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Summary: They worshipped the beast, saying that there is no other like it and no one can stand against it, and they worshiped the dragon (i.e., Satan), from whom the beast gets its authority.

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By: Tom Lowe Date: 9/12/16

Series: Verse by Verse Through Revelation

Lesson: IV.A.2: The Beast From the Sea (13:1-10)

Revelation 13:1-10 (KJV)

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Commentary

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.

Chapter 13 presents a most important public figure of the end time—a “beast” coming “out of the sea.” His “10 horns” and “7 heads,” with “10 crowns” on his horns depict the revived Roman Empire which was also represented by the fourth “beast” of Daniel, which also had “10 horns” (Daniel 7:7-8; 13:3; 17:3, 7). In Revelation 13 and 17 the “beast” is the world ruler whereas in Daniel 7 the little horn on the “beast” was the world ruler.

Many have said that the “beast” refers to some character in past history, but the context clearly refers to the final three and one-half years before Christ’s second coming. Under the control of this central ruler in the Middle East during the Great Tribulation will be 10 nations (Daniel 7:24, “The 10 horns are 10 Kings”).

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea.” John’s next vision is of a “beast” emerging from the “sea.” The fact that the “beast” comes out from the “sea” indicates that he is a ‘Gentile,’ for the sea of humanity is involved as his source (17:15). In the ancient world “the sea” was seen as hostile and chaotic. The four great beasts of the book of Daniel also came from the “sea” (Daniel 7:1-8). In fact, many of the descriptors of Revelation’s “beast” from the “sea” are similar to those associated with the four beasts in Daniel. For example, Daniel’s fourth beast has 10 horns, which represent 10 kings of the Greek empire (Daniel 7:7-8, 23-24). In Revelation the diadems (crowns) on the 10 horns also represent kinship.


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