The multifaceted prophetic symbolism of the seven-headed beast

Rev 17:7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

Here are the 4 divisions,

THE WOMAN – I believe she represents the false religious systems that have been here since the Nimrod and the tower of Babel. It is demonic in origin, but often comes as an angel of light to try to deceive to who would be seeking truth and righteousness.

Note, in Rev 13:1 that the beast rising out of the sea does not have the woman riding it. This unholy union of the beast and the union happens prior to their destruction, and because of their union, they are thereafter referred to as the same. Not unlike “and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”

THE BEAST THAT CARRIETH HER – This is actually the final manifestation of the beast that has existed since the birth of the Nation of Israel. It is linked to Israel, for as Israel was, and then was not because Rome destroyed it, yet Israel is. The same is said therefore of the beast. “And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.”

THE SEVEN HEADS – Are the historical progression of nations which have had a direct influence and effect upon the Israelites. The angel said 5 were fallen, many in Israel’s then past.

They are:

1. Egypt
2. Assyria
3. Babylon
4. Medes/Persia
5. Greece

Daniel mentions the last three in his visions, including the next, which is Rome. Therefore Rome is head #6. Daniel is silent about Egypt and Assyria two because they were already history – before the of his time of ministry.

The 7th empire would have to have been those in possession of the land when the Israelites began to migrate back to their land after World War 2. That would have been the British Empire. Therefore the 7th is England.

However, the mentioning of the SEVEN HEADS are just to give us ” the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is [Rome], and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he [England] must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of [from] the seven, and goeth into perdition.”

It is the 8th beast that “goeth into perdition” that Rev. 13-19 is mainly dealing with.

THE TEN HORNS – Represents a unification of regions in Europe and the Middle east of the spirit and mindset of the old Roman Empire. It is they who “shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.”

In all of the above I see no place for a mature governing UN or a new global world order coming to absolute power. That does not mean the foolish hearts and minds of men won’t attempt it, just as Nimrod attempted to build his tower. But because God’s Kingdom is the KINGDOM, and His power is the Power, and His Glory is the GLORY forever and ever, he will not permit the wicked intents of man to accomplish their plans.

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