The False Prophet
In Revelation 13: 11, John sees a second beast who has “two horns like a lamb and spoke as a dragon.” He looks like a Christian but is full of lies.
John said that “he exercises all of the authority of the first beast in his presence.” God allows him to perform miracles, so that people will be deceived. “He even causes fire to come down from heaven in the sight of men.” Of course, this was the miracle that Elijah performed to prove to Israel that their God, was the true God.
But John tells us that the false prophet will perform the same kind of miracles to make people worship that which is false, “he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.”
And “he tells those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast,” “and it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak…”
Why would God allow this? The Apostle Paul said that “because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved, for this reason, God will send them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false” (2 Thessalonians 2:8-9).
God only wants to save people who love the truth. He allows people who follow wrong teachings to be deceived by lying signs and wonders. In 1917, in Fatima, Portugal, ten of thousands gathered together to watch promised signs in the sky. And they watched the sun zig-zag toward the earth, as fire coming “down from heaven in the sight of men” to testify to private revelations claimed to be given by Mary, the mother of Jesus.
The Image of the Beast
The Apostle John said the false prophet “deceived those who dwell on the earth, to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life.”
In verse 2, the beast was described as a combination of three animals: “like a leopard, his feet like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion.”
This brings us back to the prophecy of Hosea, where God said, “they should have known that I am God, therefore … I will be to them like a lion, like a leopard by the road I will lurk, I will meet them like a bear…”
The timing of the three-animal god doctrine was prophesied by the “wound of the sword.” Rome fell in the Gothic War of 376 to 382. In 381, the three-person Trinity, became the official doctrine of the Catholic Church.
God is love, and His image was glorified on the cross. But John said the image of the beast would “even cause as many as would not worship the image to be killed.” The Trinity was the first doctrine established by capital punishment. Constantine said anyone protecting the writings of Arius would be killed. In the next three centuries, the Trinitarian states of Europe attacked Arian believing states, believing the “Trinity god” would help them win.
From 600 to 700, Muhammad easily overthrew the Christian Arab states and rebuked them for forsaking the monotheism of their forefathers.
In 1198, Pope Innocent III decreed that “anyone who attempts to construe a personal view of God which conflicts with church dogma must be burned without pity.”
From 1096 to 1487, the Crusades of the Pope tried to regain the Holy land from Islam. Daniel said that the King of the North would act against the strongest of fortresses, with the help of a god his fathers did not know. That foreign god was the Trinity.
The Mark of the Beast
The meaning of the mark of the beast is found in the book of Daniel. In Chapter 6, Daniel told us about the law that cannot be changed, and in Chapter 7, he said the beast would “intend to change time and law” (Daniel 7:25).
The laws that cannot be changed, are of course, the Ten Commandments. In Acts 15, the Apostles said the Gentiles did not need to keep the law of Moses, but they did not question the Ten Commandments. Paul said, “circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of God’s commandments is what matters” (1 Corinthians 7:19). And John said those who love God keep His commandments (1 John 5:2).
But John prophesied that the beast would cause “all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave to be given a mark on the right hand or forehead” (Revelation 13:16). These economic groups had different ability to rest on the Sabbath. In John’s time, a Gentile slave could not rest on the Sabbath Day, unless his master allowed it.
The meaning of the right hand and forehead is found in Deuteronomy 6, verse 8,“you shall bind (the commandments of God) as a sign in your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.” This goes back to Exodus 13:9, “it shall serve to you as a sign on your forehead and a reminder on your hand that the law of the Lord may be in your mouth.”
In the fourth Century, the Catholic Church prohibited rest on the Sabbath day, and required everyone to rest on Sunday.
John said “no one will be able to buy or sell except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:17)– in other words, no one can do business on the Sabbath Day, unless he has the mark of the Latin, Latin Christianity, the letters that add to 666.
The Number of the Beast
In Revelation 13, verse 18, John gave us the number of the name of the beast, saying, “here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and the number is 666.”
In the Greek language, every letter is a number. John was telling his readers to add up the letters of the name of a “man.”
Many have tried to think of a name using English letters, or Latin letters but we need to remember that John was writing to Greek readers in the seven Churches of Asia. He expected them to be able to guess the name, and they did.
The Greek word that John used for “man,” was “anthropos,” from which we get “anthropology,” meaning race or species. There is another Greek word that describes a particular male person.
The anthropos, or race, that John was describing was Latienos, the Latins. The letters of Latienos add to 666.
This was the solution given by Bishop Irenaeus, born in 130 A.D., in Smyrna, one of the Churches to whom John wrote the Book of Revelation.
Then also Lateinos has the number six hundred and sixty-six; and it is a very probable [solution], this being the name of the last kingdom [of the four seen by Daniel]. For the Latins are they who at present bear rule: I will not, however, make any boast over this.Against Heresies, Book 5, Chapter 30, Paragraph 2
Lateinos described the Pope, Latin Christianity, and the three Latin speaking states of France, Spain and Italy, that were “subdued” by the little horn, as described in Daniel 7:8.
The Four Living Creatures
The first four seals in Revelation 6 were announced by four living creatures.
These four living creatures were first described by Ezekiel. He said, “Wherever the Spirit wanted to go, they went.” The four living creatures are the saints. John said they “follow the Lamb wherever He goes.” Ezekiel described them as “full of eyes all around.” They are full of truth. Zechariah called them the “four craftsmen” who terrified the four horns that scattered Judah, the four beasts of Daniel.
The time periods of the Book of Revelation help us understand the meaning of the four living creatures.
The first living creature was a lion. Jesus is called the Lion of Judah in Revelation 5. He represents the apostolic saints.
Daniel said the kingdom of heaven would be corrupted for “a time, times, and half a time,” the period of the ox, the second living creature. An ox in the Old Testament was an animal for sacrifices. It represents the saints, who were killed by the beast.
The third living creature was a man. He appears after “a time, times, and half a time.” King Nebuchadnezzar remained as a beast until seven times passed over him. Then he was given the heart of a man.
The fourth living creature is an eagle. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says the eagles will be gathered when He returns. The eagles are the end-time saints who are filled with the Holy Spirit. They are described as flying in “midheaven” in Revelation 8:13 and 19:17. Isaiah said those who wait on the Lord “will soar on wings as eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.”
The Four Horses of the Apocalypse
God said He would send four destroyers against Jerusalem:
“I will send four kinds of destroyers against them,” declares the LORD, “the sword to kill and the dogs to drag away and the birds and the wild animals to devour and destroy.”
The four horses in Revelation 6 are the four destroyers sent against the errant in the kingdom of God.
The first is a white horse, representing the Angel of God, who brings pestilence and wild beasts.
The second, a red horse, brings war. He was announced by the second living creature, the ox who was sacrificed for “a time, times, and half a time.” There was no war until the time of the second living creature. The “time, times, and half a time” of the second living creature ended in 1471.
The third living creature, a man, announces a black horse and “scales that go out of balance”: the economic collapse of the financial system. In 1494, the Italian Medici Bank, which invented the modern accounting system of debits and credits, became the first big bank to “go out of balance.”
The fourth and final creature is a green horse, representing death and Hades. Some translate chloros as ashen, but it is translated into “green” elsewhere, including in Revelation 8:7 and 9:4. We will see that there is a reason for the color green here.
These four horses were “given authority over a fourth of the Earth.” Europe was the fourth of the Earth that represented Christianity until the 16th century. Europe represented those north and west of Jerusalem, the initial ground of Christianity, as Isaiah also described it.
Europe’s greatest enemy was Islam. Its flags of white, red, black, and green were the colors of the four horses that terrorized Europe for 1,000 years. Daniel described the pope’s fight against Islam by saying, “He will act against the strongest of fortresses.” The fortresses of Islam were the strongest in the world, surrounded by double and sometimes triple walls and protected by ample moats.