The false prophet will appear to have the power to give life

 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. (Revelation 13:14-15)

In this passage we see that there are still more miracles that the false prophet will be able to do on Earth when he comes. In addition to being able to publicly call fire out of heaven (see verse 13), he will also construct some sort of statue or image of the Antichrist, and he will be able to give it the power to breath and talk. The people of the Earth will be so impressed by this that they will believe in him.

Nonetheless, all those who fall for this will be guilty. They should no better. Yes, demons and false prophets are sometimes given the authority to do “magic” but their power is never used to advance true love, nor is it anywhere close to the glorious power of God. People should not admire the false prophet because he can give life to a stature: rather they should admire the one true God who created all of us in His image, and gave us our life and breath. Each one of us is way more impressive than a talking statue.

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