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The Beast

2017-12-16

  • The Beast and the Ten Toes.
  • The Beast, also known as the Man of Sin or the Antimessiah.
  • This man will possess extraordinary power that will shake the very core of civilization.

Dan,8:23-25 “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences (understands sinister schemes) , shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully(“to separate or distinguish.” ) , and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.”

  • They were: (1) Seleucus, who controlled Syria and Babylon, (2) Lysimachus, who ruled Asia Minor, (3) Ptolemy, who governed Egypt, and (4) Cassander, who maintained control over Macedonia and Greece. Alexander’s empire.
  • Rome was insignificant at the time and the lands west of Greece never attracted Alexander’s attention.

2Thes.2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Master shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

  • Another sign that is connected with the Antimessiah is a seven-year covenant that he will establish with many nations.
  • Seven Year Control
  • Another sign that is connected with the Antimessiah is a seven-year covenant that he will establish with many nations.

Dan. 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

  • “Week” here represents the seven years of the Tribulation.
  • In the middle of this covenant he will sever the earlier agreement and exalt himself as dictator.
  • This power grab starts the three-and-a-half years of the Great Tribulation, as also found in Daniel 7:25 and Revelation 12:14

Dan. 7:25 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.

Rev. 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

  • When this occurs, he will cause the sacrifices and oblations to cease or end.
  • System of worship resembling the Old Testament.
  • After he removes the sacrifices he will pollute the temple through an abomination of desolation.

Matt. 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

  • Antiochus Epiphanes IV, when he desecrated the holy place by erecting a statue of Jupiter there and sacrificing swine on the temple altar.
  • From Yahshua’s prophecy it is clear that it will be fulfilled once more under the reign of the Antimessiah, showing that this prophecy is dual in scope.
  • Many prophecies have two fulfillments, one anciently and another future one.
  • Some claim that it might represent the statue that the false prophet gives life to, as we find later in Revelation 13.
  • Whatever it is, the placement of this abomination in the holy place of the rebuilt temple will usher in three-and-a-half years of the Great Tribulation.

Rev. 13:14-15 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.
13:15
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.

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