The words of the prophecy were sealed when Daniel recieved the Revelation of the final secular world government. Jesus had the power to open the seven seals by his victory on the cross, as mentioned in Revelation. The revelation of the "Beast" and "Harlot" is a composite of all of the world empires from the Egyptian empire to the Roman empire.
To store this matte information, the concept of an alpha channel was introduced by A.R.Smith in the late 1970s, and fully developed in the 1984 paper Compositing Digital Images, by Thomas Porter and Tom Duff.
The "lying signs and wonders" of the Matrix trilogy would not have been possible without it.