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The False Prophet

Dr. Stephen Phinney


People tend to take the blessings of God without faithful obedience. Honestly, the two do not mix. Daniel knew this. As a leader, he appeals to God on behalf of the Hebrew people. This pray has been a model for prophets and teachers for thousands of years. In this episode, we will address fake Christians in modern times. Those who think they have the blessings of God but do not. The teaching will be a challenge for marginal Christians. Since fake Christians live out their lives with one foot in the world and the other in the church, they become ignorant of God’s absolute Truths.


Daniel had a glimpse into the triune of Satan, which is the Antichrist, the Beast, and the False Prophet. One of the most mysterious is the False Prophet. John, the writer of Revelation’s book, warns us of a dragon-like creature who will present himself as a great prophet. This figure will come on the scene as a pleasant, humble, and self-effacing person whose magnetic personality will seduce many followers. The prophet will be much like the false image Jesus warned us would come.

"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” (Matthew 7:15)

Unless one has the indwelling Holy Spirit, it will be impossible for the masses to discern this prophet being a ravenous wolf. All external evidence will tempt the masses to be diabolically deceived. They will have no ability to discern this prophet's strong relationship with the Antichrist or Satan himself.



Numbers are a big deal to God regarding the pictorial Hebrew language. As with most languages, numbers are assigned to each letter – it is no different in Hebrew. However, numbers are prophetic disclosures of significant events in the pictorial Hebrew – 7 days, 7 years, 12 tribes, 40 days, 12 disciples, 70 weeks, etc. We need to keep the human timeline intact with the crossover timeline of God. For example, one day to the Lord is one-thousand years to humanity. If you do not keep this formula intact, linking Biblical prophecies to humanity's events is next to impossible.

The book of Daniel is filled with God’s Hebrewic numeric codes. He speaks of four beasts, ten horns, seventy weeks, 1,335 days, and many more. Revelation’s book is packed with similar numeric codes – seven churches, twenty-four elders, seven lampstands, four living creatures, four angels, seven seals, one hundred forty-four thousand Jews, seven trumpets, and a plethora of others.

Why is God immovable in using numbers to establish prophecies? If we understand the two timelines, we can see that God uses numbers to cement the reality that the stated prophecy arrives perfectly in the established number. Meaning that numbers never lie.

Another secret to studying prophecies is seen in God’s created beasts. God almost always uses parts of creation, particularly animals, birds, and sea-going creatures, to communicate prophetic imagery. For example, Daniel speaks of a lion with wings like an eagle. Dissecting this revelation, we find a lion to be the king of the beasts that walk the earth, wings are always related to supernatural powers, and the eagle is the most majestic symbol among the birds. When we put these real-time symbols together, we have – a great king with supernatural powers that will dominate the world in a graven image of majesty. When reviewing the “wings” in Daniel’s revelation, it discloses Greece due to its obsession with winged idols. This can be confirmed in over 90% of ancient Greece's statues of idolatry. As for Daniel, this became the description of Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian Empire, the soon coming Grecian takeover, which happens to be the same description of the Antichrist in Revelation.

People avoid studying prophecies because they become confused by the “symbols” noted in the Old and New Testament imagery. These are not necessarily symbols but rather ways God connects prophecies for humans to understand. However, if authentic Christians do not understand the numeric codes of God and His choice-created beasts to help humanity understand the complexities of prophecies, they will remain ignorant.

The study of prophecies opens the door to understanding God’s character and objectives – His ultimate plan and gives us a glimpse into the mind of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As we gained insight into all the prophecies revealed regarding the first coming of Jesus, so are we gifted with looking into the window of His Second Coming. Fact. God, who has kept every stated prophecy to us as His Son’s Bride in the past, will keep every Word of promise for His return.

Authentic Biblical prophecy reminds us of God’s faithfulness to His people and the urgency of proclaiming the Gospel in the end times with others. While it is selfish to view our own security of the Rapture’s ticket, we need to share the Truth with unsaved family members and strangers so that they too will be blessed with not just a passageway into Heaven but eternal Life in Christ Jesus.



Now while I was speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God, while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering. He gave me instruction and talked with me and said, "O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding. "At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision. (Daniel 9:20-23)



The easiest way to one line the purpose of the False Prophet is that he is a counterfeit of the Holy Spirit, which is why the Holy Spirit will be taken from the earth at the Rapture. As in the case of the Holy Spirit leading the masses to Jesus, the False Prophet is responsible for leading the masses to worship the Antichrist.

He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. (Revelation 13:12)

As I explain to interested students of the Word, I communicate that pretty much all the

symbols and numeric codes of God are replicated by Satan. As God functions within a trinity, so does Satan. Thus, Satan identifies himself as a god, the Antichrist functions as christ, and the False Prophet functions as a holy spirit of sorts.

Similarly, the Antichrist will receive authority from the dragon (Satan Rev.13:4). As we should know, the Holy Spirit’s primary role is to glorify the Son, Jesus Christ (John 16:14). In like manner, this will be the role of the False Prophet.

The basics are that the False Prophet will arrive on the scene as a global religious leader representing all religions represented on the earth. He will propagate the unity of the masses, respecting all beliefs. However, behind the scenes, he will be immovable in deceptively leading all religious leaders to conform to one single religion – that of worshipping the Antichrist, who passes the false glory onto Satan. The reason this demonic figure will deceive the Jews is found in Malachi’s prophecy.

"Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. (Malachi 4:5)