This is a really interesting article based on a book by Kim Riddlebarger. The link to the original article “666 and the Mark of the Beast” is at the bottom of the post.
Dr. Riddlebarger’s article is the kind that involves “thinking along with the author.”
The Beast from the Sea
13 And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore.
Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names.2 And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.3 I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast;4 they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they…
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