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. 3Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time isnear. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. We see that this beast is being compared to a “lamb,” probably with Christ is view. 1 Then 1 I stood on the sand of the sea. The particle ὡς is used in Greek generally for comparison, and in Revelation it is used often to describe the appearance of what the author saw. It means that the people of the world, worship the beast (kingdom of darkness) through the false beliefs they embrace. (Rev 13:5) – 5 and there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and there was given to him authority to continue forty and two months. CategoriesCommentary on Revelation, Eschatology/Prophecy, This may be the most talked about chapter in the book of Revelation. Christians belong to the Kingdom of light, and we are the only ones who stand in opposition to it. “that as many as should not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”. Proud member Revelation 13 New King James Version The Beast from the Sea 13 Then [ a]I stood on the sand of the sea. It’s an invisible identification that only God can see. 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. This requires steadfast endurance and faith from the saints. (Rev 13:3) – 3 And I saw one of his heads as though it had been smitten unto death; and his death-stroke was healed: and the whole earth wondered after the beast; NET – 3 One of the beast’s heads appeared to have been killed, but the lethal wound had been healed. In other words, the kingdom of darkness casts its “image” upon the world. These “ten horns” represent a confederation of nations that will arise just before the return of Christ (Rev 17:12-17). It will take many years for that to develop. All rights reserved. The Apostle John, who wrote the book of Revelation, understood this world system well as he describes in 1 John: NET – (1 John 2:15-17) – 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. Therefore, spiritually, this kingdom has no power over us who belong to Christ. There’s something far more significant going on in this chapter and in this book than what Premillennialism teaches (esp as it concerns Dispensational Premillennialism). Unbelievers need to take warning and turn to Christ as Lord and Savior, or face the eternal consequences. 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. It’s the domain of darkness that is against Christ and His followers. If anyone is meant for captivity, into captivity he will go. NASB E-Prime Young's Compare all. This may be the most talked about chapter in the book of Revelation. This beast (false prophet) does not literally “cause” a mark to be placed on unbelievers. Revelation 13 King James Version << Revelation 12 | Revelation 13 | Revelation 14 >> The Two Beasts. (Rev 13:18) – 18 Here is wisdom. At different times in history, this beast has been represented by one particular kingdom (empire), one at at time. This verse is a continuation of thought from verse 9. That’s how they lure people in, and away from the truth that is in Christ, who is Himself the truth (Jn 14:6). Since this is a seven-headed beast, we need to identify all of the world empires that this beast represents: Seventh: Kingdom of darkness (ruled by Satan). We will talk about this more later. Or rather, taking advantage of the sinfulness of humanity, who are easily influenced by evil and falsehood. This verse refers to the fall of the Roman Empire: “In 476 C.E. Having studied this book now at great length, and in light of the overall teaching of the New Testament, the general theme seems almost obvious. Again, this is no more literal than the mark (name) on their “forehead.” Mention of the “hand” might be a reference to what unbelievers do. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, 16 because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from the Father, but is from the world. I provide a sound basis for this later. “He told those who live on the earth to make an image to the beast who had been wounded by the sword, but still lived.”. Then I stood on the sand of the sea. Another way of stating this would be: “that no one would be able to participate (buy) in the ways of the world, and in turn, share (sell) them with others unless they had the mark of the beast (shared identification as unbelievers)”. 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. of K.J.V. The people of the world “kill” us with their words of hate, contempt, and ridicule. He does this through anti-Christian or non-Christian government, false religion, worldly philosophies, worldly values, worldly pleasures, etc.—in general, all the anti-Christian ways of the world (see “image” vs. 14). This is definitely associated with Satan, as Rev 12:3 informs us. The dragon takes his stand on the sand of the sea (12:17), and a beast rises out of the sea. Amplified® Darby I.S.V. They will align themselves with the “eight king” (Rev 17:11), whom is the “man of sin” of 2 Thessalonians 2:3. As for the “two horns,” like the horns of the first beast, they probably represent power and authority. I believe 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 provides solid evidence that the “man of sin” is the eighth king. and who is able to war with him? Unbelievers need to take warning and turn to Christ as Lord and Savior, or face the eternal consequences. The seventh empire is a Church-age empire. Sea-Beast – Kingdom of darkness (spirit of the antichrist), Image of the Beast – Kingdom of the world, Land-Beast (False Prophet) – Rulers of darkness, Mark of the beast – Symbolic mark of identification. It’s about the conflict between light and darkness, between the Kingdom of Christ and the kingdom of Satan. They’re behind it all, in all its deceptions. Those who are “marked” or identified by the “name” of the beast (kingdom of darkness, Satan), are normally clearly seen. I believe the mention of the number three times is for one of two reasons, or both: One, stated three times could be merely an emphatic expression. It’s about the struggles Christians deal with in a world that is hostile to Christ and His followers. However, as Rev 17:10 informs us, each kingdom (empire) is identified by a singular “king.” In other words, all the kings of each kingdom are combined into one, and are viewed as one king reigning over each kingdom. Who can fight against this kingdom of darkness? and, by the signs he was permitted to perform on behalf of the beast, he, Again, I believe this refers to the demonic, When we consider the kingdom of darkness and its world-wide dominion, I believe the, When we read the above passage from 1 John in the context of that whole chapter (please read 1 Jn 2), it helps to confirm that our interpretation of who the, Again, this is not a literal, physical mark that is placed on the body. We serve the King of kings and the Lord of lords. 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. The teachings of Christianity is diametrically opposed to the teachings and ways of the world, and thus Christians would not be included among those who participate in the “buying or selling” (sharing) of the ways of the world. There shouldn’t be any doubt that the beast of the Church age is the kingdom of darkness, the spirit of the antichrist, which stands in opposition to the kingdom of light, the Kingdom of Christ. New American Standard Version Of this, there is no doubt. I believe he is the actual “antichrist” that the Apostle John mentions in 1 John 2:18. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. That beast, in the form of the “eighth king” will surface shortly before the return of Christ, toward the end of the Church age. ESV – 12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. A worldwide assault against God’s people will not happen overnight. 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. Thus when Rome fell (“appeared to have been killed”), this beast continued to live in the form of the seventh head or empire. However, in the end, just prior to the return of Christ, the “eighth king” of Rev 17:11 (“man of sin” – 2 Th 2:3) will arise to rule the world for a brief period of time. That won’t happen until we get close to the return of Christ, where there will be a worldwide assault against the followers of Christ—known as the “War of Armageddon” (see commentary on Rev 11:7). 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). 1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. Many people today love the sea, but as a whole the Jewish people in Biblical times regarded the sea as a wild, untamed, frightening plac… (Rev 13:15) – 15 And it was given unto him to give breath to it, even to the image of the breast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as should not worship the image of the beast should be killed. This will become more and more clear as we continue through the remainder of Revelation. 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. Spirit of the antichrist — Perhaps the most convincing evidence for our position, comes from the Apostle John himself, who wrote both the book of Revelation and 1 John, where he, himself, provides the proper interpretation for who this sea-beast (seventh world empire) is: (1 John 2:18) – 18 Children, it is the last hour, and just as you heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. 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. He will rule for a very brief time before being judged by Christ at His coming. The spirit of antichrist rules over the world now, which equates to the kingdom of darkness (Acts 26:18; Col 1:13; 1 Jn 5:19; Eph 6:11-12). If you’ve been following along in this commentary, you know that this is the picture we’ve seen. The order that the Roman Empire had brought to western Europe for 1000 years was no more.” (http://www.ushistory.org/civ/6f.asp). Dispensational Premillennialism commonly teaches that this chapter is about “the Antichrist,” who appears on the world stage during the so-called “seven year tribulation period” prior to the return of Christ and His so-called “earthly millennial kingdom,” who forces everyone to have a physical mark in order to buy or sell anything during that brief period of tribulation. (NET). Introduction. All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted. A lamb is gentle, like Jesus is gentle. As followers of Christ, we don’t walk around with a physical and visible mark on our foreheads. 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. If anyone is to be killed by the sword, then by the sword he must be killed. (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. This beast is referred to by John as the “False Prophet” (Rev 19:20; Rev 16:13; Rev 20:10). It’s the people of the world that make the world and it’s system what it is—as it’s being incited (“told”) by the rulers of darkness (beast, false prophet). And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. NET – 17 Thus no one was allowed to buy or sell things unless he bore the mark of the beast – that is, his name or his number. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. 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. Rather, it’s the demonic sub-rulers of the kingdom of darkness — that is, demons that rule in that kingdom on behalf of Satan (Eph 6:12). 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. A lot to get our attention. Then I stood on the sand of the sea: In Revelation 12, John’s vision mainly had heaven in view. And the beast which I sawwas like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his … All that opposes Christ is in the world today. The kingdom of darkness is not a world empire without a ruler. The whole world system stands in opposition to Christ and His truth. (Rev 13:16) – 16 And he causeth all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the bond, that there be given them a mark on their right hand, or upon their forehead; This refers to “all” unbelievers—those who belong to the kingdom of darkness. While the seventh king is not named, by comparing scripture with scripture, we’re able to confidently identify this king as Satan. This beast is the kingdom of darkness – the spirit of antichrist – ruled by Satan as its king. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his … The “fire coming down out of heaven upon earth” is likely figurative language to describe this phenomena. That’s not what this verse is referring to. Posted onDecember 24, 2019January 10, 2020AuthorSteve Sewell. However, in Rev 17:14, we see that Christ defeats this beast. This is simply figurative language to depict the association between unbelievers and the kingdom of darkness. How many years, we have no way of knowing. He will probably rise to power several years before Jesus returns, as he’s gathering the world against the people of Christ (Rev 20:7-10; Rev 16:12-16; Rev 11:7). This mark is merely symbolic. To understand what’s going on here, this beast, the beast of this chapter, has to be viewed as the Church-age beast. John informs us that “the antichrist is coming.” I believe this refers specifically to the “eighth king” (Rev 17:11), whom I also believe to be the “man of sin” (2 Th 2:3). a. If our lives as Christians do not clearly identify us (mark us) with Christ (Gal 6:17), then there’s something wrong. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like … In other words, everything regarding these two beasts originate with him, and is orchestrated by him. Bible > NKJV > Revelation 13 Revelation 13 New King James Version: Par The Beast from the Sea. We know from this that it is the last hour. The eighth king of this seventh empire will be of the same human form as the rulers of the first six empires. Both Christians and non-Christians alike are involved in spiritual warfare. “authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation”. (We’ll deal more with “abyss-beast” when we get to chapter 17). Just as Christ – the Lamb of God – exercises power and authority over His kingdom, so does Satan and his demonic legions exercise power and authority over their kingdom. I outline those reasons below: (Eph 6:12) – 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. When we read the above passage from 1 John in the context of that whole chapter (please read 1 Jn 2), it helps to confirm that our interpretation of who the sea-beast and land-beast are, is the correct one—keeping in mind that John is the author of both 1 John and Revelation. Here is wisdom. It falls far short of who this prophet actually is and what it represents. Bible Language English. Everyone belongs to Satan and his kingdom before they come to faith in Christ (Acts 26:18; Col 1:13; 2 Cor 4:3-4; 1 Jn 3:8-10). These are seven world empires or kingdoms (Rev 17:9-10). In other words, unbelievers are “marked” people, as those associated with the kingdom of darkness. The image “speaks” through the false religions and philosophies and values and ways of the world. This describes the worldwide dominance of this beast. The good fruit that identifies us with Christ and His kingdom is in clear contrast to the rotten fruit of those who belong to Satan and his kingdom. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. In regard to the seventh empire, we’re not told who those rulers (two kings) are, but is something we have to figure out by comparing scripture with scripture. Now the scene of his vision shifted to the earth, and in his vision he stood on the sand of the sea. (ESV), (1 Jn 3:10) – 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. REV 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, REV 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. That’s all part of the deception. Christians stand apart from all the rest. Therefore, this verse should not be interpreted like that. While both Rev 13 and Rev 17 deals with the seventh world empire, chapter 13 is focused on the entire Church age, while chapter 17 is focused on the end of this empire (when the eighth king arises) when it’s destroyed by Jesus at His return (Rev 17:14). The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. He that hath understanding, let him count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man: and his number is Six hundred and sixty and six. So should our lives as believers be clearly seen as belonging to Jesus. This confederation is not in view in this chapter (13). Stating it three times, forcefully makes the point about its meaning. (Rev 13:13) – 13 And he doeth great signs, that he should even make fire to come down out of heaven upon the earth in the sight of men. People go into all kinds of theories about its meaning. Therefore, all combined, these demonic rulers are seen as a single false prophet. Both believers and unbelievers are marked (identified) by God. 13 1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. This mark is symbolic, which is used to identify unbelievers with that kingdom. Revelation 13:1 NKJV. All the voices of false religion, anti-Christian philosophies, anti-Christian government, worldly values, sinful pleasures, etc., speak, So the beast opened his mouth to blaspheme against God – to blaspheme both, The blasphemy of this beast, of course, is directed against God and His holy, Both Christians and non-Christians alike, who may be hearing this or reading this, need to listen to what’s being said here. However, Christians are members of the Kingdom of Christ (Col 1:13) and protected by the “armour of God” (Eph 6:13), while unbelievers are totally under the influence of the rulers of darkness and have no protection. This entire chapter (entire book) describes the whole world and its system in opposition to the followers of Christ and His teachings. Even now, believers are blessed in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Eph 1:3; Col 3:3). Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. (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. This land-beast doesn’t literally “tell” the people of the world to make an image. It must be understood that Satan is not omnipresent, so he can only be in one place at any moment of time. (Rev 12:17) – 17 And the dragon waxed wroth with the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, that keep the commandments of God, and hold the testimony of Jesus: (Rev 13:1) – 1 And he stood upon the sand of the sea. The kingdom of the world is totally under the dominion of Satan (1 Jn 5:19), which is the express image (Rev 13:14) of the kingdom of darkness. John also indicates that while antichrist himself is not in the world yet, the “spirit of antichrist” is. With everything we’ve discussed in this chapter so far, and with the above verses in mind, I think the identification of the beast of this chapter (13) is already quite clear. To be clear, the first six empires were ruled by human kings. Everything they speak is contrary to the Christian message. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like … Considering all the seven’s in this book, I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that the number six here is assigned to this beast, since the number seven is assigned to Christ and His Church. I believe this king is the “man of sin” (world ruler). Christians are to be fully prepared for what may come our way—whether it be “captivity” (imprisonment) or “the sword” (death) for our allegiance to Christ. So we see that both the sea-beast and the land-beast refer to the kingdom of darkness—with Satan as the ruling authority of that kingdom (sea-beast), and his demonic army as the sub-rulers of that kingdom (land-beast)—which focuses on their activity within that kingdom. So to be clear, this Church-age beast consists of both the sixth and seventh head (empires). So again, this beast hates the Church, which belongs to Christ and is the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. The world is full of false prophets and false religions and false belief systems, but they all originate with the rulers of darkness. (Rev 13:8) – 8 And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him, everyone whose name hath not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that hath been slain. 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). Therefore, at that time, he will fully embody all the sin and evil that humanity represents, for he will be fully indwelt and controlled by Satan himself. With that understanding, the eighth king (man of sin) will be regarded as the beast itself. First, it’s important to understand that this “beast” is not a he, not a person, but a world power, an empire, a kingdom—or rather, a combination of empires. NET – 14 and, by the signs he was permitted to perform on behalf of the beast, he deceived those who live on the earth. Ten horns – Confederacy of kings that arise prior to Christ’s return, under the authority of the “eight king” (Rev 17:11). 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of … But there are other reasons why I believe the beast of this chapter is the kingdom of darkness, which opposes Christ and His truth. However, this worldwide authority doesn’t allow this beast to make war with all the saints. However, in Rev 17:14, we see that Christ defeats this beast. This book gives us an overview of life in the world during the Church age (Christian era/gospel era). (Rev 13:12) – 12 And he exerciseth all the authority of the first beast in his sight. It’s important to understand that there is a gap or an interval between the sixth world ruler and the eighth and final world ruler (Rev 17:8-11). The phrase behind this translation is ὡς ἐσφαγμένον (Jw” ejsfagmenon). This commentary on Revelation will prove, contrary to what most people think, that the Revelation, the last book of the Bible, is not difficult to understand if we will take a simple, face-value, common-sense approach to interpreting it. Two, the triple mention of the number six represents something specific from the other: 6 = sea-beast (kingdom of darkness, Satan); 6 = land-beast (demonic beings, False Prophet); 6 = image (kingdom of the world). It’s a conflict between two kingdoms, as I talk about throughout this chapter. Mention of the “forehead” might be a reference to the mind, what unbelievers think. A common understanding is that the beast of this chapter (Rev 13) is a composite of the evil and dreadful characteristics of those four beasts, which were these empires: Note that John only saw the first three beasts in Daniel’s vision. It’s the realm that we’re all in before we come to faith in Christ: (Col 1:13) – 13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,” (NASB), (Acts 26:18) – 18 to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me. And I saw aa beast rising up out of the sea, bhaving 2seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a cblasphemous name. In regard to the first six world empires, history tells who those rulers were. We’re in the period of the seventh kingdom now. Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world are literally being tortured and killed. Likewise, those who belong to the kingdom of light are also normally easy to identify. It appeared to have been killed because the Roman Empire fell. The world hates Christians, and they go after us with great fury. The relationship between Chapter 13 and Chapter 17: Revelation 13:1 and 13:7 are keys to interpreting this chapter. The rulers of darkness (false prophet) gives breath to the “image of the beast” (kingdom of the world), in the sense that they’re the ones who gives life to all the evil ways of the world. The whole world system is the “spirit of antichrist. They form it and fashion it as they will (within the limits God allows), all for the purpose of deceiving the world in order to keep people from coming to faith in Christ. Though it’s true of some, most do not worship Satan directly—that is, on purpose. 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