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Edition 42. June 15th 2010
In this edition:
●The arising of the Antichrist.
Revelation 6: 2 "I looked and behold a white horse and he who sat on it had a bow and a crown was given him and he went out conquering and to conquer."
Recent news items of prophetic significance.
● Iran's president Ahmadinejad calls for cooperation among world states to forge a new world order. (FNA Tehran. 7June 2010)
● In an unprecedented move, Saudi Arabia gives Israel "clear skies" to attack Iran. (The Times Online. 12 June 2010)
The arising of the Antichrist.
Some say, "Don't get into this antichrist stuff, only deal with the Christ. Oh yes, well why then does the Bible teach on it? And why then does the Bible teach three times more on hell than on heaven? And why then have untold millions of people been led astray, and killed by antichrist forerunners in past history?
No my friends, a very certain way to endanger yourself and be deceived is to ignore or cast down sections of God's word that you deem objectionable. If you try to become God's editor and judge you are greater fool than an amoeba!
There are many things we don't need to know about the antichrist, but there are many we dare not be ignorant of especially in this day. The main big thing is that he will arise on the wings of massive, incredible deception. He'll be very successful at this as well. I don't know what the numbers are but he will successfully deceive almost the whole world.
Incredibly, Yeshua / Jesus warns of exactly this. In the portion of scripture known as the Olivet discourse, the disciples ask our Lord what the signs will be of his coming. Our Lord warns five times in this section about deception!
If He begins the Olivet discourse with the words "Take heed that no one deceives you"...how dare any priest in a frock, very-reverend, or pastor teach that we shouldn't get into these things!!
Many won't teach these things because they themselves are ignorant or deceived and others won't teach these things because it keeps their flock subservient to themselves and what they dish out.
Let me warn you that the spirit of antichrist will arise in association with the church in some way. 1John 2:19, says that "he went out from us but was not of us." He will most probably arise in association with the charismatic church as well as others. 2Thessalonians 2: 9,10 "The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan with all power and lying signs and wonders and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish because they did not receive the love of the truth." It's the charismatic church that is enslaved to signs and wonders to the degree of obsession. Many of the "signs and wonders" are lies! Of course there is truth in some of these things as well.
I think it was Tozer who warned that "truth and error travel the same highway."
At the arrival of the tribulation period, there will be a Satanic trinity on the scene. There will be one antichrist, with his sidekick the religious false prophet and a computerised "beast" system of control.
There have been many who came in the spirit of antichrist. These were and are forerunners of the coming antichrist, but not the actual individual who will be taken over and possessed by the full incarnation of Satan.
The tribulation will be the time of the outpouring of the wrath of God, the wrath of Satan and the wrath of man simultaneously. Satan knows that his time is very short.
We don't need to know who the antichrist will be, but we do need to know many things about him and how he works! The easy alternative is simply to put your feet up, be a lazy slob and go with the flow of the religious world. This way will be easy and welcoming, but may land you in hell.
Defining the "antichrist":
The verse below the title picture (Revelation 6:2) at the top of this edition describes the antichrist riding out to conquer. He has a bow but no arrow, in other words, he is a deceiver. Our Lord and Messiah Yeshua / Jesus is also seen riding out of heaven on a white horse, (Revelation 19:11) but this is the true Christ and He will be the eternal and ultimate conqueror!
The word 'antichrist' itself is interesting in the original text. It's a compound word and means; to come against and then replace. So what we have here is someone who will come against the true Christ and then replace Him with a false Christ. There are two actions involved, both equally as evil.
We have many examples of people who've been forerunners of the antichrist in history, but the spirit of antichrist is at work all around us today and will culminate soon in one individual. The spirit of antichrist is at work in a very big way in modern society to cast down or come against the truth. This is the first part of the dual action of antichrist. Before Satan can have his man welcomed onto the world stage by adoring hero-worshipping masses, he must first of all weaken the church and get rid of opposition.
The main activities and characteristics of the antichrist:
The Bible reveals many characteristics of the antichrist. Here are just a few revealed in his names:
●Man of sin, son of perdition. ●The lawless one. ●The beast. ●The bloody and deceitful man. ●The wicked one. ●The mighty man. ●The enemy, ●The adversary. ●The Assyrian. ●The spoiler. ●The Vile person. ●The wilful king. ●The man of violence.
His activities will be centred around:
●Coming against and replacing truth with error. ●Coming against the true church that says there is only one way to God and then uniting all other world religions. ●Coming against the free worship of the true God and replacing this with the worship of himself. ●Destabilising different currencies and then introducing a world currency. ●Destabilising the world's political systems and then replacing them with a world government. ●Coming against Gods choice in the Jewish people and the land of Israel through wars and conflict, then attempting to make Jerusalem an international city. ●His final fateful act will be to come against the Second Coming of our Lord with multitudes of His saints, at the end of the great tribulation.
Daniel 11:37 He shall not regard the God of his fathers nor the desire of woman nor the regard of any god, for he shall magnify himself above all." Some say that this means he will be a homosexual. It could also mean that he will simply be single. Some say he will be a Jew because of the "God of his fathers" being disregarded. That may be so, but the same applies to a Muslim. His main thing will be to get worship by "magnifying himself"
Mark 4:15 And these are they by the wayside where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan comes immediately and takes away the Word that was sown their hearts." This indicates that the antichrist (Satan) will hate the Bible and the ministry of evangelism."
Daniel 7:25 "And he shall wear out the saints of the most High Revelation 13: 7 "It was given to him to make war with the saints." This indicates that he will hate and make war with the people who get saved during the tribulation.
Daniel 9:27 "Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week (of years), but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to the sacrifice" Mathew 24: 15 "When you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet standing in the holy place, then let those in Judea flee to the mountains" These verses speak of the fact that the antichrist will set himself up in the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, from where he'll come against all opposition to himself.
Daniel 11:21 "He will come in peaceably and seize the kingdom by intrigue." This implies that he will arise bringing peace to Israel. But this will be one of his great deceptions.
I put no weight on Nostradamus at all, but for those interested, he said that Hitler was foretold by his name Hister and would appear on a white horse. Hitler was also an artist and one of his watercolours was a rendition of himself on a white horse.
There are hundreds of types and shadows relating to Hitler having come in the spirit of antichrist, not least of these being his wish to set up a new world order. In fact he wanted to begin a thousand-year millennium of peace with a puritan race and himself in charge. His satanically charged hatred for the Jews was also a major likeness with the coming antichrist.
Hitler had an association with the church, just like the antichrist will have. He was involved with much Satanism, but had a respect for the Lutheran church. This was only because the Lutherans had an intense dislike for the Jews. He often quoted from Martin Luther's terrible tract of hatred for the Jews, in which he (Luther) says that "the dammed Jews must be burned so that not even a cinder of them remain." (There are many other things in this evil writing by Martin Luther that I will not even repeat!)
Hitler quoted these writings from Luther, which pre-figure almost exactly the Holocaust, in his book Mien Kampf. Hitler was a perfect type of antichrist.
Hitler believed that Jesus wasn't a Jew but a pure Aryan, and not God.
Here is another incredible example of an antichrist type although still in its infancy.
Much has been said and written about Obama being groomed by some internationalists to be the ruler of a new world order. This may be true, but he won't be the actual antichrist as he doesn't fit the Biblical bill. But he does most certainly fit the antichrist type in many ways.
Obama believes that all religions are equal and that Jesus is not the only way of salvation. He believes that the cross and blood of Jesus were meaningless. He is a universalist.
Strong's Concordance lists every original word in the Bible and its meaning. Strong's number 1299 (Hebrew) is the word 'Baraq' meaning 'lightning'. In the Greek it is number 913 and is the same word but spelt 'Barack'. Strong's number 1116 is the word 'Bamah' meaning 'an elevated high place'. A transliteration of this allows for 'baw' or 'O' to precede the word.
Now lets look at Luke 10:18 "I saw Satan fall like lightning (Baraq, Hebrew or Barack in the Greek original) from heaven"
Isaiah 14:14 deals with the fall of Lucifer and says "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds and I will be like the Most High, yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the pit." The word 'heights' in the original is the Hebrew word 'Bamah' (Strong's 1116)
So what we have here are the words Baraq Bamah or Barak O Bamah (with transliteration) found exactly in the original words of the Bible dealing with Satan falling from the heights as lightning!
The word for lightning in the Arabic language is also the word 'Barak' and was the name of the winged white horse that supposedly took Mohammad to heaven.
I'm not calling Obama Satan or the antichrist, but there is some powerful evidence here that he is one in the spirit of antichrist.
There is much more on this, but it's not really my style. I just wanted to draw your attention to the subject.
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What still remains to be seen is how far Obama goes in igniting the fury of God by pushing for the dividing of the land of Israel. Joel 3:2 "I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat and I will enter into judgement with them there on account of My people Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations. They have also divided up My land." This verse shows clearly that dividing the land of Israel bring war and not peace.
Zechariah 12:3 "It shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem...I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples and all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces though all the nations of the earth are gathered against it." Here we have one of many verses indicating that messing with Jerusalem will get you destroyed!
So, both the dividing of Israel and Jerusalem will invoke the fury of God and bring war and conflict. Funny isn't it that Obama and his deceived friends are actually working for war and not peace!
The activities of the antichrist (and his forerunners) will be centred on Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews. This is the "apple of God's eye" and His time clock. Zechariah 2:8 "For thus says the Lord of hosts (armies): "He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye"
It also remains to be seen how far Obama goes in creating the new world order. At this stage he is an antichrist type in the making.
False prophet types:
There have been many of these through history and will be more, but I want to pick on these two now because of the powerful message.
Iranian President Ahmadinejad:
Iran's president Ahmadinejad has an interesting lineage. His mother was a descendant of the prophet Mohammad. He believes that he has a "divine" purpose in life, which is to prepare the way for the coming Islamic Messiah or Mahdi. The Shiite Muslims believe that when Imam Mahdi arrives in Mecca soon with his 'lieutenant, Jesus, he will gather an enormous army and destroy Zion, which they believe is Israel, the US and the UK. He'll then set up his rule in Jerusalem from where they'll set up Islamic world rule. Ahmadinejad believes it's his duty to begin this work in preparation for the Mahdi, whom he believes will arrive in his time as president.
The Muslim religion believes that Mohammad was taken up to heaven on a white horse called Barack. Ahmadinejad believes that the soon coming Mahdi will ride down from heaven on this white horse.
Ahmadinejad closed his talk at the UN recently with the following words: "The ultimate promise of all divine religions, will be fulfilled with the emergence of a perfect human being who is heir to all prophets. He will lead the world to justice and absolute peace"
Ahmadinejad has dangerous delusions of grandeur. As such he is a false prophet type in the sense that he thinks he is preparing the way for the Mahdi to rule the world. Antichrist types believe that they are the ones to rule the world.
There are more false doctrines, deceptions and giant errors in this religion than one could count. The most important is of course what constitutes salvation. The Bible clearly speaks of being born again, adult water baptised by full immersion, and Spirit baptism. Catholicism does not practice any of these. To them being saved is eternal church membership! So all the main foundations are missing never mind everything else. This makes them a classical counterfeit church (I do believe that some Catholics will be saved, but this is not the topic now)
Some of the previous popes were pure evil mass murderers, but almost all of them have replaced the truth relating to Israel and the Jewish people with dangerous error. They were the founders of replacement theology now prevalent in main stream Christianity. This doctrine essentially gets rid of and replaces Israel with the church. Remember that the word antichrist means to replace and get rid of truth and then bring in the false.
During the dark ages the Popes killed huge numbers of Jews in the two main inquisitions. The actual number is unknown, but it could have been in the millions.
During the Nazi Holocaust, the Pope stood by silently. His indifference made him an accessory!
The final pope, will most probably be the actual false prophet. He may well be the next one. Its very easy for Catholicism to become the religion of the world. It is the application of the cross into the born again believers life that separates us from the world.
Revelation 17:9 "The seven heads are the seven mountains on which the woman sits." This 'woman' is earlier in the chapter actually a religious being or church. She is called the great harlot and of the abominations of the earth. This is the Catholic church. The Vatican is surrounded by seven hills. The Catholic Encyclopaedia calls the Rome the city on seven hills.
The Catholics believe that each pope is also the "Vicar of Christ" In their language letters are alpha numeric. In other words each letter has a numeric value. So you can add up the value of a word. The term Vicar of Christ is Vicarivs Filii Dei which adds up to 666. There are over a dozen titles for the office of pope and each separately adds up to 666. You may not be aware that Catholics believe that each pope is infallible and divine. In fact he can forgive sin. This is of course nothing but blasphemy. The number 666 will be associated with the antichrist, the false prophet and the computerised beast system. There are many other examples of the Catholics being associated with 666.
The prophecies of Saint Malachy are very interesting. Being extra-Biblical, I would not put undue weight on them, but the future will tell!
He had a vision in 1100s in which he claims God showed him all the successive popes from his time to the last one. He numbered each one with a short descriptive phrase. The original prophecy had 112 popes, but some say that it contained 111 with the last being added later on. We are now at number 111, but Benedict is old and over the hill. So either way time is short.
They are startling indeed, but lets just look at the last few. Number 110 is "The labour of the sun" and corresponds with pope John Paul 11. He was both born and entombed on a solar eclipse day. Then comes number 111 "The glory of the olives" Ratzinger came from the order of St. Benedict from which he took his title. This order has as it's symbol an olive wreath. They are also called the Olivetans.
Number 112 is the last pope and goes by the title "Peter the Roman" In Malachy's vision he adds to this one: "Petrus Romanus will lead his flock through tribulations, after which the seven hilled city will be destroyed and the Dreadful Judge will judge the people.
Francis of Assisi had a similar vision and prophecy in 1226. His prophecy contained many details but the main points are: "This pope will cause a great schism and division. There will be such universal dissentions and persecutions that if the days were not shortened even the elect would be lost". This is also in line with the recently revealed "secrets of Fatima"
All of the Popes are a type of false prophet. The final one may well become the false prophet. By the way, the message to the church of Thyatira in Revelation 2:18-29 is a clear reference to the Catholics. They are told that they will be "cast into great tribulation." See edition 11 for more.
Who will be the antichrist:
The short answer is I don't know. It's not Obama and it's not the Pope but the Bible does give many clues and indications of where he will arise from.
The Bible uses various terms to describe the antichrist and where he will originate from.
●Daniel 9:26 "The people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and sanctuary...then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week." It was the Romans who destroyed the city (Jerusalem) and the sanctuary (temple) in 70 AD. So the people of the prince to come (antichrist) will be of the Roman Empire, which today is Europe.
●He is called "the one that imagines evil against the Lord from Nineveh" (Nahum 1:11) Nineveh was the ancient capital of the Assyrian Empire and is in present day Iraq.
●He is called The "king of Babylon" (Isaiah 14:4) In those days Babylon was part of the Assyrian Empire. But prophetically Babylon refers to the modern world system.
●He is called "The king of the north" (Daniel 11: 7 & 9) Obviously this would be north of Israel.
●He is referred to as the Assyrian (Micah 5:5) as well as the king of Assyria. In ancient times Assyria was present day Iran, parts of Iraq and Egypt, Syria and its northern neighbour, Turkey. (see map below)
Daniel 2 is about the vision Nebuchadnezzar had of the big statue. Each section represents the various world empires through time. The two legs and ten toes represent the world empire in existence at the time of the Second Coming. The two legs represent western and eastern Europe. Both legs need to part of Europe. Today Turkey is the only one from the eastern leg that is awaiting EU membership.
Daniel 8: 9 "And out of one of them came a little horn (the antichrist) which grew exceedingly great towards the south, the east and the Glorious Land. It grew up to the host of heaven and it cast down some of the host and some of the stars to the ground and trampled them."
The above verse mentions south, east and the Glorious Land which is Israel, but not the north. This could mean that he arises from Turkey which is north of Israel.
Putting all the above together we come up with only one possible location for the antichrist's origin and that is: A nation north of Israel, part of (or soon to be) the revised Roman Empire or modern Europe. A nation that was part of Assyria, containing Babylon and Nineveh and the only option is Turkey. It's only Turkey that was part of Assyria and is now connected with Europe (the revised Roman Empire)
This also means that the antichrist will most probably be of Muslim origins. He may well be a secular Muslim due to that verse that says he will not regard the god of his fathers. Turkey is Muslim, but quite secular.
Right now Europe is in a huge mess and may break up or be re-aligned. It will soon manifest its final satanically driven end-time configuration.
When will the antichrist ride onto the stage:
There is absolutely no doubt that he will be revealed on the first day of the tribulation period. He will be the one who signs the fateful seven-year peace treaty with Israel. That act will be the defining moment. Before then it's really pointless and meaningless trying to guess who he will be. It makes no difference anyway because he won't be possessed and empowered by Satan until then.
It's highly likely that the rapture of true born again believers will occur on the same day as the revealing of the antichrist and the start of the seven-year tribulation period.
It could all be very soon, perhaps within a year!
A very possible scenario:
The antichrist arrives on the world scene with a peace treaty. This could be due to a war on the go at the time. The great war of Ezekiel 38 and 39 also called the war of Gog and Magog hasn't happened yet. Its also referred to as the third world war. It takes place in Israel as many Muslim nations invade Israel with Russia. It takes seven years to clean up after the war.
But why does this war happen in the first place?
Ezekiel 38: 11, 12 Describes the situation: "You will say I will go up to the land of un-walled villages, to a peaceful people who dwell safely without walls...to take plunder and booty to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited...have you gathered your army to take plunder and to take silver and gold, livestock, goods and great plunder."
Daniel 11: 24 is a parallel verse: He (the antichrist) shall enter peaceably, even into the fattest places of the province...he shall disperse among them the plunder, spoil and riches."
The word "fattest" in the original is the word 'masham' derived from 'shaman' which means oil or oily.
Right now Israel is not a land of un-walled villages nor does it have any of it's own oil, although its surrounded by oil -rich countries. We could see a situation where Israel discovers its own oil soon.
See www.zionoil.com for more on this.
Israel is rich in many other things and is the envy of surrounding Muslim nations. On top of this there is an ancient satanically driven hatred for Israel and the Jews in most Arab nations. By the way, much of Russia is today Muslim, especially the southern states, so Russia attacking Israel with many Muslim nations is not hard to picture. (Please read Ezekiel 38 and 39)
This may be the cause of this third world war, resulting in a peace treaty and the revealing of the antichrist. Of course this war may start before. This is just an interesting 'maybe'!
The coming of the antichrist is real and soon. The subject is not nice but very important. Because its all part of the Bible and God's truth, we should have an attitude of thankfulness that He has shown us these things ahead of time. It should all cause us to bow down in surrender and worship of our true soon coming Messiah!
Today we need spiritual discernment and not spiritual blindness. We need all that God has given to us and not just selected bits. We need the new birth, adult water baptism, baptism in the spirit. We need all the gifts of the Spirit that God has given us so that we can operate in the supernatural. We need the application of the cross in our lives to do its deadly and liberating work. We need to die to self, the world and the demonic and above all we need to be growing in the love for and knowledge of God and His Word.
We need humility before God as we study His Word and change our lives accordingly. Self righteousness and pride will blind you...that's an absolute guarantee. We need the grace of God and not religion and legalism.
We are entering dangerous days my friends and we need to be able to stand securely in the full knowledge of God and His Word.
On top of this we need to know that Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews are going to come under increasing danger and attack even by her previous allies. We, as believers must stand with and for her. Untold millions of Jews are very soon to become our brothers and sisters in Messiah!
Jeremiah 31:37 "If heaven above can be measured and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, then I will cast off the seed of Israel for all that they have done."
Ezekiel 36: 25,26 I will sprinkle clean water on you (Israel) and you shall be clean. I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. I will take out the heart of stone"
Heaven or hell:
Young woman, will you be caught by surprise? Will you be one of the untold billions who'll be deceived by the powers of Satan working in the soon coming antichrist? I hope not! You won't be able to just drift into heaven, the pressures will be enormous. You need to start preparing yourself now. You need to reject and accept!!! Reject the majority world opinions and accept the Word of our wonderful glorious Messiah. Eternity is a long time to wish you had set your heart after our Lord.
Old woman, you still have time to change your ways. I know its hard to do especially after a lifetime of deeply rooted tradition! The antichrist is coming and he won't let you off the hook because you're old! Jesus is also coming soon and he will welcome you with open arms if you have made right with Him. Once you meet up with the devil in disguise, you won't be able to change your mind. It will be too late.
In closing here is a woodcut by Gustav Dore showing the means of salvation, protection, deliverance and the answer to everything...the Cross of Calvary. (Thanks to the Adelaide University Library.)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!