Revelation 13:11-18 – November 10

God, please give us a fresh revelation of Jesus Christ as we study the book of Revelation!

We’ll be studying Revelation through the end of November. Please feel free to read and journal with us as often as you can, with the goal of getting to daily time at the feet of Jesus. For this study, we are using Beth Moore’s “Here and Now…There and Then” lecture series and study guide on Revelation as a resource, so you may see it referenced occasionally.

You can read the NIV version of today’s reading below or your favorite Bible version then spend some time meditating and journaling on the reading, letting God speak to you through it. We encourage use of the SOAP method of Bible study as you grow in your relationship with God. Check out the What’s SOAP tab above for more info. Also, below today’s reading is a SOAP journal entry from our team to help dive into God’s Word. And we encourage you to share your SOAP journal entry, prayer requests, or questions in the Comments section on our website.

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Revelation 13:11-18 – The Beast out of the Earth

11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.

 

Sound Mind and Solid Truth | Dyea Rowland

Scripture

Revelation 13:14

Observation

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 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; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 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. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17 KJV

This could be a depressing chapter as we read yesterday that the antichrist sat up reign and now the false prophet comes into play. This false prophet is appearing to be of God, wanting to unite all religions and even doing so, but his lying words and wonders are of the devil. He heals the deadly wound and this minister of Satan will be the mouth piece for the antichrist.

The earth will have so much confidence in this man that they will be deceived. Notice it’s a lower case “e” in “earth” in verse 14; plus it’s never proceeded by the word “all” or “whole” – both cases, I take as very good signs that not all believers will be deceived. I’m hopeful that all believers, the ones who have studied their Bibles and know what to be waiting and watching for, will not be phased by all of this, in the deceiving sense. But we do know that Christians will be deceived in believing that this is the Second Coming Jesus, Jews the Messiah, Muslims the Imam Mahdi, Buddhists the Fifth Buddha and so on, is finally taking place. So here we see the falling away.

But now it’s time to worship the image that was just given power (probably some hologram or something – like in those “dystopia” movies – thanks for that word, Becky) and receive the mark of the beast IN their right hand, or IN their foreheads (per KJV). I don’t know exactly what the mark is, most likely a chip, like the ones they are putting in credit cards, something smart like, like that thing that can be plugged into smartphones to receive payments, since we do seem to  be becoming a cashless society. I’m sure we’ll know by the time it gets here. I’m also going to assume that even if the Christians that had been enamored by the false wonders at this point, by this time they have come to their senses. I say this because not everyone will worship the image nor take the mark, hence the antichrist making war with the saints, whom will be persecuted in masses (the fifth seal – Revelation 6:9-11). This all happens in the middle of the 42 months (known as the Great Tribulation / Abomination of Desolation – the sixth seal – Revelation 6:12-17), but all before the Great Day of the Lord.

That just got extremely heavy, didn’t it? No worries, that’s where the sound mind and solid truth takes effect. This is His love warning for us; it’s not to live in depression or despair but in confidence and understanding.

Application

Let us be of sound mind and firm in You, before all these – from now until that time.

Prayer

Father, You warn us of these things to come out of love for each of us. You tell us time and time again that…greater is he that is in You than he that is in the world, we’re more than conquerors; we’re Yours, so we should fear not. We would be calling You a liar and letting the devil have the glory if we let that fear get a hold of us. Let us stay in Your truth and of sound mind, always, never to be deceived. In only Your name I pray…Amen!

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  1. It’s extra frightening to me that this second beast will be able to perform the same miracles that God used from scripture to show that He is God. For instance, “causing fire to come down from heaven” in verse 13 is what Elijah prayed for and received to show King Ahab and his Baal-loving cronies who the one true God is (1 Kings 18). Verse 12’s “fatal wound had been healed” combined with verse 15 “given power to give breath to the image of the first beast” suggests that the second beast could even perform a miracle such as resurrection. I can completely understand why God breathed these words here because I would totally be deceived by someone performing the same miracles that God performed elsewhere in the Bible. Verse 18: “This calls for wisdom”. God, give me wisdom to discern and a continually prayerful heart focused on You. Thank You for giving us Revelation!

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  2. Amen, Becky! I would have totally fallen for it too had I not known about these words of truth. Shoot if I’m honest, I had been in awe of that new “Hebrew” movement, He’s quickly opened my eyes by giving me all of the chapters He has for a reason. (wink) It’s easy to see that one religious movement happening right before our eyes and the subtle tolerance as well. Jesus is King and He always be and there is only one way to heaven and that is to believe on Him. I will pray your prayer of wisdom and discernment too. Amen

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