What type of “dragon” is implied by the seven headed serpent of revelation?
Revelation 13:1-2 (NASB)
The Beast from the Sea
1 "And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a
beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and
on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous
names. 2 And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet
were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And
the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority."
The Dragon is none other than Satan the Devil, John wrote in Revelation 12:7-9 (NET)
The Angel Michael and war in heaven with the huge dragon.
7 "Then war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against
the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But the
dragon was not strong enough to prevail, so there was no longer any
place left in heaven for him and his angels. 9 So that huge dragon—the
ancient serpent, the one called the devil and Satan, who deceives the
whole world—was thrown down to the earth, and his angels along with
And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and the dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. So what is the beast? The prophet Daniel whilst being a captive in Babylon has a vision.
Daniel has a Vision of four great beasts coming up from the sea. (Read Daniel 7: 1-8)
The first was like a lion and had the wings of an eagle, a second one, resembling a bear, the third was like a leopard , and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.
The fourth beast is very much similar to the beast seen by John towards the closing years of the first century,notice that the beast had similar characteristics of a leopard, a bear a lion and had ten diadems on ten horns.
Daniel informs us that the huge beasts are four kings, or empires /kingdoms :
17 "These great beasts, which are four in number, are four kings who will arise from the earth. 18 But the saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come."(Daniel 7:17 NASB)
The Seven Heads.
The seven heads of the beast represent the six major empires that are mentioned in the Bible up to Johns day and the seventh was prophesied to appear later, and are:
Egypt-Assyria- Babylon- MedoPersia- Greece - Rome and the other(the seventh) has not yet come.
Revelation 17:9-10 (NASB)
9 "Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven
mountains on which the woman sits, 10 and they are seven kings; five
have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he
must remain a little while."
Notes: Was thrown (the Dragon-Satan the Devil)) down to the earth, and his angels along with him, refers to the angels that materialized and took human form in the pre-flood days of Noah.