Who is the Beast, the Dragon, and the False Prophet? (Part 1)

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Who is the Beast?

We already mentioned the beast in last week’s post when we discussed the question “Who is the Antichrist”.  Is there more to the beast then mentioned last week?

I believe there is.

The word “beast/beasts” appears in the Bible over 300 times; the majority of which is mentioned in the Old Testament (KJV).

**Strong’s Concordance reference numbers for the beast in the Book of Revelation are #2226 (Revelation 4:7-6:7) and #2342 (Revelation 11:7-20:10).

**#2226 – Greek – “zōǒn means a live thing. All creatures that live on earth, including man are zoon”.
**#2342 – Greek – “thēriǒn Strong’s says: from the same as 2339; a dangerous animal:–beast {42x}, venomous beast {1x}, wild beast {3x}. Therion, (1) to be distinguished from zoon, almost invariably denotes “a wild beast.” …. Zoon (2226) means a living creature; whereas, therion means a beast. Zoon stresses the vital element, therion the bestial.”

In the New Testament (KJV) the beast is mentioned in Luke 10:34; Acts 28:4+5; Hebrews 12:20; and obviously in the Book of Revelation. Strong’s defines “beast” in Luke, Acts and Hebrews as follows:

Luke 10:34
G2934 (from 2932; property, that is specifically) a domestic animal
Acts 28:4+5
G2342 (same as G2339) a dangerous animal (venomous, wild) beast
Hebrews 12:20
G2342 (same as G2339) a dangerous animal (venomous, wild) beast

In Revelation 4:7-6:7 the “beast” is representing a “creature”. In Revelation 4:7+8 they seem to be angels, maybe even the cherubim and seraphim. These four living creatures are again mentioned in Revelation 6:1-7.

Revelation 11:7-20:10 the “beast” is representing either the “Antichrist” or the “false prophet”.

Here is an explanation from the ***Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary: “The book of Revelation speaks of two beasts. The first beast arises out of the sea (Revelation 13:1), is seven headed, and derives its authority from the dragon (Revelation 12:3; 13:4). This beast has several of the characteristics of the four beasts of Daniel 7. The second beast arises out of the earth (Revelation 13:11). It serves the first beast by seeking devotees for it and is referred to as the “false prophet” (Revelation 16:13; 19:20; 20:10). Both the beast and the false prophet persecute the church but are finally judged by Christ (Revelation 19:20; 2 Thessalonians 2:6-12).”

Let me quote the INTRODUCTION to Revelation chapter 13 from the study guide DIGGING DEEP into THE REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST” –Second Edition- pg 114:

“Chapter 13 introduces us to how Satan (the dragon) blasphemously sets up his own false “trinity”. Satan acts as the Father, the Antichrist as the Son, and the False Prophet as the Spirit who attempts to bring glory to the Antichrist. Satan appoints two great beasts (men): the first beast rising up out of the sea—the Antichrist and his empire—and the second beast out of the earth or land—the False Prophet—possibly a Jew. The land could be the literal earth, or, possibly, the land of Israel. *These beasts symbolize men who will play prominent roles during the Tribulation Period. They combine the features of the four beasts of Daniel 7:3*-9.”

What is your understanding of the “beast”?
Leave us comment. We like to hear your opinion.

We will continue with the “Dragon” and “false Prophet” next week.

*Quotations and paraphrased quotations marked *.. quoted text * taken from The Believer’s Bible Commentary by William MacDonald Copyright © 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995 by William MacDonald. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com

**The new Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible Red-Letter Edition – Greek Dictionary of the New Testament pg 110 + pg 116

*** Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, pg 178

Author: Mike and Elfriede

For the past 15 years Michael Copple has studiously devoted his life to the Lord by preaching the Gospel and moderating Bible studies. He is a 1958 Eagle Scout, holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering, and achieved the highest US Air Force enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant with over 26 years service, one year of which was with Forward Air Control duties in Vietnam. For three years he was the senior enlisted member of the US Air Force Academy Wings of Blue Parachute Team; he has performed over 2,000 parachute jumps and accumulated over 15 hours of freefall. During his parachuting years Mike experienced a mishap of being a “hung jumper” outside the aircraft, and serious parachute malfunctions like a deadly seesaw night jump entanglement with another jumper, and an 85 mph wind shear which almost took his life. This experience inspired and qualified him to author the novel Calling from the Sky. A former world-wide electronic service engineer for 16 years with a semiconductor equipment manufacturer, he and his wife Elfriede currently live in the Canadian Rockies surrounded by 6 National Parks. Besides studying God's Word, they both like to exercise, cross country ski, hike, garden, and walk their dog Kansas. Visit him at https://www.michaelcopple.com/

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