Scherrer, Stephen Joseph: ”Signs and Wonders in the Imperial Cult: A New Look at a Roman Religious Institution in the Light of Rev 13:13-15” in Journal of Biblical Literature 103 (1984): 599-610. Scherrer’s thesis supports the usual understanding of Rev 13, but, in my view, his arguments should only be followed with great caution.
Scherrer, Steven Joseph. Revelation 13 as an Historical Source for the Imperial Cult under Domitian. Diss. Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1979. See the remarks on Scherrer, Signs and Wonders.