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Behold - The Rise Of The Beast (Part 9)

This is part 46 of the Behold Sermon Series.


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We want to see how the story is going to end so that we know what to anticipate as we make our way through the story. Life is no different. We all have a desire to know what's going to happen next so that we can be better prepared for whatever it may be. While God has not explained everything that will take place to us, He has pulled back the curtain of tomorrow and He invites to take a look and to make proper preparations in our heart and in our life for what will come to pass shortly.

Summary: We want to see how the story is going to end so that we know what to anticipate as we make our way through the story. Life is no different. We all have a desire to know what's going to happen next so that we can be better prepared for whatever it may be. While God has not explained everything that will take place to us, He has pulled back the curtain of tomorrow and He invites to take a look and to make proper preparations in our heart and in our life for what will come to pass shortly.


Key Scriptures


(Revelation 13:1): "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."

Review

For a few weeks now, we have been considering the first two verses of Revelation chapter 13. We found that in this chapter we are introduced to the unholy trinity – the DRAGON that is cast down from Heaven (the Devil), the FIRST BEAST that rises up out of the sea (the antichrist), and the SECOND BEAST that rises up out of the earth (the false prophet). We considered the Dragon (the Devil) back in Revelation chapter 12 and we find the Antichrist and the False Prophet in chapter 13.


1) The APPEARANCE of the beast

2) The AUTHORITY of the beast

3) The AFFLICTION of the beast 


We found that the Rapture of the church will be the catalyst that completes the establishment of the final Gentile kingdom. It will be a world-wide kingdom (with the exception of at least the Jews and perhaps only the Jews) that is divided up into ten different regions each of which will be ruled by a different king. So there will be ten regions and ten kings who essentially work together, to some degree at least, to control the world.


We found that the antichrist will not be one of those original ten kings. Now, initially all of these kings and many people are going to be onboard with the agenda of the antichrist, and he is going to be able to accomplish much of his initial work peacefully and politically. However, as it appears that at some point near the middle of the Tribulation period, when the antichrist will be gaining what will appear to some as too much influence and power, three of those kings are going to turn against the antichrist and carry out what appears to be an assassination attempt. While I do believe that the antichrist will suffer a blow that under normal circumstances would cause instantaneous death, because the antichrist’s ability is going to come from the Devil (whose restraints will have been lifted due to the removal of the Holy Spirit), he will be miraculously sustained and miraculously healed although he will carry the marks of the attack on his body. We found that as a result of this attack, the antichrist is going to lose much, if not all, strength and perhaps use, of his right arm and he will be left blind in his right eye.


We said that even though the antichrist could either prevent or evade this attack altogether, the Devil won’t let him because the Devil wants to become God and he does everything that he can to offer a counterfeit of everything that God is.

After this attach and once he is “healed,” the antichrist is going to seek revenge and he is going to go after those three kings that betrayed him and that attempted to kill him and he is going to take control of those three regions and the remaining kings are going to give their power to the antichrist.


Daniel 7:24 says, “And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

4) The ADORATION of the beast

Revelation 13:4 says, “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?” 


Jesus said, in John 5:43, “I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” 


Matthew 4:8-10 says, “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.


2 Timothy 4:1 says, “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

4) The ADORATION of the beast

Revelation 13:11-15 says, “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.” 


A) The DESCRIPTION of the second beast


Revelation 13:11 says, “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.” 


Revelation 5:6 says, “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” 


B) The DECEPTION of the second beast


Revelation 13:13-15 says, “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.


Matthew 7:15 says, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."


James Harder, in an article entitled U.N. Faithful Eye Global Religion, wrote that the “…the secretary-general of the United Nation’s Millennium Peace summit has stated that all religious apples fall from the same tree and are equally delicious. He stated that, “…religions need to accept the validity of all religions or else it will be difficult to attain world peace.”  


The Universal Religion Initiative (URI) has already chartered a statement which states that its goal is to launch a movement where one day all religious people will no longer insist on a single truth. It literally pushes for the unification of all religions.


Episcopal Bishop Swing, a leader in the movement, goes even further by stating that  “There will have to be a godly cease-fire, a temporary truce where the absolute exclusive claims of each [religion] will be honored but an agreed upon neutrality will be exercised in terms of proselytizing, condemning, murdering, or dominating. These will not be tolerated in the United Religions Zone.”


Revelation 13:13-15 says, “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.


2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 says, “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.