5. What description is given of the beast against whose worship this closing warning message is given?


"And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten
horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I
saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion:
and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority." Rev. 13: 1, 2.
NOTE - In this composite beast from the sea are combined the symbols of the seventh chapter of
Daniel, representing Greece, Medo-Persia, and Babylon. The blasphemous words spoken by it, its
persecution of the saints, and the time allotted to it (verses 5-7) show that this beast, under one of its sevenheaded manifestations, is identical with the little horn of the vision of the seventh chapter of Daniel,
modern Babylon, the Papacy. See reading on "The Kingdom and Work of Antichrist," page 23. The false
worship here mentioned, the worship of the beast, is the rendering of that homage to the Papacy which is
due to God alone. The system of religion enforced by the Papacy is the paganism of Babylon, Medo-Persia,
Greece, and Rome, indicated by the composite character of the beast (verse 2), disguised under the forms
and names of Christianity

What should we say for such a Saviour?
Who did He say would be called great in the kingdom?
Why did the Lord destroy Sodom?
2. What sign had been foretold by the prophet Isaiah by which Christ, at His first advent, might be known as the Messiah?
Upon what one fact does Paul base the Christian hope?
What are we admonished not to do?
What was shown the Apostle John in vision?

Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle