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The concept that the message of this article may have different meanings in different contexts, may be closely related to one's knowledge, understanding, and perception, of the scriptures as given in (2 Timothy 3:16).
Just look around you. One need only read the local newspaper, tune into the history TV channel, surf the internet, or even talk with that theologically disciplined nosy next door neighbor over the backyard fence, to get any variation of opinions or any number of merited comments and suggestions on this subject of the antichrist.
So, who is this antichrist ? Will he be a highly exposed government leader, a charismatic civil leader, a well known religious leader, a highly visible celebratory personality, or just some plan simple individual acceptable to the Devil's charge ? Could this antichrist be of western descent or maybe from a middle-eastern descent?
Even so, any assumptions of the human mind is purely conjecture, as only God Himself knows who the antichrist is, when he will appear and where he will come from (Matthew 24:36). And for all you non-believers, who know nothing about the antichrist phenomenon, your mind-set will not make this occurrence any more untrue. It will happen, and soon I believe. Just look around you and compare, as never before has the world been in such a "grand mess" .
This word "anti" in antichrist does not necessarily mean someone who is going to openly be against Christ, although this will happen. The word "anti" in the original Bible language can actually mean "in place of". So, could the Bible antichrist be someone who has actually put himself "in place" of Christ (1 John 2:18-19) ? Is that "thinking cap" whirling around now ? Mine is, as I can think of many world leaders fitting this description.
The antichrist could very well be alive today, and just waiting in the wings to be anointed by Satan himself. As we are probably closer to the end of time, as we know it, than ever before. Satan is doing everything in his power (Ephesians 6:12) to prepare the way for this antichrist’s future reign, based on his godless track record of going against God's word (1 Timothy 4:1-5) (2 Timothy 3:1-7,13). The mere mention of this antichrist character is already causing a sustentation of mockery from the worlds unbelievers. Yet, the world's society has already started leading people astray (Isaiah 9:16).
So, how will the antichrist come to power ? Will this 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 by overcoming the legal system with ungodly laws ? As a prelude to the antichrist's rule, will America be a nation ruled by an ungodly political party or a big party lead by a charismatic leader ? Which confusion will emerge to usher us into the time of the antichrist ? God only knows. Just be prepared. Just keep looking up(Revelation 22:20). The Bible in (2 Thess 2:3-4 ) tells us how we will recognize the Antichrist
I personally 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, that will not be realized until it's too late.
Two prophecies must occur before the antichrist appears. First, God's Holy Spirit must first be taken out of the world (2 Thess 2:6-7), at the time of the rapture, when all Christians are suddenly and without any warning, called up to meet Jesus in the sky (1 Cor 15:51-52). 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).
And secondly, the antichrist must enter into a seven year covenant with Israel (Daniel 9:24-27). The terms of this covenant are not listed, but it is clear it will be a non-aggression pact, perhaps even a military alliance that will enable the antichrist to gain power. Every day we hear something about Middle East Peace talks, or lack thereof. Regardless, at some point they will be completed and this will be the first sign that we will see the antichrist appearance. Herein may be the problem; this agreement may not be noticeable or prominent at first, given the way the world governments do business. It may not be revealed to the public, until well after the fact, to assure positive political feasibility. In other words, thus covenant could have already been signed, but we have not yet been informed. Yet, no one knows, aside from our Father God (Mark 13:32) (Acts 1:7). So, keep your eyes tuned to the Bible and your ears in tune with God (Revelation 22:20-21). It will happen, and sooner than later, I feel.
Listed below are some main Biblical characteristics which emphasis the coming antichrist's attributes.
....... He Will Blaspheme God- One of the greatest of these characteristics is that he will blaspheme the holy name of God (Revelation 13:16).
....... He Will Claim To Be God and is Worshiped- A strong characteristic is that the antichrist will seek to be worshipped like God (2 Thess 2:3-4).
...... He Will Come Back to Life- Just like Jesus Christ died on the cross and was resurrected, the antichrist will recover from what was considered a mortal head wound (Revelation 13:14).
...... He Will Rule In Full Authority- The antichrist, again mimicking Jesus sovereignty, will rule for 42 months over the earth. For three and a half years he is given authority to continue [literally "make war"] for forty-two months” (Revelation 13:5-7).
...... He Will Control the World’s Economy- Whoever rules the world’s goods rules the unsaved world (Revelation 13:16-17).
...... He Will Attempt The 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).
....... He Will Causes Earth’s Armies To Fight Against Jesus Christ- The antichrist 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 antichrist 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.
........ He Will Cause all under his control to receive the "mark of the beast", given in the Bible as the code "666 (Rev 13:16).
PLEASE NOTE: There will be stiff penalties (including death), for anyone who refuses this mark of the beast identification (Revelation 14:9-11). Is this a figurative prophecy of the 666 mark in (John 6:66) ?
Now in today's world, more than ever before, this type worldwide identification is quite feasible. With the QR (Quick Response ) codes appearing on all merchandise packaging, the bar codes, the microchip technology and the hand held devices, such as I pads, I phones, and scanners, this mark could very easily be incorporated in our daily living. The code "666", mentioned in prophecy, could now be any number of digital combinations, or interpolations of ancient language.
So, what is the antichrist eventual destiny? In spite of the antichrists brief stay of power, he will ultimately fail. All of the little antichrist’s (unbelievers) and the one and only antichrist are decisively headed to one place; the lake of fire (1 John 1:9 ) (John 3:18) (Revelation 20:15)
In conclusion, is reading these antichrist characteristics not like reading today's newspaper, or viewing the nightly TV news ? I think yes! This old world, including the main line news media, is so ripe for someone, anyone, to come on the scene and give us peace. To give us hope. To give us a reason for being here.
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 antichrist, with a 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 antichrist and you stand condemned to hell unless you repent (John 3:18).
Author's Post Script
At no other time in history, have so many professions been in one accord, regarding the end times. In a recent speech to the UN General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated he felt we were now realizing " biblical prophecies" . A famous Minnesota Representative recently proclaimed that the world has entered its last days. Other well know Bible scholars, such as the Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, the author of the best seller "The Harbinger" (which all should read) and Pastor John Haggee, also agree with these revelations. And America's well known evangelist, Billy Graham echoes the comments given by these professionals. Count me in too, for I believe he will shortly come to power.
A recent survey conducted by the California based Bama Group found that 4-in 10 Americans and 77 percent of evangelical Christians believe the world is now in the biblical end times.
He could be currently groomed by a number of powerful political forces to make his grand entrance. Will he be from the Eastern or Western cluture ? The prophecy authories are divided on this issue. According to the book, "The Mideast Beast", by Joel Rishardson". He will be of Eastern culture, but others say he will be a descendent of the old " Roman Empire". Only time will tell.
He will be like no other man, as he will be controlled by Satan, himself . He will be loved by his psychology of love, peace and the importance of unity among nations. He will perform many miracles. Images of his face will appear everywhere. He will even be seen associating with many religious world leaders. Through the power of Satan, he will be able to create acts, which will shock many and these will be deemed to be miraculous.
To the ignorant of many, including some so-called Christians, he will be seen as the coming Messiah. He will then proclaim he was sent by God to save the world. Many, including those in the world who do not accept the living God, will be persuaded that this man is the Son of man, Jesus Christ. Those who honor and obey what he asks of them, will be doomed with such evil that their souls will be sucked into a vacuum, out of which they will find it impossible to extradite themselves.
However, those who know the scripture truths, will recognize the deceit, which will be placed before the human race and they will withstand this abomination (2 Timothy 3:16). Does anyone come to mind now ?
Are you ready, for Jesus to return ? You see no one will ever be good enough on their own, be able to pay enough money, or rely on a friend or relative, to get them into God's heaven. It's simply receiving God's free grace, by your faith. Here's a guide to help you. (Ephesians 2:8-9). And regardless of what others may say, Jesus is the only way to heaven. (John 14:6)
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