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The key to unlocking the mysteries of Revelation is the Old Testamentwhere many of the symbols we see in Revelation are explained. Somechapters of Revelation explain others and in this case—chapter 17gives us some interpretation into the verses of chapter 13 we just read.Let’s take Revelation 13 verses 1-10 verse by verse with OldTestament references. Keep in mind the context of the Beast—it’s nota person but an empire and its peoples. Remember the Bible is Israeland specifically Jerusalem centric . . . not Europe centric. Thus whenScripture talks about “Greece” or “Rome” it refers to the eastern blocsof these empires both of which ruled over different places in the MiddleEast at one time. For example, the Headquarters of Alexander theGreat was not Athens, in Greece, but Babylon, Iraq and his conqueringtrail took him EAST and not West. The Eastern bloc of the Romanempire—also called the Byzantine Empire—mostly consisted of theMiddle East whose Headquarters was in Constantinople (now calledIstanbul), Turkey and not Rome, Italy. We must remember this whenwe attempt to interpret Scripture.Verse 1: “Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast risingup out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his hornsten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.”THE SEA: a Hermeneutical symbol, “sea” and “water” often representsmultitudes of people and that’s absolutely the case here. In otherwords, the Beast will rise up out of a particular group of people that weneed to identify in order to understand where this Empire will be.

7 HEADS: The 7 heads represent 7 major empires (Revelation 17:9— “mountains” are hermeneutically nations/empires) as follows and in this order: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece (eastern section), Rome (eastern section) and the Islamic Empire. 10 HORNS: the 10 horns represent the 10 nations which will rule over the final empire. 10 CROWNS: the 10 crowns will be the ten kings/rulers over the 10 aforementioned nations. BLASPHEMOUS NAME: The name on the heads of the Beast is against God and Christ which is what makes it blasphemous. I believe this blasphemous name is “Allahu Akbar” - “Allah is Greater,” meaning greater than other gods. This is an affront to the true God, for Allah is claiming to be “Greater” than the true God Jehovah. Allahu Akbar is found on almost every Muslim Country’s Crest, this is why God describes it as written across the heads of the Beast. Verse 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.” The interpretation of the 3 animals below are given in Daniel chapter 7. LEOPARD = Greece/Ionia, the Eastern section of the Empire which is TURKEY/IRAQ. BEAR = Medo-Persia which is IRAN/KURDISTAN. LION = Babylon which is IRAQ. THE DRAGON = Satan. From verses 1 & 2 here is what we can conclude about the lineage of the nations and people that the final world empire will contain: they are ALL Middle Eastern Arabs & Turks. No Europeans. Religious wise ALL of the aforementioned nations are currently Muslim.