9. Type of Power
The Message Bible calls the second beast a puppet and the amplified calls it a false prophet of the first because,
“He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence [when the two are together].” AMP
He had the power to work magical signs, like making fire fall from the sky.
He got the people to make an image of the first beast, and he animated it so that it appeared to talk.
10. a. Power of the Second Beast
The purpose of false prophets and fake Messiahs is to deceive even God’s chosen ones. False prophets lie and flaunt their impressive credentials and dazzling performances to deceive. See Mark 13:22
b. The Beast’s evil power versus God’s holy power
MOSES: God made Moses seem like God to Pharaoh. His brother, Aaron, was his prophet. When God delivered the Israelites out of Pharoah’s clutches, all Egypt knew that their God was the LORD. See Exodus 7:1-5
ELIJAH: Through Elijah, God demonstrated His great power to Jezebel’s prophets of Baal. Elijah prayed and the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood, and even the stones and the dust; it also licked up the water in the trench. See 1 Kings 18:30-39 NLT
JESUS: When Jesus called Lazarus to come out of the grave, God demonstrated His power and confirmed Jesus’ identity as the Messiah. See John 11:41-44
JESUS: “The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in the book of John. But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.” John 20:30-31 NLT
PETER: Peter explains to the people that what they see happening is the sign prophesied by Joel. He warns that further signs would be seen in Jerusalem before God’s judgment brought destruction to Jerusalem and the temple. Acts 2:19-21
11. a. The Mark of the Beast
The second Beast forced everyone to have a mark on the right hand or forehead.
The mark signified allegiance to the beast.
Only those who accepted the mark were allowed to buy or sell anything.
The number is the [imperfect] number of a man, and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.
b. As followers of Jesus Christ He stamped and sealed us with the promised Holy Spirit.
This seal shows God owns and protects us. AMP
Benefits of Jesus’ Followers
God gives us His Spirit who searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets and wisdom.
Those who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths because it all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it.
We have the mind of Christ. See 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
The Holy Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised.
c. Godly Wisdom
I’m not always quick to connect the dots from new information to Scripture. I’m learning to rely on the inner witness of the Holy Spirit to guide me.
I’ve learned that some of what I thought was true was actually religious doctrine. I pray daily that the Spirit of Truth will lead me into ALL truth.