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There are several similarities between the Beast described in Revelation chapter 13 and the one described in Daniel chapter 7.

Rev 13:1 and 2 KJV

  1. And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

  2. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

Dan 7:6 and 7 KJV

  1. After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

  2. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

Do any Theologians support this idea?

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What is interesting here is that "every Reformer, without exception, spoke of the papacy as Antichrist" -R. Allen Anderson, Unfolding the Revelation, p.137 And this statement is true. John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, Cotton Mather, John Wesley, Ellen G. White, Thomas Cranmer, Roger Williams, John Knox, and John Calvin all believed different things, but one thing that they were ALL IN CONSENSUS OF was that the Roman Catholic Church was the antichrist, and the little horn power of Daniel and Revelation. –  jlaverde Nov 11 '13 at 13:56

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From some books that I read, it is understood that the Beast that came out of the sea in Revelation 13 is the combination of the three beasts in Daniel 7. Daniel saw three separate beasts - lion, bear and leopard. John saw one beast which is an integration of lion, bear and leopard. The three beasts in Daniel are now combined into one giant Beast in Revelation. Just have a look at those passages.

Daniel 7:4-6 (NIV)

“The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a human being, and the mind of a human was given to it. “And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, ‘Get up and eat your fill of flesh!’ “After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule.

Revelation 13:2 (NIV)

The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.

Now, what do they mean? It's up to you to interpret. Daniel was told, "The four great beasts are four kings that will rise from the earth(Daniel 7:17)". If the three beasts saw by Daniel represent three separate kingdoms, that would mean, the Beast at the apocalypse will be a single kingdom formed by uniting the previous three kingdoms from Daniel's vision, or something like that.

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The asker wants to know whether the beast is Revelation is the same beast as the one in Daniel rather than the proper interpretation/exegesis of the Beast. You report similarities. But are the similarities describing the same Beast? –  Anonymous Nov 9 '13 at 5:47
    
@Anonymous The answer is - the combination of three beasts in Daniel. Isn't that an answer? –  Mawia Nov 9 '13 at 5:50
    
OK. Basically, you say that the beast in Revelation is based on the beast in Daniel. I'll buy that, since that's not so far-fetched from what I have. :P –  Anonymous Nov 9 '13 at 6:07

The beasts in Daniel 7 are explained in Daniel 7:17 as four (separate and distinct) kings (kingdoms) which arise out of the earth (mankind). These respectively correspond to the kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. They give rise to a little horn (power) which rises up out of the fourth kingdom (Rome). In verses 11, 20, 21, 24 and 25 of Daniel 7, this power is said to be bombastic (:11), a persecutor of the true saints (:21), one who destroys other contenders or powers (:24), one who claims great titles and glory to itself, crushes the true church almost out of existence and changes times and laws (:25). Papacy fulfills this description minutely. Any short investigation of the Inquisition would remove the thought of this church system as an holy representation of God on earth. It is anti-Christian in the sense of being a false Christian system which supplants God's Church and it is anti-Christian also in that it has fought to destroy any Christian that disagrees with it. Daniel chapter 7 is similar to Daniel chapter 11 in that it relays historical happenings yet to occur in a symbolic form. Is the beast described in Revelation 13 the same as the beasts (plural) of Daniel? No. Although there are similarities in the description, the book of Revelation was written during the fourth kingdom (Rome) and so, being prophetic like Daniel, it referred to the Papacy only and not to the past "beasts" or kingdoms. Is the beast/whore of Babylon also said in Revelation to be a persecutor of the saints or the Church? Yes: Revelation 17:6, 18:24, 13:7

The following links refer to the beast/whore of Babylon more minutely and completely than I have outlined here for those who are interested: Beast of Revelation - Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gugLOPrWfSM Beast of Revelation - Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHGtjwZ79Xs

Thank you for the warm welcome and I apologize for not originally following the form of this forum.

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Welcome to C.SE. This is a good answer - except that we are NOT a forum. We are a Q&A site. When you get the chance, please check out our tour and specifically How we are different than other sites. That said, you sourced your claims well and answered the question directly from your tradition. –  Affable Geek Dec 26 '13 at 16:31

Source: Backus, I. (2000). THE BEAST: INTERPRETATIONS OF DANIEL 7.2-9 AND APOCALYPSE 13.1-4, 11-12 IN LUTHERAN, ZWINGLIAN AND CALVINIST CIRCLES IN THE LATE SIXTEENTH CENTURY. Reformation & Renaissance Review: Journal Of The Society For Reformation Studies, (3), 59.

It is obvious that the Apocalypse passage is based on Daniel 7 and it is equally obvious that both seers or writers seek to establish an explicit link between the beast or beasts and the temporal powers of their time. Confining ourselves to a limited but representative sample of commentators, we shall examine Melanchthon's and Selneccer's Commentaries on Daniel and the Apocalypse, as well as Calvin's Commentary on Daniel, Colladon's on the Apocalypse and Bullinger's Commentaries on both the books. Our aim will be to see how those theologians' interpretations of Daniel and the Apocalypse reflected their perception of temporal power.

It appears that, in Backus' point of view, the Apocalypse 13 is based on Daniel 7, not just referring to the same entity as Daniel 7. That is to say that Apocalypse 13 may have been influenced by Daniel 7. However, the respective authors may have adapted the books to reflect the times.

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