(13:1-6) An Unusual, Blaspheming Sea Beast
John sees a sea beast with the usual 7 heads and 10 horns, with "blasphemy" written on each head.
It looked like a leopard, except its feet were like a bear, and its mouth like
a lion. The dragon and the sea beast were allies and everyone worshipped the sea beast.
(13:1) "I ... 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."
(13:2) "The beast ... was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion."
(13:4) "And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast."
(13:6) "He opened his mouth in blasphemy against God."
(13:7-8) The sea beast goes to war against the "saints". He is given power (by God?) over all nations, and all
non-Christians worship him.
(13:7) "It was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them."
(13:8) "All that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life."
(13:11-13) A Fire-Throwing Land Beast
John sees another beast coming out of the earth with horns like a lamb and a
voice like a dragon. He could do "great wonders," like make fire come down from
(13:10) "He that killeth
with the sword must be killed with the sword."
Does God approve of capital punishment?
(13:11) "I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon."
(13:12) "He ... causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast."
(13:13) "He doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven."
(13:14-15) The people make an image of the beast that can speak. Anyone who
refuses to worship the image is killed.
(13:14) "And deceiveth them ... by ... miracles ... saying ... that they should make an image to the beast."
(13:15) "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."
(13:16-18) The Mark of the Beast
(13:16) "He causeth all ... to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads."
(13:17) "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."
(13:18) "The number of the beast ... is Six hundred threescore and six."