Summary: The man who Satan embodies during the last seven years of history.
The Anti-Christ Revelation 13 Last week, we looked at Daniel 9 and the last three verses speak about the anti-christ but; if you just read that passage you don’t get an awful lot of information about him; so turn to Revelation 13 and we’ll see more of what the scripture but; first I want to tell you a story.
A man was driving down a country road and he saw a sign that said, “Talking dog for sale.” Well, he did a u-turn and drove back and saw a farmer standing in the middle of the field. So, he said, “I saw your sign, do you really have a talking dog for sale?” And the farmer said, “Yes, I do, do you want to see him?” And the guy said, “Sure, where is he?” And the farmer said, “He’s in the back of the house.” And the man said, “You’re not kidding are you?” and the farmer says, “No, come on in and I’ll show him to you.”
So, they went in the house and there was the dog. The man looked at him and said, “Dog, can you talk?” And the dog said, “Absolutely.” And he said, “Have you talked all your life?” And the dog said, “Sure.” So, the man said, “Well, what did you do? Did you sit in the backyard and talk to yourself or did you just talk to the farmer?” And the dog said, “No, I used to work for the FBI and I would hang around street corners and find out who was selling drugs and where. I was there for several years and then the FBI gave me to the CIA and they shipped me overseas and I worked in different countries as a spy and reported on conversations I heard when no one expected I was listening.”
And the man looked at the farmer and said, “Do you really want to sell this dog?” And the farmer said, “Absolutely.” And he said, “Why do you want to sell him.” And the farmer said, “Because that dog is a liar. He never did any of those things he said he did.” So, you see, its one thing to talk the truth but it’s another thing to do it.
A couple of weeks ago, as we went through Daniel chapter nine and as I said this passage speaks volumes to those who are familiar with the entire Bible but it’s not all that clear if you’re only focusing on this specific passage. So, I want to direct your attention to Revelation 13 and there we’ll pick up on what I call a biographical sketch of the anti-christ. And remember this is the apostle John speaking.
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast 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. (Now, listen carefully because this next section takes us back to Daniel 7) 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 gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 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. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? 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. 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. 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.
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. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
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. 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, whose deadly wound was healed. And he 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. 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.