And Now...The Second Beast: from the earth.
The Second Wild Beast is distinguished from the first, twice in the twelfth verse, and elsewhere. As soon as he is mentioned, "the Beast" always means the first Beast, as being pre-eminent and predominant.
Revelation 13:11, “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.”
The second Beast, like the first, is superhuman, possessed and energized by Satanic power. Three times he is called "the False Prophet" (Revelation 16:13, Revelation 19:20; and Revelation 20:10). He is also the great coadjutor of the first Beast, and his mission is to aid the first Beast by deceiving mankind. The LORD Jesus Christ, in speaking of this Great Tribulation, warned against False Prophets as well as against False Christs, and spoke of their great work and power to deceive (Matthew 24:5, Matthew 24:11, Matthew 24:24, and Mark 13:22). Here, in view, is "THE False Prophet," and this is his proper title.
He has TWO horns, and NOT ten, like the first Beast. The ten denote dominion; the two speak of testimony; in this case false testimony. He spake as a dragon, in other words subtlely, craftily, and deceitfully. (Compare Genesis 3:1; Genesis 49:17. 2 Cor. 11:3).
And all these are used in behalf of the first Beast. The first Beast is Political, the second is Religious. The Dragon, the Beast and the False Prophet form the Devil's travesty of the Holy Trinity. It is infernal, as the other is Divine. The Dragon is the anti-God; the Beast is the anti-Christ; the False Prophet is the anti-Holy Spirit.
In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.
So There You Have it!
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In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)