The False Prophet (Part 9b)
Parenthesis 5 Continued
The Second Beast (13:11)
“11 Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon” .
Revelation 13 reveals the third member of the Satanic trinity whom John refers to as “the false prophet” in later verses. In the Satanic trinity, Satan, who desires to “be like the Most High,” is the counterfeit of God the Father, and the Antichrist is the counterfeit of Jesus. The work of the Holy Spirit is to uplift Jesus in the understanding of man, to glorify Him as the Son of God, the False Prophet will counterfeit this work by pointing to the Antichrist as the messiah. The presence of Jesus on earth has been followed by the Holy Spirit who directs men to worship Him; so too the Antichrist will be followed by the False Prophet, who will cause men to worship the Beast from the sea (Rev.13:12). The second beast of Rev. 13, also known as the False Prophet, as the third member of the unholy trinity, will therefore play a major role in supporting the Antichrist, with Satan as the unseen spiritual power behind it all.
While the first beast will rise out of the Gentile nations, the reference to the second beast “coming out of the earth” (13:11), is interpreted by most Pre-millennialists to mean that the False Prophet will be Jewish and arise out of the Holy Land. To the Jews, the False Prophet will be seen to be the fulfilment of the prophecy that Elijah will be the forerunner of the Messiah, “See I send you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the Lord comes” (Malachi 4:5). No rabbi will accept a Gentile as the prophet Elijah, so this again indicates that the False Prophet will be Jewish.
Unlike the terrifying image of the first beast, this second beast appears like a lamb. The two horns on its head indicate the power and authority given to him, and as he has no crown this power is not political. Despite his lamb-like appearance, the second beast also speaks like a dragon (Satan), his words will include blaspheming God, lies and deception, which will ultimately lead to deaths of the righteous. The False Prophet will be involved in convincing the whole world to worship the first beast; this will include dishonesty and incredible deception on the part of the False Prophet.
The Role of the Second Beast (13:12-15)
“12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. 13 It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people. 14 and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain.”
Both the Antichrist and the False Prophet are tools of Satan, and the powers of the second beast will be completely demonic, so the second beast is almost as powerful as the first beast. The False Prophet will use his powers to make earth’s inhabitants worship the first beast. This may appear on the surface to be a fanciful statement; however, Paul warns in 2 Thessalonians 2:11 that God, because of mankind’s continued rebellion, will send mankind a strong delusion so that they will believe what is false. That delusion is the Antichrist, mankind will have had over two thousand years to repent and accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, yet their hearts remain hard, so God will hand mankind over to a reprobate mind. Satan, the ruler of the kingdoms of the world, has been busy working to restore a one world religion, a one-world economy and a one-world government, that existed during Nimrod’s rule at the time of the Tower of Babel. Just as Satan was able to use Nimrod to bring all of mankind under his authority, so Satan will use the Antichrist in the same manner. The second beast’s role in Satan’s plan is to direct worship to the Antichrist. Verse 12 is extremely significant, stating that the False Prophet will have “authority” to make all the inhabitants of the earth worship the first beast, this indicates that there will be a single, world-wide religion under the rule of the Antichrist. This pressure by the False Prophet to worship the Antichrist will be enforced by the False Prophet during the Great Tribulation. The shocking revelation from this verse is not only that there will be a world-wide worship of the Antichrist lead by the False Prophet, but also that the “authority” to do this must be allowed by God. It is a clear confirmation that mankind will fall for the delusion sent by God because of their rebellion against Him.
The False Prophet also counterfeits the miracle of Elijah bringing fire down from heaven (Revelation 13:13), which will convince the Jews that he is Elijah and this will therefore be further evidence for them that the Antichrist is the long-awaited messiah. The true Elijah, however, will be one of the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11:1-13. God sends these two men to Jerusalem to prophesy a warning of the impending judgement of the Great Tribulation, and to be a witness that Yahweh is the True God. While one of the witnesses performs the miracles of Elijah – fire and drought (Revelation 11:5 & 6), the other witness performs the miracles of Moses – water being turned into blood and plagues (Revelation 11:6). The “great signs” performed by the False Prophet will be done through the supernatural powers of the enemy who stands in opposition to God and His Truth. Just as Pharaoh’s magicians were able to counter the miracles performed by Moses’ brother Aaron, so too will the False Prophet counter the miracles of the Two Witnesses.
Both Daniel and Jesus warn or the “abomination of desolation” (Dan. 9:27 Matt. 24:15), which we see being fulfilled in Revelation 13. This is an amazingly critical time for mankind, the like the world has never seen before, the abomination of desolation signals the start of the Great Tribulation which means that:
- The Antichrist will no longer be the false “messiah” that the Jews have believed in, but now he will demand to be recognized as god. He will desecrate the Temple Mount by erecting a statue of himself and demand that it is worshipped by all (Rev. 13:14).
- The False Prophet, will bring “life” to the image and, in support of the Antichrist, compel all mankind to worship the statue. Then he will institute a means of buying and selling with a coded mark (666 – the mark of the beast); this mark will be taken by those who will agree to worship the Antichrist. Through the implementation of this new economy, the False Prophet will then be able to identify and persecute those that reject the Antichrist as god, and refuse to take the mark. The only people to reject the Antichrist’s claim, and refuse to take the mark of the beast will be the saints of God (13:14-18).
- Many Jews in Jerusalem and Israel will reject the Antichrist’s claim to be god and flee into the wilderness (Rev. 12:14).
- In answer to the disciples’ question of the sign indicating His soon return at the end of the age, Jesus gave the abomination of desolation, and added the warning of the persecution that the Jews would face from the Antichrist (Matthew 24:15). These persecuted Jews will therefore know, if they survive, that they will be the generation that sees the return of Jesus, they will know the exact timing! 1260 days, 42 months, 3½ Years.
- The consequences of the rule of the Antichrist – the rider on the white horse – will start to commence during the Great Tribulation, they are the red, black and pale horsemen from the Seven Seals Scroll. The consequences will be war, economic hardship, famine, pestilence, plagues and a great many deaths (Rev. 6).
- The Trumpet Judgements will commence, followed by the Bowl Judgements, as God holds mankind accountable for their rebellion (Rev. 8 & 16).
- The persecution of the saints of God, which will result in the martyrdom of the majority (Rev 13:15) will start to take place in the last 3½ Years.
- The choice to take the mark of the beast, or to refuse it and face persecution, will be the last opportunity for all mankind to attain eternal salvation.
The warning from Jesus of the seriousness of the events of the Great Tribulation is clear for all:
“For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short” (Matthew 24:21-22).
Verse 14 explains the role of the False Prophet in elevating the Antichrist to the status of god, revealing that he will install a statue of the Antichrist on the Temple Mount, and that he will be “allowed” by God to give life to the image. There are a number of theories as to how the False Prophet will give “life” to the image, some believe it will be technological, such as an intuitive human-robot interaction, while other hold to the view that it will be some form of hologram. However, as the Scripture indicates that the False Prophet is “allowed,” to give life to the image, this is a strong indicator that this will be a supernatural occurrence. So, “the giving breath to the image” should not be interpreted as the image coming to life, but that demonic powers will speak through the image.
Those that refuse to worship the Antichrist will be identified by the False Prophet and slain; Revelation 20:4 reveals to us how the believers will die:
“I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus.”
In the days before the French Revolution, beheading was done by axe or longsword, and could be a messy affair. The strong implication is that a modern form of “Madame la Guillotine” will be introduced, which will have three advantages for the False Prophet’s gruesome goal of mass executions:
- The first being that mechanised beheadings are seen as more humane and takes away human error. The executioner of Mary Queen of Scots (1587) was given copious amounts of alcohol to drink the night before her execution, the next day he took three blows to complete his work!
- The second advantage of mechanised beheading is that it is able to deal with large numbers of victims, which Scripture indicates will be the case.
- Finally, the guillotine will remain in public view, and strike fear into the local population, as a strong warning of what will happen to those who refuse to comply with the command to worship the Antichrist.
The Mark of the Beast (13:16-18)
16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on (KJV has in) the right hand or the forehead, 17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name”.
Under the rule of the Antichrist there will be a one-world government, and verse 16 indicates that the False Prophet will also control a one-world economic system, which will involve buying and selling with the mark of the beast. John stresses that all mankind will be required to receive the mark to be able to do any form of business or trade. There is a sinister condition attached – the individual will be required to recognize the Antichrist as god and worship him too. Satan will then have his number inserted under the skin (KJV) of the right hand or forehead of each person. To ensure that all recognise the Antichrist as god, the False Prophet must also control the secret police of the time, in order to ensure all receive the mark of the beast. In this way, the False Prophet will use the mark of the beast to identify those saints of God who will refuse to worship the Antichrist. These believers will be arrested by the False Prophet, and be beheaded for rebelling against the New World Order (Revelation 20:4). Images of the reign of terror by the Nazi Gestapo and the Russian KGB come to mind.
God commanded the Israelites to love His Word, and to take heed of His instructions, so much so that His Word should always be near to them. The Jews, due to a rigid legalistic interpretation of Scripture, took the Scripture, “bind them (God’s Word) as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes,” literally. Instead of understanding the spirit of Deuteronomy 6:6-8, where God instructed them to continually have these commandments of the Lord in mind, so as to never swerve from observing them, the Jews, made boxes with Scriptures in them called Phylacteries, and they bind them to their arms and forehead. The seed of the serpent has always sought to replace, the seed of the woman – God’s Word – Jesus. So, by having his coded mark in (under the skin) the back of the hand or in the forehead of mankind, the Antichrist is symbolically occupying the place that should represent the close contact we have with God’s Word. In Revelation 7:3-4 and 14:1, it is revealed that God puts His seal on the foreheads of those that are His, by implanting his code under the skin of the foreheads of mankind the Antichrist is sealing each person as belonging to Satan. While those sealed by God will go to where God is, those taking the mark, are sealed by Satan, and will also share his destination – The Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:10).
“18 This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666”.
By June 2020, Hollywood had produced 19 movies with 666 in the title, the number of the beast recorded in verse 8 is probably the most recognised, and most misunderstood Scripture in the secular world. Even Christians struggle to interpret the verse, with many wildly speculating on the meaning of the number 666.
To gain an insight into the meaning of 666 it is important to understand Bible numerics, which gives us the foundation for interpreting the symbolism of numbers in Scripture. The number 7 is God’s number representing completeness and perfection, man in sin falls short of perfection, so is represented by the number 6, one short of 7. This is confirmed in Genesis, with the seven days of creation, and Adam being created on the sixth day. In both Hebrew and Greek the letters of the alphabet are also numbers, so it is possible to assign a number to a word, or a person’s name, by adding up the letters of their name. The practice is termed “gematria”. The inference then, that is taken from the statement “calculate the number” is that the gematria of the name of the Antichrist will be 666.
When a word or a number is repeated in Scripture, the repetition emphasizes its absolute nature, such as the holiness of God in the repetition “Holy, Holy, Holy,” or the requirement to pay careful attention with the introduction “verily, verily, verily”. So, by repeating the number 6 three times the Scripture is emphasizing that the Antichrist will be the epitome of man in sin. Interestingly the gematria for Jesus is 888, the number 8 represents a “new beginning,” so Jesus is a “new beginning” in bold writing, as through Him mankind has the start of a new relationship with God. Therefore, the repetition of the number 6 is highlighting that it represents man in sin. The repetition is emphasizing that the Antichrist will be the greatest example of a sinful man; Paul in his second letter to the Thessalonians calls him “the man of lawlessness… the son of destruction”(2:3). John by repeating the number six three times is emphasizing that the Antichrist will be possessed by Satan; everything he does will be in opposition to God, he will be the evilest person on earth. While claiming to be the perfect messiah, the Antichrist will represent total imperfection, falling short in every way.
A further point is that the number 666 also represents the counterfeit, unholy trinity: Satan, the Antichrist and the False Prophet. They represent man in sin in total rebellion to God, emphasized and highlighted. So, Satan is wanting to ensure that all of mankind is branded with his symbol, identifying them as belonging to him.
The mark of the beast will enable the False Prophet to incite terror in the hearts of mankind, forcing them to comply with the New World Order. Only those who know that they have a sure future – an eternity with the Lord Jesus – will be able to stand up against the tyranny of the Antichrist and the new inquisition that will be established by the False Prophet (Rev. 12:11).
The remaining question with regards to the mark of the beast, is why is wisdom and understanding required to interpret the number 666? An eight-year-old child is expected to be able to count up to a thousand, so why is wisdom required to count to six hundred and sixty-six? The wisdom that will be required is that the number 666 will be encoded into the mark of the beast, and the mystery as to how that will occur will only be solved when the time arrives. Barry Smith postulated an interesting possibility, in that the number will represent an individual’s ID, which will consist of three six-digit numbers. The first set of six numbers will be the person’s date of birth, the second a grid reference for their residence, and the third will be an identity number.
Buying and selling with 666
The UPC bar code was invented by an IBM employee named George J. Laurer, in 1971, by 1973 the UPC barcode began to be used in stores.
A barcode is a machine-readable code in the form of a binary code where a line represents “1” and a space “0”. The two-symbol system of a binary code may then be used to represent a number, an example would be 10110 being selected to represent the number 8. On a barcode the number 8 will then be shown as a line, space, two lines and a second space. Therefore, a pattern of parallel lines with spaces between represent the numbers of a code, which is printed on the items in a shop that are for sale, and is used for stock control. This was a great advancement for retail stores, which vastly improved store operations, however the secret code was broken in the late 1980’s and a sinister side to the bar code was revealed. Each barcode for retail items has a manufacturer code and a product code, the manufacturer code is represented by one set of binary numbers from 0-9 (odd parity codes), and the product code has a different set of binary numbers for 0-9 (even parity codes). Then there are three Guard Bars, that each look like a railway line – a line, then a space, followed by a second parallel line (101 in binary). The Guard Bars indicate to the scanner to start and stop reading the two sets of codes. So, if a person was to purchase an item, the scanner would be triggered by the first guard (line, space line) to read the manufacturer, then the middle guard stops the first reading and prepares the scanner for the second reading, which would be the product. The last guard stops the reading of the bar code, and the computer brings up the price of the item, and marks of the sale of the item from the stock list.
The diagram above shows a barcode with the two sets of codes separated by the three Guard Bars which are sometimes slightly longer. Notice in the diagram above, that the code used for the product number six is 101 (a line, space, and a line), is just to the right of the centre Guard Bar, which is exactly the same. The same can be seen in the diagram below where the code for the Product, also called the set two code, has a number 6 on the far right, which is the same binary code as the three guard bar codes – 101. This means that every single barcode used for buying and selling, has a Product Code six as the code for their Guard Bars, so every barcode contains 666.
It is important to note that there are a variety of barcodes in use for various reason, for example international mail delivery companies such as FedEx, use a barcode to allow the sender and receiver to track the movement of a package. These barcodes are long and thin and do not have the Guard Bars representing 666, but the package barcode is not used for buying and selling.
There are many detractors to the belief that the mark of the beast is on all barcodes used for buying and selling, they will say that it is just another conspiracy theory. However, there is strong evidence that the appearance of 666 on barcodes was no coincidence, but intentional. When George Laurer designing his code, he could have chosen any number to represent the Guard Bars – he had nineteen other numbers to choose from! He could have even created a new binary code, but he did not, he intentionally chose a Product code six, represented by 101 in binary. When Laurer’s code was broken, and the significance of the Three Guard Bars representing sixes was exposed, he was asked to give an explanation, his answer was:
“There is nothing sinister about this nor does it have anything to do with the Bible’s ‘mark of the beast’… it is simply like the fact that my first, middle and last names have six letters. There is no connection with an international money code either”. So, we are to believe that it is one great big coincidence, the extreme chance probability of it being a coincidence says otherwise.
This does not mean that the barcode is the future mark of the beast, but it does mean that the world is already buying and selling with a coded 666. It is the next step that is going to be the major concern, when the code is not only on the product being purchased, but when the authorities want to put the code in you.
Computer chips, Nanotechnology, Unique Biometrics and Quantum Tattoos.
Most Pre-millennials who accept the mark of the beast as a literal reality, have identified the microchip as the fulfilment of the prophecy. However, with the rapid advancement of technology we cannot be sure, and other technologies are becoming realistic possibilities too.
People have been slowly socialised into accepting the use of microchips in many varied aspects of their lives. They are widely used in zoo animals, pets, farm animals, laboratory animals and endangered wildlife, they are also found in the automobile industry, garment industry, and in hazardous waste. The next step has been to implant them in humans, prison inmates have received implants, and some companies have started implanting employees. In 2017 Three Square Market, a Wisconsin-based technology company, implanted microchips the size of a grain of rice between the index finger and thumb of its employees. Hospitals are now considering implants for babies, since hospital tags can be removed and mistakes can be made, implants are a sure way of identifying the babies. In these times of increased crime and child abductions, one of the main attractions for parents is that the device is small enough to be implanted in a child, as a safeguard against kidnapping.
With increases in memory capabilities, it is possible that the microchip will be able to store substantial amounts of information. So, all the following important information could be stored on a microchip: National ID, Company ID, credit card and bank details, medical aid details, driver’s licence, birth certificate, passport, Inland Revenue Tax details and voter registration. There are considerable advantages: A first responder will be able to access medical records, there is also no possibility of losing or having your passport, wallet or ID stolen, and a person will always have their driver’s licence and car insurance details on them, etc.
No matter how beneficial microchip technology may seem, there must always be the warning that this could be the method that the False Prophet will use to implement the mark of the beast. The chip in combination with Unique Biometrics would be the ideal tool for the False Prophets scheme to identify all who worship the Antichrist. A person with the chip implanted in the hand will be able to place their hand on a scanner that will read both the hand print and the microchips, confirming a match. Should the person be an amputee and have no right hand, the microchip could be inserted in the forehead and the scanner reads both the unique iris pattern of the eye and the microchip.
Nanotechnology and Smart Tattoos:
Nanotechnology is a new rapidly advancing technology which uses matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale for industrial purposes, it deals with dimensions and tolerances of less than 100 nanometres. Scientists are excited by this new technology, and are currently debating the future implications of nanotechnology. There is a large range of possibilities for the use of this new technology, including the development of new materials to be used in nanomedicine, nanoelectronics, biomaterials energy production, and consumer products.
The most recent focus has been on nanotechnology placed on the skin being able to react with smart suits, which has applications in both the military and space exploration. At the very least, this technology being printed on the body will be another step in the socialisation process of receiving a microchip in the hand or in the forehead.
NEWS BRIEF: “Mastercard Wants to Identify You by Your Heartbeat, Veins”, Breitbart News, 17 Feb 2020.
“Payment provider Mastercard announced this week that it is developing various technologies that will allow it to identify customers by their strides, heartbeat, and vein patterns… Mastercard is developing biometric technology that will allow the payment provider and other companies to identify their customers based on unusual biometrics. The new technology will specifically allow Mastercard to identify customers based on the way that they walk, the unique pattern of their heartbeat, and the layout of their veins.”
Mastercard moves us closer to the “mark of the beast” moment, as they announce plans to use your heartbeat and the veins in your hand as the means by which they confirm that it is you who is using the card. This is yet another effective socialisation process where technology is used in financial transactions.
There are some that believe that the mark of the beast will be a quantum tattoo, which at the moment is a tool developed by MIT to keep track of who has been vaccinated in developing countries, which can be a near impossible task. When the vaccine is administered, ink is safely embedded under the epidermal layer alongside the vaccine itself. The tattoo is invisible to the naked eye, and needs a special smartphone camera app and filter to read the code. The possibility exists that sometime in the future invisible tattoos could be used for data storage.
Ultimately, all of the above means of storing information on a person’s body, is part of the socializing process preparing mankind for the day when the Antichrist will introduce his “mark,” as a means of buying and selling.
The Globalist Agenda
Globalism is marketed as a good thing, where countries become interconnected which will boost trade. The ultimate goal of globalisation is a socialist “Global Village”, with no national borders, the equality of mankind, alleviated poverty and no separation by class. Sounds good, but remember that socialism is run by government control, where individual freedoms are curtailed. George Orwell’s book Animal Farm explains the problem with the famous quote “all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others”.
There are many that scoff at the concept of a one-world government and a one-world monetary system. They cannot conceive of mankind with its many diverse cultures being formed into a “Global Village”. To understand how the populations of the world will fall under a one-world government, a study of the globalist plan for the New World Order is required. There is a step-by-step process, which believers may observe and use to determine the signs of the time, as the Lord will not return until all is in place for the start of the Tribulation. The first step is the unification of countries on the different continents, with a governing body that mediates over the region. Once the countries are merged through trade agreements these new continental bodies will merge their currencies into a single unit. The success of the unification of European nations into the European Union, with the Euro as the single currency, has been a model for the rest of the world.
This globalist plan can also be seen in the formation of the African Union and the North American Union, each, however, experiencing their own unique difficulties. The North American plan has been in the forefront of the News recently in American politics, with the Republican nationalist, battling globalist Democrats. Donald Trump was elected to the presidency in 2016, with a nationalistic “America First” slogan and was met by the full force of the globalist resistance. The Democrats created false charges against President Trump and tried to impeach him twice, even now, although he is out of office, they are still trying to impeach him, to prevent any chance of his return. The power of the globalist must not be underestimated, there is strong evidence that both the Clinton and Biden families are corrupt yet no charges have been successfully brought against them, while Trump who was found innocent twice, still continues to have legal battles. The evidence against the Clinton and Biden families is compelling:
- Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, is believed to have been done to keep her corrupt dealings out of the public record. The logical reason for Hillary Clinton to have deleted 33 000 emails from her private server, was to prevent the evidence of her corrupt dealings from becoming public. Donald Trump labelled it “the politics of personal enrichment,” and pointed out that Clinton’s dealings also putting the security of the entire United States at risk.
- While Joe Biden was vice president, his son Hunter Biden set up business deals with both China and the Ukraine, and proceeded to trade on his famous political standing and peddled influence with his father. Again, these dealing were not only “the politics of personal enrichment,” but also a threat to national security. Then there is the art scandal, where Hunter who has never sold a painting before, is suddenly able to display his art in a high-class gallery, and command $75 000 to $500 000 for his paintings. Paintings that would go for $10 to $20 on a New York street corner. This is more than an ethical dilemma for a president.
The Democrats with their open border policy are determined to change America from a conservative Christian nation into a liberal member of the globalist body. Democrats having replaced Trump are now back on track with plans to merge the United States, Canada and Mexico into the North American Union, which would then use a common currency called the Amero. The idea of an Asian Union and a Middle East Union is hard for many to conceptualise, with the strong cultural biases and simmering tensions between countries in the regions. However, it must be remembered that the European Union came about at the end of a century, where the nations of Europe had fought each other in two world wars. Globalism does not have man at its centre, there is a strong spiritual force driving the process, with Satan, the ruler of the kingdoms of the world in the driving seat. Eventually all the continental unions will develop their own common currency, and then finally the last step will be the merging of all the regions into a one-world government, with a single currency determined by the False Prophet. This will mean that all the major retailers or grocery stores, will require you to have a global ID to make purchases. The ID will take the form of a coded mark in the back of the hand or in the forehead, which will be detected by scanners at the pay point.
A One-World Religion
Having covered the very real momentum that is moving the world towards a one-world government, and a one-world currency, it is necessary to explain the reality of the spiritual drive towards a one-world religion. Once more the idea of a shared world faith is scoffed at, as there are many examples to show that different religions relate to each other with hostility and antagonism. An example from the past being the Crusades which saw Catholic Europe in conflict with Islam in the Middle East and more recently the conflict between Muslim Pakistan and Hindu India. Pakistan was formed in 1948 as the homeland for the Muslims of British India, as a means to end the religious conflict in India. There have also been conflicts within the same faith such as the Iraq and Iran war which saw Sunni Muslims at odds with Shiite Muslims, and also the Northern Ireland Catholic verses Protestant conflict.
Pluralism has been a philosophy that has done much to alleviate the conflict between religious groups. Pluralism holds to the belief that all religions are equal, and all religions worship the same God, each in their own way. The philosophy therefore accepts the mix of different religions, and sees variety as good for a society. However, it is syncretism that has become the most dominant philosophy when dealing with the diversity of religious beliefs. Syncretism has become the tool of the globalists, persuading the religions of the world to recognise commonalities such as love of God, love of fellow man and the moral development of the individual. The religions of the world are encouraged to work together for the betterment of mankind; globalisation is using global issues such as climate change, poverty and social injustice to draw the world’s religions together to co-operate. Some “Christian” denominations are falling for it too, and the social gospel is being preached instead of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It has become more important to end poverty than to save souls – Jesus even said “The poor you will always have with you” (Matthew 26:11).
Scripture is clear that the Antichrist will appear on the scene as the “messiah”, a man who will bring world peace. That peace will be attained by his ability to not only end conflicts, but to also finalise the unification of the religions of the world. This will be attained as, ultimately, all the religions of the world originate from one source, man’s philosophies in rebellion to God, motivated by the spirit of the Antichrist. The enmity between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman achieved a climax at the tower of Babel, with a rebellion against God that saw the establishment of a one-world government, and a one-world religion, then God stifled the rebellion by establishing a diversity of languages. New cultures were formed along with new religions, all with roots in Mystery Babylon Religion. There is only one Truth, that is Jesus the resurrected Lord, all the other faiths are deceptions that are contaminated by the seed of the serpent. While all the religions of the world require works to attain salvation, only Jesus requires faith in His works – nothing that any individual can do will enable them to attain salvation. Christianity stands alone, while all the founders of the world religions are dead, and their bones are in the ground, Jesus is alive – His tomb is empty, His resurrection being evidence of the truth of His promise of eternal life with Him. This means that during the Tribulation there will only be two religions, the syncretic faith mastered by the false messiah, the Antichrist, and the followers of the true Messiah, Jesus.
Who is the False Prophet?
Just as John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus, so too will the False Prophet prepare the way for the Antichrist. Their ministries will parallel each other and eventually become as one, with the False Prophet operating to glorify the Antichrist. Note that just as John the Baptist and Jesus were “religious” leaders, so as types of John and Jesus, the False Prophet and the Antichrist, we can assume, will both be leaders within the Roman Catholic Church. From being a part of the Catholic Church, the False Prophet will become a major player in the Ecumenical Church. In time he will use his considerable ability to make eloquent and powerful speeches to persuade the multitudes to receive the Antichrist as God and lead the world in worshipping him. A more modern example would be the Nazi party of the 1930s to 1940s, the False Prophet will be as Joseph Goebbels was to Adolf Hitler. They will be of one mind, holding the same ideology. Both will be empowered by the satanic forces of darkness to achieve their goal – world domination. The False Prophet is the Antichrist’s propaganda minister, his closest ally and adviser. Together, this satanic duo will perform the most successful deception in history.
The False Prophet will also control the economic system, which will involve buying and selling with the mark of the beast, “He also forced everyone… to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark.” (Rev. 13:16-17). In doing so, the False Prophet must also control the secret police of the time in order to ensure that all receive the mark of the beast. In this way, the False Prophet will use the mark to identify those saints of God who will refuse to worship the Antichrist. These believers will be arrested by the False Prophet, who will have them beheaded for rebelling against the New World Order (Rev. 20:4).
With the Pope being the Antichrist (more details of this will be given during the Revelation 17 study), and the False Prophet also having to be a religious leader, there can only be one possible person who will fill the role of the second beast. This character wields great power and authority, but always in deference and loyalty to the Pope. That person is the Superior General of the Society of Jesuits, also known as the Black Pope. The Superior General is the automatic choice for the second beast, as he is already the right-hand man to the Pope.
The order of the Jesuits was created to combat and overthrow the Protestant reformation. It was founded as a military order (sometimes referred to as “god’s marines”) by Ignatius of Loyola in 1534. Through the ages their ultimate mission has been to bring about an end to the Protestant rebellion against the Mother Church. In 1537, the Jesuits travelled to Italy to seek Papal approval for their order. Pope Paul III commended them and issued a papal bull giving them permission to ordain priests. They operate as the Vatican’s version of the KGB, doing every dirty deed required for the Vatican to maintain control and authority in the world.
Gary Kah in his book, The New World Religion, writes a detailed appendix on the ceremony of induction and extreme oaths of the Jesuits. Understanding the Jesuit society gives us clarity in understanding how the mystery of iniquity, the counterfeit religion, already has an army prepared to do its bidding. The oath sworn by the Jesuits makes the oath of the Sicilian Mafia look like a Boy Scout oath. For the Mafia initiate there is the threat of a painful death at betraying the Mafia cause and not fulfilling their duty. For the Jesuit there is not only the threat of an extremely painful death, but also the belief that the traitor will spend an eternity burning in hell for betraying the oath of loyalty to the mafia don of the Catholic Church, the Pope.
The Jesuit flag flown at the initiation, next to the yellow and white Catholic flag, is a black flag with a dagger and red cross above skull and crossbones. Not an appropriate flag for a religious order! Worse still is that below the skull and crossbones are the letters INRI, which stands for Iustum, Necar, Reges, Impios, which translated from Latin into English means It is just to exterminate or annihilate impious or heretical Kings, Governments, or Rulers. This is exactly what the Jesuit swears to perform in service for the Pope during his initiation. Anytime there is a revival anywhere in the world, where there is a threat of Catholics turning from Mary worship to accepting Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, the Jesuits will be there seeking to do whatever is necessary to prevent that. Whatever is necessary includes anything from malicious gossip and slander, to assassinations and civil war.
What should be of great concern is that these men are able to travel the world as representatives of God. They have fooled the world. Even some Protestant Christians, who are the main focus for their insidious plans, consider them brothers in Christ. Slightly misguided brothers they will admit, but nonetheless brothers. To even suggest that prayers should be said in spiritual warfare against the Jesuits and shrines to Mary, will cause believers to want to change the subject. The Church today has given the Catholic Church carte blanche to further its schemes. The Jesuits are a part of “the secret power of lawlessness” (2 Thess. 2:7) that will support the Antichrist in his ascendancy to power, with the Black Pope as his right-hand man.
The Superior General of the Jesuits accurately fits John’s description of the second beast in Revelation 13. The head of the Jesuits is the Pope’s confessor. Only a Jesuit is able to absolve the Pope of his sins, so there is a close bond between the two men. The Superior General has religious responsibilities which involve ensuring the authority and reverence of the Pope worldwide, he is truly the lamb with horns that speaks like a dragon. Another factor that identifies the False Prophet with the Supreme General in Scripture, is that the Black Pope will use the main tool of the Jesuits to manipulate people to his will – fear. As head of the Jesuits, he has an army of priests devoted to the cause of serving the Pope. These soldiers of the Black Pope will have no problem using capital punishment to enforce the law that all buying and selling must be done with the mark of the beast (Rev. 13:16-17). Executions, after all, are not new to the Jesuit order.
The False Prophet will incite terror in the hearts of mankind, forcing them to comply with the New World Order. Only those who know that they have a sure future – an eternity with the Lord Jesus – will be able to stand up against the tyranny of the Antichrist and the new inquisition established by his Jesuit henchman, the False Prophet.
The close association of the False Prophet with the Antichrist will make the identification of the second beast relatively easy. The criteria for the False Prophet are tabulated below:
|1||The False Prophet will be Jewish and arise out of the Holy Land (Rev. 13:11).|
|2||The Jews will consider him to be the fulfilment of the prophecy that Elijah will proceed the appearance of the Messiah (Mal. 4:5).|
|3||He counterfeits the miracle of Elijah, bringing fire down from heaven (Rev. 13:13).|
|4||He will perform other great and miraculous signs (Rev. 13:13).|
|5||He will have the ability to make eloquent and powerful speeches, which will be filled with lies and deceit (Rev. 13:11).|
|6||As the Superior General of the Jesuits (Black Pope) he will be a religious leader and the Antichrist’s propaganda minister, his closest ally and adviser (Rev. 13:12).|
|7||As the Black Pope, he wields religious power, which initially will be part of the ecumenical church.|
|8||He has the power to give “life” to the image of the Antichrist so that it is able to speak (Rev. 13:15).|
|9||The False prophet will also control the economic system of buying and selling with the mark of the beast (Rev. 13:16-17).|
|10||Those who will not worship the Antichrist will be identified by the False Prophet when they refuse to take the mark. He will then have them put to death (Rev. 13:15).|
With a sound overview of the False Prophet, the reader is now prepared to venture into the Scriptures to gain wisdom and understanding of the man who will stand at the right hand of the Antichrist.
The “Abomination of Desolation” Summary
The statue of the Antichrist referred to as the “abomination of desolation,” has great significance in the Last Days:
- It occurs in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem (Daniel 11:31; 2 Thessalonians 2:4).
- It involves the False Prophet setting up a statue of the Antichrist in place of the regular sacrifice on the Temple Mount (Daniel 11:31; 12:11; Revelation 13:14-14).
- This results in the cessation of the regular sacrifice (Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11).
- There will be a time of about three-and-a-half years between the appearance of the “abomination of desolation” on the Temple Mount and the return of Jesus (Daniel 9:27; 12:11).
- It involves the Antichrist setting up a statue or image of himself so that he may be worshipped in place of God (Daniel 11:31; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 13:14-15).
- The image is made to come to life (Revelation 13:14).
- A worship system of this false god is thus inaugurated (2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 13:14-15).
- The mark of the beast will be instituted to identify those who refuse to worship the Antichrist (Rev. 13:16-18). These individuals will be believers, who when identified, will be put to death (Rev. 13:7).
- At the end of this time period the Antichrist who commits the act will meet his end (Daniel 9:27).