Satan's False Prophet.
The emperor of Rome at this time demanded he be worshiped. Some believe this chapter is all about him and their is nothing left to fulfil. Their position is called Amillinialism. I heard one of our great preacher R G Lee preach many time. On one occasion he said "I am so much a Premillinialist I will not even open my mouth and say Ah for the doctor."
The school of thought that believes this is primarily a future happening is called Premillenialism. Some of the basis is build in other statements of scripture.
Matt 24:24-25 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before.(KJV)
Rev 19:20 (KJV) 20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Satan a counterfeiter Exod 7:9-13 9 When Pharaoh shall speak
unto you, saying, Shew a miracle
for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent. 10 And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. 11 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. 12 For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods. 13 And he hardened Pharaoh's heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said. (KJV)
1. Satan's False Prophet's . . Deceptive Appearance
11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.
Intro: Many Bible students believe "out of the earth" and represents the Hebrew Nation. They believe the False Prophet will be a Hebrew who leads the people astray in their worship.
A He Has . . Lamb like Qualities. v 11 a
Matt 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (KJV)
B. He Has . . Dragon. Like Qualities. v 11 b
Who is the dragon? Rev 12:9
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth
the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (KJV)
Note the dragon is not apposed to religion. Just personal faith in Christ.
II Th 2:3-4 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall
not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be
revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself
above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth
in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (KJV)
2. Satan's False Prophet's . . Dynamic Appeal.
12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
AntiChrist, Rev 13:3-5 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 4 And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? 5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. (KJV)
Anti Holy Spirit. Rev. 13:14-15 (Contrast)
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; saying 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. 15 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.
Our Test Does it agree with the Word of God..
Not does it seem to be miraculous.
2. Experience at Golden gate Trustee Meeting.
3. Satan's False Prophet's . . Deadly Approach. v 13-18
A. He . . Blinds. v 13-15
13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.
1. Blinds through the use of . . Fire. v 13
Job 1:16 (Example of Satanic Fire)
16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. (KJV)
2. Blinds through the use of the . . False image.
14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
B. He . . Binds. v 16-18
16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. NKJV
1. His Binding is . . Clever.
16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,
Some . . Convinced .
b. Some . . Careless.
c. Some . . Cowardly.
2. His Binding is . . Comprehensive. v 17
17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
3. He Binding is . . Confined.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. NKJV
a. He will not Delude those
b. Saints will Chose Death.
Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgement was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (KJV)
Why does God allow this? Heb. 11:6
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (KJV)
Several have made attempts to prove an individual was the AntiChrist. One such attempt took place with:
Ronald = 6 Wilson = 6 Reagan = 6
When the Reagans moved out of the White House they were given a home
in Bel Aire California and the address was 666. Nancy got the address changed