Our traditions teach us that the Church is supposed to be Raptured before the Antichrist is revealed. But at the same time conflicts exist as to the timing of both of these events. However, when we obey the commandments of Daniel 4:12 and Revelation 22:18,19 (both of which were violated by our traditional teachings) we discover that the sequence of events becomes very clear and very simple to understand.
Event Sequence # 13-21
Revelation 6:12-7:17 Story 2 – The Seven Trumpets
Revelation 13:1-18 Story 3 – The Antichrist & False Prophet
Revelation 14:1-16 Story 4 – The Seven Bowls of Wrath
Revelation 18:1-19:10 Story 5 – The Mystery Babylon
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 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. 4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? 5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
Out of the disruption and revelations on the earth caused by cosmic disturbances, a new leader will step onto the world stage.
While standing on the edge of the sea (13:1), John tells us that this Beast (Antichrist) will rise up from the people of the earth (the sea). We see his relationship to the Dragon in his seven heads and ten horns (13:2). He looked like a Leopard, but had the feet of a Bear and the mouth of a Lion:
The Leopard – The Grecian Empire
The Bear – The Media/Persian Empire
The Lion – The Babylonian Empire
Note also that none of the elements in this beast relate to the Roman Empire. He will come out of the roots of these three empires. From what we have previously learned and from Appendix C there is no Biblical support for a “Revived Roman Empire.”
These 10 horns or nations will rise in and around the original Grecian Empire. At some point before this time the opportunity will allow for formation of what is called the “Caliphate,” the Islamic government that has not existed since World War II when the Ottoman Empire fell. Muslims believe that this government must be reestablished in order for their leader to appear. It is this form of government that they believe will rule the over the earth. I am not going to go into detail on this, as many resources on the Internet exist on the subject of the “Caliphate.” Basically their leader (the Mahdi, whom the Bible calls the Antichrist) will appear. When he does, he will come with “Jesus” (a person, whom our Bible calls the False Prophet). This “Jesus” will give correction to the Christians and the Jews (the two horns of the False Prophet), straightening out their understanding of scriptures. Together, the Mahdi and “Jesus” will fight and attempt to destroy what they consider to be their “Antichrist” who is the Jews and the Christians. They will then conquer the world and live forever more under the rule of the “Caliphate” or so goes their version of the story.
This scenario is suspiciously similar to the pattern laid out in the book of Revelation. There is growing pressure in Islam to reestablish the Caliphate. At some point in the near future the activities in the Middle East will polarize creating the opportunity to create a 10 nation confederacy and after that happens, the door will open for the Antichrist to rise to power. Only after the Antichrist has risen to power and the Christians fight against him is it possible for the Rapture of the Church to occur. The Rapture cannot occur until after the Antichrist is revealed, which is explained below.
The authority and power of the Antichrist comes from Satan, which means that he does not have power or authority over the Saints of God. However, as we will see, he will make war against the Church. He receives his power from those who believe in him (13:4). They will worship him and the Dragon. In this way he will seem like a prophet from god to many and he will get that power by performing miracles, perhaps being mortally wounded and then being raised from the dead (13:3). When He comes into this power, he will to do as he pleases for 42 months or three and a half years.
Also note in 13:3 it says that the “world wondered after” him. We have to be very careful here. The word used for “world” also translates as: nation, region or territory. His kingdom is not the entire world, but he will have influence and impact on the entire world.
War with the Saints
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 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. 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
The beast will speak against the saints of God and make war (13:6, 7) against them, receiving authority from the nations that support him. He does not rule over the whole earth, but instead has power to influence all the nations to make them carry out his will. Those who do not know God (13:8) will be deceived by the Antichrist and worship him as their savior. The Saints must be here to fight the Antichrist therefore; this must happen before the Rapture of the Church.
Christians are persecuted in many parts of the world today and giving their lives for their beliefs. As the power of the beast comes into fullness, he will wage an all-out war on the Christians where ever he can. Christians and Jews will be hated and killed because they reject the new ways of this new leader.
There is one more thing I want to mention here. In all of the events happening here and events that will happen leading up to these events, there are always going to be those who create theories of conspiracies within governments. Whether these conspiracies are real or imaginary, there is one thing that these people never take into consideration. No, two things they never think about. That is GOD and the manifestation of the Sons of God. God has HIS plan and the Sons of God must be manifested to work that plan, and no government or conspiracy will get in the way or hinder the fulfillment of that plan. The big question is which side are you going to be part of? The conspiracies, believing more in the abilities of man or are you going to be part of the Sons of God and fulfilling God’s plan? Those who are focused on the conspiracies have fear driving them and will go through the Tribulation, because that is where their heart is. Those who are focused on being one of the Sons of God will be leaving in the Rapture. This is always your choice.
Rise of the False Prophet
11And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12And 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. 13And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
This second beast commonly called the False Prophet comes from the nations (13:11) or governments of the earth. If the first beast comes from the people (sea) his origins are not through political affiliations but he gains that power quickly. However, the second beast comes from the nations (earth), which indicates more of a political background. There is no further description of this beast other than the “two horns like a lamb,” so John was impressed to give only this limited description. The two horns speak of two groups that he comes from and has authority or power over. Because the word lamb is used, his origin or background will be from the Christians and the Jews, possibly a Jewish Christian. He will come in the disguise of being the Christ, the Messiah and deceive many into believing the first beast is the true Messiah.
The second beast will have the same kind of influence and power of the first beast while in his presence (13:12). He will create new laws for the first beast, which indicates the political background. He will make those who dwell upon the earth to worship the first beast raised from his deadly wound, performing many signs (13:13), which will amaze and deceive those who do not know their God. This False Prophet has the ability to sway many people with his words. A master at twisting words to make people think one way when he is plotting to go against them in a completely opposite direction. He will make people think if they follow him they will be saved, but when they do they are doomed.
Live in God’s Peace!
* This is an excerpt from the book: Tell Them to Prepare – A New Look at the book of Revelation. Note: Reading these excerpts from the book will not provide full understanding of what is revealed in the book. Reading the book will give deeper understanding and answer more questions than these blog posts ever will.
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