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Better Understanding the Second Beast in Revelation 13.
In order to understand the second beast of Revelation 13, we must look at the first beast as described in the following Passages.
Rev. 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. (KJV) . . . The angel took John, in the spirit, into the wilderness. There John saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that had seven heads and ten horns, with blasphemies against God written all over it.
This “woman” (whore) that John sees is sitting upon a frightful “red beast.” This chapter has many symbols! She is riding a beast, so she has control of him .This “beast” has been previously identified as the Antichrist, ruling over the restored Roman Empire (Rev.13). The “woman” will be identified in a later verse.
Rev. 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: (KJV) . . . The woman wore purple and scarlet clothing and beautiful jewelry made of gold, precious gems and pearls. She held in her hand a gold goblet full of filthiness and the impurities of her immorality.
Purple and scarlet were the colors of Roman imperialism, but also the Catholic Church. Many interpreters think the ruler of this apostate church will be the pope. We must remember that ALL denominations will be in this false church. The “woman” will be “decked with gold and precious stones and pearls,” outward beauty, like the Pharisees, but full of “dead men’s bones” (Mat.23:27). Prosperity, grandeur and splendor feed the pride, ego and lusts of the human heart, but are NO security against God’s Divine vengeance. The “golden cup” she holds is full of filth and abominations to God. This counterfeit religion that makes the world drunk (Jer.51:7). It represents allurements and delusions, and seduces others to join her.
Rev. 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (KJV) . . . A name was written on her forehead: "Mystery, Babylon the Great, Mother of All Prostitutes and Filthiness in the World."
What a disgraceful title for a church! “MYSTERY, BABYLON.” The TRUE church is a “mystery” because she was never revealed in the Old Testament (Eph.3:1-9). This anti-church (apostate, evil, false) is a “mystery” because it was not revealed until John wrote the Book of Revelation. Babylon is the fountainhead of ALL false religions . . . that is why she is called “THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS” (plural, not singular). This church will train people up to idolatry and all sorts of wickedness and immorality!
Rev. 17:6-7 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.  And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. (KJV) . . . John realized that she was drunk . . . drunk with the blood of God's holy people who were witnesses for Jesus. John stared at her in amazement. "Why are you amazed?" the angel asked. This “woman” not only makes others drunk; she herself is drunk with the persecution of the saints. She loves what she is doing, so much that it makes her “drunk.” What John saw in his vision must have boggled his mind! We should remember that the emphasis here is on the “woman” (the whore), NOT the beast she sits upon (Antichrist).
Rev. 17:8-9 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.  And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. (KJV) . . . The beast you saw was alive but isn't now. He will soon come up out of the bottomless pit and go to eternal destruction. And the people who belong to this world, whose names were not written in the Book of Life will be amazed at the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. The seven heads of the beast represent the seven hills of the city where this woman rules. They also represent seven kings.
The phrase “was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit” means that the beast was alive, died and then came back to life. The beast’s resurrection symbolizes the persistence of evil. “Was” speaks of the past history of the Roman Empire. “Is not” refers to the shattered present day condition of the Roman Empire (shattered but not dead). “Will come” tells of the restored Roman Empire. “Shall go into perdition” tells of the total destruction of the Roman Empire at the return of Christ. Verse 7 said the “beast that carrieth her, hath the seven heads and ten horns.” Now we get more information! “The seven heads are seven mountains.” Which well-known city in the world, sits (is built) on 7 mountains? None other than Rome! Rome is where the “woman” (the harlot church) sits, and manipulates the religions of the world. Does this sound logical to you? It does to me. It is the pope’s domain!
The second beast also represents an empire, the false religious empire. The second beast’s kingdom possesses great wealth and power, and it causes the people of the Earth to worship the first beast whose deadly wound was healed (Rev.13:12).
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