IN REVELATION 13:11-18 WE SEE THE 2nd BEAST is the false prophet who will support the 1st Beast (Antichrist) and have power to do miracles. Jesus said that “false christs & false prophets will rise & work signs & wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matt.24:24). It is dangerous to follow signs & wonders. Satan can perform supernatural things to deceive people, and he will establish a religious system based on these signs & wonders. Don’t assume that all signs & wonders must come from God.
The Antichrist will also institute a cashless economic system. In the name of security & efficiency he will place a mark (Greek: charagma – English: stamp) on the right hand or forehead of all people, & it will be impossible to do business without the mark. Just a few years ago people scoffed at this idea. But with the advent of computers & the problem of identity theft, & crimes involving cash, this will be an idea easy to sell the people. And this will give the Antichrist complete economic control of the world’s systems.