The beast is Satan, claiming that he is God. Revelation 13:4 reveals how people will react when he appears.
“So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?’
The beast will be extremely powerful. He is the Satan, the Devil, the dragon, and the Serpent of old. He has spent thousands of years developing and strengthening his deceptive powers.
Very soon Satan will transform himself into an angel of light. When he appears as an angel of light he is called the beast.
“For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:14
When Satan comes as the beast he will have so much power and authority that the whole world will marvel.
“And all the world marveled and followed the beast.” Revelation 13:3
Almost everyone in the world will worship the beast.
A few people will choose to worship the Lamb instead of the beast. Jesus is called the Lamb and Satan is called the beast. The people who choose to worship the Lamb will have their names written in the Lamb’s book of life. Everyone else will worship the beast.
“All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Revelation 13:8
The Bible gives a severe warning against worshiping the beast and receiving his mark:
“If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath.” Revelation 14:9,10
If you worship the beast and receive his mark you will receive the complete wrath of God.
Read on to find out how to avoid being deceived by the beast. How can I know the beast isn't God?