Finding the Identity Marks
Please read Daniel Chapter 2 in your KJV Bible.
God gave the King of Babylon a dream, "In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him." READ THE WHOLE CHAPTER OF DANIEL 2.
Notice these things about the image: The head was GOLD, then as you go down the chest and arms were of SILVER, his belly and thighs of BRASS, his legs of IRON and his feet part IRON and part CLAY (Daniel 2:32). At the end, a giant STONE smites the image at its feet and destroys it all. Some say this stone represents the 144,000, but I believe the bible is clear that this is Jesus and his eternal kingdom at his 2nd coming (Psalm 18:2, 1 Corinthians 10:4 and Matthew 21:42-44).
Lets let the bible interpret the bible. Each one of these parts of the body represents KINGS with KINGDOMS (Daniel 2:37-40). King Nebuchadnezzar and his Kingdom is the HEAD of GOLD (Daniel 2:38). Now before we find out who the next three kingdoms are, we need to realize that the Image of the Kings dream, and the FOUR beasts of Daniels dream in Daniel 7, are the same (READ THE WHOLE CHAPTER OF DANIEL 7). Don't believe this? Come, let us reason together:
The four beasts represent four kingdoms (Daniel 7:17, 23) and they came up out of the SEA (Daniel 7:3). According to prophecy the SEA or WATERS represent 'peoples, nations, multitudes and tongues' (Revelation 17:15). There are also FOUR kingdoms in the Image the king dreamed (Note: The last part of the Image is not an 'extra' world kingdom, but the same as the Iron kingdom, since the Iron of the legs extend all the way down and ends at the toes. Only at that point, that last stage of the last kingdom will be partly weak and party strong, represented by the Iron and the Clay, see Daniel 2:42, and divided into ten divisions, as we will soon see). There are also FOUR beasts in Daniels dream in chapter 7, which are also four kingdoms. Notice also when you read Daniel 7 and 8, how each preceding Kingdom conquers the former Kingdom, an event also taking place among the Kingdoms of the image in Daniel 2. See also how the fourth kingdom in Daniel 2:40 "break in pieces and bruise." The fourth kingdom of Daniel 7:7 also "breaks in pieces." So both dreams are about the same thing, but with different symbols. Chapter 7 only provides MORE information. God does this so we study.
Who are the next three kings which take over after Babylon? The second is the Kingdom of the Medes and Persians (Daniel 5:28- 31) One (the Persians) being stronger then the other (the Medes) represented by the Bear beast, which rose up after the Lion beast on "one" side (read Daniel 7:4 and 5).
After the "bear" beast rose up another beast, or kingdom. This kingdom is represented as a "leopard" with four "wings" and four "heads". This beast is the kingdom of GREECE, which conquered the kingdom of the Medes and Persians (see Daniel 8:20-21).
Now if you paid attention in high school, you'll know that this kingdom of Greece was lead by king Alexander the Great, who, after he died of an over dose of alcohol, his kingdom was divided into four section with four of his generals to lead them as kings. This is represented by the four heads of the leopard. Compare Daniel 7:6 with Daniel 8:22. Heads can represent either kings, because king Nebuchadnezzar was the 'head' of the image, or mountains, see Revelation 17:9. However, we can only apply the heads as representing "kings" here since "dominion" was given unto these heads, see Daniel 7:6. The wings represent "strength, flight and speed" (See Jeremiah 48:9, Exodus 19:4, Isaiah 40:31 and Proverbs 23:5) of which we know that Alexander conquered the then modern world very fast and very young.
Now we have to identify the fourth beast, or fourth part of the image king Nebuchadnezzar dreamed of. Well think about this, what kingdom was in power when Jesus came into the picture? History and Biblical proof will tell you it was the kingdom of ROME (Read Matthew 22:17, Luke 3:1, Acts 17:7). So it was Rome that conquered the kingdom of Greece and began to rule the world! Prophecy says that Rome would be the last ruler of the entire world, no other beast rose up after this beast. The only kingdom that would rule the world and the universe after Rome would be the kingdom of God! (See Daniel 2:44 and Daniel 7:9 and 27). Hitler was once speaking about how he was going to rule the whole world from Germany. A young girl told him that bible prophecy show's he couldn't, for only Rome was to be the last ruler. What was Hitler's reply? He made it clear he will be the conqueror of the world! To bad for him, his kingdom was conquered and he died.
Now notice something peculiar about this last kingdom. Daniel speaks of it in these terrifying words, "After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth (Notice how the last kingdom of the image is also of iron) it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns."
Notice as you keep reading, Daniel, while hearing the angels interpretation of this fourth beast, is told this beast (kingdom) has 10 horns, and one "little" horn came up out of these 10 horns and "plucked up" 3 of the preceding horns (read Daniel 7:8 and 20).
Lets break it down: The Ten horns represent ten kings (Daniel 7:24). Therefore, an "extra" king rose up out of these Ten, and he "plucked up" or destroyed "three" preceding kings.
Well out of this we can give the first identifying mark in finding out who the antichrist will be. How do I know this "little horn" power is antichrist? Well, "Anti" means "opposite or "in place of" and this little horn king makes himself "opposite" of God by speaking "great words against the most high," trying to change God's laws, and by wearing "out the saints of the most high" (Daniel 7:25). This little horn power is the antichrist!
Wait, but why the TEN horns? Well remember how this beast power is Rome? And remember how a "horn" represents kings? Well take a look at your map, The Roman Empire has been divided and now we have WESTERN EUROPE! (this happened between 351 AD and 476 AD).
Here are the 10 divisions by ancient and modern name:
(1) Alemanni - Germany
(2) Franks - France
(3) Anglo-Saxons - England
(4) Burgundians - Switzerland
(5) Visigoths - Spain
(6) Suevi - Portugal
(7) Lombards - Italy
Why don't you see the last three, Heruli, Vandals and the Ostrogoths, on your map? Simply because these are the 3 horns that the antichrist "plucked up."
So now we have FIVE identification marks to help us identify the Antichrist:
(1) He will rise up out of the Ten divisions of Rome
(2) He will destroy 3 of the kings among these Ten divisions
(3) He will "speak great words against the most high"
(4) He will "wear out" the saints of God. He is a persecuting power
(5) He "thinks to change times and laws" Daniel 7:25
Well now this makes sense. Look at Rome today, it is not as strong as it was when it ruled the world before it was divided, but Rome still exists! That's why the feet of the image in Daniel 2 still have the same "iron" as the legs, except this time its only "party" strong, as she is today. Do you realize what this means? WE ARE LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS OF LIFE ON EARTH! Because in the dream we see a STONE which "smote" it at it's feet, and destroyed it. This stone is the kingdom of God (Daniel 2:44).
Lets keep going:
Now we have FIVE things that can help us identify who the Antichrist is, but there's more, a lot more. Let's now turn to Revelation 13 and 17. Before continuing, we need to understand how Daniel 2 and Daniel 7, and Revelation 13 and 17 are speaking about the same "beast" power. Lets do that now:
First Revelation 13. Notice how the first beast in Revelation 13 rises up out of the "sea" (Rev. 13:1) as does the Roman beast of Daniel 7:3. Notice also how the beast in Revelation 13:1 has "ten" horns as does the Roman beast in Daniel 7:19-20. Again, notice how the beast in Revelation 13:5-6 speaks "great words and blasphemy" as does the beast in Daniel 7:8 and 25. Here are two more clues, I'll leave the best one for last. Take note how the beast in Revelation 13:7 also "persecutes" the saints of the most high as does the beast power in Daniel 7:25. Now, look at this amazing clue: Read Revelation 13:2. Here it is:
"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…"
Did you notice something here; those are the characteristics of the three beasts which were BEFORE the fourth Roman beast! (Read Daniel 2:31-46). This means that, as Daniel looked Foreword into the future and saw all the beasts in order, John was looking Backwards! This also indicates that the Fourth beast has characteristics of the three beasts before him; namely, speediness (Greece) bloodshed (Medes and Persians) and PAGANISM (Babylon)!
So now we know that the beast of Revelation 13 is the same Roman power of Daniel 2 and 7. Revelation 13 now provides some "extra" clues in identifying who the antichrist is. But before we do that, lets see if the "whore" riding the beast in Revelation 17 is ALSO the same Roman power of Revelation 13. We need to know this because Revelation 17 also gives us MORE identifying marks as to who the antichrist is. Follow me…
"And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters." Revelation 17:1
There are those "waters" again. The same as Revelation 13:1 and Daniel 7:3. Remember, "sea, waters" represent "peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues" Revelation 17:15. Hey here's another clue, this "whore" also speaks great words against the most High, for she speaks "blasphemy" (Read Revelation 17:3) as does the Beast of Revelation 13:5 and the Beast of Daniel 7:8, 25. Notice the third clue, Revelation 17:6 (Compare this with Daniel 7:25 and Revelation 13:7) she is also a persecuting power! Also, did you notice those 7 heads and Ten horns on the beast she is riding? The same as the beast in Revelation 13:1!
"If something looks like a duck, acts like a duck, and quacks like a duck, well, it's probably a duck, right?" -Steve Wolberg
So here we have it, the fourth Roman beast of Daniel 2 and Daniel 7, are the same monstrous power of Revelation 13 and the whore in Revelation 17! Now, take note, Revelation 13 verse 3 says, "all the world wondered after the beast." This word "wondered" means, "admire, popular." Verse 4 says they worshiped the beast. That's another clue, this antichrist will be a "religious" and "political" one! Why do I say political? Well its obvious that if this beast is a "kingdom" with a king, or leader, and we know kingdoms pass laws and have governors, that this beast is religious (he wants 'worship') AND political (Notice also how this beast causes 'war' Rev. 13:7). Verse 5 says he spoke "blasphemy" which according to the bible, means to claim to be God and to forgive sins (See John 10:33, Mark 2:7).
I want you to notice something important about this fourth beast, the antichrist. Read closely Daniel 8:20-27. After Rome takes over Greece, notice how this Roman beast deceive the nations with "peace!" Study Daniel 8 verse 25. That's another clue!
Back to Revelation, lets now look for more characteristics from chapter 17. Notice how this "whore" also rides a different beast. This beast she rides is a part of her, since she is on top of it and is riding it. The women is "leading" this beast, and this beast is the beast of Revelation 13:1 because it also has those 7 heads and 10 horns (Revelation 17:3). If she is leading this beast, which we have identified as Rome, she must represent the LEADER (a city – Revelation 17:18) of Rome! Look at her closely, she is RICH (Revelation 17:4) she dwells between the 7 heads of the beast, which represents 7 MOUNTIANS (Revelation 17:9) she causes confusion because on her forehead is written the word "BABYLON" and Babylon means "confusion" study about that meaning in the story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. This women is also a great "city" (Revelation 17:18) sitting upon many "people" (Revelation 17:15). She is a "women" and a woman in bible prophecy can either represent a "pure church" (Matthew 25:1-13, Revelation 19:7, Jeremiah 6:3) or an "evil church" (Ezekiel 16:15-58). And get this, she wears certain colors, they are "purple" and "scarlet" (see the first part of Rev. 17:4)! Have I lost you yet? Hope not, lets keep going. Notice this also, Daniel chapter 11 verse 37, speaking of the same opposing power, says, "Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women…" 1 Timothy 4:1-3 speaks of latter apostate who will forbid marriage! Here's an extra clue… this antichrist has to claim that Jesus did NOT come in the Flesh:
"And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world." 1 John 4:3
Before I lay out the rest of the identifying marks in order, we need to understand one more thing about the antichrist. Its clear so far that the antichrist is more like a religious/political system then a person. But remember how this kingdom has a "little horn" power? Notice in Daniel 7:8 how out of the Fourth Roman kingdom the little horn has "eyes as a man" and a mouth. Now go back to Revelation 13 which speaks about this same leading man, Revelation 13:18 helps us understand that this antichrist system has a literal antichrist MAN at its head! Another clue!
"Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the BEAST: for it is the number of a MAN; and his number is Six hundred threescore and Six (666)." (Keep in mind that it's a man, and not a women, see also 2 Thessalonians 2:3).
Now, lets get those Identifying marks.
1. He will rise up out of the ten divisions of Rome.
2. He will destroy three of these kings of these ten divisions, the Heruli,
Vandals and the Ostrogoths
3. He will "speak great words against the most high" Meaning, he will speak "blasphemy" (Rev. 13:5), which means to claim to be God and to forgive sins (See John 10:33, Mark 2:7).
4. He will "wear out" the saints of God. He is a persecuting power.
5. He "thinks to change times and laws" Daniel 7:25.
6. He resides in Rome and deceives the nations with "peace."
7. His kingdom is a Political and Religious kingdom, meaning he has unity between "church" and "state."
8. Is a great "city" which resides in Rome between 7 mountains (Revelation 17:9 and 18).
9. He is a "man" and his name will equal 666
10. He and his kingdom (the city –Rev. 17:18) are a "Rich" church (Rev. 17:4), wearing the colors purple and scarlet.
11. He does not desire 'women' and forbids marriage.
12. He is famous and everyone admires him (Rev. 13:3) and is among many "peoples and nations and tongues" as represented by the "sea and waters" Rev. 17:15.
13. He denies Jesus came in the flesh (1 John 4:3).
Can you figure out who this beast power is? Let me give you THREE more identifying Marks:
14. This antichrist rules for "42 months" or "3 ½ years" and during this time it persecutes and kills thousand of saints (See Daniel 7:25 and Revelation 13:5).
15. After this time period his power is taken from him and he dies "receives a deadly wound to death" but his power is then given back to him "deadly wound is healed," read Revelation 13:3.
16. The beast is one that was, is not, yet is (Revelation 17:8).
In part 2 of this booklet we will identify who this antichrist system and man is with these 16 identification marks and we will also look at these last three. Get ready, pray, open your scriptures… and be ready for a shocker!