What Are the Two Beasts in Revelation 13?
There are two very vivid descriptions that mark the introduction of these two beasts. Here is the first one.
The Beast out of the Sea
“The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast” (Revelation 13:1-3).
One of the symbolisms seen often in biblical prophecy is that of a horn. In Scripture, horns represent power and authority.
There are two things to notice about this beast in Revelation. First, there is a great parallel between this beast in Revelation 13 and the one described in Daniel 7. If you have not done so I would encourage you to read Daniel 7 and you will see many of the parallels. Simply put, it’s easy to see that Daniel and John in Revelation are referring to the same beast.
Second, this beast in Revelation will come out from the sea, which represents the Gentiles. So this leader will be a Gentile ruler. He will rule over a ten-nation confederacy. This beast will have great power and authority given to him by the dragon or Satan. The identity of this beast is viewed by many to be the Antichrist. Before I give further analysis let’s identify the other beast and then put it all together.
The Beast out of the Earth
“Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people” (Rev. 13:11-13).
This second beast comes out of the earth, which many agree means that it is coming out of Israel. This beast will also have power and if you notice they will cause people to worship the first beast or Antichrist. Because this leader will be some type of religious leader he is often referred to as the False Prophet.
Let’s look beyond what the two beasts are in Revelation 13 and consider how these three work together.
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