Each of the first six empires were ruled by several kings. Rather, it’s the demonic sub-rulers of the kingdom of darkness — that is, demons that rule in that kingdom on behalf of Satan (Eph 6:12). The world is full of false prophets and false religions and false belief systems, but they all originate with the rulers of darkness. The rulers of the kingdom of darkness point the people of the world to the kingdom of darkness. There shouldn’t be any doubt that the beast of the Church age is the kingdom of darkness, the spirit of the antichrist, which stands in opposition to the kingdom of light, the Kingdom of Christ. We’re to “endure” and remain strong in our “faith,” knowing that the persecutions and trials of this life are only temporary, and that we have the glories of Heaven to look forward to. It’s a conflict between two kingdoms, as I talk about throughout this chapter. It makes perfect sense that only those who belong to the kingdom of darkness (kingdom of the world), would be able to share the same belief system. Cancel. Dispensational Premillennialism commonly teaches that this chapter is about “the Antichrist,” who appears on the world stage during the so-called “seven year tribulation period” prior to the return of Christ and His so-called “earthly millennial kingdom,” who forces everyone to have a physical mark in order to buy or sell anything during that brief period of tribulation. 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. It’s the domain of darkness that is against Christ and His followers. I believe the mention of the number three times is for one of two reasons, or both: One, stated three times could be merely an emphatic expression. Thus those who bear the “name” of the beast, are identified with Satan as belonging to him and his kingdom, as his children (Acts 26:18; Col 1:13; 1 Jn 3:10). When we consider the kingdom of darkness and its world-wide dominion, I believe the “image” of the beast (kingdom of darkness) has to be the kingdom of the world (Rev 11:15), since the kingdom of the world is a reflection of the kingdom of darkness. We know from this that it is the last hour.” We still have antichrists in the world today, so we know that we’re still in the “last hour,” the Church age. To understand what’s going on here, this beast, the beast of this chapter, has to be viewed as the Church-age beast. And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. Therefore, as we go through this chapter (13), we need to be aware that we’re dealing with the seventh empire of the whole Church age, while Chapter 17 is focused on eighth king of this seventh empire, who will arise at the end of the Church age—but who is still part of the seventh empire. It almost seems obvious that the identity of this beast is that kingdom (empire). We will go into detail about this when we get to chapter 17. Therefore, spiritually, this kingdom has no power over us who belong to Christ. And the beast which I saw, was like vnto a Leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a Beare, and his … However, Christians are members of the Kingdom of Christ (Col 1:13) and protected by the “armour of God” (Eph 6:13), while unbelievers are totally under the influence of the rulers of darkness and have no protection. 13 Then 1I stood on the sand of the sea. Those who belong to the kingdom of darkness are normally easy to identify. The world hates Christians, and they go after us with great fury. (ESV), (1 Jn 5:19) – 19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. If our lives as Christians do not clearly identify us (mark us) with Christ (Gal 6:17), then there’s something wrong. This is figurative language. If you’ve been following along in this commentary, you know that this is the picture we’ve seen. In John’s day, they were in the period of the sixth empire, which was Rome. I believe this king is the “man of sin” (world ruler). Even more specifically, I believe what’s in view here with this beast is the actual demonic activity of the kingdom of darkness. The seventh empire (Church age) is ruled by Satan himself, up until the end of this empire when the world is once again ruled by a human king—the “eight king” (Rev 17:11), whom I believe to the “man of sin” of 2 Thessalonians 2:3. Revelation 13 King James Version << Revelation 12 | Revelation 13 | Revelation 14 >> The Two Beasts. Significant point: It’s important to understand that at the time of John’s revelation/writing, this sea-beast was in transition from the sixth world empire (Rome) to the seventh world empire (kingdom of darkness), which came into existence once Rome fell. Spirit of the antichrist — Perhaps the most convincing evidence for our position, comes from the Apostle John himself, who wrote both the book of Revelation and 1 John, where he, himself, provides the proper interpretation for who this sea-beast (seventh world empire) is: (1 John 2:18) – 18 Children, it is the last hour, and just as you heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. It had ten horns and seven heads, and on its horns were ten diadem crowns, and on its heads a blasphemous name. Book Notes Barnes' Book Notes Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Book Notes Robertson's Book Notes (NT) Commentaries Adam Clarke Barnes' Notes Forerunner Commentary Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown John Wesley's Notes Matthew Henry People's Commentary (NT) … This chapter draws a clear line of distinction between believers and unbelievers. CategoriesCommentary on Revelation, Eschatology/Prophecy, This may be the most talked about chapter in the book of Revelation. In other words, everyone except those who follow the “Lamb” (Christ). As I’ve already talked about, this end time king is viewed as “the beast” himself in Rev 17:11. Our lives should clearly be identified (marked) with Christ and His name. There’s only one interpretation for the identity of this beast that can possibly fit this all-encompassing description, and that’s the kingdom of darkness. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his … These are seven world empires or kingdoms (Rev 17:9-10). Again, this is no more literal than the mark (name) on their “forehead.” Mention of the “hand” might be a reference to what unbelievers do. 1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. To be clear, the first six empires were ruled by human kings. (Rev 13:7) – 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and there was given to him authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation. NET – 17 Thus no one was allowed to buy or sell things unless he bore the mark of the beast – that is, his name or his number. (Rev 13:5) – 5 and there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and there was given to him authority to continue forty and two months. He does this through anti-Christian or non-Christian government, false religion, worldly philosophies, worldly values, worldly pleasures, etc.—in general, all the anti-Christian ways of the world (see “image” vs. 14). He goes by many names: Great red dragon, old serpent, Satan, devil, deceiver of the world, roaring lion (Rev 12:3,9; 1 Pet 5:8). Other translations place this phrase at the end of chapter 12: The one “standing upon the sand of the sea,” is Satan, as Rev 12:13-18 makes clear. Therefore, what we see in chapter 13 is the reign of the seventh world empire during the whole Church age—up until the end of the Church age when the “eighth king” rises to power (Rev 17:11), and Jesus defeats him. When we do that, we’re able to make better sense out of this book than when viewed through the narrow lens of Premillennialism (esp Dispensational Premillennialism). He will be indwelt by and completely controlled by Satan. (, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. NET – 10 If anyone is meant for captivity, into captivity he will go. So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? We have to keep in mind that this chapter is the seventh head (empire, kingdom), which is the kingdom of darkness. Revelation 13 1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. As for the “two horns,” like the horns of the first beast, they probably represent power and authority. Both the sea-beast (ch 13) and the abyss-beast (ch 17) are part of the same seventh world empire. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. This obviously has Daniel 7:4-7 in view. Likewise, those who belong to the kingdom of light are also normally easy to identify. This may be the most talked about chapter in the book of Revelation. “the dragon gave him his power, and his throne, and great authority.”. 13 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. In other words, the events of this chapter have been terribly sensationalized. Our lives should clearly reveal who we belong to. Thus we do not have this same sense of awe toward the beast that the rest of the world has. Blasphemous names were written on its heads. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like … This mark is merely symbolic. “He told those who live on the earth to make an image to the beast who had been wounded by the sword, but still lived.”. The wording is figurative language for deception. 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