Verse 3 (NASB)
International Version God's WordTM
3. And another sign appeared in heaven: and
behold, a great
dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven
And ANOTHER SIGN appeared in heaven:
The woman (verse 1) was
the first sign.
and BEHOLD, a GREAT RED DRAGON
"Look at that", John says, "I have seen evil in my day, but seeing this
makes me realize evil is much larger and pervasive than really known."
Even John is taken by the "size of evil"; we just don't experience that
in our everyday activities. Nonetheless, evil of that magnitude is
around us all the time.
Red is the absence of peace (Revelation
so all turmoil and conflict is embodied in this SIGN (symbol).
This is an ugly creature. Many scholars believe the seven heads refers
to past governments (Revelation
periods and the ten horns to governments in the last times (Revelation 17:12). Daniel's
only one head and ten horns (Daniel
7:23-28). Since Daniel's dream was about the end times, this
make sense for Daniel's vision to only have the 10 horns.
- having seven heads and ten horns,
This denotes that the evil is actively working inside governments in
the end time. The devil (dragon -
boasts that the world's kingdoms are his (Luke
4:5-6). While Jesus didn't refute it (why should He argue
devil?), He countered it by quoting scripture. This tells us that to
counter 'the GREAT RED DRAGON', that we should quote scripture. Oh,
that we would spend more time in studying God's Word.
- on his heads were seven diadems.
This also implies that instead of working for the
governments work for Satan (1
5:18-19-21). One wonders what the government's programs
are meant to do! One only has to recall the Holocaust or abortion
rights or alcohol misuse; all "legal" in government terms but intent on
'killing' people in violation of one of God's ten commandments (Exodus
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Christ are in bold italics. All
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