THE ANTICHRIST AND THE FALSE PROPHET – CONTINUED – REVELATION 13

Today we continue our study where we left off, with the three possible interpretations and the deadly wound of Revelation 13:3.

We have reviewed the three possibilities:

  1. The death of the beast refers to the political death of the Roman empire.
  2. The Antichrist will actually be the return of some evil ruler who has lived in history.
  3. The mortal wound is an assassination attempt or some accident that happens to the Antichrist, probably at the beginning of his rule.

“And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by 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” (Revelation 13:14).

Note:  Please review the three possible interpretations of this situation at the end of our previous study.

Now, which of these interpretations is correct?  It is difficult to see how either one could be true without the other.  A government must have a leader, and a leader must have a government.  Daniel’s prophecy, definitely, says that the Antichrist is going to arise from the crumbled Roman empire and combine the traits of it and the other world-wide governments of ancient history.

This is clearly pointed out in the visions of the image and the beast, and it is clearly pointed out in this vision of John when it is compared with Daniel.  As stated, the healing of the Antichrist from a mortal wound seems to be what Scripture is saying (Revelation 13:14).

The Antichrist is going to rule over the final government of the earth.  Man’s dream of one world government will become a reality.  But the government will have a leader, one man who will be emperor, king, or president, whatever the world will call him.  Note that the Scripture also points this out.

  • The Antichrist will be cast into the lake of fire.  Nations and empires are not cast into the lake of fire, people are.

“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” (Revelation 19:20).

  • The Antichrist is said to be a man.

“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” (2 Thessalonians 2:3).

  • The Antichrist will stand in the temple of God in Jerusalem and proclaim himself as God.  A nation cannot do this; only a man can do this.

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)” (Matthew 24:15).

“Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). 

The Antichrist will come as a false leader, even as other Antichrists have come as false leaders and teachers.

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

We could go on and on with Scriptures showing how they pile up evidence upon evidence that the Antichrist will be a man and not only a revival of great empires of the past.   As stated earlier, the great empires will be revived and embodied or combined into one political government.  But that government will be headed up and led by one leader or one head of state, the head of state whom the Bible calls the Antichrist.

(Revelation 13:4-8) Antichrist – World – End Time:  There is the means of securing the world government.  There are at least  nine methods listed in this passage that the Antichrist will use.

1. Antichrist will secure power because of the worldly and ungodly living of the people (Revelation 13: 4). Note the statement about the people who live in the end time: “They worshipped the dragon,” that is, the devil.  To worship the devil means to walk (live) in the WAY OF SIN AND EVIL AND UNGODLINESS not just what modern man calls devil worship and witchcraft.  In the last days people will become more and more sinful, worldly, evil, and ungodly.  They will become more and more secular and humanistic.

“…[they] repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts” (Revelation 9:20-21).

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13).

2. The Antichrist will secure power by personal ability and appeal (Revelation 13:4b). They worship the beast and say “Who is like unto the beast?”  By worship is meant loyalty and allegiance.  Note seven things concerning the Antichrist:

  • The Antichrist will be full of knowledge.
  • He will be an unusual genius.
  • He will be intelligent.
  • He will have unbelievable insight.
  • He will be magnetic.
  • He will have supreme charisma.
  • He will be a wonder to behold in ability and appeal.

Remember:  the world will be undergoing catastrophic disaster after disaster such as earthquakes and famine.  In addition, there will be an enormous increase and intensification of wars and rumors of wars, military brush fires, uprisings, and terrorist’s attacks.  On top of this will be the increasing sin and evil, drugs, and immoralities raging across the world.

The last days are anything but a pleasant picture.  But the truth must be faced.  Why?   We can see the trend by the way the societies of the world are deteriorating.  Even the world leaders of today recognize their inability to stop the onrushing mad trend of  lawlessness.

Therefore, sometime in the future, when a certain leader comes upon the scene, and he has the answer to some of the problems, the people of the world will be ready to listen.  They will exclaim: “Who is like unto this man?”  They will readily give their allegiance and loyalty to him.  There will be a movement among the citizens of the world toward him even as the citizens of Europe moved toward a more democratic government in the 1990’s.  The citizens will demand that their government leaders listen and follow this man who seems to have all the answers.

  • All the world will wonder and be amazed and admire the beast.  Why?  Because of his amazing recovery from a deadly wound.

“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).

  • He will be full of ability and understanding.

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads,…” (Revelation 13:1).  (The number seven means complete ability and wisdom.)

“And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences (understanding mysteries, able to solve problems), shall stand up” (Daniel 8:23).                                           

3.The Antichrist will secure power by military and economic strength (v. 4).  At first when he enters upon the world scene, he and his government will conquer three nations and he will completely absorb these three nations into his.  Then seven others will be subject to his rule and government peacefully.  He will then be powerful, a mighty government with which the rest of the world has to contend.

He will be so powerful that the Scriptures describe him as a beast with seven heads (governments) and ten horns (nations) over which he rules.  The governments over which he rules will probably be some of the nations of the Middle East and of Europe and their great reservoirs of wealth.  The nations under his control will be so wealthy and militarily strong that people will ask: “Who is able to make war with him?” Who is able to stop him militarily?

“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” (Daniel 7:8).

The Antichrist will apparently have under his authority the strongest military machine the world has ever known.  Therefore, nation after nation will give their allegiance and loyalty to him.  They will peacefully surrender to him.  Keep in mind other prophecies that tell us that he will be able to bring peace and safety to the earth for a while.  Few, if any, will be able to make war or to rebel under the control of his government.

  • Other nations will fear him.

“…Who is like the beast?  Who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:4).

  • He will control enormous amounts of money and wealth.

“But in his estate shall he honor the God of forces [the state, emperial worship]: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things….But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps” (Daniel 11:38,43).

  • He can set up rulers and leaders as he likes.

“And the ten horns which thou sawest 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 unto the beast.  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.  And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.  And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.  For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled” (Revelation 17:12-17).                                           

“Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain” (Daniel 11:39).

4. The Antichrist will secure through speech, oratory, persuasion, and blasphemy (v. 5). He will have a mouth that can speak great things.  He will offer hope to a world that is facing catastrophe after catastrophe and that is crumbling under unsolved problems of drug addiction, alcoholism, famine, disease, homelessness, terrorist actions, and war.  He will be able to bring peace and come up with some solutions to some of the problems.  He will appear to be the savior of mankind.

Remember: he will be strong enough militarily to bring peace to the smaller nations of the world that are so often suffering uprisings and terrorist’s actions.  And he will be extremely wealthy, ruling so many nations with wealth that he can help solve some of the economic problems of the world mentioned herein.

“But in his estate shall he honor the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things” (Daniel 11:38). 

“But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps” (Daniel 11:43). 

5. The Antichrist will secure power for three and one-half years (v. 5). He will be able to offer the world peace and prosperity for three and one-half years.  But note:  his power is not his own.  It is a given power, a power given by Satan.

“And power was given unto him to continue forty and two months” (Revelation 13:5b).

6. The Antichrist will secure power through atheism and humanism (v. 6).

The Antichrist will secure power through atheism and humanism (v.6).  He will reject and deny God, and openly blaspheme God.  And he will do it in the famous Jewish temple (to be rebuilt) in the most famous religious city of the world, Jerusalem.

The thing to note is his atheistic and humanistic belief.  He will live and proclaim what man wants to hear in a scientific and technological world, a world that wants all the pleasure and possessions it can experience, but without God.

He will push the philosophy of man and the state, that man and the state are the ultimate in life — that man can solve his own problems.  And many in the world will applaud what he is able to achieve in peace and in the economy of the world.  They will gladly follow him in his idolatrous worship of the state and blasphemy of God.

“And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to  change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time” (Daniel 7:25).

“And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determine shall be done” (Daniel 11:36).

“And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven” (Revelation 13:6).

7. The Antichrist will secure power through religious persecution (v. 7: see Revelation 7:13-14; 11:1; 11:2; 11:3-13).

“Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4).

“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands,…And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence came they?  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest.  And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation [martyred by the antichrist], and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9, 13-14).

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them” (Revelation 14:13).

“And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.  And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; and just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.  Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name?  for thou only art holy:  for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest” (Revelation 15:2-4).

“I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;” (Daniel 7:21).

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation,  and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate” (Daniel 9:27).

“Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him.  And now will I show thee the truth.  Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia” (Daniel 11:1-2).

Next week, we will endeavor to finish number 7 along with numbers 8 and 9 dealing with Antichrist.  Also, we will further review Revelation 13:8-10, the Antichrist, before we study the Attack through the Second Beast: A False Prophet, 13:11-18).

NOTE:  You may not be aware, but there is the way to be rescued from enslavement to sin.  But there is!

Please read the following Biblical information:

1. Accepting Jesus Christ as one’s Savior will give the way of escape (John 3:16; 3:36).

2.  Being in Jesus Christ is the truest freedom that there can be.   Since no one [but Christ] is born perfect, only He can take the place of those who are imperfect [all of us] in approaching God, the Father.  Remember, there is only one perfect person and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. We CAN come to God the Father thru CHRIST for salvation…..if we want.  He loves us and is waiting for us to express our need of salvation: John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13.

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