The theories about the meaning of the prophecies Jesus revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos are too numerous to calculate. There are several aspects that dominate the various scenarios presented, which scripture does not support, and it is those we will address. It is of the utmost importance that the readers not make the mistake many have made before, which has allowed so many myths to be accepted. The problem is that so many simply accept the word of those theorists without studying the foundations of their concepts.
The most popular belief is that the Revelation is the future story of the rise of the Antichrist to world power, his actions to demand loyalty, the creation of a world government and world religion, the rebuilding of the temple at Jerusalem, the rapture, a great battle at Armageddon, the final battle that defeats Satan, Jesus taking the throne, and a new earth being created.
Here are the major points most often presented concerning the prophecies of the Revelation to John:
· The Antichrist is the central figure of the end times.
· The Antichrist will establish a world government.
· The Antichrist will bring peace to the world.
· The Antichrist will stand in the Holy of Holies in the rebuilt Temple at Jerusalem.
· The Antichrist will either declare himself as the Messiah or be declared the Messiah by a new World Church.
· The Antichrist is the author of the “Great Deception”.
· The Mark of the Beast will be an identifying sign of loyalty to the Antichrist.
· The Mark of the Beast is 666.
· A new World Church will be established.
· The Temple at Jerusalem will be rebuilt.
· The False Prophet plays a major role in the end times events.
· The Jews will accept Jesus as the Messiah before he returns.
· There are two specific groups of 144,000 people each “raptured”.
· The Beast is a human.
· The Beast is the Antichrist.
· There will be a “Great Battle” at Armageddon.
· Satan will be defeated in a “Great Battle” in heaven just before he is imprisoned in chains.
One of the first problems in the orthodox view of the “beast” is that it is a person. Many believe this, but scripture and theological study reveal that this is more likely, an organization, or group of nations. The word from which the word beast is taken means “dangerous animal”. In our modern society an animal is considered “dangerous” for several reasons, not the least of which is posing a threat to human life or physical harm to humans or their property. Since the beast is mentioned in a social, rather than a natural context, we can assume that whatever the beast is, it is probably not an actual animal, but more likely some other entity that exhibits the traits of a dangerous animal. The connection of the Mark to global commerce, the institution of that Mark by the image the Beast creates, and the identification of the global corporations as the deceiver of the world place those corporations in the direct spotlight as a prime suspect.
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In a recent book, and movie, titled “The Corporation”, the concept of corporate personhood, and its ramifications socially, were closely examined. A person who is considered dangerous to the society as a whole very often exhibit traits that are defined as psychopathic, and would make that person a threat to society. In the book, “The Corporation”, a leading expert in forensic psychology was asked to determine how the corporate personality, with its questionable humanlike power under the status of corporate personhood, would be rated psychologically. His conclusion is that the corporation, as legally structured, by the actions it is mandated to take, and considering its well-publicized performance socially, would qualify it as a severe psychopath.
Psychologist Dr. Robert Hare, a leading expert in the study of psychopathic behavior, has developed a checklist of psychopathic traits and these are but a few that represent the aberrant behavior of corporations.
· The corporation is irresponsible because in an attempt to satisfy the corporate goal, everybody else is put at risk.
· Corporations try to manipulate everything, including public opinion.
· Corporations are grandiose, always insisting that “we’re number one, we’re the best.”
· Corporations refuse to accept responsibility for their own actions and are unable to feel remorse.
The following is his well-known and implemented psychopathy checklist in its entirety. The reader can easily see that considering what we know about the global behavior of corporations, there are very few aspects of psychopathic behavior corporations do not match.
1. Glibness / superficial charm
2. Grandiose sense of self-worth
3. Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
4. Pathological lying
6. Lack of remorse or guilt
7. Shallow affect
8. Callous/lack of empathy
9. Parasitic lifestyle
10. Poor behavioral controls
11. Promiscuous sexual behavior
12. Early behavior problems
13. Lack of realistic, long-term plans
16. Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
17. Many short-term relationships
18. Juvenile delinquency
19. Revocation of conditional release
20. Criminal versatility
The word ‘antichrist’ comes from the Greek word antichristos, pronounced an-tee’-khris-tos and means; an opponent of the Messiah. The word only appears four times in scripture, all in the Epistles of John, yet, nowhere in the Revelation to John, and has been one of the most exploited words in Christianity.
It has now come to mean a man, who will be charismatic and popular, establish a world government, set up a world religion, and proclaim himself to the Christ, while standing in the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem. This mindset has deceptively been programmed into the minds of many millions, who are unaware that neither the man, nor the scenarios attributed to him are found anywhere in the Bible. It is fiction made fact by simple repetition.
♦ “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” Joseph Goebbels – Nazi Germany’s Propaganda Minister. And, “A lie told often enough becomes truth” Vladimir Lenin.
Bottom-line; the sermons, books, and movies you have been exposed to, about this very charismatic man taking over the world and proclaiming himself the Savior, are pure fiction and have no foundation in scripture.
The person, or persons, called antichrist, or antichrists, in the Bible were alive and practicing their evil trade when the scriptures were written. There are no depictions of or descriptions of being or doing any of the things the mainstream Christian church blindly accept as doctrine.
How better a way to deceive the masses than have them looking for a man, when the true power is so much bigger and, so plainly, obvious. Here are the four verses, in context, where the words ‘antichrist’ and ‘antichrists’ appear and the proof that they are not part of the end time’s events.
♦ “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all.” (I John 2:18 -19)
John is clearly saying this individual and many others called ‘antichrists’ actually came from within the first church, were with them previously and were alive at that time.
♦ “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.” (I John 2:20 -23)
The “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist,” is not only a description but said in the present tense.
♦ “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” (I John 4:1 -3)
This individual John is describing is living in John’s world as he is writing the words.
♦ “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.” (II John 1:7 -8)
Again, the present tense phrases “are entered into the world” and “is a deceiver and an antichrist” shows that this person is known and in their world.
The word ‘antichrist’, or the plural of it, is not referred to in the Revelation, and neither are any of the actions he supposed to take. Certainly, the fact that there is no reference to a world leader, a person who will “claim to be God”, some charismatic leader that will take over as a world ruler, or anything resembling that in the prophecies Jesus revealed to John could not be a simple oversight. The main character and all of his lines are missing from the Bible the true false prophets of the end times are trying to use as the basis for their script.
The actual person John is referring to is probably Simon Magus, also known as Simon the Sorcerer, spoken of in Acts 8:9-14, who tried to offer money to the Apostles in exchange for miraculous abilities.