Beast from the Sea, Little Horn

Mouth Speaking Great Things

In Revelation, the “little horn” is NOT explicitly named but its characteristics are present in the “Beast from the sea.” But the book does not retell the same story without changes. Instead, it modifies and repurposes it to tell ITS story. The “Beast” is based on Daniel’s “little horn,” but it also is something beyond it, and arguably, far worse.

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Beast from the Sea, Four Beasts, Son of Man

On the Clouds

Key phrases from Daniel’s vision of the “four beasts ascending from the sea” occur in the New Testament, most often in contexts concerning the future arrival of Jesus, but also in passages about the kingdom of God and Christ’s sovereignty.

This is especially so in the book of Revelation. It builds its picture of the single “Beast from the sea” that persecutes the “saints” on Daniel’s vision of “four beasts” ascending from the sea.

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Abyss, Beast from the Sea


The Abyss is the source of satanic attacks against the saints even though it remains under the authority of the Lamb – Revelation 11:7. 

When it is first introduced, “smoke” and locust-like creatures ascend from the “Abyss” to torment the “inhabitants of the earth.” In Revelation, it is the deep pit from which satanic agencies ascend to wreak havoc and wage war against the “saints.” It is also the “prison” where demonic forces are imprisoned until their appointed time to execute their malevolent plans.

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666, Beast from the Sea


The “inhabitants of the earth” willingly venerate the Beast and receive its mark, although Christians are not immune to its allurements.

Discussions on the “mark of the Beast” focus on questions about what it is – a medical implant, barcode, tattoo – and the significance of its “number,” ‘666.’ As important as these questions are, far more critical is the question: How is the mark implemented, and how does the believer avoid taking it or the “number of the Beast”?

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