Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The False Prophet

Rev 13:11 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.

Another beast, like the first beast arises. He did not come from the sea, but from the earth; having two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. He appeared to be meek as a lamb, but spoke as one sent from satan full of lies and deceit.

Rev 13:12 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.

He has the same power as the antichrist and causes those of the earth to worship the beast. This is the false prophet who has evil spiritual power from the devil to cause everyone not of God to worship the antichrist. We see this as an unholy trinity. The dragon is satan, exercising authority and giving power to the antichrist. The third member is the false prophet, doing works as an unholy spirit, coming from earth, or hell, not from heaven. He is to point people to the false christ, just as the Holy Spirit points people to the Lord Jesus Christ. Satan is a liar and a copier, but he is not good, he is only evil with lies and deception. Many follow the liar and refuse the true God and savior.

Rev 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

He does the same act that Elijah did before the worshippers of Baal. He could do nothing without God allowing him to. The healed wound was only for a season, to bring out the fulness of satan's evil purpose and to give men who are on earth a final time to choose between good and evil.

Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the 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.
Rev 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

The power of satan caused the idol to speak, and to have power to kill those who did not worship the image of the antichrist. What is this false idol, this image of the beast? There is another strange beast that is also on the scene.

The Little Horn

Dan 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

Eyes in the horn, perhaps some sort of super technical vision, like a spy satellite, or some computer to know where everyone is and what they are doing? Was this the idol of the antichrist? Many worship images on television or the computer and accept the lies told by those giving the news. There are many ideas concerning the little horn beast; what I share is certainly a part of our modern age, I speak my thoughts about the little horn, there is no real agreement about who this is.

Dan 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Dan 7:11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.

Three Angels

Rev 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

John saw in heaven an angel who was to be sent to the earth to preach the gospel to every nation and to all people. He came from heaven; so this was not a man preaching and Jesus is never an angel. Where was the church? Had they been raptured or caught up in the air to be with Jesus? Who would tell those remaining about Jesus? The 144,000 and finally the angel messenger of God were tribulation witnesses. God is good, always wanting to give grace to those who will receive.

2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Rev 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

Fear God, he has made all that there is. Repent from the lies taught to you about evolution and other gods. Do not worship the antichrist and his false prophet; worship the true almighty God.
The 144,000 were sealed of God and were probably witnessing at this same time. This was before the people received the mark of the beast. There would be a great multitude saved out of the tribulation.

Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Rev 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Babylon here represents mankind in organized rebellion against God. Those who seek the lusts of the flesh and rebel against God, even denying that he exists. These were in danger of following the antichrist to the lake of fire.They will see God's power and hear the gospel message.

Mark of the beast

Rev 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

The third angel warns the earth's people to not take the mark of the beast. They will do so by force, or they willingly worship God, it is their choice. If they take the mark, it is a sin unto everlasting torment. God's wrath will be poured out upon them.

Rev 13:16 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:

The devil's counterpart forces people to be sealed with his mark; the mark of the beast, or the antichrist. Only those with the Holy Spirit could resist this mark. The mark is to be put on the right hand, the hand used for work. The mark would also be on the foreheads, controlling the mind, perhaps demon possession. This mark is so serious that it cannot be undone. The barcode used in scanners, when we buy and sell, has as it's identifying framework the numbers 666. To refuse the mark would mean no buying or selling.

Rev 13:17 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.

You may be killed, but you will not unwillingly take the mark if you are a child of God. Taking the mark means you have not God's Spirit, it means you willingly worship the antichrist, and it means you will sell your soul, like Esau, who sold his birthright for a bowl of stew. There is a spiritual ownership given to satan by those who take the mark.

Rev 13:18 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.

Seven is perfection and completion, a man without God shall never be perfect or complete. 666, the mark of the beast. Three numbers; an unholy trinity of fallen angels; satan and his demons controlling evil men. You must not take the mark, for it has spiritual power from the devil, to hold you in bondage. If you are saved, you will know and God will keep you, but many who have not God's spirit will receive the mark of the beast, worship the antichrist and be lost forever.

The antichrist beast and the false prophet are cast into the lake of fire

Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

After the Millennium, the devil will join them in the lake of fire.
Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Then all who are not in the book of life are cast into the Lake of Fire

Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

We Shall See the Lord

Rev 22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
Rev 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
Rev 22:6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Luke 21:17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
Luke 21:18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

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