The Beast of Revelation
by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr 1989
The Last Days
This book is about the last days. It is not about the end times. The last days are different from the end times. The last days are not in the present or in the future; they are in the past. Still confused? So are millions of other Christians. The confusion stems from the fact that Christians have jumped to the conclusion..a wholly erroneous conclusion ..that the "last days" spoken of in the New Testament refer to the last days of the church (or to the misleading identified "Church Age") This conclusion is not warrented by the various biblical texts. The last days spoken of in the New Testament were scatological last days only for the national Israel, not for the New Covenant church. The "last days" were in fact the early days of the church of Jesus Christ.
How do we know this? How do we know that we are not now living in the last days and never will be? How do we know that the New Testament was written in the last days, which came to a close over 1,900 years ago? Because the New Testament clearly says so. The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews specifically identified his own era as the "last days." He wrote that God "Hath in this last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds" (Heb. 1:2). He was quite clear: he and his contemporaries were living in the last days.
The Destruction of the Temple
So, we need to ask this obvious question: The last days of what? The answer is clear: the last days of the Old Covenant, including national Israel. The New Testament writers were living in the last days of animal sacrifices in the temple. This is the primary message of the Epistle to the Hebrews: the coming of a better sacrifice, a once-and-for-all sacrifice, Jesus Christ. We read:" And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of enternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator" (Heb. 9:15-16). The inescapable concomitant of Jesus' sacrifice at Calvary was His annulment of the Old Covenant's sacrificial system:
And almost all the things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; bu the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true: but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.......
But what about the Beast?
Well, what about the beast? If my thesis is correct--that the phrase "the last days" refers to the last days of Old Covenant Israel and the destruction of the temple in A.D. 70..then who was the beast? After all if Net Testament prophesies regarding the beast were not fulfilled during the lifetime of John, but refer to some individual still in the church's future, there wold seem to be no reason to believe that the other prophecies regarding 'the last days' were also fulfilled in his day. These prophecies must be taken as a unit. It is clear that the beast is a figure who is said to be alive in the last days. This is why it is imperative that we discover who the beast is or was. If he has not yet appeared, then the last days must also be ahead of us, unless we have actually entered into them. If he has already appeared, then the last days are over. This book identifies the prophesied beast beyond any reasonable doubt. This much I will tell you now; it is not Henry Kissinger.
If all of the potential buyers of The Beast of Revelation were to discover in advance that it is not filled with prophecies about brain-implanted computer chips, tattoos with identification numbers, cobra helicopters, nuclear war, and New Age conspiracies, most of them would not buy it. Customers of most Christian bookstores too often prefer to be excited by the misinformation provided by a string of paperback false prophecies than to be comforted by the knowledge that the so-called Great Tribulation is long behind us. and that it was Israel's tribulation, not the church's. (For bibical proof, see David Chilton's book, The Great Tribulation.)
12 They want thrills and chills, not accurate Bible exposition' they want a string of 'secret insights,' not historical knowledge. Like legions of imaginative children sitting in front of the family radio back in the 1930's and 1940's who faithfully bought their Oval tine, tore off the wrapper, and sent it to receive an official "Little Orphan Annie secret decoder," fundamentalist Christians are repeatedly lured by the tempting promise that they can be 'the first ones on their block' to be 'on the inside'...to be the early recipients of the 'inside dope.' And that is just exactly what they have been sold, decade after decade.
I realize this didn't exactly answer your question....but I thought it was relevant. I think satan has to be released from the pit and then literally all hell will break out. Exactly what will happen...I don't know yet..still studying on that. Right now all I could do is guess. Then of course the return of Christ...the resurrection...the Great White Throne judgment and finally all death and all sin will be done away with...at last. And Paradise will be restored as God intended.
Oh and I should say I am sorry if parts of this article offends some. Since I was in that camp at one time, I realize how sensitive this can be...but that is what I now feel I fell for...the thrills and chills of the end times put out by those with intentions to make a buck and have a little feeling of power...
I do not live in fear of the beast or worrying about what the mark is..I doubt I will even still be alive when satan is released and its a wonderful freeing feeling to not try to connect every world event to the end times and wonder if 'this is it'. I lived that way most of my life and its not a fun way to live for sure....even though I thought I would be raptured 'before the bad stuff really started' their was still this horrible fear.. I am so glad I am free from that now.