The Beast from the Sea
1Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw #Dan. 7:2, 7a beast rising up out of the sea, #Rev. 12:3having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a #Dan. 7:8; 11:36; Rev. 17:3blasphemous name. 2Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The #Rev. 12:3, 9; 13:4, 12dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3And I saw one of his heads #Rev. 13:12, 14as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And #Rev. 17:8all the world marveled and followed the beast. 4So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, #Ex. 15:11; Is. 46:5; Rev. 18:18“Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”
5And he was given #Dan. 7:8, 11, 20, 25; 11:36; 2 Thess. 2:3a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for #Rev. 11:2forty-two months. 6Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, #(John 1:14; Col. 2:9)His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. 7It was granted to him #Dan. 7:21; Rev. 11:7to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And #Rev. 11:18authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. 8All who dwell on the earth will worship him, #Ex. 32:32; (Rev. 20:12–15)whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain #Matt. 25:34; Rev. 17:8from the foundation of the world.
9#Rev. 2:7If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10#Is. 33:1; Jer. 15:2; 43:11He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; #Gen. 9:6; Matt. 26:52; Rev. 11:18he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. #Heb. 6:12; Rev. 14:12Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
The Beast from the Earth
11Then I saw another beast #Rev. 11:7coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, #Rev. 13:3, 4whose deadly wound was healed. 13#Deut. 13:1; Matt. 24:24; 2 Thess. 2:9; Rev. 16:14He performs great signs, #1 Kin. 18:38; 2 Kin. 1:10; Luke 9:54; Rev. 11:5; 20:9so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14#Rev. 12:9And he deceives those who dwell on the earth #2 Thess. 2:9by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword #2 Kin. 20:7and lived. 15He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak #Rev. 16:2and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, #Gal. 6:17; Rev. 7:3; 14:9; 20:4to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or #Rev. 14:9–11the name of the beast, #Rev. 15:2or the number of his name.
18#Rev. 17:9Here is wisdom. Let him who has #(1 Cor. 2:14)understanding calculate #Rev. 15:2the number of the beast, #Rev. 21:17for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.