All of mankind is ultimately under one of two rulers - either the Lord God or Satan.  Satan is the origin of evil and those who prefer evil are of Satan.  All that is good is of God.  In the time of God's judgment, Satan's Beast demands the worship of mankind toward himself or be put to death:

Matthew 4:9   Satan says to Jesus "... fall down and worship me ...."

Satan telling God to worship him!   And Satan, through his Beast, will demand the worship of all of mankind.    The meaning of the number of the Beast (666),  I postulate being:

Matthew 22:37 "Love the Lord God with all of your heart, soul and mind."

Three aspects of a man: heart, soul and mind.

Genesis 1:26   On the sixth day God created man (Adam) and woman (Eve).

Genesis 3:20   Eve is the mother of all living.

On the sixth day God created the heart of man
On the sixth day God created the soul of man
On the sixth day God created the mind of man
(and same as to a woman)

Three sixes or 6 6 6.

The number of the Beast is 666.   The meaning of the number of the Beast is the totality of the worship he will demand from mankind.   The Beast shall demand worship of him in totality - heart, soul and mind.  The Lord God asks for love voluntarily but there are those who do not love God because they like their evil doings.    In the short time of the Beast's reign on earth in physical form, the Beast shall demand worship of him or be put to death. 

For those who do evil and ain't really with this Beast religious stuff, the Beast is going to put a crimp in their lifestyle.  For those who serve God, bad times too and only way out is to be hidden from the Beast and his apparatus, because if called out to worship the Beast, got no choice but to be put to death or eventually go to Hell for worshiping the Beast, taking his mark.

Revelation 17:11  "And the Beast ...  is the eighth [king], and is of the seven ...."

The Beast is a demonic entity who, in spirit form, is among seven kings.   The Beast ascends from what is termed the bottomless pit; and he ascends therefrom in physical form to briefly reign on earth.    And the term "Beast" is a literal descriptive term in that the demonic entity is a beastly creature with multiple heads and other strange physical anomalies, which is why all the world will wonder after him.

Revelation 11:7  "... the Beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit ...."

God the Father shall give his Son all of the kingdoms of the world:

Revelation 11:15 "... The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of
Christ ...."

When the Beast reigns for a short time in physical form on earth, it will be a play of Satan on God the Father, God the Son in that God shall give to his Son all of the kingdoms of the world; so too Satan gives his Beast all of his power and authority in the world:

Revelation 13:2   "... and the dragon [Satan] gave him [the Beast] his power and his seat and his great authority."

Jesus died and was brought back to life by God.

So too the Beast suffers a mortal wound and is healed:

Revelation 13:3  "And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death, and his deadly wound was healed ...."

The Beast is an entity and is stated to have multiple heads (Rev. 13:1, 13:3).   Clearly, the Beast is an entity in physical form for he is stated to be sitting on a horse on the battlefield and taken off his horse and cast alive into Hell.    

Revelation 19:20  "And the Beast was taken, and with him the false prophet ... These both were cast alive into the lake of fire ...."

God's two witnesses who give testimony of prophecy and who are killed by the Beast:

Revelation 11:3  "And I will give power to my two witnesses and they shall speak prophecy for 1,203 days ...."

Revelation  11:7  "And when they shall have finished their testimony, the Beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them and shall overcome them and kill them."  

All of the foregoing occurs during the time of God's judgment unto victory.  It is a most supernatural time with the forces of God and the forces of Satan in the face of all of mankind.  The Beast garners wonder from all the world because of his physical appearance.  

The Gentiles made images of gods with multiple heads, it is nothing new to mankind to conjure up such images, but what will be new and a wonder to all the world is a live being with multiple heads and whatever other physical anomalies the Beast shall possess.   The demonic entity that ascends in physical form from the bottomless pit is termed "Beast" because it is beastly in appearance.   He sits on a horse on the battlefield with the false prophet, the kings and their armies and is removed from his horse and thrown alive into the lake of fire.

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