It has taken me a long time to begin this series of articles on the Beast. I pondered many times how to approach this subject. There are so many signs of his coming--organizing what I see almost overwhelms me at times. An infrastructure for worldwide domination is being set up on many different levels (spiritual, technological, psychological) but the main focus is on the minds of men. The duped people are calling these happenings progress and freedom. The "progress and freedom" that they are fighting for are the nets that will one day ensnare them and cast them into the lake of fire.
For the record,
For those of you who think that this is a fairy tale, make
sure that you pass on this story to your children. Just as sure
as you are reading this, it shall come to pass.
The Two Witnesses (Rev. 11)
In the last days, there shall be two witnesses of God who shall prophesy for 1,260 days. If any man tries to hurt them, fire will come out of their mouths and devour him. These witnesses shall have the power to keep it from raining, power to turn waters into blood and power to smite the earth with plagues whenever they desire.
When these two have finished their testimony, the Beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them and kill them. Their dead bodies shall lie in the street where the Lord was crucified and people of different nations and languages shall see their bodies for 3.5 days. The people won't let them be buried--the world is going to be rejoicing over the death of the two witnesses because they tormented them. They are even going to make merry and send each other gifts. They'll be celebrating and partying back. The world will hate the witnesses. After the witnesses lay in the street 3.5 days, the Spirit of life from God will enter them and they will stand up on their feet. Great fear will fall on those that see them. The witnesses will ascend up to heaven in a cloud and their enemies will see them. In that same hour there will be a great earthquake where 1/10th of the city will fall and 7,000 men shall die. The remnant of them will be afraid and will give glory to the God of heaven.
An Unholy Trinity
Three main powers shall be at work during the reign of the Beast:
Satan will give the Beast power, a powerful position, and great authority over the whole world. The Bible says that Satan is the god of this world and as such, the things of this world are his to give. Remember when the devil tempted Jesus by showing Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time? After showing his wares, Satan made Jesus an offer:
"All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine."
Of course, the Lord Jesus was not impressed by Satan's parlor trick; however, a man is coming that will take Satan's offer. In return, Satan will give him power over the whole world.
2. The Beast
The Beast is not an animal in a physical sense. He is a man that will be completely sold out to Satan. In exchange, Satan is going to give him unadulterated power over the earth. One prominent characteristic of the Beast is the fact that one of his seven heads (the heads are symbolic) is going to have some kind of deadly wound that is going to be healed. The world is going to wonder after the Beast when they see this severe wound healed. People will be so impressed. Many will probably think that he is god.
The Bible says that people will worship the Beast and the Dragon (Satan) that gives power to the Beast. Folks will be saying things like,
"Who's like the Beast?"
"Who can make war with the Beast?"
"The Beast is the greatest!"
"Isn't the Beast just wonderful! What a dream!"
I can see it now. He'll be in all the headlines--"The Beast Will Meet with England's Prime Minister", "The Beast, Man of the Year" and on and on. You know how the press beats everything into the ground. I personally believe that the Beast will be attractive looking, a great speaker, and religious. He'll be on the "peace and unity" kick--something that everyone will go for--a world religious leader that doesn't condemn sin. But they won't realize that he is indeed condemning them--to the lake of fire.
The Beast is going to be given a mouth by Satan speaking great things against God--just like today's fools. He's going to blasphemy:
- against God
- against His name
- against His tabernacle
- against them that dwell in heaven
He's going to continue his unholy reign for forty and two months which is three and a half years. Read on for more characteristics of his reign.
3. The False Prophet
Revelation 13:11 says that another beast will arise who speaks like a dragon. This deceitful worker of iniquity will be a master liar and spokesman for the Beast. "Deceit" is the word I associate with him. This second beast is called the False Prophet in the Bible. He not only exercises all the power of the first Beast, but he makes people worldwide worship the Beast whose deadly wound was healed. The False Prophet will be flippin' up miracles like a short order cook and, oh, the people will be so impressed.
This deceiver will mesmerize people with his lying wonders. He'll make fire come down out of the sky to the earth in front of people. The headlines might read, "Deputy Beast Demonstrates His Awesome Power." The whole wicked world will be enamored with him--except for God's elect.
Once he gets the people hooked, the False Prophet is gonna tell them that they should make an image to the Beast which had the wound by a sword and did live. Jesus told the disciples in Matthew that if it were possible, these two would even deceive God's elect--but this won't happen because Jesus told us what's going to happen before hand.
Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
After they make the image, the false prophet will use his power to give life to it. I don't know the nature of the image--it could be a statue or hologram--who knows what kind of imagination it will be? Whatever the case, that thing is going to be speaking. I'm sure that people will be trippin' when they see it. It is also going to cause those that do not worship it to be killed.
The False Prophet is going to make EVERYBODY--small and great, rich and poor, free and bond,--receive a mark either in their right hand, or in their foreheads. Those that don't get that mark, will be outlaws worldwide running and hiding like hunted rabbits. They won't be able to buy or sell anything. That means no going to the grocery store to buy food. No buying a house. No selling their products and services in order to make a living. No going to the hospital. No going to the drug store for some aspirin. No beauty parlor. No going to the barber. They will be outlaws. Those that are caught are killed without mercy. The devil knows his time is short and he is full of wrath.
The Mark of the Beast
The mark that they receive is the mark of the beast. The mark is the number of a man: six hundred, threescore (sixty), and six. Some people say that the number is already in barcodes and credit cards as if people will take the mark unknowingly. I STRONGLY disagree. The scriptures says that the people that get that mark are selling out to Satan and the Beast. The people that receive that mark will know EXACTLY what they are doing (see Rev. 13:4, 8). They'll be outright worshipping Satan (the dragon) and the Beast. It ain't gonna be some kind of sneak attack. They will be pledging allegiance to the devil and against Jesus Christ. Sound far-fetched? It's not. In fact, something very similar is occurring right now. Other parts of this series of articles will address this issue of rejection of the God of the Bible and the acceptance of Lucifer, Satan, the lightbearer, the dragon.
The Bible says that the Beast is going to make war with the saints (Christians) and he's going to overcome them--they'll be martyred. It is not surprising that people will kill those who have done nothing to them--it's happening right now. I've personally been threatened but the Lord delivered me. James was killed by the sword, John the Baptist was beheaded, Paul killed, Zechariah slain between the altar and the temple, Abel killed by his brother, and the list goes on and on.
The world will be a nightmare. Blasphemy, sanctioned murder, people running for their lives, lying miracles and wonders, sin abounding, truth suppressed, evil spirits manifesting--horror of horrors. The Bible says that it will be a time of evil unrivaled throughout human history.
Christians during this time must have patience and endure knowing that: 1) a crown of life awaits them and 2) the reward of unrighteousness waits on their persecutors. Christians that die at this time are called blessed for they will rest from their labors and their works follow them into glory. They will sing the song of Moses, and the song of the Lamb, saying:
Great and marvellous are they works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
The Seven Last Plagues
The Beast will reign for three and a half years. At the conclusion
of his reign of terror, the great tribulation, angels will pour
out the seven last plagues.
|ONE||a noisome and grievous sore upon those that have the mark of the beast and who worshipped his image.|
|TWO||the sea will become as the blood of a dead man: and every living thing in the sea will die.|
|THREE||rivers and fountains of waters will become blood. The angel of the waters will say "...they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy."|
|FOUR||men will be scorched by the sun with great heat. They will blaspheme the name of God--the One who hath the power over the plagues. But they will not repent to give Him glory.|
|FIVE||The kingdom of the beast will be full of darkness. It is a darkness that can be felt for they will gnaw their tongues in pain. They will blasphemy the God of heaven because of their pains and sores and will not repent of their deeds.|
|SIX||The water of the Euphrates will be dried up so that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. At this point in his vision, John saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the Dragon (Satan) and out of the mouth of the Beast and out of the mouth of the False Prophet. These spirits are devils, working miracles, and going into all the earth to stir up the world rulers to battle at that great day of God. They will be gathered together at a place called Armageddon.|
|SEVEN||A mighty earthquake unlike any ever seen on this earth. (stop Rev 16:18) There will be voices and thunders and lightnings. Every island will flee away and the mountains will not be found. Great, heavy hail will fall out of the sky pummeling to the ground. Men will blasphemy God because of the plague of hail because it will be grievous.|
To Armageddon to Fight God
The Beast, the False Prophet and the rulers of the world will gather together to make war against Jesus Christ. Of course, it is no contest. The Bible simply says that the Beast and the False Prophet are taken and cast alive into the lake of fire burning with fire and brimstone.
The kings of the earth and their armies will be slain with the sword of the Lamb which shall proceed out of his mouth and the fowls will be filled with their flesh. An angel will come down from heaven and lay hold on the Dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan and will: 1) bind him with a great chain 2) throw him in the bottomless pit, 3) shut him up and 4) set a seal on him that he should deceive the nations no more until a thousand years should be up. After a thousand years, he will be loosed for a little while. After is Satan is loosed, he'll deceive some folks, they'll be devoured by fire out of heaven and Satan will be cast into the lake of fire where the Beast and False Prophet are--never to rise again.
At this time, Jesus Christ will sit on the great white throne and will judge the small and the great. Death and hell will be cast into the lake of fire and everyone who is not found written in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire.
Fate of the Beast, False Prophet, and the Deceived
Everybody that worships the Beast and his image and everybody that receives the mark of the beast in his forehead or in his hand, shall drink God's wrath. In God's court, they will not be able to hide or fight. In God's court, they will not have a defense attorney. In God's court, they will not be able to appeal. In God's court, they will not get a stay of execution. In God's court, they will not get three meals a day and exercise equipment.
What will they get? A speedy sentence from the everlasting One Who created the heavens and the earth. What they will get is thrown into a lake burning with fire and brimstone. What they will get is a wretched stench in their nostrils. What they will get is outer darkness. What they will get is continual burning, weeping, gnashing of teeth, and anguish. What they will get is eternal torment--it will not end.
So much suffering because they refuse God's love offering which was given to keep them out of the lake of fire. That is the biggest fool in the world to me--someone that loves sin so much that they would give up eternity. If you are mad as you are reading this, think about why you are upset. It is the truth and the truth hurts when you live outside of it. Turn, while there is time.
Whether you turn or not, know this one thing--the damnation of the unjust slumbereth not.
God has made known to us the whole story before it occurs.
The question in my mind is, "How is the Devil able to fool
people into worshipping themselves, false gods, Satan himself,
and eventually the beast?" This is the question I'll deal
with in the rest of this series.
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