27 Nov 1998
The Beast and the Dragon
Congratulations! We have ﬁnally ﬁnished verse 1; however, we will return and expand on certain points in it from time to time.
Moving on here – verse two reads as follows:
Rev 13:2 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 gave him his power, and his seat (throne), and great authority.
Question: What is the meaning of the three animals? Who is the dragon and how does the dragon grant authority and power?
I am pleased to see that we have more lurkers responding. I’m not sure if lurker is the right word here. Maybe we should call them watchers or something like that, but whatever you like to be called, we are all glad to hear from you.
We are probably fortunate that we have not scared more away by examining the Bible. I am sure that many Spiritweb members are suspect of anyone quoting scripture. For this reason I was hesitant to start dissecting the Beast in New Age territory, but I think the time of synthesis of the New Age and the Old Age is at hand.
28 Nov 1998
The Beast and the Dragon Continued
All the comments on the leopard, the lion and the bear is useful in contemplation to understand the workings of the beast. In addition to this, Garrett came up with the idea that astrology may be a key to interpreting this book. There is more to this idea than he supposed.
The Apostle John had knowledge of Astrology when he wrote the book, and astrological symbols are rampant throughout the whole book of Revelations. Astrological interpretation is a large part of one of the levels of interpretation, and some savvy astrologers have made an attempt at this and have come up with some interesting material. However, we shall not go into this unless it applies to our level.
Let’s ﬁrst look at these three beasts or animals: the leopard, the lion and the bear, plus the dragon who gives them power. What do they have in common? The one thing they have in common is that they are all deadly and dangerous and capable of tearing the average man to shreds. Their very presence can put stark terror into the hearts of men. We are aware of the three beasts and have heard mythological stories about the dragon, but one thing is sure. If the leopard, the lion or the bear is sitting at a peaceful rest in our presence, we want to be quiet as a mouse and not do ANYTHING to disturb them.
The beast as a whole had the appearance of a leopard. All leopards are females. The male of the species is called the panther. The symbolism of the leopard being female is important. The female is more polarized on the emotional side than the male. The beast uses emotions, rather than the mind, for its control through the implementation of fear.
The leopard hunts in the dark and strikes with greater power, ferocity, and speed than any other cat. The prey is often asleep with eyes closed when attacked. The Beast hunts out those who defy its authority and seeks them out in the dark when they are sleeping and not expecting attack.
Just like the “leopard cannot change its spots,” neither can the beast. It must always remain true to character.
Next we are told the Beast had “the mouth of a lion.” As we stated earlier, the lion is called the King of Beasts, therefore, the mouth of a lion would be the mouth of a king. In other words, the beast speaks through those who have established themselves as a kingly authority over their fellowmen. This could be an actual king or queen, a revered political leader, a government appointee, a leader of some organization, a religious leader, a cult leader or even your autocratic boss.
The lion is not an animal you want to get angry. When it lets out a roar it strikes terror in the hearts of all who hear. The early Christians who did not accept the authority of the Beast were fed to lions and devoured by them. We should keep in mind, however, that the Prophet Daniel was thrown to the lions, and by faith in God he was delivered from their power.
The Beast had the feet of a bear. The beast will crush under foot anyone who gets in its way. When a bear comes walking in your direction, the smartest thing to do would be to get out of its way. Or we can say that when the beast of authority comes in our direction, the smart thing would seem to be to not challenge it, but just get out of its way.
“… and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat (throne), and great authority.”
Rob commented that the Dragon is a symbol of the Dark Brothers, but it goes deeper than that. In the previous chapter (Rev 12:3) we are told that the Dragon itself has seven heads, so we see that the Beast is like an image we have made to resemble the Dragon. In the days of Moses the blasphemy against God was to make an image (like the golden calf) that represented God. This is what the Dragon does. He makes images or illusions of the real thing.
The Dragon itself has no power over man, but can only establish power through illusion. So he waits and waits until man makes an image of him, and piece by piece throughout history he endows the image with “power, a throne and great authority.” Finally after about 6,000 years from the last Adam (remember there are many Adams), the image of the Dragon is nearly complete.
We humans, by the desire of our egos, as John mentioned, have created a monster out of nothing real. That pleases this great negative life form, which is his only form of incarnation on this planet.
Chapter 12 tells us the Dragon is a serpent and is red. This gives us a clue to additional insights. First, red is the color of blood and the Bible says that the “blood is life.” Interestingly, the serpent is also a symbol of life. The ancients teach of a ﬁery Serpent at the base of the spine which is the foundation ﬁre of all life in our body. This is also called the Kundalini energy. Thus the power the Serpent seems to grant to the Beast is power over life and death. This gives the beast its tremendous illusionary authority over mankind. If the beast has power to take your life you would want to keep on its good side.
Another interesting thing about the serpent ﬁre at the base of the spine is that soul contact leads to the serpent energy in the base of the spine uncoiling, and it virtually disappears. Then a tremendous energy lifts up through all your centers uniting heaven and earth within you. In other words, when the reality behind the serpent is revealed, your god-like powers are restored and the illusion of the Dragon is no more. The dispelling of the illusion of the Dragon will proceed slowly at ﬁrst on an individual basis, but the time will come when the Kundalini of the whole planet will be raised and the beast will be destroyed as if by ﬁre.
There is also great symbolism in the story of the Serpent who led Adam and Eve away from the tree of Life by deception. As soon as we see through the deception fostered by the beast, the Tree of Life again becomes available to us. We will discover that we left the Tree of Life — the Tree of Life did not leave us.
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