The Gulf War - The Invasion of Kuwait - 1991
Two Beasts and 666 - All identified and fulfilled in 1991
Revelation 13 says:
1 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems upon its horns and a blasphemous name upon its heads. 2 And the beast that I saw was like a leopard, its feet were like a bear's, and its mouth was like a lion's mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority.
This “beast” must be the League of 7 Arab States, because it has exactly the same description as the one which attacked Israel on the day after it was declared an independent state, except that it was then called a “dragon”. It now has 10 diadems, or crowns, one on each horn instead of one on each of the seven heads.
For the moment, let us assume that the two beasts are the same and the 10 diadems are either a mistake in copying, or a point we have not yet understood. If the Beast with 7 heads is definitely the League of Arab States, then the continuing story should confirm that this is definitely the same beast.
What is it which gives power and authority to the Arab States? It is their oil supplies. So the dragon could be identified as oil. It is the substance which is used, albeit in refined form to power the aircraft and these high-powered planes throw fire out from their after-burners on take-off, just like a dragon, albeit from the opposite end to what you would expect of a dragon!
Revelation 13 continues:
3 One of its heads (states) seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth followed the beast with wonder. 5 Men worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?"
In 1979, Egypt was suspended from the league because it had signed a peace treaty with Israel but it was re-admitted in 1990. The “head” which was “mortally wounded” would seem, then, to be Egypt which was one “head” of the seven-head alliance. The mortal wound was healed when it was re-elected in 1990.
This not only confirms the identity of the first beast, but also dates the prophecy to 1990 or later, after Egypt’s re-election to the League, and confirms this could be the start of the Gulf War.
Revelation 13 continues:
5 And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months; 6 it opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. 7 Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And all who dwell on earth will worship it, every one whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that was slain.9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear: 10 If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if any one slays with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.
Verse 10 (in bold type above) seems to be totally irrelevant to the surrounding text. As we have said before, this indicates a “clue”. The question of “being taken captive” is referring to Israel having been taken captive into Babylon long ago and many being killed in the process. So this verse indicates that this is about revenge on Babylon, which is now Iraq!
Moreover, the date has been set to post-1990 when Egypt has been re-elected to the league and “the Beast’s” mortal wound has been healed! This is the Gulf War, but since the first part, Desert Shield, has already been dealt with in the “War in Heaven” prophecy, this must be the second phase, Desert Storm, starting on 17th January 1991.
“All those who dwell on the earth” (the Arab/Muslim population) will worship the beast and, just to emphasize the point, it reminds us that “their names are NOT written in the book of life”!
It further says that it, the beast with seven heads, was allowed to make war with the saints (the Christians) and conquer them. The only time this happened and it is referred to more than once, was on 911. At this stage it has not yet happened but is clearly described in the next Chapter, as a direct result of the defeat of Iraq in this war.
(11) Then I saw another beast which rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.
This second beast exercises the same degree of authority as the 1st beast, The League of Arab States, so it is a nation or group of nations of equal power to the first beast. The reference to the two horns suggests two main countries leading the offensive against Iraq, the USA and the UK. This second beast is definitely an “allied nations” beast and since the war was actually conducted by the United Nations then it. The UN must be “the beast with two horns”. But exactly why does it, being in this conflict, on the opposite side to the first beast, make the earth worship the first beast?
(13) It (the UN) works great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of men; and by the signs which it is allowed to work in the presence of the (first) beast, it deceives those who dwell on the earth, bidding them make an Image for the beast which was wounded by the sword and yet lived;
This seems to be quite clear. The UN makes “fire come down from heaven”, in the form of an aerial bombardment with missiles and cannon fire. It was in “full sight of the first beast”, without any apparent disagreement with the Arab League, which you might think strange because the Arab League should be on the opposing side in this war.
Moreover the United Nations even bids the League of Arab States to build an “image” and in so doing, “deceive those who dwell on the earth”. But what is an “image”? It is obviously an exact “copy of something but of what?
Remember that the Gulf War started when Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990. The UN Security Council issued Resolution 678 in November calling on Iraq to withdraw its troops from Kuwait by 15th January 1991, otherwise it would face military action.
The Arab League issued a similar resolution, (referred here as creating an image) also calling on Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait because by then, Kuwait was one of the member states, having been elected in 1981.
(15) and it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast should even speak, and to cause those who would not worship (obey) the image of the beast to be slain.
Effectively, both the UN and the Arab League were, for once, “batting on the same side”, against Iraq because Kuwait was also a member of the League of Arab States and both parties wanted Iraq to leave Kuwait. Both organizations were therefore in agreement with using military action to remove Iraqi soldiers from Kuwait if they did not conform to the Resolution.
Unless the Iraqi soldiers worshipped (obeyed) the UN image, (resolution 678) or the “image” (resolution) of the Arab League, to withdraw from Kuwait, they would face military action and possibly be killed.
This is why the UN was allowed to make “fire rain down in the presence of men”. This was obviously a concerted aerial bombardment to enforce the withdrawal from Kuwait and was “in full sight of “those who dwell on the earth”. The UN was allowed to do this with full approval of the League of Arab States (The Beast), because they both had the same goal, to force Iraq’s withdrawal from Kuwait.
So, far from “The Beast” terrorizing the whole word in the Last Days and killing “all who will not worship it or its image”, as many interpreters of the Book of Revelation will have us believe, this was a relatively local affair, during the Gulf War, and has long since passed into the history books!
But we have so far not mentioned the most mysterious and completely misunderstood, Beast which has the number 666.
Revelation 13 continues:
(16) Also it (the 2nd beast, identified as the UN), causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, 17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. 18 This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six.
There were 10 Resolutions in total passed by the United Nations Security Council between August and October 1990. The first, number 661, imposed a complete embargo on all imports from and exports to, Iraq and Kuwait, with minor exceptions for certain medical supplies.
Resolution 666, passed on 13 September 1990, modified 661 to allow other trading, in particular, food and medical supplies for humanitarian reasons, because 1000’s of civilians, including children were dying of starvation and illness. Therefore it was certainly the case that “no one could buy or sell” at that time, in Iraq or Kuwait, unless they had the “number of the Beast” (666) on their trading documents.
So the number of the beast is the number of a resolution made by the second beast which we have identified as the United Nations. The only discrepancy is that John says that they, (the traders) had to have the mark on their forehead or their right hand, but the mark was actually required on the trading documents.
The mark 666 would have obviously been placed at the top, (head) or on the right hand side of the documents, for maximum visibility and not on the forehead or right hand of the trader!
A natural slip of the pen, in the process of making many copies over the centuries! But good news that this is yet another apparently frightening beast which has appeared, done what he had to do and disappeared into obscurity! He will definitely not be bothering us in “the Last Days” and causing us to have implants in our hands or in our heads!
Having identified, beyond reasonable doubt, the identities of the beasts, this might be a good place to review what many self-appointed “teachers” say about the “last days and to understand why they present visions of a world where people are tortured and killed and even suffer from a worldwide nuclear conflagration before Christ comes to our rescue!
The problems stem from the incorrect interpretation of the prophecy of the woman giving birth to a child being Jesus, which we have said is impossible, because all prophecies must relate to events in the future and from the viewpoint of 93 AD., the birth of Jesus was an event in the past.
If the prophecy is interpreted as the birth of Jesus, then the “Dragon” standing by to devour the child becomes Rome, in the form of Herod, instead of the League of Arab States. Since the Roman Empire no longer exists, we are waiting for a “revived Roman Empire” to emerge as “The Beast” in the “end times” as an evil, totalitarian “world government”, which will fulfill the prophecy and kill everyone who will not worship it or its image and have his number written on their heads or their right hands.
The truth is that all the killing for not “obeying the Beast and its Image” and having to use the number 666 to buy or sell goods, has already happened in the Gulf War and is not going to happen in the Last Days! These prophecies have already been fulfilled!