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Earth Beast
(Revelation 13.11-12)
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"Then I saw a second earth beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. It 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 it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people." (Revelation 13.11-12)✞

Performed Great Signs

Caesar Worship StatueThis passage from Revelation 13 dealt with the power of "a second earth beast." This was generally understood to mean the organization set up to enforce Caesar worship throughout the empire. Certain things were said about this particular earth beast. It performed great signs and wonders, such as fire from heaven and the image of the second beast spoke. We need to understand this knowing that in every city, town and village in the Roman Empire, there were statues of the emperor in the presence of which the official act of burning incense and worship was being carried out.✞

Caesar Worship Statue

Bust of Emperor Domitian for Worship"The second beast performed great signs." In all ancient religions, the priests knew how to produce illusionary signs, tricks and wonders and they knew how to produce the effect of a speaking image by throwing their voice for example. Pharaoh had his magicians in the time of Moses, and the imperial priesthood had its experts in conjuring tricks and ventriloquism. This earth beast from the land was said to have "two horns like a lamb." This was a kind of grim parody of the Lamb of God in the Christian sense of the term. But it is also said to speak "like a dragon" or "like the serpent."✞

"Earth Beast"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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