Revelation 13:1a
Revelation 13, Page 1

Bible, KJV Translation
13:1  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.

Re-evaluation Translation
13:1  Yehuveh’s anointed instructors took their stand against the corruption of people ignorant of Yehuveh, and saw a global government arise among these people which also held a continual time-keeping system and anti-Yehuveh laws.

Significant Words and Comments:
Commentary on Revelation 13:1 (19 March 2008):  “I stood,” as discussed in notes on Revelation 11:4, is standing up for righteousness and standing in covenant relationship with Yehuveh. I is supplied, speaking of the anointed instructors raised up to speak for Yehuveh at this time, as in Revelation 1:1.
“Upon the sand,” is “against the perversion,” “against the twisting,” or in essence, against the corruption of Yehuveh’s truth. Upon is from the Greek root epi [G1909], meaning “upon, on, at, by, before, over, against, to, across.” Sand is from ammos [G0285], meaning “sand, sandy ground,” and in Revelation used only here and in 20:8. The equivalent Hebrew word is chowl [H2344], meaning “sand (as round or whirling particles),” from the primary root chuwl [H2342], meaning “to twist or whirl (in a circular or spiral manner), to dance, to writhe in pain (especially of parturition) or fear; to wait, to pervert.” Note the use of chowl in Jeremiah 5:22-31 describing the limits Yehuveh sets on the physical sea and on the corruption of the mass of people who have not even heard of His instruction [sea, see notes on Revelation 6:14]: “Fear ye not Me? saith Yehuveh: will ye not tremble at My presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it? But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone. Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear Yehuveh our Elohim, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: He reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest. Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you. For among My people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked [Jeremiah 2:33; Ezekiel 5:6-7; 16:47-52]: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. Shall I not visit for these things? saith Yehuveh: shall not My soul be avenged on such a nation as this? A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and My people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?”
Yehuveh sets a limit for human corruption and when humanity reaches that limit, He stops them by destroying cities, nations, or even the entire world. Thus when corruption reached this limit before the flood [Genesis 6:3, 5-7], destruction followed. The pattern was repeated at Sodom and Gomorrah [Genesis 19:24; and further commented on in Deuteronomy 29:23; Job 18:15; Psalms 11:6; Isaiah 1:9; 13:19; Jeremiah 20:16; 49:18; 50:40; Lamentations 4:6; Ezekiel 16:49-50; Hosea 11:8; Amos 4:11; Zephaniah 2:9], and again when the Egyptian oppression had reached its limits [Genesis 15:14; compare Genesis 46:1-34; Exodus 6:5-6; 7:1-14:31; Deuteronomy 4:20; 6:22; 7:18-19; 11:2-4; Joshua 24:4-7, 17; 1 Samuel 12:8; Nehemiah 9:9-11; Psalms 51:4; 78:43-51; 105:27-37; 135:9, 14]; with the Amorites in the land of Canaan [Genesis 15:16; Exodus 12:40] and with Amalekites who made war on Israel when they left Egypt [Deuteronomy 25:19-21; Exodus 17:8; Numbers 24:20; 25:17-18]. Later other nations were destroyed when they reached Yehuveh’s preset limit, including Assyria [Micah 5:6; Isaiah 14:1-2; 33:1; Nahum 2:11-13; 3:1-3], Babylon [Isaiah 13:19; also Isaiah 14:4-6, 12-15; Jeremiah 51:41; Daniel 2:37-38; 4:30], Persia [Daniel 2:39; 8:20; compare Daniel 2:32; 5:28-31; 7:5; 8:3-4, 20; 11:2; Isaiah 44:28; 45:1-5], Greece [Daniel 2:40; compare Daniel 2:32; 7:6-7, 23; 8:5-14; 10:20; 11:3-20; Zechariah 6:3, 6], and Rome [Daniel 2:41-43]. Ancient Israel and Judah were not exempt.

Gael Bataman
Originally Written:               19 March 2008
Latest Update:                     31 May 2008

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