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Scarlet Beast Names (Revelation 17.3b)

"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 seventeen, a scarlet beast similar to the earlier beast and dragon appears as an accomplice to the great prostitute. The woman sits on the beast which is covered in blasphemous names. If the woman is Rome, clearly the beast is the Roman Empire which was full of blasphemy, a reference to the many gods of the Roman Empire. All these scarlet beast names are insults to Almighty God, for they are all infringements on his supreme and unique authority. No one has the right to the name of god save only the one true deity.


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 belongs to God alone. Another emperor was called "theios," which in Greek means "divine." To God alone belongs that adjective. Many of the emperors were called "soter" or "savior," which was a unique title for Jesus Christ. Most common of all, an emperor was normally called in Latin "dominus" and in Greek "kurios," which meant "Lord," the very name of God himself.✞

"Scarlet Beast Names"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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