[The essay below is extracted from my ongoing book on the Book of Revelation — a work in progress which will hopefully be completed by March 2022. It currently stands at 360 pages containing 114,000 words, and is around 70% complete. The first essay in this two-part series, “The Beast Rising Out of the Sea”, is here: The Beast Rising Out of the Sea ]
The Role of Religion, Pseudo-Spirituality, Godless Philosophy,
Science & Technology in the Promotion and Enabling
of the Antichrist and the Satanic Kingdom
An Exposition of the Book of Revelation, chapter 13, verses 11-15
“Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. This beast had two horns like a lamb but spoke like a dragon. And this beast exercised all the authority of the first beast and caused the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose mortal wound had been healed.
And the second beast performed great signs to cause even fire from heaven to come down to earth in the presence of the people. Because of the signs it was given to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived those who dwell on the earth, telling them to make an image to the beast that had been wounded by the sword and yet had lived. The second beast was permitted to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship it to be killed”Book of Revelation, chapter 13, verses 11-15
In the previous section, we have already seen how there is a “beast rising out of the sea” which is a symbol of the manner in which Satan uses government and empire to further the goals of his kingdom-building throughout this age, culminating in the revealing of the Antichrist. Now we have the “beast rising out of the earth”. So, the first question to be asked is this: Are there actually two completely different beasts — one from the sea and one from the earth — which would ultimately mean the revealing of two separate Antichrists? No. That cannot be, as we will see. Each beast is a symbol of a different aspect of the ‘spirit of the Antichrist’ and the satanic world-system — two sides of the same coin, as it were. Thus, the beast out of the sea is the political, governmental, and administrative aspect of Satan’s kingdom-building across the globe. Whereas the beast out of the earth involves all the antichrist influences in society of a religious, philosophical, and scientific/technological nature which endorse, prop up and advocate the first. Thus, the second beast provides the undergirding rationale and religio-philosophical foundation of the whole beast-system.
For just as the world is building up politically and administratively to a one-world government, so it is also building up to the creation of one-world globalist religion to support that global government, along with advances in science and technology. The two beasts stand together like twins. The reason that we know it is really just one beast — two in one — is because right at the end of chapter 13, John says, “Let the one who has insight calculate the number of the beast”, rather than ‘of the two beasts’. There is just one beast whose number needs calculating (which we will examine in §8 of this present chapter). Thus, the use of two beasts is simply a symbolic literary-prophetic device to characterise the beast and reveal the fullness of its nature.
Let’s just put together the second beast’s credentials from this text:
- It has two horns like a lamb, yet its words are those of a dragon.
- It instigates adulation for the first beast, which actually also means instigating adulation for Satan, as we saw in verse 4 of our text that the whole world revered not only the beast but also “they worshipped the dragon who had given authority to the beast”.
- It performs false miracles with the intent to deceive people across the earth into adulating the beast. We know that they are ‘false’ because the apostle Paul says: “The coming of the lawless one will be accompanied by the working of Satan, with every kind of power, sign, and pseudo-wonder, and with every wicked deception directed against those who are perishing” (Second Letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 2, verses 9-10).
- It tells people to make an image to the beast that had been wounded yet comes back to life.
- It even makes that image appear to come to life and then forces everyone to adulate that image on pain of death.
Before going into each of these aspects, what is important to realise here is that the beast as a whole is not merely an Endtimes phenomenon. Just as we saw with the seals being progressively revealed earlier in the Book of Revelation, beast-government and beast-religion, pseudo-spirituality, philosophy, and science are in some ways operational throughout the entire age but coming to a global climax as the end of the age approaches, with the revealing of the Antichrist as the pinnacle of the double-beast. If I can put it like this: ‘Beastism’ in history is a process rather than merely a conclusion. That process is what this thirteenth chapter of the Book of Revelation is all about. It involves the monstrous repeated attempts by Satan throughout the age to establish his earthly kingdom through the nations. It manifested in John’s day through the awful excesses of the Roman empire. However, Satan has been restrained from the final accomplishment of his kingdom in its absolute fullness throughout this age; although he has been able to prepare for it and achieve it in lesser ways — just not at the global one-world government level. However, as we will see when we look at chapter 20 of The Book, where that restraint is symbolised in the figure of one thousand years (signifying the Gospel Age), there will come a time when he will be loosed from that restraint and will savagely put together his global empire through a one-world government with support, enablement, and endorsement from religious, pseudo-spiritual, philosophical, and scientific (especially technological) enterprise. Then the revealing of the fullness of ‘beastism’ and of fallen, untransformed humanity’s highest possible achievement can finally be realised through the global one-world kingdom/empire of the Antichrist.
The Beast as Counterfeit Christ Like an Angel of Light
So, because there is a sense in which ‘beastism’ has been operational throughout this age, the “two horns like a lamb” and ‘speech like a dragon’ which describe the second beast refer to Satan’s ability through human government and religion to appear as an angel-of-christlike light (as it says in our text, ‘like a lamb’), yet really being a satanic impostor (with ‘speech like a dragon’). The dragon in The Book, as we now know, is none other than Satan. This is another way of saying ‘like a wolf in sheep’s clothing’. That false christ presentation has happened repeatedly down the age, which Christ Himself referred to when He said, “For many will come in My name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Gospel of Matthew, chapter 24, verse 5), and when He spoke of the time when “false prophets will arise and mislead many” (Gospel of Matthew, chapter 24, verse 11), and when He said that “false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible” (Gospel of Matthew, chapter 24, verse 23). This is also why the second beast out of the earth is described as the “false prophet” in chapter 16, verse 13 and chapter 20, verse 10. Religion, pseudo-spirituality, philosophy, and science, if they do not promote the truth about Christ having come in the flesh, are actually false prophecy. In this way, the work of the second beast involves false prophecy. Apostate religion and philosophy — that is, any religious, spiritual, scientific, or technological endeavour which does not acknowledge that Christ has come in the flesh as saviour of the world — is a major feature of the apocalypse. For that apocalypse (which is the revelation of Jesus the Christ) must inevitably also reveal the counterfeit ‘christs’ as quoted above from Matthew’s gospel, chapter 24. The Antichrist will be the ultimate ‘false christ’, actually claiming he is the returned Christ and that this is what has always been meant by Him ‘coming again’.
Once more, I must stress that this beast-process is really an age-long phenomenon — beginning after the fallen archangel, Satan, was completely kicked out of heaven as a result of the ascension of Christ (for he was then filled with fury, as we see in the Book of Revelation, chapter 12, verses 7-12) — and escalating throughout the age until it climaxes at the end of the age in the ultimate false christ, the Antichrist, who we know will perform “signs and pseudo-miracles” (Second Letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 2, verse 9).
The false church (which, along with other phony religious enterprise) will inevitably be a part of the process symbolised in the second beast, endorsing and supporting the one-world government of the Antichrist, just as it has always propped up dictators and tyrannical regimes, as well as pseudo-democratic ones, never rocking the boat, just there to be a courtier (and courtesan) to the state. How often has the false church propped up beast-government and been a part of it? It has even conducted its own pogroms under the guise of ‘inquisitions’ or armed ‘crusades’. One can even see that that unquestioning support for government today, as ecclesiastical authorities in many countries have meekly endorsed their government’s strategy for the pandemic and indiscriminate vaccine rollout. The ekklesia was never supposed to have been a world religion, never mind having its own state called the Vatican! The very idea of a state church is a reprehensible anathema for which many will be judged. That ‘harlot’ church will very fittingly be destroyed along with the whole system of ‘beastness’, otherwise known spiritually as ‘Babylon’ (as we will see in chapters 17 and 18 in the Book of Revelation).
The Two Beasts are One
This satanic “double-beastness” involving a coalition between a one-world government and corrupt global religion, philosophy, and science will be the culmination of the entire thrust of humanity in its hubristic, narcissistic outburst on a political and religious level against Christ and the true Divine. It has been in embryonic form for some time. When we take these two beasts in parallel with the section about the “man of lawlessness” in Paul’s second letter to the church in Thessalonica, we can see that what we can call ‘beast-government’ and ‘beast-religion’ (with its pseudo-spirituality, godless philosophy, science and technology) are amalgamated into the revealing of the Antichrist, as the final culmination of them both.
Thus, the beast coming from the sea and the beast coming out of the earth in the thirteenth chapter of the Book of Revelation are not really two completely different beasts but they are used as a literary-prophetic device to describe the two principal aspects of satanic influence on this earth, namely, politics/government, pseudo-spirituality and godless religion/philosophy along with enabling science and technology — both wings of which will accrue in Christ-denying evil and culminate in the revealing of the Antichrist at the end of this aeon.
To sum up, this marrying-up of politics with religion, pseudo-spirituality, philosophy and science in the endorsement of one-world government is emphasised in the prophecies of the Book of Revelation, where we see that the first beast coming out of the sea in chapter 13 is the political/governmental aspect of Antichrist global government rising out of the nations (of which ‘sea’ is a classic Old Testament symbol used by John in the Book of Revelation) and the second beast out of the earth in that same chapter is the religious, philosophical and scientific promotion of ‘spirit of the Antichrist’ global government, all culminating in the manifestation of the actual Antichrist as the fallen archangel Satan’s highest representative on earth, which he will imagine is the realisation of the earthly empire he has sought to build from the beginning. As the Christ said in a discourse on the Mount of Olives about the build-up to the end of this age and what the signs would be: “Where the carcass is, there the vultures will gather” (Gospel of Matthew, chapter 24, verse 28).
The Antichrist will Be the Idol of World Religions
In fact, the Antichrist will try to pass himself off as the returned Christ (a ‘lamb with two horns’). Not only that, but he will seek to satisfy each religion according to its doctrinal requirements for a coming world leader in the one-world jamboree. This religious aspect of the Antichrist is especially important as it will make him extremely appealing to religious people. Let us look a little more closely at this.
If it is the case that the Antichrist will present himself to be the true Christ, it naturally follows that in order to do so he will have to teach that the man, Jesus Christ, who walked this earth two thousand years ago, was an impostor and not the real Son of God come in the flesh — which, in fact, perfectly fulfils our definition of Satanism given in the previous section about the beast out of the sea. And the world will be more than ready for that, in view of the vast amount of false teaching about the Christ which will have prepared the way for it. In our text, it is said very clearly that the beast spoke “arrogant and blasphemous words” — “blasphemies against God”, slandering “His name and His tabernacle — those who dwell in heaven” (Book of Revelation, chapter 13, verses 5-6). In fact, “He will oppose and exalt himself above every so-called god or object of worship. So he will seat himself in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God” (Second Letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 2, verse 4). In other words, he will single out the ekklesia and the teachings about the Christ, ridicule Christian teaching about the afterlife, then set himself up as being the essence of the one true ‘god’ who represents all religions and makes them all defunct.
Imagine the situation: We already live in a world which in the main hates Christ, the true Christ, or dismisses everything about Him as either corrupted information or mythology. As time progresses, the idea of Christ as the Son of God is going to come under even greater attack, which will mean that the ekklesia is going to have to stand its ground radically and will be under extreme risk to life and limb. The denial that Christ, the Son of God, came in the flesh is the real conspiracy — the one which seeds all others. This is why upholding that He came in the flesh is so crucial and radical. It is, in fact, what makes you truly counterculture.
When the Antichrist is finally revealed — the ultimate impostor, presenting himself as the ‘messiah’ for the world — who do you think is going to be fooled? Not merely the easily programmable inhabitants of the ‘Churchianity’/‘Christianist’ scene but also the adherents of the majority of the world’s religions together with the New Age pseudo-spirituality people as well as the UFO/ET ‘community’, for he will present himself as a fulfilment of their dreams too! Let’s go into this much more deeply (which is precisely where I like to go).
A great many influential individuals and organisations are not only commending but also publicly working towards the formation of a single global government as the only solution to the problems of humanity. It would be no exaggeration to say that everything which now happens in international affairs (including the current pandemic, as I showed in my article “You Have Been Spooked”) is playing its part in the build-up to global government. As this global ‘one-world’ government is gradually being put together, you will observe another rather interesting phenomenon. For all your hugely wealthy gurus with their Eastern mystical gobbledygook, and all your multi-millionaire New Age teachers with the westernised claptrap that they’ve plagiarised from those Eastern mystical gurus, and from Gnosticism and Theosophy, are lining up one after the other to endorse global government. This promotion of confederated global government by interfaith religion is a radical part of what is being prophesied in this thirteenth chapter of the Book of Revelation, where we see that they will also eventually even revere the Antichrist! The second beast out of the earth gives the religious impetus to the whole beast schtick, along with the influences of false spirituality, godless philosophy and science. They will all be there, from the Dalai Lama and other berobed or turbaned globalist gurus to the pedlars of the CIA-induced New Age ‘bible’, “A Course in Miracles”, and the hawkers of the works of the likes of Alice Bailey, who basically inaugurated the New Age Movement with her quasi-theosophical, neo-Gnostic sophistry, and whoever else you want to name from the litany of pseudo-spiritual glitterati whose works have mesmerised so many all their lives.
[NB:The term ‘New Age’ is usurped counterfeit terminology popularised by Alice Bailey who, in many ways, is the mother of the New Age Movement. It draws on the Bible’s use of the word ‘aeons’ (ages) and, in particular, Christ’s prophecy of the present aeon (age) ending and a new one being birthed after the Divine judgement, which will be brought to pass after Christ’s return to earth (which New Age folks reject or spiritualize). The New Age Movement is actually a neo-Gnostic counterfeit of the real Christ’s work in ascension, salvation, and the fulfilment of the cosmos in a “new heaven and new earth” — the true new age. But the New Age people have taken the balls out of the meaning of ‘aeons’ which they have stolen from the Bible and totally twisted the designs of the true Christ, thus proving that they are ruled by the realm of darkness under Satan, who is the father of lies. Their false ‘christ’ — the so-called ‘christ within’ — is one who will never judge. For them, judging is ‘negative’ and truth is relative. One day, their shock will be palpable throughout the world when that global judgement takes place].
The stark reality is this: One day, you will either suddenly, finally wake up to the enormity of what has been happening on this earth and realise that “those narrow-minded and nutty” disciples of the Christ who vigilantly (and at great cost to their reputations and lives) warned you about this were actually not so crazy after all; OR you will follow your politicians, pundits, gurus and teachers like lemmings into the maelstrom which follows and suffer the same eternal fate as the fallen angels who have been manipulating it all for aeons. I hope that you will not wait until that crunch time to make your choice but that you will make it imminently. There is no time to waste.
The Institutional Churches Will Welcome The Antichrist
The part which all those pseudo-spiritual religious icons will play in promoting the one-world government and, ultimately in endorsing the Antichrist himself, is a pure fulfilment of the “spirit of the Antichrist” and part of what is encapsulated behind the image of the symbolic second beast out of the earth that we are focusing on here. For you will see that the world’s religious leaders — beginning with the Pope and the apostate archbishops, and the heads of many other denominations — will fall over themselves to treacherously say that the Antichrist is, in fact, ‘the returned Christ’. They will be absolutely lining up to endorse him, though he will have come as Satan’s representative (as we see in chapter 13, verse 2b), but dressed in sheep’s clothing, fooling the world that he is a spiritual colossus and, as we have seen, even attended by strange signs and the working of pseudo-miracles. From there will follow on many other religious figures giving endorsement to the Antichrist.
Even Some Evangelicals Could Welcome the Antichrist as Christ
Not only institutional church people will be taken in by the revealing of the Antichrist, but this could also be the case with many of those who consider themselves to be of a more evangelical persuasion who are expecting Christ to return as a kind of superpower-enabled rabbi in human form who will set up a kingdom on earth and reign from Jerusalem with a restored temple for precisely one thousand years, which they call “The Millennium”. This comes about through a complete misreading of the twentieth chapter of the Book of Revelation due to the stifling literalism which is everywhere prevalent in so many churches today. One has to be able to distinguish between what is literal and what is deeply symbolic — especially in a work such as the Book of Revelation — though there is a fear among some that regarding any scripture as symbolic or allegorical is a liberal tendency and is therefore to be avoided. Even what I have written in this paragraph will have me marked out as a heretic by the ubiquitous hitmen in those churches that subscribe to the “millennial reign of Christ” in Jerusalem, and I will be ‘dead meat’ on their radar. I will be dealing with all this millennial stuff in considerable detail in chapter 10 of this book. Suffice it to say for now that it will not surprise me if many of these so-called ‘evangelicals’, because of their desire for Christ to set up a millennial kingdom on earth, will be swept up into the mass hypnosis attending the revealing of the Antichrist. Christ has warned us that during the run-up to the end, the fraudulent sophistry of false christs (of which the Antichrist will be the ultimate manifestation) will be so fiendishly deceptive that it could “deceive even the elect, if that were possible” (Gospel of Matthew, chapter 24, verse 24). Obviously, with the ‘elect’ that will not in the end be possible. But there could be a lot of wavering on the part of some when they witness the coming together of the world and begin to doubt their own instincts. Clearly, this will be one of those occurrences which sorts out the wheat from the chaff — the true from the false among those who profess to be Christ’s disciples. And those false ones will no doubt be swept up into the euphoria surrounding the revealing of the Antichrist, for the counterfeit will be strong.
This is a good point at which to speak more about the degree of counterfeit in the coming of the Antichrist — especially in the way that it affects those professing to be disciples of the Christ. We can see the degree of counterfeit in the way that the apostle Paul describes both the coming of the Antichrist and the second coming of Christ with exactly the same Greek word, παρουσία, parousia (Second Letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 2, verses 8-9). In fact, ‘the Parousia’ is the official word used in theology to describe the second coming of Christ. To see it used in prophecy in relation to the revealing of the Antichrist is quite astonishing from an eschatological standpoint. That is how deceptive it will be. For it will be the ultimate masterstroke of mendacity from the father of lies as he mimics the true Parousia with his own coming. Distinguishing between one Parousia and the other will be a hallmark of true faith. The disciples of Christ who resist that whole phony theatre surrounding the Antichrist and who call it for what it is, ‘an infernal deception’, will be ridiculed and excoriated (even by some who call themselves Christians) for rejecting ‘the second coming of their own Saviour’.
Can you see it all unfolding? Everyone coming together across the world in celebration as religions join hands and it finally looks as though there really will be ‘peace in our time’ and the golden age promised in all religions and awaited by the New Age folks can finally begin, with the magic ‘messiah of all religions and none’ at the helm of the world. Even the most hardened atheists and anarchists will surely capitulate, though finally believing in the wrong god! After all, what kind of stubborn extremists would reject that wonderful hope for humanity promised by the glorious world leader?
Obviously, he will not be called “the Antichrist” (as only disciples of Christ will identify him as that) but he will have some mightily powerful name of deep occult significance which will be like a coded turnkey into everyone’s heart across the globe. That is the point at which the genuine disciples of the true Christ will find themselves publicly denounced and treated as ungrateful pariahs doggedly holding on to what will be called “an outmoded dualistic viewpoint”. They will then know the full force of the tyranny of the Antichrist and his regime, and the words in our text will come to pass: “Then the beast was permitted to wage war against the saints and to conquer them” (see the Book of Revelation, chapter 13, verse 7; cf. chapter 11, verse 7; Book of Daniel, chapter 7, verses 21 & 25). And the whole world will turn away from the holocaust which will be unleashed on the disciples of Christ, believing that those who resist the ‘global shift’ should be dispatched from the world without ceremony because of the negative energy which they bring into the new matrix. “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise against their parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of My name” (Gospel of Mark, chapter 13, verses 12-13a), said the Christ. “For those will be days of tribulation unmatched from the beginning of God’s creation until now, and never to be seen again” (Gospel of Mark, chapter 13, verse 19). Yes, that will be the Great Tribulation and the disciples of Christ will bear the brunt of it. Anyone who teaches otherwise is selling the saints short.
So, the whole Christian scene will be greatly affected by the revealing of the Antichrist. A great division will occur as those who are not true disciples will run after ‘the man of lawlessness’ with no understanding of his true nature and thus be among those who will have spiritually ‘received the mark of the beast’ (for it will not a physical mark, as I will demonstrate in the next major section of this chapter). Whereas those who understand will refuse to have anything to do with anything connected with the Antichrist. They will feel as if they are living in an alien world surrounded by alien people who are filled with misplaced elation without realising its falsehood. It will be a real nightmare of some magnitude. Martyrdom will abound, and the saints will be glad to leave through it. For this will be the ultimate of those times when the saints will be put to death and those who do the killing will think they are doing God a favour. It will be a holocaust and genocide.
What of the world’s religions? How will they respond when the Antichrist is revealed?
Most Muslims Will Welcome the Antichrist as ‘the Mahdi’
It is an interesting and significant fact that the concept of a coming ‘World Teacher’ who sets up a Golden Age on earth can be found in many world religious systems as well as in the literature of the occult. At present, numerous religious groupings the world over are living in such an expectation. For example, the Shi’ite Muslims believe that “God has designated a line of the family of ’Ali to act as sources of spiritual guidance to the community” (John R. Hinnells (ed.), The Penguin Dictionary of Religion, Penguin, 1984, p.161). The various members of this family line are known as ‘Imams’. However, according to the literature, in the ninth century the twelfth of the line disappeared and this led to a hiatus in the manifestation of the ‘Imams’. Thus, “the Shi’is now await the return (raj’a) of the expected Imam, who will re-establish a reign of justice and peace on earth” (Ibid., pp.162-164). The significance to world events of this expectation of the Mahdi, as he is called, should not be missed. For the Shi’ites believe that
“towards the end of the world, before the Last Day (Qiyama), a Mahdi, often identified with the returned Jesus, will establish a reign of justice on the earth. In Shi’ism the Mahdi is a vital figure, identified with the Hidden Imam who will reappear and rule by divine prescription” (Ibid., p.198).
The Ayatollah Khomeini was a Shi’ite Muslim and his Iranian Revolution of 1978-9 was a Shi’ite-inspired event. It is worth noting that after this Revolution, the Ayatollah Khomeini became recognised as ‘Vilayat Faqih’ or supreme temporal representative in Iran of the ‘Hidden Imam’ or Mahdi who is still to come (Ibid., p.58). The power of the Shi’ites worldwide is enormous. If a World Teacher were to appear who could fulfil their expectations, his powerbase in the world of Islam would be immense. The Sunni Muslims also hold beliefs about the coming Mahdi, but they differ on some points with Shi’ites (You can read all about this in the Wikipedia article written about the Mahdi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahdi ). On this basis, at least a sizeable majority of the adherents of the religion of Islam will be likely to receive with much joy the Antichrist when he is finally revealed.
Buddhists Will Welcome the Antichrist as Bodhisattva Maitreya
It is not only the many millions of Shi’ite Muslims who are expecting a World Teacher to establish a reign of peace and justice on the earth. Classical Buddhism also speaks of the expectancy of a future World Teacher to follow in the line of its founder Shakyamuni Gautama Buddha, who was reputed to be alive in the sixth century B.C. Establishing the link even more profoundly, the name of their expected teacher is Bodhisattva Maitreya, which corresponds precisely with the name of the ‘Ascended Master’, Lord Maitreya, expected to come as the World Teacher in the understanding of the New Age neo-Gnostics of today.
There is another interesting connection here. In New Age ideology, the etheric retreat where their so-called ‘Ascended Masters’ (who are plainly demonic appearances as ‘angels of light’) are reputed to live is referred to as Shambhala. In the religion of Tibetan Buddhism, the same name of Shambhala refers to:
“a mystic kingdom ruled by the lineage holders of the Kalachakra Tantra (Wheel of Time Tantra). It is said that King Suchandra of Shambhala received this Tantra from Buddha in the latter’s eightieth year and entrusted it to his successors, the last of whom, Rigden Pema Karpo, is expected to return and establish Shambhala as a universal kingdom”.(John R. Hinnells (ed.), op.cit., p.294)
Once again, we discover in yet another religion this idea of a coming World Teacher who sets up a Golden Age on earth. Let us remember here that the Tibetan Buddhist Dalai Lama, who is so influential among the New Agers of today and others, occupies a similar role to that of the Ayatollah Khomeini in Islam, in terms of his being the ‘supreme temporal representative’ of the Buddha, until the coming of ‘the Maitreya’ to ‘establish Shambhala as a universal kingdom’.
Theosophists and New Age Folks Will Welcome the Antichrist
This dovetails with the similar expectation of theosophists and occultists who speak of a ‘coming World Teacher’, which they have been announcing since 1889, when Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891) declared to the world that the purpose of establishing the Theosophical Society was “to prepare humanity for the reception of a World Teacher”. Seven years later, Blavatsky’s successor, Annie Besant (1847-1933), made a similar announcement (She tried to railroad the philosopher, Jiddu Krishnamurti, into the role, but he refused to play along with it). By making out as if the next big item on the spiritual agenda will be a coming World Teacher who will really be the returned Christ, they were setting the scene for the global acceptance of the Antichrist as the true Christ. In the warped, satanic view of these people, there is no Antichrist coming first. That would be considered as too ‘negative’ and ‘not in the plan of a loving universe’.
Another esotericist, Alice Bailey (1880-1949), who was the bridge between theosophy and the New Age agenda (and was the first to use the term ‘New Age’ in great measure), founded ‘The Lucis Trust’, which has its main headquarters in the United Nations Plaza in New York and its European HQ in Whitehall Court, three-hundred metres from the Houses of Parliament (the obvious purpose being to attempt to wield influence in political circles and through world developments). She wrote a whole book about this coming “World Teacher”, entitled “The Reappearance of the Christ”. On the Lucis Trust’s website, it is said about this coming ‘christ’:
“If men look for the Christ Who left His disciples centuries ago, they will fail to recognise the Christ Who is in process of returning… The Son of God is on His way and He cometh not alone. His advance guard is already here and the Plan which they must follow is already made and clear. Let recognition be the aim… He is that Great Being Whom the Christian calls the Christ; He is known also in the Orient as the Bodhisattva, and as the Lord Maitreya, and is the One looked for by the devout Mohammedan, under the name of the Imam Mahdi” (See https://www.lucistrust.org/resources/the_christ . NB: The Lucis Trust’s publishing company was originally called “The Lucifer Publishing Company”. Are you making connections?).
It is all pulled together there by Bailey. It blatantly says that “his advance guard is already here” for their pretended ‘christ’. Indeed, it is, and has been for millennia. It is called “the spirit of the Antichrist” and they are the “many antichrists” who “have appeared” and who continue to do so (as John cited in his First Letter, chapter 2, verse 18). Bailey’s writings were dictated to her by a ‘channelled’ entity she called ‘Djwal Khul’. We are right in the middle of classic satanic strategy when we read this material —the ultimate ‘darkness posing as an angel of light’ agenda in this age of deception. The huge rise in the New Age scene of this so-called ‘channelling’ — by which discarnate entities (often claiming to be from other parts of the universe) communicate directly with adherents on earth — has played a big role in paving the way for ‘beastness’ and the coming of the Antichrist. The preparation for this has been so complete, with the discernment of so many having been blinded and dumbed-down to such a great degree. It all appeals so well to the tolerant, quasi-liberal mindset, which upholds evolutionary betterment of the planet and mistakenly believes in ‘the innate goodness of all’, with its claim of a ‘brotherhood of humanity’ coming together to create a glorious Golden Age on earth under a ‘World Teacher’ who appears to be a cross between their received image of the Buddha (a fat, jolly, wise man), the phoney ‘Ascended Masters’ of the theosophists, the many corrupt Eastern gurus, and all the New Age teachers they’ve seen running workshops at highly inflated prices! Many New Age people even refer to their coming World Teacher as ‘The Ascended Master Christ’ or ‘Master Jesus’ –– a description which will no doubt fool many. This is deception at its finest, and it is happening right before our eyes today: The preparation for the revealing of the Antichrist, who will be believed to be the true Christ returned. Many New Age people even refer to their coming World Teacher with terms such as ‘The Ascended Master Christ’ or ‘Master Jesus’ –– descriptions which will no doubt be used to persuade untaught and undiscerning people who call themselves ‘Christians’ that this character, the Antichrist, is the actual returned Jesus Christ. All of this fiasco ignores completely the reality of a demonic realm consisting of fallen angels hellbent on creating an earthly empire with Satan’s man at the helm, while seducing gullible people into imagining they are being contacted by entities from other galaxies.
A disciple of Alice Bailey (and former vice-president of the ufological Aetherius Society), the artist Benjamin Creme (1922-2016), was an advocate of the ‘coming World Teacher’ whom he called Lord Maitreya. Creme has been an important figure in the New Age scene, as he claimed to have been contacted via ‘channelling’ to prepare the way for ‘the age of peace and brotherhood on earth’ which would be brought into being by the coming of this Lord Maitreya, who he claimed was already alive in the world and would soon be revealed. His organisation, Share International (see http://www.share-international.org ), has carried the torch for his teachings, and his long-awaited Lord Maitreya fits all the trappings of a fake ‘christ’ who will in reality be the Antichrist. Creme claimed that this Lord Maitreya is actually already alive today and waiting to be revealed. Whether this is true or not, he has nevertheless kept the concept of the imminently-coming Lord Maitreya alive in the minds of many New Age adherents.
Many Jewish People Will Welcome the Antichrist
Another important factor to recognise, in relation to the global expectation of a World Teacher who will usher in a Golden Age on earth, is that many of the Jewish people of the world are still anachronistically awaiting their Messiah to bring to Jerusalem a universal reign of peace and justice over the earth. This fact takes on sinister proportions when one considers that enigmatic statement of Christ to the Jews that, although they would not accept Him as the Messiah, “if someone else comes in his own name, you will receive him.” (Gospel of John, chapter 5, verse 43). As Augustine of Hippo (AD.354-430) rightly states, concerning those words of Christ to the Jews: “He intimated that they would receive Antichrist, who will seek the glory of his own name” (Augustine of Hippo, “Tractates on the Gospel According to St. John”, Tractate XXIX, §8). Augustine was not alone in this thinking. For Hilary of Poitiers (AD c.300-367) similarly puts it like this: “The Jews accordingly did not receive the Lord Jesus Christ who was the Son of God and God, but [they will] receive the impostor who calls himself God” (Hilary of Poitiers, “On the Trinity”, Book IV, Chapter xxvi).
Here we begin to gain an insight into the true identity of this World Teacher expected by so many of the world’s religions and New Age neo-Gnostic cults. This impostor, the Antichrist, will deceive not only the spiritually-blinded Jews but also almost the whole world into thinking that he is the fulfilment of the religious expectations enshrined in their prophecies.
Hopi Indians (and those who Revere Them) Will Welcome the Antichrist
Numerous other religious cults and groupings hold beliefs which are significant to this concept of a coming World Teacher. Among them, the American Indian Hopi tribe has been lending support to the spiritual timetable of the New Agers, for whom they hold some reverential significance. Special dates have been given in ancient Hopi prophecy as being auspicious to a ‘quantum leap in evolution’ which is associated with the coming of a World Teacher they call “The Pahana”, who has apparently been around before and who will return (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hopi_mythology#Pahana ). This has been a major influence on the New Age expectation concerning future events.
Another fact pointed out by adherents of the New Age is that all the prophecies of the human-sacrifice-practising Mesoamerican Mayan culture –– for which they have great admiration –– culminated in the year AD 2011, which gave rise to the expectation of the establishment of a new era sometime soon after. They are still waiting. Any current perusal of New Age social media pages reveals their almost hysterical expectancy of an imminent ‘happening’. They are continually referring to all the ‘portals’ being opened and significant ‘galactic gateway transmissions’ into which people can plug themselves to ‘raise their vibration’ and undergo what they call ‘The Shift’ — a counterfeit of the resurrection which Christ will initiate. It is all standard mind-control and the use of suggestion techniques. The almost manic expectancy of New Age people will certainly be fulfilled by the revealing of the Antichrist to become their long-awaited ‘World-Teacher’.
Thus, one can say that the coming of the Antichrist will be the ultimate ‘psyop’ on the back of generations of ‘gaslighting’ of the populations of the world! It will be the ultimate feather in the cap of the father of lies, who has been a deceiver from the beginning.
ET and UFO-lovers Will Welcome the Antichrist
The millions of believers in and proponents of UFOs and ETs (all of which the discerning disciple of Christ recognises as manifestations produced by the archontic/demonic realm to deflect seekers from finding truth) will also welcome the Antichrist with open arms; for he will surely present himself as if he was a saviour from another world or with connections to other worlds. In whatever manner he presents himself, they will see him as a ‘space-brother’ come to lead the world into its next phase of evolution and technological advancement — for the Antichrist will no doubt be a great advocate of the theory of evolution and extreme invasive science, such as Artificial Intelligence, cloning, human augmentation, genetic experimentation, transhumanism, nanotechnology, remote viewing, and much more. Those who are devotees of what is known in transhumanist circles as “Human 2” will no doubt love him (see https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2018/10/01/human-2-0-is-coming-faster-than-you-think-will-you-evolve-with-the-times/ to learn more about Human 2.0 and Transhumanism. See also my article, “Transhumanism, Posthumans and the Need for Authentic Leadership”).
Heaven on Earth is a Satanic Ploy
So, what are disciples of Christ to make of all this millennial expectancy and the ardently awaited advent of a so-called ‘World Teacher’? Surely, just as the idea of a future ‘Golden Age on earth’ has cleverly been fabricated by Satan in his ‘Endtime strategy’ as a way of seducing people away from the true teaching on eternal life in a completely reconstituted “new heavens and new earth”, so that ‘old serpent’ has dredged up the idea of a coming World Teacher who will set up a spiritual reign of peace and justice on this earth — all in crass counterfeit of the second coming of Christ, who specifically emphasised that His kingdom is “not of this world” (Gospel of John, chapter 18, verse 36; Gospel of Luke, chapter 17, verse 20; cf. Second Letter of Peter, chapter 3, verses 12-13; Book of Isaiah, chapter, 65, verse 17; Book of Revelation, chapter 21, verses 1-5).
The World Economic Forum & Acolytes Will Welcome the Antichrist
It is a two-pronged strategy which is involved in the setting-up of Satan’s kingdom. For there will be an amalgamation of religious representation on earth — a kind of one-world interfaith religion to match the confederation of nations to create a one-world government. This is well underway in our own time, as religious leaders are queueing up to endorse global government. In 2013, the annual globalist World Economic Forum (WEF), set up a new “Global Agenda Council on the Role of Faith”. So it is no surprise to see iconic religious promoters of ‘one-worldism’ get involved with their political counterparts. At the Davos 2018 meeting of the World Economic Forum, there was a seminal session on “The Power of Faith”, which came out of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Role of Faith 2012-2014. In a July 2020 edition of Time Magazine, in an article entitled “We Must Act as One to Preserve Our World”, even the Dalai Lama endorsed the dissolving of differences between nations and religions in a “sense of oneness” — a clear promotion of global governance.
In the images to the left, you can see the currently very trendy Sadguru meeting and embracing Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum in 2020 and, below that, the then Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey; former Chief Rabbi of the UK, Jonathan Sacks; former Grand Mufti of Bosnia & Herzogovina, Mustafa Cerić; and Sojourners leader and former spiritual adviser to Barack Obama, Jim Wallis, linking arms at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2009. In those images, we see summed up the coming together of politics, pseudo-spirituality, religion, science and technology to generate a one-world government and a new type of augmented human. For the WEF is building its portfolio on the promotion of transhumanism, in which technology will be used to create a new kind of human, known as Human 2.0 or a “Posthuman”. This is linked in with Facebook’s “Metaverse” — a brave new world of virtual reality to turn people into slaves under the thrall of the new technology.
We will see the amalgamation of all these elements increasingly in the coming years, in the build-up to the inevitable one-world government. For interfaith religion, pseudo-spirituality and science will be the major endorsers not only of one-world government but even of the Antichrist himself when he is revealed as the pinnacle and leader of that one-world government.
Where Are We On the Timeline?
I wonder where we are now on the timeline en route to that cataclysmic event which will wind up proceedings on this planet in its present form? We can certainly see many elements falling into place, politically and spiritually, and the world has reached the point which entirely allows instant cross-global communication and action for the first time in human history — not to mention all the current scientific and technological advances which can now facilitate totalitarian global governance and godless human augmentation (This ‘godless human augmentation’ and what is, in effect, its counterfeiting of becoming ‘a new creation’ in Christ, was explained in full in my article “Transhumanism, Posthumans and the Need for Authentic Leadership”.
Surely, it is not impossible that such a one as this expected World Teacher — who will have great occult powers, undeniable charm, and political panache — will actually come in the not-too-distant future. Never before have global communications been so instantaneous as to enable his coming to be projected around the whole planet. The time is coming ripe. The people of the world today are filled with fear and are crying out for a strong leader who will protect them and take them into the coming years of uncertainty. Naturally, such a leader would have to be highly ecumenical and interfaithist — not to mention miracle-working and having universal appeal as the one to provide security and to lead the world into its next era — if he is to satisfy the requirements of all the sects and religions who are awaiting his coming. But that is not beyond the bounds of possibility, given the present syncretistic outlook of the world and its desire to be given a pretended security by a global ‘daddy’ or, to give it a more sinister spin, a Big Brother seemalike. When such a world leader does appear, he will surely be the Antichrist and not the true Christ, as that is what is next on the prophetic agenda.
The Second Beast and the Mark of the Beast
So, the second beast (aka ‘the false prophet’) provides the religious, philosophical, scientific, and technological basis for revering the Antichrist and his begetter, Satan. This is not to say that the second beast has an individual existence. It simply refers to the way that religion, pseudo-spirituality, godless philosophy, science, and technology will be brought to bear on promoting godless government and, ultimately, the Antichrist and everything he stands for.
The second beast, therefore, promotes satanism in the truest sense of the word — that is, denying that the Christ has come in the flesh. Thus, when the scripture says that the second beast “required all people small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead” (13:16), it refers to the manner in which the world religion, pseudo-spirituality, godless philosophy and technology symbolised in that second beast will be used by this whole movement to make people give themselves over to adulating the Antichrist and thereby adulating the one who has brought him into being, Satan himself.
It is a complete misunderstanding — yet one which has gained huge traction through sensationalism — to view the mark of the beast as an actual physical tattoo, barcode, or microchip in or on the body. To have received the ‘mark of the beast’ simply means that one is a true believer, through and through, in the ‘spirit of the Antichrist’ and, when the time comes, the actual Antichrist, and everything he stands for, as I will prove in §8 of this chapter below. Sure enough, because of that status of believership (for which there may well be a pass or certificate of some kind (which is not the mark of the beast!), most likely digital), they will have no problem gaining access to the economic and trading system. While those who have resisted the mark (i.e. who refuse to adulate the Antichrist and instead are faithful disciples of the Christ, for one can only be one or the other) will be excluded from normal society.
You have to keep in mind that this ‘mark of the beast’ is in direct contrast with the seal in the forehead given by God to Jesus’ disciples and written about just a few verses after the verse where the ‘mark of the beast’ is mentioned. The two are plainly in juxtaposition. Obviously, that seal of the disciples is not literal; it is spiritual and it is a reference to the way that the followers of Christ are described as having Christ’s name and His Father’s name “written on their foreheads” (Book of Revelation, chapter 14, verse 1), which is similar to what is described elsewhere as having their foreheads sealed “with the seal of the living God” (Book of Revelation, chapter 7, verses 2-3). This has plainly been written as a deliberate spiritual contrast to those who have the “mark of the beast…on their right hand or on their forehead”. A person can only have one spiritual attribute or the other. One is either ‘marked’ by Satan or “sealed” by the Spirit of Christ. To not be sealed by the Spirit is to be marked by Satan as his. That is the choice in this life. The “mark of the beast” or “the seal of the living God”, which means to be “sealed with the Spirit” (Letter to the Ephesians, chapter 1, verse 14; chapter 4, verse 30), which is what happens innerly when we become Christ’s disciples. The nonsense that I have read about the mark of the beast being a tattoo, or barcode, or microchip on someone’s body is just astonishing! Satan must be having a field-day with all that. Carrying people off with the fairies — just like with the so-called “Rapture” and the Millennium. Fantasies designed to distract and deflect.
The Image of the Beast
So what is the image of the beast about, along with its coming to life and speaking (Book of Revelation, chapter 13, verses 14-15)? There is a sense in which the promotion of any beast-government or leader throughout the age has been beast-publicity. Think of the images of those forerunners of the Antichrist — the mini-antichrists called Stalin, Hitler and Chairman Mao. They were virtually worshipped by their populations. Think of all the emperors from the past who would have effigies made of them which people would adulate. The Roman emperors of John’s time were often deified, with images of them for the people to adulate. Think also of the way that Big Brother’s image, in the book “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, was beamed onto a screen for adulation by the people. And it would appear everywhere as a reminder of adulation. This is even more apposite when one remembers that the man portrayed as Big Brother probably never actually existed, but was a device concocted by the state! How will that image idea pan out at the time of the end, when the Antichrist is revealed? Even with the technology now in place — and especially with that which will be in place by the time of the Antichrist — one can even imagine some kind of hologram or Deepfake media. Time will tell. I await with interest, should I still be alive.
The World Would Kill Christ Again If He Were To Appear Again as a Man
Now we can hopefully begin to appreciate the extraordinary relevance of this prophecy about the two-in-one beasts in this 13th chapter of the Book of Revelation. It is of dynamic significance in relation to world events and to religious, philosophical, scientific, or technological occurrences. But despite the ardent activities of all these political and religious leaders in the creation of their phony ‘oneness’, all that will have happened is that the true colours of fallen humanity will have been shown, and the world will have become ripe for the final judgement. That is where everything in this creation in its present form has always been heading. A short while after the revealing of the Antichrist, the true Christ will appear — not as a man who they can assassinate once again (and they truly would kill Him afresh if they could, as Dostoevsky’s insightful ‘Grand Inquisitor’ scene highlighted in his “The Brothers Karamazov”: See http://faculty.webster.edu/corbetre/philosophy/existentialism/dostoevsky/grand.html), but cataclysmically as ‘lightning coming from the east and flashing as far as the west’ (Gospel of Matthew, chapter 24, verse 27). For in that time,
“The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. At that time, the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory”.Gospel of Matthew, chapter 24, verses 29-30
This is what Armageddon is really all about, as I will uncover in my chapter 7 below — the last final spiritual onslaught against Christ by Satan, the Antichrist and his counterfeit empire. This will be the ultimate standing up on its hind-legs of the hubristic governance of humanity and lead to the subsequent winding up by the Christ of the old order (which imagines itself to be some kind of “new world order”) and the establishing of the new creation in a new aeon, in which the population will be all those who have endured to the end as disciples of the Christ and followers of His Light across time (which is not to be confused with merely calling oneself “a Christian”).
For Armageddon is not some literal battle on a piece of real-estate in Israel. That idea is but another literalistic diversion. But it is the final scene of spiritual warfare waged by Satan against God, and by Satan’s representative on earth, the Antichrist, against the true Christ, at which point the whole demonic realm and those who follow it will finally be shown the full power of Christ’s victory in the validation of His ascension. For the Antichrist will not be around for long, as “the Lord Jesus will slay [him] with the breath of His mouth [i.e. the spirit of His fiats, edicts, and decrees] and annihilate [him] by the manifestation of His coming” (From the prophecy in the Second Letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 2, verse 8). That is how Armageddon and the whole of this fallen world’s history will be resolved. For at that time, “both the beast and the false prophet” will be “thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur”, and “the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, into which the beast and the false prophet had already been thrown. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Book of Revelation, chapter 19, verse 20; chapter 20, verse 10. Thus, the Antichrist and Satan will suffer the same fate, as that whole kingdom-building counterfeit is ended as abruptly as was its forerunner, Babel, on the plain of Shinar.
Because I know which side I am on, I do not see the coming maelstrom as something which fills me with fear and apprehension, but as a glorious adventure and a full vindication of truth and light in prophecy. Next, we turn to examine in detail the mark and number of the beast.
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