Satan and his demons are currently confined to the spirit world. Soon Satan will be released from the spirit world and he will come to earth in a glorious, physical body. He will claim to be God. The Bible calls Satan the beast when he is physically on earth, claiming to be God.
“And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns. . . And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.” Revelation 13:1,5
Revelation 13 tells us that the beast will be here on earth for 42 months. This is equivalent to 3 ½ years. Satan will be visibly and physically on earth for 3 ½ years.
During the 3 ½ years Satan will pretend that he is God and he will appear to be God. He will deceive most of the people on earth. Just about everyone will worship him as their god.
At the end of the 3 ½ years, Jesus will come the second time to rescue His people and take them to heaven. When Jesus comes the beast will be cast into the lake of fire.
“Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.” Revelation 19:20
Satan himself is not destroyed at this time. The beast is a costume or disguise that Satan uses. The beast is thrown into the lake of fire. Satan’s ability to disguise himself as God is destroyed in the lake of fire. Satan will never again be allowed to pretend to be God.
Read on to find out who will worship the beast?