(11) 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.
In our last devotional, we saw that the beast from the earth (symbolic of false religions and false prophets and teachers) can appear to be innocent and harmless. In our devotional for this morning we will see that, although they appear innocent and harmless, in actuality they are very deceitful. They follow their leader, Satan, as they speak deceitfully with intent to harm the people of Christ.
We are told that this beast “spake as a dragon” (Satan).
Therefore, to understand the speech of this beast, we must come to an understanding of the speech of his father, Satan. Christ, during His earthly ministry addressed this very subject…
“Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.” (Joh 8:43-45 KJV)
In this passage the Lord points out several truths about the nature and speech of Satan. Christ tells us that Satan:
- Is a murderer from the beginning – In other words, he actively works to bring death to mankind. This happened through his intervention at the fall of man and then continues throughout history through the false teachings of his political powers that proclaim the message that leads men to their eternal spiritual death.
- Abides not in the truth because there is no truth in him. – In other words, truth cannot be found in him. Because his nature is to deceive and mislead, he lives a life filled with constant deceit and lies.
- He is a liar and the father of all lies – In other words, he is the originator of deceitful, misleading words and lives a lifestyle of the same.
All of these points helps us to understand the message presented by the false religions and prophets of this world. They consistently mislead others by proclaiming error that is meant to lead men away from Christ and to their eternal spiritual death. It is in this sense that they speak “as a dragon”.
Folks, in the last two devotionals, we have had set before us a clear declaration of the ministry of the false religions that have existed throughout history. With this clear declaration comes the responsibility to guard against the lies of these religions. But, not only are we to guard against these false teachings, but we must clearly present the truths of God’s Word, to counteract the lies of Satan’s false teachers…
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” (2Ti 4:1-5 KJV)
Although the above verses are addressed to a pastor (Timothy), it is important to remember that, to a lesser degree, we are all responsible to present the truths of Christ to a lost and dying world. In doing so, we are giving to them the good news of Christ, His work on their behalf and the wonderful eternity that awaits all of those who have placed their faith in Christ!
May we all speak the truth and live the truth, opposing the lies of this world’s false religions. In doing so, we are giving much needed light to a world that is encased in the darkness of Satanic deceit.
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation: