The False Prophet (Revelation #41)

Text: Revelation 13:11-18

Mohamed is a false prophet.  He supposedly prophesied the end of the world to be around 800 AD.  Beside that he’s never really prophesied anything, but still called a Prophet by his followers.  The Pope is a false prophet who is a religious/political shill.  Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, was a false prophet who said God would set up his kingdom in Missouri in the 19th century.  Judge Rutherford of Jehovah’s Witness was a false prophet who prophesied the end of the world three or four times by 1920.  Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Rick Warren (Purpose Driven Life) are all very influential false teachers.

Let’s take a look at this false prophet in Revelation.

Dragon in lamb’s clothing (vs 11)

  • Matthew 7:15-20
  • Acts 13:6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:
  • 2 Peter is the treatise on false prophets and false teachers.
    • Anyone know of an Old Testament false prophet?
    • Balaam called a prophet.  Noted as a false prophet.  Interesting thing about him is that everything he prophesied was correct.  He was judged by God for having bad motives and teaching the children of Israel to commit idolatry and fornication.

Deception with miracles (vss 12-14)

  • Miracles
    • Calling fire down from heaven
    • That’s something the two witnesses will have power to do.  But that’s another reason I believe the two witnesses come at the first half of the 70th week and this false prophet is at the last half.
  • Evangelist for the beast
    • After the beast has recovered one of the mountains where Babylon sits.  As John sees it, a deadly wound healed.
    • So the heads are mountains on which the woman sitteth, in other words, they are geographical strongholds
      • Isaiah 19-20…burden of Egypt (south)
      • Jeremiah 46:2…against Egypt
      • Ezekiel 29-32 (31 about the Assyrian)
      • Daniel 11:39-45
  • Deception with miracles.
    • Deuteronomy 13:1
    • 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12

Directs all to the image (vss 15-16)

  • Images had always been forbidden.
  • Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
  • Leviticus 26:1 Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God.
  • Babylon was the birth of religious images and idolatry.
    • Nebuchadnezzar is a type in Daniel 3, but he sets it up in Shinar.
  • Power of life – Power of life is unusual. I don’t know that the devil has ever been given that power before, but here he is.
  • Threat of death – So all who will not worship this image will die.
  • This image is the abomination that maketh desolate.
    • Ezekiel 8:1 image of jealousy setup.

Dominates the economy (vss 17-18)

  • Exercises control over commerce and ties it to idolatry.
  • There is an endless amount of speculation into the combination of these numbers.
    • Nero amounted to 666 in some language and in the right variation.
    • The Pope use to have on his hat VICARIVS FILEII DEI which = 666 in Roman numerals.
    • Cesar equalled 666 in some way.
    • Roman Catholicism is Babylonian, and that is the literal system brought back.  BABYLON THE GREAT is what John sees.
  • Babylonian counting was based on 6’s (base 60).
  • Two forms of Babylonian numbering are still in use today: time and geometry.
    • 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour
    • Isaiah 38:4-8 Sun dial goes down 10 degrees
    • Circle, triangle, rectangle, etc has 360 degrees.
    • So what is his name?  I don’t know.  But it will be clear when the time comes for sure.