See #22 - Ten Horns/Kings. In this state of things the Seer takes his stand, and "saw a beast rising out of the sea.". This calm usurpation of divine honours was inexplicable except on the supposition (Revelation 13:2) that the empire was a tool or agent of the devil himself. The beast had many of the same characteristics as the dragon. The key is thus placed in our hands. See commentary on Revelation 13:2. So 'Aleph (') C, Coptic, Andreas; but A B, Vulgate, 'names,' etc.-namely, a name on each of the heads; blasphemously arrogating attributes of God (note, Revelation 17:3). The way in which the dragon carries out his plan of war is described. 1 Some infer from the placement of the material of chapter 13 following upon the plight of the woman in chapter 12 that “the rest of her offspring” (Rev. Dan. That is why the eighth is ‘of the seven’ meaning that he also relates to the Emperors or is of the same essential make-up. (Tustin, CA: Ariel Ministries, 2003), 676. Rev. 160 no. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, 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 is the thirteenth chapter of the Book of Revelation or the Apocalypse of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.The book is traditionally attributed to John the Apostle, but the precise identity of the author remains a point of academic debate. 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. The leopard-like beast with ten horns and seven heads serves the dragon. ], "Without exception the imagery of the sea monster is used throughout the OT to represent evil kingdoms who persecute God"s people ..." [Note: Beale, p683.]. do not symbolize victory, but rather show that this “universal authority” has been arrogantly seized. Thus the heads and the horns refer more specifically to Satan than to this beast. His ascent out of the bottomless pit speaks of his revival from the dead following his fatal wound. There shall then be but one ruler over the empire, the "little horn" of Daniel 7:1-28, the Roman prince who makes a covenant with the apostate nation for seven years (Daniel 9:27), breaks it in the midst of the period, and finally perishes at the Coming of the Lord in judgment (Revelation 19:20). Ancient Rome was heathen in character. strange children]” (Ps. The answer is both. Now these ten crowned horns are ten kings (Revelation 17:12). When the monster stands on the sand of the sea it is in order to specifically utilise the services of this great beast, which he will empower and control, against the people of God. Moreover, he is the object of worship and aided in this role by the second beast (Rev. No indication is given what the names were. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.” (Rev. Sib. The Meaning Of 7 Heads. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Revelation 12:3). By the ‘sea’ we are not to understand the ocean everywhere embracing and surrounding the land. The dragon stood on the seashore watching a beast come out of the sea, in John"s vision (cf. This would make Domitian the sixth and the seventh an unknown yet to come. That is, the Beast, or imperial Rome, besides being marked by features peculiar to itself, combines and concentrates the main characteristics of the three preceding empires, "absorbs them" as another has said. John received more information about the identity of these heads, horns, and diadems in chapter17. Since the dragon could not destroy the woman, he became enraged and “went off to make war with the rest of her offspring” (see commentary on Revelation 12:17).1. Irenaeus identifies the first of St John’s Wild Beasts with St Paul’s Man of Sin. 4:1+); the sand of the sea (Rev. It had seven heads and ten horns, with ten crowns on its horns. Dan. Dan. 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. The sea may represent the mass of humanity (cf. A characteristic of the willful king (Daniel 11:36; 2 Thessalonians 2:4). Man becomes "brutish" (Jeremiah 10:14), severed from God, the archetype, in whose image he was made, which ideal is realized by the man Christ Jesus. (Read Revelation 13:1-10) The apostle, standing on the shore, saw a savage beast rise out of the sea; a tyrannical, idolatrous, persecuting power, springing up out of the troubles which took place. . They are seven kings”, “the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition”, “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they will receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. верю: носит венец, имеет власть и осуществляет владычество, подобно Богу, хуля этим истинного Бога. Compare Revelation 12:3; Revelation 17:7-12. the name. Dei, (chap. Revelation 2:17, Revelation 7:3, Revelation 14:1). 7:1 - the ‘image in its four parts’ (the head, the breast and arms, the belly and thighs, the legs and feet) corresponding with the four beasts - it will be found that when we come to Dan. Ann. 13:11+). ., p193.]. 11:36-45 to Antiochus, many students of Scripture have recognized from antiquity that another king must be in view. Revelation 13:1 Translation & Meaning. Rev. The word is not the same as that used in Revelation 4:7 (see Note there), but is a word which implies the predominance of the beast nature. Two monsters, one distinguished by more brutal, the other by more subtle power, rise at his bidding. Dan. The chapter is one connected prophecy given in vision to Daniel (Daniel 7:1-28), stretching from the advent of the conqueror of Judah to the seat of universal sovereignty, and on through the ages till the star of Judah is again in the ascendant; in other words, from the reign of Nebuchadnezzar to that of Christ as Son of Man. The ancient Fathers, especially in the exposition of obscure prophecies, many times give us no more than their private opinions, or suspicions and conjectures, as St. Augustine expressly takes notice in the 20th book de Civ. . The ten horns are now put first (contrast Revelation 12:3), because they are crowned. shorn of their strength, are at the end merely existing, but the fourth (the Roman) will be, as in the past, the dominant power on earth. 21:10+), are respective points of view from which he can contemplate the various panoramic visions as they pass before his gaze.5. Bib. The heads represent seven world kingdoms which culminate in the Beast as the seventh which had “not yet come” in John’s day (Rev. The initial growth of the wild beast, which rises already equipped with horns and heads, does not necessarily follow chronologically the events in chapter 12. chaps. 144:7). Celerity of movement and sudden spring, so characteristic of the mighty Grecian, Alexander, are denoted by the leopard; the grasping, crushing tyranny of the Persians on their conquered provinces (on Judah perhaps excepted) is likened to the feet of a bear; while the terror inspired by the lion's roar, as also its ferocity in tearing to pieces its prey, are next spoken of. (Revelation 13:1-4 NIV) John saw this beast rising out of the sea, which, as we have seen several times in Revelation, is a symbol of the Gentile nations of the ancient world. For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose” (Rev. We'll examine popular… 17 “Beginning with verse 36, a sharp break in the prophecy may be observed, introduced by the expression the time of the end in verse 35. 7:1 are to be restored, and play their final parts immediately before the Millennium. So in this chapter the wild beast clearly signifies the Roman Empire and possibly Caesar Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome as such, the horns representing successors. 5 Walter Scott, Exposition of The Revelation (London, England: Pickering & Inglis, n.d.), Rev. But in Revelation 12:3; Revelation 17:3 we find the heads first, then the horns. 14 “To say that the sea stands for the abyss carries on the OT concept of the sea, that is the source of the satanic sea monster (cf. . [Alan F. Johnson, Revelation: The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1966), Rev. 10:7 citation of Deu. 13:1] Yet there are valid reasons to understand her offspring as physical Jews. 17:15+). {*The prophet takes no account of the break up and non-existent Roman power for many centuries. This beast shares characteristics of the first three of Daniel’s beasts (all Gentile kingdoms). The names that I have are England, Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal and Spain. The prophet has shifted the diadems from the heads to the horns (thereby altering their number, of necessity), since he wishes to stamp the heads (i.e., the Roman emperors, cf. (a) The beast is a man because his number is that of a man (Rev. Thus, believers today will not see the rise of the Beast and the events of this chapter, for they are to watch for the imminent return of Christ, not the rise of Antichrist. 12:3+), the beast’s crowns are on its horns. This beast is beheld in the act of ascending out of the sea,—a circumstance which explains the order of the words in the next following clause, where, according to the true reading, the ‘horns’ are mentioned before the ‘heads,’ because they rise first above the surface of the water. 1 The beast with many heads is described 12 which draweth the most part of the world to idolatry. "{*On the historical application the "names of blasphemy" would be those impiously borne by the emperors, several of whom insisted that divine honours and worship should be paid them. Another possibility is that the beast himself died and then experienced resurrection. 7:7, Dan. seven heads Like the dragon (Rev. 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. See Crowns. The seven implies the world-power assuming Godhead, and caricaturing the seven spirits of God; its God-opposed character is detected by ten accompanying the seven. This style of composition will be noticed in various places in this book, The vision will perhaps take the reader down the years through some important happenings, then go back many centuries and start all over again but with different symbols. 13:45-46] represents the Jews, so it is natural that the pearl [Mtt. Out of the sea; out of the troubles, commotions, and revolutions of that period. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Under the last we live (Auberlen); it devolved on Napoleon, after Francis, Emperor of Germany and King of Rome, resigned the title in 1806. He and another beast institute a series of satanically-empowered deceptions which bring the whole world under the sway of the beast with seven heads and ten horns, and ultimately Satan. 47) with the blasphemous names. The AV and NKJV rendering "I stood" does not have as good textual support, I believe, as the NASB and NIV "he stood. . Isa. We see him emerging from the sea. Even so, multitudes will come to faith during this period of intense persecution as the message of the various witnesses which God has specially equipped for the time of the end goes forth (Rev. The MT and NU texts have, ὀνόματα βλασφημίας [onomata blasphēmias] , names blasphemous. In Revelation 13:2 is first mentioned the leopard or third empire. In the Authorised Version they are named in inverse order. 19:20+; Rev. See Daniel 7:24. By sea here, we may understand some very great confluence of people, and nations. 7:7). 51:9-10) (Johnson). 13:4+). It may be that out of the general collapse of all governing authority under the sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12-17) the Beast emerges. Scott, p270; and Smith, A Revelation . chap. Verse 1 tells us that the Roman Empire is going to exercise great power and authority. 'Aleph (') A B C transpose, 'ten horns and seven heads.' . 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. The beast not only rules over them, it springs out of them and is their native king. Dan. 11:18+; cf. Thus Heaven (Revelation 4:1-11. l), the sand of the sea (Revelation 13:1), the wilderness (Revelation 17:3), and a high mountain (Revelation 21:10) are respective points of view from which he can contemplate the various panoramic visions as they pass before his gaze. The sand directs attention to the countless masses of mankind, while the sea as a symbol speaks of the wild and revolutionary forces and principles at work amongst them. 2:45, which speaks of Christ (under the figure of ‘the Stone cut out of the mount without hands’ returning to earth to destroy the forces of evil, and then set up His kingdom, we discover that the Stone ‘brake in pieces the iron (Rome), the brass (Greece), the clay (apostate Israel), the silver (Medo-Persia), and the gold (Babylon).’ What we desire the reader to note particularly is that the Stone strikes not only the iron, but the brass, clay, silver, and gold; in fact, Dan. ... Let the one with understanding solve the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. The ancient world often associated evil with the sea and used the sea as a figure for the abyss (cf. a German author, page127. He will be the deification of secular authority. Colon) speaking of this opinion, that some would have the first beast (Apocalypse xiii. 2Th. 17:8+). The first three powers,{*The first will not exist territorially, but will be found merged in her characteristics in the fourth. And saw a beast - Daniel saw four in succession Daniel 7:3-7, all different, yet succeeding each other; John saw two in succession, yet strongly resembling each other, Revelation 13:1, Revelation 13:11. In Daniel the historical succession of the empires necessitates the mention first of the lion, the chosen symbol of Babylonian greatness. Dan. 14:1+), both are conquerors (Rev. Seven heads and ten horns. America, for instance, is a proper name of a whole country or territory. 9 Arthur Walkington Pink, The Antichrist (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, 1999, 1923), s.v. The dragon’s crowns are associated with historical kingdoms of which this beast is one. ", [Note: Robertson, 6:397; Johnson, p523; Mounce, p248. Revelation 17:15; Daniel 7:2-3). The name of blasphemy; showing his opposition to God and his Christ, and his arrogant assumption of the prerogatives that belong to them. See commentary on Revelation 13:5. 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. See The Great Harlot. Ibn-Ezra, for example, identified this king with Constantine the Great; Rashi and Calvin referred him to the Roman Empire as a whole; and Jerome, Theodoret, and Luther, among others, identified him with the New Testament Antichrist.”—John F. Walvoord, Daniel: The Key to Prophetic Revelation (Chicago, IL: Moody Bible Institute, 1971), Dan. If the letter is added, it means that John stood upon the sand of the sea. The blasphemous title of divus, assumed by the emperors since Octavian (Augustus = ) as a semi-sacred title, implied superhuman claims which shocked the pious feelings of Jews and Christians alike. Revelation 17:11-12, where the figure before us is interpreted, it is said that the ten horns are ten kings receiving their power along with the beast who had been spoken of as the ‘eighth.’ The beast before us is thus at no early stage of its progress. 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. This awful feature was introduced on the accession of the Caesars to imperial dominion.} Rev. {*"All the ferocious and powerful beasts which Daniel (Daniel 7:3, seq.) This excludes such descriptive phrases as. Revelation 13:18 The number of the beast. Daniel 7:7-8). 27:1; Isa. Rev. { Revelation 17:12} See the expositon thereof. 14:6+).3. The spirit of arrogant self-sufficiency characterised all the world-powers. Such words, on the contrary, as, etc., are to be rejected as descriptive phrases, and not proper names. It is a question how we are to think of the distribution of the horns. 13 Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, The Footsteps of Messiah, rev ed. In Rev. See KNOLLYS: Revelation 17:12 The seven heads had the crowns, { Revelation 12:3}. 6 Donald Grey Barnhouse, Revelation (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1971), Rev. For instance, the present chapter opens with a vision of Pagan Rome which we know was before the days of Constantine. What does this verse really mean? This appearance is another manifestation of Satan as a worldwide evil power on the earth. The blasphemous names reflect the beast"s opposition to God (cf. iii. His number is 666. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. Rev. The empire is to exist for seven years, but when it comes up at first it will do so out of a political and social chaos, while in its last and final stage its diabolic origin and character are intimated. The seven kingdoms, or heads of the wild beast, are more distinctly explained in Revelation 17:10. But neither is the little horn or many of the other names which apply throughout Scripture to this individual, here designated as the first beast. Rev. And Hierom Epist11testified that innumerable and most cruel Barbarians invaded France, Spain, and Germany, Mentz and Rome itself. The word has its usual symbolical sense, and denotes the nations of the earth, the whole mass of the ungodly. A beast is seen coming up out of the sea. Rev. And upon his horns ten diadems, emblems of royalty. leopard . 7:4-8+; Rev. ", "... people in Asia minor thought of whatever came "from the sea" as foreign and whatever came from the land as native. eidon). These were ten Roman provinces, who received power as kings one hour with the beast. [Note: Walvoord, The Revelation . This is the rise of the Antichrist,2 whose activities are key to The 70th Week of Daniel. In Daniel’s night vision, he sees four beasts which, when taken together, have seven heads: That we have here in Rev. By now, the Restrainer has been taken out of the way resulting in the departure of the Church in the Rapture. Read full chapter 5:8+; Rev. The Roman empire combined in itself all the elements of the terrible and the oppressive which had existed in the aggregate in the other great empires that preceded it; its extension too was equal to them all united. We might reasonably have looked for those names (not name as in the A.V.) Both heads and horns refer to kingdoms: in Revelation 17:7; Revelation 17:10; Revelation 17:12, "kings" represent kingdoms whose heads they are. The Beast ridden by the Harlot also has ten horns (Rev. The most plausible is that his claim to authority rests on brute force.". Beast - `wild beast.' This fact is demonstrated by the symbolism of the beasts of Daniel Dan. Out of the sea (Daniel 7:3; note, Daniel 8:8) - out of the troubled waves of peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues (Revelation 17:15). whether as adjective or substantive. And I saw a beast rise out of the sea, having seven heads, and ten horns, and upon his horns were ten … Rev. 13:4+) indicates that he is a human being. out of the sea Daniel’s four beasts also were seen rising from the sea (Dan. In Daniel"s vision the10 horns represented10 rulers ( Daniel 7:24). 1. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. The woman is pregnant and is about to give birth. The Poetic View: This approach believes that Revelation is a book full of pictures and symbols intended to encourage and comfort persecuted Christians in John’s day. The sea refers to its future historical rise, the abyss to its state under satanic power. "The conflict of Revelation 12:1-5 transpires while the seven world empires are running their course, but at Revelation 13:1 the focus has shifted to the last of these kingdoms when the beast will enjoy his supremacy over the ten kings who act as subrulers under his authority (cf. Arethas, bishop of Cesarea, in Cappadocia, in the sixth age [century], in his commentary on the Apocalypse, (tom. But when revived ten kingdoms will be formed within its territorial limits. As we discuss in Beasts, Heads, and Horns, the symbolism of the revelation given to both Daniel and John concerning this time of the end often blurs the distinction between an individual and the government which he leads: There can be no kingdom without a king, and no empire without an emperor; neither can there be a king in fact without a kingdom. We see this in. Rev. Like Satan, the beast had seven heads that apparently represent the remaining seven rulers of nations after three of them disappear ( Daniel 7:8). This Chapter is introduced with an Account of a Beast arising from the Sea, to whom the Dragon gives his Power. Beginning with verse 36, however, an entirely different situation obtains. Leviathan, the twisted serpent, representative of both Satan and the Beast, is in the sea (Isa. 1. — Then the Beast is described as having "ten horns and seven heads, and upon his horns ten diadems." Authorities are divided. For more than fourteen hundred years the western Roman empire has ceased to exist,{* Rome fell A.D. 476. to another form of war. xxxi. Revelation 13:2. — But the Beast is further represented as "like to a leopard, and his feet as of a bear, and his mouth as a lion's mouth." Dan. 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