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In Revelation Chapter 11 v 7 we read:

Revelation 11 (NIV)
Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.

and in chapter 13 v 11 we read

Revelation 13 (NIV)
11  Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon..

My question is are the horns symbolic in relation to the two witnesses being attacked, overpowered and killed?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by fredsbend, David Stratton, wax eagle Sep 5 '13 at 9:54

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@ David Stratton,is questions on Revelation allowed on this site? –  77 Clash Sep 5 '13 at 8:51
    
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@user2572 as mentioned above you're going to get a lot of different answers but in order to try to be helpful here is one study on the second beast - amazingfacts.org/media-library/study-guide/e/4998/t/… –  HelloWorld Sep 6 '13 at 21:35

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Out of several commentaries, the only one I can find directly addressing the possibile symbolism of the horns of the second beast is in Warren W Wiersbe's commentary on Revelation:

"The image of the horns (13:11) suggests that the false prophet [the second beast] has authority but the absense of a crown indicates that his authority is not political."

While numerology plays a significant role in Revelation, I cannot find any substantive, consistent use of the number 2 that would directly link the horns to the witnesses.

There certainly is symbolism in the uses of the lamb and dragon images (perhaps suggesting that he may try to come off as the Lamb of God but in actuality is the dragon, "the ancient serpent who is the devil and Satan") and to add the detail of two horns is certainly specific enough that it may have meaning as well. However, since the beast from the land is described in detail two chapters after the foretelling of the death of the witnesses at the hand of the beast, I am not sure there is a correlation between the horns and the witnesses.

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