SEA BEAST / EARTH BEAST: Unlocking Revelation 13

Why does the first beast come up from the sea and the second from the earth? In this text, we will briefly go over Revelation 13, uncover the identity of the first beast, and point to the Bible’s own interpretation of the symbols, “sea” and “earth”.

The 13th chapter of Revelation contains John’s vision of two beasts. The first one “having seven heads and ten horns” which rose up “out of the sea”, and the second one that has “two horns like a lamb” which will come up “out of the earth”. Why does the first beast come up from the sea and the second from the earth? In this text, we will briefly go over Revelation 13, uncover the identity of the first beast, and point to the Bible’s own interpretation of the symbols, “sea” and “earth”.

The Sea Beast

The first of the two beasts rose up out of the sea (Revelation 13:1-10, the first half of the chapter). We will refer to it as the SEA beast. It is the same as the fourth of the four beasts in Daniel chapter 7. Daniel 7:3-7 is where we read about four beasts: a lion, a bear, a leopard, and one diverse from all the ones before it. The sea beast in the first half of Revelation 13 is characterized by the same three creatures, being likened to a leopard with a bear’s feet and a lion’s mouth.

The four beasts in Daniel 7 are in fact the historic Empires of Babylon (the lion), Medo-Persia (the bear), Greece (the leopard), and Rome (diverse from the others). This was covered briefly in a previous article, The Antichrist Unveiled. History of the Jewish Diaspora confirms that the fourth of the four beasts is the Roman Empire. And we know without a doubt that a beast is a symbol for a kingdom (Daniel 7:23). But how do we know the first beast in Revelation 13:1-10 is the same Roman beast? One way we know is that it shares three characteristics:

  • it also has ten horns (which only the fourth beast had)
  • it also came up from the sea
  • it carries traits from the first three beasts in Daniel 7 and combines them into one beast – just as the fourth beast in Daniel is “diverse from all the beasts that were before it”.

This is how we conclude the sea beast in Revelation 13 is Rome.

The Earth Beast

The second of the two beasts is the one coming up out of the earth (Revelation 13:11-18, the second half of the chapter). We will refer to it as the EARTH beast. It is the one that is known so well for the number of the beast (666).

In verses 12-18, many things are prophesied about this beast that reveal it is different from the sea beast (Rome), and actually takes place in a future time. This includes the sea beast being named as “the first beast before him”, as well as the earth beast causing fire to come down from the sky, deceiving the people with the fire to make an image to the beast, killing anyone who will not worship the image, and causing all people to take the mark of the beast (666), his name, or the number of his name. For more on the number 666 and the image of the beast, see 666 and the Image of the Beast.

Sea Beast / Earth Beast Symbolism

“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.” (Rev. 13:1)

“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.” (Rev. 13:11)

What are the meanings of the two beasts rising up out of the SEA and the EARTH? Basing our answer on the Law of First Mention, we must go back to the first occurrences of the terms earth and sea in Genesis 1. It says in Genesis 1:9 that the dry land first appeared when the waters gathered to one place. Then in verse 10, it is actually God who gave the sea and the earth their names.

“And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

And God called the dry land earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he seas: and God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:9-10)

Now apply this concept to the two beasts in Revelation 13. The beast which came up out of the sea must be “gathered together unto one place” [gather/unite the whole world] before the beast which will come up out of the earth can “appear”.

There is plenty of Biblical evidence to prove the “sea” symbol in Revelation 13 means a gathering of people from around the world. The same symbolic imagery of “waters” is found in Revelation 17:15. There it states that the “whore” (MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT) sits upon “waters” which are interpreted to be “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues”. And as it says earlier on in Revelation 17:1, the whore sits “upon many waters”, but in verse 7 she is really sitting on the beast that is upon many waters. And that beast happens to have seven heads and ten horns, just like the sea beast in Revelation 13.

All of this may help to paint a clearer picture of how the two beasts, or two world orders, take their places in history. The new world order (the earth beast), would come as a result of the old world order (the sea beast, or Roman system) gathering the peoples, tongues and nations together. In other words, we can infer that the new world order emerges as a result of the formation of a globalized society.

3 thoughts on “SEA BEAST / EARTH BEAST: Unlocking Revelation 13”

  1. Uhm yeah maybe, but I offer this: The sea beast and since it seems the whore sits on this same sea beast that comes out of the water. Plus as it states water is nations, peoples, and tongues. Or Countries and the people and different languages they all speak they make this sea beast as in Politics. The people through politics created this beast power.
    Not sure why people always center around Israel and or Europe, since were grafted in now and Israel migrated throughout the world, then one can’t just center to that area no more.
    God’s promise to Abraham to multiply his seed didn’t mean just that little country in the Middle East but it was fulfilled when the top tribes were conquered by Assyria and then migrated throughout the world. Namely Europe and the USA. Plus at the beginning of Revelations, it does say, we are the wild vines and grafted in and are just as entitled to Abraham’s seed promise as he was. So the sea beast doesn’t have to be centered in Europe and that
    one little Country who’s numbers aren’t as the stars in the sky. But since Israel, not Judah Migrated throughout the world That’s how that promise is fulfilled. The sea beast is made by man’s hands as in Govt and politics.
    The whore is the Church The false prophet especially the ones who taught Romans 13 said we’re to obey Govt.
    The word translated into power comes from Exousia but also means and is better translated as LIberty.
    So, therefore, the whore is the church and false prophet. I do seem to remember in revelations is does equate the whore and false prophet as the same thing. Notice 7 heads can mean 7 continents. Possibly the UN might be the land beast that sits on our shores? Not sure on that for It’s been said we are the land two-horned beast.
    We talk like a lamb with Religious liberty an or freedom but act like a Dragon through our laws and enforcement.
    But if you look at the UN’s Symbol it has two horns or wheat that surround the Globe with the earth behind it
    They speak as a lamb IE: World Peace but acts as a Dragon IE: International law, or Sanctions.
    The NWO won’t lose even with Trump until the time for it to lose comes anyhows so doesn’t matter what people say.
    Were since this thing is old were now living in a worldwide Pandemic and about 4 million have been infected with about 300k or more dead now. It affects the whole world. the EU Africa all of Asia, Russia us Australia, all 7
    continents. So I think we’re already living in the Tribulation times not waiting for but now! fry it’s 2020
    now May late May. America itself has over a million people infected by this disease and 90k deaths we hold the brunt of it as I speak. So means were not that blessed nor should have been.

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  2. The Iron in daniels Idol/ Statue may have meant Rome in the beginning, but Rome was also a Republic.
    The USA is a Republic or used to be, now were nothing more than a Socialist Democratic Republic.
    We have been the one that has gone around the world and have through diplomacy and sanctions, have tried
    to force the many other countries to make an image of our Republic or Socialist Democratic Republic.
    It does match!

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