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Today's Daily Encounter

The Antichrist Is Coming, Part I
"Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and
our being gathered to him .... Don't let anyone
deceive you in any way, for (that day will not come)
until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness
[the Antichrist] is revealed, the man doomed to
destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself
over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so
that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming
himself to be God."1
Who is this Antichrist that is coming? As his name
implies, the Antichrist is the anti or
against-the-real-Christ (the Son of God) and will be
totally opposed to him and everything to do with
Christianity. He is a person whom the Bible says will
come to power at the end of this world age as we
currently know it--at or about the same time as the
literal return of the real Christ to earth via Israel.
The Antichrist will be the leader of the revived Roman
Empire--an amalgamation or merger of ten nations
symbolized in Daniel 2 by the image with ten toes and
by the terrible beast with ten horns in Daniel 7. This
merger or coalition of nations will cover much of the
same geographical area as did the ancient Roman
Empire. The EU (Europe Union) today is looking very
much like it could be shaping up to become the revived
Roman Empire as depicted in the Word of God.
The Antichrist will be an emissary of Satan himself
and empowered by him; and, as a puppet of Satan, no
human will be able to stand against him. As he takes
control of the world, he will make what Hitler did
look like a Sunday school picnic.
What will the Antichrist look like? Without doubt the
Antichrist will be an extremely charismatic,
persuasive, cunning and deceptive individual, a
silver-tongued orator, and will be a combination of a
religious, political and economic leader/dictator. The
religion he will promote will be a counterfeit
religion--one that denies that Jesus Christ is the Son
of God and Savior of the world. He will also be the
leader of a counterfeit political system, and a
counterfeit world-wide economic system--all of which
will ultimately fail. Furthermore, his religion will
have within it an element of truth that will make it
believable to the masses. It's the element of truth in
any religion, organization or political party that
makes it one of the most deceptive forms of lying
there is. In fact, every false cult and false religion
has an element of truth in their belief system;
otherwise it would never be accepted.
This is how Satan deceived the first man and woman in
the Garden of Eden. In seeking to entrap the first
man, Satan said to him, "God knows that when you eat
of it [the forbidden fruit] your eyes will be opened,
and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."2
This was a true statement in part and sounded very
impressive to Adam. But what Satan did not say was,
"not only will you be like God knowing the difference
between good and evil, but you will be forever
confirmed in a state of evil." We can be certain that
the Antichrist will again deceive the masses by his
part-truths.
When will the Antichrist appear? The Antichrist will
come on to the world scene at a time when the world is
looking much like Germany in pre-Hitler days, but on a
far vaster scale. Prior to World War II Germany was in
chaos facing a major economic crisis, thus setting the
stage for the acceptance of a charismatic leader who
would promise "the world" to the German people. Enter
Hitler who, promising the German people the good life,
was readily accepted and embraced by the German people.
Tragically, Hitler used his power and control in a
sadistic attempt to conquer and gain the
world--killing all who tried to block his deadly
ambition--including the murder of six million Jews.
So when we see the world's economy crumbling and the
push towards a one-world economy, and a one-world
political system, beware of political and religious
leaders who speak in part truths that just may be
helping to prepare the way for the coming world
dictator, the Antichrist.
To be continued . . . .
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please open the eyes of
my understanding so that I can see and understand the
signs of the times as pointed out in your Word, the
Bible. Help me to be certain that I am ready for your
return and not be deceived by any false
prophets--either religious or political--and always
stand firm in my belief in you. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."
1. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 (NIV).
2. Genesis 3:5 (NIV).
Book: Is the Antichrist Alive Today? by Mark
Hitchcock, a recognized authority on end times
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Today's Daily Encounter
The Antichrist Is Coming, Part II
"He [the Antichrist] also forced everyone, small and
great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a
mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no
one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is
the name of the beast or the number of his name."3
When the Antichrist appears, much of the world (if not
all of it) will be facing economic and political chaos;
it will be threatened by ongoing wars, continuing
terrorist attacks, and possible nuclear
destruction--it will be a world desperate for
peace--especially peace regarding the endless war-torn
Middle East area of the World. As it was in Hitler's
Germany, this will set the stage for the ready
acceptance of a dynamic and charismatic leader who
will make grandiose promises of peace and prosperity
for all. The masses of people, desperate for help,
will buy into his propaganda, and be blinded by his
deception because he will turn out to be the dictator
from hell. Those who oppose him will take the risk of
being killed--thousands will be.
What will the Antichrist do? "According to the Bible,
in the last days the Antichrist will control
everything people see, hear and read. It says in
Revelation 13:7 that 'Power was given him over all
kindred, tongues, and nations.' This future fuehrer
will have the task of propagandizing the world through
a [totally] controlled media. This antichrist will be a
passionate leader with an appealing message and the
power of oratory that will be out of this world
because his power comes from another world [from
Satan]. He will be a master of doublespeak. But he
must [will do everything to] silence his opponents."4
Once the Antichrist comes to power, this will mark the
beginning of his seven-year reign with world-wide
control. For people to buy and sell, they will have to
have on either their right hand or forehead the "mark
of the beast" (see Revelation 13:16-17). This could
very well be some kind of computer chip or electronic
identification mark.
Recently Joy, my wife, bought a new cell phone with
GPS (Global Positioning System), and when she typed in
our name and address, the names and addresses of all
the people who live on our street automatically
appeared. When every person on earth has some kind of
electronic chip or ID, a government who controls a GPS
satellite system will know exactly where every person
on earth is, and as such will be able to control them.
Warning: the technology to make this possible is
undoubtedly already in place.
At the beginning of his seven-year reign the
Antichrist will make a peace pact with Israel, making
it appear that peace has finally come to the war-torn
Middle East--a peace pact that no other leader from
any other country has ever been able to achieve,
although several have tried (see Daniel 9:27).
However, in the middle of this seven-year tribulation
period, the Antichrist will break his peace pact with
Israel, enter and desecrate the re-built Jewish temple
in Jerusalem by setting himself up as God (see Daniel
9:27, 11:31, 12:11; Matthew 24:15; and 2 Thessalonians
2:1-4). For the next three and a half years all hell
will break loose on earth when God pours out his
judgments on earth during the Great Tribulation (see
Revelations chapters 8 and 9). What will end the Great
Tribulation will be the battle of Armageddon (see
Revelation 16:16). This will be when the nations of
the world unite to come against Israel in an attempt
to "wipe her off the map." At this time Jesus Christ
will return with his true followers to step onto the
stage of mankind's history and will totally destroy
the Antichrist, his armies, and his followers and all
who seek to destroy Israel and Jerusalem. Armageddon
will be the war to end all wars.
By way of interest, recently Joy and I had the
opportunity to be on a tour of Israel where we visited
the city of Megiddo which overlooks the enormous valley
of Megiddo (some 20 miles long and 14 miles wide) where
the battle of Armageddon will be centered. It is a real
place. The name, Armageddon, comes from the Hebrew, Har
Megiddo.
After Armageddon Jesus will, with the aid of all his
true disciples, rule and reign on earth for a thousand
years (see Revelation 20:6). During this time Satan
will be bound and, at the end of this millennium, will
be released for a short while and then cast into hell
for all eternity (see Revelation 20:1-3). Furthermore,
all those whose names are not written in God's book of
life, that is, those who never accepted Jesus Christ
as their Savior and received God's free pardon for all
their sins, will stand before God at the Great White
Judgment throne of God and be judged for all the sins
they ever committed and, with Satan, will also be cast
into hell for all eternity (see Revelation 20:11-15).
After this God will create a new heaven and a new
earth, and all of God's children will live together
forever with God and Jesus Christ, and there will be
no more sorrow, no more death, no more crying, and no
more pain (see Revelation 21:1-4).
It is no secret that the nations surrounding Israel
today are already determined to wipe Israel off the
map once and for all. The day is coming when they will
join forces to attempt to do this. That day may be a
lot closer than many think.
For instance, when Joy and I were in Israel a few
months ago, we visited the Temple Institute in
Jerusalem and learned firsthand that the Jewish people
are currently preparing to build the third temple and
re-institute temple worship. Priests are now being
trained for this temple ministry, and the instruments
needed for temple worship are being made at this time.
Plans for building the third temple are under way right
now. This temple will need to be erected either before
or during the beginning reign of the Antichrist for
the simple fact that three-and-a-half years into his
reign, he will enter the temple, and desecrate it by
setting himself up as God (see Matthew 24:15, and 2
Thessalonians 2:4).
With all that is happening in today's world the
setting of the stage for both the coming of the
Antichrist and the real Christ is accelerating. That
time could be very near. The Antichrist will promise
peace but as Jesus said, "When men say peace, then
sudden destruction" (see 1 Thessalonians 5:3).
The most important issue is this: If Jesus Christ
should come today for all his true followers, are you
ready? Or would you be left behind and have to go
through the Great Tribulation under the reign of
terror by the Antichrist? Have you accepted Jesus as
your Lord and Savior and received God's forgiveness
for all your sins? To help you to be ready be sure to
read, "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian" online
at: www.actsweb.org/christian.
Be sure and accept Jesus today. As every prediction in
God's Word, the Bible, concerning Christ's first
coming, written hundreds of years prior to his birth
in Bethlehem two thousand years ago, was fulfilled in
minutest detail, so also will his second coming be
fulfilled as spelled out in God's Word. Furthermore,
so will the predictions concerning the coming of the
Antichrist also be fulfilled in detail.
To be concluded . . . .
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that you have
clearly warned me in your Word that the Antichrist,
being empowered by Satan, is coming, and when he does,
will unleash his fury, and tyranny of evil and
destruction on mankind. Please help me to be ready for
your return and be delivered from the evil power of the
Antichrist. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
3. Revelation 13:16-17 (NIV).
4. Jan Markell, Olive Tree Ministries,
www.olivetreeviews.org.
Book: Is the Antichrist Alive Today? by Mark
Hitchcock, a recognized authority on end times
prophecy. On sale ... only $7.99. Click HERE or on
http://tinyurl.com/antichrist-alive
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Today's Daily Encounter
The Antichrist Is Coming, Part III
"About times and dates we do not need to write to you,
for you know very well that the day of the Lord
[Christ's return] will come like a thief in the night.
While people are saying, "Peace and safety,"
destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains
on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. . . .So
then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but
let us be alert and self-controlled."5
Many people today say that the Bible is just a bunch
of fables and all this talk about a coming Antichrist
is nonsense for the simple fact that we are far too
enlightened today to believe in such nonsense. Let us
remember, however, that Hitler's Germany was among the
most educated, advanced and enlightened country in the
world when Hitler rose to power. A reminder, too, that
every prophecy in God's Word, the Bible, about Christ's
first coming, written hundreds of years prior to his
coming, was fulfilled in detail. We can be just as
certain that every prophecy in God's Word regarding
Christ's second coming and the coming of the
Antichrist will also be fulfilled in detail.
For instance, the Bible stated that Israel would be a
nation again at the time of Christ's return. Israel as
a nation was reborn in 1948, two-thousand years after
being decimated by the Romans in AD70. As already
noted, the Bible states that the Jewish temple will
have to be rebuilt at the end times because the
Antichrist will enter and desecrate it by setting
himself up in the temple and claim to be God midway
through his seven-year reign (see 2 Thessalonians
2:1-4).
But many will say how can the third temple be built on
the Temple Mount because the Muslim Dome of the Rock is
in the way? Not so. According to archeological findings
the Dome of the Rock is built in the Gentile
(non-Jewish) area of the temple grounds6 and not over
the ancient Jewish temple that was built by King
Herod. The new Jewish temple will be built over this
temple--the one that was destroyed by the Romans in
AD70. If you go to the temple area today, you can see
many of the huge temple stones that the Romans threw
over the temple walls when they destroyed the temple.
For the first time in almost two-thousand years a new
Jewish temple is right now in the planning stages of
being built.
So where are we today? Are we, the US and its allies
moving towards globalization which would incorporate a
one-world people, a one-world economy, and a one-world
government? And if so, is this helping to set the
stage for the coming Antichrist who will rule over a
globalized world?
More and more it is looking like it. For example,
speaking overseas early in his presidency, President
Obama addressed a crowd of some 200,0007 people in
Berlin as "Citizens of the world." More recently in an
online article titled, "Tony Blair, Evangelicals, and
The Coming One World Religion," Paul McGuire writes,
"Former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair has created the
Tony Blair Faith Foundation to unify the world's
religions. Blair is especially interested in promoting
the benefits of globalization to Christian churches.
There are a number of prominent American ministers who
have endorsed his Tony Blair Faith Foundation with its
emphasis on globalization or global government. In
Revelation we read about this coming one world
religion and the False Prophet who unites the world's
religions in order to bring peace to Planet Earth
under the rule of Antichrist."
McGuire concludes his article by saying, "We are on
the precipice of a new world financial order, a
cashless society and global government. Once again,
the forces behind globalization understand that they
need to recruit the churches in order to make the
transition. The Tony Blair Faith Foundation, the
prominent evangelical ministers and religious leaders
of other religions are part of globalization strategy.
If you want to know where this all ultimately ends up?
Read Revelation 13."8
Peace and Safety. The more we hear about
globalization, a one-world economy, a one-world
religion, a one-world political system, plus the
promise of peace, the closer we are to the appearance
of the Antichrist and the second coming to earth of
Jesus Christ.
For many years now the UN and other countries,
including the U.S., have been doing their utmost to
broker peace in the Middle East--so far all to no
avail. But they continue to talk about it and try to
find ways to establish peace in this major conflict
area of today's world. We also have a very dominant
religious group in that part of the world that claims
to be a religion of peace. However, according to
biblical prophecy, it will be the Antichrist who will
broker a peace treaty with Israel for at least
three-and-a-half years until he breaks it.
As today's Scripture reminds us: "About times and
dates we do not need to write to you, for you know
very well that the day of the Lord will come like a
thief in the night. While people are saying, 'Peace
and safety,' destruction will come on them suddenly,
as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not
escape. . . . So then, let us not be like others, who
are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled."5
Right now the setting of the stage for the coming of
both Jesus Christ and the Antichrist is certainly
appearing to be accelerating. The clock is ticking.
Every day brings us closer to the midnight hour.
What can we do about it?
First, be aware: Jesus said, "When these things begin
to take place, stand up and lift up your heads,
because your redemption is drawing near."9
Second, be on the right side: Make absolute certain
you are on the side of the real Christ and not on the
side of the counterfeit Christ--the Antichrist--or you
will be totally controlled by him.
Third, be prepared: As Jesus said to Nicodemus, "You
must be born again." "Jesus declared, 'I tell you the
truth, unless a man is born again, he cannot see the
kingdom of God'"10 By this Jesus meant if you are to
see and enter God's kingdom, you need to be re-born
spiritually. We do this by believing that Jesus Christ
is the Son of God, that he died on the cross to pay the
penalty for all our sins, that we confess our
sinfulness to God, and that we receive God's
forgiveness and his gift of eternal life by receiving
Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and making a
genuine commitment of our life to him. To help you do
this, be sure to read the article, "How to Be Sure
You're a Real Christian" at:
www.actsweb.org/christian.
Suggested prayer: Dear God, thank you again for your
Word informing us of the events to come at the end of
this world age. Please help me to know and understand
your Word, be aware of what is happening, and be
prepared for your coming by accepting your Son, Jesus
Christ, as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for
this blessed hope and assurance of your salvation and
for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in
Jesus' name, amen."
5. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3; 6 (NIV).
6. Grant R. Jeffrey, The New Temple and the Second
Coming, p.28. WarterBrook Press, Colorado Springs,
Colorado 80921.
7. Real Clear Politics, http://tinyurl.com/6652aq.
8. Paul McGuire, "Tony Blair, Evangelicals, and The
Coming One World Religion,"
http://tinyurl.com/2bqa76c.
9. Luke 21:28 (NIV).
10. John 3:3 (NIV).
Book: Is the Antichrist Alive Today? by Mark
Hitchcock, a recognized authority on end times
prophecy. On sale ... only $7.99. Click HERE or on
http://tinyurl.com/antichrist-alive. For more books on
end times prophecy click on:
http://tinyurl.com/end-time-prophecy.
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