Rev. 13:1 And
 I stood
[a.] upon the sand of the sea, and
 [I] saw a beast
[a.] rise up out of the sea [out of diverse peoples (Dan. 7:2-3)],
[b.] having seven heads [the demonic forces which have controlled seven of the eight world kingdoms which have or will yet rule Israel. The six in the past are Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. The seventh kingdom which is yet to come is the revised Roman Empire, out of which will come the eighth and final kingdom to rule Israel: the revived Grecian Empire—which shall be ruled by the Antichrist (see Rev. 17:9-12; see also Endnotes #8 and 9, The Chronological Revelation)] and
[c.] ten horns [a 10-nation confederacy which will yet come together to form revised Rome], and
[d.] upon his horns
[11.] ten crowns [the kings or heads of state of these kingdoms/nations], and
[e.] upon his heads
[11.] the name of blasphemy [<<name, not names>> (c/p. Rev. 17:3)].
Benchmarks of the Antichrist's rise to power
13:2 And the beast which I saw
 was like unto a leopard [Greece (Dan. 7:6)], and
 his feet were as [the feet] of a bear [Medo-Persia (Dan. 7:5)], and
 his mouth as the mouth of a lion [Babylon (Dan. 7:4)]: and
 the dragon gave him
[a.] his power [anointing], and
[b.] his seat [throne], and
[c.] great authority [dominion].
 wounded to death [the Roman Empire was not conquered, it disintegrated; Rome, however, did deliver a mortal wound to the world empire of Greece; the Antichrist, himself, also will likely receive a mortal wound]; and
 his deadly wound
[a.] was healed [there shall be a restoration of the revived Grecian Empire: the kingdom of the Antichrist; the Antichrist also may be raised from the dead]: and
[a.] all the world
[11.] wondered after the beast [the beast is a wonder].
 worshipped the dragon [Satanic worship]
[a.] which gave power unto the beast: and they
 worshipped the beast, saying,
[a.] Who [is] like unto the beast?
[b.] who is able to make war with him [there is both the desire to and the inability to fight him (c/p. Rev. 13:9-10)]?
13:5 And there was given unto him
 a mouth speaking
[a.] great things and
 power was given unto him
[a.] to continue forty [and] two months [his 3 ½ year reign as the Antichrist is during the last half of the Antichrist Covenant week and Daniel’s 70th week of years (Dan. 7:25; Dan.12:7; Rev. 11:2; c/p. Dan. 9:27)].
 he opened his mouth
[a.] in blasphemy against God,
[b.] to blaspheme his name, and
[c.] [to blaspheme] his tabernacle, and
[d.] [to blaspheme] them that dwell in heaven [saints who by death have escaped His reach].
13:7 And it was given unto him
 to make war with the saints [a final harvest of the 12 tribes of Israel, born again under the ministry of the 144,000 and the two witnesses (c/p. Rev. 7:1-4)], and
 to overcome them: and
 power was given him over all
[a.] kindreds, and
[b.] tongues, and
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