Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 18 – Revelation 13

Chapter 13 is also part of the break between the sixth and seventh trumpets.  This chapter features the Beast out of the Sea and the Beast out of the Earth.  These two figures represent the pseudo-Christ (Dr. Missler says this is a more accurate title than anti-Christ) and the false prophet.

The pseudo-Christ is believed to be an Assyrian.  He’s got a boastful mouth and will make war with and overcome the believing Gentiles living at this time.  One fascinating thing that Chuck mentions repeatedly throughout the study is that the return of Christ is imminent, and since Satan doesn’t know when the rapture is going to happen, but he knows that when the rapture does happen he will have a very limited time to wreak havoc on the earth and mankind, there must always be a person at the ready to become the pseudo-Christ.  I never thought about this but it makes complete sense.

The false prophet is thought to be Jewish because of the references to the beast coming out of the earth.  He forms the third person of the Satanic trinity (Satan, pseudo-Christ and false prophet).  Signs and wonders will deceive the earth dwellers.

Chuck also talks about the mark of the beast and the number of the beast and gives us a Biblical snapshot of who this coming world leader will be.  But he also delivers some very valuable advice:  it is a complete waste of time to speculate about who this coming world leader might be.  Your time will be much better spent if you focus your time and attention on the One True King, Jesus Christ!  Hallelujah!

Homework for next time:  Read chapters 14, 15 & 16.

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