THE STORY OF
THE LEOPARD-LIKE BEAST
TABLE OF CONTENTS
An Ignominious End
"The Name of Blasphemy"
The Dragon Gave Him Power
"Wounded to Death"
"Blasphemy Against God"
"Let Him Hear"
"If Any Man Worship the Beast"
"Seat of the Beast"
Armageddon, Israel's View
Armageddon, Christendom's View
City Divided in Three Parts
"Plague of Hail"
Fate of the "Beast" and
The Final Conflict
The Supper of the Great God
"The Beast Was Taken"
What Happened to the Image?
"One of His Heads as It Were
Wounded to Death"
"And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was
healed: and all the world wondered after the beast."
The first verses are spent in introducing the papal beast. Then
Revelation 13:3 transports us through history to the Reformation period, when the leopard
beast has one of its heads wounded. This began in the closing years of the fourth head of
Charlemagnes era, the time of the Reformation which severely wounded the papal
However, the Reformation did not kill the papal power.
The closing hours of this era brought on the French Revolution which culminated when
Berthier took the pope prisoner in 1798 and where he subsequently died. This was the
grāce, the final shot in the head commonly practiced by firing squads, which should
have finished off the papacy.
The French ultimatum restricting Papal
authority was presented to Pope Pius IV in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican.
Berthier took Pius IV prisoner from Rome to France on February 15, 1798,
where Pope Pius IV subsequently died
"And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast, saying, Who is
like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?"
To everyones amazement, the deadly wound was healed. This did
not make the papal powers humble, however, for they accepted the claims of the world who
were saying, "Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?"
They learned nothing from their setback.
When it was said, "Who is able to make war with him?" the
Lord heard this challenge and answered the question posed. In Revelation 19:16-20 the
"King of Kings" reveals his power by easily casting the beast and the false
prophet into the "lake of fire."
The lesson to be learned here is that the Lord did not immediately
destroy the pompous papal hierarchy. The Lord allowed it time to add to its sinful
"He Opened His Mouth
in Blasphemy Against God"
"And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies;
and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
"And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and
his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
"And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them:
and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
"And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not
written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."
These verses cover the reign of the papacy, especially the symbolic
forty-two months, or the literal twelve hundred and sixty years, of their unbridled power.
They used Gods forbearance to persecute the saints, to blaspheme Gods name and
His Tabernacle (His people that God dwells in), and them that dwell in the spiritual
condition on earth, called "heaven."
Papacy's Persecuting Power
Lasted 1,260 Years
The power and majesty combined with the ruthless
control the papacy exercised caused the people of earth to "worship him." How
can anything so powerful, so magnificent, and with such a massive following, not be
ordained of God?
Yes, it was this that caused "all that dwell upon the earth"
to bow down before it. Not quite, however, for those who had their names written in
"the book of life of the Lamb" refused to worship this abominable system.
Make special note that none of the saints worship this beast, for we
read in Revelation 20:4 concerning those who "had not worshipped the beast."
None who are said to reign with Jesus are guilty of this. Anyone who worships the beast or
its image may not be among those who reign with Christ. Any follower of the Master who
bows to this beast will lose his "crown."
The Lord calls extravagant attention to the fact that those with him in
glory did not worship the beast or its image. All the Lords people should take note
of this. It is a deadly serious matter. If they hope to reign with Christ, they cannot
yield to the beast or its image. There is no room for a mistake in this matter.
"If Any Man Have an Ear, Let
"If any man have an ear, let him hear."
"He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the
sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the
saints." Revelation 13:9, 10
The writer now turns away from the beast and addresses the
saints with a needful message. Yes, this papal beast shall have its season to persecute
and try the saints, but with patience and faith they may not only endure, but also will
The Lord has set in motion a certain rule of law. Those who kill with
the sword must also be killed in like manner, and those who take captives shall be made
captive. This principle applied surely should give the saints confidence that the papal
beast, who leads captives and kills at will, will suffer a similar fate.
"Strong is the Lord God who judgeth her." (Revelation 18:8)
The worst possible mistake any of the Lords people could make is to be on the wrong
side in this battle. With patience and faith all the saints shall share in the coming
Having exhorted the saints to steadfastness, the Lord closes this
vision to introduce a "two-horned beast" and an "image to the beast."
This remains for a separate study. Hence, war against the saints will not be abated, but
other forces emerge to test and challenge the Lords faithful.
The only point to remember here is that the "image of the
beast" is, in fact, a likeness of the "papal beast," but without seven
heads. This reminds the saints that the forces pitted against them will come from
the ranks of Protestants. As the enemies of the Lords people join forces against
them, so the Lord himself will stand with the faithful saints. No need to fear then, is
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