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Revelation 13:1,2 The Beast Arises!
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We pray to HaShem, the Holy One of Israel, to fill our hearts with wisdom and understanding as we continue this study into the Revelation of our chief rabbi, Navi Y'shua and Navi Daniel. With this understanding we pledge ourselves to standing always with Israel.
Having witnessed the birth of the Kingdom of HaShem in Revelation chapter 12, Lucifer's unprecedented attack on world Jewry, and the escape of a remnant of Jews to the mountain fortress known as Petra, Navi Yochanan now continues his future-history.Revelation 13:1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads. On his horns were ten crowns, and on his heads, blasphemous names.Rav Yochanan is still in the magnificent Heavenly Throne Room described in chapter four. The "sea" he is standing before is the "sea of glass" like crystal. As discussed in chapter four, where we read:Revelation 4:6 Before the throne was something like a sea of glass, similar to crystal. In the midst of the throne, and around the throne were four living creatures full of eyes before and behind.As explained, this "sea of glass" signifies material existence (compare Revelation 15:2 where the martyrs from around the world celebrate victory over the Beast). This sea surrounds the Holy Merkabah, the Throne of God. Now Navi John is standing near the edge of this "sea" and looking into it grasping the future history of the planet. To help understand this unfolding scene, think of it like this: The sea of glass is like a huge crystal computer monitor and Navi Yochanan, still in the celestial court room in the spirit form of his vision, is looking into it watching the events unfolding on earth.
At this point in the Revelation, Lucifer and his celestial followers have just been sent into exile to the Earth. Lucifer's Golden One, the Rex Mundi, has been assassinated. Lucifer now possesses and re-animates his corpse and the world looks on utterly amazed.
One can correctly refer to Rex Mundi as "the Beast" at any point during the seven years, however the actual reference is to Lucifer incarnate. Prior to his assassination, indeed doubtless from infancy, Rex Mundi has been a tool of Heylel (Lucifer). He has been been primed for this purpose and genetically engineered to be the "perfect person" for this task. So its really semantics. Even today, wherever he is, Rex Mundi abides in complete harmony with his father, Heylel as he bides his time. We are now given added information about the Beast.Revelation 13:2 The beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.In my planned upcoming commentary of the Book of Daniel we will delve much deeper into this symbolism, however we must invest a bit of time here in order to understand the nature of the Beast.
As stated at the outset of this commentary, to understand either the book of the Revelation of Rebbe Y'shua revealed to Navi Yochanan or the prophecies of Daniel knowledge of both books is required. The Revelation in a sense is the conclusion of the Book of Daniel, it is its sequel, completing the story. Navi Daniel explains this symbolism clearly. Navi John's symbolism of the Beast is taken directly from Prophet Daniel's descriptions of four world governments that would arise during the Age of Rebellion. These empires are as follows:
1. Babylonia (under which he lived)These four Elite governments received their power and authority from Lucifer, the god of this world (II Corinthians 4:4). Daniel describes them as beasts. These four beasts collectively and individually have ruled and are matters of known history.
4. The Roman Empire
This brings us to an important distinction. These and related powers and influences have ruled by a spirit of lawlessness ("anomos" -- I Timothy 1:9). In other words, in opposition to Divine Law (Torah). They manifest an antichrist ("antichristos") spirit, a Torah disobedient consciousness. This anti-anointing spirit has existed throughout history as Navi John tells us in his first pastoral letter:I John 2:18 Little children, these are the end times, and as you heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen.The Antichrist
There have been and are today countless "antichrists," but one man is the Antichrist. From everything we know I believe he is alive today, waiting for the opportune moment to reveal himself to the planet. This man and those who are preparing his assumption to the world throne are manipulating events to this end. How near to completion their plans are is the subject of debate.
The False Prophet
There have been and are today countless false prophets, but likewise one of them will be the False Prophet. As we will discuss later, he will unite the religions of the planet around the deification and worship of Rex Mundi, the Antichrist. He and his organization will oversee the implementation and application of the Mark of the Beast when the time is ripe.
Likewise there have been and are today many moshiachs (messiahs) or anointed persons. For instance Cyrus the Great is referred to as the anointed (haMoshiach) of God as discussed earlier. There is however only one the Moshiach. As Jewish Meshiykhiyyim and Noahide Nazarenes we are convinced that this man is our rebbe, Y'shua haNotzri, "Jesus the Nazarene."
Rex Mundi will be a pretender to that office. He is not who he will claim to be. The leaders of the Four Powers (along with many others throughout history) were "antichrists" but Rex Mundi, possessed and re-animated by Lucifer himself will be the Antichrist, the chief Opposer of God's Anointing and His Anointed (People Israel). The False Prophet and global religion will serve him in opposition to HaShem, the Elect of God and the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
Of the four kingdoms foretold by Navi Daniel we learn the following:
The Four SuperpowersBabylonDaniel 7:4 The first [beast] was like a lion and had eagle's wings; I watched as its wings were plucked and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man; and a man's heart was given to it.We know from Daniel chapter two (2:37,38) that the first of these "beasts" was King Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon under whose reign Daniel lived. This is verified by Prophet Jeremiah as follows:Jeremiah 4:7 A lion [Nebuchadnezzar] is gone up from his thicket, and a destroyer of nations; he is on his way, he is gone forth from his place, to make your land [i.e. the Southern Kingdom of Judah] desolate, that your cities be laid waste, without inhabitant.And again:
4:8 For this clothe yourself with sackcloth, lament and wail; for the fierce anger of Adonai hasn't turned back from us.
4:9 "It shall happen at that day," says Adonai, "that the heart of the king shall perish, and the heart of the princes; and the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets shall wonder."Jeremiah 25:9 behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, says Adonai, and I will send to Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against its inhabitants, and against all these nations around; and I will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and a hissing, and perpetual desolations.The Restitution of All Things
Adonai HaShem controls the affairs of all beings! He used Nebuchadnezzar to punish disobedient People Israel. HaShem had a greater plan in mind however. The fall of the Kingdom of Judah to the first empire was only the beginning of the desolation that would come before the restitution of all things (Acts 3:21). The fall of Judah marked the beginning of the Times of the Gentiles. Referring to this ongoing period, Navi Y'shua warned:Luke 21:24 They [the Jews] will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations [i.e. the Diaspora]. Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.The Diaspora (or "Times of the Gentiles") did not begin with the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE as many Nicene Christians suppose. We have heard the rejection of Rebbe Y'shua as HaMoshiach cited as the cause of the destruction of the Second Temple and subsequent diaspora. Were that the case it would have been done closer to that event, not forty years afterwards. No, these "times" began long before that with the fall of Judah and the First Temple circa 722 BCE. It occurred when the first of the four beasts rose against Judah (Israel). This period will finally end with the destruction of the fourth beast when haMoshiach calls all Jews home to Israel and defeats the forces of Global Elite.
The term "are fulfilled" shows that there is a plan afoot and that Navi Daniel and Rebbe Y'shua were aware of it. It is in the Mind of God that a series of events (personified in the four beasts) must take place as part of the restitution process. These "Times of the Gentiles" began with the destruction of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar's Babylonian forces circa 722 BCE. From that point there was no independent kingdom/country of Israel until 1948 CE, the brief Hasmonean period aside. In the days of Rebbe Y'shua Israel was a Roman province (Judea), not an independent nation. Not until haMoshiach comes will Israel truly be restored. The nation of Israel today is the precursor of the Kingdom of God that will exist under haMoshiach. Only haMoshiach can fully restore the nation (which is why some devout Jews do not support the current nation).
Nebuchadnezzar, the first beast of Daniel's prophecy, was responsible for the destruction of Jerusalem and for leading People Israel into bondage. As Prophet Y'shua said about the generation that witnessed Israel's rebirth:Matthew 24:34 Most certainly I tell you, this generation will not pass away, until all these things are accomplished.For brevity and because this material will be included in detail in my study of the Book of Daniel I will only offer cursory evidence for the remaining beasts referenced by Navi Yochanan. For more detail on the four beasts now, see my study: The Image of the Beast:
Medio-PersiaDaniel 7:5 Behold, another beast, a second, like a bear; and it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth; and they said this to it, 'Arise, devour much flesh!'Cyrus the Great is the second "beast." He is referenced in the "kingdom inferior to thee" at Daniel 2:39. Medio-Persia followed Babylon as world superpower and through Cyrus HaShem punished Babylon, a kingdom superior to Persia in every way. The identity of this second Beast is later confirmed by Daniel where he discusses the victory of Greece (the third power) over the Medio-Persians:Daniel 8:20 The ram, which you saw, had two horns; they are the kings of Media and Persia.
GreeceDaniel 7:6 After this I saw, and behold, another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird; the animal had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.This is the third kingdom also noted at Daniel 2:39. Daniel discuses them in more detail at 8:21:Daniel 8:21 The rough male goat is the kingship of Greece; and the great horn which is between his eyes is the first king.And again:
8:22 As for that which was broken, in the place where four stood up, four kingdoms shall rise up out of the nation, but not with his power....Daniel 10:20 Then he said, "Do you know why I have come to you? Now I will return to fight with the prince of Persia. When I go forth, behold, the prince of Greece shall come.
Even as HaShem used Cyrus the Great for His purpose of restoration, so too He empowered Alexander for the furtherance of His Will. Under the reign of Alexander the Great Greece was like a great leopard that moved swiftly and decisively and unstoppable throughout the known world, but its end was even as Daniel foretold: Alexander's Greece was passed on to his four sons who were not his equals and so on. Daniel gives a lot more information on this as we will see in our study his prophecies.
The Roman EmpireDaniel 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, awesome and powerful and exceedingly strong; and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped the residue with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.At the time Daniel wrote these prophecies the city of Rome did not yet even exist (it was established between 753 and 728 BCE in honor of the she-wolf suckled Romulus and Remus).This was 100 or so years after his book was written. The Roman Empire is described in chapter two of Daniel. This fourth beast is different from its predecessors in many ways.Daniel 2:40 The fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron, because iron breaks in pieces and subdues all things; and as iron crushes all these, so shall it break in pieces and crush.One of the unique things about the Roman Empire is that as Navi Daniel foretold this fourth Kingdom never fell from power. It merely subdivided into two legs (the Eastern and Western Empire) and thence into the "ten toes" of Europe. In order to understand the meaning of our current text -- Revelation chapter 13 -- we need to understand in brief what happened to the Roman Empire and its "ten toes." This study is therefore applicable and necessary to understanding the Book of the Revelation, although I will attempt to be as brief as possible since the material will be covered in more detail in my Daniel commentary. There is also more information about this in my study The Image of the Beast.
2:41 Whereas you saw the feet and toes, part of potters' clay and part of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom; but there shall be in it the strength of iron, because you saw the iron mixed with miry clay.
2:42 As the toes of the feet were part of iron and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly broken.
2:43 Whereas you saw the iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the offspring of men; but they shall not cling to one another, even as iron does not mingle with clay.
The Ten HornsIn chapter seven of Daniel as well as here in chapter thirteen of the Revelation, we read of the ten horns of the Beast. In this context the "Beast" references Gentile rule during the Times of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24). The Gentiles rule by the authority of Heylel and the Rebellion he leads as discussed several places in these studies. This is why Heylel was able to offer all of the Gentile nations to Rebbe Y'shua (Matthew 4:8,9) in exchange for his joining the Rebellion. An offer he of course rejected (Matthew 4:10).
These "horns" (ancient symbols of ruling power) or authorities represent the primary leadership of the divided kingdoms that Rome disintegrated into. Each of these Gentile Houses received a metaphorical "horn" as an emblem of Rome's former greatness and eventual reunification. None of these kingdoms/nations however held Rome's near-absolute authority individually, but collectively they always have. Since the fall of Rome until the present day these "horns" and their surrogates have ruled the earth.
As we discussed in chapter 12 of this study, Israel was "chopped down" and "banded" so that it could not be restored nor utterly destroyed before the time was ripe. Again, Rebbe Y'shua explained this as "before the Times of the Gentiles are fulfilled" (Luke 22:25).
Similarly, Rome was also "banded" until the End of Days. Despite repeated attempts by various despots to revive the Roman Empire, the individual governments always failed to "cling to one another" and the attempts failed. In other words, the royal families of Europa (i.e. those with 'the horns') were unable to restore the empire -- until now.
Most of the European Occult lodges and secret societies have worked toward re-unification for hundreds of years. That they are now succeeding with the European Union in the generation that has witnessed the rebirth of Israel is not a coincidence! The bands on both Israel (the Kingdom of HaShem) and Europa (the Kingdom of Heylel) are now being loosened in preparation for the final conflict of the age.
In the Scriptures horns are often symbolic:Deuteronomy 33:17 The firstborn of his herd, majesty is his.Navi John gives us more information as we saw in the previous chapter (i.e. chapter 12):
His horns are the horns of the wild ox.
With them he shall push all of the peoples, to the ends of the earth.Revelation 12:3 Another sign was seen in heaven. Behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven crowns.The global despot will arise in Western Europe (the heart of the Roman Empire). When he does there will be only seven "heads" on the Beast but he will control all ten "crowns." This is because Rex Mundi (the "Little Horn") will defeat three of Europe's powerful Houses as he rises to power:Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one [i.e. Rex Mundi], before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the rootsThe Beast of chapter 13 is the last and most powerful of these leaders or horns. He will rule the revived fourth kingdom in the End of Days.
Even as the Israel of today is not the Theocratic Kingdom, so too the European Union of today is not the fully restored Roman Empire. These two powers are both awaiting their king: haMoshiach and/or Rex Mundi respectively.
Let's look again at the verse we are currently considering:Revelation 13:2 The beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.Nebuchadnezzar (like a lion) was ruler of Babylon. He enslaved the Southern Kingdom of Judah and mocked the God of Israel. Rex Mundi will have a mocking mouth like Nebuchadnezzar (as well as his penchant for the Occult).II Thessalonians 2:3 ... the son of perdition,The devout Zoroastrian Cyrus the Great (like a bear) ruled Medio-Persia. Inspired by HaShem he allowed the Jews to leave Babylon and return to Eretz Israel. Rex Mundi will claim to be Israel's ally at first, many will accept him as haMoshiach. In that role he will call all Jews to move Israel. But then he will seek to devour them as described in chapter 12!
2:4 he who opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshiped; so that he sits as God in the temple of God, setting himself up as God.
Alexander the Great (like a leopard) was ruler of Greece. His forces were swift and powerful. They were civilized and cultured. So too will be the reign of Rex Mundi.
The coming leader will reign over the continent of Europe, he will extend his rule over all the earth and be crowned Rex Mundi (Global Potentate). He will be the final ruler of the re-unified Roman Empire as the EU achieves this status.
Precisely where Rex Mundi will appear is a matter of speculation. Navi Micah and others refer to him as "the Assyrian" (Micah 5:5) and we know he must arise from the Roman Empire in Europe. The Assyrian empire had little direct presence in Europe, however it did reign over the southern Greek Isles. For this and other reasons I pay special attention to the crises currently underway in Greece. If a Jewish Greek leader arises and leads Greece to recovery and victory it will be worth keeping an eye on him. The truth is however, the prophets do not give enough light to pinpoint where nor exactly how the coming despot will (or perhaps already has) enter the world stage.
The Re-unified Roman EmpireDaniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots; and behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth speaking great things.Daniel now speaks directly of the Rex Mundi, the Little Horn.
Again, the fourth beast (the Roman Empire) never fell according to Daniel's reckoning. It did however change. As we discussed in chapters two and three of the Book of the Revelation, religious power equaled political power in the Roman Empire. Through the Nicolaitan priesthood (i.e. the Vatican) Rome co-opted the Derech HaShem ("Way of God") Jewish movement of Rebbe Y'shua and created the Universal ("catholic") Church from which practically all forms of Christianity emerged.
Through the authority of the Roman and Greek Church Universal and Triumphant Europa was indoctrinated and ruled with an iron fist. Only now, in this final church period (Laodicea), is the Nicolaitan Church (Revelation 2:6,9, 3:9) losing its hold as it falls before the might of Islam. The Nicene Church of today has become largely "lukewarm" as Rebbe Y'shua foretold (Revelation 3:14-19). Islam is now successfully uniting as a brotherhood ("al ikhwan") of Shia and Sunni and emerging as the world's largest and most influential religion (other than Secular Humanism which will be the foundation of the coming global religion). The "Mother Church" (Catholicism: Roman and Greek) and her daughters (the Anglicans and Protestants etc.) are, even now, surrendering their authority to the Global State and its religion of Secular Humanism.
The Nicolaitan Nicene Church was created as an amalgamation of the religions of the Empire. The various beliefs were melded onto the basic story line of Y'shua (who was renamed Jesus). Torah was essentially made irrelevant, the biblical holidays and observances were replaced with Pagan traditions, and the strict monotheism of the Jews was replaced by the Trinity dogma common to many Pagan religions. As power was vested in the Vatican and the established lineage of the Popes the New Religion divorced itself from biblical doctrine and the Jewish people.
Through this new universal Roman religion the Elite of Rome maintained their control of the masses. Today however their hold is slipping. Their alterations to the story of Y'shua and their denial of fundamental biblical truths are being challenged by ever more people, or are being declared irrelevant and antiquated. Their flocks are embracing Secular Humanism in droves and most of the non-Muslim world is now essentially Agnostic.
Losing its power over the masses, the next move of the Nicolaitan Church will be the topic of the next chapter of the Revelation. We'll have much to discuss there!
There are two kingdoms:
We must chose sides (Joshua 24:15). Failure to choose is a choice for the Rebellion.
- The Kingdom of HaShem which is administered through the Jewish people (Genesis 12:3, John 4:22, Matthew 23:1-3).
- The Rebellion, which is adminstered through the global Elite.
Through the hierarchy of the Nicene Church and the various governments of the divided Roman Empire the Elite "holders of the horns" have ruled the world for a very long time. Their desire has always been global governance and yet despite the various historic attempts to re-unite the Empire, Europa never again united (Daniel 2:43 above), although under Adolph Hitler and his Nazi regime the Elite came very close.
Today for the first time, in the generation that witnessed the essential prophetic sign -- the rebirth of Israel -- the European Union has almost finalized the reunification of Rome. The Elite are now preparing the way for Rex Mundi and the Roman Empire he will rule.
Exactly as the prophets foretold.
Continue with Chapter Thirteen of the Revelation of Navi Y'shua
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