Summary: This sermon in my Revelation series deals with the False Prophet and the Mark of the Beast
Here Comes The False Prophet
11Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.
12And 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.
13He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.
14And 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.
15He 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.
16He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,
17and 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.
18Here 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.
Our sermon series on Revelation continues today.
Last Sunday we read about the Antichrist.
Today we meet another wicked person
who steps into the story during Tribulation.
Verses 11-12 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 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.
Verses 11 and 12 couples the 3 evil characters of the Tribulation.
They are the opposite of the Holy Trinity.
The dragon is the opposite of God The Father.
The first beast is the Anti-Christ opposite of Jesus.
The second beast is the False Profit opposite of the Holy Spirit.
The False Profit working for the worship of the Antichrist
will correspond with the present ministry of the Holy Spirit.
This second beast is the False Prophet
who will not seek to cause people to worship himself.
His purpose will be getting others to worship the Antichrist.
This evil scheme will be used by Satan and his 2 associates
to deceive people during the Tribulation.
They will victimize many people.
Let’s look closer at these first 2 verses.
" Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth,".
Coming up out of the earth indicates that this False Profit
will be a man who comes from a certain location.
I believe it means he will be from the Middle East.
He will be a Jew who, during the first 3-1/2 years of Tribulation,
will lead Israel to make a covenant with Antichrist.
He will deceive the People of Israel by hiding his intentions.
At the middle of the Tribulation period
he will reveal his false beliefs in God.
Look now at the words, " and he had two horns like a lamb.”
Jesus is often referred to in the Gospels and in Revelation
as the Lamb of God.
That’s because He was sacrificed on the old rugged cross
to take away the sin of the world.
The False Prophet is seen by John as a lamb with two horns.
Lambs do not have horns.
They are meek and mild animals.
The False Prophet will come to Israel in sheep's clothing.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
He also said in Matthew 24:24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
Now look at the words, " and spoke like a dragon”.
That suggests he will receive power of speech
from Satan who is the dragon.
This False Prophet will deceive human beings
by acting like a lamb,
but really he will speak the words of Satan.
VERSE 12: And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence,
The False Prophet will be given power by the Antichrist himself.
His whole purpose will be to work
toward the complete dominance of the earth by the Antichrist,
including a form of religion satisfactory to the Antichrist.
Verse 12 continues, " and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast,