The vision that  John is given here  in the 13th chapter of
the book of Revelation is similar to the visions given unto
Daniel in the  7th and 8th chapters  of the book of Daniel.
To understand  the vision of John  we must  go back and
find the revelation  disclosed in  Daniel's visions.  So we
will be researching  the Scriptures in  the book of Daniel
as well as in the book of Revelation.

* Rev. 13:1 * (Study Text)
And I stood upon the  sand of the sea,  and saw a beast
rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns,
and upon his horns  ten crowns,  and upon his heads the
name of blasphemy.

The beast rising up out of the sea means that it will be a
nation,  or world empire.  It's having seven heads and
ten horns means that it will be the seventh world empire
to rise up  and control the earth;  and it will  have ten
nations lending  to it their power  and influence.  There
have been six former heads, or world empires, that have
already risen and fallen; and they are the Babylonian, the
Medo-Persian, the Grecian, the Seleucid, the Parthian,  
and the Roman Empires. The last world controlling power,
such as the United Nations or the European Union, to rise
up in the latter days  will be the seventh head.  The name   
of blasphemy upon the  beast's seven heads means that
the final world power will manifest the same spirit of
blasphemy,  and speaking irreverently of God,  and His
people,  that the empires before it did;  and especially  
manifesting the same blasphemous spirit that the Roman
Empire did.

* Rev. 13:2 * (Study Text)
And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard,  and
his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the
mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and
his seat, and great authority.

Now let's go to the seventh chapter of the book of
Daniel,  and compare the beast  that John sees in
Revelation, chapter 13, to the four great beasts that
Daniel saw in his vision.

* Dan. 7: 2-8 *
Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and,
behold,  the four winds  of the heaven  strove upon the
great sea.
The four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse
one from another.
The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld
till the wings thereof  were plucked,  and it was lifted up
from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man,
and a man's heart was given to it.
And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and
it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the
mouth of it:  and they said unto it,  Arise,  devour much
flesh.
After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which
had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast
had also four heads;  and dominion was given to it.
After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth
beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly;
and it had great iron teeth:  it devoured and brake in
pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and
it was diverse  from all the beasts  that were before it;
and it had ten horns.
I considered the horns,  and,  behold,  there came up
among them another little horn,  before whom there
were three of the first horns  plucked up by the roots:  
and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a
man, and a mouth speaking great things.

The four beasts rising up from the sea symbolizes the
rising up of four world empires.  The first beast to rise
up was like a lion, and it had eagle's wings.  This beast
symbolizes the Babylonian Empire,  ruled by Nebuchad-
nezzar; and the eagle's wings represent the exalted state
of that kingdom.  
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It was told Nebuchadnezzar, by Daniel in Dan. 2:39, that
the kingdom  to rise after his  would be an  inferior king-
dom; and this inferiority is symbolized by the plucking of
the eagle's wings from the lion.

The kingdom that conquered the Babylonian Empire was
the Medo-Persian Empire,  ruled by the two kings of
Media and Persia.   
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Now these two kings,  Darius the Mede,  and Cyrus the
Persian, were most humane in their treatment  of the
Jewish people:  and granted the Jews the right to return    
to their homeland, and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.    
All that Nebuchadnezzar had taken away into Babylon
these two kings restored to the people of Israel; and  
Daniel and the nation of Israel prospered during the reign
of the Medes and the Persians. For Bible references
concerning this time in the lives of  Daniel and the Jews
read from the book of Ezra chapters 1:1-11, and Ezra
9:9;  also read from the book of Daniel in Dan. 6:25-28.
This humane treatment, and the restoration of Israel by
King Cyrus and King Darius is represented by the beast
being made to stand upon it's feet like a man, and then a
man's heart being given unto it.

The second beast that Daniel saw rise up was like a bear,
and it raised itself up on one side, and it had three ribs in
it's mouth.  This second beast symbolizes the Grecian
Empire which was the third world kingdom to rise up and
rule.  It took in all the same territory that the Babylonian
and the Media-Persian Empires  had ruled on all sides
except to the west.  It raised itself up on one side by
taking in Greece and Libya to the west.    
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The three ribs in the mouth of the bear stand for the
three countries of Babylon, Media, and Persia; which
being defeated by Alexander the Great, king of Greece,
became the controlled territory of the Grecian Empire
(devour much flesh).  Therefore,  contrary to popular
belief, the
Roman Empire was the third beast to rise up
in Daniel's vision, and not the fourth. It is symbolized by
the leopard with the four wings of a fowl upon it's back,
and having four heads.  The four wings of a fowl upon
the leopard's back  represent it's  ability to conquer
territories that could only be reached by traveling over
water.  The Roman Empire  controlled all the territory
surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.   
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The leopard  having four heads  means that  it was the
fourth world empire to rule the earth. Two kingdoms did
rise and fall before the Roman Empire began to reign;
and they were the Seleucid, and the Parthian Empires.
But these two empires did not devour more territory, and
their influence and governing power did not warrant them
being compared to beasts, so they are referred to only
as kings (Rev. 17:10).  The leopard was also the beast
given dominion;  this means that  it was given authority
and power to stand, to stand undefeated.  The Roman
Empire  was never  conquered by  another nation or
kingdom,  but there was an end to it's reign.  It was the
only world empire  that was never conquered,  the only
one of which it could be said that it was given dominion.
The Roman Empire merely dispersed to the north, south,
east, and west: and it ceased to reign and rule (it fell).

Continuing with the visions of Daniel from the seventh
chapter of the book of Daniel;  and the vision of John
from the thirteenth chapter of the book of Revelation.
The fourth beast that Daniel saw rise up out of the sea
will be the final world empire, or controlling power, that is
yet to rise up,  or yet to exercise complete control.  This
beast will be  dreadful and terrible,  and more powerful
than any of the  empires before it. This fourth beast in
Daniel's vision is also the same beast that John saw in
his vision.  And John saw  the beast to look like unto a
leopard;  which means that it will have  the appearance
and the adverse characteristics of the Roman Empire,  
which was the leopard,  the third beast, in Daniel's vision.  
The most notable characteristics of the ancient Roman
empire were it's spirit of Antichrist,  and it's tyrannical
authority over all in it's domain.  The resemblance of the
beast to that of  the Roman Empire  may also mean that  
the same nations that were once a part of the ancient
Roman Empire will also be among those numbered in the
seventh and final world power.

The beast in John's vision in Rev. 13:2 also had feet as
the feet of a bear: this means that it will have the strength
of the Grecian Empire,  which was the bear in Daniel's
vision. And the same power to stamp upon it's adversary,
that was so characteristic of the Grecian Empire, will also
be present in the last great beast to rise up in the latter
days.  This power of the Grecian Empire to stamp upon
it's adversary was prophesied of by Daniel in Dan. 8:5-7.

And John saw the beast to have a mouth as the mouth
of a lion. The mouth of a lion  symbolizes the great
roaring and ravaging, and power to tear apart and carry
away captive,  that was so  characteristic of  the Baby-
lonian Empire of Nebuchadnezzar, which was the lion in
Daniel's vision;  for King Nebuchadnezzar carried away
every thing from the land of Israel that had any value.
And he took captive  all the people who  had any wealth,
status, talent or skill, and carried them away also into the
land of Babylon.  
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And so the kingdom to rule the earth in the last days will
do so with all the tyranny, and Antichrist persuasion that
the Babylonian,  the Grecian,  and the Roman Empires
did. Even Solomon with his descriptive words of wisdom
spoke of such an unmerciful rule in the book of Proverbs
28:15, when he said,
"As a roaring lion, and a ranging
bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people."

* Rev. 13:3 * (Study Text)
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death;
and his  deadly wound  was healed:  and all the world
wondered after the beast.

This verse gives us further confirmation that the beast
will resemble the  Roman Empire.  Again,  the Roman
Empire was the sixth head, or kingdom, to rule the earth;
and it was never conquered, nor destroyed, but merely
dispersed, and ceased to rule. So it is the head that was
wounded to death: but when it's deadly wound is healed
the Roman Empire will be revived, and come back to life
after apparent death.

* Rev. 13:4-7 * (Study Text)
And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto
the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying,  Who
is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?
And there was given unto him  a mouth speaking great
things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him    
to continue forty and two months.
And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to
blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that
dwell in heaven.
And it was given unto him to  make war with the saints,
and to overcome them: and power was given him over
all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Again, this vision that John had is very much similar to
the vision that Daniel had. In Daniel's vision of the fourth
beast there's a little horn that rises up among the first ten
horns, and it too, has a mouth speaking great things, and
blasphemy against God.  And it, too, comes against the
saints of God,  and will be allowed to continue a reign of
oppression for a time and times and the dividing of time,
which is forty two months.

* Rev. 13:8-10 * (Study Text)
And all  that dwell  upon the earth  shall worship him,
whose names are not written in the book of life of the
Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
If any man have an ear, let him hear.
He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he
that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.
Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

In the eighth verse  we see that  this will be  a time of
decision for those upon the earth;  for every one at this
time must choose whom they will worship, whether it will
be God or the Beast.  During this time  there will be no
fences to ride, no lukewarm Christians, and no median
for the procrastinator. It will be a day of the ultimate and
final decision;  and it will be an  irrevocable choice for
those who choose to take the mark of the beast. It will
also be a day of retribution, a time of punishment for all
the past evils  perpetrated by man.  The nations shall
receive recompense  for the centuries of  evil done in
them; for this is the day of God's vengeance.

The patience and the faith of the saints speaks of a time
of trial and persecution for them; a time of proving their  
ability to overcome provocation and persecution without
losing their faith and confidence in God:  but standing
steadfast,  they'll trust in their Lord and Saviour to bring
them forth in deliverance.  Jesus forewarned us of these
days of trial and persecution, and  this time of endurance
for the saints in Luke 21:19.  He said,
 "In your patience
possess ye your souls."
 In other words,  those who are
patient and  fully trusting  in God  will obtain  power to
endure to the end, to the saving of their souls.

Matt. 24:13
But he that shall endure unto the end,
the same shall be saved.       

Mark 13:13
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake:
but he that shall endure unto the end,  the same shall
be saved.   

* Rev. 13:11-14 * (Study Text)
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth;
and he had two horns like a lamb,  and he spake as a
dragon.
And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before
him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein
to worship  the first beast,  whose deadly  wound was
healed.
And he doeth  great wonders,  so that he  maketh fire
come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
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.

This second beast coming up out of the earth instead of
rising up out of the sea means that it will be a man, not a
nation.  His having two horns like a lamb means that he
will have the appearance and the place of authority of
someone humble and submissive; but he will also hold a
place of authority and  influence in the Beast,  or world
power.  He will speak words of blasphemy against God,
but it will be  in such a way  that most people  will not
realize that he is speaking lies and deceit.  He will be as
a wolf in sheep's clothing,  in that he will look to be one
thing,  but will be something else entirely.  He will be a
deceiver. This will be the man  called the Antichrist, the
great false prophet:  and the  man of sin,  the son of
perdition,  spoken of by Paul  in the book of  2 Thessa-
lonians.  He will govern through deceit, and will cause the
world to admire him, and to marvel at his abilities, and his
deceitful acts; and all those who are deceived by him shall
be counted worthy of, and shall receive, the same
judgment as he.

2 Thess. 2:3-4
Let no man deceive you by any means:  for that day
shall not come, except therecome a falling away first,
and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is
called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God
sitteth in the temple of God,  showing himself that he
is God.

2 Thess. 2:9-10
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan
with all power and signs and lying wonders,
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them
that perish;  because they received not  the love of the
truth, that they might be saved.    
 

* Rev. 13:15-18 * (Study Text)
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.
And he causeth all,  both small and great,  rich and poor,
free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in
their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the
mark,  or the name  of the beast,  or the number of his
name.
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count
the number of the beast:  for it is the number of a man;
and his number is six hundred threescore and six.

The image  of the beast  is it's resemblance  to the
ancient Roman Empire, and the Antichrist spirit that it
manifested. In the days of the Roman Empire Paul and
John both wrote that the spirit of iniquity was already at
work, and that the spirit of Antichrist was already in the
world. And that same spirit, the spirit of Antichrist, has
been manifesting and  engulfing the world for over two
thousand years.

2 Thess. 2:7
For the mystery of iniquity  doth already work:  only he
who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

1 John 4:3
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is
come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of
Antichrist,  whereof ye have heard that it should come;
and even now already is it in the world.    
 

And so the second beast that John sees coming up out
of the earth,  the Antichrist,  the great false prophet, will
give life, or existence, to the first beast;  and the Roman
Empire that appeared to be dead will live again. And this
beast will exercise power over the inhabitants of the earth
as no man has ever done before him. All those who take
his mark will have their eternal destiny set,  and their fate
sealed with an irrevocable seal for ever more.
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