True and False Prophets

Paul B. Duff

in Who Rides the Beast?

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138351
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834150 | DOI:
 True and False Prophets

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Throughout the Book of Revelation, John implicitly compares his rival to one of the primary evil characters, the Beast from the Earth (also known as the False Prophet in the later chapters of Revelation). On the one hand, he ironically ties this figure (in this case in the guise of the False Prophet) to the character of Elijah, an exemplary prophet from the Hebrew Bible whose nemesis was, appropriately enough, Jezebel (the wife of Ahab). On the other hand, he makes the connection by means of the portrait of the Beast that appears in Ch. 13. There the Beast is depicted in a manner quite different from the other beasts of Revelation; it looks like a lamb and sounds like a dragon. This description of the Beast could easily fit “Jezebel” for she too looks like a lamb (in that she is a Christian) but sounds like a dragon (in that Satan is depicted in the guise of a dragon in Ch. 12.

Keywords: Beast from the Earth; Beast; dragon; Elijah; False Prophet; Jezebel; lamb; Jezebel

Chapter.  6286 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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