Prior to any discussion of the False Prophet who will come to the aid of the Antichrist in the tribulation period, I feel it's important we understand what a false prophet is, for there are many in the world today.
False prophets are recognizable by their lack of adherance to Scriptural truth. Whenever a man teaches a doctrine that has no Scriptural basis, presenting it as truth, he is a false prophet. Although he may speak soothing words that are comfortable to hear, his message is not of God, but from within himself, based upon his own personal goals, lusts, and biases.
Matthew 7:15-20: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
False prophets possess the ability to reach large groups of people and seduce them with their wickedness, offering them hope in something that isn't of God. Amazingly, some of these practitioners of evil doctrine are so gifted in deception they lead professing Christians into their flocks.
Matthew 24:24: For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Mark 13:22-23: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
The Apostle Peter warned of teachers who would confront Christians with "damnable heresies" and would even deny the Lord Himself! As I continue to document on this website, these teachers are present in the world today, mocking the Word of God and compromising the Scriptures in the interest of political correctness and religious tolerance. What are these men? False prophets!
2nd Peter 2:1: But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
Spotting false prophets made easy
Whenever a religious leader teaches a way to Heaven other than through Jesus Christ's shed blood and the grace of God we receive through faith in Jesus Christ as a result of His sacrifice made on our behalf when He died on the cross, you should immediately tune them out.
There is only one Lord, only one Savior, only one Lamb of God, only one Jesus Christ! Any teacher who reaches a conclusion other than that is a false prophet and a heretic!
1st John 4:1-3: Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
The False Prophet
Although the world is filled with many antichrists and false prophets, there will be two people who will exceed the wickedness of all the others who have preceded them, the Antichrist and the False Prophet.
The Bible teaches us there will be a Satanic trinity in place during the Tribulation Period after the Rapture of the Church occurs. The players in this trinity, a counterfeit of the true trinity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, are:
Satan (in the role of the Father).
The Antichrist (in the role of the Son). You can read of his role in prophecy HERE.
The False Prophet (in the role of the Holy Spirit)
Presenting themselves as the answer to all the world's problems, the underlying goal of this trinity of evil will be to steal from God the glory and honor He deserves, to destroy the Jewish people, and to assassinate Christianity in a vain attempt to defeat Almighty God and establish themselves as the rulers of the universe. They will ultimately fail as do all those who stand against God, but their reign of terror will be unprecedented in the history of mankind.
Examining the False Prophet of the Tribulation Period
In Revelation 13: 11 we see a description of the False Prophet who will come to aid the Antichrist during the Tribulation Period.
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.
As explained earlier, the key figures of the Satanic trinity will want to counterfeit the Trinity of God. Breaking down this Scripture we see several key things:
The False Prophet will come up out of the earth:
In sharp contrast to the Antichrist who will rise up out of the sea as seen in Revelation 13:1, the False Prophet is seen rising up from the earth. This indicates, in my opinion, they will come from different geographical areas, but will be united in their goals. The sea typically refers to the Mediterranean Sea which borders Israel. Reference to the land or earth typically refers to Israel and surrounding areas, but it is unknown whether this will apply to the False Prophet. As the Scriptures concerning his rise are less clear than those of the rise of the Antichrist, it is best we leave the location the False Prophet will arise from in God's hands to be revealed in the manner which He has chosen. The False Prophet will be easily identifiable when he moves into his prophetic role because he and the Antichrist will become joined at the prophetic hip so to speak.
The False Prophet is symbolically represented as a lamb:
As Satan's plan is to counterfeit God's plan for mankind during the Tribulation Period, it is no surprise we see the False Prophet described in Scripture as "like a lamb." He will present himself as a great man with wonderful intentions for the world, but he will be no Lamb of God! He will be anything BUT a lamb!
The False Prophet will speak as a dragon:
This part of the Bible's description of the False Prophet is very telling! Although he will present himself as a godly man, the words he will speak will come straight from the mind of the dragon he serves, Satan.
What the False Prophet will require of mankind
As stated earlier, the False Prophet will connect himself to the Antichrist once he moves into his prophetic role, making identification of this member of the Satanic trinity easy.
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 Scripture points out several key things concerning the False Prophet and what he will ultimately require of mankind:
The False Prophet will exercise all the power of the first beast before him:
Much like the Antichrist will win the world over, the False Prophet will similarly win the majority of the world to his way of thinking. His influence on the minds of people will be incredibly effective!
The False Prophet will cause the earth and all those who dwell in it to worship the Antichrist.
The False Prophet's command that the world worship the Antichrist as God will likely be founded upon the Antichrist's claim to deity as a result of his miraculous recovery from a deadly wound:
Revelation 17:8 seems to indicate the Antichrist literally ascends from the bottomless pit, meaning he dies from the deadly wound he receives yet somehow rises again, counterfeiting the resurrection of Christ!
Revelation 17:8: The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
The power of the False Prophet
The Bible tells us the False Prophet will be awesome in his Satanic power!
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,"
Can you imagine the awe unbelieving members of mankind will have when the False Prophet does such things in their sight? Mankind, which rejected Jesus Christ in spite of all the amazing miracles He performed, will be amazed by this man, which is ironic.
The False Prophet will command an "image" be made of the Antichrist.
Having intimidated the world through his Satanic power, the False Prophet will command an image of the Antichrist be made and ultimately worshipped!
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.
After commanding the world to make an image of the Antichrist, an idol perhaps, the False Prophet will literally have the power to give life to it! After this Satanic miracle, the False Prophet will require the world to worship the image of the Antichrist which will be both able to speak and kill those who refuse to worship it! Amazing!
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.
The False Prophet will require everyone to accept a mark of allegiance to the Antichrist.
Having established the requirement that mankind worship the Antichrist as God, the False Prophet will require a mark of allegiance to the Antichrist be received by all mankind. Those who do not receive it will be unable to buy or sell as this religious affiliation will be tied to the global economic system the Antichrist will have in place during those times.
Revelation 13:16-17: And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Freedom of religion will be a thing of the past when this moment arrives for those alive during the Tribulation Period. There will be only two choices for mankind at that time:
To receive the mark of the beast - Those who accept this choice will be able to buy and sell, but the downside is they will have sworn their allegiance to Satan and will be eternally damned without any chance whatsoever of forgiveness!
To refuse the mark of the beast - Those who refuse the mark of the beast will be killed if located, but the Lord will reward them for their loyalty to Him once He establishes His millenial kingdom upon the earth in the aftermath of the battle of Armageddon. Although the Church of today will have been raptured to Heaven prior to the Tribulation Period, there will be many who will surrender their lives to Jesus Christ in the Tribulation Period who will be loyal to Jesus and be martyred as opposed to betraying Him.
Revelation 20:4: And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
The ultimate destiny of the False Prophet
Although the False Prophet and the Antichrist will seem unstoppable during the Tribulation Period, their global reign of terror will come to an end when the Lord Jesus Christ, followed by the armies of Heaven, will return to earth and defeat them and all their followers at the battle of Armageddon.
Revelation 19:19-21: And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 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. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
In the aftermath of the Antichrist's and the False Prophet's plummet into hell, Satan will be bound for a period of one thousand years during which Christ and His followers rule and reign upon the earth.
Revelation 20:1-2: And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
At the end of the thousand year reign of Christ, Satan will be loosed and will stage a revolt against the Lord which which will quickly be defeated. At the point Satan organizes his revolt, it has been one thousand years since the False Prophet and the Antichrist were cast into the lake of fire, but the Bible makes it clear God hasn't forgotten what they've done, stressing the eternal consequences of rejecting God, something we should all take note of!
Revelation 20:10: 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.
Notice the Scripture tells us the False Prophet and the Antichrist are still present in the lake of fire when Satan joins them. There the three of them will be tormented forever and forever!
What about everyone else who has rejected God? Sadly, everyone who has rejected God will join them in that place of torment in the end which is why we all must accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior before it's too late.
When Christ judges all those who have refused His love at the end of His one thousand year reign upon the earth, He will order all those who have refused Him to be cast down into hell.
Revelation 20:15: And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
As frightening as this scenario is to consider, there is absolutely no reason for you to worry about any of it, unless you are reading this having never accepted Jesus Christ.
Those who have accepted Jesus Christ prior to the Rapture of the Church (which I believe is coming very soon) will be raptured, caught up to be with the Lord, before one day of the False Prophet's terror has taken place!
As frightening as what you've just read is to envision, the False Prophet is only a small portion of what is going to happen during the Tribulation Period! In my Post-Rapture Survival Guide, I present an overview of the entire Tribulation Period. If you'd like to see a bigger picture of what awaits rebellious mankind, click HERE to see the Post-Rapture Survival Guide.
If you are reading this having never accepted Jesus Christ, you may have plenty of time to reach a decision to commit your life to Him or you may have five more minutes.
If the Rapture of the Church comes today and finds you without Jesus Christ in your life, you will be left here to endure a literal hell upon the earth, but what if you just die? None of us are promised another second of life. Are you willing to risk eternal separation from God? I hope not!
If you've never accepted Jesus Christ, I pray you'll do so this very day. He loves you so much He died a torturous death on the cross. Click HERE to learn what the Lord suffered through that you might have a chance to repent and be received into Heaven at the end of this life.
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