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The Anti-Christ and his living image will be worshiped during the prophesied seven-year Tribulation. The Anti-Christ will come from the revived Roman Empire. The picture of the beast coming out of the sea is symbolic of the character of the revived Roman Empire. The book of Daniel and the book of Revelation are companion books. When studying where the Anti-Christ comes from, it is vital to study both books.

The Roman Empire had and will have some of the characteristics of the former world empires. King Nebuchadnezzar saw the world empires symbolized as a handsome statue of a man in his dream, Daniel 2:41-45. Men often see the things that they build as good, even though they may be very corrupt. But, Daniel, who is a man of God, dreamed of the same world empires, and they were symbolized as beasts. This is how God sees the world empires ruled by mortal men. They are like vicious, devouring beasts. The lion represents the Babylonian Empire. The bear represents the Medes/Persian Empire. The leopard represents the Greek Empire. The fourth beast represents the Roman Empire. It will have ten horns of power, as described in Revelation 13. The revived Roman Empire will try to destroy all of the true people and things of God. The Roman Empire will be the last empire ruled by men on Earth. The final empire will be the whole Earth being ruled by the Messiah, Jesus.

Daniel 7:3-7 “And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. 4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. 5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. 6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. 7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.”

Notice that the naming of beasts are reversed in Revelation 13. This is because Daniel was looking forward to the coming world empires. But, John, the writer of Revelation, is looking back at former world empires. The revived Roman Empire will have some of the characteristics of the Greek Empire, Medes/Persian Empire, and the Babylonian Empire.

The Anti-Christ who will come from the Roman Empire will have some of Rome’s characteristics. Like a leopard, he will be fast at solving the world’s economy and safety problems. He will have the strength of a bear to subdue his enemies. This strength will be a result of the armies that will be at his command. Like a lion, he will roar against God and His saints. He will swallow up the things of God. Satan, the Dragon, will give the Anti-Christ his power. He will rule with authority having the throne of a king.

Revelation 13:2 “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 great authority.”

An image will be made of the Anti-Christ. Our technology is advancing by leaps and bounds. It is very possible that our modern technology of making androids will be used to make the image of the beast. The following Scripture and commentary give a detailed description of the prophesied image of the Beast, Anti-Christ.

Revelation 13:11 “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.”

Notice this Beast is called “he” like the first Beast is called “he”. This Beast is very similar to the first Beast, the Anti-Christ. But, he will have some differences. Horns in the Bible most often refer to power. It appears that the second Beast will have two areas of power. His two areas of power are represented by two horns. This second Beast, is also known as the False Prophet, Revelation 16:13; Revelation 19:20; and Revelation 20:10. He will speak like his master, Satan, the Dragon. The False Prophet will support Satan, the Dragon in every way that he can. The False Prophet will speak as a dragon because he will be possessed by a demonic spirit or maybe many demonic spirits.

Revelation 13:12 “And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”

This evil False Prophet will have as much power as the first Beast, the Anti-Christ. It will be his job to cause everyone to worship the Anti-Christ and his image. The False Prophet will be like an anti-Holy Spirit. One of the Holy Spirit’s jobs is to encourage people to worship Jesus Christ.

Revelation 13:13 “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,”

The False Prophet will have the ability to perform certain miracles to convince men to worship the Anti-Christ and Satan. It appears that God has given the angels, like Satan, the ability to do some miracles. The Anti-Christ and the False Prophet will be mortal men, but they will be possessed with fallen angelic demons who have the power to perform miracles.

Revelation 13:14 “And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.”

The Jews are looking for a miracle-man to rescue them from all of their enemies. For a time, many of them will be deceived by this evil miracle-man, Beast, who will be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  The False Prophet will do these devious miracles in the presence of his evil cohort the Anti-Christ. The people of the earth will be instructed to make an image of the Anti-Christ. As already stated, this very well could be an android. It could also be some new design given to mankind by the False Prophet.

Revelation 13:15 “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”

The False Prophet will have power to give life to the image of the Beast. This life appears to be more than just the power of something like a battery or an android. These things have a type of life to perform certain duties, but they are not living beings. If the image merely has life like a battery or an android, men could give it that type of life. But, it appears that the image of the Beast will have life like a living being. It is possible that an android will be indwelt by an evil demonic angel or angels. I know that many times when I am trying to do something real important on my computer it sometimes does some very strange things. It has been noted by those who study demons that they sometimes control inanimate objects. An example of an inanimate object receiving life can be seen in the Scriptures. Satan gave some of his followers the power to change wooden rods into serpents. This happened when Pharaoh’s Satanic magicians tried to challenge Moses and Aaron, Exodus 7:8-12. There are stories in the Scriptures where demons have controlled both men and beasts, Matthew 28:28-32. The image of the Beast will be able to speak, just as the androids are doing in our days. Normally, one of the requirements of machines, such as androids, is that they do no harm to man. But, in the case of the image of the Beast, it appears the image will be the master of men causing those who refuse to worship the image and the Beast, also known as the Anti-Christ, to be killed.

Revelation 13:16-17 “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

The False Prophet will cause people to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads. Those who refuse to take the Mark of the Beast will not be able to buy or sell. This means that they will have a hard time getting food just to survive. The majority will be deceived by the strong delusions of Satan’s two cohorts who will perform miracles. Anyone who receives the Mark of the Beast, enforced by the False Prophet, will face certain doom in the Lake of Fire. Anyone who receives the Mark will reject Jesus Christ, as their Saviour, for the last time. The Holy Spirit only gives a person so many times to be saved, and after that, it is too late. In fact, they no longer even want to be saved. God turns them over to a reprobate mind.

But, God is not willing that any should perish. Many Jews and Gentiles will fall for the lies of the Satanic trinity, but there will also be many who realize that believing the lies of this evil trinity will lead to everlasting punishment in the Lake of Fire. When the true Messiah, Jesus, comes back to rescue Israel from the invading armies of the world, the remaining one-third of the Jews will be saved. They will look on Jesus and see the pierce marks from the cross, realizing that He is the true Saviour and Messiah. This remnant of Jews will know that the Satanic trinity only offered Israel a false peace, Zechariah 12:10.

Anyone who is saved before the prophesied seven-year Tribulation begins will not be here when the False Prophet is enforcing the Mark of the Beast. Those who believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour will be removed by being caught up to Heaven, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

Right now, the Holy Spirit is holding Satan back from doing his worst. But, during the Tribulation period, Satan will be given a little more rope by the Holy Spirit. Satan will be used by God to refine Israel. Many Jews will fall for the strong delusions and evil- intended miracles of Satan’s cohorts. But, a remnant will finally realize that Jesus is the true Saviour and Messiah, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12.

If our technology is a sign of things to come, we may be at the very door that leads to the Tribulation, as described in Revelation 6-19. The androids of today may very well lead to the living image of the Beast during the Tribulation.

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