A Papal Prophecy? #3

Saturday, March 2, 2013

“And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time” (2 Thessalonians 2:6 KJV).

The recent resignation of Benedict XVI as pope is being greatly discussed within “Christian” circles in light of eschatology. Are we seeing Bible prophecy fulfilled today, or is this simply the (usual) failure to “rightly divide the word of truth?”

Firstly, why is the antichrist in Scripture?

1. To be a literal, spiritual, and physical counterfeit Jesus Christ: he is anti(against)-Christ, the ultimate embodiment of Satan’s lie policy aimed at destroying God purpose and plan for creation.

Satan desires worship that only the God of the Bible deserves (Matthew 4:8-10; Luke 4:5-8). Before his fall from heaven, Lucifer declared, “I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:14). Ezekiel 28:17a says to Lucifer, “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty;” his sin was pride (1 Timothy 3:6). Satan wants all of creation to ignore Jesus Christ, and worship everything else—him, mankind, nature, and so on.

Daniel 11:21 introduces us to the coming world ruler, the antichrist, the personification of Satan’s rebellion: “And in his [the antichrist’s predecessor’s] estate shall stand up a vile person [the antichrist], to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.” When he is to be “revealed in his time” (today’s Scripture), the antichrist will assume his office of global domination by deception and smooth talking—he is a classic politician!

Daniel 9:27 continues: “And he [the antichrist] shall confirm the covenant with many for one week [seven-year Tribulation]: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease….”

The antichrist will mimic Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ’s kingdom is one of peace; the antichrist will speak peace unto Israel by making a seven-year peace treaty. In the middle of that week, the antichrist will turn on Israel, he will desecrate Israel’s newly rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem, and he will institute a religion that worships himself (Daniel 11:36; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 13:5-18): like Jesus Christ claimed to be God, so will the antichrist. The counterfeits continue….

A Papal Prophecy? #2

Friday, March 1, 2013

“And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time” (2 Thessalonians 2:6 KJV).

The recent resignation of Benedict XVI as pope is being greatly discussed within “Christian” circles in light of eschatology. Are we seeing Bible prophecy fulfilled today, or is this simply the (usual) failure to “rightly divide the word of truth?”

Firstly, why is the antichrist in Scripture?

1. To be a literal, spiritual, and physical counterfeit Jesus Christ: he is anti(against)-Christ, the ultimate embodiment of Satan’s lie policy aimed at destroying God purpose and plan for creation.

The book of Daniel contains three specific prophecies of future world empires (Daniel wrote approximately 600 B.C., so, except for the latter two kingdoms, these empires are history to us). Let us briefly summarize the dreams (and their interpretations) in Daniel 2:31-45, Daniel 7:1-14, and Daniel 8:1-25.

In Daniel’s lifetime, Babylon was the world empire. Circa 539 B.C., the Medes and Persians defeated and replaced Babylon as the world empire. The Greek Alexander the Great defeated and replaced Media-Persia as the world empire circa 331 B.C. Upon young Alexander’s death (323 B.C.), his four generals divided his Greek Empire amongst themselves. Scripture speaks of another coming world empire, one stemming from that ancient (northern) Greek Empire, out of which will come the antichrist’s government. The Bible then discusses yet another world empire, Jesus Christ’s millennial reign, which will overcome and replace the antichrist.

Every world empire that has existed up to the present-day has been one of man’s founding. They have all brought glory to man and Satan instead of to Jesus Christ. None of them were based on the Bible’s teachings. Gentiles whose heathenism and ignorance ruled, instead of Jesus Christ, developed them. Hence, Satan rightly offered to give Jesus Christ the world’s kingdoms and “the glory of them,” if Christ would simply worship him (Matthew 4:8-10; Luke 4:5-8). Consequently, the Bible speaks of “this present evil world” (Galatians 1:4) and Satan as “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Ephesians 2:1,2 explains that lost mankind blindly follows Satan’s evil world system. The antichrist will be the ultimate, flesh-and-blood personification of this, everything that Satan’s lie policy promotes….

A Papal Prophecy? #1

Thursday, February 28, 2013

“And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time” (2 Thessalonians 2:6 KJV).

Today’s resignation of Benedict XVI as pope is being greatly discussed within “Christian” circles in light of eschatology. Are we seeing Bible prophecy fulfilled today, or is this simply the (usual) failure to “rightly divide the word of truth?”

Ever since the Bible—especially the book of the Revelation—was completed nearly 2,000 years ago, many have offered wild speculations regarding the identity of the antichrist. Before we attempt to tackle the issue of who he is, let us first ask and answer, “Exactly what is the antichrist and why is he even in the Bible?” The books of Daniel, 2 Thessalonians, and Revelation deal with him in detail more than any other Bible books, although brief, implicit references to him can be found elsewhere in the Old and New Testament Scriptures (Exodus, Psalms, Isaiah, the Four Gospels, 1 John, et al.).

In the next several studies, we aim to look at some of the most important Bible passages regarding the antichrist. There is much ignorance about him, his purpose, his plan, his origin, his reign, and his inauguration. We want to set aside our denominational biases, and the secular input from the lost Bible critics who sell their alleged “prophetic” books and television programs, and we desire to simply see what God’s Word actually says about this man, the “antichrist.” By the way, today’s Scripture is excerpted from a passage (verses 3-12) that provides one of the most graphic portraits of him found in the Holy Bible.

Firstly, we can briefly list at least three reasons why the antichrist is in Scripture:

  1. To be a literal, spiritual, and physical counterfeit Jesus Christ: he is anti(against)-Christ, the ultimate embodiment of Satan’s lie policy aimed at destroying God purpose and plan for creation.
  2. To deal with the nation Israel: to separate the believing Jews from the unbelieving Jews.
  3. To demonstrate that, in the end, God is far wiser and far more powerful than Satan and sinful man whom he controls.

Let us examine these three points in greater detail….

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Replacement Terminology Theology #6

Sunday, February 10, 2013

“For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) but to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him” (1 Corinthians 8:5,6 KJV).

Satan deceptively employs terms that the Bible uses—”God,” “Lord,” “Jesus,” “Christ”—but he does not always apply them to the same individuals the Bible does. What ingenuity!

Have you ever called a religious leader “reverend?” What about “father” and “monsignor” (pronounced mon-seen-your)?

The title “reverend” is only found once in the King James Bible, and it applies to the true and living God, not some fallible, sinful man! Psalm 111:9 says: “He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.”

The term “monsignor” is French for… perhaps you guessed it… “my lord!” Although “lord” itself is not an evil word, using it for a religious leader is blasphemous. No church leader is our “lord.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ forbade His disciples to call religious leaders “father,” for they had one Father—His heavenly Father (Matthew 23:9). Interestingly, in ancient Israel, a Jewish man asked a younger man, an apostate Levitical priest, to be unto him “a father and a priest—he agreed too (Judges 17:7-13). Would you call a younger man “father?!” It was clearly used in a spiritual sense, not a physical one. Furthermore, “Holy Father” is a title of Father God (John 17:11), so why is this the pope’s title? Even the term “pope” is derived from the Latin papas, meaning… what else?… “father!”

Why is this serious?

The Holy Bible speaks of a future time—the seven-year Tribulation—when religious deception will be at an all-time high (Matthew 24:24). We can see the world preparing for it even today: the confounding of Bible terms and applying them to Satan’s counterfeits (see today’s Scripture). Modern “bibles” and many so-called “Bible-believing” churches and “godly” church leaders are paving the way for the antichrist’s satanic, one-world religion. Beware!

Psalm 23 in HD #7

Saturday, December 15, 2012

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1 KJV).

Cutting through the “static” of religious, traditional thinking, we summarize Psalm 23 in HD, dispensationally delivered with astounding clarity.

  • Today’s Scripture. The Lord Jesus Christ, like a shepherd tends his flock, will feed redeemed Israel, meeting her spiritual and physical needs forever, as the subsequent verses explain.
  • He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters” (verse 2). The Lord will lead a portion of His people, believing Israel, to a place of safety and peace (note there will also be vegetation and water there), particularly during the horrors of the Tribulation.
  • “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (verse 3). Redeemed Israel will personally experience God’s righteousness. A redeemed Jew will be saved, forgiven of his sins, and thus God can then use him in the capacity for which He originally created the nation Israel—reign on earth for His glory!
  • Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (verse 4). The portion of redeemed Israel who will perish during the seven-year Tribulation, are comforted that God is with them, even to the point of being executed for rejecting the antichrist’s deception.
  • “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over” (verse 5). God will feed the Jews in verse 2, manna. They will have their physical needs met, both in the Tribulation and in their kingdom, and beyond.
  • “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever” (verse 6). God will bless Israel with His goodness, mercy, and forgiveness. “The house of the LORD” is Israel’s kingdom on earth, in which Christ will personally reign forever and ever. Israel has a glorious, glorious hope!

And that, dear saints, is “Psalm 23 in HD.” 🙂

Psalm 23 in HD #5

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over” (Psalm 23:5 KJV).

Cutting through the “static” of religious, traditional thinking, we present to you Psalm 23 in HD, dispensationally delivered with astounding clarity.

Halfway through the future seven-year Tribulation, the antichrist will break his covenant with Israel and desecrate her newly rebuilt Temple (Daniel 9:27; cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:3,4). Jesus Christ warned believing Jews in Jerusalem and Judaea who would witness that event, to flee to nearby mountains (Matthew 24:15-21; Mark 13:14-19; Luke 21:20-24).

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.” This believing remnant of Israel (God’s people)—symbolized by “woman”—will escape to the mountains, angering the bloodthirsty antichrist. The Godhead will feed these believing Jews for the remaining 42 months of the Tribulation (Revelation 12:6,14). Thus, the “Our Father” prayer says, “Give us this day, our daily bread(Matthew 6:11). Those Jews will depend on God for their daily meals (remember, Matthew 24:15-21 and Mark 13:14-19 explain how they quickly abandoned their homes, unable to bring neither food nor possessions). God will make a “table” in the presence of Israel’s enemies: Satan will attempt to destroy these Jews in the mountains, but he will be unsuccessful (Revelation 12:15-17).

God will feed these believing Jews with “bread.” Revelation 2:17, which applies to the Tribulation, says “hidden manna.” Just as God fed Israel with manna during her 40-year wilderness wanderings (Exodus 16:4-36; Psalm 78:18-29), He will repeat that during the future Tribulation with those Jews who will seek refuge in the mountains.

“Thou anointest my head with oil.” A glimpse of Israel’s coming salvation: anointing with oil is a type/picture of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:20,27), whom Christ will pour upon Israel at His Second Coming (Zechariah 12:10).

“My cup runneth over.” A foretaste of Israel’s joy and prosperity in her kingdom (Isaiah 35:1-10; Joel 3:18; Amos 9:13-15; et al.), which Christ will establish on earth at His Second Coming. God nourishing Israel’s believing remnant in the mountains, is a shadow of what her kingdom will be like.

Psalm 23 in HD #4

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4 KJV).

Cutting through the “static” of religious, traditional thinking, we present to you Psalm 23 in HD, dispensationally delivered with astounding clarity.

“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” After our Dispensation of Grace, God will exhort believing Israel, who will suffer the antichrist’s tyrannical reign: “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:6). “[The antichrist] will speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High…” (Daniel 7:25ab). Believing Israel will suffer the death penalty for rejecting the satanic antichrist (Revelation 13:6,7,15).

The Apostle John, foreseeing what would happen during that Tribulation period, wrote: “…I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?… and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow-servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” (Revelation 6:9-11).

“For thou art with me.” God encourages believing Israel to not fear, for He is with them: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). This is why the “Our Father” prayer says, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13). The “temptation” and “evil” is the awful Tribulation (see James 1:12,13; 1 Peter 1:6-9; 1 Peter 4:12-17). God encourages believing Israel to not grow weary, even if they experience death for His sake (Hebrews 12:1-4).

“Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” The Lord will use these Scriptures to console believing Israel in her troubles, as a shepherd quiets his terrified sheep.