Day 10

The Beast from the Sea and the Beast from the Earth

from the reading plan

Revelation 13:1-18, Proverbs 1:7, Hebrews 10:32-39

A much older friend once told me that when barcodes and checkout scanners were first introduced, she abandoned an entire shopping cart full of groceries at the front of the line and walked out of the supermarket. Back then, she was deeply engaged in popular end-times theology teaching and when she saw the new scanning technology being used, she feared it might somehow be related to the mark of the beast mentioned in Revelation 13:18.

My friend smiles at this today, as UPCs have become commonplace and proven themselves to be an innocuous bit of technology that saves us all time at the checkout counter. Even so, for centuries the mysterious reference to the mark, or number, of the beast has left Bible readers scratching their heads.

Many people have tried to crack the code of six-sixty-six by calculating the names of various world leaders using numbers as stand-ins for letters. Others have seen the number as purely symbolic, representative of evil and chaos. One thing is for certain, the beast from the sea and the beast from the earth described in Revelation 13 are not our friends. They are in league with Satan himself and are intent on bringing harm to humanity.

One of the ways they do this is by deceiving people into worshiping the first beast (Revelation 13:8,12). The second beast is even said to perform “great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth” (v.13). If you’re familiar with the Old Testament book of 1 Kings, you’ll recognize that Elijah called down fire from heaven in his showdown with the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:30–40). At the time, the falling fire was a sign that Yahweh alone was God. But here in Revelation, it is a false prophet who calls down fire from heaven to “prove” the beast from the sea is worthy of worship. It’s no wonder people are deceived!

As John writes, “This calls for endurance and faithfulness from the saints” (Revelation 14:12). To stand strong in the midst of such deception, we must be anchored in the Word of God. We need to know the truth so we don’t fall for a lie when it is wrapped in persuasive arguments or false signs and wonders. That’s why it’s so important to be students of the Bible—not just for a season or when it fits into our busy schedules, but every day and for the rest of our lives.

We must be immersed in the truth, going deeper and wider all the time. It’s the only way to cultivate a discerning mind in a world bent on drawing us away from Christ. As an added benefit, being rooted in God’s Word will keep us from falling for every end-times fad, whether it’s an updated take on a Y2K scenario, mysterious Bible codes, or the barcode on the bottom of your cereal box.

Written by John Greco

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  1. called Israel says:

    Please Test & Consider what the Spirit says to me :-
    Daniel 7 & 8 little horn are one & the same in Binyamin Netanyahu who when he came to 1st office as 11th king[male Prime Minister] & 8th head[male -of Government-3 repeat twice] ;5 were fallen[dead], one is -Shamir d.2014., one to come & did as caretaker king on the fatal wound of the 7th head-Rabin ,then as Pres .Perez. …also like leopard -native born Palestine ,different to ALL before..feet like bear -parents fromUSSR[ Lithuania] one of the ribs torn out of bear, speaks like lion – arrogantly bellows Hebrew & English- lion languages.

    N.B **** These are the seven’ mountains’ on which the Harlot sits; Zion,Moriah, Ophel,Bezetha, Gareb, Acre & sacred bloodied Golgotha………..He [antiChrist]]-supplanter] will magnify himself equal to- the ‘Commander of the Host’ – Jesus Christ- Who is Matthew 27;37- ‘king of the Jews’. So is there one man of sin who has made himself a modern 11th king[Prime Minister]. & 8th head [ male; of Government 7th head fatally wounded-Rabin]. ….The answer is YES ! Does he fulfill ALL Prophecy ….YES ! …Sadly you do not understand as you have only some Prophetical Insight !…..please read on as HE has given me much….
    Daniel 2; The feet & ten toes the divided kingdom under Rome from which the stone -Jesus Christ- is cut is Judah to the South & Israel to the North -both scattered in the Diaspora 70a.d -135a.d. It had ten toe foundation as only 10 of old Israel’s sons took up land in the Promised Land. Joseph died on the journey his family settled with Benjamin’s & Levi took none settling with ALL as Rabbis. They were part Rome & Jewish -St Paul the example…Jesus was not cut from the divided Roman kingdom as it did not exist…. The modern king/ horn / man of sin also magnified himself by changing his surname to make himself WHAT Jesus Is by name definition ; ‘the right hand son ‘-Hebrew.: Binyamin & ‘God’s Gift’ -Heb. Netanyahu .[was Mielekowsky -from out of the sky?-Deuteronomy fallen angel. This new name adds to 666 in old Hebrew Gemtria ……
    If I have peaked your interest please read more of what the LORD’s spirit says:-
    I write because’ those that mislead many’ will pay a heavy price -so BEWARE.

    A little more you SHOULD know; Daniel 7- picture talk explained- in 1947 the Jews, mainly from USSR, approached the new United Nations to annex Palestine for the nation state of Israel. The Lion [United Kingdom] with eagles wings [USA] as one after their WW2 alliance were torn off when the USA sided with the Bear[USSR- with three ribs torn out-Estonia,Lithuania,Latvia]] who wanted to get rid of their troublesome Jews against the Lion- UK’s wishes to talk the [Arabic] Leopards four wings; Lebanon,Jordan Syria &Egypt into this Motion which when put before the U N was passed with one dissenting vote , the Lion;UK who was then made to walk on it’s own two feet as policeman until nationhood 1948 being repeatedly bombed by the Stern gang forerunners of Mid -East Terrorism. So travelling in S.E direction out of the nations[Lithuania-USSR] the BEAST that comes out of the [Mediterranean] Sea was born treading down ALL around it – i.e. the 4 Leopards wings.So the BEAST is reborn that murdered by demanded Roman Crucifixion God’s Messiah Son sent to redeem them..It comes out of the [Mediterranean] Sea.God has turned HIS Face from them since letting ALL that has befallen them until they recognise Jesus his ‘annointed one[Christ]’…..only a remnant will be saved sadly! Those that repent. Pray for a large remnant!
    1948-1996 Ten kings/horns[P.Ms- male sons] that are 7 heads[of Govt] :- Gurion [x2 office], Sharett, Eshkol, Shamir[x2], Begin, Perez, Rabin [x2 killed in 2nd office by rumoured minor MOSSAD agent who would only operate under instruction by Head? – was Binyamin Netanyahu new incoming king- 12th P.M -one queen -Golda].
    Why would I say my family Judah[now calling itself the lie of Israel -united] is the BEAST country…..Simple ;we murdered God’s Messiah Son sent to Redeem us![Matt27;25] of the murders of the Prophets whose blood was mostly shed in the Great City Harlot Babylon where also is the place where Jesus Last Two will be murdered outside satan’s[BIBI’s] ABYSS[Rev11;7-8] Synagogue [Ezekiel8] under the Dome of the Rock.-JERUSALEM .where also the first Saint Phillip was murdered setting the pattern for the evil false Prophet Popes….the Bible says even the elect [Christians] will be fooled & worship the BEAST & the Harlot….. which many do now!

    WE are currently in the DELAY of the Last Week[Rev10;6] I believe……
    You might think me anti-semetic for what I say but I tell you this unless they repent & recognise our Messiah Jesus they will not survive what will shortly come to pass- that is my aim to have them realise for a large Remnant !
    Your prayers for my family would be appreciated by me & more especially my LORD Yeshu ha Moshiach…..
    HE Lives…HE Speaks …the servant listens…in Christ ..old Messianic Jew..Shalom…just a very ordinary old man …..with a mission to save!. I have been cursed threatened & hated for HIS[Jesus] views….Blessings.
    P.S Bibi’s 3rd? act of Parliament 1996 was to try to [but failed] ban the teaching of Christianity in Israel & for the last 2 years Bibi has tried to pass into LAW[but failed] marking ALL the children of Israel on the r/hand with his Teva Biotec r/hand micro-chip system as he already India & China where you can not trade without it.

    Something else you may or may not consider but I hope you do :-Daniel 9;27 took place in the Great Synagogue Rome January 2016 between the false Prophet Pope Francis & the man of sin Netanyahu & the agreement made that day was broken 3.5yrs later when Bibi opened in June 2019 his false satan’s ABYSS[Rev11;7,8] Sacrifices started April 16th 2016… Synagogue [Ezekiel8] under the Dome of theRock [where I believe will be placed the Abomination weapon he brought back from the USA as special Ambassador early1980’s] consecrated with Pure Red Heifer sacrifice Mt of Olives September 2019-I’m sure you missed it!….also….. Concealed until the Time of the END -NOW[Dan12;9-ALL other old values false! i.e 42mnths, 1260day, 3.5yrs Totals….’.Time [‘the time of trial’-Jesus & HIS 2 Prophets Ministry- last half of the Final Week =3.5yrs] Times [x3.5yrs] & a half a Time[+1.75yrs] ‘=14years TOTAL. Dn7;25- ‘they [Israel] will be given into his [antiChrist’s] hand’ – BIBI’s reign WAS 1996 ..WAS NOT 1999 [subdues 3 kings per Dan 11].. WAS AGAIN 2009 until April 2019 election fail -powerless caretaker king until May2020 Gantz coalition until election fail March 2021 & removal June = 14years TOTAL -Prophecy fulfilled- now watch for Daniel 7;26 ‘court will called to judgement’ so he will never be able to return by popular vote[no honour of kingship] to the throne but he will return by unholy political alliance or Coup d’etat? for his final 42 months from when sworn in.In this time the New Temple will be built & the Last Two Prophets will come measuring. & battling the antiChrist & his unholy followers….Baruch Hashem……called Israel ….nothing is hidden except the Time of the Return …Shalom…. who controls the World’s Money &Trade -my family Judah [modern Israel]. . when the evil one has his last 42 mnths when sworn in things will I believe rapidly for how he will introduce his Teva Biotec microchip to the rest of the world….Shalom….old Messianic Jew……servant of Jacob

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