The False Prophet or Beast out of the Land will most likely be Jewish as opposed to the Antichrist or Man or Sin or Beast out of the Sea who will likely be a Gentile or person of the nations. In 1 Corinthians 1:22 the scripture says the Jews require a sign(same Greek word is translated elsewhere in the New Testament miracle(s) or wonder(s) or signs) and the Greeks (or Gentiles or people of the nations seek after wisdom. While wisdom is mentioned in connection with the beast especially the number of his name 666, signs and wonders or miracles are associated with the False Prophet or Beast out of the Land so this is further indication the False Prophet will be Jewish. The Land as in Beast out of the Land as in other parts of the Bible refers to the land God gave to His chosen Earthly people the Jews namely the land of Israel.
The false prophet will not do his miracles primarily to bring glory or worship to himself but to bring glory and worship to the Beast out of the Sea or the Antichrist or the god of forces(military might). He will also be responsible for causing people in the 70th week of Daniel to take the mark of the beast(of the Sea) and to worship his image. He will be personally attacked by the Lord Jesus Christ when He comes in power and great glory to judge the world. The Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) will then bring the False Prophet or Beast out of the Land with the AntiChrist or Beast out of the Sea into the Lake of Fire.
In late August 2010 the United Nations held a meeting of General Assembly to address the situation in Pakistan after the devastating flood there. The new EU foreign minister Cathy Ashton was wanting to speak at this event on behalf of the European Union but was not permitted to because the proper procedures are not yet in place. I had heard that earlier, in July this year, that this ability had already been requested and was being processed at least for some UN meetings but it must not yet be in place. These rules would apply for the new EU president position as well currently held by former Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy. When these rules are in place these top new EU leaders will be able to address the UN General Assembly and reply to questions and circulate documents as well as at other important UN meetings such as the recent UN Nuclear Non-proliferation Conference or the recent UN led climate change meeting in Copenhagen last December. These type of meetings will no doubt continue to come up as well. Some speaking permission on behalf of the EU is now granted to the leader of the EU according to the rotating six month presidency but under the new Lisbon Treaty the two new positions of the EU the President and Foreign Minister are supposed to take precedence on the foreign stage over this six month rotating presidency. When these powers are granted to these two new positions it will mark an important increase in power of the EU and pave the way for the rise of the Antichrist and False Prophet who might use these positions in their world rule in the tribulation or 70th week of Daniel.
The other position that was created by the Lisbon Treaty was the High Representative or Foreign Minister of the Council of the European Union. This position also acts as Vice-President of the European Commission which is also quite an important office. I think the President of the European Union is currently held by Jose Barroso who is the former Prime Minister of Portugal. Anyway the person who has been selected as the first Foreign Minister of the European Union is Catherine Ashton. She is British and is a baroness or from the upper class and she was recently the leader of the House of Lords which is the Upper House of the British Parliament similiar to the Senate in the government of the United States or Canada. After that she became the Commissioner then Chief Trade Commissioner for Britain to the European Union. She has never been elected to any office and she has risen quite fast recently in her political career. She if not well known to the public or media especially outside Britain and she is left wing in her politics having been affiliated with the Labour Party in Britain. She was a last minute recommendation from Britain for the High Representative position after it became clear that there was no longer any chance for Tony Blair to get the Presidential position of the European Union. Her style is also mostly beareaucratic without a very high public profile which might make it difficult also for Europe to use her to exert a public face to the rest of the world such as world powers of United States, China, India, Russia or the Middle East but she seems confident she is up to the demands of the position. Her position is mostly responsible for overseeing the finances of the European Union and for being the face to the world for Europe's foreign policy initiatives.
Although as with the presidential position this would be a good stepping stone to power for the False Prophet as the presidential position would be for the Antichrist, currently the European Union especially at the initiative of France and Germany have also made this position lower profile that originally conceived under the Lisbon Treaty. This is probably because France's Nicholas Sarkozy and Germany's Angela Merkel don't want anyone in the European Union leadership to overshadow the prominence of their positions in Europe and in relation to the rest of the world. However perhaps after they resign or reconsider there could be a new person also in this position that would be more consistant with the False Prophet person mentioned in Revelation 13, 17 etc who would be very charismatic and spiritual even bringing fire down from heaven and doing other miracles. The false prophet will also be in charge of economic and religious matters in the government of the Antichrist during the 7 year tribulation after the rapture of the Church and before the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to set up His kingdom and put away the Antichrist, False Prophet and everyone who refuses to trust in the Lord Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour and in the true God the God of the Bible through Him. As with the appointment of Herman Van Rompuy, Europeans or leaders or people from other parts of the world might get tired of a low profile leader for this position by the end of her term in June 2012 and want a higher profile person then. Baroness Ashton would also not be suitable as the False Prophet as he will probably be Jewish since he is also called the Beast out of the Land with the Land speaking of Israel and he will be male with Baroness Ashton being female and as far as I know not Jewish. However the fact that this position has been created and will probably continue I hope will encourage the reader to admit he or she is a sinner before a righteous as well as loving God and put your trust in Him through His Son Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead to give us new life as soon as possible so you can be caught up to heaven with an incorruptible body and godly nature to enjoy God, Jesus and other believers forever and escape not only the eternal lake of fire but the tribulation on earth as well.
The mystery of iniquity or lawlessness refers to the work or lawlessness that will intensify in the last days before the Lord Jesus Christ returns to Earth. At Jesus' return he will set up His Kingdom in power and great glory at the end of the Great Tribulation or 70th week of Daniel. He who lets(restrains or withholds) evil or iniquity (lawlessness) is the Holy Spirit or Spirit of God. He is gradually loosening His restraint of iniquity at this time but soon at the rapture He will be taken out of the way(probably to Heaven with all true or born again Christians taken to Heaven at the rapture in a sort of reverse of the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost at the beginning of the Church Age. Then the Wicked (One) will be revealed at the beginning of the Great Tribulation immediately after the rapture and he (the Wicked(one) the False Prophet or Beast Out of the Land will later be consumed with the spirit of His (the Lord Jesus Christ's) mouth and by the brightness of His coming. The brightness of Jesus' coming will occur when the Lord Jesus Christ the Messiah comes in power and great glory from Heaven at the end of the Great Tribulation or 70th week of Daniel. This part of the chapter is definitely referring to the False Prophet and not the Antichrist because it is the False Prophet and not the Antichrist according to Revelation 13 who will do the Satanically empowered signs and lying wonders. (In most intances of signs, miracles and wonders in the New Testament including virtually all references to the False Prophet they all come from the same Greek word and mean the same thing.) The False Prophet will do all these lying and Satanically empowered wonders or signs to bring attention or glory in the world to the Antichrist and not to himself. Next in this chapter there is a very solemn warning against neglecting or rejecting receiving the truth and love of the truth of God's Word - the Holy Bible. To neglect God's Word in this way will be to receive or be left open to receiving delusion to believe the lie (perhaps the original lie of Satan in the form of a serpent to our first parents that you shall be as gods (if you take part of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil). This will set in as soon as the rapture happens for those who don't receive the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of His truth or word the Holy Bible in this present Church Age before the rapture. People who receive this delusion will be led by the False Prophet to receive the Mark of the Beast or worship his image and go into condemnation(damnation) perhaps including taking part in the War of Armageddon. This war will be against Jerusalem, the Jewish people and their Messiah the Lord Jesus the Saviour of the world and the Son of God. People will also be condemned because they had pleasure in unrighteousness (sin or lawlessness) (and didn't want to confess it and forsake it even with God's help.) The reference in 2 Thessalonians 2 about the False Prophet and his work in the Great Tribulation is as follows:
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth(restraineth) will let(restrain(evil)) until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord will 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: That they all might be damned(condemned) who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12
The fact that this beast or the False Prophet is said to come out of the Earth probably means he will be Jewish or come from Israel as the land or earth in the Bible is usually spoken of in connection to God's chosen Earthly people the Jewish people. This is because God gave land or Earth as the promised land in the holy land by covenant to the Jews. The description of the False Prophet as having two horns like a lamb but speaking as a dragon probably means by appearance he looks quite gentle or peaceful but by his speech and inner nature he is a dragon or inspired by Satan the devil or the dragon. As in Daniel the False Prophet has great power like the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea but does not use this power to get worship or submission of the people to himself but to the First Beast (of the Sea) or the Antichrist. As in 1 Corinthians 1:22 where the scripture says the Jews require a sign(wonder or miracle) to believe the False Prophet or Beast out of the Land uses many great wonders (signs or miracles) such as causing fire to come down from Heaven. The False Prophet will do this to more easily deceive some of the Jewish people and persuade them that he is the Messiah and for them to worship the first beast. This false prophet will also use these deceptive signs or wonders to deceive many people of the nations. This False Prophet will also cause an image of the first Beast or Beast out of the Sea or Antichrist or Man of Sin to be made and to miraculously cause the Image of the Beast(of the Sea) to speak and live including perhaps moving. This False Prophet or Beast out of the Land who will be something like the true prophet of God Elijah will also cause those who don't worship the image of the Beast (of the Sea) to be killed. The False Prophet will attempt to kill people who resist him and the Antichrist if he can find them and they aren't still hiding in a wilderness area somewhere on Earth. This scripture passage in Revelation 13 of the work of the False Prophet or Beast out of the Land to cause people on Earth during the (second half of the) Great Tribulation or 70th week of Daniel is as follows:
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. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and they that dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders(signs or miracles), so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth 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. 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. Revelation 13:11-15
The False Prophet or Beast out of the Land will cause all people on Earth no matter what their class (or race or religion etc.) to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads. The right hand could mean submission of their actions to the Antichrist while the mark of the beast in the people's foreheads could mean submission of the people's thoughts to the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea. Although it is difficult to know for sure what this mark will be it is likely it will be an application of the current RFID or Radio Frequency Identification technology that is currently being used to replace the bar codes on many products. These RFID chips are composed of linked microchips and antennae and if implanted in the hand or forehead and connected to the nervous system could be used to control people as well as track them. A main argument that will be used to compel people to take the mark of the beast is that they will not be able to buy or sell anything without it and it will then be a crucial part of the world economy. This scripture passage also mentions people could receive the name of the beast or the number of his name instead of the mark. As I said in my web page about the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea I believe the Antichrist in the Great Tribulation will be the Roman Catholic Pope at that time. The Antichrist and tribulation pope will use his title Vicarius Filii Dei which means Substitute for the Son of God for the number of the Beast. The Roman numeral equivalents of the letters in this title that do have Roman number equivalents adds up to exactly 666 as follows: Vicarius v=5 + i=1 + c=100 +i=1 +u=5=112 while in Filii i=1 + l=50 + i=1 + i=1 =53 and in Dei d=500 + i=1=501. Then together 112+53+501=666. This name which means substitute for the Son of God is also a name of blasphemy which means a man taking the place of God as it is described as at the beginning of this chapter. In 1 Corinthians 1:22 the scripture also says the Greeks, meaning the people of the nations or non- Jewish people, seek after wisdom which would also apply if the Antichrist is the Roman Catholic Pope in the Great Tribulation. The role of the False Prophet or Beast out of the Land will be to force and seduce by his wonders people on Earth to receive the mark, name or number of the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea. This mark, name and number will probably all be related to the Pope's title Vicarius Filii Dei or Substitute for the Son of God and its Roman numeral equivalent 666. The scripture passage about the False Prophet compelling people on Earth to receive the Mark of the Beast or His name or number in especially the second half of the Great Tribulation or 70th Week of Daniel in Revelation 13 is as follows:
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(except) he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. Revelation 13:16-18.
The Lord Jesus Christ the rider on the White Horse of Revelation 19 identified by His being called the Word of God and His garment dipped in blood from His cruxifiction for our sins. The Lord Jesus Christ is also thus identified by being called Faithful and True and His eyes like a flame of fire meaning His knowing everything. The rider on the white horse's - the Lord Jesus Christ's and then His judging the world also comes at the end of the Great Tribulation or 70th Week of Daniel to judge the ungodly armies with the Word of God in the sword coming out of His (Jesus') mouth. Then the False Prophet who worked(wrought) the deceptive miracles before the Beast (out of the Sea) or the Antichrist and caused people on Earth to take the Mark of the Beast(of the Sea) or worship his image will be taken by the angel spoken of in verse 17 or perhaps by the Lord Jesus Himself into a lake of fire burning with brimstone(sulfur). This will be the final destiny or place of destiny for the False Prophet or Beast out of the Land(and for the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea, the devil and demons and people who die without Christ or in their sins). The scripture passage about the doom and judgment of the False Prophet or Beast out of the Land by the Lord Jesus Christ and I think one of His holy angels at the end of the Great Tribulation in Revelation 19 is as follows:
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth(does) judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture (robe) dipped in blood: and his name is called the Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. 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. Revelation 19:11-21
At the end of the Messianic Age or Millenial Kingdom, according to Revelation 20, Satan the devil will be let loose out of the bottomless pit to tempt the nations one last time. He will unfortunately lead many people living on Earth then to himself away from God and the Lord Jesus Christ. What I want to emphasize though is that then the devil will be cast into the lake of fire where this scripture passage says the beast and the false prophet are already or still there. This means, contrary to what some people say about hell or the lake of fire, that people including the false prophet or beast out of the land and the beast (out of the sea) or antichrist will be able to survive or endure the torment of the fire and brimstone. This endurance will be in the lake of fire for at least a thousand years and most likely for ever even though it will be very painful and tormenting but their bodies won't be consumed. The scripture in Revelation 19:20 says that a thousand years earlier the False Prophet and the Beast(out of the Sea) were cast alive (with their bodies) into the lake of fire. They were still alive but in a tormented state a thousand years late according to Revelation 20:10. Revelation 20:10 then says they will be tormented forever and ever - in the same way which includes bodily without their bodies being consumed by the fire and brimstone. This will be the same case for the devil and demons and when God and Jesus raise lost people from the dead at the end of the Millenial Kingdom and send them to the lake of fire those human beings who will have died in their sins. I hope this will not include you who are reading this article. The only way to make sure of this is by trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart that He was also God in the flesh who lived a perfect life, died for your sins and Has risen from the dead, ascended to heaven, can represent you in prayer before God the Father now and is soon coming again. The scripture reference in Revelation 20 about the continuing and eternal torment of the False Prophet in the Lake of Fire is as follows:
And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 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. Revelation 20:7-10
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