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THE FALSE PROPHET - PART 3
Dr. Allen M. Barber

September 28, 2007
 

As we have shown thus far, both the Antichrist and the False Prophet are real people - members of the human race and not systems, governments, and nations per sae. However, they do rule over a world government and a world system called Mystery Babylon in Revelation 17. The majority of Bible scholars agree both beasts of Revelation 13 are persons. More importantly, so do the Scriptures. Therefore, we should not try to make them a government or a world system. They are what the Bible says they are - two end time personages used by Satan to judge the world. Satan wants once again unrestricted rule of planet earth (read Ezekiel 28:13-14). It is my studied opinion that Satan once was one of the rulers of the universe and he was given authority over planet earth. When he sinned, God stripped him of that authority. The Garden of Eden temptation was his attempt to regain control of the planet and he could care less about the humans who live on it. Satan is an angelic being and has a great host of fallen angels to rule with him. He does not need the human race. In fact, he has killed billions of them since man was created. Because the Lord Jesus is now a human being, something Satan cannot duplicate, he is working overtime to use humanity to usher in his kingdom. He will fail of course because he is deceived, dumb and stupid. Satan is the fool of all fools and believers should not ever fear Him because we have a greater power in us than Satan - the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ by the indwelling Holy Spirit. Everyday, we should tell Satan what a weak puny fool he is and to get away from us. Speak the blood of Jesus to him and watch him cringe and crawl away like the snake he is.   

In this article, we will attempt to address the two horns on the second beast:

Revelation 13:11 KJV

11 And I beheld another beast (allos - another of the same kind) coming up out of the earth (ge or Gaia); and he had two horns like a lamb, and he [spoke] as a dragon.

Now, we have already proven that this second beast, which is the False Prophet, is the Antichrist's PR man - he promotes the Antichrist to the world first as a great world leader, then when Satan is cast out of heaven at the mid-point of the tribulation and controls both the Antichrist and the False Prophet, he promotes the Antichrist as the sole God of heaven and earth. Both beasts are blasphemers, that is, they curse the God of heaven, deny His existence, and take His place as the Supreme Potentate of the universe. Amazingly God will allow this wickedness for 42 months (Rev. 13:5). Billions of people are going to buy the lie that Satan is god. You must understand that while the world will see two human personages, it is Satan operating through them that they worship. Satan is an angelic being that lost his covering (anointing) when he fell into sin (Ezek. 28:13). However in an an attempt to duplicate the incarnation of Jesus he will seek to possess a human being, that is, to completely control a man. This does not mean he actually steps inside the body of the Antichrist but that he controls him via demon possession this is why he seeks a body or more correctly a soul. Satan completely controlled Judas, but he did not occupy his physical body. He controlled him via a power demon for Judas was demon-possessed. (See my article in the Prophecy Section entitled, "Does Satan Inhabit The Body of the Antichrist?"  If you want more proof, read Jude Verse 9 where it is recorded that Satan wanted the body of Moses. Why did he want the body of Moses? He wanted to accelerate his Antichrist program, yet God restrained him for it was not the appointed time. I once heard Irvin Baxter say that "time" is the restrainer of II Thessalonians 2 and thought that was absurd. However, in a secondary way, he is not exactly wrong for God has given Satan one last appointed time to attempt his rule of planet earth as well as to judge the unbelievers who disdain and hate the God of heaven. In our generation, they are beginning to come out of the woodpile. (Note: At the last supper when the Lord said one who partook of the bread and wine with Him would betray Him that very night, Judas asked, Lord is it I? When Jesus told him, what he was to do, do it quickly, He was referring to Satan because the Lord knew Satan controlled Judas).

The interpretation of the two horns is a mystery and many Bible scholars either have not tried to provide an interpretation or have given some basic or benign  meaning.   Frankly, I have not read one commentary that impressed me as a revelation of the meaning of the two horns.  There is a prophecy website that has it all figured out - the two horns are the Church and State phenomenon of the United States. If that is the case, then that makes the United States the False Prophet by virtue of the two horns residing on the second beast. I categorically reject that interpretation. While I have no doubt the United States is one of the heads of Mystery Babylon, I do not believe a nation fits the Scriptural role for the False Prophet. Mystery Babylon is a system of end time government, but it has real personages who rule over it  - the Antichrist and the False Prophet being the chief ones.

I admit that I am not 100% sure at this writing what the two horns are. However, the answer is in the Scriptures and if we keep praying and seeking the answer, God will surely show us. Some prophecy scholars and theologians are afraid to admit it when they do not know something as that would cast them in a weaken position in terms of their scholarship. Well, I have a Ph.D and have studied the Bible in great detail for 37 years and I do not know all things and when I do not have the full revelation of some Bible passages, I will just say so.  There is nothing wrong with admitting one does not have all the answers. What is wrong is to pretend one has all the answers and then give a false commentary on the Word of God. That is dangerous ground.  The Lord said in Amos 3:7 that He would do nothing unless He revealed His secrets to His servants THE PROPHETS.  Since my office gift is New Testament prophet, I am confident that I will be given the full revelation of the two horns.

Anyway, we do have some light on the two horns. In Revelation 5:6, Jesus is seen as a Lamb having been slain with seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.  The Greek definite article is used with the both the seven eyes and seven spirits, but not with the seven horns. Granville Sharp's Rule of Greek for the definite article mandates that if the definite article is before one noun separated by the conjunction "and" (kai in Greek), but not before the second noun, then the two nouns are one and the same. Therefore, the seven horns, the seven eyes, and the seven spirits are one and the same. We know there is only one Holy Spirit not seven. Therefore, the number seven in Verse 6 is figurative, that is, it represents or is symbolic of something. The number seven as used in the Bible is a number of completeness.  Therefore, Jesus is the complete Spirit and image of God. He not only fills the Church, but the universe as well. His seven eyes mean that He has perfect vision and nothing escapes his attention - no one can hide a thing from the Lord:

    Psalms 66:7 KJV

    7 He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.

    Proverbs 5:21 KJV

    21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
 
   
Proverbs 15:3  KJV

    3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

A horn in Scripture means power and authority. Therefore, in Revelation 5:6, it is used to mean that Jesus is the full power of the Godhead. Before His ascension, Jesus told the disciples that He had been given all power and authority in heaven and earth (Matthew 28: 18-20). King David often commented in the Psalms that the Lord had lifted up his horn (David's), meaning David's kingly throne. David knew that his power and authority came from the Lord and not himself. How great it would be today if world rulers realized their power and authority to rule comes from God. Sadly, they have given it to Satan and he is more than happy to use it to deceive them. Therefore, the two horns on the second beast who looks like a lamb (promoter of peace), but speaks like a dragon, also is emblematic of power and authority.  In Daniel 8 the two horns on the Ram symbolize the kings of an end time revived Medo-Persian empire (Daniel 8:20). The He-Goat with the notable horn between his eyes is the king or ruler of an end time Gentile super power. Daniel 8 drives prophecy buffs crazy because when they try to make it a past historical fulfillment, the text says the vision has to do with the end time. Daniel 8 is an end time conflict between a Persian king and a Gentile king.  Does that sound anything like the conflict between the United States and Iran? Actually Medo-Persia conquered and absorbed Babylon. Therefore, Babylon is part of Medo-Persia.

Does this mean the two horns on the second beast are two kings who give this beast his power? Yes, I believe it has that connotation. The thing about lambs is they do not have horns in the natural sense. Rams have horns, but not lambs. Therefore, once again the horns are figurative language - they represent something. I believe the Revelation 13 text gives us a clue to what the two horns are. First it says the second beast speaks like a dragon. The word dragon is mentioned 15 times in the Revelation and each time it is used of Satan, for example:

Revelation 12:8-9 NKJV

9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

How does the Dragon speak? Well, we know from the Garden of Eden that when he speaks, he lies about what God has said - he twists the truth and makes God out to be the liar instead of him. He told Adam and Eve that God lied and if they partook of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which was Satanic knowledge (The Tree of Life represents the Lord Jesus while the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil represents Satan), they would not die but become gods. Well, we know they died and they did not become gods. Jesus said that Satan was a liar and a murderer from the beginning (from the standpoint of his sin for he was not evil when created).  Revelation 12 and 13 says the Dragon, Satan, is a deceiver, an accuser of the saints, and a blasphemer - he curses God and assumes to take His place as the Supreme Deity. This is the greatest abomination when Satan claims to be God.

In Revelation 12:4, it says that Satan gives power to the first beast - the horn or power of the Antichrist is not his, but comes from Satan and with this Satanic power he rules for 42 months. Now, when we see this second beast in Revelation 13: 12, he is exercising all the power of the first beast. He has power to call fire down from heaven, create an image of the first beast and appear to make the image talk, and force a Mark upon all who follow the first beast. It is the second beast that has power over commerce - buying and selling.  It seems the second beast has even more power than the first beast. However, everything the second beast does is to promote the first beast who wages great war on the planet. Read Daniel 11 and understand the Antichrist is going to be a military person like Hitler. Hitler was not a military man, but he controlled the German armies.  The Antichrist will control the New World Order Armies.  

If a horn means power and authority as we have seen, then the two horns of the second beast stand for all the power of the Dragon and the first beast combined, that is, the False Prophet has a double - portion anointing of Satanic power upon his life and that is why he is able to deceive the world and force the people to worship the Antichrist as God as well as perform great miracles.  The Lord Jesus has seven horns upon Him, which stands for the full power of the Godhead in heaven.  Likewise, the lamb with two horns has all the power and authority of the Dragon and the first beast. He is a double-anointed power!

Remember the situation with Elijah and Elisha, when Elijah was caught-up to heaven, Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah's spirit or anointing. The seven spirits of the Lord Jesus also stands for the full measure of the Holy Spirit upon His life. The seven horns and seven spirits are one and the same in Revelation 5:6. In like manner, the two horns represents the diabolical spirit of Satan poured out upon the Antichrist and the False Prophet.

If the two horns of the lamb in Revelation 13:11 are the Political and Religious systems of the United States (Church and State), then when the Lord returns, He will have to cast the United States and the two systems of Church and State into the Lake of Fire. How absurd can you get!  Only persons are thrown into the Lake of Fire, not systems and nations. 

The False Prophet will be more involved with the political and economic policies of the Antichrist than the Harlot religious system. The Harlot religious system  is an amalgamation of world religion united into one wicked false apostate Church.  I believe three religions will be prominent in developing the Harlot Church - apostate Judaism, apostate Christianity, and Islam.  They may all unite under the 111th Pope - the one who succeeds the present Pope who is the 110th Pope.

Well, this may not satisfy some who are "wanting" the False Prophet to be the United States or some other entity, but I believe it has merit from the Scriptures. I look for a human personage with great oratorical skills and intelligence (that leaves out George W. Bush) to begin to appear on the world scene promoting a man as the new world leader. He will be the False Prophet. The Jews are looking for Elijah to precede Messiah and the Muslims are looking for the 12th Imam. Apostate Christianity doesn't know for sure who they are looking for. The current Pope told the leading Rabbis of Israel that they are right in believing that Jesus was not the Messiah in His first advent. He is as deceived as the Rabbis and he is supposed to be the leader of the Christian world - give me a break, the man has no clue to genuine Christianity. His ecclesiastical robes do not make him a super Christian!

The Lord Bless you.