Revelation 13:14, “And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast”
Here we have the very words, almost, used of this same second Beast in 2 Thessalonians 2:9. We have two accounts, 2 Thessalonians 2:9, and Revelation 13:13-14, of the same being and his work. In 1 Timothy 4:1-3 we are told of the times coming on the earth when "deceiving spirits" (in other words, evil fallen angels and demons) should be teachers, and "teachings of demons" should be taught and received. We are in those days NOW, and these lying spirit-teachers are at their awful work. Demoniacal teachings are being received on every hand. Many professing Christians are dabbling with Spiritism; and even ministers are presiding at lectures where this abomination is being advocated. What it will come to before long, we are told in these scriptures.
Revelation 13:14-15, "saying (ordering) to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed."
Again I ask you, Why not? What has been, can be again. On the plain of Dura (Daniel 3) a similar scene was witnessed and a similar law enacted, so far as the worship and the penalty are concerned. How the speaking will be effected we do not know, but we know enough to see how easy the task is becoming.
In seven passages we read of "the image of the Beast" (Revelation 13:15; Revelation 14:9-11; Revelation 15:2; Revelation 16:2; Revelation 19:20; and Revelation 20:4).
Psalm 73 refers to those troublous and perplexing times, when the faithful, the Jewish remnant, (and NOT the Body of Christ, as we are long gone, home with the LORD, AMEN!), are at their wits' ends, and desolation and destruction of the ungodly are described. In Psalm 73:20 it says, "As a dream when one awaketh, So, O Lord, in the city (Hebrew: bair), thou shalt tread down (bazah) their Image."
Now, bair means in the city, and bazah means to tread down, tread under foot, as in Psalm 44:5. Isaiah 14:19; and Isaiah 63:18. So, when God awakes to judgment, He will tread down this Image, and cause it to vanish from the city as a dream vanisheth on awaking. The city is, of course, Jerusalem, where this abomination will be set up.
Revelation 13:16, “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads”
And The object of all of this is...?
Revelation 13:17, “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”
The plan is truly Satanic in its wisdom: for each one becomes a spy on the other. Living will be made next to impossible: all money will be useless. The rich will be as the poor if they have not this mark. It will be far worse than famine.
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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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
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)