Saturday, May 1, 2021

The Beast and the AntiChrist

The Beast and the AntiChrist

And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. (1 John 4:3 AKJV)

There are “spirits” that are contrary to God and will not confess Jesus has come in the flesh, that is the spirit of antichrist. There are many people who work in agreement with these spirits and are referred to as antichrists:

Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. (1 John 2:18 AKJV)

These antichrists are people who preach a doctrine that leads others away from Christ. There will be someone who is the leader of a rebellion against God on this earth. He is referred to by many names: 

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 AKJV)

When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoever reads, let him understand:) (Matthew 24:15, Mark 13:14 AKJV)

This abomination of desolation, the son of perdition, man of sin that must come and perform certain acts before Jesus returns, I will refer to as the AntiChrist, because he is a man who will be the opposite of Christ and will try to take His place. 

One of the blessings of Revelation is that through studying it we can identify some of the plans of the enemy. On the surface, it oftens seems cryptic and impossible to understand. If we let the Bible, and especially the Book of Revelation interpret inself, we can get a glimpse into the playbook of Satan’s army.

And I stood on the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads the name of blasphemy. (Revelation 13:1 AKJV) 

Just as the prior chapter briefly recounted Israel’s history, now a recap of Satan’s activity is given. Most of the imagery in Revelation is metaphorical. Let’s examine other scriptures to see how to interpret them. The beast is fully revealed in a later chapter, so let us start at the beginning.

And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying to me, Come here; I will show to you the judgment of the great whore that sits on many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit on a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.  (Revelation 17:1-3 AKJV)

Here is the same beast that has seven heads and ten horns. We also see that there is a woman who is being carried by it. Before we look into the beast, let’s see who the woman is to help us determine what the rest may mean.

The Greek word porneuĊ (par’- run-yoo’-o), translated “whore,” in the most literal sense means unlawful sexual intercourse. However, since there is not a literal woman, the action will be the metaphorical meaning: to be given to idolatry, to worship idols. Scarlet is the color for wisdom. The beast grants power through wisdom.

And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: (Revelation 17:4 AKJV) 

Purple is the color of royalty and priesthood and scarlet is wisdom. Gold, precious stones and pearls represent wealth. This description is reminiscent of Jezebel, the queen who manipulated King Ahab to do her evil bidding. This royal pair instituted the worship of gods Baal and Asherah on a national scale (1 Kings 16). 

And on her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. (Revelation 17:5-6 AKJV)

Jezebel also slaughtered God’s prophets and was referred to as the daughter of Babylon. Her name is synonymous with those who lead mankind astray and into sinful ways. This may be the one who sits upon the beast, promising to reveal mysteries and give riches and power: a principality of Jezebel who uses demons with those traits to influence mankind through a leader.

And the angel said to me, Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and ten horns. (Revelation 17:7 AKJV)

This gives us good news because an angel will now give additional information about the beast from Revelation 13! Although we saw the beast rising out of the ocean in Chapter 13, we must assume this woman represents a spirit active in the earth, and at some point the beast she is riding will come in strength and power.

The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. (Revelation 17:8 AKJV)

The verse reveals three aspects applied to this beast:

  1. was - past tense verb indicating it existed before man
  2. is not - it isn’t a physical being
  3. yet is - but it still exists

This puts this beast firmly into the category of something which exists in the spiritual realm and of the hosts of Heaven which existed before mankind. We must apply the description of this beast to this parameter.

The bottomless pit holds the angels who rebelled against God after Adam and Eve fell: They were chained there. One of the trumpets releases these demons upon the earth.

The book of life is where names are written when we become Christians. Those who are not Christians will be drawn in by these demons. Perdition is destruction; this will happen to the beast in the end when Jesus returns. From these descriptions, it is clear that we are discussing spiritual beings who will be released upon the Earth for a season. 

And here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits. (Revelation 17:9 AKJV)

Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, said the LORD...(Jeremiah 51:25 AMPC)

The prophet Jeremiah was referring to Babylon as a mountain, so here, seven mountains are seven kingdoms. We cannot forget that they are all riding upon a “beast” which is an army of spiritual beings. This means they may be seven earthly kingdoms rising to power by the kingdom of darkness.

And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he comes, he must continue a short space. (Revelation 17:10 AKJV)

Kings are earthly rulers of kingdoms or countries doing Satan’s bidding. There have been five great movements of Satan’s kingdom and all have completely failed, like the Nazis. One ruler of Satan’s kingdom is alive when this prophecy comes about. The one that is now could be the false prophet or the AntiChrist. The ruler to come is connected to the phrase “he must continue for a short space.” This is nearly identical to what is mentioned in a previous chapter:

...Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time. (Revelation 12:12 AKJV)

If we look to the next verse about the beast, it may help connect these two:

And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. (Revelation 13:3 AKJV)

So one of the heads or rulers will be mortally wounded, then healed. We know that Satan will be kicked down to earth three and a half years after the peace treaty is signed. That near-death state may make it quite easy for Satan to strike a bargain with the AntiChrist and extend his life in exchange for taking possession of his body. I do believe that when Satan is kicked out of Heaven, he will inhabit the AntiChrist as the seventh ruler. The Devil himself will be the final ruler for a short time on earth after the middle of Daniel's week. Whether that makes him a new “head” (number seven) or whether the sixth ruler is the false prophet, we will look at later on.

And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goes into perdition. (Revelation 17:11 AKJV)

Since the eighth is part of seven rulers, this means it is the entire kingdom of darkness. The beast will rule as part of the 6th, 7th, and 8th rulers. This is confirmed in the second verse that speaks about the beast:

And the beast which I saw was like to a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. (Revelation 13:2 AKJV)

The following traits refer to the beast or army of Satan:

  • Leopard - is cunning and lies in wait to attack
  • Bear - symbol of power upon the feet so it walks with strength
  • Lion - a ruler; because it is a mouth, it speaks through a ruler

This verse confirms that the beast is acting with the seat or position, and power of the dragon (Satan). All the more evidence that Satan is inhabiting the AntiChrist and giving all his power to him. We will need to watch for the one who becomes wounded in the head and is healed.

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power to the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like to the beast? Who is able to make war with him? (Revelation 13:4 AKJV)

How many people are looking for irrefutable proof of a miracle? When the AntiChrist lays dying from a mortal wound, the whole world will see him healed. This will cause them to worship Satan. When will this happen? We need to look at two scriptures to get the full picture:

And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given to him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in Heaven. (Revelation 13:5-6 AKJV)

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the middle of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease… (Daniel 9:27 AKJV)

When sacrifices and offerings are being made, the AntiChrist cannot blaspheme God, the temple, and those who dwell in Heaven. This can only happen after the middle of Daniel's week once sacrifices and offerings cease. We should look for the AntiChrist to be wounded three and a half years after the peace treaty has been signed. This means:

  • It cannot be Obama because of the scar on his head because it has to be a new wound. So unless he is wounded in the head it isn’t him.
  •  It must be the person who comes into power in Syria through a peace treaty. This could be Trump if he takes a position there, but I doubt it.
    •  he has professed Jesus as Lord
    • he is not native to that area of the world

Most likely it will be a new player who is working in the background. We really have no way of being 100% sure until he enters into the covenant with Israel, but will discuss this in greater detail another time.

And it was given to him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:7-8 AKJV)

Before we leave, there will be a Great Tribulation for God’s people. There is coming a time when those who call themselves “Christians” will be divided. Some will fall away and side with the world and come into agreement with the AntiChrist. We will find out who they are when we discuss the churches of Revelation. For now, we find an apt description in Daniel:

And armed forces of his shall appear [in the holy land] and they shall pollute the sanctuary, the [spiritual] stronghold, and shall take away the continual [daily burnt offering]; and they shall set up [in the sanctuary] the abomination that astonishes and makes desolate [probably an altar to a pagan god]. (Daniel 11:31 AMPC)

This provides another scripture to confirm the timing as the middle of the Tribulation or week of Daniel since we know when the sacrifices are taken away.

And such as violate the covenant he shall pervert and seduce with flatteries, but the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits [for God]. (Daniel 11:32 AMPC)

Anyone who is not holding tight to God’s ways may be corrupted and deceived. Those who do know God will be seen as mighty!

And they who are wise and understanding among the people shall instruct many and make them understand, though some [of them and their followers] shall fall by the sword and flame, by captivity and plunder, for many days. (Daniel 11:33 AMPC)

After the midpoint in the Tribulation, it will be much harder for those who are helping others understand God's ways and what is happening. Satan’s power is amplified during the last three and a half years. In the first half of the seven years, there is still some semblance of the peace treaty. After that, all pretense is gone.

Now when they fall, they shall receive a little help. Many shall join themselves to them with flatteries and hypocrisies. And some of those who are wise, prudent, and understanding shall be weakened and fall, [thus, then, the insincere among the people will lose courage and become deserters. It will be a test] to refine, to purify, and to make those among [God’s people] white, even to the time of the end, because it is yet for the time [God] appointed. (Daniel 11:34-35 AMPC)

The Lord sent me a dream about this verse. Here is what He said,

    ★    My Bride will need to mend her dress, to hold the line and pass the test.
    ★    Some wise, discerning, prudent too, may fall by the wayside instead of holding to what’s true.
    ★    Not all will be ready to let go, grasping the new and letting go of the old.
    ★    Danger is coming upon the sheep, to rob, steal, and cause some to sleep.

Many have flocked to those teaching God’s ways, however, not all of the ways are true. Some are “flatteries and hypocrisies” only proclaiming our place as the bride of Christ and declaring the war is won, though it has truly only begun. When those leaders fall, even some who are wise and prudent, will fall with them. This will be part of the “great falling away” that must happen before Jesus returns which we will discuss later.

And the king shall do according to his will; he shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished, for that which is determined [by God] shall be done. (Daniel 11:36 AMPC)

The AntiChrist places himself above all, even God who will allow this for a time. “Till the indignation be accomplished,” refers to God’s fury building with the actions until His wrath is poured out. Let’s continue looking at the beast from the bottomless pit for more clues.

And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength to the beast. (Revelation 17:12-13 AKJV)

Ten horns are ten members of mankind who will unite with one mind under the beast (army of Satan). Two Greek words are used and we should look for meanings connected to kingship or ruling:

  • Power: exousia (ex-oo-see’-ah) - the power of rule or government (the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed)
  • Strength: dynamis (doo’-nam-is) - authority—either as delegated power, or as unrestrained, arbitrary power

They aren’t actual kings, but are given authority to rule by the beast. The “rulers” are completely submitted to the AntiChrist, acting as “one mind.” There may be ten “heads” of an organization, but really, they are all under his control as a dictator.

There is a “Global Financial Reset” or “Great Reset” that is putting countries under one set of rules in exchange for having certain power over a country such as erasing past debts. The World Economic Forum (WEF) projection says that private property, and even consumer goods, would no longer be private property by 2030.

President Biden appointed John F. Kerry as our nation’s first Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. At this year’s WEF meeting, Kerry firmly declared that the Biden administration will support the Great Reset and that the Great Reset “will happen with greater speed and with greater intensity than a lot of people might imagine,” according to MSN news.

This or something like it may very well be the rulership that the AntiChrist puts into place or may simply be part of the final plan. How should we respond to these threatening situations?

If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. (Revelation 13:9-10 AKJV)

We must stand in faith with patience, knowing the time is at hand. If we rise up and rebel with force, more lives will be lost. Instead, we need to focus on teaching others God’s ways so that the bride is ready for the return of their Lord!

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. (Revelation 17:14 AKJV)

Satan will eventually battle with Jesus, but we know how that battle will end! We have to be mindful, though before that glorious victory, there is much that will take place with the beast. 

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