2. The Two Beasts
a. The Beast out of the Sea -- Antichrist
1 And I saw a 1abeast coming up out of the 2bsea, having 3cten horns and dseven heads, and on his horns ten diadems, and on his heads enames of 4blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was 1like a aleopard, and his feet like those of a bbear, and his mouth like the mouth of a clion. And the ddragon egave him his 2power and his fthrone and great gauthority.
3 And 1one of his heads was as it were slain to death, and his death stroke was healed. And the whole earth amarveled after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they aworshipped the beast, saying, Who is like the beast? And who can make war with him?
5 And there was given to him a mouth aspeaking great things and blasphemies, and authority was given to him to act for 1bforty-two months.
6 And he opened his mouth for blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His atabernacle, which tabernacle in heaven.
7 And permission was given to him to make awar with the 1saints and to overcome them; and authority was given to him over every tribe and people and tongue and nation.
8 And all those adwelling on the earth will worship him, every one whose name is not 1bwritten in the 2cbook of life of the dLamb who was slain efrom the foundation of the world.
9 If anyone has an aear, let him hear.
10 If anyone is for captivity, into captivity he goes; if anyone akills with the sword, with the sword he is to be killed. Here is the bendurance and the cfaith of the 1saints.
b. The Beast out of the Earth -- The False Prophet
11 And I saw 1aanother beast coming up out of the 2earth, and he had two horns 3like a lamb, and he spoke like a bdragon.
12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast ain his sight, and he causes the earth and those who dwell in it to bworship the first beast, whose cdeath stroke was healed.
13 And he does great 1asigns, so that he even makes bfire come down out of heaven to the earth before men.
14 And he adeceives those who dwell on the earth on account of the signs which he was given power to do before the beast, 1commanding those who dwell on the earth to make an bimage to the beast, who had the cstroke of the sword and revived.
15 And power was given to him to give 1breath to the image of the beast that the image of the beast might even 2aspeak and cause whoever would bnot worship the image of the beast to be killed.
16 And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the freemen and the slaves, to be given a amark on their right hand or on their bforehead,
17 And that no one may be able to buy or sell except him who has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the anumber of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has 1understanding calculate the 2number of the beast, for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred sixty-six.