The Master of Deception (Revelation 13:3-4)

I. HIS LINEAGE AND ANCESTRY

Daniel 7:3-7 (NASB) 3 “And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another. 4 “The first was like a lion and had the wings of an eagle. I kept looking until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man; a human mind also was given to it. 5 “And behold, another beast, a second one, resembling a bear. And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth; and thus they said to it, ‘Arise, devour much meat!’ 6 “After this I kept looking, and behold, another one, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird; the beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it. 7 “After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.

Daniel 7:7 (NASB) “After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.

John 5:43 (NASB) “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him.

II. HIS WONDER AND AWE

John 5:21 (NASB) “For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.

  1. The widow of Zerephath’s son
  2. The Shunammite woman’s son
  3. The man thrown in Elisha’s grave
  4. The widow of Nain’s son
  5. Jairus’ daughter
  6. Lazarus of Bethany
  7. Tabitha also called Dorcas
  8. Eutychus

III. HIS WORSHIP AND ADORATION

2 Thessalonians 2:8-10 (NASB) 8 Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; 9 that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, 10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.

2 Thessalonians 2:11 (NASB) For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false,

John 12:35 (NASB) “For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes.

Hebrews 3:15 (NASB) while it is said, “Today if you hear his voice, Do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me.”

2 Corinthians 6:2 (NASB) for He says, “At the acceptable time I listened to you, And on the day of salvation I helped you.” Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation”

2 Thessalonians 2:11 (KJV) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

1 Corinthians 10:20 (NASB) No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons.

Exodus 15:11 (NASB) “Who is like You among the gods, O Lord? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders?

Psalms 35:10 (NASB) All my bones will say, “Lord, who is like You, Who delivers the afflicted from him who is too strong for him, And the afflicted and the needy from him who robs him?”

Isaiah 40:18 (NASB) To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him?

Isaiah 40:25 (NASB) “To whom then will you liken Me That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One.

Isaiah 46:5 (NASB) “To whom would you liken Me And make Me equal and compare Me, That we would be alike?

Micah 7:18 (NASB) Who is a God like You

“There are all kinds of people wanting to know about Jesus Christ. Philosophy calls in to see what He is. Kings pause a moment on their royal processions to ask questions about Him.

And all kinds of poor people want to know where He is, that they may speak to Him a prayer.

In fact, such prayers have come from almost every door. And when they find Christ, they find that He’s not a painted majesty, He’s not a gilded dominion, He’s not a great comet-like blaze of transient splendor, it is a monarchy built on beneficence.

“It is thus Jesus will reign, not to destroy, not to kill, not to massacre

“He will reign to help the poor and the needy, the woman and the child, the far off and the destitute, the misunderstood and the friendless.

And He reigns not by force of chariots and multitudinous horses, not by the grandeur of His earthly state, but by that loving sympathy which understands everybody.

And ultimately,” writes Parker, “nothing can hinder Him putting on His head crown after crown until all other kings, no matter who they are, look petty beside His majesty. Antichrist or Christ, who is your king?

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