It seems like yesterday when "Let the sideshow begin" by Blue Magic was popular. The chorus line comes to mind when mentally prepping for Rev.13 - The Beast! For five  months, Satan will be allowed to test people, and pretend that he is Christ.
Lets look at some of the tricks in his bag. He desires worship. He is a murderer. He is a deceiver.
The Pharaoh in Egypt had magicians that attempted to intimidate Moses: become familiar with the stunts. The king of Babylon during Daniel's time also had a limited bag to pull from to keep the entertainment going.
Christ Jesus during His temptation was encouraged to demonstrate before Satan. During His 3 1/2 yr. ministry, people were requesting miracles be preformed, or show signs, to convince Non-Believers.
Followers know that "without faith, it is impossible to please God". Our faith-walk will not be aborted; period. If we are in our flesh bodies, our Lord and Savior has not returned.
The fake-leaders today, have assembled "a beast" that will receive a deadly wound, that will require the appearance of a peaceful and prosperous - Supernatural individual that is to convince the whole world, that he is the answer.
Let the sideshow begin. This period will be un-entertaining for the Saints. The bad news is churches and leaders will fall for the scheme. The good news is that we will be five  months out from the True Christ return. Glory Hallelujah!!!