Hand
Symbol of Deeds / Works / Actions... Ecclesiastes 9:10, Isaiah 59:6
Dragon
Satan or his agency (Isaiah 27:1; 30:6; Psalms 74:13,14; Revelation 12:7,9; Ezekiel 29:3; Jeremiah 51:34).
Beast
Kingdom, government, political power - Daniel 7:23
Earth
An uninhabited area; a land without many people. The opposite of "sea," which represents vast nations.
Crowns
Kingship, victory... 1 Chronicles 20:2; 2 Kings 11:12; Ezekiel 21:26,27; James 1:12; 2 Timothy 4:7,8; 1 Corinthians 9:25
Heads
Major powers/rulers/governments... Revelation 17:3, 9, 10; Daniel 7:6; 8:8,22
Leopard
Greece... Daniel 7:6
Bear
Destructive Power/Medo Persia - Proverbs 28:15; 2 Kings 2:23-24; Daniel 7:5
Lion
Jesus/Powerful King i.e. Babylon... Rev. 5:4-9, Jer. 50:43-44, Dan. 7:4,17,23
Horn
King or kingdom, Power and Strength... Daniel 7:24; 8:5, 21, 22; Zechariah 1:18, 19; Revelation 17:12
Papal
Having to do with the Pope or the Roman Catholic Church.
The First Beast—Comparing Daniel 7 and Revelation 13
Author: Professor Walter J. Veith, PhD
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Summary: Revelation 13 discusses two beasts: the beast from the sea and the beast from the earth. These beasts will have great authority at the end of time and use their power to enforce the Beast's mark. The first beast of Revelation 13 has seven heads and ten horns—and the same attributes as the little horn of Daniel 7.
 
This article is part of a series. We recommend that you first read: Daniel's Four Beasts - Daniel 7, .
 
First beast of Revelation 13.
…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 (Revelation 13:1,8,11-12,16).

This passage describes two beasts that will dominate world events at the end of time. The first arises out of the sea, and the second out of the earth. The second beast causes all that dwell upon the earth to worship the first beast, and in so doing they receive the mark of the Beast. Again, by applying the Biblical definitions to the symbols employed in this great prophecy, we can unravel its mysteries.

The core symbols are beasts, heads, horns, sea, dragon, and earth. A beast represents a king or a kingdom according to Daniel 7:17. The two beasts of Revelation 13 thus represent two kingdoms or political powers that dominate world events in the last days.

The first beast arose out of the sea. Revelation 17:15 tells us that the sea represents “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” Therefore the first beast arose from nations (inhabited territory). In contrast, the second beast arises out of the earth, which represents the opposite of nations, multitudes, and kingdoms. Therefore, the second beast must arise in areas of the world where nations, multitudes, and kings were not established (uninhabited territory).

 

The triple-crown of the papacy.
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Inherited Characteristics
The first beast of Revelation 13 incorporates components of all four beasts of Daniel 7.
The keys of Peter and the shell, a pagan symbol for the cosmos, on a Roman Catholic crest in St. Peter's Basilica.
Papal Rome takes Pagan Rome's Power
The Roman Church grew in power as the Roman government declined. And even when "Christian" emperors came into power, their influence brought about a melding of Catholic and pagan practices rather than adherence to true Christianity.
Source: Ernest Chiang on Flickr
Forty-Two Months
Revelation 13 says that the Antichrist will rule for 42 months. How does that add up considering the other Biblical prophecies about the Antichrist's reign?
Pope Pius VIII being carried on a throne with feathered fans around him, just as the pagan deities were carried.
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A Mouth to Utter Proud Words
Revelation 13 tells us that the Beast will blaspheme God and slander His name. What blasphemy will the Beast speak? How will he slander God's name?
World Power
The Papacy has once again become a world power both politically and in religious circles. We can see the prophecy of Revelation 13:7-8 come to fruition: "power was given [the beast] over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him."
The Wound
One key characteristic of the first beast of Revelation 13 is that it receives a wound that appears deadly, but then heals.
Source: Benjamin A. Wendelboe on Flickr
666: The Number of a Man
Revelation 13:18 is a famous verse in Scripture because it presents the number of the Beast—666—the three digits that have become infamous in religious and secular contexts alike. What does 666 really add up to in terms of prophecy?

 

The first of the two beasts of Revelation 13 is the same power as the terrible fourth beast in Daniel 7.

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. 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 13:1-2).

The first beast in this passage has ten horns, just like the terrible fourth beast in Daniel 7. Both of these beasts represent Rome, as shown in the chart below.

The Beast from the Sea and the Little Horn Power

This beast also has the same attributes as the little horn power of Daniel 7:

Read more about the 42 months in Revelation 13:5.

As we compare the two prophecies, we see that the first beast of Revelation 13 and the little horn of Daniel 7 are one and the same, both representing papal Rome.

Five main points of Revelation 13 clearly indicate that the first beast is none other than the little horn power of Daniel 7—the Antichrist Roman power:
Inherited Characteristics
Papal Rome (the first beast) emerges out of Pagan Rome

Forty-two Month Time Period
A Mouth to Utter Proud Words
World Power

In addition, Revelation 13 tells us more details about the first beast to help us establish its identity more clearly:
The Counterfeit Wound
The Number of a Man

Back to The Two Beasts of Revelation 13

This article is adapted from Truth Matters by Professor Walter J. Veith, an international speaker who has studied Biblical issues in-depth in his quest for truth. His popular series Genesis Conflict brings the debate between Creation and evolution to a new climax as he dissects the arguments with a scientific eye. His highly-acclaimed series Total Onslaught sheds light on the state of the world today as we move to a one-world government and an anticipated apocalypse.
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