The Book of Ephesians ~ Chapter 6:11-12 ~ The Angelic Conflict, Pt. 5 ~ The Enemy, Pt. 4

Vol. 17, No. 6 – February 11, 2018

 Eph 6 :10-24, Stand in Warfare!antichrist statue and beasts for Word 2 11 18
1. The Empowerment, vs. 10.
2. The Enemy, vs. 11-12.
3. The Equipment, vs. 13-17.
4. The Energy, vs. 18-20.
5. The Encouragement, vs. 21-24.

2.) The Enemy, vs. 11-12.

Eph 6:11, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”

The Scriptures anticipate the coming of a superman who will serve as Satan’s counterfeit of the King of kings and Lord of lords. Prophecy anticipates the coming of one outstanding false Christ among the very many that have been predicted. An “antichrist” is one who opposes and counterfeits Christ primarily through deception, 2 John 7; Psa 2:1-3; Mat 24:4-5, 23-24; John 5:43; 2 Thes 2:3-4; Rev 13.

The specific term “antichrist” occurs only in John’s letters, referring to both the man coming in the future and false teachers / witnesses throughout the Church Age, 1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7. The concept of “antichrist” appears in both the OT and NT, and also in the intertestamental literature.

The Greek preposition “anti” has a dual connotation. First, it means “against,” and then “instead of” or “in place of.” Both are applicable regarding the “Antichrist” who is in opposition to Christ and wants to be worshipped instead of or in the place of Christ. Jesus said in John 5:43 that the Antichrist would, “come in his own name.”

The personal Antichrist of the end times is a prophetical figure who will be empowered and controlled by Satan, Rev 13:2, 4, to oppose Christ and usurps His place among mankind here on earth. He is the individual culmination of many antichrists that have already arisen, 1 John 2:18; cf. 4:3; 2 Thes 2:3, 7-8. He will deceive humanity with false teaching, signs, and wonders, 2 Thes 2:9, in order to obtain allegiance that only Christ deserves. He opposes Christ and persecutes Christians who maintain their proper allegiance to Christ alone.

He appears in the future Tribulation period as a world ruler with his empire possibly centered in a restored form of the Roman Empire, 1 John 2:18; Rev 13; 17:7-18; cf. Dan 7:23-25.

The Antichrist has been identified by a number of titles that tell us about his career here on earth:

  1. “The little horn” of the “king of fierce countenance,” Dan 7:8-9, 19-26, 24-25; 8:23-25.
  2. “The prince who is to come,” Dan 9:26-27.
  3. “The willful king.” Dan 11:36-45.
  4. “The abomination of desolation,” Dan 12:11; cf. Mat 24:15, (a statue of him will be put up in the temple at Jerusalem, a sign for all believers to flee to the mountains.)
  5. “The man of sin / lawlessness, 2 Thes 2:3-4, 8-10; cf. Dan 7:25.
  6. “The son of destruction (perdition),” 2 Thes 2:3; cf. John 17:12.
  7. “The beast who comes out from the sea,” Rev 13:1-10; 11:7; 17:1-18; 19:19-21; 20:10.

Though the titles differ, they all seem to be none other than the one who will federate kingdoms here on earth during the Tribulation, but will be destroyed at the coming of Christ.

There are basically three major prophecies of the Antichrist, three scriptural portraits from which the larger picture of the Antichrist is drawn, Dan 7-12; 2 Thes 2; Rev 13-19.

The Antichrist (1) Beasts

 

The Book of Revelation refers back to the Book of Daniel. The description of the beast in Revelation exactly corresponds with the portrayal of the fourth beast and the little horn in Dan 7, with the addition of important details. This mighty ruler figures largely in Rev 13-19. John sees him as the first rider upon a white horse, Rev 6:2, and the “beast risen up out of the sea,” Rev 13:1-8.

 

 

The Satanic Trinity

 

In Rev 13:11-18, it also says that another beast, “the false prophet,” receives his power and authority from “the first beast” in the same way as the Antichrist, (the first beast), gets his power from Satan.

 

 

The late John F. Walvoord, former President of Dallas Theological Seminary, in his book “The Revelation of Jesus Christ,” copyrighted in 1966, stated the following regarding Rev 13:15, “And it was given to him, (the false prophet), to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed.”

“Expositors usually hold that the extraordinary powers given by Satan to the false prophet do not extend to giving life to that which does not possess life, because this is a prerogative of God alone. The intent of the passage seems to be that the image has the appearance of life manifested in breathing, but actually it may be no more than a robot. The image is further described as being able to speak, a faculty easily accomplished by mechanical means. In ancient times religious ventriloquism was sometimes used to give the impression of supernatural speech, a practice confirmed by archaeological excavations in Corinth. In Acts 16:16 the slave girl possessed of a demon was able to bring gain to her masters by soothsaying. She also supernaturally recognized Paul and his companions as “servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation” (Acts 16:17). Her power of speech was under demonic control. Whether completely natural in its explanation, or whether some supernatural power is used to create the impression of life, the image apparently is quite convincing to the mass of humanity and helps to turn them to a worship of the first beast as their god.”

This is a very interesting comment in light of the video noted above of Prof. Yuval Harari, regarding the future direction of world progress at the 2018 World Economic Forum, where he stated that in a generation or two, there could be a hybrid species of man and computer automation. This could be a potential robot in humanoid likeness being the image of the Antichrist. Another image that comes to mind is the “Great Oz” from the Wizard of Oz. But regardless, in whatever form, the image of the “beast,” the Antichrist, is going to be able to deceive many.

The Beast and The False Prophet, Rev 13.

First, we will note the career of the Antichrist as depicted in Rev 13:1-8. It includes:

  1. The emergence of the beast out of the sea, Rev 13:1-2.
  2. The deadly wound of the beast, Rev 13:3.
  3. The worship of Satan by all the world, Rev 13:4.
  4. The blasphemous character of the beast as world ruler, Rev 13:5-6.
  5. The universal dominion of the beast, Rev 13:7.
  6. The universal worship of the beast, Rev 13:8.
  • The emergence of the beast out of the sea, Rev 13:1-2.

Rev 13:1-2, “And he stood on the sand of the seashore. And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. 2And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.”

This is the revelation of the Beast during the 7 year Tribulation. It is the counterfeit evil character who exercises satanic power as the world dictator during that time, especially the last 3 ½ years. It is the beast who represents the Antichrist and his government with a world religion, the world government described in Dan 7 in its final form.

The Antichrist (1) Beasts

Some texts include vs. 1 with Chapter 12. In addition, some translate “he stood,” referring to Satan, while others translate it “I stood,” referring to John in his vision based on variants of the ancient texts either not having or having a final N – nun, respectfully, on the word ESTATHE(N) from HISTEMI, that means, “to stand, stand firm, etc.” The difference is not of great consequence, but it is more likely that the N was dropped and it reads ESTATHE, “He stood,” referring to the Dragon awaiting the advent of the Antichrist.

John then sees the beast coming up out of the sea having ten horns and seven heads, with a crown, (a symbol of governmental authority), upon each horn. On the seven heads are written names of blasphemy, probably those professing to be God or Jesus Christ indicating their blasphemous opposition to God and Christ, or claiming deity or divinity.

This beast is similar to Daniel’s fourth beast in Dan 7:7-8, a reference to the Roman Empire.

Daniel’s Beasts:

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Colossus compare to Beasts:

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John’s Beast coming out of the sea:

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John’s Beast, Rev 13:

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John’s Beast with Crowns:

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Dan 7:8, “While I was contemplating the horns, behold, another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; and behold, this horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth uttering great boasts.

Dan 8:9, “Out of one of them came forth a rather small horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Beautiful Land.

Thus, John’s vision is the revival of the Roman Empire, Rev 12:3; 17:3, 7. The stage of the empire depicted by the beast is the period after the emergence of the little horn, the future world ruler, displacing three of the horns, Dan 7:8. The beast “rising out of the sea” means he comes from the great mass of humanity, namely the Gentile powers of the world, and possibly of Mediterranean descent. It also counterfeits Jesus’ baptism coming out of the water in the river Jordan, and receiving the visible manifestation of the Holy Spirit. The latter is to be counterfeited by the false prophet, in vs. 11f.

The seven heads seem to be successive rulers when compared to Rev 17:10-12. Combined, the heads refer to successive kings or emperors, and the horns are kings who will reign simultaneously, receiving their power from the beast, cf. Rev 17:12. John may be seeing the beast in both its historic and prophetic characters.

The beast is described as a combination of Daniel’s beasts, Dan 7, a leopard with the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion, receiving his power, throne, and authority from the dragon, i.e., Satan. Daniel’s beasts where the successive world empires described by; the lion, referring to Babylon, the bear, referring to Medo-Persia, and the leopard, referring to Greece under the Alexandrian Empire. The fourth empire gathers all these elements and characteristics in itself and is far more dreadful in its power and blasphemy than the preceding empires.

The Antichrist (2) statue danielCombined into one, this beast, as the revived Roman Empire in the great tribulation, has the majesty and power of the lion, the strength and tenacity of a bear, and the swiftness of the leopard. In addition to these natural symbols of strength is the added factor of satanic power coming from the dragon, Satan himself. This beast represents a very real and terrible person whose cruelty and destructiveness is like a wild animal’s.

His purpose will be to gain religious, political, and economic power over the entire world when he appears in the tribulation period, cf. Dan 7:4-6; 8:25; 9:27; Rev 17:13.

  • The deadly wound of the beast, Rev 13:3.

Rev 13:3, “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.”

This reminds us of the judgment brought against Satan in Gen 3:15, of his defeat by Jesus Christ upon the Cross. Satan, in rebellion and rejection, will counterfeit the judgment and show the beast wounded mortally but be revived. Some believe this to be a literal assassination of the Antichrist who will survive, while others depict this more allegorical as the revival of the Roman Empire that has already been defeated. Even others depict it as a past world ruler, (e.g., Nero, Judas Iscariot, Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Kennedy, etc.), who will be “resurrected.” A more literal interpretation is better here regarding the Antichrist that will enhance his power and veneration.

The word “wound” is PLEGE in the Greek and literally means, “plague,” as well as “a strike or blow.” So, this could be an illness. Nevertheless, the entire world marvels at the beast, both the person and his empire, at his revival.

  • The worship of Satan by all the world, Rev 13:4.

Rev 13:4, “And they worshiped the dragon, because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?.’”

This is the counterfeit to what Christ said, “I and the Father are one,” John 10:30. When someone glorifies one member of the Trinity, they all are glorified. So too, in Satan’s eyes, and God’s, that when the people of the earth worship the Beast, the Antichrist, they will be worshiping Satan who has given his power to the Beast, just as the ancient pagan gods and goddess were all backed by demons, Lev 17:7; Deut 32:17; Psa 106:37; 1 Cor 10:20-21; Rev 9:20; 16:14. He is Satan’s substitute for Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords, and to him the world as a whole flocks to give homage, indicated in the questions “Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”

This may be toward the beginning of the Tribulation when the Antichrist defeats the Northern Confederacy prophesized in Ezekiel 38; 39, thereby removing the threat of eastern and northern powers to his authority and reign.

But the ultimate answer to the question is, Jesus Christ Himself, manifested in power at His Second Advent, who will cast the beast into the Lake of Fire, Rev 19:20. Until that time the beast is allowed to reign and fulfill his place in human destiny.

  • The blasphemous character of the beast as world ruler, Rev 13:5-6.

Rev 13:5-6, “And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things (arrogant words) and blasphemies; and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him. 6And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.”

The evil character of the world ruler of that day is shown in his boasting and blasphemy, cf. Dan 7:8, 11, 25.

Dan 7:8, “… and a mouth uttering great boasts.”

Dan 7:11, “Then I kept looking because of the sound of the boastful words which the horn was speaking…”

Dan 7:25, “And he will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time, (3 ½ years).”

In Rev 13:4, “speaking great things,” means with eloquence, wisdom, and authority to impress the world of men. Given the disasters of the Rapture and subsequent war, Rev 6:3-4, he will have plans to rebuild and unite the devastated world in the counterfeit of God’s restoration of earth and society in the Garden of Eden and the Millennial Reign.

His authority really takes hold for 42 months, the last 3 ½ years of the great Tribulation, the time of Jacob’s Trouble, Jer 30:7; cf. Dan 9:27, until the Second Advent of Christ which terminates his reign, 2 Thes 1; Rev 19.

Apparently, the Antichrist will gain power at the beginning of the Tribulation, make a covenant with Israel, Dan 9:27, and gain control over 10 nations. But it will not be until the middle of the 7 years that he will break that covenant, demand worship, and take control over all the nations of the world.

The word “blaspheming” is the Greek noun BLASHPEMIA, βλασφημία that means, “blasphemy, evil speaking, slander, or reviling.” It is a combination of two Greek words, BLAPTO, “to hurt, harm, or injure,” combined with PHEME, “speech,” resulting in the word BLASPHEMIA, “injurious speech.” The classical meaning is “evil speech, profane speech, defamation, or slander.” It is the word used to denote the strongest form of mockery or slander. When used in reference to the gods, it is the misrepresentation of their true nature or power.

All of this is in view regarding the Antichrist during the Tribulation. He will slander and mock the one and true God, while also over exaggerating his power and authority, including the nature of it.

2 Thes 2:4, “Who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.”

It is not an incidental feature of his kingdom, but one of its main features, and he is described in vs. 6 as blaspheming against God, against the name of God, and against the Tabernacle of God, as well as against them that dwell in heaven.

  1. Blaspheming God’s name means he will speak against God’s nature and character, denying God’s holiness, righteousness, faithfulness, love, mercy, and grace.
  2. Blaspheming the heavenly tabernacle means he will deny that God is manifesting His glory in the Holy of Holies of heaven, cf. Rev 15:5.
  3. It also means he will deny that the blood of Christ was presented before God once for all as the full atonement for our sins, Hebrews.
  4. Blaspheming those dwelling with Him in heaven means he will defame the saints of all ages. He will mock their faithfulness to God and their dedication to His service, cf. Rev 12:10.

Here, the Antichrist counterfeits Christ as the savior who should be worshipped as god in the Temple. He does so in total disregard of any and all gods, because he magnifies himself above them all, Dan 11:36-45; 2 Thes 2:4.

This blasphemous arrogance reminds us of the “Five I wills of Satan,” Isa 14:13-14, “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. 14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”

Yet, his doom and destruction are already sealed, Isa 14:15; Dan 7:11; Rev 19:20.

Isa 14:15, “Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol, to the recesses of the pit.”

Dan 7:11, “… I kept looking until the beast was slain, and its body was destroyed and given to the burning fire.”

  • The universal dominion of the beast, Rev 13:7.

Rev 13:7, “And it was given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them; and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.”

As is anticipated in Dan 7:21-23, 21I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them,” where the beast devours in vs. 23, the whole earth.” Here, the extent of his worldwide power is indicated. The beast is granted permission to make war with the believers of the Tribulation and conquer them, which means capture and even kill them.

It was given to him,” refers to the satanic origin of his power and God’s permissive will. Acting as Satan’s tool, the beast is able to wage war against the saints throughout the entire globe and to overcome them, cf. Dan 7:25; 9:27; 12:10; Rev 7:9-17.

The saints are those who will reject the new world religion controlled and made popular by the Antichrist and False Prophet. They will remain faithful to the Word of God and to the Lord Jesus Christ, even in the face of persecution and death. The beast will conquer them, but this does not mean their faith is destroyed. Rather, most, if not all of them, will be added to the company of martyrs. Thus, they are the real overcomers, for their reward will be great, Rev 20:4.

Rev 20:4, “… And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”

In addition, the dreams of countless rulers in the past of conquering the entire world, is finally achieved by this last Gentile ruler. The dream of world conquest achieved in part by the Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greek, and Roman empires is now for the first time realized completely and is the satanic counterfeit of Christ’s millennial reign permitted by God in this final display of the evil of Satan and wickedness of humanity. But he and Satan will only be able to go as far as God allows them to go. Ultimately, God will have the final word.

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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore, our sins will never be held against us.

Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life. To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life. So right now, you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:

“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ,
died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”

If you have done that, I Welcome You to the Eternal Family of God !!!

 

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