Revelation 13:3 – And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.
In the last few sections, John described different parts of a beast that rises from the sea, which show that the beast represents Gentile kingdoms, but this beast also represents the last king over the last earthly kingdom. In this section, John shows that the beast suffers a mortal wound. Since the beast represents both a ruling king and a kingdom, it is unclear from our passage of discussion if the mortal wound is the destruction of the kingdom, or if someone assassinates the king. However, the following passage clarifies that it is the king that will fall:
Revelation 17:8-11 – The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. “Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.”
Clearly the focus of this passage is on the last king over the beastly kingdom. But the seven mountains, which are the seven heads of the beast indicate that the kingdoms of the beast are in view too. Mountains in Scripture show dominion, but they also represent kingdoms, as discussed in Zechariah 6:1. Also, the kings represented by the seven heads of the beast were not consecutive kings, but seven specific kings who ruled over each kingdom. These kings oppressed the Jews and blasphemed God, as discussed in the last section.
Therefore, the mountains are five consecutive kingdoms that had fallen, one kingdom was still ruling when John penned the Revelation, and another kingdom will rule in the future. Rome is the kingdom that was in power during John’s life. It was never destroyed, but gradually declined over time. This empire will revive from its apparent death as the seventh global kingdom that has not yet come, represented in the seventh head of the dragon:
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.
But John also personifies the beast, showing that the king over the seventh kingdom is also in view. This king, represented by the diadem or crown on dragon’s seventh head goes to the bottomless pit, but returns as an eighth king. This eighth king is the resurrected seventh king who will rule over the seventh head of the beast:
Revelation 17:8, 11 – The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition…. “The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.”
The fact that the beast goes to the bottomless pit and returns with his mortal wound healed means he resurrects from the dead. In other words, the seventh king dies (“was, and is not”) and in his destruction (“perdition”) he goes to the bottomless pit, but he returns to life, being healed from the wound of death.
Incidentally, the bottomless pit is also called the “great deep” which often alludes to the sea (Revelation 9:5). Recall that the sea can represent the Gentile nations (Revelation 7:3). The beast rises from the sea in Revelation 13:1, so while the beast metaphorically arises out of the Gentile nations, he will literally arise out of the “great deep” from the bottomless pit after rising from the dead. Daniel also shows that the beast dies and goes to the burning flame:
Daniel 7:11 – “I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame.
This is not the beast’s final destination, because after the Tribulation he is not slain to death physically, but thrown alive into the lake of fire:
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.
Interestingly, the Greek rendering of the mortal wound is literally “slain to death,” and is how Jesus appears as the sacrificial lamb:
Revelation 5:6 – And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
Like the beast, Jesus also rose from the dead after being slain. However, Jesus, who is God, said He would raise Himself and those who believe on Him:
John 2:19-21 – Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days” But He was speaking of the temple of His body.
Acts 2:30-23 – Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.
Acts 13:33-34 – God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You.’ And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus: ‘I will give you the sure mercies of David.’
1 Corinthian 6:14 – And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
God also raised the dead through people:
1 Kings 17:21-22 – And he stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the LORD and said, “O LORD my God, I pray, let this child’s soul come back to him.” Then the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him, and he revived.
2 Kings 4:32-35 – When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed. He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the LORD. And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child, and the flesh of the child became warm. He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.
Acts 9:36-37, 40-41 – At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room…. But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive.
Acts 20:9-12 – And in a window sat a certain young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep. He was overcome by sleep; and as Paul continued speaking, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. But Paul went down, fell on him, and embracing him said, “Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him.” Now when he had come up, had broken bread and eaten, and talked a long while, even till daybreak, he departed. And they brought the young man in alive, and they were not a little comforted.
I believe this means the apparent death of the Antichrist himself and the healing of the “wound” the apparent resurrection of the Antichrist.
“His deadly wound was healed”: This statement could refer to one of the kingdoms that was destroyed and revived (i.e. the Roman Empire). But more likely it refers to a fake death and resurrection enacted by the Antichrist, as part of his lying deception (compare verses 12, 14; 17:8, 11; 2 Thess. 2:9).
Others tend to believe it to be the decline and apparent disappearance of the old Roman Empire, then the revival of the new Roman Empire.
“World wondered after the beast”: People in the world will be astounded and fascinated when Antichrist appears to rise from the dead. His charisma, brilliance, and attractive but deluding powers will cause the world to follow him unquestioningly (verse 14; 2 Thess. 2:8-12).
This revival causes amazement throughout the world.
This raises the question whether God directly resurrects the beast, or if God gives power to Satan to resurrect the beast. Isaiah gives us an interesting perspective on the matter. The following passage describes both a future king of Babylon, who is the beast, and Satan, who is also known as Lucifer. The king of Babylon works through the power of Satan, so we see that some of this passage pertains to both the king and Lucifer, but some verses are clearly speaking of either a man or a supernatural entity:
Isaiah 14:4-6 – …take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say: “How the oppressor has ceased, the golden city ceased! The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers; he who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he who ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted and no one hinders.”
Isaiah 14:9-11 – “Hell from beneath is excited about you, to meet you at your coming; it stirs up the dead for you, all the chief ones of the earth; it has raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. They all shall speak and say to you: ‘Have you also become as weak as we? Have you become like us? Your pomp is brought down to Sheol, and the sound of your stringed instruments; the maggot is spread under you, and worms cover you.'”
Isaiah 14:12-16 – “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the pit. “Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms….”
Isaiah 14:19-20 – But you are cast out of your grave like an abominable branch, like the garment of those who are slain, thrust through with a sword, who go down to the stones of the pit, like a corpse trodden underfoot. You will not be joined with them in burial, because you have destroyed your land and slain your people. The brood of evildoers shall never be named.
Note that Satan, or Lucifer will go to the bottomless pit like the beast after the Tribulation (Revelation 20:1-3). Clearly, it is the power of God that brings the king and Lucifer down to the pit and casts them out again. But in the end it doesn’t matter who performs the beast’s resurrection, as the power and source to give life belongs to God (Job 12:9-10, Acts 17:24-25) and He gives that power to whom He chooses. That said, God does not get the glory for the beast’s resurrection, as the world marvels and follows the beast, giving him the glory and worship. However, this might play into God’s “strong delusion”:
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 – And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
In fact, because of the beast’s resurrection, the world will follow the beast and the deceptive signs and wonders attributed to him (Revelation 13:12-14). Then God will condemn the world for following the beast instead of God (Revelation 14:9-11), which is the purpose of God’s strong delusion – to condemn those who do not believe the truth. In any event, God is sending a strong delusion to harden the hearts of those who reject Christ in the form of something that will be hard to deny by the physical senses. Resurrecting the beast and allowing the lying signs and wonders that follow could certainly qualify as a strong delusion for the masses. Only those who walk by faith and not sight (2 Corinthians 5:7) will escape from deception of the beast and his agents working through the power of Satan:
2 Corinthians 11:13-14 – For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
The Lord will expose the beast’s deception when He raises His two witnesses from the dead after the beast kills them, as discussed in Revelation 11:11. This resurrection will prove that God has more power than the beast who killed the two witnesses, and the beast and Satan will suffer defeat and God will get the glory:
Revelation 11:7, 11-13 – When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them…. Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them. In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.
As an interesting aside, the wounded beast is the “worthless shepherd” in the following passage:
Zechariah 11:16-17 – For indeed I will raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for those who are cut off, nor seek the young, nor heal those that are broken, nor feed those that still stand. But he will eat the flesh of the fat and tear their hooves in pieces. “Woe to the worthless shepherd, who leaves the flock! A sword shall be against his arm and against his right eye; his arm shall completely wither, and his right eye shall be totally blinded.”
The “worthless shepherd” carelessly rules over the land of Israel, and his ruthlessness over God’s people – His flock – is in stark contrast to the “good shepherd,” who is the Lord:
John 10:11-16 – “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
The beast is also the king of the north in Daniel. As shown in the passage below, the king of the north will overthrow Israel (the Glorious land) and destroy many, which agrees with Zechariah’s description of the worthless shepherd who massacres the Jewish flock, except the remnant (Zechariah 13:8-9, Revelation 12:14), and leaves Israel to continue his conquest and destroy many:
Daniel 11:41, 44-45 – He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown… But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many. And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him.
Zechariah 11:16 – … But he will eat the flesh of the fat and tear their hooves in pieces. “Woe to the worthless shepherd, Who leaves the flock….”
But note that the king of the north will “come to his end,” and shows he will die which corresponds to the mortal wound of the beast. Zechariah shows that someone strikes the right eye and arm of the king with a sword. The striking of the worthless shepherd’s right eye will literally fulfill the mortal head wound of the beast:
Zechariah 11:17 – “Woe to the worthless shepherd, Who leaves the flock! A sword shall be against his arm And against his right eye; His arm shall completely wither, And his right eye shall be totally blinded.”
Revelation 13:3 – And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.
Apparently, when the king comes back to life, he will still have the scars of his death wounds, with a withered arm and a blind right eye like a pirate.
Interestingly, a one-eyed ruler who exalts himself as a god predates Zechariah’s prophecy of the worthless shepherd and Daniel’s prophecy of the ruler who will exalt himself as God, and goes back to the first kingdom of Satan – Egypt. One of Egypt’s earliest deities was Horus, the sky god, who lost his right eye in a fight with another god. In the myth, Horus’ eye was mostly restored and came to represent healing, restoration, and protection (source).
The “eye of Horus” was also called the “all-seeing eye” (source), which is really a counterfeit, since God is the only one omniscient. The “eye of Horus” was and still is widely used in the occult, including Satanic worship, and is often displayed within an Egyptian pyramid (source) or in mysticism on the forehead as the “third eye” pointing to the pineal gland in the brain, which remarkably looks like the “eye of Horus” (source). Some believe the pineal gland is the “seat of the soul” and the link to the spiritual realm (source). If this is true, then the pineal gland might be the “holy of holies” of the bodily temple where the Holy Spirit dwells in believers like He did in the physical temple, making the pineal gland a prime target for Satan to desecrate:
1 Corinthians 6:19 – Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
It is curious how a symbol that predates God’s written Word, handed down through the generations through the occult and found across the cultures, seems to point to both the head wound of the beast and the global domination and usurping of God shown in the “all seeing eye.” It is as if Satan, the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2), uses this symbol among other symbols to defy God and proudly display them around the world to mark what he has claimed as his, including the beast who requires people to get a mark on their right hand or forehead:
Revelation 13:16-17 – He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
It is interesting that placement of the mark is on the same parts of the body of the beast’s wounds, the head and the arm, including the hand, which shows allegiance to the beast and Satan. In other words, the wounds of the beast are like the mark God placed on Cain (Genesis 4:15). The beast’s wounds act as a mark that identifies who he is and people who take the mark identify with the beast placing them on the same body parts where the beast gets wounded. Those who take the mark will literally sell their soul to the devil and share the same fate in eternal torment:
Revelation 14:11 – “And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
In summary, the last head of the beast, who represents the antichrist, will die from a head wound and rise again. Though the beast returns to life, Zechariah 11:17 shows that he will bear the scars of his wounds, having a withered arm and hand and a blind eye. Some see a parallel between Christ who still had His wounds from the cross, which He used to identify Himself to others. The fact that the world marvels after the beast and worships him after he rises from the dead may suggest that his scars will authenticate him like Christ.
Those who follow the beast take a mark on the right hand or forehead to show allegiance to the beast whose wounds are in the same regions of the body. In other words, the world believes the beast really died, because his wounds are fatal which will prove that his resurrection is a miracle, so they worship him as a god, as we will see in the next section.
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