Revelation 13:1

Revelation chapter 13 begins with a beast (the Antichrist), raising up out of the “sea”, which represents the nations of the world. The beast is the Antichrist or the false messiah. He will be the final world ruler, also known as the little horn (in the book of Daniel; see article “Antichrist”).

Daniel 7:8 “I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn [were] eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.”

Things during the end times will be chaotic. A time of confusion and uncertainty will cause the people to desperately look for a strong leader that could bring hope and security in a time of fear and apprehension. People will desperately seek a strong, charismatic, authoritative leader who can pull the world back from the very brink of disaster.

Both Daniel and John also saw political systems and leaders that they described using the term “Beast”. John sees this beast coming up “out of the sea.” This beast is a Gentile leader of a Gentile system. John didn’t call it a beast because it was a Gentile. He called it a beast because It comes up out of the sea of “nations”.

In Daniel Chapter 7, the prophet records a dream that he had in which he saw the rise and fall of four gentile world empires. Each was characterized as a beast coming from the sea of nations. So, the beast from the sea is the political part of the Antichrist’s system. Satan is a counterfeiter. So he has an “unholy trinity” that consists of himself (Satan), the Antichrist (the political, religious beast), and the false prophet, (the religious, political beast). See article “Daniel’s Prophecies”.

The sea here represents the Gentile nations of the world, from which this beast comes. The beast is the Antichrist, the false messiah (Matt. 24:5, 24: 1 John 2:18). He is the final Gentile world ruler, also known as the “little horn” (Dan. 7:8, 20-21, 24-25), the willful king (Dan. 11:36), the coming prince (Dan 9:26), and the man of sin (2 Thess. 2:3).

This “sea” means large numbers of people. One writer says unstable nations of peoples. This beast has to do with the powers of this earth opposed to Christendom. Whether John or the dragon stood on the edge of the sea is not material, since we are distinctly told that the ten-horned beast rose from the sea.

These “heads” show dominion. We have said before that “ten” has to do with world government and “horns” show power. We know then that this has something to do with world government and rulers of that. “Crowns” show dominion. This “blasphemy” denies the true God. It doesn’t matter who the “I” is here, but it is probably John.

We see a terrible vicious world power. I believe this “ten” here is the ten common market nations which were formed from the old Roman empire. The old Roman empire has been reestablished in the ten common market nations. The sad thing is, that it appears, the power that this group has is from the evil one.

It is not difficult to understand where their power comes from. “Upon his heads the name of blasphemy”. This beast has the ten horns of power. This is the personification of what Satan does with this world power. The personification of evil when it takes over governments and people who are heads of these governments.

Those people will get their wish as a powerful, charismatic leader spouting peace and unity comes on the scene. But he will turn out to be much more than they bargained for. He will be a dictator whose cruelty will be more than any other the world has ever known. This man will be the Antichrist as he will rule the entire world and receive its worship.

Verses 1-2: The “sea” here represents the Gentile nations of the world, from which this “beast” comes. The Beast is the Antichrist, the false messiah (compare Matt. 24:5, 24; 1 John 2:18). He is the final Gentile world ruler, also known as the “little horn” (Dan. 7:8, 20-21, 24-25), the willful king (Dan. 11:36), the coming prince (Dan. 9:26), and the man of sin (2 Thess. 2:3). In Revelation, he is both a person and an empire. The description of the Beast connects it closely both to the “dragon” (Satan, 12:3), and to the fourth beast of Daniel chapter 7 (the Roman Empire; Dan. 7:7, 23). Though his actions show him to be somewhat distinct from both. “The “horns” and “heads” are identified (in chapter 17). He speaks “blasphemy” against God (compare verses 5-6). His resemblances to a “leopard”, a “bear”, and a “lion” refer to the first three beasts in the vision of Daniel chapter 7 (representing the empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece). This Beast includes the people and cultures of three previous empires, and is an outgrowth of the Roman Empire itself. The “power” and “authority” of the Beast come from Satan himself. Satan has his own false “trinity”: Satan acts as the Father, the Antichrist as the Son, and the False Prophet as the Spirit who attempts to bring glory to the Antichrist (compare verses 11-12).

Revelation 13:1 – Then I stood on the sand of the sea. 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.

Recall that the scene in Revelation 12 shifts from Heaven to Earth after Michael and his angels cast the dragon and his angels out of Heaven. John’s vision continues with an earthly view in this chapter, as he stands on a sandy beach and watches a beast rise out of the sea. “Sand of the sea” is a phrase that indicates an innumerable number of something:

Genesis 32:12 – “For You said, ‘I will surely treat you well, and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.'”

Genesis 41:49 – Joseph gathered very much grain, as the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it was immeasurable.

2 Samuel 17:11 – Therefore I advise that all Israel be fully gathered to you, from Dan to Beersheba, like the sand that is by the sea for multitude, and that you go to battle in person.

1 Kings 4:20 – Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking and rejoicing.

Population Curve

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Jeremiah 33:22 – As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.

Hosea 1:10 – “Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ there it shall be said to them, ‘You are sons of the living God.'”

As discussed in Revelation 7:3, the sea represents Gentiles, which shows that the beast will come out of the Gentile nations. Therefore, the symbols of the “sea” and the “sand of the sea” show that the beast will come out of the Gentile nations whose population is too large to number. Only in the last few hundred years has the human population swelled to a number too large to count with certainty. With the estimated global population near 7 billion people, there will certainly be billions of people still on earth when the beast rises out of the sea in the Tribulation, even if billions perish in the Seal judgments in the first half of the Tribulation.

The beast that rises from the sea has seven heads and ten horns like the dragon in Revelation 12:3. Recall, that the heads and horns on the dragon represent Satan’s authority over Gentile kingdoms. In Revelation 13:2 we are told that it is the dragon that gives the beast his authority. Therefore, the beast has seven heads and ten horns like the dragon because the dragon gives the beast his power and authority over the kingdoms of the world.

7 heads and 10 horns
The ten horns on both the dragon and the beast are ten kings who will rule over the seventh and last Gentile kingdom (Revelation 17:12). One difference between the beast and the dragon is that the beast that rises out of the sea has ten crowns, but the dragon has seven diadems or crowns:

Revelation 12:3 – And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.

Revelation 13:1-2 – Then I stood on the sand of the sea. 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. 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. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.

Recall from Revelation 12:3, that crowns signify kingship and the heads and horns represent kingdoms. The seven crowns on the seven heads of the dragon represent seven specific kings in each successive Gentile kingdom who oppressed Israel. In contrast, there are ten crowns on the ten horns of the beast which shows ten kings who rule over ten kingdoms.

As discussed in Revelation 12:3, these ten horns are on the seventh head, which shows that the ten kings will rule over the last head, or Gentile kingdom, but not the previous kingdoms. In other words, the seventh head of the dragon and the beast from the sea is a future empire divided into ten kingdoms initially ruled by ten kings, but they later give their kingdom to the beast (Revelation 17:12-13).

The beast clearly represents earthly dominion, but as we will see in in later verses the beast also represents a king. Similarly, Daniel equated the king of Babylon with his kingdom – the head of gold in the statue represented both Nebuchadnezzar’s kingship and his kingdom:

Daniel 2:37-40 – You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all – you are this head of gold. But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others.

Nebuchadnezzar and six other kings have ruled over earthly kingdoms that oppressed Israel and represent six of the seven heads on both the dragon and the beast. The seventh head on the beast shows that one last king will rule as “the beast” over a global empire. This king is found in Scripture under the following names and titles:

While the beast has many titles, most scholars call him the antichrist. The word “antichrist” is only found in John’s epistles, and describes a person or a spirit who is against Christ and deceives others to draw them away from Christ:

1 John 2:22 – Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.

1 John 4:2-3 – By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

2 John 1:7 – For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

But John is clear that a specific person is coming, known as “the antichrist”:

1 John 2:18 – Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.

Many believe Jesus alluded to the antichrist in this passage, where He said those who reject Him as Messiah will follow someone else who tries to fill that role:

John 5:43 – I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.

In fact, the following passage shows that the antichrist, or the last conquering king will come in his own name and exalt himself above all gods, including the one true God:

Daniel 11:36-37 – “Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done. He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all.”

This king exalts himself and speaks blasphemies against God. Blasphemy verbally expresses scorn in the form of curses against God. It is also blasphemous to falsely exalt oneself above God, or equate oneself with God. This is why the Pharisees accused Jesus of blasphemy, but Jesus didn’t blaspheme because He truly is God:

Matthew 26:63-65 – But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy!

Mark 2:5-7 – When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Not only does the antichrist, or beast blaspheme God verbally, each head on the beast has a blasphemous name:

Revelation 13:1 – Then I stood on the sand of the sea. 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.

Revelation 17:3 – So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

Recall that each head on the beast having a blasphemous name represents a specific king from each of seven kingdoms who oppressed Israel, so each king had a blasphemous name. Having a name shows fame, honor, or notoriety, as discussed in Revelation 3:1. Therefore, a blasphemous name shows that each king exalted himself above God. In fact, history shows that each kingdom of the seven heads of the dragon and beast had a king that blasphemed God by exalting themselves above God:

 

Kingdom Ruling King Oppression
1. Egypt Pharaoh The Egyptians believed the pharaohs were sons of the Sun god Ra (source). The pharaoh at the time of the Exodus of the Hebrews mocked God (Exodus 5:2).
2. Assyria Sennacherib Sennacherib verbally reproached and mocked God, exalting his gods and his power above God (2 Kings 19:15-16, 2 Chronicles 32:10-19).
3. Babylon Nebuchadnezzar Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar he was the head of gold of a statue that represented future kingdoms in his dream (Daniel 2). After his dream, Nebuchadnezzar made a statue of gold and forced the people to worship the image (Daniel 3). Nebuchadnezzar took all the credit for his power and majesty instead of giving credit to God (Daniel 4).
4. Medo-Persia Darius Darius established a decree that anyone who prayed to any god or man besides him would be cast into the den of lions (Daniel 6).
5. Greece (Seleucid) Antiochus IV Epiphanes Antiochus desecrated the Jewish temple and “exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host” (Daniel 8).
6. Rome Domitian Domitian revived the “imperial cult,” which was the worship of the Roman emperor as a god. He called himself “master and god” (source).
7. Future Kingdom Beast/Antichrist The antichrist will exalt himself above all gods (Daniel 11).

 

In summary, the beast will rise out of the vastly populated Gentile nations symbolized by the “sea” and the “sand of the sea.” The beast is both a person and a kingdom, and has seven heads and ten horns like the dragon because the dragon gives him power and authority over the earthly kingdoms. Each head of the beast has a blasphemous name, which shows a king from each kingdom who exalted themselves above God. The last head represents the last king known as “the antichrist,” who will rule over the last Gentile kingdom, and both the king and the kingdom are interchangeably called “the beast” in Revelation. The ten crowns on the seventh head show that the last kingdom is initially divided into ten smaller kingdoms. As we will see in the next section, Satan gives the beast his power and authority, but first he gives it to ten kings over the ten kingdoms who later give it to the beast:

Revelation 17:12-13 – “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.”

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