A statue outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City has drawn comparison to the “Beast of Revelation” described in the New Testament.
According to a United Nations Twitter account, the statue – “a fusion of jaguar and eagle” – is “a guardian for international peace and security.” It was donated by the Government of the Mexican state of Oaxaca, and was created by artists Jacobo and Maria Angeles.
Commenters on social media have suggested that the statue resembles the “Beast of Revelation,” a creature described in the last book of the Bible.
Chapter 13 of the Book of Revelation says: “And the beast, which I saw, was like to 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 own strength, and great power.”
The Book of Revelation, also known as the Apocalypse, speaks about what will come to pass at the end of the world.
Artists have depicted the beast in different ways over time, often with wings like the U.N. statue.