Revelation 13:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 13:12, NIV: It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.

Revelation 13:12, ESV: It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.

Revelation 13:12, KJV: And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

Revelation 13:12, NASB: He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who live on it worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.

Revelation 13:12, NLT: He exercised all the authority of the first beast. And he required all the earth and its people to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.

Revelation 13:12, CSB: It exercises all the authority of the first beast on its behalf and compels the earth and those who live on it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.

What does Revelation 13:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The two beasts of Revelation are partners in evil. They both receive their power from the dragon, the Devil, and they both endeavor to advance the Devil's work. These two figures are most often referred to as the Antichrist and the False Prophet, respectively. However, it's possible that this second beast might be more correctly given the label "antichrist." Revelation itself does not given them those titles, so either is a possibility.

The second beast is as powerful as the first beast. This person uses his power to make earth's inhabitants worship the first beast. In this role the second beast imitates Christ, who directs worship to the Father (Luke 11:1–4; John 1:18; 14:6). This verse's statement is part of the basis for believing that there will be a single, world-wide religion enforced during the end times.

Revelation 13:3 describes the first beast as having a mortal wound that was healed. Perhaps this is a reference to the Roman Empire as having a mortal wound. If so, the wound may refer to the fall of the Roman Empire, and the healing refers to the Empire's revival. The Roman Empire had six forms of government: kings, consuls, dictators, decemvirs, tribunes, and emperors. The sixth form under the Caesars ended, but it will reappear in the tribulation and cover roughly the same territory as it previously held.