Another reason that verse 31)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A3&version=KJV may speak of an actual resurrection is that millions who previously would not believe in the Antichrist now begin to worship him-and Satan.
In the second half of this chapter, we will see that the false prophet or religious leader of the Tribulation period actually enforces the worship of the Antichrist! Since the people think of him as God, they cry, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? Yes, who can combat this self-proclaimed god and be victorious?
Hear Jehovah in Exodus 20:4 and 5: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God.
Think of the insult to the Eternal One when the Antichrist says, “I am God,” and teeming millions bow to him, to Satan, to the false prophet, and to the image-the abomination of desolation-erected in his honor. This blasphemy continues.
Jesus, the true God, was accused of blasphemy in His day because He claimed to be God (see Matthew 9:3).
Ironically, the world accepts the Antichrist’s claim to deity, and this perpetrated lie is blasphemy to God. The blasphemy is undoubtedly intensified because Satan himself is speaking.
Now, here is a thought-provoking theory: … during the first forty-two months of the Tribulation, the Antichrist acts under the influence of Satan. However, after Satan is cast out of heaven (in chapter 12)2)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+12&version=KJV and comes to earth, he may actually incarnate himself in the dead body of the Antichrist who had the wound by a sword, and did live (chapter 14).3)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+14&version=KJV
Thus, the beast is raised from the dead by the counterfeiter (Satan), who dwells in that body for the final forty-two months, claiming deity.
As a result, he is able to experience that which he sought when he was cast out of heaven, crying, I will be like the most high (see Isaiah 14:12-14). Satan’s ultimate desire is now realized-he is worshiped as God. The blasphemy is unspeakable! He desecrates everything his filthy hands touch, including the Tabernacle and its worshippers.
The fight is on for the saints of the Tribulation hour. Remember, this is not the Church. Satan battles the Church as they return with Christ (chapter 19, verse 14).4)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19%3A14&version=KJV
In the scene before us, he is attempting to destroy the millions who washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (chapter 7, verse 14)5)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+7%3A14&version=KJV and who also refused the mark of the beast (chapter 20, verse 4).6)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+20%3A4&version=KJV Instead of experiencing defeat, they overcome (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony (chapter 12, verse 11).7)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+12%3A11&version=KJV
During this time, the Antichrist controls the entire world. He is an international despot exercising power over all kindreds, tongues, and nations. Such a one-world government is almost upon us.
Consider for a moment the global organizations which have become existent in our day:
(01) The International Atomic Energy Agency.
(02) The International Labor Organization.
(03) The Food and Agricultural Organization.
(05) The International Development Association.
(06) The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. (commonly called UNESCO)
(07) The World Health Organization.
(08) The International Finance Corporation.
(09) The International Monetary Fund.
(11) The Universal Postal Union.
(12) The International Telecommunications Union.
(13) The World Meteorological Association.
The formation of such international alliances has led outstanding thinkers to state that “a New World Order” is on the horizon.
Presently we may be witnessing mankind’s final approach to the much-publicized New World Order, or one-world government, of the Antichrist. At this point in history, all the world will be amazed as this self-styled deity takes control, and the majority will submit to his authority. However, God always has a remnant who will not bow to Baal or other deities.
The true believers of the Tribulation hour will have nothing to do with this satanic monster, even though they will not be able to buy or sell without his approval (chapter 13, verse 17).8)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A17&version=KJV
Their love for Christ will mean more than life, shelter, and food.
They will love Christ to the end, for John declares, I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years (chapter 20, verse 4).9)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+20%3A4&version=KJV
Is the Tribulation hour approaching?
Will a demon-possessed or devil-incarnate human claim deity and be accepted as world leader and be worshiped as God?
I believe so. Why?
The life-and-death matter of verses 1 through 810)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A1-8&version=KJV is so important that God repeats the warning He so often presented to the seven churches.
Beware! Take heed! Think seriously! Why?
This is the exact caution Paul stressed in Galatians 6:7: For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Verses 11 through 1811)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A11-18&version=KJV introduce us to the second beast (the religious fake, or false prophet) who is the third member of the satanic trinity.
The devil imitates the Father, the Antichrist imitates the Son, and the false prophet imitates the Holy Spirit.
This religious hypocrite fulfills the prediction of the Saviour who said in Matthew 24:24, 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.
Clearly, the power of the false prophet is in the realm of religion.
He is coequal in power with the Antichrist. One heads up the secular world, while the other controls the religious scene. These two work closely together. The Antichrist shares his authority with the false prophet, protecting him and his religious colossus in return for a promise of loyalty and devotion. Thus, as head of the world church, the false prophet sees to it that the Antichrist-who was wounded and resurrected-is worshiped. What a team! This second beast is also one of the greatest miracle workers in history.
These great wonders are called lying wonders in 2 Thessalonians 2:9.
They are not magical, “sleight of hand” manipulations, but the result of supernatural power from the dragon that enables these men to even produce fire. Since God often revealed himself by fire (see Genesis 19:24, Leviticus 10:1, 2, and 1 Kings 18:38), the false prophet also uses fire.
Satan shares his supernatural power for one reason:
The sole purpose of all these miracles is to prepare the people for idolatry. The false prophet actually entices mankind to build the greatest statue in history in the very image of the Antichrist. This monstrosity will be erected in Jerusalem and will be placed in the Jewish Temple. Such a blasphemous act is against the Jewish conscience and is forbidden by the second commandment (see Exodus 20:4). This is why the image is such an obnoxious, hateful, and abominable thing and is labeled the abomination of desolation by the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:15.
Since the image is able to speak, it might well be the ultimate achievement of our present-day computer systems, already capable of conducting intelligent conversations.
The processing power and speed of computers is growing each and every year. IBM’s Roadrunner computer has just shattered the previous speed record. It is capable of processing 1.026 quadrillion calculations per second. That is over 1,000 trillion calculations per second. The previous record was held by another IBM computer; Blue Gene/L which could process 478.2 trillion calculations per second.
Personally, I believe that the Antichrist will enslave and control earth’s billions of inhabitants through such an all-knowing, monstrous computer. Such a system is absolutely essential to his having all the facts on every member of the human race at his fingertips. As a result, he will, with unerring precision, be able to know who receives his orders, obeys his commands, and honors his laws. His computer will also tell him who earth’s rebels are!
The Antichrist will most certainly use such a computer-and it will be fashioned in his own image.
As we have seen, the Antichrist will undoubtedly use a computer to enslave earth’s population during the Tribulation hour. Also we discover that he will effect and maintain this control through commerce- the buying and selling of products. In order to make his plan operable, the Antichrist will also introduce an international identification system in the form of a mark (possibly a laser tattoo) placed in the right hand or forehead of every individual participant. Without this mark, no man-no man-will be permitted to purchase or sell even the smallest item of merchandise.
According to verses 17 and 18,12)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A17-18&version=KJV this identification mark will be-or will include as a prefix-the digits “666.” The use of “666” as a prefix appears most plausible, as this is the only way one person could be differentiated from another. If all numbers were identical, mass confusion would ensue. Therefore, prefixes preceding the “666” or using the “666” as the prefix code are essential for marketing purposes.
With specific reference to verse 18,13)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A18&version=KJV one should be aware of the fact that there have always been, and always will be, individuals who claim to know the identity of the Antichrist. They take the number “666” and, through all kinds of mathematical formulations, attempt to come to a conclusion. Their efforts, however, can amount to no more than mere speculation because we cannot know who the Antichrist is until he arrives on the scene, and he cannot arrive until the Church is raptured. Still, God’s Word admonishes the Christian to be wise (see Matthew 10:16) and watchful (see Matthew 24:42), especially as the day of Christ’s return approaches (see Hebrews 10:25).
As shocking as the information presented in this chapter may seem, such a day is at hand. A cashless, checkless society is in the planning stages and a number of countries are already experimenting. To be sure, “It’s later than you think!” The reign of the Antichrist is upon the horizon. This new Hitler, with a monstrous computer which will enslave millions, may soon control the earth. Unbeliever, Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near (Isaiah 55:6).
A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR. JACK VAN IMPE
First Published : May 30, 2014 | Re Published :
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