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"And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. And he exercised all the power of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of men. And deceives 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. And he had power to give life to the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their, forehead. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."
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"And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of men. And deceives 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,"
I actually believe that the so called Apostle Paul fulfilled this prophesy. He was used to lead man into Christianity, which I do not feel was the will or desire of Christ.
"...this man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before Gentiles, kings, and the sons of Israel..."
The only issue I have with that is that if that was the case the antichrist should have been on the scene already.
To discover the truth of the matter we merely need to take heed of what Christ Himself said of this man, shortly after He had revealed Himself to him.
I am all too familiar with this type of vendetta against the apostle Paul. It invariably comes from certain adherents of the Muslim faith, and it does their religion no credit. However I am not so uninformed as to tar all Muslims with the same brush, and so am able to continue to hold many in high regard.
If you are threatened by this - I am sorry.
...many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
...our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures