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b. In Deuteronomy 13:1-5, God assumes there will be supernatural works on behalf of false prophets and idols, and He warns His people to judge a worker of miracles by their message, not only by their works. he that killeth with the sword, must be killed with the sword--So B and C read. The two beasts are Satanic imitations. Revelation 13:1-10. ©2019 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. Seven is the number of completion and totality, and 6 doesn’t quite make it. to continue--Greek, "poiesai," "to act," or "work." upon the sand of the sea--where the four winds were to be seen striving upon the great sea ( Daniel 7:2 ). Like our passage’s beast, Daniel’s beasts have a total of 7 heads and ten horns (presumably one head each for the first, second, and fourth beast while … The latter was an apostasy only from the general revelation of God in nature and conscience; but this new one is from God's revelation of love in His Son. Blasphemous names were written on its heads. The Papacy's claim to the double power, secular and spiritual, is a sample and type of the twofold beast, that out of the sea, and that out of the earth, or bottomless pit. i. The beast has great power, authority, and strength… vii. It is a parody of the name "Michael" (compare Revelation 12:7 ), meaning, "Who is like unto God? There are many different ways it could happen, and such programs are proposed and tested constantly. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 13:1-10 The apostle, standing on the shore, saw a savage beast rise out of the sea; a tyrannical, idolatrous, persecuting power, springing up out of the troubles which … You can check these in your browser security settings. Welcome to revelationcommentary.org!We hope this dynamic commentary is a beneficial study tool in your devotion to the Word of God. The dragon's persecution of the woman and her seed, Revelation 12:13-17 b. Beast in the evil sense appears 36 times in the Bible. As I observed in my book, Revelation: Jesus Christ’s Final Message of Hope, the first beast of Revelation 13, rising out of the sea, is virtually unanimously acknowledged to be a symbol of the persecuting … Here is wisdom. But A and Vulgate support the words. IRENÆUS, in the second century, disciple of POLYCARP, John's disciple, explained this number as contained in the Greek letters of Lateinos (L being thirty; A, one; T, three hundred; E, five; I, ten; N, fifty; O, seventy; S, two hundred). 17. Contrast the change whereby Nebuchadnezzar, being humbled from his self-deifying pride, was converted from his beast-like form and character to MAN'S form and true position towards God; symbolized by his eagle wings being plucked, and himself made to stand upon his feet as a man ( Daniel 7:4 ). The first commentary we have on the Book of Revelation, written by Victorinus in the early church, says of this Revelation 13:15: "He shall cause also that a golden image of Antichrist shall be placed in the … But the schemes for unlocking the number of the beast are as confusing as they are endless. So in Revelation 17:8 . We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. The seven kings, as peculiarly powerful--the great powers of the world--are distinguished from the ten, represented by the horns (simply called "kings," Revelation 17:12 ). Though it is an imitation of the divine name, it is only human. The beast, healed of its temporary and external wound, now returns, not only from the sea, but from the bottomless pit, whence it draws new Antichristian strength of hell ( Revelation 13:3 Revelation 13:11 Revelation 13:12 Revelation 13:14 , Revelation 11:7 , 17:8 ). Though these things are prophesied and part of God’s predetermined plan, it does not lessen in the slightest way man’s personal responsibility. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. nations--Greek, "every tribe . Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. “A.D. B reads, "to make war" (compare Revelation 13:4 ). . All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted. maketh fire--Greek, "maketh even fire." The dragon is the anti-Father, the beast rising from the sea is the anti-Christ, and the beast rising from the land is the anti-Holy Spirit. Or, he may have two horns simply because that’s how many horns lambs have (two horns like a lamb). . I stood--So B, Aleph, and Coptic read. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. The Beast from the Sea. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. English Version is quite a different sense, namely, a warning to the persecutors that they shall be punished with retribution in kind. He will reward their persecutors with persecution of His own. Modern interpretations of the idea of the Antichrist are full of the idea of some demon-child, marked by obvious evil from his birth, such as in the Omen movies. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. That secular dynasty, in alliance with the ecclesiastical power, the Papacy ( Revelation 13:11 , &c.), being "the eighth head," and yet "of the seven" ( Revelation 17:11 ), will temporarily triumph over the saints, until destroyed in Armageddon ( Revelation 19:17-21 ). ii. His description, power, blasphemy, cruelty, etc., Revelation 13:2-10. Introduction. . But A, C, and Vulgate read, "hath.". A mark on their right hand or on their foreheads: Satan is not a creative being, all he can do is imitate God. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. Revelation » Chapter 13 » exegesis. The heads of the sea beast are the heads of the Roman Empire, the Caesars. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. The danger is near. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. a. The second beast's, or false prophet's rise, coincides in time with the healing of the beast's deadly wound and its revival ( Revelation 13:12-14 ). “The year of Rome’s ruin is by some held to be 1666. Since the ancient Greek word for mark (charagma) isn’t generally applied to people, some have taken this as a symbolic mark. 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. The former is in the Greek more obvious and simple. To the deceived world, this also puts this false prophet in the class of Elijah (1 Kings 18). But the Antichrist may be someone whose evil is only seen after his rise to power. Hence, the world powers seeking their own glory, and not God's, are represented as beasts; and Nebuchadnezzar, when in self-deification he forgot that "the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men," was driven among the beasts. and them--So Vulgate, Coptic, ANDREAS, and PRIMASIUS read. . Chapter 13 reveals the most amazing and terrifying image of a beast. He performs great signs: The beast rising from the sea has the “signs and wonders” to back up his false teaching. If you work for the beast and lead others into captivity, you certainly shall go into captivity yourself. ", 13. wonders--Greek, "signs." As compared to the number 888, the number 666 may signify an unholy trinity. c. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed: The beast rising from the earth will use a deceptive, animated image as the focus point of the worship of the beast. A, B, and Vulgate read, "names of blasphemy," namely, a name on each of the heads; blasphemously arrogating attributes belonging to God alone (compare Note, little horn in Daniel 7:8 Daniel 7:20 Daniel 7:21 , 2 Thessalonians 2:4 . nation." out of the earth--out of society civilized, consolidated, and ordered, but still, with all its culture, of earth earthy: as distinguished from "the sea," the troubled agitations of various peoples out of which the world power and its several kingdoms have emerged. shall go into captivity--Greek present, "goeth into captivity." This is the summation of the power of the Antichrist, whose authority ends after forty-two months (Revelation 13:5). No essential change is noticed in Daniel as effected by Christianity upon the fourth kingdom; it remains essentially God-opposed to the last. mouth--The usual formula in the case of a set speech, or series of speeches. REV:13 This chapter has the two visions of the two remarkable beasts which rose out of the sea and out of the earth as allies and helpers of the dragon Satan. i. Revelation 13:11-17 Another beast cometh up out of the earth, which. i. c. The number of his name: This was a common concept in the ancient world. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. A, B, C, Vulgate, Syriac, ANDREAS, and PRIMASIUS add "and people," after "tribe" or "kindred.". 15. he had power--Greek, "it was given to him." The dragon takes his stand on the sand of the sea (12:17), and a beast rises out of the sea. b. b. If the ten kingdoms meant were those which sprung up on the overthrow of Rome, the ten would be accurately known, whereas twenty-eight different lists are given by so many interpreters, making in all sixty-five kingdoms! Some take this to say that the Antichrist will be a Roman. Spiritual wisdom is needed to solve the mystery of iniquity, so as not to be beguiled by it. Rome's speaking images and winking pictures of the Virgin Mary and the saints are an earnest of the future demoniacal miracles of the false prophet in making the beast's or Antichrist's image to speak. These entities … iii. This view is favored also by the fact, that the beast is the vicarious representative of Satan, who similarly has seven heads and ten horns: a general description of his universal power in all ages and places of the world. It may seem strange to us to have the whole world give this kind of worship to the image of a man, but the personality cults of totalitarian governments in the twentieth century are a good example of this kind of worship. [TYSO in DE BURGH]. Be armed both against force and fraud, even with the wh… You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. The beast has ten horns and seven heads with ten diadems on its horns. There is just enough given here to connect … The healing of the wound and return of the beast is represented [in regard to its final Antichristian manifestation though including also, meanwhile, its healing and return under Popery, which is baptized heathenism] in that principle which, since 1789, has manifested itself in beast-like outbreaks" [AUBERLEN]. healed--twice again repeated emphatically ( Revelation 13:12 Revelation 13:14 ); compare Revelation 17:8 Revelation 17:11 , "the beast that was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit" (compare Revelation 13:11 ); the Germanic empire, the seventh head (revived in the eighth), as yet future in John's time ( Revelation 17:10 ). Like the composite dragon, the composite … Revelation 14:14-20 . . The second, arising out of the earth, is in Revelation 11:7 , 17:8 , said to ascend out of the bottomless pit: its very culture and world wisdom only intensify its infernal character, the pretense to superior knowledge and rationalistic philosophy (as in the primeval temptation, Genesis 3:5 Genesis 3:7 , "their EYES [as here] were opened") veiling the deification of nature, self, and man. v. Jesus said that in the end times, false prophets would emerge and show great signs and wonders to deceive (Matthew 24:24). In Daniel 7:4-7 there are four beasts: here the one beast expresses the sum-total of the God-opposed world power viewed in its universal development, not restricted to one manifestation alone, as Rome. "And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and his … image--Nebuchadnezzar set up in Dura a golden image to be worshipped, probably of himself; for his dream had been interpreted, "Thou art this head of gold"; the three Hebrews who refused to worship the image were east into a burning furnace. Perhaps this suggests that the Antichrist, like Solomon, is a good man who becomes corrupted. Revelation 14:1-5. for--The "for" implies the possibility of our calculating or counting the beast's number. These three forms of apostasy are reducible to two: the apostate Church and the apostate world, pseudo-Christianity and Antichristianity, the harlot and the beast; for the false prophet is also a beast; and the two beasts, as different manifestations of the same beast-like principle, stand in contradistinction to the harlot, and are finally judged together, whereas separate judgment falls on the harlot [AUBERLEN]. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. the sea, to whom the dragon giveth his power, wherewith he blasphemeth God, and vexeth the saints. The second beast sets up an image of the first beast. b. Imitations work precisely because they are similar; if they were so obviously different, it would be easy to tell the difference. At the same time, this beast is different. "Whatsoever virtue was in the sacrifices, did operate through Messiah's death alone. This image of the Antichrist will be a different kind of idol, because the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. deadly wound--Greek, "wound of death. 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. might buy--Greek, "may be able to buy." had--So B and ANDREAS read. They are different in appearance, because the second has a mild, “lamb-like” appearance. 16. to receive a mark--literally, "that they should give them a mark"; such a brand as masters stamp on their slaves, and monarchs on their subjects. This marks the halfway point of the final seven years of man’s rule of this planet. For example, graffiti in the ruins of Pompeii reads “I love her whose number is 545.”. a. A and C omit "and": "them that dwell (literally, 'tabernacle') in heaven," mean not only angels and the departed souls of the righteous, but believers on earth who have their citizenship in heaven, and whose true life is hidden from the Antichristian persecutor in the secret of God's tabernacle. They are different in origin, because one comes out of the sea, the other out of the earth. John's use of I saw (vv. to give life--Greek, "breath," or "spirit." We are not surprised to find that this too is a Satanic parody of something God will do; it imitates God’s mark upon his people (Revelation 7:3-4). c. Spoke like a dragon: Despite his lamb-like appearance, the message of the second beast is the same as the message of the first beast. This may be the most talked about chapter in the book of Revelation. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . The first commentary we have on the Book of Revelation, written by Victorinus in the early church, says of this Revelation 13:15: “He shall cause also that a golden image of Antichrist shall be placed in the temple at Jerusalem, and that the apostate angel should enter, and thence utter voices and oracles.”. The two ruling beasts, Revelation 13:1-18 i. 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