The Beast of Revelation 13: Antichrist

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The Beast is more commonly known as the “antichrist.” While the Bible talks about antichrists’ in the plural as a spiritual rejection of Yeshua and the Father, there is a man who will be the summation of the spirit of antichrist, or in place of Christ Himself. He will glorify himself as God, declaring so in the rebuilt Jewish temple. That person is described in scripture as the beast out of the sea.

He will head the Fourth Kingdom. I believe the first beast described in Revelation 13 is actually an image of the antichrist kingdom. It is represented by several heads that represent the kingdoms of men historically. Since the completed beast from the sea is ultimately controlled by one man, the beast from the sea and his kingdom are essentially one in the same. Just as our head controls our body, so too will the head control the final kingdom before Christ returns in glory to put down all kingdoms and bring His own eternal kingdom.

There are actually two beasts that come, but they are not the same beast. The characters in these end-time prophecies are:

  • The antichrist (the political beast from the sea in Revelation 13:1-10)
  • The false prophet (the spiritual beast from the earth in Revelation 13:11-18)

| Life to the Image of the Beast | Mark of the Beast |

Overview of the antichrist

  • Revelation 17:8: – Ascends out of bottomless pit into perdition, Apollyon
  • Revelation 13:2: – “...the dragon [Lucifer] gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
  • Daniel 7:25 | Revelation 13:3-5: – Reign lasts 3.5 years/42 months/1260 days starting at the abomination of desolation (3½ years – the last half of the 70th week of Daniel)
  • Daniel 7:25 | Revelation 12:17: – He’s given the opportunity and power to make war with, and overcome the saints. He’s also given power over the whole world.
  • Daniel 7:3-8: – Four beasts, backwards track through time from:
    • Antichrist’s kingdom (Future: Daniel 7:7-8 – ???)
    • Like a leopard (Historical: Daniel 7:6 – Greece)
    • Feet as a bear (Historical: Daniel 7:5 – Persia)
    • Mouth as a lion (Historical: Daniel 7:4 – Babylon)
  • Revelation 13:3-4: – 7th head wounded to death and healed, becoming the 8th, and the world then wonders after the beast.
  • Revelation 17:9: – 7 Heads = 7 mountains the woman sits on.
  • Revelation 17:10-11: – 7 kings (Leaders of the 7 historical kingdoms [7 mountains] over which the woman [Mystery Babylon] controlled)
    • 5 fallen (Past “antichrist’s” controlling kingdoms)
    • 1 is (Current wave of rebellion and apostasy? Falling away? One-world religion?)
    • 1 is not yet come (when he comes, continues short while. He then receives his head wound and comes back. (Revelation 13:3 Hence, “And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition”)
  • Revelation 17:12-14: – 10 Horns = 10 kings without kingdoms for one hour with the first beast, the antichrist.
    • They give their power to the beast.
    • They hate the woman riding the beast (Revelation 17:16-17)
    • 10 Crowns upon the 10 horns = Authority and ruler ship of the 10 horns which they give to the beast. (What Christians do with their crowns before Christ. Revelation 4:10-11)
    • 10 clay toes of Daniel 2:41-44?
  • Daniel 7:20, Revelation 13:5: – will be an intellectual capable of speaking great words
  • Daniel 7:20, Daniel 8:23: – will look more stout (or great) than his fellows
  • Daniel 8:24, Revelation 13:7: – will be a military genius
  • Daniel 9:27: – will be a tactful diplomat capable of gathering many people to unite in action alongside him
  • Daniel 8:25, Daniel 9:27: – will, ironically, be seen as a peacemaker initially
  • Daniel 8:25, 2 Thessalonians 2:4: – will be exceedingly arrogant and self-worshipping, whether it seems so initially or not
  • Revelation 13:7, Zechariah 13:8-9, Revelation 12:17: – will despise both Jews and Christians, which will not, in all likelihood, be apparent initially

The coming up out of the waters reminded me of these passages in Revelation 17, where the beast [antichrist] is mentioned again. We also see the addition of another member, the woman who rides the beast.

Use of the Term “Antichrist”

There is a belief that there is not a single man who is called the “antichrist” by some believers. Rather, that the term is associated with a spiritual alignment apart from God’s Truth through Christ that is not literally fulfilled in a future man but is spiritual and continual in nature. My view is in agreement with this while also recognizing that there is a future man called the man of sin, son of perdition and other such terms in Bible prophecy who I also term as the future “antichrist.”

1 John 2:18
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

1 John 2:22
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

1 John 4:3
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

2 John 1:7
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

Truly the majority of these passages use the term antichrist as a spiritual alignment anyone can take that denies that Yeshua is the Christ come in the flesh or denies He is the Son of the Father in heaven. However we are also told in the first example that, “ye have heard that antichrist shall come...” in context to the last time and knowing it is at hand. This is contrasted with the many antichrists already meaning that while the spiritual aspect of this seen in the last three examples is true and doesn’t speak of a future instance that stands apart, there is also an antichrist that shall come.

This is the future “man of sin,” or “son of perdition” spoken of in scripture that will be touched on below. He will deny Yeshua is the Christ and furthermore set himself up as an idol to be worshipped declaring himself to be God. He will be the cause of great tribulation and the instrument of the dragon’s wrath on Israel and all of God’s people on the earth.

Whether comfortable using the term antichrist to describe him or not, this page is focused on this future man and by using the term antichrist to describe him I am referring to this future literal figure that will be further described in scripture on this page who will be the ultimate fulfillment of denial of the Father and Son, replacing himself as God and demanding worship from the whole world or death.

The Antichrist: the Head of the Beast from the Sea

Revelation 13:1-10
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. [7 heads = 7 mountains | 10 horns = 10 kings without kingdom] And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon [Lucifer] gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: [Revelation 12:17] and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

This passage is clear that there is a literal man in the future who will be given power and authority by the dragon, Lucifer, for 42 months and rule over the earth that will be worshipping him.

I believe the antichrist rising from Europe is evident from Nebuchadnezzar’s dream interpreted by Daniel in Daniel 2. There were several sections to the statue. The only two sections which contained the same metal were the two legs which we know as the Roman Empire, Eastern and Western legs. The feet and 10 toes also contain iron, but this time it is partly strong and partly weak for the mixing of “their” seed with the seed of men. Daniel 2:41-44 Whatever that ends up meaning, it’s still the same metal.

In keeping with the symbology of the Eastern and Western legs of the Roman Empire, it would appear that the iron and clay feet and toes would also be a combination of the East and West, which helps explain where I believe the prophecy regarding the false prophet may be pointing to.

This fits with what the Daniel’s 70 weeks Bible study explains. Here is the relevant excerpt:

Daniel 9:26
And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
7 weeks (rebuilding temple and city of Jerusalem) + 62 weeks = 69 weeks (the time from the order to rebuild until the triumphal entry, the first and only time that Yeshua declared His kingship, to the day as prophesied.)

So what this is saying is after the 69 weeks (483 years) is accomplished, the Messiah would be killed, not for Himself. Christ died on the cross for your sins! The triumphal entry was the end of the 69th week. Christ was crucified on Passover, April 10, 32 AD, four days after the triumphal entry. However, all of verse 24 was not fulfilled 7 years after the triumphal entry. That tells us several things when we put it together.

  • The 69 and 70th weeks of prophecy are not consecutive (there’s an unknown gap of time implied through logic)
  • Christ’s crucifixion was outside the scope of Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy, having occurred several days after the end of the 69th week and nowhere near the middle of the seven years.

“The people of the prince” - We know who the people are because they destroyed the temple and we know the Romans destroyed the temple in 70 AD. There is some research pointing to the actual people in the army being conscripted from the surrounding Arab peoples.

Who is the prince? According to scripture, he wasn’t there. The Bible says “the people of the prince that shall come...” This indicates he is not yet there. The people of this prince attack the Jews, Jerusalem, and their temple, but the prince is not yet there. Is this an allusion to the revived Roman empire of the end times headed by the prince (antichrist) yet to come? I believe it is. Verse 27 addresses “the prince that shall come.

Another primary scripture showing a future man who will be the fulfillment of this antichrist to come is found in the letter to the church of Thessalonica. This is a second letter expounding on some ideas presented in Paul’s previous letter to them regarding the coming day of the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

The membership going through persecution was afraid that the salvation promised from the wrath to come had passed and so they had been left behind. This idea is covered more in the harpazo Bible study, more specifically the timing according to scripture of the pre-wrath harpazo of the bride. For this topic the focus is on the identity of a future person and what he will do.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

This passage lays out many aspects of this antichrist to come. He is called the “man of sin,” “son of perdition,” and “that wicked.” All of these point to what he is going to do and his concealing until that time by the restrainer. He will exalt himself above all that is called God or worshipped, sitting in the temple of God saying that he is God. This also speaks to the rebuilding of the temple spoken of in Revelation 11:1-2 as well.

This blasphemy is spoken of elsewhere in scripture pointing to this time also called the abomination of desolation. This is where an idol is placed in the Holy of Holies. The man of sin sets himself up as an idol to be worshipped and this is the main thrust of his 42 month reign of forcing people to worship him, the war on the saints.

Daniel 7:24,25
And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

This “time and times and the dividing of time” is 3½ years, or 42 months, referred to in Revelation 13:5. And in addition to this beast from the sea, there will be a man called the false prophet who acts as an enforcer of the antichrist’s policies and enforces worship of both the beast and the dragon who gives them both their power.

Revelation 13:11-18
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

All of this speaks to a literal time in the future where two literal men will work in conjunction with the dragon that gives them their power to overcome the saints on the earth and kill all those who refuse to worship them and force them to take a mark of loyalty to the beast, the mark of the beast.

Where is he coming from?

I’ve already stated my belief that the antichrist comes from the revived Roman Empire, but that is not the only view and I could very well be wrong. There’s a possibility of a Grecian connection and some believe a Turkish antichrist will rise on the scene. There is also a view that the man of sin will have Jewish origins.

Antichrist coming from ancient Greece?

Daniel 8:5-12
And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. [Alexander the Great] And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power. And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand. Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heavenAnd out of one of them came forth a little horn, [antichrist] which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of the sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, [abomination of desolation] and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.

Daniel 8:17-25
So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision. Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright. And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be. The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

Here we see that the goat is the Grecian empire. The notable horn between his eyes is Alexander the Great, who conquered Medo-Persia. This is the belly and thighs of brass kingdom from Daniel 2. When Alexander the Great died, his four generals divided his kingdom, the four horns. Where I believe the Bible says the antichrist comes from the Grecian kingdom is the next verse that says a little horn came from one of these four horns, the Seleucid Empire. However, the timing of the rising of this little horn is stated later as the latter time of their kingdom, “for at the time of the end shall be the vision.

What About the Roman Empire?

“Many Christian teachers have taught that the Antichrist will emerge from the Roman Empire and then rule over most parts, if not all, of Europe. Thus, his empire will be a revived version of the Roman Empire. For an idea of what the Roman Empire looked like, see this map. It stretched from Spain to Mesopotamia and Assyria (modern day Iraq). In Daniel Chapter 8, we read of another of Daniel’s vision that concerns the End Times. In this chapter, Daniel saw a two-horned ram that was attacked by a goat and killing the ram. Then the large horn of the goat was broken, and in its place four horns took its place. The Angel Gabriel identified that the ram was the Medo-Persian Empire (Daniel 8:20), and the goat the Greek Empire (Daniel 8:21).

When Alexander the Great died at the young age of 33 (“at the height of his power”) (Daniel 8:8), his empire was divided by his four generals (Daniel 8:8): Seleucus (Seleucid Empire), Ptolemy (Egypt), Lysimachos (Thrace) and Cassander (Macedon and Greece). See this map for this partition.

The Seleucid Empire has its capitol over Babylon and was the largest of the four. It is also the one that the Bible described concerning the Antichrist: Out of one of them came another horn, which started small but grew in power to the south and to the east and toward the Beautiful Land. (Daniel 8:9) “Beautiful Land” of course refers to the land of Israel. Thus, we can see that this “little horn” comes from the geographic region of the Seleucid Empire.

Many have also seen that the description of the little horn also fit somewhat Antiochus IV Epiphanes, a ruthless Seleucid king who desecrated the Jewish Temple by sacrificing a pig on its altar and setting up a statue of Zeus. However, the problem of simply treating the passage as dealing with Antiochus is that the Angel Gabriel explicitly told Daniel that “the vision concerns the time of the end” (Daniel 8:17), and the visions concern “what will happen later in the time of wrath because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end” (Daniel 8:19). It’s fulfillment, therefore, is two-fold, one concerning Antiochus and the other the Antichrist “at the appointed time of the end”. It is clear that Antiochus IV Epiphanes was, at the most, a prototype of the Antichrist that is to come.”

I believe that the antichrist comes from the revived Roman Empire, heading the end-time alliance of nations, which I believe to be the European Union today. I believe this is the Fourth Kingdom of Daniel 7. There is a possibility also that while the antichrist will rise to power in the revived Roman Empire, that his lineage comes from the Seleucid Empire.

Yellow area is the Seleucid Empire

Antichrist coming from Turkey?

I’ve have a hard time with the antichrist coming out of Turkey or Iran for the following reasons.

Ezekiel 38:1-3
And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

Meshech is Turkey (Ancient Muschki and Musku in Cilicia and Cappadocia)
Tubal is Turkey and also southern Russia and Iran (Ancient Tubalu in Cappadocia.)

The antichrist is supposed to confirm a covenant with many that allows the temple to be rebuilt that he will later declare himself god in, but not the God of his fathers.

Daniel 11:37,38
Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.

To me, this is in direct opposition to any ideas of claiming to be Christ. It is his claiming to be god that marks the attempted destruction of the Jews. There wouldn’t be much point in saying he’s their Messiah if he’s going to kill 2/3 of them.

It’s looking a lot like the Gog/Magog invasion is being set up. Even to the extent that Turkish and Russian troops will be sent into Lebanon to keep the peace without disarming Hezbollah. To me, it looks like a deception to have all the armies just a few miles North of Jerusalem for easy and quick attack. They found Iranian military in Lebanon already. That’s some of the major players in the Gog/Magog invasion already deploying troops to Lebanon under what I believe are false pretenses.

I could be wrong, but it’s too perfect and fits with the way they work. Lay low with a good deception that lulls the enemy into a sense of security (keeping Hezbollah from firing), then suddenly they all swarm in on Israel. If this is the case, How would anyone from Turkey have any kind of sway to bring peace in Israel when that nation has just failed an attempt to wipe out Israel?

Muslim Antichrist?

Pope’s Retreat Preacher Speaks on Antichrist as a “pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist” (March 1, 2007)
Papal watchers are wondering what message Pope Benedict XVI was giving when he selected retired Bologna archbishop Cardinal Giacomo Biffi to preach the annual Lenten retreat to the Pope and the top members of the Vatican. Rocco Palmo, expert Vatican reporter for The Tablet, the international Catholic weekly published in London England has noted the significance of the selection of the Lenten retreat preacher. “Since time immemorial -- or, at least, the retreat’s heightened profile over the 20th century -- the selection of the preacher has become a closely-watched indicator of the prevailing winds in the papal apartment,” said Palmo on his blog. “(T)he choice often falling to a voice the Pope might like to tout... and not just for a higher prominence on the preaching circuit.” Palmo added weight to his remarks noting that “Before their respective elections to the papacy, both Joseph Ratzinger and Karol Wojtyla were tapped to lead the annual exercises.” This year’s selection when it became known created a stir since Cardinal Biffi, while he is known for orthodox faith and frank words, is most well known, at least in the secular media, for his preaching on the Antichrist. In fact, the Times of London reported in 2004 that the Cardinal described the Antichrist as “walking among us.” The Lenten retreat did not disappoint. Cardinal Biffi picked up on his oft repeated theme of the Antichrist, basing his remarks on the works of Vladimir Soloviev, a Russian theologian who has received praise from Pope Benedict prior to his elevation to the pontificate. Quoting Soloviev, the Cardinal said “the Antichrist presents himself as pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist.” “He will convoke an ecumenical council and will seek the consensus of all the Christian confessions, granting something to each one. The masses will follow him, with the exception of small groups of Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants,” he said according to a Zenit translation of a Vatican Radio summary here. In his “Tale of the Antichrist” Solovyov foresees that a small group of Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants will resist and will say to the Antichrist: “You give us everything, except what interests us, Jesus Christ.” For Cardinal Biffi, this narrative is a warning: “Today, in fact, we run the risk of having a Christianity which puts aside Jesus with his cross and resurrection.” The 78-year-old cardinal added that if Christians “limited themselves to speaking of shared values they would be more accepted on television programs and in social groups. But in this way, they will have renounced Jesus, the overwhelming reality of the resurrection.” The cardinal said he believes that this is “the danger that Christians face in our days … the Son of God cannot be reduced to a series of good projects sanctioned by the prevailing worldly mentality.” The preacher of the Spiritual Exercises added that “there are relative values, such as solidarity, love of peace and respect for nature. If these become absolute, uprooting or even opposing the proclamation of the event of salvation, then these values become an instigation to idolatry and obstacles on the way of salvation.” Cardinal Biffi affirmed that “if Christianity -- on opening itself to the world and dialoguing with all -- dilutes the salvific event, it closes itself to a personal relationship with Jesus and places itself on the side of the Antichrist.” Cardinal Biffi’s reflections, in fact, are very similar to remarks Pope Benedict made last Fall in a meeting with Swiss Bishops. While Pope Benedict did not speak of the Antichrist, he spoke of a new false or “substitute” religion, calling it also a “successor” of religion. “Modern society is not simply without morality, but it has, so to speak, ‘discovered’ and professes a part of morality,” the Pope told the Swiss bishops. “These are the great themes of peace, non-violence, justice for all, concern for the poor, and respect for creation.However, the Pope warned that these “great moral themes” have “become an ethical complex that, precisely as a political force, has great power and constitutes for many the substitute for religion, or its successor.” “It is only if human life is respected from conception to death that the ethics of peace is also possible and credible,” concluded the Pope. “It is only then that non-violence can express itself in every direction; only then that we truly welcome creation, and only then that we can arrive at true justice.

Possible Future Fulfillment?

I believe that the “deadly wound by the sword” may happen as a result of the abomination of desolation. This abomination of desolation coincides with Michael the Archangel standing up (Daniel 12:1 | 2 Thessalonians 2:6-8) when he goes to heaven to cast the dragon and fallen angels to the earth as revealed in Revelation 12:7-9; 13. I believe, like the Maccabean revolt, the Jews will realize that the great peacemaker is not who he seems when he declares himself God in their temple. Currently it is difficult to see such a secular liberal Israel getting upset, but I believe there are several events that come before that will shift the spiritual state of the nation of Israel prior to the rebuilding of the temple.

The dragon, having just been cast out of heaven will heal the deadly wound of the beast (7th head) and the world will be amazed. In retaliation, the newly revived and dragon-controlled beast (8th head of the seven now controlling global politics through emergency powers) will order the genocide of all Jews in Judea because of the assassination attempt. They will be viewed by the New World Order as the intolerant “destroyers of civilization” that the Alliance of Civilizations will be working against.

I believe the false prophet may be the 12th Mahdi and with signs and lying wonders he will direct the worship of Muslims to the antichrist. When the antichrist orders the complete destruction of Israel, their stated goal of wiping Israel off the map, they will probably be worked into a fervor and go through Jerusalem and Judea like a wave of murder, Joel 2:1-11 killing 2/3 of Israel. Zechariah 13:8-9 

This starts the time of Jacob’s trouble of Matthew 24:15-22. That’s why Christ said for them in Judea to run to the mountains when they see the abomination of desolation. Because soon after that, the antichrist will order the genocide of the Jews for their revolt.

Life to the Image of the Beast

2 Corinthians 11:13-15
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

 Revelation 13:12-15
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

Revelation 13:15
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

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Mark of the Beast

Revelation 13:16-18
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
“The age of Nations must end... The Government of nations has decided to order their separate sovereignties into one government to which they surrender their arms.” | United Nation’s World Constitution

“Christ is the same force as Lucifer but moving in seemingly the opposite direction. Lucifer moves in to create the light within through the pressure of experience. Christ moves to release that light, that wisdom, that love into creation... Lucifer, like Christ, stands at the door of man’s consciousness and knocks. If man says, ‘Go away because I do not like what you represent. I am afraid of you,’ Lucifer will play tricks on that fellow. If man says, ‘Come in, and I will give to you the treat of my love and understanding and I will uplift you in the light and presences of the Christ, my outflow,’ then Lucifer becomes something else again. He becomes the being who carries that great treat, the ultimate treat, the light of wisdom. [Lucifer] is the light giver. … He stands no longer as the tester or the tempter but as the great initiator, the one who hands the soul over to the Christ and from the Christ on into even greater realms. … Lucifer works within each of us to bring us to wholeness, and as we move into a New Age, which is the age of man’s wholeness, each of us in some way is brought to that point which I term the Luciferic initiation, the particular doorway through which the individual must pass if he is to come fully into the presence of his light and his wholeness. … At some point each of us faces the presence of Lucifer. We either fear it when we come to grips with what we term ancient evil or the spirit of darkness, or we move throughit and realize that we are each of us light and dark. … When we do accept it, we can emerge into the radiance of our inner light, the light that can never be extinguished. … Lucifer comes to give to us the final gift of wholeness. If we accept it then he is free and we are free. That is the Luciferic initiation. It is one that many people now, and in the days ahead, will be facing, for it is an initiation in the New Age. … In the New Age consciousness there is not good and evil.” | David Spangler, Lorian Association, Reflections on the Christ, Findhorn Publications p. 40, 44-45, Interconnections

A warning to everyone regarding this from the Bible, don’t take the mark if you are here when it is implemented. It shows a lack of faith in God and a reliance on man instead and the desire to save the physical life will result in losing your eternal life, a bad trade-off for maybe a few years.

Revelation 14:9-12
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Technology and Restrictions on Buying and Selling

The mark of the beast is a sign of allegiance to the man of sin and his new world order. I believe this will be a choice, not something that will be done against one’s will, and a strong influence in people making that choice will be the ability to buy and sell. So how would it be possible to restrict the ability to buy and sell?

I think we've already seen the issues of credit card fraud and banking security lead to a desire for a more secure system. Moreover physical currency is inherently more free than electronic currency...and more expensive to maintain.

EU Set to Move ‘Internet of Things’ Closer to Reality Old-Thinker News (October 31, 2008)

SEPA goes live European Central Bank (January 28, 2008) Speech by Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB Launch event organised by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the European Payments Council

The countdown is over! Today, 28 January 2008, SEPA goes live! I am pleased to welcome you all to the launch of SEPA. First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the European Commission for hosting today’s event and for its cooperation over the last few years, the fruit of which can been seen today as SEPA comes to life. Those who have made SEPA a reality, the banks and the service providers are here tonight and I would like to congratulate them all. Let me also mention the work of the Council and the European Parliament that has contributed to making SEPA a reality. Nine years ago we introduced the single currency. Today, we launch SEPA – another important step in European integration. But let me assure you: today is only just the beginning! SEPA is all about integration, harmonisation and modernisation. It is a natural consequence of the single currency and a major step in the creation of the Single Market. That is why the ECB has supported the project closely over the past six years. Today’s launch is the first visible result. A single currency – with a single set of payment instruments – in a single euro payments area. With SEPA, this becomes a reality. And we, as euro area citizens, will be able to make euro payments as cheaply, as easily and as safely as we do national payments. All euro payments will be “domestic”; finally, there will be no difference between sending a payment from Rome to Dublin or from Brussels to Antwerp. We can now make payments not only with euro notes and coins, but harmonised electronic payments by European credit transfer, direct debit and payment card as well. An important milestone has been reached today with the launch of “SEPA Credit Transfer”. We are now able to send euro payments quickly, and in the same way, to any beneficiary in Europe. This will be followed by “SEPA Direct Debit” before the end of 2009. As a result, we will be able to make direct debit payments across Europe, as if no borders existed. With the “SEPA Cards Framework”, extensive changes await the European cards market. The ECB expects a new European card scheme to emerge, harmonising card payments across Europe. That said, efficient national card schemes should not vanish, leaving the cards market entirely to international card schemes. Let’s work together and use the experience of the national schemes to devise a new European card scheme. Together, these three payment instruments make up SEPA, our key to a door behind which many opportunities lie. Once the door is open we will still have a mountain to climb. But if we are willing to take up the challenge and use SEPA with innovative thinking, we can reap the full benefit. Let me stress: we do not envision opening the door only to sit back and admire the great many opportunities on the other side. Let’s climb the mountain, discover the opportunities and progress onwards and upwards. Let’s complement the SEPA instruments with innovative services, such as online and mobile payment initiation, e-invoicing and e-reconciliation. By combining these services with SEPA instruments, we eliminate paper and the payment process becomes fully electronic. End-users will spend less time on payments – and, as we all know, time means money. BBut how will you benefit from SEPA?

Corporates – make fast European transactions, simplify your payment handling and consolidate your liquidity management. SEPA’s harmonised services can optimise your payment process. So, request these services from your banks and service providers.

Public administrations – you will experience the same benefits as corporates. But that’s not all. SEPA can help drive e-Government and e-procurement, thereby promoting efficient public services. By adopting SEPA at an early stage, you will extend its benefits to society at large.

Consumers – one bank account and one set of payment instruments is all you need. As with euro notes and coins, there will finally be no difference between payments across Europe – all euro payments will be ”domestic”.

AAnd banks – you have developed and will form the basis of SEPA. And SEPA can help you expand your business, as integration and harmonisation will encourage competition. It is now up to you to use the opportunities SEPA brings.

The launch of SEPA today is a major step in creating the Single Market and represents a significant contribution to the Lisbon agenda and a more competitive Europe. It has not been easy to arrive at where we are today – SEPA has been a formidable challenge, but formidable challenges make us stronger. It is not time to sit back in admiration; it is time to use SEPA.
So, let’s rise to the challenge; let’s use SEPA, our key; and let’s discover the great many opportunities that lie on the other side of that door.

French Bulldog is Catalyst for Investigation of Microchip-Cancer Connection (September 8, 2007)
Could a microchip implant like the VeriChip cause cancer? A French Bulldog named Léon was the catalyst for new questions about the safety of RFID implants. OOne year ago, Léon’s owner contacted me with startling news. She believed that her dog’s cancerous tumor and his untimely death might have been caused by a microchip implant. This was not just idle talk by a grieving dog owner grasping at straws to figure out why she had been robbed of her constant companion. This was a gutsy lady who refused to allow the vet to simply cremate the evidence. This lady prefers to be known only by her first name of “Jeanne,” so the Associated Press couldn’t credit her properly as the original source for some of the explosive information in its article “Chip Implants Linked to Animal Tumors,” but I have the leeway in this forum to share the behind-the-scenes story. Jeanne spent a small fortune trying to cure her ailing French bulldog, Léon, after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2004. When medical interventions failed and Léon passed away, she decided to hunt for the reason the fatal tumor in his body was attached to the glass-encapsulated microchip that had been injected into his neck for identification purposes. Jeanne located a team of researchers in Italy who agreed to test tissue samples from a biopsy of Léon’s tumor to determine if the microchip was implicated in his aggressive cancer. They documented their findings in a 2006 paper entitled, “Fibrosarcoma with Typical Features of Postinjection Sarcoma at Site of Microchip Implant in a Dog: Histologic and Immunohistochemical Study.” The full text is available online here. Since Léon’s suspicious cancer was not enough evidence to prove microchip implants were a threat, Jeanne decided to search for other proof of a link. She unearthed scholarly animal studies documenting a possible chip-cancer link and posted several of these at the website that she formed as a tribute to Léon: Jeanne informed us of this research and even faxed us copies of these studies as they were difficult to obtain. Fortunately, my Spychips co-author Dr. Katherine Albrecht had access to the Harvard library and was able to take Jeanne’s work further, analyzing additional studies that seemed to support a cancer-microchip link in animals. Sometime later, AP Reporter Todd Lewan entered the picture, eager for an exclusive. He used his press credentials to gain further information, tie up the story with a perfect, documented bow, and broadcast it to media outlets around the world. He and Katherine tirelessly pursued the truth that you can now find published in the explosive AP story. I promised Jeanne that Katherine and I would share the whole story, and that Léon would be remembered for his contribution. Here’s to you, Jeanne and Léon! I’m so sorry it took tragedy for this information to be brought to light. I applaud your tenacity, bravery, and amazing research skills.

Could this be the what pushes for the ink RFID tattoo instead of the grain-of-rice-sized Verichip? The Bible talks about the mark of the beast without which you cannot buy or sell. It will happen and the technology to force people to buy and sell only by getting the RFID mark that carries a unique ID number is already here. The system is being implemented now, prepared for future use. Imagine a world with no more paper currency. The stores don’t take it, they just have RFID readers. There is no longer exchange rates or different currencies. Due to financial collapse and world catastrophes, the world will be united under a man declaring himself to be God. Anyone who refuses cannot buy or sell and will be rejected from society and eventually will be forced to participate or will be killed. Sound crazy? That is nothing compared to what else will be going down during this time. We need to develop a personal relationship with Yeshua because He is our blessed hope.

Revelation 16:2
AAnd the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

National ID? How about a global ID? Info World (August 10, 2007)
A little-known federation quietly lays the infrastructure for a universal identity system that could eventually be implemented nationally or internationally.. The Federation for Identity and Cross-Credentialing Systems (FiXs) -- a little-known group of non-profits, government contractors, commercial entities, and government agencies -- has just unveiled a first-of-its-kind global infrastructure to support distributed, integrated identity management and cross-credentialing across organizations. The implementation combines several existing security technologies along with a set of trusted models, policies, and operating rules to insure the accurate identity of personnel accessing physical sites or logical systems. Already in a pilot mode at a handful of government agencies and defense contractors, the FiXs identity management initiative does not have a hard date for broad deployment, although the impediments do not appear to be technical. “The cultural gap with the public in general is still too wide,” said Dr. Mike Mestrovich, President of FiXs. “I think there would have to be a public consensus to move us in that direction and I don’t see that happening until at least 2009 or beyond.” Founded in 2004 and based in Fairfax, Va., FiXs counts among its members the Department of Defense (DoD), Wells Fargo, Lockheed Martin, EDS, and several others. Modeled after secure electronic payment systems and initially implemented by the DoD’s Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), the FiXs initiative meets the objectives set forth in the October 2006 Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12). “Until now, cross-bordering policies between government and industry had not been established,” said Mary Dixon, director at the DMDC. The FiXs implementation does not assign roles, grant or deny access, or otherwise act as a gatekeeper. Rather, the mission of FiXs is simply to authenticate the identity of participants within its member organizations. Once verified by FiXs, individual site managers and systems administrators assign or designate access controls based on the role of the individual and the policies of a given organization. FiXs’ capabilities allow it to cross between both public and private sector organizations using a federated trust model. The implementation is available worldwide in local or remote settings via both wireless and wired environments. Access is available in real time. An individual’s specific identity data remains within their vetted source organization. “By its very nature, the federated solution aids in privacy because there is no central database and individual data can be stored in only one [vetted] place,” Dr. Mestrovich said. Yet the distributed design and cross-organizational model found in the FiXs implementation does offer the possibility of a future national or international identity management system that might cross borders and organizational boundaries. “The federated approach can actually take the place of a mandated National ID system,” Dr. Mestrovich stated.

Thank you Vera for this article! This shows the subtle move to build the infrastructure necessary to carry out the mark of the beast. According to the Bible, without this mark a person will be unable to buy or sell. But the Bible tells us the end, not always how it gets to that point. I believe this is a good example of how the infrastructure could be there without anyone really realizing it in the population until the time came to implement it. Then say goodbye to paper currency because nobody will accept it anymore. And without this mark, you can’t walk into a store and get anything unless it’s running out with alarms blaring. Vera adds,

“...this worldwide trend is not the private work of a few secret societies- it is openly being pushed by 1000s of engineers and business people and government bureaucrats, all over the world, that want to either make money or save money. No secrecy involved- this FiXs membership open to any business or group interested in making money on identity solutions, or driving forward their desire to identify terrorists or give security clearances (DoD and GSA) - this is being driven by companies and groups that want to make money, not conspiracies. This ought to be raising waaaaay more eyebrows than RealID.”

Alzheimer’s Care Center to Carry Out VeriChip Pilot RFID Journal (May 25, 2007)
This summer, Alzheimer’s Community Care (ACC), a West Palm Beach, Fla., provider of support to Alzheimer’s patients and their caretakers, will implant RFID chips in about 200 volunteers who are clients of the organization. The two-year project, says Mary M. Barnes, president and CEO of ACC, will employ VeriChip Corp.’s VeriMed system to help identify patients who arrive at an emergency room in an unresponsive state. ACC provides support to about 2,000 patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. That includes a daycare center for some patients, as well as visiting registered nurses, caregiver education programs and support groups. One safety concern, Barnes says, involves the lack of information available to medical personnel when patients unable to speak for themselves are admitted to a hospital during an emergency, unaccompanied by caregivers. In such circumstances, the patients may receive inappropriate treatment because doctors are unaware of any existing medical conditions. “I really am concerned about the situation with Alzheimer’s patients dealing with losing the ability to remember,” Barnes says. “This [loss of memory] is so isolating that the effect on the patient and the caregiver is very dramatic. In an acute situation, such as emergency medical services, it can be even worse. There comes a point in a person’s illness when you have to look at every safety measure available.” Alzheimer’s Community Care considered a multitude of resources to reduce this risk, says Barnes, including MedicAlert wristbands. Such wristbands, however, can be removed or damaged, rendering them useless. Therefore, 10 months ago, Barnes began speaking with Scott Silverman, now chairman and CEO of VeriChip, about an RFID solution. Alzheimer’s Community Care has formed a review board to generate the proper paperwork for the participants, as well as other basic protocols, before beginning the project. Once the board finishes its work and the project is launched, hospitals that have VeriChip-trained staff and have implemented the procedures will be able to access the medical histories of the 200 participating patients. When an unresponsive patient enters the hospital, the staff can use an RFID interrogator to scan that person’s arm. If the patient has had a VeriMed chip embedded, the reader will indicate its ID number. That number can then be inputted manually, or directed wirelessly to the VeriMed Web-based database. If the hospital is an approved care provider, it can immediately access the patient’s identification and health records. more...

Thanks to Kimberly for the referral! In today’s security-conscious world, imagine instead of hospital information, a system where money was now obsolete and payment was automatic and mindless. Nobody takes cash anymore because there’s no longer a system in place to handle it. That time is coming and already possible. With RFID taking off for so many applications that makes life easier, the system is probably already close to being in place. I actually believe that the mark of the beast in Bible prophecy will be RFID ink so that it will be impossible to remove it from under the skin adding to the security. But this prepares the world to accept what is coming more readily. Ultimately I believe that the “mark” will be made as a pledge of allegiance to the antichrist as well as buying into his system. I think many people won’t have a problem with that when the time comes.