Last Days and Times
Whether or not we think of it, the span of our existence in the earth is very limited at best. Compared to eternity, even the time that someone could possibly live for one hundred and twenty years is still less than milliseconds that we will spend in the earth.
Although men were created to live forever, through Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden, we were shortchanged by that sin and have reaped its wages which is death.
Even though we cannot escape physical death, God in His great wisdom and mercy provided a way to avoid eternal death by sending His Son Jesus Christ to be our substitute by bearing and enduring the cross. By placing our faith in Him, we are the beneficiaries of spending eternity with God instead of receiving what we deserved which is burning in a literal lake of fire forever.
In the Book of Revelation, we have where chapter 2 begins with the Judgment of the Church as First Peter 4:17 says, "Judgment will begin with the house of God." However, the prophecy of Revelation quickly moves its focus to three beings that make up the satanic trinity; "satan [represented by the dragon], the antichrist and the false prophet."
In Revelation 12:13, you have a dragon depicted that get’s infuriated because God protects a "woman." This dragon is actually satan as he is established as the one that stands in opposition to everything that Jesus Christ represents.
The "woman" is the New Jerusalem as Revelation 21:2, 9 refer to her as the "Bride of Christ" or literally the New Jerusalem that eventually descends out of heaven at the End of the millennial reign of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 12:17: "And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
The full power and authority of satan is now resident in one earthly being [represented here in a dragon] that draws attention to him and now chaos [or utter confusion] is unleashed upon the earth as no other time before in the history of mankind.
After the dragon, in chapter 13, you have a beast mentioned that verse two says the dragon of chapter 12 gives his power to. This beast is the antichrist that will take control of the governments of the world through seven political leaders that will govern ten nations that will have no regard for the True and Living God at all, as verse 1 says.
What many people do not understand is, "Just because someone has no regard for God, it does not make God any less God!" God is still God whether someone recognizes Him as such or not.
Revelation 13:1 "Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. 4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" 5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for fortytwo months. 6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. 7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. NKJV
This antichrist [or beast] will be a very influential political leader that rules over the seven other political leaders. He is mortally wounded or killed as verse 3 says, but is raised up again to life which causes the people on earth to worship satan and the antichrist.
Verse 5 says they begin to blaspheme [insult or have a lack of reverence for] God for three and a half years.
During this time, he makes war against God’s saints that remain in the earth and overcomes them. The entire earth now is in the hands of satan and as verse 8 says, the people whose names are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will worship satan and the antichrist.
But things are not done yet, verse 11 continues: Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth— by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
This is the scenario that will be in the earth when the time of the end begins. The world will seemingly be unified as the political leaders of all the nations come into agreement as to how the earth should be governed.
The antichrist will be elected as the "sovereign" ruler and will have another seven political leaders that will govern ten powerful nations.
This "other" beast will be a person that will have great religious influence or will be a religious leader and through his charisma, will cause people to put their eyes on the political leader.
The antichrist or the first beast will be killed and raised back to life in the sight of all men. This will cause people to believe that he really is a "savior" and all will be forced to worship him being encouraged by the religious leader.
They will construct an image to the antichrist as Exodus 20, which reveals the first and second commandments, is ignored. The people not only place another God before the Creator, but they now make an image to the political beast that was killed as verse 14 says here.
As verse 13 says, the second beast or the religious leader performs miracles and makes fire come down from heaven as he deceives the nations of the world.
Throughout the course of this prophecy men have speculated as to who the antichrist is. An antichrist is one that stands in opposition to Christ and is not necessarily a title given over to a person. However, the fury with which this satanic trinity opposes Christ with warrants them to have this title of antichrist.
As mentioned, the dragon gives power to the political leader and the religious leader or "the" beast and the "other" beast.
There are very few opinions as to who this political antichrist will be or what country he will rise from. However there is one viable [but not fully proven] speculation as to who the "other" beast or the religious antichrist could be…
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