One need only surf the internet to get any number of merited comments and suggestions on this subject. So, who is this anti-christ and is he currently alive and well ? Could he be the head of the European Union, the head of the United Nations, a prominent political figure, a well known religious leader, or even the well known president of a leading country ? Could this anti-christ be of western descent or maybe from a middle-eastern descent?
(Please allow me to privately reserve my personal opinion, as to who I feel is the anti-christ, as to not distract from the spirit of this message).
First, for all those non-believers who know nothing about this anti-christ phenomenon, God's word is very implicit regarding this fact of history. Whether you believe it or not, it will happen. ( 2 Thess 2:3-4, 8-12)
Surf the internet, and you will get a sample of the majority thinking, with respect to whom this person may be. No one now knows his identity for sure, as the anti-christ will not come to power until the Holy Spirit is taken out of the world (2 Thess 2:6-7), at the time of the rapture. For you see, The church began on the Day of Pentecost with a visitation of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:1-4) The church ends at the rapture with the translation of living saints and the resurrection of those who have died in Christ (1 Thess. 4:13-18).
I feel very strongly we are so close to the end of time, as we know it. And the anti-christ is probably live today and just waiting in the wings for Satan to crown him. For instance, just take the opinion of a majority of internet surfers, and you will find one prominent western world leader being mentioned.
And the leading candidate seems to be doing everything in his power to prepare the way for the Antichrist’s future reign, based on his godless track record of going against God's word.
So, no wonder this one world leader has emerged to the forefront of the current world stage, by his ungodly mind-set (2 Timothy 3:13), and by means of his track record of frequently going against the principles of God's word, such as initiating same sex marriages (Genesis 2:24-25) and allowing government funded wholesale abortions. (Exodus 23:7)
Much like the future anti-christ's false approach, the world seems to be turning into a nanny state mentality, by its people wanting and getting piles of freebies. Just look at the current world wide unemployment rate.
How may we tell how close we may be to this historic event and the end times ? One need only read the latest newspaper or tune in the latest news to get a picture of our worldwide turmoil. And this seemly doomed environment begs for someone to emerge to change the world, much like this anti-christ fore runner has done in his own country. If you understand prophecy, you see the world stage is set for the coming of the 'Man of Sin.' (2Th 2: 3)
Each period of history has had its tyrants who forced their particular brand of evil on those they ruled. Antiochus Epiphanes insulted the Jews religion by killing a pig in the most sacred spot in the world for Jewish people, the Holy of Holies. Herod sacristy place an eagle over the temple door. Roman Emperor Nero began killing Christians for sport and to entertain his willing blood thirsty citizens. Hitler killed Jews and anyone else who resisted his diabolical Third Reich.
The mere mention of the this anti-christ character is already causing a sustentation of mockery from the worlds unbelievers. Yet, one well known world leader, has already started leading people astray. (Isaiah (9:16)
How will the anti-christ come to power ? Will his grand entrance be set up free for all of the world to see by way of a ticker-tape parade and open shows in media and public. Or simply by an inconspicuously peace treaty merger into the world systems of government ?
As a prelude to the anti-christ's rule, will America become a nation ruled by a political party led by Jihadists, or an obstructs big party lead by a charismatic leader ? Will the relaxed life style of Hollywood take over our youth, forcing a new alternative life style? Which confusion will emerge to usher us into the time of the anti-christ ? God only knows. Just be prepared. Just keep looking up.(Revelation 22:20)
I feel that the world will be in such dire need of a false savior, that he will instantly emerge world-wide, based on his reputation. Obviously, this will be a false representation. So, let's look at some characteristics of the anti-christ.
He Will Blaspheme God- One of the greatest of these characteristics is that he will blaspheme the holy name of God. (Revelation 13:6)
He Claims to be God and is Worshiped-A strong characteristic is that the Anti-Christ will seek to be worshipped like God. (2 Thess 2:3-4) ((Rev 17
He Will Display Miraculous Powers-He will dazzle those who are deceived and that is why many will worship him. (2 Thess 2"9-12) (Revelation 13:13)
The Anti-Christ Comes Back to Life-Just like Jesus Christ died on the cross and was resurrected, the Anti-Christ will recover from what was considered a mortal wound (Revelation 13:14)
The Anti-Christ Rules in Full Authority-The Anti-Christ, again mimicking Jesus sovereignty, will rule for 42 months over the earth. For three and a half years he “was given authority to continue [literally "make war"] for forty-two months” (Rev 13:5-7).
The Anti-Christ Will Control the World’s Economy-Whoever rules the world’s goods rules the unsaved world. (Rev13:16-17)
The Anti-Christ Desecrates God’s Temple-He will lead the "abomination of desolation". (Dan 11:21-24, 12:11)
The Anti-Christ’s Attempted Destruction of Israel-Satan and all of those under his rule have always sought the destruction of the Jews. The end times see this brought to fruition. ( Daniel 9:27, 11:40-41)
Causes Earth’s Armies to Fight Against Christ-The Anti-Christ makes an unwise decision, showing that pride comes before the fall. And what a great fall this is.(Revelation 19:19-21) That will be the last decision that Anti-Christ makes and it will be a fatal one for he is cast alive into the lake of fire where he can deceive the nations no more.
What is the anti-christ eventual destiny? In spite of the anti-Christ's brief stay of power, he will ultimately fail. All of the little “a” anti-christ’s and the anti-christ are decisively headed to one place; the lake of fire. ( 1 John 1:9 ) (John 3:18) (Revelation 20:19-20)
If you are denying Jesus Christ is God and that He came in the flesh and lived a perfect, sinless life, that He died for sinners, and was raised again and today sits at the right hand of God, (1 Cor 15:1-4) and that He is coming again to judge the world in righteousness, then you are also an anti-Christ (little “a”). There is nothing that is not forgivable except not believing in Jesus Christ as the Son of God (1 John 1:9). If you do not believe in Jesus Christ then you are an anti-Christ and you stand condemned unless you repent (John 3:18).
Author's Post Script
With today's political mind-set being what it is, I have a real problem, as one claiming to be a child of God, being associated with any particular political party. If only we had a third party entitled" The "Christian Party". And if this party was strictly based on the scriptures "full gospel" teachings ( 1Cor 15:1-4), what a wonderful world this would be. For you see, the party platform would be taken from a single book, the Bible.
It is imperative that we, who name the name of Christ (Philippians 1:21), make (Romans 12:1-2) our daily resolution. And stand firm (2 Thess 2:15) looking for that "Blessed Hope" (Titus 2:13) and continue to look up for that day when we will be with our Lord forever. ( Revelation 22:17,20)
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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