Sunday, August 11, 2013
The False Prophet of Revelation
There are many false prophets. They either represent false gods, fallen angels or Satan himself.
False prophets can be difficult to pinpoint. But, a person who is well acquainted with the basic truths of the Christian Faith will be able to better understand whether a prophet is true or false.
The False Prophet of the Bible, more specifically that of Revelation, is the greatest of the False Prophets of all time. He reigns with the Antichrist during the Tribulation Period which last for 7 Hebrew years (7 x 360 days). At the end of this period, the end of the world is concluded by the Return of the King Jesus ushering in His Eternal Empire and Government of the True Christ and the commencement of the Millennial Kingdom.
Recognizing the False Prophet
The Bible does not reveal the False Prophet's name nor even the number of his name, as it does for the Antichrist. Instead, Christians will have to recognize him by his sayings and by his deeds (Matthew 7:15-20). This is a difficult (although not impossible) proposition. As stated previously, the False Prophet will be able to call down fire from heaven, and yet Elijah, a true prophet of God, did the same (I Kings 18:36-38). Additionally, the False Prophet may even go so far as to state that Elijah did the same and that God also does it in the future when he destroys the last army to stand against God's Holy City (Revelation 20:9). If Christians were to see a man calling fire down from heaven, how do would they know whether he is true or false? Christians would need more information than just this one event to determine whether such a person was "true" or not. There would need to be an investigation of who and what the man is about prior to making such an important decision either way.
The end time prophecy includes many deceptions which will be practiced by the False Prophet (Matthew 24:11), and even the elect will not be totally immune to having the wool pulled over their eyes (Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22). It will take careful investigation and evaluation of the facts to see through the fraud and be able to recognize Satan's servants for who and what they are, rather than what they appear to be (II Corinthians 11:14-15).