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Seven Headed Beast
(Revelation 17.1)
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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 17.1)✞

Scarlet Beast

Marble StatueThe beast in Revelation 17 had "seven heads and ten horns." This was a repetition of what was said of the beast in Revelation 13.1 "The beast was, and is not, and is about to come." This was a reference to its past, present and future and hinted of the "Nero Redivivus legend", or the resurrection of Nero which was never far from the mind of John of Patmos. It also contained a strange copy of the trinitarian name of God as "I am, I will be and I have been." We have already seen that the idea of Nero resurrected and of Antichrist had become connected together.✞

Seven Hills

Seven Headed BeastTherefore, in this passage the scarlet beast stood for the Antichrist. The beast had "seven heads" which was probably intended to hint at seven hills. Rome was a city built upon seven hills, which once again identified in a veiled manner the seven headed beast as ancient Rome itself.

"Seven Headed Beast"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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