by John Greene
One of the greatest tools of Satan, the original serpent and rebel, is the counterfeit of YHWH’s Kingdom. From the beginning, a deceiving and power hungry spirit of man in partnership with Satan has been working to seduce everyone into the idolatry of self and the idolatry of nationalism through the rule of man. Satan and man have accomplished the same thing through the idolatry of commerce through the rule of man by the corporation. This rebellion is separation from YHWH, the Elohim of Hosts. Continued ignorance and rebellion through idolatry will continue in separation from the Kingdom of YHWH and ultimately destruction along with Satan. You need to know the truth, but there is much more that you must know that most people do not. (“The Real Meaning of Romans 13“; “The Politics of Pride“)
Scripture is listed twice, first as it appears in the NKJV, followed by our ‘direct translation,’ compared from Hebrew and Greek original text. The idea behind translating directly from the original language is to promote greater understanding, keeping in mind that overall context is vital.
1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.
1 Then abiding on the sand of the sea, I saw a beast rise from out of the sea possessing seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, on his head blasphemous names.
2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.
2 Then the beast that I saw was similar to a leopard, and his feet were as a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion, and the serpent gave him his power, and his throne and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.
3 Then I saw the first of his heads which was wounded to death, and his death wound cured. And the whole of the world marveled behind the beast.
This beast rises from (sands of) the sea of mankind through the idolatry of the past through politics, commerce and religion. This blasphemous beast, like the serpent, is in direct opposition to YHWH. This beast is a creation of man which seeks to plant seeds of distortion and deception in all matters on earth to assert its authority over the Most High. By the descriptions in verse 2, it is pictured as a fierce animal (pardalis) with tawny skin and the spots of a leopard. The feet were (arktos) like or of a bear. Arktos is said to be related to arkeo?, both to raise a barrier and to be content, which could indicate control, obstructing through ferocity or perhaps, standing firm through oppression. This man-made beast has the mouth of a lion, relating to roar of Satan in 1 Peter 5:8, “seeking whom he may devour.” This ferocious beast gets its power (dunamis), rule (thronos) and great authority (megas exousia) from the original serpent, the devil. This beast is best described as the Roman Empire, which has been wounded and continually restored through the organization of the pope of Rome, a religious order. The Roman Catholic (“Universal”) Church has founded and now controls many nations through an international banking cartel, international commerce, and international political ties through so-called secret societies and social clubs.
4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”
4 And they worshiped the serpent that gave power to the beast and worshiped the beast boasting, ‘Who is like the beast? Who is able to battle in partnership with him?’
5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.
5 Then given to him was a mouth uttering exceeding grandiosity and blasphemies, and power was given to him to abide forty two months.
By adoring and bowing down to the will of the beast, they worship Satan, the original serpent and rebel, through their agreement in rebellion to YHWH, the Elohim of Hosts. “Who is like unto the beast?” (NKJV) This phrase shows the adoration of the masses that follow after the beast. “Who is able (dunamai) to make war (polemeo) with (meta) him?” Who ‘has the power’ ‘to engage in war’ ‘in company or association’ with him (the beast) is the actual question. This important understanding is typically lost in translation. This is a cooperative gesture for the purpose of furthering the intent of the beast, which is to further its own agenda. This boasting is an advertisement for all to side with the beast in battle, not only in physical war, but against the Will of YHWH by promoting itself as god over Him. This is done through patriotism, nationalism and through philosophies of man that promote humanism and secularism, superiority over Elohim [YHWH] through the power of man. This is done in religion by putting the religious hierarchy of man above YHWH, putting other matters ahead of His Kingdom, and by venerating idols, images, departed saints and the “queen of heaven.” (“The Idolatry Factor“; “What is Idolatry?“; “YHWH’s Revolution“)
This seducing siren call of state-induced idolatry seeks to capture the sentiments of all by any and all means possible, whether through legislation, war, disasters, through religion or through visions of grandeur and profit. It seeks to touch the emotions. This hierarchy of man has become firmly entrenched as god over mankind. In this way, men, women and children are led to rebel against Father YHWH as little serpents, images of the beast. This is truly the state of the world that we live in today! The truth is more insidious than you might believe or what is described here. (“The Beast Seduction of the Masses“; “Religion, Politics, Power & Financial Corruption“; “The Image of the Beast“)
6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against Elohim, blaspheming His name and His tabernacle, and those that reside in heaven.
The beast rises up to blaspheme Elohim, first by twisting Bible truth through the false prophet of religion, then through the persuasion and seduction of those that profess the Messiah, as well as heavenly beings of government that resist the beast for their own ends. Today, disciples of Messiah are Elohim’s tabernacle. Corruption in YHWH’s tabernacle is the corruption in His people, including those that might become part of His Kingdom, through the seduction by the world system that put itself above the Father through false teaching and allegiance.
Rising up against those that reside in heaven doesn’t necessarily refer to the angelic host or the Sovereign Master, but to the rulers of nations and religions that do not wish to submit to the order of the beast. These ‘heavenly beings’ don’t want to cooperate, but to rule with their authority and hierarchy. The beast wishes to create its own reality against all Heavenly authority, setting itself up as god, a counterfeit kingdom with a false ‘Christ’ or Messiah. It does this through false religion and paganism, replacement theology, clever subterfuge, fear tactics and political scheming. (“World Order Built On Money and False Security“)
7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.
7 And it was given to him to make battle in partnership with the saints, and to subdue them, and power was given him over the whole of tribes and tongues and peoples.
When we read through Revelation 13 in most any Bible translation, the picture created is that of the beast actively oppressing YHWH’s people through outright persecution. However, the original language indicates that this is likely to be more subtle in many cases. The original language indicates clever ministry and teaching (didomi, to give or offer) to gathertogether (poieo, to make or band together) in warfare (polemos, battle) with (meta, amid or in association or agreement), in the midst, or in cooperation or in association with the saints. Once again, this indicates seduction and persuasion first before the beast exercises direct measures of force. This seduction is going on right now. Even now, religious corporations, as legal vehicles of the beast broadcast false teaching far and wide. The beast is only too happy to remove a measure of authority and eventually, cash income from these false teachers of religion. On the political and media front lines, the beast seeks to bring people into line with clever advertising, as well as political and humanitarian appeals. Where that advertising does not yield the desired results, this media juggernaut uses fear, usually through speculation, but if not that, then through outright demands. Through the appearance of kindness is how this beast prefers to operate, but voice of the serpent is becoming more dominant. Still, this beast wants to look favorable in the eyes of the world as much as possible as it parades human rights and the ‘common good’ of mankind. The beast seeks to sway the entire world to its thinking with Madison Avenue tactics and alternatively, through threats and measures of brute force. It uses tentacles of its authority to subdue religion directly through the power of the corporation. Ultimately, the beast points at the remaining children of YHWH, disciples of the Messiah that refuse to give in to the ways of the world. The signs of the times indicate that these measures of control are substantially underway. (“Bible Prophecy and the Rise of the Corporation“; “Delusion & the Tightening Noose of the Beast System“)
8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
8 And all that dwell on the earth worship him, those names not written in the book of life of the Lamb, slaughtered because of the founding of the world.
Like Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar, the kingship of the beast will seek the agreement, the worship of all the earth. Anyone that follows in agreement with the beast cannot be written in the book of life. Any that do not follow the beast will ultimately be threatened and oppressed. For now clever teaching and seduction is what the beast champions. The founding of this new order follows the old one that championed diversity. This new order of man champions agreement with its laws alone, as god of the world. All that agree with the beast do so at their own peril, for they will be judged by their actions and destroyed by YHWH Almighty through the judgment of Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah.
9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear.
9 If any has an ear, give audience.
10 He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
10 If any assemble into captivity, they will sink into captivity. If any destroys with the sword, he himself must be destroyed with the sword. In this same place are the endurance and the conviction of the saints.
A choice is involved as to whether each person on earth will follow the beast or follow YHWH, the Elohim of Hosts. Yahshua [Jesus] makes the case in Matthew 26:52: “…for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.” True Christians do not side with the beast by siding with the wars and machinations of the nations under the beast. The beast fully intends to lead every man into captivity or slavery. It sets up unjust dominion over people, often persecuting and imprisoning the innocent. This unjust dominion has always been a tool of nations and the religious authority behind those nations, but this dominion will be refashioned to propagate and increase the authority of the beast today. (“Do You Give Leftovers to Messiah?“; “Are You a Christian First or Last?“)
11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.
11 Then see a different beast ascending from out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb, and uttered as a serpent.
12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
12 And agrees with all the power of the first beast before him and causes the earth and its inhabitants therein to worship the first beast, whose own death wound was healed.
The first beast rose up from the sea of mankind. This different beast rose from the earth, from established authority as a new kind of authority. This beast will work hard to be respectable in the eyes of man, to have a surface of mildness and gentility, even to represent the cause of Messiah, but in a new and different way. This beast represents itself as the deliverer of mankind through its influence as the power under the vicar of ‘Christ,’ as well as through the authority of pagan faiths and various philosophies. It recycles pagan beliefs and philosophies to coalesce and flatter the world. It claims a new age, a new order of man. All those that follow after this beast, including denominations of Christianity that have not cleaned up their teachings based on the truth of the original text of scripture, are now subject to another form of idolatry, originating from the voice of the serpent that pretends to be ‘Christ’ and His Kingdom, a counterfeit kingdom. This kingdom of man will proclaim peace, security and unity under the ‘new authorities’ in place. (“Disciples of Messiah & the Authority of Man“; “The Role of Authority in Your Life“)
13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.
13 And he performs great signs in order that even fire descends from heaven to the earth before men.
14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.
14 and deceives inhabitants of the earth through those wonders which his power cast out before the beast boasting to all the inhabitants of the earth to agree with the image of the beast which had the wound of warfare and lived
Through modern technology, the beast system is able to make great signs, even the ability to falsify information without knowledge by the masses of mankind. Perhaps a satellite will come to do as verse 13 says in a literal way that mankind has never imagined. In this day, “fire from the sky” in a wartime economy is nothing new. Some have hypothesized that John may have seen fiery missiles of war in his vision. Certainly, to John, a vision like this would be a miracle. Could this fire descending from heaven refer to actual miracles or the appearance of miracles as when the priests of Pharoah fought against Moses? Perhaps the miracle is that mankind has so much control over the elements around him, fashioning deadly weapons of destruction, including genetic science. In context, the miracle of such great power has misled many through philosophy or belief, even unto death through personal delusion. It is likely that the great delusion of mankind is the focal point to understanding this vision and the signs of this passage in proper context. (“The Magi of this Age“; “Trading for the Myth of Peace & Security“)
“Now the seventy returned again with joy saying, ‘Master, even the demonic beings are subordinate to us in your Name. And He said to them, ‘Discern Satan as a bright light falling from heaven. See, I commit to you the freedom to trample on snakes and scorpions, even over all the power of the enemy and nothing will at all hurt you. Rather, in this do not rejoice because the spirits are subordinate to you, but to a greater degree rejoice because your names are written in Heaven.” – Luke 10:17-20, direct translation
Just as disciples of the Messiah operate in miracles as foretold by scripture, the beasts will seek their own miracles, much like Pharoah contested with Moses and Aaron. In the modern world, these beasts would be the master of many signs, or the appearances of signs. Just as Satan fell like lightning from the heaven in disgrace, (Isaiah 14:12) these beasts seek to subdue all of nature, including the hearts and personal desires of mankind. Satan is enraged, just as his beasts will become outraged toward all resistance. Ultimately, Satan, his beasts and all that follow them will face judgment based on the fruit that they bear. In the meantime, the beasts have great technology and many proclaimed new discoveries which the masses will follow after with great joy and exclamation. They will come to agree with the ideas and philosophies that the beasts champion because the beasts make statements that sound good and beneficial to all. (“Becoming Your Own God Through General Goodness?“; “Mind Control of the Beast“)
15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
15 Indeed a spirit of power was offered to the image of the beast that the image of the beast may even speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed,
16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,
16 and forces all, small and great, even rich and poor, even free and bond to bring forth a badge of servitude in their right hand or in their foreheads.
17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
17 Even in order that no person would be able to buy or sell except those that held the badge of servitude or the name of the beast or the number of his name.
A spirit of power has been given to the almighty corporation, a clever fictitious invention of man, both to multinational corporations of all kinds, governmental agencies and to the religious corporations. These corporations speak the vile false teaching of the beast. Finally, all non-conformists will be brought ‘to justice’ by the letter of the law in this world order. The beast is in control of commerce through these corporations. The beast will require obedience, a badge that verifies their compliance and the name and number that the beast gives for each individual to use as their own personal corporate entity. (“The Empire Under the Beast“)
18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
18 In this same place is wisdom. Hold understanding, count the number. The beast indeed is the number of man. And his number was Chi Xi Stigma.
The remaining disciples that still follow scripture, hold firm to the teachings of the Messiah and listen to the Set-Apart, Sanctified Holy Spirit will come to understand this message fully. The beast is a fictitious creation of man that mankind sees as real or living. It is a commercial vehicle of power to do great harm (or good) through the collective will of men. This number of prophecy is clearly obvious by the signs of the times, through the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Chi Xi Stigma is not a number, but the idolatrous counterfeit of the rule of the Messiah, the counterfeit kingdom of ‘Christ,’ invented by man himself as a living entity.
Recently, even in the nation that pretends to champion human rights, the United States has added Christians to its terrorist list. In the end, the entire world will adopt a stand that seeks to flush out all disagreement with beast authority. That a disciple of the Master is considered a terrorist is an invention of U.S. government agencies borne of fear and paranoia. Laws that allow authorities to act directly to squash ‘rebels against the beast’ are in place or in process in the name of peace and security. Proposed law in the United States even gives this aspect of the beast the authority to hold people without cause or reason for any purpose and for any period of time. Christians that refuse to bow to the serpent, to agree with him and his beasts are subject to real intimidation, threat and even death. Revelation 13:15 says that they would be killed if that were possible. Disciples that adhere to YHWH’s track of righteousness will be seen as a threat to the unity of man’s political, commercial and religious corporate creation. (“Christians & Religious Freedom in the Last Days“)
“At that time you will be surrendered to pressure and death. You even will be hated under all nations for My authority. And at that time many will be enticed and will betray one another. For many false prophets will rear up and deceive many, for wickedness will multiply. The love of many will be chilled, but they that endure to the end, they will be saved. For that good message of the Kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world for a testimony to all nations, and at that time the end will come.” – Matthew 24:9-14, direct translation
This is nothing new because persecution of Christians has happened before. However, never have these end time signs, nor the global governance of man, filled the whole earth of mankind, all of it within the grip of international government, commerce and religion.
“I have told you these things in order that you should not stumble. They will agree to excommunicate you. Even the hour will come that anyone that seeks to kill you will suppose that he bears a service to Elohim [YHWH]. For these things they will agree to do to you because they do not know the Father, not Me. Other things that follow I have told you in order that as soon as the hour comes, remember that I told them to you. But these things I did not say to you from the beginning because I was in your midst.” – John 16:1-4, direct translation
Whether the truth is popular or not, Christians must be ready to seek and hold fast to the truth of their Savior, regardless of the personal cost. This is not a pleasant idea, nor will it be easy much of the time, especially in the face of a jealous beast intent on control and destruction. While many can be protected, all will suffer inconvenience, trial and quite possibly, death at the hands of the beast.
“Enter in through the narrow gate. Because wide is the gate and spacious the road, put to death through destruction, and many, by their reason, agree to enter. For narrow is the gate and troublesome is the road, the one that leads to life, and few agree to obtain it.“ – Matthew 7:13-14. direct translation
One fact is certain, a stream of exploitation, oppression and tyranny is a constant thread that runs through the history of mankind. Any ‘new empire’ will be built on the backs of those in the old, just as the ‘old empire’ of man always has done, victimizing whole nations of people in the name of profit. All the while, the same banker-religious-political underground has exploited a “higher class” of people that fund the whole charade because of clever Madison Avenue advertising and manipulative psychology. Chasing the almighty dollar has resulted in a grand distraction for billions of mankind, even professed Christians who will lose their souls because of idolatry and apathy for what has been done through Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah. (See the video below for some perspective.)
Christians must not look to the nation of Israel, temple building, or the authority of man fulfilling the Father’s Kingdom on earth as a measure of the last days. Christians must not count on the timing of the rapture or the exact timing of YHWH’s Kingdom, but rather, allowing Elohim and the Counsel of His Holy Spirit to operate through them, to function fully as a new man in Messiah, as they witness to others while there is still time. The number that disciples of the Messiah must count is the cost of discipleship. All else is idolatry and death at the judgment of the Master, Yahshua [Jesus] our Savior. (“The Unpardonable Sin“; “The Abomination That Causes Desolation“; “Perilous Times Hard to Deal With“)
“Keep awake now, praying in all seasons, in order to be deserving to escape those things that follow. Expect this to come to pass and continue in front of the Son of Man“ – Luke 21:36, direct translation