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The text does not specifically name who the beasts are. The mark of the beast on the right hand or forehead was to be his name or his number (it is unclear as to whether this refers to the first beast or the 2nd beast). There is one additional clue given about the number:

New American Standard Version of the Bible"Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man..."  (NAS)

So who are the beasts?

Although they are not specifically named, it is presumed that the followers of Christ to whom the Revelation was written in those days either knew...or would soon know who it was that would wage war against them.  Certainly the followers of Jesus faced persecution in the time the Revelation was written and continued to suffer intense persecution for the first several hundred years A.D. 

Even today, there are places in the world where Christians fear torture, imprisonment and death.  Today, we are still faced with people teaching false things and people who lead people into false things through various means...including claims to work miracles.  God's call for His followers to remain faithful to His word until death is as true today as it was in the days that John received the Revelation.

What are the instructions given to these bond-servants of God?

"If any person is to be a prisoner, then that person will be a prisoner. If any person kills with a sword, then that person will be killed with a sword. This means that God's holy people must have patience and faith."  Revelation 13:10 (ERV)

We continue to add below to the list of promises that Jesus makes to His followers:

To the Christians
(to those in Jesus' church...the bride of Christ):

Who do what:

Jesus Promises:


Who read, hear and heed the words of this prophecy. He will be blessed. Revelation 1:3
Change your hearts and do the things you did at first. If you don't change, I will come to you. I will take away your lampstand from its place. Revelation 2:5
To him who overcomes. Will grant to eat of the tree of life. Revelation 2:7
To the one who is faithful until death. I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10
To him who overcomes. Shall not be hurt by the second death. Revelation 2:11
To him who overcomes. Will give the hidden manna and white stone. Revelation 2:17
To him who overcomes and keeps Jesus' deeds until the end. Will give authority over the nations....and I will give him the morning star. Revelation 2:26-28
To him who overcomes. Will be clothed in white garments. Jesus will not erase his name from the Book of Life. Jesus will confess his name before the Father and His angels. Revelation 3:5
Because you have kept the word of My perseverance. I will also keep you from the hour of testing. Revelation 3:10
To him who holds fast (to Jesus' words). No one will take your crown. Revelation 3:10-11
To him who overcomes. I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God and he will not go out from it anymore. Revelation 3:12
To him who overcomes. I will write upon him the name of my God and the name of the city of My God (the new Jerusalem which comes down out of heaven from My God) and My new name. Revelation 3:12
Know that those that I love, I reprove and discipline. Be zealous and repent.  Hear my voice and open the door. I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20
To him who overcomes. I will grant to him to sit down with Me on my throne. Revelation 3:21
The ones who came out of the great tribulation who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne shall spread His tabernacle over them.  They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne shall be their shepherd, and shall guide them to springs of the water of life; and God shall wipe every tear from their eyes. Revelation 7:14-17
God's holy people must have patience and faith.  If any person is to be a prisoner... ...then that person will be a prisoner. Revelation 13:10
God's holy people must have patience and faith.  If any person kills with a sword... ...then that person will be killed with a sword. Revelation 13:10

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