WHAT IS REALLY HAVING FAITH?

WHAT IS REALLY HAVING FAITH?

Please, please, please share this writing because we all on this earth need help in different ways.

Faith is preparing for life’s coming storms upon all humanity as written; therefore learning to live on faith through putting trust in only our creator when there is no other way for survival.

When two people are drawn together from different parts of the world while being have-nots with absolutely nothing material in their life, yet stay together regardless of their many hardships to be married and become as one. . .

Our wedding in 2009

There is a purpose for all things through those chosen and called out of this world that all natural worldly minds cannot spiritually grasp. John 15:19  1 Corinthians 2:14

It’s because through faith, there is a purpose for all things.

“We are assured and know that [YHVH being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love YHVH and are called according to [His] design and purpose. Romans 8:28 (AMPC) with God’s name restored.

Through faith, those called and chosen know that they cannot direct their own steps.

“O Lord [pleads Jeremiah in the name of the people], I know that [the determination of] the way of a man is not in himself; it is not in man [even in a strong man or in a man at his best] to direct his [own] steps. Jeremiah 10:23

Through faith, those chosen continually look to the Father for making their path in this life straight according to His will, and never their own.

“In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. Proverbs 3:6

Through faith, we know to put no trust in humankind because Satan and his ministers scattered worldwide mislead while selling lies for tithes being un biblical.

“So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of YHVH. It is better to depend on Yehovah than to trust mortals. 1 Corinthians 2:5, Psalms 118:8

Through faith is knowing this entire world has been misled, deceived, snared, tricked, and beguiled leaving none, no, not one pleasing in the sight of YHVH.

“And the huge dragon was cast down and out—that age-old serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, he who is the seducer (deceiver) of all humanity the world over; he was forced out and down to the earth, and his angels were flung out along with him. 

“The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there were any who understood, dealt wisely, and sought after God, inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him [of vital necessity]. They are all gone aside, they have all together become filthy; there is none that does good or right, no, not one. Revelation 12:9, Psalms 14:2-3

Is not scripture true when spiritually sought? Is not the near 7.5 billion living and thinking in worldly ways the children of men? Has not Satan deceived this entire world?

Therefore, through faith, these words of scripture become clearly understood, and taken very personally. . .

“If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world [no longer one with it], but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you. John 15:19

Through faith is seen this entire human race in a division led by their own way which seems right and can be told nothing different from whatever their own human spirit leads; thus keeping them of this world, and despising any not like them while lacking the fruits of loving others as they love themselves.

“There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death. Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25

Through faith, we know that the church, being a building has absolutely nothing to do with the Greek word ekklesia which means a calling out, therefore it was wrongly translated leaving all church buildings worldwide as an illusion filled with mislead, and where Satan dwells.

Through faith, we know that the name of God and Jesus Christ are more manmade titles having nothing to do with whom they really are being Yehovah Elohim and Yeshua HaMashiach.

Through faith, we also know that through world division, pride, and all the ways which seem right to humans — very, very, few will agree with anything written or spoken differently from their own thoughts; and reason is because any not chosen and called out of this world through disassociation, know only their self.

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Think of what I share like this; what if your life for a decade never brought you any happiness even though you believed, prayed, endured, and waited for anything better than the life you had?

How would you feel through years and years experiencing this world of Christianity showing zero love with compassion for others in need when it a commandment?

What could possibly be any more clear than these following words of scripture Christians totally ignore?

“I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. John 13:34 (AMPC)

“The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]  John 14:21 (AMPC)

“Anyone who hates (abominates, detests) his brother [in Christ] is [at heart] a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding ([a]persevering) within him. By this we come to know (progressively to recognize, to perceive, to understand) the [essential] love: that He laid down His [own] life for us; and we ought to lay [our] lives down for [those who are our] brothers [[b]in Him]. But if anyone has this world’s goods (resources for sustaining life) and sees his brother and fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him? Little children, let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth (in practice and in sincerity). 1 John 3:15-18

“Teacher, which [a]kind of commandment is great and important (the principal kind) in the Law? [Some commandments are light—which are heavy?] And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself. These two commandments [b]sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 22:36-40

“But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]. For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror; For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like. But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience). James 1:22-25

Listen, my beloved brethren: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and in their position as believers and to inherit the kingdom which He has promised to those who love Him? If indeed you [really] fulfill the royal Law in accordance with the Scripture, You shall love your neighbor as [you love] yourself, you do well. So speak and so act as [people should] who are to be judged under the law of liberty [the moral instruction given by Christ, especially about love]. For to him who has shown no mercy the judgment [will be] merciless, but mercy [full of glad confidence] exults victoriously over judgment. What is the use (profit), my brethren, for anyone to profess to have faith if he has no [good] works [to show for it]? Can [such] faith save [his soul]? If a brother or sister is poorly clad and lacks food for each day, And one of you says to him, Good-bye! Keep [yourself] warm and well fed, without giving him the necessities for the body, what good does that do? So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). James 2:5, 8, 12-17

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1 Samuel 2:8

The meaning of the verse just read has absolutely nothing to do with today’s worldly riches, but rather speaks of an earned position within His eternal government. Isaiah 9:6-7, Revelation 5:10, ect.

My wife and I have been without funds and have no food, so we pray as always and also ask Yehovah how much longer until we find just one genuine believer being as a doer of what you command rather than a hearer only, and continue our wait for our most simple needs.

The site below through compassionate crowdfunding at the time if this update [4/8/2017] gained 130 shares, yet no help that we really need. Why is that?

https://www.youcaring.com/jeffandmylenecallarman-789450

Because the god of this world only hates love, kindness, truth, compassion, empathy, and everything to do with righteousness; therefore being the misleading spirit of evil as the prince and power of the air, he injects selfishness and mislead into all minds which nullifies this world of Christianity from even knowing the creator they worship in words without deed, because Father Elohim [God] is love. Read again 1 John 3:17-18 while knowing there are many verses that accompany being a commandment. For any wanting deep spiritual truth, this read below offers much.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/the-kingdom-of-satan-is-earth/

So our faith has become a decade of patience through knowing YHVH has been shaping and molding us for use in these end times according to His will; therefore through faith, no matter what life’s circumstance comes upon us — without choice we just accept our life as it is, and that is because those with faith through endurance and self-sacrifice of life’s basic needs, are those who which pleases our Father — therefore know their destiny.

Do you love our creator? How much? Enough to do be as sheep rather than the goats in Matthew 25:31-46? Ever wonder where and how the judgment will come upon all the goats worldwide?

Enough to be as sheep rather than the goats in Matthew 25:31-46? Ever wonder where and how the judgment will come upon all the goats worldwide?

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/the-millennial-resurrections/

Enough to bear fruits through obedience? Luke 6:43-46

Enough to not be cast into the coming fire of affliction? John 15:1-6

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We have reached a point having no more rice, and that is what we have been eating daily as our main food for ten years — therefore some rice would be nice that costs $40 per 50 kg sack.

jeffcallarman@ymail.com This is my email and our Paypal ID — May our creator direct your path, Proverbs 3:6

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/about/  Myself

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  My Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge

https://www.facebook.com/mmsunio  My Wife

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/  Contains writings on faith, truth, obedience, end times, human suffering, slavery, and much more including many photos..

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many [over 240] individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet.

http://vigilantcitizen.com/ – How Powerful This World of Darkness Truly Is

https://truthernews.wordpress.com/ – In depth fact most all don’t want or have knowledge of.

http://www.newworldordernews.com/ – Accurate news on twisted people in every position so true people cannot believe.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/ – Continual reports which reveal just how deranged our human race has become.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/2mPWJZ/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-1

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/n9z36E/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-2

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/2mw7me/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-3

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/Dx26Jv/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-4

Contact

timesoftroubles@gmail.com

jeffcallarman@ymail.com

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Is Your Life a Blessing or a Curse?

For many, what they think is blessing hides their hidden curse being judgement with punishment en route; and for many with faith, their seemingly curse in life will become a blessing. Psalms 33:17-22

When we have been placed within our spiritual prison for life, all that we can do is seek our daily path through instruction nobody of this world follows — because it’s not of this world. Proverbs 1, 2, 3, John 15, and Colossians 3 tell it like it is.

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With all the hard times in life billions worldwide have to deal with in their own way — whether it be hunger, homeless, surrounded with massive rebel violence, death, chemical genocide, diseases, torture, wrongly in prison, a victim of human trafficking, or brutal rapes with children included – which is in truth just a part of the uncountable atrocities upon innocent human beings everywhere on this planet earth, thus my wife and I have well learned to just accepted our own difficulties for many years while seeing the little we have as more of a blessing when compared to what multitudes scattered worldwide must face each day for years and years upon more years being their entire life of nothing but hardship and survival; therefore we just deal with our own way of existence through faith and prayer going far beyond just words, and beyond our world of false Christianity having words only with nothing more.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  Efforts Towards Spiritual Knowledge

http://timesofroubles.webs.com/mywritingsforgod.htm Ditto

Below is a brief description of what happened to us back in April 2016, and to this day nothing has changed because zero help has ever come our way through loving and righteous Christianity – and sadly the same holds true for those always being tortured in North Korea, and places all over this globe; and it’s all because of the incapable human rule which has always been based on power, greed, and control over our entire civilization being as nothing above worthless human trash which can easily be seen by those few on this earth seeking truth on the way things truly are. So what do politicians do? Ask Killery or even Trump why this world is nothing but lies? Ask them why billions were dumped into their smorgasbord of lies as presidential candidates  rather than the power and control they have in turning billions and trillions towards helping our brutalized soon to fall United States? They won’t answer because it’s the plan of the New World Order to kill and destroy for reducing our world population through the extermination of billions.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ylRD1O/30_population_control_quotes

Because of our living situation, we went looking for a place to rent even though we had no funds because; 1) my disability from old head injury long ago, 2) having no pension, social security, employment or income for these past 10 years in a 3rd world country, less 4 months work in 2012 — and 3) has been my wife’s health problems that became so extreme, she had to stop teaching 4th grade so we could move for gaining help to care for her during hard times filled with much pain. And the reason for no money was we put everything we had from the sale of our lot and home into the near unlivable shack where she had been raised, and still the home of her parents in their 80’s with no income – thus not even our own making our life as a prison needing escape with only faith being our hope.

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Even after my own paint job and many repairs through months as little funds allowed, our day did not end well.

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Since meeting in 2007, we have always had very little in this life; therefore having even less just comes as nothing new. By rights, Mylene and I could have easily died because when we went off the road, down into shallow embankment and flipped doing about 40 mph, and because of no seat belts we were as marbles being shaken in a can – yet neither of us was badly hurt because our guardian angel was with us; and given the way our situation in life has been for almost a decade – only those few with spiritual understanding can relate – thus what happened had purpose through more shaping and molding that Yehovah has been doing for years to prepare our faith for the hardest times within the greatest world chaos that has ever been; therefore now it’s our greatest prayer for some help that we have needed for almost a decade comes our way because we really have down to absolutely nothing for so many years with strong and valid reasons why; yet even with all my efforts towards spiritual education, what is coming upon America and this world according to the signs of the times – no help has come since this happened in April 2016.

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Even though all we own is this 1997 Nissan Jeep that I had redone all the brakes, wheel cylinders, pinion seal, lights, still needs a decent radiator, fuel line, recovered the two seats, metal repair in floors, painted and more, but had no funds to rebuild the front end, replace idler arm, shocks or rear tires; thus driving that day – when the lower right control arm came loose, the front left wheel went left by itself taking us quickly off the road with no warning.

Far as our living conditions we accept. . .100_3524 Her parent’s private restroom and shower they prefer, and mine below they chose not to use because it is different even though there is no flush.

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Mylene’s mom and dad behind the empty shack next to us because we have no back yard beyond the outhouse.

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Our only transportation has been like this since April 2016, and being I was a mechanic, welder, body man, and painter with many other hands on trades – I could have easily repaired everything for a thousand dollars, buy some food to eat, and even had a needed good needed nights sleep.

Ever heard of a living Sacrifice? Well, leaving my entire prior life in 2006 was exactly that:

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I am 61 and would love a game of Chess, a drink, good music, and some normal conversations on the way things worldwide truly are. But sadly, I want far too much than this world is willing to supply.

One Big Question: Who are you in The Eyes of our Creator that knows all things with absolutely nothing ever hid?

One of self? Hate? Greed? Self-Righteous? All Knowing? Religious Hypocrite? Or like most all believers living through their words only while having Zero Action For Others In Need?

So what are Christians suppose to do?

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/w28QO5/love_god_seeks_in_believers_but_cannot_find_as_commanded

As for my loving wife and I,

this past decade has been nothing beyond a hard, hungry, hurting, and needful life in many ways with Christians showing absolutely zero care or concern — even though the words in the Holy Bible tell exactly their coming destiny through dead faith revealed in Matthew 25:31-46 and James 2:14-17, 1 John 3:17-18 — But do they believe who they claim to love, honor, and worship?

We would be more than thankful for any help no matter how small, because just a little is far better than nothing.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/about/

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ljD9ZQ/vital-untaught-truth-in-all-religions-worldwide

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  Efforts For My Spiritual Knowledge with links on our ways of life – therefore when our Father is ready He will bring us any small help such as a care package with basic foods, hygiene needs or anything individuals can spare no matter how little the amount being much to those without really anything. If you cannot help us, please at least share just for the warnings in links below.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet.

http://www.cross.tv/timesoftrouble  Over 690 of my blogs

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/RJP16w/how-christians-lacking-spiritual-knowledge-hate-god

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/azozgy/father-of-lies-all-believe

jeffcallarman@ymail.com  Email

timesoftroubles@gmail.com

FALLEN ANGELS AND DEMONS – PLUS PAYBACK UPON DISOBEDIENT CHRISTIANS

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Has your pastor or shepherd ever made clear according to scripture how and why billions are going to die with Christians included? How many Christians actually study to show themselves approved by Yehovah? How many prove all things? How many walk their commanded walk rather than only talking religious talk with nothing added? How many Christians are truly prepared for the most sickening, painful, gruesome-suffering and death filled world chaos lying ahead for us all? How many Christians love others as they love themselves? How many Christians see their own payback coming in the same measure as what they did for others being have-nots in need? How many Christians really have any care for others? How many Christians take part in unwritten pagan holidays like Christmas, Easter, and many others? How many Christians hate truth, therefore know more than what the Bible teaches and instructs? How many Christians hate any not being one of them as written in John 15:18-21?

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/RJP16w/how-christians-lacking-spiritual-knowledge-hate-god

There is a great deal of misunderstanding regarding the fallen angels and the demons. Many people believe these designations are simply different names for the same beings. However, this assumption is inaccurate. In this article, we will examine the origin and activities of both these evil entities, and look at what the Scriptures and other reliable sources say about them.

The Scriptures don’t explicitly tell us when the angelic realm was created. However, the available information implies that the angels were formed after God created the heavens but before he fashioned the earth. Passages from Job and Nehemiah seem to bolster this view:

JOB 38:4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, 5 Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it? 6 On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone, 7 When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (NASU)

NEHEMIAH 9:6 You alone are the LORD; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You. (NKJV)

The expressions “morning stars” and “sons of God” used in Job 38:7 refer to the angels, as does the phrase “host of heaven” used in Nehemiah 9:6. These passages indicate that the angelic domain was created after the heavens, but before the earth was given final form.

Very soon after the creation, Satan (a powerful and high-ranking cherub) sinned by tempting Eve in the Garden of Eden (Eze. 28:12-15). For more information about the fallen angel Satan, refer to my article “Satan, the Adversary of Mankind.”

Satan’s fall from grace is the first instance documented in the Bible of angels disobeying Yehovah Elohim wrongly known by most all as God being a human title via mistranslation, but it is not the only one. There is another incident recorded in Genesis 6 which occurred soon after Satan’s rebellion:

GENESIS 6:1 When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. . . . 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days – and also afterward – when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown. (NIV)

Just as it did in Job 38:7, the term “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2, 4 refers to the angels. For detailed proof that these “sons of God” were angels and not men, see my article “Genesis 6 – Who Were the Sons of God?

The ancient books of 1 Enoch and Jubilees also record the angelic rebellion of the “sons of God” in detail. As Hershel Shanks reveals in his book on the Dead Sea Scrolls, these books were held in high esteem at the time the New Testament was written:

Before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls the apocryphal book of Enoch (more precisely, I Enoch) was known only in an Ethiopic translation. Now as many as twenty fragmentary copies of the Aramaic original have been found at Qumran, which suggests that Enoch and perhaps other books now considered apocryphal were regarded as authoritative Scripture at least by some groups. Allusions to Enoch occur at least fourteen times in the New Testament; the New Testament Letter of Jude quotes from Enoch as having the authority of inspired Scripture (Jude 14-15). In some copies of the Ethiopic Bible Enoch is included in the canon.

Jubilees, the so-called Rewritten Bible, was apparently considered authoritative at Qumran: At least fifteen copies of this book have been identified, an immediate indication of the importance the Qumran sectarians attached to it. To this day, it is considered canonical by the Abyssinian Church in Ethiopia. (pp. 160-161, The Mystery and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls)

From 1 Enoch, we learn more about the sin of the Watchers (Dan. 4:17), angels charged with watching over mankind:

ENOCH 6:1 And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto 2 them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: ‘Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men 3 and beget us children.’ (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

Jubilees also elaborates on the sin of these angels:

JUBILEES 5:1 And it came to pass when the children of men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born unto them, that the angels of God saw them on a certain year of this jubilee, that they were beautiful to look upon; and they took themselves wives of all whom they 2 chose, and they bare unto them sons and they were giants. . . . (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

After the angels sinned by marrying human women, they bore them gigantic hybrid children. The Bible calls these offspring nephilim, the “mighty men of old, warriors of renown” (Gen. 6:4). When they appear again later in the Scriptures, they are called by a variety of names, including Rephaim, Zumim, Emim and Horites (Gen. 14:5), Anakim (Deu. 2:11), Zamzummim (Deu. 2:20), and Avim (Deu. 2:23).

1 Enoch and Jubilees both speak of these crossbred beings:

ENOCH 7:1 And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them . . . And they 3 became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who consumed 4 all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against 5 them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and 6 fish, and to devour one another’s flesh, and drink the blood. Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones. (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

JUBILEES 5:2 . . . And lawlessness increased on the earth and all flesh corrupted its way, alike men and cattle and beasts and birds and everything that walks on the earth – all of them corrupted their ways and their orders, and they began to devour each other, and lawlessness increased on the earth and every imagination of the thoughts of all men 3 (was) thus evil continually. . . . (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

Both these ancient books, recorded long before the New Testament, speak of two primary identifying signs of the pre-Flood age: (1) the illicit marriage of the angels with humans, and (2) the voracious eating and drinking by their hybrid offspring, the nephilim. It’s very interesting that these two signs mirror those spoken of by Yeshua when he described the situation which would exist on the earth before his second coming:

MATTHEW 24:37 “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. (NKJV)

God was very angry at the rebellion of the Watchers, and decreed that these wayward angels would be locked up underneath the earth in a prison for spirits until the day of judgment. Jubilees and 1 Enoch both speak of this punishment:

JUBILEES 5:6 And against the angels whom He had sent upon the earth, He was exceedingly wroth, and He gave commandment to root them out of all their dominion, and He bade us to bind them in the depths of the earth, and 7 behold they are bound in the midst of them, and are (kept) separate. (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

ENOCH 10:11 . . . And the Lord said unto Michael: ‘Go, bind Semjaza and his associates who have united themselves with women so as to have defiled themselves 12 with them in all their uncleanness. And when their sons have slain one another, and they have seen the destruction of their beloved ones, bind them fast for seventy generations in the valleys of the earth, till the day of their judgement and of their consummation, till the judgement that is 13 for ever and ever is consummated. In those days they shall be led off to the abyss of fire: and 14 to the torment and the prison in which they shall be confined for ever. . . .’ (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

1 Enoch and Jubilees agree with the Scriptures which show that a portion of the fallen angels are currently restrained in a spiritual prison called “the Abyss” (Luke 8:31):

JUDE 6 And the angels who did not keep their own position, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains in deepest darkness for the judgment of the great Day. (NRSV)

II PETER 2:4 For indeed God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down in chains of darkness into the low regions and delivered them to be kept for the judgment of torment. (Magiera NT Peshitta translation)

I PETER 3:19 . . . He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. (NKJV)

While there are clearly some fallen angels who can move around freely, the Bible teaches that the Watchers who lusted after human women are currently locked up in “chains of darkness.”

Mankind was originally given dominion and rulership over the earth (Gen. 1:26-28). However, the fall of man set the stage for Satan and the angels to assume control. Several biblical passages allude to the fact that both good and evil angels currently have different levels of authority over the peoples of the earth:

DEUTERONOMY 32:8 When the Most High divided the nations, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the nations according to the number of the angels of God. 9 And his people Jacob became the portion of the Lord, Israel was the line of his inheritance. (Brenton’s LXX)

The passage shown above is from the 3rd-century BCE Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures known as the Septuagint. When God divided mankind into 70 nations at the tower of Babel, He apportioned rulership of the world among the angels, reserving only Abraham (father of the future nation of Israel) for Himself. God gave the angels varying levels of authority over the resulting nations of mankind.

In the official Jewish version of the Old Testament, the Masoretic Text, Deuteronomy 32:8 reads “sons of Israel” (Heb. beney Yisrael) instead of “angels of God.” However, an Aramaic copy of the book of Deuteronomy found among the Dead Sea Scrolls has “sons of God” (Heb. beney ‘elohim) instead of “sons of Israel” in verse 8. The Septuagint translators understood that the “sons of God” spoken of in Deuteronomy 32:8 and elsewhere were the angels, and rendered it that way several times (Deu 32:8; Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7). The ancient text found at Qumran verifies the Septuagint rendering of this verse, indicating that the official Jewish version was altered at a later date for some reason.

Psalm 82 speaks of the angelic council which was given rulership over the 70 nations of the earth:

PSALM 82:1 {A Psalm of Asaph.} God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: 2 “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah 3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. 4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” 5 They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. 6 I say, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you; 7 nevertheless, you shall die like men, and fall like any prince.” 8 Arise, O God, judge the earth; for to thee belong all the nations! (RSV)

In this psalm, God chastises the angelic rulers (“the gods”) for their injustice and iniquity in carrying out the responsibilities that He has assigned to them. God tells them that their fate for disobedience will be to “die like men.” Asaph ends the psalm by exhorting God to judge the earth and its angelic rulers, because all the nations actually belong to Him. For more information on these ruling spirit beings, see my article “The Heavenly Divine Council.”

The book of Daniel gives us some further verification of this angelic authority over humanity.

DANIEL 10:5 I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz! 6 His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude. . . . 12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. (NKJV)

The passage above gives us a fascinating inside glimpse into the order and activities of the spiritual realm. The angel that visited Daniel was sent to give him an understanding of what would happen to his people (the Jews) in “the latter days.” However, this angel was delayed for 21 days because “the prince of the kingdom of Persia” stood against him. Here we see a three-week spiritual battle described by one of the participants, a holy angel! Indeed, if Michael, who is described in Dan. 12:1 as “the great prince who has charge of your people,” had not helped in this fight, Daniel’s messenger might not have been able to deliver his information.

DANIEL 10:20 Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? Now I must return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I am through with him, the prince of Greece will come. 21 But I am to tell you what is inscribed in the book of truth. There is no one with me who contends against these princes except Michael, your prince.” (NRSV)

After conveying his message to Daniel, the angel states that he must return once again to do battle with “the prince of Persia.” But he says that he will also eventually have to combat “the prince of Greece” after he has finished with “the Prince of Persia.” The picture derived from this brief account is one of continual spiritual warfare between the holy angels and the numerous spirit beings who have been given dominion over the nations of this world. For additional information on Michael, the spiritual prince over Israel, refer to my article “Christ in the Old Testament.”

The apostle Paul takes this idea one step further by showing that mortal Christians are also involved in this spiritual warfare:

EPHESIANS 6:12 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (RSV)

The phrase “world rulers” in Ephesians 6:12 comes from the Greek word kosmokratoras. Friberg’s Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament defines this word as “one holding power over the world; plural in the NT for devilish forces, spirit-beings who control parts of the world system, world rulers (EP 6.12).” Paul here clearly states that the fallen angels hold sway over the world! Paul goes on to describe the “whole armor of God” that is needed to defeat these wicked angels in the heavens and spiritual world rulers (Eph. 6:13-18).

In Hebrews 2:5, the author indirectly establishes the current rulership of our world by angels:

HEBREWS 2:5 For He did not subject the age that is to come, about which we speak, to angels. (Magiera NT Peshitta translation)

By saying that God has not appointed angels to rule the coming world, the author implies that the current world is being ruled by angels. Indeed, the Bible clearly teaches that Satan is the supreme ruler and “god” (II Cor. 4:4) of this present world.

The Bible shows that God uses fallen angels and evil spirits to accomplish certain tasks which fulfill His plan:

I KINGS 22:19 Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by, on His right hand and on His left. 20 And the LORD said, ‘Who will persuade Ahab to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ So one [angel] spoke in this manner, and another [angel] spoke in that manner. 21 Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’ 22 The LORD said to him, ‘In what way?’ So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And the LORD said, ‘You shall persuade him, and also prevail. Go out and do so.’ 23 Therefore look! The LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these prophets of yours, and the LORD has declared disaster against you.” (NKJV)

The story of Saul recorded in I Samuel reveals another instance where God used an evil spirit to do His will:

I SAMUEL 16:14 Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him. 15 And Saul’s servants said to him, “Behold now, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. 16 Let our lord now command your servants, who are before you, to seek out a man who is skilful in playing the lyre; and when the evil spirit from God is upon you, he will play it, and you will be well. . . .” 23 And whenever the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand; so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him. (RSV)

I SAMUEL 18:10 And on the morrow an evil spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he raved within his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he did day by day. Saul had his spear in his hand; 11 and Saul cast the spear, for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David evaded him twice. 12 Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul. (RSV)

I SAMUEL 19:9 Then an evil spirit from the LORD came upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand; and David was playing the lyre. 10 And Saul sought to pin David to the wall with the spear; but he eluded Saul, so that he struck the spear into the wall. And David fled, and escaped. (RSV)

In the first instance, the “lying spirit” that persuaded Ahab was one of the “host of heaven,” or an angel. But was the “evil spirit” that God sent upon Saul an angel, or was it a demon? To understand the difference between the two, we have to understand the fate of the nephilim that were killed in the Flood. To do that, let’s go back to the book of 1 Enoch.

We’ve already seen from the Bible, 1 Enoch, and Jubilees that the Watchers were locked in the Abyss for their sins. However, as additional punishment, God decreed that the nephilim, the children of the angels, would be destroyed from the face of the earth:

ENOCH 12:4 . . . Enoch, thou scribe of righteousness, go, declare to the Watchers of the heaven who have left the high heaven, the holy eternal place, and have defiled themselves with women, and have done as the children of earth do, and have taken unto themselves 5 wives: “Ye have wrought great destruction on the earth: And ye shall have no peace nor forgiveness 6 of sin: and inasmuch as they delight themselves in their children, the murder of their beloved ones shall they see, and over the destruction of their children shall they lament, and shall make supplication unto eternity, but mercy and peace shall ye not attain.” (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

The Bible teaches that a human being is made up of body, spirit, and soul (I The. 5:23; Heb. 4:12). The body is the physical part of a man, the spirit is the non-physical part, and the soul (Gr. psuche, Eng. “psyche”) is the character or personality. When a person dies physically, their spirit (which has no consciousness apart from the body) returns to God who gave it (Ecc. 12:7).

However, since the hybrid nephilim had both physical and spiritual natures, they were able to survive (in a fashion) the deaths of their physical bodies. These hybrid spirits, which were not part of God’s creation, had nowhere to go when their physical existence ceased. 1 Enoch tells us what became of the departed spirits of these crossbreeds:

ENOCH 15:8 And now, the giants, who are produced from the spirits and flesh, shall be called evil spirits upon 9 the earth, and on the earth shall be their dwelling. Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies; because they are born from men and from the holy Watchers is their beginning and primal origin; 10 they shall be evil spirits on earth, and evil spirits shall they be called. [As for the spirits of heaven, in heaven shall be their dwelling, but as for the spirits of the earth which were born upon the earth, on the earth shall be their dwelling.] And the spirits of the giants afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work destruction on the earth, and cause trouble: they take no food, but nevertheless 12 hunger and thirst, and cause offences. And these spirits shall rise up against the children of men and against the women, because they have proceeded from them. (The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, R.H. Charles)

The departed spirits of the nephilim became what we know as “demons.” These entities are mentioned in the Old Testament (for example, see Lev. 17:7; Deu. 32:17; II Chr. 11:15; Psa. 106:37), and numerous times in the New Testament, where they are called “demons,” “unclean spirits,” and “evil spirits.”

One of the activities of evil spirits mentioned in the Bible is that of “familiar” or “divining” spirits. These demons appear to have the ability to rouse the spirits of the dead from their ordained sleep. They also seem to be able to foretell the future, to some extent. The first mention we see of these spirits in the Scriptures is a warning from God to avoid consorting with them or the mediums that contact them.

LEVITICUS 19:31 “Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.” (NKJV)

LEVITICUS 20: 6 “And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.” (NKJV)

LEVITICUS 20:27 “A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them.” (NKJV)

DEUTERONOMY 18:10 There shall not be found in thee one who purges his son or his daughter with fire, one who uses divination, who deals with omens, and augury, 11 a sorcerer employing incantation, one who has in him a divining spirit, an observer of signs, questioning the dead. (Brenton’s LXX)

I SAMUEL 28:7 Then Saul said to his servants, Seek for me a woman who has in her a divining spirit, and I will go to her, and enquire of her: and his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman who has in her a divining spirit at Aendor. 8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he goes, and two men with him, and they come to the woman by night; and he said to her, Divine to me, I pray thee, by the divining spirit within thee, and bring up to me him whom I shall name to thee. 9 And the woman said to him, Behold now, thou knowest what Saul has done, how he has cut off those who had in them divining spirits, and the wizards from the land, and why dost thou spread a snare for my life to destroy it? (Brenton’s LXX)

ACTS 16:16 It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17 Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.” 18 She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very moment. (NASU)

The New Testament clearly records many instances where these evil spirits afflicted people by taking up residence within them. Below are a few of the examples available from the Scriptures.

MARK 7:25 But after hearing of Him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately came and fell at His feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, of the Syrophoenician race. And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 And He was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.” 29 And He said to her, “Because of this answer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” 30 And going back to her home, she found the child lying on the bed, the demon having left. (NASU)

LUKE 9:38 Suddenly a man from the multitude cried out, saying, “Teacher, I implore You, look on my son, for he is my only child. 39 “And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out; it convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and it departs from him with great difficulty, bruising him. 40 So I implored Your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” 41 Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” 42 And as he was still coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him. Then Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the child, and gave him back to his father. (NKJV)

ACTS 19:11 Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” 16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. (NKJV)

During his ministry, Yeshua gave his disciples dominion and supremacy over these unclean spirits:

LUKE 9:1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. (NKJV)

We can conclude from this grant of authority that demons and fallen angels are indeed separate entities. Otherwise, Yeshua’s grant of power to the twelve disciples over all demons would have included Satan and the other angelic rulers of the divine council. Clearly this was not the case.

In his Gospel, Luke records an incident between Christ and some demons who had possessed a man which gives us additional insight:

LUKE 8:26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!” 29 For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. 30 Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him. 31 And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the Abyss. 32 Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. 33 Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned. (NKJV)

As the Scripture above shows, the demons who inhabited this man were terrified of being banished by Yeshua into the Abyss. This is the same place where the fallen angels were chained. Apparently, those fallen angels and demons who get too far out of line here on earth are restrained in the Abyss until the day of judgment.

In the end-time prophecy recorded by John in the book of Revelation, the Abyss plays a large part in the events leading up to the return of the Messiah.

During the period of the “seven trumpets,” when God’s wrath is poured out on an unrepentant mankind, the Abyss is opened at the sounding of the fifth trumpet:

REVELATION 9:1 The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. 2 When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. 3 And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. 4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. 6 During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. 7 The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. 8 Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9 They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. 10 They had tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. (NIV)

The unlocking of the Abyss releases a horde of fallen angels and depraved demons upon mankind. God uses them as an instrument of His wrath for five months; they are allowed to torment those on the earth who don’t have God’s seal on their foreheads (Rev. 7:2-8).

In his commentary on Revelation 9:1, 3, Daniel H. Stern writes:

1 The star is not Satan (despite Isaiah 14:12, Lk 10:17), but an angel, who still has the key at 20:1. The Abyss is not Sh’ol (as at Ro 10:7), but a place where demonic beings are imprisoned (vv. 2-11, 11:7, 17:8, 20:2-3). In the Apocrypha, God is called, “You who close and seal the Abyss with your fearful and glorious name” (Prayer of Manasseh 3). . . .

3 Demonic monsters are released which fly like locusts (Exodus 10:12-20; Joel 1:4, 2:4-14) and sting like scorpions (Ezekiel 2:6, Lk 11:12). (pp. 815, 816, Jewish New Testament Commentary)

In Revelation 9:11, a mysterious character is introduced into the story. He is released from the Abyss along with the multitude of angels and demons, and is identified as their king or ruler:

REVELATION 9:11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon. (NIV)

Abaddon/Apollyon (literally “Destroyer” in Hebrew/Greek ) is the angelic ruler of the Abyss. He is the highest ranking evil angel now confined in the Abyss. Although not specifically mentioned by these names anywhere else in the Bible, Abaddon plays a major role in the events at the end of this current age. For additional information on the identity of this powerful fallen angel and his activities in the end-time, see my articles “Who Is The ‘Destroyer’?” and “The Goat For Azazel.”

After the release of the angels and demons from the Abyss, another group of evil spirits is released onto the earth:

REVELATION 9:13 Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed – by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm. 20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons . . . (NKJV)

In this passage of Scripture, we see that to further punish those who will not obey Him, God authorizes the release of four powerful angels who have been held for just this occasion. Their mission is the destruction of 1/3 of mankind. To accomplish this feat, they are given an army of 200 million evil spirits. Just as Christ and his angelic army later ride white horses (Rev. 19:11, 14), these demons also ride “horses.” Fire, smoke, and brimstone issue from the mouths of their horses, and with these plagues possibly a billion and a half people are killed.

Both Abaddon, the imprisoned spirit currently ruling over the Abyss, and the four angels now “bound at the great river Euphrates” appear to be high-ranking and powerful angels. They will be freed to fulfill their part of God’s plan at the end of the age.

Yeshua tells us the fate of Satan and the fallen angels is to go into the age-lasting fire which has been prepared for them:

MATTHEW 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: (NKJV)

Only Satan and his angels are mentioned here by Yeshua as going into fire. The demons have a different fate awaiting them. During the millennial reign of Yeshua, these unclean spirits will be restricted to the destroyed and uninhabited land of Babylon (Isa. 13:19-22; Jer. 51:37; Rev. 18:2). The Scriptures teach that the spirits of these hybrid giants will not be resurrected:

ISAIAH 26:14 Let not the dead live, let not the giants [repha’im] rise again: therefore hast Thou visited and destroyed them, and hast destroyed all their memory. (DRA)

At some point, God will destroy the demonic spirits of the nephilim and put them out of their misery. They are not part of His creation, and they have no future in His plan.

CONCLUSION

The earth is currently ruled over by angelic principalities and powers. Spiritual conflict is unseen but ongoing, with the holy angels often battling the fallen angels to fulfill God’s will. Demons, the evil spirits of the departed nephilim, roam the earth tormenting and afflicting mankind.

The fallen angels and the demons will be fully unleashed on the earth during the end of this age, when God’s wrath is vented on a sinning, selfish, and unrepentant humanity. In the end, however, Christ will return and subjugate all who won’t submit to God’s authority, including Satan and the fallen host. Their punishment will be age-lasting destruction and refinement within the lake of fire. The disembodied spirits of the giants will eventually be destroyed forever.

Bryan T. Huie

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THE BEASTS OF REVELATION AND DANIEL

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When a person’s life becomes nothing beyond looking to our creator as instructed in Proverbs 3:6, our past decade of existence being nothing but constant difficulties from many directions has been for the purpose of preparation concerning what is coming upon our entire human race; and sadly, according to scripture, Christians and Jews are the most deceived of all. With me having over 25 years of private studies, and never being a church member or even associated, my only purpose in this life is whatever path Yehovah puts me on through looking only to Him always with no trust in myself or others for spiritual lead. Therefore what follows is one of the most educational reads you will ever encounter regarding these end times, and the extreme suffering coming upon billions worldwide.

There are three 7-headed, 10-horned beasts mentioned in the book of Revelation (Rev. 12:3; 13:1; 17:3).  Additionally, the 7th chapter of Daniel speaks of four beasts rising up from the ocean.  Are these beasts all the same, or are they different?  Is it possible for us to identify who or what these beasts represent?  In this article, we are going to examine these beasts and attempt to identify them in order to better understand end-time prophecies.

Let’s start by looking at the 7-headed, 10-horned dragon spoken of in Revelation 12:

REVELATION 12:3 Then another sign appeared in heaven:  an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads.   4 His 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 he might devour her child the moment it was born.  5 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.  6 The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.  7 And there was war in heaven.  Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.  8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.  9 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. (NIV)

This great red dragon with 7 heads, 10 horns and 7 crowns is plainly identified in this passage as Satan, the devil (v. 9).  The reference to “his angels” clearly is speaking of the fallen angels who followed his example of disobedience.  Notice that this 7-headed representation of Satan has 7 crowns on its heads.  The significance of this will become more evident as we progress in our study.

Now let’s look at the beast in Revelation 17 to see if it also symbolizes Satan, or if it represents someone or something else:

REVELATION 17:1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality.”  3 And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns.  4 The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, 5 and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”  6 And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus.  When I saw her, I wondered greatly.   7 And the angel said to me, “Why do you wonder?  I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.  8 The beast that you saw was, and is not [ouk estin], and is about to come up out of the Abyss and go to destruction.   And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come. (NASU)

In Revelation 17:8, the angel tells John that the “beast” he saw “WAS and IS NOT and WILL COME.”  The language used by the angel definitely implies a time element.  Most scholars date this prophecy recorded by John to approximately the year 95 CE.  The angel clearly tells John that, at that point in time, the beast “is not.”  The Greek phrase ouk estin is in the PRESENT tense.  Yet the angel says that the beast “was” in the past, and he also says that the beast “will come up out of the Abyss” in the future.  What does this mysterious statement mean?

First, let’s see what this statement does NOT mean.  Many Bible scholars and commentators teach that this beast represents a revival of the Roman empire and that the great harlot is the Roman Catholic Church.  However, the time element shown here doesn’t fit with this identification.  At the time John received the vision, Rome was still the dominant power in the world.  The angel could not have truthfully said Rome “is not” at the time this prophecy was given.

So who is this beast?  To interpret this symbol correctly, it’s first vital that we understand the identity of the one who comes “up out of the Abyss.”  Only when this is comprehended can the prophecy be correctly interpreted.  Therefore, we have to start by determining what the Abyss is.

A passage from Luke helps set the context for the understanding the Abyss:

LUKE 8:26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee.  27 And when he stepped out on the land, there met him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time.  And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.  28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?  I beg you, do not torment me!”  29 For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man.  For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness.  30 Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?”  And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him.  31 And they begged him that he would not command them to go out into the Abyss.   32 Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain.  So they begged him that he would permit them to enter them.  And he permitted them.  33 Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned. (NKJV)

Here we see that the demons possessing this man were terrified of being confined to the Abyss.  As other Scriptures indicate, the Abyss is a spiritual prison where some fallen angels and demons are currently being restrained.

The Bible teaches that there are at least two different groups of fallen angels and demons:

(1) Those who can move around freely, and

(2) those who are now locked up in “chains of darkness.”

Several passages of Scripture speak of the Abyss and those spirit beings currently locked up there:

JUDE 6 And the angels who did not keep their own position, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains in deepest darkness for the judgment of the great Day. (NRSV)

II PETER 2:4 For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but condemned them to the chains of Tartarus and handed them over to be kept for judgment; (NAB)

I PETER 3:19 . . . He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. (NKJV)

At the sounding of the 5th trumpet, this prison will be opened and the evil spirit inmates chained there freed:

REVELATION 9:1 Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from heaven onto the earth, and the angel was given the key to the shaft leading down to the Abyss.   2 When he unlocked the shaft of the Abyss, smoke rose out of the Abyss like the smoke from a huge furnace so that the sun and the sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss, 3 and out of the smoke dropped locusts onto the earth:  they were given the powers that scorpions have on the earth:  4 they were forbidden to harm any fields or crops or trees and told to attack only those people who were without God’s seal on their foreheads.  5 They were not to kill them, but to give them anguish for five months, and the anguish was to be the anguish of a scorpion’s sting.  6 When this happens, people will long for death and not find it anywhere; they will want to die and death will evade them.  7 These locusts looked like horses armoured for battle; they had what looked like gold crowns on their heads, and their faces looked human, 8 and their hair was like women’s hair, and teeth like lion’s teeth.  9 They had body-armour like iron breastplates, and the noise of their wings sounded like the racket of chariots with many horses charging.  10 Their tails were like scorpions’ tails, with stings, and with their tails they were able to torture people for five months. (NJB)

The king or ruler over these released evil spirits is known as Abaddon/Apollyon (Rev. 9:11); both these names mean “Destroyer.”  For additional information on this powerful angel and his activities in the end-time, see my article “Who Is The ‘Destroyer’?.”

This takes us back to Revelation 17:8 once more:

REVELATION 17:8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction.  The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come. (NIV)

Abaddon, the angelic king, “was” free on the earth at some time in the past.  Yet because of his wickedness and sins, God saw that it was necessary to imprison him in the Abyss.  At the time John received his vision, Abaddon “was not” because he was locked in the Abyss.  However, as the angel makes clear, this “beast” will one day soon be freed from his confinement and “will come up out of the Abyss.”

Why is Abaddon described as having the same form as Satan (7 heads, 10 horns)?  Remember, Satan is the great deceiver (Rev. 12:9), a master counterfeiter.  In the end time, he and his chosen one (Abaddon, commonly known as the Antichrist) will seek to replace God the Father and His Son, Yeshua.   Just as Yeshua told his disciples that “he who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9), the one who sees the Antichrist will have, in effect, seen his spiritual father, Satan the devil.

Now let’s go back to the passage in Revelation 17 for an interpretation of what the 7 heads represent:

REVELATION 17:9 Here is the mind which has wisdom.  The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, 10 and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while.   11 The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction. (NASU)

In the Bible, a mountain figuratively represents a kingdom or the ruler of that kingdom.  The 7 mountains and the 7 kings referred to in Revelation 17:9-10 are one and the same.  This beast is in the same form as Satan; the heads represent earthly kingdoms that Satan has (or will) rule over.

At the time John was receiving this vision (c. 95 CE), the angel tells him that 5 of the kingdoms represented by the heads of the beast had fallen, one head currently existed, and the other had not yet appeared.  The angel is giving John (and us) a time sensitive clue.  Five of the symbolic heads of the beast had already lost the power they once possessed.  Those 5 were:

(1) Egypt
(2) Assyria
(3) Babylon
(4) Medo-Persia, and
(5) Greece

Rome was the 6th kingdom, the one in power at the time the Apocalypse was written.  Therefore, there remains only one more kingdom, the 7th, left to come.

The beast which arises from the Abyss is said to actually be the 8th, but he’s of the 7 already mentioned.  We will analyze the meaning of this mysterious statement in detail a little later when we examine Daniel 7.

The dream recorded in Daniel 2 which was given by the Eternal to Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar helps us to put the pieces of this puzzle together.  This dream deals with the last five of the seven heads of the beast:

DANIEL 2:28 “But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days.  Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, were these:  29 As for you, O king, thoughts came to your mind while on your bed, about what would come to pass after this; and He who reveals secrets has made known to you what will be.  30 But as for me, this secret has not been revealed to me because I have more wisdom than anyone living, but for our sakes who make known the interpretation to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your heart.  31 You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image!  This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome.  32 “This image’s 1head was of fine gold, its 2chest and arms of silver, its 3belly and thighs of bronze, 33 its 4legs of iron, its 5feet partly of iron and partly of clay.” (NKJV)

If we look at this description objectively, it’s clear that we have 5 kingdoms described here, not the 4 usually identified by Bible scholars.  Plainly the feet composed of an iron/clay mixture represent a different kingdom than the one symbolized by the legs of iron.

DANIEL 2:34 “You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces.  35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found.  And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.  36 This is the dream.  Now we will tell the interpretation of it before the king.” (NKJV)

Who or what does this “stone cut out without hands” represent?  Clearly this is symbolic of the Messiah and his inauguration of the Kingdom of God at his second coming.  Notice that the stone strikes the statue on its feet.  This obviously indicates that the kingdom represented by the feet of this image will exist at the end of this age when Yeshua returns to the earth.

The prophets Isaiah (Isa. 2:2-4) and Micah (Mic. 4:1-4) both speak of the time when this stone will become a great mountain and fill the entire earth:

MICAH 4:1 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it.  2 Many nations shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.”  For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  3 He shall judge between many peoples, and rebuke strong nations afar off; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.  4 But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken. (NKJV)

Now let’s begin to identify the 5 kingdoms represented by the different parts of the image:

DANIEL 2:37 “You, O king, are a king of kings.  For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; 38 and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all you are this head of gold.” (NKJV)

We are clearly told that the head of gold on this statue is Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.  Remember, a king represents his kingdom in the Bible.  What does the total image represent?  Because we are given the starting point (Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian empire) and the ending point (the coming led empire represented by the feet and toes which is defeated by Messiah at his return), we can deduce that this image represents 5 of the 7 heads that John saw on the beast of Revelation 17.  The 1st and 2nd satanic kingdoms (Egypt and Assyria) had already fallen at the time of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.  Therefore, they were excluded from the image.

DANIEL 2:39 “But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth.” (NKJV)

Just as Daniel foretold, Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon was followed by the Medo-Persian empire.  The Medo-Persian empire was conquered by Alexander the Great’s Greek empire, which at its peak stretched from India to Europe.

DANIEL 2:40 “And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others.” (NKJV)

Although it had been around for several centuries, the Roman empire rose to prominence and great power on the world scene in the 1st century BCE.  With their compelling military might, Rome crushed the remnants of the other kingdoms that had come before them.  Just as the image had two iron legs, the Roman empire in its latter days was divided into the Eastern empire based out of Constantinople and the Western empire headquartered in Rome.

DANIEL 2:41 “Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay.  42 And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.  43 As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.” (NKJV)

This 5th kingdom, although composed partly of iron, is not part of the Roman empire any more than the Roman empire before it was part of the Greek empire.  These kingdoms are grouped together because they are all earthly kingdoms that Satan has been (or will be) allowed to rule.  This final, end-time empire will be a mixture of spirit beings (iron) and human (clay).  This is the meaning of the mysterious statement “they will mingle with the seed of men” found in Daniel 2:43.  At the end of this age, Revelation 9 shows that the sons of God (fallen angels) and their hybrid offspring will once again roam free on the earth, just as they did before the Flood.

The one overriding principle about the Bible is that it was written about and for the people of God.  Daniel’s interpretation helps us to correctly identify the kingdoms represented by the seven heads of the beast in Revelation 17.  We can know that the kingdoms listed above are correct, because each of those seven has or will exercise authority and rule over God’s chosen people Israel.  That’s the common denominator that ties these seven satanic human empires together and makes them representative of all the kingdoms of this world ruled by Satan.

DANIEL 2:44 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.  45 Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the 1iron, the 2bronze, the 3clay, the 4silver, and the 5gold the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this.  The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.” (NKJV)

Once again, we see that 5 are indicated here, not the 4 normally identified.  In verse 44, the phrase “in the days of these kings” refers to the ten kings represented by the toes of the statue.  We know from Daniel 7:24 and Revelation 17:12 that these ten kings appear in the end-time and give their power to the Antichrist.  This identifies the time period of the kingdom represented by the feet or iron and clay.  The Messiah will destroy this entire satanic system, which has ruled the earth since the fall in the Garden, at his coming.

Now let’s go back to Revelation 17 for confirmation of what we’ve just reviewed:

REVELATION 17:12 The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour.  13 These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.  14 These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”  15 And he said to me, “The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues.   16 And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire.  17 For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled.  18 The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.” (NASU)

Plainly we are told that the woman riding the beast represents the great city which rules over the kings of the earth.  In Scripture, two spiritual cities are discussed:

(1) Jerusalem above (Gal. 4:26), and

(2) Babylon the Great.

This woman, a harlot because of her spiritual adulteries, represents Satan’s entire religious-economic system, called “Babylon the Great.”   It is patterned after the Babel founded by the antetype of the Antichrist, Nimrod.  It is called “Babylon the Great” because it is the culmination of the global government which was first attempted under Nimrod at the Tower of Babel.  This system is supported and promoted by the earthly kingdoms Satan has been allowed to rule, represented by the beast with 7 heads.

Now let’s look at the 3rd 7-headed, 10-horned beast mentioned in Revelation:

REVELATION 13:1 . . . And I saw a beast coming out of the sea.  He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.  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. (NIV)

This beast is said to come up out of the sea.  In Scripture, the sea often symbolically represents the nations of the world.  However, the sea can also represent the Abyss.  In Jewish thought, the Abyss was associated with the ocean depths.  Speaking of the Septuagint, which was the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures in use at the time of Christ, The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary says:  “The LXX renders Heb. tehom, ‘the primeval ocean’ (Gen. 1:2; Ps. 24:2; etc.) as ‘abyss.'” (Abyss, p. 18).  So while this aspect of the vision represents the rise of the beast from among the nations, it is likely dual in that it also represents the rise of Abaddon from the depths of the Abyss after his release at the 5th trumpet.

Verse 1 also tells us that each of the 10 horns has a crown, representing rulership and authority.  In verse 2, we see that this beast has parts from a leopard, a bear, and a lion.   This seems to tie the identification of the beast here with the 4 beasts Daniel saw in his vision recorded in Daniel 7.  Let’s now examine that prophecy in more detail, for it will help enlighten us on the meaning of Revelation 13.

DANIEL 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head as he lay in his bed.  Then he wrote down the dream, and told the sum of the matter.  2 Daniel said, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea.  3 And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another.  4 The first was like a lion and had eagles’ wings.  Then as I looked its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand upon two feet like a man; and the mind of a man was given to it.  5 And behold, another beast, a second one, like a bear.  It was raised up on one side; it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told, ‘Arise, devour much flesh.’   6 After this I looked, and lo, another, like a leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back; and the beast had four heads; and dominion was given to it.  7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrible and dreadful and exceedingly strong; and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet.  It was different from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. (RSV)

Here we have the 4 beasts Daniel saw in his vision described.   The 1st beast is a composite of two animals, a lion and an eagle.  The 2nd beast was a bear, the 3rd a four-headed leopard, and the 4th an unnamed, terrifying beast with 10 horns.  Most biblical scholars teach that these 4 beasts are the same 4 kingdoms identified in Daniel 2 (Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome).  The 4 beasts of Daniel 7 do correspond to these kingdoms in a way sometimes seen in the Scriptures, but they are not the same.

In this vision, Daniel sees the 4 beasts rise up from the sea, which symbolically shows that these kingdoms would arise to world power from among the nations of the world.  However, Babylon had already risen up from the “sea” many years before “the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon” (Dan. 7:1).  Indeed, the Babylonian empire only had a few years of existence left when Daniel received this vision.  While Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome were certainly types of the 4 symbolic beasts, logically we must look elsewhere for the final fulfillment of this prophecy.

Before we identify the earthly kingdoms represented by the 4 beasts of Daniel 7, we need to understand the governing premise behind this matter.  King Solomon gives us the guiding principle in the beginning of the book of Ecclesiastes:

ECCLESIASTES 1:9 That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.  10 Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”?  It has already been in ancient times before us. (NKJV)

Remember, as noted earlier, the Bible was written for and about God’s people.  With this principle and Solomon’s admonition directing our understanding, the specific identification of these beasts becomes more certain.

Let’s look at the first 4 kingdoms represented in Daniel 2 and establish the pattern presented there.  The kingdoms started with Babylon and ran consecutively to Rome.  When we look at the situation of the House of Judah at the beginning and end of the period when these 4 kingdoms ruled over the Holy Land compared to the situation of Judah during the reign of the 4 beasts of Daniel 7, a fascinating “mirror image” of events becomes evident.

Judah was an independent nation when Babylon (the head of gold) rose to power.  Although the fortunes of the Jews changed several times during the intervening centuries, by the time Rome (the legs of iron) fell, the Jews had been scattered throughout the world by the Romans in what came to be known as “the Diaspora.”  Each of the 4 kingdoms of Daniel 2 (Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome) played a large part (both negative and positive) in what happened to the Jews during this time period.

As we examine the identity of the 4 beasts of Daniel 7, you’ll see how this pattern of events is reversed during the time of these 4 kingdoms at the end of the age of mankind.  When the 1st beast rises up, Judah is still scattered in the Diaspora.  After the 4th beast has arisen, Judah once again becomes an independent nation.  By relating the beasts to the animals representing them and end-time events affecting Judah, we can identify who these entities represent.

The 1st beast, like a lion with the wings of an eagle, represents Great Britain and her offspring, the United States.  The lion has long been the national symbol of Great Britain, and the eagle is the national symbol of the USA.  The plucking of the eagle’s wings from this beast represents the separation of the American colonies from Great Britain in 1776.  With that event, the character of the British empire was changed, as the prophecy shows.  Along with the eagle’s wings, it lost the heart of a lion, and that heart was replaced by the heart of a man.  No longer did Great Britain inspire terror in the world, as the brute power of a lion does.  Instead, it used human cunning to hold onto power and territory.  Since then, Britain has gradually lost its colonies and its might.

Being the 1st beast mentioned, Great Britain begins the story of the rebirth of the modern nation of Judah called “Israel.”  It was Great Britain that initiated the return of Jews to the Holy Land through the issuance of the Balfour Declaration in November 1917.  This declaration, from British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Lord Rothschild, head of the Zionist Federation in Great Britain, was written to show Rothschild that the British government supported the objective of a homeland for the Jews in the Holy Land.  The British hoped to realize further Jewish support for the Allies in WWI.  The Balfour Declaration became the cornerstone of international support for the founding of the modern state of Israel.

Five short weeks after the Balfour Declaration was published, British General Allenby captured Jerusalem from the Axis Turkish forces defending it.  By December 9, 1917, the Turkish army had fled the city.  On December 11, General Allenby entered Jerusalem on foot through the Jaffa Gate.

The bear is the national symbol of Russia.  This 2nd beast that rises up has three ribs in its mouth, and these ribs tell the bear to “arise and devour much flesh” (Dan. 7:5).  In Hebrew, the word for “rib” literally means “side” and can be used to refer to that which supports something.   In Russia, the Marxist doctrines of the founders of modern communism, Karl Marx, Frederick Engels, and Vladimir Lenin have supported the aims and actions of Russia.   All of these men promoted the worldwide spread of communist rule through force or violence.  In their Manifesto of the Communist Party, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels wrote:  “The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims.  They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions.  Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution.  The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains.  They have a world to win” (“Position of the Communists in Relation to the Various Existing Opposition Parties“).   Hence the ribs’ announcement to “devour much flesh.”  This Russia has done; since its founding in 1917, communist Russia has been responsible for tens of millions of deaths, many of them her own people.

Russia’s part in the rebirth of Judah is much more negative than Britain’s, but just as effective.  Several pogroms (mob attacks condoned or encouraged by the czarist Russian authorities) had taken place against the Jews in Russia in the decades before the 1917 revolution, forcing about 2 million Jews to flee to the United States and Europe.  Because of the oppressiveness of the czarist forces, most Russian Jews supported the Bolshevik revolutionaries.

However, both the Bolshevik Red Army and the counter-revolutionary White Army were guilty of mistreating and massacring Jews after the start of the revolution.  After the victory of the communist forces, the Soviet regime came to regard assimilation and consolidation as the only solution to Russia’s Jewish problem.  In the face of Zionist calls for a Jewish homeland, Lenin declared that “there is no basis for a separate Jewish nation,” and regarding a “national Jewish culture – the slogan of the rabbis and the bourgeoisie – this is the slogan of our enemies.”

The Soviet government caused the financial ruin of most Russian Jews through the termination of private commerce and the seizure of property and goods.  Hundreds of thousands of Jewish families lost their means of making a living.  These policies caused about 300,000 Jews to leave the Soviet-controlled territories for the Baltic states, Poland, and Rumania.

Russia’s new atheistic communist government also waged a fierce battle against Russian Judaism and its leaders.  Heavy taxes were imposed on the rabbis and other religious officials to try and force them to leave their positions.  A campaign was also initiated against the Hebrew language.  The study of Hebrew was prohibited, and books could not be published in the language.  These actions continued through World War II and were the motivation for many religious Jews to flee to the Holy Land after the War.

The 3rd beast, the leopard with four heads and four bird’s wings on its back, is somewhat more difficult to identify.  However, the characteristics of the leopard help us to recognize the entity it represents in this prophecy.  Leopards are known for their swift and lethal attack.  In a mechanical emulation of the fleet assault of a leopard, Adolf Hitler’s Germany waged blitzkrieg (“lightning war”) against its enemies using Panzer forces during World War II.   These cat-quick attacks disorganized enemy forces through the use of speed, surprise, and superior firepower and led to the Third Reich’s conquest of mainland Europe during the early years of the war.

Interestingly, another name for the leopard is “panther.”   The big cats – the lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, and others – belong to the genus Panthera.  Not coincidentally, the Germans have long displayed an affinity for the big cats.  In fact, Germany’s two main Panzer battle tanks in WWII were named the Tiger and the Panther.  Now the Leopard tank is the backbone of Germany’s armored forces.

While the symbolism of the wings is far from certain, we can draw a clue from the pair of eagle’s wings on the first beast.  Just as that pair of wings represented a nation (the United States), so also the two pairs of wings on the back of the leopard could represent the Axis nations which aligned themselves with Germany in WWII (Italy and Japan).

The four heads of the leopard represent the division of Germany into four regions after its defeat in WWII.  The eastern half was controlled by Russia, while the western half was split between Great Britain, the United States, and France.  Later these western sections were joined into what became West Germany.

History confirms that Hitler’s Third Reich provided a great impetus for the formation of an independent Jewish nation.  The death of approximately six million Jews in the Nazi Holocaust, while tragic beyond words, was not in vain.  Once WWII ended and the scope of the Nazi plan to exterminate the Jews was grasped, there was much international sympathy for the establishment of a Jewish homeland in the land commonly known as “Palestine.”

The 4th beast takes us to the point of the rebirth of the Jewish nation.  This beast reverses the cycle originated at the time of Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon.  The 4th beast seen by Daniel, which appeared to be horrible, strong, and unlike any of the others, has to represent the entity which played the greatest role in the formation of modern Israel.  This 4th beast represents the fledgling global government of the United Nations.

The following historical information comes from the United Nation’s web site:

The name “United Nations” was devised by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt and was first used in the “Declaration by United Nations” of 1 January 1942, during the Second World War, when representatives of 26 nations pledged their Governments to continue fighting together against the Axis Powers.

The United Nations Charter was drawn up by the representatives of 50 countries at the United Nations Conference on International Organization, which met at San Francisco from 25 April to 26 June 1945.  Those delegates deliberated on the basis of proposals worked out by the representatives of China, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States at Dumbarton Oaks in August-October 1944.  The Charter was signed on 26 June 1945 by the representatives of the 50 countries.  Poland, which was not represented at the Conference, signed it later and became one of the original 51 Member States.

The United Nations officially came into existence on 24 October 1945, when the Charter had been ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by a majority of other signatories.  United Nations Day is celebrated on 24 October each year. (History of the UN)

From the very beginning, the United Nations has had a great interest in the Holy Land, particularly Jerusalem.  General Assembly Resolution 181, issued by the United Nations on November 29, 1947, outlined the formation of Jewish and Arab states in Palestine.  Additionally, it called for Jerusalem to become an international city under the control of the UN:

The City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus separatum under a special international regime and shall be administered by the United Nations.  The Trusteeship Council shall be designated to discharge the responsibilities of the Administering Authority on behalf of the United Nations. (A/RES/181(II) (A+B), Part III-City of Jerusalem, Section A-Special Regime)

The Jews accepted the UN partition of Palestine, eager to have a homeland of their own.  However, the Palestinian Arabs rejected the planned division of the land; with the help of the surrounding Arab nations, the Palestinians sought to destroy the Jews and the hope of a Zionist state.

This Jewish/Arab conflict led to the declaration of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948, and the ensuing Jewish war for independence.   Despite overwhelming odds, the Jews were able to defeat the superior forces of the invading Arab nations through the intervention of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Due to the Jewish victory over the Arabs, the resulting Jewish state ended up being larger than that planned by the UN.

From the beginning of the Jewish state, the United Nations as a whole has displayed an antagonistic attitude toward Israel.  Israel became a member of the UN on May 11, 1949; however, Israel is the only member-state in the UN that has been prevented from belonging to a regional group.  For this reason, Israel cannot be elected as a non-permanent member of the Security Council.  This situation has also prevented Israel from participating in much of the standard work of the UN.  Israel cannot vote for or be elected to many of the UN’s central organizations.  This condition violates Article 2 of the UN Charter, which outlines the principle of the “sovereign equality of all Member states.”

Following the Six-Day War of June 1967, the Middle East situation was discussed by the UN General Assembly, which directed the issue to the Security Council.  After lengthy discussion, a final draft for a Security Council resolution was introduced by the British Ambassador, Lord Caradon, on November 22, 1967; it was adopted on the same day.

Resolution 242, as it was known, established provisions and principles which were supposed to lead to a solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict.  One of the provisions in this Resolution indirectly dealt with the city of Jerusalem.  The Resolution stated that the acquisition of territory by war was inadmissible; therefore, the UN required withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from the territories it occupied in the conflict.  Of course, this included the eastern part of the city of Jerusalem, which had been under Jordanian control.

From that point forward, Resolution 242 became the cornerstone of diplomatic efforts in the Middle East.  Despite the fact that Jerusalem had been the ancient capital of Israel, and despite that fact that Israel was not the aggressor in the Six-Day War, the United Nations voted that Israel must return the territory it had taken while defending itself against the Arab invasion.

In the 1973 Yom Kippur War, after Israel had fended off the Syrian attack on the Golan Heights and established a bridgehead on the Egyptian side of the Suez Canal, international efforts to stop the fighting intensified.  US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger flew to Moscow on October 20, 1973.  Jointly with the Soviet Union, the US submitted a cease-fire resolution to the UN Security Council.  The Council met on October 21 at the urging of both the US and the USSR, and by 14 votes to none, adopted Resolution 338.

This Resolution called upon the warring parties to immediately halt all military activities, and to start implementing all parts of Security Council Resolution 242 promptly after the cease-fire.  Once again, even though Israel had been the victim of an attack designed to destroy them, the United Nations said they had to return the land they had acquired while defending themselves.

Resolutions 242 and 338 have been the foundation of all UN relations with Israel in the past three decades.   Since the Oslo Accord peace talks began in 1993, Israeli leaders have done much to try and appease the Palestinian Arabs and the UN.  The Arab people in general, and the Palestinians in particular, continue to assert a claim on Jerusalem.  They maintain that the eastern half of the modern city, which includes the old city and the Temple Mount, is theirs.  The UN agrees that Jerusalem is not the property of Israel.

On December 1, 1999, the UN General Assembly, by a vote of 139 to 1 (Israel), with 3 abstentions (Swaziland, Uzbekistan and US), held that Israel’s imposition of its own laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem is illegal, null and void.   Three thousand years of history apparently doesn’t carry much weight with the United Nations.  It won’t be long before the armies of this dreadful beast encircle Jerusalem to enforce its mandates (Luke 21:20-24), just as the Roman army did in the 1st century.

The United Nations, the “terrible” 4th beast of Daniel 7, will soon supplant the governments of the other beasts (the United States, Great Britain, Russia, Germany, and the rest of the world) and will begin to rule the earth in their place.   The United Nations reportedly has the world divided into 10 administrative regions.  When the United Nations government begins ruling the world after the destruction unleashed by the opening of the 4th seal (Rev. 6:7-8), these areas will be headed by the 10 horns of the beast.  These 10 kings (represented by the 10 horns on the 4th beast and the 10 toes on the statue of Daniel 2) will rule over these administrative regions.

DANIEL 7:8 I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots; and behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things. (RSV)

The 10 horns we see in this prophecy correspond to the 10 horns we saw earlier in Revelation 13:1 and 17:3; additionally, they are the same as the 10 toes we see on the statue in Daniel 2.  From these parallel prophesies, we know that the 10 represent end-time rulers of the “New World Order” which will arise under the framework of the United Nations.  The little horn that ascends among them is commonly understood to be the Antichrist.   We now know him also as Abaddon/Apollyon, angelic king of the Abyss (Rev. 9:11).

DANIEL 7:9 As I looked, thrones were placed and one that was ancient of days took his seat; his raiment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, its wheels were burning fire.  10 A stream of fire issued and came forth from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened. (RSV)

Here we see a picture of God the Father on His throne in heaven.  From what we are told, we can see that judgment is about to take place.

DANIEL 7:11 I looked then because of the sound of the great words which the horn was speaking.  And as I looked, the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire.  12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. (RSV)

The Antichrist, who was blaspheming the Eternal, is judged worthy of death and is destroyed, along with his kingdom.  Interestingly, however, the other beasts which came up out of the sea before him were not totally destroyed.  Instead, they had their power taken away from them, but they continued to exist as identifiable entities.  Verse 12 clearly tells us that the first 3 beasts, or human kingdoms, will exist after the return of Messiah.  Clearly the kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece no longer exist and have not existed for many centuries.  The first 3 beasts therefore cannot be Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece.

DANIEL 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.   14 And to him was given dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed. (RSV)

Now the vision shows the Eternal giving all the kingdoms of the world to His son, the Messiah.

DANIEL 7:15 “As for me, Daniel, my spirit within me was anxious and the visions of my head alarmed me.   16 I approached one of those who stood there and asked him the truth concerning all this.  So he told me, and made known to me the interpretation of the things. (RSV)

Daniel didn’t understand the vision, so he approached one of the angels standing nearby and asked him to interpret it.  The rest of the chapter is the interpretation given by God through the angel:

DANIEL 7:17 ‘These four great beasts are four kings who shall arise out of the earth.  18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, for ever and ever.’ (RSV)

Here we are plainly told that these beasts represent 4 human kingdoms that will arise.  But the final outcome will be that the kingdoms of the world will be given to Yeshua the Messiah and his co-heirs, the saints.

DANIEL 7:19 Then I desired to know the truth concerning the fourth beast, which was different from all the rest, exceedingly terrible, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze; and which devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet; 20 and concerning the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up and before which three of them fell, the horn which had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things, and which seemed greater than its fellows.  21 As I looked, this horn made war with the saints, and prevailed over them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints received the kingdom. (RSV)

Daniel was so upset by the 4th of these 4 beasts that he skipped the first 3 and asked the angel to explain it, as well as the 10 horns on its head and the other horn that arose among the 10.  This other horn is said to have made war against the saints and defeated them until God the Father pronounced judgment in the favor of the saints.

DANIEL 7:23 “Thus he said:  ‘As for the fourth beast, there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all the kingdoms, and it shall devour the whole earth, and trample it down, and break it to pieces.’ (RSV)

This 4th beast, which is different from the first 3, consumes the whole world through violence.

DANIEL 7:24 ‘As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise, and another shall arise after them; he shall be different from the former ones, and shall put down three kings.’ (RSV)

The 10 horns are shown to be 10 kings that arise as a result of the ascendance of this 4th, global ruling kingdom.  We are told the “other horn” arises after these 10 kings, and uproots 3 of the kings.  It’s clear that these 10 kings who rule the earth through the coming global government (the United Nations) will exist simultaneously.  Clearly the Antichrist is different from them; whereas they are human rulers, he is an angelic king.  He will put down 3 of the rulers of this global kingdom in his bid for power.

DANIEL 7:25 ‘He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand for a time, two times, and half a time.’ (RSV)

A “time” in the Bible is generally a year (cf. Dan. 4:16, 23, 25, 32).   The Antichrist will blaspheme God and will be given authority over the saints for 3½ years (Rev. 13:5).

DANIEL 7:26 ‘But the court shall sit in judgment, and his dominion shall be taken away, to be consumed and destroyed to the end.  27 And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; their kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey them.’   28 “Here is the end of the matter.  As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly alarmed me, and my color changed; but I kept the matter in my mind.” (RSV)

In the end, the Antichrist will be defeated, his kingdom destroyed, and the kingdoms of the world given to Yeshua the Messiah and the saints.

Now that we’ve looked in depth at Daniel 7, let’s go back to Revelation 13 and use what we’ve found to better understand the beast described there.

REVELATION 13:1 Then I saw a beast come out of the sea with ten horns and seven heads; on its horns were ten diadems, and on its heads blasphemous name(s).  2 The beast I saw was like a leopard, but it had feet like a bear’s, and its mouth was like the mouth of a lion.  To it the dragon gave its own power and throne, along with great authority. (NAB)

We see from Revelation 13:1 that this beast has 7 heads.  If we count the total number of heads on the 4 beasts seen by Daniel, they add up to 7 also.  Revelation 13:2 describes the 7-headed beast as a composite of the 4 beasts Daniel saw.   The beast in Revelation 13 is the 4th beast Daniel saw (the United Nations), viewed by John after it had subdued and absorbed the first 3 beasts.  Just as with Daniel’s beasts, this one rises from the sea. This kingdom is given power, rulership, and authority by Satan.

If you will notice, the dominant characteristic of this beast is that of the 3rd kingdom Daniel saw, the German nation and its WWII conquerors, the United States, Russia, Britain, and France.  It’s said to be “like a leopard,” and four of the seven heads are the heads of the leopard.  Clearly these nations will have a large impact on the shaping of the “New World Order.”

REVELATION 13:3 I saw that one of its heads seemed to have been mortally wounded, but this mortal wound was healed.   Fascinated, the whole world followed after the beast. (NAB)

Notice that one of the heads seemed to have been mortally wounded.  Which head was it, and what was this apparently deadly injury that the beast suffered?

The deadly wound will seem to be inflicted on the head of Daniel’s 4th beast when the 3 horns (kings) are uprooting by Abaddon, the little horn from Daniel’s vision.   This global empire, the United Nations, which will ultimately take over the entire world, will in turn be conquered by Abaddon, the king of the Abyss.  But instead of totally destroying this satanic organization, Abaddon will appropriate it for himself and use it to rule over the earth.  Remember, a king is synonymous with his kingdom in the Bible.   That’s why both Abaddon and his kingdom are called “the beast.”  The power of Satan will be granted to this evil angelic king and his kingdom, and his sudden rise to power will amaze and impress the whole world.

REVELATION 13:4 They worshiped the dragon because it gave its authority to the beast; they also worshiped the beast and said, “Who can compare with the beast or who can fight against it?” (NAB)

The whole world will worship the dragon because of the power he gave to the beast.   They will also worship Abaddon himself.  Due to Abaddon’s demonstrated power in taking control of the United Nations, the world will think nothing or no one can defeat this “Beast.”

REVELATION 13:5 The beast was given a mouth uttering proud boasts and blasphemies, and it was given authority to act for forty-two months.  6 It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling and those who dwell in heaven.  7 It was also allowed to wage war against the holy ones and conquer them, and it was granted authority over every tribe, people, tongue, and nation.  8 All the inhabitants of the earth will worship it, all whose names were not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life, which belongs to the Lamb who was slain. (NAB)

This passage clearly ties the “beast” back to the little horn spoken of in Daniel chapter seven.  Daniel 7:8, 11, 20, 25 mention the arrogant, blasphemous words spoken by the little horn, and Daniel 7:25 tells us that the little horn is given power over the saints “for a time and times and half a time.”   This is a year, two years, and a half year, which equals 3½ years, or 42 months.

It is evident that the beast of Revelation 13 is a world-ruling, satanically-inspired government which rises up in the end time.  This government, the United Nations, will be dealt an apparently lethal blow by the appearance of Abaddon and the destruction he brings when released from the Abyss.  However, this seemingly fatal wound will be healed when Abaddon commandeers the United Nations and begins to rule using its governmental structure.

There are a few other passages of Scripture which are relevant to this topic.  Leviathan, a 7-headed beast from the sea, is a type of the beast discussed in several Old Testament Scriptures.

First, to get a little background on Leviathan, let’s examine what some biblical scholars have to say about this sea monster. The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary states:

Since the discovery of the Ras Shamra religious texts in Syria on the site of ancient Ugarit, it has become evident that there is a parallel between the seven-headed Canaanite monster Lotan of prevailing mythology, 1700-1400 B.C., and the biblical leviathan.  Isaiah seems to employ this ancient mythological idea of the destroyed leviathan poetically (Isa. 27:1) to symbolize the Judgment Day when God will triumph over the threatening evil of this world system. (p. 73, “Animal Kingdom”)

The Oxford Companion to the Bible records this of Leviathan:

A mythological sea monster who is one of the primeval adversaries of the storm god.  In the Ugaritic texts, Baal defeats Lothan (ltn, a linguistic variant of Leviathan), described as a seven-headed serpent, apparently identified with Baal’s adversary Prince Sea. . . .  In Job 41, Leviathan is described as fully under God’s control, a divine pet (vv. 4-5; cf. Ps. 104.26).  Many commentators have equated the Leviathan of Job 41 with the crocodile, and some elements of the description seem to fit this identification.  But others, like his breathing fire (vv. 19-21), do not . . .” (pp. 433-434, “Leviathan”)

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia has this to say about Leviathan:

Lotan (or Litan . . .), the adversary of Baal and Anath in the Ugaritic myths, has long been recognized as the equivalent of OT Leviathan . . .  Among the several references to Lotan in the Ugaritic literature . . . is one especially impressive parallel to Isa. 27:1 (UT, 67:I:1-3):  “When you smote Lotan the fleeing serpent, you made an end of the twisting serpent, the mighty one of seven heads” (cf. also Ps. 74:14). (p. 109, vol. 3, “Leviathan”)

Now that we have a little background on the ancient understanding of Leviathan, let’s examine the description of him from the book of Job.   We’re going to read this Scripture from an English translation of the Septuagint Greek translation of the Tanakh.   This Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures was widely used at the time of Yeshua.

JOB 40:20 “But wilt thou catch the serpent with a hook, and put a halter about his nose?  21 Or wilt thou fasten a ring in his nostril, and bore his lip with a clasp?  22 Will he address thee with a petition?  softly with the voice of a suppliant?  23 And will he make a covenant with thee?  and wilt thou take him for a perpetual servant?  24 And wilt thou play with him as with a bird?  or bind him as a sparrow for a child?  25 And do the nations feed upon him, and the nations of the Phoenicians share him?  26 And all the ships come together would not be able to bear the mere skin of his tail; neither shall they carry his head in fishing-vessels.  27 But thou shalt lay thy hand upon him once; remembering the war that is waged by his mouth; and let it not be done any more.  Hast thou not seen him?  and hast thou not wondered of the things said of him?  41:1 Does thou not fear because preparation has been made by me?  for who is there who resists me?  2 Or who will resist me, and abide, since the whole world under heaven is mine?  3 I will not be silent because of him:  though because of his power one shall pity his antagonist.   4 Who will open the face of his garment?  and who can enter within the fold of his breastplate?  5 Who will open the doors of his face?  terror is round about his teeth.  6 His inwards are as brazen plates, and the texture of his skin as a smyrite stone.  7 One part cleaves fast to another, and the air cannot come between them.  8 They remain united each to the other:  they are closely joined, and cannot be separated.  9 At his sneezing a light shines, and his eyes are as the appearance of the morning star.  10 Out of his mouth proceed as it were burning lamps, and as it were hearths of fire are cast abroad.  11 Out of his nostrils proceeds smoke of a furnace burning with fire of coals.  12 His breath is as live coals, and a flame goes out of his mouth.  13 And power is lodged in his neck, before him destruction runs.  14 The flesh also of his body is joined together:  if one pours violence upon him, he shall not be moved.  15 His heart is firm as a stone, and it stands like an unyielding anvil.  16 And when he turns, he is a terror to the four-footed wild beasts which leap upon the earth.  17 If spears should come against him, men will effect nothing, either with the spear or the breast-plate.  18 For he considers iron as chaff, and brass as rotten wood.  19 The bow of brass shall not wound him, he deems a slinger as grass.  20 Mauls are counted as stubble; and he laughs to scorn the waving of the firebrand.  21 His lair is formed of sharp points; and all the gold of the sea under him is as an immense quantity of clay.  22 He makes the deep [abusson, “Abyss”] boil like a brazen cauldron; and he regards the sea as a pot of ointment, 23 and the lowest part of the deep [abussou, “Abyss”] as a captive:  he reckons the deep [abusson, “Abyss”] as his range.  24 There is nothing upon the earth like to him, formed to be sported with [marginal rendering “mocked“] by my angels.  25 He beholds every high thing: and he is king of all that are in the waters.” (Brenton’s LXX)

The Hebrew Masoretic text renders the final verse above in this way:

JOB 41:34 He beholds everything that is high; he is king over all the sons of pride.” (RSV)

Clearly this beast is not simply a crocodile.  Because of the identification of this creature with the Abyss, and his title as king of “all the sons of pride,” we can determine who Leviathan represents.  He is no other than Abaddon/Apollyon, the angelic king who will rise from the Abyss at the sounding of the 5h trumpet.   A couple of other passages speak of him also:

PSALM 74:12 Yet God is my king from of old, who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.  13 You divided the sea by Your strength; You broke the heads of the sea monsters in the waters.  14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan; You gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.  15 You broke open springs and torrents; You dried up ever-flowing streams.  16 Yours is the day, Yours also is the night; You have prepared the light and the sun.  17 You have established all the boundaries of the earth; You have made summer and winter. (NASU)

The Oxford Companion to the Bible says of this passage:

In the Bible Leviathan is also identified with the Sea (Job 3.8) and has many heads (Ps. 74.14), and his defeat by God is a prelude to creation (Ps. 74.15-17).  According to apocalyptic literature, that battle will be rejoined in the end time when the evil Leviathan will be finally defeated (Isa. 27.1; Rev. 12.3; 17.1-14; 19.20; 21.1), and, according to later tradition, given along with Behemoth as food to the elect (2 Esd. 6.49-52), another recalling of creation (Ps. 74.14). . . . (pp. 433-434, “Leviathan”)

Let’s look at one last passage about Leviathan in Isaiah, which definitely places him in an end-time context:

ISAIAH 26:21 See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins.  The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her; she will conceal her slain no longer.  27:1 In that day, the LORD will punish with his sword, his fierce, great and powerful sword, Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea. (NIV)

Regarding this passage about Leviathan, The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary states:

Isa. 27:1 looks forward to the subjection of Leviathan, a figure for the future day when Yahweh will end the chaos of this present age (cf. 2 Bar[uch] 29:4, where Behemoth and Leviathan are to be destroyed after they have been temporarily released.)” (p. 652, “Leviathan”)

As Revelation 19:20 shows, the beast (Abaddon/Apollyon/Leviathan) will be cast into the lake of fire only short time after his release from the Abyss.  His armies will suffer defeat at the hands of the returning Messiah and the host of angels accompanying him:

REVELATION 19:20 And the beast [Abaddon] was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. (NASU)

CONCLUSION              

As this study has shown, we are rapidly approaching the fulfillment of many of the end-time prophecies of the Bible.  In Revelation, we see several 7-headed, 10-horned beasts pictured.   One of them, a great red dragon, is clearly identified as Satan the devil (Rev. 12).  The other “beast” pictured is an end-time, world-ruling empire that is eventually ruled by Abaddon the Antichrist (Rev. 13, 17).   His father, Satan, will give him great power and authority.  The formation of this world-ruling empire is documented in the 7th chapter of Daniel.  While some of the end-time prophecies of Daniel remain sealed, the Eternal is opening the eyes of the wise to see what is to soon come upon an unsuspecting world.  May He have mercy upon us and help us to prepare spiritually for the tribulation that lies just ahead.

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How Human Beings Have Become Ignorant Time Wasters The Coming Crusher Zone man is to blinded to see. Words of need The Coming Economic Hell For American Families How to Learn of God’s Purpose for Your Life The Few and why verses the many in the wide gate that leads to destruction The Human Race Today Beginning of the End Without Genuine Love for Others—God cannot be known. Updated How the very elect of God are deceived. Proverbs 1:22-32 was written for the “many” today with verse 33 for “few” WHO A FIRSTFRUIT IS; WHO GOD’S CHURCH IS; WHO IS DECEIVED; WHO IS NOT  A perfect example of how God sees all believers as hypocrites. Job 8 There are but only Two Educations in Life–with update There are but only Two Educations in Life Those who care for others the most through efforts become most hated. To The Point About Religious Deception. Because we ate you’re words of truth, How much longer O Lord? Words to a Writer with 3 Best Sellers When We Just Write Depending on God What love means to God because the ship sinking has not enough lifeboats.  What to Expect when Walking with God Words of God on men of God verses men of the religions of man. Why We Were Created, Why Satan, Why Judgment, Why Hypocrites Truth or Consequences–Hear and Listen—or—Reject and be rejected. Very Educational —Spiritually Speaking—On Just Who Other God’s Are Only God’s Pure Words to all in this world who believe in Him. Religions and spirits—spirits and Religions God’s Funds Belong to God and Not Corrupt False Teachers. What True Faith Is. A Unique Story Of My Dedication To God and This World of Religious Deception A Message For All Believers From God In Psalms. We All Have Things In Life To Learn About Love, And Very Few Will Learn Now Because Most All Will Be Crying Out For Love And Care When There Is Not Any To Hear Just As They Could Not Hear. Think about the Black Hole in the Universe, God, and the way of this world. The Higher Power and why the religions of man are the most deceived through rejecting God’s truth. The Higher Power Written By An Author And Professor To The Point Regarding The Condition Of America Followed By My Comment. Who I Am; My Purpose In Life; and how a blind woman sees through feel. The Only Way To Know God Is To Love Others; And This World Of Religion Has No Love To Show Beyond The Tongue, So They Know Not God In Spirit And Truth. 1 John 4:7-8 Who I am; and My Purpose in Life Subconscious With a Purpose Howl, Ye Shepherds, And Cry; And Wallow Yourselves In The Ashes, Ye Principal Of The Flock: For The Days Of Your Slaughter And Of Your Dispersions Are Accomplished; Why The Religions Of Man Know Not God Often The Best Or Only Way For Us To Speak Is Through Photographs. Updated Writing On Our Hearts And How To Read The Holy Bible. The Greatest Fools Are The Religions Of Man That Label God A god Of Torture That Thrives On Dishing Out Eternal Barbecues With All Invites From Toddlers To The Elderly. Even Christ Asked The Father To Forgive Those That Tortured Him. This World of Man-made False Religions that Show Belief in Man with Rejection towards God. Whether One Believes In God Or Does Not This Whole World Has Been Deceived, And Life As All Have Known It Is Going To Come To Its End In Ways They Don’t Want To Hear And Won’t Believe—until They Learn The Hard Way. Faith is Trust in what cannot be seen when your life is at stake.Faith is complete trust in what cannot be seen through actions that please the Father. Why Judgment Must Come Upon Us All Why There Is Evil  Why People Don’t Believe in God, and Why Religious People Don’t Even Believe God. One Of Many Emails Written To Oprah Winfrey. I Would Greatly Appreciate Any Answer To A Question That You Will Find In This Writing. The Greatest Mistake We As Human Beings Make Is Not Looking Only And Directly To God With Unwavering Faith That Exits You With Elimination From This World Of Man With His Words, Teachings, Doctrines And Traditions That Make The Words Of God To Become As N When The Plumbing Of Our Minds Becomes Corroded With Bad Cruds, It Cannot Be Cleared To Allow A Fresh Flow, So The Only Way For Repairs Is To Scrap It All And Start Afresh With Only What’s Pure And Tried As Silver In The Furnace Of Earth Seven Times  Some Things We Really Need To Think About In Deeper Ways Than Ever Before Because Reality Is Not What It Appears To Be Through Man. Beginning Of The End Through Hidden Ways Via The god Of This World Why I Read The Bible And What Faith Truly Is Through Actions. God–Man–Satan—Earth–Universe & Why Judgment Must Come Upon Us All God–Man–Satan—Earth–Universe & Why Judgment Must Come Upon Us All  Lies—Lies—Lies—and More Lies Via The god Of This World.  The Rehabs Of Man Are Only A Revolving Door, But To Just Walk Away For Good Is Much More. There Is But Only One Way That Can Ever Work Regarding “Rehabilitation For Troubled People” These Are The Words Of A Spiritual Weather Report That Shows The Beginning Of Sorrows Approaching On The Radar Screen That A Deceived World Cannot See; And When It Strikes There Will Be No Where To Run. Words From God The Majorities Within A Deceived World Will Not Hear. . . The Meaning Of Love To God Goes Far Beyond Words. For, Behold, The Lord Cometh Out Of His Place To Punish The Inhabitants Of The Earth For Their Iniquity: The Earth Shall Disclose Her Blood, And Shall No More Cover Her Slain.  Discuss The Handwriting On The Wall   When God Speaks Only Few Can Hear   Have Much Respect For Those With Much Age   Our Native Home In The Philippines   Discuss Daniel And Revelation   Write My Communications With Others That All Can Learn From   Speak Of The Exact Time Of The Birth Of Jesus Christ   Speak Of Just How Bad What We Eat Can Be For Us All   Speak Only Facts Of Who God Is And Who We Are In Comparison   Discuss The Ways Of God And Not The Ways Of Man   Discuss The Context Of The Words Of God   Speak Of Why Job Was Written For These End Times   Discuss Gods Prison Of Truth   Speak Of What It Means To Grow With God   Speak Words From God To The Shepherds And Congregations   Write Of What No One Can See   Speak Words Of Truth Just Between Us From Me To You   Speak Truth On The Beginning Of The End Of Humanity   Write Of Gods Truth Of Who Israel Is In Prophesy   When You Reject God Even Unknowingly He Will Reject You   Understand How To Know God   God Speaks Of A Nation Void Of Counsel With No Understanding   See How People Don’t Always Read Others Correctly   Speak Of World Famine With Proof Of Its Coming   Discuss From Christianity To Wicca From God’s Point Of View   Discuss Murderers In The Eyes Of God   Tell Of How My Mind Operates With Only God For My Source   Speak On What All Need To Know About The Love Of God   Speak Of The Sabbath On Saturday   Discuss Why Most Are Abiding In Death And Know It Not   Speak Of What A Man Is To God   Speak Of Life And Death   Speak Of Breaking News   Understand What Is Childish To God   Understand What Understanding God Means   Speak Of Our Hearts That Can Hide Nothing   What My Life Would Be Like If I Was A Billionaire   Discuss What It Means To Overcome   Write Of The Truths Of Today And Every Day   Discuss The Church As Fuel For The Fire In Great Tribulation   How Improper Construction Will Cause Your Ship To Sink   Speak Of Only Gods Truth That Only He Can Teach   Speak Of Why God Punishes The Saved With His Words Of Truth   When Your End Has Come It Will Be To Late To Awake   Speak Only Spiritual Truths Of God   My Wife And I Will Be Homeless At The End Of July   Prepared Or Unprepared The End Still Comes   How Long Ye Simple Ones Will Ye Love Simplicity  How Light Is Really Darkness   The Beginning Of The End   The Times Of The End Have Arrived   Why Judgment Must Come   See Hypocrites By Their Actions   Speak Of Our Home In The Philippines   Speak Of False Religions Worldwide   Speak Truth That The Times Of The End Have Arrived   Why God Created Man, The Universe And Why Judgment Must Come   Speak Only Truths Of Darkness All Need To Know   Speak Of The End Of Humanity Known To Man   Speak Of Life And What You Should Be Doing With It   Speak Of God’s Coming Judgments   Why Most All Cannot Understand Reality   Speak Of Love And What It Means To God   The New World Order And The Fall Of America  Edit Story Discuss What God Views On Earth From His Throne   Tell Of God And The Universe   Want To Discuss Science And Religion   Speak Of How Faith Makes All Things Possible   We Are Nearing The End Of The Human Race As Known To Man   Talk About Fruits Of The Spirit   Speak Of The Forth Seal In Revelation   Speak Of The Third Seal In Revelation   Speak Of The Second Seal In Revelation 6   We All Need Help In Different Ways   Speak Of Great Tribulation   Have No Other Life Other Than God’s Truths Few Understand   White Horse False Christ’s Religious Deception Part 2   Understand The White Horse False Christ’s Religious Deception   Know Who God Punishes And Who He Protects   Understand Why Humanity Is Nearing Its End    Understand The Seals In Revelation   Have You Ever Had Any Confusion About God   Have A Good Understanding Of The Ten Commandments   Understanding What God Is Saying   No Tree Of Life Till The 2nd Resurrection   Speak Only Breaking News   Understand The Spirit Of Truth Verses The Spitit Of Error   God, Truth, Church, Reality, Understanding   Have Understanding Of Genuine Reality   Truth You Need To Know   Know That Our Calamity Is At Hand   Hear The Conclusion Of The Whole Matter   Feel Terrible When I Hurt Somebody   Want Know What Happens Next   Understand Reality   Have A Message For Moms And Dads   Love Truth All Need To Know   Who A Firstfruit Is Who Gods Church Is And Who Is Deceived  Love People Old And Children Because Their Unique   Education From Jeremiah   David And Bathsheba   Down To The Wire On Truth, Lies   Know Thy Word Is Truth  Write Short Stories About God And Man   Am Extremely Distant From The World   Have Been Hurt At Church But I Still Believe In God   The Natural Mind And The Spiritual Mind   Love The Greatest Puzzle Of Eternity   Teach About The Body Of Christ As God Sees It   My Dedication To God   Have Bad Experiences With Churches   See What’s All Around That The Blind See Not   Supply Bits And Pieces Of How Death Is Sneaking Up On All   See Who We Are To Learn From While Expecting The Same   See And Know The Horrors Coming On One Very Blind USA   See A People So Lost They Can’t Even Find Themselves    See The Worst Lost Trying To Save The Lost   Can See The Reality TV Show That All Must See   See Massive Bloodshed Coming On People Of Blindness   Read In God’s Truth How He Sees Churches And Congregations  Need Only Truth Of Reality Behind The Scenes   Live In My Own World And You Live In Yours, But We All Live   Speak Of Life As Chess With The King Of Power About To Fall   Watch Times Of Trouble   When God Becomes Your Life’s Priority What All Need To Know, But Don’t Want To Know The Powers Of Satan   See What God Sees In Man   Have The Faith For Tribulation To Share   Simply See The True Reality As It Genuinely Is Behind All   I Have Life’s Experiences And So Do You   Share Truth And Reality Behind The Scenes

About Love And What It Means Too God; About My Grandmother At 103About Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing And The Coming Horrors.  Whats Been Happening Behind The Backs Of All Worldwide Including Religious Deception.About Suffering For People Of God And Why I Was Chosen Out Of This World By Christ. Strait Is The Gate And Narrow Is The Way Which Leadeth Unto Life, And Few There Be That Find It. About Running The Race Words From An Ex-church Goer  And My Reply Powers Of Satan Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me  What God Is Looking For Within His Created Beings That Is Completely Missing, Therefore Great Punishment Is Coming. The Powers Of Darkness About My Past In America And Now In The Philippines

What God Says About Churches The Worst Living Horrors Are Coming Closer Each Day. . If God Is Not The Center Of Our Lives With Priority, We Are Of This World; Therefore Know Not Truth As It Is Written. Strong Meat: Hebrews 5:14 We As People Of God Are Always Watched And Measured By Our Hearts. The Love Of Christ That People Of God Are Lacking. Prophecy Towards The Fall Of America Prophecy Towards The Fall Of America What God Sees Within The Hearts Of Overcomers As Christ About True Christianity God Knows All Things Including You’re Own Heart Better Than You Know Yourself—Plus His Instruction on How to Read the Holy Bible  I Have About Eighteen Years With God And Not Church, Therefore God Is My Teacher Through His Words Of Truth Rather Than The Twisted Words Of Man. There Is But One God And Only One Religion; Yet Man Has Made His Own That Have Caused Confusion. The More Faith That We Have; The More We Turn Only To God While Going Around Man. People May Not Always Like Truth, Yet It Is Written For Those Who Put Absolutely No Trust In Man. People Helping People Will One Day Be The Way The Whole World Is.

There exists hundreds more of my writings not listed, and even though many may not be well done as I would like, they still have a strong message using Scripture; therefore the whole point is only my sincere efforts to warn all of what is en route, and growing closer each day.

The most current site used is http://www.cross.tv/timesoftrouble  having over 700 of my detailed and lengthy blogs.

Below is another website where I have 520 posts with well over 100,000 views; yet was banned the same as many other religious sites for speaking too boldly just as Amos, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and all men of YHVH despised by this world of religious scorpions talking their religious talk, but never walking their commanded walk.

http://www.true2ourselves.com/Jeffcc

In a Christian friends network years ago I had over 300 posts written from biblical truth, yet the same as all others because I had not one genuine brother or sister in Christ, not one friend and not even one rooted for spiritual communication; and this world of shepherds, pastors, ministers, priests, and all religious titles are the worst when it comes to loving others through deed — thus the blind lead the blind with great affliction growing closer each day.

There was also the Christian site allaboutGod and another called Godspace that I was banned from and denied access to my own hundreds of writings; and added was ‘For Baptists Only’, the Bible in Facebook, some church sites and others which hate truth from the Bible about themselves; and reason is because it’s an untaught mystery about the Kingdom of YHVH. Matthew chapter 13.

All that I post is only on YHVH, Yeshua, and the realities of this world past, now, and what is to come because I have absolutely no interest in anything worldly while having my heart and mind set on things above (Colossians 3) in the 3rd heaven as my life’s priority with my wife next in line; and the story about her is that she was a gift from YHVH because He knew that I needed to survive in a foreign country with no income or employment making our life a great struggle along with her many years of severe health issues while having zero funds — yet she never complains, and we pray together in faith even thou we have so very little within a world of religious Christians who have absolutely zero care for any others whatsoever, but plenty of loving words with praise to God — yet very acceptable to me because they know not what they do as made quite clear in John 15:17-21.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/RJP16w/how-christians-lacking-spiritual-knowledge-hate-god

Faith is endurance through knowing that only our Father YHVH can become our supplier of basic needs and mercy during the times ahead when there is no food to be had. Want mercy? Know what it means? Do you desire to read in scripture exactly how YHVH views all shepherds and their congregations worldwide? This link below carries more spiritual truth than most minds can accept; yet has the greatest warning for all on what is coming with the reason why these things must be.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ljD9ZQ/vital-untaught-truth-in-all-religions-worldwide

100_3175For any to walk the walk is no easy life, yet shall bring great reward.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/mpxzXp/lifes-misfortune-in-different-ways-for-us-all

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https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  My Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many [over 235] individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet.

http://www.newworldordernews.com/ – accurate bad news so true people cannot believe.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/  – continual news reports which reveal just how deranged our human race has become.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/435W4W/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/n9z36E/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-2

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/2mw7me/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-3

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/Dx26Jv/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-4

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/mpxzXp/lifes-misfortune-in-different-ways-for-us-all

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