Revelation 13 speaks of 2 beasts. One rises out of the sea, having 7 heads and 10 horns. The other comes out of the earth, with 2 horns like a lamb. The latter rises after the former, not before or at the same time. Revelation 13:12 reads the 2nd beast will exercise all the power of the 1st beast, and will cause a country and them that dwell therein to “worship the 1st beast, whose deadly wound was healed”. What is the 1st beast whose deadly wound was healed? That is the question I would like to answer in this article.
“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. 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.”
– Revelation 13:11-12
First of all, the word “earth” in Revelation 13:12 is γῆ (ge), and it can mean “earth”, “world”, “land” or “country”. Even in English, according to the NSOED, an archaic definition of the word “earth” is “country”. In much of Isaiah 24, the word “earth”, אֶרֶץ (erets), means “land”.
Suppose, as I say, “earth” in Revelation 13:12 means a specific country as opposed to the whole world. Accordingly, it makes sense that the 2 beasts of Revelation 13 are 2 separate kingdoms, as well as 2 separate persons.
Now to the question, what exactly is the 1st beast whose deadly wound was healed? Notice that the expression is not simply the 1st beast or the beast that rises out of the sea full stop, but rather the 1st beast with a qualifying phrase, “whose deadly wound was healed”.
To understand this, it is important to read the beginning of Revelation 13, and especially the part that explains the deadly wound and its healing.
“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.”
– Revelation 13:1
The beast that rises out of the sea, with 7 heads and 10 horns, will be part leopard, part bear and part lion.
“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.”
– Revelation 13:2
This description means the beast of the sea is the same beast as the 4th beast of Daniel 7, the non descript one in the “night visions” with “10 horns”, Daniel 7:7. The dragon in Revelation 13:2, of course, is Satan, per Revelation 12:9.
Today in 2017, it should be obvious that the beast with 7 heads and 10 horns will be an Islamic Caliphate, or an Islamic State. Today, all of the nations round about Israel are Muslim. Today, almost all of the nations that encompass the boundaries of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd beasts of Daniel 7 are Muslim.
Revelation 13:3 is the verse that explains the deadly wound and its healing. Notice that it is one of the 7 heads of the beast that will be “as it were wounded to death”. It is not the beast as a whole or the person that reigns over the beast, the Assyrian, that will be wounded to death – actually or as it were.
“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.”
– Revelation 13:3
By the way, the word “world” in Revelation 13:3 in Greek is also γῆ (ge), but remarkably the KJV translators correctly figured it should read “world” in English.
The proof that it will not be the Assyrian, aka the Antichrist, who will receive a deadly wound that will heal comes in Revelation 13:5. Revelation 13:5 describes the Assyrian as “a mouth” of the beast. He will appear at the same time or shortly after the deadly wound heals, and he will then continue “forty and two months”, or 3.5 years. Indeed, he might well be the reason the deadly wound heals.
“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. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 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.”
– Revelation 13:5-7
Clearly, as of now, February 2017, the Assyrian still has not appeared. The Assyrian will be the one who will blaspheme God, his name, his tabernacle and all who dwell in heaven. For now, no person anywhere in the world has done that.
Revelation 13:7’s “and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations” means the “mouth” of the beast, the Assyrian, will be more powerful than all kindreds, tongues and nations. It does not mean he will rule over the entire world. That would contradict other scripture, e.g. Isaiah 59:19.
In my opinion, the head of the beast that will be wounded to death is ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. Right now, there is a war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and apparently ISIS is losing ground, notably in Mosul where it first proclaimed itself to the world in June 2014.
Nahum 1:11 prophesies the Assyrian will come out of Nineveh, in other words, Mosul Iraq.
“The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.”
– Nahum 1:1
“There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor.”
– Nahum 1:11
Therefore, Mosul is significant. ISIS will either lose or come close to losing Mosul, and then recover. This will be the deadly wound that heals in Revelation 13.
With that in mind, the words “to worship the 1st beast, whose deadly wound was healed” might not mean to submit to Islam, as I had thought in earlier articles, but rather to worship “ISIS” literally.
“ISIS” is antichrist, because the Islamic profession of faith, or shahada, on the flag of ISIS proclaims Allah is actually God and Muhammad was his messenger. To give ba’yah to ISIS, or to pledge allegiance to ISIS, essentially means to submit to Islam and to worship Allah.
“Isis” happens to also be the name of a god of ancient Egypt, when Egypt was polytheistic. To worship Isis in this context would be procedurally different.
It might be that “Allah” and “Isis” are one and the same, ultimately Lucifer, aka Satan. After all, Revelation 13:12 reads the 2nd beast, i.e. the false prophet, will exercise all the power of the 1st beast, i.e. the Assyrian; and Revelation 13:2 reads the power of the 1st beast comes from Satan.
My point is, procedurally, worshipping Satan within the 1st beast, the beast of the sea, might be quite different from worshipping Satan within the 2nd beast, the beast of the earth. In other words, the false prophet in Mystery Babylon might not pull people towards Islam.
You see, Mystery Babylon sits on the beast with 7 heads and 10 horns. She empowers the beast and causes it to rise. But Revelation 17:16 reads the beast “shall hate the whore” and “burn her with fire”. If Babylon were to submit to Islam and the Caliphate, it stands to reason that the Caliphate would not seek to destroy Babylon.
Furthermore, Revelation 17:9-11 mentions 8 kingdoms, and it seems Isis is common to all 8.
“And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.”
– Revelation 17:7
“And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitters. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.”
– Revelation 17:9-11
The 8 kingdoms, in chronological order, are:
4. Medo Persia
5. Grecia, of Alexander the great
6. Rome, during John’s day
7. Caliphate, in the end times, 3.5 years
8. Mystery Babylon, in her true form
All 8 kingdoms have affected or will affect Israel.
All 8 kingdoms are of Satan. The beast that was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition, in Revelation 17:8, is Satan.
And remarkably the first 6 of the 8 kingdoms are known historically to have worshipped the god Isis. At first, Isis was a god of Egypt. To the Assyrians, Isis was Ishtar. To the Babylonians, Isis was Ishtar. To the Medo-Persians, Isis may have also been Ishtar. To the Greeks, Isis was Ashtoreth or Astarte. To the Romans, Isis was Libertas.
It might well be that, to the Caliphate, Isis is Allah. And to Mystery Babylon, Isis is either Libertas, or given Isaiah 14:20, Lucifer.
So, again, when the one with 2 horns like a lamb causes the earth and them that dwell therein to worship the 1st beast whose deadly wound was healed, he or she might not cause people to worship Allah but rather Isis or Lucifer.
Revelation 13:13 reads this person will do great wonders, mimicking Elijah’s fire from heaven, conceivably in an attempt to deceive people into thinking he or she is a servant of the LORD, i.e. 2 horns like a lamb.
And furthermore, per Revelation 13:14, he or she will say 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 – “an image to the beast”.
And, per Revelation 13:15, he or she will, as it were, give life unto the image of the beast so that the image appears to speak – “the image of the beast”.
I speculate, the image of the beast in Revelation 13:15 could be the Statue of Liberty, and the ones in Revelation 13:14, miniature Lady Libertys.
For those who don’t know, the Statue of Liberty is made of metal, copper to be precise. Jeremiah 51:17 speaks of a “molten image” with no breath of life in it, a falsehood. Metal when it is heated can be moved, even moved in sync with words.
Liberty is Libertas, the Roman version of Isis. The Statue of Liberty was constructed by French Freemasons, after the French Revolution, and gifted to America, for 1776.
Revelation 14:8-9 suggests the image of the beast mentioned in Revelation 13 will stand in Babylon.
Of course, it might turn out that, on this point, I am wrong. It might be that some other image will be made to speak. In any case, Christians should not bow down to any graven image or idol, as it would break the 2nd of the 10 Commandments. Be aware also that Revelation 14:10-11 warns, worshipping the image of beast in the last days would lead to damnation.
In conclusion, in Revelation 13, “to worship the 1st beast whose deadly wound was healed” might not be the same thing as to submit to Islam. Never forget that the actual adversary of the LORD is Satan, and Satan has assumed various identities throughout the ages.