Revelation 16:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 16:13, NIV: Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

Revelation 16:13, ESV: And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs.

Revelation 16:13, KJV: And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

Revelation 16:13, NASB: And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs;

Revelation 16:13, NLT: And I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs leap from the mouths of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet.

Revelation 16:13, CSB: Then I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming from the dragon's mouth, from the beast's mouth, and from the mouth of the false prophet.

What does Revelation 16:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

John reports in this verse that he saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, who is the Devil (Revelation 20:2), out of the mouth of the beast (Revelation 13:1–2), and out of the mouth of the false prophet (Revelation 13:11–14). Ephesians 2:2 describes the Devil as "the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience." Since the dawn of human history, the Devil has been exerting his influence over unbelievers. In 2 Corinthians 4:4 Paul calls him "the god of this world." In other words, the Devil rules the world, the evil world system. Near the end of the tribulation, he holds unbridled sway over his two evil henchmen.

John compares the unclean spirits that come out of mouths of the trinity of evil to frogs. Frogs were an appropriate comparison for this era, since they were seen as unclean and slimy. The second plague that God sent upon Egypt was that of frogs. The Egyptians found the frogs to be so obnoxious that Pharaoh entreated Moses to remove all the frogs. He promised to let the Hebrews leave Egypt if the Lord would remove the pests. Then the Lord caused the frogs to die, and when the Egyptians gathered them into piles, "the land stank" (Exodus 8:14).

Upcoming verses will give more details on these "unclean spirits," and their role in the end times.