And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. Revelation 13:11-18.

by Brother Emerson A. Wilson
Part II

Lying Wonders
We have traveled quite a way in history, but true history and prophecy go right together. Revelation 13:12-14 tells us, And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast...

This second beast did this in the sight of men and in the sight of the beast, by the power of the beast. It was a deception, not a true miracle. I am not going to spend a lot of time on miracles, but II Thessalonians 2:9-10 will tell us what kind of miracles this beast works. Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

Now we know that this fellow deceives those who dwell on the face of the earth by deceptive miracles and lying wonders. What does the Scripture mean when it says that he makes fire come down from Heaven? Fire coming down from Heaven, through the Bible, is a supposed sure sign that God is in this thing. It reverts back to Elijah's day when he met those false prophets on Mount Carmel.

Elijah said, And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God... After the prophets of Baal failed to call down any fire, Elijah repaired the altar of the Lord, and built it in the Name of the Lord. He laid the sacrifice on, had barrels of water poured on it, prayed a short prayer, and God sent down the fire.

Now here (Revelation 13:13-14), we have a figurative, or symbolic, expression of a religion which is deceiving people by making them feel that God was in their works by the means of lying wonders and deceptive miracles. What are some of them? One such lying wonder is transubstantiation. I was at a Catholic funeral not long ago, and that priest took a cracker nd let them know that after he prayed over it, it became the body of Christ. What a miracle! BUT, it was a LIE!! It was a cracker BEFORE he prayed and it was a cracker AFTER he prayed. That is a lying wonder, and tragically, horribly, so many are following after such things in this day and age.

Deceptive Miracles
Fire falling down from Heaven is some means that religious organizations use to deceive people to make them feel that God is really in it. WE come right on over from Catholicism to the false fire of Pentecostalism. How do they try to convince people today that God is in the thing? By the jumps, the shakes and the hollars. That is not the power of God shaking them--the power of God does not knock you down! That is NOT the power of God; contrariwise, it is a deceptive thing, trying to make people feel that God is in this thing.

Back of all the deception is the devil. What does he want to do with that deception? He wants to make an image to the beast, or he wants to build up a human organization. He is not truly interested in your getting a good experience of salvation where you can live victoriously.

Revelation 18:23 uncovers these miracles: it says they do it by sorcery. And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. Sorcery is magic (magick) or deceptive miracles. When Aaron, in order to prove to the Egyptians that God was with Moses and himself, threw down his rod, it actually turned into (became) a serpent. Pharaoh then called for his magicians so they could try to imitate the act. What is a magician? A man who has a hand that can move faster than the eye. He pulls rabbits out of hats, everything imaginable, right in front of your eyes. He pulls things out that there is no way to get inside that silk hat. How does he do it? By sorcery--deception--illusion--trickery.

Jesus Himself said, For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Matthew 24:24. How are you going to know where God is? You cannot say that God is somewhere simply because people are supposedly getting healed by the dozens. You cannot say God is somewhere simply because people are finding good jobs, getting rich "overnight" and living in mansions. That is being offered to (and in too many cases, consumed by) the public today. How CAN you tell where God is? There will be a people who will hear THE TRUTH, rejoice in THE TRUTH, and live clear-cut, holy lives before God. In the midst of all the confusion, He is seeking such.

An Image
Let us continue with Revelation 13:14, now. And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Now, what did the devil have in mind with all those miracles? Not to help people, but to build an image to the first beast. What is the image? My friends, the word image means "an imitation, a representation, a similitude of any person or thing, a copy". So the devil was/is working through this deception to build up a copy, an image or a similitude of the first beast. Protestantism today is a similitude, a copy, an image of Roman Catholicism. It is just a little more deceptive, but it is an image of Roman Catholicism.

An image in the light of the Scriptures is an ecclesiastical organization which is a direct image of Rome. Now, I know that many people feel that Protestantism is nothing like Roman Catholicism, but I ask you to again look at it in the light of God's Word. The likeness between Romanism and Protestantism is very conspicuous. Revelation 17:1-5 pictures a mother and daughter, Roman Catholicism being the mother and Protestantism being her harlot daughters.

Why are the many organizations of Protestantism called an image to the beast? First of all, Rome claims power to admit and excommunicate members by man rule; Protestantism does the very same. Both prescribe their own discipline--or disciple. Roman Catholics are taught to follow the teachings of "the church". You can take a Roman Catholic Bible and read right in it that you must be born again, but they follow the teachings of "the church", regardless of what the Bible instructs. Protestantism does just the same: they are individual organizations. Their members are not governed by what the Word of God says--they are goverened by what their "church" teaches!

This second beast resembles the lamb, but its power lies in deception and violence; the work is done, according to verse 12, to magnify the first beast. Revelation 16:13 calls this second beast the false prophet because it brought forth more advanced intelligence: And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. Protestantism has certainly increased our knowledge and wisdom. Protestantism has changed much of the fashion of life, but the spirit which animates it is unchanged. That which comes up out of the earth must go back down to the earth.

Too many today use knowledge, culture, and earthly wisdom to teach men that there is nothing worthy of worship except that which you can see, touch and taste. This is going on in the teachings of Protestantism. The thought of faith, looking to the unseen, believing in that which man can't see with the natural eye, is out of the question. Why? Human intelligence! This second beast operates out of the earth. What human intelligence can't lay hold of, they lay down as false. We are therefore seeing a greater rising up of pastors who do not believe in a burning hell any more. They don't believe in the Virgin Birth or a real devil. Why? Human intelligence! They refuse to accept such things from the Word of God because they are not according to their own reasonings. I say this because we need to be afraid of this spirit.

Both systems are goverened by men. Today, many bodies of the Protestant faith are uniting under one head. I want to show you how it is making an image to the beast. Somebody may say, "That was back there." It is developing an image more today than it ever was. Why? Many portions of Protestantism are coming together, and they have a president over the whole council of it. That president over the whole council of the different Protestant sects is a direct image of the Pope reigning over Roman Catholicism.

"He That Hath The Son Hath Life"
It is all man-made. This is why I refuse to join the Council of Churches, city, state or nation. Why? I got my eyes opened. I'm not going to help build up an image to that beast.

Protestanism, in their teaching of millenniums and a second chance is an image of Catholicism's teaching of purgatory. The Bible PLAINLY teaches that there is NO SUCH chance! There is NO opportunity for anybody beyond death or beyond the second coming of Jesus Christ. Roman Catholicism in their human(istic) teaching believes there is a purgatory out there, and the Protestants believe there is a millennium out there. One teaching is as false as the other; both of them came up out of the earth. None of that teaching came from God out of Heaven.

I John 5:12 teaches us, He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. It is just that simple. No matter what men tell you, only he that has the Son has life. Friends, if you don't have Jesus Christ in your heart and life through the Spirit of God, you are spiritually dead and on the road to hell. That's a hell that NO priest or pope can pray you out of. If you do have Christ in your heart and life, my friends, preachers and popes can rise up unanimously against you, but they can't touch you. You will go to Heaven despite all their greatest efforts against you. It is just that settled and it is just that way.

The second beast speaks more like the dragon every day. Revelation 13:6, speaking of the first beast again, says, And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. This second beast speaks just like that.

The question may be asked, "How does he blaspheme against God?" In many different ways. We will just take a simple one from the Bible. The Jews charged Jesus with blasphemy because He said that He could forgive sins. The Jews thought He was a man; they did not realize that He was God. When any priest, a man, says he can forgive sins, he is blaspheming. There is NO man who can forgive sins. NO ONE BUT God can forgive sins, so man blasphemes God when he says that he can forgive sins.

Revelation 17:3 says that she (Babylon) is full of names of blasphemy: So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. How do you blaspheme the Name of God? To put the name of men where God's name belongs is blasphemy. Go look at the Catholic edifices: it's St. Mary's Church, St. Joseph's Church, St. Luke's Church, etc. Then come over to Protestantism, and you will find such names as St. Luke, St. John, Wesleyan--blasphemy.

The Mark Of The Beast
The mark of the beast is a whole message, but let me hit it a little rap or two. I have lived long enough to watch prophets call that mark of the beast one thing and another. When times goes on long enough to prove one lie untrue, they come up with another one, and they will be doing that until Jesus comes. The Bible says, And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Revelation 13:16,17.

The first thing I want you to notice is where the mark is put. The mark is put on the RIGHT HAND and in the forehead. The Bible tells us VERY PLAINLY where it is. Perhaps one of the most dangerous marks of Catholicism which is embedded in Protestantism today is the deception of multitudes. When we begin to talk about this mark in the forehead and in the hand, I want you to turn your minds a moment to the deception that has been put on multitudes. There are millions who believe they are saved as Catholics because a priest has by some formal rite admitted them into "the church". It is the same with Protestantism. Whether it was by "christening" as a little baby or some other ceremony, there are many different formal rites in which people are resting as their salvation!

This mark in the forehead and in the hand is a symbolic expression of ownership. When Jesus gave the Revelation to John, and right on up until just a few years back, slaves were marked in the forehead so that all would know to whom they belonged. The mark in the forehead and in the hand begins to speak of some kind of mark this beast has put on people so that everybody can see to whom they belong.

Every person reveals his "brand of religion" by the name he bears. Another way is by where he goes and what he does, the deeds of his life. Religions have marks. It is sometimes manifested by the clothing worn, the way of life, or their actions.

Head-And-Hand Religion
Someone might ask, "Why in the forehead and in the hand?" It does NOT say ON the forehead--but IN forehead--the mind. How does he mark one in their mind? By the teaching, they are marked in their mind until they believe this, that and the other. We could say by catechism. There is hardly any religious group you can join without taking a "catechism class". They are marking you in your mind. If you do not have time to go to catechism class, but they think you will be a good payer (not player, PAYER), they take you in by just marking you in the hand--just shake the preacher's hand and they will take you in. Jesus has all His sheep marked in the forehead and in the foot--they HEAR His voice and FOLLOW Him. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27. Every one of God's sheep are marked.

Someone might contend, "He is talking about a mark where you can't buy or sell." This head-and-hand mark is merely a picture of the cheapness of false religion: it is a head-and-hand religion. It does NOTHING for the heart. There is nothing in this chapter that mentions anything about a day coming when you can't buy groceries or gasoline. Everything within this lesson is a spiritual lesson. Remember, the Revelation is a spiritual revelation, revealing spiritual conditions to come upon the earth.

Here John talks about a time when you can't buy or sell without the mark, the number of his name, or the name of the beast. Buying and selling is a figurative expression of a means of exchange. In Roman Catholicism, you must adhere to its teachings and mandates, or you have no part in them. In other words, you have no exchange with them. The same is true in Protestantism. You can't carry on exchange unless you belong to that organization. Oh, you can visit and be treated "properly", but you will never get into the exchange of it to the place where they are willing to use you and let you be used unless you join that organization. You must have their mark in order to have their recognition.

We are infringing right now on the message of the eighth beast, where there has been a breaking down of some of these things down through the years. It is not enough to be saved; you have to join their organization or group. In many cases of the past, you had to be licensed by their organization, or you could not carry on a medium of exchange. Hello? Are you beginning to recognize what we are talking about? This mark of the beast causes ill feelings, hatred, envy, strife, and even murder in the hearts of supposed-to-be God's people.

In many Catholic-controlled countries, the mark reaches deeper than the spiritual realm. In Spain, force is used to pressure non-Catholics into their molds. A non-Catholic cannot run for office in Spain. You can't have any kind of funeral in Spain except a Catholic funeral. You can have no kind of marriage in Spain unless the priest marries you and your children must be sent to a Catholic school. Somebody may say, "Well, that's just in Spain." Let me tell you, your marriage to a Catholic will never be recognized unless you agree to sign your children over to the dictates of their teachings.

The Number Of His Name
What is the number of his name? His number is 666. Remember that Greece and Rome, and also the Jews, use letters of the alphabet for numbers. Not only does Vicarius Filiidei in Latin add up to 666, but it is not a coindidence that the word Lateinos, which means "Latin-kingdom" contains the number 666. The Hebrew name for the Roman beast is Romiith. Take the numerals out of it, and it adds up to 666. So in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, it is still the mark of a man. Just as they wrote, "King of the Jews" in three languages over the Son of God, God is good enough to reveal in three languages that the number of this man, the Pope of Rome, is 666.

What does that have to do with Protestantism? How do they receive the number of his name? Vicarius Filiidei means "I am a vicar of the Son of God." In other words, "As a man, I am here running this organization." Every Protestant organization has its own human head. By having their own human vicar, they take the number of his name. The TRUE vicars are The Word and The Holy Spirit, and they are crowded out and set aside for the conferences of men to have their place. May God help us to see that they buying and the selling is spiritual. Proverbs 23:23 says, Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. But if we are not recognized by the local organization of churches, we don't have a mark, or a number, or a name.

Friends, the system of Protestantism is antiChrist; it is against Christ. Don't look for help from Protestantism to build up the kingdom of God. Don't look for help from Protestantism to build up the Church of God--it is antiChrist. When you get right into the very system of it and seed of it, you see the same spirit predominates there which predominates in Catholicism. If a Roman Catholic ever gets salvation and gets to Heaven, he will have to get past the priest and get to Christ in old-time Bible repentance. The Protestant is the same: if he ever gets to Heaven, he is going to have to get by his creed and preacher, and get to Christ and walk in the light of God's Word.

God Is Calling
In these days, God is calling His people back to the morning-time light, and it is bringing about Bible unity that the Word of God tells us about. In the 17th Chapter of John, Jesus set forth very plainly four things that it takes to have unity. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:3. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. John 17:11. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. John 17:17. nd the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one. John 17:22.

Four things that it takes to have unity:

  1. Every person making up unity must have eternal life. (John 17:3)
  2. We have to be kept through the Father's name. (John 17:11)
  3. Sanctified through The Truth, not some creed, dogma or teaching of a church. We have to be sanctified, or set apart, through The Truth, by by Word of Truth. (John 17:17), and
  4. WE must have the glory of God. (John 17:22).

We are not speaking against any person or people--only a system which is deceiving countless millions. Why am I so against it? Well, the deception of it causes people to be calm, with no disturbed feelings whatsoever about their soul's welfare. They are not the least bit excited about anything that has to do with their soul. They are seeking after something that will bring pleasure to the flesh. They think they have made an agreement with hell and death; if death comes on them today, many of them would split hell wide open. They have been rocked to sleep in the carnal security of Protestantism until it is hard to even stir them to think about their souls.

Let me tell you, Friends, the Bible is almost confirmed. Everything has been, or is being, fulfilled. Eternity is right out there. One of the Scriptures we used in this message is found in I John 5:12. e that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

This is the question: Have you opened your heart's door and let Jesus Christ come in? He promised to never leave you nor forsake you. If through the circumstances of life you have left Him, are you truly sorry? What will it take to bring you to yourself, to cause you to turn and come back to the Father's house? Friends, without Christ, without a living experience of Christ in the heart, there is no real life here or hereafter. You are under the power of spiritual death now, called the first death. When physical death comes on you, you will fall under the power of the second death--to be forever separated from God, and that's forever and ever and ever and ever!

The 20th Chapter of Revelation lets you see beyond the judgment. The dragon, the beast, and the false prophet are going into the lake of fire that burns forever and ever and ever. Just as long as Heaven lasts, so does hell. Are you a member of Christ, or are you a member of the beast? ARe you a member of Christ, or are you a member of the beast? Are you a member of Christ, or are you a member of the false prophet? Well, my friends, it will make an eternal difference.

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