I think the reason there is so much confusion on this is because no one knows who they are. People post their ideas that they have been taught and they spread these ideas with no scripture to back it up.
From my reading of the bible, I have noticed:
1) Beast when associated with the number 4 usually refers to angels.
Rev 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
Rev 4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
2) There 2 women prevalent through out the scriptures, esp. in Proverbs. One is the virtuous woman whom I think represents the true church. Then there is the harlot church, mystery Babylon.
Rev_17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
I don't know anything about the false prophet.