This is one of those posts where I have more questions than answers, so I will be relying on knowledgeable readers of this blog to use their critical thinking skills and their knowledge of the scriptures and their spiritual insights to come up with reasonable answers or even good food for thought.
Mark Levin often says that he has the most intelligent audience in talk radio. Even if that is true, intelligence does not always mean that people have good critical thinking skills. We all know about the educated idiots that obviously have intelligence but continually display that they have no common sense. Having the knowledge of scriptures and the ability to correlate scriptures to interpret them correctly with God-given wisdom is uniquely found only on certain Christian sites. I think we qualify here so lets give it a try.
My latest dilemma is that I have read many book and articles that mention the Beast and his False Prophet mentioned in Revelation. However, I do not think I have found a reasonably convincing argument or explanation from any of the Bible prophecy experts that adequately explain the apparent difficulties in the passages about them.
What follows are some questions, points and observations that I have not fully resolved in my own mind on these two Beasts of Revelation. Feel free to give your insights on the issues that I bring up.
Does the Antichrist actually rise from the dead after his deadly head wound or is it just that he was healed from what should have been a deadly head wound? If he has not risen supernatural, how does he have the power to kill the two prophets of God, why does the whole world worship him as god, and why is it that only Jesus can destroy him at His coming?
If he actually rises from the dead as a supernatural immortal being, how does he pull that off since nobody has ever come back from the dead other than Jesus unless they came back by the power of God to possess their own healed body of flesh only to soon die again? Could that be the reason why scripture implies that the idol shepherd that leaves the flock will be blind in his right eye and that his right arm will be useless (Zec 11:17)? Yet, would people worship such a crippled person as God? That does not seem logical. Even so, scripture is clear that this person can only be destroyed by the coming of the Lord Jesus. Therefore, crippled or not, this being transcends just being human.
The Beast is given power over the earth for 42 months but when does the second Beast (the False Prophet) actually enter the scene? If it is right away, then why set up an image of the first Beast and give power and life to the image of the Beast so that the image of the Beast can speak and the image of the Beast could put people that will not worship it to death, when the False prophet is apparently doing these supernatural things in the sight of the first Beast that is still very much alive? The first Beast cannot be mute because in Rev 13:6 it talks about the Beast opening his mouth and blaspheming the God of Heaven for 42 months. There is something here that is not adding up. Even with all the conjectures by popular authors, I am not sure they have it correct.
What is the real nature of the Antichrist and the False prophet. Are they just human, are they hybrids or are they something else?
Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum in his book “Footsteps of the Messiah” makes the case that the Antichrist will be the incarnation of Satan in the same way that Jesus was the incarnation of God. In other words, Dr. Fruchtenbaum believes that Satan will actually impregnate a human woman and he will grow up as the Son of Perdition Beast Antichrist mentioned. If Dr. Fruchtenbaum theory is correct, Jesus is the God/Man from conception and the Beast/Antichrist is the counterfeit or Devil/man from the time of his conception. He would be 100 percent devil and 100 percent man. That has profound implications if you believe like Dr. Fruchtenbaum that this person is now already alive on earth. That thought makes my Obama Rosemary’s Baby article sound almost believable.
Other teachers believe that the Antichrist is just a natural man given special powers but that seems to understate him according to scriptures. Why is the Antichrist even called the “Beast”, can it be that he is not fully human? Tom Horn and others think he will be a human hybrid like the Nephilim of old. In other words, he will be part fallen angel and part human.
I get that possibility, but what about his False Prophet? Nothing much is said about him but apparently we all believe he is a man? Or is he really just a man?? The False prophet is called a “he” but so are angels and we are told that this Beast speaks like a Dragon or Devil (Rev 13:11). Hmmm?
This second Beast seems to have angelic like powers. It is this Beast that makes fire come down from heaven and makes the image of the first Beast to speak. Are we in error to believe that this second Beast is a human or fully human? Perhaps he is a fallen angel, demon or maybe another one of the Nephilim?
We do know from Revelation that both the first Beast and the second Beast will be cast alive in the Lake of Fire when Jesus comes. They apparently are judged before the judgment of humans. So here are two “men” that do not go through the judgment but go directly into the Lake of Fire even though scripture says all not taking part in the first resurrection will be judged at the great white throne after the second resurrection? But yet, we were told in Revelation that the Lake of Fire was made for the Devil and his angels so maybe that is why these two Beasts forever incarnated by fallen angels uniquely qualify to be sent to the Lake of Fire directly? By the way, they are still very much alive there after the thousand-year reign and the white throne judgment. Then humans that have gone through the judgment of God and found not to be in the book of life will join them in the Lake.
Many teaching Bible prophecy use the counterfeit trinity anthology for the Antichrist and his False prophet. Satan is said to be counterfeiting the Father, the Antichrist is said to be counterfeiting the Son and the False prophet is said to be counterfeiting the Holy Spirit. The first two figures of the anthology make sense but the analogy seems to break down some on the Holy Spirit if the False Prophet were just a man. The Holy Spirit is never represented as a man with powers. If this second Beast was an angelic spirit with satanic powers that were counterfeiting the power of the Holy Spirit then the anthology fits perfectly. The second Beast very well may incarnate or perfectly possess a man, but since nothing is said about the destruction of the human form of the second Beast perhaps the second Beast is also not fully human.
All that might explain why taking the Mark of the Beast and becoming transhuman condemns one to their eternal fate.
What do you think? What insights can you add to the two Beasts of Revelation?
Don Koenig founded www.thepropheticyears.com website in 1999 after almost thirty years of independent study on the Bible and learning from many astute teachers within Christendom. Don created his website to write about Bible prophecy, biblical discernment and his Christian worldviews. Don wrote a free Revelation commentary ebook in 2004 named "The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through The Ages". The World and Church and Bible Prophecy section of this website was started in 2007.