The Monstrosity and Evilness of Mankind (6) (Part 3)
Six-fold Descriptions of the Beast (antichrist):
1. Who: Beast, Antichrist (a man).
2. What: He represents the physical manifestation as the son of Satan and is Satan’s attempt at providing the world with a false, deceiving, lying version of the true and faithful, only begotten Son, Jesus Christ of God. Jesus is the true (holy) Christ, the antichrist is the ‘anti’ or opposite (evil) of Christ. Just as God empowers his Son, Jesus Christ; Satan empowers his son with the spirit of iniquity.
3. Where: Capital of his kingdom is a city called Babylon. Rev. 17:8-9, indicates that the beast/ antichrist comes out of the bottomless pit and establishes his city in area contained within seven mountains or mountain ranges. “The beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.” “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” (Rev. 17:7-8).
4. When: The first 3 ½ years of a period that is known as the tribulation. (Rev. 13:5. . .”power was given to him to continue forty and two months.”).
5. Why: Satan is given only seven years to set up, establish and implement his evil kingdom on earth to “try by fire” the nation of Israel and evil mankind. God uses Satan’s evil machinations, through the antichrist, as one form of his wrath towards mankind. Satan uses the antichrist to establish his kingdom on earth.
6. How: The beast/antichrist receives his power, seat and authority from the dragon (Satan/Devil). (Rev. 13:2).
Commentary: Why is he beast/antichrist only given power for the first 3 ½ years of the tribulation to blaspheme God, as a man? At the midpoint of the seven (7) year tribulation, Satan literally possesses the man known as the beast/antichrist. Satan does this so he can be worshipped directly in the rebuilt Jewish temple (Abomination of Desolation). When possessing the antichrist, Satan stops the Jewish traditional practice of animal sacrifices for the atonement of their sins with God, and demands that the Jews worship him exclusively as God. He also demands that the entire world worship him as God. It is at this point that the Jews realize they have placed their faith in the wrong messiah and woe their mistake. Although the body of the antichrist still exists in human form, it is now entirely indwelt by Satan. Therefore, for the last 3 ½ years of the tribulation, it is Satan speaking and being worshipped through the antichrist’s body, and not the antichrist himself directly. Satan/antichrist and the false prophet also do away with (destroy) the false religious system (Mystery Religion Babylon) that was endorsed for the first 3 ½ years in order to allow for and mandate the exclusive evil worship of Satan for the final 3 ½ years of the tribulation period knows as the Great Tribulation. The Great Tribulation (final 3 ½ years) is described as such, because this period is now when God pours out his strongest wrath on mankind and the earth. Prior to the midpoint (end of the first 3 ½ years into the tribulation), Satan/antichrist allows every false, blasphemous form of worship imaginable and false religious doctrines, to be practiced globally as a means to insult and blaspheme God and to set up a spiritual worship ‘bait-n-switch’ for men.
At the midpoint, Satan forces men to worship him exclusively as God. By this midpoint in time, I believe everyone who wants to take the mark of the beast and his allegiance, will have already done so in order to participate (buying, selling) in the world economy. Some of these men will also already be practicing beast and image worship and will have no problem transitioning this evil worship to Satan, once Satan indwells the antichrist. Other people around the world, who have been practicing the blasphemous worship of other false religious doctrines, will now be forced to transfer the object of their worship directly to Satan, via his incarnation of the beast/antichrist’s body. This is literally a forced ‘bait-n-switch’ tactic that works to damn millions of people. One of the five (5) “I Wills” (Isaiah 14:13-14) has been the desire of Satan forever to be worshipped as God. Being worshipped as God, is one of Satan’s top five (5) goals or strategic priorities in his existence. His ‘bait-n-switch’ worshipping tactic is successful in deceiving most of mankind during the tribulation, through his possession of the antichrist. Through his antichrist, Satan fools most of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but he can’t fool God. Or, the Tribulation Saints that believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ for their salvation and forgiveness of sins, to the point of being martyred because they refuse to be deceived by the man of sin/beast/antichrist.
There is a very perplexing and puzzling meaning contained within the two verses of Rev. 17:7-8, which clearly indicate that the beast “ascends” OUT OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT. Ascend means rises up from, or out of as opposed to descend, which means go down into or fall into. If taken very literally, this means that an evil man comes out from the bottomless pit, and not from the nations, peoples or seas of people on the earth, or from an established kingdom on earth. How is this literally possible? How can a man, of all things, suddenly come out of whatever looks like a bottomless pit? Wonder the people of the world when they see him coming up from the bottomless pit . . . “they that dwell on the earth shall WONDER; whose names are not written in the book of life, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” (Rev. 17:8). (Emphasis added). Wonder means to question, to puzzle, to evaluate, to guess, to find meaning, this also suggests that they have absolutely no idea who this man is, why he is here, what he wants to do, where he comes from and why he comes out of some kind of bottomless pit. They don’t know who he is or what he represents, because they never gave any thought to reading the word of God in order to see what he might have say about this extremely strange anomaly or phenomenon. In other words, they guess who he is and come to very wrong conclusions.
The people on earth will be fooled and confused by this reality, they truly wonder how this is at all humanly possible. Sort of overlooked in Rev. 17:8 is another qualification that says these people had names that were not written in the book of life. In other words, they are the deceived, unbelieving men that do not know God and think that this man, coming of out pit, somehow is extremely special or significant and smart enough to lead them in solving the world’s problems. They guess, that just maybe, this man from the pit, comes from God to help them deal with the intense world/global problems of the day. He (beast/antichrist) has special characteristics of skill, personality and appearance that appeal to them, that make them forget he came from someplace extremely evil, of which they know nothing about. It really does not matter to them that he came out of an unknown bottomless pit. For all they care, he could have dropped out of a space ship or rolled out of a coffin or come from Harvard or Hollywood. All they know is that he looks great, sounds great, stands great, dresses great, say’s great things and the right things (things we want to hear), claiming he has the solutions to the world’s problems. They will be told that if they follow him and his solutions (lies) all things will be great and as they should be.
Those whose names are not in the book of life, will be deceived, and will say and think that this sounds good to me, sign me up, what do I need to do to get on the band-wagon? The beast/antichrist will simply say, Let me give you a special symbol of the new world system, and you’ll be good to go, you can start buying your new luxury car now. Would you like my special mark of approval on your right hand or forehead? It is just a little mark, kind of like a luxury clothing brand symbol, or a skin blemish you will get after being vaccinated. Nothing spooky or sinister evil sounding about that. Using a very old expression, everything will be ‘hunky-dory’, just do what I say and believe in me, you’ll be fine. He will be a politically astute shark and tell them the words and things they desperately want to hear. Borrowing a term from the political world, the beast/antichrist/man will be really ‘slick and polished, a real professional’. Want to worship cannabis? Go ahead. Want to worship wealth, luxury? Go ahead. Want to have unfettered sex with someone from your own gender? Go ahead. You crave heroin? Go ahead. You have a favorite celebrity, sports hero or sports team and are obsessed with them? Go ahead. You can continue worshipping them, along with everything else you desire. Want to worship me? Go ahead, oh by the way, you can also worship my image at your local shopping mall or outdoor plaza on a digital billboard. Remember, I gave you permission to go ahead and get that new luxury car you lusted after.
This is not make believe or a fabrication. Pictures, images of Kim Jong-un are everywhere in North Korea. Pictures, images of Cuba’s past leaders are everywhere in the country, including homes. These leaders forced their citizens to worship them as God, and have their images plastered everywhere, throughout their respective countries. I know that at one time, the Chinese government had pictures/ images of Mao-Tse Tung hanging everywhere, throughout China. I don’t know if that is still the case, or not, but the respect paid was close to that of worship. Those are just the ones I know about. Back in the 1930s and 1940s, a despot named Hitler, had his image plastered everywhere, and demanded utmost loyalty and allegiance, some would also include worship. Yes, almost all countries around the world have various pictures or images of past or present leaders on coins, currency, bill-boards and in magazines, etc. This is to be expected and is not at all unusual. However, most countries (or leaders) do NOT require the worship of political leaders as God. However, the beast/antichrist will absolutely, positively, forcefully require people to worship him and ultimately Satan, as God, once the Devil possesses the antichrist’s body at the midpoint of the tribulation and when the false religious doctrines are disposed of.
Satan will say at his Abomination of Desolation;
You are commanded NOT to worship Allah / Budda / Virgin Mary / Statues / Baal / Ashtiri / Ancestors / Gaia / Drugs / Sex / Yourself / Artificial Intelligence / Money / Gold / Porn / Celebrities / Sports Heroes or Talk Show Hosts anymore, and henceforth; you have to worship me – and only me, as God, you are mine, you belong to me, you took my mark and received my approval and you gave me your allegiance, you signed your name in blood, worship of me is now the official law and religion of the world, you can’t turn back, you absolutely, positively, upon death. . . have to worship me as God and nothing else . . . gotcha sucker!
An infamous Satanist, whom I will not mention, once summed up in writing, the philosophy at the foundation of satanic religion as “do as thou wilst”. Satan knows that man inherently wants to do his own thing, to be accountable to no one, and do anything and everything that comes to his mind that is not of God or of Christ. This is a partial description of Sin. This is in direct contradiction and blaspheme to doing what is right and just in the sight of God and in the order to which he created things.
The Bible is silent about what the bottomless pit looks like. We know that is a type or sort of spiritual high security prison for the evilest and deadliest of Satan’s rebellious hordes, of evil creatures. Some of these entities have been thrown in there, and have been in there, since Genesis. The Bible says that the beast/antichrist/man of sin won’t be revealed (ascend from the pit) until it is the right time for him to do so, at the onset of the tribulation period. God wants us to know what this evil man represents, what he does, how he does it, and to whom he will do it to. Again, the man of sin’s name is irrelevant and non-consequential. For all we know, his name could be SpongeBob Squarepants. It doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t. Even if we knew his name, it wouldn’t change anything regarding what he is planning to do and how he is going to do it. His name will probably be revealed when he ascends out of the pit, so people will know what to call him and how to address him. By them knowing his name, at that time, does not change their wonderment and awe at who he is and what he is telling them. Lies, lies and more lies. Is his on-earth name really that important? No. His name is no more important than my name, your name, or your neighbors’ names.
Could the bottomless pit be a literal or symbolic smoking pit that opens up somewhere in the Middle East and the man of sin walks out? It makes absolutely no difference or have any eternal significance as to what door the man of sin walks through or ascends and slithers up from, to enter the world. The word of God warns us, clearly, distinctly and literally. Those who seek God NOW will know the purpose of this beast of a man of sin. There will be no wonder, no guessing, no ‘woulda-coulda-shoulda-aughta-mightbe’s,’ or wonderment. Our names are written in Christ’s Book of Life. We will not be deceived by this man, we know who he is and what he wants. I don’t care what his on-earth name is or what door he crawls through, or what black pit he climbs out of in the Middle East. He still stinks to heaven. We will not be here to see this abomination enter the world, to deceive mankind through his lies and false promises, and rise to political and military power. Our eternal salvation is sealed through the shedding of Christ’s blood, through his forgiveness of our sins and through his resurrection. We won’t be deceived by a ‘Slick-Willy’ politician, warmonger, Hollywood hunk or the perfection of deception.
Thank God. Praise Jesus.