I am sticking my neck out with this post. Luckily I’m not asking for money 8)
Is the beast the antichrist?
Rev 13:1 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.
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.
Rev 13:3 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.
Rev 13:4 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?
Who is the beast? The most popular view is that it is the antichrist. But is it really? By just reading the above mentioned verses, it seems like the beast is the “system” carrying the seven heads and ten horns. We know from other Scripture that the antichrist or little horn will rise from the ten horns. He is also known as the little horn. So the beast and the antichrist cannot be the same.
Now if we dissect these Scriptures even more, it looks like the beast is the world system that is against God. The seven heads has been explained previously as the seven empires that ruled the world while Israel was a country on its own. Five have fallen; the 6th is and will also be the 7th. They were Assyria, Egypt, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome who will also be the 7th as the revived Roman Empire or today known as the EU. So from the above Scripture we can conclude that the beast is a system and the 7th head is the EU.
Now the popular teaching is that the antichrist will be killed and resurrected. Is this what is written in these verses? No, it is not! One of the heads of the beast will be wounded to death. If the heads are political systems the conclusion can be made that an empire will suffer a deadly blow. Did it happen? Yes, Rome dissolved as unto death. It was never conquered by any army but just crumbled apart.
Now is it wrong to state that the current EU is the head that gets healed? Currently everybody is talking about the EU that will fail because of the economic crisis, but if they rise up, stronger than ever, will the economically stricken world not wonder after them? Remember, if so their power will come from the dragon with great deception.
My conclusion is that the beast is not a person, but a system. Do not wait for a person who is asking you to worship him, but rather for a system who ask you to follow an ungodly way to secure a better future for all. It can already be seen in Greenpeace and the Global Warming junk.
So in conclusion, you cannot have a beast with seven heads and ten horns rising from the sea and call the beast the antichrist and also one of the seven heads getting a deadly wound the antichrist while Daniel states that the little horn rising from within the ten horns, subduing three horns in the process is the antichrist. Somewhere we must decide who the actual man of sin is.
Comments and corrections most needed.