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The Nature Of The Beast

Revelation 13:1-18
(RA-1992, Program: 1018, Air date: 03.11.18)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. We cannot afford to be ignorant of Bible prophecy in these days in which we’re living.
    2. The stage is set for the end times.
    3. The Bible teaches that there is coming a human being who will be the devil in human flesh.
    4. This person is referred to in the Bible as the Beast, the son of perdition, the man of sin, the wicked one, the Antichrist.
  2. HIS SUDDEN APPEARANCE  (Revelation 13:1)
    1. This Beast will appear suddenly, emerging out of the sea.
      1. The Bible teaches that the sea stands for the nations of the world.
        1. Revelation 17:15
        2. The Beast will come out of multitudes of people, nations and languages.
    2. He will also come at time when the nations are in turmoil.
      1. Due to the amount of trouble in the world, people will be eager to deify the Antichrist.
  3. THE SATANIC ANCESTRY OF THE BEAST  (Revelation 13:1)
    1. Revelation 13:1 gives a description of the devil and is also describing the Beast.
      1. Revelation 12:3
        1. The dragon is the devil.
          1. Revelation 12:9
    2. He has the devil for his father.
      1. When Jesus Christ was on Earth, He stated that whoever had seen Him had also seen His Father.
        1. John 14:9
      2. The Beast will also be able to say that whoever sees him has seen his father.
    3. His family is the kingdoms of the Earth.
      1. Revelation 13:2
        1. The lion, leopard and bear in this passage represent kingdoms, nations and world empires.
        2. Daniel 7
          1. The Beast will be a composite of these nations.
          2. This final world ruler will be all of the Napoleons, the Hitlers, the Alexanders the Great, the Stalins, etc., all rolled into one.
        3. The people have rejected the Lamb, but they will receive the Beast.
          1. John 5:43
    4. His family fortune is the power and authority over the Earth.
      1. Revelation 13:2
      2. God gave power and authority to Adam, who turned it over to Satan.
        1. The devil tried to tempt Jesus in the wilderness.
          1. Luke 4:6-8
        2. Satan cannot use this full authority today because the Holy Spirit is restraining him.
        3. At the rapture, the Holy Spirit, who resides in each believer, will be taken out when the church is taken from the Earth.
        4. When the salt and light are removed from the world, the restraint will be taken away, and then that power and authority invested by the devil in this one man, the Beast, will be released.
      3. Satan will turn over this power and authority to the Beast, and the Beast will temporarily receive the kingdoms of this world.
        1. 2 Thessalonians 2:9
      4. With no restraining force, the Beast will dominate the world.
  4. THE SEDUCTIVE APPEAL OF THE BEAST  (Revelation 13:3-4)
    1. The world will follow the Beast.
      1. He will be an appealing man in the eyes of the world.
      2. The term “Beast” does not refer to his appearance but speaks to his nature.
        1. 2 Corinthians 11:14
    2. He will be a global charmer.
    3. He will have a mortal wound that will be healed.
      1. This will be Satan’s counterfeit resurrection, which will actually be a resuscitation.
      2. The Beast will appear to be dead and will be brought back to life.
        1. He will be Satan incarnate.
    4. He will appear to be the greatest advocate for peace the world has ever known, and the people will worship the Beast.
  5. THE SINISTER AMBITIONS OF THE BEAST  (Revelation 13:4)
    1. To deify Satan.
      1. Revelation 13:4
      2. Satan has always wanted to be worshipped.
        1. Isaiah 14:14
      3. Satan will receive worship through the Beast just as Almighty God receives worship through the Lord Jesus Christ.
    2. To defy the Savior.
      1. Revelation 13:5-6
      2. He cannot touch God in Heaven nor the saints who have already gone to Heaven, so the Beast is reduced to name-calling.
      3. The Beast will blaspheme the one true God and will turn people away from belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.
        1. Matthew 24:24
      4. The Beast will be intelligent and very persuasive.
    3. To destroy the saints.
      1. Revelation 13:7
      2. There will be some who will be saved during the Great Tribulation. The Beast will destroy these tribulation saints.
      3. The Beast will want to destroy the people of God.
    4. To dominate society.
      1. Revelation 13:7
      2. The Beast will have global control.
      3. He will terrify some and entice others, but the whole world will be intimidated or bribed into following the Beast.
    5. To delude the sinners.
      1. Revelation 13:8-10
      2. The devil does not want casualties; he wants converts.
      3. He will persuade those who are alive during the Great Tribulation into believing a lie.
      4. 2 Thessalonians 2:4
      5. 2 Thessalonians 2:11
  6. THE SUPPORTING AGENT OF THE BEAST  (Revelation 13:11-12)
    1. This Beast will have an agent who will go before him.
      1. Revelation 13:11
    2. This agent will be a sinister minister of propaganda.
      1. The purpose of this false prophet is to cause people to worship the Beast in order to give honor to the dragon.
    3. Satan has always wanted to be like God.
      1. God is a triune God.
        1. God the Father
        2. God the Holy Spirit
        3. God the Son
      2. Satan will have his unholy trinity.
        1. The anti-God is the dragon (Satan).
        2. The anti-Christ is the Beast.
        3. The anti-Spirit is the false prophet.
    4. Revelation 13:13-18
    5. This false prophet will cause people to worship the Beast and control the masses in three primary ways:
      1. The fire.
        1. Revelation 13:13
        2. He will somehow set the Heavens ablaze in some dazzling display.
      2. The image.
        1. Revelation 13:14-15
        2. This will be a replica of the Beast which can speak and cause people to listen.
      3. The mark.
        1. Revelation 13:16-17
        2. People living during the Great Tribulation must have the mark of the Beast in order to buy and to sell and to have food and to subsist and live.
        3. If you have not been sealed by the Spirit, you will be branded by the Beast.
        4. The entire world will become a vast concentration camp with all of its inmates numbered.
        5. John 10:3
          1. The Lord Jesus Christ knows all of His followers by name.
          2. The antichrist will not give his followers a name but a number.
  7. CONCLUSION
    1. If the purpose of the Beast is to deify Satan, we need to teach our children in this day and age about the Savior and offer the Lord Jesus massive praise for His redemptive sacrifice on our behalf.
    2. If the purpose of the Beast is to destroy saints, then we need to teach our children to protect themselves with the knowledge and truth of God’s Word.
    3. The Bible teaches that the spirit of antichrist is already in the world.
      1. 1 John 4:3
    4. Today is the day of salvation.
    5. Do you know Jesus personally? If not, you can pray to Him today by asking Him to come into your life.
    6. Call upon Jesus today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
    7. Romans 10:9-10
    8. Romans 10:13

 

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