The Deceiving, Charismatic Beasts

 

“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” – (Rev.13:13,14).

For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world” – (Rev.16:14).

And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone” – (Rev.19:20).

 

   Miracles and signs and wonders is the way the two beasts (Antichrist and his False Prophet) deceive the world into worshipping the image of the Beast and receiving the mark of the Beast in their foreheads or right hands. Antichrist and his False Prophet will be the most charismatic deceivers that have ever been on earth. The Lord Jesus warned us of false Christs and false prophets that would come in the end times deceiving many with miracles. “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” – (Mt.24:24).

 

   The word charismatic means ‘having charisma.’ Charisma is an extraordinary power (as of healing) given to Christians by the Holy Spirit for the edifying of the church. Charisma also means (a personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty or enthusiasm for a public figure, as a political figure) and also means (a special magnetic charm or appeal, as the charisma of a popular actor). The Antichrist and False Prophet will be charismatic and meet with charismatic religious groups in a unity of the Satanic spirit that will unite all the unsaved people in the world together – an ecumenical unity but not a unity of the Holy Spirit. And they will be miracle workers like the Charismatics of today.

 

   People will be star struck in their presence because they will be the greatest Hollywood and T.V. stars of all-time. They will be the greatest political star and the greatest religious star ever. They will have a special magnetic and magic charm and appeal that makes them popular worldwide. Antichrist will be a speaker of compelling eloquence, a spell binder, and people will be held spellbound by Satan. The devil will use all the power given to him by God to create miracles by these two deceivers and to make them the two most charismatic men ever. The wonder-making Beasts get their power from Satan who is shown as a great red dragon, a “wonder in heaven”. All the wonders and miracles of the Beasts come from Satan – they are satanic miracles – (Rev.12:3).

 

   Christ did many miracles and signs and wonders and the early Christians did many also. And the False Prophet will especially do miracles to deceive people into believing these miracles are of God and therefore that Antichrist is Christ. But Christ has warned us in these end times that false prophets and false Christs would use miracles to deceive. All miracles are not of God, Satan has power to perform miracles also. We must try the spirits for they are not all of God. It is written in (2 Thes.2:9) of the Beast – “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.”

 

   You will know the truth of these two wicked deceivers because the miracles are done to make you an idolator and to receive the mark of the Beast. Idolatry is the mark of false religions from one end of the Bible to the other. You must truly be saved and know sound Bible doctrine so you won’t be deceived.

 

   The Pentecostal – Charismatic movement is particularly distinguished from other Christian movements by an emphasis upon miracles, signs and wonders. It did not begin with a careful study of sound Bible doctrine, but with a desire to receive a miraculous experience. This is very dangerous because the devil can give miraculous experiences and do miracles. This charismatic movement of today is playing right into the hands of Satan and his two charismatic, miracle-working Beasts – Antichrist and his False Prophet.

 

   In the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement, religious experience is the primary basis of unity, while doctrinal beliefs are down played. That is why Charismatics can have ecumenical relationships even with idolatrous Roman Catholics. They disregard doctrine and exalt experience. They refuse to practice Biblical separation from apostasy. God forbids fellowship with error, yet, Roman Catholics, who are committed to heresy, are accepted as true Christians in the Charismatic movement today. In the large ecumenical conferences of Charismatics, more than 50% are Roman Catholic idolators. And idolatry is the very sin and heresy that the world is deceived into committing by the charismatic False Prophet. Hear my text again – “And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of these miracles… that they should make an image to the beast…” – (Rev.13:14). Roman Catholicism practices idolatry forbidden by the scriptures and proves them to be a false religion and the pope as a false prophet leading them to commit this vile sin. If you’re born again you need to come out of the charismatic movement and get in a Bible preaching church.

 

   It is written in (Du.13:1-3) If there arise among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or a wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them. Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” This fits the false prophet of (Rev.13) perfectly as he does indeed do real, not phony, miracles and signs and wonders to turn people from the true God, Jesus Christ, and turn them to worship Antichrist instead. God is proving us, whether we love Him or not and whether we will obey His Word about worshipping false gods and images. And I also believe Antichrist will be a dreamer of dreams. Watch for ‘dreams’ to be connected with Antichrist and the False Prophet. All dreams are not of God and all miracles are not of God. Moses did miracles by the hand of God in Egypt but the false prophets of Pharaoh did some true miracles also – (see Ex. 8).

 

   One miracle that is listed by the False Prophet is – “That he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men” – (Rev.13:13). This is a satanic counterfeit of Elijah the prophet on Mt. Carmel when he called down fire from the true God upon the burnt offering in the sight of men – which the false prophets of Baal could not do. The False Prophet does this miracle to deceive the world into believing that he is a true prophet of God like Elijah was, but the Word of God marks him as the False Prophet. The worldly unsaved people are taken in by the deceptions of the two Beasts, but the saved born again, the elect of God, are not. It’s not possible to totally deceive God’s elect in this grave matter – (Mt.24:24). Remember they are called “lying wonders” in (2 Thes.2) – lying, deceiving, charismatic wonders. “All the world wondered after the beast” – (Rev.13:3) They wonder after his wonders and think he’s wonderful. “A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so” – (Jer.5:20,21). The people think Antichrist is wonderful and turn their back on Christ whose name shall be called “Wonderful” – (Is.9:6). A wonderful name for a wonderful Savior.

 

   Perhaps the greatest wonders that the Lord Jesus did was resurrecting people from death and His own resurrection after His atoning death on the cross. “Wilt thou show wonders to the dead? Shall the dead arise and praise thee? – (Ps.88:10). O yes indeed we saints of God shall praise the Lord Jesus for saving us and raising us from the dead – “And the dead in Christ shall rise first” – (I Thes.4:16). And the Beast will counterfeit the resurrection of Christ, “as it were” with a pretend death, burial and resurrection of himself. It will not be a true miracle only “as if it were” a resurrection. God does not allow Satan to work the resurrection miracle, but the world is deceived and believe it and that’s when they wonder after the Beast after the resurrection wonder – “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast” – (Rev.13:3). Be saved and born again in Christ and don’t be deceived by Satan’s two charismatic, deceiving Beasts using signs and wonders. Don’t put your emphasis on miracles and signs and wonders, put your emphasis on learning God’s Word and sound doctrine so you can grow up in Christ and not be deceived by Devil miracles.

 

   I believe the President of the U.S. will be the Antichrist and the Pope will be his False Prophet. By virtue of their offices alone they are world stars. But these particular ones will be very ‘charismatic’ and the world will be star struck and spellbound by them. Thus in the name of Democracy and popular rights, comes absolute dictatorship and imperialism of Antichrist. And under the name of Christian religion comes the False Prophet, the leader of one billion Roman Catholic idolators doing great signs and wonders to deceive. The hour is near, and the time is short for their appearing.

 

   O, to think that the world wonders after the Antichrist and rejects Christ who is ‘The Wonder of Wonders.’ Hear the words of this beautiful song.

 

The Wonder of Wonders

 

The Wonder of Wonders as she looked on His face,

That this little boy spoke the worlds into place.

The stars and the moon shining brightly on them,

The earth and the sun were created by Him.

 

Chorus-

The Wonder of  Wonders, oh how could it be,

That God became flesh and was given for me.

The Almighty came down and walked among men,

The Wonder of Wonders, He died for my sins.

 

The Wonder of Wonders as she looked down and smiled,

That He was her Maker as well as her child.

He created the womb that had given Him birth,

He was God incarnate came down to earth.

 

The Wonder of Wonders as she heard His small cry,

That this voice had thundered on Mt. Sinai.

The small hand she held so tenderly had

Made a dry path through the mighty Red Sea.

 

   Receive the Lord Jesus Christ, the Wonder of Wonders, as your Savior today. Repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith in truth and you will receive forgiveness of sins. You will be saved and born again by the Holy Spirit. Born again describes what happens to you when you’re truly saved. God loves you and gave His dearly beloved Son to die on the cross for your sins. Don’t spurn this greatest of love and grace. Have your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and receive eternal life. And you will never worship the deceiving, charismatic Beast soon to come.

 

   (This song is dedicated to my former home church, Faith Baptist Church in Bath, S.C. with Pastor Cliff Stancil. How we enjoyed this song. May the Lord Jesus richly bless them).

 

Pastor Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76

Tucson, AZ  85705

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