Who is the Sea Beast in the Last Days? He is a Sea Beast!
I will share my thoughts in answering this question. You will need to study and determine what you think to be true. Either way, now that we know some of the descriptive characteristics of the Last Days Sea Beast, we should be better able to recognize it.
Revelation 17:9, “This calls for a mind to consider, that is packed with wisdom and intelligence, it is something for a particular mode of thinking and judging of thoughts, feelings, and purposes. “
This is an in depth study that requires hard thinking. The next lessons are lengthy. But, if you want to know and are willing to study, please continue with me…..You will find that much that has been presented to us as true, is really deception or maybe just ommited in our education. It is always better to know the truth so that you will not be deceived and fooled into making wrong choices. Let’s begin with our first basic identification of this last days sea beast…..
The Sea Beast = this ungodly (antichrist) beast becomes the highest level of governmental authority and dictatorship GLOBALLY. Some people have already recognized this as today’s rising global presence of the New World Order.
There have been huge regional empires throughout the world since ancient times….the Egyptian Empire, the Aztec Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Ming Dynasty, the Greek Empire, the Roman Empire, even the United Kingdom Empire. This last day empire is different because its goals are GLOBAL domination!
It is always good to examine scriptures of the same topic in order to understand the scripture being pursued. Let’s check out some scriptures in Revelation and Daniel to help us better understand this last day global sea beast…..
A Kingdom Empire is a BEAST in Revelation and Daniel….It is a governing power and authority.
Revelation 13:2, “The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.”
God gave John a vision he would understand. These references to animals/beasts as representing kingdom empires would have been familiar to John as he was educated in the Old Testament scriptures including the book of Daniel. So, let’s compare what Daniel says about the sea beasts in his vision….
Daniel 7: 2-7, “Daniel said: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea. The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a human being, and the mind of a human was given to it. And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, ‘Get up and eat your fill of flesh!’ After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule. After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.”
Daniel was living as a captive in Babylon at this time and his vision was looking from his time into the future. We see this vision from the other side…as our past. History reveals that the lion was the Babylonian Empire. It was a soaring, prosperous kingdom whose king Nebuchadnezzar honored Daniel and the Jews at the end of his reign, yet his son dishonored God and lived in immorality and idolatry. Therefore God allowed them to be conquered by Medo-Persia. The Medo-Persian Empire was the bear. They conquered 3 nations to build their kingdom. The leopard that followed was the Greek Empire under Alexander the Great. He had 4 great generals and conquered with great speed like a leopard. After his death, the kingdom was divided out to his 4 generals, the 4 wings and 4 heads. The fourth beast was frightening, powerful, trampling, and devouring. That was the Roman Empire and its mighty Roman armies. It has 10 horns of power that will resist and overcome Rome in the end.
Daniel 2 also explains the king’s dream concerning these same kingdoms. It is about a statue made of 4 different metals, that is the imge of a man or king. Again, history reveals that the head of gold was Babylon (known for its wealth and royalty), the chest and arms of silver were the next kingdom of the Medes and Persians (strong, but not as affluent or strong as Babylon), then followed the belly and thighs of bronze which represented the Greeks (bronze is the metal that symbolizes sin and the Greek philosophy/worldview was humanistic and pagan/Greek mythology and gods). Then came the Roman Empire represented as legs of iron (iron is not beautiful like precious metals, but it is strong and powerful). The 10 toes were a mixture of iron and clay, strong and weak. A rock hits the toes and the statue falls down. Later, we will determine who these 10 toes and 10 horns might represent historically.
Notice that all these beasts came out of the sea? To the Hebrew mind, the sea represents all other Gentile nations. These were empires not living under God, but ruling and dominating in His Promised Land. Not all empires are included in this vision or this dream. They relate ONLY to God’s Promised Land and God’s people. That is what Daniel was inquiring and praying to God about!
Did you also notice that the last days Sea Beast of Revelation in John’s vision has the same animal characteristics as the 4 ancient sea beast empires of Babylon, MedoPersia, Greece, and Rome? These were all “pagan” governing empires which ruled large regions in the MidEast, including parts of Europe and the Near East. In today’s terminology, these empires would be called governments or nations.
We can easily conclude that the Sea Beast of Revelation is also a “pagan” or antichrist governmental system with the goal of domination of people for power and wealth, and will be the ruling government over God’s Promised Land. It will be wealthy and look glamorous; overtake or devour other nations by persuasion or by sudden secretive attack; increase its rule of huge areas quickly by using organized generals; and will rule with a strong, dictatorship hand of military strength. It will not resemble any God created creature, but it will cause people to be amazed and even admire it. In fact, it will be beastly, horrifying, and terrifying. It will trample, devour, and kill anything or anyone it cannot possess. Do you know anything about the New World Order? If so, does this sound like a possible description of it?
Who is the Sea Beast in the Last Days? He is a Sea Beast!