The Traits of the Antichrist – Continued…
The Antichrist Will be the Exact Opposite of the True Christ
Antichrist Life— In addition to various aspects of his character, the Bible provides us with numerous details concerning the life events and career of this man of pure evil
and deception, beginning with his meteoric rise to fame from among ten kings. “It was different from any of the other beasts, and it had ten horns. As I was looking at the horns, suddenly another small horn appeared among them.” Daniel 7:7-8 (NLT)
“Antichrists ten horns are ten kings who have not yet risen to power; they will be appointed to their kingdoms for one brief moment to reign with the beast. They will all agree to give their power and authority to him.” Revelation 17:12-13 (NLT) Ten kings will give their power and national sovereignty to the revived Roman Empire. From among them, the Antichrist will appear, and he will become the preeminent ruler among them.
Antichrist Subdues 3 of the 10 Kings — “Three of the first horns were wrenched out, roots and all, to make room for it.” Daniel 7:8 (NLT) – Perhaps, three of the ten kings will oppose the Antichrist and his brazen grab for power. In the struggle that ensues, he will defeat them, and his control over the world will become absolute.
The Antichrist will make a 7 Year Treaty with Israel – “He will make a treaty with the people for a period of one set of seven” Daniel 9:27 (NLT). The details and nature of this treaty are yet unknown, but many have speculated that in a bid for Middle Eastern peace, Israel will agree to rely on the Antichrist for its national defense.
The Antichrist Will Conquer Many — Revelation Chapter 6 describes the Antichrist as a great conqueror riding on a white horse. In his conquest, he will kill a major portion of the world’s population.
Antichrist Will Rule Politically, Religiously, and Economically:
“He exercised all the authority of the first beast. And he required all the earth and those who belong to this world to worship the first beast, whose death-wound had been healed.” Revelation 13:12 (NLT) The Antichrist will exercise all the authority of the first beast, which is the revived Roman Empire. He will require the world to worship and give allegiance to this empire, which will be resurrected from the dustbin of history. “And he was given authority to rule over every tribe and people and language and nation.” Revelation 13:7 (NLT)
Not one person will escape the reach of the Antichrist and his governmental dominion. “He required everyone – great and small, rich and poor, slave and free – to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name.” Revelation 13:16-17 (NLT). The Antichrist will have unprecedented control over the world’s financial transactions. He will have so much power that he will be able to determine on a case-by-case basis which individuals will be allowed to buy or sell anything.
There will be Unprecedented Destruction In his insatiable quest for personal glory: “He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause a shocking amount of destruction and succeed in everything he does.” Daniel 8:24 (NLT)
Abomination of Desolation Jesus prophesied of a time of great tribulation, such as the world had never seen, nor ever will see again. He said this time period will begin with the desecration of the Jewish Temple: “The time will come when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke about: the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the Holy Place.” Matthew 24:16 (NLT)
The Antichrist will fulfill this prophesy by standing in the Jewish Temple and proclaiming himself to be God. He will set up an image in the Holy Place and demand the world worship it. “He will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings. Then as a climax to all his terrible deeds, he will set up a sacrilegious object that causes desecration, until the end that has been decreed is poured out on this defiler.” Daniel 9:27 (NLT)
“He will exalt himself and defy every god there is and tear down every object of adoration and worship. He will position himself in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:4 (NLT) he will be a ruthless dictator, and sadly – the remnants of the world population in the last days will be so possessed by Satan that they will worship HIM, instead of the true God!
Antichrist will Destroy All Religion But His Own — The Book of Revelation describes the revived Roman Empire as being dominated by a prostitute. This prostitute symbolizes an idolatrous religion, and although Satan loves idolatry, in the end time he will only tolerate worship of himself. As a result, it will become state policy of the one world government (controlled by Satan) to destroy all religion with the exception of the worship of the Antichrist.
As part of his campaign to create universal worship of himself, the Antichrist will set out to destroy those who are faithful to God and His Son, Jesus Christ (all Christians). “And the beast was allowed to wage war against God’s holy people and overcome them.” Revelation 13:7 (NLT) — “He will destroy powerful leaders and devastate the holy people. He will be a master of deception, defeating many by catching them off guard. Without warning he will destroy them. He will even take on the Prince of princes in battle, but he will be broken, though not by human power.” Daniel 8:24-25 (NLT)
In his rage against the Jewish people, the Antichrist will manage to kill two-thirds of the Jewish race. “Two-thirds of the people in the land will be cut off and die, says the Lord. But a third will be left in the land.” Zechariah 13:8-9 (NLT)
In his arrogance, the Antichrist will lead a rebellion against Jesus Christ and all Christians, and gather the world’s armies to wage battle against the Lord and his heavenly armies. “He will even take on the Prince of princes in battle.” Daniel 8:25 (NLT) “And I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs leap from the mouth of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. These miracle-working demons caused all the rulers of the world to gather for battle against the Lord on that great judgment day of God Almighty.” Revelation 16:13-14 (NLT)
Antichrist Camps at Armageddon: While gathering the armies of the world to Jerusalem to wage battle against the Lord, the Antichrist will set up his camp and gather his armies in a place called Armageddon, the modern day city of Megiddo, Israel. “He will halt between the glorious holy mountain and the sea and will pitch his royal tents there, but while he is there, his time will suddenly run out, and there will be no one to help him.” Daniel 11:45 (NLT) “And they gathered all the rulers and their armies to a place called Armageddon in Hebrew.” Revelation 16:16 (NLT)
As a result of his absolute defeat, the Antichrist will be cast into the lake of fire (Hell) where he will be tormented day and night for all of eternity. The Antichrist kingdom will meet the same fate, and will be replaced by the Lord’s Millennial Kingdom which will bring long-sought peace on earth. “Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.” Revelation 19:20 (NLT)
In the scriptures we learn that Jesus was offered the world by Satan…Jesus was tempted in the desert prior to his ministry. Here, we get a firsthand view of the deal brokered between the Antichrist and Satan: “Next the Devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him the nations of the world and all their glory. ‘I will give it all to you,’ he said, ‘if you will only kneel down and worship me.’ ‘Get out of here, Satan,’ Jesus told him. ‘For the scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God; serve only him.’ Then the Devil went away, and angels came and cared for Jesus.” Matthew 4:8-11 (NLT)
Because He is faithful and true, Jesus turned down the Devil’s offer to rule the kingdoms of the world (since Jesus obviously knew what the devil was up to – like we should!!!). However, at some point in the future, a man (the Antichrist) will arise who will accept this same deal with the Devil. He will sell his soul for a brief and destructive career as the most powerful dictator in human history. He will hold absolute power, and he will be the personification of all evil, and many will worship him – because they will be overcome by his “charisma”, and his “Power”. But his destruction is certain. He challenges the Prince of Peace, and Jesus wins.
Some Good News:
All of the birth pangs mentioned above are to bring forth a new birth – a new blessed life for all who choose Christ as Lord and savior and not the current prince of darkness that perverts the earth and the minds of those who have fallen for his delusion of lust, money, and the pleasures of this earth. For those of us who endure, there will be a new Earth with Jesus Christ as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords; finally a perfect world void of political corruption, pain and suffering. and full of Love!
We know what will become of the Antichrist. Despite his worldly power, which God will allow Satan to have because of mankind’s rejection of God, the reign of the Antichrist will be relatively brief (thank GOD!)– no more than seven years (with the last 3 and 1/2 years being full of calamities). Ultimately, he will be held accountable for his actions, and he will face the wrath of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.
Antichrist’s Kingdom Will be Destroyed Forever – like a bad nightmare, that when we “wake up” we instantly know that it will be okay because we are children of the only true God! —- Despite Antichrist’s arrogant belief that he can defeat God, the ultimate fate of the Antichrist was determined long ago. He will be completely destroyed in a rout of epic proportions. “But then the court of God’s perfect justice will pass final judgment, and all his power will be taken away and completely destroyed.” Daniel 7:26 (NLT).
Folks, lets treasure the fact that the Holy Spirit – the restrainer still dwells on the earth, filling us with love and hope and peace. There will be a time soon, when the restrainer will be taken up to heaven and will restrain no more so that the Antichrist will have full reign over all the earth for 3 and 1/2 years. The Antichrist is the exact opposite of Jesus Christ. The Antichrist is pure hatred and evil and hates us all equally. He will do everything in his power to make as many people as possible feel miserable and hopeless, and even those who foolishly accept his mark will also have to endure great suffering and pain and chaos during his full reign in the last days. They may think that by swearing allegiance to the devil and accepting his mark that they may be spared from death. But in the long run they will have been deceived and then it will be too late - having to suffer great plagues on earth and eternal damnation thereafter. Antichrist’s primary objective is to take as many people as possible strait to hell along with himself. God and Jesus Christ on the other hand, are pure love. Christ came to bring peace, freedom and happiness to all of humanity, and then to grant us the gift of eternal life!
May God bless you and grant you the wisdom to choose eternal life!
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