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Is the Devil the Beast in the Book of Revelation?

September 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea

The Beast in the Book of Revelation

Father Fortea, is the devil the beast in the book of Revelation?

Is the Devil the BeastNo. The book of Revelation clearly distinguishes between the three key figures who will arise in opposition to Christ and the Church at the end of time: the Antichrist, the beast, and the dragon (or serpent). Whereas the Antichrist is a man, the beast is a political power that brings war to the earth. It is the dragon who is identified with the devil. There is no ambiguity or confusion in Revelation between these three distinct realities (see Rev 12, 13).





Editor’s Note:  To learn more about spiritual warfare and demonology, Catholic Spiritual Direction recommends Fr. José Antonio Fortea’s excellent book, Interview With An Exorcist – An Insider’s Look at the Devil, Demonic Possession, and the Path to Deliverance.



Father José Antonio Fortea Cucurull is a priest, exorcist, and writer from Spain. He has published many books, some of which have been translated from Spanish into English, and has spoken at various venues in the United States.

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Art for this post on whether or not the devil is the beast in the book of Revelation: Detail Of The Mosaic Work On The Ceiling Of The Baptistry Florence Italy Hell Inferno Canto 34, Coppo Di Marcovaldo, circa 1301, PD-US author's life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Fr. Jose Antonio Fortea

Father José Antonio Fortea is not only an exorcist, but also a writer, and parish priest. He once thought he would lead what he has termed ordinary life as an attorney in Madrid, much as his father did before him, but sensed instead a vocation to the priesthood in his adolescent years. A theology graduate of Navarre University in Spain, Father Fortea wrote a thesis there on exorcism. He has been a practicing exorcist for several decades.

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  • patricia

    Thank you for this clear description of who and what is the devil in the book of revelation. The beast is the political power in which I never thought of it as that way but it makes sense since it causes war and forces individuals to have the mark of the beast. Thanks for sharing Father!!!

  • Jeanette

    I never understood what or who the beast represented. Thank you for your clarification. I really find these posts from Fr. Fortea very interesting and enlightening.

  • Mary G

    wow…The beast is a “political power that brings war to the earth”. And political power is defined as “the ability to influence the behaivior of people”. So the beast is a power that has the ability to influence people to “war” with eachother! I have been for so long trying to figure out what this evil “force” is that I can see and feel but could not define until this moment. the Beast Is the force that causes all of the people to have these powerful convictions that are so destructive of peace and unity… ie: conservative/liberal. it is even in The Church. Each group being convinced that they are the “good”ones and the other group is “evil”. All of this is in fact an illusion of the beast…that is perpetuated by politics and the media as the vehicle for it’s “anti- evangelization”. I do not wish to be played by this beast. More and more I am convinced to remove myself from politics altogether…ie reading watching, concern, worry, voting. Even when you vote for “the good guys” we are always let down! It figures, because it is all a LIE, because it is The Beast. I pray that the Church becomes TOTALLY apolitical. Maybe that is what Pope Francis is trying to do? I hope.

  • I, too, am appreciative of this post. Knowing the beast is a political power, it will be easier to track. I’m wondering if the political power is freemasonry, which the church has warned us about. (?)

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