1 And the dragon stood upon the sand of the sea, and I saw a beast rise up out of the sea, is how this verse should be translated.
As we know from verse 9 of the previous chapter of this book of Revelation the dragon is that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan who (along with his angels) will be cast to earth at the woe of the fifth trumpet when the one world political system will emerge having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
As we will see in Revelation 17:
the waters (i.e. the sea) are symbolic of peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues
the seven heads are symbolic of seven mountains as in the seven continents of the planet earth
and the ten horns are symbolic of ten kings meaning the ten fallen angel kings that you can also read of in Daniel chapter 7.
2 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 (a.k.a. Satan) gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
You can also read of the leopard, bear and lion in Daniel chapter 7.
The leopard is symbolic of the Kenites (who are the stones worn smooth we will read about in the last verse of this chapter) and their four hidden dynasties of education, economics, politics and religion providing the infrastructure of this one world political system that will come into being at the woe of the fifth trumpet.
The bear is made up of the Ezekiel 38 confederacy (i.e. the non-Christian nations of the world) with the lion being made up of the Christian nations up until the woe of the sixth trumpet when Satan appears as the antichrist because that is when most Christians will die spiritually causing the Christian nations to become non-Christian nations also at that time.
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death;
The ‘deadly wound’ is most likely caused by one or more of the countries on one of the seven heads (which are the seven continents) declaring independence from the so-called new world order which will cause the entire system to then become ‘wounded to death’ (so to speak) because a global government cannot exist without every country on every continent being included.
and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Because when Satan appears as the false christ in Jerusalem at the the sixth seal, the sixth trumpet and the sixth vial they will cease to rebel against the one world government because they will think Satan is Christ returned.
4 And they worshipped the dragon (a.k.a. Satan) which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
And as we know from Daniel 8:25, by peace (supposedly) Satan will destroy many spiritually speaking at that time as we know from Daniel 8:25.
5 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.
But now that Daniel’s 70th Week that you can read of in Daniel 9:27 has been shortened from seven years to five months this ‘forty and two months’ is now two and a half months or seventy evenings which is what the seventy years in captivity to the Babylon of old were a type of.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Because Satan will opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped when he appears as the antichrist as we know from the 4th verse of Second Thessalonians chapter 2.
7 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.
Satan will make war against the two witnesses (who are most likely Moses and Elijah) and shall overcome them and kill them (as we saw back in chapter 11) but then three and a half days later they will be resurrected after which the TRUE Rock (the Lord Jesus Christ) will return at the woe of the seventh trumpet and destroy Satan’s role of antichrist as well as his one world system.
8 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.
In other words: all that dwell upon the earth will worship Satan when he appears as the antichrist except for the two witnesses (who are most likely Moses and Elijah) and the church in Philadelphia.
‘The foundation of the world’ means the destruction of the first world age as you can see in Appendix 146 of the Companion Bible.
Those of the seven thousand Zadok fought against Satan when he rebelled in the world that then was which was then destroyed after which the heavens and the earth which are now (the second world age) were brought into being.
The 144,000 (who are the church in Smyrna) most likely fought against Satan also but evidently they hesitated which is possibly why they will be deceived at 666 initially but then when the Holy Spirit speaks through those of the church in Philadelphia (who are of the Zadok) the 144,000 will repent (along with whosoever will) being then grafted back into God’s family tree all were part of in the first world age.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
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.
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Because he is the dragon.
Satan himself claiming to be both King of kings and Lord of lords at 666 in the midst of Daniel’s 70th Week which was seven years but is now five months.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Meaning the one world system which will go from being a one world political system to a one world religious system when Satan appears in Jerusalem which is when his image gets transmitted throughout the globe along with the images of his fallen angel locust army in the consumer stage thereof.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
Again: this is an image of Satan as the false christ being transmitted throughout the world onto all the smartphone, computer and television screens.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
In other words: they will be delivered up to Death (which is one of Satan’s names) for refusing to worship his image when it gets transmitted throughout the world.
What the Holy Spirit will say through those who get delivered up will be transmitted throughout the world also causing many to repent, being then able to take part in the first resurrection when the TRUE Christ returns.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, which is a figure of speech that means the work they will do for Satan including spreading his deception one to another or in their foreheads: which means in their minds where they will be impregnated with the deception that Satan is Jesus returned.
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Because at 666 (the sixth seal, the sixth trumpet and the sixth vial) Satan will appear as the antichrist: that man of sin as he is called in the 3rd verse of Second Thessalonians chapter 2.
In other words: the antichrist is not a human being, but rather the false rock as opposed to the TRUE Rock Who is the TRUE Christ who does not return at all until 777: the seventh trumpet, the seventh vial and immediately after the silence in heaven about the space of half an hour written of in the seventh seal.
This word translated as ‘count’ is #5585 in the Greek dictionary of the Strong’s Concordance means to use pebbles in enumeration which means to understand who the antichrist is you have to understand the stones worn smooth (which are symbolic of the Kenites) come from the false rock who is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil otherwise known as that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan who is the father of Cain.
The sons of Cain are the natural branches of Satan’s family tree that most Christians will be grafted into at 666 when they worship Satan instead of Christ which is what ‘antichrist’ means.