Revelation 20 describes people going into the Lake of Fire after the Millennium yet these two receive their condemnation before the Millennium. Find out why.
By Tim McHyde
Regarding my popular article on whether The Last Post is the Antichrist or False Prophet, I received the following comment:
Thanks a lot for such an interesting article. I'm one of those who strongly suspect that a Pope is the false prophet and that the antichrist is a political leader.
Both the false prophet and antichrist are human beings who are also entitled to salvation but thanks be to the Lord Jesus Christ who is Sovereign in His mercy (see Romans 9:14-23).
God Bless you as you continue to watch and pray!!
Speaking of the nature of the Beast and the False Prophet, have you ever thought about this verse describing what happens to them when they oppose Jesus at his return to reign before the Millennium:
Rev 19:19-20 - 19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20 But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.
What I always wondered was, why were the Beast and False Prophet thrown in to the Lake of Fire early ? Why do I say early? Because if you keep reading through to the end of Revelation, you learn that God plans to judge everyone together at the very end after the Millennium in what is called the Great White Throne Judgement:
Revelation 20:7,12-15 - 7 When the thousand years end, Satan will be let out of his prison.
12 I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books.
13 Then the sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades gave up their dead; all were judged according to their works.
14 Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
15 And anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
So if all the wicked get judged and thrown ino the Lake of Fire after the Millennium, why do the Beast and False Prophet get thrown in before the Millennium? I don't care how terribly wicked they obviously are, it seems inconsistent of God to throw them in before the Final Judgment for humans. This was a mystery for many years until a chain of events got me to see the only other possibility: the Beast and False Prophet could not be human.
Notice these verses...not only humans go into the lake of fire:
Matthew 25:41 - Then He will also say to those on the left, Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!
Revelation 20:10 - The Devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet are, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
So could the beast and false prophet be angels or some angel/human hybrid (clearly neither of them is the Devil since he is established above as a separate entity)? As a matter of fact, this is what many believe Genesis 6 must be referring to when it says:
Gen 6:1-4 — 1 When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them,
2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.
3 Then the LORD said, "My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years."
4 The giants were on the earth in those days--and also afterward--when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
In this passage the "sons of god" refer to the (disobedient) angels and the giants/or nephilim are understood to be their hybrid offspring from women (you don't get giants or "heroes" of mythology when both parents are human, but you could if one parent was non-human). But not all nephilim must be giants. Genetic engineering can be used to make normal-sized clones as we know today. This sounds an awful lot like what Jesus was referring to in this parable of the Tares and the Wheat, if we take what he says at face value:
Mt 13:36-43 — 36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field."
37 He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.
38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one,
39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
40 "As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.
41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.
42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
Jesus interpreted his own parable to literally depict that the Devil had offspring, just as Genesis 6 implies. These offspring look human just like the righteous do, but they are undetectable counterfeits except by angels who will only collect them "at the end of the age" to be "burned in the fire". To me that fits exactly how the Beast and False Prophet are thrown in the Lake of Fire at the end of the current premillennial the age. Why are they thrown in early? It seems there is no salvation for them as there is for humans. Therefore there is no reason to wait until the Great White Throne Judgment as is done for all humans. These unfortunate genetic experiments created by Satan's mingling of human and angelic blood will all be collected up and destroyed so they can cause no more deception..and suffer no more themselves.
The question from this that naturally arises is: Are the Beast and False Prophet the only two tares, or as Jesus' parable suggests, is the whole world littered with them? Would they not be the ones at the helm of the world governments, institutions, and multinational corporations now, just as they will be in two top positions of the world during the last 3½ years? Remember what Satan said to Jesus on this very subject when he came to tempt him in the desert?
Lk 4:5-8 (NLT) — 5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.
6 And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.
7 So if you worship me, it will all be yours."
8 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'"
Note that Jesus did not correct Satan on his claim of ownership of the world. We should then ask, who has Satan been giving the choice positions of leadership over the nations of the world to before and after Christ rejected his offer? Who would he trust more than his own offspring!
Is it any wonder that this world is such a mess? That we have leaders who clearly lie and deceive and even commmit treason and yet get away with it? Satan deceives and controls the whole world (Rev 12:9) not alone, but through his minions in all the high places. He controls the media, the wars, what truth gets out and what is squashed. Of course, he cannot stop those who serve God and diligently seek from finding the Truth (such as about 911-view Dr. David Ray Griffin talk on 9/11 for Christians), including about what he is doing...but they don't matter, it's keeping the masses asleep that matters. And they do not see the conspiracies or if they consider them, they discount them because they see no way these conspiracies could be orchestrated globally and through thousands of years of history as is required. They do not understand that the Bible, if studied carefully, explains the truth of a global Satanic conspiracy, a truth, without a doubt, stranger than fiction.
For more proof on this topic that the Beast/Antichrist is going to be Nephilim, see the youtube video interview below with Arizona Wilder. She gives her eyewitness account of world leaders who have manifested nephilim characteristics. It is explained in secular terms that sound crazy so suspend your disbelief see if what they describe does not match what the Bible teaches about Nephilim and the ten behind-the-scenes rulers controlling the world (Rev 17).
Follow Up Question: "Isn't the Separation of the Sheep from the Goats at the start of the Millennium?"
Here's a not too uncommon response I've gotten to the article above:
Shame on you for sending out the deceit of being able to receive the mark and not be damned! Think about it, if you really are a Christian, which now after you making that statement, you probably aren't, but if you are, and someone receives the mark based upon your article, how in Jesus' Name will you address that to God?
Here's my response:
To answer your question, you're missing one thing, my friend. When the mark of the beast is finally here, there is going to be a prophetic message delivered to the entire earth saying...wait for it...
"DONT TAKE THE MARK OF THE BEAST or you will suffer the fiery wrath of god and literally go up in smoke!!!" (Rev 14:9–11).
(This, by the way, is exactly what my article above says. Don't take it.)
So EVEN IF YOU THINK that my article encourages people to take the mark (which it clearly does not) because it doesn't tell an unnecessary hurtful lie that our God is an unfair sadist who punishes people who were deceived by a convincing false god who offered them food when they were starving...then even if someone gets the wrong idea, they will soon enough be corrected when they hear the powerful prophetic warning from God telling them the above in red letters.
Also note that, long before that, the first angel message will tell people to repent and get to safety as Revelation 12 depicts people doing with God's "eagle's wings" divine help. Those who go to the safe place will be untouchable by Satan, his armies, and his mark. They will never see the mark because it is rolled out after they go into seclusion.
Hope that settles this matter.
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