- Mar 12, 2015
I disagree with you partially. As we are the Body of Christ, but not Christ, I would say the beast of chapter 17 is the body of the individual. It states she was riding a beast with seven heads and ten horns. Then it clearly describes this as seven hills and ten kings. It’s a leadership, in the name of the beast.
The term "beast" is used to represent Satan, the last day kingdom and the angel who resides in the Abyss. You need to differentiate between these meanings.
Regarding the seven heads, we know that they are symbolic representing seven hills/mountains which the woman/city sits on, which is speaking of her headquarters. The beast/angel who comes up from the Abyss is an eighth king which is represented by one of those heads. In fact the head that receives the fatal wound and survives is that beast who comes up from the Abyss. As I said in an earlier post, the beast is also an individual as revealed below:
"But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown [alive] into the fiery lake of burning sulfur."
That fact that the beast and the false prophet are referred to as "the two of them" and are both thrown alive into the lake of fire, would demonstrate that they are individuals.
Regarding those ten kings, scripture states the following:
"The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast."
Therefore, the horns represent those ten future kings who will rule concurrently along with the beast and will give their authority to him.