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(Revelation 17.3b)
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"There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns." (Revelation 17.3b)

Seven Headed

Seven Headed BeastIn Revelation 17, a scarlet beast similar to the earlier beast and dragon appeared as an accomplice to the great prostitute. The woman sat on the beast which was covered in blasphemous names. If the woman was Rome, clearly the beast was the Roman Empire which was full of blasphemy, a reference to the many gods of the Roman Empire. Every scarlet beast name was an insult to Almighty God, for they were all infringements on God's supreme and unique authority. No one had the right to the name of God save only the one true deity.

Blasphemous Names

AugustusThe beast's blasphemous names may also have been a reference to the many titles claimed by the emperors. One emperor was called Augustus, which meant "to be reverenced," but reverence belonged to God alone. Another emperor was called "theios," which in Greek meant "divine." Only God alone should be worshipped. Many of the emperors were called "soter" or "savior," which was a unique title for Jesus Christ, who died on the cross as the savior of the World. Most common of all, an emperor was normally called in Latin "dominus" or in Greek "kurios," which meant "Lord," the very name for God himself.

"Beast Name"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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