Revelation
Chapter 13

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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.

2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Commentary for Revelation 13

A wild beast rises out of the sea, to whom the dragon gives his power. (1-10) Another beast, which has two horns like a lamb, but speaks as a dragon. (11-15) It obliges all to worship its image, and receive its mark, as persons devoted to it. (16-18)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 took place. It was a frightful monster! It appears to mean that worldly, oppressing dominion, which for many ages, even from the times of the Babylonish captivity, had been hostile to the church. The first beast then began to oppress and persecute the righteous for righteousness' sake, but they suffered most under the fourth beast of Daniel, (the Roman empire,) which has afflicted the saints with many cruel persecutions. The source of its power was the dragon. It was set up by the devil, and supported by him. The wounding the head may be the abolishing pagan idolatry; and the healing of the wound, introducing popish idolatry, the same in substance, only in a new dress, but which as effectually answers the devil's design. The world admired its power, policy and success. They paid honour and subjection to the devil and his instruments. It exercised infernal power and policy, requiring men to render that honour to creatures which belongs to God alone. Yet the devil's power and success are limited. Christ has a chosen remnant, redeemed by his blood, recorded in his book, sealed by his Spirit; and though the devil and antichrist may overcome the body, and take away the natural life, they cannot conquer the soul, nor prevail with true believers to forsake their Saviour, and join his enemies. Perseverance in the faith of the gospel and true worship of God, in this great hour of trial and temptation, which would deceive all but the elect, is the character of those registered in the book of life. This powerful motive and encouragement to constancy, is the great design of the whole Revelation.

11-18 Those who understand the first beast to denote a worldly power, take the second to be also a persecuting and assumed power, which acts under the disguise of religion, and of charity to the souls of men. It is a spiritual dominion, professing to be derived from Christ, and exercised at first in a gentle manner, but soon spake like the dragon. Its speech betrayed it; for it gives forth those false doctrines and cruel decrees, which show it to belong to the dragon, and not to the Lamb. It exercised all the power of the former beast. It pursues the same design, to draw men from worshipping the true God, and to subject the souls of men to the will and control of men. The second beast has carried on its designs, by methods whereby men should be deceived to worship the former beast, in the new shape, or likeness made for it. By lying wonders, pretended miracles. And by severe censures. Also by allowing none to enjoy natural or civil rights, who will not worship that beast which is the image of the pagan beast. It is made a qualification for buying and selling, as well as for places of profit and trust, that they oblige themselves to use all their interest, power, and endeavour, to forward the dominion of the beast, which is meant by receiving his mark. To make an image to the beast, whose deadly wound was healed, would be to give form and power to his worship, or to require obedience to his commands. To worship the image of the beast, implies being subject to those things which stamp the character of the picture, and render it the image of the beast. The number of the beast is given, so as to show the infinite wisdom of God, and to exercise the wisdom of men. The number is the number of a man, computed after the usual manner among men, and it is 666. What or who is intended by this, remains a mystery. To almost every religious dispute this number has yet been applied, and it may reasonably be doubted whether the meaning has yet been discovered. But he who has wisdom and understanding, will see that all the enemies of God are numbered and marked out for destruction; that the term of their power will soon expire, and that all nations shall submit to our King of righteousness and peace.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Revelation 13

  • Fred scanlan on Revelation 13
    wisdom and strength through the knowledge of god. grace mercy and peace be unto you all. there is power in the word. it is sharp and cuts both ways. heaven and earth shall end, but his word shall remain for ever, his kingdom shall have no end. goodness and mercy to those who believe and are called to be saints. you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood.It is a real joy to know that we can celebrate these truths of God! Having this confidence ,let us draw near to Him with a true heart, (a pure heart). Looking unto Jesus our author and finisher of our faith.
  • Georges Muller Jean on Revelation 13:18
    Clearly, 666 symbolizes Satan!
  • Julie - in Reply on Revelation 13
    666 is the papacy. 2 These 2:3,4 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
    Dan 7:25
    And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
    Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
  • Ivan Basil Thein Aung on Revelation 13
    God when uncertain time of crisis, please keep everyone safe and everyone respect kind to one another, help the poorly who are suffering. God please protect blind who cannot see, save our disease from the sins, and save the humanity in the world, Amen.
  • Bill on Revelation 13
    What verse has u should rejoice and dance
  • Misty Casteel - in Reply on Revelation 13
    Regarding Rev.16. This is during the Tribulation Period. They were all given a chance but rejected God.
    God is preparing for the final battle. In end of verses 16:9 & 16:11 says,"and they repented not.... / and repented not of their deeds.
  • Sally on Revelation 13
    The just shall live by faith.
  • Fred Scanlan on Revelation 13
    Arise church! and teach the truth of our lord of hosts. Our God is a mighty God. Who among you is worthy to carry the standard. What bishop,elder, layman is worthy to shout the truths of our God. Who will blow the trumpet of truth! Who is worthy! The power of Christ should compel us.Where is your faith? Who's priest are you following. Are you trusting in the one who raised this holy temple in 3 days? God created us for his good pleasure, not because you or I needed anything.He created us and redeemed us, for his purpose . How are we looking to the rest of the world America, are we looking priestly.our redemption draws nigh.
  • Yussuf Kay on Revelation 13
    In Daniel 2 we have 4 kingdoms on earth;Babylon, medo-persian, Grecian & Roman Empire.Christ was born during the Roman rule under Ceaser Agustus.Christ's kingdom comes to destroy satan and the 4th kingdom-Roman empire that turned to papal rome(the antichrist);they persecuted the church of God,opposed and changed the law of God;rejected Sabbath and instituted Sun-day worship(which is heathen set for sun worshipping.),hated jews-God's chosen people.Christians today hate Jews,the Sabbath Of God which is part of the Tencommandments BECAUSE THEY WONDER AFTER THE BEAST REV13VS4.True believer must Hold the commandments of God and the testimony of Christ.READ DANIEL 2;7:24-25,MATH.24:15,2THESS2:1-12
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Revelation 13
    I am no friend of the papacy or their rituals, but we believers DO NOT WORSHIP THE SUN, WE WORSHIP THE SON. The King James Bible antichrist definition fits one group of people very well.
    1 John 2:22 - Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
    (ALL Jews deny Jesus and that makes them antichrist, if they believed in Jesus then they would be CHRISTIANS. IF you do not believe me call any Synagogue and ask them if Jesus is the Messiah.)
    1 John 2:23 - Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
    If Jews do not accept Jesus as messiah, then who is?


 

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