Let no man deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.” [1 Corinthians 3:18-20] Upon reaching the entrance of the cave and seeing the light of the sun, the prisoner from Plato’s allegory is awakened to a new reality.
I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.
The Book of Revelation is often regarded as a book of mystery. While there are indeed many strong delusions about this book, its first word and title refute the idea that it conceals a mystery. This book is the revelation of mysteries - of the oracles spoken by the prophets who are quoted in the verses of the first chapter. The first chapter is written in the style of an epanados.
To review, here are the remaining six criteria for identifying the little horn with the Papacy: It has eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth speaking great words against the Most High (Daniel 7:20,25) It makes war against the saints (Daniel 7:21) It presumes it can change times and change laws (Daniel 7:25) Its war against the saints, times and laws will continue for a time, times and the dividing of time (Daniel 7:25) It devours the whole earth (Daniel 7:23) It reigns until the Ancient of Days comes (Daniel 7:22) Daniel described the little horn having eyes like a man and a mouth speaking great words against the Most High.
The little horn of the fourth beast in Daniel chapter seven is understood to be the antichrist, although that word only appears in the New Testament. The proper use of the word from the Greek text is to say alter christus, which means another christ. The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the church in Thessaloniki, Greece with a message concerning Yeshuah’s second coming, and the revelation of that man of sin, the son of perdition.
Daniel’s vision in chapter seven adds a new layer of detail to the prophecies of The King’s Dream in chapter two. The prophet described seeing four great beasts emerge from the sea, different from one another. This vision is exceedingly dense with symbolism which serves as a key to understanding the prophecies in the Book of Revelation. For this reason let’s not speculate as to what any of these symbols might mean, but rely on the text itself to explain them.
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had a series of dreams which troubled his spirit and disturbed his sleep. He commanded all his wisest men: magicians, astrologers, sorcerers and the Chaldeans, to interpret the dreams for him. The Chaldeans spoke first to assure the king, “tell your servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation.” The king answered to the Chaldeans, “The thing is gone from me. If you do not make known to me the dream, with its interpretation, you will be cut into pieces and your houses will be made a dunghill.
Nothing is here yet. Soon… Soon.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same,
When Yashuah’s disciples asked Him what would be the signs of His coming at the end, His first words in response were, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” As He continued to explain more to them, this warning was echoed repeatedly. Near the end of His exposition He warned, “For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that if it were possible they shall deceive the very elect.