The wild animal from the land
11 Then I saw a second wild animal. This one was coming up out of the ground. It had two horns like a lamb's horns. But it spoke like a dragon. 12 It worked for the first wild animal and it used the authority of the first wild animal. It made all the people on earth worship the first wild animal. That first animal was the one that someone had cut very badly. It seemed that it would die but it had become well again.
13 The second wild animal did great miracles that surprised people. It even caused fire to come down from heaven to the earth. And everybody who was living on the earth saw the fire. 14 This second animal received power to work for the first animal and to do great things. As a result, the people who lived on the earth believed its lies. It told them to make an idol and to worship it. This idol looked like the first wild animal. This was the one that a sword had cut badly, but it was still alive. 15 The second wild animal received power to give life to the idol. As a result, the idol which looked like the first wild animal could speak. It said, ‘Anyone who refuses to worship me must die!’
16 The second wild animal also caused everyone to receive a mark. They put the mark on each person's right hand or on the front of their head. They did this to everyone, great people and unimportant people, rich people and poor people, free people and slaves. 17 Nobody could buy anything unless they had this mark on them. Nor could they sell anything. This mark shows the wild animal's name or the number of its name.
18 You must think carefully so that you can understand this number. Anyone who is wise should try to understand what the wild animal's number means. It is a human number. The number is 666.
13:18The wild animal from the land seems to be like a false prophet or a false Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit causes people to worship Jesus. This second wild animal causes people to worship the first wild animal. That first animal seems like a false Jesus. The Devil is trying to be like God.