Hopefully, over the past few weeks we have learned a couple of things about the Antichrist.

We have learned he will come to power through peace; we learn that he is a politician and he uses deceit and intrigue to get to his world position.

From Daniel 8:24, we also learn that he becomes very strong through the power of Satan and will begin to wage war on God's chosen people.

Daniel gives us a wonderful glimpse of the dichotomy of the Antichrist, his use of peace to spread violence. Now, if we fast forward from Daniel about 600 years, we come to the time of John and the Revelations he received on the isle of Patmos.

There have been a lot of scholars who say John drew heavily upon Daniel's work for Revelations. I would like to throw something out there and jump up on a soap box before we go any deeper into this.

We know through scriptures, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." — Hebrews 13:8

Knowing this, that God has known everything from all time, why would John have to draw on Daniel for Revelations, when Scripture clearly says these visions were presented to John. They were not the machinations of his own mind. For us to understand, we must believe the Bible is the inspired work of God, not a compilation of history books.

Now, back to business.

Daniel mentions that the Antichrist gets power from Satan, but John deals heavily with the symbiotic relationship between the Antichrist, Satan and the false prophet — the Devil's version of the Holy Trinity.

And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. Men worshipped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, 'Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?'" — Revelation 13:1-4

Here, John shows us the dragon (Satan) and the Antichrist's (beast) coming out party to the world. To a deceived public, it appears they can perform miracles and the people turn to them and give them their allegiance.

"The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast — all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world." — Revelation 13:5-8

With John, we realize that the Antichrist will unveil his true self to the masses during the first half of the Tribulation, but the people won't care, they will still worship him, even though he stands against everything that is holy to God and true. It will only be those who have put their faith in trust in Jesus Christ that will be able to see through this pretender to the throne.

There may still be a few stragglers out there not quite sure about the Antichrist, but that's OK, because Satan has a plan to bring them into the fold — enter the false prophet, the last unholy leg of the Devil's trinity.

"Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 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. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive the mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name." — Revelation 13:11-16

We see in this chapter that the first beast had suffered a wound, which looked like it killed him, but he recovered — Satan's nod to Christ's resurrection, but foisted on the beast to make him look divine. While the world did not accept Christ's sacrifice and resurrection, they do the beast's and worship him for it.

The Antichrist will be a political and military leader while the false prophet will become the world's spiritual leader whose job it is to bring the world to bow before Satan. Of course it won't be much of a chore, as "The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all who will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness." — 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

See, it will be easy for the false prophet to turn the people to Antichrist, they refused Christ, so God will let them have what they want.

They also won't have a problem with the Antichrist, because as David Guzik explains it, the Antichrist will, "look wonderful, be charming and successful. He will be the ultimate winner, and appear as an angel of light. In this sense the Antichrist will be a satanic messiah, instead of the true Messiah Jesus Christ."

Now, the people around then will commit another abominable act, and worship the image of the beast. Throughout the history of Israel in the Old Testament we see God's warnings of these practices of worshiping things made of human hands, and here we see it being encouraged — to the point of death.

Normally, I would spend some time dealing with the Mark of the Beast, but we’ll leave that to another day. Now, I would like to come to the Antichrist’s end.

About half-way through the Tribulation, many of the Antichrist’s plans begin to come unraveled as people begin attacking his empire, re: Gog-Magog war of Ezekiel 38 and the coming of the kings of the East, his attention gets turned away from Israel to other matters and his power wanes, but still there are unimaginable horrors being poured out on the people of earth as famines, earthquakes, falling asteroids and from what is described, a nuclear holocaust, wreaks destruction on the earth.

The beast, though, still has considerable power, but it’s coming to an end.

“Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse (a triumphantly returning Jesus Christ) and his army. But the beast 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 rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.” — Revelation 19:19-21

Christ returns and sets things right, as we would say here in Texas, and sends the Antichrist and the false prophet straight to Hell. While the Antichrist’s time on earth is short, it is definitely terrible in its nature and in its destruction, but Christ comes to judge, both Satan and his minions, but also the people who refused to believe in his Holy name.

These things have been declared and they are true — come quickly Lord Jesus.

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