Seven Heads on the Beast in Revelation 13 & 17 – Part 2
The Rev 13 Beast Head 7 Died but Returns to Life as the Rev 17 Beast Head
February 13, 2011
We concluded the exposition of Revelation 13:1 in Part 1.
We will now continue with Revelation 13:2.
Daniel and Ezekiel did not prophesy of the first two heads of the Revelation 13 & 17 seven headed beast, because the first (Egypt) had already afflicted Israel, and the second (Assyria) had already carried the Northern Kingdom to the east of the Tigris River. Micah and Isaiah wrote some 100 years before Daniel and they wrote about the Assyrian Invasion because it was both future and present in their days. None of the four prophets prophesied of the Egyptian Empire bondage because it happened before they were born.
The seven heads on the beast represent 8 heads, but the last two are counted as one, because both heads have an Islamic Caliph (King) and are Islamic Caliphates (Kingdoms).
REVELATION 13:2 – 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.
John is writing in the days of Daniel’s fourth beast, which was prophesied by Daniel more than 600 years before John wrote the Book of Revelation. The fourth beast was, of course, the old Roman Empire, in existence when John wrote, so he listed then in reverse chronology: [(4) Roman – Iron teeth from Daniel’s 4th Beast] [(3) Grecian – Leopard skin from Daniel’s 3rd Beast], [(2) Persian – Bear feet from Daniel’s 2nd Beast], and [(Lion Head from Daniel’s 1st Beast).]
Daniel 7:7 – After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great IRON teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
Daniel predicted the series of 4 beast empires, listing then chronologically as they were to arise. Both Daniel and Ezekiel wrote during the time of the Babylonian Kingdom. But John, under the rule of the fourth beast in his day, lists them in reverse order as they had already occurred in the past. The third beast (Greek) had fallen to the fourth beast (Roman) long before John was born, and was, of course, the vast Macedonian or Grecian Empire of Alexander the Great.
Daniel 7:6 – After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
The four wings forecasted the rapid spread of the Macedonian Empire to the four winds of the north, south, east, and west. It was symbolized as a leopard, which gave a preview of the quickness with which it would advance against much greater numerical forces.
The leopard is well known for its cunning in taking a prey, as was the character of Alexander as he took his prey, the Persian Empire of Darius. The four heads forecasted the division of Alexander’s vast empire after he dropped dead at a young age.
It was divided into four geographical sections. They eventually became known as the territories under the rule of Thrace, Macedonia, Syria, and Egypt.
Daniel 7:5 – And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
The second beast empire, which was overrun by Alexander’s armies, was the Persian Empire. It was pictured as a bear because of its great size and slowness of movement when compared with that of a leopard. It was this characteristic that allowed the lightning leopard like strikes of Alexander to defeat it. At first it had two sides, a Persian side, and a Meade side, and was known as the Empire of
the Meade and the Persians.
But eventually the Persian side rose up and became the more powerful side, such that it became simply the Persian Empire. The three ribs in the bear’s mouth stand for the three kingdoms of Lydia, Babylon, and Egypt, which formed a Triple Alliance to stop the Persian conquests, but were destroyed by the bear.
Daniel 7:2-4 – Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.  And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.
The great sea is the Mediterranean Sea, which is the area that these four great beasts affected in their day and, as such, are pictured as rising out of it.
The first of the empires, which was symbolized as a lion by Daniel, was
the Babylonian Empire. It fell to the Empire of the Meade and the Persians at the close of Daniel’s life, precisely as he had predicted in God’s word.
So, Daniel goes prophetically forward from the first beast to the fourth, while John goes historically backward from the fourth
beast to the first. Then both Daniel and John go forward from the Roman Empire to the future 10 horned empire of the man we call the antichrist.
Daniel 7:8 – I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
Revelation 17:12 – And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
And both Daniel and John identify the antichrist as coming out of the fourth beast. He comes out as horn eleven in Daniel, and as head eight in Revelation.
Daniel 7:20,21 – And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
Revelation 13:3 – 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
Lord willing, we will deal with this wounded head of the Revelation 13 Beast in Part 3 of this Blog Series.