Pale Horse Rising - An Islamic Caliphate

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Chapter 9
The First Beast
of Revelation chapter 13

The First Beast that John describes in Chapter 13 and the scarlet Beast he sees in Chapter 17 have to be studied as one to understand the heads of the beast.

The first beast, the image of the first beast, and the beast of Chapter 17 are all speaking of the
same Beast empire in the Middle Easter. All three beasts can be seen as one beast in different stages of it's existence.

The first beast  is the old Islamic Empire under the 7th head of that beast, the head has been slain but it comes back to life as a revived Islamic empire. 

The Image of the first beast is the revived Empire, showing how it was created.

The scarlet beast (chap 17) shows us the history of the heads, and is the image of the first beast under the rule of the fallen angel from the pit, making it like an 8th head/empire, that is really one of the 7 heads, with authority of the ten horns.  In other words the 7th head on the 1st beast come back to life.

In a new beast is described, but it has a connection to the old ones, found in Daniel, as you will see.

Rev. 13: 1-2 And he (Satan) stood on the seashore and I (John) saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems (crowns) , and on his head were blasphemous names. And the beast which I saw was like a LEOPARD, and his feet were like those of a BEAR and his mouth like the mouth of a LION. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.

BEAST =empire

HEADS =past kings of empires

HORNS =kings/nations that are within an Empire

The animals are symbolism from the beasts Daniel saw in his vision, which were:

       Babylon the LION,

       Media-Persia the BEAR, 

       The four generals ruling over the Grecian empire, the LEOPARD with Four Heads,

       And the BEAST with ten horns.



This first Beast of Revelation is actually a combination of all four of the beasts that Daniel saw, all wrapped up in one beast..


The beast has seven heads. What are these heads? They are the same seven heads of the four Beasts that Daniel saw in his vision.
The head of a Lion, one a Bear, four are heads of the Leopard, and the last head has ten horns on it.

That is why the beast has a body made up of the Lion, Bear and Leopard. Heads and bodies usually stick together.

The seven heads of the beast

Portrait of the Beast

God reveals to John the meaning of the seven heads, but we must go to Chapter 17 to find out:

Rev 17 9-10  Here is wisdom; The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. 10; and they (the seven heads) are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other is about to come; and when he comes he must remain a little while.

Symbolically, mountains/heads represent kings and their kingdoms or Empires.

Greek word here, "horos", is almost always translated
"mountain" rather than "hill." Mountains are often symbols of kingdoms in Scripture (cf. Ps. 68:15, Dan. 2:35, Obad. 8-21, Amos 4:1, 6:1). The OT is always our guide to understanding the meaning of the symbolism used in the Book of Revelation.

Some believe these to be the seven hills of Rome, but, as we have seen, the heads are that of a lion, a bear, 4 leopard heads of the Grecian Empire, and the last one, that of the antichrist's kingdom, with the ten horns, which is slain by war, yet comes back to life in the end days coming back into power when the bottomless pit is unlocked.

Rome is not any of these.

One way to understand what the heads represent is to look back through what the Lord has given us in prophecy. Revelation is the last set of clues, for lack of a better word, that the Lord has given us.

Beginning with Rev 17, we have heads that are hills, or mountains, and also kings. Chapter 13 showed us the clues so we would go back to Daniel 7 and Daniel 2, to understand what kingdoms these were. So if the beast of Revelation 13 has the heads of these beasts, then each head would represent one of the kingdoms. Looking at the leopard with four heads, we can go back to the Ram and Goat vision in Daniel 8 and see that this was Greece and was turned over to four generals, becoming four separate kingdoms. We can also read about two of these Grecian kingdoms in the king of the north vision of Dan 11. The Leopard's 4 heads represent these same four of the heads on the beast of Chapter 17 as four Grecian Empires.

Five have Fallen by the Time of John

If we begin with any other empire before Babylon then we are not adhering to Daniel's vision for these 7 heads.

FIRST head/Empire the lion head
Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar II, known as The Destroyer of Jerusalem. It fell in 457 BC to Media-Persia.
(This is also the head in Nebuchadnezzar's dream of the statue).

SECOND head/Empire rhe bear head
Media-Persia. Along with Babylon, they also acquired Palestine. Cyrus issued the decree for Israel to return to their land.
(This is also the chest and arms of the statue, and also the Ram of the vision of the Ram and Goat)

THIRD, FOURTH, & FIFTH  heads/Empires three of the leopard heads
Grecian Empire split into four Grecian empires. 
(The first three heads (Egypt, Seleucid, Macadonia) were conquered and occupied by the Roman empire before John was given the visions of Revelation, but the Lord says one head of the Grecian kingdom remained alive. )

SIXTH head/Empire/last of the leopard heads
"One is"  This was Parthia. Arsaced Dynasty which included Mithridates I of Parthia. The last of the Grecian Empire satrap to survie beyond the first century AD.
 Parthia conquerd Babylon. Rome never conquered Parthia. See Parthian History)
(These four are the belly and thighs of the statue dream, and also the goat with 4 horns, and the Leopard with 4 heads in Daniel's visions.)

Notice how all of Daniel's visions are always talking about the same empires over and over again, but that God keeps adding more information in each of the visions to further identify where the last beast will be located!  

"one is about to come" This head is for a time when the Jews are back in the land of Israel.  This is an important thing to understand because most of the prophecies are centered around Israel and her nieghbors.  The Jews must be back in the land of Israel for this Head/empire to have an impact on them.  This is the head with the ten horns or kings of ten Islamic nations in the middle east.  This head was killed as by the sword which took place at the end of WWI. After that the nations of the Middle east were divided and kings appointed for these countries.
(This is the fourth beast of Daniel and also the First beast of Revelation,  that the eighth head/empire will rise out of.)

An EIGHTH, a symbolic 8th head that is really one of the 7 heads come back to life
It comes into power when the fallen angel from the abyss is let out and in control over it from the angelic releam. He units the ten horns/nations of the Middle East. Please remember that it is a head that died, which is the whole Empire, not just a leader. Therefore, it isn't that the head of Iraq will be killed and brought back to life, but it was the whole last seventh head with the ten horns which was the Islamic empire that died and will come back to life as another Islamic Empire.

(Mohammed (570-632 AD), began the religion of Islam. He is definitely anti-Christ. He taught that Jesus was a prophet and not the Son of God. They list Jesus as a Muslim because he carried out the will of God. Mohammed is said to be the greatest prophet, because he brought the Koran to men. Mohammed claimed the archangel, Gabriel, dictated the Koran to him. Through the Koran, Mohammed was able to control the Arabs. When the Arabs first began their attacks on other lands, the soldiers were to give the enemy that survived, four alternatives: conversion, tribute, imprisonment, or death. Those who still had money could pay a poll tax, but the poor converted and the armies grew quickly. At first Jews and Christians were exempt from death, but once Mohammed declared a Holy War, no one was safe.  This religion rose to power through force. Not as a peaceful religion. The goal of this religion is to take over and rule the whole world so that all will worship Allah.

They worshiped the dragon (satan) through the beast (Islam).

Rev 13: 4-8 ......"Who is like the beast and who can wage war with the beast?"

Rev 13:5 'And there was given him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies; (Koran) and authority to act for 42 months was given to him

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.

Part of the problem when trying to understand prophecy is the English words the translators chose to describe something, such as the word "Earth"  The word in 13:8 for earth is "ge"

Lexicon for Strong's Number
1093 ge {ghay}
can also mean = a country, land enclosed within fixed boundaries, a tract of land, territory, region

The word "all" in this case is like when it is said that ALL Jerusalem came to the river to be baptized by John. We know ALL didn't, but SOME OF EVERY SORT DID. Some of every tribe of the Jews.

The beast was given power over every sort of peoples from all nations, that the beast attacked and conquered.

Rev 13:10 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.



Can these ten kings/kingdoms be the ten horns of the beast of the Middle East?

Rev. 17:12 ”and the ten horns that you saw are ten kings, who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour. 13: These have one purpose and they give their power and authority to the beast. 14: "These will wage war against the lamb, (Jesus) and the Lamb will overcome them. Vrs. 16: and the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the Harlot (on the water, Israel and her city Jerusalem) and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire. 17: For God has put in their hearts to execute his purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God should be fulfilled.”

The binding of these nations together comes out of hatred for the Holy Covenant.

When we look only at the verses in Revelation we don't get the full picture. The other place they are told about is in Daniel.

(Dan. 7:24; as for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings.)

The fourth beast in Daniel has ten horns. They are also the ten toes on the statue in King Nebuchadnezzar's dream. They are the weak part of the statue: the clay, and when they are crushed, the whole statue falls.
Ten Islamic Nations in the Middle East

The Ottoman Empire had ten provinces, in what is called the Middle East. The land was divided up on the map that the British used to draw the new borders for a new Middle East. "In 1922, Churchill succeeded in mapping out the Arab Middle East along lines suitable to the needs of the British civilian and military administrations. T. E. Lawrence would later brag that he, Churchill and a few others had designed the modern Middle East over dinner.- David Fromkin in "The Smithsoneon" (Fall 1990)

This is a copy of the map drawn by a British civil servant in 1922.
(I added the numbers to show the 10 provinces.)

map 1922


Quote: "In the peace settlement that followed the First World War, the Allies divided the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire, and Britain was allocated mandatory power over the territory of Iraq under the authority of the League of Nations. Modern Iraq had never existed in its current form and the mandate of Iraq was cobbled together from the Ottoman provinces of Basrah, Baghdad and Mosul. In 1921 Britain imported a king, Faisal, to be the king over this new kingdom."

Ten Horns
1. Turkey
2. Syria
3. Lebanon
4. Egypt
5. Jordan
6. Arabia
7. Persia (Iran)
8. Mosul*
9. Basrah*
10. Baghdad*

The last 3 countries were not given kingdoms. They were uprooted and a whole new country was created. The new country was called Iraq-meaning "the well-rooted country"-in order to give it a name that was Arabic.

These would be the 10 kingdoms that will give their authority over to the little horn, also known as the 8th head that was really one of the seven heads, for the last hour. They do it for only one reason. They all hate the harlot. For this reason they will all come together as one army (Gog war) against Israel and the harlot city of Jerusalem. And the Lord will return and His foot touch down on the Mt of Olives (Zec 14) And The Lord will send out evil spirits like frogs to gather all these peoples that have gone against Jerusalem to the place called Armageddon.


This section, on the identity of the beast, was first written in the spring of 1991. It has been updated through the years according to my understanding.

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