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Who is the Beast from Revelation?
Daniel 11: 37-38 He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the
one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself
above them all. (38) Instead of them, he will honor a god of fortresses ;
a god unknown to his fathers he will honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts.
At first, the Shiite leader will exalt himself above
every god but as time goes by, he will turn to a
“god of fortresses”. That particular god is known in Revelation as “the beast”. There have been various theories over the decades attempting to identify
the beast. However, while studying the history of the Middle East, I stumbled upon a
perfectly logical explanation, using multiple parts of the Bible with no myths or math.
It not only links Daniel and Revelation but also Abraham (Genesis 15) to Revelation,
completing the big picture from beginning to the end. Since Satan and Babylon come
to their end in Revelation, after long histories, it stands to reason that the beast has a
long history too.
The identity of the beast is found by connecting the above verse to
Revelation 18. It sounds almost too simple to be true but it was rather hidden when
Daniel 11 was “sealed”. The term
“fortresses” can mean “walls” just as the “temple
fortress” was the “Western Wall” in verse 31. From substitution, they will honor a
“god of walls” with “gold and precious stones”. From Revelation 18, they will also re-build Babylon with
gold and precious stones. (Revelation 18:16) Therefore, the Shiites will honor a
“god of Babylon’s walls”, which happens to be Marduk, the patron god of ancient Babylon, depicted on its walls. (left-top)
Not to overlook the obvious, Marduk even looks like a beast. (left-bottom)
I admit, the beast in Revelation can get confusing because the descriptions sometimes
sound like Marduk and other times sound like the kingdom as a whole. Still, I think
the beast is Marduk and the final empire will be worshipping him. Connection with Abraham
Marduk originated in ancient Babylon, which has connections to Abraham because Abraham was allied with three Amorite brothers in Canaan. They even
helped Abraham when he defeated the Mesopotamian kings and rescued Lot.
Some decades later, Babylon was started and ruled by a dynasty of Amorities,
who migrated from Canaan.
“Now Abram was living near the great trees of Mamre the
a brother of Eshkol and Aner, all of whom were allied with Abram .”
Genesis 14:24 (after defeating Mesopotamian kings) “I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that
belongs to the men who went with me--to Aner, Eshcol and Mamre.
Let them have their share."
In the fourth generation, your descendants will come back here, for
the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure .” If the “sin of the Amorites” was important enough for God to mention during a
prophesy about Abraham’s descendants, then it was pretty important! Rev. 17 calls
“Mother of Prostitutes and of the Abominations of the Earth.” That would imply that the Amorites did something dreadful
and the first of its kind. In fact, they did. The Amorites, throughout Canaan and Syria, would have known
about Abraham’s God because of the miraculous victory over the four Mesopotamian
kings when they abducted Lot. (Genesis 14) Furthermore, the three Amorite brothers
went with him. (above) About 5-6 decades later, some Amorites migrated to
Mesopotamia and started the first Babylonian Empire. Abraham’s victory probably
helped them because there was no central power in Mesopotamia at that time.
Likewise, Babylon was of no political importance and remained so until the sixth king,
Hammurabi, reigned from 1793-1750bc (left). Yet, war and destruction was nothing
new but the Amorites went a step farther and created a new mythology for the region.
Mesopotamia already worshipped multiple gods but they all had something to do with
nature such as the sun, moon, water, etc. Also, in the old mythology, an account of
the flood was always given.
They may have gotten rid of the flood story but I [more] imagine it was hard to explain why Noah was 600-years older than everyone else.
Sometime after Noah’s death, the Babylonians were the
first to remove the flood story and create a god that had nothing to do with nature. They wrote the
Enuma Elish, which described Marduk as the “god of gods” and Babylon as his sanctuary.
[more] I have read that some people compare the beginning of the Enuma Elish to the
beginning of the Bible because the earth had no form. Indeed, the Bible was probably
written slightly later but it was handed down by word-of-mouth from Noah and
Abraham, way before God gave it to Moses. Like I pointed out, the Amorites had the
perfect opportunity to steal the beginning from Abraham, not the other way around.
I think it was this
deliberate theft and alteration of God’s Word that earned the Babylonians their dreadful title. When you think about it,
the “sin of the
Amorites”, from Genesis, created the “beast” from Revelation, (Marduk), which gives everything a sense of Biblical completeness.
Babylon & Marduk through the ages The first Babylonian Empire was defeated by the Hittites in 1595 BC but
Marduk was revived in the 7
th century BC by the second Babylonian Empire. It was started by Nabopolassar, an Assyrian soldier of Chaldean descent, who rebelled and
took Babylon. The Babylonians formed an alliance with the Persians and defeated the
Assyrian-Egyptian alliance and eventually conquered the entire Middle East.
Nabopolassar’s son, Nebuchadnezzar II was a skilled warrior who built Babylon into
the most spectacular city of its day (left). It was Nebuchadnezzar who built the walls
with alternating images of Marduk and a bull. (see above) Marduk has the distinction
of being the patron god of Babylon when Nebuchadnezzar defeated Judah and
burned the Temple, built by Solomon. Yet, Babylon did not remain spectacular
because God does not tolerate arrogance.
Jeremiah 50: 10-13
The Lord declared,
“Babylonia will be plundered and all who plunder her will have their fill because you rejoice and are glad, you who pillage my
inheritance … [Babylon] will be the least of nations — a wilderness, a dry land,
a desert. Because of the LORD's anger, she will not be inhabited but will be
completely desolate.” As such, the Persians invaded Babylon in 539 BC and ended the second Babylonian
empire. Following that, the Greeks and Seleucids occupied the city to some extent.
However, when the Parthians defeated of the Seleucids in 130bc, the city remained
uninhabited and steadily declined. Until it was re-discovered in 1899, it was covered
with sand and lost, just as God prescribed.
Further Support That leads me to my next supporting fact confirming Marduk as the beast.
Revelation 17 describes Babylon as a woman, riding on the beast. Then an angel tells
“The beast , which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up
out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. ” (Revelation 17:8a) First of all, that does
not sound human to me. Secondly, as I indicated above, Babylon was
uninhabited when John was writing Revelation so Marduk “was not” at the time. A forth case for Marduk as the beast comes from the
re-building of Babylon (Revelation 18), in which Marduk has already begun to appear. Saddam Hussein
began the symbolic re-building prior to the 2003 invasion. New bricks were added
directly on top of the original bricks, as seen in Nebuchadnezzar’s throne room.
(far left) He completed the palace, which he called “Saddam Hill”, but it was symbolic
because he never actually stayed there. (middle left) He also completed the coliseum
and a replica of the Ishtar Gate. (near left) Naturally, construction was halted in 2003
and the site exists today as a tourist attraction. However, it is a good start for the
antichrist to continue from, following the rapture. (see news below)
Perhaps the most startling development is the new
Iraqi 25,000-dinar note, in which Marduk’s head is engraved in a watermark on the back. (left) It is the largest
bill for public circulation but it has nothing to do with Saddam Hussein because all
the money was redesigned after his fall from power. Personally, I think it is strange
when a whole nation prays to Allah five times a day but has a pagan god on the back
of its money. Surely, it is just a symbol of their ancient Babylonian heritage but
I think it shows how easily the Shiites will accept Marduk after they abandon Allah.
Number of the Beast
I’ve been asked about the
number of the beast but I haven’t figured that out yet, and might never, because I don’t dabble in numerology. However, I know that God
uses some numbers repeatedly, such as the number seven. The only theory I have on
“man’s number”, 666, is that it’s related to Babylon and thus Marduk by association. Babylon is related to the number 6 because they had a unique number system,
based on the number 60, rather than 10 like we have now. It’s kind of a mystery
why they chose 60 but it could have had something to do with astronomy because
the Babylonians were some of the first avid astronomers. In fact, we still use their
system for dividing
time into 60 minutes and the degrees of a circle into 360 degrees (6 times 60). ‘Sixty’
is a convenient number because the first 6 numbers (1-6), all divide into it evenly, but I’m not sure
that was what they were thinking? Perhaps they were dividing the circle into 360 parts because they were close to
figuring out the 365 day calendar. (Note: That was 1000’s of years before anyone
knew that the world was round.) Perhaps they were studying the heavens, to
learn more about God, but decided it was more advantageous to create their own.
Anyway, I’m not into placing values on letters and crunching numbers, but since
created the beast and had a strange number system with a lot of sixes in it, I think it’s safe to say that the number of the beast has something to do with Babylon.
Marduk was the ‘patron god of Babylon’ so that’s how
it fits into the equation. Note: Figuring out the
exact meaning is unnecessary because it happens post-rapture.
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Post-Rapture Timeline Pages: (Daniel 11 combined with Revelation 8-19 ) [Note: 2, 3. & 4 are ‘extra’ info]
Tribulation ‘Initial’ Events (Daniel 11: 32-35)
Rise of Antichrist (Daniel 11:36)
Tribulation ‘Middle’ Events (Daniel 11: 40-43)
Tribulation ‘Final’ Events (Daniel 11: 44-45)
3. Who is the Beast?
(Daniel 11: 37-38)
Kingdom of the Beast
Battle with gog & magog (Ezekiel 37 & Revelation 20)
Jesus’ 1000-Year Reign (Revelation 20)
Other Post-Rapture Pages (note: the two witnesses are in 1 & 5 also)
The Two Witnesses (Revelation 11)
Man of Lawlessness (2 Thess. 2)
Chronology of Daniel 12
Third Jewish Temple?
The Trumpet Call vs. The Trumpet Plagues
You might think it’s a
stretch to say that people
would adorn ancient walls
with costly stones.
However, they might
(after the rapture) if they
were desperate for another
‘god’, and they thought
magic in Babylon, which many do.
Babylon awaits tourists' return
Al-Monitor [independent] – May 8, 2015 Quote: Journalist and writer Tariq Hussain told Al-Monitor, “Some Iraqis believe
that the city of Babil has been deformed by an earthquake that turned it upside
down. They also believe that God punished the city for corruption that had spread
in 539 BC [Revelation 16:19], which led some [religious] scholars to forbid praying
on its land.” On the other hand, Hussain noted, as had the history teacher,
people visit the city because they believe there is magic in its stones .” Poet and writer Riad al-Gharib said, “Babil’s intellectuals are interested in working
to restore the city's glory through reviving tourism …
In the center of the ancient city, the Lion of Babylon , a symbol of the
strength of Babil, still stands in its original place …
News on Babylon
Saddam Hussein's tomb destroyed, but Babylon is safe
as ISIS targets antiquity
CNN [USA] – (article from March 16, 2015 - updated with video above) Quote: One of Hussein's former palaces still peers down over the
city. But it continues to be
source of great pride for Iraqis who see themselves as the
heirs of the world's oldest civilization.
CNN / Ben Wedeman video - June 19, 2015 (also on article)
Ben Wedeman reports from Babylon,
where the World monuments Fund is trying
to remove bricks that Saddam Hussein placed
and restore parts of Babylon to it’s condition
before the war.
America gave $500,000 for the restoration,
perhaps because they used Saddam’s palace
as a base of operations, in 2003, but that
wasn’t the historical part. Nevertheless, it shows how easily
money could be
poured into restoration,
after the rapture. (A lot of construction can be done in a short period of time if
enough money becomes available.)
In fact, people
could be so desperate, for any kind of hope (or magic), that they
bring costly stones, etc, to Babylon, for luck.
could be the place where the false prophet preforms miraculous signs and wonders. Yet,
it will be destroyed
again, when God says so.
‘World Monuments Fund’ already restoring Babylon
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