"The Coming of the Anti-Christ"

Imagine a world in perfect peace. No wars or famines, complete economic prosperity, one world government, one world religion, one world monetary system and the perfect world leader. A man who unites countries, leaders, religions and generates world peace. A charismatic man who wins the world over. Elegant in speech, bold, powerful and able to execute plans. The perfect world leader! Yes, the man with a plan; he has all the right answers and is able to charm all. Could there be such a man? Would the world embrace him? Let’s take a look at what the Bible has to say about this coming world leader: where he will come from, his nature, what he will accomplish and how he will come to power.
The setting: the twenty-first century; the place: Brussels. The players: ten united countries (the united community of Europe and nine other nations) join together to elect a one-world government headed by a charismatic politician who has gained the world’s trust and is elected as the president of this new governed world. His charm, power and demeanor make him the hands-down candidate to get the job done. From European descent, this charismatic man ushers in his reign by confirming a treaty with Israel to rebuild their temple. This treaty includes building a wall between the Dome of the Rock mosque and the new temple upon the Temple Mount.. This then gives the Jews their temple to hold sacrifices, while leaving the outer court divided by a wall so that the Muslims can hold their worship. The Jews hail this charismatic man as the Messiah and worship him for bringing peace and their sacrifices back (the temple was destroyed in 70 AD by Titus and the Roman legion; since then the Jews have not had a temple to hold sacrifices). Next, this world leader brings in a one-world monetary system and issues in a cashless society and elects a spiritual leader who unites all religion and puts an end to religious conflicts, bringing peace and harmony among all the religious leaders. He then has an assassination attempt made on his life and loses the use of his arm and right eye; left for nearly dead, he makes a miraculous recovery and performs supernatural miracles. The world marvels over his, powers, wisdom and ability to survive and execute his plans. The stock market is booming, there is peace and harmony among all and a joyful time on earth. Iraq becomes the world trade center of the Middle East and business is booming.
One day this world leader organizes a press meeting that will be broadcast worldwide from the temple mount. It is midday in Jerusalem, CNN, the BBC, as well as all the world networks, are there to broadcast his speech. The cameras are set up inside the temple and panned toward the podium; this charismatic leader then makes his public announcement to the world claiming that he is god and demands that the world should worship him. He curses the true and living God and says blasphemies unto His name!
The world is in uproar! This charismatic leader that seemed to be the answer to the world’s problems has now showed his true colors. Nations of the world muster their strength to overthrow his government. The kings of the east march 200 million in number along with various other nations uniting together. This world leader sets his sights against Egypt (Dan. 11:40-44), yet has to retreat and make his way back to Israel due to these nations coming up against him. The setting now is in the valley of Megiddo, where the last world war will take place. Yet out of the clouds comes our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with His saints, and He supernaturally intercedes. The Lord sets His foot on the Mount of Olives as it splits in two with a great earthquake, and our Lord destroys the armies of the world with His glorious appearance and with the power of the Word of God.
Amazing, you might say. Is this possible? Where did you get this information? Let’s now take a look at these events and Bible passages that expound on the events to come.
We will start with some background of this leader, the names given to this charismatic leader, where he comes from and what the Bible has to say about him. Next we look at “the day of the Lord,” the second Advent! And finally, we will see what is holding him back from coming to power.

His Name

The last world leader is spoken about through out the Bible. He has been called various names, including the prince that shall come, the idol shepherd (Zech. 11:17), the man of sin, the son of prediction (2 Thess. 2:3), and the lawless one. In the book of Revelation, he is called the beast and the Antichrist (the word
anti in Greek speaks of a “pseudo” Christ or an “other-than” Christ), as well as being referred to as the “horn” in the books of Daniel and Revelation.

Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time
(1 John 2:18).

In this verse, John was warning the people (little children referred to new believers in Christ) that there are already evil leaders at work yet in the end times will come a final Antichrist.

And that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (2 Thess. 2:3b).

These are a few examples of what this leader is referred to in Scripture. It is also interesting that John is the only writer that refers to him as the Antichrist.

Where He Comes From

And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay (Dan. 2:41-43).
These verses in Daniel speak of how this world leader will come out of the divided Roman empire, stronger and weaker nations joining together to become one. Yet once this world leader shows his true power, the nations will not mingle together but come against him (leading to the final battle in the valley of Megiddo). History shows that the Roman empire was never conquered but fell apart from within (a civil war, if you will). Daniel tells us that the legs of iron represent the division of the empire and, in end times, how the empire would come back together. This is interesting because we have already seen Europe unite (smaller and weaker nations joining together), so from the text we would believe that this world leader will come out of the European community or of Roman descent. The passage in Daniel could also refer to the European community uniting with other nations (nine more) and becoming strong. We do know from the text that the Roman empire was divided with one division returning to Europe while the other division migrated down to Assyria.

About the Lawless One

And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand (Dan. 8:24-25).

This passage in Daniel describes the world leader as mighty yet with powers not of his own. This is speaking of the world leader being empowered by Satan. Satan will give this man power to perform miracles and awe the world. He will bring about prosperity for a time, yet the power of our Lord Jesus Christ will prevail at the end!

And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries (Dan. 11:21).

Here it speaks of him coming in as a peace maker and obtaining control with his manipulations, yet after his initial campaign, the world will see his true colors.
Temple Predictions

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the 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 (Dan. 9:27).
In this passage, one week is referring to seven years, during which the world leader will confirm a treaty with Israel (this is the rebuilding of the temple). But in the midst of the week (three-and-a-half years), he will make his public announcement and demand to be worshipped.
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) (Matt. 24:15).
Here in Matthew chapter 24, Christ is quoting Daniel and asking the reader to understand what will happen in the future. Our Lord God is a loving God and He does not want any to perish. He gives us His Holy Spirit to convict our hearts of our sins, and He gives us His written Word to show us all things. He is the creator of this universe, and with God all things are possible
. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). He is the alpha and the omega, the first and the last, and He sent His only Son Jesus Christ, who manifested Himself as flesh and walked among us. He died for our sins so that through His resurrection, we could live forever.

And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days (Dan. 12:11).

This again is referring to the second half of the seven-year period, and this is where God pours out His wrath on a Christ-rejecting sinful world(this period of time can be found in the book of Revelation, chapters 6 to 19).

And behold a wall on the outside of the house round about, and in the man’s hand a measuring reed of six cubits long by the cubit and an hand breadth: so he measured the breadth of the building, one reed; and the height, one reed. Then came he unto the gate which looketh toward the east, and went up the stairs thereof, and measured the threshold of the gate, which was one reed broad; and the other threshold of the gate, which was one reed broad (Ezek. 40:5,6).

Then he measured the breadth from the forefront of the lower gate unto the forefront of the inner court without, an hundred cubits eastward and northward (Ezek. 40:19).

In these verses, Ezekiel speaks of the wall that will be put up to divide the new temple and the outer court. The wall is said to be about six cubits (about eighteen feet) high and a hundred cubits (300 feet) long.

But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months (Rev. 11:2).
Here in Revelation, we are told that the outer court (or outside the wall) is given to the Gentiles; this is where the Dome of the Rock mosque sits. So the temple will be divided by a wall that separates the Jewish and the Muslim worship centers. Also notice that again we read of forty-two months or three-and-a-half years during which there are troublesome times.

Assassination Attempt

Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened (Zech. 11:17).

In Zechariah, we read of this idol shepherd/world leader who has an assassination attempt on his life and losses his arm and right eye.

And causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the...beast, whose deadly wound was healed (Rev. 13:12).

We read in Revelation that this idol shepherd’s deadly wound is healed (Rev. 13:14). And the world marvels over his recovery. As a side note, take a close look at how specific the Bible is in describing in detail all that will take place in the future.
Mark of the Beast

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 (Rev. 13:16-18).

This verse is extremely interesting, due to that fact that, as I write this in the year 2006 AD, this technology is in place yet has not been implemented! When I preach and teach on this subject, I read this verse from a Bible that is a reprint of a 1620 publication. That’s right, nearly 400 years ago this Bible was in print and foretold a cashless society coming into play, in which no one small or great, rich or poor will be able to buy or sell without taking a mark on their right hand or forehead. We know that the New Testament was written nearly 2,000 years ago, and it is amazing how accurate it is in regards to past, present and future events. Yes, future events! We are reading about a technology that is on the horizon.
Fifty years ago we could never imagine this taking place. However, in this day and age, how could one dispute the fact that we are heading towards a cashless society? In America, one of the local banks runs a TV commercial that shows a bank teller scanning a man’s forehead. In our local supermarkets, we now have a new technology called U-Scan-It. This system gives the consumer the option of bypassing a store clerk and the lines of people and going directly to this self-serve technology. We can weigh our produce by scanning the produce key on the fruit and then the machine calculates the weight and price. Amazing!
Getting back to this verse in Revelation, let’s keep in mind that the key point here is that he causes all to take the mark. This is speaking of a point in time when this world leader forces everyone, rich or poor, small or great, to take this mark. I personally believe that this cashless society will be in place prior to the world leaders coming, and I believe that perhaps when this technology is approved by the government, it will be more of a convenience for perhaps the upper and middle class societies. Again I stress the importance of this verse, emphasizing the fact that this world leader will make it mandatory to take his mark or else be put to death.
Moving on, the next part of this prophecy speaks of a number given to this man, and his number is 666. Although in this present day, we do not understand what this represents (other then we know that it is Satan’s number and mark, which is a reference to his demonic powers), the passage does go on to state that there will be people alive during this period (most likely the lukewarm Christians who missed the rapture and know what the Bible says) who will have knowledge and wisdom. They will know what this means and who this person is. We as true believers in Christ will not be here to experience these events, for the Bible says that He will keep us from the tribulation that will fall upon the earth. We are not looking for the Antichrist; we are looking for our blessed hope, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who shed His blood so that we can have everlasting life. The Lord of Lords and King of Kings will come and save us from an hour of tribulation that this world has never seen before. Blessed be His Holy name, Amen!

Worshipping the Beast and Blasphemies

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven (Rev. 13:4-6).
Here in Revelation 13:4, we read that Satan gives power to this world leader and the world worships him. We also read that he is granted or given authority to rule for forty-two months. We also see that this world leader speaks blasphemy and curses God. In this passage, we have Satan empowering this world leader and we have God giving him authority to go about his business for three-and-a-half years. If this sounds strange to you, then perhaps you should read the book of Job to get a better understanding of the dialogue between God and Satan. You will find that God does let Satan have power over the earth, yet God will only let Satan do so much. Keep in mind that Adam forfeited the title deed to the earth in the Garden of Eden; yet after the forty-two months, we have our Lord Jesus Christ redeeming or claiming back the title deed during His millennial reign on Earth (see Revelation chapter 20).

I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame (Dan. 7:11).

And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time (Dan. 7:25).

And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done (Dan. 11:36).

In these passages from Daniel, we read that this world leader speaks words against the most high God and will exalt himself as if a god. Also note that in Daniel 7:25, it states that he will change the time and law. Let’s take a closer look at these passages.
In the United States, our forefathers founded this country and based our constitution around the Ten Commandments, although nowadays we see a switch in the government and these principles are fading away. Keeping this in mind, we would assume that these passages refer to the world leader making his own global law or constitution. It is also interesting that he changes the time or date system. Every time we sign a document, we acknowledge the year of our Lord. That’s right, nearly 2,000-plus years ago our Lord walked the earth among men. Could this be the reason why this world leader will declare his own time and date system? I am sure that it is Satan’s plan to do away with any mention of our Lord. As a side note, the only thing that says “In God we Trust” is our currency. Although I might be speculating, I believe that there will not be any issues with taking God off our currency, but that the cashless society will just do away with currency altogether.

Armies Against Him

And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him (Dan. 11:40-45).

This passage speaks of the countries that come up against him, during the last half of his reign. This is what leads up to the battle of Armageddon. The world leader sets out to battle, but news from the east (kings of the east marching) has him retreat back to protect his position.

Armageddon and the Second Advent

The following passages in Revelation, Daniel and Zechariah speak of the gathering of the armies of the world that set out to overcome the world leader and his men. Yet the Lord intercedes. This is referred to as the Battle of Armageddon.

And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon (Rev. 16:16).

And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army (Rev. 19:19).

I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom (Dan. 7:21-22).

Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee (Zech 14:3-5).

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS (Rev. 19:11-16).

All of above verses in both the Old and New Testament are referring to the second advent, when Christ comes with His church (the bride of Christ) to wipe out the armies of the world.

Withholding Force, Etc.

The Bible has given us such a detailed description of this world leader, such as where he will come from, what his nature is and so on. So the big question is, where is he now? When will he come to power? As stated earlier, we as Christians are not looking for the Antichrist, we are waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to come receive His bride (the Church). In this next section, we will take a closer look at what the Bible has to say about the emergence of this world leader.
The next several verses speak about this man of sin being at work, yet not revealed. According to the Bible, there are two prerequisites that will happen before this world leader will come to power. Let’s take a look!

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (2 Thess. 2:3).

The first prerequisite is that there will be a falling away or an apostasy of the faith. The root word is
apostasia in the Greek, which means to depart from or the removal of. This is referring to people becoming worldly and being concerned with themselves and not acknowledging God. Take a look at the world today, compared to fifty years ago. What happened to our morals? Things that we see exploited today, such as homosexuality or pornography, among other day-to-day business standards, would make one think, “What is this world coming to?” The number of those falling away from the faith has been on a rapid increase, and one would have to wonder, how much more of it will the Lord stand for?

And now ye know what withholdeth 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 (2 Thess. 2:6-7).
We read that this world leader is already at work, yet is being held back. We are told in Scripture that the restraining force is the Body of Christ or the Holy Spirit within the believer. So we the Church must be removed from the earth before this leader can come to power (i.e., the rapture of the church—prerequisite number two). Romans 11:25 speaks about the fullness of the Gentiles. The Lord has a certain number of people that He will take out of the earth, just as it was in the days of Noah, when the Lord gave the people of the earth a chance to repent and then He removed or protected the righteous (Noah and his family). Do not take for granted that Noah preached repentance for 120 years while he was building the ark, yet the people did not repent or believe that a flood would come. In the twenty-first century, are we as ignorant as in the days of Noah?
The Lord spoke this universe into existence. DNA proves that there is a creator, yet people still seem to disregard the truth. For He is the resurrection and the life and those who believe in Him, thou they die shall live and whom ever believes in Him and lives shall never die (John 11:25). He is the first and the last, the alpha and omega, and through Christ there is everlasting life. We the Body of Christ are the restraining force, and once we are taken out, then the world leader will be revealed.
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer (Rev. 6:1-2).

This verse shows the world leader coming on the scene. After the church is removed, we see the rider on the white horse coming to power. Keep in mind that Jesus Christ appears on a white horse in Revelation chapter 19 and this white horse rider is the Antichrist who comes in as a peaceful savior.

And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth (2 Thess. 2:8-13).

In this passage, we jump ahead seven years, when the Lord will consume this world leader with His Word (the Spirit of truth). This event takes place during the end of the battle of Armageddon. We then go back in time, and the Lord speaks of the people who rejected His Spirit and are unrighteous and received not the love of the truth. We read that God will send a strong delusion so that the people of the world will believe the lie (that is, the words and beliefs of the world leader) and accept and follow this world leader. Again, if this sounds strange, let’s go back to the Old Testament writings and take a look at Moses and Pharaoh. The Lord told Moses that He would harden Pharaoh’s heart so that Pharaoh would not let Moses and his people leave Egypt. Yet the final plague that took the life of Pharaoh’s son initiated the release of the Israelites, and Pharaoh then pursued them to the Red Sea, where the Lord protected His people and wiped out their enemies!
I would like to also point out that 2 Thessalonians 3:10 speaks of the day of the Lord coming as a thief in the night. Yet the scoffers say, “Where is He?” “When is He coming?”(2 Peter 3:34). We are told in 2 Peter 2:9 that the Lord knows how to deliver His people. The Bible teaches us that we can not serve two masters. We are either for Him or against Him—there is no in-between ground. Will you be awaiting Jesus Christ or will you embrace the Antichrist.
“He who has an ear let him hear.”

The Coming of Our Lord

We pray, “Thy Kingdom come,” and this is His promise. The Bible is one of God’s ways of communicating with us. We can understand His nature, love and plan for His people. The Lord has laid out a road map to eternal life. He was given us physical evidence by predicting the past, present and future, and more importantly, He has given us His Holy Spirit to guide us. We are held accountable for what we know, and when it comes time for the final judgment, the only question that we will be faced with is, “What did you do with my Son?” As stated earlier, you are either for Him or against Him—there is no middle ground. To know Christ is to accept Him—to confess your Sins, trust in Him and live a life in anticipation that He can come at any moment!
May the Grace of the Lord bless and keep you.

In Jesus name we pray!

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