The Beast of the Earth
Who is this beast of the earth? You have heard the statement if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck it must be a duck. What has two horns and looks like a lamb and talks like a dragon? How can an innocent, harmless lamb speaks for Satan? This is a beast in lamb’s clothing. This is just like Satan, who you remember is disguised as an angel of light. He takes a Christ-like appearance to deliver his message. Revelation 13 describes two beasts. The first is a horrible sounding monster with ten horns and seven heads. The second appears much more harmless and for that reason is the far more dangerous beast. As the last verse says we need wisdom here. We will need great discernment to differentiate between God’s truth and Satan’s lies. [Do you know what a dragon sounds like? Would you know it’s voice? Scripture tells us what a dragon sounds like; we hear his voice in Genesis 3 in the garden. Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” John 8:44 [He] does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. He is crafty. He asks questions in a way that gets you to question the truth and authority of God’s Word. He lies and he lies to kill and destroy. He speaks against God and God’s Word. The first beast was from the sea, this one is from the earth, together they represent Satan’s influence over the entire earth. The beast of the earth is the third part of an unholy trinity described in Revelation 12-13, the dragon who is Satan, the beast of the sea who is like a false messiah and this beast of the sea who we will see is like a counterfeit Holy Spirit. Three times in Revelation this beast is also referred to as the false prophet.