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This article is about the Beast that came out of the Sea. You may be looking for the Antichrist, Satan, the Mark of the Beast or the Beast out of the Earth.

The Beast out of the Sea is a figurative creature found in the Book of Revelation[1] that represents either a personage, kingdom or both. In the end of this age, it will rise up from the sea and make war with the saints.

It will blaspheme God and cause the world to worship it. It will be killed but be resurrected. Those who are loyal to the Beast will be forced to prove their loyalty with a mark on their right hand or their forehead. Those who don't will be cut off from society. Those who don't worship this Beast will be killed. Despite the consequences, Christians must refuse its mark and refuse to worship it. This is the Beast who once was, now is not, and is yet to come[2].

Description

It came up from the sea, having ten horns and seven heads. Each horn had a diadem and its heads had names of blasphemy on it.[3] It looked like a leopard with a bear's feet and a lion's mouth. The Dragon gave it miraculous power, throne, and great authority.[4]

The author of the Book of Revelation — John[5] — noticed that one of the Beast's heads were mortally wounded by a sword but was healed, causing the world marvel at it. [6] The world also worshiped the Dragon and the Beast. They said that there is nobody like the Beast and nobody is able to fight against it.[7] The Beast was allowed for a while to brag and blaspheme God. It ruled only for 3½ years.[8] It blasphemed God's Name, His dwelling and those that dwell in Heaven.[9] It was allowed to make war with the Christians and overcome them. He was given power over every tribe, people, languages, and nation.[10] Those who are of the world and not of Christ will worship the Beast.[11]

Image of the Beast

There will be a second Beast — the Beast out of the Earth — who will exercised all the power of the first Beast.[12] It will create an image of the first Beast and make the image seem alive, whether by ventriloquism (a common practice among priests to make idols talk), using modern technology (such as virtual reality technology or animation), or something else. The image of the first Beast will cause everyone to worship it or die.[13]

Mark of the Beast

Main article: Mark of the Beast
The image will order everyone to recieve a mark on their right hand or their forehead as a symbol of their loyalty to the first Beast; anyone who don't can't be a part of the society. They can't buy or sell without the mark.[14] What the mark is is unknown; what is known is its meaning: a symbol of loyalty to the first Beast. Some claim it is a microchip (because of the King James Version's use of "in" in Revelation 13:16), or even a tattoo. If something is required to buy or sell and is a symbol of loyalty to the Beast (whatever the Beast may be) then that is the mark of the Beast; everything else is not the mark.

End of the Beast

One of the bowl judgements will cause darkness to fill the Beast's kingdom and the Beast's subjects to gnaw their tongues in pain. They will blaspheme God because of this judgement.[15] After another judgement dries up the Euphrates River, out of the mouths of Dragon and the two Beasts will come three frog-like spirits that will go into all the earth and cause of the nations to prepare for the great day of God. They will be gathered into a place called Armageddon.[16] When Jesus comes on His white horse to set up His reign on the earth, this army marshalled together by the frog-like spirits will attack Him. The army will be slain by the words of Jesus and eaten by birds that will be called together by an angel that will appear to be standing on the sun. The two Beasts will be captured and thrown alive into a lake of burning sulfur, fire and brimstone.[17]

Identity of the Beast

The Beast likely represents a person who pretends to be God and also rules the world. It is unlikely that it is an actual beast that looks like what John described. It is also possible that it represents the kingdom of the one who pretends to be God and also rules the world. Many assume that this Beast and the Antichrist are synonymous.

Continue Reading: Beast out of the Earth

Verses

Persons of the Book of Revelation
Four Living CreaturesThe LambFour Horsemen of the ApocalypseArmy of Locusts
200 Million Lion-headed CavalryDragonBeast out of the SeaBeast out of the Earth
Frog-like SpiritsScarlet Beast

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