Monday, February 5, 2018

Who is the False Prophet who gives breath to the image of the Beast ?

From Rev.19:20...
"The beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image."
What signs did the false prophet perform, on the Beasts' behalf?
Rev.13:14-17 tells us...
"14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to ***set up an image*** in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to ***give breath to the image of the first beast***, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name."

The false prophet orders the inhabitants of the earth, to set up an idol that represents the beast. It "gives breath" to that image, so that the Beast can execute, any who refuse to worship its' image. Consequently, other symbolic restraints are also imposed and enforced.
How does the Bible itself interpret the meaning of giving the Image/Idol of the Beast, "breath"? 
John 20:21-23 tells us:
"21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

In the Bible, the word for breath is "pneuma" (Greek) and "ruach" (Hebrew). The same words are also defined as "spirit" (Gen.2:7; John 6:63).
Receiving breath, is receiving spirit... being sent forth by Christ (John 20:21; 13:20), and being given the power to judge... to forgive (or not forgive) sins (John 20:23;  1Cor. 6:1-3; Matt.18:18). 
Now that we understand the meaning of receiving breath/spirit, and the authority it bestows, let's consider an evil counterfeit of this.

Rev.13:15 reads;
"He (false prophet -Rev.13:11; 19:20) was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed." (power to judge/condemn to death)

Do we see any "Beast"... any identity or group, being imbued with an image of such authority, by a false prophet?
At John 20:21-23, we saw that Jesus gave spiritual authority and power, to his anointed chosen priests (Luke 10:19; Mal.2:7; Rev.1:5-6; 5:9-10;  1Pet. 2:5). But who is it that actually appears to be authorized to exercise the authority and power of God's priesthood, today... even over the anointed Chosen? 
What image today, seems "spirit-directed" and as a result, the tangible representatives and enforcers of worship toward that image, can pass the judgment of spiritual life or death/forgive or not forgive sin...
(over those who refuse to accept that image as being spirit-directed), 
...even over the chosen ones? (2Thess. 2:4; Mark 13:14; John 16:2)
(Rom.2:28-29; Rev.2:9)

At Rev.13:7, we are also told, that this alliance between the false prophet and it's Beast, "conquers the holy ones". (Rev.13:10; Luke 21:24; Dan.8:12; Rev.11:2; Matt.5:13).


Are you awake to recognizing the fulfillment of this prophecy?
It is in plain site, among "Jehovah's Witnesses".

I do hope that those interested, will learn more about Rev.13:14-17. The Bible's own interpretation of those verses are shocking to those under the influence of the harlots wine/wormwood. 
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