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“The Unholy Trinity” – Revelation 13:11-18

Oct 31, 2021

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Introduction

During the "last days" prior to "the Day of the Lord," the world's population will be divided:

          - Those who are saved, with their names recorded in "the Lamb's Book of Life," will not submit to "the Beast" (the Antichrist).

          - Those who are lost - "who dwell on the earth" will worship "the Beast" and do his bidding.

 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.

(Rev. 13:8)

This is nothing unusual or new.  Throughout the church age true believers have always had to take a stand for Christ their Lord, as He commanded:

And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

(Matt. 10:38-39)

As the Apostle Paul told his protégé Timothy:

But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra--what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

(2 Tim. 3:10-12)

Let us keep in mind that:

          - Satan ("the dragon") is the counterfeit god who has always desired worship (Matt. 4:8-9).

          - Antichrist, "the beast" is "the son," a false Christ, who receives the worship his "father” desires.

So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast....

(Rev. 13:4a)

And today the subject of this message is the second beast, known as the "false prophet," the counterfeit "holy spirit" (Rev. 16:13, 19:20, 20:10).

With his arrival on the earth, the "unholy trinity" will be complete.

The most painful and destructive time in earth's history will be fulfilled by Satan, his antichrist and the false prophet.

For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened.

(Matt. 24:21-22)

Exposition

Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.

Revelation 13:11

"...coming up out of the earth..."

          * Contrast the first beast who rose "up out of the sea."  "The sea" represents unregenerate humanity or "the nations" (Isa. 57:20-21).

          * This second beast comes "up out of the earth." Jewish tradition teaches the earth, or land, as Israel and the Jewish people, the:

 Am Ha Aretz (Hb.) or “People of the Land”

"...two horns like a lamb..."

          * The image of the "two horns" suggest that this second "beast" has authority, but the lack of a crown indicates that his authority is not political, but rather religious.

          * "Like a lamb" suggests his character will fool people that he is gentle and humble.

But he

"...spoke like a dragon..."

          *  Thus, revealing his true character -- that of his master, "the dragon."

The Lord warned us that there would be false prophets during this time:

Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many......For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

(Matt. 24:11, 24)

"The false prophet" will be the greatest deceiver of all time, and as we shall see, the world will believe him.

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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.

Revelation 13:12

"...and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast..."

          * "Those who dwell in it" - Used throughout Scripture to speak of unbelievers who oppose God and His Christ through their rebellion.

Zephaniah 1:18

           * The "false prophet" will perform deceptive "great signs"(Vs. 13) that will lead the world into Satan worship:

The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

(2 Thess. 2:9-10)

           * "The first beast":

For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.

(Matt 24:5)

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He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.

Revelation 13:13

"...he even makes fire come down from heaven..."

During Christ's ministry, Jewish leaders often asked Him for "a sign" to prove He was "the Messiah"(Matt. 12:38-40).

He refused; He knew the sign they wanted:

Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench.  Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, "The LORD, He is God! The LORD, He is God!"

(1 Kgs. 18:38-39)

The false prophet will give them this sign to prove the antichrist is the "real messiah."

One of the ministries of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Christ and lead people to trust in Him, and worship Him (Jn. 16:7-15).

The "false prophet" will point to "the beast" (Antichrist) and his image (Vs. 14), showing "great signs" causing the unsaved to believe in Antichrist as their true messiah.

The saints will not be deceived (1 Cor. 2:14).

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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.

Revelation 13:14

"...he deceives those who dwell on the earth..."

          * "The great dragon...that serpent of old, called the devil and Satan who deceives the  whole world" (Rev. 12:9).

          * An alternate translation reads: “And he deceives My own people by the signs…” John is referring to the Jewish people.

"...make an image to the beast..."

           * Simply, an idol or statue to be worshiped as representative of Antichrist.

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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.

Revelation 13:15

“…that the image should…speak…”

          * Another false “great sign.”

"...cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed."

          *  I believe this is the unholy trinity's greatest deception, "the abomination that causes desolation" as prophesied by Daniel (Dan. 9:27, 11:36) where he demands death for all who will not obey.

Spoken of by the Lord Jesus (Matt. 24:15) and the Apostle Paul:

Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

(2 Thess. 2:3-4)

The Lord would continue His warning for the Church "to flee" because:

For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.

(Matt. 24:21)

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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,

Revelation 13:16

"...a mark on their right hand or...foreheads..."

          * Again, Satan's counterfeit of God's acts.

Ezekiel 9:4-6

There will be no exemption from the requirement to submit and worship the Antichrist, or die, and this "mark" will mean survival.

Next to fear for life, what are the next greatest motivating factors for unsaved humanity?

Money, stuff, comfort!

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...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.

Revelation 13:17

Not content to control people through religious deceit, and fear for their lives, the false prophet, through the Antichrist and his authority (Vs. 12) will institute an economic system of complete control.

This was impossible until recently; prophecy, again, being fulfilled:

"But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase."

(Dan. 12:4)

Our "knowledge", technology, has now increased to the point this is entirely possible and probable.

Everyone, except believers (Rev. 20:4), will receive "the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."

And true believers will not, because the only way to get "the mark" is to serve "the beast" and worship him!

Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve."'

(Matt. 4:10)

Christians - do not be fooled by political leaders claiming drastic measures and compliance with them is for our own good.

These types of policies have been used from the time of the Caesar's, through Hitler, Stalin, Mao and any number tyrants. 

Even TODAY!

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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.

Revelation 13:18

"...wisdom...understanding..."

          * As believers, our wisdom comes from above:

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

(Jms. 1:5)

           * Our understanding from the Holy Spirit:

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

(1 Cor. 2:14)

We will not be deceived by "the beast" or his "false prophet" or even their leader, "the dragon."

Because "greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world."

The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth is in us and it is He who will lead us!

"...the number of the beast, for it is the number of man: his number is 666."

The mysterious "666."

In the ancient world, the letters of the alphabet were used for numbers, both in Greek and Hebrew.  Man was created on the 6th day (Gen. 1:26).

Seven is the biblical number for perfection/completion - God finished creation in six days and rested on the seventh.

Six is man's number and name, just short of perfection, only made in God's image, not God. Man’s number is rebellion!

The Antichrist and his false prophet cannot claim perfection as they are just men, satanically inspired.

Therefore, the "unholy trinity" and its Antichrist cannot claim the number seven, it must settle for:

 666

 Conclusion

Witness the use of numbers in our society, everything is tied to numbers: our Social Security numbers for example.

Everything about you is tied to that number.  Your number is your name in the government's computers.

An antichrist system of government and economics already pervades our society and lives.

The groundwork is already laid for the Antichrist and his one-world global system of tyranny and control.

Believers must not take part in it:

1 John 2:15-17

We must shun false worship:

1 Corinthians 10:14-22

That we may be found faithful by our Lord at His return:

2 Timothy 3:1, 13-17

AMEN!

 

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