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Friday, December 12, 2014

The Beast That Was And Is Not


THE BEAST THAT WAS AND IS NOT

Editors Note:  This article, originally posted on 12/12/2014, has been edited and mostly trashed on 7/12/2018 to reflect my current views since I no longer accept the dispensational, the unfulfilled 70th week of Daniel, and the Revelation as a roadmap of the so-called period of tribulation misunderstanding.


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Revelation 17:8-12 KJV  The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.  (9)  And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.  (10)  And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.  (11)  And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.  (12)  And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
Revelation 17:9 NET  (This requires a mind that has wisdom.) The seven heads are seven mountains the woman sits on. They are also seven kings:

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. (Revelation 12:3 KJV)

The composite beast of Revelation 12 has 7 crowns on its 7 heads whereas the beast in chapter 12 has 10 crowns on its 10 horns.  This beast is Satan, but the image is symbolic of Satan’s 7 historical empires that has attempted to destroy and deny the blood line of the Messiah and later, the birth and then the life of Jesus, the Messiah. 

It is also important to note that the beast “shall ascend out of the bottomless pit (abyss).  We generally refer to the beast as the antichrist or a person inspired or perhaps possessed by Satan.  Therefore the beast is a kingdom and a person, actually only the heads are persons as we will discuss later.  This is important because empires/nations/kingdoms do not ascend out of the bottomless pit, only dead people can perhaps be given that opportunity.

Verse 9 states that the seven heads are seven mountains (the seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth), and verse 10 states the seven heads are also seven kings (They are also seven kings NET).  Again, it will be pointed out that only the KJV says, “There are seven kings” while the majority of versions state, “They are seven kings.”  The actually Greek text should translate as “they are” and not “There are” which has created somewhat of a problem in eschatological writings.

And there (they) are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.   (Revelation 17:10-11 KJV)

BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR:  The Greek term translated “delusion” is literally “the in-working of error.” The expression is a very important one, and shows the source and mode of operation of the error. The whole thing is internal, and is opposed to the in-working of the Holy Spirit. Men pursue an evil course until they come to believe it to be right.

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