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
Chapter 13 begins a section
of Revelation that identifies many of the enemies of the Lord's people and what
we have to confront in this life. These enemies include Satan, the secular
world system, the false religious system also known as the false prophet, the
false religion known as Mystery Babylon and the image of the beast also known as
the antichrist or false Christs. Satan is described as a seven headed,
ten-horned dragon. Now we see rising up out of the sea a beast with seven heads
and ten horns. The fact that it has seven heads and ten horns teaches us that
it is in the image of the dragon. Satan is an imitator and we will make note of
some of his imitations as we go along in this study. God created man in his own
image. Satan created the beast in his image (with seven heads and ten horns).
Christ, as God
manifest in the flesh, is the image of God:
1. 2 Cor. 4:4
"In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not,
lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should
shine unto them."
2. Col. 1:15
"Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature."
3. Heb. 1:3
"Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and
upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our
sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high."
In imitation of God, Satan
has brought forth his own image in the form of the seven head, ten-horn beast.
The beast rose up out of the
sea. The word, sea, indicates the "sea" of humanity:
1. Is. 60:5
"Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be
enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the
forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee."
2. Jer. 51:42
"The sea is come up upon Babylon:
she is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof."
3. Ezek 26:16
"Then all the princes of the sea shall come down from their thrones, and lay
away their robes, and put off their broidered garments: they shall clothe
themselves with trembling; they shall sit upon the ground, and shall tremble at
every moment, and be astonished at thee."
4. Dan. 7:3
"And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another."
5. Zec. 14:8
"And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from
Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea,
and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be."
Satan uses the mirror image
to imitate God. The image in the mirror is the exact opposite of that which it
reflects. For instance, if you look in the mirror your right hand will be your
mirror images left hand, etc.
The church has one head. In
contrast, the beast has seven heads, which is the exact opposite of the church.
Since the time of Nimrod,
designing men under the spirit of Satan have been trying to establish domination
over humanity. Nimrod was a mighty hunter before the Lord. God told man after
the flood to be fruitful, multiply, replenish the earth, and subdue the earth.
However, Nimrod in rebellion against God began to build a kingdom and led man to
begin to build the tower of Babel, so that man would be
under man's laws and man's government and man's religion. God confounded the
language and they left off the building of Babel and were scattered abroad.
Afterwards, Chedorlaomer, the king of Elam began to build a kingdom and had
conquered nine nations, when five of the nations rebelled against him. When he
went out to do battle against the five rebelling nations, God intervened to
destroy his empire and sent Abram to rescue Lot with 318-trained servants and
overcome the army of Chedorlaomer.
A few centuries later Syria
under Benhadad reigned over 32 nations and had built a multi-national empire.
Syria was the first head of the seven head beast in Revelation. God destroyed
the head by using an army of 7,000 Israelites to defeat the 32 nation's army
twice. The nation of Syria was no longer the great multinational kingdom that
it had been up to that time. Next, Assyria arose to be a great multinational kingdom, carried away the ten tribes
of Israel, defeated, and reigned over
multitudes of other nations. Assyria remained a great nation until she went up against Hezekiah and Judah at
Jerusalem. God himself sent an angel and
destroyed 185,000 of the army of Assyria in one night and the sons of the king rebelled and killed the king of
Assyria, which led to the downfall of
Assyria as a multinational kingdom.
The third head to arise was
Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar carried the children of Israel
into captivity and Babylon reigned over the entire civilized world at that
Daniel's interpretation of
Nebuchadnezzar's dream revealed the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth heads of the
beast. These were Babylon, Medo-Persian empire, Greece, and Rome. This is
consistent with what we read in Rev. 17:10 "And there are seven kings: five
are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he
must continue a short space." At the time of the writing of the book of
Revelation, the kingdoms of Syria, Assyria,
Babylon, Medo-Persian empire,
and Greece were all fallen. The kingdom of
Rome was the existing
multinational kingdom at that time.
"Upon his heads the name
of blasphemy." This clearly teaches
us that all the efforts at multinational or one world domination have been in
direct opposition to God and are an open rebellion against God. Satan's purpose
in raising these heads is spelled out for us in Rev. 12:17 "And the dragon
was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed,
which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
Satan has ever sought to destroy the true worship of God and has moved men to
seek world domination in an effort to destroy those who would worship God in
Spirit and in truth.
Ten is the scriptural sign
of law or commandment. The beast had ten horns. The substitute or imitation of
God ruling men by his laws and commandments is that the laws and commandments of
men rule man. This beast rules by the laws and commandments of men. In
addition, the substitute or imitation of worshipping God in Spirit and in truth
is to worship by the doctrines or commandments of men. The beast tries to
enforce man made religion upon man.
The book of Daniel says a
lot about the seven head beast. For instance, Daniel chapter seven describes
the beast. We will refer to the book of Daniel as we continue our study of the
seven head, ten-horn beast.
"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."
The leopard, bear, and lion
are beast of prey. They slay and devour their prey. In addition, the leopard
has an unusual colored skin coat. It has black and yellow stripes with a white
undercoat. This in itself tells us of the universal nature of the beast. There
are three basic races of humanity, which are sometimes referred to as the black,
yellow, and white races of man. Thus, the beast seeks domination over all of
The long and sharp claws of
the bear's feet are designed to destroy its enemies. The beast not only seeks
world domination and rule over all civilization but also seeks to root out and
destroy any opposition to its rule. The greatest opposition to its rule is the
true worshippers of God. Remember in Rev. 12:17 "And the dragon was wroth
with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep
the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." The
dragon uses the beast to attempt to destroy the remnant of the woman's seed,
which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus
The lion uses brute force to
run down and overpower its prey and devours it with his mouth. The lion's teeth
are sharp and he uses them to tear his prey. This brutality strikes fear in the
hearts of its prey. Burning at the stake, feeding to the lions, impaling, and
crucifixion are all brutal ways the beast has used to destroy its prey. This
brutality not only serves to destroy the beast's enemies, but to keep the
subjects of its rule in line.
"The dragon gave him his
power, and his seat, and great authority."
The dragon is the source of the beast's power, seat, and authority. Without the
dragon it has no power, seat or authority. Therefore, those who praise or
worship the beast are really praising or worshipping the dragon. The word,
power, refers to the strength or ability of the beast. This not only refers to
its weaponry or numbers of soldiers, but also to its financial and social
strength to rule and bear authority. The word, seat, refers to the place of
government, the system of government, and the people who govern. The authority
of the beast is its authority to rule over the people under its dominion. All
of these come from are or derived from the dragon (Satan).
"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."
According to Rev. 17:10
"And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not
yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space." Rome was the
head of the beast existing at the time of the writing of the book of
Revelation. The true worship of God took its toll on Rome and the pagan empire
was crumbling on its deathbed, when a marriage took place between the secular
government and false Christianity. After this marriage, Rome revived and
continued for several centuries before finally falling. Its deadly wound was
healed. Since Satan is an imitator using the mirror image effect in his
imitation, he had a problem imitating the death, burial, and resurrection of
Jesus Christ. Satan doesn't have power to give life. Only God has this power.
Thus Satan's imitation was to revive the sixth head of the beast that had a
deadly wound. This is his imitation of the death, burial and resurrection of
"All the world wondered
after the beast." The word, wondered,
means to have great admiration. This revival of the sixth head of the beast
brought admiration upon the world of the adherents of this multinational secular
empire. The pagan worshippers were pleased because the emblems of their worship
were preserved in the ceremonies and ordinances of this beast dictated
religion. Today these emblems still survive in the world's holidays of
Christmas and Easter. The nominal or false Christian religions were pleased
because they now were at the seat of authority and could force those dissenters
to conform to their false religious views. The secular world was pleased
because this form of government rule after the commandments and doctrines of men
was preserved. The only ones as a class who did not have great admiration for
the beast were the true worshippers of Jesus Christ.
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?"
Truly, only God is holy as
one to be worshipped and only God has all power and is all victorious. Only God
is worthy of being worshipped. Jesus Christ, being God, is worthy of all our
praise and worship. When one worships Christ, he worships God. Again, Satan is
an imitator. By worshipping the beast, the worshippers are also worshipping the
dragon, since the dragon is the creator of the beast.
The worshippers of the beast
are worshipping at the altar of multi-nationalism. They believe that a
one-world government can cure all of humanities ills. They believe that such a
government over man will result in stopping all wars, in solving all social and
health problems, in bringing about fairness in judgment for all men. Men under
the commandments of men base their beliefs on the utopian concept that humanity
is good and that good would be manifest to all under a multinational one-world
government. Of course, their views are faulty as the bible plainly teaches that
man is by nature totally depraved.
Those who say, "Who is like
unto the beast?" are making the government of man their God. These believe that
the government can solve all their problems and societies problems. They want
bigger government and broader government. They have deified humanity. They are
as the men that Nimrod organized and went forth to build a city and a tower who
top may reach unto heaven and said, "let us make us a name, lest we be
scattered abroad upon the face of the earth." They have rejected the
government and commandments of God and have replaced them with the government
and commandments of men.
Acts 17:26 "And hath made
of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and
hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him,
and find him, though he be not far from every one of us." God has
determined the bounds of man's habitation. He has divided the nations and he
did for the purpose that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel
after him, and find him. Multi-nationalism is an effort to displace the
government of God with the government of men in open rebellion against God.
"Who is able to make war
with him?" Thus, men ascribe powers to the beast that he can win all battles
and wars. For instance, believers in multi-nationalism say that such a system
would be able to win the battle against poverty and against disease and against
crime. They ascribe to the beast powers that truly only belong to God. So far,
in man's history, six heads of the beast have come and gone and yet we still
have poverty, disease, and crime. In the resurrection, God will destroy
poverty, disease, crime, and death. Christ fought the battle against sin,
death, hell, Satan, and the grave and arose victorious the third day. God is
truly all-powerful and all victorious. God alone is worthy of praise and
worship. Let us worship him and not at the altar of multi-nationalism.