By Steven J. Hogan
~ A Saturday Morning Post #42 ~
The most wicked, vile, evil man ever, will soon be ruling over this world. This man is the Antichrist, also called the Beast, the man of lawlessness, or the little horn. He will hate God and Jesus Christ with a devilish passion, and therefore hate His people, both Jews and Christians. Now I’m not here to scare you, I just want you to know the truth.
Since the Jews are back in their land, then we know we’re living in the end times, and now in 2017, we’re in that time period Matthew 24:8 calls the “beginning of birth pains.” That is, wars, earthquakes, famines and economic problems are taking place in various places around the world. But we’re only at the beginning stage, which means they will be getting a lot worse. And what comes next? Matthew 24:9 says, “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.” This is why I say Antichrist is coming soon, because this tribulation, which is instigated by the Antichrist, obviously comes right after the “beginning of birth pains.”
Some of you may not want to hear this, or believe this, for you don’t even want to think about the possibility that you and your family may be alive when this Hitler like Antichrist is here ruling this earth. But as a Christian, you need to know what God wants you to know. And what does the Bible say about the Antichrist? It’s Daniel’s 70th week (Daniel 9:24-27) that helps you to frame this end times’ picture of the Antichrist.
Right at the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week there will be the signing or confirming of a peace agreement involving the Jews, and the Antichrist will be promoting this deal. Then during the first half of this 70th week, these “birth pain” problems will be increasing in intensity and frequency. People will be so distraught with these worsening world conditions that they will be desperate for some strong leader to rise up and solve these global problems. During this time, this future Antichrist will be growing in popularity, power and influence, eventually gaining control over 10 different countries.
Then we come to the 3½ year mark, the midpoint of Daniel’s 70th week. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-9 tells us that the Antichrist is in Jerusalem, and he breaks this peace agreement with the Jews, for he “exalts himself above every so called god… so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as God.” The Jews were sacrificing in their temple, but no more. This “abomination of desolation” is when the Christians will know for certain that this is the Antichrist, for this is exactly what God had predicted would happen. They will also know that it won’t be long before the true Christ returns to rapture the church. Matthew 24:15-26
We are now at the midpoint of Daniel’s 70th week, and the unbelievers are so happy, for the Antichrist, the answer to all their problems, is now ruling the world. He is in charge of the military, economy and religion, and he will be their “god”. This smart, well dressed, good looking, smooth talking beast of a man will bring a pseudo peace to this planet. And Satan is super happy, for now both he and his main man, the Antichrist, are being worshiped. “The whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast, they worshiped the Dragon (Satan)… and they worshiped the beast.” Revelation 13:3-6
The Antichrist is in power, is in charge, but it’s his evil partner, this false prophet, who implements his plan. By doing great signs and wonders this 2nd beast will further deceive the masses and gain their allegiance. Then he will make people worship an image of the Antichrist, and if they don’t, then they are to be killed. He will also force people to take his mark on their right hand or forehead, and if they don’t, then they won’t be able to buy or sell. But please don’t be afraid, for true Christians will not and cannot worship the Antichrist or take his mark. Revelation 13:11-18, 14:9-13
What’s happens to the Christians? Revelation 13:7 says, “It was given to him (the Antichrist) to make war with the saints and to overcome them.” This is great tribulation. Matthew 24:9,15-26 and Revelation 12:13-17 describe how the Antichrist first comes after the Jews in Israel, but a remnant of them will escape and be protected. But this Antichrist, as mad as the devil, now comes chasing after the Christians. Many Christians will be martyred for their faith (Revelation 6:9-11), but a great many will persevere and endure to the end, and then be raptured at the coming of Christ (Matthew 24:9-14).
That the devil’s man, this Antichrist, will soon be ruling this world, is a most sobering subject. But this is God’s plan, and who are we to argue with God? Isn’t it also true that many of our Christian forefathers have had the privilege of suffering for the Lord? Now it’s our time, and so let’s continue to serve our Lord in this great battle for the truth right up to the end of this age. “Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before.” Remember, God is God, and He will lead you and use you for His purposes, and one day, one way or another, He will bring you home to heaven.
P.S. I encourage you to read my much more extensive article about the Antichrist. Also, here is the last in my series on Prophecy Psalms for the Jews and for You – Part 3.