Last Days Prophecy
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The Restrainer Removed . . . The Antichrist Revealed
The day that the Antichrist is revealed will be a most fearful and confusing day. Even to those who have heard what will happen, it will still be a shock to experience the Antichrist’s rise. All stability will be suddenly taken out of the lives of those left behind after the Rapture, and obvious chaos will take its place. For the vast majority of people, his sudden rise will seem like a dream come true, for they think they have finally reached the dream of a one-world government. The hope of peace on Earth will successfully hide the true character of the Beast and his leader.
To those who believe to some extent (for TRUE believers are gone), however, the coming of the Antichrist will make the prophecies of the last days a stark reality and jolt them out of their comfort zone as nothing else could. Right now we can sit back and watch the events of the end unfold without actually being affected by them. We can be fascinated by reading books on end-times prophecy and listening to news stories which correlate to Biblical predictions. But when the Antichrist comes, nothing in the lives of those who remain, will be the same. The end times will arrive with suddenness whether we are expecting them or not.
This does NOT imply that God will somehow lose control. The Lord knows exactly what He is doing. In fact, it is only by the will of the Lord that the Antichrist will have any power over the world at all. Even the very day of the revealing of Antichrist will not occur by chance, but through a carefully laid out plan of God. Paul told the Thessalonians this about the Antichrist’s rise. 2 Thes. 2:6-8 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: (KJV)
Commentators have debated for years over who might be the one who now hinders the appearance of the Antichrist. The most common explanation (and also the correct one) is that the Restrainer is none other than the Holy Spirit. Only God has control over the course of history. Satan and other evil forces may try to affect how individual events transpire, but it is ultimately the Lord Himself who has the final say and the ultimate control. Just as God has planned and prophesied of the events of the end thousands of years before they were destined to occur, He will also maintain control over their fulfillment down to the smallest detail and moment of time. The very instant that the Antichrist will be revealed is both known and controlled by God.
So, How can the Lord possibly be the power behind the rise of the most evil man in history?
The Lord may control when Satan will be allowed to do this, but God will not create nor condone that man’s wickedness . . . BUT, He will allow it! To prove this, the apostle Paul goes on to say that at the very moment God’s restraining influence is removed this will occur:
2 Thes. 2:8-9 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (KJV)
The Antichrist will be Satan’s main accomplice and advocate at the end. Antichrist will rise to power solely as the result of Satan’s wicked plans. We know that the final world empire will be Satan’s last attempt at world dominion in this age, and now we can see that all of Satan’s wicked plans will climax in the rise of not only the empire itself, but in the leader of that beast as well. God shall punish Satan, believe it! Isaiah 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. (KJV) Rev. 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (KJV)
Satan will also attempt to show signs and wonders to the world to confirm the properness and perfectness of the Antichrist’s reign. In one fateful moment, all the people of the world will rally behind this great leader, and the new world order he represents will be born with horrifying consequences. It is rapidly speeding to that very day!
The Lord tells us that the coming of the Antichrist will be the final turning point for all humanity. That single event will create an absolute dividing line between good and evil in the last days.
Delusion from God
After describing how Satan will orchestrate the Antichrist’s rise, Paul goes on to say this:
2 Thes. 2:10-12 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (KJV) . . . What an amazing prophecy. Not only will the power of Satan and his demons be hard at work trying to promote and establish the Antichrist at the end, but the Lord also says that He too will send strong delusion in that day! WHY would God actually seem to help in the Antichrist’s rise? It is NOT that the Lord desires to have evil reign over the nations, but instead, God is going to use the Antichrist’s coming as a judgment upon a Christ-rejecting world. Almighty God Himself will send strong delusion so that ALL those who have rejected the love of Jesus, will once and for all, have to decide: FOR Jesus or AGAINST Jesus?
There are millions upon millions of people who have coldly turned their backs on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and have rejected and refused the crucified Son of God. There is a day coming (the Great Tribulation), when ALL will have a final opportunity to choose: Jesus the TRUE Saviour or the alternative . . . Satan’s supposed savior, the Antichrist.
Please do NOT take this too lightly. Much of what will happen to Christians and non-Christians (unbelievers) at the end, will be a direct result of the decision they will have to make when the Antichrist arises. It could be in the near future, because none of us know when Jesus will come at the Rapture and remove the TRUE church. Right after that, The Tribulation begins! And too, it could also be in the near future because none of us know when God will call us away from this life on Earth. We could fall in the bathtub tonight and die. We need to seriously consider where we want to spend eternity!
The Bible says that those who have heard the Gospel and have blatantly rejected Christ will be the ones most likely to follow the false Christ. In the book of Revelation, John puts this fact in some fairly strong terms: Rev. 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (KJV) . . . Is your name in the Book of life? Rev. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV)
What this prediction really means is that all people who have refused Jesus and are therefore NOT found in His book of life, will easily fall prey to the deception of the new world order. So charmed and captivated will they become with the Antichrist and his dramatic rise that they will gladly swear allegiance to his empire. To the Lord Jesus, this will be considered as the worst in idolatry . . . that is why the term worship is used to describe the behavior of the Antichrist’s followers. This will involve both an allegiance to the Empire-Beast and eventually the literal idol worship of the Antichrist as the savior of the World and God.
Not only will Christians be persecuted, but their entire economic world will suddenly come crashing down around them if they do not follow the Antichrist’s system.
The Image of the Beast
Not only will the military might he commands be unsurpassed, but the Antichrist will also have at his disposal the most technologically advanced wonders of all time. The Apostle John tells us that he will make an image to the beast that had the deadly wound. Remember how the prophet Daniel describes that King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon made a huge statue of a man after he had the vision of the future course of world history? He wrongly reacted to the gift of knowledge from God by making an idol which was deliberately against the Lord. He even forced the people of Babylon to bow down and worship the image on the threat of death.
John says the man of sin will do the same thing to the people of the final world empire. It may be that the Antichrist will so recognize his place in Biblical prophecy that he too will attempt to create a type of commemorative idol. However, there’s a big difference between Nebuchadnezzar’s statue and the Antichrist’s image of the beast.
Rev. 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (KJV) . . . John predicts that the image will actually seem to be alive to the people! The second beast (False Prophet) shall have power to supposedly give life to the image of the first beast, so that the image (idol) of the first beast will seemingly speak. And if anyone refuses to bow to the image of the beast, they shall be killed.
To make an image of the Antichrist, whose deadly wound was healed, would be like adding fuel to the already started fire! It would just give form and power to his worship. The False Prophet will also be able to make this idol speak. With today’s technology, this will be no great thing. For those of you who have seen the images at Disneyland, that both move and speak, know this is possible. And with each passing day, new things are brought forth. All those who refuse to worship the image of this beast, will be put to death by the False Prophet.
Although many people think that the image of the Beast will literally come to life, I cannot go along with that. It is clear to me that ONLY God has the power to give the gift of life (Gen.2:7; Job 33:4; Ecc.12:7). Col. 1:15-17 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. (KJV) . . . The Bible is clear! It was through Jesus that everything came into being, and the book of Genesis states clearly that ALL life originated by the Lord’s Hand. Because of this, the man-made image that SEEMS to have a life, has to have an explanation other than that of a man having life creation abilities.
Before our generation it might have been very hard to come up with alternative explanations for this prophecy. BUT . . . with all that has happened in technology, even in the last 20 years, it is very possible for us to know this could be possible . . . NOT possible that the idol could actually speak . . . but that the idol seems to talk.
Mark of the Beast
The Mark of the Beast is predicted in the Bible to be symbol of allegiance that the Antichrist and the Final World Empire will require of every man, woman and child. This Mark will be the dividing line between life and death, Christ and Antichrist, allegiance to God or allegiance to Satan, Heaven and Hell, and it will be given in the right hand or forehead. All people who obtain the Mark will suffer the wrath of God and be forever damned (condemned to Hell).
Of all the predictions in the Bible concerning the last days, the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast seems to consistently generate the most interest and guesswork.
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