And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
The twelve stars are symbolic of the signs of the zodiac, representing the twelve tribes of Israel.
12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
Satan’s governmental and spiritual structure in the first earth age consisted of seven dominions to which he appointed seven heads, or crowns. The woman was travailing in the birth of the second age.
12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
Satan’s failed plan caused all of God’s stars, or children, to have to pass through the flesh in the second earth age which was God’s plan of salvation. At this point we come to earth, and Satan has done everything in his power to devour the promised seed through which Messiah would be born.
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
John was standing upon the sand of the sea. We are still on earth. In Satan’s new planned structure we find ten crowns, instead of seven. And, the ten crowns are placed on the ten horns, rather than the seven heads as in his first plan. What does all this mean?
And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Satan has the power to give authority to individuals and nations on earth. He has no power of authority over those that exercise the power Jesus Christ gave us in Luke 10:18-19. You must be familiar with Satan’s power or face the possibility of being deceived by him.
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
This is the multi-headed structure, a political system.
13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who [is] like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
They worshipped Satan, after he heals the wounded political beast. Who is able to make war with him?
13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months.
Satan will rule the one world system for forty and two months, shortened to five months for the elect’s sake.
17:7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
The woman represents the people that are deceived by antichrist. The angel is going to explain to John the mystery of the beast which has seven heads and ten horns.
The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
17:9 And here [is] the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, [and] the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
The ten horns are as nothing, until the antichrist appears on earth and gives them power.
These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful.
And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
Most people will be deceived. Finally, we get to the ten horns. But, why are they hateful to the whore of Babylon? Babylon represents those that are deceived by antichrist. The ten horns are persecuting them. The ten horns are supposed to be helping the whore.
For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.