Who or What Are The Beasts?

posted by Jael Ever @ 17:19 PM
June 15, 2010

Continuing with discussion about animal and human beasts of the earth, Easton’s Bible Dictionary, gives several definitions of the use of the word beast(s) in Scripture:

“In the New Testament it is used of a domestic animal as property. . . When used in contradistinction to man (Ps. 36:6), it denotes a brute creature generally, . . . . This word is used figuratively of an infuriated multitude (1 Cor. 15:32; Acts 19:29; comp. Ps. 22:12, 16; Eccl. 3:18; Isa. 11:6-8), and of wicked men (2 Pet. 2:12). The four beasts of Daniel 7:3, 17, 23 represent four kingdoms or kings.”  In Revelation, 13: 4 and 15, the human embodiment of satan, the anti-Christ, is also called “the beast.”  In short, in addition to wild animals, the term denotes animalistic human behavior, unhindered by conscience, moral standards or societal control.

As for animal-type beasts, many Bible scholars believe that references to beasts killing about twelve percent of the human population only refer to carrion birds and animals who devour the dead bodies of people killed by war, famine or disease.   While that view has some validity, there are scores of Bible  verses speaking about animals attacking and killing people.

As a young shepherd, King David wrestled and killed both a lion and bear.  And once, some 30 teenagers were viciously taunting the prophet Elijah, who cursed their behavior, when suddenly two mother bears came out of the woods and killed all the young people.  The point is that there are just as many examples in the Bible of animals attacking people, as there are examples of animals feasting on dead human bodies.

Rather than generating theological discussion, this blog is more concerned with events in today’s world as seen through the eyes of Biblical lenses.  And in doing so, one cannot ignore the tens of thousands of snakes, tigers, bears, coyotes, boars, rats, chimpanzees, raccoons, feral dogs, etc. multiplying, loosely guarded and potentially roaming loose in our nation.  The phenomena of so many potentially dangerous wild animals, the diseases they bring, and their increasing attacks on human beings should bring alarm to all people––but especially to Christians aware of pending Armageddon.

More on both animal and human beasts in future blogs.  Those who wish to learn more about these issues should check in The Book of Revelation and other apocalyptic texts such as Daniel and Isaiah.  Another good source is wholesale Christian books.

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