world powers 6. The origin of the wild beast with two horns

The wild beast with seven heads and ten horns rose up from the sea, which means so much as the empires have been established from the waters, the human world.

NKJV (Revelation 17:15) 15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.

This other beast with two horns, which rises from the earth, is not founded by the ‘people’. This leaves only the possibility, that this beast with two horns is originated by “Satan”. This is also supported by the fact that the wild beast began to speak like a dragon, so is speaks Satan’s words.

NKJV (Revelation 13:11-13) 11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.

That the wild beast with two horns is also “the false prophet” is shown by the signs he performed as described in Rev.13:14 and Rev.19: 20.

NKJV (Revelation 13:14) 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.

NKJV (Revelation 19:20) 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.

The wild beast with two horns, the false prophet, can perform signs as fire to descend. It deceives the inhabitants of the earth and wants the people to make a “picture” for the first wild beast, or an image, something that looks like the first wild beast. Then it gives breath to the image so it can speak. Who does not adore this picture or image will be killed.

NKJV (Revelation 13:15) 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.

Concerning the worship of the image, see:
5. Worship of the ‘image’

Jesus warned us of misleading prophets, false prophets that will come in sheep’s clothing to us, but inwardly are ravenous wolves:

NKJV (Matthew 7:15) 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

This wild beast, the false prophet, with two horns also occurs as an innocent lamb.

NKJV (Revelation 13:11) 11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb…..

Read more at: 7. An “image” for the first wild beast

world powers 5. The great fiery-colored dragon

Who is the dragon that gave the wild beast with seven heads and ten horns his power, throne and authority?

NKJV (Revelation 12:3, 7-9) 3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads….7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

The great fiery-colored dragon appears to be Satan. (Rev. 12:9). This great fiery-colored dragon also has seven heads and ten horns. From the above it turns out, that the seven heads propose political powers. Satan can give throne and great authority to whom he will according to Revelation 13:2. So, behind the scenes, he is the real ruler.

NKJV (Revelation 13:2) 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.

This power of Satan is reflected in the offering of him to Jesus, in Matthew 4:8,9;

NKJV (Matthew 4: 8,9) 8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

Read more at: 6. The origin of the wild beast with two horns

world powers 4. Curing one of the heads of the beast

NKJV (Revelation 13: 3) 3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.

Where heads of state or people are fully seized  by building an empire of power, there is no room for charity. Such was the case with the ‘Roman’ head of the wild beast.

However, in the fifth century the imperialist Western Roman Empire fell apart as a result of acquired wealth, decadence and bad governance. Vandals, Huns, Ostrogoth’s, Visigoths, Arabs and Egyptians attacked the empire from all sides and it ceased to exist. The ‘Roman’ head was therewith  mortally wounded.

Curing the head (Rev. 13: 3) can thus be interpreted, as imperialism (the extension of power) was  continued after many centuries by the Western countries.

From 1415 Portuguese and from 1492 Spaniards traveled by sea to the shores of West Africa, islands in the Atlantic, America, and from 1498 they reached by sea the areas in Asia. Until 1870, the European influence in Asia and Africa was still relatively low. Europeans limited themselves to the founding of trading colonies in coastal areas. In the period after 1870 this changed dramatically. This territorial expansion (imperialism) by European powers was made possible by large-scale industrialization and a dramatic increase in technical, military and economic knowledge. By 1900 Britain had the largest colonial possession in the world and one quarter of total world population was British citizen. (source Wikipedia partially)

Read more at: 5. The great fiery-colored dragon