Originally posted by daniel58
It's understood to be of the heathenish priests and magicians; the principal promoters both of idolatry and persecution.
Well an interesting thought. They should be viewed as something this bad. But if you look at what the other beast in Revelation represented, they all refer to mans governments. The one with 7 heads and 10 horns representd all the major world powers that have existed. The ones that had 2 horns were just dual or joint world powers.
But this new beast that comes up later out of the earth shows a really strong beast or government with the 2 horns again but smaller this time.
This beast is said to appear towards the end of this system. So even though it is really strong, it seems to have horns that are small and not very imposing, almost peacefull in apperance.
Any ideas on what this would repesent in our day?