Bible Study: The Antichrist 12.29.10
Thursday, December 30, 2010 2:35:29 AM
Message Title: The Antichrist
For: Wednesday December 29, 2010
Chapters: Revelation 17-18
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Details of Today's Chapters: Babylon, the mother of all abominations, the prediction of the doom of Babylon, the fall of Babylon, the King of kings, the Church called upon to rejoice in her utter ruin.
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The antichrist is a false Christ like figure who will come to reign over the world before Christ returns. Believe it or not, we do have antichrists walking around right now, preachers, churches, religions are all over the world pretending that they know Christ, but deceiving many with worldly temptations, talks of peace, and an end to suffering. The Bible says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 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.” - I John 2:15-18.
While many want to ignore the truth, we are closer than ever to Christ returning, we can not associate ourselves with people, churches, and religions that allow the world to come in, Of course, we want people to come to know Christ and everyone is invited to know the truth, but we must stand firm in the foundation of the truth and never let anyone compromise that truth to fit in with the world. Jesus said, “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” - Matthew 24:23,24. The antichrist is going to deceive many, true Christians as well, therefore, it is important that we never loose sight of the truth nor be afraid to tell it to others.
Rome is one of the most religious countries, proclaiming that Roman Catholics represent Christianity. The Roman Catholic church is the most deceitful religion there is, full of idolatry and the worship of the virgin Mary, among other things. They know just enough of the Bible to proclaim they know the truth, but Jesus reveals otherwise, the Roman Catholic church will face judgment as well as every other false church, known as Babylon. “And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” - Revelation 17:1-5.
We first heard of Babylon in the Old Testament, it was the most magnificent capital city of the ancient world, and its king, Nebuchadnezzar, controlled the world. During his conquests, he destroyed the kingdom of Judah, as well as the Temple of God and the city of Jerusalem. BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS illustrates the God-defying forces in politics and religion that will soon control the world. This apostate federation of churches and world religions will give full support to the one-world political and economic system which will be ruled by the Antichrist. The scarlet colored beast represents the close alliance that exists between the world government and Babylon, who pretends to be the true Church. Eventually, this false super church will fiercely oppose the true Christ, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” - II Corinthians 11:13,14.
Once the Antichrist has made a mess of things, the true Christ will return, “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful...For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.” - Revelation 17:12-14. Christ will reign and put all enemies under his feet. He is the King of kings, the Lord of lords. He has supreme dominion and power over all things, all the powers of earth and hell are subject to His control. His followers are called to this warfare, are fitted for it, and will be faithful in it.
When Christ returns in His glory, vengeance is His and on every person who caused His people to be deceived by them. “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.” - Revelation 18:1-6.
God's people shall be called out of Babylon while those that partake with wicked men in their sins, must receive of their plagues. As we consider these events which will surely come to pass, we need to set our hearts and minds on things above, knowing that the Lord is able to sustain all who put their trust in Him. It's pretty scary to read these chapters and realize just how much this book is becoming a reality. However, we can be at peace knowing that in the midst of it all Jesus is with us and All who accept Him into their lives will be saved from all this destruction. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” - Romans 10:13.
So many of these prophecies are coming to pass as we speak, there are mega churches popping up all over the world, so called non-denominational churches bringing every religious background together as one. While many will tell you that Christ will save you they do not they do not tell you how He saves you. I attended a mega church for two years, hundreds of people would go up to the altar to get saved, but some of those same people were going up there the next week. There is only one way to eternal life and that is by asking Christ personally to save you. He died once, therefore you only have to ask Him once. “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” - Hebrews 9:28.
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