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Forget everything everyone has tried to implant into the minds of men, for most of them have done so for money, and in the process of so doing, they have overlooked these simple yet sublime words from their creator's servants, the prophets.
"Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind" 1 Peter 5:2
Having a "ready mind" means one who is greatly concerned for the eternal salvation of those around them, and not doing it for money (lucre). Therefore it is the opinion of this author that those who have attempted to decipher Johns work while promoting a paid ministry, (Feeding the flock for money) cannot, will not, and never have had the spirit to guide them in achieving the simplicity of understanding John. Understanding the Book of Revelation is a very simple thing to do. Please allow me to give you a demonstration.
Although John does not introduce the beast until the 13th chapter of his vision, it is towards the end of his vision when John shares with his readers just what is his interpretation of the beast. Here is his clue.
"The beast that thou sawest was and is not; ... (Rev. 17:8)
Here is how simple the interpretation of John’s beast truly is. The phrase John used in the verse just quoted "was and is not" is a perfect definition for the word history. The beast is something that use to be and now no longer is, something that was and now is not. The beast is a history!
The History Of What?
The question that immediately jumps into our minds is: The history of what? And just as simple as before, John provides the answer to that question as well.
"And there are seven kings, five have fallen, one is, and the other is not yet come,..." (Rev. 17:10)
The beast is a history of seven kings!!! See how easy it is to understand John? Of course, the next question that comes to mind is who are the seven kings. We will go there in just a minute, but first I want to take you somewhere else. John wrote his vision while on the Isle of Patmos around 97AD. Now apply that fact to the verse we just quoted.
"And there are seven kings, five have fallen, one is, and the other is not yet come,..." (Rev. 17:10)
Let us go back in time now to the year of 97AD when John wrote his vision. According to what John had written, by the year 97 AD five kings had come and gone, one was in power, and the last king, king number seven, had not yet come into power. The rest is just a matter of......HISTORY!
Before we attempt to establish who are these seven kings John gives us one more clue in helping us to understand his vision.
"And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth." (Rev. 17:9)
Take a look at the map below and notice how many mountains surround Jerusalem.
The Importance Of The Seven Mountains
Count the mountains surrounding the city of Jerusalem.
1) Mt. Zion, (2) Mt. Moriah, (3) Mt. Gerizim, (4) Mt. Ebal, (5) Mt of Olives, (6) Mt. Gilboa, (7) Mt. Tabor
What is the significance of this? John has just given us a topographical location as to where the beast, these seven kings, is going to appear. We now know that John's beast is a history of seven kings which will have something to do with the land of Jerusalem. Let us look at one more point of doctrine before putting names on those seven kings.
What Is The Beast's Power?
It is time to turn our attention to Rev. 13:2.
"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."
When the council in heaven convened and the plan of salvation and redemption was presented to the hosts of heaven, (that would be you and I) Lucifer opposed Heavenly Father's plan and suggested that he would make us all do right, taking away our agency, not allowing us to have the power to choose right from wrong, He wanted to place us into his own bondage. This is the only power that Satan has today. Slowly taking away our agency by the sins we commit and our setting at defiance the power of the atoning sacrifice by not repenting of our wrongs thus placing us into bondage of our own sins. This is the power that Satan gives to his beast, thus, as we put names to these seven kings we shall be looking for seven kings who shall place the Judaean Jewry into bondage.
Let us now name the seven kings of John's beast.
King #1: Nebuchadnezzer and his Babylonian Empire from 625-539BC
King #2: Cyrus and his Persian Empire from 539-334BC.
King #3: Seleucus Nicator and the Seleucidian Empire from 324-166BC. (Also referred to as the "King of the North" in Dan. 11)
King #4: Ptolemy Soter and the Ptolemian Empire from 324-166BC. (Also referred to as the "King of the South" in Dan. 11)
King #5: Mattahias, who begins the Maccabaean reign of self appointed kings over the Jews of Judea from 166-37BC.
Thus the first five kings have fallen before 97 AD!!
King #6: Herod, the Great, slays Antigonus, the last of the Maccabaean self appointed kings, marries the last Maccabaean princess, and becomes King over Judea at 37AD, now placing the Jews of Judea under Roman rule and the sixth King is now in place.
This is the kingdom that was in power when John wrote the Apocalypse. What history will show us is that the Romans remained in power up until around the 7th century AD, meaning that the 7th king cannot come into power until after the fall of Rome, or until around 600AD. Keep reading to learn about the 7th kingdom.
The Beast is a type, a foreshadow......
Over and over again the Judaean Jewry were warned to repent or they would lose their covenanted land and the many blessings that came with it. Likewise, today, over and over again, the prophets are warning us to repent and accept the power of the atoning sacrifice that Jesus has made for us, because soon there will be time no longer. And just as the Jews lost their covenanted land, if we do not heed the warnings, we could lose our exaltation.
The Image of The Beast
The image of the beast is relatively simple to grasp. The beast brought about the apostasy. After the apostasy had taken place, mankind, in his quest to worship deity, what was left for him to worship? Perhaps only the images that were left in his mind of what the Gospel of Christ use to be like? Thus the beginning of a multitude of man-made doctrine as they try to remember what they use to have. This onslaught of new man made doctrine suddenly appearing all over the place is what John describes as the image of the beast.
Why the Difference in the Crowns.
In the 12th chapter of John’s vision he is sharing with his readers an event, which took place in our preexistence. You will notice that the symbolic description of Satan in Rev. 12:3 is identical to that of the symbolic description of the Satan’s beast in Rev. 13:1-2 with one exception. Satan, known as Lucifer in our preexistence had seven crowns and his beast has 10 crowns here on earth. Why the difference? In numerology 7 is used to represent perfection and 10 is used to represent completion. Lucifer thought that he had the perfect plan, which is being demonstrated to us by the 7 crowns, and that perfect plan was to place us into bondage making us to do his will, which was rejected and he, along with his followers, were cast down to the earth. Satan then empowers his beast with that plan and the beast was successful in placing the Judaean Jewry into bondage, so much so that it brought about the apostasy, thus the reason why the beast has 10 crowns, to signify he completed his task.
I Believe All People Are...
I believe all people everywhere are inherently good by nature and regardless of what their spiritual beliefs are they do honestly believe their faith was ordained by divine revelation and sanctioned by their God of choice. This is not about people, it's about the power behind them.
Naming the Seventh Kingdom!
Whenever Satan unleashes his attacks on the inhabitants of our world he comes at us from two very distinct and different levels simultaneously; one approach being temporal and the other spiritual.
Here is the Temporal Attack!
Let us go back in time to the year of 90 B.C. Mithradates, king of Pontus, is challenging Rome for commercial supremacy in western Asia Minor. Finally, Pompey makes Syria a Roman province (70 B.C.), Lucullus drives Mithradates out of Asia Minor, and Rome has established Asia Minor as its chief source of revenue. Up until this time, in the analogs of the Mediterranean Empires, all of the beasts have come from afar. Egypt has its wings plucked by Babylon (Dan. 7:4), which began their march from the east, from the mouth of the Euphrates. Then came the Persians following in the Babylonian footsteps. From the west comes Alexander the Great. After the fall of Alexander the Great, Ptolemy I, king of the south (Egypt) now gains control over Judea only to fall into the hands of Seleucids (king of the north). Finally, an uprising with the Judaean Jewry (Macabees) allows the Jews to be somewhat in control of this priceless piece of land called Judea. Why the big fuss over this narrow strip of land? It was the gateway between Egypt and Asia Minor. Whoever controlled this land controlled the trade between Africa and Asia. It was priceless.
However, the Judaean Jewry maintained this land for only a brief moment in history, because shortly afterwards it was squandered by the Herodian Dynasty, during which the birth, life, crucifixion, resurrection of our Lord, and the apostasy, all took place.
Remember now that the sixth head of the beast was the Roman Empire, and they maintained control over the Judaean Jewry up until the fall of Rome during the 7th century A.D. This means that the seventh head of the beast cannot come into existence until after the fall of Rome, which would place us around 600A.D.
It is time to turn our attention towards the Arabs of Arabia, a collective group of nomads that Rome never conquered, nor even thought of them as a threat. In the 7th century A.D., three empires were struggling for supremacy over the gateway between Africa and Asia. They were the Byzantines, the Persians, and the Arabs of Arabia. During the decade from 630 A.D. to 641 A.D., the Arabian forces were under the command of four brilliant leaders:
1) Amr ibn al-As
2) Yazid I ibn Abi-Sufyan
3) Abu ubayadah ibn Jarrah
4) Khalid ibn al-Walid
These four leaders decisively annihilated all Byzantine and Persian armies in Syria and Persia (Iraq and Iran). At the beginning of the next decade Ame ibn al-As marches through Egypt, reopening the old Pharanic canal connecting the Nile with the Red Sea and trading resumes between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, and Egypt is now added to the conquest of the Arabs. North Africa and Spain are now threatened by the advancement of the Arabian forces and by the year 715 A.D. the Arabs had seized the fairest of the Byzantine provinces and had complete control over North Africa and Spain. The Arabian kingdom has now entered into the analogs of the Mediterranean empires.
And, at this point it is important that we remember what the common factor was, and still is, between these seven heads of the beast, and that is that they coveted that narrow strip of land owned by the Judaean Jewry. These seven heads wanted to place the Jews into bondage so that they might have control of their worldly possession, the gateway between Africa and Asia. The beast wanted to place the children of Israel into bondage, which is exactly what Satan's plan was in the pre-existence. This is "his power, and his seat, and great authority" (Rev. 13:2) that the dragon gave to his beast. This was the mission of the first 6 heads of the beast, to bring about the apostasy, to wipe the kingdom of God off of the face of the earth. But the seventh head was given a different mission. His mission is to "stamp the residue " (Dan. 7:7) with its feet. The question that immediately comes to mind is, "The residue of what?" What did the beast accomplish? It brought about the apostasy. The beast wiped Christianity out of that part of the world. And what is the mission of the seventh head? To keep it from coming back!!!!
Satan, in his hate and anger, did bring forth his beast and it was successful in its mission, the apostasy. This is the temporal attack of Satan upon the inhabitants of this world. And it still continues today, because the mission of the seventh head of Satan’s beast is to keep it from coming back, by hiding the truth from the world. But the truth cannot be kept hid forever. It will always come forth; such as it has, and always will.
Here comes the Spiritual Attack!
Please understand that as I identify the spiritual aspect of this seventh head of the beast it is not the people or their faith, it is the power behind them.
Again, let me declare that I believe all people everywhere are inherently good by nature and regardless of what their spiritual beliefs are they do honestly believe their faith was ordained by divine revelation and sanctioned by their God of choice.
With that said, here is the seventh head of the beast. Put it together, look at the time frames, reason it out in your head and heart.
The Islamic faith was introduced into the world during the seventh century AD; the exact time in history when the Arabs began their conquest for the Mediterranean Empire. There are a variety of differences between the Islamic faith and the Christian faith. However, there is only one that is of extreme importance which pertains to this work; and that is Christians believe Jesus is the Christ and the Islamic world does not believe Jesus is the Christ, they think of him as a mere mortal prophet. With that thought in mind let us once again re-read Rev. 12:17: “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” And it is the Islamic faith, which does not have a testimony that Jesus is the Christ, and it is they who continue to make war with those who do have the testimony of Jesus Christ today.
The line of demarcation has been drawn; there are those who have the seal of God in their foreheads, and there are those who have the mark of the beast. There are no alternatives.
So, simply put, what faith in the middle east hates Christianity? What faith declares they are at war with the Christian world? And that is the seventh kingdom of the beast whose responsibility it is to keep Christianity out of their part of the world.
With that being said, take a look at who is running our country today and come to understand his alliance with the Islamic world, more directly the Muslim Brotherhood (the seventh head of the beast) and now you know the future of America. We are destined for a war of unimaginable consequences as he continues to reduce our military strength and on the other side of the coin, continues to give money and weapons to those who wish to destroy us, to the beast.
Our leader claims we are not at war with the Islamic nations, but they are at war with us.
Here’s the bottom line; the beast cannot be stop by any earthly power, nor will it ever rest. It does not sleep, it does not rest, it is a continuous on surge of mayhem with the sole purpose of killing those who have a testimony that Jesus is the Christ, and can only be stopped when Christ comes again.
The beast is alive and well in America!
Think to yourself, ask yourself this question: "Why would the seventh head of the beast be so interested in destroying America?" Because right here in America is where the restoration of all things begins as clearly outlined in the Bible.
There is an answer to all of this confusion and mayhem. There is a way that will give you a much clearer understanding of how to prepare yourself and your loved ones from what is about to be written in the analogs of time. That answer may be found in my book, 777 The Book of Seals. You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on May 21, 2019:
Mike Jones, You and I have many of the same concepts and an equal number of different ones so I will begin with Rev. 13's beast of 7 heads, 10 horns and 10 crowns for a total of 27 nations that came out of the Atlantic Ocean called sea. If we count the number of nations on the Americas we find 7 major or head, 10 horns or war torn and 10 crowns or passive and content nations. We have the head most nation of the United States of America with a mouth of a lion or self-exalting, body of a leopard or sly and cunning with the feet of a bear or strong militarily which is to last for the completion of 42 months or presidents which Donald is the 43rd - the 9th discarnate 31 days after his oath without doing any services and 22nd and 24th are the same person you will find in Google. The Beast is wounded with a deadly wound which was the Civil War and its leader Ronald=6 Wilson= Reagan=6 letters each forming 666 was wounded and lived. Then notice verse 10 says the sword she lived by will kill her, as well as Mystery Babylon in chapter 18:4, before the mark or Christian cross, the number 666 and name Democracy are forced upon her. Thus, the USA is the Beast.
As for chapter 17:9-11's nation that "was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition," I agree, the USA was at this time during the last cycle of earth as suggested by Genesis 1:14 and Ecclesiastes 1:9 (KJV) but has not been since this material civilization began with the Adam and Eve metaphor and will be destroyed again before this civilization ends, per the parable of the fig tree's budding in 1948 when Israel became a nation will be about 2028 or the life expectancy Psalms 90:10 reveals.
We finds Daniel 2:1-45 suggesting historical Babylon was the birthing of this nation as the Image's feet (generally the last thing out when born) that the second rock Moses smote (Num. 20:1-11) or Branch from the root of David (Rev. 5:5 & 12) falls upon to destroy her Like Samson (https://hubpages.com/politics/Samson-Types-World-E... before gathering the 5 (% of the earth population) wise virgins into Armageddon then the last battle destroys everyone like in the Book of Mormons.
That's the difference in what we see although some of the nations in between we do agree on.
Mike Jones (author) from Utah on October 29, 2016:
If the meaning of Islam is submission to God then why do the Islamic terrorist preach killing. That is not the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob.
Guided on October 22, 2016:
Your story seems to make everything fit so nicely together, except for one problem, you have no clue what you're talking about. Christ is the greek word Christos, which is taken from the hebrew word mashiyach, which translated to English means the Messiah, which the Islamic faith calls Jesus, son of Mary, the Messiah.
Please don't spread your ignorance and hatred without proper knowledge. All you do is spread evil when you put out garbage. Jesus preached love not hatred. Do some more studying and pray to the All Mighty God to guide you down the right path instead of putting up blockades for souls who are trying to find the truth. REMEMBER! you will be judged by the same measure you judge others. Jewish, Christian and islamic faiths are originate from Abraham who was one who believed in the One God. The meaning of Islam is the submission to God.
If you are so close minded to only read the bible without studying the Torah and the Quran then you're only seeing 1/3 of the picture. The books represent more than stories of history but each person's struggles within themselves. Love and hate are two sides of the same coin so choose wisely and stop slinging ignorance and hatred. Thank you. May peace be with whoever seeks it.
Johnny on February 04, 2016:
All great spiritual insight. I've fallen into a blackness after my deployment to Afghanistan , I still see things deeper than people around me. Love you people for posting ...for if it wasn't here and now i would not have regret and a open heart to ask Jesus forgiveness as i proclaim him my lord and savior. My heart has been cold after seeing evil face to face eye to eye . And now witness the evil in plain sight ..destroy a nation I fought so hard for. I'm thankful for this very moment.
Mike Jones (author) from Utah on June 06, 2013:
Hello VIP. I welcome all commentaries made in connection to my hubs. With that said, I find your response somewhat confusing. You state that "there are two identical Jesus Christ revelation 17:8." However, Rev. 17:8 is the only scripture that allows one to understand the kingdoms of the beast. And please remember that the dragon (which is Satan Rev. 12:9) gave his power to the beast Rev. 13:2. There is nothing in that verse suggesting there are two Jesus Christ. In fact, I have no knowledge of such a thing period. There is only one Christ, and His name is Jesus the Christ, the only begotten of the Father...
please read VIP on June 05, 2013:
must watch and hear video on youtube titled, "Christ testimony of the churches around the world." there are two identical Jesus Christ revelation 17:8. most of revelation is happening in the spirit world. that's why Jesus said it would be like the days of Noah and Lot. the abomination of desolation is happening in the spirit realm inside all these man made buildings set up for worship. the Christians and catholics, etc are not aware of what's happening to them and around them in these places, (churches -any four wall building representing God to gather believers of Christ). these churches around the world are all connected to "The Great City" Revelation 11, which is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt and Mystery of iniquity. this email is not a joke. Church leaders around the world are searching of the earthly signs. this will not happen until the very last day and hour. God will not allow man to destroy the earth with nuclear bombs. read matthew 3:12 and Revelation 20:9. God sends his son to the earth with the fire behind him consuming all his enemies which are left from the resurrection of the dead and those that are alive. the body of Christ is gathered as the son of man appears at last sound of shofar, he is coming while the wheat are gathered and the tares are left as the chaff and earth is consumed by the fire of God.
smangrum1483 on March 30, 2010:
It is always good to get new views of "the beast". God says that even some of those who are "christians" will be decieved. Keep up the great work.
SamAntone on February 18, 2010:
I read your hub with great interest. I wrote something about a tempter, but it's all fiction. Nevertheless, it's not very LDS doctrine-friendly, and it could get me fired. To make up, I wrote a benign hub about the LDS.
fraziertl on November 19, 2009:
I just know that there is a lot of people out there that needs to pay attention around them.
Rodric Anthony Johnson from Surprise, Arizona on November 14, 2009:
It makes since to me about the mark of the beast.
Donna on March 06, 2009:
Thank you for your words. I was just wondering who the artist was that created the rendition of Rev 13:2?
Mike Jones (author) from Utah on March 25, 2008:
You are so special, thank you for your kind words. We are all just helping each other through this mortal journey. God bless.
Kathryn Skaggs from Southern California on March 24, 2008:
These are wonderful insights into these "mysteries" of which many are confused.
You are a good teacher. I am a grateful student of what you are teaching here. I too, look forward to your next lesson.
I wish you only that success that would perpetuate the truth, for I know that your heart is a true heart.
Thank you for sharing what is in your heart:-)
Mike Jones (author) from Utah on March 24, 2008:
And a Happy Easter to you and yours as well. Thank you.
In The Doghouse from California on March 24, 2008:
Happy Easter Mike,
Finally, all have left my house and I have had a chance to read your HUB. It was a wonderful close to my day. Your analogy of the mark in the forehead and in the hand is so insightful. I will try to remember that as I continue to try and improve on my thoughts and my actions. Thank you for this wonderful Hub. I look forward to your next one about the seventh horn. Again, Happy Easter.
Mike Jones (author) from Utah on March 23, 2008:
Hello Rob, and thank you for your kinds words. I believe that John's work is meant to be understood in these trying times. I will share something very personal with you all in my next hub.
Rob Jundt from Midwest USA on March 23, 2008:
Mike, you have written another excellent hub here. Too many people have attempted to explain the beast to no avail. Your insight here is very simple yet powerful in scope. I'm leaving the mystery to God and just trying to be a more thoughtful apprentice of Christ. God bless!