Revelation 13:11–18 (ESV)
The Second Beast
I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the
first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. 13 It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, 14 and by the signs that it is allowed to work in
the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that
the image beast to be slain. 16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, 17 so that no one can buy or
sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. 18 This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number
One verse that always speaks out to me is 2 Corinthians 11:14, which states “And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of
light.” Satan is the father of all lies and tries to pass himself off as Godly and Holy. He has to use a disguise because he is NOT the real deal. Today’s reading starts off describing the Second Beast: “It had two horns like
a lamb and it spoke like a dragon.” Horns “like” a lamb? That means it is like a lamb, but it is not a lamb. It is a dragon. The Lutheran Study Bible states:
to make his attacks against God’s people even more devastating, Satan enlists the assistance of another beast, this one representing deceit and corruption from within the Church. Unfortunately, this kind of attack remains deadly and still succeeds in
deceiving many believers today. Were it not for God’s Spirit and the unshakeable foundation of Christ’s Word, even the elect would be led astray. Kept safely in Jesus’ hand, however, they remain secure.
I pray: Father, grant me steadfastness in all times of temptation, especially during these last days. You will never allow anyone or anything to wrench me from the security of Your grasp;
therefore, You alone are worthy of my trust and praise. Amen.