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It is Satan the"dragon" that gives to to this first beast of Chap. 13: "his" power, "his' seat and "his" great authority as the dragon is not
to appear until verse 11 to take over.
Re 13:2 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.
We can know this is Satan that comes to view from verse 11 on. Verse 15 shows he gives "life" to his "image" beast, also having 7 heads and 10
horns but appears leopard like.
Re 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would
not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
The context from verse 11 on allows no leaving of description of him, Satan. Repetions of "And he" verse after verse. Remember it is the
"dragon" that is giving the first beast it's power, verse 3 above, and we see it here in verse 15 and others that this is his "image" beast..
Now in the next verse we see it is Satan that goes about causing all to recieve his mark, or his name, or his number.
Re 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Re 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Re 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred
threescore and six.
The number of a Man? Yes Satan is but a man in the hands of God, Yahweh. We go to Eze. a few verses.
Eze 28:9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.
Eze 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx,
and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the
day that thou wast created.
Eze 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down
in the midst of the stones of fire.
It is a battle for the mind and what's in the mind the hands will do.