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The Beast Who Comes Out of the Earth

11 Then I saw a second beast. This one came out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb. But it spoke like a dragon. 12 This beast had all the authority of the first beast. It did what the first beast wanted. It made the earth and all who live on it worship the first beast. The first beast was the one whose deadly wound had been healed. 13 The second beast performed great signs. It even made fire come from heaven to the earth. And the fire was seen by everyone. 14 The first beast had given the second beast the power to perform these signs. By these signs, the second beast tricked those who live on the earth. The second beast ordered people to set up a statue to honor the first beast. The first beast was the one who had been wounded by a sword and still lived. 15 The second beast was allowed to give breath to this statue so it could speak. The statue could kill all who refused to worship it. 16 It also forced everyone to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. People great or small, rich or poor, free or slave had to receive the mark. 17 They could not buy or sell anything unless they had the mark. The mark is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

18 This problem requires wisdom. Anyone who is wise should figure out what the beast’s number means. It is the number of a man. And that number is 666.

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