|The frog, for St.
John, would have only two associations:
| It would be
associated with a plague of Egypt
| It would be a
ceremonially unclean animal.
|No other prophetic
implications are known. These could be
taken to represent anything from armies (common in the futurist
interpretation) to ideas or systems (common in the historicist and
amillennialist interpretations) or both (e.g., communism).
|These three frogs
seem to have specific meaning. Taking
them in some order:
| The first frog is
associated with the dragon, who is certainly identified with Satan. This could have a couple of possible
| It could mean
Satanism (e.g., New Age movement stuff)
| It could mean (as
Satan is the prince of this world) a totalitarian government. As such, it is often identified with
Russia, for which there are other reasons as well.
| The second frog is
associated with the beast. Loosely,
this would be the two horned beast.
Especially in the historicist interpretation, this would be associated
with the Roman Catholic Church; in the
futurist interpretation, this could be the the revived Roman Empire (opinions
vary widely on this, and particularly among futurists, identification is
often very hazy at best).
| The third frog
introduces -- for the first time -- the false prophet. It is interesting that John seems to assume
that we know who this is. There is
very little detail; the most common
interpretation -- by no means universal -- is Islam. This is often tied to the King of the
South in Daniel 11.
|What is not
particularly certain is whether or not these are armies at the battle of
Armageddon, or just forces in the world which help lead up to it. Who can say? As we shall see, the historicists say the
clock has now reached the present, and from here on out, we are speculating
about things -- which should be done with a great deal of humility, at the