Consider, [with our own notes in brackets], the actual Bible account of this very influential religious leader:
"Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb [he looked righteous - a lamb is the symbol of Christ], but he spoke like a dragon [a dragon is one of the symbols of Satan]. He exercised all the authority of the first beast [the political leader] on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast [the great religious leader will take a secondary role to the political leader], whose fatal wound had been healed [the Roman empire has "fallen" and come back to life a number of times]. And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men [he is going to put on quite a show to convince people]. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image [the political ruler is the one who will demand worship, not his powerful and influential religious ally who will merely be serving as his "prophet"] to be killed. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666". (Revelation 13:11-18 New International Version)
As you can see from this account, these two people are going to have incredible power. They will affect all people of every nation on earth.
Fact Finder: What is the fate of the "beast" and his false "prophet"?
(a) they will conquer the world.
(b) they will be defeated, but escape and start again.
(c) they will be defeated and thrown into the lake of fire.