A second beast

Revelation 13:11-18 NIV (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.

Then I saw a second beast In some ways God is making no distinctions between the two beasts for they are both evil, possessed by evil, and serving the same intent, taking God’s people to destruction. Odd, but only if you caught it. I said God’s people, but what is so odd about that. The rapture has already come, possibly three and half years earlier, and yet if you study the scriptures you will begin to see a common thread that runs through all time; up to the day of judgment they are all God’s saints. I hope this begins to give you a new perspective on how you look at those around you, especially those you pass judgment upon.
Scripture gives us some clues about who this second beast is; It had two horns like a lamb. Who do we, in the Christian community understand the lamb to be? Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and the lamb of God slain for the sins of the world.

Take strong note of how much Satan tries to mimic God’s plan of salvation, using a character that has some similar characteristics. I hope this triggers off a thought process in you. What if this beast presents himself as “the lamb” that we recognize? The deception will be horrific!

Jesus, in response to the disciples question; “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?The first thing he says to them is  see to it that no one deceives you! Why ? For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.
Consider Jesus statement for a moment. I understand from scriptures that Jesus will only touch down on this earth one more time. On that day scripture tells us that he is coming on the clouds and every eye will see him (he is not sneaking up on anyone); he will be bathed in light and fire; he will have a sword coming out of his mouth, and he will land on the Mount of Olives and it will split in two as though an earthquake had hit. He will not show up, standing in some farmers field, telling people to follow him, and demonstrating that he is the lamb through powerful signs.
Now with that in mind, all the cracked pots that claimed to be Jesus or his mouth piece, have only been just that, cracked pots. Think about that analogy. No one buys a pot that is cracked on purpose, that is just stupid, but over time the pot that was once useful, and served a purpose, lost its ability to hold anything properly. It is possible that you did not discover the crack until it spilled it’s contents where you did not want it, and quite possibly wasted your dinner.
For a time, here in Southern California, we had a radio show called “the Jesus show”. That seems safe enough, but the man was skilled; he seemed to know scripture, and he spoke with authority. The problem is that he spoke as if he were Jesus. When he did that I was done with him. Is it that the cracks in men are not as obvious? What if, because we are not paying attention, or we are choosing not to see the cracks, we do not pay attention when they spill their contents all over us. Often, by the time that happens it is too late, and that is why we see sad cases where good people followed these leaders to a tragic death.

There is only one thing that will keep you safe from following a counterfeit Christ (by the way, that word Christ means messiah) and that is knowing the real thing. How would you do that? Study the scriptures, for in them you will find life.

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