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The Antichrist & False Prophet
This is an incredible chapter, giving insight into how the Devil launches his attack against God’s people and how he makes his appearance on the earth.
In Revelation 12:3 the Devil is seen in his spiritual form as a “great red dragon.” Here he is seen in his earthly form as a beast rising up out of the sea. In Revelation the sea translates to peoples, multitudes, nations, and diverse languages. The “rising up” indicates that his appearing on the earth is progressive, taking place throughout history as he puts the pieces in place to prepare for his entrance into and takes over of the earth. He will exert his will on the earth through nations, eventually exerting his will through one man who will be known as the Antichrist: a political leader who will have a plan for the world’s economic problems.
On the earth, the Devil’s seven heads represents his control
over seven nations/empires. A study of Daniel chapters 2 and 7,
along with a study of history, identify these nations to be
The Devil will enter the earth through governments and
politics—nations. On the earth, these belong to him and he is their
ruler directing them to his ultimate goal—the removal of
One of the seven heads on the beast is wounded. This has a two-fold
meaning since “head” represents nations and the passage also refers
to the beast in a personal way as a “him.” First, one of the nations
will suffer a mortal wound and then come back into power. There is
no doubt that this nation is the
This Antichrist and his new nation have one purpose: to blaspheme
God and to destroy God’s people—all of God’s people. The
Antichrist’s authority to come against God’s people is given by God.
Some of us will be thrown into prison and others will be killed.
This will be a time of great tribulation for God’s people and will
require much faith and patience. It is wise to learn these fruits of
the Spirit now. It is best to learn how to swim before the boat tips
over. It is important to realize that Christians are
not raptured out before
this great tribulation takes place. Most of us will be killed during
this time. The rapture is still future, taking place in Revelation
THE FALSE PROPHET
Through the above nations, the Devil will establish the infrastructure needed to rule the entire world; however, to rule over the hearts of people requires more than politics. The Devil understands that mortal people have within them an undeveloped knowledge of the spiritual nature of life. He also understands that people, left to their own devices, will reach out to and find the Creator God. His goal is to divert all people away from the true God. His agenda is to make as many people children of hell as he and his angels are. His strategy is to distort the one true God and His plan for a new creation. People are more easily deceived for the long term when the deception is merged with truth. In order to launch his great deception, a second beast rises up out of the earth.
This beast also receives his power directly from the Devil. It has two horns like a lamb. As with previous interpretations of the “horns,” the horns represent kings. There are no crowns upon their heads because their authority and kingdom does not come through the governmental powers of politics, law, and legislation. It is indicated here that these kings are kings in the same way that Christ, the Lamb of God, is king—through religion. The religious authority of these two kings places them above the kings of nations so that the kings of the earth listen to and give allegiance to them.
The big question is “Who are these kings?” The clues given in this chapter are 1) There are two kings and 2) they are like a lamb, similar to Christ.
With these clues in mind we must ask which two religions are most similar to Judaism and Christianity, the religion of the Lamb? The answer would be, without question, Islam and Catholicism. There is no doubt that these two religions are the two kings of this second beast. The Devil raised up Islam to oppose Judaism and Catholicism to distort Christianity. In the course of history, both of these religions were established at approximately the same time: Catholicism in the fourth century and Islam in the seventh century.
The great danger of deception is that it can appear to be the real thing, like a counterfeit dollar. It can also be a thing of benefit and good for you, like the fruit in the garden when Eve looked upon it and saw that it was pleasant to look upon, good for food, and would make her wise (Genesis 3:6). The Devil will appear as an angel of light, offering to us religions similar in appearance to Christianity in order to lead our soul away from God. This is the great danger of Catholicism and Islam: they both have an image of being according to God’s design when they actually lead us further from God.
Catholicism is presently the largest religion in the world with more
members than all non-Catholic denominations combined. Its present
structure took form when Constantine and the Popes merged Christian
terms with pagan customs and days in order to bring peace to the two
conflicting groups. Through mutual compromise, peace came to the
Islam is the second largest religion next to Christianity and continues to grow. It claims to be the restoration of monotheism and truth, superseding both Judaism and Christianity. It distorts the story of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac by putting Ishmael in Isaac’s place. It also claims that Ishmael is the rightful heir to the promises given to Isaac. Islam does not believe that Jesus is divine; neither do they believe in the triune nature of the Godhead. Islam is the world’s youngest world religion, being established by Muhammad in 622 AD.
The Devil created both of these religions for the purpose of killing Christians and Jews, to displace the Jews, and to misrepresent the true God and His Son, Jesus. Throughout their history, both of these false religions have been notorious for these acts.
Islam and Catholicism are two sides of the same coin, or, in this case, two horns from the same head. They will cause every person (give every person a reason) to receive the newly established government of the first beast and his cashless economic system. At the encouragement of Catholicism and Islam, all must accept the cashless economic system or die—there will be no other option.
Even as the first beast rising out of the sea had a specific ruler over its seven heads, this second beast is ruled by one of its horns—the pope—who will be the front man doing miracles at will and causing fire to come down from heaven. He will make an image to the seven-headed beast causing it to speak and causing everyone to worship it. Those who do not worship the Antichrist and accept his image are killed. It is possible that this image is the image of the Antichrist, or possibly that of the great whore in Revelation 17, whose influence has all the earth worshipping her through her riches, sinful acts, and blasphemes against God. It is also possible that this image is the image of the Babylonian goddess, now represented as the Mary of Catholicism. It is also probable that this image is nothing more than the cashless economic system that the entire world will be forced to accept. This beast and the Antichrist may be identified through his number: 666.
Presently all the religions and nations of the world are being gathered under the influence of Islam and Catholicism. Through these the Antichrist is setting the final stage for all out war against God, the Jews, and Christians. If we are to endure the coming hard times, we must be students of God’s Word and be in relationship with God like never before.
Taken from the book,
Hard Times Coming: An Overview of the Book of Revelation."
Until next time…
Be so much the more, as ye see the day
Published by ReturnAmerica.com
Copyright April 2011
Written by Steve Magill