Then I stood on
the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven
heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a
blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were
like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon
gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his
heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed.
And all the world marveled and followed the beast. 4 So they worshiped the
dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying,
"Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" 5 And he
was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given
authority to continue for forty-two months. 6 Then he opened his mouth in
blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who
dwell in heaven. 7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to
overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and
nation. 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not
been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the
world. 9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10 He who leads into captivity
shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the
sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. 11 Then I saw
another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and
spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast
in his presence, and caused the earth and those who dwell in it to worship
the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs,
so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of
men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he
was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the
earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.
15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the
image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship
the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great,
rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on
their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the
mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom.
Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is
the number of a man: His number is 666.
What detailed information God is giving us here in chapter 13
of an end time monstrous regime which will rule over all nations. And of the
beasts that will head it up.
The second beast points all to the first beast, often called the
Antichrist, or the lawless one, or man of sin (who is also the little horn
of Daniel 7 & 8, and the vile or contemptible person in
Daniel 11) who will be given power to rule for 42 months.
And authority was given unto him to continue for forty-two
months. That is exactly 3 ½ years!
This fiendish animal and his godless one world regime will be
at the core of the troubles and distress and wars of the last days. A beastly
dictator. But remember…the dragon gave him his power, his throne, and
So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority (or power)
to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is
like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?"
By mid 1939 Germanys
aggressive foreign policy had already annexed Austria and the Czech lands. Next
But Hitler's expansion plans were frustrated when Britain
and France guaranteed
their allegiance to Poland
At the mountain retreat in Berghof the atmosphere was very tense. The
crisis over what to do about Poland
became an issue over Russia.
Hitler had stated that it was German destiny to rule Russia. Yet
an alliance with Stalin would free up that front, plus gain a powerful ally.
But it would also be a declaration of war; it would set the stage for
At the very time von Ribbentrop, the German foreign minister was
signing the non-aggression pact in Moscow,
eyewitness reports have it that the skies over the Bavarian retreat turned
terrifying. With colors of blood red, green, sulfur gray, black as night.
Everyone watched with stunned silence at the horrid spectacle. Finally a
Hungarian woman in the anturage looking at the sky turned to Hitler to speak,
"My Fuhrer, this augers nothing good. It means blood, blood and again
blood. Destruction and terrible suffering. Blood and again blood."
Thus it will be when the dragon empowers the beast, destruction
and terrible suffering! Blood and again blood!
And it says
It was granted to him (the beast) to make war with the saints and to
Here is the same persecution of believers we saw in the
previous chapter. However, in chapter 12 it was the dragon who was pursuing
and persecuting the woman. Here in chapter 13 we see that it is actually the
devil bestowing his power and anointing on the beast to do his devilish deeds,
and make war with the woman—called here the saints.
And authority (power) was given him over every tribe, tongue,
and nation. World domination! Here is the one world
government the world has been clamoring for (and its end results).
5 times it was said that something was given to or granted to
(and) the dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great
so they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast
and he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies
and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months
it was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome
them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.
Yes the devil empowers the beast and gives him his seat of
authority. But it goes deeper then that. These times have been divinely
ordained. In the final analysis, like it or not, if God is God: these times
will take place because God allows it. If God isn't in ultimate control He's
not God Almighty! The Bible says of the 10 horns on the beast
The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received
no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the
beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to
the beast. For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His
purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the
beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. Rev.
But how could God allow this antichrist to rule? To carry out
such inhumanities? And martyr and kill and overcome his people? And even
openly blaspheme his name? If he is God why can't he put an end to this
monster? He can, and He will…after 3 ½ years!
Three times in this chapter the deadly wound is
mentioned. In verse 14 referring to the first beast it says
Who was wounded by the sword and did live
Verse 3 said
And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded
and his deadly wound was healed.
It's not apparent at this time what exactly the deadly wound is.
Even the heads on the beast have a dual meaning. But it is clear that the
Antichrist will be a man of war, perhaps to the point of worship. There is an
intriguing passage in Daniel 11 (vers.37-38) where it says the vile
person, contemptible person (Antichrist) will have no interest in
the religion or god of his fathers for he will exalt himself. Then it turns
around to say he does have one god—the god of fortresses (the King
James says the god of forces). What kind of god is this? But
this is the only god the AC will bow down to and honor.
He comes on the scene in conquest and battle. And will he at
this time receive a mortal wound? It says after the deadly wound was healed
that all the world marveled and followed the beast.
Another Bible translation puts it
The whole world was astonished and followed the beast.
The whole earth went after the beast in amazement and
How easily are the multitudes moved. It seems it just took this
miracle to propel the beast into stardom. And then you have the second beast
(also called the false prophet) with all the power of the first, who is able
to perform great signs and wonders—so that he even makes fire come down
from heaven on earth in the sight of men. Thus deceiving those who
dwell on the earth.
Don’t you think it strange that this godless, god-hating,
devil-worshiping duo would be involved with miracles, signs and wonders? And
at this precise time? And then using them to mislead the masses, and win them
over to do their bidding?
When they see the signs and wonders the multitudes will be
easily misled. They will say, Look! It’s supernatural! The god's are among
us! Maitreya—The Deliverer—The long-expected Mahdi—The Messiah has finally
appeared to save us!
But once deceived, the deceptions lead into the gateway to the
paths of destruction. Once won over what are those who dwell on earth caused
· To bow down and worship the first beast
· To make an image to the first beast that could both speak and cause as many
as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. (This can be easily
done if the image or statue is computerized. And programmed to know who is a
worshipper and has the registered trade mark of the regime or not.)
· To receive a mark on their right hand or forehead proving their loyalty and
allegiance. Without which, no one will be able to buy or sell, or participate
in the one world, beast worshiping, 666 economic system.
First it was the miraculous and supernatural beguiling those
who dwell on earth. Then once lead astray you became entrapped, then enslaved
dragon and the beast to their devilish system: which will ascend out of
the bottomless pit and go into perdition. (Rev. 17:8)
Beware! Not all miracles, signs, and wonders are from above! Johanna
Michaelsen's book, "The Beautiful Side of Evil" shows how healings
and miracles are also being done by evil spirits. It's not so uncommon for
shamans and witchdoctors in Africa, and places like Haiti to conjure
up spirits from the dark realm which can even cause weather phenomenon.
When Satan was able to get God to take down his hedge around Job
he was able to send down fire from heaven, and bring a whirlwind from the
desert. (read Job chapter 1)
In Revelation 16:13-14 it says
And I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they
came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of
the mouth of the false prophet. They are spirits of demons performing
miraculous signs. ( NIV)
And in Deuteronomy we are warned
If there arise among you a (false) prophet or a dreamer of
dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and that sign or the wonder
comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying,' let us go after other gods--which
you have not known-- and let us serve them.' You shall not listen to the
words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is
testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul. You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him,
and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold
fast to Him. Deut. 13:1-4
Paul writes in Second Thessalonians chapter 2 about the same
end-time leader that is characterized in Revelation 13, but in this passage
is called the lawless one. And that his coming will be in
accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit
miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those
perishing. They perish because thy refuse to love the truth and so be
saved. In verse 13 it continues…But we ought always to thank God for
you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to
be saved through the sanctifying work of the spirit and through belief in the
truth…so then brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings.
In this passage not only do we get a conformation of the
satanic display of miracles, signs, and wonders; but a perspective on those
being lead astray, and those not, and why. There are those who are deceived
by the lawless one and perish, because they love not the truth; and
there are those who believe and hold to the truth and are saved.
The whole issue of worship comes to center stage in chapter 13
of Revelations. 5 times worship or worshiped is mentioned. The
mandate for the last day's government is clear
And he (the second beast) caused the earth and those who
dwell in it to worship the first beast…and to make an image to the beast…that
the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not
worship the image of the beast to be killed. (You have the Book of Life
of the Lamb; and then you have the image's computer list of death.)
Verse 10 can be interpreted in a couple of ways.
He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity. He who
kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and
the faith of the saints.
It can mean you reap what you sow. Imprison others and you
imprison yourself. Kill and be killed. Or it can be interpreted as the NIV
If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go.
If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed.
Some who believe at this time will be called to suffer in
captivity. And others, to die for their faith, rather than bow down to the
beast. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Truth is the God given duty of every child of God. And when
it comes to worship and serves it is obvious.
You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you
You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make
for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above,
or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you
shall not bow down to them nor serve them, For I, the Lord your God, am a
jealous God…Ex. 20:3-5
It's interesting that the serpent and this beastly duo would
make one of the central tenants of their regime—worship (that is to
themselves, not God). But then since the beginning the serpent has challenged
God, His word, and sovereignty to Him…hath God said?
And from the beginning of the church age the dragon was there,
waging war, marshalling his forces against those who believe. The first
Christian believers suffered indescribable tortures, imprisonments, and death
for their faith under Roman rule. Through ten general persecutions, spanning
over 200 years. The last said to be the worst, as Diocletian was incited to
wipe the Christian church off the face of the earth. They suffered martyrdom:
by the cross, by fire, scourgings; they were beheaded, stoned, devoured by
hungry lions, thrust through by the gladiators sword. They endured the
torments of Nero's madness. Thousands withstood cruelties that made the
onlookers shudder: crushed in presses, stretched on the racks, broiled on the
Before Domitian's council no Christian was exempt from
punishment without renouncing his religion. If one swore allegiance they were
set free. Those who refused were put to death. Edicts were given to perform
sacrifices to the idols and Roman gods. Many chose rather the sacrifice of
Christ and its reward.
"The dungeon is to me a palace", said Perpetua, a
young Christian who suffered under the fifth Roman persecution. She was
offered freedom if she would but sacrifice to the idols. "I will not
sacrifice. I am a Christian." Her sentence was to be killed by wild
beasts in the arena on the next pagan holiday.
Under Emperor Valerian persecution raged in Africa.
In Utica, just northwest of Carthage the provincial governor ordered
300 Christians to be placed around a burning lime pit and told to sacrifice
to the god Jupiter or be thrown into the pit. None worshiped Jupiter.
Choosing rather to suffocate and burn in the flames.
When the guards came to take Polycarp, a disciple of the apostle
John, he offered them a meal. Before the governor he was offered his freedom
if he would reproach Christ. "Eighty-six years I have served him, and he
never once wronged me. How then shall I blaspheme my king who has saved
me?" He was burnt at the stake in the public market place.
Worship is the issue! Will we bow down to Gods goodness,
love, and holiness, or will we rebel?
The end-time regime will be the ultimate in blasphemy and
mockery; an in-your-face rebellion and contempt against the Sovereign God and
Lord, Creator and Ruler of the Universe. Satan and friends pinnacle of pride
and insubordination. But in the end all shall bow down before Him.
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the
name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should
bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory
of God the Father. Phil. 2:9-11
And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and
under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard
saying: "Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on
the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!" Rev. 5:13
If we can fast forward for a moment to a scene in Revelation 15
where the 3 ½ years has already elapsed into history. The evil end-time
Empire is no more. But we see a vision of those who were victorious in those
times. Those who did not bow the knee to the beast or his image or receive
the mark. And they are standing on a sea of glass; and they were singing a
victory song. And it goes like this
Great and marvelous are Your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the saints!
Who shall not fear You, O Lord,
And glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy.
For all nations shall come and
Worship before You,
For Your judgments have been manifested.
We will look at the post-years in Daniel 7: what happens to the
saints, what becomes of the beast and his empire, to the dragon, etc., after
the 3 ½ years has ended. In chapter 13 there is no "rest of the story",
only details of a satanic inspired anti-Christ regime, and its 42 month reign
In the opening verse of chapter 13 we see the beast rising up
out of the sea having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns,
and on his heads a blasphemous name. In chapter 17 we see the same
seven-headed, ten-horned beast but in an entirely different role. We see it
there, more as a beast of burden. Carrying on its back a harlot whose name is
the Great". What does it all mean? What is the
significance of the seven heads and ten horns? Does it have anything to do
with the last-days?
The apostle John was astonished when he saw the vision of the
woman and the beast in chapter 17. But an angel said to John, Why did you
marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that
carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. The angel said
of the beast that he was, and is not, and yet is.
Before the beast of chapter 13 is to come, and its 10 horns are to be
crowned; the beast of Revelation 17 is, and already was. That is to say: it
was of the past, it is of the present, and it will be of the future.
The beast has to do with kings and kingdoms; not only of the end
times but throughout time. The rule of man over man and by man, his
governments, beastly and blasphemous. With its 7 heads, its great crowning
moments; its great world dominating empires of the past, and the one yet to
come. The angel went on to say
Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven
mountains on which the woman sits. There are also seven kings. Five have
fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must
continue a short time.
The seven mountains are not the seven hills of Rome. Nor are the kings
seven Roman Emperors. The beast is far more vast, and wide, and extensive
then mere Rome.
The seven heads on the beast are the glory of man's rule; his seven great
empires. Five had already fallen in John's day, one was—the Roman Empire—and
one is yet to come: the last days one world government, eventually headed up
by the antichrist.
Look at ancient history, and see, and count them. The first
great world power was Egypt.
Next Assyria. Then came the Babylonians and
their invincible city, the envy of the ancient world. With its massive outer
(said to be over 80 feet thick). Encircled by a deep moat replenished by
the waters of the Euphrates; which ran
though double levered gates into the city dividing it into two halves. If the
outer wall could possible be penetrated, an invading army would then have to
contend with caldrons of hot oil, and the archer's arrows from yet a second,
When Cyrus the Great and his army encamped against the golden
city he was mocked. When he seemed to withdraw the Babylonians partied. Babylon's weakest link
was its own pride. Under the cover of darkness Cyrus diverted the tributary
leading to the city, redirecting it from its normal flow. Thus his army was
able to enter the city and took it virtually without a fight.
After the dual rule of the Medo-Persian Empire then came Greece and
Alexander the Great. Who conquered the known world of his day in just ten
years. And after Greece
of course came the Roman Empire. Five
have fallen: Egypt,
Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece. One
is (in John's day) the Roman Empire. And
one has not yet come: the last one world government of the last days.
declined, the nations and the peoples of the earth continued to grow and
multiply. Spreading broad and wide across the globe. Great leaders would
arise and rule over dominions—Charlemagne, Genghis Khan, Napoleon —but one
world rule now seemed more of an impossibility.
Many felt the end was near, that the antichrist had come, when
Hitler rose to power. Much can be learned from the Nazi regime. Many of its
methods and madness will be imitated by the end time regime, but on an even grander
scale. But Hitler also fell short. The seventh and last head of the beast
will rise in its time, in God's time. The mystery of iniquity doth already
work: how much of man, and his sin and rebellion, will God allow before
he puts and end to it all?
The angel continues
(And) the beast that was, and is not, is himself also the
eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.
Please don't get confused. As we will see in Daniel 7 the one
world government seems to already be in place when the AC, the little horn,
rises up to take it over. Is the eighth, but is of the seven. The
Antichrist it seems rises up out of the last world government to rule it, but
really, it's all the same: the seven heads, the ten horns, the eighth, it is
all the beast.
You may have realized that the beast is also a panorama of man's
rule: all the kingdoms of man in a snapshot, with its lifespan of seven
heads. And once the 7th head rises it must continue a short time…and is
going to perdition (destruction). The beast will then cease to be,
never to raise its ugly heads on earth again.
And you also may have noticed that the beast and the dragon
share many of the same characteristics. Each have seven heads and ten horns.
It is actually the dragon who has been allotted seven heads of time to do his
evil deeds on earth, and wreak his havoc among the nations. In the 40 days of
temptation in the wilderness, in the beginning of his ministry on earth, the
devil took Jesus up a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the
world in a moment of time. The devil said to Jesus," all this
authority I will give you, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me,
and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if you worship before me, all
will be yours." (Luke 4:5-8) In chapter 12 we saw that the seven
heads on the dragon had seven diadems or crowns. The significance of crowns
on the heads of that serpent of old called the devil is not that all the
kingdoms of man are ruling, rather, it is that the dragon rules over
But history is closing in on the dragon and the beast's
dominion, with only one more head of time left. After the seventh mountain has
risen—the soon coming end-time one world government, controlled eventually by
personified beast of chapter 13—and allowed to continue for a short time,
time will have run out. There will be no more heads of time left. But the
ending of beastly and devilish rule will initiate a new beginning; and out of
the rubble and ashes of the old will arise a new mountain which will fill the
earth. For the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be
destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break
in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
Of the ten horns the angel tells John
The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received
no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the
beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to
the beast. These will make war with the Lamb, and the lamb will overcome
them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him
are called, chosen, and faithful.
These will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her
flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill
His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until
the words of God are fulfilled.
10 could be a symbolic number, a rounded-off number, or there
could literally be ten kings who will serve alongside the personified beast
of Revelation 13. Their sole purpose will be to give their kingdom and power
and authority to the end-time leader. In chapter 17 there is no mention of
crowns being on the heads or horns of the beast. But in chapter 13 we see
that the 10 horns are crowned. Showing that they rule with the future
end-time beast of Revelation 13. This is their time, their hour, their
These will hate the harlot, make her desolate and
naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.
Dramatic metaphor! I wouldn't want to be the harlot when the
ten kings get a hold of her. For the Antichrist regime to be established the
old order of things must first be done away. The harlot "Babylon the Great"
in simple terms is that order. To get a simple, brief explanation of who Babylon the Great of
Revelation is we can go back to the first Babel Builders in Genesis chapter
11. After the flood man journeyed from the east and found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they said one to
another, come let us make brick. And they said come let us
build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven. And let us
make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the
face of the whole earth. Man's work was to do his own thing, not seeking after
God. God's work was to confound their language, and to give them what they
feared…scattering them over the face of the whole earth. But the Babel
Builders brought their ways with them. They proceeded to build, set up,
institute, establish, create as before. Their language was changed but not
their hearts. The Babel Builders represent—The children of disobedience.
And the works of their hands symbolize their pagan city—Babylon the Great.
But under the AC there will be a whole new system of politics, religion,
economics, etc., nonetheless, even more whorish and diabolical.
These (the ten kings) will make war with the Lamb (Jesus) and
the lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings.
There is going to be a showdown between the King of kings and
the resistant, insubordinate, usurping kings of the earth and their end-time
leader. Which we will get into next in Daniel 7.