He will also use deceptive signs, and he will be able to perform miracles in his efforts to win people’s allegiance to his boss (13:12–15). This is one reason why I so adamantly caution Christians not to be so enamored with miracles. Some Christians run from church to church, town after town, in search of the next big spiritual flash. Yes, our God does indeed do miracles. But be careful. Not every miracle comes from God! In ancient times, false prophets were able to perform miracles, whether real or through some form of chicanery, and in our time, we’ve seen our share of charlatans.
Now, John warned us that the False Prophet is going to wow people with miracles and “great signs,” even making fire come down out of heaven, as the prophet Elijah did and as the two witnesses to come will do in Jerusalem. Many people will be deceived by the False Prophet. This is the spirit of devils working miracles (16:14).
Although he may look and sound like a lamb, the antichrist’s beastly cohort is devious. He will establish a false religion, bringing all the world’s religions together and forming an umbrella religion designed to worship the antichrist (13:14–15), an eclectic, inclusive, tolerant religion. The only religious beliefs that will not be tolerated will be biblical Christianity. Can you not see that this is beginning to happen in the U.S. and throughout the world? Continue reading
The antichrist will speak powerful, blasphemous words, just as the prophet Daniel predicted (Daniel 7:8, 20, 25). Through his speech, the antichrist will blaspheme God, His name, His tabernacle (which is in heaven), and His people who dwell in heaven with Him (Revelation 13:6). These blasphemies will go on for forty-two months (three and a half years).
Before long, however, the world’s acquiescence at the antichrist’s words will no longer satisfy his ego. Consequently, he will launch a war against God’s people, the saints, the true believers (13:7–8). For a while the antichrist is going to appear victorious, defeating even God’s people (v. 7). I believe many sincere believers in Jesus will be persecuted for their faith at that time. Many will die as a result of the antichrist’s war. But if there is an outcry from the world at his abuse, it will be quickly muffled, since he will have authority over the entire world.
We know for sure that John wanted us to pay close attention to this part of his vision. He made the statement, “If anyone has an ear, let him hear” (13:9), similar to the admonitions of Jesus in the earlier letters to the churches. John then offered an unusual observation: “If you are to be a prisoner, then you will be a prisoner. If you are to be killed with the sword, then you will be killed with the sword. This means that God’s holy people must have patience and faith” (13:10, ncv). Continue reading
Many teachers of Bible prophecy believe that the antichrist himself will suffer a fatal head wound, but if you look at the scripture carefully, you can easily get a different impression: “One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed” (13:3, niv).
Remember, John saw the Beast rising out of the sea, which probably means rising from many peoples. But John used the term “beast” in several ways in Revelation, sometimes talking about the antichrist and at other times talking about the antichrist system, the one-world government system that is against God. Here, I believe the latter is the more correct understanding, that is, this beast is the antichrist system. This one-world government will have ten horns, seven heads, and ten diadems (13:1).
Revelation 17:12–13 tells us that the ten horns are ten kings who will receive power with the Beast for a relatively short time, and their sole purpose is to give their power to the Beast. The seven heads, according to Revelation 17:9–10, are seven mountains on which the harlot rides and seven kings: “Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while.” Continue reading
All three anticipate war, chaos, and suffering on epic levels prior to the arrival of key figures in their faiths. Is it possible they could be the same war either partially or in totality?
John’s description of this beast is horrifying, but as we’ve seen before, these descriptions have symbolic meanings. For instance, the Beast will have seven heads and ten horns; the heads most likely represent seven world empires and the horns indicate power. Seven usually means completeness in the Bible, so this evil beast will literally rule the world. The ten horns represent ten lesser rulers who will be associated with him, out of which the antichrist will emerge. The ten crowns—diadems—represent absolute power. According to Daniel 7:24, the antichrist will subdue three of these kings, so he can rule unchallenged. Whatever else this description of the Beast entails, it indicates a person with tremendous international power.
On the Beast’s head are “blasphemous names.” In John’s time, the Roman emperors had taken such titles as Dominus and Kurios, both meaning “Lord” in Latin and Greek, respectively. During the reign of Nero, coins bore his image along with the inscription, “The Savior of the World.” John said that this will happen again under the antichrist. Continue reading
Satan attempts to counterfeit all the good things God has provided, so we should not be surprised that just as there is a Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Enemy has a trinity as well. The players in this evil threesome are Satan (the Dragon), the Beast (the antichrist), and a second beast (the False Prophet). This second beast is a public relations man of sorts who causes the world to worship the Beast and Satan. They are intent on ruling the world, and for a time, it looks as if the devil and his demon-possessed puppets will succeed. But then Jesus Christ returns—and the devil and his motley crew receive everything they deserve.
You will be rewarded and will reign forever with Jesus in a new heaven and a new earth. That’s where we are going, but the going gets extremely rough between now and then.
John saw the antichrist, a world leader who rises to power because of his great oratory skills and his winsome charisma. He will promise people everything they want to hear, but he will ultimately lead them into bondage and death. Continue reading
Summation: God says He is punishing the harlot, this Mystery Babylon because of what she’s done to you. What’s going on in America right now? America is punishing Christians, persecuting them! If you don’t believe it, you don’t know Jesus! If you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He’s banned… we can’t use His name, we can’t even put his Cross on our army’s tent for a chaplain. They’ve even been outlawing Bible in some of the places for the chaplains.
What’s going on? They’ve rewritten the Bible! We’ve murdered 55 million babies and don’t think anything of it! Come one people! Are we that hard-hearted? Are we that cold? Are we that insane that we don’t understand? It’s talked as if abortion is a good thing.
Evil is being spoken of as good, and good as evil. Christians have become second-class citizens in a country that was founded on faith in God. Those who have faith in God are now being punished. You can’t preach the Bible publically, really. You can’t stand up against anything without being put down, without being destroyed. Continue reading
Verse 10: They will be afraid of her suffering and stand far away and say: “Terrible! How terrible for you, great city, powerful city of Babylon, because your punishment has come in one hour!” God’s name for any wicked city is Babylon. Even when Jerusalem would turn against God, God would call her Babylon.
Verse 11: “And the merchants of the earth will cry and be sad about her, because now there is no one to buy their cargoes…” Now if this Babylon was the Catholic Church, as some believe, this verse wouldn’t even make sense. Would the merchants cry over the Catholic Church going bankrupt? I doubt it. But this verse means even the people in China will weep over this one. Because when the economy breaks down, no one will buy Chinese goods! No one will buy anything because the system won’t work.
So, what is this harlot about? What is all this about? Continue reading
Back to Verse 4: “Then I heard another voice from heaven saying: “Come out of that city, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive the disasters that will come to her.” You say, “Jim, don’t preach about disasters!” I can’t help it! The Revelation is from Jesus Christ, so here’s Revelation and it’s Jesus Christ speaking: He says, “so that you will not receive the disasters that will come to her!” If you’re in love with the financial systems, and put all your hope in the financial systems, when it comes apart…. When I was in prison, the Lord spoke to me to go out and warn the people. If somebody doesn’t warn the people, the church people are going to blow their brains out because it will crash! That was over 20 years ago. God said to tell the people to fall in love with Him – not money. If they don’t, they will blow their brains out when it all crashes. Continue reading
This is the year to speak boldly and not be quiet. It’s time to sound the trumpet in Zion. Watch for the Blood Moons and celebrate the Jewish Feasts of 2014.
The various feasts and fasts of Israel are very meaningful, both in the context of Israel’s own history, and as previews of the life, work, and still-future plans of the Christ Jesus (Messiah). “The High Holy Days (the Jewish Feasts) are a shadow of things to come.” (Colossians 2:17)Be awake and watchful!
It is astonishing to realize how many of the most important events in Jewish and Christian history have occurred on one of the holy days, especially when one notices the correlation between the events and what the corresponding feast originally signified.
The feasts of Moses have prophetic significance. The first three feasts had to do with the first coming of Jesus (which were literally fulfilled) and the last three have to do with the second coming. The feast in between is called Pentecost and represents the empowering and beginning of Jesus’ church. Continue reading
Our time is running out to really do some of the things God wants us to do. But, if God’s people will begin to turn back to Him, we can see a real move of God.
In the middle of the night, God woke me up and led me to open my Bible so I turned on my phone for light (for old fogies that don’t know what they’re doing) and the first scripture the Lord said to read – I’m reading it and it is so shocking to me…
It is going to happen so soon… it literally puts the fear of God in me. Rick Joyner said when you see the extremes (hot/cold highs/lows, when meters flip) that means the engine is about to explode!
Rick said, without beating around the bush, we’re going to have martial law unless America really turns back to God. There’s no hope without God! Rick said all the money that we (America) owes would be equal to the worth of everything on this earth including your shoes, your glasses, your house, your cars, everything! He said everything we own is equal to the real debt – not the debt they tell us we have but the real debt that the experts are telling us. Continue reading