In both the Old and New Testaments we are told of a MYSTERIOUS and TERRIBLE person who shall be revealed in the "Last Days," a person whose coming will be accompanied by -
- AS IF GOD WERE BENDING OVER THE PARAPET OF HEAVEN CALLING UPON NATURE TO DEMONSTRATE TO US IN A "CASCADE OF DISASTERS" THAT TIME IS RUNNING OUT.
HIS VARIOUS NAMES AND APPELATIONS
This mysterious and terrible person is known by various names and appellations; indeed, there are more than twenty appellations attached to him. Arthur W. Pink lists the various names the Scriptures give to him: "The Bloody and Deceitful Man" (Ps. 5:6), "The Wicked One" (Ps. 10:2-4), "The Enemy" (Ps 10:18), "The Adversary" (Ps. 74:8-10), "The Head of Many Countries" (Ps.111:6), "The Violent One" (Ps. 140:1), "The King of Babylon" (Isa. 14:2), "The Sun of the Morning" (Isa. 14:12), "The Spoiler" (Isa. 16:4; Jer. 4:26), "The Nail" (Isa. 22:25), "The Profane Wicked Prince" (Ezek. 21:25-27), "The Little Horn" (Dan. 7:8), "The Prince That Shall Come" (Dan. 9:26), "The Vile Person" (Dan. 11:21), "The Willful King" (Dan. 11:36), "The Idol Shepherd" (Zech. 11:16-17), "The Man of Sin" (2 Thess. 2:3), "The Son of Perdition" (2 Thess. 2:3), "The Lawless One" (2 Thess. 2:8), "The Antichrist" (1 John 2:22), "The Angel of the Bottomless Pit" (Rev. 9:11), "The Beast" (Rev. 11:7); in addition, Dwight Pentecost includes the following names to the list: "The One Coming in His Own Name" (John 5:43), "The King of Fierce Countenance" (Dan. 8:23), "The Abomination of Desolation" (Matt. 24:15), and "The Desolator" (Dan 9:27).
THE ANTICHRIST: A MAN OF PEACE?
And in all of this we would call upon you to note carefully that NONE of these titles and appellations describe him as a kind of "New Age Guru" preaching love and peace, as most Christians suppose; indeed, many of them imply just the opposite:
Where, then, does one get the idea that Antichrist will present himself as a "Man of Peace?" - certainly not in any of his titles and appellations.
Those who promote this LIE say, however, that they see the Scriptures "acknowledging" this fact in a pithy expression used in Daniel 8:25; specifically, that portion of the verse that reads:
The problem, however, is that this particular expression - i.e., "THE MANY" - is an Old Testament reference to the people of Israel, not to humanity as a whole, and has been recognized as such by the vast majority of evangelical scholars.
Take, for example, the way this expression is used in Daniel 9:27; and the interpretation given to it by Arthur Pink, Dwight Pentecost, Sir Robert Anderson and John Nelson Darby:
Plainly, the Scriptures are referencing ISRAEL here; and in particular Israel's participation in a Defense Pact with the Antichrist [i.e., "Babylon the Great" (that is to say, the American New World Order System)] - a defense pact that Isaiah calls "... your [Israel's] COVENANT WITH DEATH" and your "AGREEMENT WITH HELL:"
DWIGHT PENTECOST AND
NOTE: Still, despite all this, those who would portray antiChrist as a "Man of Peace" persist; and they attempt to further "prove" their point by drawing our attention to what they see as a "significant detail" regarding the first rider of the Apocalypse:
What? This is absurd! It's tantamount to saying that a modern-day soldier went out to battle carrying his M-16 rifle to "conquer" his enemies; but because no mention is made that the rifle has bullets in it, he is going out merely to talk with them rather than to kill them. It's absolutely ridiculous! There is no need to mention the fact that the rider is carrying arrows for his bow, just as there is no need to mention the fact that a modern-day soldier who is going into battle is carrying ammunition for his rifle. These facts are understood! NONETHELESS, THIS IS THE KIND OF CONVOLUTED THINKING THAT INFORMS THE "MINDSET" OF THOSE WHO INSIST THAT ANTICHRIST WILL PRESENT HIMSELF TO THE WORLD AS A "MAN OF PEACE.
What? - POWER WAS GIVEN TO HIM THAT SAT THEREON TO TAKE PEACE FROM THE EARTH?" How is it, then, possible for those who believe antiChrist shall appear as a "Man of Peace" to use this figure - a person the Scriptures plainly say will "take peace from the earth" - as a "type" of the antiChrist as a "Man of Peace?"
Finally, there is the matter that the rider wears white clothing, and this these nincompoops say is a representation of peace. But no, it's not! - at least by the standards of ancient Rome, and one must remember here that Antichrist comes as a "Roman Prince." [Please see Chapter XI of the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "Antichrist."]
The "white raiment" that the Antichrist is wearing is typical of the white togas (robes) that the Roman aristocracy and the Roman emperor wore - and the ruling elites of Rome were anything but "Men of Peace;" they were in fact bloody and cruel men of war.
So what do we have here? - Simply this: THE ONLY PEOPLE AND/OR NATION THAT ANTICHRIST WILL PRESENT HIMSELF TO AS A "MAN OF PEACE" ARE THE NATION AND PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, AND NO ONE ELSE! - and that only because of his subtlety in seducing Israel into a Defense Pact with him.
That's what the Bible plainly says. All other peoples and nations of the world will know him as a "Man of War" - the "Violent One," the "Desolator," the "Bloody and Deceitful Man," etc.
Nonetheless, as we just suggested, countless numbers of Christians believe just the opposite: that he will present himself to the world as a "Man of Peace."
OBAMA WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
On December 10, 2009 the Norwegian Nobel committee recognized Obama's efforts to push dialogues on complex global problems, including working toward nuclear nonproliferation. "Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," the committee said.
One can only stand amazed at the way Christians have embraced a description of the antiChrist that stands in UTTER juxtaposition to the description the Bible gives him.
Indeed, a recent email I received reads in part:
"I am not politicking I am just letting you know what has been done by this current president against Christian values. As they say 'It is what it is' and these acts speak volumes about our current president-wake up America!
Obama being described as the antiChrist - which is typical of evangelical thinking today.
"When one observes President Obama's unwillingness to accommodate America's four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct.
"Although he has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But that, too, would be inaccurate.
"He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling treatment of religious Jews in general and Israel in particular. So perhaps the most accurate description of his antipathy toward Catholics, Protestants, religious Jews, and the Jewish nation would be to characterize him as anti-Biblical. And then when his hostility toward Biblical people of faith is contrasted with his preferential treatment of Muslims and Muslim nations, it further strengthens the accuracy of the anti-Biblical descriptor. In fact, there have been numerous clearly documented times when his pro-Islam positions have been the cause of his anti-Biblical actions."
These are NOT signs of the antiChrist
These are signs of the antiChrist
Hostility toward Israel;
Hostility toward the church;
The fact is, however, NONE of these things are descriptive of the antiChrist; quite the opposite; the Bible says:
He will deceive God's people (i.e., the Christians) by posing as their champion insofar as their social policies are concerned.
He will oppose the Northern Confederacy of Islamic nations (a group of countries to the north of Israel which will array themselves against Israel in the "Latter Days") [Ezek. 38:1 - 39:25; (cf. Ezek. 38:15; 39:2) Dan. 11:40; Joel 2:1-27 (cf. Joel 2:20) Isa. 10:12; 30:31-33; 31:8-9].
And all this to say nothing concerning the "War on Women" that we have been discussing over the past month - A WAR THAT OBAMA OPENLY OPPOSES, seeing himself rather as their champion. [We urge you to see these articles, "The War against Women" and "Theocracy, Opus Dei and Rick Santorum."]
Listen to me carefully here, brothers and sisters: In various places and in diverse ways the Scriptures warn about the dangers that will encompass the saints of God at the end of the age - and so much so that the "very elect" shall be "DECEIVED" (Mat. 24:24 - and it should be noted in this connection that the words "if possible" are not in the original manuscripts); but I Tim. 4:1-2 is the only passage in the Bible which explicitly shows the special cause of the peril to the church in the closing days of this era, and how Satan will break in upon her members, and by DECEPTION beguile many.
But it isn't as if this deception cannot be plainly seen - as we have clearly demonstrated concerning the antiChrist: The naked contrast between what the Bible says concerning the antiChrist and what most Christians today believe - is apparent for all to see who really want to see; sadly, however, Christians do not want to see, so that -
"... in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
"For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them." (Matthew 13:14-15)
And what about those who promote this kind of deception. The bible calls them hypocrites - that is to say, FRAUDS:
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
"Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron ..." (I Tim. 4:1-2)
The peril to the church at the close of the age, then, is from people who present a lie as the truth; from hypocrites who claim to be one thing, but who in reality are something else altogether; people who pass themselves off as Christians, but who are, nonetheless, unalterably opposed to God - much as Judas was.
The peril from such men concerns every true Christian in the "Latter Days." The prophecy declares that the reason for their fall will be that they have given heed to a deception.
These hypocrites are believed because outwardly they appear to be "good," to be "spiritual." The so-called "good life" or "spiritual life" of these hypocrites is taken as a sufficient guarantee for their teaching.
Bible - the only
We repeat, there is only one principle for testing the source of all doctrine - and that is not "good intentions," and most certainly not the "untested and uncorroborated daydreams" of false prophets) but the Written Word, the Bible.
Nonetheless, whether or not one chooses to believe these "false prophets" or not, whether or not one chooses to embrace deception or not - the end is fast drawing near, and we will soon be engulfed by it.
This fact is being made increasingly clear by the huge magnification of super earthquakes in the last several years; AND ALL THIS IN ANSWER TO LUKE 21:11 - again, AS IF GOD WERE BENDING OVER THE PARAPET OF HEAVEN CALLING UPON NATURE TO DEMONSTRATE TO US IN A "CASCADE OF DISASTERS" THAT TIME IS RUNNING OUT.
Indeed, recent large earthquakes in the first two months of 2010 and in Haiti, Argentina, Venezuela, Eureka, California, north of Chicago, Japan, and Chile, would seem to indicate a trend, and not a good one - and all this to say nothing of the huge quake that shook Japan last year and the powerful undersea earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra this week described as the biggest strike-slip earthquake ever recorded.
RATE COMES TO ABOUT ONE
One would be well-advised to take notice of what's occurring - a quick glance at the numbers suggests that there is good reason for people to have taken notice of earthquakes in recent years, some of which are:
2005 earthquake that struck Pakistan in 2005, killing 73,338;
20,000 killed in Iran in 2003;
20,005 killed in India in 2001;
17,127 killed in Turkey in 1999.
Then there are these additional quakes since then:
2001 - India, 20,000 killed
2002 - Afghanistan, 1,000 killed
2003 - Algeria, 2,266 killed
2003 - Iran, 27,000 killed
2004 - Thailand, 8,500 killed
2004 - India, 16,400 killed
2004 - Sri Lanka, 35,400 killed
2004 - Indonesia, 165,700 killed
2005 - India, 1,300 killed
2005 - Pakistan, 73,400 killed
2006 - Indonesia, 6,000 killed
2008 - China, 87,500 killed
And, again, all this to say nothing concerning the giant quake in Japan last year, and the numerous quakes since then; take, for example, all the quakes which surpassed 6.0 in just one day last week:
8.6 2012/04/11 OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
6.0 2012/04/11 09:27:57 NORTH INDIAN OCEAN
8.2 2012/04/11 OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
6.5 2012/04/11 MICHOACAN, MEXICO
6.2 2012/04/12 GULF OF CALIFORNIA
6.9 2012/04/12 GULF OF CALIFORNIA
The brown line charted above represents an EXPONENTIAL increase; the green line charted above represents STEADY and REGULAR increase. Earthquakes are increasing
Moreover, to add terror upon fright, one of the most striking observations of recent years is the substantial increase in the rate of deaths as the time line moves toward the present.
This is partly the result of population increases. But the rate of population increase doesn't match the death rate increase. In 1900, the world population was about 1.6 billion, while in 2008 it was 6.7 billion, ABOUT A FOURFOLD INCREASE. The chart (see below) indicates an average of about 5,000 deaths per occurrence from 1900 to 1910—and this is probably a liberal estimate. From 1998 to 2008, however, the average is about 40,000 deaths. This represents AN EIGHTFOLD INCREASE, TWICE THE RATE OF POPULATION GROWTH DURING THIS TIME.
This trend is surprising if one considers the huge advances in medicine, technology, and humanitarian assistance over the last century. Moreover, not only has the death rate increased over the last century, BUT IT'S INCREASING EXPONENTIALLY AS THE TIME LINE APPROACHES THE PRESENT. For example, it took about 70 years for the average death toll to hit 25,000, while it took less than 40 years to approach the 50,000 mark. Furthermore, 593,680 people died between 1980 and 2008. 90% of this total took place since 1990. But a whopping 88% occurred in only 10 years, 1998 - 2008! The exponential rate at which people are dying in the deadliest earthquakes is alarming AND INDICATES THAT THE FREQUENCY AND THE STRENGTH OF EARTHQUAKES IS INCREASING.
The following chart, though hard to read, indicates the startling trend in death rates since 1900. The trend is obvious. [The huge number of deaths in 1976 occurred in China where almost 250,000 Chinese miners were caught underground when the quake struck, trapping them underground where they died.]
The next chart indicates those areas of the world where these quakes have been occurring.
The Bible warns us that we should take these signs very, very seriously; that there is no excuse for complacency; and if we miss them or misinterpret them we have only ourselves to blame. Jesus said:
"... When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is.
"And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.
"Ye HYPOCRITES [frauds], ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?" (Luke 12:54-56)
HYPOCRITES! - that's what Jesus called those who are unable to discern the "signs of the times." And, plainly, when He said so, He was speaking to the "Religious Establishment" of His day, people who claimed to know what God wanted, but about whom Jesus said, "I NEVER KNEW YOU" (Matt. 7:23). These are those leaders about whom the prophet Ezekiel warned:
"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds (i.e., the pastors and leaders of today's church) ... and say ... Woe be to the shepherds ... As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field ... Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand ..." (Ezek. 34:2, 7-10)
NOTE: And here one would be well-advised to take careful note of the verse that immediately follows Luke 12:45 (i.e., "... the Lord delayeth his coming ..."): specifically,
Given such a harsh warning, one would be well-advised to beware of those who preach the kind of nonsense that leads the "People of God" into deception.
God bless you all.
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FINALLY, WE URGE YOU TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUT THE FLYER WE SENT TO YOU RECENTLY.
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