The Rise of the Antichrist - 666
Good day to you saints of the Living God. I greet you in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ. Are you looking forward to the glorious day when Christ shall “catch” His Church away unto Himself? Paul the Apostle spoke of “looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”, Titus 2:13. Wherein lays your hope child of God. Does your hope maybe lie in that things will get better? Is your hope maybe in the good job you have and the big salary you earn? Does the fact that you are healthy, and your family is well looked after give you hope for a bright future? My friend let me be forthright here. Whilst there is nothing wrong in having all of this, it is a false sense of security. When you pass from this world too the next, and rest assured you will, as the Bible states that it is appointed unto man once to die thereafter the judgement; you will leave here like you came, naked! Each human being who has ever lived on this planet has and will die. There is a day of judgement coming when every person whether old or young will stand before the Judgement Throne of God and give an account of his or her life. So what will it be my friend? Will you stand before God and hear these words, “depart from me I never knew you” or will you hear these blessed words from the Lord, “enter into the joy of thy Lord”.
Saints of the Living God I wish to write on a subject that has probably been spoken of more times through the ages like no other. And that is concerning what the Bible calls the Antichrist. He is the one person in Bible-prophecy almost every student of the Bible seems to have an interest in. Through the years gone by much has been said about this man. Paul calls him the man of sin, the son of perdition. The apostle tells us in 2Thessalonians 2:3, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there be a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition”. In other words this man the Bible calls Antichrist will arise while there is a state of decay within Christianity due to apostasy. And my friends believe you me there is much apostasy within the Church of Jesus Christ worldwide. We see the apostasy within the Anglican Church worldwide as liberal leaders\thinkers teach and preach lies to their congregants. We see apostasy within the Charismatic\Pentecostal movements as pastors preach the prosperity gospel for wealth and gain. Let me allude here to some of the more well known proponents of the prosperity teachings. Mr Kenneth Copeland is considered to be the most prosperous and well known among the Faith\Prosperity movement. Let me point out some of the heresies that Copeland, who is known worldwide, has proclaimed over the years. In his Believers Voice of Victory magazine, Copeland teaches the following: “God has never used sickness to discipline His children”, [9\89];” Aids is absolutely not God’s way of punishing immoral people”[11\87]: “Jesus did not claim to be God when he lived on the earth”[8\88]:God intends for His people to be united, and that unity will not be based on doctrine”[12\88]: “healing is for every believer”[2\93]: Copeland is perhaps the best known proponent of the charismatic’s “little gods” teachings. He says Jesus told him; “They crucified me for claiming that I was God. I didn’t claim I was God; I just claimed that I walked with Him and that He was in me. That’s what you are doing”. Copeland thus denies the uniqueness of Christ, saying that Christ was not God, only that He walked closely with God. He continues in this vain when he says; “You’re all God. You don’t have a God living in you; you are one! When I read in the Bible where God tells Moses, “I AM”, I say, Yah, I am too. Copeland teaches that Adam was “created in the god class”. He was a reproduction of God. “He was not subordinate to God, but, was walking as a god with the authority of a god. What he said went. What he did, counted. And when he bowed his knee to Satan and put Satan up above him, then there wasn’t anything God could do about it because a god had placed [Satan] there”.
One of the greatest lies of the Word\Faith teachers that “Jesus died spiritually” is a heresy that claims our redemption comes not from Christ’s death upon the cross, but from Christ being tortured by Satan in hell for three days and nights. This is a heresy known as the “Ransom theory of the atonement”. In other words they are teaching that Christ’s death was a ransom paid to Satan to settle the legal claim that Satan had on the human race. That is contrary to Biblical teachings that Christ’s death was a sacrifice offered to God, not to Satan. Copeland as does many of his fellow Faith\Word colleagues teaches that the, “devil dragged Jesus into the depths of hell as if He were the most wicked\vile sinner who ever lived…as every demon came down on Him to destroy Him. They tortured Jesus beyond anything that has ever been conceived” BVOV, Sept 1991. Nowhere in the Bible is this taught. Yes, the prophet Isaiah tells us in chapter 53 several hundred years prior to Christ’s coming what would happen to Him, but again no-where does the Word of God indicate that which Copeland claims. It is absolute nonsense and heresy to teach that our redemption comes through Christ being tortured by Satan and his demons in the very pit of hell. This dear reader is just some of Copeland’s heretical teachings. Another preacher recently when confronted with the “living together lie” very vehemently argued where in the scriptures it says that living together without the sacred union of marriage is a sin. When it was pointed out to him what the Bible teaches in Ephesians 5:5, “for this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ”; “and marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled; but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge” Hebrews 13:4, this so-called minister still demanded to know where in the Bible it says that living together is a sin.
Recently I wrote concerning a Dutch Reformed minister who was caught, literally with his pants down having oral sex performed on him. Well the sadness and mockery of it all is that he still pastors the same church, married and a father. One wonders where the standard of righteousness is concerning this so-called pastor who must uphold that which is holy and sacred. Then we have a Christian-leader called Brian Mclaren who has called upon all Christians worldwide to join with “our Moslem brothers and sisters” in their celebration of Ramadan. Mclaren urges all Christians to stand together as an expression of God-honouring peace, community and neighbourliness. Mr Mclaren continues to call upon Christian’s too spiritual growth, health, adulthood, and to aspire in prayer with people of different religions and faiths. I direct the reader too what the apostle Paul tells us in 2Corinthians 6:14-17 concerning this matter. How can one be equally yoked with a people’s who deny the deity of Christ, does not recognize the Triune-God, and whose objective is to kill all infidels. For you who do not know who or what an infidel is. According to Muslim teachings from the Quran, that anyone who does not acknowledge Allah or his prophet Mohamed as truth or will not convert to the Muslim-faith is an infidel and must be killed. Is this the people that Brian Mclaren wants us to join forces with? Yes the Bible teaches that we must love our enemies, but it also warns us not to embrace what others teach, that which is contrary to the Word of God.
Ok my friend this is just an introduction to this message concerning the rise of the Antichrist, which must be preceded by a “falling away” of Biblical teachings or sound doctrine before he can be revealed, 2Thessalonians 2:3.
The Antichrist [I strongly believe he is alive today] is currently being restrained by the power of the body of Christ, which is indwelt by the Holy Spirit as concluded in 2Thessalonians 2:6-7, “And now ye know what witholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work; only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way”. Paul is telling us here that the reason why this man of sin cannot make his appearance on the world’s scene is because the Church of Jesus Christ by the indwelling Holy Spirit is restraining the powers of darkness. Once Christ has removed His Church from the world-scene the Antichrist will then make himself known. In Revelation 4:1, John is called up to Heaven, raptured to God’s throne. The Church is not spoken of throughout the proceeding chapters, until chapter 19:7. Many argue that the Church will still be on the earth during the Tribulation, as I have written in previous messages that they are not. For all obvious reasons if the Church is here on earth why is the church not mentioned anywhere in the chapters proceeding Revelation 4. If the Church is here then surely she would be here to spread the gospel to the rest of the world at this time. Surely the Lord would want to use His children [Church] during this terrible period of suffering. No my friend, the Church of Jesus Christ will not be present at the time the Antichrist wreaks havoc on humanity. She will be present with the Lord safe out of harms way. Revelation 19 indicates that those who have accepted Jesus Christ prior to the Rapture event will not see one day of the Antichrist’s reign of terror. God Almighty has veiled the Antichrist in mystery, much like He has veiled the return of Christ for His Church. He has given us enough information in His Word to know those living on the earth during the rise and reign of this son of perdition will be able to identify him.
Due to the chaos that will arise with the sudden disappearance of millions of people, Antichrist will rise as a calming influence and bring stability as a peacemaker while the world is clamouring for peace. What we are seeing daily taking place in the Middle East with the peace-talks is really the setting for which the Antichrist will be able to prove to the world a large that he is the one that can do this. He will prove himself by doing what no other Western leader has tried now for several decades to do and that is bring peace to Israel and her Moslem neighbours. With one swipe of genius diplomacy he will sign a 7 year peace treaty with Israel.
Revelation 13:1 tells us, “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy”. Within the near future [the Antichrist] will fulfil this prophetic scripture. Daniel 2 reveals to us the revived Roman Empire which was birthed in 1945 in the form of the United Nations, and has now come full circle with the European Union. The powers [elite] that control the world economy, the multi-billionaires; have set an agenda that goes something like this.
The establishment of an international economic order [a cashless society.]
The establishment of a one-world government
The conquest of 2 super powers, i.e. USA and USSR
The ascension of the United States of Europe as the dominant nation in a confederated one-world government
The ushering in of a supreme world leader to preside over the unified one-world government
The establishment of a one-world religion, whereunder all the religions and faiths of the world will reside under
a Supreme Pontiff.
My friends these 6 objectives set by the powers to be are in line with the Word of God. Even at this writing most of these goals are coming into fulfilment. The USA is losing its grip on the world economy as far as the mighty dollar is concerned. The euro has now surpassed the dollar in strength and will become the leading currency throughout the world within a short while. You can watch this become a reality in the news. The revived Roman Empire is truly becoming a reality, and the soon to be revealed Antichrist is waiting in the wings to make his debut onto the world scene. A new world religion  is at hand with the forming of the United Religions Initiative 2000, back in 1997 when delegates from 100 historic religions 100 spiritual movements gathered in the USA’s Stanford University to begin work on a United Religious Charter. The list of delegates was impressive to say the least; Christian ecumenical leaders, black Muslims, American Jews, Australian aborigines, California pagans, South African Hindus, Thai Buddhists, Catholic priests, Indian Sikhs, and several other false religious leaders. At this writing also we see as the USA and USSR are yielding their sovereign status over to the United Nations because of their respective economic decline [1+3]. For sure these two powerful nations are coming into the fold of the New World Order. Of course the most important goal to be fulfilled is the ushering in of a “Supreme Leader” . But this cannot happen until the greatest event of the ages since the first advent of Christ, takes place and that is the “Rapture of the Church”.
Yes dear reader the event of the ages is soon took take place. The trump of Almighty God will sound and with a shout from the Lord, with the voice of the archangel, the dead in Christ will rise first, and we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air to be with Him forever. Our loved ones who have died in Christ and gone before us will be reunited with us and vice-versa. I’ll be seeing my mother and father whom I miss so much once again never to be separated. You will be reunited with your son or daughter who was so suddenly taken away from you by maybe an accident or a disease\sickness. That baby you lost, dear mother will be re-united with you again. God promised He would wipe away every tear from our eyes. No more separation, but most of all we will see the One who made this possible, Jesus Christ. Wow, isn’t this something worth living for, forsaking all that this world offers so that we can make Heaven our home. Christ offers eternal life if you will accept and believe in Him. At this very hour that we live in, there are sinister forces\powers of darkness at work, controlling the world’s economy. As we see the once mighty dollar declining in strength, and the euro surpassing most of the powerful currencies of the world, be assured that the strings of these occurrences are pulled by the very power-brokers who are the richest and most powerful elite of international finance. This elite group of leaders trigger the recurring recessions that the world is experiencing from time to time and even now. They are creating a climate in the economy where the world will be forced\compelled to embrace the one-world government.
Revelation 13: 1-18 reveals to us from whence this man whom the Bible calls the Antichrist will come from. VISION OF THE
BEAST THAT CAME OUT OF THE SEA: THE SECOND BEAST, OUT OF THE EARTH, EXERCISING THE POWER OF THE FIRST BEAST, AND CAUSING THE EARTH TO WORSHIP HIM. These same visions were recorded by the prophet, Daniel 7:1-8. This vision by night contains the same prophetic representations with Nebuchadnezzar's dream, Daniel 2. The great sea agitated by the winds, represented the earth and the dwellers on it troubled by ambitious princes and conquerors. The four beasts signified the same four empires, as the four parts of Nebuchadnezzar's image. Mighty conquerors are but instruments of God's vengeance on a guilty world. The savage beast represents the hateful features of their characters. But the dominion given to each has a limit; their wrath shall be made to praise the Lord, and the remainder of it he will restrain. The four beasts Daniel spoke of being the four world empires or kingdoms that have ruled the earth at specific times since Nebuchadnezzar’s dream which was interpreted by Daniel. The first being Babylon, the second was Medo-Persia, the third being Greece and the fourth world-empire was of course Rome which ruled in Christ and the apostle’s day. Daniel also mentions that another empire will arise in the last days, which is by all indication the revived Roman Empire in the form of the United States of Europe better known as the European Union. Daniel 7:7-8; 23-24 “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it, and it was diverse from all the other that were before it; and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the horns plucked up by the roots; and, behold, in this horn were the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things . Thus he said, the fourth beast shall be the fourth Kingdom upon the earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces”.
Daniel is telling us from the visions that the ten horns he saw are ten kings as was explained to him by the angel Gabriel.
The ten horns are ten kingdoms [nations] who will be ruled by the Antichrist and the False Prophet. These ten nations will be from Europe, because at this writing there are 25 countries in what we know as the European Union. So if Daniel is speaking of only ten kings\kingdoms then the consensus is that by the time the Antichrist is ready to take centre stage, there can and must be only ten countries [kingdoms\nations] left to fulfill the scriptures as Daniel implies. It is from these ten nations [little horn rises up from them] that this man of sin, the lawless one and son of perdition will make his presence known to the world. Once this becomes a reality, as Daniel records in verses 23-24, three of the kings\nations must be subdued by the Antichrist. These three nations by all reasoning obviously find it difficult at first to submit willingly to the rule of the Antichrist. He will have to use military force to get there allegiance which he does. Notice Daniels description of the Antichrist, telling us that this man will be the worst dictator the world has ever seen. He will make the atrocities of people like Hitler, Charlemagne, Stalin and such ilk look like Sunday school picnics in comparison to what he will do to those who do not bow down and worship him. Verse 25 suggests that he will speak such blasphemies against Almighty God, and even wear out the saints of God, having such authority as to be able to change times, laws; and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time, [3+1\2 years].
I like what Albert Barnes has to say in his commentary of the Bible concerning the rise of this man of sin in dealing with Daniels dream in chapter 7.
That is, in explanation of the fourth symbol which appeared - the fourth beast, and of the events connected with
his appearing. This explanation embraces the remainder of the chapter; and as the whole subject appeared difficult
and momentous to Daniel before the explanation, so it may be said to be in many respects difficult and in all respects
It is a question on which expositors of the Scriptures are by no means agreed, to what it refers, and whether it has been already accomplished, or whether it extends still into the future; and it is of importance, therefore, to determine, if possible, what is its true meaning. The two points of inquiry which are properly before us are, first, What do the words of explanation as used by the angel fairly imply - that is, what, according to the fair interpretation of these words, would be the course of events referred to, or what should we naturally expect to find as actually occurring on the earth in the fulfillment of this? and, secondly, To what events the prophecy is actually to be applied - whether to what has already occurred, or what is yet to occur; whether we can find anything in what is now past which would be an accomplishment of this, or whether it is to be applied to events a part of which are yet future? This will lead us into a statement of the points which it is affirmed would occur in regard to this kingdom: and then into an inquiry respecting the application.
What is fairly implied in the explanation of the angel? This would embrace the following points:
(1) There was to be a fourth kingdom on the earth: “the fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,”
(2) Dan 7:23. This was to succeed the other three, symbolized by the lion, the bear, and the leopard. No further reference is made to them,
(3) but the Characteristics of this are fully stated. Those characteristics, which have been explained in the notes at Dan 7:7, are, as here repeated,
(a) That it would be in important respects different from the others;
(b) That it would devour, or subdue the whole earth;
(c) that it would tread it down and break it in pieces; that is, it would be a universal dynasty, of a fierce and warlike character, that would keep the whole world subdued and subject by power. Out of this sovereignty or dominion, ten powers would arise Dan7:24: “and the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise.” Compare the notes at Dan 7:7. That is, they would spring out of this one dominion, or it would be broken up into these minor sovereignties, yet all manifestly springing from the one kingdom, and wielding the same power. We should not naturally look for the fulfillment of this in a succession of kings, for that would have been symbolized by the beast itself representing the entire dominion or dynasty, but rather to a number of contemporaneous powers that had somehow sprung out of the one power, or that now possessed and wielded the power of that one dominion. If the kingdom here referred to should be broken up into such a number of powers, or if in any way these powers became possessed of this authority, and wielded it, such a fact would express what we are to expect to find in this kingdom.
(4)From the midst of these sovereignties or kingdoms there was to spring up another one of peculiar characteristics,
(5) These characteristics are the following:
(a) That it would spring out of the others, or be, as it were, one form of the administration of the same power - as the eleventh horn
(b)springs from the same source as the ten, and we are, therefore, to look for the exercise of this power somehow in connection with the same kingdom or dynasty.
(c) This would not spring up contemporaneously with the ten, but would arise “after them” - and we are to look for
the power as in some sense succeeding them. It would be small at first - as was the horn Dan_7:8 and we are to
look for the fulfillment in some power that would be feeble at first.
(d) It would grow to be a mighty power for the little horn became as powerful as to pluck up three of the others
Dan_7:8 and it is said in the explanation Dan_7:24, that he would subdue three of the kings. It would subdue
“three kings” that is, three of the ten, and we are to look for the fulfillment in some manifestation of that power
by which, either literally three of them were overthrown, or by which about one-third of their power was taken
away. The mention of the exact number of “three,” however, would rather seem to imply that we are to expect
some such exact fulfillment or some prostration of three sovereignties by the new power that would arise.
(e) It would be proud, and ambitious, and particularly arrogant against God: “and he shall speak great words
against the Most High.”
Once the Antichrist has made himself known to the world as a man of peace by having successfully gotten Israel to sign a 7 year peace treaty, whereby they will feel safe from any threat, it will seem to the rest of the world that he can be trusted, and that this peace will last forever, but the Bible clearly states this is not so. The peace treaty with Israel will be broken just as Daniel 9:27 confirms, “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” This event is also recorded in Revelation 13:6; 2Thessalonians 2:4 and Matthew 24:15.
The Antichrist in his quest of supremacy over Israel and the world will take the bold yet arrogant blasphemous step of entering the Temple which by this time will have been rebuilt and will desecrate this most holy place of the Jews. [By the way, even at this writing the evidence and support is getting stronger for a Temple to be once again built for the Jews in anticipation of the Messiah’s coming. Two-thirds of Israeli’s would like to see the Temple rebuilt to justify an event that happened +- 2000 years ago.] It is this show of absolute disregard for everything holy and Godly that the Antichrist will proclaim himself to be God. The Jewish people have been misled [and they now realize it] by this man of sin and upon doing this abominable act within the Temple; he now will turn his anger toward them. This occurs about half way during the 7 years, by which time the Antichrist has established himself politically, religiously, militarily and economically. He now sets out to kill all Jews and Christians. Most of the world also has now aligned themselves with the Antichrist by receiving his mark spoken of in Revelation 13: 16-18, “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six”. For decades much discussions and debates as concerning this mark which will be used by the Antichrist to bring humans into submission has taken place. Will it be a literal mark that is visible to the eye [maybe like a tattoo]? The Bible is not clear on this except what we read in the above scripture. All indication is centered rather upon a ‘chip’ that can be planted under the skin either in the right hand or in the forehead. This of course is the most logical choice because a tattoo can be copied. Even at this time we know that a technology company Veri-Chip Corp has designed a “small chip” that can be planted under the skin [right hand or forehead] that has the ability to scan\detect your whole profile. This is the type of technology that will be used by the Antichrist to monitor the earth’s inhabitants during the Tribulation. And the only way that he will be able to do this is through the modern modem of technology, i.e. the small chip with all your data on it. This data will be fed into an enormous Computer that will be able hold all this information. If I’m not mistaken this computer has already been built in Brussels and is known as “the Beast”. My friend this is not some event in the far distant future, it is already a reality. Can you see all the necessary provision that is being made for when the Antichrist starts his quest for world dominance? And the truth of the matter is my friend you will not be able to escape this by hiding. You will be hunted like a wild animal to be tortured and killed if you refuse this method of existence. The Bible says in 2Thessalonians 2:11, that those who do not know Jesus as their Savior will fall prey to a very strong delusion at this time that will mislead millions from the truth and make them believe a lie. You see God is the instigator of this delusion because men will not believe even now that there is coming a day when the Lord is going to remove millions of true Christians from the earth, and it will happen so fast [in the twinkling of an eye] the world will not see it happen until after it has occurred and all over the planet people in every country will see empty graves. Read what the Lord told us in 1Corinthians 15:5-54 concerning these events. What will it be dear reader? Eternal life with Jesus, or a lost eternity with the devil in the lake of fire, Revelation 19:20.
But hold on; let’s see what happens to the Antichrist and his cohorts. It is at this time that Antichrist turns his anger toward those Jews who now reject him that the Jews flee into captivity, Revelation 12. Many students of Bible prophecy believe that because the Antichrist now turns against the Jews to destroy them as a nation, the Jews will flee into the wilderness to a place they believe to be prepared by the Lord Himself to protect the remnant of Jews that make it. That place they believe is Petra in Jordan. It is a mountain enclave that will afford them the needed coverage from the onslaught of the Antichrist’s armies. This fortress-like cave has only one entrance whereby anyone can enter. And the belief is that surviving Jews will be supernaturally protected by the hand of Almighty God disallowing any harm to come to them which the Antichrist will try. They will be kept safe and nourished by the Lord for a time of a “thousand two hundred and threescore days”. The Antichrist will be so angered at this protection that God affords the nation of Israel at this time. He will now take his anger out on the “remnant of her seed” Revelation 12:17. The remnant spoken of here is those that have rejected the Antichrist and his way of life, his mark and too worship him. Yes my friend the Bible is speaking of the many that will come into repentance during the Tribulation Period. They are the ones who now keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Of course they will pay a dear price for their stand against the Antichrist who is now in-dwelt by Lucifer, Satan himself. At this time the Antichrist becomes totally arrogant, so that he will gather the armies of the world in a futile attempt to defeat Christ. Of course the Lord does not disappoint His enemy. Revelation 16:16 records that, “and he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon”.
Revelation 19:19, “and I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies gathered together to make war against him who sat on the horse, and his army”. So the Antichrist now challenges Christ at this valley of Megiddo, or as it is named in Hebrew, Armageddon! But the Lord does not have any tanks or anti-aircraft bombers etc, for He will destroy His enemies with the very power of His speech, “and the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat on the horse; which sword proceeded out of his mouth; and all the fowls were filled with their flesh”, Revelation 19:20-21. At this time the Antichrist and the false prophet will be captured and both will be cast into the lake of fire, whereas Lucifer who has now left the body of the Antichrist which he had in-dwelt, [Satan is a spirit being] but he is captured by a mighty angel [in all probability Michael] and a great chain is used to bound him for a thousand years. Of course as Revelation 20 tells us that Lucifer, Satan, the Devil that old serpent will get his just reward after the thousand years of Christ’s reign by being cast into the lake of fire with the false prophet and the beast and all them who have rejected Christ through the ages.
So when will the Antichrist make his appearance or his rise to power? The Bible makes no mention of this, but we do know that the governments of the world are currently seeking a peace deal that will bring to an end the endless cycle of violence in that region. The conflict in the Middle East has been without a doubt the headache of the last six decades since Israel’s return to a State which was a fulfillment of Prophecy. I believe that we are the generation now alive who has seen all of Matthew 24 come to pass. No other generation has seen so many fulfillments come to pass as we have. We are the generation [the saved] who will witness and experience the rapture of the Church, the rise of the Antichrist will be seen by the now existing generation [those left behind because of their rejection of Christ], also the Tribulation Period, the Battle of Armageddon, and the triumphant Second Coming of Christ. While it is of course true that no man knows the day or hour as the Bible does not tell us, but God has given the Church certain information in His Word as to how close these events are. And as we have seen through Scripture, and what is happening on the world scene as we see it on the news-casts daily we are assured that it is very close. Most of the “Church” who is being lead by the indwelling Holy Spirit knows that the end is near. My friend if you are reading this, I want to ask you the following. Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Are you assured of your salvation knowing that should the rapture take place you will not be left behind? If you are sure of you salvation, then I praise God with you. But if not, don’t you want to make the greatest decision of your life by inviting Jesus into your life, and ask Him to forgive your sins and for Him to make you His child. Write me if you have made this decision, or write me if you need help in your walk with Christ. I will gladly help you.