Is The Antichrist The Same Beast As The Scarlet Beast And The Beast Out Of The Sea
If as many suggest that the 1st Beast of Rev. 13:1 is the same as the Beast of Rev. 17:8 (and they indeed are) which carries the ‘Woman’ and, he rises from the Abyss as John clearly declares and, is also suggested as stated to be the same as the man Antichrist, then this begs the question, “How can the 10 Kings, who according to Dan. 7:24, who must rise to power receiving their Kingdoms ‘Before’ the ‘Little Horn’ has ever risen to power himself, meet with the ‘Little Horn’ to bestow their 10 Kingdoms upon them?” (emphasis added)
Rev. 17:12 states the following: (emphasis added)
The Beast that the 10 Kings is suggested to meet with is none other than the 7 Headed Ten Horned Beast described in Rev. 13:1 & 17:8.
The gist is this then, “How can the (un)empowered and (un)kinged 10 perspective kings be in the ‘one hour’ presence of the Beast to ‘receive’ their Kingdoms if the Beast (Little Horn) is NOT even to rise until AFTER the crowning of the 10 Kings?” (Dan. 7:24) This would indeed seem to be extremely problematic for the 1st Beast to be the AC.
Thus, I suggest that the 10 Kings get their power from the same source as will the man Antichrist – the risen Abyss Beast who receives his power and throne by temporary ‘loan’ from Satan (Rev. 13:2).
We Bible students and theologians have always had difficulty in producing an acceptable and viable understanding of Rev. 13:11 which is stated as follows:
What we see in the above passage is a Beast rising up out of the earth with ‘two’ lamblike (2 very small budding) horns.
In order to be consistent with other related prophecies in the Book of Daniel and other parts of the Book of Revelation as well, we should assume that this Beast as stated symbolically is an earthly rising small/tiny Kingdom with ‘two’ small/tiny Kings. Please note, I do not think these ‘lamblike’ budding horns are analogous nor can they be correlated with the 7 horns of ‘The Lamb’ used in Revelation 5:6 – which are clearly the 7 Spirits (probably watcher Angels) of God. Moreover, the use of the word ‘Lamb’ in Rev. 13:11 is not preceded by the respective definite article ‘The’ as is the case in the vast majority of its other uses in the Book of Revelation.
Going forward, what are we to make of this? If we look at Daniel 7:24 what we see is that the 10 Kings which will originate from the region of the old Roman Empire, the 6th Head of the 7 Headed Beast and the Beast Kingdom ruling in the day of John’s vision, will rise ‘before’ the Little Horn Kingdom (AC). (emphasis added)
This fulfillment seems to be evidenced in Rev. 13:1 with the visualization of the 10 crowned horns. (emphasis added)
As stated above, we now see ‘crowns’ on the 10 horns of the 10 Kings that were not present with the earlier appearance/vision of the Red Dragon (Satan) in Rev. 12:3.
Be that as it may, I suggest that this 1st Beast of Rev. 13:1 is the ‘newly’ transferred/loaned Kingdom of Satan (Rev. 13:2) to the angelic Abyss Beast (Apollyon/Abaddon) with its 10 earthly Kings crowned and in power - in accordance with Dan. 7:24 as stated earlier – their Kingdoms would come ‘first’. However, what we never see in any depictions of the 7 Headed and 10 Horned Beast is the 11th Little Horn that is to rise according to Dan. 7:8 from ‘among’ the first 10 Kings and their Kingdoms. (emphasis added)
The transliterated Hebrew word (bane) ‘among’ used here is extremely important! Why? This means that the Kingdom of the man Antichrist (The Little Horn) is to raise form the geographical territory of the former 10 Kings/Kingdoms and NOT outside of their Kingdoms. In addition, the Little Horn is to take down 3 of the 10 Kings and their respective Kingdoms but NOT immediately. They are all ten still intact when they ‘eat the flesh’ (NOT the Spirit) of the Harlot.
That being said, we must then consider the following regarding the 2 Little Lamblike horns. If the 2nd Little Beast Kingdom which rises from the earth as the other 10 Kingdoms in relation to Rev. 13:11 has ‘two’ Kings, then it can be reasonably suggested that the man Antichrist (one of the two little horns) is sharing one of the 10 Kingdoms with another ‘Little King’, hence, the other little horn. In short when he rises among the 10 Kings he will divide and temporarily share that little Kingdom with its original King. Thus, we have one Kingdom with two little horn Kings, with the 1st Beast having full control over the original 10 Kingdoms and both little Kings as well.
To reiterate what we are told is that there will be 11 Horns/Kings but we are never told that there will be 11 Kingdoms, only 10 – we assume 11 Kingdoms.