We need to confirm that the Diverse beast (ten horns and seven heads) could possibly be the kingdoms of Israel and Judah in the pre-exilic (pre-Babylonian) era. This follows on the discovery that Saul was the lion, David the bear and Solomon the leopard with 666 spots.
The only way to do this is by looking at Jewish texts written of that time. We will just concentrate on Isaiah which covered the kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekah, kings of Judah.
Chapters 7 to 14 summarise Jewish emblematic history from the destruction of the kingdom of Israel by Assyria to Babylonian captivity.
Here is a summary of quotes:
– “a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” – Isa. 7:14
– “a child is born”, “government shall be upon his shoulders”, “Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace” – Isa. 9:6
– “increase of his government”, “peace … no end”, “with judgment and with justice”, “henceforth even for ever” – Isa. 9:7
– “lighted upon Israel” – Isa. 9:8
– “sycomores cut down … changed to cedars” – Isa. 9:10
– “Syrians … shall devour Israel” – Isa. 9:12
– Israel will be “cut off” in one day, “leaders caused them to err”, “destroyed”, “hypocrite and an evildoer”, “every mouth speakest folly”, “land darkened”, “people as the fuel of the fire”, “no man shall spare his brother”, “eat flesh of his own arm” – Isa. 9:14-18.
– Mannasseh, Ephraim: and they together shall be against Israel”– Isa. 9:21
– “write grievously which they prescribed” – Isa. 10:1
– “robbed the fatherless” – Isa. 10:2
– “O Assyria, the rod of my anger … staff in their hand is mine indignation” – Isa. 10:5
– “to tread them down in the mire of the streets”, “Samaria and Damascus” – Isa. 10:6
– “So do to Jerusalem and her idols” – Isa. 10:11
– Then “…the fruit of the stout heart king of Assyria”, “high looks” – Isa. 10:12
– “remnant shall return” – Isa. 10:21
– “rod … shall lift staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt” … “slaughter of the Midians” – Isa. 10:24
– “come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse” – Isa. 11:1
– “and a branch shall grow out of his roots” – Isa. 11:1
– Hezekiah will “smite the earth with the rod of his mouth” “breath …” – Isa. 11:4
– “a root of Jesse” … “stand as an ensign to all the people” – Isa. 11:10
– “recover the “remnant of the people”, “shall set up an ensign to the nations” – Isa. 11:11-12
– Against “Ephraim” “Philistines”, “Edom”, “Moab”, “Ammon” and “Egypt”– Isa. 13-15
– “highway for the remnant”, “like the day he came out of the land of Egypt” – Isa. 11:16
– “God is my salvation”, “for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength” – Isa. 12:2
– “The burden of Babylon” – Isa. 13:1
– “it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty” – Isa. 13:6
– “constellations shall not give their light” … “sun shall be darkened” – “moon … no light to shine” – Isa. 13:10
– “I will stir up the Medes against them” – Isa. 13:17
– “caused the golden city to cease” – Isa. 14:4
All these quotes are of Jewish symbolic writing as that was their subject. This reporting was of ceremonial times; pre-chronological records and pre-Babylonian captivity. Oral recollected stories had been passed down and later recorded. The scribes were writing to Jews about their governance and what went wrong or right.
Now emphasising the ancient quotes:
1. Israel will be “cut off” in one day. This unacceptable catastrophe resulted in invasion by Sennacherib. Israel had erred, becoming hypocrites and speaking folly. People were as fuel for fire. Starvation ensued. They ate flesh. Ahaz was a “wicked” king of Judah at this time.
2. Consequently it is said a child was conceived from a virgin almah (without god). At no other point in Jewish dialogue is such a renowned figure given the very highest accolades – “The mighty God”, “The everlasting Father” and “the Prince of Peace”, “Wonderful” and “Counsellor”. This was a mind-changing turning point for the Jewish nation. This man-child Hezekiah when he matured was called Immanuel. Society was now a virgin bethulah (with God). The Branch had appeared from the stem of Jesse. The stem of Jesse was recorded in the book of Ruth, after the bitterness of Naomi, who requested to be called Mara. “There is a son born to Naomi … he is the father of Jesse, the father of David” – Ruth 4:17. Hezekiah in Jewish records was said to restore the Temple of David (bear) constructed by Solomon (leopard) – and is the only person identified as a branch from Jesse – like David. In Hezekiah’s day the book was opened – Isa. 29:11. It was not opened again until Gabriel showed Daniel – Dan. 8:16, the message. Then again by Paul through epiphany and fully explained by John of Patmos by revelation of type in archetype.
3. And at Dan. 7:24 we are told: “And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.” Judah’s prominence came when Asher, Zebulon, and Manasseh were plucked from Israel and moved permanently back to Jerusalem at the time of Hezekiah. The other seven Reuben, Simeon, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Issachar, Ephraim went into Syrian captivity. Hezekiah was certainly diverse from Israel’s ten kingly tribes.
4. After Hezekiah, we then have seven (7) kings of decline before Babylonian captivity – Manaseh (“wicked”), Amon (“evil”), Josiah (attempted reforms, but unsuccessful), Jehoahaz (“to Egypt”), Jehoiakim (“evil”), Jehoiachin (“evil”) and Zedekiah (“blinded”).
5. One of these kings, and one only was — “One of the (seven) heads (of Judah) as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed” – Rev. 13.3. There must be one and one only of these seven kings wounded and the wound healed. In all the Testaments there is only one person ever recorded as having a deadly wound healed.
So, among the last seven kings of Judah, we need to find one that was “wounded to death.” One king and one only must be mortally wounded. Otherwise, there would be an aberration in Daniel’s type establishment. Astonishingly, there is only one of the last seven last kings of Judah who was so wounded and healed.
Wounded means “a victim” or “maimed,” and death, from thanatŏs means “made deadly silent” and “having no defense.” Now for the phrase, “and his deadly wound was healed.” Healed is from therapěnō, meaning “to wait upon menially.” Which king of Judah, before Babylonian captivity, was deadly silent without defense, wounded? Who was this king?
Jehoiachin was the sixth of the seven last kings of Judah before total captivity by Babylon. “At that time Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came against Jerusalem … And he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes … And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon. And Nebuchadnezzar made Zedekiah, Jehoiachin’s uncle, king” – 2 Kings 24:8–17. Imprisonment was a setback to Jehoiachin’s reputation. Jehoiachin’s dignity was maimed; deadly silence wafted. There was no defense for Judah’s dethroned king. So, astonishingly, we have one king of the last seven kings that precisely fits the “wounded” model of Rev. 13:3!
It cannot be a mere coincidence that all the attributes of the three kings (Saul, David, and Solomon), of the diverse beast (Israel and Judah), and of Jehoiachin, one of the last seven kings of Judah, all fit the model. Additionally three Israelite kings were subdued – Asher, Zebulon, and Manasseh. All incidents synchronize detailing the transition from the ten tribes, through Hezekiah (the anointed messiah – “The mighty God”) to the seven last kings of Judah. How has this been missed in our narcissism milieu? Have we been truant? How intricate, exacting is this alignment? Why not accept the script plainly as written? With all these types being repeated in the apocalyptic age, aforementioned by John of Patmos, our challenge is to recognize the beasts of Rev. 13 today.
Jeremiah, meaning “God is high,” wrote, “This man Coniah (Jehoiachin) a despised person, he is a vessel wherein there is no pleasure, they are cast out, he and his seed, cast into a land which they know not … Write this man childless, a man that shall not prosper, no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah” – see Jer. 22:24–30. Jehoiachin was certainly wounded.
But regardless of this, “his deadly wound was healed” – Rev 13:3: It came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah … that Evilmeridach king of Babylon … lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison. And spake kindly unto him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon, and changed his prison garments: and he did continually eat bread before him all the days of his life – see end words of Jer. 52:31–34.
So the deadly wound was healed. Jehoiachin was released by the king of Babylon.
The cradle of civilization certainly rests with the Ancients. Christianity has always projected these types forward to the Christ confrontation. But the Ancient writers looked back to find types for archetypical projection.
Knowing the old gives us a new perspective and challenges Christian doctrine as we know it.