Revelation is perhaps the most ‘Jewish’ book of the Bible. The symbols echo those given in the Old Testament (Tanakh).
‘The Lamb’ is the antithesis of ‘The Beast’.
The ‘Mark of the Lamb’ is the antithesis of ‘The Mark of the Beast’.
It’s the fuller story of ‘The Beast of the Earth’ which began in Genesis when the serpent entered God’s garden.
“Now the serpent was the most crafty of all the beasts of the earth“. Gen. 3:1 (Septuagint)
In Revelation there is another ‘Beast of the Earth’ which speaks like a dragon (serpent) and enters ‘The Promised Land’ –
Rev. 13:11 “I saw another beast rising out of the earth, it had 2 horns like a lamb but spoke like a dragon (serpent same as dragon -see Rev. 12:9 ‘The dragon is that ancient serpent‘).
2 BEASTS of Revelation 13
The ‘Beast of the Earth’ makes its appearance in Revelation 13 along with another Beast, which rises from the Sea –
The ‘Earth’ in symbol describes the land and people of Israel
The ‘Sea’ in symbol describes the nations
The setting is the last days. The Beast that rises out of the Sea (nations) has 10 crowns on it’s horns. The 10 crowned horns correspond to the 10 toes of the image of Daniel 2 which refers to the time God sets up His Kingdom – the Days of the toes of Daniel 2:44 –
“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.”
The strange Beast of the Sea has 7 heads – the same Beast is described with extra detail in Revelation 17
See: Land of 7 and 10
It is a Beast that exists in symbol only. It portrays foreign nations ruling over Israel.
The 7 heads, even the 8th, all have rule over the Jews, but at different times, for example – the Romans didn’t rule Israel at the same time the Babylonians did, but they were both ‘The Beast’ in their own time. The Beast of the Sea (nations) portrays the same timeline of history as the Image of Daniel 2, but is more comprehensive and includes ALL the nations to have rule over the people of Israel. It is not portraying what happens to the church in Europe down the ages – its focus is Israel and the Promised Land – the Witness of the Jews.
There is a seeming gap in the prophecy while the Jews are scattered. The prophecy resumes in the last days when the Jews return to the Promised Land. (See Revelation – How it Works)
THE FINAL HEAD of ‘SEA’ Beast
Revelation 17 tells us that the final Beast to attack Israel (prior to the coming of Jesus) is in fact the 8th Head of the Beast of the Sea. It’s not a conglomerate army of all the prior Beast Kingdoms. The 8th ‘Head’ is called ‘The Beast’ in it’s own right. It’s accompanied by 10 horns
v8 The Beast that you saw—it was, and now is no more, but is about to come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction…v11 The beast that was, and now is not, is an eighth king, who belongs to the other seven and is going into destruction. The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but will receive one hour of authority as kings, along with the beast.”
This ‘Head’ is identified as Iran which rises as a ‘Little Horn’ among 3 of the 10 horns (Arab nations) turning them to chaos before attacking Israel – See Iran & Israel Coming Conflict
THE BEAST OF THE EARTH
The Beast of the Earth can be identified as Israel – See 666 Counting the Number of the Beast
“Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. This beast had two horns like a lamb, but spoke like a dragon.” Rev 13:11
Although Israel appears to prosper in the Land and is indeed a last day ‘Witness’, she still rejects her Messiah and still has a barren religious system. God is seeking and has always been seeking, Heirs of Abraham according to faith, not bloodline.
Israel is described with 2 horns (Israel and Judah, see Ezek. 37:16) and speaks like a dragon/serpent, the way Jesus described the Jewish leaders who rejected His witness –
“You brood of serpents, how can you who are evil say anything good?” Matt. 12:34
In fact, Israel is no better spiritually than other Kingdoms. The ‘Kingdom of heaven’ was taken from them and given to a people producing it’s fruit – those who believe in Christ (Christians) –
“Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.” Matt. 21:43
THE WITNESS OF BOTH BEASTS
Revelation 13 describes the ‘Beast’ aspect of both Israel (which became as the other kingdoms) and those who ruled her – the ‘Kingdoms of Men’ –
The first Beast (of the Sea) has a healed wound on one head that makes all the world wonder. Revelation 17 gives more detail about this 7th head that only lasts a short time. It was Hitler who trampled the Jews underfoot and shortly after Germany was cut in 2. But it rose from the ashes to become a good friend to Israel. According to Wiki ‘Germany-Israel Relations’ –
Germany is Israel’s largest trading partner in Europe and Israel’s second most important trading partner after the United States.
Thus Israel, the Beast of the Earth has “Kingship among the kings of the Earth” (Rev. 17:18). Even the 7th head that was once her enemy is now her trading partner (See: Revelation the Time is at Hand)
NUMBER NAME & MARK
The Name, Number and Mark’ of the Beast are all identified within the Bible. All belong specifically to the Beast of the Earth (Israel), who should have been the Kingdom of God on earth but never left ‘Babylon’
“The second beast (Israel) required all people small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the MARK or the NAME of the beast or the NUMBER of its name.” Rev. 13:16-17
THE MARK on Forehead or Hand
The ‘Mark of the Beast’ is not something that can be literally seen any more than the ‘Mark of the Lamb’.
However, the mark does appear in symbol on the forehead of ‘The Harlot’ (See ‘The Name’ Below)
Those who follow God were to have His words dwelling in them, described in symbol as being tied on their foreheads and hands
“Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” Deut. 6:8
This is the place the mark of the Beast appears in Revelation 13 –
“The second beast (Israel) required all people small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark or the name of the beast or the number of its name.”
Revelation requires people who wish to be saved out of the Kingdoms of Men, to wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb and have His mark of their forehead
Rev 14:1 With him 144,000 (symbolic number See Who are the 144,000?) who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.
NO TRADE WITHOUT THE MARK
The Beast of the Earth (Israel) requires everyone (In Israel) to have the Mark of the Beast to buy or sell – symbolic language –
No one could buy or sell unless he had the mark—the name of the beast or the number of its name. Rev. 13:17
Jesus condemned the Jews, the traders in His Father’s house – He overturned their tables
In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” John 2:14-17
And quoting Isaiah 56:7 & Jer. 11 Jesus told them it should have been a house of prayer for all nations, but they had made it a ‘den of robbers’ –
He declared, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”
The Jews had robbed foreigners of justice, they had made God’s house a den of Jewish robbers. Jewishness by birth was a stumbling block for the Jews. As Jesus explained to Nichodemas you have to be ‘born again’ not born a Jew, to become a true worshipper of God (See John 3).
The Jews chose to worship the Mark of their Jewishness rather than worship the Mark of the Lamb.
The 4th Gospel includes insight into the fear Jews had, who were torn between losing their inclusion in the synagogue, or following Christ –
His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews. For the Jews had already determined that anyone who confessed Jesus as the Christ would be put out of the synagogue. John 9:22
Many of the leaders believed in Him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue. John 12:42
Jesus also warned His followers that some would be killed by the Jews for following Him (“Worship the Image or be killed) –
“I have told you these things so that you will not fall away. They will put you out of the synagogues. In fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. They will do these things because they have not known the Father or Me.” John 16:1-3
The Jews were the biggest persecutors of the early Christians and are described as the ‘Man of Lawlessness in 2 Thess. 2 See: Man of Lawlessness Identified
“The explanation of a Jewish conspiracy to wreck the early church fits the Man of Lawlessness prophecy as a hand in a glove.” (‘Five Mins to Twelve’ Harry Whittaker)
God’s ideal was for people of any race to become spiritual ‘Israelites’. John the Baptist said that God can raise children to Abraham from the very stones, meaning natural birth wasn’t what mattered – His Kingdom is for all nations –
Modern Israel is further described as a merchant of the earth in Revelation 18 which describes ‘Mystery Babylon’ in the language used for the condemnation of Tyre in Ezekiel 27 & 28.
To ‘not buy or sell without the mark of the Beast’ is the worship of Jewishness within modern Israel – the same problem that existed at the end of the Old Testament
In symbol Israel is also the harlot of Revelation called ‘Mystery Babylon’ – See Mene Mene Tekel Parsin.
She is identified as the ‘Harlot’ of Ezekiel 16 and also the ‘Mother of Harlots’ –
Ezekiel 16:48 “As surely as I live, declares the Lord GOD, your sister Sodom and her daughters never did AS YOU AND YOUR DAUGHTERS HAVE DONE.”
She is caught up with the Kings of the Earth and given a name on her forehead ‘Mystery Babylon’ (a mark), and in her hand she holds a cup of abominations
Israel’s number of can be counted – the time they spent under foreign/ Beast rule while in their land – a total of 666 years before their final scattering by Hadrian in 135 CE (after the Bar Kokhba rebellion). There are gaps in the image below when the Jew have self rule and are scattered from their land – See 666 counting the number of the Beast)
As noted by Harry Whittaker –
“The Book of Daniel contains five separate visions These are found to have several characteristics in common…they are all given a “continuous historical” fulfilment…they all find their great climax in the appearance of Messiah they all include a long gap…Students of the Olivet prophecy will already have recognized that what is being argued for here is the existence in Daniel’s prophecies of the same gap.” The Last Days, Harry Whittaker, Ch. 3
The ‘GAP’ noted by Harry Whittaker occurs when the Jews are not under foreign rule in their own land. It is a prophecy concerning the Jews, not the church. Thus the image below does not go straight from the Greeks to the Romans. The Romans did not capture the land of Israel from the Greeks but from the Jews themselves who had self rule. Their time under foreign rule was 666 years, thus the number of the ‘Beast’ can be counted just as Revelation 13 says –
CALLS FIRE FROM HEAVEN
The Beast of the Earth (Israel) calls fire from heaven. This is what the 2 Witnesses of Revelation 11 do – yet another way of describing Israel
The second beast performed great signs to cause even fire from heaven to come down to earth in the presence of the people. Rev. 13:13
Fire from heaven – See: Two Witnesses – Revelation 11
THE APPEAL TO ISRAEL
Revelation seems to hold a special end time appeal to the nation of Israel. To leave ‘Babylon’ and be part of the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ – the entry is through Jesus the Messiah – the true Passover Lamb.
Revelation shows the ways that Israel got their worship wrong. They trusted in ‘Jewishness’ instead of trusting in God and understanding that real ‘Israel’ is made of every nation and tongue on earth – those who follow the Lamb (Jesus).
Revelation describes Israel as
2 Thess. 2 describes Israel as
THE APPEAL TO ALL
Revelation is also an appeal to everyone to leave the kingdoms of men, which Israel is caught up in, and find shelter by the Mark of the Lamb. Turn to Christ, the only name under heaven by which we may be saved – See Another Passover
THE WITNESS OF ISRAEL
God has used Israel to show that He always keeps His promises. Their return to the Promised Land is a huge end time sign – the harbinger of Christ’s return. Yet it is prophesied they will be defeated one more time before they turn to Jesus their Messiah –
God’s appeal to them is to see where they went wrong and understand the teaching of His Son