(Chapter 13 zooms in and is a close up of Chapter 9.)
1: And I stood over the sand of the sea (= peoples, see 17:15), And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, (= the one world political system, false government & religious system ), having seven heads and ten horns and ten crowns (text reads, "having ten horns and seven heads." See also 12:3; 17:7-12. Three more added here, see Dan. 7:24), and upon his heads the names of blasphemy.
2: And the beast which I saw was like a leopard (= Kenites = the sons of Cain. They are not like us, their spots [marks] can be spiritually discerned if you know & understand the Truth = the Word of God), and his feet were as the feet of a bear (= Russia, not the people, the system, communism), and his mouth as the mouth of a lion (vicious, he is the spurious messiah = Satan): and the dragon gave him (i.e. the being of the abyss [17:8]; the "another" of John 5:43, and see Luke 4:6) his power, and his throne, and great authority. (Its source will not be recognized by the people [the Biblically illiterate] at the onset.)
3: And one from among his heads as it were slain to death (i.e. the political system); and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. (= the one world system, the new world order. This one ruled by Satan an his fallen angels, not man.)
4: And they worshiped the dragon (proclaiming "peace, peace") which gave power to the beast saying, "Who is like the beast? who is able to make war with him?" (You are! with the help of Christ)
5: And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given him to do (or act. 2 Thess. 2:3 records the coming of "the man of sin [lawlessness]:, who is this beast from the Isa. In 2 Thess. 2:8 "that wicked" = "the lawless one", who is the beast from the earth, vv.11-18 here) forty two months. (prophecy regarding Satan, see 11:2 & 9:5)
6: And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His Name (i.e. the Christ of God), And His tabernacle, that is those that dwell (lit. tabernacling) in heaven.
7: And it was given to him to make war with the saints (not the term in v.4, but indicating a special attack upon "the saints"), and to overcome them (but he won't): and power was given to him over every tribe and people, and tongue, and nation.
8: And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose name has not been written in the book of the life of the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world. (see 17:8)
9: If any man has an ear, let him hear. (eighth and last occurrence. Here to individuals, no longer to corporate churches. He is talking to the elect)
10: If any one is for captivity, into captivity he goes (=captivity of the mind); if any one is killed with the sword, with the sword he is killed.(= spiritual death. These are Hebrew idioms for destiny. See Jer. 15:2; 43:11. Ezek. 5:2,12. Zech. 11:9. None will escape the beast, except the elect who have the seal of God [His Truth] in their foreheads) . Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
11: And I saw another beast (= religious) coming up out of the earth; and he had two horn like a lamb (= Satan, he's the great pretender, pretending to be Christ), and he was speaking as a dragon. (because the dragon is Satan)
12: And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and them that dwell therein to worship the first beast (= the political system), whose deadly wound was healed.
13: And he does great wonders so that he makes lightning also come down from heaven on the earth in sight of men,
14: And he deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in sight of the beast (Such as that in v.13. For miracles of themselves; are no proof of a Divine mission. The Lord's miracles were "signs" for His people to ponder. The miracles here are to impress credulous unbelievers. See and cp. 2 Thess. 2:9-11. 1 Tim. 4:1-3.); saying to them that dwell on the earth that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound of a sword, and lived again.
15: And it was given him to give life to the image of the beast (=the one world system), in order that the image of the beast should both speak, and in order that as many would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (Are you afraid? see Matt. 10:27-32)
16: And he (i.e. the second beast, the religious system) causes all, small and great, and rich and poor, and free and bond, to receive (lit. in order that they may be given) a mark in their right hand (idiom = to do Satan's work, not a micro chip. See Mark 13:17), or in their forehead (= planted with his lies in their forehead, not a stamp on your forehead. How easily are you deceived?)
17: And that no man should be able to buy or sell (the great boycott of the future), except he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (= being a member of his congregation)
18: Here is wisdom. He that has understanding calculate (see Luke 14:28) the number of the beast: for it is a man; and his number is Six hundred sixty six. (Satan arrives at the 6th seal, the 6th trump, and the 6th vial. Can you recognize the previous signs and teaching to know when this will be? If you are in the flesh and someone comes performing unbelievable miracles and claims he is God , you'll know that this is Satan. We will not meet Christ UNTIL we are changed into our spiritual bodies. A word to the wise is sufficient. That ancient "mysteries" and modern "beliefs" are becoming closely allied, witness the rapid growth and spread of Spiritism, Theosophy, and Occultism of every kind.)