|Where it Came From (Revelation 13:1):
And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea...
What it looked Like (Revelation 13:1-3):
...having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns
ten diadems (crowns), and on his heads blasphemous names. 2 And
the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like of a bear,
and his mouth like the mouth of a lion...3And I saw one of his
heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed....
Who Gave it Power (Revelation 13:2):
dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority...
The Reaction of the People of the World
...And the whole earth was
amazed after the beast;
4 and they worshiped the
dragon, because he gave his authority to the beast; and
they worshiped the beast,
saying, "Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?"
What the Beast Did (Revelation 13:5-6):
...And there was given to him a mouth
speaking arrogant words and
blasphemies; and authority to act for forty-two months was given to
him. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to
blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is those who dwell in heaven....
The Power that Was Given to It (Revelation
...And it was given to him
to make war with the saints and to
overcome them; and authority over every tribe and people and tongue
and nation was given to him...
Who will Worship the Beast? (Revelation 13:8):
...And all who dwell on the earth will worship him,
everyone whose name has not
been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the
Lamb who has been slain...
What Does This Mean to God's Holy People
...If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10 If
anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with
the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and
the faith of the saints." (NAS)