Chapter 13 of the book of Revelation has long hidden its teaching, but
it is time it was made clearer.
Revelation 13 presents descriptions of two beasts,
- a beast from the sea (verse 1)
- a beast from the land (verse 11).
These are often linked to the entities beast and false prophet (entities
mentioned in Revelation 16:13, 19:20 and 20:10).
Associated with the first beast is 42 months (verse 5).
Associated with one, or both, of these beasts is the number 666 (verse 18).
BEAST FROM THE SEA - 'BEAST'
A number of details are presented in the Revelation text which assist
the reader in identifying this beast.
- Mention of leopard, bear and lion.
- 7 heads, 10 horns, 10 crowns on horns.
- One of the heads mortally wounded, but
- An extended duration of '42 months'.
- Allowed to make war against the saints.
Many commentators discussing this beast rightly start with a consideration
of the lion, bear and leopard beasts presented in Daniel chapter 7. Since
these beasts have historically been considered as representations of the
Babylonian, Medo-Persian and Greek Empires, the 'beast' is usually assumed
to depict a Gentile arrangement.
However, this website takes the view that the portrayal of these progressive
kingdoms is actually intended to mirror major variances in the forms of
God's chosen vessel 'Israel'. That the teachings of the book of Daniel were
cloaked, often in a Gentile guise, to conceal God's actual prophetic message.
A message concerning the nature and fate of Israelite governing rulerships
or faith based leaderships claiming to represent God.
The focal point of all biblical prophecy is the ancient entity known as
'Israel' was the firstborn son of God!
Exod 4:22 Then you shall say to Pharaoh, Thus says the
LORD; "Israel is My son, My firstborn.
With this different approach how should we view the 7 heads, 10 horns and
The prophecy tells us that one of the heads had been 'mortally wounded'
and was 'healed'. The major historical wound of Israel was the fall of
the final remnant kingdom to the Kingdom of Babylon.
This deadly wound was subsequently healed by God through the proclamation
of Cyrus (king of Persia). Ezra 1:2-4.
However, Israel became no more than a shadow of it's former self.
Nevertheless, it did retain some 'claim to glory' since it preserved
the Scriptures and represented what remained of the Old Covenant faith.
Having now mentioned the mortally wounded head, and it's healing, it
is now necessary to reflect on the identities of the 7 heads being
alluded to in this prophecy.
Daniel chapter seven presents four beasts having in total 7 heads!
1 lion head, 1 bear head, 4 leopard heads and 1 'fourth beast' head.
The indication from this prophecy (when the beasts of Daniel chapter
seven are considered) is that we are dealing with a progression of
heads through time.
Since the lion, bear and leopard are mentioned before the deadly wound
we are drawn to the conclusion that the lion head, the bear head and
four leopard heads arose before the deadly wound occurred.
The head of the fourth beast would arise thereafter.
The 10 horns and crowns can also be explained by considering Daniel
chapter seven. They are ten kingdoms (and ten kings) associated with
the final 'fourth beast'.
A critical piece of information provided by the Revelation prophecy is
that after the healing of the beast's wound the healed beast would be
given authority to continue a further 42 months.
The cryptic reference '42 months' is likely a New Testament reference to
the period cryptically described in Daniel chapter 4 as 'seven times'.
Both terms being symbolic references to an actual period of 2,520 years.
The period of time from when Cyrus released the Jews, to the expiry of
the time allocated for those of the Old Covenant faith to repent of their
[ NB: It is easy to derive the period of 2,520 years from
'seven times'. As 7 years x 360(days per year) equals
2,520 days, which is symbolising 2,520 years.
However, it is more difficult to derive this period
from '42 months'. The notion of '42 months' may be
easily equated to 1,260 years, ie 42 months x 30 days
(1260 days, symbolising 1260 years), but the doubling
of this value to provide 2,520 years could be
However, the text '42 months' can also be rendered as
'42 New Moons'. (In the Old Testament the Hebrew word
may either be rendered 'month(s)' or 'New Moon(s)'.)
The topic of 'New Moons' has been poorly understood,
refer to NEW MOON - Chodesh - Explained!).
NB: The existence of only six symbolic 'New Moons'
per year would mean that '42 New Moons' would
also equate to 7 years (and therefore 2,520
SEA BEAST ELEMENTS
For a further discussion of the Daniel chapter 7 beasts click below:
The healed head mentioned in Revelation refers to a Judean king. Seemingly
one of the four sons/relatives of Josiah, who ruled after king Josiah.
These ruled after Josiah; Jehoahaz, Eliakim (renamed Jehoiakim), Jehoiachin
(also named Coniah) and Mattaniah (renamed Zedekiah).
It is from Jehoiachin that the rulership line was maintained. From this
line Jesus Christ traced his kingly ancestry (refer Matt 1:12'Jeconiah').
The text of Revelation 13 mentions that the beast from the sea represents
an entity which kills the saints.
Acts 7:51 You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears!
You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers
did, so do you.
:52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute?
And they killed those who foretold the coming of the
Just One, ...
For a discussion of the meaning of the number '666' click the link:
Identifying the beast of Revelation 13:1-10 as various forms of the
entity 'Israel' helps place the second beast in perspective.
BEAST FROM THE LAND - 'FALSE PROPHET'
The beast from the land is not directly identified in the Revelation
13 chapter as the False Prophet, but the comparison to the following
verse strongly suggests this conclusion.
Rev 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
The main actions of the beast from the land are;
1) Causing the creation of a more tangible
image of the first beast.
2) Ensuring this image is worshiped.
Also, we can see that the fate of the first beast and the False Prophet
happens to be identical.
Rev 19:20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the
false prophet ... These two were cast alive
into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.
This second beast arises out of the earth (ie spiritual earth), an
indication that it arises out of Judaism.
There is a strong suggestion that this second beast will seek to build
an image of ancient Israel. A possible reference to the temple sanctuary
and its observances.
[ NB: It is indicated that this second beast will attempt to
solidify a memorial of the past. Hence, the mention of
the setting up an image to the first beast.
This entity differs from the 'little horn' in Daniel,
as the Daniel 'little horn' takes away the daily
sacrifices, refer Dan 8:11. ]
END-TIME IMAGE OF THE BEAST
It is not initially clear but many of the descriptions of the healed
beast head, actually apply to when the image is made by the 2nd Beast.
- speak (a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies - v15)
- kill (make war with the saints and overcome them - v15)
- authority (cause all to receive a mark - v16,17)
So the full nature of the healed beast does not become manifest until
the end-time image is brought into existence.
It will be a religious organisation which will seek to bring its people
into spiritual captivity. So in this way many will be symbolically
marked in their minds (foreheads) and religious work (right hand).
People and groups which do not 'fall into line' will be disfellowshipped
and otherwise suppressed (symbolically killed). In its domain, this
organisation will seek to fully control God's vineyard work.
It is important to note that the 4th beast of Daniel chapter seven
manifests itself in two different forms!
Firstly, a united religious establishment enforcing its Scriptural
Secondly, a satanic led power going in an entirely different direction
('intend to change times and law').
(NB: Both forms will seek to enforce their agendas.)
The rise of a satanic power is also reflected in Dan 11:37-38; where
Scripture speaks of a ruler which will not regard the God of his fathers!
In summary Revelation chapter 13 is describing several successive periods
- Lion, bear and leopard era
- Deadly wound era
- Interim healed beast era
- End-time image of the Beast from the Sea
There is a close association between this Revelation prophecy and the
imagery presented in Daniel chapter 7.
However, this prophecy excludes the final era (when the first three
horns are uprooted and the 4th beast is ruled by the 'little horn').