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The False Prophet and the Mark of the First Beast
Rev 13:16 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:
Rev 13:17 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.
Rev 13:18 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.
- Jesus prophesied the following in his Olivet discourse in Matthew chapter 24. Mat 24:5 “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Mat 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.” Just as the many false christs will culminate in the final antichrist, so also will the false prophets culminate in a false prophet. The false prophet will complete the satanic trinity, i.e., the dragon, satan and the first beast, the antichrist and the second beast, the false prophet. The false prophet will be the partner of the antichrist in deceiving the whole world for satan.
- The apostle John beheld the false prophet as, “…another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” (Rev 13:11) He is like the first beast or the antichrist but less terrifying but he is similar to the wolves in sheep’s clothing as Jesus warned of (Matthew 7:15). The following are their similarities but contrasted:
|The First Beast, the antichrist||The second Beast, the false prophet|
|came up out of the sea||came up out of the earth|
|had ten horns, ten crowns, seven heads with blasphemous names||had two horns|
|ferocious as a leopard, bear, and lion||harmless as a lamb|
|Spoke as a dragon||Meekness and gentleness|
- The authority of the false prophet. Revelation 13:12-14. 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. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 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.
- All the authority of the antichrist is delegated to the false prophet.
- The mission of the false prophet is to cause the earth and all who dwell in it to worship the antichrist. He will lead the whole world in a worldwide religion of worshipping the antichrist.
- The false prophet appears to heal the antichrist of his fatal wound. This is a satanic imitation of Jesus’ resurrection. No member of the satanic trinity can give life for it is only the Lord Jesus Christ who has the power to make the dead alive again.(John 11:25) This fake resurrection from the dead enhances the false prophet’s prestige. He also will perform great signs of his own like making fire come down out of heaven to the earth. The unbelievers having rejected the gospel and blasphemed the Lord, will believe the deception of the antichrist.
- The phrase “them that dwell upon the earth” are the unbelievers. They will utterly be deceived 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 who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2Th 2:10-12)
- The earth dwellers will obey the false prophet’s command to make an image of the beast and set it in the holy place of the temple. This is the abomination that causes desolation mentioned by the prophet Daniel (Daniel 9:27), as well as the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:15).
- His work. Rev 13:15-18 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. 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. 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.
- To support the worship of the antichrist, the false prophet will cause the image of the beast to have life so that the image can both speak and cause those who do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. This is no miracle nowadays because with Artificial Intelligence, robots can speak, dance, do newscasting and intelligently converse with anyone.
- The false prophet decrees that “all, 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.” Many of the martyred tribulation saints in Rev 6:9-11; 7:13-14 are those who will be killed. Some will survive (Jews and Gentiles) until the Lord Jesus returns to set up His millennial kingdom.
- To enforce the worship of the antichrist, the false prophet will require all people to receive a mark on their right hand or their forehead. Those who refuse to receive the mark of the beast will be deprived of food, water and other necessities of life because no one will be able to buy or sell without the mark. Cash will vanish and transactions on the debit or credit of your account will happen digitally and your account will be recognized through the mark of the beast on your hand or your forehead. Your digital account will be read together with the mark of the antichrist which is the name or number of the antichrist. That number is the number of man, six hundred sixty six.
- The phrase “Here is wisdom” is a warning to those who are on earth during the tribulation to have the understanding to be able to calculate the number of the beast. There have been several speculations as to who is the antichrist. Greek, Hebrew, Latin letters are given numerical values and the letters of the names of past, present historical, and prominent men were given numerical values and they were added and if the summation comes up to 666, then that individual is suspected to be the antichrist. One example is the title of the pope, “Vicarius Filii Dei (Vicar of the Son of God). After assigning numerical values to the Latin letters with Roman Numerals and add them all up, they add up to 666. There has been no end to the speculation. All such calculation and speculation are futile and inutile because the antichrist is still to come.
- What is happening to us now is preconditioning or pre-programming of people’s mind to readily receive the mark. When you enter a mall or office or drugstore, they take the temperature reading on your forehead or your hand. The mark of the beast will be on your forehead or your hand and it will be scanned by a computer. Without it, you cannot enter to buy or sell or transact business. The mark becomes a must or mandatory. Anyone who wants to transact business or enter an institution will need the mark. The future COVID 19 VACCINE WILL ULTIMATELY BECOME THE PLATFORM to introduce the mark of the beast to everyone as prophesied in Revelation 13:15-18. Receiving the mark of the beast is in concert with the vow or oath to pledge one’s allegiance to worship the beast. Furthermore, those receiving the mark will also be able to work, buy or sell or transact business to acquire the necessities in life. According to Rev. 13: 15 and 20:4, those who refused to worship the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands, are beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God. However, at the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
- How does the COVID 19 vaccine fit into all of these?
- Take note that the antichrist has not yet been revealed. So those who receive vaccine now are not and cannot be worshipping the beast because no beast has been revealed yet.
- However, to receive the vaccine now is an individual decision because:
- of the potential harm of ingredients that may be in them and before you receive a vaccine, some medical and physical checks may need to be done, e.g., certain allergies, sensitivity to side effects, etc.
- There are also different kinds of vaccines to choose from, e.g., COVID 19 mRNA vaccine or the Viral Vector COVID 19 vaccine. Some have been fully approved by USFDA while others are for EUA (Emergency Use Approval – is not an FDA approval but the product may be used only during public health emergency).
- The vaccines are developed or are being developed at warp speed. The slide shows that previous vaccines were developed in 10 years. Now, the vaccines are developed in a year. Though they claim they have not sacrificed safety for speed but that is something to see. (SHOW SLIDES 1 & 2)
- The fully approved vaccines have a 94% effectivity but safety is still being tested as they are used. Presently, the worldwide population is 7.8 B and the number of confirmed COVID cases worldwide is at a total of 96,938,715 and deaths worldwide is 2,077,006. These figures would give us an infection rate of 1.2% and a mortality rate of 2.1%. Question: Are you better being vaccinated with an effectivity rate of 94% only while the infection rate is only 1.2%?
- My advice is for all of us to research because many of these have been developed at warp speed. The normal development of a vaccine would take from 5-10 years
- Are Christians placed in a position to accept the mark of the beast? No, absolutely not. The Church is raptured before the 7-year Tribulation when the prophecy of the mark of the beast are fulfilled. When will the vaccine transition to the mark of the beast where it will not be just a vaccine but it could contain much more other information about you and the vaccines you received? This could be before the middle of the Tribulation period when all dwellers of the earth are required to receive the mark and worship the beast. The vaccine becomes a platform to be used to apply on your transitioned vaccine which can be used to track you for surveillance. It is also possible to even alter your DNA so that you are no longer a human person but a trans-human and you no longer belong to the human race which thee Lord Jesus took the fashion of man to save man. So if you are no longer a human, you do not belong to the human race which Jesus came to save. You are destined to the lake of fire and brimstone. That is the reason why those who receive the mark of the beast are destined without exception to the lake of fire and brimstone.
- Psalm 139:14 has this to say, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. We have been given a genome that fits us well as human persons. We are not to allow ourselves to change the human genome designed and prepared by the Lord Jesus for us. We have been fearfully and wonderfully made into His image. Those who are left behind the rapture will be put into that difficult decision – to accept the mark and worship of the beast or beheaded.
- In other words, the pandemic will not go away but continue until the time of the antichrist. There will always be the call for vaccines because there will be variants as we have now 2 or 3 variants that are still under study whether they can be controlled by the present vaccines or will they require another set of vaccines. COVID 19 is not going away. We are nearing the Tribulation period. All these end-time signs are converging. Jesus said, Let not your hearts be troubled. Jesus said, “He is coming to take us to where He is there may we be also.” When? Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. Let’s continue sharing the good news with others through all avenues available.
- More about this next week, if the Lord tarries.
The Lord’s Message 24/01/21