Revelation 13:1

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And I stoode vpon the sand of the sea: and saw a beast rise vp out of the sea, hauing seuen heads, and tenne hornes, and vpon his hornes tenne crownes, and vpon his heads, the name of blasphemie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns {were} ten diadems, and on his heads {were} blasphemous names.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and he stood upon the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns, and seven heads, and on his horns ten diadems, and upon his heads names of blasphemy.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he took his place on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads unholy names.
- Basic English Bible

And I stood upon the sand of the sea; and I saw a beast rising out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and upon its horns ten diadems, and upon its heads names of blasphemy.
- Darby Bible

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
- Webster's Bible

And he took up a position upon the sands of the sea-shore. Then I saw a Wild Beast coming up out of the sea, and he had ten horns and seven heads. On his horns were ten kingly crowns, and inscribed on his heads were names full of blasphemy.
- Weymouth Bible

Then I stood on the sand of the sea. I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads. On his horns were ten crowns, and on his heads, blasphemous names.
- World English Bible

And Y sai a beeste stiynge vp of the see, hauynge seuene heedis, and ten hornes; and on hise hornes ten diademes, and on hise heedis the names of blasfemye.
- Wycliffe Bible

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and I saw out of the sea a beast coming up, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon its horns ten diadems, and upon its heads a name of evil speaking,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 13:1

13:1 And I stood on the sand of the sea - This also was in the vision. And I saw - Soon after the woman flew away. A wild beast coming up - He comes up twice; first from the sea, then from the abyss. He comes from the sea before the seven phials; the great whore comes after them. O reader, this is a subject wherein we also are deeply concerned, and which must he treated, not as a point of curiosity, but as a solemn warning from God! The danger is near. Be armed both against force and fraud, even with the whole armour of God. Out of the sea - That is, Europe. So the three woes (the first being in Persia, the second about the Euphrates) move in a line from east to west. This beast is the Romish Papacy, as it came to a point six hundred years since, stands now, and will for some time longer. To this, and no other power on earth, agrees the whole text, and every part of it in every point; as we may see, with the utmost evidence, from the propositions following: It is one and the same beast, having seven heads, and ten horns, which is described in this and in the seventeenth chapter. Of consequence, his heads are the same, and his horns also. This beast is a spiritually secular power, opposite to the kingdom of Christ. A power not merely spiritual or ecclesiastical, nor merely secular or political but a mixture of both. He is a secular prince; for a crown, yea, and a kingdom are ascribed to him. And yet he is not merely secular; for he is also a false prophet. The beast has a strict connexion with the city of Rome. This clearly appears from the seventeenth chapter. The beast is now existing. He is not past. for Rome is now existing; and it is not till after the destruction of Rome that the beast is thrown into the lake. He is not altogether to come: for the second woe is long since past, after which the third came quickly; and presently after it began, the beast rose out of the sea. Therefore, whatever he is, he is now existing. The beast is the Romish Papacy. This manifestly follows from the third and fourth propositions; the beast has a strict connexion with the city of Rome; and the beast is now existing: therefore, either there is some other power more strictly connected with that city, or the Pope is the beast. The Papacy, or papal kingdom, began long ago. The most remarkable particulars relating to this are here subjoined; taken so high as abundantly to show the rise of the beast, and brought down as low as our own time, in order to throw a light on the following part of the prophecy: A.D. 1033. Benedict the Ninth, a child of eleven years old, is bishop of Rome, and occasions grievous disorders for above twenty years. A.D. 1048 Damasus II. introduces the use of the triple crown. A.D. 1058 The church of Milan is, after long opposition, subjected to the Roman. A.D. 1073 Hildebrand, or Gregory VII., comes to the throne. A.D. 1076 He deposes and excommunicates the emperor. A.D. 1077 He uses him shamefully and absolves him. A.D. 1080 He excommunicates him again, and sends a crown to Rodulph, his competitor. A.D. 1083 Rome is taken. Gregory flees. Clement is made Pope, and crowns the emperor. A.D. 1085 Gregory VII. dies at Salerno. A.D. 1095 Urban II. holds the first Popish council, at Clermont and gives rise to the crusades. A.D. 1111 Paschal II. quarrels furiously with the emperor. A.D. 1123 The first western general council in the Lateran. The marriage of priests is forbidden. A.D. 1132 Innocent II declares the emperor to be the Pope's liege - man, or vassal. A.D. 1143 The Romans set up a governor of their own, independent on Innocent II. He excommunicates them, and dies. Celestine II. is, by an important innovation, chosen to the Popedom without the suffrage of the people; the right of choosing the Pope is taken from the people, and afterward from the clergy, and lodged in the Cardinals alone. A.D. 1152 Eugene II. assumes the power of canonizing saints. A.D. 1155 Adrian IV. puts Arnold of Brixia to death for speaking against the secular power of the Papacy. A.D. 1159 Victor IV. is elected and crowned. But Alexander III. conquers him and his successor. A.D. 1168 Alexander III. excommunicates the emperor, and brings him so low, that, A.D. 1177 he submits to the Pope's setting his foot on his neck. A.D. 1204 Innocent III. sets up the Inquisition against the Vaudois. A.D. 1208 He proclaims a crusade against them. A.D. 1300 Boniface VIII. introduces the year of jubilee. A.D. 1305 The Pope's residence is removed to Avignon. A.D. 1377 It is removed back to Rome. A.D. 1378 The fifty years' schism begins. A.D. 1449 Felix V., the last Antipope, submits to Nicholas V. A.D. 1517 The Reformation begins. A.D. 1527 Rome is taken and plundered. A.D. 1557 Charles V. resigns the empire; Ferdinand I. thinks the being crowned by the Pope superfluous. A.D. 1564 Pius IV. confirms the Council of Trent. A.D. 1682 Doctrines highly derogatory to the Papal authority are openly taught in France. A.D. 1713 The constitution Unigenitus. A.D. 1721 Pope Gregory VII. canonized anew.

People's Bible Notes for Revelation 13:1

Re 13:1 The Seven-Headed Beast SUMMARY OF REVELATION 13: The Beast That Rises Out of the Sea. Power Given to the Beast by the Dragon. The Head Wounded to Death and Healed. Power Given to Continue Forty-two Months. The Lamb-like Beast That Had the Voice of a Dragon. His Service to the Seven-Headed Beast. The Number of the Beast. I . . . saw a beast. The twelfth chapter has shown the relentless hostility of the dragon, "the old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan" (Re 12:9 20:2), to the woman, a hostility that has manifested itself in changing forms. Re 12:17 declares his purpose to make war on the seed of the woman. This chapter is intended to show the organized forms in which he has carried on this warfare. The apostle sees a "beast", a wild savage beast, arising out of the sea. The restless ocean is a symbol of commotion. Having seven heads and ten horns. The beast bears the old dragon mark of seven heads and ten horns (Re 12:3). It must therefore be some manifestation of the same power. Indeed, it is the dragon who has called the beast forth from the sea. Upon his horns ten crowns. These crowns are "diadems" (Revised Version). They are the sign of royal authority. They represent ten kings or kingdoms (Re 17:12). In Re 12:3, the seven heads had the diadems; now the horns wear them. There is a reason for this that we shall see in the sequel. And upon his heads the name of blasphemy. If these heads should arrogantly claim divine honors, not belonging to them, these would be names of blasphemy. These heads are said to be seven kings. Sometimes kings have claimed to be gods, as Alexander, who asserted that he was the son of Jupiter Ammon, and the Roman Emperors, who all claimed divine honors and required men to worship their statues and to offer them sacrifices.

Discussion for Revelation 13

  • Susan
    Donald W. Revelation is a fascinating book given to us for our learning. It had difficult parts, but what is intended for our learning today isn't impossible to know with study. Most of the book ready came to pass as is stated in first chapters things at hand and will short come to pass. I suggest Introduction
  • Sabbath keeper and Wife
    These beasts are world superpowers named in Daniel. Daniel was WAY back there looking forward, John in Rome looking back, thus reason for the inverted order. Same ol beasts, different vantage point. The conclusion of the prophecy is upon US like a duck on a June bug. It is Christ's will for us to know these things. All reformers and most folk did til about 100 years ago. Healed wound hid it.
  • Donald Wilson
    I am a Christian very interested in Bible study. God bless you, and thank you or these articles.
  • Jac
    there is a clear comparision of beast in rev 13 and dan 7,if this two chapters are well studied,we can easily understand rev 13
    and know this beasts as described.

  • Word
    First vs the sea are people. Ten crowns are 10 supernatural Kings that come with Satan and they are 100 percent against God and the beast that rises out of the people is a one world system. Leopard Deut. 32 Song of Moses their spots are not our spots. Kenites, Satans small people that will help him rise to power. Russia is the bear and the Lion it looks as if it's Judah. Satan will sit there.
  • K.Basumatary
    The World is fully Mysterious. But there is still Truth in it and that Truth reveals in the 66 books of the "Holy Bible". So, what peoples are talking about the Revelation chapter 13 it gives us good idea all about the end time Anti-Christ. But, still we are not yet reach the climax. While our Savior Jesus Christ will come on earth during the melleniel kingdom then, we will understand all about it. Just keep on your arguments and opinions. Because, it gives us the clue. God says, "'While two of you gather in my name on earth there is me." So, where there is God the truth is there. It seems, all your opinions are true. But, we have to adjust it and pick up the right points. Who knows, it may take place by 2017 or may be after 2045 or more longer years to come. It just gives us the clue points. So, dear readers, Who is coming on being an antichrist just keep on your eays wide watching till you die or just pass on to someone who lives next to you. While Jesus was on earth the Anti-Christ was there. And since then he is present and will be till Second Coming of Christ. He may be from Rome or Israel or may be other parts of the wotld. Yes, he is still been antichrist who says and does angaist Christ. They are the group of peoples who are counted as a computerized number 666, in an accounting manner of one Government, one Religion, one Currency Policy. They are the people who lies the truth and speaks blasphemies agaist the God. They are already existed now and their plans are secretly going on. So, be not follow them...their doctrines have similarities with the Bible, but, diverted from the four Gospels Books of Christ. Alas for them who follow their doctrine !!!

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