Jesus began his ‘Olivet Discourse’ with a sharp warning – Beware of deceivers. They would claim his authority, and on it, spread rumors about wars, earthquakes, and other calamities. Such men would “deceive many.” However, contrary to their claims, the “end is not yet.” Likewise, “false prophets” would propagate false information about the “coming of the Son of Man.”Continue reading WARS AND RUMORS
OVERVIEW – The “beast from the earth” mimics the Lamb by presenting a counterfeit of the true faith – Revelation 13:11-18.
In his vision, John saw a second “beast ascending from the earth.” It worked to deceive the “inhabitants of the earth,” so that they gave their allegiance to the first “beast,” the one “from the sea.” The latter was characterized by military and poetical power; the former, by its ability to deceive and use economic control to punish anyone who refused to venerate the “image of the beast.”Continue reading COUNTERFEIT RELIGION
OVERVIEW – The False Prophet employs the economical means to coerce men and women to render homage to the “beast from the sea.”
The “beast from the earth” uses all the economic power of the first “beast” against anyone who refuses to give absolute allegiance to the beastly system. The “number” or “mark of the beast” is an economic tool and a blunt instrument. Commerce is the lifeblood of the empire. And the ability to level economic sanctions against nations, peoples, and individuals is the key to its power.Continue reading BEASTLY ECONOMICS
OVERVIEW – The beast from the earth mimics the Lamb. It is the mouthpiece of the Dragon, and the propagandist for the first beast – Revelation 13:11-15.
In chapter 12, the “great voice in heaven” pronounced “woe” on the “inhabitants of the earth and of the sea, because the Devil descended to you, having great wrath, knowing he has but a short time.” He then launched his war against the “seed of the woman” by summoning his own “seed”; the “beast from the sea,” and now, the “beast from the earth.”Continue reading BEAST ASCENDING FROM THE EARTH
SYNOPSIS – The “beast from the earth,” the “False Prophet,” mimics the Lamb with a counterfeit of the true faith – Revelation 13:11-18.
The visions of Revelation include images of two different “beasts” – The “beast from the sea” and the “beast from the earth.” The first “beast” is a composite of the four creatures Daniel saw “ascending from the sea,” a figure given authority over all nations and peoples. In contrast, the second “beast” was “ascending from the earth.” His function is to deceive the “inhabitants of the earth” into giving their allegiance to the first “beast.”Continue reading COUNTERFEIT FAITH OF THE BEAST
SYNOPSIS – John labeled false teachers within the church “antichrists” whose activities demonstrated that the “last days” had begun (1 John 2:18).
In the New Testament, the term “antichrist” occurs only in the second and third letters of John. Whether John envisioned a coming global political leader, he applied the plural noun to deceivers who had emerged within his congregations. These individuals had caused dissension in John’s churches. He labeled them “deceivers” and “antichrists,” and their presence constituted evidence that the “last days” were underway:Continue reading ANTICHRIST IN THE CHURCH