Kingdom, government, political power - Daniel 7:23
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Fire from Heaven?
Author: Professor Walter J. Veith, PhD
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Summary: Is Revelation 13 saying that real fire will come down from heaven? Or what is the symbolic meaning of the prophecy?
This article is part of a series. We recommend that you first read: , The Final Confederacy of End-Time Babylon.

Now that we have established the participants in the prophecy of Revelation 13, we must answer the question of how church and state will get together to fulfill the prophecy. Verses 13 and 14 provide a possible solution to this dilemma:

And [the second beast] doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast , which had the wound by a sword, and did live (Revelation 13:13-14).

The United States certainly has the capacity to make fire come down from heaven in a military capacity, but these words have a spiritual connotation as well.

When Elijah told the children of Israel to choose between the God of heaven and Baal, the contest was to be decided by which god would rain fire from heaven (1 Kings 18). We know that the God of Israel displayed His power to prove that He was the true God. Satan would have loved to rain fire on that occasion, but God curtailed his power.

At the end of time, there will once again be a decision to make. Perhaps fire will come down from heaven, but the verse says it will be a deceiving fire, which means it will not be from God.

When this fire comes, the truth of God’s Word will be the only thing keeping God’s people from being deceived. When Satan tried to deceive Christ by misapplying Scripture, Jesus answered him with more Scripture (Matthew 4:1-11). Christ has already made all things plain in His Word. He has given His Holy Spirit to us to lead us into truth, and there will be no need for Him to prove anything through manifestations. If people do not want to believe the plain statements of the Word, Christ will not force them.

The False Holy Spirit

Public Domain by Benny Hinn Ministries

One of the three components of the end-time Babylonian confederacy is the False Prophet representing the false holy spirit. In Scripture, fire can signify the Holy Spirit.

Pentecost is a prime example of this Holy Spirit fire. As the disciples were praying together, flames of fire settled on them, signifying the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that would empower them to preach the Gospel in the power of God.

It is very possible that the fire from heaven will be an outpouring of the false Holy Spirit that will deceive people into accepting Satan’s lies. When religious and political leaders witness the miracles of the false Holy Spirit, they will be convinced that they are dealing with the power of God.

This has already happened with the Toronto Blessing and charismatic movement in both Catholic and Protestant Churches. In fact, speaking in tongues or laughing in the Lord is considered a sign of one's spirituality. Weeping statues and apparitions are also seen as a sign of the presence of God.

As we can see in the following video clip, preacher Benny Hinn claims to have God's power to heal people, and even claims to have seen Jesus. The vision Hinn describes sounds a lot like the New Age Maitreya.


Through these many signs, wonders, and ecstatic experiences, the world is being set up to receive the false Christ, or Maitreya, and the one world religion known in the Bible as "Babylon."

A foreshadowing of these events is already taking place around the world. There have been a great number of signs and wonders taking place within Catholicism, the New Age movement, and some even in Islamic locales.


Appearances of someone who calls himself Maitreya, and claims to be Jesus, have also taken place, accompanied by miracles of healing and other wonders.

Many of these events have also taken place in Catholic circles. The false holy spirit can easily manifest itself anywhere, as the belief in Maitreya, or the Christ, is found in many religions.

The Maitreya concept, originally Buddhist, is a central part of the New Age movement. Benjamin Creme, a long-time student of esoteric philosophy through the teachings of Helena Blavatsky and Alice A. Bailey, has become the principal spokesperson on the emergence of Maitreya the so-called World Teacher. Read more about Blavatsky and Bailey's philosophy

Creme claims that he is the channel for Maitreya—that he is "overshadowed" by Maitreya whenever he lectures. Read more about Maitreya and Benjamin Creme

Virginia Essene also claims to be one of Maitreya's channels. Here are some of her statements from Maitreya:

The time has come to begin the process of change, to transform the life of men in such a way that the God in man shines forth. This, My friend, is not difficult of accomplishment for within you all sits such a Divine Being. My Task will be to evoke from you that Shining Light...

Theology is usually useless and argument over scriptures is wasteful energy. Simply take the theme of loving and live it.i

As we have seen, the False Prophet is already doing its work. Whether it is appearances by the Maitreya around the world, or simply ecstatics in the form of tongues or laughing in the Lord, the same deceptive spirit is moving in all of these occurrences.

Read about the unity of church and state that is already occurring in the US.



i. Virginia Essene, New Teachings for an Awakening Humanity (Share Foundation/SEE Publishing, 1995): 22.

This article is adapted from Truth Matters by Professor Walter J. Veith, an international speaker who has studied Biblical issues in-depth in his quest for truth. His popular series Genesis Conflict brings the debate between Creation and evolution to a new climax as he dissects the arguments with a scientific eye. His highly-acclaimed series Total Onslaught sheds light on the state of the world today as we move to a one-world government and an anticipated apocalypse.
Disclaimer: The contents of this article and website are not intended to accuse individuals. There are many priests and faithful believers in Roman Catholicism who serve God to the best of their ability and are seen by God as His children. The information contained herein is directed only towards the Roman Catholic religio-political system that has reigned in varying degrees of power for nearly two millennia. Under the influence of its successive popes, bishops, and cardinals, this system has established an increasing number of doctrines and statements that clearly go against Scripture.
It is our sincere desire to lay the clear Word of God before you, the truth-seeking reader, so you may decide for yourself what is truth and what is error. If you find herein anything contrary to the Word of God, you need not accept it. But if you desire to seek for Truth as for hidden treasure, and find herein something of that quality, we encourage you to make all haste to accept that Truth which is revealed to you by the Holy Spirit.
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