Two beasts are presented to us in Revelation 13. One is the beast out of the sea with ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name (v. 1). He slandered God and those who lived in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them (v. 7).
The second beast is the one out of the earth who had two horns like a lamb but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised authority of the first beast on his behalf and made earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast (v. 12). He deceived the people of earth and ordered them to set up an image in honor of the first beast. All people who did not worship the image were to be killed (v. 15). The people who worshiped the beast where given a mark on their hand or forehead and no one could buy or sell unless they had this mark of the beast which is 666 (v. 18).
This chapter gives us insight as to what will happen in the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation. An Antichrist will be promoted as there will be a move towards a one world government, religion, and economic system. Many people will accept this one world government as their God and it will try to rule over the people in place of God.
There will be confusion and deception which calls for strong faith, persistence, and wisdom. Let us not be deceived and believe we should be many nations that have liberty and freedom; many nations under the one true God.
This day with God, have faith in the possibilities He gives. Persistence like a stream of water eventually cuts into a rock and if we remain persistent at focusing on the possibilities God gives, we can cut into and go through any obstacle in our way.