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Exploring Revelation
“Revelation 13:12”
by Art Sadlier   
September 27th, 2009

John describes the second beast, "And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them that worship therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed." This second beast also has delegated power,the same as the first beast. That power comes directly from Satan. We have seen in the Book of Job that God permits Satan to exercise great power, power over the elements, wind and lightening and power over the hearts of men and women. The power over men and women is a result of people yielding their wills to Satan.

Notice that this second beast uses his power on behalf of the first beast. "And worship the first beat".  The false prophet is always and only concerned about worship of the first beast.  This is a clear counterfeit of the Holy Spirit. Satan wants to be as much like God as he possibly can. The First beast is a counterfeit Christ, the second beast is a counterfeit Holy Spirit.

Notice what John said about the Holy Spirit in John 16: 13-15, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that take of mine, and shew it unto you."

The false prophet assumes a lower position to the Antichrist even as the Holy Spirit takes a subservient position to Christ. Satan said that he would be like the Most High, and he works with great endeavour to accomplish that goal.

It seems to me that the false prophet is the religious leader who seeks to bring acceptance and credibility to the political leader. We then have the leader of the world church promoting the leader of the world government.

At the mid-trib point the Harlot Church is destroyed, some would say that the false prophet then cannot be the leader of the Harlot Church. I disagree with that conclusion. The transition that takes place is a transition to the worship of Antichrist. Who would be better positioned to fascilitate that, then Satan`s worship leader of the first half of the tribulation period.

So the false prophet turns traitor to the Harlot Church in order to bring in the worship of Antichrist, (remember he is the Devil`s man). History is filled with the success of pagan leaders who have others directing worship to them.

What a terrible time when the tribulation saints are put to death for refusing to worship the Beast. Today many believers around the world are losing the freedom to worship.  In America and Canada we still have that freedom. In spite of that, many still refuse the Savior. Have you repented of your sin and trusted Christ as your Saviour?


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