Matthew 24:10-11 (NASB) 10 “At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. 11 “Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.
Mark 13:22 (NASB) for false Christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect.
Matthew 24:24 (NASB) “For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
“The dynamic appeal of the false prophet will lie in his skill in combining political expediency with religious passion. His arguments will be subtle, convincing, and appealing. His oratory will be hypnotic, for he will be able to move the masses to tears or whip them into a frenzy. He will control the communication media of the world and will skillfully organize mass publicity to promote his ends. He will manage and massage his message with guile beyond words. He will mold world thought and shape human opinion like so much pottery for clay.”- John Phillips
I. THE PERSONALITY OF THE SECOND BEAST
a. His disguised appearance
b. His disguised speech
Matthew 24:24 “For false Christ’s and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
Matthew 7:15 (NASB) “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
John 8:44 (NASB) “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
II. THE POWER OF THE SECOND BEAST
a. The source of his power
b. The scope of his power
Acts 17:30-31 (NASB) 30 “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”
III. THE PERFORMANCE OF THE SECOND BEAST
a. The miracles he will perform
John 2:11 (NASB) This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.
John 2:23 (NASB) Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, observing His signs which He was doing.
John 6:2 (NASB) A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the signs which He was performing on those who were sick.
2 Thessalonians 2:8-11 (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. 11 For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false,
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”
b. The outcome he will achieve
Psalms 135:15-16 (NASB) 15 The idols of the nations are but silver and gold, The work of man’s hands. 16 They have mouths, but they do not speak; They have eyes, but they do not see;
Habakkuk 2:19 (NASB) “Woe to him who says to a piece of wood, ‘Awake!’ To a mute stone, ‘Arise!’ And that is your teacher? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, And there is no breath at all inside it.
2 Thessalonians 2:4 (NASB) who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.
Exodus 20:3-4 (NASB) 3 “You shall have no other gods before Me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
2 John 1:7 (NASB) For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh.