Satan’s Masterpiece of Deception: Resurrecting the Beast
“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).
This sermon is set forth as one scenario for the resurrection of the beast. It fits the Holy Scriptures and the signs of the times are leading us in this direction.
Using digital technology, King Kong the beast has been brought back to life on the screen in the last King Kong movie. I believe the same thing will be done with the Antichrist-Beast and his seemingly, fake death, burial and resurrection. People will be deceived by Satan’s beast because his death, burial and resurrection will look so real on the screen. Anything can be made to look real with modern-day digital technology. Satan can’t resurrect anyone – only simulate it.
I want to draw your attention to the three words in (Rev.13:3) – “as it were”. The phrase ‘as it were’ means ‘as if it were so.’ Satan’s masterpiece of deceit will be a deceitful, satanic miracle of the highest order. For the Beast (as it were) will simulate the miracle of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. He is assassinated (as it were) and is buried (as it were) and raises from the dead (as it were). The TV cameras of the world will show this greatest and most deceitful hoax over and over again to a worldwide audience. When this happens to the world ruler, his authority on earth will be absolute – “All the world wondered after the beast.” The world will be astounded.
He deceives the Christ-rejecting people of the world. It is a very clever counterfeit of Christ that deceives people using the latest digital technology. The whole affair is so cleverly executed that the world believes that Antichrist actually was assassinated, and buried, and risen from the dead. And God will send them strong delusion to believe this masterpiece of deceit. “I will choose their delusions” – (Is.66:4). And again – “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. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” – (2 Thes.2:9-12).
The Beast’s resurrection is all an illusion,
As God sends the world strong delusion.
It ‘appears’ the wound is critical to his head
It ‘appears’ to the wondering masses he’s dead.
Over and over, repeatedly, the video rolls,
Like JFK’s of long ago.
The camera never lies – we trust what we see
In our image-obsessed society.
Digitally altered and computer enhanced
Did a techie whiz use his skill, per chance?
This high technology ‘appears’ very slick
For this slight of hand, smoke and mirrors trick.
Illusion is the act of being deceived
especially by an image presented to the vision. We have magician-illusionists
who put a woman in a coffin-shaped box and saw her in half and yet she still
lives and presents us with the image of death and resurrection. The filmmakers
Today (9-3-06) in the news, it told of a
British TV networks’ plans to broadcast a dramatic, documentary-style film
about a fictional assassination of
President Bush. It’s called ‘The Death of a President.’ The film uses
actors and digital manipulation of real footage to show a fictional account of
Bush being gunned down by a sniper after delivering a speech in
Some of the finest special effects wizardry in the world is used. Every movement is completely believable, every comment is somehow appropriate, to the point of chilling, horrifying reality. The film uses a blend of archival footage and computer-generated special effects and digital manipulation in fabricating the Bush assassination. It does a masterful job of integrating the real and the fictional using these special effects to deceive. The photos are so realistic that Bush looks like he had actually been assassinated. It shows Bush dying in a secret service agent’s arms. Bush’s head was added later to an actor’s body by computer. The whole film creates a totally realistic image.
I believe that what has been done in this
film – ‘The Death of a President’ and the fabricated fake assassination of a
Because digital technology is getting better and better, it becomes more and more difficult to tell what is and is not fake in images. They are becoming more deceitful and dishonest in image making and using sleight of hand. The ‘camera doesn’t lie’ is a phrase no longer true in today’s digital world. Photography above reproach and reliable reporting of events is no longer true. In fact the camera has always been a liar in the hands of a photographer who could alter and manipulate the image at will. Digital imaging even more so empowers dishonest people to deceive us with images, especially the TV images.
Image and the Beast go together like diabolical twins. “That they should make an image of the beast, which had the wound by a sword and did live.” Turning your back on Christ and worshipping Antichrist instead is the greatest blasphemy of all and will seal your fate in hell. “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand. The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb” – (Rev.14:9,10). This same digital technology will produce the mark of the Beast also.
The Beast will be the last emperor worship on planet earth before the Lord Jesus comes back as the true emperor and King of Kings and Lords of Lords.
To make an image of a man, a creature, and worshipping it instead of worshipping the Creator in spirit and in truth, is a great sin and an affront to God. The second commandment is – “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor serve them” – (Ex.20:4,5). Again – “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man.” – (Rom.1:22,23). Hence – the Beast and his image.
Until recently images could neither walk or talk but with the invention of the talking movies we have now walking, talking images. And the TV places this seemingly real image right in our homes and has made all of U.S. idol worshippers and is preparation for worshipping the image of the Beast. “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 us would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” – (Rev.13:15). And now has come the deceitful digital imaging and computer-generated special effects and digital manipulation so that you cannot know what is truth or a lie anymore – and soon comes the Beast.
Worshipping the image of the Beast is the direct opposite of worshipping Christ in spirit and in truth. God wants us to worship His Son by faith, not by sight. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” – (Heb.11:1). “For we walk by faith, not by sight” – (2 Cor.5:7). Idolatry is the mark of false religions throughout the Bible and throughout the world today. As soon as I got born again in my friend’s house, God removed me from the Roman Catholic idolatry I was in.
Are you born again of the Holy Spirit? “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” – (Jn.3:6,7). Being born again makes you a child of God and a new man, a new creature in Christ – “Therefore it any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17). Being born again is the result of being saved and there are no exceptions. If you say you’re saved and yet never have become a new born again creature in Christ, you’ve been deceived and the truth is not in you. No professions of faith or baptisms or church memberships or altar calls or any religious ceremonies will get you saved. You must repent of your sins and by faith believe in your heart on Jesus Christ for remission and forgiveness of sins. Don’t deceive yourself in this most important matter. You must apply the atoning blood of Christ to your heart by faith and be born again. Saving faith results in being born again.
If you’re a born again saint of God, keep watching and waiting expectantly for the Rapture, when our Lord comes in the air and His true church is translated and taken up to be with Him just before the Great Tribulation. Beware of Satan’s masterpiece of deception.
Digitally and deceitfully bringing the Beast to life.
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-
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