Scripture offers prophecies to warn us of the future and edify us as we live through these Last Days. Revelation 13 describes a man, the antichrist, who will rise to power during the Great Tribulation; we must beware of this beast.
This passage first describes the social unrest that proceeds the beast:
“And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea…” (Revelation 13:1). The sea symbolizes society in turmoil and distress, as the Bible claims wicked people are like the troubled sea. (Isaiah 57:20). This desperately wicked world is ripe for the antichrist’s entrance.
This passage also shares the beast’s satanic attributes:
“…like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion” (Revelation 13:2).
Third, we see how the beast will seduce the world.
Revelation 13:3 claims the beast will seem appealing, charming, and clever. The whole world will marvel at this man, who disguises himself as a man of peace.
But this passage also addresses his sinister ambitions.
“Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. 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” (Revelation 13:6-7).
He will be driven to deify Satan, defy the Savior, destroy the saints, dominate society and delude sinners.
Finally, this passage warns us of the false prophet, who will present the beast to the whole world.
Much like the Holy Spirit brings people to worship Jesus, the false prophet is designed to bring people to worship the beast in the End Times.
Revelation 13:13-16 explains that the false prophet—who by causing fire in the heavens, worship of an image of the beast, and controlling the world’s commerce through a mark of the beast—will bring the entire world to the beast’s feet.
Adrian Rogers says, “If you’re not sealed by the Spirit, you will be branded by the beast.”
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Jesus who was God in flesh, you could say he that have seen me have seen my father the Beast who will be satan in the flesh, we’ll be able to say he that has seen me has seen my father, Jesus said, I’ve come in my father’s name me. You will not receive, but if another will come in his own name him you will receive John five verse 43. And so they’re going to reject the lamb, They’re going to embrace the Beast. Remember Antichrist means against christ and also instead of christ For over 50 years. Pastor teacher and author, Adrian Rogers preached to audiences and touched lives all over the world with his unique brand of solid biblical teaching. Today. He’ll be bringing that uniqueness to this series of prophetic messages that we’re calling the edge of eternity. Have your bibles ready and join us for today’s message. And as always you can stream this message again and download many other resources related to today’s message all at L WF dot org. Now let’s join Adrian Rogers find the book of the revelation the last chapter in the bible And turn to Chapter 13. Now we are in a series own prophecy. I want to say one thing with great emphasis only God can prophesy only God and of course those whom God inspires. But it’s really God doing the prophecy. In 1870 a bishop named Wilton Milton. Right heard a person prophecy and at least talk about the fact that one day men may fly like birds. The Educators said that, he said in 50 years as from 1870 men may fly like birds. Well, when this bishop heard that, he said, that’s preposterous. He said, flight is reserved for the angels. And I beg you not to repeat your statement lest you be guilty of blasphemy. Now, that’s what Bishop Milton Wright said. Well, 33 years later, Wilbur and Orville Wright, the boys, the sons of this bishop made there wonderful flight at Kitty Hawk. So the bishop was wrong when he prophesies, thomas Watson Who was the chairman of IBM said in 1943, I think that there’s a world market For maybe five computers. That was his prophecy. And then in 1977, Ken Olsen, who is the president, the president and chairman and founder of digital equipment said there’s no reason anyone would want a computer in their home. All of these are just prophecies. And we see how, how foolish men are when they try to look into the future For the Bible says in Isaiah chapter 46, verses nine and 10 Remember the former things of old for I am God and there is none else. I am God. There is none like me declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times, the things that are not yet done saying, my counsel shall stand fast and I will do all my pleasure. Well, the reason I said that is this, that we have the bible, the one book, Ladies and gentlemen, that tells us the future, And as I looked at this scripture again in revelation 13 I thought how ominous this is! And I I compared that with other scriptures that come that speak of a an individual, a malevolent dictator who is yet to come. And remember that I told you last week, uh this criminal, this arch criminal has many aliases. He’s known not only as The Beast, He’s known as the Antichrist. He is known as the Son of Perdition. He is known as the Man of sin. He is known as the Little Horn. Many many aliases, but he has one heart and one mind, as we’re going to see in the passage that we have today, he is called the Beast. Look in Revelation. Chapter 13 The Apostle john said, And I stood upon the sand of the sea and saw a beast rise up out of the sea Having seven heads and 10 horns and upon his horns, 10 crowns and upon his heads. The name of Blasphemy and the Beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear and his mouth as the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his seat, and the word seat means throne and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death and his deadly wound was healed and all the world wondered after the Beast, and they worshiped the dragon, which gave power unto the Beast and they worshiped the Beast, saying, who is like unto the beast and who is able to make war with him. And there was given unto him that is to the beast a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies And power was given unto him to continue 40 and two months, and he opened his mouth and blasphemy against God. The blaspheme his name and his Tabernacle, and then that dwell in heaven, and it was given unto him to make war with the Saints and overcome them, and power was given him over all kindred and tongues and nations and all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of Life of the lamb, slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. Are you listening? He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity, and he that killed with the sword, must be killed with the sword? Here is the patience and the faith of the Saints, and I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and he spake as a dragon, and he exercises all the power of the First Beast before him and causes the earth and then that dwell there in to worship the first Beast, whose deadly wound was healed. I’m going to stop our reading there, Pick it up in a moment. But there are five things I want to say to you this morning as we study together, be aware, the beast, the very first thing I want you to see is the social agitation that delivers the beast. Now the Bible says here in Verse one, that the beast comes up out of the sea. Well, what does the C represent? The sea represents? Society in turmoil, Society in agitation, society in distress. You see, the bible teaches that the wicked people of this world are like the trouble. See, put in your margin Isaiah, Chapter 57, verses 20 and 21, but the wicked are like the troubled sea when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. Not only that, but they’re going to belch out of their depths. A beast, This beast of a man is going to come Now the water’s again represent society. Go back to revelation. Chapter 17 verse 15. The waters which thou saw list are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues that is, there is a seething sea of distress and agitation. And that’s going to deliver to this world a beast. And you think about what is happening in the world today. Think of the former soviet empire. Think of Russia. Think of all of the nuclear warheads that are still there and that Russian bear today is wounded and hungry and sniffing out morsels to devour, especially in the Middle East. And many of the former soviet Republics now have been overtaken by Islamic fundamentalists who have a burning hatred of Israel and then compound that by what is happening in china and the red dragon of china is now blowing her fiery breath and armed now with nuclear missiles. And they tell us now that the red china has an army of 200 million, exactly what is prophecy there in the book of the Revelation and then compound that by what is happening today in europe, with the european union quickly becoming a dominant factor and force in the world and with a common currency and becoming the United States of europe and the bible prophecies that out of the United States of europe, the re Federated reconstituted roman empire, this beast is going to arise and then on top of all of that the Lion of Judah is sharpening her claws and it is a matter of common knowledge that Israel has the bomb and and she is preparing to use it if she must do that and then mix into all of that, the rise of the occult and earthquakes and worldwide famine and natural disasters and political intrigue and out of this, Out of this mix out of this seething, see this beast is going to come, you see perilous times will produce the beast, A great historian was named Arnold Toynbee. If you’ve studied history, you know the name of Arnold Toynbee. I quote him this morning because he said something very significant. Listen to it carefully by forcing on mankind more and more lethal weapons. And at the same time making the world more and more interdependent economically, technology has brought mankind to such a degree of distress that we are right for the deifying of any new caesar who might succeed in giving the world unity and peace. He said, when you take the stress, economic problems, technology, we are right to produce a new season. That’s just another way of saying the antichrist. And so that’s the first thing I want you to see of these five factors. The social agitation That delivers the beast. That’s verse one. And then I want you to see the satanic attributes that describe the beast. How is he described? Well, look, if you will in versus one and two, he has seven heads and 10 horns, and upon his horns, 10 crowns and upon his heads. The names of blasphemy and the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and the mouth and his mouth as the mouth of a lion, and the dragon gave him his power and his seat or throne, and great authority. Now, who is the father of the beast. Well, like father like son, because the beast is described very much like the devil himself. There was ever a man whose father was the Devil. It is the Beast. Notice how the devil is described in chapter 12. You were in chapter 13. Look in chapter 12 verse three and there appeared another wonder in heaven. And behold a great red dragon having seven heads and 10 horns and seven crowns upon his head. Now the beast in chapter 13 is described the same way. Now this dragon, there’s no doubt about that. This dragon is the devil. Look in chapter 12 verse nine and the great dragon was cast out that old serpent called the devil and satan, which deceives the whole world. And so here is the devil and now he spawns this beast of a man. That’s the reason. As we studied last week, The bible says in second Thessalonians the second chapter and verse nine, even him whose coming is after the working of satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders. Remember what I told you last week that jesus, who was God in flesh could say, he, that have seen me have seen my father the Beast, who will be satan in the flesh, will be able to say. He that has seen me, has seen my father, the Beast will be the visible expression of the invisible devil, and he’s going to be a composite of all of the dictators and the and the Great regimes of the past, for example, verse two tells us that uh he is like a leopard and he has the feet of a bear and he has the mouth of a lion. Well, the lion is Babylon, the like the ungodly rulers of Babylon. He will have the regal bearing of a lion. But the ravenous mouth of a lion, The bear is mito Persia and that was an ancient empire. He’s going to have the strength of a bear whose claws grasp and shred. And then the leopard is Greece and that represents the Grecian empire. Under alexander the great to spread with rapidity. He’s going to inherit. I believe what this passage is saying is that he’s going to inherit all the beastly characteristics of all of these former kingdoms. He is going to be uh this one. He’s going to be a composite of the nebuchadnezzar’s, the caesars, the napoleons, The Hitler’s the Stalin’s All melded into one. He’s going to be a beastly creature and the world will receive him, Jesus said, I’ve come in my father’s name me, you will not receive, but if another will come in his own name him, you will receive John five verse 43. And so they’re going to reject the lamb. They’re going to embrace the beast. Who is like a lion, Are they going to embrace the beast? Who’s like a bear? They’re going to embrace the beast who is like a leopard. Now, here’s the third thing I want you to see, I want you to see the seductive appeal that disguises the beast. You would think if he’s a beast, everybody would be afraid of him. No, they’re not going to be afraid of him because he’s going to be disguised when the bible speaks of his beastly characteristics is talking about his nature, not his appearance, satan himself often is transformed as an angel of light. This man is going to be very appealing in the eyes of the world. Look if you will in verses three and 4 and I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death and his deadly wound was healed and all the world wondered after the beast. That likely means they they followed after him with admiration. Look in verse four and they worshiped the dragon which gave power to the beast and they worshiped the beast saying who is like unto the beast and who is able to make war against him. He’s going to be a very appealing man. Don’t think of him as hideous, no doubt. He’ll be handsome, charming, clever, greatly intelligent, he will be a global charmer. One of the reasons for his popularity is going to be his resuscitation. Somehow. He will be wounded and will appear to come back to life. It will be satan’s imitation of the resurrection of jesus christ. I sometimes wonder if he will not be the first human being that’s cloned. I don’t know, but it will be a master stroke of a false miracle and the world will fall at the feet of this false messiah, as jesus said, I’ve come in my father’s name. You wouldn’t receive me, but if another will come in his own name, him he will receive the whole world will marvel after this man who disguises himself as a man of peace. And the bible says with peace, he’ll destroy many. Now, here’s the fourth thing I want you to see. I want you to see the sinister ambitions that drive this beast now. Why did jesus come? Well, Jesus came to seek and to save that which is lost. What what is the beast going to do? What are his ambitions? Well, we don’t have to wonder about its right here. First of all to deify satan Look in verse four and they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast and they worshiped the beast. Now, what is what is this? Satan has always had this burning ambition to be worshiped. He wants to be deified. And so he wants to cause all of the world to worship him. And I think the closer we get to anti christ, the more we’re going to see a devil worship in the world today. And we’re seeing a lot of satanism in the world today, more than ever before. Open blatant satanism, so purpose. Number one is to deify satan Purpose. # two is to defy the savior notice verse five and six, and there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemy And content and power was given unto him to continue 40 and two months, that’s 3.5 years and he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name and his Tabernacle and then that dwell in heaven now he can’t touch the saints in heaven. And so he’s reduced the name calling. And out of the filthy recesses of his evil soul will belch forth blasphemies and uh with burning eloquence, he’s going to turn people away from God and they will believe his own lies. Remember, antichrist means against christ and also instead of christ, so one of his ambitions is to deify satan another of his ambitions is to defy the savior. Another of his ambitions is to destroy the Saints. Look if you will in verse seven and it was given unto him to make war with the saints and to overcome them and power was given him over all kindred and tongues and nations that this beast will want every true believer in jesus christ destroyed. And these tribulation saints who will be on earth after the church is taken out, are going to face the guillotine firing squads, gas chambers, concentration camps, torture and terror. And it will be the devil’s last fling against the people of God and this ravenous Beast Will drink his fill of the blood of the martyrs and then the next of his uh purposes and ambitions is to dominate society. Look in the last part of verse seven and the bible says, and uh and power was given to him over all kindred and tongues and nations. He will have a global control. He’s going to unify the people of this world now, how will he do this? Well, he will dazzle some with his miracles and he’ll browbeat the others. It’ll be a regime of reward and intimidation. But all of the world is going to worship the beast. And last of all, he wants to delude centers. He wants to keep them damned and doomed looking verses eight through 10 and all that dwell on the earth, shall worship him whose names are not written in the book of Life of the lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear to hear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity, shall go into captivity and he that killed with the sword, must be killed with the sword. He, he wants to delude sinners. He is the devil’s messiah. Now, here’s the fifth and final thing this morning. I want you to see and that is the supporting agent that declares the beast. He’s going to have a sinister minister of propaganda who will declare him to the whole world, who will present him to the world begin now in verse 11 and I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth and he had two horns like a lamb and he spake as a dragon, two horns like a lamb, he imitates jesus. But he speaks as a dragon, he really is satanic in his motivation. He will be a propaganda agent for the first beast. He’ll look like a lamb, He’ll speak like a dragon. He has the voice of satan remember that there is an unholy trinity. The devil always mimics God. The holy trinity is what God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit. What is the unholy trinity? The dragon, the Beast and the false prophet. Now we’re speaking here about the false prophet. The false prophet will be to the beast. What the Holy Spirit is to christ, what does the Holy Spirit do? He causes us to admire to worship and glorify jesus. Uh the, the false prophet will cause the people of this world to admire glorify and to worship the beast and his father the devil himself. Well, what’s going to happen? Well, the world is going to become a vast concentration camp. Well, all of the inmates numbers. Now let’s just some, all of this up because I’ll admit I’ve gone very fast, but john saw a roiling see and out of that, see that represents the distress of nations. He sees a beast come now the evolutionist tell us that we came from the Beast, we haven’t come from the Beast friend, we’re going to the Beast, we’re headed toward the beast and out of this, out of the turmoil that we’re seeing society’s unraveling out of that, that’s going to arise as Toynbee says a a caesar and he will, he will be the devil’s messiah, Satan said to jesus, I’ll give you all the kingdoms of this world if you just bow down and worship me. And Jesus said, I’m not going to worship anybody but God, but there’s coming another, there’s coming another who will, who will accept this? This, this beast of a man. He will be appointed and anointed by satan who will give him great authority. He will want to cause the world to worship the devil. He will want to deify himself. He’s going to sit as we told you last week in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God. He will burn with hatred against the people of God and the things of God and he will have a sinister minister of propaganda. Uh, the false prophet who, by causing a fire in the heavens, who by causing some image that speaks and by causing a to control the world’s commerce, will bring the entire world to the feet of this beast. Now, folks, you think that maybe somewhere way out, I may be talking about next week. I mean, jesus may come today. The trump it may sound today and we’ll be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. You say pastor, you may not have it all just right. I may not. I tell you one thing jesus is coming and you better be ready. You better be ready. That’s about. Heads in prayer. Heads are bowed and eyes are closed. If you’re not saved, why don’t you? Right now, right this moment, open your heart. Give your life to jesus christ. Trust him as your personal lord and savior. Now the bible says, believe on the Lord jesus christ and thou shalt be saved, pray a prayer like this. Dear God, I am a sinner. I have sent against you. I’ve been selfish, prideful. I’ve lived life for myself. But now I repent of my sin. I turned from my sin. I turn to you. Lord jesus. Right now I receive you as my Lord and savior come into my life, forgive my sin. Save me, Jesus pray that and meaning save me. Lord Jesus pray it from your heart and mean it save me. Lord Jesus, did you ask him? Then pray this way? Thank you for for doing it, jesus. I believe you paid for my sin with your blood on the cross. I believe God raised you from the dead and you are now my Lord and my savior. I will live for you the rest of my days and begin now to make me the person. You want me to be not in order that I might be saved, but because I am saved. Lord, help me to live for you and to keep your word. Thank you, jesus, help me never to be ashamed of you. Amen. Well, amen this has been a glorious service And I thank God for the power that he has demonstrated in this place and for those in this place who have given their hearts to jesus christ And many of you who are watching these services want to do the same thing and the God who is here is the God who is there with you. And I promise you on the authority of the word that I preach today that if you will receive him by faith, he will come into your life and he will transform your life. Now you’re not going to sprout wings and get a halo right away. You have to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior, jesus christ the baby is born and then it grows. But when you receive christ you are born into his family, the bible says, you’re born again, pray and ask him to come into your heart, to forgive your sin, to cleanse you and to save you. Remember it’s a gift. You can turn it, you’ll never deserve it. But you can receive it by faith. 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