Revelation 12 & 13 - The Roman Beast

Revelation 12 & 13 walks us through a big picture point of view of how Satan and his ruling Roman Empire warred against Christ and his saints. It walks us through the changes of form that occur to the Roman Beast down through history. The book of Daniel talks about 4 beasts that rule down through history beginning with Babylon. The 4th and final beast is Rome. There were many phases of the Roman Beast. Let's take a look at the vision given to John...

The Roman Empire
A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.
She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Rev. 12:1-2 
(The woman represents Christ's church who is having birth pains. The early church was being born as Christ set up his kingdom in the 1st century. But much persecution resulted from this as Satan had failed to stop the coming of the Messiah. So Satan pursued the saints with much anger which caused much persecution.)

Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. Rev. 12:3-5 (The red dragon is Satan who rules through the world powers represented by the 7 heads and 10 horns. 1)Egypt, 2)Assyria, 3)Babylon, 4)Medo-Persia, 5)Greece, 6)Rome, 7)10 horned kingdom. Then the Papacy comes to power and rides this same beast as the 8th head as indicated in Rev. 17. The 7 crowns indicate the timeline. The 7 heads are ruling at the time the church begins, although not simultaneously. The Roman Empire lead by Satan in the spiritual realm tried to defeat the early church before it gathered steam. The stars in prophecy can refer to human leaders, not necessarily angels. The Child is not referring to Christ, but the early christian saints who were martyred.)

The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days. Rev. 12:6 (The church would endure the 1260 year rule of the Popes of Rome from 538 ad to 1798 ad.)

Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Rev. 12:7-9 
(This is not a battle in the heavenly realm of the Father, but in the heavenly realm as in spiritual warfare on earth. Christ and his saints battled Satan and his Roman Empire. The Seal judgments crippled the power of the empire and the Trumpet judgments desolated the empire. Satan lost his power as the Roman Empire fell from power. The "whole world" is in reference to the Roman Empire.)

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” Rev 12:10-12 
(This is a spiritual warfare victory for the good guys and cause for celebration. But Satan is now angry and still has a little time to continue to cause trouble.)

When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach. Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus. Rev. 12: 13-17 (This is continued warfare between Christ and his saints and Satan and his new power structure through the Popes of Rome who rose to power through the Roman Catholic Church. The Popes ruled from 538 ad to 1798 ad which is 1260 years referenced with the time, times, and half a time. The saints sought protection in remote areas away from Rome, which is referenced by the wilderness and the earth. The waters that Satan spewed out were the people groups sent out by the Popes through the inquisitions and crusades which was designed to eliminate the saints and the word of God.)

The Popes of Rome
Then I
 stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 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. Rev. 13:1-2 
(This is referencing the rise of the Popes of Rome to power in place of the Roman Emperors. Click The 1st Beast Out Of The Sea, The Little Horn, & The Prostitute to read more about how this sea beast identifies as the Popes of Rome. The 7 heads and 10 horns are the same, however it now has 10 crowns clueing us to the timeline. The 7th head with the 10 horns has completed it’s reign. The little horn follows, which is the same as this sea beast.)

One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast.People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?” Rev. 13:3-4 (The seemingly fatal head wound is the fall of the Roman Empire and the Roman Emperors from power. The wound was healed as the Popes of Rome came to power as a continuation of the Roman Empire through the Catholic Church.)

The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. Rev 13:5-8 
(The 42 months is the same time reference of 3.5 years, or 1260 days, which references the 1260 year rule of the Popes of Rome from 538 ad to 1798 ad.)

Whoever has ears, let them hear. “If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed.” This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people. Rev.13:9-10 
(This period of time is called the Dark Ages. It was a time of great tribulation for God's people. God calls his people to be willing to die and suffer while remaining faithful.)

The Jesuits of Rome
Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon.
It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. Rev. 13:11-12 
(In 1798 the Jesuits seized control of the Vatican as the Popes lost their power. The Popes would eventually continue but only as a front to the Jesuits who controlled them. The Jesuits are priests and lamb like in appearance, but are evil in every way in reality. So the Roman Empire continues to this day by rule of the Jesuits of Rome. In Daniel's prophecy it tells us that the 4th and final beast before Christ's return would be Roman. This is telling us how and the different forms that it would take until the return of Christ. The 1st beast came from the sea onto the earth. This 2nd beast coming out of the earth is referencing it coming out of the Roman Catholic Church. The Jesuits are an army of priests that were originally designed to counter the reformation for the Catholic Church. Click The 2nd Beast Out Of The Earth to read more about how the earth beast identifies as the Jesuits.)

And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. Rev. 13:13-14 (The Jesuits are masters of deception.)

It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. Rev 13:14-15 (This is referencing how the Jesuits use the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope as a front to their power. The Pope has no power except for what the Jesuits give him. The Jesuits cause all to worship the Pope and the Church. And they are fierce enemies to all that oppose them.)

It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666. Rev. 13:16-18 (The number of the beast, 666, is in reference to the Pope of Rome. The mark of the beast in the right hand or forehead is in reference to revering and obeying the Pope in your mind and in your actions. All nations must obey the objectives of the Jesuit controlled Pope. Those that don't will suffer economic sanctions to prevent them from buying and selling with other countries for their survival. Or they will be killed by military force or infiltration and destruction from within. Click What Is The Mark Of The Beast? to learn more about the mark of the beast.)