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Exploring Revelation
“Revelation 13:1 Seven Heads and Ten Horns Pt.2”
by Art Sadlier   
July 26th, 2009

".....having seven heads..."  The seven heads represent the seven world empires of history. . John sheds more light on this matter in Rev. 17:10, "And there are seven kings: five are fallen, one is, and the other is not yet come;..".  "Five are fallen", who are the five world kingdoms that had come and gone in John's day?  1--Eygpt.  2-- Assyria. 3 -- Babylon. 4 -- Medio-persia.   5 -- Greece.  These empires had come and gone by John's day.  Then John says, "and one is", which empire was in power in John's day?  # 6  Rome. Then John says, "the other is yet to come", which empire is that? Daniel tells us, the Revived Roman Empire which was yet to come in John's day and still is yet to come in our own day. Daniel described this future empire as represented by ten toes, John uses the symbol of ten horns.

Daniel prophesied of five world empires to come, he did not prophecy about Egypt and Assyria because they had already come and gone.

Question -  When Revelation describes the kingdom of the beast as having seven heads, what does it mean? It means that the kingdom of the beast is representive of all human government that, First - has sought to rule this world apart from God and His Word. It is human government in rebellion against God. Second - All of these empires have persecuted and destroyed God's people Israel. The kingdom of the beast (antichrist) is representative of all these empires, and as such God is going to pour out His judgment on it and in judging it will judge all human government. Eternal judgment is for individuals, but Judgment on the nations is in the context of this world.

The spirit of human government is the same in every situation, it is a usurping of the one whose right it is to rule. Before that one comes to the throne of David to rule, the usurper as represented by the kingdom of antichrist, must be judged and destroyed.

"And upon his horns ten crowns,"  This describes the way in which antichrist comes to power. He sudenly appears as head of the Revived Roman Empire which will be made up of ten nations. He represents them as he confirms the seven year Peace Treaty. Remember that the Revived Roman Empire only lasts 31/2 years and then it gives way to the final kingdom, the kingdom of antichrist which totally dominates the entire world for final 31/2 years of the tribulation period. We will discuss this further when we come to chapter 17.

"And upon his heads the name of blasphemy".  This proud leader is said to be a blasphemer because First he is a usurper of the one who is the rightful King of this world, Jesus Christ. Secondly he presents himself as God and demands that the whole world is to worship him, 2 Thess. 2:4.  This has been the attitude of the Kings of all of these past world empires. Before the rightful king comes to rule this world these rebellious kings must be exposed and judged.

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