On the other hand, the beast from the earth also opposes the two witnesses.
It works miracles and calls fire down from heaven just as they do.
We can anticipate from this that the end-time testing over worship occurs when Jesus’ faithful followers face opposing forces that also claim to be the true followers of the Lamb.
During His ministry here on earth, Jesus was not only preaching and teaching the truth about God and salvation.
Toward the end, He openly attacked the religion of the Pharisees and Scribes, the religious leaders of His day.
This made them angry and caused them to want Him put to death.
The same happens when the church has finished its testimony Revelation 11:7 pictures a beast coming up from the Abyss to attack the church and put it to death.
The church exposes the religion of Babylon as being full of unclean spirits and makes a call for God’s people to come out of her.
As with Jesus’ death, secular powers unite with religious powers against them (see Revelation 17).
Now the church is following in the footsteps of her Lord, who said if we are to follow Him, we must be prepared to take up our cross.
Revelation 13:11-18 predicts a time of great trial for Jesus’ followers.
But, as with the death of Jesus, there will be a great final victory (see Revelation 11:11, 12).