How can I know the beast isn't God?
When Satan comes to earth in a glorious body and pretends to be God most of the people in the world will believe him. They will deluded and will believe his lie.
Second Thessalonians describes what will happen when the beast comes. The beast is Satan, the lawless one.
“8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie.” 2 Thessalonians 2:8-11
Satan will be extremely powerful and he will work miracles and signs. He will lie and deceive almost every person.
Words will contradict the Bible
There will only be one way to differentiate the lawless one from the God that he claims to be. The words that Satan speaks will not agree with the Bible.
“To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:20
Satan will speak words that contradict the word of God. He will mix in a few lies with a lot of truth. But when you mix in a little poison with good food the result is poisonous food.
When you mix in a little black paint with white paint, the result is gray paint. So when Satan mixes in lies with truth the result is deception.
Very soon a glorious being is going to show up on earth and claim that he is God. Please listen carefully to his words and test everything he says against the Bible.
“These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” Acts 17:11
Breaks the ten commandments
Notice that Satan is called the “lawless one”. He does not keep the law of God and he will lead his followers to disobey the law of God.
Satan will tell people that since he is God that he has the right and the ability to change the ten commandments. He will expect people to obey his changed version. But his words will not agree with the ten commandments and he should not be obeyed or worshiped.
Read on to learn about the mark of the beast.