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Revelation 13:11-15 The False Prophet!
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We pray to HaShem, the Holy One of Israel, to fill our hearts with wisdom and understanding as we continue this study into the Revelation of Navi Y'shua. Armed with this understanding we pledge ourselves to standing always with Israel, even as the False Prophet and False Messiah arise. Give us strength we pray!
The False Prophet and the Mark of the Beast13:11 I saw another beast coming up out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke like a dragon.The two final despots of the Olam Hazeh (present world order or age) will be blasphemous imitators of Truth. The Hebrew prophets foretold the coming of haMoshiach (Isaiah 11:1-9; Jeremiah 23:5-6, 30:7-10, 33:14-16; Ezekiel 34:11-31, 37:21-28; Hosea 3:4-5) and his forerunner (as the physical return of Prophet Elijah: Malachi 4:5-6). Yochanan the Immerser accompanied and heralded Rebbe Y'shua and Rebbe Y'shua directly said that Yochanan was the reincarnation of Navi Elijah (Matthew 11:13-14, 17:10-13). Rex Mundi will likewise have such a person. He is known in Scripture only as the False Prophet.
Lots of folks misunderstand the False Prophet and his role but he is a very important figure! He will be more than a religious leader, nor than a fiery preacher, more than a herald for the first Beast. He will be "another/second beast" in own right.
"False Prophet" is not simply another moniker of the Rex Mundi therefore as some suppose. Just as Rex Mundi will be an individual person, so too will be the False Prophet. This second leader is essential because Rex Mundi must demonstrate his identity to the Orthodox rabbinim or they will not accept him and the Temple will not rebuilt as it must be. This is another individual who will appear on the world stage when the time comes.
Like the first Beast, the False Prophet will hold global authority, but less than that of Rex Mundi. We know this because he only has two "horns" and he "serves the Beast."
While the False Prophet will resemble a "lamb" he will speak with the power and authority of the Dragon: Lucius. Both he and Rex Mundi are therefore committed Luciferians, servants of the god of this world (II Corinthians 4:4).
As we will see in the next verse, the False Prophet exercises his power "in the presence of the beast" showing that his power is limited and under the authority of another.
What we know about the False ProphetWe know from the Scriptures that the False Prophet will direct the global worship of Rex Mundi. To accomplish this he will be endowed with certain powers that will seem miraculous as well as with far reaching secular and religious authority.13:12 He [i.e. the False Prophet] exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. He makes the earth and those who dwell in it worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.Again the "fatal wound" referenced previously will be to the person of the global despot, not to a political entity. The first Beast will be fatally wounded -- he will die -- and then that wound will be healed. He will rise from the dead as Lucifer Incarnate in plain view of the world (imitating the resurrection of Rebbe Y'shua). For his devotees this will be absolute proof for his claims ('who can stand against him?'), for others it will demonstrate his utter evil. To prophecy students it will establish him as the Antichrist. It is at this point that serious resistance against the Global Union will begin as we discussed in chapter 12 and elsewhere.
There is an important statement here that is easily missed: ... 'He [the Second Beast] causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast'. There are a couple of things worth noting here.
First, 'all those who dwell on the Earth' shows again that this is to be a global religious movement and not a limited local event. These things will not be limited to the Middle East or Rome as some suppose.
A bit more subtle is the statement that the False Prophet will make the inhabitants of Earth worship the Beast. One can force religious compliance but worship is a matter of the heart, soul and mind. Being forced to ones knees is not worship. The multitudes will, coerced or not, voluntarily worship the Beast as they embrace "the lie" (II Thessalonians 2:11). This is vital information. You can be punished or even killed for refusing to worship him, but you can't be forced to!13:13 He [the False Prophet] performs great signs, even making fire come down out of the sky to the earth in the sight of people.Imagine the Pope standing in Saint Peter's Basilica and declaring that the Second Coming of Jesus has occurred! He raises his arms, lightening and bolts of fire fall from the heavens bathing him in glory and confirming his declarations! "He is here! Come to the Church and receive the King!" This is what the False Prophet will do! This is the kind of fantastic powers he will display early on! In time his powers will become more fantastic, and deadly towards those who refuse.
13:14 He [the False Prophet] deceives the people who dwell on the earth because of the signs he was granted to do in front of the beast; saying to those who dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast who had the sword wound and lived.
Now imagine seeing the Pope do such acts while surrounded by the most influential and respected clerics of all the world's religions and by many global heads of state and industry! Now just imagine as he points to a man whose very appearance evokes awe, probably seated on a gloriously decorated dais but possibly standing humbly to the side -- a man of the people! You know (by this point) that the world is in chaos and that this amazing man has established global peace and security, ended world hunger, cured innumerable diseases, ended global warming, caused the Temple in Jerusalem to be rebuild! You know that he is not only being accepted as Messiah returned by the vast majority of Christians, as the 12th Imam by most of Islam, as Kalki by the Hindus etc., but according to the leading rabbis he is indeed the long awaited Moshiach! He is unifying the world in apparent peace and love! The fighting religions are uniting and at peace! War is no more! Such a man! Every fiber of your flesh says: BOW! But emunah (faith in action) says NO! Stand against this monster!
Now imagine yourself among the assembled throng and saying, "No! This Pope is really the False Prophet and that man is the Anti-Christ!" The crowds turn on you in an instant. "Infidel!" "Terrorist!" "Blasphemer!"
You quickly look again and notice on the far side of the platform a beautiful statue cast in the likeness of the new leader. Luxuriously robed priests and priestess are assisting lines of glazed-eyed people as they approach the image to worship it and make offerings. As you look at it the statue appears to turn its head slightly in your direction and a frown crosses its lips.
Now imagine standing erect, your head held high, and proclaiming that all those assembled religious and political leaders are either deceived or in cahoots with the Evil One! You hear yourself shouting "Repent! For the Kingdom of our God is at hand!" The mobs grab you like a horde of zombies from the movies... "One of us! One of us!..."
You think its difficult to live an authentic Messianic Jew now, rejected by both mainstream Jews and Christians? Imagine yourself pointing at the Leader of the United Planet Earth and declaring that the man all the world is glorifying is in reality the Devil incarnate!
Can you even imagine this? Would you stand against such odds?
That's what we will be called upon to do if we live long enough, because this event is going to take place just as the prophets foretell!
It will seem insane to oppose the Golden One, but oppose him we must no matter the cost! To live in the anointing is life and to die is to gain (Philippians 1:21)! Friends, we need to strengthen our emunah (faith) now before the Darkness fully descends! If not, how will we ever stand?
The False Prophet will deceive the vast majority of people, including the Jews. Most everyone on earth will embrace Rex Mundi. Comparatively few will stand to oppose him. What will you do?13:15 It was given to him [the False Prophet] to give breath to it, to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause as many as wouldn't worship the image of the beast to be killed.I've mentioned this idol before in this study. While the text does not directly say this, it seems safe to assume that there will be at least one main image or idol of the Beast, probably located in Rome originally but then moved to Jerusalem and installed in the Temple as Rex Mundi commits the Abomination of Desolation. The idol may be a duplicate of Rex Mundi's person (as I expect) or it may look more like the image Daniel described in his book (Daniel 2:31). Rex Mundi will be, as we have discussed, the end result of centuries of planning and effort.
-- image by Dr. Clarence Larkin in Dispensational Truth
This murti or idol will be animated by Lucifer himself! The idol will move, it will make declarations and proclamations, issue orders, it will impart blessings and decree punishments. It will in appear to be alive -- whether empowered by technology or possessed of demonic spirits, the result will be the same.
We can further assume (although again the text does not directly say) that small versions of the image will be mass produced and that people will have shrines in their homes and in their places of business for daily worship and as a sign of loyalty. There will surely be ritual requirements, rote prayers and so on.
Next: the Mark of the Beast.
Continue with Chapter Thirteen of the Revelation of Navi Y'shua
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