Here is John’s description of the person we know as the False Prophet.
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 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.
15 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. 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
By this definition we can plainly see that the False Prophet has three main controllable areas.
Economy: (13:16-17) he contains the control to ’causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.’
He has control over the image made of the beast (13:15). He gives the image life and it speaks! He obviously is taken over by demonic powers.
He can perform marvelous works that shock the people, and that will make them want to worship the beast (13:12, 15).
The False Prophet’s main job is deceive even more people to follow the Antichrist. He will speak “as a dragon” (13:11) indicating that he will be filled with Satan, the dragon, along with the Antichrist.
The False Prophet will be able to send fire from heaven (skies) to earth “in the sight of men” (13:13). He has a seductive tongue that he uses to encourage the people to make an image of the Antichrist.
Once the people make an image of the image of the Antichrist the false Prophet will make the image speak, and give it life (13:15).
Either the image OR the False Prophet will be able to kill those who don’t worship the image. They might kill them by fire from the skies (13:13).
It is important to remember that the False Prophet is empowered by evil and any “good” works he does will be in the sole purpose of worshiping the Antichrist.
Always remember, the Devil, False Prophet, and the Antichrist will all be destroyed in God’s timing!!!