First Beast Of Revelation 13
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. Rev. 13:1-3
The key to understanding Revelation 13 is in Revelation 17: 8-13 as follows:
The beast that thou sawest 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 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.
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) = five empires had already fallen prior to the Roman Empire, (and one is) = the Roman Empire is the sixth, and the other is not yet come = a seventh kingdom will rise following the Roman Empire. This also proves that the Roman Empire is not the forth beast of Daniel. And the beast (that was) = a man who was empowered by the beast from the bottomless pit, and ruled one of empires that had fallen prior to the rise of the Roman Empire, (and is not) = but not the man who was ruling the Roman Empire at the time of the writing of Revelation, (and yet is) = but a man who will come to power after the rise of a seventh kingdom, even he is the (eighth) that goes into ruin or damnation. That is to say he will be the ruler of an eighth empire, and will be empowered by the same beast from the bottomless pit as the king (that was) before the time of the Roman Empire, and is also of the seven. 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. That is to say the ten kingdoms will arise from the seventh kingdom, and continue to exist during the time of an eighth kingdom, that will be ruled by a man who is empowered by the same beast that ascended from the bottomless pit that empowered Alexander the Great. These ten kings have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
Seven Kingdoms ruled over the Middle East during a period spanning thousands of years, but one kingdom in particular, that was previous to the Roman Empire, was directly empowered by the beast from the bottomless pit, through it's king whom the dragon gave his power, and his seat, and great authority.
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 beast that ascended from the bottomless pit. The identity of this empire is as follows:
And the beast which I saw was like unto a (leopard) = Grecian Empire, and his feet were as of the feet of a (bear) = Media Persia Empire, and his mouth as the mouth of a (lion) = Babylonian Empire, and the dragon, gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority - Revelation 13: 2.
The Fifth Head = Grecian Empire of Alexander the Great: Symbolized by the leopard, the Grecian Empire is the fifth head of the first beast of Revelation 13, that existed before the time of the Roman Empire which was the sixth head. It ruled the same territory of the Middle East as the previous Media-Persia, and Babylonian Empires, and the dragon = (the beast that ascended from the bottomless pit) - Revelation 17: 8-11, gave it's first king, Alexander the Great, his power, and his seat, and great authority.
The Seventh Head = British Empire: 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, which was greatly influenced by Mohammed and Islam, but was defeated by the British Empire during World War I. Thus, the British Empire is the seventh head empire of the First Beast of Revelation 13, because it now ruled the same area of the Middle East 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.........
The Eighth Empire: The sudden death of Alexander the Great broke up the Grecian Empire, wounding the beast that ascended from the bottomless pit, by stopping it's plans for conquest and world domination using Alexander and the Grecian Empire. However, following the demise of the sixth head that was the Roman Empire, another kingdom would rise up to become a seventh head empire, and following the rise of this seventh empire, the beast from the bottomless pit would ascend once again to empower another king in the later days. Thus, the beast whose deadly wound was healed is 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 another man who rules an eighth major world empire. 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 Seven Mountains: The woman is the (great city) which rules over the kings of the earth - Rev. 17: 9. The seven mountains are seven heads, which means that the seven mountains are synonymous with the seven heads representing (seven empires) of the First Beast of Revelation 13, and because she is sitting on the mountains, means that the (great city) is part of an (eighth empire) subsequent to the seven empires of the First Beast, or she could not sit upon them. This is more symbolic evidence for the existence of an eighth great global empire, that follows after the seven head empires of the First Beast. 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.
The Ten Kingdoms: 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 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 once again from the bottomless pit to empower a ruler of an eighth empire, and also during the 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, an image of the Grecian Empire of Alexander the Great.
Power And Strength Unto The Beast: 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 beast 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 = power, to 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 beast empire, which is the United States of America. This explains why successive U.S. Presidents have been so obsessed with complete military control of the region. It is a desperate attempt by the beast that covertly rules the U.S., to hold on to it's source of power and strength during the final days before the collapse of the U.S. Dollar, and the global economy, just prior to the arrival of the Kingdom of God.
Revelation 17: 10, clearly indicates that five of the aforementioned empires had already come and gone prior to the Roman Empire, which was the sixth. The seventh was yet to come, and would rule Iraq for only a brief period of time, and from this seventh empire, ten smaller kingdoms would arise - Revelation 13. To be included in this 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, Sunni/Shia, 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. The bottom line is that it's not every empire or nation state that may have ruled Iraq since the time of ancient Babylon, 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, British Empire, is identified by it's temporary rule of Iraq, and the subsequent creation of ten kingdoms. The eighth, United States, can not only be identified by it's rule of Iraq, but also because it's an image, or likeness, of the Grecian Empire of Alexander the Great, and similarly seeks domination of the world. It is also the monetary hub of the world, whereas nobody can buy or sell without the use of it's currency and banking system which fits Revelation 13, as the second beast thereof.
Larry A Wright