Revelation Explained

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Beast of the Earth

"Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed." (Revelation 13:11,12 - English Standard Version)

The last few posts have examined the second member of the unholy trinity: the Anti-Christ. He is Satan's imperfect imitation of Jesus. The last part of chapter thirteen describes the third member of the unholy trinity: the False Prophet. He imitates the work of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit seeks to draw attention to Jesus. The False Prophet seeks to draw attention to the Anti-Christ. The Holy Spirit encourages people to do what is right. The False Prophet will encourage people to do what is evil. The Holy Spirit reveals the truth. The False Prophet is a deceiver.

John sees a second beast. This beast has the same character as the first. The word translated another means another of the same kind.

This beast comes up out of the earth not out of the sea. The sea represents the Gentile nations. The Anti-Christ is a Gentile. The False Prophet, on the other hand, will be Jewish. The earth represents the Hebrew people.

The horns on the first beast represent kings. It is possible that the two horns on this beast represent the two ancient Israelite kingdoms: Israel and Judah. This would then indicate that, at first, he has the support of all Israelites.

He appears as a lamb: innocent and harmless. However, the words he speaks are the words of the dragon: Satan. His ideas and teachings are harmful and dangerous. He supports the work of the Anti-Christ who obeys the orders of the devil.

The Anti-Christ will give his full support to the work of the False Prophet. This man will seek to unite all religions. He will encourage all people to view the Anti-Christ as their savior and god.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said. Great read.

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