Don’t be Deceived

Posted: February 20, 2011 in Revelation

Revelation 13:1-18, “Don’t be Deceived”

Typically, when people think of the book of Revelation, the events of Ch 13 are what come 1st to mind.  Who among us has never heard of the number 666, or wondered about the mysterious Antichrist?  Revelation 13 would be one of the most frightening chapters of the Bible if we took it out of its context.  Here, we see the power & consuming deception of Antichrist & his false prophet & when read all by itself, it could seem like nothing could stop them & the works of the Devil.  Yet don’t forget the context!  In Rev 12, we saw that Satan was a loser.  He tried to stop the 1st coming of Jesus Christ, but he failed.  He tried to overthrow God in heaven, but he failed.  He tried (and still continues to try) to overthrow the faith of God’s people & destroy them from the face of the earth, but he failed & will always fail.  Yes, the enemy of our souls is powerful, but he’s ultimately a loser on every level & all of Heaven can already rejoice at Satan’s judgment, even if it hasn’t yet taken place in time & space.

That’s exactly what we need to keep at the forefront of our mind when we read of the rise of Satan’s forces of the Antichrist & the false prophet.  There will be a time when these demonic creatures SEEM to have victory & the world at their fingertips.  There will come a time when they rise to power & it LOOKS like Satan will have the upper-hand.  But he won’t.  He never will.  The only thing that the rise of Antichrist accomplishes is a more dramatic contrast with the glorious 2nd coming of Jesus Christ.  Jesus has already been given the victory…Satan may kick & scream until Jesus comes back, but be assured that Jesus IS coming back.

So in the meantime, don’t be deceived!  Obviously we (the Church) won’t be here to be deceived by the Antichrist & false prophet (we will have been raptured to the presence of the Lord Jesus).  But the rest of the world will be deceived, and the challenge for those who come to faith in Christ after the rapture will be to remain faithful to the Lord Jesus.  Yet we can still learn these same lessons.  The Devil WANTS to fool us; he wants us to be so terrified of him that we spend all our time thinking of him & not of Christ.  Don’t be deceived!  The worst the Devil can do is merely imitate the things of God; he cannot BE God.

Rev 13 describes 2 beasts, most commonly interpreted (by pretrib/premill) as the Antichrist & the false prophet of the Antichrist & Devil.  The chapter can virtually be split in half between the two & each half follows a similar pattern.  1st the beast is visually described – 2nd the beast’s actions are seen – 3rd (and shortest) wisdom for application is given to the reader.  Keep in mind that the general narrative of the Tribulation & judgments of God have been paused at this point, as John is providing a different viewpoint of the events.  Through the end of Ch 11, we’ve been given the viewpoint of heaven; starting at Ch 12 some of the same events (and more history) we’ve had the viewpoint of the earth & Satan.  This interlude continues in Ch 13.  Whereas in Ch 12 we saw Satan (and his various defeats), now we’re introduced to the rest of the unholy trinity: Antichrist & the false prophet.  Again, they will try to imitate the things of God, but they can only deceive, and they will ultimately fail.

Revelation 13 (NKJV)
1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.

  1. The mention of the “sea” is significant, as is the “earth” in vs. 11.  The 1st beast comes from the sea; the 2nd beast comes out of the earth.  Obviously there’s some symbolism here, in that we’re not to look for some sort of Loch Ness monster to come forth as the Antichrist.  The oceans & seas were typically feared by the Jews (they were known for armies; not a navy) & they didn’t venture out much. [Shows the extent of how disobedient Jonah was.]  The 1st beast comes from the sea, perhaps as a terror (or at least seemingly out of nowhere – Rev 11:7 shows the Beast coming from the bottomless pit); the 2nd beast comes from the land, coming from more trusted areas.  Yet though the Devil’s forces come from every direction, keep in mind that Jesus has already shown His authority over the sea & the land (Rev 10:5).  The forces of Satan might arise from these areas, but their doom is assured long before they even show their face!
  2. Note the similarity between the 1st beast & the devil (the dragon of Rev 12).  The dragon had 7 heads, 10 horns, and 7 diadems/crowns on his head (Rev 12:3).  Here, the beast has 7 heads, 10 horns, and 10 crowns.  This has led some to believe that the beast is simply another description of the devil/dragon – yet vs. 2 makes it plain that this is a different creature entirely.  If the beast receives his power from the dragon, he cannot BE the dragon.  Instead, we have a description of a creature that is obviously tied to the dragon & carries much of the same authority & power as the dragon.
  3. What is the “blasphemous name” written on his head?  We don’t know.  There may be some sort of tie into the number of the Beast (666), or it may simply be a description of what he does (vs. 5).  The Beast is a blasphemer, and it goes to the very core of who he is & what he does as he sets himself up against God.
  4. Question: why do scholars believe this is a description of Antichrist, when no verse in Revelation explicitly says so?  In fact, the word “Antichrist” is not found in the book of Revelation at all.  Actually, the only time the title “Antichrist” is officially used in Scripture is primarily in reference to all sorts of false teachers that John condemns in his 1st & 2nd epistles.  John does acknowledge a personal Antichrist (1 Jn 2:18), but his mention is brief & leads into a discussion of people who act just like Antichrist in their spirit & teaching.  So how do we know that THIS beast is THE Antichrist?  Elsewhere in the NT, we’re told of the same man, though Paul uses different terms to describe him: 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 (3) Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, (4) who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. []  This man commits the Abomination of Desolation (Dan 9:27, Mt 24:15) – he will deceive many in the world (2 Ths 4:11) – he will come with power according to Satan & perform lying wonders (2 Ths 4:9) & will eventually be destroyed by Christ through the breath of His mouth (2 Ths 4:8, Rev 19:20).  So even though the book of Revelation may not explicitly label the Beast as “Antichrist,” it’s plain that these are just 2 different descriptions of the same being.
    1. BTW – Christians tend to spend far too much time attempting to identify Antichrist.  If we are indeed in the end of the end times (which I believe we are), then there is little doubt that Antichrist is alive today, biding his time until the moment is right.  But WE aren’t looking for Antichrist; we’re looking for Jesus Christ. …  We’re to expect to meet our Lord in the air – we’re not to spend our time on a fruitless search for an enemy that we won’t meet face to face.
    2. That said, we WILL meet those who have his same spirit (1 Jn 2:18-20).  That’s why it’s so important that we know the truth of the Bible in order that we won’t be deceived. …  Get the word of God into your heart – spend time at the feet of the Lord Jesus in prayer.  The more we know the truth, the less likely we’ll be fooled by the false.

2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.

  1. Although the beast’s head & horns were like the dragon’s, the rest of his body wasn’t.  He looked like a combination of other creatures – all of whom were mentioned by the prophet Daniel in reference to various empires. [Dan 7 – a winged lion, followed by a bear, then a 4-winged leopard, then a beast with iron teeth & 10 horns…]  What’s the point of the various empires being combined into one creature?  It seems to be a reference to the beast’s powers of government.  He’s taken all the empires of the world & put them in himself. Antichrist will be a one-world leader.  Of course one day all the world will be united under Christ when He reigns as King in the millennium – but Satan will have one last “hurrah” first as the world unites under the rule of Antichrist.
  2. Note where his power originates: the Devil (the dragon).  Antichrist will seem to be a gifted political leader, and he WILL be gifted – but the gifts he will have will not originate from God, but from Satan.  Keep in mind that Satan DOES have immense power in this world.  Technically, although he has already been defeated by Christ through the cross & resurrection, the Devil is still (for now) the ruler of this world.  Jesus already has infinitely more authority & power than the Devil, but that doesn’t mean the Devil doesn’t have ANY power right now.  The rest of his power won’t be stripped until the 2nd Coming (which is what heaven was rejoicing over in Rev 11:15 – “the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”).  But for the time being, Satan can give his authority to whomever he chooses (recall that he offered it to Christ, for a price!), and he will give it to the Beast/Antichrist.

3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. 4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”

  1. How much power will Antichrist have?  Apparently, he’ll have supernatural power.  In some manner, the Beast will receive a wound from which he’ll experience a supernatural healing & as a result, the world will be amazed & use it as their excuse to follow Antichrist.  [This can’t be Nero; the timeframe specifically shows the Trib…]
  2. We’re going to see quite a bit of imitation from Antichrist & the false prophet – here’s the first.  Just as Jesus demonstrated His power & authority by rising back to life after being killed, the Antichrist will demonstrate his power & authority by being healed after almost dying.  Obviously Satan doesn’t have the same power that God does, thus he can’t duplicate a resurrection.  The closest he can come in imitation is by healing someone who almost died.
  3. Notice how far the rest of the world goes with the Beast.  They don’t merely “follow” him; they “worship” him.  Because of the demonstration of Antichrist’s power, they will think no one can compare to him, and thus they give him their worship.  Keep in mind God had already demonstrated His great power & the world recognized it as the wrath of Jesus Christ in the 6th seal (they desired to be hid from the face of God – Rev 6:16).  Even if we date these events differently, God has already given us every demonstration of His power ever required.  He created all the universe – He gave us life & breath – He raised the Lord Jesus back to life, proving definitively that He is the Son of God (Rom 1:4).  What more does God need to do to demonstrate His power?!  People don’t refuse to bow the knee to Jesus Christ because of a lack of evidence; they refuse to worship Christ because of their love of sin. …

5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. 6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.

  1. 42 months = 3.5 years.  Sound familiar?  This has been a common timeframe in Revelation, often described as the last half of the Great Tribulation.
  2. There’s a distinct contrast here between Antichrist & the 2 witnesses of God from Rev 11.  Whereas they all speak for 42 months (Rev 11:2), the witnesses speak the truth & the gospel; the Antichrist speaks blasphemies.  The witnesses speak of the testimony of God; Antichrist speaks blasphemies about God & anything that represents God.
    1. There are always going to be competing voices when it comes to the things of eternity.  Different religions to choose from – authority figures that claim that religion is useless, etc.  How do we know which one is right & which voice to listen to?  Easy: listen to the voice that has proved itself.  The Bible has proven itself to be without contradiction – the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a historical fact, with more proof available for it than any other event in antiquity.  No one else can claim that sort of track record, no matter how popular their influence seems to be today.  If you’re waiting for a day when everyone in the world is going to agree perfectly that Jesus is the Messiah, you’re going to be waiting too long.  One day ALL the world will agree – but it’ll be at the Day of Judgment.  For now, we have to choose between the voices & walk by faith. …

7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.

  1. Remember that Antichrist made war against the 2 witnesses (Rev 11:7) & killed them, though God raised them back to life 3.5 days later.  Apparently the Beast makes war against ALL of the people of God – beyond just the 2 witnesses.  Rev 12 showed us the Dragon persecuting the nation of Israel for 3.5 years, while God protected them & then the Devil made war with everyone who had come to faith in Jesus through the witness of Israel.  Vs. 7 seems to be a reference to this same war.  Antichrist hates God & the people of God.  He will already have blasphemed the saints of God in heaven; now he’ll persecute & kill the saints of God on earth.
  2. Note that Antichrist overcomes them.  This is not a sign of the weakness of God; just the reality of the suffering of the saints.  Rev 7 already showed us the martyrs that came out of the Tribulation – a great multitude of people that no one could number that originated from every nation on earth.  They were all killed for their faith during the Tribulation time (Rev 7:14)…apparently this is how they were killed: in the war against the Beast.
  3. At this time, Antichrist will have authority over every nation on the earth.  This was already symbolized through the horns & animals; by this point there will be no doubt that Antichrist is the leader of the world.
    1. It’s no wonder why some believed Hitler, when at the height of his power, might have been Antichrist.  Hitler fervently persecuted the people of God & was attempting to take over the world by force.  Yet everything the Bible implies is that although Antichrist will use force against the saints, Antichrist will be welcomed by the world into power – he won’t have to force it upon them.  This will be a charismatic leader that the world wants to worship; the only people who resist will be those who worship Christ Jesus.  True, they will be slaves of Antichrist, but they will be willing slaves.
    2. What we sometimes lose sight of is that everyone will always worship someone or something.  We will either be a slave of sin, or a slave of Christ…only one grants true freedom. … (Rom 6:15-23)

8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

  1. Who will worship the Beast?  Everyone.  Every single person alive that has not trusted Christ as their Savior & Lord will worship Antichrist as their master.  At that point, it won’t be a matter of: “You can worship in whatever religion you choose; I’ll choose my own god for myself…”  Instead, it will be only two choices: Antichrist or Jesus Christ.
    1. Actually, that’s basically the same choice that exists today – though perhaps it’s not quite as obvious.  Again, we’re either a servant of God or of the Devil.  Either God is our Father, or our father is the father of lies.  There may be many different options to our eye & in our culture, but there are only really two options in reality.  Those who claim to worship other gods really worship demons (1 Cor 10:20); those who claim to worship no god really worship themselves, which suits Satan just fine because their soul belongs to him either way.  Don’t be deceived; worship God!
  2. Depending on your Bible translation, the phrasing of the latter half of verse 8 might look to be different.  Technically, the Greek word order is plain – the NKJV, KJV, & NIV follow it clearly, showing that Jesus Christ is the one who was slain from the foundation of the world.  However, the idea of names of the redeemed being written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world is also found in Rev 17:8, which is how the NASB, ESV, & HCSB translate it.  Perhaps it’s best to think of both ideas being true.  In the foreknowledge & infinite counsel of God, God chose us to be holy in Christ (Rom 8:29, Eph 1:4).  At the same time, the work of Jesus Christ was accomplished long before the Romans ever invented the torture of crucifixion – before Adam even sinned, Jesus had already been slain & made provision for that sin.  This had always been His purpose, from before the foundation of the world (1 Pet 1:20). What does this tell us?
    1. Although Antichrist will deceive many, there is not a single soul that will trust Christ that God will lose.  God knows who are His & who will respond to the call of repentance, and although they might suffer, not a single one will be forever lost.
    2. There is not a single sin of ours that has not met its full payment in the cross of Christ Jesus.  Think about it: if Jesus was spiritually slain before sin even existed, then there is no sin in all history that cannot be met & satisfied in Christ Jesus.  For all those who think “I’m too far gone to be saved,” know that Christ has already paid the price!  For those who wonder, “Surely Jesus can’t forgive me this time,” know that Christ knew about your sin long before you ever committed it!  Our sin is forever paid for in Christ because He was slain before the foundation of the world.  How wonderful is our salvation!

9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10 He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

  1. John wraps up the description & actions of Antichrist with this bit of wisdom.  First, we are to pay attention!  We don’t want to fall into deception, so have an ear & listen to the warnings now while we still have opportunity.
  2. Second, we need to know how to fight the enemy.  Those who will be battling Antichrist in his war against the saints cannot use carnal weapons.  Even though there will be physical suffering, this is ultimately a spiritual battle.  The KJV/NKJV look at this from the aspect of those who fight – they are to expect the results of physical battle (captivity & death).  Other translations look at this from the aspect of the saints – some will be captured & some will be killed, none of which is a surprise to God.  The saints who are here are to expect the suffering & their martyrdom – thus they need patience & faith in order to endure until the end.
    1. That’s not just a lesson for the Tribulation martyrs, but one for our generation as well.  We still have an enemy that we cannot fight with carnal means, but instead we must put on the spiritual armor of God & stand fast in faith (Eph 6).

–          All of that was merely the 1st beast.  There is a 2nd beast as well, and John gives us a parallel description…

11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

  1. The 1st Beast came from the sea; the 2nd beast comes up from the earth.  (Again, Jesus has authority over both – Rev 10). …
  2. The 1st Beast had 7 heads and 10 horns; the 2nd beast has 2 horns.  Obviously this is a different creature entirely.  The different horns show their different functions.  Antichrist had horns & heads that were crowned, showing his political power; the 2nd beast has “two horns like a lamb,” implying a religious function such as sacrifice.
  3. The 1st Beast had his power given him by the dragon; the 2nd beast has his words given him by the dragon.  This beast may look like a lamb, but he sounds like the Devil.  This 2nd beast is more commonly known as the false prophet, and John will identify him that way starting in Rev 16.  Rev 19:20 makes it plain that the actions of the false prophet are the same as the actions of this 2nd beast.  He will seem to be appealing to the world, but he’s truly beastly in that he directs people to worship Antichrist.
  4. Notice his imitation of the Holy Spirit.  Just like part of the Holy Spirit’s ministry is to testify of Jesus Christ (Jn 15:26), so does the false prophet point people to Antichrist in order that they would bow & worship him.  He has the authority of Antichrist, like the Holy Spirit has the authority of Christ (because the Holy Spirit is God), thus is yet another of a cheap demonic imitation of the glorious things of God.  The false prophet completes the unholy trinity comprised of himself, the Antichrist, and the Devil.
    1. Satan simply cannot compete with God.  All he can do is offer pseudo-imitations and replacements for Him.  Sadly, people all over the world buy into the deception & exchange the truth of God for the lie…just like Adam & Eve back in the Garden of Eden.  (For all of our technology, humankind sure hasn’t progressed much!)

13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.

  1. More imitation.  Just as Antichrist spoke blasphemies for 42 months while the 2 witnesses of God testified for 42 months, so does the false prophet imitate the witnesses.  The 2 witnesses are able to protect themselves from attack through fire that comes out of their mouths (Rev 11:5); the false prophet is also able to make fire come from heaven – not unlike Elijah the prophet.
  2. It becomes easy to see the kind of confusion that might exist on the earth during this time.  On one hand, there is an actual prophet of God with the powers that Elijah had (if not Elijah himself!) testifying of the gospel of Jesus Christ, while experiencing the hatred of the world & persecution on every level.  At the same time, there’s a much more popular figure who can also perform supernatural signs & wonders – even to the point of calling fire from heaven like Elijah.  Which one will seem to be more blessed (and thus in the right)?  Satan has always been a master of deception & confusion.  He is the father of lies & has spent the whole of human history attempting to confuse the true message of God by sending imitations & replacements. [Pharaoh’s magicians…]
    1. Even today, there are imitations of the truth of God.  Mormonism claims an “extra” appearance of Jesus Christ to the American Indians.  Islam claims an additional revelation of God beyond the New Testament.  Hinduism has its own ‘avatars’ who claim to be physical incarnations of their gods.  All are but imitations of the truth.  We have been given the truth in the gospel!  There is a world being deceived; we have a responsibility to share the truth with them.

14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth— by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.

  1. What does the false prophet do?  He has an idol constructed of Antichrist, appears to give it life, and as a result many more worship the Beast.  Those who do not (i.e. those who have put their faith in Christ) are rounded up in pogroms & killed.  The horrific Holocaust of the Nazi regime & the Soviet pogroms under Stalin were a foretaste of what is yet to come during the Great Tribulation.  No country or culture on the entire planet will be exempt.  Those who worship the Beast will live; those who worship Christ will be martyred.
  2. To modern ears, it may seem strange to think that too many people would bow down & worship an idol today.  After all, cultures that have physical statues of worship seem primitive & backward to us.  Of course, we need to remember that the vast majority of people around the world still worship objects of some sort.  In Islam, it’s the Kaaba in Mecca – in Hinduism, it is a myriad of gods, goddesses, and demigods – Buddhism has statues everywhere – even in some areas that claim to be Christian, people give honor to statues & images.  In America, its technology, as people wait for days in line merely to be the 1st to buy the latest iWhatever.  Perhaps the image is a statue – perhaps it’s a hologram of some sort – whatever the image is made out of is pure speculation, but let there be no doubt that even the most “sophisticated” heathen will still give it worship.  They won’t have any other option, except to worship it.

16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

  1. Not only is there forced worship; there will be forced identification with the Beast.  The whole world economic system will be tied in to worship of the Beast & people will be identified by his mark just to be able to buy bread.  Keep in mind we’ve already seen that in the beginning stages of the Great Tribulation, there will be worldwide economic disaster.  The 3rd seal showed scarcity & inflation, the 4th seal showed famine & death, and the various trumpets showed the water supply & food supply decimated.  There will have been world-wide panic, with the financial systems of the world surely crumbling.  The idea of receiving a mark in order to purchase food & goods will likely not only NOT be resisted, it’ll probably be welcomed as a saving grace & crowning achievement of the Antichrist & false prophet!
  2. Note that this is yet one more imitation.  Just as the 144K of Israel were sealed by God for protection during the Great Tribulation, so does the Devil have his own seal to put on the heads of his people. …

18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

  1. Here it is: the most talked-about number of the Bible.  What’s the mark of the Beast affiliated with?  The number of Antichrist, 666. Speculation abounds as to the meaning & what this will look like in reality.  Most of the speculation is pure fantasy as imaginations run wild.  In both Greek & Latin, it was common for certain letters to equal certain numbers (Roman numerals, for ex.) & many have tried to decipher 666 into various names ranging from Caesar Nero to Hitler to Kissinger.  All the speculation is in vain now – it will surely be evident when the time comes.
  2. The only thing that the Scripture tells us about it is that the number is “the number of a man.”  Whatever the actual mark of Antichrist is, at the very least we know this: it exalts man instead of God – and that probably tells us all we need to know.  The testimony of Jesus Christ will always give glory to God; the testimony of the Devil has always been the opposite.  From the very beginning in the Garden of Eden, the temptation was that Adam & Eve could “be like God.” (Gen 3:5)  We’re fooling ourselves if we think his tactics have changed.  In his rebellion, Mankind still wants to prove himself better than God, and the mark of the Beast only serves to give expression to that.  The mark is not the testimony of God; it’s the mark of man.  Whereas God would seal us for salvation with His Holy Spirit, the Devil would see us sealed with our own sin, in order that we would share his eternity in Hell.

Conclusion:

So what do we learn from all of this?  Knowing that we in the Church will be with the Lord Jesus during this time, why is this text even included in Revelation?  Is it just a warning to those who come to faith in Christ after the Rapture – or is there meaning for us today?  The lesson for us is the same as it will be for those who have to endure those days: don’t be deceived.  Satan will attempt to imitate the things of God – don’t be deceived.  In those days, Antichrist will have vast power & a seemingly miraculous healing – it’s an imitation; don’t be fooled by it.  The false prophet will be able to perform signs & wonders, and will help unify the world – it’s a poisoned imitation; don’t fall for it.

Yet in these days, Satanic imitation of Godly things still abounds.  We’re told that we don’t need God to figure out the origin of the universe – don’t be deceived!  We’re told that we’re really all good people (deep down), and no one truly “needs” salvation – don’t be deceived!  We’re told that we all generally worship the same god, and that even other religions see supernatural blessings – don’t be fooled!  We are surrounded by imitations of God & compromised versions of the gospel of Jesus Christ – don’t buy into them; don’t be deceived!  Stand fast in the gospel in which you were given – in which you were saved.  Jesus has already proven Himself true in the Resurrection – and you have personal proof of it through being born-again & sealed by the Holy Spirit.  Stand fast in that truth, and don’t be deceived by the spirit of Antichrist which is already in the world.

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