THE GOOD NEWS MINISTRY AND MISSIONS OUTREACH PROCLAIMING THE GOOD NEWS OF THE SOON RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST!
1. The Stage Is Set
When I was a young lad of about eight years of age a man gave me three pieces of paper, on each one was printed, 50,000 marks. These were marks that came out of Germany after the First World War. What had happened to them? They had depreciated because of inflation. The German mark had so lost its purchasing power that it took a wheelbarrow full to buy one loaf of bread. Later these marks were cancelled and became worthless.
Today, high prices and inflated salaries have undervalued the Canadian dollar to the extent that its current estimated worth its only about 42cents;. Already there is talk of a new money system on a worldwide scale. In July, 1981, the heads of Democratic and free Governments met in Ottawa, Canada, to examine the decreasing value of the dollar.
The Bible teaches clearly that the day is coming when the dollar will have no value whatever. After the rapture of the church there will arise a world dictator, Mr. 666, whose mark must be upon every person or they will not be able to buy or sell.
We read of this in Revelation 13: 16-18: "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; 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. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (666)"
God revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos that the day is coming when the crash of cash will be a reality. The dollar will be no more! All money, bonds, debentures and investments will be totally cancelled. Gold, Silver and precious metals will all be confiscated and of no value. Only those who have the mark of the beast will be able to buy and sell.
Into an atomic world "he (the Antichrist) maketh fire to come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men" (Rev. 13:13) and a world of automation "he had power to give life unto the image...that the image...should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the beast...should be killed"(Rev. 13:15) comes universal registration and distribution. It has been said, "The tribulation begins with a marked man, and finishes with a world of marked men."
Daniel saw this same dictator, Mr. 666, in Daniel 8:23: "And in the latter time...when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance...shall stand up." The word "fierce" speaks of a totalitarianism beyond anything history has ever recorded. Mankind will be reduced to digits to be manipulated at will.
Let us read 2 Thessalonians 2: 8-12: "And then shall that Wicked be revealed,...Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish....And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
The Devil is working today to change man from good to evil and to prepare the world for the beast. Daniel 11: 36-39 says: "And the king (this same beast, the Antichrist yet to come) shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god,...Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honor the God of forces:... Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory."
I have in my hand and will be reprinting in this booklet how The Internal Revenue Service of the United States has now incorporated the number 666 as a prefix identification number for taxpayers who have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). The exact reproduction of excerpts will be reprinted with this message.
The person in Washington responsible for the form said in a telephone interview that he did not know why it replaced the "333" code number previously used. Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service 1980 instructions for Forms W-2 and W-2P General Instructions
A. Who Must File Forms W-2 and W-2P.---The statements to be filed with Form W-3 and the payers responsible for filing them are listed below.
(1) Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement.---To be filed by employers. (See Circulars A and E. Household employers, Box 14.---IRA codes.---If box 9 is an IRA payment, enter 666. Identify the kind of payment by showing one of the following code numbers after 666: 1 for premature (other that disability of death); 2 for roll-over; 3 fro disability; 4 for death; 6 for other; 7 for normal; 8 for excess contributions plus earnings on such excess contributions; and 9 for transfer to an IRA for a spouse, incident to divorce. (For example, 666-3 for disability.)
Mr. 666 is to be a world dictator and the world is now getting ready for his "take over." I wonder if you realize that the pattern has already been set for one world government under the United Nations 16 International Agencies:
1. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) whose aim is to promote peaceful use of the atomic bomb.
2. International Labour Organization (ILO) whose purpose is to coordinate labour demands throughout the world.
3. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) which is set up to standardize food qualities.
4. International Bank for Reconstruction and Development World Bank which is designed to internationalize money standards, and to develop an international currency.
5. International Development Association (IDA) which seeks to control the natural resources of the world.
6. United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is set up to promote collaboration among nations through education, science and culture.
7. World Health Organization (WHO) to internationalize medicine, surgery, and all treatments of diseases.
8. International Finance Corporation (IFC) which is a plan to take over the "poorly developed" areas of the world.
This will bring smaller nations of the world into subjection to a one-world government.
Then there are other world organizations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF); International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); International Postal Union (IPU); International Telecommunications Union (ITU); World Meteorological Organization (WMO); Intergovernmental Maritime Consultive Organization (IMCO); International Trade Organization (ITO); General Agreement on Tariffs and Trades (GATT).
Jesus spoke of the time when the complex problems would result in "Men`s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth" (Luke 21:26). It is then that they will unite and look for a leader and that leader will be revealed after the Rapture of the Church as Antichrist.
Yes, and we conclude by saying that while Antichrist will have full powers during this seven year period, God will still have the final say. Christ will return to this earth with miraculous powers to put down the authority of Antichrist.
Revelation 19:20: "And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone."
Sin always ends with death, whether it is in a nation of a person. "The wages of sin is death." This speaks of spiritual death and separation from God to be condemned to a literal hell reserved unto judgement. If you are not saved you are dead already in trespasses and sin. Yet there is hope for you in Christ for "the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Christ died to pay your sin debt. He took your place. He was your substitute. Will you come to Him today, turn from sin, and by faith receive Christ into your life? "Him that cometh to me" Jesus said, "I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37).
2. DANIEL`S IMAGE
A counterfeit to all that is God is spawning on the horizon. Satan schemes to supplant our Heavenly Father in the affairs of men. He plans to present his Antichrist--"the beast"--amid pomp and miracle to defy forever the claims of Jesus of Nazareth to reign and rule upon earth. A false prophet--a vicious minister of evil propaganda--will erase the work of the Holy Spirit. And a "mouth speaking great things" (Rev. 13:5) will rule out the Bible.
Every headline of evil points in these directions.
Revelation 13 deals with the economy of the globe in that day. One man with one government will control the economy. Earth will see an end to the dollar, the Euro, the lira, the pound, the mark, the franc, and the yen.
The book of Daniel sheds more light upon the Book of Revelation than any other source. There is an image in Daniel and there is an image in Revelation. Worship of the image in both cases is compulsory. To refuse brings about certain death. There is opposition. There is also divine intervention. God is finally glorified. This is the story of Daniel and it is repeated in the Book of Revelation.
In Daniel, Chapter 2, we have a complete outline of world history. For over thirty centuries history has followed this prophetic pattern. Daniel`s image is a complete map of world history. We read of this image in verses 32 and 33: "This image`s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay."
The head of gold, Daniel explained, represented the world empire of Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar. The breasts and arms of silver represented the world empire of Media-Persia. The belly and thighs were of brass and represented Greece. The legs were of iron and this fourth great world empire was Rome. The feet and toes of the image were part of clay and part of iron and here Daniel saw portrayed the final great world empire under Antichrist.
Clay represents the rabble. Iron, mixed with clay, represents the rule of the mob. This new kind of government will replace Constitutional democracy in America and England and is called "mobocracy" which means "rule of the mob." It will be a system of government which we call "autocratic democracy" which means "absolute government by the people."
Can you not see how the stage is being set today for this kind of government with lawlessness and mob rule already a world problem? The people are being deceived while liberties are being destroyed. This new government protects the rights of the weak, of the minority, and can be just as cruel as communism itself. Constitutional government stands for liberty and justice for all but mobocracy is the dictatorship of the many over the few.
Daniel goes on in chapter 2: 41-43 to show that this government degenerates lower and falls into the hands of the mob which is controlled by agitators. Then the call goes out for a ruler who will control the mob. Antichrist will respond.
Democracy is already on the wane in Canada. The Canadian Prime Minister on January 21, 1969, said that he believed in the principles of real Communism and supported in theory the Marxist theory of "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need." Canada has long recognized Red China.
This image of Daniel portrays the history of human society in relation to governmental processes. The head of the image represented the most gifted, able, and cultured class. This elite class ruled in Ancient Babylon. The breast and arms of society were composed of the upper middle class and this class ruled in Medio-Persia. The belly and thighs of society were the central and lower middle class and this class ruled in Greece. The legs were the rugged, physically strong elements of society--the brawn rather than the brains--and this class ruled in Rome.
The feet and toes represented the degraded, lowliest classes of society. We see these at work in Communism today and also on the rise in our own nation. We have seen universities taken over by student mobs.
We have seen industry, government offices, and other places closed down by howling mobs. The world is waiting for a man who can control the mobs and that man is Antichrist.
Now let us notice that Satan is "an angel of light." The world system that prepares for the Antichrist will be characterized by deception and dissimulation. It will appeal to the masses because it will be godless and Christless. It will be what is known as "humanitarianism." or "Humanism"
Webster describes humanitarianism as "regard for mankind; the tenet denying the divinity of Christ; the doctrine that man`s nature s perfectible through his own efforts without divine grace." This is in preparation for Antichrist. He will appear as the "saviour" of the people. He will deceive the people. He will counterfeit the kingdom of God.
The emphasis of modern government, church leaders, councils, denominations, congresses, and the World Council of Churches is socially and humanitarily directed rather than Biblically motivated. They tell us that we ought to make our chief goal the doing away of all evil, poverty, fear, want, worry, racial strife, and all other social ills. They are working for "The Great Society" and "The Just Society."
Let us be reminded, however, that the Bible teaches there will be no utopia until Christ establishes His Kingdom here upon the earth. This will not take place until after the rapture of the true Bible Believing Church and the Great Tribulation Period. The Antichrist will substitute an earthly kingdom promoting fraternity, liberty, equality, and will establish himself in the place of Christ. He will not call himself Antichrist but he will present himself to the world as the true centre of its hopes, the satisfaction of its needs, and healer of its hurts.
This is the spirit today of the World Council of Churches, the Canadian Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches, and the Ministerial Councils and Associations of our cities throughout the nation. Men are turning from God and His Word. They are trying to build their own kingdom here on earth. A kingdom in opposition to the divine authority of God. "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction." (2 peter 2:1)
They are putting faith in humanity rather than in the authority of the Bible. Modern church leaders have departed from a Biblical centred ministry. That is why we have so many humanistic services today.
One Methodist Church in the United States conducted a "Rock and Roll Mass" recently. The "Rock" was in the form of a musical combo. The "Roll" was a hot dog roll served with Coca Cola for the Lord`s Supper. One leading churchman has said, "The Bible is just as out dated as anything else. It is first century theology." He said further that the new theology that is rising would bring less reliance on the Bible and more reliance on man`s own abilities to meet today`s problems head-on.
The economic stage is being set for Antichrist. When he comes there will be complete subjection to him. Revelation 13: 16,17: "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 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."
We are living in a day of "planned economy" in place of capitalism. Under planned economy the government regulates wages and prices; it plans how much food and what kind to produce. It is not only directing industry but taking over industry. Our economy is preparing the way for Antichrist.
As we see the days approaching for the coming of Antichrist we realize that the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. I believe we are living in the last days. The next great event is the Rapture. Christ is our Blessed Hope. We must buy up the time. We must occupy until He comes. We must be faithful. We must live with eternity`s values in view.
The main task for this age is to each the world for Christ. 85% of this nation never enter inside a Bible church of any kind. While we wait for His coming let us be faithful. Let us pray for souls. Let us invest wisely for God`s Glory. What good is your money and property when Antichrist comes? May we surrender all to our Lord Jesus Christ while we wait for Him to come.
3. THE TIME ELEMENT (Daniel's Seventy Weeks)
It is not necessary to point out that the dollar is weakening in value every week. As the stage is being set for the Great Tribulation Period and the world rule of Antichrist we shall see the collapse of all existing economic systems.
In chapter 9 of the Book of Daniel the prophet is concerned about the future of the Jewish people. He gave himself to fasting and prayer and God revealed to him this vision which is referred to as "The Seventy Weeks."
It is important that we understand the setting for this vision. Daniel is now an older man, perhaps nearly ninety years of age. The seventy years of the Babylonian captivity were nearing an end. Daniel 9:2: "In the first of his (Darius) reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem."
Daniel was a student of prophecy. He studied the Word of God and found from the Book of Jeremiah that the days of the captivity were seventy years and were now coming to a close. In Jeremiah 29:10 we read: "For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place."
Daniel believed that God would do what He had promised. God said He would visit them after seventy years. With this in mind, Daniel prayed to God to reveal the future for His people.
We cannot take the time we should to study this prayer, but please notice it is characterized by supplication, fasting, and confession.
Jeremiah 29: 20-21: "And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God; Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation."
God heard Daniel`s prayer and sent Gabriel to him to reveal this great vision of "The Seventy Weeks." Notice that it was about "the time of the evening oblation." This was about three o`clock in the afternoon. It was at that time of day that Abel offered his lamb. It was at that time when Christ the Lamb of God gave up the Ghost and died.
Let us read carefully this important prophecy as recorded in Daniel 9: 24-27: "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Known therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."
In order to understand this important prophecy it is necessary to keep certain facts in mind:
1. These seventy weeks were determined upon Daniel`s people and Daniel`s holy city; "Seventy weeks are determined upon THY people and upon THY holy city."(Dan. 9:24). This prophecy has nothing to do with the Gentiles or with the church in this dispensation of grace.
2. The seventy weeks were to be seven weeks of years, not days. The expression seventy weeks literally in the Hebrew means seventy sevens and at the end of this period the Messiah will usher in everlasting righteousness and begin His reign.
3. The seventy weeks of years are 70x7 or 490 years. In Dan. 9: 25-27 these 490 years are divided into three unequal parts:
First, there are seven sevens, or 49 years, during which the city of Jerusalem was to be rebuilt, "even in troublous times." This prophecy was fulfilled under the leadership of Ezra and Nehemiah.
- Second, there are three score and two, or sixty-two sevens, 434 years (Dan. 9: 25), at the end of which the Messiah was to come.
This has been mathematically demonstrated by Sir Robert Anderson and others, who state that from the decree of Artaxerxes as recorded in Nehemiah 2:1-8, unto the time of the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem there elapsed a period of exactly 483 years.
Then in Dan. 9: 26 it goes on to say that after the crucifixion: "... he people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary." The prince that shall come is the Antichrist. Here it says that the people of the prince shall come and these are the people who represent world powers which arise and are against God. Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D. under Titus from Rome, who was a type of Antichrist.
So we see clearly that the sixty-nine weeks have been fulfilled. One week or seven years is unfulfilled. God is not dealing with Israel today as a nation. Between the sixty-ninth and seventieth week we have this present age, which is called the Church Age.
This present period is a time when God is dealing with individuals, both Jews and Gentiles to call them unto Himself. (See Galatians 3:28). The purpose of God is now to build up the Body of Christ, which is the true Church. The blessed hope for this age is the coming of our Lord from Heaven. We wait for His glorious return.
After our Lord`s return, the Antichrist will be revealed. God will again deal with his people as a nation. The final weeks of Daniel`s vision will then be ushered in. In the Book of Revelation we read of this Antichrist who will first show favour to Israel, and then will reveal his true nature and purpose in the Great Tribulation. (Read Revelation chapters 11, 12, 13).
While we wait for the complete fulfillment of these prophecies our immediate task is to preach the Gospel to every creature, winning men and women to Christ before He returns and the Antichrist comes. Already we see the "time of the end" of Gentile dominion coming near at hand which means the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Let us be diligent in our witness for Him.
The struggles, the privations, the sorrows of our day weigh heavily upon our hearts. Yet let us not be disturbed. Let us remember Daniel`s vision to perplexed Israel in her time of sorrow: "The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits" (Daniel 11:32).
Why not make this your text for the days to come? Let us live for Jesus, denying ourselves, investing our time and money with eternity`s values in view. How can we do less than give Jesus our best in these crisis days? Are you giving Him your best? Are you? Join with us in an all-out effort to reach lost souls no matter what that effort may cost. Much more can be done in personal witnessing and soul winning. Do you know God? Let us go forth then to do exploits!
4. THE WORLD UNDER ANTICHRIST
The July, 1974, edition of Readers Digest carried an article condensed from TIME magazine entitled "The Global Plague of Inflation." In this article the writer said: "The ultimate threat of inflation will eventually weaken confidence in democratic governments and institutions and prepare the way for sharp, violet shifts to the radical right of left."
The September 2, 1974, issue of NEWSWEEK proclaimed: "Almost daily experts warn of the danger of a global depression that could plunge the world into chaos." In the same article Federal Reserve Chairman Arthur Burns is quoted: "If long continued, inflation of anything like the present rate would threaten the very foundation of our society."
The September 30, 1974, edition of NEWSWEEK said: "Both the supplier and consumer nations should get together and work out a new set of equable rules for conducting the world`s business . . . and RESTRUCTURING THE OUTDATED INTERNATIONAL MONETARY SYSTEM."
All of this and much more is preparing for the rise of Antichrist. While the name "Antichrist" is a vague one to many in these days of compromising neo-evangelical theology, it was well understood by New Testament saints. It spoke to the early church and continues to speak to all Bible students of the last and greatest enemy of God and His Christ.
As we study the Bible we find these facts clearly taught:
1. Before the end of the Age of Grace, there will be an apostasy which will not only be a corruption of the Christian faith, but a total denial of it. It will substitute "the lie" for "the truth." It will be a counterfeit faith.
2. The last representative and leader of the apostasy will be a man--Antichrist, "the man of sin," "the wicked one," "the son of perdition."
3. During the Tribulation Period of seven years, following the rapture of the church, this man will attain universal dominion, all nations being subject to him. The world today is looking for such a man, a man of peace, a man that can unite the nations, a man who will control the world.
4. Antichrist will claim honors for himself and will persecute all upholding the faith of Christ, suppressing, as far as possible, all genuine Christian worship.
5. The Jews as a whole will receive Antichrist at the beginning of the Tribulation period; later on he will turn on Israel and persecute the Jews even unto death.
6. Antichrist and his adherents will be destroyed by the Lord Jesus Christ at His appearing, at the end of the Tribulation Period.
A careful study of the Bible will reveal that Antichrist will take the place of God and will bring humanity to the place of worshipping himself. 2 Thessalonians 2:4: "Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself hat he is God." He will be known as God. He will be one of the most important theologians of all times. He will teach all mankind to believe "the lie." Men will turn from the truth of God`s Word.
We can see the stage being set today for the theology of Antichrist to take over the thinking of the unsaved world. We are living in a day of naturalism which denies the supernatural. It teaches that scientific laws within nature account for all phenomena. It rejects the revelation of God as the means of attaining truth. it denies the existence of a personal God. It teaches that if there be a God, He is "One with nature" for all nature is God`s body. This does away with the Bible, with miracles, with supernatural power, and with eternal life.
This has always been the desire of the Devil. He told Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, "Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil" The devil wants to make gods out of men and he himself wants to be the chief god. This will come to a climax during the Tribulation Period. Men will not have the man Christ Jesus to rule over them but they will choose another man...a man who is humanity`s representative...a man who finally ascends the throne in the temple of God showing himself that he is God.
Therefore we can easily see that the Great Tribulation Period will have its religion. The false worldwide ecumenical church will be the church of the Tribulation Period. In Revelation 17:1-6 we see an adulterous woman sitting upon a beast. This is a picture of the ecumenical false church bringing together all the apostates of this time. We know that the present ecumenical movement will succeed. But since all true believers will be taken away in the Rapture of the Church, it will be nothing more than a federation of unbelievers.
For this reason God calls His children out of the ecumenical movement. How can God`s people, in any way, support of encourage or help the ecumenical movement when they know it is the church of Antichrist? Hear God`s call in Revelation 18:4: "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partaker of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Christian friend, are you going to remain true to a church or to Christ? Are you going to follow the teaching of men or the teaching of the Word of God?
The next step for Antichrist, as revealed in Rev. 13:2-4 , is to destroy the harlot, ecumenical false church system. After that, he will demand that all people worship him. Deception, lies and wonders will be employed to obtain worship and terrible persecution will fall upon all those who refuse to give Antichrist the place he demands.
The Great Tribulation is set forth in the Bible under various terms. In Daniel 12:1 it is described as "a time of trouble." In Matthew 24:21-29 it is called "great tribulation." In Luke 21:34-36 it is referred to as "that day," that is the day that is described in the previous part of the chapter. In Jeremiah 30:4-7 it is called "the day" and "the time of Jacob`s trouble."
John's vision of Revelation 13:1-4 pictures the final form of political dominion and sovereignty. When the beast is destroyed in Rev. 19:20, there will be no successor. Revelation Chapter 17 describes the great scarlet whore, a picture of decadence, debauchery and prostitution of God`s faith and religion in the earth. That scarlet woman rides the beast. There the seven heads are seven mountains describing the capital city of Rome. And there are seven kings: "five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come" (Revelation 17:10).
The five "fallen" are the five ancient empires that preceded the day of the apostle John: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, and Greece. The one that "is" was the Roman Empire of John`s day. The one that is "not yet come" is this great final political dominion under Antichrist.
The stage is being set today for this end-time Empire. The European Union consists of the majority of the nations which made up the old Roman Empire. The world is crying for a United States of Europe which will be the Roman Empire revived.
The European Union takes away the sovereignty of each individual state and the next step is for a man to take over--that man will be Antichrist.
The first thing to notice about Antichrist is that they worshipped him. Antichrist is not just one who is AGAINST Christ but he is one who TAKES THE PLACE OF Christ. Satan will convince the multitudes that Christ the Lord was a fraud and an impostor. The world will then follow the advice of this first beast, the political dictator and ruler of the earth, and receive the second beast, Antichrist, as their Messiah.
This is what the world is doing today. Satan is working overtime convincing multitudes that Christ is not worthy to be followed so they are turning to other leaders who, in many cases, completely control their lives. Truly, the stage is being set for the world to receive Antichrist.
Revelation 13:5,6: "And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven."
It is interesting to notice that Daniel and Revelation agree perfectly in this description. Daniel describes mostly the head of the revived Roman Empire, the little horn. John sees the entire empire as such. Daniel saw the fourth beast, with ten horns. The little horn had "eyes like the eyes of man and a mouth speaking great things." The little horn, "shall speak words against the Most High." The little horn, "shall wear out the saints of the Most High." The little horns time of power is, "a time and times and dividing of times" (42 months or 3 1/2; years). This is exactly the description given in Revelation 13 by John.
Revelation 13:11: "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake like a dragon."
The second beast comes out of the earth and becomes the religious leader. He has the same Satanic power as the first beast who, through its head, makes a covenant with the Jews at the beginning of the seven years, but in the middle of the week breaks the covenant (Daniel 9:27). This covenant will probably include permission for the Jews to build a temple and to resume their sacrificial worship. But when the little horn, the prince, becomes energized by Satan, he breaks that covenant.
This second beast is the counterfeit lamb and his two horns are an imitation of the priestly and kingly authority of Christ. He is the one of whose coming our Lord spoke in John 5:43: "I am come in my Father`s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive." He is "that man of sin" mentioned by Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. He is a miracle worker.
We are living in a day of miracles. Christians will follow any leader who claims to do miracles or who does miracles. But doing miracles does not necessarily mean the miracles are of God. The Bible relates miracles that are of the Devil. This false prophet is a total deceiver.
He also demands the worship of the first beast. He makes an image of the first beast (verse 15) and gives breath to it so it can speak. This image will most likely be set up inside the land of Palestine possibly in the rebuilt temple and the beast will be worshipped. The most terrible persecution will take place in connection with this idol-worship.
The Antichrist will have a wonderful system of keeping tab on every human being. The world is already conditioned for this control. Government computers even today keep records of name, age, nationality, occupation, place, residence, and so on. The Antichrist will have a system of marking all the population either through implanted microchips with computer and satellite tracking or a tattoo on the skin and those who refuse his authority will not be allowed to buy or sell.
The number of Antichrist is 666. Six is the number of man which is the number that falls short of the perfect number 7. Man was created on the 6th day. He is to work six of the seven days. A Hebrew slave could not be a slave more than six years. The fields were to be sown not more than six years and then they were to be allowed a year of rest. Six is the number of a man. There is an unholy trinity of sixes here--666. It speaks of the ultimate of all human power and authority.
Terrible days lie ahead. the rumblings of the coming judgment can be heard in the distance. The storm clouds are gathering. There is only one way out and that is through the Lord Jesus Christ who is the door to perfect safety. Those who repent of sin and receive Him and enter through this door by faith are safe. Their names are written in the Lamb`s Book of Life. Is your name written there?
Lord, I care not for riches Neither silver nor gold; I would make sure of heaven, I would enter the fold. In the book of the kingdom With its pages so fair, Tell me, Jesus, my Saviour, Is my name written there? Lord, my sins they are many, Like the sands of the sea, But Thy Blood, oh, my Saviour, Is sufficient for me; For Thy promise is written In bright letters that glow, "Though your sins be as scarlet, I will make them white as snow."
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Let Us Pray Together--
PRAY: "God be merciful to me a sinner. Receive me now for Christ's sake. Cleanse me from my sin by your precious blood, shed on the cross for me; lead me to be Baptized and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Teach me to pray each day; to read Your will for my life from your word, the Bible; and help me to worship and serve You in the fellowship of your church. I thank you Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN!