The False Prophet

The False Prophet is a religious leader that will arise during the Tribulation Period. Exactly who he is and where he comes from is a mystery. However, there is a great deal that we can learn about him by reading the Bible. He is someone you need to know about if you are still here after the Rapture.

His Job

Every ruthless dictator has to have a prophet of some kind. We usually do not hear much about them because they do not call attention to themselves. Their job is to convince the world, and especially the people of his country, that this ruler is someone that must be followed. After the dictator has passed on, his “false prophet” simply disappears and we never hear about him again.

Such was the case with Joseph Goebbels who served in that role for Adolph Hitler. Joseph Goebbels was the minister of propaganda in 1933 when the Nazis came to power. It was through his influence that Hitler gained his power so quickly. That was his job, to proclaim to the world how important Hitler was and all the good that he was going to do for the world.

As usual, it worked for a while, until Hitler showed his true colors and began exterminating the Jews. Even so, Goebbels’ influence was so strong that millions of Jews were already exterminated before the world woke up to what he was doing.

That will be the job of the False Prophet. He will call attention to the Antichrist and all the good that he will do if only the world will follow him. And as effective as Goebbels was, the False Prophet will be many times more effective.

His Deception

The False Prophet is described in Rev. 13:11 (NIV) as having “two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon.” In other words, he will seem as innocent as a lamb but will be as destructive as a dragon.

He will be a religious leader, one that will be accepted by most of the world as speaking for God. Since Most people here inAmericahave effectively eliminated the idea of God from their thinking they do not recognize anyone “speaking for God.” However, in most of the world, this False Prophet will have a great influence.

He will not talk about himself but will only speak of the benefits of accepting the Antichrist as their leader. Of course, he will not identify the Antichrist as who he really is. He will build up the one who will become the Antichrist as someone who will bring peace to the world.

This implies that the world will be in turmoil. At the very least, the world will seem to be on the brink of a world war. If you look at what is happening throughout the world right now, you will realize that this is now beginning to happen. The False Prophet will portray the Antichrist as someone who is just the opposite of who he really is. He will portray the Antichrist as a man of peace, but he will ultimately bring war to the whole world.

He Will Have Extraordinary Powers

The Bible says in Rev. 13:13 (NIV): “And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men.” Earlier in this chapter we learn that the Antichrist was given great authority by Satan. Then the Antichrist gives great authority to the False Prophet.

The False Prophet then commands that a huge image be constructed that would honor the Antichrist. Then the Bible says Rev. 13:15 (NIV): “He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.”

Now we know that only God has the power to give life. So how can the False Prophet causes this great image to have breath and speak. It wasn’t until fairly recently that we could even imagine how he could do this. If he can not give real life to this image, what does he do?

If you have ever been to Disney World and seen the Hall of the Presidents, you will get an idea of how he can do this. And if you go to Epcot World, you will even get a better idea. The presidents seem so lifelike that as you watch them, you actually began to believe that they are real people.

Then when you go to another place in Epcot World you will find that you are actually able to carry on a conversation with a robot. Then you begin to get an idea of how this can happen. You see, the robot is programmed with responses to thousands (or more) of questions that are given to it. If you are not aware of what is happening, you began to believe that this is an intelligent being you are talking to.

No, the technical people of the world will not be fooled by this talking image, but the vast majority of the people seeing it will be fooled.

The Mark of the Beast

It is the False Prophet that will cause everyone to receive the Mark of the Beast. It is this mark, and the electronics behind it, that will enable people to buy and sell. At that time, the majority of the commercial transactions will be done electronically. This is already happening throughout the civilized world, includingIraq. Fewer and fewer people are actually using cash for their commercial transactions. They use credit cards, debit cards, or other government issued cards to buy and sell.

It will be a simple step for the Antichrist to dictate that all commercial transactions be done electronically. It will be job of the False Prophet to get the people to accept this change.

His Destiny

As powerful as the False Prophet is, his destiny has already been sealed. He and the Antichrist will have their day of power, but it will last only for a short time. At the end of the Tribulation Period the Bible says what will happen to them.

Rev. 19:20 (NIV): “But the beast (Antichrist) was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.”

The sad part is that he deceived multitudes of people throughout the world. And those who follow him are also thrown with him into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. Rev. 20:15 (NIV): “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”

Do Not Be Deceived

If you have already accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you will not be here to be deceived by this False Prophet. However, if you are reading this, and the Rapture has already happened, do not be deceived by what he says. Your eternal destiny depends on it.

However, if the Rapture is not yet happened, you still have a chance to not be here when the False Prophet and Antichrist appears. You simply accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you do not know how, go to How To Live Forever and make your decision.

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