Posted By Hawk on 05/04/2009 05:42 PM
The anti-Christ IMHO will be a super natural being and will literally deceive the world.
The problem with identifying "anti-christ" is that many do not understand what a beast symbolizes in prophecy. We find the answer in the book of Daniel where he explains that a beast is symbolic of kingdoms that would rise up. Daniel also provides the time-line for the starting point and leads us all the way to the coming kingdom of God (Stone cut out without hands).
The starting point is Babylon, then we see in history that the Medo Persian empire destroyed Babylon. Greece then defeats Medo Persia and then we see the terrible beast, Rome, come onto the scene. This is the fourth beast in Daniel.
For some reason, prophecy teachers place the ten horns as yet future but all we need to do is look at the history of the fall of Rome and we will see that it broke up into ten kingdoms then the Papacy historically uprooted 3 of those kingdoms. These things have already come to pass
So we have a picture in Daniel's prophecy of divided Europe.
In Revelation 13 we see this same beast having 7 heads and ten horns. But notice there is one more beast that rises up after the dividing of Rome before the stone comes and smashes the image. This beast is the last one mentioned in the Bible.
13:11 describes this beast as rising up from the earth having 2 horns like a lamb but would speak as a tyrant dragon. 2 horns like a lamb - separation of powers - government by the people - The constitution reminds us that our rights come from God...But this gentle kingdom would make an image to the first beast (tyranny, holy Roman Empire) and then speak as a dragon.
We see here the gentle United States transforming from lamb like to a tyrant dragon. But there is one more clue in Rev. 13 that points to the U.S. It would cause fire to come down out of heaven to deceive those who dwell on the earth then cause all to receive a mark. Fire down from heaven to deceive - moon landing - 9/11 - or some future horrible false flag that leads to a mark to buy and sell.
Notice the 2 horned beast makes an image to the first beast, 7 heads and ten horns with the little horn speaking great words against the most high.
This first beast in Rev. 13 is the Papal controlled Europe which tells us that the next false flag will be so bad that the 2 horned beast, U.S., will transform itself back to the likeness of this religious tyranny. Something so horrible it opens the door for a false religious movement to take control of the government.
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