Satan will indwell and fully empower this eighth king. We know from this that it is the last hour.” We still have antichrists in the world today, so we know that we’re still in the “last hour,” the Church age. Again, not to be taken literally. He will rule for a very brief time before being judged by Christ at His coming. As a reminder, this chapter (13) is focused on the Church-age beast of the seventh empire, whereas Rev 17 is focused on the beast (eighth king) that arises at the end of the Church age, which is still part of the seventh empire. In other words, they lead the world in all the ways of darkness—all that stand against the light and truth of Christ. This will all eventually lead to an all-out assault against Christians worldwide prior to the return of Christ, which is the “War of Armageddon” (see commentary on Rev 11:7; Rev 16:16). 13 1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. This beast is limited in power and rules a kingdom that is total darkness. That’s what this chapter is about. If we don’t consider the symbolism and figurative language that characterizes the book of Revelation, we will come to wrong conclusions (interpretations). YLT – 11 And I saw another beast coming up out of the land, and it had two horns, like a lamb, and it was speaking as a dragon. This may be the most talked about chapter in the book of Revelation. 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. If we’re to see the full scope of this revelation, we must see it through the overall message of the New Testament—which is what I’ve strived to do throughout this commentary. Then I stood on the sand of the sea. Unbelievers are still members of the kingdom of darkness (domain of darkness), ruled by the “god of this world” and his demonic army (2 Cor 4:4). Other translations place this phrase at the end of chapter 12: The one “standing upon the sand of the sea,” is Satan, as Rev 12:13-18 makes clear. This is definitely associated with Satan, as Rev 12:3 informs us. Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. Those who do not “worship the image of the beast,” that is, those who do not follow the ways of the world, are marked people. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. While there is nothing gentle about those who rule the kingdom of darkness, they do present themselves as such (2 Cor 11:14). Persecution against Christians has always been widespread and severe throughout Church history (whole Church age), and that is what we see in this verse. For examples of strange phenomena, just google “strange phenomena.” When you read about some of these things, it’s easy to see the “great signs” of this beast in them. They worship him by giving their hearts and lives to those things that are associated with him and his kingdom: false religion, philosophies of the world, materialism, sinful pleasures, self-glorification, power and prestige, hatred toward Christians and what we stand for, etc. “Everyone” whose name has not been written in the Lamb’s “book of life” since the foundation of the world, will worship the beast. This final king, this final world ruler, will arise at the end of the Church age, just prior to the return of Christ. It’s a conflict between two kingdoms, as I talk about throughout this chapter. NET – 13:1 Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. This mark is symbolic, which is used to identify unbelievers with that kingdom. Those who belong to the kingdom of darkness are normally easy to identify. 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. This beast is the kingdom of darkness – the spirit of antichrist – ruled by Satan as its king. The blasphemy of this beast, of course, is directed against God and His holy “name.” It’s also directed against “His dwelling place,” where Jesus sits enthroned as the true King, where the angels serve God, and where His glorified saints will dwell in His presence forever and ever. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. We’re talking about fruit here—the fruit of salvation. All rights reserved. In regard to the identity of the eighth king, again we have to compare scripture with scripture (Rev 11:7; Rev 20:1-3; 2 Th 2:3, 8-9). Then I stood on the sand of the sea. In order for us to identify those who have the “mark of the beast,” all we have to do is listen to their words and observe their lives. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. Thus when Rome fell (“appeared to have been killed”), this beast continued to live in the form of the seventh head or empire. (NET), (1 John 4:2-3) – 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses Jesus as the Christ who has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that refuses to confess Jesus, that spirit is not from God, and this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and now is already in the world. 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. Our lives should clearly be identified (marked) with Christ and His name. Christians belong to the Kingdom of light, and we are the only ones who stand in opposition to it. NASB E-Prime Young's Compare all. In other words, everything regarding these two beasts originate with him, and is orchestrated by him. 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. 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 - In this verse we have the very name of the beast given under the symbol of the number 666. We will talk about this more later. 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. Accordingly, I think it’s likely that the number six represents the inferior and evil character of Satan and his kingdom. Therefore, this chapter (and throughout this book) depicts the spiritual warfare between the Kingdom of Christ and the kingdom of Satan. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. In this instance, the appearance of the beast’s head did not match reality, because the next phrase shows that in fact it did not die. In other words, the Church-age beast will be characterized by this eighth king during this time—time of the end. (ESV), (1 Jn 5:19) – 19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 13 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. In other words, everything in this chapter should be viewed post Roman empire (sixth empire). “mark” (“mark of the beast” verses 16:2; 19:20; 20:4). We must always live with eternity in view. “And he maketh the earth and them that dwell therein to worship the first beast”. This is his kingdom, through which he deceives the world. “authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation”. And I saw a a beast rising up out of the sea, b having 2 seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a c blasphemous name. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. When we do that, we’re able to make better sense out of this book than when viewed through the narrow lens of Premillennialism (esp Dispensational Premillennialism). During this interval, the ruler of this current seventh world empire (Church-age beast) is in a different form than the rulers of the previous six and the final eighth. This king will be the full embodiment of the seven heads of this beast, as well as Satan himself. They’re the originators of it all, while using the sinfulness of humanity as vehicles. 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