The false prophet is revealed when the fourth seal is opened, and he alongside the anti-christ shall deceive the vast majority of the inhabitants of the world, with signs and lying wonders.
The first seal is opened by the Lamb (Rev 6:1-2), revealing the arrival of the false christ, or beast that arises from the sea (Rev 13:1-5, Dan 7:25).
The antichrist is given a crown, and when the fourth seal is opened the false prophet who rises from the earth receives power to perform supernatural wonders to deceive the ungodly.
Rev 13:14 Also he deceived them that dwelt on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast…
The false prophet is revealed and he is commissioned with all the power of the first beast that was before him (Rev 13:12). That power is given through the Dragon, who is also known as Satan. He controls the final or fourth kingdom (Rev 13:2, Dan 7:1-8).
The False Prophet will seek to destroy Yahweh’s Elect
When the false prophet is revealed (1) he will not cause the deceived to make an image of the beast, (2) nor does he have power to give life unto this so-called image of the beast. These two assumptions are brought forth as a result of a mistranslation of scripture (Rev 13:14-15). Satan’s representative also known as the little horn is the image of the Beast.
The other misunderstanding is that the false prophet is revealed to cause everyone to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads (Rev 13:16). Refer to the article entitled, no man will be able to buy or sell, for some spiritual insight, regarding the mark of the Beast deception. This mark, is really a badge of servitude that separates the Elect that are Sealed by the Spirit of Yahshua (the Savior), from those deceived by Satan.
The article entitled the Mark of the Beast and the Seal of Yahweh will identify the difference between the two people groups at the end of this age.
Rev 6:4 And there went out another horse that was red: and it was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill (or slay) one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
Matt 10:34, 36 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
The second seal is opened and peace is taken from the earth in a very powerful fashion. They will not just kill one another – but the deceived will slay, or slaughter one another.
Romans 8:35-36 Who shall separate us from the love of Messiah? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
To slay a person is to kill in a most violent way; consider the crucifixion of the Messiah.
The word slay is used in only nine verses, and eight of them are in the book of Revelations.
Four of these verses are in reference to the Lamb that was slain, and one is in reference to the saints who are slain during the Great Tribulation (Rev 5:6, 9, 12, 13:8, 6:9-11).
Mark 13:12-13 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Through the perfect love that is only found in Yahweh, the elect are able to put fear aside. The grace and power bestowed upon true believers through His Holy Spirit will enable them to suffer for righteousness sake, and endure (1 John 4:16-21, 1 Peter 3:14-15).
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
It is not that we might have tribulations. We will have tribulations if we are faithful; and in order to endure them, we must put on the mind of The Messiah (John 14:27, 1 Cor 2:9-16, Acts 14:22).
Romans 8:5-9 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
A carnal or worldly mind will result in death. The death spoken of here is an eternal separation from Yahweh and all of his glory. That same word meaning for death, is the title given to false prophet, when the fourth seal is opened.
Spiritual death is the end result of following the religions, or belief systems of false prophets.
The fourth seal is opened – The false Prophet is revealed
Rev 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto him over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with the sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beast(s) of the earth.
There are three different meanings for the word with, which is used five times in this verse.
1- Hell followed with him:
The use of the word with, in this verse denotes what occurs afterwards (G 3326). Spiritual death in Hell is the outcome for those who follow the false prophet, and worship Satan the Dragon and his image the beast of the sea.
2- To kill with the sword, with hunger and with death:
The use of the word with, used three times here, is an instrument or means, or with which something is accomplished. See the verse below for context (G 1722).
Matt 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance…
3- And with the beast(s) of the earth:
The word and, is a connector, linking the false prophet to the evil he brings forth, resulting in the death of many.
The use of the word with, used here, has a meaning of, by or under, as in “under the authority” of someone or working directly as a subordinate (under someone or something else). It can also refer to the agency or means through which something is accomplished.
See the verse below for context (G 5259).
Matt 3:6 And were baptized of (or by) him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
The identity and purpose of the false prophet is revealed in Rev 6:8, and this verse can be translated a couple of different ways, with the exact same outcome.
1 – And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell accompanied him afterwards, and power was given unto him to kill by means of the sword, also by means of hunger, also by means of spiritual death; even under the authority of the beast of the earth who is the false prophet (Rev 6:8 ). emphasis added
See also Rev 13:11-14, the beast coming up out of the earth.
This spiritual devastation will come upon all those who are under the authority of the beast himself, along with the ten Kings that give their allegiance to this man of sin.
Another very plausible interpretation for Rev 6:8 is revealed below. The ten horns are called the ten kings (Dan 7:7, 24, Rev 17:12). And those kings may be the beasts mentioned in Dan 7:12.
2- And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. and power was given unto him to kill by means of the sword, also by means of hunger, also by means of spiritual death; even (by means of those who are) under the authority of the beast of the earth referring to the ten kings (Rev 6:8 ). emphasis added
Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
The beast ensures spiritual death is inherited by those who follow after his incredible deception. He also controls the kings of the world.
3 – And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell accompanied him afterwards, and power was given unto him to kill by means of the sword, also by means of hunger, also by means of spiritual death, even by means of the beasts or kings of the earth (Rev 6:8). emphasis added
The beast of the earth is the false prophet, and he causes the earthly to worship the beast of the sea referred to as the little horn (Dan 7:7 -11, 23, Rev 13:1-8, 11-13, 16:13, 17:8-16, 19:20).
Matt 24:24 For there shall arise a false Messiah, likewise a false prophet, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
The false prophets teachings will result in the slaughter of many who will not worship Satan, or his earthly representative, known as the man of sin (2 Thes 2:3).
Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
The false prophet is revealed and he will be responsible for death by hunger especially as it relates to those who can not buy or sell. These will have refused to bow down to the anti-christ, aka the beast (Rev 13:11-17).
Mark 13:22 For false Messiah’s and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
The correct interpretation of Mark 13:22, and Mat 24:24, is a false Messiah and a false prophet shall rise. Nowhere else in scripture is the name of the Messiah used in the plural. Also consider the identity of the false prophet (Rev 13:11-13, 19:20).
This verse is in reference to the Great Tribulation which has a duration of three and a half years. also, let it be known; there is no rapture escape clause in the Word of Yahweh either expressed or implied.
With the opening of the first and fourth seals, we are introduced to Satan’s false Messiah, and false prophet of deception. This is a representation of the Unholy Trinity, Satan the Beast and the false prophet.
The first rider conquers the hearts and minds of many. A crown is given unto him, once the first seal is opened. This represents the authority and throne of power given to him by Satan himself (Rev 13:2-4).
Rev 13:11-12 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. And he exercised the power of the first beast before him…
The false prophet is revealed as the fourth rider, also referred to as the Beast of the earth, that brings about death and destruction on a massive scale (Rev 20:6, 13-14, 21:8).
Romans 8:35-37 Who shall separate us from the love of Messiah? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Those that will not take up their cross and follow Yahweh are not worthy of him or his rewards. He that seeks to save his life shall lose it (Consider the pre-tribulation rapture club). The ones that are willing to die for Yahweh and his word of truth, shall inherit eternal life (Mat 10:38-39, Luke 21:28).
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Yahshua (the Savior), even for the word of Yahweh, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with the Messiah for a thousand years (Rev 20:4).