was to teach the Israelites that the seventh day, which they called the Sabbath, was to be a day of rest from all work, in order that the people might have time and opportunity for worship, prayer and meditation on the word of God.

They had rules about what could and what could not be done on that day. The scribes and Pharisees of Christs day enforced many additional and unreasonable rules, such as, that it was forbidden on the Sabbath to cure the sick, take a walk or pluck a few ears of corn in the passing through the fields. Jesus made it clear that these laws were not to apply to Christians.

THE SUNDAY.

The Apostles with the Authority of Christ, made the first day of the week, rather than the seventh, the Lords Day.

It is now called the Sunday. It was Sunday that Christ rose from the dead and the Holy Spirit came down upon the Apostles, and it was on the "first day of the week" that all the faithful gathered for the Eucharist. In keeping the first rather than the seventh day holy the Apostles wished to make it clear that the laws of the Christian Church concerning the Lords Day were not the same as those of the Jews Church.

Sunday is a day of rest from daily work for Christians in order that they may have an opportunity of offering public worship to God and of thinking about Gods truths and their eternal destiny; also that they might have opportunity for rest and recreation in the company of their family and loved ones.

 

Thank you everyone.The best way to learn the truth is to stand from a neutral point and consider all the evidence.Don't take side whether you are a Catholic,Seventh Day Adventist or Protestant.Remember Satan is also called in the Bible as the angel of light.
Pope Leo I also called the Great(AD440-AD461)was the first pope to exercise the power that they now enjoy.Before that they were just equal eith all other bishops of Rome.His epistle called Tome asserts his authority over all others.
Now tradition catholic have always taught that Peter is the first ever pope.But there is no evidence whatsoever in the Bible that Peter did set foot in Rome but Paul did.See Roman 11:13.Interestingly the catholic encyclopedia admits,"we have no precise information regarding Peter's sojourn in Rome.
Also tradition has it that Peter was chosen by Christ Himself to lead the church.But in an early Church conference James uttered these words in Acts 15:19,"WHERFORE MY SENTENSE IS THAT...".Those words shows authority after a debate regarding gentiles.if Peter was appointed by Christ he would have uttered these words but no.James was presiding over the Church at that time.
Now we come to the most interesting part. The 76th pope is Vitalion.There is a copy of his correspondence with Oswy the British king at that time. This corespondence is found in "Bede Ecclesiastical History of the English Nations, Book III." This is an excerpt from one of his letters."HOWEVER WE HAVE ORDERED THE BLESSED GIFTS OF THE HOLY MARTYRS, THAT IS THE RELIC OF THE BLESSED APOSTLE,PETER AND PAUL,AND OF THE HOLY MARTYRS LAURENTIUS, JOHN AND PAUL, AND GREGORY,AND PANCRATIUS,TO BE DELIVERED TO THE BEARER OF THIS LETTER TO BE BY THEN DELIVERED TO YOU."
Now same as all of you I'm wondering if Peter was the first pope, why did Vitalion sent his bodily remains away to England?
So much for the Vatican declaring they have found Peter's remain under the St Peters Basilica.
Now the big question now is who's tomb is under St Peters Basilica in Rome.Could it be the tomb of Simon Magus the pater.He was the father,the papa(pope)of the Babylonian mystery in Rome at that time. He was responsible for John's exile to the Isle of Patmos.
The current pope visited this tomb in 2013.Did he went in knowing who is the real owner of the tomb since Peter was buried in England?Only time will tell when everything will be exposed.
For more on the Babylonian mystery religion and Simon Magus see 'The Two Babylonians by Elexander Hislop.

Can you send a post code  of where about in England his burial site is AND some  proof of this source.Don't send me a link which have virus on it please.

I will taking photos in next few days and post it here once i get if off you.

Sorry Ann for I just saw your question today.
St Germanus is said to have buried the remains of the apostles Peter, Paul and others at St Alban cathedral in England.
You can start out from there.
God bless you
Have you as a Christian ever considered yourself blessed in having the opportunity to have this unique relationship with our Creator.
Well this is the later days mentioned so many times in the Bible and God wants as many audience possible to hear the Gospel before the end comes.
God told Daniel to close up or seal up those prophecies because it is meant to be understood in the later days which is now. So as of now those sealed up prophecies should be opened, people warned before tribulation.
Now there is a belief that God is fighting a losing battle against Satan. Put this very clearly in your mind that God had anticipated very well about what will happen and He had His own plan for now and when Christ returns.He knows people will flock to Satan's kingdom. But He also had a plan for what He terms as the remnants or those who will endure to the end.
Now let us see the above described beast starting from verse eleven to eighteen. It paints itself as a lamb but acts as a dragon.We know very well a dragon is a carnivorous beast.It breaks people to pieces. It creates fear in people when it sheds its sheepskin.
God now wants those who are willing to understand this prophecy.
Pope Leo I the Great ruled from AD 440-AD 461.He admired the Roman empire and its systems of governance.He so admired the Roman empire so much that he said it is the most marvelous thing to set eyes upon.So his epistle called the tome made sure that the Catholic church is centralized in Rome and he as pope has authority over all other church bishops.The church can now be ruled from a single place.So he applied all those same principles to the church. And that church thrives on these same principles.
What we have here is an exact image of the Roman empire.An image of the beast. All those who refuse to convert to Catholicism were killed.There were a lot of crusades organized by the Roman empire and the Catholic church dotted down the centuries.
Now we should understand the meaning of the beast of verse eleven.I'll now leave that to you now for the time being.
TC & GB.

The beast from the sea

The dragon (satan's) authority comes to rest in two beasts, both of them symbols of the Roman Emperor.The beast from the sea describe  here is a composite made up of the four beast in Dan 7:2-28 symbolic four empires. The Roman Emperors- and Nero is specially referred to here (see V3 - an allusion to the legend of Nero Redivivus) claimed for themselves the trappings of divinity and introduced Emperor - worship in various part of the empire,specially in the province of Asia Minor where the Book of Revelation is being written.

The author phrases his description of the worship of the beast to sound like a parody of the worship of God and the slain risen Lamb,Jesus. However,the worship of  the beast gets a great following among the peoples of the earth.But those are true followers of the lamb will not succumb to these political pressures: they are prepared for activity and even death (v7-10).The true followers of Christ in any period of history will be subject to tribulations,for these disciples will not go along with every dictate of political powers,and political powers have tendency to adopt god-like postures when they think themselves the superpowers of this world.

The beast from the earth 

The author continues parodying. This second beast probably refers to Roman officials in the eastern part of the empire who used devious ways and means to promote Emperor-worship (V12-15).Christians who refused to succumb to these were obviously discriminated against in the normal course of life.(v16-17), which not an uncommon experience for the disciples of Jesus even till our day.

It is the number of a human being.Its number is 666(v18): Here the author has identified the beast for his readers by using the coded numerology well known to Greeks and Hebrews for whom letters of the alphabet had a numerical value. 

Over the centuries there have many ingenious attempts to decipher this number and  to nominate various persons, including the Pope of Rome,for the number- title.The author is probably referring to the Emperor Nero,whose name 'Nero Caesar' would numerically make up 666.Besides,7 was for biblical people the perfect number,and so 666 would be three times falling short of perfection:the one who poses as God!

                     

                                  ** vinaka**

I'm sorry Ann the Bible is clear on what a beast is.It is a government or kingdom.It would be foolish to ignore the Bible's own interpretation of what a beast stand for.See Daniels 7:23.A biblical beast doesn't fit Roman officials in your own interpretation.
This same beast posing as a lamb is pictured in Revelation chapter 17 as a woman sitting on a beast.
The Vatican is both church and state which dated from the time of the apostles.
Moreover in order to correctly know biblical prophecy, you have to know a lot of history as well.
V3 according to your explanation above is Nero.
But according to history the Roman empire received this deadly wound in AD 476 when Romulus Augustus was emperor. They were overun by Germanic barbarians.
The empire was revived by Justinian in AD 554 thus the deadly wound was healed.

The Bible is not a systematic treatise on Theology, or Morals, or History, or Science, or any other topic. It is a REVELATION of God, of the fall of Man, the Way of Salvation, and of God's "Plan and purpose in the Ages."

The language however of the Bible is of three kinds; Figurative, Symbolical and Literal. Such expressions as "Harden not your heart," "Let the dead bury their dead," are figurative, and their meaning is made clear by the context.

Symbolic language, like the description of Nebuchadmezzar's "Colossus," Daniel's "Four Wild Beasts," or Christ in the midst of the "Seven Candlesticks," is explained, either in the same chapter, or somewhere else in the Bible.

The rest of the language of the Bible is to be interpreted according to the customary rules of grammar and rhetoric. That is, we are to read the Bible as we would read any other book, letting it say what it wants to say, and not allegorize or spiritualize its meaning. It is this false method of interpreting Scripture that has led to the origin of so many religious sects and denominations. There are things that we must avoid in the handling of God's Word:

  1. The Misinterpretation of Scripture
  2. The Misapplication of Scripture.
  3. The Dislocation of Scripture.

Then again we must not overlook the "Parabolic Method" of imparting truth. Jesus did not invent it, though He largely used it, it was employed by the Old Testament prophets. In the New Testament it is used as a "Mystery Form" of imparting truth. Matt. 13:10-17.

In order to understand the prophecies, we need to compare the “foreviews” of Isaiah, Daniel, Paul and John. We will note the similarity of conduct of Daniel’s “LITTLE HORN,” Paul’s “MAN OF SIN,” and John’s “BEAST”; and that Daniel’s LITTLE HORN and John’s BEAST are to continue for the same length of time “Forty and Two Months” or 3½  years; and that Daniel’s LITTLE HORN and Paul’s MAN OF SIN and John’s BEAST are all to be destroyed in the same manner at Christ’s “Second Coming” – we see that they all prefigure the same “Evil Power” which is after the “Working of Satan,” and which John in 1 John 2:18 calls THE ANTICHRIST.

In other words, when we find in prophecy “Three Symbolic Personages” that come upon the stage of action at the same time, occupy the same territory, exhibit the same character, do the same work, exist in the same length of time, and meet the same fate, they must symbolize the SAME THING. 

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