The dragon[a] stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 2 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. 3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. 4 People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”
The “dragon” mentioned in this passage is Satan (Revelation 12:9). This passage predicts that there will be a day in the future in which the entire world will worship him. They might not know who they are worshipping (after all, Satan is the great deciever). They might simply know him as some kind of “spirit” behind the power of the future world leader (the beast). But they will be impressed by his power and fooled. They have no one to blame for this but themselves. The power of God and His Son Jesus should be obvious to all. But because people have closed their eyes to God, they will be allowed to be decieved by the inferior power of the Devil.