The bottomless pit has now been opened by an angel that has fallen to earth from heaven. The angels that have been incarcerated in this prison are released onto the earth and are given power. These angels are called locusts and they are spirits just as the scorpions and serpents are spirits which are also angels.
Before we identify who the actual Antichrist is, perhaps a brief recap of what we have learned so far would be beneficial. We have discussed that the scriptures inform us that a man will arise on the earth in the coming Apocalypse to take control of the world. This man is also called the man of sin and the man of lawlessness.
He will have an accomplice who is a religious leader and he is referred to as the False Prophet. These men will deceive almost the whole world into believing that they are the saviours of mankind. The Antichrist is an impostor who will portray himself as the true Messiah. His sidekick, the False Prophet, may present himself as Imam al-Mahdi, the Islamic Messiah who is eagerly awaited by all Muslims today. They also believe that their beloved Mahdi, when he arrives, will have a lieutenant as his right-hand man and this lieutenant will be none other than, wait for it, Jesus Christ.
Together these two will deceive the majority of the world with lying signs, miracles and wonders.
We looked at the nature of angels and discovered that they are spirit. We noted that everywhere angels appear in scripture they are called men. This is no surprise because many times in the Bible it states that we are made in the image of God. We also have seen that evil angels are mentioned often with names of animals which are metaphors. Thus, serpents, scorpions and locusts refer to evil spirits which are evil angels; part of the rebel band who rebelled under the power of the Dragon, Satan, and endeavoured to usurp the Throne of the Most High God in a coup millennia ago.
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