The Person and Ministry of the Beast

Scripture has quite a lot to say about the individual who will appear in the end time as the head of the Gentile powers in their ten kingdom federation.

I. His person and work

Ezekiel 28:1-10   The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God: {midst: Heb. heart} Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:  With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures: By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches: {thy great…: Heb. the greatness of thy wisdom}  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God; Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness. They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas. Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee. {of him that slayeth: or, of him that woundeth} Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

Daniel 7:7- After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.  I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

Daniel 7:20-26 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.  I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.  But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.

Daniel 8:23-25 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. {are…: Heb. are accomplished} And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. {holy…: Heb. people of the holy ones}   And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. {peace: or, prosperity}

Daniel 9:26-27  And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. {but…: or, and shall have nothing} {desolations…: or, it shall be cut off by desolations}  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. {the covenant: or, a covenant} {for the…: or, with the abominable armies} {the desolate: or, the desolator}

Daniel 11:36-45 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.  Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. {in…: or, as for the Almighty God, in his seat he shall honour yea, he shall honour a god, whom, etc} {estate: or, stead} {forces: or, munitions: Heb. Mauzzim, or, God’s protectors} {pleasant: Heb. things desired}  Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain. {most…: Heb. fortresses of munitions} {gain: Heb. a price}  And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. {glorious…: or, goodly, etc.: Heb. land of delight, or, ornament}   He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. {stretch…: Heb. send forth}   But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.  But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.   And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. {glorious…: or, goodly, etc.: Heb. mountain of delight of holiness}

II Thessalonians 2:3-10  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?  And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. {withholdeth: or, holdeth}  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

Revelation 13:1-10  And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. {name: or, names}  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.   And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. {wounded: Gr. slain}   And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?   And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. {to continue: or, to make war}  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  If any man have an ear, let him hear.  He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

Revelation 17:8-14  The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.  And here is 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, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.   And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.  And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.  These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.


The facts concerning his activities

1.       He will appear on the scene in the “latter times” of Isreal’s History (Daniel 8:23)

2.       He will not appear until the Day of the Lord has begun (II Thessalonians 2:2)

3.       His manifestation is being hindered by the restrainer (II Thessalonians 2:6-7)

4.       This appearance will be preceded by apostasy  (II Thessalonians 2:3)

5.       He is a Gentile

A.     Since he arises out of the sea (Revelation 13:1)

B.     Since the sea depicts Gentile Nations (Revelation 17:15)

6.       He rises from the Roman Empire – he is a ruler of the people who destroyed Jerusalem (Daniel 9:26)

7.       He is the head of the last form of Gentile world domination because he is like a leopard, a bear, and a lion (Revelation 13:1) (Also Daniel 7:7-8, 20,24; Revelation 17:9-11)

A.     He is a political leader

B.     The seven heads and ten horns are federated under his authority (Revelation 13:1; 17:12)

8.       His influence is world-wide

A.     Because he rules over all nations (Revelation 13:8)

B.     This influence comes through the alliance he makes with other nations (Daniel 8:24; Revelation 17:12)

9.       He has eliminated three rulers in his rise to power (Daniel 7:8, 24)

A.     One of the kingdoms over which he has authority has been revived

B.     One of the heads representing a kingdom or king (Revelation 17:10)

C.     Has been healed (Revelation 13:3)

10.   His rise in power comes from his peace program (Daniel 8:25)

11.   He personally is marked by his intelligence and persuaveness (Daniel 7:8, 20;8:23)

A.     Marked also by his subtlety and craft (Ezekiel 28:6)

B.     His position over the nations is by their own consent (Revelation 17:13)

12.   He rules over the nations in his federation with absolute authority (Daniel 11:36)

A.     He is depicted as doing his own will

B.     This authority is marked by a change in laws and customs (Daniel 7:25)

13.   His chief interest is in might and power (Daniel 11:38)

14.   As the head of the federation

A.     He makes a seven year covenant with Israel (Daniel 9:27)

B.     The covenant is broken after three and one-half years (Daniel 9:27)

15.   He introduces

A.     An idolatrous worship (Daniel 9:27)

B.     In this worship, he sets himself up as god (Daniel 11:36-37; II Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 13:5)

16.   He bears the characterization of a blasphemer because of the assumption of diety (Ezekiel 28:2; Daniel 7:25; Revelation 13:1, 5-6)

17.   He energized by Satan (Ezekiel 28:9-12; Revelation 13:4)

A.     He receives his authority from Satan

B.     He is controlled by the pride of the devil (Ezekiel 28:2; Daniel 8:25)

18.   He is the head of Satan’s lawless system (II Thessalonians 2:3)

A.     His claim to power and deity

B.     Is proved by signs wrought through satanic power (II Thessalonians 2:9-19)

19.   He is received as god and ruler because of the blindness of the people (II Thessalonians 2:11)

20.   This ruler becomes the great adversary of Israel (Daniel 7:21, 25; 8:24; Revelation 13:7)

21.   There will come an alliance against him which will contest his authority (Ezekiel 28:7; Daniel 11:40,42)

22.   In the conflict he will gain control over Palestine and adjacent territory (Daniel 11:42), and will make his headquarters in Jerusalem (Daniel 11:45)

23.   This ruler, at the time of his rise to power, is elevated through the instrumentality of the harlot, the corrupt religious system, which consequently seeks to dominate him  (Revelation 17:3)

24.   This system is destroyed by the ruler so that he may rule unhindered (Revelation 17:16-17)

25.   He becomes the special adversary of the Prince of princes (Daniel 8:25)

A.     And His program (II Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 17:14)

B.     And His people (Daniel 7:21, 25; 8:24; Revelation 13:7)

26.   He continues in power

A.     For seven years (Daniel 9:27)

B.     His satanic activity is confined to the last half of the tribulation period (Daniel 7:25; 9:27; 11:45; Revelation 19:19-20)

27.   His rule will be terminated by a direct judgment from God (Ezekiel 28:6; Daniel 7:22, 26; 8:25; 9:27; 11:45; Revelation 19:19-20)

A.     This judgment will take place as he is engaged in a military campaign in Palestine (Ezekiel 28:8-9; Revelation 19:19)

B.     He will be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 19:20; Ezekiel 28:10)

28.   This judgment will take place at the Second Advent of Christ (II Thessalonians 2:8; Daniel 7:22)

29.   This judgment will constitute a manifestation of His Messianic authority (Revelation 11:15)

30.   The kingdom over which he ruled will pass to the authority of the Messiah and will become the kingdom of the saints (Daniel 7:27)

The Person and Ministry of the False Prophet


In close association with the beast, the head of the federated empire, is another individual known as the “False prophet” (Revelation 19:20; 20:10), called “the second beast” in Revelation 13:11-17), where his fullest description is given.


Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Revelation 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Revelation 13:11-17 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.  And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. {life: Gr. breath}  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: {to receive: Gr. to give them} And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

1.      This individual is evidently a Jew, since he rises out of the earth, or land, that is now Palestine  (Revelation 13:11

2.      He is influential in religious affairs (“two horns like a lamb”) (Revelation 13:11)

3.      He is motivated by Satan as the first beast is (Revelation 13:11)

4.      He has a delegated authority (Revelation 13:12 – “The power of the first beast”)

5.      He promotes the worship of the first beast and compels the earth to worship the first beast as God (Revelation 13:12)

6.      His ministry is authenticated by the signs and miracles he does, evidently  “Proving that he is Elijah who is to come” (Revelation 13-14)

7.      He is successful in deceiving the unbelieving world (Revelation 13:14)

8.      The worship promoted is an idolatrous worship (Revelation 13:14-15)

9.      He has the power of death to compel men to worship the beast (Revelation 13:15)

10.  He has the authority in the economic realm to control all commerce (Revelation 13:16-17)

11.  He has the mark that will establish his identity for those who live in that day (Revelation 13:18)


Relating the Dragon, the Beast, and the False prophet


I.                   Revelation presents the false prophet as subservient to the first beast

A.     He is called the false prophet (Revelation 16:13; 19:20; 20:10)

B.     He ministers in connection with the first beast as his prophet or spokesman.

II.                We are presented with a satanic trinity

A.     The unholy trinity

B.     The trinity of hell

C.     Consists of

1.      The dragon – Satan (Revelation 12:9)

2.      The beast

3.      The false prophet (Revelation 16:13)

D.    That place occupied

1.      By God assumed by Satan

2.      By Christ assumed by the first beast

3.      By the Holy Spirit by the false prophet