Book Of Enoch Ethiopian Translation
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. 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.
The key to understanding Revelation 13 is Revelation 17: 8-13 as follows:
The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into (perdition): = ruin, loss or damnation, 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 has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he comes, 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 goes into perdition. And the ten horns which you saw 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.
The Book of Revelation was written during the time of the Roman Empire. Keep this in mind while deciphering the meaning of Revelation 17. (Five are fallen) means that five empires had already fallen prior to the Roman Empire, (and one is) which was the Roman Empire as the sixth, (and the other is not yet come) means that a seventh empire will arise following the Roman Empire. This also proves that the Roman Empire is not the forth beast of Daniel from which the Ten Kingdoms arise.
And the beast (that was) which means a demonically controlled empire that had fallen prior to the rise of the Roman Empire, (and is not) but not the Roman Empire which was ruling at the time of the writing of Revelation, (and yet is) indicates yet another demonically controlled empire that will come to power in the later days, even he is the (eighth) that goes into ruin or damnation, which means an eighth empire that is controlled by the Dragon, and thereafter goes into eventual ruination.
An eighth empire will rule over the Middle East and the location of Babylon, and will be empowered by the same Dragon/Beast as a previous empire (that was) before the time of the Roman Empire. And the ten horns are ten kings who have no kingdoms as yet (at the time of the Roman Empire), but will receive their power as kings in the future during the same period when the beast (that is) has come to power in the later days. The ten kingdoms will arise from a seventh empire, and continue to exist during the same time as the eighth empire. These ten kingdoms have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
Seven empires ruled over the Middle East, but one empire in particular, which was previous to the Roman Empire, was directly empowered by satanic forces, through it's king, who was given his power, and his seat, and great authority by the Dragon. The five fallen before the time of the Roman Empire were Babylon, Media Persia, Assyria, Egypt, and Greece. These are the first five heads of the first beast of Revelation 13. Of these five kingdoms, one was empowered by the Dragon. The identity of this empire is as follows: And the beast which I saw was like unto a (leopard) representing the Grecian Empire, and his feet were as of the feet of a (bear) representing the Media Persia Empire, and his mouth as the mouth of a (lion) representing the Babylonian Empire, and the dragon, gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority - Revelation 13: 2.
The preceding indicates that the beast (that was) is the Grecian Empire of Alexander the Great, which is symbolized as the leopard. It ruled the same territory of the Middle East as the previous Media-Persia, and Babylonian Empires, and the Dragon gave it's first king, Alexander the Great, his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Following the death of Alexander the Great, the Grecian Empire was divided amongst his four generals. These became the Antigonid, Seleucid, Bactrian and Ptolemaic Empires. The Seleucid Empire represented the Middle East portion of Alexander's divided empire. After the fall of the Roman Empire, and later in the 14th century, the Turkish - Ottoman/Islamic Empire ruled over the area formerly known as the Seleucid Empire, but was defeated by the British Empire during World War I. Thus, the British Empire became the seventh head empire of the First Beast of Revelation 13, because it now ruled the same area of the Middle East, and the location of Babylon, as the previous six empires.
"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." - Revelation 13: 3. The sudden death of Alexander the Great broke up the Grecian Empire, and wounded the Dragon, by curtailing it's designs for conquest and world domination via Alexander and the Grecian Empire. However, following the demise of the sixth head which was the Roman Empire, and the seventh head which was the British Empire, an eighth empire would arise through which the Dragon would reawaken as the beast from the bottomless pit in the later days.
Thus, the beast whose deadly wound was healed, is the Dragon, resurrected as the beast from the bottomless pit, who after being wounded by the sudden death of Alexander the Great, and the collapse of the Grecian Empire, is healed, or comes to power once again, by empowering an eighth empire which rules over the world in the later days. This eighth empire described in Revelation 13: 11-18, is an image of the beast, or a likeness of the Grecian Empire, as it was during the time of Alexander the Great. A likeness of the Grecian Empire is it's form of government, a system of city states or democratic republics, ruled by a single king or president. This description in our modern world fits only the United States of America.
The woman is the (great city) which rules over the kings of the earth - Rev. 17: 18. The seven heads are seven kings and mountains which are synonymous with the seven heads of the First Beast of Revelation 13. Because the woman is sitting on the mountains, indicates that the (great city) is part of an (eighth empire) or she could not sit upon them. This (eighth empire) is also represented by the Second Beast of Revelation 13, and can be none other than the (United States), and the (great city) is (New York City), that rules over the kings of the earth. Why not Washington D.C.? Because Revelation 18, explains that the (great city) is also central to global merchandising, and New York City & Wall Street are the center of a global economic empire, and thereby rule over the kings of the earth.
Following the defeat of the Ottoman Islamic Empire by the British Empire during World War I, ten nation/provinces were established in the Middle East. These were Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, Persia now called Iran, Egypt, Basrah, Baghdad and Mosul. Later, Basrah, Baghdad and Mosul were merged to form the nation of Iraq. These are the ten horns and crowns of Revelation and Daniel. Thus, just as Daniel and Revelation foretold, the ten kingdoms did arise from the seventh head of the first beast, representing the British Empire. It is during the time of these ten kingdoms that the beast ascends from the bottomless pit to empower an eighth empire that rules over the earth. It is during this same time that the Kingdom of God will be established upon the Earth. That eighth empire is none other than the United States of America, which is an image of the Grecian Empire of Alexander the Great.
The ten kingdoms are of one mind or one religion = Islam, and give their power and strength unto the beast. That is to say the Ten Kingdoms give power and strength to the eighth empire. If we look at the Middle East today we can see that this is absolutely true. Not only does the Middle East supply oil which powers the United States, but also these same Middle East Nations entered into a pact with the United States so that the sale of oil is only denominated in U.S. Dollars. This forces the nations of the world to hold vast amounts of U.S. currency, and giving the United States it's strength, by making the U.S. Dollar the world's reserve currency. Thus, another biblical prophecy has come to pass. The Ten Kingdoms do indeed give their power and strength to the eighth empire which is the United States of America.
Eight specific empires were Biblically prophesized to rule the location of ancient Babylon, which is Baghdad, Iraq, before the arrival of the Kingdom of God. These are described in Revelation 13, as the seven heads of the first beast, and in Revelation 17, as seven kings/mountains. There is also an eighth kingdom which is a likeness of one of the previous seven, and can only be the U.S.A., a.k.a the Beast Empire. In no way does this imply that these are the only empires or nation states that have ever ruled Baghdad, Iraq. Such is the case of the Ottoman Empire, which did rule the location of Babylon for a period of time during it's long 600 history of wars, expansionism, and dissolution in 1922. However, to be included in this Biblical lineup, the seventh empire must not only rule the location of Babylon, but must also create ten smaller kingdoms within the same area. The Ottoman Empire did not meet the later requirement. However, the British Empire did.
The fact that the Persians regained control of this region following the fall of Rome, and the Ottoman Empire subsequently took it from the Persians, does not mean that they are to be included in the list. It can also be said the Ottoman Empire never really ruled Iraq, because during this period of history, Iraq was split into tribal factions, and could not be completely brought under Ottoman rule unless through proxy alliances via tribal leaders. Iraq remained an unstable and independent entity existing within the outskirts of Ottoman rule. During this period Iraq was also ruled by Mamluk armies, which acted as Ottoman proxies, http://www.worldology.com/Iraq/ottoman_empire.htm, and later took complete control.
Not every empire or nation state that ruled Iraq since the time of ancient Babylon is included in the list, but only specific empires which meet all the other Biblical requirements. Since we know that six were already gone by the end of the Roman Empire - Rev. 17: 10, it's only the seventh and eighth that really matter. The seventh, the British Empire, is identified by it's temporary rule of Iraq, and the subsequent creation of ten kingdoms. The eighth, the United States, can be identified by it's temporary rule of Iraq, and also because it's an image, or likeness, of the Grecian Empire of Alexander the Great, and similarly seeks domination of the world. It's also the monetary hub of the world, and nobody can buy or sell without the use of it's currency and banking system.
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