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Revealing The Antichrist - the Super Deceiver!

The Megalomaniacal Leader of the New World Order!

God has forewarned us of a time when the man of sin, a super-human dictator (II Thess. 2:4), known as THE ANTICHRIST or THE FIRST BEAST (Rev.13), will be given power over "all kindreds and tongues and nations..." "and ALL that dwell on the earth SHALL worship him (except the saints), and he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive his mark, the number or name, in order to (work), buy or sell." (Rev. 13:7,8,16)

"As a SNARE, shall it come on ALL them that dwell on the face of the whole earth." (Luke 21:35). That is why God warned in the 34th verse,: "Take heed... lest... your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares."

Two particular baits the Antichrist will use to coax people under his snare before they are caught and compelled to take the mark: money and hunger. Many people are already more concerned about surviving - saving their own skin and their ability to work, buy and sell than they are about their soul's eternal welfare. With all food rationed and scarce and with the fear of imminent death or torture, it will be a simple matter to cause a  fearful, unbelieving people to accept this mark of allegiance and worship of the Antichrist, which seals one's eternal doom. (Rev. 14:11)

Whose Number Is This?

In English it is 600-060-006.or (666) In Greek it can be the Greek letters which look like  x-e-s. In the Roman it is DC-LX-VI. The Bible does not say every man will have that number, only those that pledge allegiance to the man of sin, and take his mark , his number ... it is the number of a MAN, and HIS number is six hundred threescore and six. (Rev. 13:18)

It is also Prophetically significant that the world's population base has now reached 6.3 billion and will soon reach 6.66 billion people. Will the 6.66 Billion Mark in world population usher in the beginning stages of the Empire of the Antichrist and dreaded Mark Of The Beast?? It is also significant that the population of Israel has now reached 6.66 Million. I don't think that this is a coincidence do you??

Why They Will Worship Him!

The Antichrist will be a super deceiver, the Megalomaniacal leader of the New World Order, and a counterfeit imitator of Christ. He will be religious at the start. (John 16:2). As Christ desired unity among His followers (John 17:20,21), even so the Antichrist has put into place a Counterfeit Church, an ecumenical - ecclesiastical federation of religions, churches and denominations, that omit the name of Jesus, deny the reality of a full immersion water baptism, deny the reality of hell, deny the truths of Bible Prophecy, and deny the cross, the Resurrection, the blood and the virgin birth of Jesus.

As Christ will have a bride (Rev. 19:7), so will the Antichrist (Rev. 17:5). Here we have two groups, the sealed ones of God (The Bride Of Christ) , that are sealed with the Mark of God and will live in Eternity with God Forever and the Sealed ones of Satan that will accept the Mark of the Beast (Satan) and will be eternally condemned to Hell forever. As Christ has power to heal the sick, raise the dead, and had power over the elements to do miracles, so will the Antichrist SEEMINGLY have the same powers. (Rev. 13:13-15; II Thess. 2:10-11)

He shall be a successful ruler. The first of his reign shall be marked with the promise of peace and such prosperity that all will gladly surrender to him. (Dan 11:36), but this will eventually fade into the worst class of slavery the world has ever heard anything about. (Rev. 13:7, 16; II Thess. 2:4).

Mankind will be hopelessly trapped and paralyzed in his demonic presence.

The Image

 Perhaps through physical cloning, robotics, or radio, television, fiber optics, satellites, the Internet, holographic laser images and speaking super computers, a cloned image will be made "to both speak and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed." (Rev. 13:15). The story of the three Hebrew children (Dan.3) is a type of the professing Christian in this dreadful time.

The False Prophet's Role In The "Unholy Trinity"

The ultimate deception of the end times will involve the world-wide worship of the FIRST BEAST, the Antichrist (Rev.13).  This will be encouraged by the False Prophet (Rev.19:20; 20:10), also known as the second "beast"(Rev.13:11-17).

Like the, Antichrist, his identity is not clearly revealed, but several clues are given to help us know who he is.

J. Dwight Pentecost observes that the False Prophet serves as the spokesperson for the Antichrist.  He states that the power and spirit of Antichrist "will culminate in the Beasts in their corporate ministries .... The first Beast will be in direct opposition to Christ (a New World Order - a one world global government)  ... and the second Beast will assume the place of Charismatic leadership in the religious realm (a one world universal - multi-faith - ecumenical-ecclesiastical religion) which rightly belongs to Christ." (emphasis ours)

Revelation 13 presents ten identifying features of the False Prophet.  He will:

Biblical scholars are divided on the matter of the identity of the False Prophet.  Some believe that he will be Jewish, while others believe he will be a Gentile.  The biblical record itself is inconclusive.

However. when we observe the relationship of the False Prophet to the great prostitute, the "Mysterious Harlot" (Rev. 17), we immediately notice his connection to the city on "seven hills" (Rome)  (see Rev. 17:7-9) that rules "over the kings of the earth" ( Rev.17-18).

It seems clear that John is referring to Rome, which is built on seven hills, by the terminology that he uses to describe the symbol of "Babylon the Great."

Ironically, little has been written about the False Prophet compared to the volumes of material about the Antichrist.  Thomas Ice and Timothy Demy comment, "The Antichrist and  the False Prophet are two separate individuals who will work towards a common, deceptive goal. Their roles and relationship will be that which was common in the ancient world between a ruler (Antichrist) and the high priest (False Prophet) of the national one world religion."

Work Of The False Prophet

The False Prophet is depicted in the Revelation as a Charismatic religious leader who uses miraculous signs and wonders to deceive the world into worshipping the Antichrist.  Ice and Demy remark, "Even though this is yet a future event, the lesson to be learned for our own day is that one must exercise discernment, especially in the area of religion -- even when miracles appear to vindicate the messenger."

A century ago, Samuel Andrews argued that the work of the False Prophet will be to extend his universal eccumenical-ecclesiastical administration over the whole earth by establishing the church of the Antichrist as the counterfeit of the True Christian Church.

Andrews viewed this apostate religion as being bound together by a common hatred of True Apostolic Christianity and being filled with all deceptive demonical power.

The False Prophet does not so much deny Christian doctrine as he corrupts it through a Counterfeit Christianity.  Only in this way can the Antichrist sit in the temple of God, demanding to be worshipped as God (see Isaiah 14:12-14).

Remember, in Satan's temptation of Christ, he also appealed for worship (Matthew 4:8-10).

In fact, Satan offered to surrender the entire world to Christ if He would worship him.  Therefore, it should not surprise us that the goal of the Satan inspired False Prophet will be to get the whole world to bow down to the Antichrist, who is the personification of Satan himself.

Together, Satan (dragon), Antichrist (beast of sea), and the False Prophet (beast of earth) comprise an "unholy trinity" that is a counterfeit of the triune God.  Satan opposes the Father; Antichrist opposes the Son; and the False Prophet opposes the True Holy Spirit.  This ungodly alliance is Satan's final attempt to overthrow the work of God on earth.

The method of their diabolical attempt is explained in the biblical record.  The Antichrist dare not appear until after the "rebellion" (NIV) or "falling away" (KJV) of apostasy.  In the meantime, the spirit and power of the Antichrist (lawlessness) is already at work attempting to pervert the gospel and to corrupt the true church.  When this process is sufficiently established, the False Prophet will arise to prepare for the coming of the Antichrist.

The False Prophet is depicted as having "two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon" (Revelation 13:11).  He looks religious, but he talks like the devil.

He counterfeits true Christianity in order to hide his real identity.  Price states, "Just as the Holy Spirit is dedicated to bringing the world to know Jesus Christ, the False Prophet is dedicated to bringing all men into spiritual allegiance with the Antichrist."

The process by which the False Prophet deceives the world is through apostasy, the renunciation of the true gospel.  The spirit and power of Antichrist continues to work throughout the church continuing to deny the True Savior's work on the cross that redeemed us from our sins.

Religious Apostasy

Puritan scholar John Owen observed that apostasy is brought about by the great apostate himself.  He wrote, "The devil, that greatest of all apostates, has it as his chief desire to destroy Christ's church on earth, and failing that, to utterly corrupt it and so make it his church."

Owen pictures Satan's external attacks against the true church as a roaring lion and his internal attacks as a poisonous serpent.  It is the latter that has been most insidious.

Owen adds, "Once in, he secretly gradually poisoned the minds of many by vain thought of power and ambition, with love for the praise and honor of the world, and with superstitions. Thus, he turned them from the spiritual power and simplicity of the Gospel .... In this way, the 'mystery of iniquity, worked and was successful."

Owen goes on to list the danger signs of apostasy:

Though these observation over 300 years ago, they pinpoint  exactly the nature of both the personal and ecumenical-ecclesiastical.  When professing Christians become apostate and turn against the truth, they often do so with a vengeance.  Anyone who has ever debated theological issues with extreme liberals and apostates, has felt their bitterness and enmity against the Savior.

It should not surprise us then that the False Prophet represents the apostate, false, Ecumenical-Ecclesiastical, Counterfeit Christian, Romanized/Babylonian style religion of the end times.  If his rise to power parallels that of the Antichrist, he will preside over apostate Christendom after the rapture of the True Bible Believing Church to heaven.

All that are Left Behind -- be they Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, or Charismatic -- will be lost.  In such an environment, the False Prophet will have no problem deceiving the whole world.  While the True Holy Spirit will still be omnipresent in the world, the removal of the True Bible Believing Church (body of Christ) will bring the True Holy Spirit's restraining ministry to an end.

The Great Lie

The apostle Paul explained this process when he wrote: "For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way" (2 Thessalonians 2:7).

After the rapture, the True Holy Spirit will still convict people of sin, but His restraining ministry will be over and all of Satan's evil will break loose on earth.  Then the lawless one will be revealed.

Paul said, "The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing" (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10).

The rise of the Antichrist ("lawless one") will parallel a general breakdown in religious and moral values, resulting in a decadent society that will believe "the lie" rather than the truth.

The New Testament was written in the first century A.D. when Roman paganism and emperor worship threatened The True and Faithful Church and then in the 4th Century, a false church system exploded on the scene in the form of a Romanized, universal Counterfeit church.

Despite this external threat, the biblical writers warned constantly of apostasy, disobedience and rebellion from within the ranks of the church (see I Timothy 4:1-3); (2 Timothy 3:1-5); (2 Corinthians 11:13-15); (Galatians 1:6-12); (2 Peter 2:1-3); (John 4:1-3); (2 John 7); (Jude 3-4).

Paul indicates that this process will begin during the Church Age.  The "falling away" (2 Thess. 2:3) (KJV; Greek, apostasia) will occur before the "coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Thess. 2:1-3).  But its final explosion as a Babylonian - Romanized, Universal, ecumenical-ecclesiastical false religious system will only occur after the restraining ministry of the True Holy Spirit indwelling the True Bible Believing Church is removed at the rapture (2 Thess. 2:5-8).

This seems to clearly indicate that we will probably not know who the False Prophet is prior to the rapture.  But we can certainly observe several characteristics of the apostasy as we near the end of the age.

Is There An Escape?

"And they OVERCAME him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death." (Rev. 12:11).

"To him that OVERCOMETH will I give to eat of the hidden manna." (Rev. 2:17)

"He shall dwell on high; his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks, bread SHALL be given him; his waters SHALL BE SURE." (Isaiah 33:16; Dan. 7:21,22; Psalms 37:3, 19, 25, 28).

 Please be wise and heed this WARNING!

Determine NEVER under any circumstances to allow to permit this deadly mark to be placed in or on YOU or inserted under your skin, such as an implanted microchip. All true Christians must put their trust in the real CHRIST. It will be far better for you who are "Left Behind" to be Martyred and have your head cut off and go to Heaven, then conform to and worship the Antichrist and go to Hell.

"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years." (Rev:20:4)

"I call Heaven and earth to record, this day against you, and that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: "Therefore choose LIFE that both thou and thy seed may live." (Deut. 30:19)

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! 

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