The Antichrist and the false prophetess

[Revelation 13]
{13:1} And I saw a beast ascending from the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon its horns were ten diadems, and upon its heads were names of blasphemy.

The beast is the kingdom of the ten kings, which will occur (in the distant future) in three phases:

1. the kingdom with ten parts and ten kings, essentially ten separate but similarly wicked kingdoms.

2. the kingdom of the ten kings united by the Antichrist. He defeats three kings to conquer the kingdom, so now the beast has only seven heads, yet ten horns (positions of kingship). The Antichrist’s kingdom is divided into two parts:
a. the first part, when he attempts to rule by brute force; but he fails to obtain the worship of the world.
b. the second part, when the false prophetess assists him in obtaining the worship of the world.

3. the ten new wicked kings, who rise us after the Antichrist is defeated.

This chapter of Revelation refers to the second part of the Antichrist’s reign. The seven heads indicate that the Antichrist has defeated three kings, in order to begin his reign. The ten diadems indicate the ten religious rulers, one for each kingdom, who are appointed by the false prophetess to rule over the false Church that she invents for the idolatrous worship of the Antichrist. When the beast has only seven diadems (Rev 12:3), the first half of the Antichrist’s kingdom is indicated, when the seven kings had both temporal and spiritual authority.

{13:2} And the beast that I saw was similar to a leopard, and its feet were like the feet of a bear, and its mouth was like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave his own power and great authority to it.
{13:3} And I saw that one of its heads seemed to be slain unto death, but his deadly wound was healed. And the entire world was in wonder following the beast.

The head that was healed, in a false miracle, is the Antichrist. The false prophetess uses this event, which perhaps was a failed attempt on his life, to claim that he has divine power, and thereby to convince the world to follow the Antichrist.

{13:4} And they worshiped the dragon, who gave authority to the beast. And they worshiped the beast, saying: “Who is like the beast? And who would be able to fight with it?”
{13:5} And there was given to it a mouth, speaking great things and blasphemies. And authority was given to him to act for forty-two months.

The last half of the Antichrist’s reign is three and one half years (42 months). The dragon is Satan; all the fallen angels, who had been afflicting humanity for so many generations in various disordered ways, now assist the Antichrist and the false prophetess. The beast is the kingdom of the Antichrist, but also the Antichrist himself. The people worship him, but they are also, in effect, at least implicitly, are worshipping the kingdom and the false prophetess and the other rulers of the kingdom. The mouth that speaks blasphemies is the false prophetess.

{13:6} And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme his name and his tabernacle and those who dwell in heaven.
{13:7} And it was given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given to him over every tribe and people and language and nation.
{13:8} And all who inhabit the earth worshiped the beast, those whose names have not been written, from the origin of the world, in the Book of Life of the Lamb who was slain.
{13:9} If anyone has an ear, let him hear.

During this time, except in one or more remote places of hiding, the Church has no institutional structure; all Her buildings, property, and money are taken away. No public worship is permitted, except of the Antichrist. The clergy and religious are hunted, imprisoned, tortured, killed.

{13:10} Whoever will be led into captivity, into captivity he goes. Whoever will kill with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the patient endurance and faith of the Saints.
{13:11} And I saw another beast ascending from the land. And she had two horns like the Lamb, but she was speaking like the dragon.
{13:12} And she acted with all the authority of the first beast in his sight. And she caused the earth, and those dwelling in it, to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

The false prophetess assists the Antichrist in obtaining the worship of the world. She devises a formal structure for his idolatrous religion, in perverse imitation of the Catholic Church, with false Sacraments, a false Eucharist (the abomination of desolation), and exceedingly evil doctrines and disciplines. The worship of the Antichrist centers on his wound that was healed, in perverse imitation of our true worship of Christ and His wounds on the Cross.

{13:13} And she accomplished great signs, even so that she would cause fire to descend from the sky to the earth in the sight of men.
{13:14} And she seduced those living on the earth, by means of the signs that were given to her to perform in the sight of the beast, saying to those dwelling on the earth that they should make an image of the beast who had a wound of the sword and yet lived.
{13:15} And it was given to her to give a spirit to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would speak. And she acted so that whoever would not worship the image of the beast would be slain.

These false signs and wonders are accomplished by the assistance of fallen angels, and by the deceitful use of technology.

{13:16} And she will cause everyone, small and great, wealthy and poor, free and servant, to have a character on their right hand or on their foreheads,
{13:17} so that no one may buy or sell, unless he has the character, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
{13:18} Here is wisdom. Whoever has intelligence, let him determine the number of the beast. For it is the number of a man, and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.

The number 666 has several different meanings, each referring to the wickedness of the Antichrist.

Much more about the Antichrist and the false prophetess in my book:
The Second Part of the Tribulation

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and Bible translator

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