Satan is warring against the true people of God. But, there is another group of people who he is working with and promoting, a wicked twisted people. He is going to organize, build, and strengthen this group of antichrist people. He is not going to waste any time, because he knows the time before the end of the rule of fallen man over the earth is now short.
The beast out of the sea represents these satanic worldly people. For the Hebrew, they represented themselves as the “land”, because they were the people of the Promised Land. They represented other pagan Gentile nations as the sea, because they were wild, stormy, and tossed about in chaos. So, this beast system is built in pagan Gentile antichrist people.
We see in verse 1 that it also has 7 heads and 10 horns like the dragon, but 10 crowns instead of 7 diadems. In verse 2, it says that the dragon gives the beast its power, throne, and authority. This beast has the 7 heads which means it claims to be perfect God. It has the 10 horns that mean it intends to have complete authority and power over all mankind. Satan has given each head a crown of his power, throne, and authority; but Satan is the top “god” wearing the 7 diadems of royalty. Remember when Satan tempted Yeshua Jesus in giving Him the kingdom’s of the world if He would bow down to him? Yeshua Jesus refused, but these people do not….they sell their souls to Satan thinking to gain the kingdom’s of this world.
Verse 2 tells us that this beast will operate as a government kingdom. It is described as a leopard, bear, and lion. This brings us back to Daniel’s prophetic vision in Daniel 7. The lion, bear, and leopard represented powerful expansive kingdoms of ancient times…respectively Babylon, Medo Persia, and Greece. In Daniel’s prophetic dream, the 4th beast had 10 horns and represented the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire also had intentions to rule the whole world. They even partnered with the Holy Roman Catholic Church to create a government with required religion. Yet, even when Rome falls and appears dead, Satan raises it up again. This time, he will build it secretly deep under the sea, where no one can see, until he determines it is time to rise up and attack.
This antichrist beast global government is rising up in our day! Are you aware? Are you prepared? Here in Revelation, God gives us prophecy so we will know our enemy and not be fooled or taken by surprise.