Who is the beast of Revelation 17:11 “that was and is not“?
Who is the beast of Revelation 13:11 “he had two horns like a lamb, and spake as a dragon“?
These are warning messages from God concerning the last days. In Matt. 24:1-4, Jesus and his disciples looked upon the building of the temple and he told them of the destruction of the temple, they asked “What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Jesus answered “Take heed that no man deceive you,” Matthew 24:11 says “many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” Paul likewise spoke on this matter saying “in the latter times, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits (false prophets) and doctrine of devils.”
Jesus Christ answered their question in Matt. 24:36 saying “of that day and hour knoweth no man, not even the angels, but my Father only.” However, he said to them in verse 44 “be ye also ready” for that hour, and in Matthew 25:1-13, he speaks of those who are ready and those who are not and verse 10 says “they that were ready went in with him and the door was shut.” They that were not ready did not get in and so verse 13, tells us to watch for all the signs of things to come to pass. Well, you are ready because of 1Thessalonians 5:1-6. If we study our bible, we know the times and seasons and are not asleep, but re watching, then we are ready, and doing the job given unto us as in Matt 24:45-46, giving them the meat in due season again.
“The meat in due season” refers to the warning message for the last days of Revelation 14:9-12 “...And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand. The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God.” We know that in Daniel’s prophecy there are four beasts, Daniel 7:17 says “these great beasts are kings” or kingdoms. The vision Daniel had is in Daniel 7:2-8.
THE KINGDOMS OF THE EARTH
Now we have four kingdoms to rule over the earth and because Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon had a dream in which Daniel was able to interpret through the hand of God in Daniel 2:31-45, we have the first kingdom.
The second kingdom is Media-Persia as we read in Daniel 8:20
The third kingdom is Greece in Daniel 8:21
The fourth kingdom is Rome (as all the books of history bear witness)
The fifth or last kingdom will be the coming of the Lord to set-up His rule over the earth and will be the everlasting kingdom shown in Daniel 7:27.
Now remember, the fourth beast had 10 horns or kings in Daniel 7:8, 20, but another horn came up and destroyed three of the original 10, “plucked up by the roots” and this king had eyes of a man and a mouth speaking great things.
This power or horn which came up was the Papacy in Rome. There were 10 kingdoms in the latter days of the Roman Empire and three were destroyed when the Papacy came to power in vs. 23, 24 and certainly fulfilled in verse 25, changing times and laws. It corrupted the Sabbath of God with Sunday worship, changed the birth of Christ to Christmas, changed the only sign given (3 days and 3 nights) of the death and resurrection of Christ to Easter worship, corrupted the forgiveness of sins by Christ with priests, claimed the Pope was representative of Christ and can do these things, and corrupted the nations with wealth and power.
If we read Revelation 13:1-8, we find reference to these same beasts, the lion, bear, leopard and the beast with 7 heads and 10 horns. Also, we read “the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” All the world worshiped the dragon and the beast. This dragon is the devil, Rev. 20:2, this beast upon his head were the name of blasphemy (Rev. 13:1)