In these last days, religious activities will become “major news events.” Religious leaders will be courted by the rulers of the world to help them establish peace. This has always occurred, but the threat of nuclear war has increased the call for help. One man will be lifted up among Christian circles to lead the way for peace and plenty. He will be very successful in uniting many denominations, even other religions. This will stabilize and calm the fears of the world. It is happening now, but will really gain momentum during the first half of the 70th Week. This reprobate religious leader will work closely with antichrist, who heads up the Neo-Roman Empire. Together, they will push for the brotherhood of man and man´s dignity. Listen to the apostle John as he describes this unholy union.
1)”And there came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come here; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great harlot that sitteth upon many waters; 2)With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 3)So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet-colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.”
The harlot mentioned here is the counterfeit bride of Christ. She is called a harlot by God, because the true church is called the bride of Christ. Because this church is spiritually impure, she is called a harlot. A harlot is any Christian who shares the love of their heart with anyone or thing other than the Lord Jesus Christ. As you look at outside appearances, they both are women. But inside, she is cleansed, the other is corrupted. Notice carefully that she sits upon many waters, implying that her influence is worldwide.
Reading through verse 3, we find that the harlot also sits on the beast with seven heads and ten horns. This reveals to us the geo-political center of the harlot´s power. This also means that she will be useful to the political beast and that they have the same desires and goals. The leader of this harlot is scripturally called the false prophet.
“And I saw three unclean spirits, like frogs, come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.”
He is also known as the beast out of the earth.
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke like a dragon.”
The false prophet will eventually cause the world to worship the antichrist, who was healed from his deadly wound. It is very possible that the false prophet will perform a miracle healing service for the slain leader. Will the whole world be watching on satellite television, as he lays his hands on the body? Of course, the world will think it´s the power of God, not Satan. For to be deceived means to think the works of God are Satan´s, and the works of Satan are God´s.
12)”And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them that dwell on it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13)And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14)And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight (TV, FCC) of the beast, saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, that had the wound by a sword, and did live.”
The false prophet will be the number one miracle worker of a miracle minded church. He will mesmerize the masses with his miracles, and poison their hearts with his message. One of the miracles performed will be to make fire come down from Heaven. While Jesus was on the earth, many people wanted proof of His claims by bringing fire down from Heaven. Jesus refused to accommodate them, but the false prophet will meet their need.
It is quite probable that the false prophet will take credit for the destruction of the Russian-Arab armies which will invade Israel about midway through the 70th Week. For Ezekiel 38:22 and Revelation 8:7 depict God´s judgment on Communism and Islam as “fire from heaven.” The false prophet and his political partner will pray for God to intervene when world war breaks out in the Middle East. God does intervene, but not to answer the prayers of these two antichrists, but to expose them!
The Bible not only tells us the characteristics and posers of the false prophet, but from where he originates.
“And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.”
The seven mountains symbolize the seven kingdoms in history that directly affected Israel, (Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, and Neo-Rome). Each one of these empires has had a counterfeit religious system that influenced it. Some teachers identify the seven mountains as the city of Rome itself, thereby isolating the Roman Catholic Church as the harlot. That´s true, but the great harlot is much larger than just the Catholic Church, even though Catholicism will play a leadership role within the harlot system. That´s why it is better to also believe that the great harlot encompasses all of the apostate denominations and religions, which are geographically seated in all the eleven nations of the Neo-Roman Empire. The apostate Protestant churches will play a significant role in this sinister spiritual system.
If the beast nation is America, then we must be able to find a strong religious influence on the political forces of the nation. Is that the situation in America? Do Catholic and Protestant leaders have any voice with political leaders? Do the political leaders bow to the influence of the religious higher ups in order to get the votes of their people? Do the Presidents, Senators, and Governors sit in the church pews, and then invite the pastors and evangelists into their offices? Some attend church because they indeed love God, but most do it to be elected or re-elected.
Due to the strong winds of Catholic-Protestant unity, it would not be surprising to see a Protestant President and a Catholic Pope call each other, “God´s gift to the world for peace.” In the fall of 1982, we had a taste of this deception when the President and the Pope met in Rome, embraced one another, and called for the establishment of world peace and prosperity. The imminent coming of the Prince of Peace was never mentioned. This growing cooperation and union between the Presidency and the Papacy will also help to solidify the alliance between the 10 nations of Western Europe and the United States, which together comprise the Neo-Roman Empire or the seventh mountain.
During the first 3 1/2 years of the 70th Week, the political beast will use the power and influence of the false prophet and his church to gain control of a disturbed disintegrating world. I also believe it is likely that the familiar spirit who calls himself “Mary” will make a public appearance encouraging all the world to follow the President and Pope in their quest for world peace. They will succeed. But then something dramatic will happen.