THE FIRST AND FUTURE ANTICHRIST:
The prefix “anti” comes from the Greek
language and has two meanings: opposed to,  in the place of or a substitute for. The Antichrist will embody both of these meanings. He will indeed oppose Christ, but in the most diabolically clever way it could be done: by pretending to be Christ and thus perverting “Christianity” from within. Indeed, the Antichrist will “sit in the temple of God showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4) If the Antichrist pretends to be Christ and is worshiped by the world (Revelation 13:8), then his followers are of course “Christians”. Not Communism but Christianity will take over the world, and not real Christianity but an Antichrist counterfeit thereof. Part of the apostasy is the ecumenical movement, which is literally setting the stage for a union between all religions and even influences evangelicals as well. Antichrist “Christianity” must be created which embraces all religions and which all religions will embrace – precisely what is occurring today with astonishing speed. The Latin equivalent of the Greek “anti” is “vicarious,” from which comes “vicar.” Thus “vicar of Christ” literally means Antichrist. Although the Roman Catholic popes have called themselves Vicar of Christ for centuries, they were not the first to do so, but inherited that title from Constantine. His future counterpart, the coming world ruler over the revived Roman Empire, will be the Antichrist.
2nd Thessalonians 2:3, “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness (Antichrist) is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.”Antichrist will not appear until the rebellion occurs. This particular word “Rebellion” is worldwide rebellion against the government. It is happening now in Europe. People in Greece, in Portugal, Spain and many other countries are in chaos. There are riots and the authorities cannot control. Why is this happening? Because there is no money to withdraw from their banks. Banks are bankrupt. Those who lived in America know that the US is in financial trouble. America’s debt is 25 trillion dollars when Obama was reelected. A lot of people don’t have the idea how much is a trillion. One trillion = Begin counting 1, 2, 3, etc. (at the pace of one second per number) it will take you 3,170 years to finish counting the number ONE TRILLION.
It is impossible for America to recover financially. If American dollar is, in trouble, the whole world will be affected. There will be worldwide rebellion against the government, and that’s the time Antichrist will appear to solve the problem. Antichrist will bailout the whole world. Where will he get the money? Satan has the power to make any man rich.
Another meaning of “REBELLION” is APOSTASY—A falling away of the Evangelical Churches. The compromised Church joining with the Roman Catholic and all religions. The grave nature of apostasy is shown by such passage as Hebrews 10:26—29. Apostasy as the act of a professed Christians, who knowingly and deliberately rejects revealed truth regarding the deity of Christ (1 John 4:1—3)
While, the whole world is progressive and the people are happy, for three and a half years therewill be two witnesses who will oppose Antichrist. These two witnesses are Jews because olive tree represent the Jewish people in Romans chapter 11. Let us read: Revelation11:3-12, And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the lamp stands that stand before the Lord of the earth. If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want. Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, were also their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth. But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on. Sixty years ago people can’t understand this verse. But now it is possible to see an event in one part of the world in an instant through the Satellite. Modern technology now is inventing to have a television screen in the sky. Bible prophecy has been fulfilled.
Who holds Antichrist back?
2nd Thessalonians 2:6, “…now you know what is holding him back, so that the Antichrist may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of the Antichrist is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.” Who is holding back antichrist to be revealed? “…but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.” The pronoun “he” is the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit or the restraining ministry of the Holy Spirit through the TRUE CHURCH. The Holy Spirit is described in the Old King James Version as Comforter. You can read it in John 14:16, 26, John 15:26, John 16:7. During the first Century until the Medieval to the Great Reformation, Christians had been tortured, burned alive, beheaded until now, but we cannot read in any account in history or in the news that the victims screamed frantically at the top of their lungs and were panicked. Why there is no record or account in any history book? It is because those who were tortured, the Holy Spirit comforted them. I believe that the Holy Spirit was like an anesthesia. But when the Holy Spirit through the True Church of Christ will be taken away or raptured, those who will be left behind be tortured without the Comforter.
Imagine yourself to be strapped in a chair, your body, hand, feet and head clamped and the executioner will insert a device into your mouth to open it forcefully and with pliers pull your teeth one by one including all your nails. The event will be displayed through the screen on the sky. All the inhabitants of the earth can see. Your whole body will tremble violently and you will scream at the top of your lung. You wish someone will put bullet in your head or that you will be beheaded so to die an instant death. But no! You will be tortured to die a slow death. Christians who will be left behind will fear to death that is the reason why they will betray one another just to escape the tortuous death. Matthew 13:12, The Lord Jesus said: “Brother will betray brother to death, and father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.”
The Beast out of the Sea
Revelation 13: 1-2, And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, and with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?”
The Antichrist is called a “beast” because that’s what he is in the sight of God – a ruthless, unfeeling dictator. His true, ruthless nature is exposed in wide-screen horror in the latter part of the Tribulation period, even though at the beginning he appears to be the most wonderfully benevolent leader of all time. Now why does the Beast emerge from the sea? John explains the figure in Revelation 17:15. “The waters which you saw …. are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues.” In Biblical usage the ocean pictures the restless strivings of the nations of the world as Isaiah put it. “The wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt” (Isaiah 57:20). It’s from this chaos of the nations that the Antichrist will rise. What do the ten horns with crowns represent? In Biblical symbology horns almost always represent political power. In this case the Beast’s ten horns picture ten nations that will form a confederacy which the beast will rule during the Tribulation. Daniel elaborates on this in Daniel 7 and 8. There is the appearance of the beast. This description is a direct reference back to Daniel 7:3-8, where Daniel describes four great beasts that come up from the Great Sea. Understanding who these beasts represent is not difficult for any student of ancient history. The lion with eagle’s wings can be seen in any major museum as the symbol for Babylon; the bear was the symbol of the Medo-Persian Empire; the leopard represents the swift-conquering Alexander the Great and the Roman Empire – with which the ten horns are associated – follows and will one day be the source of the final world ruler.
The Beast out of the Earth
Revelation 13:11-18, Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.
He 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. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666. Basically the second Beast will be similar to the first one. The Greek word translated “another” in verse 11 specifically means another of the same kind. He will have the same scintillating personality, the same tireless dynamism, the same oratorical cleverness as the first Beast. He will also have the same Satanic powers. But there will be some differences too. While the first Beast emerged from the sea (the unrest of troubled nations), the second beast emerged from the land. “Earth” in verse 11 could just as well be translated “land”. When the Bible uses the word “land” symbolically, it usually refers to the land belongs to Israel. So the second beast will come from the region of the Middle East, and I believe he will be a Jew. Like the first Beast, the second one wears horns. However, the second beast has only two uncrowned horns (not ten crowned ones, as the first Antichrist). What kind of power do these two horns symbolize? Not political, since the ten federated governments of the Tribulation are pictured by the ten crowned horns of the first Beast and crowns symbolize political kingdoms. The second Beast wields religious power, and for that reason he is also called “the False Prophet.” He’ll amalgamate all religious systems into one counterfeit one. His two horns are like a lamb, showing that this personage will try to imitate the real Lamb, Jesus Christ.
As you can see in the next pictures, this chip in particular, is almost as big as a grain of rice, I have no doubts that by now, their new models are a lot smaller than this, with many more capabilities. If you get this mark of the beast, you’re finished! You will not be saved! You have claimed loyalty to the beast. There will be great stress and tribulation at the time the mark is given out. (Revelation 14:9—11)
There is a lot of speculation on how this will all turn out, a new theory comes out each day. But you can be sure of this. Anyone who gets the mark of the beast 666 is DOOMED! There is no turning back, no forgiveness, no second chances, no redemption, and no salvation! Do not think that committing suicide to prevent yourself from suffering and to prevent yourself from taking the mark will save you. Suicide will NOT save you; it will land you in hell, even if you are a believer. Also, if you are not a believer in Jesus, refusing to take the mark will NOT save you either. You must believe and profess Jesus, and refuse to take the mark, only then can you be saved.
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