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The King of Modern Babylon Appears


We have already seen that the enormous red dragon is Lucifer and the lamb-like beast is Lucifer in human form. Lucifer, the coming Antichrist, will not be a mere man. He is an extraterrestrial being who has been alive for thousands of years. Lucifer’s miracles will dwarf anything that humans can do. We know from Revelation 9:16 that 200 million angels will accompany the devil – John heard the number! We know from Revelation 9:11, Daniel 8:19,23, Revelation 17:11, and 2 Thessalonians 2:6, that the devil is an evil king who will be released from the invisible realm at the appointed time. We have learned from Revelation 13:2 that Lucifer be the power within Babylon. We also know that Lucifer’s main objective will be the destruction of the remnant of the woman. (Revelation 12:17, 13:7) Several specifications are presented in Revelation 13:11-18 on the lamb-like beast. Please consider these seven:


  1. He has two horns. (These horns represent his authority over church and state)


  1. He will speak. (He will declare law.)


  1. He will perform great miracles and signs, even causing fire to fall from Heaven. (He will “prove” his assumed divinity.)


  1. He will deceive the world with his miracles.


  1. He will eventually demand that an image of Babylon be set up. (The image will be a theocracy, a one-world church-state.)


  1. He will demand death for everyone refusing to worship the image.


  1. He will impose his mark on the right hand or the forehead of all people so that no one can buy or sell unless they wear his tattoo.


The only being that can rise from the Abyss (that is, having no political or military support) and meet all these conditions during the last 445 days of the Great Tribulation is Lucifer.


“Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke as a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men.” (Revelation 13:11-13)


Comment:   John’s use of language confuses a lot of people. Consider the sentence: “He [Lucifer] exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf [that is, Lucifer masquerading as God, commends the leaders of Babylon for their efforts to appease God with “sin-less” laws. He will tell the world that the leaders of Babylon have acted appropriately], and [Lucifer] made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast [obey the “sin-less” laws of Babylon], whose [sixth head had received a] fatal wound [but] had been healed.” When Lucifer first appears, he will flatter the leaders of Babylon with much praise. Masquerading as Almighty God, he will want them to think that he is very pleased with their harsh laws and the persecution they have imposed on God’s saints – ostensibly to reduce immoral behavior. To further gain their confidence, the devil will demand that everyone obey the laws of Babylon. Religious leaders will be very pleased.


The Image of the Beast


“Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.” (Revelation 13:14,15)


Comment:   Jesus will release Lucifer and his angels from the Abyss at the fifth trumpet and He will permit Lucifer to use miracle-working powers so that people will believe his lies. Jesus will send this powerful delusion because the world will have rejected truth. “…They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.”

(2 Thessalonians 2:10, italics mine) Lucifer and his angels will descend from the sky in various places and he will speak favorably of Babylon’s leaders and of their efforts to reduce rebellious and sinful behavior. The devil will want the world to believe that Babylon’s leaders have been on the right track. The devil will use this tactic for two reasons.


First, through flattery and miracles, he will want the leaders of Babylon to believe that He really is Almighty God and in turn, their endorsement will convince their respective followers to believe the same. This age-old game is called “Follow the experts, believe your religious leaders.” Second, Lucifer will want the whole world to quickly conclude that he truly is Almighty God. Once the devil has convinced a majority of the world that he is really God, the devil will suddenly betray Babylon’s leaders before the sixth trumpet. He will change course by abolishing the religions of the world. He will appoint kings. He will do this for several nasty reasons, but this is the argument he will use: There is one God, one faith, and one baptism.


Here is a scenario to consider: Lucifer will announce to the world that Babylon needs improvement because there is no place for religious diversity when God lives among men. Therefore, Babylon has to be transformed so that Babylon’s highest and purest purpose can be achieved, namely, the establishment of a global church-state. Lucifer will demand the formation of a theocracy – a government where he rules over church and state. John calls Lucifer’s theocracy the “image of the beast” in Revelation 13:15 and the “great whore” in Revelation 17:1-4.


Lucifer’s theocracy is called the “image of the first beast” because it will be a replica, an updated and improved version of Babylon that was also a global church-state – albeit a conflicted one. Remember, the leopard-like beast is a composite beast that represents an amalgamation of seven opposing religions (the seven heads) under the leadership of the pope. In contrast, Lucifer’s theocracy will not suffer from religious diversity. People will not be allowed views about God because “God” reigns on Earth! Internal opposition and diverse views will not be tolerated because there will be one lord of lords and one king of kings. Do not forget, the devil will have miracle working powers to back up his blasphemous claims. This will be a very impressive delusion!


Lucifer’s “image to the beast” is also called “the great whore” in Revelation 17 because the wicked who participate in his theocracy will have to (a) abandon their religion – the very thing they refused to abandon in order to embrace the gospel of Christ, and (b) violate their consciences in order to survive, that is, to buy and sell. Millions of people, including people who claim to be Christians, will join the demonic organization to avoid obeying Jesus Christ. How ironic! Moreover, Lucifer will dissolve the imaginary boundaries that currently separate nations and cultures. He will divide Earth into ten geographical sectors and the ten kings will see that no religion exists throughout his great empire of Babylon. Everyone refusing to obey Lucifer’s laws will be put to death.  (Revelation 13:15) Indeed, the Bible reveals that a third of mankind will die.

(Revelation 9:15)  


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