Introduction . . .
God warns of a world leader who will soon rise and grow in power. This coming world leader has been given around 33 names and titles (which describe attributes) in the Bible (both in the Old and New Testaments) ... one of which is the 'Antichrist.' The Bible says this man will not be revealed until after the 'Restrainer' (the Holy Spirit - including the body of believers alive at the time) is 'removed' (as a note, some believe at that time the U.S. will also be "removed" from its role as a "restraining" world power). This coming world leader (the Antichrist) will begin by exerting control over ten nations which were once part of the Roman Empire (most likely European) . . .
"The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from (out of)
this kingdom (the Roman Empire ... could be 10 nations out of the Europe Union)
And another shall rise after them;
he (the Antichrist) shall be different from the first ones,
and shall subdue three kings (or nations) . . ." (The end begins)
"Shall be different"... we don't know what nationality this man will be, or what might make him "different." In one verse he is described as 'the Assyrian' (an area around Syria and Iraq). He may be considered an 'alien' by some. This man will quickly consolidate power over 10 nations which were once part of the Roman Empire (probably European) and then over the whole world through treaties and war. God warns this man will be empowered by Satan. He will lead the world into the terrors of the Apocalypse. This coming world leader has been given many names and titles in the Bible, including one of the best known, yet most misleading - the 'Antichrist.' Although he will be against faithful Christians and will mock Godís Word, the world will view him as a great leader and a man of peace. This man will be Satanís counterfeit messiah. He will use deception and lies to "spin" his web of deceit and to conceal his true motives. Prophecies hint this man will not be fully revealed until after the Rapture, when the "Restrainer" is taken out of the way . . .
"For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work;
only He who now restrains (the Holy Spirit)
will do so UNTIL He is taken out of the way.
And THEN the lawless one (Antichrist) will be revealed,
whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth
and destroy with the brightness of His coming.
The coming of the lawless one (Antichrist)
is according to the working of Satan,
with all power, signs (miracles), and lying wonders"
(2 Thessalonians 2:7-9)
"He who now restrains" . . . The Rapture of the Church
We are told that all who believe Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew) died for their sins, was buried, then raised from the dead, and accept Him as their Lord and Savior (who saves us from Hell) are "born again," and are then indwelt by the Holy Spirit. According to the Bible, you cannot separate the Holy Spirit from the believing Christian. This is Godís promise. So, in order to remove "He who now restrains" (the Holy Spirit), God must also remove the body of believers who are alive at that time. This is why many believe the man some call the 'Antichrist' cannot be revealed until after the Rapture of the Church (admittedly a pretty 'hard to comprehend' prophecy) . . . so we don't spend too much time trying to figure out who this guy is. Also, since there doesn't appear to be any obvious prophecies concerning America specifically during the Tribulation period, some feel the U.S. may be "neutralized" as an international restraining force at or around this same time . . .
The Beast: The Rise of Satan's Antichrist . . .
So, the world will soon get the leader it seems to be longing and waiting for. A powerful leader who will be popular, attractive, charismatic, and a great talker whose many words will not be chosen for truth, but for lies and deception. A leader who will kill many Christians and Jews . . .
"Then I stood on the sand of the sea.
And I saw a beast (Satanís Antichrist)
rising up out of the sea,
having seven heads and ten horns,
and on his horns ten crowns,
(The book of Daniel explains these represent 10 nations he will rule)
and on his heads a blasphemous name . . .
The dragon (Satan) gave him his power,
his throne, and great authority."
"The coming of the lawless one (the coming 'Antichrist')
is according to the working of Satan,
with all power, signs (miracles), and lying wonders"
(2 Thessalonians 2:9-10)
"It was granted to him to make war with the saints
and to overcome them (he will slaughter millions).
And authority was given him
over every tribe, tongue, and nation."
(This "leader" will dominate "World" governments)
"Then the king (Antichrist) shall do according to his own will:
he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god,
shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods,
and shall prosper until the Wrath (God's wrath) has been accomplished;
for what has been determined shall be done. (The coming "Apocalypse"...)
He shall regard neither the God of his fathers
NOR the desire of women, (he may aggressively promote the "homosexual" agenda ...)
nor regard any god;
for he shall exalt himself above them all."
"Woe to the worthless shepherd,
who leaves the flock! (Jewish? Christian?)
A sword shall be against his arm and against his right eye;
his (the Antichristís) arm shall completely wither,
and his right eye shall be totally blinded."
(This may happen when he receives his mortal "head wound")
This man whom we call the Antichrist has been given many different titles in the Bible. The most well known term "Antichrist" is unfortunate, because it is misleading. Misleading because, although this man will be against Christ (the Messiah), the world will see him as a "pseudo-christ." This man will not be ugly or scary looking. This future world leader will be Satanís counterfeit Christ (Messiah.) This coming leader will be very, very popular in the eyes of the world. The world will love him. The world will see him as a great leader, a man of "peace," and as a "messiah." While God sees this man as a lying, evil, vicious, and bloodthirsty . . . "Beast."
We are told quite a bit about this coming world leader, Satanís counterfeit messiah, who will someday soon rise in power . . .
- He will be indwelt and empowered by Satan
- He will rise to power first over 3 and then 10 nations (from the old Roman Empire ... Europe?!)
- He will somehow be 'diverse from the rest' so we are not certain he will be European
- He will bring 'peace', yet conquer through treaties and war
- He will be very, very popular around the world
- He will speak blasphemies against the God of gods
- He will not regard "the desire of women"
- He will be a great talker and speech maker
- He will likely be charismatic and physically attractive ... like King Saul
- He will receive what appears to be a fatal wound to the head
- He will appear to be resurrected from the dead
- His right eye may be blinded and his arm completely withered
- He will enforce a "peace" plan or resolution (covenant) upon nation Israel
(It doesnít say he signs this treaty, but he enforces some coming 'peace plan' or resolution)
- He may help to get the new Jewish Temple built in Jerusalem
- He will appear to perform miracles ("lying signs and wonders")
- He will require that everybody on Earth receive a mark or identification on their
forehead or hand and nobody will legally be able to buy or sell without it
- He will stand in a new Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and declare he is "God"
- Unspeakable terror and war will then engulf Earth for exactly 3Ĺ years (1260 days)
- He will direct the slaughter of millions of Christians and Jews who come to know the Lord
- He will lead the armies of the world into Israel . . . Armageddon.
A SECOND Beast will Rise.
The coming Antichrist will have a religious partner . . .
"Then I saw ANOTHER beast coming up out of the Earth,
and he had two horns like a lamb
and spoke like a dragon.
And he exercises all the authority
of the first beast (the Antichrist) in his presence,
and causes the Earth and those who dwell in it
to worship the first beast (the Antichrist),
whose deadly (head) wound was healed."
(Revelation 13:11-12) (The Antichrist will appear to be resurrected from a wound)
The coming Antichrist will not be alone. Another man, also empowered by Satan, will rule with the Antichrist. This powerful religious leader or "beast" (as God sees him) will rise to power with the Antichrist. In this prophecy God reveals some important information and details concerning this coming "religious" man of power ...
"Two horns like a lamb," tells us he will emerge with Christian credentials or doctrine, but "spoke like a dragon" tells us he will be controlled and directed by Satan. There are hints this man might even have Jewish blood. This person, along with the coming "one-world" (global) religious system he will lead, is referred to as "The Woman Who Rides the Beast" in the book of Revelation. This evil, blood-thirsty "one-world" religion appears to rise out of Rome.
The "IMAGE of the Beast" . . .
"He was granted power to give breath to the image of the Beast, (the coming Antichrist)
that the image of the Beast should both speak
AND cause as many as would not worship
the image of the Beast to be killed."
This religious leader will create some sort of an interactive "image" representing the Antichrist. All those who refuse to worship it will be executed. It may be something very miraculous, or it may be two-thousand year old vocabulary trying to describe some future technology such as robotics, animatronics, or 3D virtual reality ...
God describes these men as "beasts" because these "beasts" will slaughter and devour millions of believing Christians and Jews who will come to know Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew) after the coming "Rapture."
The "MARK of the Beast" . . .
"He causes ALL,
both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave,
to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,
and that no one may buy or sell (or get health care)
except one who has the mark,
or the name of the Beast,
or the number of his name."
This prophecy is very crucial for those who have not accepted Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew) as their Lord and will be alive when this law is enacted and enforced. This "mark" may be some kind of tattoo, or implanted microchip with all of your credit card and banking information, we really donít know right now. It will not be easy to refuse this mark, whatever it is, for many of you will have families and children that will need to be fed. But, please be warned . . . by taking this mark, you will have sealed your eternal fate in Hell. In Godís eyes it identifies you with the Antichrist. There will be no turning back for any who take the "mark, the name of the Beast, or the number of his name." The utter darkness, loneliness, and torments of Hell will be their fate. Blessings are promised in Heaven to all those who refuse to take the "mark" and refuse to bow down to this coming world leader . . . and die in their faith for doing so. The Lord will take the sting out of death.
An enigma . . . 666
"Here is wisdom.
Let him who has understanding
calculate the number of the beast (the coming Antichrist),
for it is the number of a man:
His number is 666."
Please remember . . .
The Kingdom of Heaven is available to every man, woman, boy, and girl in this world. It is freely offered to any and all who will receive it. Simply learn of Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew), invite Him into your life as Lord, believe He died on the Cross for all of your sins and rose from the grave (proving there is life in Heaven). Learn of Him and believe in Him ... for He was the only one who has ever loved you enough to substitute Himself for you on the Cross (which represents Hell). He shed His blood, suffered, and died on the Cross as the Passover "Lamb of God" to save you from the utter torment and darkness of Hell ... if you will accept it.
That is why Jesus (Yeshua) is called "Savior." He now lovingly and graciously offers you life in His Kingdom of Heaven ... and it is a "take it or leave it" proposition. If you sincerely admit you have sinned (which means you will need a Savior) and sincerely believe Jesus lovingly paid the debt for all of your sins on the Cross, and honestly try to stop doing those things God says are wrong, you will go to Heaven ... It's God's Promise!!!
The only unpardonable sin is to reject God's love and His free offer of life in Heaven by rejecting Jesus Christ, the Messiah, who stepped forth from Heaven ... not to condemn the sinner, but to save the sinner (from Hell) and who willingly and lovingly shed His blood on the Cross so we can be washed clean of all of our sins. The Bible warns there will be no peace in our hearts until we make peace with God through His Son, the Messiah, Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace and Shalom
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