We can’t write about the antichrist without mentioning his evil, and much lesser known side-kick, “THE false prophet. The False Prophet does not get top billing, but he definitely plays an important role in End-Times events. Who is this guy? We have to look at the Book of Revelation for understanding.
We do NOT write about these things to cause FEAR, but to warn and prepare God’s people for what lies ahead. We do BELIEVE in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, the Great Rescue for God’s people, and will discuss that in another post. The Rapture will be NICE to write about! But for all those who either do not believe in Jesus Christ right now, or are sitting on the fence, remember, satan owns the fence. We just want you to have some idea of what to expect and therefore have some idea of a course of action that you will take WHEN these end-time events begin.
The first Beast of Revelation 13 refers to BOTH the 10 nation New World Order alliance AND the “king” of the alliance, the antichrist.
The 1st beast IS the antichrist
other names for the antichrist in Scripture include….
- the son of Destruction or Perdition (2 Thess. 2:3)
- the Little Horn (Dan. 7:8-11, 21-26; 8:9-12, 23-25)
- the man of sin (2 Thess. 2:3)
- the lawless one (2 Thess. 2:8, Dan. 11:36)
- the Assyrian (Isaiah 10: 5, 12)
- the prince that shall come (Dan. 9:26)
- The idol shepherd (Zech. 11:16,17)
Apocalyptic Symbolism used in the book of Revelation..
- Dragon – satan
- Sea — represents Godless gentile nations,
- Sand of the seashore – represents the people of the Gentile nations.
- Head or crown – A leader or king.
- Horn – A leader or king and points to power. The Lamb who was slain has 7 horns depicting Jesus’ perfect power on Heaven and on earth (Rev. 5:6). The 2nd Beast has 2 horns LIKE A LAMB, representing the power of his false religion (Rev. 13:11).
- Beast – Represents both a tyrannical, idolatrous empire and the “king” of the empire. Could be either secular or religious empire.
- Earth – More orderly than the Sea, likely represents religion or a religious system. The Beast that comes out of the earth is also called the false prophet, and is a leader of the false religious system.
Revelation 13: And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore.
Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems (crowns), and on his heads were blasphemous names. 2 And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. 3 I saw one of his heads as if it had beenslain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; 4 they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?” 5 There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.
The 2nd Beast is the False Prophet
Revelation 13: 11: Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon. 12 He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who *had the wound of the sword and has come to life.
15 And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17 and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.
We talked about the number of the antichrist (1st beast) 666, in our previous post; however, we really didn’t touch on the 2nd beast of Revelation, the one that comes up out of the earth, or a false religious system.
The 2nd Beast causes a lot of harm on the earth. This is the evil side-kick of the antichrist. The antichrist is NOT God and cannot do everything by himself. This is the EVIL “dynamic duo” that will wreak GREAT HAVOC in the world, and YHWH Elohim WILL THROW BOTH of them into the Lake of Fire at the end of the age, along with ALL those who WORSHIP the 1ST BEAST!
The “job” of the 2nd Beast/False Prophet
- Coerces all people to make an IMAGE to the first beast/antichrist/satan
- will “give breath” to the image of the 1st beast so that it can speak.This could mean a “lying sign and wonder (pretend Resurrection) after the 1st beast’s deadly headwound appears to be healed ( Revelation 13:3). Notice Rev. 13:3 says AS IF IT HAD BEEN SLAIN.
- will perform lying signs and wonders so that the people of the world will worship the 1st Beast, the antichrist.
- will work with the antichrist to have all those who refuse to worship the image of the 1st beast killed.
- will cause all of the people of the world to take a mark on their right hand or forehead. Those who do not take the mark of the Beast will not be able to buy or sell (no commerce, no job, no life). Those who REFUSE the mark of the beast will be killed by the antichrist. Howver, MOST IMPORTANTLY – those who DO take the mark of the beast will FORFEIT FOREVER their ability to BE SAVED by JESUS!
Both beasts of Revelation will be thrown into the Lake of fire by YHWH Elohim.
Revelation 19:20: And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.
This 2nd Beast, this “religious beast” or false prophet will do a lot of harm to mankind during the 3.5 years that he and his cohort have ultimate power on this earth. They intend to drag as many human beings as they can down into the pit with them!! They will use every means necessary, including fear, intimidation, killing, deception, and even lying signs and wonders (false miracles).