Chapter 13

In this chapter we will see another wonder, a beast rising up out of the sea with seven heads, ten horns and ten crowns. We also see written upon his heads the name of blasphemy. We will see that power is given to the beast by the dragon.

We will see another beast come up out of the earth, this one with two horns like a lamb, but speaking like a dragon. This beast makes fire come down from Heaven and deceives the inhabitants of the earth. We will also see the beast causing all to receive a mark in their right hand or their forehead that would identify them as belonging to the beast.

We will see the second beast exercises all of the power of the first beast. He will cause the inhabitants of the earth to make an image of the first beast. He will then animate the image, and anyone that does not worship the image of the first beast will be killed.

We will look at the first beast here in verses 1-3.

Revelation 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

Revelation 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

Revelation 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

This is quite a description and it can also be seen in the Old Testament book of Daniel.

Here we have: 1. seven heads, 2. ten horns, 3. 10 crowns, 4. was like a leopard, 5. feet as of a bear, 6. a mouth as the mouth of a lion.

Keep in mind the symbolic language that we find here, as and like.

First, let’s go to Daniel 7 and look at the description that is there.

Daniel 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.

Daniel 7:2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.

Daniel 7:3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

Daniel 7:4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.

Daniel 7:5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

Daniel 7:6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

Daniel 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

Here we see four separate beasts and we will only look at the first three for now.

The first beast was like a lion. Instantly we see the symbolic language like, so we at once know that this is not a literal lion. It is representative in appearance, which would be strong and powerful and would represent Babylon the Great with wings that represent swiftness.

The second beast was like to a bear. This would represent the Medes and the Persians, with the three ribs representing the conquest of three major enemies.

The third beast was like unto a leopard which would represent Alexander the Great. He conquered the known world with great swiftness, and the four heads would then represent his four divisions and the four generals that came to power when Alexander died.

Alexander’s four generals. 1. Cassander conquered Macedonia 2. Lysimachus conquered Thrace and much of Asia Minor 3. Seleucous conquered Syria 4. Ptolemy conquered Egypt

Even though we are not dealing with the fourth beast at this moment it would be none other than the revived Roman Empire.

We have talked about this in previous studies so I will not take additional space here to travel that road again.

Relating the vision of Daniel 7 to Revelation 13:1-3, we see the following things.

The beast that rises up out of the sea we find in Daniel 7:2 and it actually says the great sea. In Daniel 7:3 it says the sea which refers back to Daniel 7:2. This can only be the Mediterranean Sea which further substantiates that the final kingdom will be the revived Roman Empire. The beast is depicting the antichrist, and notice that it is like unto a leopard, once again depicting a swiftness in rising to power.

The beast is given power by the dragon himself, Satan, making the beast the false christ, and the second person of the unholy trinity. Since this beast is depicted as having power, we must assume that he will be ruling the new Roman Empire that is said to be restored. This thought would fit with Revelation 16:10 where it reads:

Revelation 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

The beast is depicted to be a king, and a king would need a kingdom, and a seat of power and that is what we see here in Revelation 16:10.

The seven heads would depict seven kings and the antichrist would be the little horn of Daniel 7:7, 8. We can see six world empires in history which are, Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Media Persia, Greece and finally Rome. Satan empowers the antichrist and this will be the rise of the prophetic Roman Empire ruled by the antichrist.

Daniel 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

The ten horns will be ten kings that give their power to the antichrist for a short season. These will be separate kingdoms that make a league with the antichrist and will break their league with him very soon.

Keep in mind that what we are viewing on these pages is Satan’s attempt to copy the Holy Trinity of God by bringing forth an unholy trinity of his own. We see Satan, who wanted to be like the most high and now we see Satan’s christ or the antichrist.

Now the common view that has been held for generations by good Bible teachers and Churches is that the antichrist will suffer a wound that would appear to be fatal, probably inflicted by Satan, so as to imitate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. You can bet that this would be quite spectacular and many would be deceived by this event.

But, I would like to challenge your thinking on this subject by asking you the following questions.

Looking at Revelation 13:3 who received the wound?

Answer, one of the heads was wounded, remembering that there are seven heads; we must pick one for the wound to be on.

Which head would you pick?

I believe that if we pick the sixth head this whole passage will now make good sense and I offer the following reasons for this line of thought.

If the beast itself is the antichrist, the heads must represent the historical kingdoms of the world. Remember previously that I listed the kingdoms which were; Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Media Persia, Greece and finally Rome. These are six in total number and the wound would be on the head of the ‘Roman Empire’ being the sixth head.

Stay with me for just a little while longer, stay focused now, the historical Roman Empire died in 476 A.D. It actually started dying long before that but it definitely was overthrown by the Gaul’s in 476 A.D. The seventh head is where all of the crowns are located and it is the revived Roman Empire that will be a confederation of ten nations. This will fit the ten horns, the seven heads, the head that had the mortal wound (the sixth head) and it all comes together.

I cannot find any scripture to show me that the antichrist is mortally wounded and comes back to life, or is raised back to life by Satan, it just is not there. Satan does not have the power to resurrect anyone from the dead. The plan of God would be stopped if Satan could raise an evil person from the dead before the Great White Throne judgment of God. Only God can bring the dead to life again, only He has that power to restore life.

Rome was in existence in John’s day and it will be back as the political ruler during the tribulation period.

Now if you are reading this and you think that I am wrong, please send me a note and give me some scripture that will fit any other view. I will be more that happy to review it and get back to you via e-mail or on the upcoming Q & A page so that all could see the debate.

Now lest we pass right by a possible problem in the first verse, let’s look once again at that verse.

Revelation 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

Let me give you what I believe is a better translation of the first words of this verse, the scriptures according to Jim. Revelation 13:1 And he stood upon the sand of the sea and I saw a beast rise up out of the multitudes of nations. This makes better sense since the subject of this verse is not John. The subject of the passage is ‘he’ which would be Satan himself from chapter 12. The later manuscripts seem to bear this out also.

Moving right along, let’s look at the following verses that speak of the antichrist also.

Revelation 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?

Revelation 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

Revelation 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

Revelation 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world,

Revelation 13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

We see from the above verses that Satan and the antichrist will be worshiped by all nations, and the nations will be afraid to make war with the beast.

We see this scenario in several of the countries of the world today. If a person complains about their government they can be arrested and put to death. The United States of America has not gotten to this point yet, but it may not be long if good people and especially Christians stand by and do nothing, evil will flourish.

We can see the liberal agenda taking hold in this country today with same sex marriage which goes against every principal of scripture. God is being removed from every walk of life and I would not doubt that before long a law is passed prohibiting the pastors of our Churches from preaching against homosexuality. It will be a hate crime. Well, enough of the preaching and I will get off the soap box.

All is not lost, did you notice the phrase in the following verse.

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

This in an interesting passage because it deals with ‘predestination’ and ‘election’. This is a long study in itself and we will have to bypass it here except to say the following. Those people whom God has elected, living during the tribulation period will not be lost. Some will be killed but they will never be lost because of the statement by Christ Jesus Himself in the book of John.

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

John 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

John 10:30 I and my Father are one.

This is the greatest assurance in my mind at least that there is in the scriptures. Everyone of God’s elect, past, present or future are safe in the hand of God. Jesus said it, the scriptures recorded it, I believe it and that settles it. Wow, been waiting over two years to put that into print!

So once more I am compelled to ask, is your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? You can know for sure that it is. All you have to do is ask. You can ask at biblereasoning@hotmail.com, or go to the salvation page of this web site where it is explained in full.

Once again if you would like further information or prayer you can contact me or Carole and we would be happy to converse with you and pray with you and for you. Go to the Contacts Page and all of the contact information it there at your disposal.

Revelation 13:9 If any man have an ear let him hear. This means man, woman or child.

Moving right along we will go to the next verse in our study.

Revelation 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

This verse screams with insight about the final abode of all who would lead people into captivity to Satan, the antichrist or the false prophet. We will see in the following verses that evil will not have the victory, crime will be punished, and wickedness will be dealt with very severely. Here is the patience and faith of the saints. This tells us that no one gets away with anything in God’s plan. We can further understand why believers will overcome by looking at the Greek definitions of patience and faith from the Strong’s Concordance.

patience

G5281 hupomone hoop-om-on-ay’

From G5278; cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy: – enduring, patience, patient continuance (waiting). G4102 pistis pis’-tis

faith

From G3982; persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: – assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

If you are a child of God and have been wronged, slandered, tricked, deceived, cussed at and spit upon for your faith, take heart because God will judge all of that at the Great White Throne. The books will be opened and judgment will be just and the Lake of Fire will be the earned reward for the rejection of the God of glory, the Lord Jesus Christ. We will look closer at this event when we get to Revelation chapter 20 starting with verse 11. (A little cliff hanger for you here.)

Now we will look at the second beast.

Revelation 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Revelation 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

This is the beast we call the false prophet. I believe that this beast will be the religious leader during this time. Therefore, we will have Satan that controls both of these beasts with the first being the political leader and the second being the religious leader.

Now let’s look at the description of the second beast.

This beast has two horns not seven. Horns have always been a symbol of kingdoms and kings but this beast has only two, which would put this beast in a lower position than the first.

Next, we see that it looks like a lamb which would indicate gentleness, but he speaks like a dragon which we have seen is Satan himself. Putting this all together, while remembering that the words of simile are here, we see that this beast comes up out of the earth. This shows us that it is not from Heaven but comes as an imitation of the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.

This beast is probably symbolic of the great whore which we will see is Babylon the great, the religious Roman system. Some have linked this beast to the Papacy, or the Pope of the tribulation. Dr. Gill, Dr. Barnes and Dr. Clark all link this to the Papacy of Rome. What we know for sure is that this beast will speak dreadful things and will be controlled by the dragon.

This beast will direct everyones attention back to the political system. It will do this with all of the power of the first beast to direct the worship of the world to the first beast. This is the revived Roman Empire, whose deadly wound was healed, symbolized by thebeast with the seven heads and the ten horns.

In our day and time, July, 6th, 2006 we can see that Christians are loosing ground to the government. Just look around you, look at the plight of the people in San Diego, California. There is a cemetery on a hill called Mount Soledad with a large cross. Because one man said he was offended by this cross, the ACLU has gone to court where they found a liberal judge who has decreed the cross to be in violation of ‘church and state’ and must be removed.

The judge also ordered that there will be a fine of $5000.00 per day until it is removed. Update on this lawsuit..there is now a stay of execution for the cross while the Federal government attempts to take jurisdiction over this cemetery.

God has been banned from our public schools. He is being banned form the court houses. And it is becoming ‘hate speech’ to speak God’s word concerning witchcraft, homosexuality and bestiality. This will be common place during the Great Tribulation period. Religious practices as we know them today will be non existent because everyone will worship the antichrist.

Now I do pray that I have got your full attention because it will get much worse. Observe the following verses.

Revelation 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

Revelation 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Revelation 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

The second beast will do mighty miracles that will deceive most of the world and will cause the people to set up an image of the firstbeast that had the deadly wound.

Now I do think that the miracles that this beast does will somehow be counterfeit. Everything God does, Satan tries to copy. The problem with counterfeiting is that it never looks quite the same as the original, and Satan seems to forget one minor point, he is not omnipotent, all powerful, as God is.

We now see the unholy trinity, Satan, the antichrist and the false prophet, all working together in a last ditch attempt to take as many people into the lake of fire with them as possible. Eternal separation from God is what awaits this unholy trio and their followers.

Pay special attention to what verse 15 tells us. The people were commanded to make an image of the antichrist and now the false prophet is shown as having had the power to animate the image so that it both speaks and causes anyone that will not worship the image to be killed. I believe that the image will be stationary and most probably will be set up in a place that all must attend, possibly the altar in the earthly temple. Now I am not dogmatic on this point but it does seem likely.

It will not matter whether you are a believer or not, if a person will not worship the beast they will be killed. I did not make this stuff up, this is what the Bible says, plainly and clearly, they will be killed.

The next passage is one that has caused quite a lot of controversy.

Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

Revelation 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

This mark of the beast will be affixed to either the forehead or the right hand. Much speculation has been offered about the mark. Just what will it be we are not told, perhaps a computer chip? This is quite possible with modern technology, as it is already being done with animals.

We do know that without the mark a person had better be a farmer or have a black market connection for food, otherwise they might starve.

The next part is very interesting because we can make numbers do anything we want. In our numbering system if we take the numbers from 1 through 36 and add them up we come up with the number 666. My question would be why just those numbers, why not 36 through 59 or something like that. I see much foolishness here.

There was a multitude of people that thought Hitler was the antichrist, some think the Pope must be the antichrist, some thought J. F. Kennedy was the antichrist and were actually waiting for him to rise up in his coffin at the viewing. It is pure craziness.

If we look at the number 6 it is the number of a man, just 6. The reason that I believe that we have 666 here in Revelation is for emphasis, it is the number of a man 6.

May God richly bless you as you study His Word.