As we have seen in this series, God is a Triune Being encompassing Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Satan, the great deceiver, will follow this template to convince those left behind at the Tribulation that he is the promised Messiah. His false trinity will consist of Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet.
God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, wrapped in flesh to come to earth and to save mankind by being the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He paid our sin debt in full, so that whosoever believes in His death, burial and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-50) will have eternal life with Him in Heaven (John 3:16).
To copy this pattern, Satan will bring the Antichrist into the world, who will at first appear to be a savior in that he promises to end global famine and to bring world peace (Daniel 8:23-27; 9:25-27). The Antichrist will mimic the miracles of Jesus by performing signs and wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9) But three and a half years after the Antichrist signs a peace treaty with Israel, he will commit the “abomination of desolation (Matthew 24:15; Mark 13:14),” desecrating the altar of the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem and proclaiming that he is god (Daniel 8:11-13; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
The Antichrist is referred to in Revelation 13 as the beast resembling a leopard, but with the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion (v.2). His blasphemy against God has three targets: God’s Name, His tabernacle, and the saints in heaven (v.6), and he rises to power over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations (v.7). The Antichrist will parody the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus by suffering an apparently fatal wound, lying in a coma, and then miraculously returning to life (Revelation 13:3).
John contrasts the Holy Spirit, or the Spirit of God, with the spirit of antichrist. Any true believer in Christ is indwelled by the Holy Spirit and is not ashamed to proclaim that Jesus is God Who came to the earth in the form of human flesh (1 John 4:1-2). Conversely, any person indwelled by the spirit of antichrist will not admit that Christ is fully divine, yet fully human (1 John 4:3).
During the Tribulation, the False Prophet (Revelation 13:11-18) will play the dark counterpart to the Holy Spirit, drawing attention to the Antichrist just as the Holy Spirit leads hearts and minds to focus on Jesus Christ (John 16:13-14). The tools of his trade are speaking like a dragon, miraculous signs, and deception.
The False Prophet will appear to unite all remaining religions into a single, global, ecumenical system worshipping Antichrist as the false god (Revelation 17). He will lead many souls still alive in the Tribulation to be branded with the mark of the beast, or the Antichrist, namely “666” on their forehead or right hand. This number, composed of three sixes (the number of man) is described as the sum of three numbers: six hundred, threescore, and six (Revelation 13: 18).
People who accept the mark hail from three groups of men: small and great, rich and poor, free and bond (Revelation 13:16), Whoever refuses the mark of the beast cannot buy or sell in the new world order (Revelation 13:16-18), but whoever accepts it is doomed forever – this is the point of no return regarding the possibility of salvation.
During the Tribulation, after the sixth angel dries up the river Euphrates, three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon (Satan), and out of the mouth of the beast (Antichrist), and out of the mouth of the false prophet to deceive mighty kings to come against Israel at the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:12-14).
After Christ’s return and His defeat of Satan and his armies at the Battle of Armageddon, Satan has three more destinations (Revelation 20): bound in the bottomless pit for 1000 years (v. 3), loosed to deceive the nations and fight a final losing battle (v. 7-9), then cast into the lake of fire and brimstone forever with the beast and the false prophet (v. 10).
Much speculation has been written about the possible identity of the Antichrist and the False Prophet. Based on current events and Bible prophecy (Matthew 24), we may indeed be caught up in the last throes or birth pangs (Romans 8 :22) of the Church Age before the Rapture, when believers are caught up in the air to meet Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
These two tribulation villains (Antichrist and the False Prophet) may already be prowling the earth, being groomed by their evil father to come to prominence once the restraining influence of the Church and the Holy Spirit indwelling believers is removed at the Rapture (2 Thessalonians 2:2-11).
But as Christians, we should not be anxious about the identity of the Antiichrist, because during our lives, we will never find out who he is. Instead, we should be looking up (Luke 21:28) for the blessed hope (Titus 2:13) of Christ’s return!
© 2012 Laurie Collett
This is yet another wonderful post Laurie... praise God for giving you this gift and clarity in teaching His truth and praise Him also that you share it so freely for His glory.
Thanks for sharing this reminder to us. God bless you more!
I discussed the topic of beast and false prophet with seventh-day-adventists. They teach, that the beast is Roman Catholic Church, because of "seven hills" - and Rome is the city located on seven hills. But I don't think if only Roman Catholic Church is Babilon and beast. I think it is every church, which doesn't believe the Bible and instead of this believe more in people. Great post. Blessings and greetings for You :)
Thankyou for posting this.
I have done some study of this subject, particularly with Revelation 12. The beast here has seven heads and ten horns, and is staring intently at the woman about to give birth. The secret is easily unlocked if the key to open this mystery is Israel.
God's people, the Jews, have suffered subjection to six gentile empires in the past, and one still to come in the future. The past empires were Egypt, Assyrian, Babylon, Mede/Persian, Greek and Roman. The future one will be Antichrist's kingdom, divided into ten provinces, each with its own governor, symbolised by each of the ten horns. The creature stares intently at the woman, who we know as Israel herself, because she wears a sun as her body garment, a moon on her feet and has a crown of twelve stars. These symbols are identified (Genesis 37:9-10)as the sun being Jacob, the moon Rachael and the twelve stars as the twelve sons of Jacob, i.e. Israel. The woman gives birth to s man-child who is taken up to heaven before the creature can do any harm. No doubt the child is Jesus Christ, most likely resurrected and ascended to heaven.
A great post. Please pardon my rather long comment!
Thank you, Wendy! Your encouragement is such a blessing to me!
Love in Him,
Thanks, Joy! May you have a blessed week in Him,
I think all the signs are pointing to the fact that these things are not far off. Thank you for sharing this.
Thanks so much, Zim, for your comment. As the apostle John explained, the spirit of antichrist is to deny that Jesus is God in human form. That would include all the cults, false religions, New Age philosophy, and humanism. In the Tribulation, I believe all of these will be united into one false religion, which may well be under the Catholic church and/or centered in Rome.
God bless you!
Thanks so much, Frank, for your thorough and well-researched comment. I appreciate the Scripture-based explanation.
Amen, Charlotte! I agree that we appear to be in the End Times, and am looking up for His imminent return!
Love in Him,
I want to understand these prophecies, but my mind won't wrap around them. It's good to know that God has it all under control so I don't have to worry!
Thanks, Denise, & God bless!
Amen, Bettyl! God is still on His throne, and all will unfold according to His perfect plan and timing.
Blessings to you,
I find it interesting that for two thousand years, Satan has had to keep a potential Antichrist and false prophet waiting in the wings because he doesn't know when the Lord is coming either. He'd probably appreciate it if some expert could give him a valid date and let him relax a little. It just reminds us again how great our God is.
Great point, dfish! Jesus was quite clear that no One knew the date except the Father, so certainly that leaves Satan out!
Great post! Found you on the IMM blog hop
You may find my God Speaks series interesting...
Thanks so much, Diane, for your visit and comment! I'll check out your blog now!
Excellent post thank you for sharing and linking up. My grandfather always said "keep looking up." :)
Thanks, Leslie! Amen to your grandfather -- keep looking up, for our redemption may come at any moment!
I didn't realize we won't have a knowledge of the anti-Christ. This was a great post.
A most interesting post! Keeping my eyes on the Heavenly prize :) Bless You! http://thejoyfulservant.com
Laurie - you are such a gifted teacher. Thank you for always being faithful to link with The Grace Cafe. I look foward to seeing your future posts.
Thanks so much, mail4rosey, for your visit and kind comment!
Thanks, Ms. Kathleen! May we keep focused on Him! Blessings to you!
Thank you so much, Joan, for being such a wonderful encourager! You are a great blessing. I will truly miss the Grace Cafe and hope you won't be a stranger!
May God bless and guide you in this new season,
That old deceiver does try to mimic God but we catch him at his tricks! I worship the Holy Three in One Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
Amen, Robert! There is no substitute for our Sovereign, Triune God!
Blessings to you,
Your final words sum it all up...no matter what your eschatological beliefs, this one truth remains: Keep you eyes on God. Thanks for linking up with WIP!
Amen, Mary Beth -- let's keep our eyes fixed on His face!
Thanks for hosting WIP, & God bless!
Laurie...Yet another thought provoking post. I am always blessed when I stop by. This week you are the reader's choice at WJIM's Monday's Musings. Thank you for sharing this and I am excited to to feature you. Blessings.
Just letting you know that this post was among the top 3 most viewed linkups from last week's linky party! I will be featuring you this Thursday! Come grab your featured button!
Thanks, Katherine for your comment & for hosting Thursday Favorite Things! Praying that you will feel better very soon!
Wow, Naomi -- that is a great blessing! Thanks so much for the feature and for your kind comment! I have added the featured button above. May the Lord bless you you for all you do to His glory!
Angell, that is awesome! I am blessed and honored! Thank you so much for the feature & for letting me -- I'll stop by on Thursday! God bless,
Thank you so much for the post you do and also I like your post, Are you looking for Best Counterfeit, Money Printing Machines in the whole USA? We are providing Buy Money Printer, fake money and documents,Conterfiet, Buy Money Printer, Sale Money Printer, Fake Money printer the well price and our services are very fast.
Click here for Contact
+1 405-261-9389, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I don't know how to say this, but all i can see is that the illuminati is real, because i have finally see the goodness of being a member of illuminati, the illuminati is a big brotherhood family, which help and protect human in this earth, the illuminati is real, why i said so is because i have meet so many fake people using the illuminati names to cheat on people, who are really interested to be part of the brotherhood, i was once a victim and i have so many experience, because of this i was thinking the illuminati brotherhood is just a name, but now i believe in the illuminati brotherhood because i finally meet the right agent, i spent thousands of dollars because i want to join, but all was fake people, when i meet the right people, i was thinking i will pay money to join, to my own surprise it is totally free to join, the illuminati brotherhood will not charge you for any fee, there will take care of all the charges, the reason why i am saying this testimony is to inform you all that it is totally free to join the illuminati, and if you join the illuminati on your induction day you will be given so many benefits and a cash of $2,000,000.00 to start a new life as a new member of illuminati, i don't have much to say all i can do now is, i will direct you to this email and contact phone number of the real illuminati brotherhood, because i also want you to meet the real illuminati brotherhood, contact email: email@example.com call contact phone number or WhatsApp +1(661) 666-4507 for more info on how to be part of the brotherhood, everything on how to join is free thanks to you all that will read my testimony.
CONTACT Mr Justin Scott call (+2347031524375 or WhatsApp him through this number +2347031524375 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Hello everyone My name is Andrew Ronald Am from Liberia I am here to give a testimony on how I joined the illuminati brotherhood, I was trying to join this organization for so many years now,I was scammed by fake agent in south Africa and Nigeria,I was down,I could not feed my self and my family anymore and I tried to make money by all miss but all invail, I was afraid
to contact any illuminati agent because they have eat my money,One day I across a post of someone giving a testimony, thanking a man called Justin Scott of being helping him to join the illuminati brotherhood, then I look
at the man email and the phone number that was written there, it was a nigeria number I was afraid to contact him because a nigerian agent eat my $5000 and go away with the money then I was very tired, confused and I decided to contact the person that was given the testimony and i called him and I communicated with him on phone calls before he started telling me his own story about when he wanted to join, he told me everything to do, then I made up my mind and called the agent called Justin Scott and he told me everything to do, and I was initiated, surprisely I was given my benefit of being a new member of the great illuminati brotherhood I was so happy,For those of you trying to join this organization this is your opportunity for you to join CONTACT MR Justin Scott call ( +2347031524375 or WhatsApp him +2347031524375 or email: email@example.com
HOW THE ILLUMINATI BROTHERHOOD HELPED ME BECOME SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE, BEING POOR OR SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE IS A CHOICE, IF YOU ARE BOLD TO TAKE THE STEPS YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE AND ENJOY WITH YOUR GENERATIONS
How i become successful in life, I am so grateful today is because of the illuminati brotherhood. the Illuminati brotherhood continues to change my life day by day, hails to the illuminati brotherhood, i was deeply strangled up by poverty and i had no body to help me, and also i search for help from different corners but to no available, i have worked so hard to make it in life, i have done so many things in life, just to make it and live a happy life with my family, i do not know what to do next i was just thinking about my life, i see people around me getting rich but to me, i get poor everyday of my life, i start to think of what to do next just to get rich and live a good life, one day i think of going for research in google, and i say how many people giving testimony on how the illuminati brotherhood helped then to get rich and famous, so i think of joining the illuminati brother so that i can also get rich and be famous in life, because i have go through pains in life, so i make up my mind and decide to join the illuminati brotherhood, to my own believe i see my life changed for when i followed the process of joining the illuminati, the good news is that when i join the illuminati i was given amount of $2,000,000.00 USD to start a new life, i am so proud of myself and i am a great man today, because of the illuminati brotherhood, the mission of the illuminati brotherhood is to wipe away suffering and hardship away from everyone life. so if you are a business man/woman, an artist, a pastor, a working class, student and you want wealth,fame,protection,long life, prosperity just name it, the illuminati brotherhood is ready to help you achieve your dreams, if you live in America it is free to join the illuminati brotherhood, you have to email: firstname.lastname@example.org WhatsApp call or text +16616664507 on how to join the illuminati brotherhood, join and see changes in your life.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR RICHES, FAME, POWERS, KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM. Are you a business Man or Woman, Politician, Musician, Pastor, Lawyer, Actor, Actress, Banker, Footballer, Model, Graduate, student, Engineer And you want to be Rich, Famous and Powerful in Life, And NO HUMAN SACRIFICE.THIS IS YOUR GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY, The great Illuminati brotherhood will make you Rich, Powerful, famous and wealthy. You can achieve all your dreams and heart desire by being a member of the Illuminati brotherhood, Long life and prosperity here on Earth.
If you really want to become a member of the great Illuminati contact us today VIA: email@example.com or What-sapp +2348180828544
Millionaires, Billionaires who have major influence regarding most global affairs, including the planning of a New World Order. Many world leaders,
Presidents, Prime Ministers, royalty and senior executives of major Fortune 500 companies are members of Illuminati. join a secret cabal of mysterious forces
and become rich with boundless measures of wealth in your company or any given business, the great Illuminati can make everything possible just contact :
WhatsApp number +2348114880069 IAI LEXION Thaddeus Iam Vice-President of Citizen Outreach THE ILLUMINATI ORGANIZATION Email :
BEWARE OF SCAMMERS, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS REGISTRATION FEE AND YOU MUST BE ABOVE THE AGE OF 18YRS. THANKS.
GREETINGS FROM THE GREAT GRAND MASTER! IN REGARDS OF YOU BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE GREAT ILLUMINATI,WE WELCOME YOU.Be part of something special and profitable ARE YOU POLITICIAN, DOCTOR, ENGINEER, MODEL, GRADUATE, STUDENT, BUSINESS MAN OR WOMAN SEEKING FOR WISDOM,FAME,POWER, KNOWLEDGE AND WEALTH!!! Become a member today and make use of these GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY the great illuminati organisation will make you
famous and wealthy, it pull you out from the grass root and take you to greater heights were you have long aspired to be and together we shall rule the world with the great and mighty power of the illuminati, long life and
prosperity here on earth with eternal life and jubilation.EMAIL:firstname.lastname@example.org +2349037120519 (HOTLINE)
Post a Comment