Serpents In The Sea, Scorpions In The Sand
n continuing an in depth study of the Apocalyptic Linguistics found in Scripture, and the imagery associated with Revelation’s parallel powers ofSerpents and Scorpions, it occurred to me the prophetic metaphor must also extend to their habitat. Having previously produced materials focusing on theSand and the Sea, addressing the fact the Antichrist beast rises up out of thesea, whereas the False Prophet rises up out of the earth (or the sand which borders the sea as expressed in Revelation 13:1), another layer of the connection between the Serpent in the Sea, and the Scorpion in the Sand, is worth exploring.
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea….And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb…” (Revelation 13:1, 11).
Christian Medians recognize the split identities of these symbols as emanating out of the double-mind of the Devil, for the LORD has revealed his nefarious nature to those who hear the truth in this ministry:
“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (II Corinthians 2:11).
The multitude of Scriptural passages which testify as to identity and sequence are seamless in their symbolism. In previous work, we’ve shown how the serpents are seen in Revelation 9, where they are connected to the demonic hordes described as resembling horses, with tails like serpent’s heads that strike:
“Thus I saw the horses in the vision…their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt” (Revelation 9:17, 19).
The serpents are endowed with the power to kill:
“By these was the third part of men killed…” (Revelation 9:18).
The imagery of serpents is consistent with Leviathan, a cryptogram for the great dragon which inhabits the sea:
“In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercingserpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent: and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea” (Isaiah 27:1).
The serpent has multiple heads, of which the king known as Pharaoh is but one:
“Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers” (Ezekiel 29:3).
The association between serpents and the sea – seen as the dragon in the sea in Isaiah – connects the beast coming out of the sea to the political powers of the ages. This is indicated by the presence of Pharaoh, who is even specified to be the “king of Egypt,” in the very same passage in Ezekiel.
This links the kingdoms of the age, including Egypt, to the sequential kingdoms which Daniel saw coming up out of the sea:
“And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. The first was like a lion….” (Daniel 7:3,4).
Most know Egypt was followed by Assyria before Daniel’s Babylonian kingdom began the count of the famous quartet, but it’s difficult to miss the fact that Daniel’s four kingdoms – symbolized as the lion, bear, leopard, and unique beast – all show up consolidated as the Antichrist beast in Revelation and, it arises from the sea:
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and I saw a beast rise up out of the sea….” (Revelation 13:1).
Although most prophecy commentators foolishly assign the term “the sea” to the exceedingly trite “sea of humanity,” such blind guides are at a loss to render a suitable explanation for the beast power which comes up out of the earth.
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth….” (Revelation 13:11).
Part of the problem in accurately perceiving this material is related to the false prophets who identify Daniel’s sea borne kingdoms as the same kingdoms seen in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the statue with the head of gold, arms of silver, brass belly, and iron legs. The statue dream, obviously standing on dry land as evidenced by Nebuchadnezzar’s construction of a great statue in “the plain of Dura” (Daniel 3:1) in the very next sequence, is flatly stated to represent Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome.
In Revelation, the land birthed image of the False Prophet draws on the Old Testament quartet, whereas the sea birthed beast has the characteristics of the New Testament era kingdoms of England (the lion), the Soviet Union (the bear), Nazi Germany (the leopard), and America (the diverse beast). Thus, theAntichrist beast is largely political and military, whereas the False Prophetbeast is religious and economic.
These two entities are both energized by spiritual power, which is divided against itself, as each faction seeks to do its own will. The Antichrist power is largely characterized by Death, whereas the False Prophet power is emblematic of Hell.
“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and hisname that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him” (Revelation 6:8)
The serpents, which are associated with the sea, are universally seen as having the ability to kill, which is consistent with the identification of Death inhabiting the Spirit of Antichrist:
“I saw the horses…for their tails were like untoserpents…to slay the third part of men….(Revelation 9:17, 19, 15).
The scorpions, which are usually found in the sand, are associated with the Spirit inhabiting the False Prophet, which is related to Hell, and accompanies the Spirit of Death. The Spirit which resides in Hell, imaged as scorpions, does not kill, but brings torment and captivity.
“And they had tails like unto scorpions…and to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented…” (Revelation 9:5).
Although such understanding eludes those who have been taught the faulty idea of a literal unfolding of prophecy, it is imperative that the believer discern the truth about the kingdom of God, and the twin Spiritual polarities which oppose those who come to the Saviour. Indeed, the Word of God declares that the unregenerate man or woman, even those who believe they have received the Word of truth, but have instead absorbed another gospel, is in grave peril.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (I Corinthians 2:14).
-- James Lloyd