Doesn’t this title have a familiar ring to it?
What was Jesus’ first response when the disciples ask Him these questions?
“As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.” (Matthew 24:3-5 NASB)
As you noticed above, the NASB used the term “mislead.”
Do you realize that any magician, “worth his salt,” is a master at misdirection? The words are similar, but if you look up the simple word mislead, you will find the Greek word planaō.
The first thing Strong’s concordance says in the definition of planaō is “to (properly cause to) roam.”
Roam, in my mind, lends itself to the results of someone misleading you.
To roam is to stray or wander, among a few other words. Alternative words that explain planaō are “seduce or deceive.”
Imagine this scenario if we used the word seduced to convey what the false prophet will do.
We associate seduction as typically being between a man and a woman who are NOT married to each other. If you were the spouse of one of these people, your reaction to what they are doing may not be so cordial or mild.
Why say all that?
Because we read things like the NASB translation of Matthew’s account and we glance over a simple word like mislead and completely miss the depth of passion that God was trying to convey.
He (the false prophet) will also be the enforcer of Sharia;.
This coincides with the tribulation becoming even more deadly, especially for the Jews in Israel.
“But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.” (Matthew 24:8 NASB)
Considering what we have seen, how could tribulations become greater unless it is in the number of killings and the associated violence?
Islam and the caliphate that will arise will aggressively begin killing anyone who is not a Muslim.
Allow me to refresh your memory about who we are talking about.
and it spoke like a dragon
Revelation 12:9 “And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”
Simply stated, the dragon is Satan; therefore, it speaks like Satan – the deceiver. Let this sink in.
The false prophet presents himself as peaceful, almost like Jesus, but he speaks like Satan.
Perhaps the knowledge that the Jewish religious council had selected a man to be the high priest in the “new” temple when it is built, and they have already trained him. His name is Rabbi Baruch Kahane, but if you do a search for the high priest in Israel, you will find that the Rabbi stepped back from the position as he did not feel the timing was appropriate.
And, in case you hadn’t noticed, Satan does not present himself like the grotesque images we see in movies; he is subtle and seductive. Eve found that out – that is, until Satan goes into fury mode.
Revelation 13:6 ESV “It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven.”
Satan can and does become furious. The idea of making war on “her” offspring will be developed as we go.
Revelation 12:17 ESV “Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.”
- It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence.
The first beast is a man. We were told that he emerges from the sea, so we know that he is NOT a Jew. This man does NOT sustain a bullet wound to the head, die, and rise again. Daniel 7:8 tells us that this man will have a mouth uttering great boasts. The word “boasts,” italicized, indicates that it was added for clarity. In this, it seems inappropriate because the Aramaic word translated as “uttering great boasts” is rabrab and also means domineering.
This is a timing issue, and it is difficult to be precise.
What does it mean to be precise when you are God, the creator of time?
We know that there will be a seven-year period of destruction upon the earth, and the clock seems to start with the removal of the church from the earth (the rapture). There seems to be an immediate entrance of a “world” leader. Islam calls him the Mahdi, the 12th or hidden Imam, the leader of the global Islamic caliphate. We call him the Antichrist or the first beast.
This entrance of the second beast – the one that has horns like a lamb – seems to be at the midpoint of the seven-year period.
Why say that?
Because there is a rapid escalation of events at the mid-point and our false prophet, who has operated quietly in the temple, suddenly gives himself over to this Mahdi, performs the signs, and steps up as the enforcer of this disgusting and bloody sharia law.
Everyone seems to know that the Antichrist will sign a peace treaty. We keep saying it will be with Israel, but scripture says, is that it will be with many. That may not include Israel. When I first wrote this, I guess that none of us would have thought that Russia and China would be in Syria fighting against Isis. Russia believes that defending Bashar Assad is key to defeating Isis, while President Obama is set on removing the Syrian President from power. (There are many good theories on what this is all about, and most have to do with the Federal Reserve Bank.) So, while the Antichrist may be juggling aspects of his worldwide deception, this second beast steps up and handles the enforcement aspect for him.
and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.
This Jew turned Muslim – temple priest turned desecrator, and a deceiver on a grand scale, makes all the earth worship the first beast.
I need you to consider the description of the beast once again.
“And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it, the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast.” (Revelation 13:1-3 ESV)
Multi-headed, with ten horns and seven heads, it looks like a leopard, a lion, and a bear. However bizarre this thing seems to be it is given a mouth; in other words – a spokesman – the Antichrist.
In the world of clues, this is huge,
“One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed,”
First, there is no such animal; second, Daniel plainly defined the Babylonian empire as the first of these heads. Historically we know that the Medo-Persian empire was the second, and the Grecian empire was the third. Since we now know, we are looking at empires and not a human as the head, what one empire fits this description better than any other? The answer is the Ottoman empire, and the world thought they were finally killed off in 1924.
They came back to life in 1979 with the Iranian revolution.