“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” – Revelation 13:11
We’ve come to the 8th installment of my 14-week series on Revelation. Last week, I taught about the Antichrist, and this week I will be talking about his accomplice – the FALSE PROPHET. He will be a Christian leader who turns his back on God and our Lord Jesus Christ. He will pledge his allegiance to the Antichrist, and use his influence to inspire the whole world to worship the beast as “God.” This teaching, as with all teachings in this series, will come from my book on Revelation: THE COMING SIGNS OF OUR TIMES.
Thus far, I have covered the Rapture, the 7 Seals, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the 144,000 sealed servants of the LORD, 6 of the 7 Trumpets, and the Antichrist. Now, prepare to learn about his right-hand man…
During the second half of the Tribulation, the Antichrist is going to have a partner in crime who’s going to help propel him to power over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations (REV 13:7). John dubbed this deceitful character the False Prophet. He is also referred to as “another beast” in verse 11 of Chapter 13, meaning he will be just as blasphemous, crafty, and evil as his counterpart. Verse 11 also says that he has “two horns like a lamb,” but that he speaks “as a dragon.” I believe this means he will originally be a Christian leader (lamb – Jesus) who turns his back on the Faith and on the true God, submitting to Satan’s will (dragon – the devil).
He will unify all faiths of the world together into one global religion. They will all worship Antichrist as their god, as verse 12 says that he “causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast.” John reveals even more about this Satanic religious leader in verses 13 through 15 –
“And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”
Like Antichrist, the False Prophet receives his authority and supernatural power from Satan. He will be able to imitate many of the wonders that, up until this time in history, were distinctly attributed to the LORD and His holy prophets. For instance, he’ll “make fire come down from heaven.” This is what Elijah did in 1st Kings 18 and 2nd Kings 1. Just as magicians of Pharaoh had duplicated many of the plagues that Moses wrought in Exodus, so too this man will duplicate much of what the Two Witnesses do.
The Witnesses will begin to turn the hearts of many in Israel and across the world back to God, through their preaching and the great signs and wonders they’ll perform. Then, the False Prophet will turn many of those hearts back to the Antichrist by imitating whatever it is that they’d done. The one miracle that he will never be able to replicate, which is something that only God in Heaven has done or can do, is raising people from the dead. That is what the LORD does when his Witnesses are murdered in Jerusalem.
After Antichrist, the False Prophet, and much of this Godless world spend three days actually celebrating the deaths of the two holy men – who will be widely viewed as false prophets, because Antichrist’s accomplice duplicates their wonders – the inhabitants of the earth will tremble in fear and finally believe in the LORD when the Witnesses rise to their feet alive, and ascend to Heaven live on every television news network! Since this miracle does not take place until near the end of the Tribulation, the Antichrist and False Prophet will lead millions astray. They will commit many blasphemous acts against God for over three years straight.
The False Prophet uses his spiritual influence over the world to cause them to worship an image of Antichrist, which he will place in the Holy of Holies inside of Jerusalem’s Temple. We are told that he has power to “give life” unto the image so that it may “speak.” Throughout human history, this has been unimaginable. In our age of 3-D Artificial Intelligence, this has finally become possible. Refusal to worship the Beast and his image will carry a death sentence. This is another reason why I suspect Antichrist may be Islamic in nature, because there’s only one religion on the earth that still murders those who do not conform – Islam.
In Revelation 13:16-18, John speaks of something that even non-Christians have speculated about for centuries – and that’s the Mark of the Beast –
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”
6-6-6… The number’s been synonymous with Satan in music, film, television series, the occult, and devil worship for thousands of years. Christians who despise and steer clear of everything that is associated with the number are widely mocked by the heathen. Meanwhile, God-haters embrace it as a form of rebellion against the LORD and Judeo-Christian tradition. There is finally a time coming when that number will be forced upon (or into) the hands, and/or foreheads, of virtually every human being on this earth.
That’s it for this week’s preview. Read what else I had to say about the False Prophet in my new book. Next week, we will pick up right where I left off – focusing on the MARK OF THE BEAST. With so much speculation about what it could be these days, I will give you the absolute best possibilities according to the Scripture.
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Until next week, keep looking up!
“And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.” – Revelation 13:12