Revelation Revealed: Rev. 13:1–7, #20| Jim Hammond
Pastor Jim gave his 20th message in his on-going series entitled, “Revelation Revealed.” He taught on the first seven verses of chapter 13, where it talks about the Antichrist beast. He, again, reminded everyone of the motive for preaching this end-time prophetic series: to warn everyone about what it will be like during the reign of Antichrist. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. If you know what is to come, you’ll be motivated to do whatever possible to miss it!
Dive Deeper
Pastor Jim issued a warning to churches about the importance of not compromising the Gospel message with the world. He used the messages to the seven churches to reiterate their warning to not leave their first love and to go back doing their first works.
Revelation 13:1, “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.”
Most commentators believe this beast is the seed of Satan, a.k.a. the Antichrist. This beast comes out of the sea, whereas the false prophet beast comes out of the earth.
Coming out of the sea means Antichrist is a Gentile, as the sea symbolizes different groups of people.
Others, however, argue that Antichrist will be Jewish (for different reasons).
The beast has seven heads and ten horns. The horns symbolize 10 rulers of 10 governments.
Six of the heads are past empires that have all dominated Israel. The seventh head will dominate Israel in the future. It will be the end time Antichrist kingdom.
Daniel prophesied about the ten horns, that they will come up first before the Antichrist. Daniel chapter seven says the Antichrist will uproot three of these ten horns quickly (7:7–8, 23–25). The other seven horns will immediately capitulate to him and hand him everything. 
The beast is a combination of the four beasts that King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed about. The beast has the body of a leopard, feet like a bear, mouth like a lion.
Revelation 13:2 says Satan gives the beast his power and seat of authority.
Revelation 13:3 says one of the heads on the beast was wounded to death and then he was healed of his wound. All the world will be amazed and wonder after the beast. Scholars are divided as to whether this death and resurrection event is fake or real. Whatever the case, it will cause the beast to be worshiped.
Zechariah chapter 11 talks about the end time Antichrist, calling him a foolish shepherd. Verses 15–17 say he will receive injuries to his right eye and to one of his arms.
Read About It
Rev. 13:1, “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.”
Dan. 7:23–24, “The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.”
Rev. 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 the beast.”
2 Thess. 2:11, “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.”
Zec. 11:15–17, “And the Lord said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd. … the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.”
Discussion Questions
After listening to this series, has your mind been changed about how you view end time prophecy?
If yes, how so?
Do you think you are familiar enough to be able to succinctly share what you have learned thus far?