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Revelation Chapter 13
Revelation
13
Revelation 13 brings sharper
focus to the two competing
powers which are the chief
actors in the final events of this
world’s history.
Revelation Chapter 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. . .”
Revelation Chapter 13
“. . . 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
Revelation 13:1, 2
authority.”
Revelation Chapter 13
Beast from the sea
• Body like a Leopard
• Feet like a Bear
• Mouth [head] of a Lion
• Power from the Dragon
Revelation Chapter 13
Beast from the sea
• Seven heads
• Ten horns
• Ten crowns
• Blasphemy on his heads
Revelation Chapter 13
“And there appeared
another wonder in heaven;
and behold a great red
dragon, having seven heads
and ten horns, and seven
crowns upon his heads.”
Revelation 12:3
Beast from
the sea
“The WATERS which thou
sawest, where the whore sitteth,
are peoples, and multitudes, and
nations, and tongues.” Rev. 17:15
Beast from
“. . . the Lord bringeth up upon
the
sea
them the waters of the river,
strong and many, even the king
of Assyria. . . . And he shall
pass through Judah; he shall
overflow and go over . . .”
Isaiah 8:7, 8
Beast from
“It must be accepted as a fact that
the
sea
when a symbol is once used in
prophecy, with a certain meaning, it
must have the same meaning in
whatever other prophecy it is
found. If this were not so, there
would be no harmony in the Bible.”
E.J. Waggoner
Prophetic Lights, p. 86 (1888)
Beast from
the sea
Daniel’s
“O king, thy thoughts came
Prophecy
into thy mind upon thy bed,
what should come to pass
hereafter: and He [God] that
revealeth secrets maketh
known to thee what shall
come to pass.” Daniel 2:29
Daniel’s
“This image’s head
Prophecy
was of fine gold,
his breast and his
arms of silver, his
belly and his thighs
of brass, his legs of
iron, his feet part of
iron and part of
clay.” Dan. 2:32, 33
Daniel’s
“Thou sawest till
Prophecy
that a stone was cut
out without hands,
which smote the
image upon his feet
that were of iron and
clay, and brake them
to pieces.” Dan. 2:34
Daniel’s
Prophecy
“Thou art
this head
of gold.”
Dan. 2:38
Daniel’s
“The
ram which
Prophecy
thou sawest having
two horns are the
kings of Media and
Persia. And the
rough goat is the
king of Grecia.”
Dan. 8:20, 21
Revelation Chapter 13
parallel prophecy
Daniel Chapter 7
Daniel Chapter 7
“In the first year of
Belshazzar king of Babylon
Daniel had a dream and
visions of his head upon
his bed: then he wrote the
dream, and told the sum of
the matters. . . .”
Daniel Chapter 7
“Daniel spake and said, I
saw in my vision by night,
and, behold, the four winds
of the heaven strove upon
the great sea. . . .”
Daniel Chapter 7
“And four great beasts
came up from the sea,
diverse one from another.
The first was like a lion,
and had eagle's wings . . .”
Daniel Chapter 7
“The first
was like a
lion, and
had eagle's
wings . . .”
Daniel Chapter 7
“. . . I beheld till the wings
thereof were plucked, and
it was lifted up from the
earth, and made stand
upon the feet as a man,
and a man’s heart was
given to it.”
Daniel Chapter 7
“And behold another
beast, a second, like to a
bear, and it raised up itself
on one side, and it had
three ribs in the mouth of it
between the teeth of it”
Daniel Chapter 7
“Another
beast, like to
a bear . . .
and it had
three ribs of
it between
the teeth . . .”
Daniel Chapter 7
The three ribs
signify the
kingdoms of
Babylon, Lydia (an
ancient name for
Turkey), and Egypt
which were
oppressed by this
“bear” power.
Daniel Chapter 7
“After this I beheld, and lo
another, like a leopard,
which had upon the back
of it four wings of a fowl;
the beast had also four
heads; and dominion was
given to it.”
Daniel Chapter 7
“Another, like
a leopard,
which had
upon the back
also four
wings. . .and
four heads.”
Daniel Chapter 7
“After this I saw in the
night visions, and behold
a fourth beast, dreadful
and terrible, and strong
exceedingly; and it had
great iron teeth. . .”
Daniel Chapter 7
“. . . it devoured and brake
in pieces, and stamped the
residue with the feet of it:
and it was diverse from all
the beasts that were
before it; and it had ten
horns.”
Daniel Chapter 7
“Fourth beast,
dreadful and
terrible, and
strong
exceedingly. . .
and it had ten
horns.”
Daniel Chapter 7
And the angel Gabriel said:
“These great beasts,
which are four, are four
kings, which shall arise
out of the earth.”
Daniel 7:17
Daniel Chapter 7
“I considered the horns,
and, behold, there came
up among them another
little horn
horn, before whom
there were three of the
first horns plucked up by
the roots . . .”
Daniel Chapter 7
“. . . and, behold, in this
horn were eyes like the
eyes of man, and a mouth
speaking great things.”
Daniel 7:1 – 8
Daniel Chapter 7
Daniel Chapter 7
Daniel Chapter 7
“As concerning the rest of
the beasts, they had their
dominion taken away: yet
their lives were prolonged
for a season and time.”
Daniel 7:12
Daniel Chapter 7
“The same truth was
represented in the fourth
chapter of Daniel, when
the tree representing
Babylon was cut down,
but the roots remained in
the ground . . .”
Daniel Chapter 7
“The roots represented
the foundation principles
upon which Babylon was
built, and they have
remained in the earth
ever since . . .”
Daniel Chapter 7
“When Medo-Persia fell,
she left her principles of
government, education,
and religion still alive,
transmitting them to her
posterity, the nations of
the earth . . .”
Daniel Chapter 7
“Greece did likewise, and
with each succeeding
empire those foundation
principles, so clearly
portrayed in Babylon,
instead of appearing in a
weakened state . . .”
Daniel Chapter 7
“. . . sprang into life with
renewed vigor.”
S.N. Haskell
Daniel the Prophet (1908)
Revelation
13:1 and 2
Babylon
• Imputed her power and
wisdom to false gods
• Developed organized
education and a system
of law for governance
• Invented a system for
measuring time
Medo-Persia
• Took Babylon’s code of law
and turned it into a
tyrannical form of
government
• Retained Babylon’s alliance
of religious and civil ideas
Greece
• Greece added a system of
philosophy based on man
• Determined that matter and
mind were separate
concepts that could not
co-exist (“dualism”)
Rome
Pagan Rome’s religion
retained all of the religious
errors of Babylon; followed
Greece in it’s philosophical
education; and utilized the
cruelty and oppression of
Medo-Persia in governing
its people.
Revelation
“Daniel was
13:1
and 2
looking forward
into history yet
to come. He saw
a succession of
powers arising.”
“John, who was living six
hundred years after Daniel,
viewed those same powers but
from a different perspective.
He was
looking both
backward
and forward.”
“Though Rome was the ruling
power, nevertheless so much of
the Greek civilization was
preserved in the empire that we
speak of it as
“GrecoRoman.”
“The prophetic symbol
combines the ten-horned head
of Rome with the leopard body
of Greece. But the beast also
embodies
features of
the former
kingdoms.”
Roy Allen Anderson
Unfolding the Revelation, p. 123
“This great beast symbolized
the world-empire of Rome,
diverse from all that were
before it; because it was not
originally a
kingdom or
monarchy, but
a republic.”
A.T. Jones
Consecrated Way, p. 92
Revelation Chapter 13
“The first symbol in chapter 13 is
a beast with seven heads and ten
horns arising out the sea. It is
described as having the body of
a leopard, the feet of a bear, and
the mouth of a lion—naming the
symbols of Daniel 7 in reverse
order. . . .”
Revelation Chapter 13
“Daniel was looking at the series
as reaching forward into the
future, but John saw the same
series backward. The powers
represented by the leopard, the
bear, and the lion had already
passed into history.”
George McCready Price
The Time of the End, p. 28 (1967)
Revelation Chapter 13
“The subsequent details,
however, concerning this leopard
beast of Revelation 13 show that
it corresponds more precisely
with the arrogant, blasphemous
horn growing out of Daniel’s
nondescript beast.”
George McCready Price
The Time of the End, p. 29 (1967)
Revelation Chapter 13
“The seven heads and ten horns
directly identify this power as the
successor of the Roman Empire,
which in the former chapter
[chapter 12] was represented by the
red dragon with its seven heads
and ten horns.”
W.A. Spicer
Beacon Lights of Prophecy, p. 279 (1935)
Why the Difference?
Revelation 12
Revelation 13
• Seven heads
• Seven heads
• Ten horns
• Ten horns
• Seven crowns
• Ten crowns
• Crowns on heads • Crowns on horns
Beast
Comparison
• Red dragon
• 7 heads
• 10 horns
• 7 crowns
on heads
• Leopard
• Bear
• Lion
• 7 heads
• 10 horns
• 10 crowns
on horns
Beast
Comparison
• 7 heads
• 10 horns
• 7 mountains
Beast
Comparison
Beast
Comparison
“The seven heads can
hardly be at once seven
kings or kingdoms, and
seven literal geographical
mountains. . . .”
Beast
“MountainsComparison
have a
symbolical meaning,
namely, prominent seats
of power. Especially
such as are prominent
hindrances to the cause
of God.”
Beast
Comparison
“The woman
sitting on
the seven hills implies
the church conforming
to, and resting on, the
world’s power, that is, on
all the seven world
kingdoms.”
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
Beast
Comparison
• Red dragon
• 7 heads
• 10 horns
• 7 crowns
on heads
• 7 heads
• 10 horns
• 10 crowns
on horns
Beast
Comparison
• 7 heads
• 10 horns
• 7 mountains
• 7 kings
Beast
Comparison
1. Babylon (605 to 538 BC)
2. Medo-Persia (538 to 331 BC)
3. Greece (331 to 168 BC)
4. Pagan (imperial) Rome (168 to 538)
5. Papal Rome (AD 538 to 1798)
6. Organized atheism (after 1798)
7. Restored papal Rome (soon)
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