The ‘deadly wound’ of Rev.13:3 has stumped many in trying to determine just who or what it affects. Some have thought that mortal wound, and its healing, applied to secular Rome being strengthened in the past by the joining of the political with the ecclesiastical papacy. Some have also tried to stretch out the ‘forty and two months’ of the ‘beast‘ system into 1260 literal years (Rev.13:5).
Knowing what receives the ‘deadly wound’ is not that difficult from God’s Word. And it’s probably today easier to know ‘what’ it is that receives it, more than any other time in past history. So how is that? Because of today’s outward workings of a group of world globalists who push a one world government, with a one world leader at its pinnacle in control; it’s not that difficult to see. The method of “how” the deadly wound happens, or “exactly who” causes it, is still sketchy, and no doubt will be revealed as the time approaches sooner. Suffice it to say that GOD causes the first ‘beast’ system to suffer a deadly wound, performing His whole Work leading up to the end of this age.
Most have heard a term used today by various world leaders which is unique to later generations, but not to theirs, as the term has been used as a type of ‘watchword’, even back to President Woodrow Wilson’s administration (see Woodrow Wilson’s Presidential inauguration speech). Many peoples just have not been listening. That term being used by those one-world leaders is the “New World Order”. And this has nothing to do with Hollywood movies. Along with that term ‘New World Order’, the phrase “one world government” has appeared along with it. Even further, look on the back of the U.S. One Dollar Bill. You’ll find the Latin “Novos Ordo Seclorum”, being translated, “New Secular Order”. “Render unto Caesar…”, one might say. More ancient mottos, such as the word “Utopia”, “brotherhood of mankind”, etc., can also be found in classical and historical literature (try Sir Thomas Moore’s classic work, Utopia). As I said, the majority just weren’t listening. Do those terms scare you? It shouldn’t, as our Lord Christ warned us in His Word that this ‘working’ towards an one-world ‘beast’ kingdom, covering the whole earth, would take place before His second Advent as KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Furthermore, it’s important to keep these matters of today’s globalist political strategy in mind while grasping this study, as we ask a Word of Wisdom from our Father in Christ Jesus’ Name, Amen.
There Are Two ‘beasts’ of Revelation 13
Understand that there are two ‘beasts‘ described in Revelation 13, otherwise you won’t know who the ‘deadly wound‘ is upon or against. Keep in mind that one beast is a ‘system’ of control, while the other, ‘another beast‘, is the one who controls it, i.e. Satan.
Revelation 13:3 tells us that the first ‘beast‘ which comes up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, will receive a ‘deadly wound’ which was healed.
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.
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.
This first ‘beast‘ which comes up out of the sea is a political, educational, economical, and religious system covering all of the earth. It is not an entity such as a person. At this point some might say, “but it says ‘his heads’ and ‘his feet’ and ‘his mouth’; doesn’t that mean this first beast is a man?” That Greek word for “his” in those verses is the Greek third person reflexive pronoun ‘autos‘ (Strong’s no. 846). It can be translated as ‘its, his, hers’. That means possession, like mine, yours, i.e. ‘his‘. It’s Satan’s one-world government system; ‘it’ belongs to ‘his‘ order, and is of him; but it is not Satan himself.
These symbols of the “leopard”, “bear”, and “lion” were first mentioned in Daniel 7. They were symbols for those historical pagan systems of old, such as Babylon, Assyria, Medo-Persia, Greece, etc.
The devil initiates this first beast, a system over all the earth. And he kick-starts it before he actually is cast out of Heaven with his evil angels, as given in the previous Chapter of Revelation 12. (Can’t just read a few verses of Revelation and expect to understand all this, you’ve got to cover all of Revelation and condense It in your mind. So I’m counting on you to fill in the gaps of this study here using God’s Word.)
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.
One of the first beast’s political heads, meaning a system head, will suffer a ‘deadly wound’ which is healed. The phrase “was healed” is the single Greek word “therapeuo“, meaning “to wait upon menially, i.e. (figuratively) to adore (God), or (specially) to relieve (of disease)“ (Strong’s no. 2323). That Greek word has to do with therapeutics, healing. The KJV translators added the tense with “was“. This has led many to accept that the ‘healing’ already happened sometime back in world history. There’s really not a ‘hard’ tense attached to it, as in past, future, etc. So we are not definitely told here ‘when’ this ‘healing’ would take place. In my opinion, based upon our Lord’s other Revelations of this ‘beast’ within this Great Book, that event is yet to happen.
Since the coming complete stage of one-world government will promise you anything you want, as long as you worship its main head, i.e. false messiah, then you certainly will be ‘moved’ to wonder after it, even fall in love with it, if you allow it to take hold of you. But don’t you beloved, for it is all a test, to cull out those who have not listened to our Father’s Word Jesus Christ.
Rev 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, “Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?”
This ‘dragon‘ of course, is another one of Lucifer’s many titles (Rev.12:9). Notice it’s the ‘dragon‘ who gives power to this first ‘beast‘, which is a system of one-world government over all the earth. The deceived who will be fooled into worshipping this ‘beast‘ will think they are following Christ, for false messiah will set himself up as God (2 Thess.2). And who can make war against a system of control covering all nations, lands, and peoples upon the earth? This verse is a sign of the time when this first ‘beast‘ will be completed, and in full effect, with its head sitting upon it. It will require Satan’s presence de facto, controlling this first ‘beast‘ one-world order system as chief, to ‘heal’ the deadly wound upon one of its seven heads.
Rev 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
There is no greater blasphemy against GOD than Lucifer setting himself up as Christ. And we know the time of his tribulation has been shortened to five months, as given in Revelation 9 and Matthew 24. Again, these verses signify Satan’s one-world order false kingdom at its final and completed stage, over all nations upon the earth. And those whose names which were not written in the book of life of the Lamb (Jesus Christ), will wrongly worship the false messiah. I don’t wish to put any fears upon anyone, but if you don’t know if your name is written in That Book of Life, then it’s time to come to our Lord Jesus Christ, and get down to study in our Father’s Word. That means you should be aware of these ‘times and seasons’ which lead up to our Lord Jesus’ return, and be watching, and help to reveal this Message from our Lord to others. It is Christianity which is teaching that this so-called New Babylon World Order spiritual age will be false, while all religious ‘systems of man‘ are preparing for a lasting and perfect peace.
Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
This verse is a very important warning from our Lord and Savior for the period when Satan’s false beast system comes to its fullest. It means those who are meant for ‘captivity‘, will go into captivity. And those who try to battle against this future one world government with weapons of war, such as physical armaments, will not be able to defeat this future ‘beast‘ system. Compare God’s warning He gave to king Zedekiah through His prophet Jeremiah. King Zedekiah was told not to battle against the king of Babylon, that he and his people in Jerusalem were going into a 70 years captivity (thus that 70 years then relates to the great tribulation of 7 years; see Daniel 7). God was to be trusted and sought during that testing period. Zedekiah didn’t obey our Father, so he was cast in chains and taken to Babylon in captivity, and his sons were executed (see Jer.25; 29; 39). God’s prophecy through Jeremiah that Judah’s throne of rule in the land of Israel would end, then became fulfilled (Jer.22:30).
The Old Testament prophets reveal that GOD brought His People into the historical captivity to Babylon because the majority had left Him for ‘another‘, in false worship. In other words, GOD was and is, in control of all these captivity events of His People. This latter day Babylon He is bringing again for the same reasons as in Old Testament times (2 Thess.2:10-12).
This ‘patience and the faith of the saints’ is to know and understand these latter day events coming upon the world, and stay in our Lord Christ during this tribulation, being prepared according to Ephesians 6, putting on the whole Amour of God, meaning all of God’s Word. Some of God’s elect have a Mission to fulfill during Satan’s tribulation. So if God’s elect pick up a physical weapon to battle against the first ‘beast’, then how will they survive to carry out their Mission for our Lord. And I think those certain ones know who I’m talking to. Physical power of material battle is not the arena in which our Heavenly Father and His Son will fight this last one-world false empire (Isaiah 9). This one’s going to be different. It will be a spiritual battle, not one of flesh and blood. Compare how Daniel was protected during that 70 years captivity in Babylon, even after being thrown into the lion’s den, and his brethren into the hot fiery furnace of the king of Babylon (Dan.3).
The Second Beast of Revelation 13
The next verse is going to focus upon ‘another beast’. This second beast is the one (Satan) who controls the first beast system of one-world government.
Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
This second, or ‘another beast’, comes up out of the earth. The first one came up out of the sea, which our Lord later tells us in Revelation 17 means peoples, nations, tongues. This ‘another beast‘ is Satan himself, for he will appear to have ‘two horns like a lamb‘, which is symbolic of his role of a spurious messiah. But he will speak as a dragon, for that’s who he is, the dragon, that old serpent, the devil. His coming ‘up out of the earth’ is a metaphor for having been cast down, lowly in status, to the dust (Ezek.28; Gen.3). It’s just a metaphor for the pit, i.e. hell. And hell is in Heaven, across a ‘great gulf fixed’ (Luke 16; Rev.12:7-9; Rev.17:8).
So why does this ‘another beast’ have ‘two horns like a lamb’? Why would that “lamb” symbol be used, for it is used of our Lord Christ Jesus in John 1:29? Lucifer will have ‘two horns like a lamb’ because he will imitate Christ Jesus our True KING (see 2 Cor.11:14 with “transformed” in the Greek). But this dragon is a fake Christ. Because those who will be deceived have not listened to our Father’s Word, even though many of them love Christ Jesus, they will become the system of the ‘queen‘, and not widowed, for they will think the True Christ has come, when it will be an imposter, the “antichrist” (Rev.18:7; 2 Thess.2). That ‘queen’ analogy God gives in His Word is one of spiritual harlotry.
Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Satan will exercise all the power and control that the ‘first beast’ has, i.e. the one-world government New World Order. And that ‘deadly wound was healed’. Did you notice that it’s the “first beast” that receives this “deadly wound”? Recall what that “first beast” we are told represents, i.e. “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues” (Rev.17:7-17).
And this ‘first beast’ here in Rev.13 is not that first historical ‘beast’ of Daniel 7. This final ‘one world government’ beast will be all those Daniel 7 beast symbols rolled into one final false kingdom, a diverse kingdom. This final false kingdom being setup today is the fourth beast ‘diverse‘ from all others, as written in the Book of Daniel.
Again, this phrase “was healed” is one word in the Greek; “therapeuo“, meaning “to heal”. Putting the verb ‘was’ in front of this Greek word to make the phrase “was healed” is basically a guess on the tense by the KJV translators. God’s Message by this Greek word ‘therapeuo‘ is associated with the ‘great apostasy’ of His People falling into false worship, to “another Jesus” which they think is Messiah (2 Cor.11:4). Both instances of ‘was healed’ in Rev.13:3 and verse 12 is this single Greek word ‘therapeuo‘. So it’s not totally reliable to think this healing took place specifically in this past. The tense is actually kind of neutral. It could apply to the past, or for today, and even yet future.
Who receives that ‘deadly wound’?
Whether past, present, or future, that ‘deadly wound’ is to a ‘beast’ system of one-world government. It is not to Satan himself, nor to any flesh man, but to a system of false worship. In the prior Chapter of Revelation 12:3-4, a previous beast system was mentioned. The number of crowns for Lucifer’s first attempt at one-world government had ‘seven crowns’, and drew one third of God’s children in rebellion (Rev.12:3-4). The future coming one-world government will have ‘ten crowns’ this time (Rev.13:1). If you haven’t done so, I suggest you cover God’s Word on that original first rebellion by the cherub Lucifer, a time long before this flesh age of today (see the Isaiah 14 study).
Lucifer’s first attempt at one-world government, during the first earth age, received a ‘deadly wound’ also. God destroyed that first spiritual age upon earth because of Lucifer’s rebellion and attempt to set himself up as God then. That first rebellion was Lucifer’s first setting up of the ‘image of jealousy’ in false worship (Ezek.8).
Our Father brought this second flesh age to find out who wants to be with Him in the Eternity. God is not going to allow a second rebellion during a spiritual existence where He and His Son are fully revealed in their Power. If you understand spiritual matters of God’s Kingdom, He gives His children some very magnificent abilities which are inherit of the Heavenly spiritual state; abilities which became too great a temptation for a third of His children during that first earth age. Those spiritual abilities were even too much for the fallen angels of Genesis 6, so they left their own habitation, came down to earth, and took flesh daughters of Adam to wife (Jude 1; 2 Pet.3; Gen.6). So God had to bring the flood of Noah’s day to equalize the flesh age playing field again. Can’t have those with such spiritual powers living upon this earth during the flesh age. That would compromise flesh man’s right to a free-will choice to believe on Christ Jesus, or not. And this is what Satan’s MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT… is all about today, to try and turn you away from Christ Jesus. Our Heavenly Father is not going to allow that tempting to happen again during His Eternal and final Kingdom, as He will make us forget rebellion, and give us a heart to know and love Him only. All those who want to keep to their own sense of individuality and free will, pent up in their self pride, won’t be a part of God’s Kingdom (see Isaiah 60;65; Rev.21:4; 20-22).
So what is the ‘seven heads’, and where does one of those seven suffer a ‘deadly wound’? Compare the following two verses:
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
Rev 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
The ‘woman‘ of Rev.17, which is described as the Babylon Harlot, meaning that old false system of worship and idols of ancient Babylon, is that deceived ‘queen‘ which rests upon seven heads, which are seven mountains. That ‘queen‘ makes up the future one-world religion, to include organizational religions of men, of all types and nations (Rev.18:7). Those seven mountains are the seven continents of the whole world, to include all nations upon this earth.
Look around. Tell me it isn’t happening. Only one who lives in a fantasy dream could deny it, and that’s exactly what many are doing today by denying the existence of Satan’s New World Order. They are in a spiritual stupor, their minds being seared over as with a hot iron. Many were ordained to that stumbling today, for they can’t see all these events happening right before their eyes (Rom.8-11). If you see and understand, then praise our Lord Christ Jesus, for He gave it for you to understand, and not to be deceived.
Rev 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.
Our Lord Jesus Christ doesn’t leave anything out within His Word. He truly made understanding about this ‘beast‘ very simple. Here we are told that those ten horns of Revelation 13 are ten kings which will receive a kingdom. But they will not come to power as kings until the second ‘beast‘ (dragon) of Revelation 13 arrives. If you’ll remember, Satan and his army of false angels are booted out of heaven to earth, as written back in Revelation 12. That’s when these ‘ten kings’ will “receive power as kings one hour with the beast.”
The phrase “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” of Rev.17:5 is also linked with this seven headed ten horned ‘beast‘ system upon the earth. In other words, Christ reveals the ‘MYSTERY’ in stages between these Chapters of Revelation. Another proof of this is Rev.13:2, which refers to the beast systems Daniel prophesied of (see Daniel 7). You’ll discover Daniel also spoke of these future world empires as a ‘type’ blueprint, portrayed with the leopard, lion, and bear symbols. Those “three kings” of Dan.7:24 for today may represent the “North American Group”, the “European Group”, and the “Pacific Asia Group” of Trilateralism, a global empire over seven mountains divided into three economically controlled areas.
Some have used those past empire ‘beast‘ symbols as given in the Book of Daniel to try and categorize the first ‘beast‘ of Rev.13 into the same sort or class back in history, i.e., only having power over a portion of civilization, such as Roman, Grecian, Babylon, etc. The difference here in Revelation is, that all those previous empire ‘beast‘ systems, such as ancient Egypt, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Assyrian, Greece, and Roman, are all rolled into one this time. Rev.17:10-11 declares: “And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.” (Rev.17:11). Satan himself is that ‘son of perdition’ Paul spoke of in 2 Thess.2. This last world kingdom, with a ‘king’ ‘diverse‘ from all the previous empires, and over a kingdom also ‘diverse‘ from all the ones previous to it, is Satan himself sitting upon the throne of a one-world kingdom, over all the earth this time, proclaiming ‘peace’ and prosperity for all, trying to play Messiah (see Daniel 7-12).
According to Rev.17, the ‘seven heads’ are “…seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.”(Rev.17:9). These ‘seven mountains’ symbolize seven powers upon seven earthly continents, i.e. basically upon the whole earth. To be in agreement with The Word’s revelation of this ‘one-world’ kingdom over all the earth, it is a mistake to apply this final world kingdom to only a small area of the earth, such as some have with the ‘seven hills’ of Rome.
This is where much speculation can creep in, for we are not specifically told in God’s Word which of the ‘seven mountains’ (seven continents) will receive this ‘deadly wound’. Nor are we specifically told just ‘how’ that deadly wound manifest itself. We could easily say it’s God’s elect giving a Testimony for Christ when delivered up. In my ‘opinion’, I’m inclined to believe that God’s ‘two witnesses’ cause the deadly wound, by prophesying for 1260 days, which is only a symbol for the great tribulation, while the literal time has been shortened to ‘five months’ (Rev.11; Rev.9). If God’s two witnesses cause the deadly wound to one of the seven heads (mountains), then look to Jerusalem, for that is where they prophesy from, and are murdered by false messiah, allowing their bodies to lay in the streets for three and one half days (Rev.11). Jerusalem lies at the heart of the latter day events, and is the main area of spiritual battle, with false messiah setting himself up there (2 Thess.2; Matt.24; Mark 13).
In many ways, God compares this final false kingdom of Lucifer’s to the times of Moses when God led Israel out of Pharaoh’s hand in Egypt. If you’ll remember, God worked His Power through Moses to perform many miracles against Pharaoh and his false prophets. God’s ‘two witnesses’ will be given Power to do likewise, as Satan will empower his false prophets to do wonders also (see Exod.3 forward; Rev.11 about the two witnesses). Remembering how GOD led His People Israel out of Egypt is a comfort also for today, that is, for those who believe. Our Lord Jesus Christ is coming to destroy this final false ‘beast’ system upon the whole earth, and then He will lead us back to the land our Father promised to His People, and to all those who claim That Promise first given to Abraham, through Christ Jesus Yeshu’a Messiah (Jer.3; Jer.16). Many from all nations, tongues, and peoples shall have a wonderful inheritance with Immanuel, for God is with us!
Peace to you in Christ Jesus,