#51 The False Prophet – Part 3


The Satanic Trinity

Revelation 13:11-12 couples the three evil personages of the Tribulation that counterpart the person of God.  Just as the dragon has already been anti-God and the first beast is anti-Christ, so the second beast will be anti-Spirit.  His capacity in working for the worship of the Antichrist will correspond with the present ministry of the Holy Spirit.  He will not seek to cause people to worship himself. He will not court his own personal prestige but will work purely for the purpose of getting others to worship the Antichrist.  This evil scheme will be used by the devil and his two cohorts to deceive people during the Tribulation.  They will victimize many individuals because they will traffic in immorality.

Supernatural Powers of the False Prophet

Every tribal witch doctor, false religious teacher, and false prophet has tried by magic, voodoo, trickery, or demonic power to deceive people by a display of supernaturalism.  Religious of the world are bound by superstition.  Only Jesus Christ is able to give us peace and confidence before God, and this is not dependent on supernatural displays or signs.

None of the false teachers to the present time has ever possessed the supernatural powers that will be exhibited by the False Prophet on behalf of the Antichrist during the Tribulation period.  Notice their description in this text.

“And he performed great and miraculous signs” (Revelation 13:13).  The word translated “miraculous signs” is the same word used by the Apostle John in his Gospel, describing the ministry of Jesus.  This leads us to believe that the False Prophet will be equipped by Satan and the Antichrist with authority and power to do such supernatural miraculous signs as to “deceive the inhabitants of the earth” (Rev. 13:14).  This should come as no surprise to Bible students, for the devil has great power.  When Moses threw down his rod before Pharaoh, it turned into a serpent.  The false magicians of Pharaoh, however, were also empowered to make their rods turn into serpents, thus duplication the miracle of the man of God.  However, God caused Moses’ serpent to eat up their serpents.  Missionaries have told us of phenomena so fantastic that they can only be explained on the basis of supernatural power.

During the Tribulation period the Antichrist will have the power to perform “counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders” (2 Thess. 2:9).  It does not seem surprising that the False Prophet will be able to reproduce everything that the special witnesses of God, described in Revelation 11, will be able to do, even to the point of reproducing the miracles of Jesus.  This predicted demonstration of supernatural miraculous power should warn us of the significant truth that the mere display of supernatural power does not suffice as evidence that a matter of practice originates with God.

All supernatural power is for the purpose of giving credentials to the person or a teaching.  We have something far more important to stand as a test of all teaching, regardless of its accompanied signs—the Word of God.  If a teaching is not in accord with that Word, it is false!


“And…even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men” (Rev. 13:13).  The fire test of Elijah the prophet, which proved to the children of Israel that the prophets of Baal were powerless to communicate with God, will probably be repeated during the Tribulation period. That may be one of the reasons for the coming of Elijah at the time.  The difference between this confrontation and the previous one is that the False Prophet will be able to call down fire from heaven.  Lest this take us by surprise, we should be reminded that Satan, the real force behind the False Prophet, brought fire down from heaven and burned up Job’s sheep and servants in Job 1:16.

We may ask ourselves, Why will God permit such power to be in Satan’s hands?

It is because even during the Tribulation period people will be forced to worship God by faith.  If all the supernatural power were on one side, it would not take faith but merely common sense to recognize the source of power.  But the principle of salvation as a gift of God will still rest on the basis of faith: “And without faith it is impossible to please God” (Heb. 11:6).

The False Prophet will cause an image of the Antichrist to be built and will have power to “give breath to the image of the first beast” (Rev. 13:14-15).  In the mist of the Tribulation, after the Antichrist has been slain and resurrected, the False Prophet will cause people to build an image like Nebuchadnezzar’s image and will demand that it be worshiped.  By some mysterious means unknown in this previous history of the world, he will give life to the image.  How long it will manifest life we are not told. What characteristic it will have we are not told.  Possibley the only characteristics it will manifest is that it can “speak” (vs. 15).  This speech will be caused by the False Prophet, who in turn will get his authority from the Antichrist and the dragon, Satan himself.  He will issue an order that all who do not worship him will be killed.  Revelation 20:4 tells us that many will be slain by the guillotine.



This scene is so similar to what happened to the Israelites as a result of Nebuchadnezzar’s image that we begin to realize Satan’s tactics do not vary significantly.

 Once again, an order will be given that those who do not bow down and worship him will be killed; instead of confronting a fiery furnace, they will be beheaded (Rev. 20:4).

This certainly establishes the high cost of knowing Christ as personal Savior during the Tribulation.  I have heard unthinking people make such statements as “I am going to wait until the Tribulation to receive Christ.”  What they do not understand is the personal suffering and persecution that believers will endure during the Tribulation period because of the animosity of Satan against God and those who worship Him.

Both the fifth seal and Revelation 20:4 indicate that martyrdom of true believers will exceed even that of the Dark Ages, when the Roman Catholic Church persecuted those who held to a personal faith in Jesus Christ.

Part 4—to be continued.  Topic:  The False Prophets us of the mark of the beast. 

—-Tim LaHaye, Revelation Unveiled

Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My names sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:9-14)

#50 War in Heaven – False Prophet & Antichrist

This article has a bearing on the series that I am posting concerning the False Prophet. Very important information in this video by this ministry.

Lion and Lamb Ministry



We have seen and considered so far the result of the “War in Heaven” as it concerns Israel. (Revelation 12:13-17). Now we have to consider its further effect as it concerns the Earth at large. This effect is twofold, inasmuch as it results in the rise of the Two Beasts:

The one from the Sea (Revelation 13:1-10). The other from the Earth (Revelation 13:11-18). The description of these two, the Beast and the False Prophet, occupies the whole of Revelation 13.

After the failure of Satan’s attempt to destroy the Woman…Israel, and the woman’s seed, John sees him standing on the sand, or shore of the sea, as though pondering over, weighing, and forming his future plans. And while thus occupied, John sees the outcome…the Beast which rises, (as though at Satan’s call), out of the sea.

For clarification, the “Beasts” spoken of in Revelation 4 are zoa, and…

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#49 The False Prophet – Part 2


Characteristics of the False Prophet

“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.”  (Revelation 13:11-12)

In these two verses five characteristic chart the role of the False Prophet.

  1. “Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth.”  Many Bible teachers suggest that his coming up out of the earth indicates that He will not come up out of the sea of peoples, as the first beast does.  That is, he will not be of mixed nationality; that he comes out of the earth (around Palestine) may indicate that he will be a Jew.  This points to an apostate Jew who, during the first three and one-half years, will lead Israel to make a covenant with Antichrist and deceive them by hiding his apostasy until the middle of the Tribulation period, at which time he will serve his purpose by revealing his apostate beliefs and practices.
  2. “He had two horns like a lamb.”  The Lord Jesus Christ is often referred to in the Gospels and in the book of Revelation as “the Lamb of God.”  As such He has taken away the sin of the world.  The False Prophet coming on the earth will look like a lamb with two horns.  Lambs do not have horns, which are symbols of authority; instead, they are meek and mild animals.  The Lord Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, “Watch out for false prophets.  They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Matt. 7:15).  The False Prophet will come to Israel in sheep’s clothing, but God terms him “a beast.”
  3. “He spoke like a dragon” suggests that he will derive power of speech from the devil who, as we found in Chapter 12, is the dragon.  This False Prophet, then, will deceive human beings by acting like a lamb; but really he will speak the words of Satan.  Let it be understood that Satan is not against religion.  He is, however, against personal faith in Jesus Christ.  Therefore, the beast will be one of the chief spokesmen in the Holy Land for the ecumenical power described in Revelation 17.
  4. “He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf.”  The close relationship between these two world leaders is seen in the fact that the False Prophet  will be given power by the Antichrist himself.  His whole purpose will be to work toward the complete dominance of the earth by the Antichrist, including a form of religion satisfactory to the Antichrist.
  5. “[He] made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast.”  The False Prophet’s basic purpose and operation with all of this power from the Antichrist and speech from the devil will be to drive people to worship the Antichrist.  When indwelt by Satan in the midst of the Tribulation, the Antichrist will be so deceived about himself that he will deem himself God and seek the worship of human beings (2 Thess. 2:3-8).  This form of worship will be propagated by the second beast or False Prophet.  He may well be described as the high priest of the Antichrist’s religious system during the Tribulation period.

—Tim LaHaye, Revelation Unveiled

Part 3 to be published soon.  Learn about the Satanic Trinity and the Supernatual Powers of the False Prophet.


#48 The False Prophet—Part One



Revelation 13: 11-18

“And I saw another beast coming out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.  And he performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men.  And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling 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.  And there was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast might even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed.”


  “And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand, or on their forehead, and he provides that no one should 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.  Here is wisdom.  Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.” (NASB)

The Lord Jesus Christ predicted that in the last days “false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible” (Matthew 24:24).   Although many false prophets have arisen, seeking to deceive human beings, and though many exist in this present day there has never been an adequate fulfillment to our Lord’s prediction quite like that which will culminate during the Tribulation.

Since humanity is incurably religious, a world dictator must provide people with an outlet for their religious inclinations.  We have already seen that the Antichrist will come on the scene during the Tribulation period to take control of world government.  We will soon observe that the ecumenical church, described in Revelation 17, will exert such power that it will dominate him during the first three and one-half years while he is solidifying the power of his empire.  That he will resent the church and attempt to throw off these shackles is clear from the fact that he will destroy her in the middle of the Tribulation period and set up his own form or worship.  To propagate that worship, the devil will provide a special man on the scene, the other awesome personage described in Revelation 13 as the “beast coming out of the earth.”

That these two beasts (the first beast that comes up out of the sea, the Antichrist, and his beast that comes up our of the earth) are men is clear from what will happen to them when our Lord returns at the end of the Tribulation.

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.”  (NIV)

This verse can apply only to the two beasts described in Revelation 13.  The first is the governmental leader, called the Antichrist, who will set himself up as God; the second is his religious leader, who will incite men to worship the Antichrist.

(Part Two — Look for the Characteristics of the False Prophet) to be posted.

—Tim LaHaye

Revelation Unveiled

#47 Illegal Immigration: Fences Do Work


Written by Joseph Farah


World Net Daily

I’m always amazed at people who question the effectiveness of walls and fences in deterring illegal immigration, terrorist infiltration and smuggling of all kinds.

It’s not even a question of if they work. It’s simply a question of how much.

Take a look at Hungary this week and you’ll get an idea of how much.

This summer, as many as 10,000 Muslim refugees were streaming across the Hungarian border per day.

Last week, Hungary constructed a simple, inexpensive razor-wire fence. The next day, the illegal border crossers totaled 41.

Now, obviously, refugee crises can’t be handled exclusively by fences. They need to be addressed by other means as well, from humanitarian, diplomatic and policing aspects. You often need to address the source of the problem, too.

But it strikes me, once again, why Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson have emerged as the most popular Republican presidential candidates in 2016 – because they have courageously insisted that America’s illegal alien problem first needs to be addressed through the building of walls and fences on our southern border.

It’s such common sense – though it is proving uncommon in Washington and other elite political and cultural circles.

It’s the first thing to do – but it never is in the U.S.

Note the U.S. has sponsored, designed and financed effective fences around the world to curtail similar problems – just not in America.

Why is that?

Maybe they know they work, but have a vested interest in not solving the problem.

It’s becoming more apparent by the day that is the case.

It’s become a political cliché to suggest the problem is primarily two-fold:

  • Democrats want to attract those they consider future constituents and voters. They don’t mind the non-assimilationist policies in place in the U.S. because non-assimilated constituents make better subjects – a new dependency class.
  • Establishment Republicans often rely on wealthy donors who like the idea of a continuous stream of cheap labor. Others suggest Republicans can’t win future elections without considering the Hispanic vote.

Could it really be that simple?

Meanwhile, Americans have reached the breaking point as they watch their country being “fundamentally transformed” – until recently without any debate, any discourse, any plan for handling the influx of non-English-speakers, any concern about the national security threat posed by unscreened people, some of whom don’t simply come because of their desire for honest work.

As we watch the latest “refugee” crisis in Europe, Barack Obama is unilaterally preparing to welcome hundreds of thousands of mainly Sunni Muslims into the U.S. That’s on top of the tens of millions of illegal aliens already here and still streaming over the southern border.

Meanwhile, the hottest issue dividing the candidates to replace House Speaker John Boehner is illegal immigration.

But when someone suggests something so simple, inexpensive and effective as building a fence or a wall to protect the U.S. border, it becomes the butt of late-night humor, ridicule and vitriol. It’s racist, we’re told. It’s anti-American, they say. It’s jingoistic, they claim. It’s hateful, they mock.

I understand why Democrats are eager to change the demographics of America once and for all. It’s to ensure their party is undefeatable in future elections.

I don’t understand why Republicans go along for the ride. Are they in denial about the anger so evident across America? Do they really think they will win elections in 2016 and 2018 by continuing to ignore the will of the people?

One thing is clear: Fences work. Hungary is just the latest proof. They work wherever and whenever they are tried. For the same reason we put locks on the doors of our homes and cars, we need barriers to illegal and unauthorized entry into our country.

It’s just that simple.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/10/fences-really-do-work/#v6Rt1bMjYzF11xHh.99




by Joseph Farah


The Department of Homeland Security acknowledges ISIS has been attempting to hack U.S. electrical grids.

Fortunately, to date, we’ve all been very fortunate the attacks have been unsuccessful.

But one day our luck will run out.

That will be a very dark day for America.

What keeps America alive is the electrical grid. If it goes down, for a week or longer, the devastation will be incalculable. Many will die. Some won’t be able to heat their homes. No one will be able to buy gasoline. Offices and businesses close down. Supermarket shelves will be barren. Some, who rely on electric water pumps, won’t even have water in their homes. No lights. No food. No heat. No money. No gasoline.

In other words, for however long such an attack lasts, America reverts back to 19th century existence. And with most Americans totally dependent on electricity as their lifeblood, it’s not a pretty picture.

ISIS is hardly the only threat.

F. Michael Maloof wrote a chilling book a few years ago, “A Nation Forsaken”  about the impact of a grid attack that could come by several means:

  • solar flares
  • hacking
  • electronic magnetic pulse generated by a mid-air detonation of a nuclear weapon

The latter may be the scariest because it could cripple much of the country for a very, very long time. A congressional commission years ago warned it would result in most Americans dying as a result – most from starvation.

Yet the U.S. grid is just as open to attack today as it was when that report came out.


Because fixing it hasn’t been a priority for Washington. It wouldn’t cost much, by comparison with other programs, mind you, but no one has the will to spend the money and protect America from this almost unimaginable catastrophe.

It is widely known in intelligence circles that Iran has practiced detonating missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons in midair. There is only one reason to do that – to create the kind of electromagnetic pulse effect that could wipe out a society dependent on electricity and digital technology. Can you imagine who Iran’s target might be?

If you guessed Israel, you would be wrong. Israel long ago hardened its grid and is said to be quite well-prepared for such an attack.

The U.S. has not prepared.

Does this make you more concerned about Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran? It certainly should. This would not be a strategically difficult mission for Iran if it can secure even just one nuclear device – and it doesn’t have to be a big one. It just needs to be delivered by a missile into the upper atmosphere over the U.S. and detonated.

This is not sophisticated technology. It could be done from a customized Scud missile, available on the black market for a price of $100,000, from a fishing boat off the U.S. coast. Iran already knows how to detonate missiles in mid-air.

It’s also conceivable that it could be done by a terrorist organization like ISIS or al-Qaida. This would be their biggest score ever. They could take down “the Great Satan” just like that.

Rather than crow about the fact that ISIS has been unsuccessful in its efforts to hack the grid, Homeland Security should make its No. 1 priority to make it hack-proof. Remember, we learned a few months ago that the federal government was successfully hacked, compromising the data of every single government employee – both past and present – including intelligence agents, active-duty military personnel, etc.

China is suspected of being behind that successful act of war.

If ISIS isn’t capable of hacking the grid, do we want to bet China isn’t?

Wouldn’t it be better to be safe rather than sorry and just harden the grid?
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/10/when-americas-lights-go-out-forever/#4y1OJP7xrT8MlEVI.99


#45 God Is Alive: He Still Saves People


God Is Alive: He Still Saves People

by Tom Malone

I know God is alive because He still saves people.  I have had people say to me, “Preacher, what do you mean by ‘saved’ “?

Sometimes they ask because they really want to know .  Then sometimes they ask because they are being critical.  I always answer, “I mean what ever the Bible means when it says, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.'”

We read in 1 Timothy 4:10, “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.”  You will be surprised at how many times the Bible doesn’t just say God, but the living God.”

People say, “Well some just have an emotional experience.”

Listen!  Can you imagine an emotional experience lasting for seven decades?  Can you imagine the emotional experience becoming more precious every day of those years?  Can you imagine it becoming more real every day for over seventy years?

Someone says, “You just had an emotional experience and got all stirred up and got to crying.” 

I sure did!  I cried! I had lived with a vacuum and a void, and I had found a Friend.  I was so thrilled that I wept.

Someone, says, “Well, it was mob hysteria.” 

I get so tired of these Ph.D’s who think they know everything.  Talking about mob hysteria; there were about sixty people there, a handful of people in a little old country church.  Mob hysteria!  No, it wasn’t mob hysteria; it was God saving my soul.

The Lord not only saved me, but for a lifetime of years He has kept me.  Listen, friends! Saving someone like me was a problem, but keeping someone like me is a bigger problem.

You ask, “How do you know that the Lord is alive?”

He was alive the second week of August in 1935; and He has been alive every day since.  I know it because He has kept me.  In 1 Timothy 1:15, Paul says, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”

Paul is not the only one who ever felt that way.  When I came to the Lord, I felt I was the dirtiest young man, the wickedest sinner there was.  I felt I was the chief of sinners.  Yet God saved me, just like Paul said.

Folks say, “Preacher, if I believed I could hold out, I would be a Christian.”

Bless your hearts!  You don’t have to hold out.  Le me illustrate.

If I were going to cross the main road in traffic with one of my little grandsons—one, two years of age and the other, four—would I stick out one finger and say, “Now Tommy, hold on.  If you lose your  grip and a car hits you, it’s your fault.  If you get killed, it’s no problem of mine.  It’s your life, so hold on.”?

No granddaddy holds onto little children like that.  I wouldn’t  even get him by the hand.  I’d grab him by the arm and squeeze him so tight he would say, “Grandpa, you’re hurting my arm.”

I’d say, “I will let up when we cross the road.”  My grandson doesn’t have to hold on.  If he tired to get loose, he couldn’t.

It is not a matter of your holding on.  The Lord gets a grip on you.  “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

Some years ago two brilliant young attorneys in England said, “If we could disprove just two things in the New Testament, we could knock the whole arc stone out from under Christianity.  If we could just prove that Jesus never came out of the grave and if we could disprove that the apostle Paul was ever really saved, we could defeat Christianity.”

Each agreed to study a year and then get together and share their findings.

When these two lawyers had given one year’s study to those two questions, they met again.

One asked, “What did you find about the resurrection?”

The other said, “As an attorney studying all the facts of the case, I am convinced beyond any shadow of doubt that Jesus Christ arose from the dead.  What did you find?”

The other said, “I find that the apostle Paul was saved on the Damascus Road just like the Bible said.  And not only that, but I have also found in studying about it that I have been saved.”

The Lord saves people.  It is a reality.  You can’t explain God’s taking a libertine and cleaning him up or taking a drunkard and making him honest—you can’t explain it apart from the reality of the Christian experience called in the Bible the new birth.

I know God is alive because He still saves, and He will save you if you are not saved.

#44 Speaking in Tongues


The charismatic movement of the past quarter-century has made an impact on the church unparalleled in history. But one legacy of the movement is confusion and mushy thinking.

In Charismatic Chaos, John F. MacArthur calls for biblical evaluation and analyzes the doctrinal differences between charismatics and non-charismatics in the light of Scripture.

“My principal concern, writes John MacArthur,  is to call the church to a firm commitment to the purity and authority of the Scriptures, and thereby to strengthen the unity of the true church.”

To tough questions that seem to divide, Charismatic Chaos provides tougher answers that strive to unite. This book tackles such questions as – Is experience a valid test of truth? – Does God still give revelation? – Prophets, fanatics, or heretics? – Does God still heal? – What should we think of the Signs and Wonders movement? – Does the Bible promise health and wealth?

This message is part of a series concerning a book – called “Charismatic Chaos” – by Dr. John F. MacArthur, Jr. He published this book in 1992. This is the tenth message in the 13-part series.

All rights to this message are property of “Grace to You” (Copyright 2006 John MacArthur, all rights reserved).


#43 Donald Trump’s Hispanic Super Fan Confuses CNN Host


CNN’s Brooke Baldwin seemed perplexed on Friday by a Hispanic woman’s enthusiasm for Donald Trump’s Republican campaign.

Myriam Witcher, 35, of Las Vegas, Nevada, captured national attention when the billionaire asked her to join him on stage at the Treasure Island casino. The Colombian immigrant waved her hands while declaring, “We love you! All the way to the White House! Trump!”

Witcher appeared on CNN later in the day to discuss where her affinity for Trump comes from.

“He is our man sent from heaven,” said Witcher, Mediaite reported. “He is a very, very beautiful human being, beautiful heart, a lot of love and compassion. If you read or hear about the charities [he runs], that is something that touches my heart. … I read his books and his books are amazing. He’s my best mentor in my personal life. I believe if every American, every person worldwide read his books, I believe America would be in good shape economically. Unfortunately, people do not read.”

Baldwin repeatedly asked Witcher if someone from the Trump campaign reached out to her before the event.

“Nobody. … I guess I only talked to God, my computer, and my heart,” said Witcher.

The CNN host then peppered her guest with negative polling statistics and reminders about Trump’s past comments on illegal immigration.

“Let me ask you this specifically about Hispanics and the Hispanic vote and Donald Trump,” said Baldwin. “He needs Hispanic voters. He needs people like you, Myriam. When you look at the latest poll numbers … ‘very positive,’ 3 percent; ‘very negative,’ 67 percent. This is a man who wants to build a wall. He’s talked to mass deportations. He’s talked about Mexicans as rapists and killers. That doesn’t bother you?”

“It doesn’t bother me at all,” replied Witcher. “Nobody wants to say we have terrible criminals. We have problems with drugs. We have problems with a lot of bad things. Everybody wants to cover it up. … So many people, daily, are scared to go on the street after 6 p.m.”