I have been trying to figure this out, as I do believe that Revelation is written for our day. And too, that it is inspired from God. Here some thoughts about the beast that I wrote down..
1. It has 7 heads, 10 horns and 7 diadems (as does the dragon)
2. has blasphemous names
3. Is like a leopard, a bear and a lion, (same as the march of the world powers in Daniel.
4. Get's it's power from the dragon
5. one head gets a death stroke and is healed
6. Then people admire it, and say "Who can battle like the lamb?"
7. It wages with the holy ones and conquers (similarly to the little horn in Dan. 7 and 8)
8. Ones who worship it are not found in the book of life.
9. It has authority over every tribe, people, nation and tongue
10. People must get it's mark to buy or sell
11. Unclean expressions come out of it's mouth @ armageddon.
12. He was, is not, yet is present to ascend into the abyss.
13. The 10 horns on it's head = 10 kings and will recieve authority for 1 hour. And these will battle with the Lamb and lose. They and the wild beast will destroy the harlot leaving her devestated and naked.
14. God will put it into the 10 horn's heart to give their kingdom to the wild beast so they have one thought.
15. Wild beast is an eighth king that springs from the seven.
16. The harlot sits on a scarlet colored wild beast (full of blasphemous names)
I'm thinking Washington DC...for the beast and the world's leaders for the 10 horns..
Anybody who likes prophesy have any thoughts??