Loading

What is the fatal wound found on the Beast?

And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea.
And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. Revelation 13:1-3


The Beast in John's vision appears to have a fatal wound but it recovers.  What is this fatal wound?

Some believe that it is the future antichrist who will be shot then resurrect to the amazement of people who will follow him.  That clearly is not in the text.  The beast is a kingdom not a person.

"He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it.  Daniel 7:23

Daniel 7 details a fourth beast with 10 horns, just like Revelation.  It's clear Daniel was receiving the vision in the 6th Century to understand the authority structure of the world in the present and coming days.  The first beast represented Babylon, the second Persia, then Greece and finally Rome.  Since Daniel's fourth beast is Rome and it received a "fatal wound" that would have been healed, this means that Rome faltered and appeared dead, but got back up on its feet.  Did that happen?

Rome was attacked many times when it ruled, but it overcame and remained in power for hundreds of years.   The Roman leadership under Nero teetered because of his mental condition.  After Nero, leadership went through three quick changes in the heads of state with three emperors killed in 69 AD.  Vespasian finally resurrected Roman sovereignty.

So the Beast's "fatal wound" was a questionable time in Rome's history when it appeared the country would fall apart, but it didn't.