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THE PROBLEMS:

The “counsel of peace” was between them both, which refers to the Father and His Son, as it reads in Zechariah 6:13 (see also Patriarchs and Prophets 34.1, and The Great Controversy 493.1). The enemy, satan, wanted to be “like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:14). He wanted to be as the “Son of God” who had been involved in the plans of the creation of man (see Hebrews 1:1-2, and Ephesians 3:9). 

The enemy, as a created son of God, was not allowed into the counsel of peace between the Father and His only begotten Son, so he has created the ideology on this earth that there were three in the counsel of peace, which he has named the trinity, the triunity (tri-unity), the god that is three persons in one, or one god in three persons. We can see his tactics as described in the following texts below–right in the heart of the end time book of Revelation. In the breakdown of what I call the “fraudhead,” we have the chronological placement of the false ‘father’ (the dragon, being first), the ‘son’ (the beast, coming second), and the ‘spirit’ (the false prophet, sent third)—interpreted as well as Rome, the Papacy, and America.

These symbolic fraudhead characters are seen in Revelation 16:13-14 (in the last days) causing spiritual havoc, “I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”

So, chapters 12 and 13 of Revelation contain the deceptive fraudhead. What is God doing in answer to the attack of the fraudhead? He has sent out the three angels in Revelation 14:6-12. Right now the world needs to understand the character, government, and purposes of God. So what God is doing is using these three angels to spread the gospel to every creature. This is counteracting the three unclean spirits in Revelation 16. There’s a war in the Revelation between three angels and three unclean spirits. Fascinating!

Anybody who knows and understands the three angels` messages are supposed to proclaim them to the world, whereby others will be able to see the true character, government, and purposes of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (the agencies of Heaven) working to save mankind.

THE TACTICS

The Dragon

  1. His place was in heaven – 12:7-8
  2. He was great – 12:3
  3. He had a throne/seat to give – 13:2, 2:13
  4. He had more than one head – 12:3
  5. Worshipped because of the one after – 13:4
  6. He is destroyed forever – 20:9-10

The Father

  1. His place is in Heaven – chpt. 4-5
  2. He is great – 4
  3. He had a throne/seat to give – 4:2, 5:7
  4. He has the Godhead – 1:4-6
  5. Worshipped because of the One after – 4:10-11
  6. He lives and reigns forever – 4:9

The 1st Beast

  1. He was a beast – 13:1
  2. He came up out of water – 13:1
  3. He looked like the one before him – 13:1
  4. He had 10 horns – 13:1
  5. He had 10 crowns – 13:1
  6. He had a name written on him – 13:1
  7. He looked like a leopard, bear, and lion – 13:2
  8. He had power, throne & authority – 13:2
  9. He was wounded to death – 13:3
  10. His deadly wound was healed – 13:3
  11. All the world wondered after him – 13:3
  12. He continued 3 ½ years – 13:5

The Son

  1. He was a beast – 5:6
  2. He came up out of water – Matt 3:16
  3. He looked like the One before Him – John 14:9
  4. He had 7 horns – 5:6
  5. He had many crowns – 19:12
  6. He had a name written on Him – 19:16
  7. He looked like a leopard, bear and lion – Hos 13:4-8
  8. He had power, throne & authority – Matt 28:18
  9. He was wounded to death – Phil 2:8
  10. His deadly wound was healed – Matt 28:5-6
  11. All the world wondered after Him – John 12:19
  12. He continued 3 ½ years – Dan 9:24-27

The Earth Beast

  1. A false prophet to deceive – 19:20
  2. Lamb-like – 13:11
  3. Speaks like one before – 13:11
  4. Exercises authority of the one before – 13:12
  5. Directs worship to the one before – 13:12,15
  6. Performs miracles – 13:13
  7. Brings fire from heaven – 13:13
  8. Gives life/breath to the image – 13:15
  9. Applies mark on the hand/forehead – 13:16

The Spirit

  1. Spirit to guide into Truth – John 16:13
  2. Lamb-like – 4:24
  3. Speaks like One before – John 16:13-14
  4. Exercises authority of One before – John 16:13-14
  5. Directs worship to the One before – John 16:14
  6. Performs miracles – Acts 15:12
  7. Comes like fire from heaven – Acts 2:2-4
  8. Gives life/breath to Christ’s followers – John 20:22
  9. Applies seal of God forehead – Rev. 7:3

THE CONCLUSION:

The enemy had caused nearly all of God’s people during the time of Christ’s incarnation to follow him in breaking the first of the Ten Commandments, “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:2-3). Satan had led God’s people to believe they were still in a good relationship with their Creator because they were outwardly honoring the weekly Sabbath, but in reality, God’s people had the right day but the wrong god. We know that to be true because they rejected God’s dear Son, and the Bible teaches, “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father” (1 John 2:22-23).

Let’s honor God by accepting the truth of His being the Father of His Son while gifting the “Spirit of His Son” (Galatians 4:6) so we can be victorious with Christ in our lives, as God’s Son was victorious in His life.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).