(vs. 1)The beast from the sea = The Ancient Roman Empire
(vs. 1) The ten horns with ten crowns = The first ten emperors of the Roman Empire
(vs. 2) like a leopard, feet like a bear's, mouth like a lion's = massive dominion like the Greeks, military might like the Persians, and great authority like the Babylonians
(vs. 3)The wounded head = Roman Empire during the civil war also known as the year of four emperors, which began when Nero killed himself to appease the Senate.
(vs. 3) The wound healed = Vespasian taking control of the empire and restoring it to order.
(vs. 4) And they worshiped the dragon = War in Judea
(vs. 4) "Who can fight against it?" = Rome's victory over Judea in 70 CE and 74 CE.
(vs. 5-6) Mouth speaking blasphemous things = Domitian
(vs. 7) it was allowed to make war on the saints and conquer them = Domitian persecuting Christians at the time the Apocalypse was written.
(vs. 8) all who dwell on earth will worship it (the mouth) = Domitian's imperial cult-enforced tribunes
(vs. 10) Call for patience and endurance = The Roman Empire would persecute the saints for many years.
(vs. 11) The second beast = Diocletian's tetrachy.
(vs. 11) Two horns like a lamb but spoke like a dragon = Constantius Chlorus and Galerius.
(vs. 12) Exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence = Constantius and Galerius were both made Caesars but answered to Diocletian and Maximian.
(vs. 12) Makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast = Galerius pushed to restore the Roman Empire to its old ways and old religion
(vs. 13) It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth = The Oracle of Delphi was instrumental in Diocletian accepting Galerius' push to issue strict decrees. Upon the oracle's answer, Diocletian began issuing decrees that would persecute Christians
(vs. 14) told them to make an image for the beast that was wounded = Galerius pushed to restore the Roman Empire's old ways by enforcing pagan worship as an act of tribute
(vs. 15) And it was allowed to give breath to the image = imperial decrees as issued by Diocletian and enforced by Galerius
(vs. 15) and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain = first the persecution against the Manicheans and then against the Christians. The Diocletian Persecution was the worst persecution against Christians recorded.
(vs. 16) Also it causes all...to be marked on the right hand or forehead = Certificate of worship issued by the Roman tribunal
(vs. 17) so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark = Certificate was likely warranted before anybody was allowed to sell or buy, as a method of curbing Christianity.
(vs. 17-18) the name of the beast or the number of its name...666 = The name of Nero, whose empire almost fell when he died. Also first emperor to persecute Christians.
What do you think?
Edited by Bluefinger, 14 January 2014 - 02:52 AM.