The Netherworld Power Of Pneuma Part IV
his work has sought to address how the Pneuma – translated as life in Revelation – is imparted to the Image of the Beast by the False Prophet of Revelation 13:
“And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 13:15).
The Spirit within the allegorical False Prophet is activated through communication – notably its speech:
“And he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon” (Revelatiion 13:11).
This leads us to the subject of Dragonspeak – a composite term derived from this very Scripture, which seeks to address just what is occurring in this entity that qualifies its speech to be considered like that of a dragon. Unfortunately, most simplistically pass over this passage by assuming it is just another variant of the wolf in sheep’s clothing motif – i.e. evil camouflaged as good. However, unlike the passage in Matthew about false prophets dressed up as sheep, the Holy Spirit did not choose to tell us this figure wasinwardly dragon-like, He chose to tell us this Spiritual power spoke as a dragon.
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Matthew 7:15).
There are several things this False Prophet accomplishes, but the descriptions are somewhat broad. For instance, he “causes” the earth dwellers to worship the Antichrist beast, and he “maketh” fire come down from heaven; but making something occur is just as nebulous as causingsomething to happen. Likewise, when He “deceives” those who dwell on the earth, the methodology mentioned reverts to the fire which he “makes” to come down from heaven.
Thus, the only specific action associated with the False Prophet of Revelation which definitively zeroes in on how he accomplishes his objective, is the fact that he speaks like a dragon – and the adjacent verses, such as “saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast,” confirm this fact.
Further, in our last installment of the Netherworld Power, we pointed out how the False Prophet’s “making fire” come down to the earth in Revelation, occurs in the Spiritual realm. This is a counterfeit of that which is seen in the Gospels, when Christ baptized the believers with fire (Matthew 3:11), a feat which did not occur physically, but was manifested through the Spiritual power found in His words.
“The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. And the disciples were astonished at his words. And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth” (John 6:63, Mark 10:24, Luke 4:22).
Since the words that Christ speaks are Spiritual “life,” one might think that the words the False Prophet speaks are “death,” or they ultimately lead to death. However, the False Prophet is not the symmetrical opposite of Christ, as that role is reserved for Antichrist, so with Christ as Life, and Antichrist as Death, the False Prophet must be in between those two polarities. The best description of that which is between Life and Death is Hell – a term which is widely paired with Death:
“And death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them” (Revelation 20:13).
In the case of the “Hell” which is associated with the Spirit in the False Prophet, since the LORD told us he “spoke” as a dragon, this prophetic paradigm would have to include his words as the mystical media which straddles the aforementioned Life and Death. Further, we note that the text consistently emphasizes the role of the False Prophet in deceiving the nations, and this is an important doctrinal fact. Thus, the Dragonspeak, which emanates out of the False Prophet, is the deadliest peril mentioned in this context.
“And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that received the mark of the beast…” (Revelation 19:20).
This verse identifies three parties – the Beast (commonly called Antichrist), the False Prophet, and those that were “deceived” – herein stated to be “them that received the mark of the beast” – but elsewhere identified as all those who dwell on the earth, “whose names are not written in the lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 13:8).
This unholy threefold architecture is also seen in the passage where the False Prophet instructs the people to undertake a collective project which makes an “Image” (an eikonos, or copy) of the Beast, and the “Image” itself ultimately puts to death any and all who will not conform (“worship” in the text) to the agenda of the Image. Once again, since the Beast is associated with Death (Antichrist, the opposite of the Life in Christ), and the False Prophet is Hell (a wicked Spirit that which seeks to mediate between Life and Death), the “Image” is the body (read the temple) of the Spirit of Antichrist.
Since these Spiritual similitudes are associated with the end of the age in the book of Revelation, another way of approaching this mysterious information is to step back and look at the symbolism in the very beginning – the Spiritual architecture which is seen in the fall of mankind, whcih takes us back to the Garden of Eden. In that still misunderstood sequence documented in Genesis, we note that the Serpent is never seen in a dialogue with Adam. In fact, the New Testament identifies the man and the woman in terms which are eerily similar to the Beast and the False Prophet:
“For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression” (Galatians 2:13, 14).
This verse clearly states that Adam willingly disobeyed God, whereas Eve was deceived by the Serpent. Adam’s relationship was Eve was clearly a factor, as he realized what had occurred. He chose to retain the relationship with Eve, in spite of the fact that he knew of the LORD’s warning that Death would be the result. This is the precise alignment of Antichrist and the False Prophet, where the former is associated with Death, and the False Prophet is associated with Hell (and deception), which leads to Death. These Spiritual threads run throughout the Scriptures, but few believers can see past the flesh and blood outer shell of gender, to the Netherworld Power being described.
Another excellent example of this cycle is found in Proverbs, where the twin Spirits of “Death” and “Hell” are outlined in the tale of a harlot and her prey. In this simile, it is obvious the woman may be equated with the Spirit of the False Prophet (Hell), leading the undiscerning (Flesh and Blood) to Antichrist (Death):
“My son, keep my words….that they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words…..I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding. In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart” (Proverbs 7:1, 5, 7, 9, 10).
Promising Life and love to those in the world, including a reward of all that which is desired by the eyes, the False Prophet allures through words describing the wonders of this world:
“So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him…I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves” (Proverbs 7:13, 16-18).
In the day to day crush of life in this world, the Spirit in the False Prophet continues to suggest the LORD is not present in the here and now, for He is in heaven, and will not likely return to the world today – so if we choose to respond to her seduction, no dire consequences will erupt:
“For the goodman is not at home, he is gone on a long journey” (Proverbs 7:19).
In the face of an ongoing struggle to sustain our lives in the physical realm, by inches we absorb the cares of this world. Those who dwell on the face of the whole earth – comprised of “undiscerning” flesh and blood – fall for the False Prophet’s deceptions, until the Life she promised is revealed to be Death:
“With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death” (Proverbs 7:21-23, 26, 27).
The allegory has nothing to do with gender, for the New Covenant plainly establishes in the heavenlies, there is neither male nor female. But the reality of physical existence provides us with a baseline from which we draw analogy. Along these same lines, most have noticed how churches are universally seen in the feminine, as the Father has prepared us – male and female – as a chaste bride whom He has cleansed to be worthy of His Son:
“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:2).
In a now classic example of Spiritual polarities, the apostate figure seen as the Whore of Babylon is just another expression of the Image of the Beast – the body of Antichrist which has been empowered with Pneuma, through the process of Dialogue which is saturated in the Spirit of the False Prophet. Further, the way in which the False Prophet speaks -- that which we call Dragonspeak – exhibits all the characteristics of the Dialectic, a mainstream paradigm which reverses the role of the Father with that of the Child; but that aspect of the Netherworld Power of Pneuma will have to wait for our next installment.