|October 12, 2019|
Who are the Beast and the False Prophet?
The books of Daniel and Revelation use symbolic imagery to depict end-times figures and events. Perhaps the most intriguing figures they discuss are “the beast,” “the False Prophet,” and “Mystery Babylon.” Some of the more common views that have been adopted over the centuries include identifying the False Prophet with the pope or identifying Islam as the empire of the beast or as Mystery Babylon. Others have identified the former Soviet Union or the European Union as the empire of the beast. How are we to understand these important prophetic symbols? How do we evaluate differing interpretations and identifications of the symbols? Is the False Prophet to be understood as the head of a worldwide religious institution like the Catholic Church? Will the beast’s empire be European, Russian, Islamic, or something else?
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