Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JANUARY 28 (The False Prophet, Part 3: The Image That Speaks!)

By admin On November 13th, 2014

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Daily Devotional – JANUARY 28

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The False Prophet, Part 3: The Image That Speaks!

To read Part 1, click here…JANUARY 26 (The False Prophet: Lying Eyes!)

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“And I beheld another beast (the False Prophet) coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the (first) beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the (first) beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he (the False Prophet) 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.” Revelation 13:11, 14, 15

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ABOVE PICTURE: The False Prophet, (the 2nd Beast) – signsofheaven.org – not for commercial uses

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This above passage from Revelation 13, concerns the second beast, The False Prophet.

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This speaks of satanic power which arose out of the earth.

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But there are two beasts described in Revelation 13.

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THE FIRST BEASThttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Burgkmair_whore_babylon_color.jpg

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Now the first beast of Revelation 13, rose up from the sea (the sea of nations), ruling over the European nations through the Dark Ages via the apostate churches. And this tyrannical apostate church used the civil powers of those nations as its “Enforcers”, to banish, torture, and kill Bible-believing Christians!

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Now, this above scenario was the common understanding of the Book of Revelation by the apostate European churches throughout the Dark Ages! And as you can see, this 500 year old engraving depicts the first beast of Revelation 13, being ridden  by the Mystery Babylon Harlot of Revelation 17, and 18.

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The whorish woman represents the apostate portion of the Church. The beast represents the kings and kingdoms which have ruled over Satan’s kingdom, this world.

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This first beast tried to crush out both Bible-loving Christians, and destroy the Bible as well! This reign of terror went on for many centuries until the Reformation finally delivered its deadly wound via the printing press, now churning out Bibles by the thousands!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Santo_Domingo_y_los_albigenses-detalle.jpg

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No longer could those apostate churches enforce their oppressive tyranny and unbiblical doctrines upon the peoples of Europe! The common people could now read the Bible for themselves!

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Yes, it was God’s glittering sword, the Bible which ultimately delivered the deadly wound to this first beast.

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Whore – Babylon riding Antichrist Beast – Burgkmair – 1523 AD – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

Burning at the Stake – Wikipedia – Public Domain

Book Burning – Santo Domingo y Los Albigenses – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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THE SECOND BEAST

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But Satan was not ready to concede! No, he had another beast which rose up out of the earth, via the industrial revolution, which produced goods made from the things in the earth! While the power of the first beast came from the sea of nations and the peoples of the Old World, the second beast’s power came from the wealth and materialism which resulted from that industrial and technical revolution in the New World!

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Of course, this False Prophet now preaches a gospel of prosperity to the entire world! Combined with false miracles, this quasi-religious beast preaches a type of Christianity mingled with materialism and wealth: a compromised gospel having another Jesus, another spirit, and another gospel than that of the Bible only!

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ABOVE PICTURE: The False Prophet – signsofheaven.org – not for commercial uses

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FIRST BEAST IN SATAN’S IMAGE

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Now the Bible says that this second beast will command the entire world to make an image to the first beast, who received the deadly wound by the sword of God! And this first beast, being in the image of the Revelation 12 Dragon, is actually in the image of Satan (compare Revelation  12:3 with Revelation 13:1).

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And these various heads, horns, and crowns on both the Dragon and the Beast are a symbolic picture of Satan’s kingdom!

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And Satan’s kingdom is really all about Satan’s character: And this first beast’s character is a very close, “carbon copy” of the Dragon’s (Satan’s) character!

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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AN IMAGE THAT SPEAKS

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Now before this gets any more complicated, let’s focus on the verse… “And (the second beast) deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the (first) beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the (first) beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 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.”  Revelation 13:14, 15  

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Now in all of earth’s history, there has never been an image which could speak! All the idols throughout history were dumb idols of stone, wood, or metal. The Bible says… “They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.” Jeremiah 10:5

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And so, this above passage describes the lifeless idols of yesteryear which could not talk or walk or do good or do evil!

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Picture-Gold Calf-Wikipedia-public domain

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But Revelation 13 tells of an image which now can speak and cause that people should be killed!

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A RISE TO POWER

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Now as we look through Christendom, we can see a spirit which slowly rose up to power through the Twentieth Century. And this spiritual power came in the form of the so-called Pentecostal prosperity-driven gospels.

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One hundred years ago, this was merely a tiny phenomenon. But in the 1960’s this miracle-working power began to become mainstream, eventually being embraced by most every denomination on a world-wide scale!

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Now one great tip-off that this is a counterfeit movement is the lawlessness connected with it! Yes, it seems that the more lawless these prosperity-driven churches are, the greater are the so-called miracles in those religious bodies!

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Laying on of hands – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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FOLLOWING LOWLY JESUS

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And one of the counterfeit miracles in those churches is that the “holy spirit” is speaking to these church-goers in their minds! And by speaking comfortable words, via a nondescript voice in the mind, millions of Christians all over the world are connected to this religious spirit.

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One of the problems with all this, is that this prosperity-driven gospel can never have the blessing of the Christ of the Bible! Because the Christ of Scripture plainly declares… “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33

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And as this above verse reveals, when a man, woman, or child desires to become a disciple and follower of Jesus, the Savior tells us… “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow Me.” Matthew 19:21

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Jesus Discourses with His Disciples – James Tissot – by Brooklyn Museum – by Wikipedia – Public Domain

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TRUE CHRISTIANITY

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When a person becomes a Christian, the true Holy Spirit comes into the heart of that new Christian, causinghttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Braet_von_%C3%9Cberfeldt_woman_with_bible_1866.jpg him or her to lose interest in the things of this selfish world. And materialism is one of those lusts that just seems to fall away from the desires of the Christian. And instead of seeking the pleasures and treasures of this present world, the Christian now views life through the eyes of Jesus! And the salvation of souls and the desire to become changed into the image of Christ now becomes the paramount desire of the Christian!

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Oh yes, the Christian feels a great responsibility to provide for the needs and the contentment of his or her family! And so, the Christian now cheerfully carries out the mundane duties of life, providing housing, food, and contentment, while trying to raise the children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord!

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Braet von Überfeldt – Woman with Bible – 1866 – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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A WORLD-LOVING GOSPEL

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But this above description of the Christian life is a far cry from today’s prosperity-driven gospels!

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Rather, their hearts are bent on gaining the earthly mammon which their religion focuses on! And this talking spirit within, gives them soft quasi-biblical counsels, as they go through their world-loving day! And so, such deceived ones think that God is working marvelously through them! But this counterfeit spirit is none other than the spirit of devils, working counterfeit miracles, imitating the true Holy Spirit.

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Listen… “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,” 2nd Thessalonians 2:8, 9

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Here is a very brief description of this miracle-working False Prophet. And he has power to counterfeit all the signs and wonders of the true Holy Spirit! He talks to them! He helps them find their lost car keys! He gives them excitement in their worship services! He even helps some of them acquire the treasures of earthly mammon which their hearts lust after!

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Rock Music Christian CHURCH STP 2010 Pomona wikimedia public domain

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“THE SPIRIT OF ERROR”

1st John 4:6

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But this mammon-loving gospel is altogether foreign to true Christianity! Listen to Jesus… “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24

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So in light of this above passage, how in the world can these people be so deceived? Well, 2nd Thessalonians, Chapter 2 holds the answer…

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Listen… “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2nd Thessalonians 2:11, 12

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The unholy spirit which talks to them also causes them to misread the Bible, bringing them into strong delusion! And instead of conforming themselves into the image of Christ, this counterfeit holy spirit causes them to become conformed to image of Satan: impatience, anger, greed, dishonesty, lust, money-seeking, joking and jesting and cheap common talk are just some of the qualities which rule over those who are under the authority of this talking image impersonator!

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“GOOD NEWS FROM A FAR COUNTRY!”

Proverbs 25:25

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Now is there any Good News here? Is there any hope for such deluded individuals?

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Yes, God is willing to receive all such who come to Him in true repentance and true contrition!

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And those who are willing to let go of this proud and selfish world, and begin to follow lowly Jesus, can become true disciples of Master!

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But we must be willing to let God crucify us! We must be willing to walk through the fires of tribulation, so that our earthly dross may be burned away, so that we may ultimately come forth as pure gold!

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Jesus Discourses with His Disciples – James Tissot – by Brooklyn Museum – by Wikipedia – Public Domain

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To read Part 4, click here… JANUARY 30th (The False Prophet, Part 4: Age of Accountability)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to fully understand these two beasts of revelation 13. Help me to search Thy Word concerning all this… 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Floodwaters of the False Prophet: “Atheism & Psychology””, or you can also read… ” March 23rd (1st Beast of Revelation 13)” 

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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LOCATING THESE TWO CONSTELLATIONS

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 This phenomenon begins in late October, in the pre-dawn hours. It then begins a little earlier each night.

.The Cross of Orion Constellation star-chart

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This Wikipedia star-chart to the left, has this Orion Constellation sketched in. You must locate Orion, when it is mid-sky, between east and west. You’ll be facing southward most likely, unless you are far south. Try to imagine it as a Cross on a steep hill. The 3-star belt of Orion becomes the crest of the hill. The 3 very faint stars that make up Orion’s head become the very top of the Cross.

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Next, locate the 7 Stars Constellation. This 7 Stars Constellation is seen by facing northward. It stands upright a little later in the night. Eventually, Orion will lay down and no longer be seen as an uplifted Cross! Beginning in November, the 7 Stars (AKA Big Dipper) can be seen as a Cross a little bit later in evening.

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When you are comfortable in locating Orion & The 7 Stars Constellations, then show a friend. This can be a great witnessing tool!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “‘7 Stars’ Imitate ‘The Cross of Orion’”

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TOMORROW…

“JANUARY 29 (Sodom Rising, Part 4: Why Have Our Chickens Come Home?)”

 

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