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Tectonic Chaos – Chapter 19 – The Resurrected Beast



October 10, 2004

Tectonic Chaos – Chapter 19 – The Resurrected Beast 

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 the beast.

The seven heads of the beast represent seven evil empires that that have, or shall, persecute the nation of Israel.  They are, from the first to the seventh – Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Grecian, Roman, and the soon coming seventh empire of the antichrist, which is the wounded head on John’s beast, but represents the little horn that arises from the midst of the ten horns on the fourth beast of Daniel. 

Daniel 7:8,21 – 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. [21] I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;

John symbolizes antichrist as a bleeding head on his first beast, while Daniel pictures him as the eleventh horn on his fourth beast. 

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 the beast.

The word “deadly” is “thanatos.”  It is an adjective used as a noun.  It simply mean “death.”  A deadly wound is a wound that renders someone dead.  A deadly wound, unless miraculously healed, is a wound from which the recipient dies stone, cold, dead.  Some say that this represents the fourth beast of Daniel, which would be the sixth beast of John, but this same bleeding head on John’s first beast later becomes a non-bleeding head on John’s second beast.

Apparently, the antichrist, who is represented as being the king of the seventh head, suffers a wound from a weapon of war that would kill an ordinary man, but he miraculously recovers.  This would explain the last two sentences in the next verse. 

Revelation 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?

The world, as a whole, has never been privy to a confirmed, visual, return of a man from the spiritual world.  We accept the resurrection of Christ by faith.   The world has long sought for absolute proof of the resurrection of a stone cold dead human.  They may finally receive it in the return to life of antichrist from a wound that would kill any other man.  Who on this earth could be said to be “like unto” such a man?  And how would one be able to win a war against someone who could keep coming back from the dead?  In Revelation 13:12 he is again referred to as “the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed,” and in 13:14 as “the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.”  When John wrote the Book of Revelation the first five kings, which pictured the “mountain” empires of Assyria, Egypt, Babylon, Persia, and Greece, had already fallen, and he was writing during the “one is” Roman Empire, which was the sixth.  He indicated that one was yet to come, which will be the seventh empire of antichrist.  But if the antichrist, as the king of the seventh empire dies from a deadly wound, and then returns as a resurrected man indwelt totally by the spirit of the dragon, he would, in reality, have been the king of both the seventh and eighth empires.  He would be the king of an Islamic Empire that would last for three and one-half years. 

Revelation 17:10-14 – And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. [11] And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. [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. [13] These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. [14] These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

“That was” means the beast was previously alive.  “And is not” means the beast died.  “Even he is” means he came back to life to be the eighth.  It is difficult to follow the personification changes of the antichrist from a beast empire to the king of it.  At times he is represented as a dying head on the first beast that comes back to life on the second beast.   But in the vast majority of cases, as in Revelation 13, 17, 18, and 19, he is identified as the entire beast.