The World Wide Authority of the Beast
In The Book of Revelation (Rv.13:2) it is stated that satan will have worldwide authority and will hand this world domination over to the beast. In this same chapter it is shown that the beast has seven heads. These are the ruling empires of the world.
Thus the number of heads is both symbolic (seven is a number of fulfillment and completion), and literal. It's literal component relates to the subjugation of the House of Israel.
Since it is shown in the Bible that Rome and its Caesar's constituted the sixth of these seven heads, we must assume that the heads have arisen one by one. They do not exist at the same time. Each of these heads have come up in turn, and all have at one time or another, ruled Israel, holding its people captive. Each in turn has dominated the world and issued the decrees and rules that its captive populations must adhere to.
Scripture refers to the beast as 'Babylon'. It is a civilization that all of us are born into when we come to life on this earth. Jesus called us out of it. The only path by which anyone can leave it is through faith in Christ and obedience to His Gospel.
We were all born sinners and this sinfulness stems from the worldwide authority of the beast. We have all been born into the worldwide domination of the beast. Only by dying to sin through Christ can we escape the authority of Satan.
We can visualize the principles of Babylon (the rulebook of Satan) easily by comparing the commandments of Christ with the teachings of this world.
The seventh head of the beast was undoubtedly Adolph Hitler. No other 'head' had a more virulent impact on the House of Israel. Scripture indicated that his reign would be very short. Hitler's was.
Prophecy teaches that an eighth head will arise at the very end of time, and will actually be the reincarnation of one of the first six heads. "I saw that one of its heads seemed to have had a fatal wound but that this deadly injury had healed and, after that, the whole world had marvelled and followed the beast." (Rv.13:3).
Most Bible scholars see this reincarnation as the rebirth of a pagan Rome. But powerful prophecies point with equal strength to Persia. Elements of both are certain to exist in the final fulfillment of these visions.
1. 'The Last Days of Babylon', Chapter 17, 'The Beast of Berlin
'2. 'The Last Days of Babylon', Chapter 22, "Gog, Prince of Magog'
3. 'The Last Days of Babylon', Chapter 10, "The Ships of Kittim"
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