Bible Question:

Is Satan standing on the beach in Revelation 13:1?

Bible Answer:

The opening verse of Revelation 13 states that the dragon is standing on the beach.

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. Rev. 13:1 (NASB)

To answer the question, we need to discover who the dragon represents. The dragon is mentioned in the preceding chapter seven times (Revelation 12:3, 4, 7-9, 13, 16, 17). He occurs fourteen times in the book of Revelation. Who is the dragon? The answer is found in Revelation 12:9.

And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Rev. 12:9 (NASB)

Here we are told that the dragon is the devil or Satan. Now we know who is standing on the beach in Revelation 13:1. The dragon is Satan or the devil.


Revelation 12:7 makes clear that the dragon is Satan also when it says “his angels.” These angels are fallen angels. Then later in Revelation 20:2 we are told once again that the dragon is Satan.

And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years . . . Rev. 20:2 (NASB)

Suggested Links:

Angels - Good & Evil
The Antichrist, part 1 (MP3)
The Antichrist, part 2 (MP3)
The Antichrist, part 3 (MP3)