We have done some study on the Beast out of the Sea and the Whore of Babylon who rides it. Now, let’s look more closely at the second Beast, which comes out of the Land. The best description of this second beast is in Revelation 13: 11-16.
- This beast comes out of the land, not the sea. In Hebrew thought, that means it comes out of the area of the Promised Land and not the Gentile nations of the chaotic seas.
- It has 2 horns. In the Old Testament and to the Hebrew, a horn meant a great power. So, it has 2 big powers.
- It looks like a lamb. It appears peaceful and innocent, even though it has 2 great powers.
- It might look like a lamb, but it speaks like a dragon. Remember that Stan is the fiery serpent dragon.
John 8: 44, “You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires which are characteristic of your father. He was a muderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar himself, and the father of lies and of all that is false.”
Revelation 12:9, “And the huge dragon was cast down and out – that age old serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, he who is the seducer and deceiver of all humanity the world over; he was forced out and down to the earth, and his angels were flung out along with him.”
2 John 1:7, “For many imposters (seducers, deceivers, and false leaders) have gone out into the world, men who will not acknowledge (confess, admit) the coming of Yeshua Jesus Christ (the Messiah) in bodily form. Such a one is the imposter (the seducer, the deceiver, the false leader, the antagonist of Christ), and the antichrist.”
- When in the presence of the Beast out of the Sea, this second beast exerts the same power.
- This second beast causes people to exalt, deify, and even worship the first beast….remember that first beast is the one who had the deadly wound that was healed?
- This second beast out of the earth performs great signs, some might call miracles, of fire falling from the sky for people to watch. Thus, deceiving the people of earth.
2 Thessalonians 2:9, “The coming of the lawless one, the antichrist, is through the activity and working of Satan and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of pretended miracles and signs and delusive marvels, all of them being lying wonders.”
- He commands people to build an image of the first beast. He imparts life to the image so it talks. Those who do not bow down and worship the image are put to death.
- He requires all people be marked with the mark of the first beast’s number of his name on their right hand or forehead. Without this mark, people will not be able to buy or sell. The number of the beast is a human number of 666.
The Land Beast looks like a peaceful, innocent, sacrificial lamb, but that is a deception. It gets its power alongside the antichrist beast. It speaks like Satan with enticing, believable, and charismatic lies. Some might call this “smooth talk”. It is a false prophet and false leader who is good at counterfieting truth.
This second beast comes out of the area of the Promised Land. It has 2 horns of power. What are the 2 powers in Jerusalem? Zionism and Rabbinical Judaism. These represent the worldviews of humanism and false religion. They are man made religions that promise peace, prosperity, security, and salvation without Jesus. This is an antichrist spirit – against or instead of Christ. Zionism is atheistic and humanistic in believing man is god. Rabbinical Judaism is against Jesus as the Messiah and endorses the man made Talmudic Babylonian influenced pagan religion. These are the Jews who say they are Jews (God’s chosen people), but are not (Revelation 2:9, 3:9).
But, this has grown into a huge beast. This Babylonian paganism has spread into society through other organizations like the Illuminati, Freemasons, New Age, satanic occult, popular media and entertainment, and even into false “Christianity”! Remember we were warned about wolves in sheeps’ clothing?
Matthew 7:15, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves.”
1 John 2:18, “And as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen…”
Fasle prophets, teachers, and leaders have been around a long time…growing and spreading like yeast in bread dough. The signs, wonders, magic, sorcery, spiritual euphoria, and lying miracles draw people in many pagan and cultic religions. This can also happen in organizations that promote themselves as Christian Charismatic ministries, but the “wonders” they perform are not of Jesus Christ, but rather from the father of lies, Satan. Satan can perform “wonders and miracles”. I remember hearing one of my pastors who had previously been a missionary in South America tell of the real healings and miracles of the witchdoctors. Satan performs lying wonders, they make him look good, but only to lure people into his trap of enslavement. And Charismatic Christian organizations are not the only ones who operate under deception. The Catholic Church also teaches about saints and the miracles and wonders they perform. There are many other manifestation of spiritual interaction in eastern religions, as well as psychic experiences. Actually, every other religion without Jesus as Savior is the worship of false gods or paganism.
The upcoming false religion is humanistic unitarianism….meaning there may be a god, but you can call him whatever you want….it believes in tolerance of all religions. We can already see the global umbrella of religion coming together under the Pope and the Roman Catholic church. The Pope is the top religions leader of the world. Great political and religious leaders of many nations and religions bow before him and kiss his hand. Many consult with him concerning world affairs. They are no longer proclaiming that Jesus is the only way to Creator Father God. If you want to begin a little more study, check out “Chrislam”…..the Catholic church’s idea to combine Christianity and Muslim under one god. And what about the signed agreement between the Protestant churches to again come in union with the Catholic Church and renounce the Protestant Reformation? And what about Evangelical leaders under Kenneth Copeland and Bishop Tony Palmer agreeing to unity of faith with the Pope? Have you also noticed how the Evangelical Charismatic “Christian church” has joined itself to Israel? What will become of all this unified faith? Remember, this second false prophet beast is a global false religion directing all to worship the first antichrist (instead of Christ) beast!
Can we see this second beast already forming a global religion that tolerates everyone to believe whatever they choose and accept all “gods”, under whatever name….so that we can all live together in love, peace, security, and harmony? What does Jesus say about what absolute truth to believe?
John 14: 6, “Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.”
The number of the mark is 666. That represents man as god…humanism. Six is the number of man because he was created on the sixth day. He was created body, soul, and spirit. God is represented by the perfect number 7 and is three in one. Therefore the number of God is 777. Now, we have some insight into the number of man being 666….fallen man determining he is god to himself. That mark is on his forehead if that is his way of thinking and it is on his right hand if that is his main way of doing and working. While we are in this fallen world, we must understand and work in the world systems in order to buy and sell. But, that should not be our decisive or main foundation. We show our allegiance and worship by what we think and what we do. Our primary allegiance and worship should be to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
Matthew 6:33, “But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.”
Do we believe Jesus is the only Savior and Lord and do we follow Him alone? If we must choose between worldly goods and Jesus, who do we choose? Who do we trust? Who do we love? Will we crucify self and die for Him as He died for us? Or will we choose to join the crowd and buy into the beast system? And let’s not forget the whore…she can be really enticing with the promise of pleasure and riches too! What do we do when they begin to call us “religious radicals” and “hate mongers” because we believe in Jesus alone? What if they threaten death to any who do not cooperate with the New World Order?