an overview of the chapter
In Revelation 13, we are introduced to two beasts. The first beast comes out of the sea and represents a Gentile king or political power. The second beast comes out of the earth and represents a false religious system. These two beasts will be in conflict with each other, but they will ultimately join forces against God and His people.
The first beast is described as having seven heads and ten horns. This is likely a reference to the ten horns of the beast that we saw in Revelation 12, which represent the ten kings who will give their power to the Antichrist. The seven heads represent the seven hills on which the city of Rome is built. This beast is also given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation.
The second beast is described as looking like a lamb but speaking like a dragon. This is a clear reference to Satan, who masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). This beast will perform signs and wonders in order to deceive people into worshiping the Antichrist.
Those who refuse to worship the Antichrist will be killed. Those who do worship him will be marked with his mark, which will allow them to buy and sell in a world that has been economically destroyed by the Antichrist.
Those who are marked with the mark of the Beast will suffer eternal punishment in Hell when they die (Revelation 14:9-11). But those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ will be saved from this fate and will inherit eternal life (Revelation 7:9-17).
the seven angels and their messages
The seven angels and their messages
The seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them. The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire, mixed with blood, which fell on the earth; and a third of the earth was burnt up, and a third of the trees were burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea; a third of the sea became blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died of the water because it was made bitter. The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck by a third of the moon, and a third of the stars so that a third or all their light might be darkened; day became like night . Then I looked again at my watch , hour had come for worshiping God .
The 144,000 are mentioned in Revelation 7:4-8 and 14:1-5. They are sealed by God so that they will be protected from the time of God’s wrath. The number 144,000 is significant because it is 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel (Revelation 7:5-8). This number likely symbolizes all of God’s people who are saved from His wrath.
The 144,000 are said to be virgins (Revelation 14:4), which may symbolize their purity or lack of sin. They follow the Lamb wherever He goes (Revelation 14:4), which shows their complete loyalty to Him. They are also said to be without blemish (Revelation 14:5), which means they are perfect or without sin.
The144,000 are mentioned again in Revelation 20:4, where they are seen as those who have been victorious over the devil in the first resurrection. This shows that they have been completely faithful to God and have not yielded to temptation.
the great multitude
And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
This rider appears to be victorious in battle. He is given a crown, symbolizing his authority, and goes forth to conquer more territory. The color white often symbolizes purity or righteousness in the Bible, so this rider may represent a leader who brings truth and justice to the world.
the fall of babylon
The fall of Babylon is described in Revelation chapter 18. It details the commercial, political and religious aspects of that great city. The fall of Babylon is a sign of the end times when God will judge the world.
“And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.” (Revelation 18:21)
The fall of Babylon is not only a physical judgment, but also a spiritual judgment. It is a sign that God is coming to judge the world.