Mike,In your 1/31 the title of your post at http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/jan2012/mikep131.htm you asked the question that Satan cannot be either beasts of Rev. 13....can he (?) because the first beast and the second beast (false prophet) are both thrown alive into the lake of fire while Satan is chained up in the bottomless pit for 1000 years and later thrown into the lake of fire where the first beast and second beast already are? You also stated that "I was always under the impression that the anti-christ was suppose to be Satan, or a man that Satan would possess after 3 and a half years." I know you addressed your post to John B. who believes the antichrist is a spirit being from the bottomless pit who takes on the identity of a prior Pope. He stated this in his Jan. 26 post. However, I thought I would make a couple comments on the subject.Satan as a fallen angel can apparently enter into a person and possess the person, and then leave the person's body which is what happened to Judas Iscariot two different times.. Luke 22:3-4 says, " Then entered Satan into Judas Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him (Jesus) unto them." John 13:27, "And after the sop Satan entered into him (Judas Iscariot). Then said Jesus unto him, 'That thou doest, do quickly.' Then later on Judas hanged himself according to Matthew 27:5, but Satan didn't die with him so Satan must have left Judas Iscariot's body.So yes, the first beast with the mortal deadly head wound that is healed in Rev. 13 may be possessed by Satan, the fallen angel, because Rev. 13:4 says, "And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" Also the second beast (false prophet) may be possessed by Satan because Rev. 13:12-15 says, "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. And he 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. 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." In regards to the son of perdition, 2 Thess. 2:9 also tells us, "Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders." So if it's possible for Satan, the fallen angel, to enter into two humans at the same time, then Satan would be able to possess both the first beast and the second beast (false prophet.) However, if Satan, the fallen angel can only enter one human at a time, then that leaves us with the possibility of one of the two beasts being possessed by Satan, and the other beast being possessed by another fallen angel or demonic spirit. It doesn't look like either the first beast or the second beast could be just Satan himself without Satan possessing a human body because as you pointed out the first beast and second beast are thrown alive into the lake of fire while Satan is chained up for 1000 years. If Satan was possessing the human body of either the first beast and/or the second beast, Satan would have to leave the body or bodies before they were thrown alive into the lake of fire. The only other possibility I can see is that both the first beast and the second beast are two different fallen angels other than Satan who could be thrown alive into the lake of fire. In that case, they may or may not possess actual physical human bodies although their bodies could look like humans.