Is the Assyrian Empire or the Babylonian Empire the Wounded Head?
In Dan. 7:17 we read the following:
In the above passage we see that the 4 Beasts are 7 Kings and the Hebrew base word ‘melek’ used here does NOT mean KINGDOMS – although we do know from other related passages that these 4 Beasts do actually represent 4 Kingdoms as well.
Hebrew 4430, Strong’s
However, it must be noted that the transliterated Hebrew word (letter for letter) ‘mlkin’ used here, is used 10 other times in the OT, in this particular Hebrew tense /form and in each and every instance its meaning is the same - plural ‘Kings’. For further reference, it is used in Dan. 2:21 (twice), 47; 7:17, 24 (twice); Ezra 4:15, 19, 22; and Prov. 31:3.
This being said, it is well known that of the four empires in question each had multiple human Kings and NOT just one singular King as revealed in Dan. 7:17 above. That being the case, we must then conclude that the Kings being referred to CANNOT be ‘human’, but must therefore be ‘fallen angels’, hence the fallen angelic Princes/Kings of the Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Grecian and Roman Empires.
Meanwhile, as I have suggested many times before Biblical Beasts in reference to Empires includes – The Beast Kingdom itself, the Fallen Angelic Beast that rules the Beast Kingdom, and the Human King Beast that also rules the Beast Kingdom subject to the fallen angelic Beast (see Dan. 10:20 model – Prince of Grecia and Prince of Persia).
What we then see from the above is that the four Beasts (fallen angelic KINGS) had their dominions (Kingdoms) taken away but their lives were spared for a season. Apostle John describes the final 7th Kingdom of the Sea Beast as follows:
As such, the final 7th Antichrist/Abyss Beast Empire that John saw included the revised vestige components of each of the four former Empires in question - the Assyrian Empire (mouth of a lion), the component of the Medo-Persian Empire (feet of a bear), the component of the Grecian Empire (like unto a leopard), and the component of the Roman Empire (ten horns).
So why is this important? In Rev. 13:3 (see also Jer. 50:35) we read the following:
If as we have discussed before, the 7 Heads of the Abyss Beast represent the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Grecian, Roman, (coming Islamic?) and the Antichrist Empires then, the ‘head wounded to death’ would most logically be the Babylonian Head. Why? John reveals in Rev. 17:10 that the 7 fallen angelic Kings of these 7 Empires existed/will exist(s) as follows:
Therefore, as we know, five of these former fallen angelic Kings and their subject Kingdoms had already fallen before John’s day, (see above) and the fallen angelic Abyss Beast King had to be number 8, but COULD NOT be number 6 (one IS - Rome) or number 7 (yet to come), then he would have to be one of the first 5 fallen angelic Kings.
In summary, Scripture makes it clear that the man Antichrist will be an Assyrian (Isaiah 10:12) from Nineveh (Nahum 1:11) and most likely the fallen angelic Abyss Beast King who will possess/empower him will be the former demonic angelic Prince of Babylon. Therefore, the 3nd former Babylonian Head/Beast King becomes the 7th Abyss Beast Head of the final transitioned 7th Beast Kingdom, with the Abyss Beast himself becoming the 8th King (Rev. 17:11) of the 7th Beast Kingdom.
The Prophet Jeremiah declared that the Babylonian Empire was a 'DESTROYING MOUNTAIN' (see Abaddon/Apollyon - the Destroyer) and that the SWORD of the Lord would come upon them.
Jeremiah 51:25 (KJV)
Jeremiah 50:35 (KJV)
PLEASE consider the following information - In Rev. 13:2 we read the following:
Revelation 13:2 (KJV)
In the above Passage when we realize that John was actually seeing the vision of this particularly described unique BEAST, he referenced its symbolic constructive design as having 7 Heads and 10 Horns (from the Roman Empire), the overall bodily appearance of a LEOPARD (the Grecian Empire), with the FEET of a BEAR (the Persian Empire). However, here is where the symbolism becomes strained - the MOUTH of a LION. Why?
If we typically construct this above defined BEAST as a unique Beast with all of the symbolically ascribed bodily features John mentions, we must ask the question, "How can a Beast with 7 Heads ONLY have one singular MOUTH?" There is something wrong with this symbolism if we interpretatively equate the 'singular' MOUTH of the Beast, who has 7 Heads, with that of a physical feature equivalent to those of the described BODY and FEET of the Beast itself.
As such, I suggest the answer lies in the definition of the greek word 'stoma' (Strong's 4750 - MOUTH) itself - the meaning figuratively implies the 'mouthed' LANGUAGE of the Beast - the identifier of the Beast himself.
probably strengthened from a presumed derivative of the base of <G5114> (tomoteros); the mouth (as if a gash in the face); by implication language (and its relations); figurative an opening (in the earth); specially the front or edge (of a weapon) :- edge, face, mouth.
Thus, we must ask - did John most likely see the MOUTH or hear the Mouth? Meanwhile, what is actually then being revealed in Rev. 13:2?
Not only does the Beast described above represent the futuristic KINGDOM of the coming Beast 8th King, it also describes the Beast himself with respect to Rev. 17:8-11. To this end, we see in Rev. 17:11 that the WAS/IS NOT Beast was ALSO one of the former Kings of the 7 Heads (actually one of the former first 5 Heads) of the Scarlet Abyss Beast. Thus, Rev. 13:2 reveals that the LANGUAGE (Mouth/Speech) of the Beast is that of the LION, which we all know from the Book of Daniel would clearly identify him as Babylonian.
Therefore, John is telling us that the 8th King Abyss Beast (the Wounded Head of Rev. 13:3) is the former King of the Babylonian Empire who shall futuristically ASCEND from the Abyss - the Chaldean LANGUAGE Mouth. http://www.shalach.org/Antichrist/Number%20666%20and%20Name%20of%20the%20Beast.htm