Identity of the False Prophet

Identity of the False Prophet

Identity of the False Prophet

Few passages have sparked more debate and misinterpretation than the eight verses about the False Prophet that appear in Revelation 13:11-18!

The best route to make a proper identification comes from unpacking the five clues found in verse 11: I saw a second beast coming up out of the earth; he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon.  Revelation 13:11

5 Clues to Identify The False Prophet

 1. He’s the “second beast” – In Daniel and Revelation, the term “beast” is used symbolically to portray an empire (Dan. 7:3-6). “Beast” is used 36 times in Revelation. The “beast” imagery  indicates that the passage is describing much more than a single person. What empire does the “second beast” represent?

Since the rest of the passage is laced with familiar religious terms and highlights the Islamic practice of forced worshipand conversion (“worship the image or die, take the mark or die”) it is safe to conclude the “second beast” is a depiction of the revived Islamic Empire in the end times.

2. He “comes up out of the earth” – The beast rises from the abyss, the holding place of demons. We are told several times that the empire of Antichrist will emerge from hell and be controlled by Satan (Rev. 11:7, 17:8).

3. He “had two horns” – The first beast had 10 horns (Rev. 13:1) which represents the 10 kings (Rev. 17:12) or 10 divisions of the revived Islamic Caliphate. The “two horns” represent the Sunni and Shiite divisions, the only two powers of the Islamic empire.

The False Prophet…
The Muslim Jesus

4. He appears like a “lamb” – Lamb is used 29 times in Revelation always in reference to Jesus.

Jesus warned us of “false prophets in wolves clothing” (Mt.7:15) and false prophets that will arrive saying they are Jesus, “claiming, I am the Christ, and deceive many” (Mt. 24:4-5).

So, the question for us becomes: Is there a religion other than Christianity that teaches Jesus will return to earth in the end times?

The answer is yes — Islam. 

According to Islamic prophecy, Isa, the Muslim Jesus, will return, deny he was ever the savior of mankind, tell the Christians and Jews they got it all wrong about God, encourage people to follow Islam and its messiah figure — the Islamic Mahdi — and join the empire that is reviving even now and attempting to conquer the world. Sound familiar?

He, of course, is the diabolical, false Muslim Jesus, who will be the False Prophet.

5. “He spoke as a dragon” – The false prophet, the coming Muslim Jesus, speaks for Satan (“dragon” = Satan – Rev. 12:9). Of course he does! Satan is a liar, and the father of lies (Jn.8:44).

The lamb-like beast is described as speaking for Satan because he will be a false Jesus (“like a lamb”) speaking lies (“as a dragon”) in order to deceive the world into believing he is the real Jesus and that they should listen to him.

Three-fold Conclusion

Identity of the False Prophet

The first thing we learn from this study is that there is a much broader meaning for the term “False Prophet” being used.

Since the lamb-like beast is a portrayal of the Islamic empire, it’s fair to conclude that the phrase “False Prophet” is a symbolic reference to Muhammad, Islam’s false prophet.

Secondly, we now know that the lamb-like beast is symbolic of the religious system of Muhammad that drives Antichrist and his Empire.

Equally important is that this blasphemous religious system represents and speaks for Satan in the end times.

Lastly we note that the False Prophet will be Islam’s false religious leader Isa, the coming Muslim Jesus!  He will claim to be Jesus Christ himself.

This is a brilliant (though evil) and extremely deceptive plan. Muslim’s everywhere anticipate Jesus to return and lead Islam to victory!

Who else better could you imagine to have as your back-up man and your primary minister of propaganda than someone whom much of the world believes to be Jesus himself?

This is the plan Satan will launch soon. We are living in a time of rapid change and deception. The church needs to understand that the longer the Lord tarries, Satan will use more and more deception in his bid to control humanity.

The world is being corrupted at a rapid pace and moving away from God… just like the prophets predicted would happen before the great and terrible Day of the Lord.

The good news is… Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and Savior, is coming again soon. Even so come Lord Jesus!

The Emerging Caliphate of Turkey

The Emerging Caliphate of Turkey

Can Erdoğan be Antichrist?

Keep your eyes on Turkey. One day, it’s going to happen. In fact, it will be a shock if it doesn’t happen soon! Turkey has erupted and Christians around the world are looking for answers. Some ministries (like this one) have been teaching Turkey’s role in Bible Prophecy for years.

The fact is, all we have to do is look at the map. Western, Central, and Southern Turkey are explicitly shown to us in prophecy if we only knew what those ancient lands of modern Turkey were called in the Bible.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is going to declare himself the Caliph of Islam, having set up alliances with Muslim leaders in most Middle Eastern, North African, and Central Asian countries – Sunni and Shia alike.

Fresh from his controversial (and possibly rigged) military coup (2016) and his latest referendum victory (2017), it appears Erdoğan now has control of the Turkish defense and military. He now views himself the chosen successor of the revived Ottoman Empire – the Sultan of a new Islamic Caliphate.

No Islamic ruler (called the Caliph) exists today.

But we are getting closer to when the Islamic leader will appear, as prophecy indicates, and declare himself the Caliph. Islam’s Caliph is like putting the Pope, the President, and the top military General under one hat.

Don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying Erdoğan is Antichrist. He’s paving the way for Antichrist. According to Daniel’s prophecy, Antichrist won’t appear until after the Caliphate is formed (Dan. 7:24).

What I’m suggesting is that Satan will use Erdoğan to bring back the Islamic-Ottoman Empire and headquarter it in Turkey and declare himself Caliph.

What makes Erdoğan such a force to be reckoned with is that he is convinced the mantle is his to re-establish the Caliphate, which only Turkey, the center of the Ottoman Empire, has been able to manage historically over the last 1,000 years.

Look for Turkey and Erdoğan to work some magic in 2018 by plotting with its allies and singing he much he loves Jerusalem.

The Seed of Hatred

The Seed of Hatred

Why the Curse of Genesis 3:15 Is Central to Understanding Bible Prophecy

PROTO-EVANGELIUM = “THE FIRST GOSPEL

”This single verse is considered the Bible in a nutshell and is called the“Proto-evangelium,” which means “First Gospel.” Not only is it the first mention of the gospel, but it is also the first prophecy in the Bible. Here are some comments to help clarify its meaning:I (God) will cause enmity (bitter hostility) between you (Satan)and the woman (The line of believers through Christ),and between your offspring (unbelievers)and her offspring (believers). He (Christ) will strike your head (Satan)(Satan was defeated at the cross),and you (Satan) will strike his heel (Christ) (Christ would be nailed to the cross).

Genesis 3:15 is addressed to Satan after he deceived Eve. God is cursing him, and in doing so provides a basic framework for understanding the scriptures from that point forward.

How we understand Genesis 3:15 affects how we understand the rest of the Bible, human history and prophecy. God pronounced enmity between the seed of Satan and the seed of the woman. The woman’s seed is a reference to the Lord Jesus Christ and all those who would believe in Him.

Simply put, believers are distasteful to unbelievers because there is built-in resentment. This is why the Apostle Paul could write, “everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 2:12).

What is important to note is that the enmity between the seeds does not merely arise in our world, it is appointed by God himself. The animosity we experience from unbelievers is sin, but it is also divinely ordained hatred.
 
The results of this enmity, after the fall, shows up almost immediately as Cain murders Abel. We are told he did so because Cain belonged to Satan (1 Jn. 3:12). He was in the line of Satan’s seed.

The seed of Satan becomes a seed of hatred which is detailed throughout scripture.

The Family line of Cain-Ishmael-Edom-Pharaoh-Amalek-Haman-Herod-Mohammad and Antichrist are all part of the seed of Satan and a fulfillment of Genesis 3:15.

To drive this home, the Apostle John uses the language of Genesis 3:15 to discuss warfare between Satan and Israel all through Revelation 12.The dragon (Satan) wages war on the woman (Israel) in the Tribulation, demonstrating the enmity, “and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus” (Rev. 12:17). Today, Islam is making a resurgence with its Antichrist spirit and is leading the world’s hatred against Israel as God’s prophetic clock winds toward Armageddon.The Palestinian cause is being used by Satan to incite hatred against Israel. And the hatred will boil over soon.There is simply no political solution to the enmity between the seeds, “when they say peace and security, then sudden destruction comes and they will not escape” (1 Thess. 5:3).

The seed of hatred means there can be no lasting political peace in the Middle East until the Prince of Peace comes. Antichrist will do his best to bring peace (Dan. 8:25), but his 7-year agreement only lasts three and a half years (Dan. 9:26) and gives way to Israel’s worst holocaust.
 

The Curse Lifted in the Millennium

The only way to change the seed curse in our world is for God Himself to reverse it and lift the curse by His sovereign decree. That is exactly what Jesus will do at the start of the Millennial Kingdom. Throughout the 1000 year reign, the curse of Genesis 3:15 will be removed (Isa. 11:6-9). 
When Jesus returns, He will strip Satan of his authority and secure his defeat (Rev. 20:1-3). In the process, the seed curse and seed of hatred will be lifted. Then, as the Lord promised, Israel will be loved and revered by the nations as the Prince of Peace sits on the Throne of David and reigns from Jerusalem for 1000 years!
Is Trump A Modern Day Cyrus the Great?

Is Trump A Modern Day Cyrus the Great?

5 Questions About the Trump Presidency As it relates to Bible Prophecy

1. Is God Using Donald Trump like he used Cyrus the Great?
2. Will Trump move the US Embassy to Jerusalem?
3. Are these four years a period of grace before America falls off the edge?
If so… what should we be doing to take advantage of this short period of relief right now?
4. Will Trump the deal-maker get an Arab/Israeli peace deal?
If so, will he tear up the Two-State Plan?
5. Is God using Trump to anger his enemies to speed up the arrival of Antichrist?
If so… What signs should we be looking for?

Is Trump A Modern Day “Cyrus the Great?”

In many ways President Trump can be compared to the ancient Persian emperor, Cyrus the Great, who God used to Stand with Israel and reclaim Jerusalem.

Trump in his generation is like Cyrus in his generation. The Persian king might have been a pagan, but he still served God’s plans in supporting the Jewish people and recognizing Jerusalem as their capitol.

God even calls the Persian king “his servant.” The Lord is using Donald Trump the same way. Against heavy international pressure, President Trump has decided to Stand With Israel no matter what the political cost or backlash!

God Uses Whomever He Wishes

God raises up kings and puts down kings (Daniel 2:21).

Many times in Scripture, God uses rulers and secular leaders to do His will, even when they personally were not fully cognizant of their role in world history.

Cyrus of Persia was such a person and God, in the book of Isaiah, says the following about him:

“When I say of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd,’ he will certainly do as I say. He will command, ‘Rebuild Jerusalem’ – Isaiah 44:28.

Prophecy of Cyrus – 45

Some have made the connection to Trump being the 45th president and the prophecy about Cyrus in Isaiah 45. Isaiah’s amazing prophecy mentions Cyrus by name 150 years before he was born! Only God can do that! God continues with this about Cyrus:

“…why have I called you for this work? Why did I call you by name when you did not know Me? It is for the sake of Jacob My servant, Israel My chosen one. I am the Lord; there is no other God.

I have equipped you for battle though you don’t even know Me, so all the world from east to west will know there is no other God.” – Isaiah 45:4-6.

Respect God’s Decisions

The rise of Donald Trump in American politics has been nothing less than extraordinary, especially for his critics.

The media loathes him and have done everything in their power to destroy him including blindly pushing the false narrative, “Trump colluded with Russia.” As believers we need to be praying for the president’s safety, protection and spiritual well being (1 Timothy 2:1-3).
Is it possible that God, in His sovereignty, has chosen to use this man in fulfilling His purposes?
We should rejoice that Trump has assembled the most “Christian” White House and cabinet in American history. Those around him include strong believers such as Mike Pence, Kellyanne Conway, Dr. Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions, and Rick Perry to name a few.

Did God choose Trump? If So… Praise God for Divine Intervention!

 

 

 

 

 

Focus On the End Times Blog Voted Among Top 25 End Time Blogs

Focus On the End Times Blog Voted Among Top 25 End Time Blogs

We were recently awarded the above medallion by Feedspot and ranked #19 on their Top 25 End Times Blog List.

They also informed us that their research had selected us from among thousands of top end times blogs from a comprehensive list blogs on the internet. Feedspot ranked the myriad of prophecy blogs across the breadth of the web based on the following criteria:

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