One of the features of our society is that we have a growing number of Antichrist influences which are controlling not just our part of the world but other parts of the world all over.
Biblical Christianity is being suppressed in the media in the education system even in parts of the church.
And we see that there’s a rise of what we call ‘ecumenism, Interfaith, cultural Marxism, yoga, New Age, Islam, evolutionary science, liberal theology in the church. Various cults like Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, etc too.
If you look at all of these, all of them, in some way, will deny the relationship of the Father and the Son, that Jesus is fully God, and also deny that Jesus has come in the flesh, that He’s fully man.
There will be some attack on the person of Jesus in every one of these. Every one of them will undermine the truth that the Bible is true, and that Jesus is the Messiah who has come to redeem us, who died on the cross to set us free from the power of sin, who took the punishment for our sins at the cross and rose from the dead.
Jesus does live,
He DID live, He DOES live, and He WILL live forever, and He is the One who can redeem us and bring us to God.
We have therefore, many antichrists who’ve gone out and are preparing the way for the Antichrist, the unique bad man who will appear at the end of days. And I believe also that the world situations are pushing us in this direction.
We don’t live in normal times. You notice that! I believe that we’re living in times which are leading towards the fulfilment of Bible prophecy, specifically, the Great Tribulation and the rise of the Antichrist as described in Revelation chapter 13.
I just put up here 7 characteristics of Antichrist which are recorded in scripture.
This gives you the idea that there is going to be some revival of some entity like the Roman Empire in the last days which will push towards a global government agenda. Some liken it to the European Union, the United Nations or some kind of coming together of nations such as the G20 bringing together nations.
And this 4th beast comes out of the Roman Empire – a revived Roman Empire – and out of which the Antichrist arises.
The SECOND point is that he is given power by the devil.
Revelation 13 says that quite specifically. And it also says he speaks words against the Lord and against His people, and he persecutes the saints (Daniel 7, Revelation 13).
The THIRDpoint is that he aspires to world power and briefly achieves it.
I’m going to read Revelation 13 in a minute and show you how he does that.
There’s a 7-year tribulation period which is divided into two halves of three and a half years each. At its midpoint, he brings in the famous Mark of the Beast of Revelation 13, the ‘666 mark’ without which you can’t buy or sell (Revelation 13.15-18).
The FOURTHpoint is that he sets up and breaks the covenant with Israel, and this sets off the 7-year period.
If you read Daniel chapter 9 verse 27, you’ll find that there will be some situation in the Middle East which will bring a need for a global peace treaty, and the Antichrist will be the one who will bring this covenant which he is going to break halfway through.
Another reason is that these things can’t come to being until you have a return of the Jewish people to Israel. So, Israel is itself significant in bringing these things to pass.
The FIFTH point is that he understands sinister schemes and causes people to believe the lie. He puts people under a strong delusion. We read that in Daniel 8,2Thessalonians chapter 2, he sets up the ‘abomination of desolation’ in which he’s worshipped as a God (Daniel 11, Matthew 24).
The SIXTH characteristic is in Matthew 24. Jesus speaks about the abomination of desolation standing in the Holy Place.
When that is set up, it sets off the time which Jesus describes as the Great Tribulation which ‘if God didn’t cut short, no flesh would be saved’. This event also spoken of as the time of Jacob’s trouble according to Jeremiah chapter 30.
And the final point, the SEVENTHcharacteristic, is that he is destroyed and thrown into hell by the Lord at His return.
Several scriptures tell you that: Revelation 19, Daniel 7, Isaiah 11, Habakkuk chapter 3, 2 Thessalonians 2, which remind us that the victory is going to be with our man, with Jesus Christ.
So, if you get a bit alarmed by some of the things I’m telling you, then look to the end of the events prophesied and know that Jesus wins.
If you’re on Jesus’ side, you’re part of the victory. If you’re not, you’re going to be defeated.
One of the main lessons we need to learn from this is that we need to be right with God, ready for Jesus to come.
And one of the points which I make when I give my talks is that the Antichrist doesn’t come out of nowhere.
There must be something preparing the way for him. If he’s around today – and I think he is but I’m not going to attempt to identify him – as far as I can see, if we’re living in the last days, he must be somewhere around.
He can’t be born now and be ready to do what he’s going to do immediately. Therefore, I would guess he’s somewhere around, but I’m not going to tell you where since I don’t know. I’m not going to tell you how he’s going to come but my guess is that he is around now. But we won’t get into the details of that.
The Antichrist is not going to come out of nowhere, there must be an agenda taking place now leading to his coming.
And one of the things, if you follow my talks on the Signs of the Times, you can see that there is an agenda behind so much of world politics today pushing the world towards a ‘new world order’, a world government program to bring together the nations into a union out of which he will emerge.