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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE Number 195A
October 24, 2004
Tectonic Chaos – Chapter 21 – The False Comforter
Revelation 13:11 – And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
This is the second beast, the false prophet of Satan, who is cast into a lake of fire burning with brimstone along with the first beast, the antichrist, at the end of the battle of Armageddon. Their souls do not go to hell to await the final great white throne judgment of Revelation 20:11, they go body and soul into a lake of fire, and are joined by Satan a thousand years later before the final judgment.
Revelation 19:20 – 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 20:10,11 – And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
This second beast, the false prophet, comes up out of the earth, unlike the first beast, that came up out of the sea. He comes up with a doctrine of hell from the interior of the earth (See Birth Pang Numbers 8 and 17 in our Archives). Outwardly he gives the appearance of a little white male lamb in that he will seem to have dedicated his life as a living sacrifice to God. He will be one who is looked upon as the holiest man on earth appointed by God. His outward appearance as a lamb will be enhanced by his holy robes and dress, which will falsely associate him with the true Lamb of God. But what lies inside this whitened tomb of spiritual death, betrays who is really is, for his inner being is shown to speak with the power and voice of Satan. And out of his mouth will issue forth edits of the guile of holiness by human endeavor. I am convinced he will be the Pope of Rome – Not the present Pope, but he may well be the one that follows him.
Revelation 13:12 – And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
This false prophet of Rome represents the unholy spirit of the Satanic trinity: Satan the father, antichrist the son, and the false prophet as the unholy spirit. He is one of the unclean spirits of Revelation 16:13.
Revelation 16:13 – And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
In order for any occurrence to be officially identified as being a miracle, it must be confirmed as such by the Pope. He will confirm the resurrection of the first beast from a deadly wound as valid, and cause the known world of John’s day to worship him as being sent by God (See Prophecy Update Number 82, Part 3, in our Archives). For an exposition of “them that dwell on the earth,” see Prophecy Updates 77, 77A, 77B, and 77C).
Revelation 13:13 – And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
He has the same power as the first beast, being energized by the same Satanic Dragon. He is able to do what the priests of Baal could not do before Elijah – He causes fire to come down out of the first heaven, the earth’s atmosphere, and to strike the earth.
I Kings 18:36-40 – And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.  Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.  Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.  And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.  And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.
II Kings 1:10 – And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.
Please note, that in both these cases, it identified the one asking and receiving, as being a man of God sent by God. The miracles and fire from heaven will convince both Catholics and Muslims that the false prophet is absolutely from God and has the power of God.
The false prophet will identify himself as the Elijah from God, and he will proclaim the apparent return to life from the dead by the first beast to be genuine, and will identify him as being sent by God. But why would God allow the false prophet to delude billions of people into believing that the Wicked one was from Him?
II Thessalonians 2:8-11 – And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
Simply stated, those who were truly born again, by believing the Word, were then taught the truth by the Word, and will not be deceived by one who brings a teaching contrary to the Word of truth. There are very few in this century that know the truth, or that even want to know it.
John 3:6,7 – That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
I Peter 1:23 + 2:2,3 + III John 4 – Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
John 17:17 + I Timothy 3:14,15 + Ephesians 5:25-27 – Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.  These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Now, let us continue in this update with verse 14, which further describes the continuation of this massive act of deceit carried out by Satan’s false prophet. Verse 14 parallels II Thessalonians 2:8-11.
Revelation 13:14 – And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the 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.
For an exposition of “them that dwell on the earth” consult our Archives for Prophecy Updates 77, 77A, 77B, and 77C. It is used as a hyperbole, and means the “known” world when John wrote the book of Revelation. For an exposition of “had the wound by a sword, and did live,” consult Chapter 19.
“THAT THEY SHOULD MAKE AN IMAGE TO THE BEAST”
My AWS and NSA career carried me to assignments in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. During these assignments I became familiar with the religious beliefs of many different areas across the earth. I can assure you that the knowledge of the information contained in the areas of biblical prophecy writings from Genesis to Revelation is not known by 99.9 percent of those who make up the Islamic faith. But their dictatorial leaders down through the centuries have established a definite pattern of self-aggrandizement by the creation of massive images of themselves in public places. When one goes to Syria, Iraq, Jordan, or Egypt, he or she is met by a constant series of statues, huge pictures or banners of the current leader, along with musical voices on loud speakers sounding out his praises. I can also assure you that the creation of images, statues, and other visible artifacts is found to abound in catholic worship across the surface of the planet. I will also assure you that an actual knowledge of prophetic teachings is not obtained by private study of the scriptures by individual Catholics in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. What pitifully little they do obtain is taught by the priests, and very, very little is taught from the book of Revelation. I will guarantee that the average parish attendee of catholic services in these areas knows nothing about the book of Revelation. So it would be child’s play to get both Catholics and Muslims to worship the image of a man whom the false prophet said had been resurrected from the dead. There would only be an extremely small minority in these areas that would refuse to do so, and they would be among those who worship Christ only as the total sacrifice for their sins. They would be killed for failing to worship the image.
Revelation 13:15 – And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
This may be an absolute miracle where a statue does seem to come to life and speak. However, it is more likely it is the image of the beast on a worldwide television screen, or a voice from a recording inside a statue, which calls them to worship him, similarly to the call to worship that now occurs across the Islamic world several times a day from Muslim towers, when they bow down toward Mecca in answer to the call. The daily call to fall down and worship toward where the image was located would not be difficult to obtain from either Muslim or Catholic beliefs. But in the U.S. and most countries of the post-Columbus New World it would be most unlikely to be accepted. Please review Prophecy Update Numbers 77, 77A, 77B, and 77C for an exposition on the size of the Antichrist’s final empire and where he is in absolute control. This will also help to better understand the “all” to which John refers in the next verse. It refers to the “known” world of John’s day.