The Bible says,
“When [the two witnesses] finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them” (Revelation 11:7).
At the end of the testimony of the Two Witnesses, at the time they fell silent, the beast from the bottomless pit would defeat and kill them. This beast came from the same place as the locusts of chapter 9, thus, he is of the devil.
This beast would make war with the Two Witnesses, overcome them, and kill them. How is it that the beast can kill the Two Witnesses of God?
Acts 6 and 7 shows that the world cannot contend with the Church (one Witness) when it speaks the word of God (the other Witness). The world used brute force to silence a member of the Church, giving the impression that they won against him and his word (Acts 6:10; 7:54–59).
The beast that fought the Two Witnesses, the Church and the Scriptures, will not use logic, Scripture, or persuasion, but will use whatever power it deems necessary, whether it be the government or the sword.
This very thing happened with one particular beast that arose in the past and it persecuted the Church heavily, so heavily that it is hard, almost impossible, to find the Church existing for a while in history.
There have been many such beasts as this in the past. There is another one right now trying to silence the Church and the Scriptures.
Beware of the beast of secularism. It uses the government now, but what shall it use next! This beast of chapter 11 will be more easily identified as we move along in Revelation.