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Beware of the Antichrist
Beware of the Antichrist
Who is the Antichrist? He is someone who is not known yet, but the Bible contains numerous prophetic warnings about him. The Bible refers to him as "the beast." We do know that he will soon arrive on the scene as a man of peace, and have the ability to bring about peace, especially in the Middle East. But we should not be fooled by this man; he will become the worst dictator the world has ever known. An intelligent person will be able to calculate the name of the Antichrist. His name will equal the number of a man, and that number is 666.
His name can be calculated by using an alphanumeric system that was used in ancient times. With this system, each letter has an equivalent number. If you know the letters in a name, then you can replace each of the letters with its equivalent number.
In Revelation, the first rider on a white horse represents the Antichrist. He will negotiate peace and be given a position of authority, but his real mission is world conquest. How do we know? He will have a bow, but no arrows. He will be given a crown, and go forth to conquer.
From the Bible:
I, John, watched as Jesus opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four creatures say in a loud voice, "come and see!" I looked and saw a white horse; and he who sat on the horse had a bow and was given a crown, and he went forth to conquer.
(Revelation, Chapter 6, Verses 1 and 2)
Here is wisdom; let him who has understanding count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.
(Revelation, Chapter 13, Verse 18)
When will the Antichrist come into power? He will come into power just before the Rapture, which is when Jesus Christ returns to take Christians to Heaven. No one except God knows exactly when Jesus will return, but it will be soon; we know by certain signs. When the evil in the world reaches an intolerable level, then Jesus will remove Christians to safety. The Antichrist, who is also called the "son of perdition," will then show his true purpose, which is to form a world government that he controls.
From the Bible:
Now we plead with you, brothers in Christ, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering unto Him; that you not soon be unsettled in mind, or troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter supposedly from us, that the day of Christ is coming soon.
Let no man deceive you by any means, for that day will not come until there comes a falling away, and that man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition. He will oppose and exalt himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he is like God, sitting in the temple of God, and proclaiming himself to be God.
(2 Thessalonians, Chapter 2, Verses 1 through 4)
The Bible, in the book of Revelation, describes the Antichrist in symbolic language. The beast will rise up out of the sea. This means that the "beast," or the Antichrist, will seem like just an ordinary person; but he will aspire to be a political leader, and slowly rise to power. He will be recognized as a peacemaker at first. Later, he will become a cruel dictator. The "beast" also describes world governments controlled by the beast.
The beast had seven heads. In this case the beast has seven heads, representing seven world governments; six have existed before and the seventh one will be under the control of the Antichrist. The beast had ten horns with each having a crown. These horns represent ten rulers who will be in power with the Antichrist.
The crowns on the horns of the beast represent ten divisions of the seventh world government. Each of the ten rulers will have control of one of those divisions, but they will all be accountable to the Antichrist. The beast had the name of blasphemy on its heads, meaning the contempt for God that the world governments had and will have.
The beast was like a leopard, meaning that it will be a deadly coalition of certain nations. It had feet like those of a bear, meaning that the beast will be supported by a powerful nation, possibly Russia and its allies. It had a mouth like a lion, meaning that the beast will be represented by an authoritive nation, possibly England and its allies. The point is that, although the beast will not resemble any animal, he and his government are described with the aspects of certain animals.
He was given his power, position, and authority by the dragon. Satan, the Devil, in the Bible is often referred to as the dragon. Satan will make it possible for the Antichrist to come into political power. and have a position of authority over the seventh world government. This will actually be a revival of the former sixth world government that was the Roman Empire. Soon after the Antichrist comes into power, he will appear to be fatally wounded, but will miraculously recover and people will be amazed by him.
Many will worship the Antichrist. They will believe that he is invincible, and they will worship Satan who will give him his power. The Antichrist will make great speeches, and speak blasphemies against God. He will make war against Christians and have them killed if they refuse to worship him.
How long will the Antichrist rule the world? He will rule the world for three and a half years, which is the last half of the seven-year time of tribulation. These seven years will begin after the Rapture, and will bring the world to an end. During the first half of the tribulation, the Antichrist will rise in power. For the last half, the seventh world government will be in place and controlled by the Antichrist. He will establish himself in the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem and declare himself to be God.
From the Bible:
I, John, stood upon the sand and saw a beast rise up out of the sea. It had seven heads and ten horns with ten crowns upon them, and upon his heads was the name of blasphemy. The beast was like a leopard with feet like those of a bear, and a mouth like that of a lion. He was given his power, position, and authority by the dragon. I saw one of the heads of the beast that seemed to be fatally wounded; but his deadly wound was healed, and the world was amazed by the beast.
People worshiped the dragon that gave power to the beast, and they worshiped the beast and asked who is like the beast, and who is able to make war against him? The beast was given authority to speak great things and blasphemies, and power was given to him to continue for forty-two months. He spoke blasphemies against God, God's name and tabernacle, and those who live in Heaven.
The beast was given power to make war against the saints and overcome them. He was given power over all people and nations. Those whose names are not written in the Book of Life that Jesus has; they will worship the beast.
(Revelation, Chapter 13, Verses 1 through 10)
Who is the False Prophet? The Bible also warns us about another man, and refers to him as the beast from out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but spoke like a dragon. This means that he will appear to have a soft nature, but have strong opinions regarding controversial subjects. This is the False Prophet who will accumulate power, and use his power to exalt the Antichrist.
Satan will display counterfeit miracles through the False Prophet, such as causing fire to come down from heaven. The False Prophet will deceive people by the miracles he performs in support of the Antichrist. He will suggest that an image be made of the Antichrist who appeared to have been fatally wounded and yet survived.
What is the image of the beast? The image of the beast, or Antichrist, will most likely be a statue of him with life-like qualities. It will be programmed to speak on behalf of the Antichrist, and announce that whoever does not worship it will be killed.
What is The Mark of the Beast? The False Prophet will order every person to receive a mark either on their right hand or forehead. He will tell everyone that, unless a person has that mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name, he or she would not be able to buy or sell.
From the Bible:
And I, John, saw another beast that came up out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, and spoke like a dragon. He had the power of the beast before him, and caused people to worship the first beast whose fatal wound was healed. He performed great wonders such as making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of men. He deceived people by means of the miracles that he was empowered to do in the sight of the first beast.
He told the people that they should make an image of the beast that had been wounded by a sword but lived. He had power to give life to the image of the beast, so that the image would both speak, and cause those who would not worship the image to be killed.
He caused all people, small and great, rich and poor, free and enslaved, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that no one could buy or sell, unless he or she had the mark, which is the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
(Revelation, Chapter 13, Verses 11 through 17)
What will happen to those who receive the mark of the beast? People will be warned not to worship the beast, or Antichrist, and his image, and not to receive his mark on their hand or forehead. Whoever does will drink of the wine of God's anger, meaning that he or she will be judged on Judgment Day. Those found guilty will be tormented in the Lake of Fire, and the smoke of their torment will rise up forever.
From the Bible:
The third angel followed them, saying loudly, "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or hand, he will drink of the wine of the wrath of God. It will be poured without mixture into the cup of His indignation. He will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb.
Those who worship the beast and his image, and those who receive the mark of his name, will have no rest day or night; and the smoke of their torment will rise up forever."
(Revelation, Chapter 14, Verses 9 through 11)
Who will stop the Antichrist? At the end of the seven-year tribulation, Jesus will return to earth as a conqueror. He will come to make war against the Antichrist, the False Prophet, and their armies. He will be angry with all those who perpetrate evil in the world. An army of Christians will be with Jesus, and share in His victory as a conqueror.
The Antichrist, the False Prophet, the rulers of the world government, and their armies will gather to make war against Jesus and His army. This will be the Battle of Armageddon, the final battle between good and evil. Then the Antichrist and the False Prophet will both be captured and thrown into the Lake of Fire where they will be destroyed. The rulers of the world government and their armies will be killed.
From the Bible:
I, John, saw heaven open, and beheld a white horse. He who sat on the horse is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written on Him that no man knew, but He Himself. He was dressed in a robe that had been dipped in blood, and His name is The Word of God.
The armies that were in Heaven followed Him, riding on white horses, and dressed in white and clean fine linen. A sharp sword came out of His mouth to strike down the nations; He will rule them with a rod of iron. He treads the winepress of the intensity and wrath of Almighty God. On His robe and His thigh He has a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
Then I saw an angel standing in the sunlight, saying with a loud voice to the birds that fly in the middle of heaven, "Come and gather for the supper of the great God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, captains, mighty men, and the flesh of horses and those who sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and enslaved, both small and great."
Then I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies; they were gathered to make war against Him who sat on the horse and His army. But the beast and the false prophet were both captured. The false prophet had performed miracles in sight of the beast; by which he had deceived those who had received the mark of the beast, and those who had worshiped his image.
The beast and the false prophet were both thrown alive into a lake of fire burning with sulfur. The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of Him who sat on the horse; and all the birds were filled with their flesh.
(Revelation, Chapter 19, Verses 11 through 21)
Why should we beware of the Antichrist? Soon a man will arrive on the political scene who will be able to resolve age-old problems in the Middle East. That would be a good thing, except he will deceive many as to his true purpose, which is to rule the world as a dictator. Those who are not loyal to him will be killed. Soon after he first comes into power and is revealed, Jesus Christ will return and take all Christians to Heaven.
If you're not a Christian, you have an opportunity now to become a Christian, and avoid being subjected to the cruel dictatorship of the Antichrist. You could also avoid the final years of tribulation that will bring the world to an end. The evil in the world is ever-increasing, and the world cannot last too much longer.
What will happen to those who are not Christians? Those who remain on earth after the Rapture, will eventually be required to show loyalty to the Antichrist. They will have to worship him and his image or be killed. They will have to receive his mark on their right hand or forehead, or not be able to buy or sell. However, if they do these things, they will incur God's anger and, after Judgment Day, they will be destroyed in the Lake of Fire. At the end of the tribulation, those who follow the Antichrist will be killed at the Battle of Armageddon.
Do people have a second chance to become Christians ? With the consequences of refusing to worship the Antichrist and his image, and refusing to receive his mark, people will have a second chance to become Christians. Those who turn to Jesus during the time of tribulation will be saved. Although the Antichrist will have them killed, they will be resurrected at the end of the tribulation, and have eternal life in the New World.
Time is running short. Beware of the Antichrist; he is coming soon. If you are not a Christian, that's the bad news. If you are a Christian, it's good news because Jesus will be returning soon after that. If Jesus is your Lord and savior, you will be protected from the Antichrist and the terrible events of the tribulation.
From the Bible:
And I, John, saw thrones and those who sat upon them, and they were given the authority to judge. I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness of both Jesus and the Word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. They lived and ruled with Jesus for a thousand years.
(Revelation, Chapter 20, Verse 4)
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