And They Worshiped the Beast
Passage: Revelation 13:1–18
John' vision introduces the Dragon's two primary agents in his war against the Church, in the form of two fearsome beasts who arise from the sea and the earth. These beasts represent Satan's primary tools in his effort to destroy, disrupt, and divide the people of God. Awareness of these dangers calls for endurance, faith, and wisdom on the part of God's people in this treacherous age.