REVELATION 13!: "AND I STOOD UPON THE SAND OF THE SEA, and SAW A BEAST"--or a monster--"rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the Beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the Dragon"--that great Red Dragon we saw in the last passage--"gave him his power"--Satan--"and his seat"--the Devil--"and great authority." The Old Serpent himself possesses this Monster, this Beast, this Antichrist man!
"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." This Monster! "And they worshipped the Dragon"--the Devil--"which gave power unto the Beast"--the Antichrist--"and they worshipped the Beast"--the Antichrist--"saying, who is like unto the Beast? Who is able to make war with him?" Apparently he is very powerful at this time!
"AND THERE WAS GIVEN UNTO HIM A MOUTH SPEAKING GREAT THINGS and BLASPHEMIES." He's a great propagandist, he uses the media. "And power was given unto him to continue forty and two months." There again we have the three-and-a-half years of Tribulation. "And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in Heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints and to overcome them: and power was given him over ALL kindreds, and tongues, and nations."--ALL!
"AND ALL THAT DWELL UPON THE EARTH SHALL WORSHIP HIM, WHOSE NAMES ARE NOT WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE OF THE LAMB slain from the foundation of the World."--Only those who have his Mark! "If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword."--Meaning Satan and the Antichrist. "Here is the patience and the faith of the saints."--Where?--Knowing they're going to be avenged against this Enemy!
"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." Here is the False Prophet, the false Christ, the false Messiah! Not the Lamb of God but here the Wolf in sheep's clothing!--"And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the Earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast"--this monster "whose deadly wound was healed." (The False Prophest represents the Antichrist like the Holy Spirit represents Christ.)
"AND HE"--THIS FALSE PROPHET, THIS FALSE LAMB--"DOETH GREAT WONDERS, so that he maketh fire come down from Heaven on the Earth in the sight of men, 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."--This Beast, this Antichrist is gonna be like a resurrected man!
"AND HE HAD POWER TO GIVE LIFE UNTO THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST, that the image of the Beast should both speak"--in other words, it's some kind of an automaton, a robot, operated by some kind of computers!--"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.
"AND HE CAUSETH BOTH SMALL and GREAT, RICH and POOR, FREE and BOND, TO RECEIVE A MARK in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 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. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the Beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." His number is six hundred sixty-six! His number is 666!
HERE WE HAVE THE PICTURE OF THIS HORRIBLE MONSTER, this Devil-man called Beast or monster here in the Scripture.--Inspired by the Devil, given power by the great Red Dragon, Satan himself, to take dominion over the whole Earth, the entire Earth! It says here that everybody is gonna worship him except those who love the Lord. Everybody is gonna receive his Mark except those who have the Mark of God already in their foreheads.--And those in the Book of Life!
ALL THE REST OF THE WORLD IS GOING TO BELIEVE HIM and RECEIVE HIM and FOLLOW HIM and WONDER after him because he is this great Superman, this false Messiah, the phoney Saviour, inspired NOT of God, NOT the Son of God, but the son of the Devil! Not God incarnate like Jesus Christ, but Satan incarnate!--The Devil in the flesh! This Superman is going to impersonate the Messiah, PRETEND that, in a sense, he is the Christ of the Jews to deceive the Jews.
AND THE JEWS ARE GOING TO FLOCK AFTER HIM and PRAISE HIM and WORSHIP HIM AS THEIR MESSIAH. Why? Because they rejected the Truth! Because they rejected their true Messiah, Jesus Christ! ... But when this false Messiah comes, therefore, as God promised in His Word, "Because they refuse to believe the Truth, God shall send them strong delusion that they might believe a lie and be damned!" ( 2Th.2:10-12 )--Because they rejected Jesus Christ!
WHO SENT THE ANTICHRIST?--GOD SENT HIM! But you say, "I thought he was the Devil-man, the son of Satan! Why would God send somebody like that?" He's sent to those who rejected the Truth and God's Word and our message and Jesus Christ, since they rejected the Truth and didn't want the Truth. So He sends them strong delusion that they might believe a lie, that they might be DAMNED!
THIS IS THAT SAME MAN WE READ ABOUT BACK IN 2 THESSALONIANS THE SECOND CHAPTER, who comes doing great signs and wonders and miracles and sits in the Temple of God showing himself AS God and that he IS God and requiring everyone to worship him as God! And the Jews will fall head over heels in love with him because they rejected Jesus Christ!
AND ALL THE WORLD--NOT ONLY YOU JEWS--WILL WORSHIP HIM!
SO WHEN THIS BEAST, THIS MONSTER, THIS DEVIL-MAN, THIS SATAN-IN-THE-FLESH, THIS FALSE MESSIAH COMES, you're gonna fall down and worship him and fall all over yourselves to grovel on the ground before him and accept his tattoo (or computer chip) in your forehead and your hand, his Mark, anywhere, anything!
I have a sneaking suspicion and there's certain Scriptural and other grounds for believing that probably this false messiah will be a Jew! Otherwise the Jews wouldn't accept him! But as we have been shown by the Lord in a number of revelations, he comes out of Egypt. Well, there were lots of Jews in Egypt! And then he goes North into the Northern kingdom, Moscow, no doubt to get his training. Then he comes back representing the great Red Dragon, the Reds, and he conquers his homeland Egypt and the World!
SO HE HAS ALL THE CHARACTERISTICS, NOTICE, OF ALL THE FORMER KINGDOMS and EMPIRES WHICH HAVE PRECEDED HIM. He's partly a leopard, like Greece; he's partly a bear, like Medo-Persia--this shows you the territories he covers--and he has the mouth of a lion, like Babylon. And the Dragon, the Devil himself, gives him his power, his seat and his authority!
NOW HERE'S A VERY STRANGE THING, HE HAS SEVEN HEADS WITH TEN HORNS and TEN CROWNS! Now, how could seven heads have ten horns? It looks like seven heads oughtta have seven horns, or maybe if they had two on each head, 14 horns! But no, the 7th head has 10 horns, this last head! The seventh head has ten horns!--And according to Daniel, three of the ten horns are overthrown and this 11th one takes their place. So that then three horns are gone or dominated by the little horn, who springs up in this last head, making him the 8th! "Even he is the eighth"! ( Rev.17:11 ; Dan.7:8,24 )
BECAUSE EACH OF THESE HEADS OF THIS MONSTER, THIS BEAST, DO YOU KNOW WHAT THEY REPRESENT?--Each head represents one of the great World Empires that has passed off the scene. This time the picture gives you all the World's Empires, all the way from Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome and finally the Antichrist, this last World government, the last great World dictatorship of the World dictator, the Antichrist, called here the Beast!
BUT THERE ARE TEN HORNS, TEN KINGS AT THE LAST WHO'LL COOPERATE WITH HIM, as we'll find out a little later, and who work with him! He overthrows three of them, three of them are overthrown, and he comes up in their place, and that's why it says "even he is the eighth" in another chapter we'll study later! ( Rev.17:11 ) And he continues forty and two months, exactly the same length of time that we've been told in every other passage we've read, in every Prophet we've studied so far, the last three-and-a-half years of World History called the Great Tribulation! In fact, it's the last half of his seven-year reign.
HE COMES ON THE SCENE WITH A SEVEN-YEAR PACT TO REIGN SEVEN YEARS, but in the middle of it he breaks the pact, this Holy Covenant with the religions of the World, and he abolishes them all! He bans all other religions and says, "Now we're not gonna have any more of these religious arguments, we're not gonna have any more of this religious bickering, we're not gonna have any more of these religious wars, we're not gonna have any more problems over Jerusalem and who's to take care of it, because I am gonna take care of it! I'm gonna set my palace up in Jerusalem, my headquarters for my World government, and who are you going to worship?--I'm going to sit in the Temple of God as god and I will make you worship me, for I am God!"--Yes, their god!--"The god of this World!" ( 2Cor. 4:4 )
HE ALSO HAS A FALSE PROPHET, THIS OTHER BEAST WHO LOOKS LIKE A LAMB! You see, this Devil-man, he pretends to be God, so he has to have a Prophet of God, this false lamb who becomes his greatest promoter, his propaganda master, his False Prophet who promotes him and his worship and insists that the World build him a great Image, a great idol of this Beast, this Monster, and that all the World fall down and worship his Image or be killed!
AND HE INSISTS THAT ALL THE WORLD TAKE HIS NUMBER INTO THEIR FOREHEADS OR THEIR HANDS OR THEY CAN'T BUY OR SELL! They can't live, they'll starve to death, they can't do business, they can't sell their produce or their products and they can't buy their groceries or their needs. No one will be able to buy or sell or do any business without this number in their forehead and in their hand, and they will all be commanded to worship his Image, this great amazing computerised robot which will be able to act like it's alive and move and talk and command the worship of the World!
WE PUT AN ARTICLE IN OUR MAGAZINE ABOUT THE NEW SUPER-COMPUTERS THAT ARE COMING, the ultimate computers which will be super-duper computers above all other computers, which will be able to even do things other computers cannot do. They will be such super-computers that they will know more than any man himself!--A computer such as this Image of the Beast, a gigantic robot with computers within which will have all the combined knowledge and science that man has ever known implanted in his memory-banks, programmed into his microchips so that he knows everything that man has ever learned and ever known, more than any one man could ever possibly learn or absorb!
THIS BEAST, IMAGE, IMAGE-IDOL HAS THE KNOWLEDGE OF EVERYTHING MAN HAS EVER LEARNED and EVER KNOWN! In other words, he will be the smartest creature on Earth, the smartest creation of man that man ever made. And because man has now made an idol, an image, which is smarter than he is himself, man has made his own god and he will fall down and worship it and worship the works of his hands, a new scientific idol that he will worship as God and call God and obey as his God and which the Devil, Satan himself, will be able to bring to life, actual spiritual life by his demonic forces!
HE WILL BE ABLE TO CONTROL THIS IMAGE and GIVE IT ACTUAL LIFE, spirit, by spiritual powers and spiritual forces, to operate it and cause it to command that everyone who refuses to worship it will be killed by the Antichrist forces of the Devil-man, the Beast, the Monster of whom he is an Image, and that no one will be able to buy or sell or do any business of any kind unless he has his Mark in his forehead or hand!
THEY'RE ALREADY MAKING THE COMPUTERS WHICH WILL BE ABLE TO BRING LIFE TO THIS IMAGE, THIS IDOL OF THE MONSTER! They've already got the Credit System figured out by which they're gonna start the whole World on a whole new Credit System with no currency, no cheques, no more paper money, and you won't even need any more credit cards because you will be your own credit card!
THE SYSTEM IS ALREADY SET UP, THEY'VE ALREADY DESIGNED IT!
ARE YOU READY FOR IT? ARE YOU GONNA RECEIVE THAT MARK and THAT NUMBER and BE DAMNED? Or do you have the number of God, God's Mark already in your forehead by Salvation in Jesus Christ to spare you from worshipping that horrible Monster and his kingdom of Hell on Earth! You just have to take Jesus into your heart and He'll save you!
Are you ready?
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