Commentary on
3.9 Destruction of The Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet.

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Purple - The Dragon, the serpent, or any part of him, is Satan
Green - The Second beast of Revelation 13 that has two horns like a lamb while he spake as a dragon. It is also the false prophet of Revelation 16, 19, and 20.
Brown - The little horn, a mouth, king of fierce countenance, possibly even the king of the South. It is the mouth of the beast.
Dark Blue - Activities of the Second Beast of Revelation 13 or the false prophet.

In Revelation 19, a clue is made that identifies the false prophet as being the second beast of Revelation 13. This is what it says:

20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. Revelation 19:20.

In section 3.8 we can see that it is the second beast of Revelation 13 that is doing all these things in front of the beast (the little horn). So the two are linked together: The second beast of Revelation 13 and the false prophet.

There is an interesting change that we see in Revelation 19 and 20. All three, the devil, the beast and the false prophet are seen as individuals. Before when we were seeing beasts, we know that beasts are powers of the world, they can be thought of as a conglomeration of countries, kings etc. The beast itself had many horns, many heads, crowns, etc, yet here in Revelation 19 and 20 we are seeing single individuals.

It seems that in spite of the fact that the beasts are a conglomeration of powers, there is probably a single individual behind them all. Of course, Satan is behind it all, however, there must also be a false prophet who is behind the second beast of Revelation 13 and there is the beast individual who is behind the beast and the little horn. It may be that the voice of the beast is the actual individual.

In Revelation 19 we see that both the false prophet and the beast is thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone. All the wicked are also slain with the sword of Christ.

But early in Revelation 20 we find that Satan is bound for 1000 years (See Section 6.2), until he is let loose (See Section 6.5). When he is let go, God then raises up all the wicked (God, and Magog) (See Section 6.4 & Section 6.5) and when they are all about to attack the saints in the beloved city (new Jerusalem) the fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them and the devil was also placed in the lake of fire and brimstone (See Section 6.5).

2 Thessalonians concentrates on the man of sin. Who is the man of sin? It could be Satan Himself. However, if it is, then Satan will have to die twice because the man of sin is killed by the brightness of the coming of Jesus (see in the 2 Thessalonians itself of this section). Also, in Section 6.2 Satan is shown to be bound for 1000 years in the pit. If Satan was killed, why does Revelation say he was bound?

However, Paul in thessalonians talks about some of the activities that the lawless one does (man of sin, the son of perdition), that he sits as God in the temple of God. This is none other but the abomination of desolation spoken by Daniel the prophet (see Section 5.3). Also, in Section 3.7 we see that the man of sin is actually the little horn, a king of fierce countenance, because the activities are the same. In Daniel, we see that he will be a prince of the King of the South. In Revelation, it is the mouth of the first beast of Revelation 13.

So what is happening? the little horn power, the mouth, the man of sin, the son of perdition; Are we talking about Satan. Yet in Daniel and Revelation it is a little horn speaking great blasphemies against God.

If the little horn, the mouth, the man of sin is Satan, then, we see that the activities of what it does in this section, agrees with what Satan would want to do. Satan wants to sit down in Jerusalem as God on earth (the abomination of desolation). However, if this is true, then Satan will have to die twice because this beast is thrown into the lake of fire and is killed by the brightness of Jesus' coming. (See this Section 3.9)

On the other hand, if Satan is not the little horn or the mouth, but is the power behind it, then we might wonder why Satan would allow someone else but him to sit down as God? It might be that Satan wants to see how God will react first before He Himself sits down as God, who knows. At least, all the parts of prophecy will now make sense. In 2 Thessalonians 2:9 we see that the man of sin acts according to the working of Satan. Meaning he is doing what Satan wants him to do but is not Satan himself. In addition, we see that Revelation 19 and 20 make good sense. Satan does not die twice, insted, Satan is bound in the pit for a thousand years until he is released (See Section 6.2 and Section 6.5).

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