After describing the beast (antichrist) that comes up out of the sea (from outside of Israel) in verses 1-11, John now presents another beast, who will come up out of the earth (the land of Israel) in verses 11-18. This second "wild animal" is called "the false prophet" (16:13; 19:20; 20:10). He will speak like a dragon (Satan), exercise all the authority of the first beast (antichrist) and cause the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast. He will deceive people with great signs (even fire from heaven), convince people to make an image (statue) to the antichrist and then give breath to the image, causing the statue to speak. He will force people to worship the beast, killing those who refuse. Finally, he will cause all peoples (small/great, rich/poor, free/slaves) to be given a mark (an impression on coins/stamp on documents/brand on horses/engraving on temples) on their right hand or forehead, which will allow only those with the visible mark to buy or to sell. This mark of honor is the name of the antichrist or the number of his name. Anyone with a mind is commanded to calculate (count/compute) the number of the beast.
Looks good The picture is very sharp and the sound is good. The crowd mics are still a little too weak. I can make out what someone like Debbie is saying but not what a few others who made comments.
Accurately teaching God's Word verse by verse for the purpose of equipping believers, Jack G. Ebner has served as pastor-teacher at Cascade Bible Church since 1990. Jack and his wife, Bev, have six children and two grandchildren.