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The Beast Out of the Sea (17 of 26)
Series: The Book of Revelation
A Verse by Verse Study
INTRODUCTION: Our lesson tonight is one of the most interesting in the book of Revelation, for it sheds much light on the coming world dictator, the beast from the sea and his evil cohort, the "beast from the earth," the world religious leader.
The Antichrist will rule the world, with the world church by his side. The leader of the church, a false prophet, will cause the religions of the world to worship the Antichrist. However, as we will see later, in chapter 17, the false prophet and the world church are destroyed by the Antichrist. Satan will indwell the Antichrist and establish his throne in Jerusalem. The entire world will bow down before this world dictator. Remember, it has always been Satan's goal to be worshipped.
Let's look at our outline:
I. THE BEAST FROM THE SEA (VV. 1-10)
A. His Description (vv. 1-3)
1. The beast out of the sea. John said, "I saw a beast rise up out of the sea." The sea represents humanity--he saw this person, who he describes as a beast, rise up from among the nations of the world. In Rev. 17:15, it says, "The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth (the little beast--world church), are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues."
2. Seven heads, ten horns and ten crowns upon his horns. We have already looked at this in Rev. 12:3, with the great red dragon, Satan. He also had seven heads, ten horns and seven crowns upon his heads. It makes sense because the Antichrist will be indwelt by Satan--they work together.
3. The seven heads. The seven heads represent the city of Rome. Rome sits upon seven mountains. This is the location from which the religious harlot, the apostate church will rule. Rev. 17:18 says, "And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth."
4. The ten horns. The ten horns represent th ...
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