The Book of Ephesians ~ Chapter 6:11-12 ~ The Angelic Conflict, Pt. 6 ~ The Enemy, Pt. 5 ~ The Beast and The False Prophet, Rev 13, Pt. 2

Vol. 17, No. 7 – February 18, 2018  

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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 Beast and The False Prophet, Rev 13.

  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.

6.) The universal worship of the beast, Rev 13:8.

Rev 13:8, “And all that dwell upon 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.”

By the wielding of his endowed power, the Antichrist will cause the rest of the world, (those who do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ), to worship and serve him. Just as the entire world is under the political domination of the beast, the entire world, except the saints, will worship him. Therefore, the whole unbelieving world will worship the beast, and through him they will in reality be worshiping Satan. They will come to believe that the beast is greater even than the one true God. This is the great counterfeit to the worship and service rightly due our God and Lord Jesus Christ, that is freely given by those who believe in Him, Rev 4:8, 11; 5:9-14.

Those who worship the beast are described as not having their names, “written in the book of life of the Lamb slain,” a book frequently mentioned, Ex 32:32-33; Psa 9:5; 69:28; 139:16; Dan 12:1; Rev 3:5; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27; 22:19; cf. Luke 10:20; Phil 4:3; Heb 12:23.

Rev 17:8, “The beast, (Antichrist in the revived Roman Empire), that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come.”

The “book of life” is the same as the “book of life of the Lamb.” All members of the human race start out written in the “book,” but upon the death of each person their name either remains in the book, (because they have believed in Jesus Christ), or is erased / “blotted out” of the book, (because they have not believed, Psa 69:28; Rev 3:5, or in the case of the Tribulation, received the mark of the beast).

Psa 9:28, “May they be blotted out of the book of life and may they not be recorded with the righteous.

Rev 3:5, “He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”

In Rev 13:8; 17:8, the names of the beast worshippers are already viewed as removed from the book of life, that is, removed or blotted out before death. That is because these verses are viewing the book of life from eternity, especially eternity future, when the finalization of the “book of life” is complete. Therefore, from the viewpoint of eternity, their names are not in the book, even though their names started out in the book. Because of their rejection of Jesus Christ, their names have been blotted out of or removed from the book of Life, which our eternal and omniscient God has seen since “the foundation of the world.”

Those mentioned in these two passages are those who worship and marvel at the beast and who receive his mark. Receiving the mark of the beast is a clear indication of complete rejection of Jesus Christ; it demonstrates that the possessor of the mark has reached such a place or condition of hardness in their hearts that it precludes repentance or faith in Christ. Receiving the mark of the beast, then, terminates one’s chance to receive Jesus Christ and salvation. It is equivalent to perpetual spiritual death for Tribulational people. It is proof they will never receive Jesus Christ, and God knows this absolutely. This is similar to the unpardonable sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which is unbelief in Jesus Christ.

By contrast, compare Isa 4:1-3 and Dan 12:1. Both of these passages anticipate the blessings of the millennium following the Tribulation. They are dealing with the remnant, those left at the end of the Tribulation who were not killed by the beast and who did not receive his mark; those whose names are still recorded in the “book of life.” These believers will go into the millennium and will experience its blessings.

Those worshiping the beast are the unsaved of both Jews and Gentiles in contrast to saved Jews and Gentiles whose names remain written in the book of life. Only through Jesus Christ, “the Lamb that was slain,” Rev 5:12, can believers have eternal life and have their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. The saints are those who place their faith in Jesus. They include both Israelites and Gentiles who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Messiah, Lord, and Savior. All who are not saved will worship the beast, and those who are saved will not worship him of which many will be martyred.

Therefore, vs. 8, “all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him,” is the culmination of a one world religion. An ecumenical religion of all world religions wrapped up into one religion worshipping the Antichrist. It will have as its focal point the worship of a man chosen and empowered by Satan himself. This is the great counterfeit to God the Father sending His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world and being worshipped by every tribe and tongue and nation.

7.) Summary and Overview of the Career of the Antichrist.

Paul said in 2 Thes 2:1-12, that the “mystery of iniquity,” (that ultimately will produce “the lawless one,” or as the KJV says, “that Wicked”), is active already, (compare the “spirit of antichrist,” 1 John 4:3). However, there is a power preventing the coming and revelation of the wicked one that being the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer. When He who withholds is taken away, by means of the rapture / resurrection of the Church, Satan will send forth “the lawless one” with all the power of lying, signs, and wonders. When God permits such seductions to spread, it is because men have rejected love of the truth. Reviewing 2 Thes 2:4-10, reveals important disclosures about the career of the Antichrist.

  • The Day of the Lord cannot come before the man of sin is revealed, vs. 3. Reference to the Day of the Lord is predicted as an extended period of a thousand and 7 years; the combination of the Tribulation and the Millennium.
  • The man of sin declares himself to be God.
  • He sits in the temple, vs. 4, evidently a restored Jewish temple.
  • He can be revealed only in God’s appointed time, vs. 6.
  • He is destroyed by Christ at His glorious appearing.
  • He exercises Satan’s power, vs. 9.
  • He deceives all who “do not receive the love of the truth.” Upon such, God Himself imposes a “strong delusion” to the end that He may bring into outward manifestation that which is concealed and latent in the evil heart.

Several clear identifications of this ruler are given:

  • As the head of the federated empire he makes a seven year covenant with Israel, which is broken after 3 ½ years, Dan 9:27.
  • In the midst of the great Tribulation, he will be seen to “stand in the holy place,” according to the prophecy quoted from Dan 9:27; 11:31; 12:11, by Christ, Mat 24:15, note the context, and “sitting in the temple,” doubtless a restored Jewish temple, as predicted by Paul, 2 Thes 2:1-12.
  • He introduces an idolatrous wor­ship in which he sets himself up as god, Dan 9:27; 11:36-37; 2 Thes 2:4; Rev 13:5.
  • He has a deadly wound and yet lives, Rev 13:3.
  • He is accompanied by a miracle-working “false prophet,” Rev 13:11-18; 19:20.
  • There will come an alliance against him, Ezek 28:7; Dan. 11:40, 42, which will contest his authority. In the ensuing conflict he will gain control over Palestine and adjacent territory, Dan 11:42, and will make his headquarters in Jerusalem, Dan 11:45.
  • He is primarily identified through Scripture by his blasphemous assumption of deity, giving expression to the master passion of Satan which is revealed in Satan’s own words, “I will be like the most High,” Isa 14:14.

Description of the Antichrist includes:

  • Blasphemous, Dan 7:8, 11, 20, 25; Rev 13:1, 5-6.
  • Persecutes the saints, Dan 7:21, 25; Rev 13:7, 15.
  • Opposes God and His Son, Dan 7:25; 11:36; 2 Thes 2:4; Rev 13:6; 19:19.
  • Self-deifying, Dan 7:25; 11:36-39; 2 Thes 2:4.
  • Granted power and authority, Dan 7:25; Rev 13:2, 4-5, 7, 12 (cf. 17:13).
  • Profane, Mat 24:15; 2 Thes 2:4; Rev 13:14-15 (cf. Dan 11:31).
  • Lawless, 2 Thes 2:3, 8.
  • Seeks universal worship, 2 Thes 2:4; Rev 13:4, 12; 19:20.
  • Temporarily restrained, 2 Thes 2:6-7.
  • Allied with the second beast (or false prophet), Rev 13:11-15; 19:20 (cf. Mat 24:11, 24.
  • Has an identifying number, Rev 13:17-18.
  • Forms political alliances, Rev 17:12.

The Reign of the Antichrist is noted in Scripture:

  • Duration of his reign; the 7 year Tribulation, especially the last 3 ½ years, Dan 7:25; 12:7; Rev 11:2; 12:6, 14; 13:5; cf. 17:10.
  • Universality of his reign, Rev 13:7, 16.
  • Restrictions under his reign, Rev 13:16-17.
  • Type of reign, (i.e., Antiochus IV Epiphanes), Dan 8:9-12; cf. 8:23-25.
  • Miraculous signs related to his reign, Mat 24:24; 2 Thes 2:9; Rev 13:13-15; 19:20.
  • He is expressed in denial of the Father and the Son, 1 John 2:22.
  • He denies the Messiahship and incarnation of Jesus, 1 John 2:22; 4:3; 2 John 7.
  • Followers of the antichrist are noted in 2 Thes 2:10-12; Rev 13:8, 12; 19:20-21; 20:15; cf. John 5:43.

The Counterfeits by Satan through the Antichrist include the following:

  • Jesus came out of the water (river Jordan) to begin His ministry, Luke 3:21-22.

Counterfeit: The Antichrist came out of the water (sea) to begin His ministry, Rev 13:1.

  • Jesus has seven horns as the Lamb, Rev 5:6.

Counterfeit: The beast has ten horns, Rev 13:1.

  • Jesus has many diadems on His head, Rev 19:12.

Counterfeit: The beast has 10 diadems on his head, Rev 13:1.

  • Jesus has a unique name written on Him, Rev 19:12, 16; 17:17, “King of kings, Lord of lords.”

Counterfeit: The beast has blasphemous names written on him, Rev 13:1.

  • Who has seen (Jesus) has seen the Father,” John 14:9.

Counterfeit: Who has seen the sea beast has seen the dragon, (both have seven heads, ten horns, and multiple crowns), Rev 12:3; cf. 13:1.

  • Jesus received authority from the Father, Rev 2:27; cf. John 10:18.

Counterfeit: The sea beast received authority from the dragon, Rev 13:2.

  • Jesus received a mortal wound, Rev 5:6; “as if slain,” cf. Gen 3:15; Rev 5:9, 12; 13:8.

Counterfeit: The sea beast received a mortal wound, Rev 13:3, “as if it had been slain.”

  • Jesus came back to life to be presented with great power and was received with intense worship, Rev; cf. Mat 26:32; Mark 14:28; John 2:22; 21:4; Acts 2:24, 32.

Counterfeit: The beast comes back to life to be presented with great power and was received with intense worship, Rev 13:3-4.

  • Who is like the Lord our God,” Ex 15:11; Psa 35:10; 89:6; 113:5; Isa 40:18, 25; 46:5.

Counterfeit: “Who is like the beast,” Rev 13:4.

  • Jesus wages war against the wicked, against the fallen angels with His sword, Rev 1:16; 2:16; 12:7-11.

Counterfeit: The beast wages war with the saints and kills with a sword, Rev 13:4, 7, 10.

  • Jesus’ ministry lasted for 3 ½ years.

Counterfeit: The beast’s activities lasted for forty-two prophetic months; 3 ½ years, Rev 13:5.

  • Jesus uses his mouth to praise the Father, Mat 11:25; Luke 10:21.

Counterfeit: The beast uses his mouth to praise himself in blasphemies against God, His Tabernacle, and His people, Rev 13:5-6.

  • Jesus’ territory includes, “every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation,” Rev 5:9; 14:6-7.

Counterfeit: The beast’s territory includes, “all tribes, and tongues, and nations,” Rev 13:7.

  • The Lord Jesus Christ will be freely worshipped by all those who believe; those whose names remain written in the Book of Life, Rev 4:8, 11; 5:9-14.

Counterfeit: The beast will be worshipped and served by those who do not believe; those whose names are blotted out of the Book of Life, Rev 13:8.

  • Jesus Christ is the Lion and the Lamb, Rev 5:5-6, 12; 13:8.

Counterfeit: Combining the Antichrist with the False Prophet, we see Satan’s counterfeit of the lion and the lamb, Rev 13:2, 11.

Taken as a whole, the first ten verses of Rev 13, predict a future world government, which from God’s point of view will be a continuation of the ancient Roman Empire expanded ultimately to cover not only the area of the ancient empire, but “the entire world.” This government will be empowered by Satan, and its primary objective will be forcing the whole world to worship Satan and his human representative, the world dictator, the Antichrist.

The purpose of Satan to counterfeit and take the place of God in this future great Tribulation is the motivating power behind Satan’s activities today. Satan’s desire to be like God originally plunged the universe into sin, Isa 14:14. His program has never changed, and he is seeking today, as throughout his career, to lure men to obey him instead of God. In the great Tribulation, this purpose will be transparently clear, and after its manifestation it will be brought into Divine judgment, Rev 19:20.

The final judgment of Antichrist is seen in 2 Thes 2:8-9; Rev 17:11; 19:11-21, especially vs. 20-21; 20:10. His end is also seen in Ezek 21:25-27; 28:7-10; Dan 7:11, 26-27;8:25; 9:27, where he and the false prophet will be thrown into the Eternal Lake of Fire at the conclusion of the Tribulation, prior to the beginning of the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ one earth. It is strange that almost every passage that makes reference to the activities of the Beast also includes a notice of his final doom. God is going to overthrow this satanic masterpiece of delusion and imitation violently.

The Second Beast, the False Prophet, Rev 13:11-18.

1.) His Appearance, Likeness, and Goal, vs. 11-12.

Rev 13:11-12, “Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon. 12He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.”

In close association with the Beast / Antichrist, (the head of the feder­ated revived Roman Empire), is another individual known as the “False Prophet,” cf. Rev 16:13; 19:20; 20:10, called “the second beast” in Rev 13:11-17, where his fullest description is given.

He is of a similar nature to the first beast as the same word for “beast,” THERION, θηρίον meaning, “wild animal or beast,” is used, as well as the word “another” ALLOS meaning, “one like in kind or another of the same kind.” In addition, the arrival of the second beast is similar to the first as, “coming up” or “rising up,” ANABAINO, ἀναβαίνω that means, “ascend, go up, bring up, or to spring up,” is used here and in Rev 13:1, for the first beast.

But unlike the first beast that came up “out of the sea,” John now sees the second beast coming up “out of the earth” occupying a secondary role supporting the activities of the first beast.

Though some have interpreted the word “earth,” GE, γῆ meaning, “land, earth, ground, soil, region or territory,” as referring to the Holy Land, it is the general word for the earth. If the sea, mentioned as the source of the first beast, represents the mass of humanity indicating the racial background of the first beast as a Gentile, the refer­ence to the second beast as coming out of the earth indicates that this character, who is later described as a false prophet, Rev 19:20, is a creature of the earth. It conveys that he is of the world, worldly in his thoughts and character. His geographic origin and his racial connec­tion are not mentioned. It also tells us that he does not come from heaven, even though he will claim supernatural powers. Therefore, he is of the earth, earthy, Cf. John 3:31; 1 Cor 15:48; Rev 17:5.

John 3:31, “He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.”

1 Cor 15:48, “As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly.”

Rev 17:5, “And upon her forehead a name was written, a mystery, ‘Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth’.”

He is pictured as having “two horns like a lamb” and “speaking like a dragon.” This shows the hypocrisy of the second beast, the false prophet. Being like a “lamb” indicates that he has a religious character, a conclusion supported by his being named a prophet, yet this is another counterfeit of Christ as the great prophet, Mat 13:57; 21:11; Luke 24:19; John 4:44.

In fact, Jesus warned in Mat 7:15, “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”

So, the second beast comes meek and mild at first, to persuade the people to believe in the Antichrist. Yet, he speaks as a dragon, (a serpent), that indicates he is motivated by the power of Satan who is “the dragon,” to deceive the entire world.

His appearance is in sharp contrast to his words. He will try to give the impression of being a lamb, gentle and caring, full of great love, but it will be just an act. He is really a snake like that old serpent, the devil, and his words are deceitful, though clever.

He will become a terrible part of the triad that is a false imitation of the Trinity, Rev 16:13.

The true Trinity is a Triunity, with three Divine Persons in the one eternal Being. But this evil trio will be made up of separate beings united only in their devilish schemes.

There is evidence that the second beast is the head of the apostate church on earth, (sometimes called Babylon, and other times the harlot in Revelation), e.g., Rev 17:5, during the first half of Daniel’s 70th week. But in the middle of that week, with the rise of the first beast to a place of worldwide dominion, the apostate church will be destroyed by the Antichrist, Rev 17:16, and the worship of the whole world is directed to the “beast out of the sea.” However, the second beast, false prophet, survives the destruction of the church which had been under his control, and he then assists the beast in making the transition to the worship of the Antichrist. Therefore, the False Prophet helps facilitate the change of apostate religion into its final form. The second beast, out of the earth, will become the leader of the world religious system the Antichrist will establish in the last half of the Tribulation, and cause men to worship the first beast who is out of the sea. By glorifying the beast, the beast’s image, and the beast’s false resurrection, Rev 13:14-15, he will parody the Holy Spirit who glorifies the risen Christ.

The identification of the second beast as the head of the apostate church is further indicated in many ways in the book of Revelation. In vs. 12, “He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence,” obviously associates him with the first beast in a religious way in that his miracles and activities cause men to worship the image of the first beast, “and he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed,” cf. Rev 13:13-17.

Here is the establishment of false religion on a worldwide scale. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, etc., all persons of faith will join hands and heart in worship, praise, and adoration of the antichrist. Each faith may retain certain particular emphases that characterize their faith, but they will and must unite in their devotion and dedication to the first beast. This will be the most dishonoring form of idolatry the world will ever know.

Its seeds are already being sown today. In an article titled “U.N. Faithful Eye Global Religion,” James Harder writes, “The secretary-general of the United Nation’s Millennium Peace summit thinks that all religious apples fall from the same tree and are equally delicious. At a recent international meeting, he told 1,000 delegates that religions need to accept the validity of all religions or else it will be difficult to attain world peace. Recently, the notion has emerged that the pathway to peace necessitates the unification of religions. The Universal Religion Initiative (URI) recently convened with 300 people present representing 39 religions and signed a charter, which officially launched the movement. The goal is that there will come a day in which “religious people will no longer insist on a single truth.” Episcopal Bishop Swing, a leader in the movement, goes even further: “There will have to be a godly cease-fire, a temporary truce where the absolute exclusive claims of each [religion] will be honored but an agreed upon neutrality will be exercised in terms of proselytizing, condemning, murdering, or dominating. These will not be tolerated in the United Religions Zone.”

For the establishment of this worldwide united religion, the second beast will exercise all the authority and power of the first beast. The ancient serpent, Satan, will be the source of the second beast’s power as he was of the first. With its power, it will assist the first beast and force the earth and all its inhabitants to worship the first beast, drawing attention to its “fatal wound that was healed,” the counterfeit to Christ’s death upon the Cross and resurrection.

It is clear that the second beast shares prominence and leadership with the first beast throughout the great Tribulation, as they both are cast alive into the Lake of Fire at its close, Rev 19:20.

Summary:

The second beast is entirely subsidiary to the first in its zeal and action. It wields the first beast’s authority, works miracles in its support, and causes men to make and to worship its image. The second beast is lost in the splendor and importance of the first beast.

The second beast has two horns like a lamb. He puts on a mild and lamb-like appearance, which the first beast did not. Yet, the second beast also speaks as a dragon: its words, which carry its real character, are fierce and unrelenting, its commands are cruel, and all the while it professes that which is gentle and loving.

2.) The deceptive miracles of the False Prophet cause the world to make and worship the image of the Antichrist, vs. 13-14.

Rev 13:13-14, “He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men. 14And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life.”

This begins with the 2nd beast performing many great sign-miracles. “Signs,” is the Greek noun SEMEION, σημεῖον that can mean, “sign, token, signal, miracle, or portent.” It can be translated either, “sign or miracle,” as in John’s Gospel for the miracles of Jesus, cf. John 2:11, 23; 6:19-21.

Here we see the second beast’s counterfeit, as Jesus Christ performed His miracles through the power of the Holy Spirit, Acts 2:22; Luke 4:1; cf. Phil 2:6-8, this second beast performs miracles through endowed power of Satan, 2 Thes 2:9.

2 Thes 2:9, “That is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders.”

The counterfeit is used so that the people worship the 1st beast. Just as the apostles where given the ability to perform signs and wonders to prove they were from God and to believe in and worship Him, Acts 2:43; 4:30; 5:12; 14:3; 15:12; Rom 15:19; 2 Cor 12:12, the 2nd beast does so to deceive the world that the Antichrist is god and to worship him.

As our Lord told us, not everything that appears to be a miracle is actually a miracle. And not everything that is a miracle is a miracle from God. That is true today, and it will be true during the reign of the Antichrist, Mat 24:24; Mark 13:22; 2 Thes 2:9; Rev 16:14; 19:20; cf. John 4:48; John 20:29.

John 4:48, “So Jesus said to him, ‘Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe’.”

Mat 24:24, “For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs (SEMEION) and wonders, (TERAS, “portent, omen, sign, wonder”), so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.”

Rev 16:14, “For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.”

The sign used here by the false prophet is to have “fire coming down out of heaven.” This is a counterfeit to the prophet Elijah, as this will invoke to some the imagery of Elijah from 1 Kings 18:22-29, who is to be the forerunner to the Advents of Christ.

Malachi 4:5, “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.”

In the Gospels, John the Baptist was the “Elijah” forerunner to the First Advent of Jesus Christ, but Elijah is also the forerunner of His Second Advent, as prophesied in Malachi 4:5, “the great and terrible day of the Lord,” and as our Lord told His disciples in Mat 17:9-13.

In 1 Kings 18:22-29, Elijah called the people of Israel to a decision between the Lord and Baal. Elijah, at God’s instruction, called fire down from heaven, something the priests of Baal could not do. He also called down fire from heaven in 2 Kings 1:10-12, to prove that he was “a man of God.” The counterfeit imagery of the 2nd beast will cause even the Jews to believe in the 1st beast as the Christ.

Remember, that even in a scientific age, as we are in today, there are gullible people who follow false prophets and are deceived by false miracles that do not glorify God, cf. 2 Thes 2:9-12.

This also harkens back to God’s commands to Israel to not believe in a prophet, even if he performs miracles, if he does not lead people to the true worship of God, Deut 13:1-3. True prophets speak for God and encourage people to serve Him and follow Christ. Yet, the false prophet will use this miracle to bring people to believe that the 1st beast is god.

This miracle will be used to offset the power of God demonstrated by His two witnesses of the Tribulation, Rev 11:3-14, as noted in vs. 5, so that people follow and worship the Antichrist. Many combinations to the identity of the two witnesses have been given over the years including: Enoch and Elijah, because both were raptured, and therefore will come back and physically die; Moses and Elijah because they both performed great miracles; or John the Baptist and Elijah because John was the forerunner to the First Advent and will be for the Second with Elijah. Notice how Elijah is always one of these two. We do not know for sure, as it may be two Cherubim angels who are given bodily form to die and be raised again when comparing vs. 4 with Zech 4:3-14, or even Joshua and Zerubbabel spoken of in those passages, or even David and Israel as they are called the “green olive tree” in Psa 52:8; Jer 11:16. But whoever they are will fulfill the prophesy of Malachi 4:5, as John the Baptist did in Christ’s First Advent.

Finally, this counterfeit will be superseded by the Lord Himself, when at the end of the His Millennial reign He will destroy the revolutionary armies of Satan in the Gog and Magog war, Rev 20:9.

Rev 20:9, “And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them.”

Therefore, the second beast, who is the false prophet, will draw together all peoples and religions to encourage / force an ecumenical church to worship the first beast, the Antichrist. His deceptive miracles, which will counterfeit Biblical miracles and even attempt to counterfeit the supernatural ministry of the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ, will help accomplish this.

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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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