A Deadly Wound was Served, NOT Healed!

Revelation 13:3 & 13:12 Word Study

Author: Michele at ScriptureStudy.Guide
Posted: April 28, 2022
. Updated June 12, 2022.

There is no mention of a wound being “healed” in Revelation 13:3 & 13:12. It reads “served it the stroke of death” and tells us that the “it” here is “those who house/dwell permanently on the soil/earth.”

In the KJV, Revelation 13:3 reads, “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.”

The actual translation from the Greek reads, “And I beheld the one among the heads, in a manner like she had been butchered to death; and the stroke of death she served so [that] the whole soil [earth] would wonder and admire and follow the devouring animal.”

These verses describe how the wickedness of Satan’s spiritual kingdom caused all people to be born spiritually dead, and how he keeps them spiritually dead by preventing them from surrendering to Jesus Christ through his “fascinations.”

We will cover all three verses where this word “healed” (ἐθεραπεύθη) is used in the bible — Revelation 13:12, 13:3, and Matthew 17:18 — and how you can see the true God-inspired word for yourself.

Important Note

The proper word for “healed” and “cure” in the new testament is always Strong’s G2390, not G2323 like we see in the 3 verses we are studying here.

G2390 is actually a “curing” or a “healing.” G2323 is “menially serving” which is “ministering to.”

Either I am the only one seeing this, or the only one willing to admit it. G2323 is NOT the word “healed.”

Revelation 13:12

Here is a screenshot of the original language in the Greek NT INT+ bible in eSword:

Revelation 13:12 in Greek NT INT+ bible in eSword

The shadowed boxes are words omitted by some English translations.

Actual Translation of Rev. 13:12

In the KJV, the verse reads, “And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”

But in the original language, it actually reads, “And the activities of the chief beast [beast of sea], all [beast system of earth] making these activities in the presence of it [the chief], and doing and making the soil [earth] and the citizens who permanently dwell in it, to kiss the master’s hand, to prostrate themselves, to worship the beast, the chief, who served it [the soil and those housed] the stroke of death.”

The beast of the sea (the antichrist system) is the beast of the peoples because Satan resides in our carnal flesh. This is primarily the political faction — those who make the laws that oppress the people and force them to participate in Mystery Babylon.

The chief beast of the sea is the spiritual power that fuels the wickedness accomplished through man’s physical vessels. It causes all who represent it to appear righteous — wolves in sheep’s clothing.

The beast of the earth (the false prophet system) is the beast of the soil. This is primarily the religious faction/false Christianity who works with the political faction to deceive those who are permanently housed on the soil/earth. It enforces the draconian laws made by the beast of the sea. It practices physical works of deception which are fueled by the evil spirit power.

The beast of the earth causes most people to bow/surrender to the wicked antichrist power, both in spirit and in works.

You can see it here:

Beast = Dangerous devouring animal (evil)
Sea = Power of evil in men
Earth = Works of evil by men
Sea + Earth = Antichrist beast kingdom
Evil Power + Evil Works = Antichrist beast kingdom

To see God’s kingdom:

Lamb = Jesus Christ slain (righteousness)
Sea = Power in righteous men
Earth = Works of righteous men
Sea + Earth = God’s righteous kingdom
Righteous Power + Righteous Works = God’s eternal kingdom

It’s only the LAMB who makes the difference for the cursed soil of earth and it’s fallen dwellers.

Jesus conquered Satan at the cross. Our carnal flesh is the only vessel that Satan’s devils can work in, IF we allow them access.

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Colossians 1:20

For a word study on how Satan can only work through man, and how he does it, see this article and scroll down to the section titled “Identifying the Spiritual Principalities.”

Clarification of Revelation 12:14

In the KJV, Revelation 12:14b reads, “…that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.” Note that this is NOT a deadly wound and the weapon here is a sword. This verse actually says “to make a likeness of the beast who possesses the stroke of the sword but lives.”

Interpretation: This verse is not speaking about what Satan has done to man, but what Jesus did to Satan. The sword is Jesus Christ, the word of God (John 1:1 & 14). Jesus bound Satan in the pit at the cross (Revelation 20:1-3) along with his fallen angels (2 Peter 2:4) while his devils have been doing his work among mankind. Jesus conquered sin and death at the cross, but He won’t lay His enemies under His feet until Judgment Day (1 Corinthians 15:25-26).

Satan, the son of perdition, hasn’t yet had his DEADLY wound; rather, he has served a deadly wound onto mankind, and is marked by the sword of Christ for destruction.

How to See It Yourself

  1. Download eSword on a large screen device, preferably one that will allow you to hover over links without needing to click on them (the Android eSword app is $2.99 but is incredibly difficult for me to use).
  2. In eSword, download the bible titled Greek NT INT+.
  3. Pull up Revelation 13:12 and view it in that bible. You will see what I have posted in the screenshot above.
  4. Hover over the Strong’s Concordance numbers which are purple-colored and read their definitions.
  5. Then hover over the parsing links (the parts of speech of the word) which are in blue. Notice all the other variations that could be used. Also notice if it is passive/past-tense or active/present-tense; singular or plural; masculine or feminine; noun or verb.

The Truth of Revelation 13:12

We can all see that nothing is being “healed” in this verse. Rather, we see “a stroke of death” being sneakily “served” upon mankind by a very patient spirit with no shame, who seeks to devour by any shady means available to him.

The word “healed – G2323” is literally from the word meaning “menially” which is “serving” which is ministering. The 1828 Webster’s defines “menial” as “Pertaining to servants or domestic servants; low; mean.”

In Revelation 13:12, this is Satan (who has not the favor of God who made mankind in His image) serving up fascinations to the men on earth. It is a sneaky, slow kill, or a calculated murder, by the chief evil which is a spiritual power. Satan has an active ministry through his wicked people just like Jesus Christ has an active ministry through us/the church.

This evil spiritual power isn’t even a pathetic speck of dust in God’s almighty kingdom where the renewed hearts of the redeemed dwell. Satan does not exist in God’s temple, New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-4). Satan’s spiritual devils do exist in our carnal flesh; his spiritual powers do not exist in our spiritual hearts.

Many words, only 1 definition

The Strong’s Concordance has lumped many original Greek words into just one word and uses only one definition for all the different words. Look at this one word from the Greek NT INT+ bible in eSword:

G2323

The top Greek word, ἐθεραπεύθη, is the word used in the original text.

The bottom Greek word is the word that Strong’s uses instead of the original text word. We are not given the definition of the original word, but are given the definition of their lump-sum word.

The top Greek word, ἐθεραπεύθη, in the original text is only used 3 times in the entire bible, but Strong’s uses the one word, G2323, for 20 different unique Greek words in the Textus Receptus (the bible in it’s original language).

We can find all the unique words using the online Blue Letter Bible — click here to see the example covered here, G2323 (click the blue button in the center of the page that reads SHOW ALL).

The Word “Healed”

The word incorrectly translated as “healed,” ἐθεραπεύθη, is only used 3 times in the Textus Receptus (the bible in its original text): Revelation 13:12, 13:3, and Matthew 17:18 (in Matthew, it is translated as the word “cured”). You can see this here:

G2323 as ἐθεραπεύθη in the Textus Receptus

Context is key. All 3 times, this word ἐθεραπεύθη is used in regards to the ministering of spiritual powers, either causing people to invite them in, or the 1 account in Matthew of Jesus causing one to depart its host.

Matthew 17:18 reads, “And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.”

Matthew 17:18 in the Greek NT INT+ bible

The phrase “child was cured from that very hour” actually reads “the boy was served a separation/reversal/cessation that same hour.” To serve menially is to minister.

Jesus did not “cure” this boy of a disease — He “ministered to/served” him a departure of the devil in his flesh, or a separation from his devil in the flesh, or a cessation of the devil’s works in him, or a reversal of his spiritual state.

The word “from” and the phrase “out of” in this verse is ἀπό (G575) — it’s an original root word used as a prefix in many other Greek words. It denotes “separation, departure, cessation, completion, reversal, etc.”

Mat 17:18 — AndG2532 JesusG2424 rebukedG2008 the devil;G1140 andG2532 heG846 departedG1831 out ofG575 him:G846 andG2532 theG3588 childG3816 was curedG2323 fromG575 that veryG1565 hour.G5610 

You can see in the verse above how the word “from” and the word “out of” are the same word in the Strong’s Concordance. In actuality, they are two different words in the Greek but are used as identical words in the English language (usually the word “from”). Both words denote “separation, departure, cessation, completion, reversal, etc.”

Revelation 13:3

We have studied the use of ἐθεραπεύθη in Revelation 13:12 (as “healed”) and Matthew 17:18 (as “cured”). Now we will look at its third and final use in the bible.

Here is a screenshot of the original language in the Greek NT INT+ bible in eSword:

Rev. 13:3 in Greek NT INT+ bible in eSword

Actual Translation

In the KJV, Revelation 13:3 reads, “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.”

The actual translation from the Greek reads, “And I beheld the one among the heads, in a manner like she had been butchered to death; and the stroke of death she served so [that] the whole soil would wonder and admire and follow the devouring animal.”

So the KJV is glorifying some healing of the Mystery Babylon harlot when the original language says she looks like she’s been butchered to death and is inflicting death on the people.

The word incorrectly translated as “head” is a PLURAL word, “heads.”

The word “one” and the word “heads” are feminine, so they are not Satan. The KJV translators used the word “his” when dealing with a feminine gender word. However, the word for “beast” IS masculine — this is the spirit power of Satan.

The apostate church (wicked men who appear righteous) is the feminine-gender physical vessels, and the spirit-power fueling them is masculine-gender.

The “one” is the woman harlot, and the “heads” are all wicked men and the apostate church. There are 7 heads which means perfection of a purpose, and 10 crowns which represent fullness/completion by the earth’s kings. She appeared “butchered to death” because she was so rife with wickedness and spiritually dead.

The harlot, Mystery Babylon, is serving a plague of death to the men of the earth. The people are fascinated by and admire that great city, so they get behind and back the wicked ways of its beast system.

In Closing

The more I study and pray over these verses, the more I see how badly twisted things are in this physical realm. The level of deception can be emotionally exhausting. The Greek language was so pointedly specific and accurate… the barbaric English language just drains the meanings out of the Greek words. It is our generation who are the cavemen.

The most literal translation of the bible that we have out there is the Young’s Literal Translation, but even they have the word “healed” which is not “healed” in the original Greek. All bible translations need to be checked with the original Hebrew and Greek.

Ecclesiastes 1:18 — “For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.”

Thankfully, Jesus Christ has overcome everything of this earth (John 16:33).

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).

Come Lord Jesus!


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