Revelation 13:11 – Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.
After a brief intermission with a “call to hear” for the saints, John has a vision of another beast. This beast is a person and not a kingdom because he is called a “false prophet” in later chapters of Revelation. He also administers power over the global population later in this chapter, which shows that he is not a kingdom, but an individual. Moreover, the false prophet is cast into the lake of fire made for angels and people – not kingdoms (Revelation 16:13, Revelation 19:20, Revelation 20:10).
The second beast comes up out of the earth in contrast to the first beast who came out of the sea. Recall from Revelation 13:1, the sea can represent Gentile nations. As discussed in Revelation 7:3, when the sea represents Gentiles, the earth or the land can represent Israel. Therefore, if the sea shows that the first beast will come out of the Gentile nations, then the second beast who comes out of the earth might show that he is Jewish. As mentioned in Revelation 7:5-8, some believe the false prophet might be from the tribe of Dan due to this tribe’s omission among 144,000 Jewish servants.
However, there is a seeming contradiction about the origin of the four beasts in Daniel’s dream, with the beasts coming up from both the sea and the earth:
Daniel 7:2-3 – Daniel spoke, saying, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.”
Daniel 7:17-18 – ‘Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth. But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.’
As discussed in Revelation 7:1, the four winds in the first passage above are the four spirits or four horses which God sends out to judge the world. History shows that these four spirits mete out God’s judgment on Israel through four horns (Zechariah 1:19), which are the four kingdoms represented by the four beasts in Daniel’s dream and the four metals on the statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, as discussed in Revelation 12:3. This shows that the “sea” in the first passage represents the Gentile nations from which these kingdoms originated.
In the second passage, Daniel contrasts the earthly origin of the four beastly kingdoms against the heavenly origin of the kingdom that the Lord will set up on Earth and give to the saints. So there is no contradiction between the two passages above – the sea shows that the kingdoms come out of Gentile nations and the earth shows that the kingdoms are earthly and not heavenly.
With that in mind, John’s vision in Revelation 13 differs from the beasts in Daniel 7:2-3 arising from the sea versus the earth in Daniel 7:17-18 and is best understood if the sea represents the Gentile nations and the earth represents Israel. In other words, the first beast rises from the Gentile nations and the second beast is probably Jewish.
The sea can also represent the bottomless pit, as discussed in Revelation 13:1. In addition, the following passages show that arising out of the earth can allude to coming out of the grave, either as a spirit or in a resurrection:
1 Samuel 28:13 – And the king said to her, “Do not be afraid. What did you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I saw a spirit ascending out of the earth.”
Psalms 71:20 – You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, shall revive me again, and bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
Isaiah 26:19 – Your dead shall live; together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.
While there are no other passages to support the false prophet resurrecting from the dead like the first beast (Revelation 13:3), both beasts get thrown alive into the lake of fire without mention of a resurrection:
Revelation 19:20 – Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.
This is interesting since all other humans who get thrown into the lake of fire are part of a “second resurrection” to second death. Note that the “first resurrection” is to eternal life, so the “second resurrection” is to eternal death:
Revelation 20:5-6 – But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
Revelation 20:10, 13-15 – The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
Some suggest that since the two beasts get thrown into the lake of fire alive they are already in their eternal resurrected state, meaning they do not have mortal bodies but eternal bodies made for the second death in the lake of fire. This supports the notion that the false prophet also rises from the dead like the first beast, but instead of rising to a mortal body both beasts rise to immortal bodies like all those whose destiny is the lake of fire, but the two beasts arrive there a thousand years before everyone else.
Mystery surrounds the reason these two beasts go into the lake of fire a millennia before anyone else and speculations abound, but one reason that has merit might be in the number of beasts being two. As shown in the study: “Prophetic Patterns in Numbers,” the number “two” in Scripture shows union, division, or witness. It makes sense that God would send two individuals to the lake of fire to serve as a witness to eternal punishment, similar to how the corpses of those who reject the Lord in the kingdom will serve as a witness to death during a time when death is rare (Isaiah 65:20):
Isaiah 66:23-24 – “And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the LORD. “And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, and their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”
The chief religious figure in the world during the Tribulation years is identified in Scripture as the False Prophet or the second beast. He will apparently be a Jew, influential in religious affairs, motivated by Satan, having authority delegated to him as he promotes the worship of the Antichrist. Authenticating his ministry with signs and wonders, successfully deceiving the unbelieving world, promoting idolatrous worship, having the power of death, having authority over commerce, and having an identifying physical mark. An Illustration is: As the Father sent the Son, so will Satan send the Antichrist. As the Son sends the Holy Spirit to accomplish His purpose, so will the False Prophet carry out the program of the Antichrist. Christians should recognize Satan’s attempts to minimize the plans and people of the Godhead, and therefore should guard themselves with biblical doctrine (see 2 Thess. 2:9; Rev. 13:11-18; compare Matt. 17:11).
“Another beast”: This is the final false prophet (called such in 16:13; 19:20; 20:10), who promotes Antichrist’s power and convinces the world to worship him as God. This companion beast will be the chief, most persuasive proponent of satanic religion (compare 16:13; 19:20; 20:10). Antichrist will be primarily a political and military leader, but the false prophet will be a religious leader. Politics and religion will unite in a worldwide religion of worshiping the Antichrist (see 17:1-9, 15-17).
“Out of the earth”: Likely another reference to the abyss that lies below the earth. The false prophet will be sent forth and controlled by a powerful demon from below. The earth imagery, in contrast to that of the foreboding, mysterious sea (in verse 1), may imply that the false prophet is subtler and more winsome that Antichrist.
“Two horns like a lamb”: This lamb imagery may also imply that the false prophet will be also a false Christ masquerading as the true Lamb. Unlike Antichrist, the false prophet will come not as a killing, destroying animal, but as one who appears gentle and deceptively attractive.
This “beast” was pretending to be Jesus, but when he opened his mouth, you knew he was evil. This is a deceitful character. While pretending to be good, he was very evil. Of course, a lamb doesn’t have real horns, a goat does; so this has to do with power.
“Spake as a dragon”: The false prophet will be Satan’s mouthpiece and thus his message will be like the dragon, Satan, the source of all false religion (compare 2 Cor. 11:14).
Revelation 13:12 “And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”
“He exerciseth all the power of the first beast”: The false prophet will exercise the same kind of satanic power as Antichrist because he is empowered by the same source. He too, will have worldwide influence and reputation as a miracle worker and speaker.
“Causeth the earth … to worship”: The phrase “he makes” or he causes” is used several times of him. He wields influence to establish a false world religion headed by Antichrist and to entice people to accept that system.
“Whose deadly wound was healed” (see notes on verse 3; 17:8). This likely refers to the carefully crafted deception of a false resurrection, a false murder to inspire allegiance for the world.
Verses 13-15: The False Prophet “deceiveth” the unbelievers of the “earth” by means of “wonders” and “miracles” (compare Deut. 13:1-13; Mark 13:22; 2 Thess. 2:9-11), accomplished through satanic “power”. He will produce the miracles of Elijah (compare 1 Kings 18:38; 2 Kings 1:10), and as a false Elijah he will lead people to worship a false messiah (compare Matt. 24:24). The “image of the beast” will apparently be set up in Jerusalem for the “worship” of the Beast (2 Thess. 2:4, 9, 11). Jesus called it the “Abomination of Desolation” (compare Matt. 24:15; Dan. 9:27; see article “Abomination of Desolation”). The ability of the “image” to “speak” is a satanic miracle. The people of the earth must either worship the image of the beast or “be killed”. There will be no room in the Beast’s empire for religious freedom.
Note that the second beast has two horns like a lamb. Similarly, John sees Christ as a lamb with seven horns in Revelation 5:6, where we saw that horns can represent strength, authority, or dominion as a king. In the next section we will see that the second beast operates under authority of the first beast, so the number two might signify the union between the two beasts. The two horns may also speak of the second beast’s witness of the first beast, since the second beast acts as the first beast’s prophet (Revelation 19:20) and compels the world to worship the first beast (Revelation 13:12).
As already mentioned, the second beast is later called a false prophet and in our passage of discussion John likens him to a lamb. The Lord warns against such prophets:
Matthew 7:15 – “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”
The second beast is certainly not a lamb inwardly, as he speaks like a dragon, which means the dragon will give this false prophet a mouth to speak the way he gave a mouth to the first beast in Revelation 13:5. Similarly, God gave His prophets a mouth to speak:
Jeremiah 15:19 – Therefore thus says the LORD: “If you return, then I will bring you back; you shall stand before Me; if you take out the precious from the vile, you shall be as My mouth. Let them return to you, but you must not return to them.”
Acts 3:18-21 – But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.
This shows that God’s prophets spoke His Word, but the false prophet will speak the words Satan gives him. Satan tries to counterfeit God (Isaiah 14), and later we will see that Satan will try to counterfeit God in every way he can, even mimicking the Godhead – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
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