Chapter 13: Then HE (the dragon) stood on the sand of the sea. [Let me call a friend/associate…] And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.
(Please notice that this beast looks very much like the dragon… the dragon also has 7 heads and 10 horns). John further describes the beast:
2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. [This is reminds of Daniel Ch. 7 – lion, bear, leopard and a weird beast with 10 horns – world superpowers; this composite beast is a descendent of those.]
The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.
Do you know anybody else in the Bible that received these same things from someone else? This is a parody of the relationship between God the Father and Jesus Christ, the son. So here we have a “like father, like son” situation.