Is the false prophet revealed when the fourth seal is opened? This end times 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
Will this beast that arises from the earth, really be able to force everyone to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads?
Rev 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
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.
Is this mark, basically a badge of servitude that separates those deceived by Satan, from the Elect that are Sealed by the Spirit of Messiah the Savior, who is the very image of Yahweh come forth in the flesh?
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.
You shall be hated of all men is a burden that few can carry, but the reward for doing so makes this time of tribulation bearable and worthwhile, even unto physical death.
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 Messiah the Savior.
The word slay is used in 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 our Savior 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 the fourth horseman. The phrase “Hell followed with him” is worthy of careful consideration. The word with, used in this verse can also carry the meaning of after, afterwards or accompaniment. Also, the word name is probably better translated as called, as in the rider is called death, on account of what this death signifies.
Spiritual death is the end result of following religious teachings, or belief systems brought forth by false prophets, and false preachers.
The fourth seal is opened – Does this Reveal The false Prophet?
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 them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with the sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts 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 have not been sealed by Yahweh.
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
Note: Rev 6:8, is the only verse in Revelations where beasts is used in the plural. All other translations utilize the word beast in the singular, when in reference to the man of sin or the false prophet.
The word and, is a connector, linking this rider to the evil he brings forth, resulting in the death of many.
The use of the word with, used here, can have 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 a person, or means, through which something is accomplished.
The rider in Rev 6:8, is referred to in the singular. but then the translation is changed to the plural (power was given unto them).
Power is not given to the rider of the red horse, this word power is added without warrant. Power is given to the rider of the pale horse.
In fact, the Dragon gives great powers to the beast from the sea, who is the man of sin (2 Thes 2:3). The false prophet or the beast from the earth, also is appointed or commissioned with all the power of the first beast before him (Rev 13:11-13).
Rev 13:12 Also he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
A more likely, but still imperfect translation of Rev 6:8, is as follows.
Also I looked, and behold a pale horse: indeed his name that sat on him was Death, moreover Hell accompanied him afterwards, also power was given unto him to kill by means of the sword, also by means of hunger, also by means of death; even by means of this beast of the earth
The beast of the earth is the false prophet, and he causes the deceived 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).
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?
Spiritual death, and devastations will come upon all those who worship the first beast. This little horn ensures spiritual death is inherited by those who follow after his incredible deceptions. He will also control a coming coalition of kings which have received no kingdom as yet (Rev 17:12-13).
The ten horns are called the ten kings (Dan 7:7, 24, Rev 17:12).
Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
The correct interpretation of 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. Obviously, there is no rapture escape clause in the Word of Yahweh either expressed or implied.
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 Messiah 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).