WHERE WILL THE ANTICHRIST COME FROM?

This is a video that you need to watch several times with your Bible open to Daniel 8. Nelson does a good job of opening up Daniel 8 looking at history to see if this prophecy has already been fulfilled.

I agree with Nelson that Iran (Shiite) is the ram of Daniel 8 and that with Iran’s current push into Syria and Iraq, into Lebanon with Hezbollah and Gaza with Hamas and south into Yemen means we are already seeing part of this prophecy being fulfilled. We are yet to see Turkey (Sunni) ( previous Ottoman Empire) react against Iran’s expansion but the Bible tells us this is inevitable and that a revived Ottoman Empire will result. We are then told this revived Ottoman Empire will be broken up into four after being defeated by the western super powers. The true Antichrist is the Little Horn that will come out of the northern region of the break up (possibly Turkey and he is possibly the Sunni Mahdi who has a resurrection experience “whose deadly wound was healed” Revelation 13:12. Imagine how Muslims around the world would get behind such a figure particularly if he deceptively teaches PEACE, PEACE. Moreover, the west likewise would look to such a man that can control the 1.4 billion Muslims in the world.

As Nelson states Bible prophecy proves the Bible is God’s word which can be used to evangelise the unsaved. It is a powerful tool which we need to use.

ARE OUR CHURCHES PREPARING US FOR THE COMING TRIBULATION?

Jesus taught explicitly that one of the ways you will know His return is imminent is you will see the Antichrist claiming to be God in a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem.

“So when you see the abomination of desolation–spoken about by Daniel the prophet—standing in the holy place. . .  For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:15-22)

Paul confirms that the Antichrist will come before Jesus returns to Rapture the Saints:

“Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not arrive until the rebellion comes and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, and as a result he takes his seat in God’s temple, displaying himself as God”                         (2 Thessalonians 2:3–4).

John records numerous instances in the Book of Revelation of Jesus warning the saints to become Overcomers of the beast’s system (e.g. Revelation 14:9–12).

In the light of all these Scriptures, why do so many hold on to the Pretribulation Rapture position? Could it be, because we don’t want to believe that God would put us through the intense persecution that the Bible tells us Christians will endure during the last seven years before Jesus returns? It is described as a time of tribulation and great tribulation after the midpoint when the Antichrist “takes his seat in God’s temple, displaying himself as God”.

None of us like the thought that we may have to die for our Christian faith under the regime of the Antichrist. But it is God’s will that ultimately matters. He knows better than us, therefore we need to trust His will because it is all-wise, all-good, all-sovereign.

I am reminded of Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways”, says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts your thoughts.” 

It may be God’s will that we confront the Antichrist system. We need to trust God, as have many martyrs before us, that He will be with us in the ordeal. What an honour it would be; to be a witness for the true God of the universe, to give glory to Him and to receive a martyrs crown. Pray God will give us the strength to stand up boldly for Him.

God may very well call us to be a Daniel and stand up to Nebuchadnezzar’s golden idol. Or Daniel’s companions, Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach) and Azariah (Abed-Nego) confined to the fiery furnace. Or to be a David and stand up to Goliath when he mocked and blasphemed his God. 

Many churches in America and many in Australia stay away from the  subject of “end times” altogether, but many also preach the Pretribulation Rapture position, in both cases they are not preparing their congregations for the coming tribulation. Even worse they are not challenging their congregations about the urgency of the hour and the need to get about our Father’s business and obey Jesus command to preach the Gospel and make disciples.

 

 

A THIRD TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM IS A SIGNIFICANT END TIMES SIGN

The Temple Institute was founded in 1987. The Institute is dedicated to every aspect of the Torah commandment to build the Holy Temple of God on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. It has been actively engaged in the research and preparation of the resumption of service in the Holy temple to the extent of actually preparing operational blueprints for the construction of the temple.
However, would not another temple, with all the attendant animal sacrifices required, be a blasphemy in light of the “Ultimate Sacrifice” which has already been given through Jesus Christ on the cross?
By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. – Hebrews 10:10 
Based on man’s rebellious nature, it is not surprising to see the frantic effort to rebuild another temporal, earthly temple in Jerusalem.  This is in direct opposition to what Scripture clearly teaches us about how Yeshua came to transform us.
“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”
 1 Corinthians 3:16
Why would the Most High God revert to inhabiting wood and stone after making a flesh and blood appearance?  As noted, the prophet Daniel says this is a move that we should expect of an unrepentant Israel still awaiting their Messiah.  While the Bible does prophesy that there will be a temple restoration before His return to rapture the saints. It is short lived, as we know that a Satan empowered antiChrist will enthrone himself as God in the temple, mid point through the last seven years.
“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniel – let the reader understand –  let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.” Matthew 24: 15-16
At Christs return to earth with the saints, and before the beginning of Christ’s Millennial Reign, Satan will be bound and Hell sealed over for 1000 years.
“And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain.He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended.”
Revelation 20:1-3
It is during this time that there will be complete and total “temple restoration” of the Body of Christ who will enjoy the kingly rule of Yeshua Himself upon His Second Coming.
After 6000 years of fallen mankind, we will enjoy a 1000 year Shabbat with the Lord of the Sabbath.
Note, Jesus expects Christians to be around during the Tribulation and for the Great Tribulation, but as He promised, not during the period when God’s wrath is poured out on the earth during the Trumpet and Bowl judgements.

 

HAVE CHRISTIANS BEEN MISLED ABOUT SECOND COMING OF JESUS?

Great to see that Dr Michael Brown has realised that Scripture does not support a Pre-Tribulation Rapture.

Without a doubt, the New Testament proclaims that Jesus will return to earth and establish His Kingdom. And without a doubt, the New Testament calls us to live with readiness and expectation. We can all agree on that.

But does the New Testament teach that, for true believers, Jesus will come suddenly, like a thief in the night, without any signs? Or, to the contrary, does it teach that His coming will not be like a thief in the night for godly believers, since we are awake and alert, fully aware of the signs of the times?

“To be clear, I don’t doubt for a moment that we’re living in prophetic times”, said Dr Brown

The gospel is spreading all over the world in unprecedented fashion, just as the Scriptures predicted.

Out of the ashes of the Holocaust, Israel has been re-birthed, and Jerusalem remains at the centre of world attention, again, in accordance with the prophets’ words.

And around the globe, Christians are being brutally persecuted for their faith, mowed down by the hundreds and thousands. This too is in harmony with Scripture, which speak of the last days as times of great blessing and great upheaval, of great light and great darkness, or great victory and great conflict. Jesus promised that Christians would not experience the wrath of God but Scripture shows us that in the end times, God’s wrath is poured out at the Trumpet and Bowl Judgements. The Rapture occurs after the sixth seal. John saw the great multitude that no one could number of believers before the throne clothed in white robes (resurrected bodies) and waving palm branches just prior to the seventh seal being opened and the trumpet judgements commencing.

Despite the popular theology of our day, Christians should not expect to get out of experiencing the tribulation or the end times. Nowhere in the Bible does the Lord promise us this, say Michael Brown and Craig Keener, two leading, acclaimed Bible scholars. In fact, they say, Jesus promises us tribulation in this world.

Yet this is no reason to fear. In this fascinating, accessible, and personal book, Brown and Keener walk you through what the Bible really says about the rapture, the tribulation, and the end times. What they find will leave you full of hope. God’s wrath is not poured out on His people, and He will shield us from it–as he shielded Israel in Egypt during the ten plagues. So instead of taking comfort in what God hasn’t promised, take comfort in the words of Jesus: He has overcome the world, and we live in his victory.

5G AND ITS CONNECTION TO END TIMES PROPHECY

The scientific studies on the hazards of 5G overwhelmingly demonstrate that it is dangerous to our health, extremely dangerous. With respect to the topic of the headline of this post, the relevant part starts at 14:15 speaking about 5G tracking and identifying you in the most dystopian form.

Will this be the means by which the Antichrist will detect recalcitrant Christians who refuse to take the mark and worship his image?

“The second beast was empowered to give life to the image of the first beast so that it could speak, and could cause all those who did not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He also caused everyone (small and great, rich and poor, free and slave) to obtain a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. Thus no one was allowed to buy or sell things unless he bore the mark of the beast—that is, his name or his number.” (Rev 13:15–17)

Make sure you watch the video to the end.

TRUMP’S PEACE PLAN: WILL IT BRING JUDGEMENT ON THE USA?

Could the Peace Plan for Israel and Palestine, the plan, which President Donald Trump has dubbed the ‘Deal of the Century,’ be the covenant in Daniel 9:27 that introduces the last seven years prior to Jesus return to earth to commence His Millennial reign? When Yeshua was asked about His coming and the end of the age, in Matthew 24: 15, He referred to the above verse in Daniel.

All who have tried to create lasting peace between Israel and her neighbours have failed;  yet, the Word of God says that one man will appear to succeed. This man’s peace plan will begin the final countdown to the return of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah).

After the Israeli elections on April 9th, President Trump is planning to unveil a Two State “Final Solution” which will not only be dangerous for Israel, but will be the 4th and Final National Apostasy which positions the United States to receive God’s poured out Judgement.

It won’t be Trump’s Peace Plan that ushers in peace for the first half of the seven years prior to Jesus return to rule and reign. Trump has been God’s Cyrus as Jonathan reveals in his presentation below. However, if Trump’s Peace Plan forces Israel to give up land then we know that his actions will bring God’s judgement upon the USA.

In light of the urgency to make peace in the Middle East, it is vital to understand what the Prophet Daniel and Yeshua (Jesus) told us about this peace plan and the last days, so we can recognise the times and warn others also.

Joel gives us the end of the story: “I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.  There I will put them on trial for what they did to My inheritance, My people Israel, because they scattered My people among the nations and divided up My land.”  (Joel 3:2)

Jonathan Cahn ties Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy into events that are unfolding in our time. Be amazed at the detail given in this prophecy of coming events, confirming the Bible is God’s Word and trustworthy. All of the unfulfilled Biblical prophecies of the end times will happen exactly as prophesied.

PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS IN ISLAMIC NATIONS LINK TO COMING ANTICHRIST

Most of the persecution Christians face occurs in predominantly Islamic nations, and the estimates are; as many as two-thirds of Middle East Christians “have left the region or been killed” in the past century. Persecution is reaching a fever pitch in places like Gaza, Iran, Egypt, Sudan and Syria. Its origin is the antichrist spirit spoken of in the last days prophecies, that will usher in the Antichrist, the Mahdi, the Islamic Messiah. Most Muslims believe his appearance is imminent. Take a look at the % of Muslims who expect Mahdi to return in their lifetime.

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Persecution of Christians:

SYRIA: The 220,000 residents of Raqqa, Syria, didn’t know what to think when the black flag of the Islamic State (IS) went up over their city. Then the executions began. A young man accused of unspecified criminal activity was shot in the head, and his body was left in the public square for three days. Several others were crucified. Some had their heads cut off and placed on fence posts. There were many new rules to obey. No one seemed to know for sure which behaviours were now criminal offences. An eyewitness named Abu Ibrahim said, “People were frightened, which is what they [IS] wanted. They wanted everyone to be terrified of them.” The city’s three Christian churches were padlocked. Crosses and other Christian symbols were either destroyed or covered.

MOSUL: “Isis came in and they rounded up all of the Christians. Not some, all of them. And they killed huge numbers. They chopped the children in half. They chopped their heads off. It was just so terrible what happened.”

EGYPT: In Egypt, dozens of churches have been bombed or set ablaze by radical Muslims, most of them alleged members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt has the largest number of Christians of any Arab nation, with about 10 percent of its 95 million population said to be believers in Jesus Christ. Most of them are Copts (Coptic Orthodox), but there are also thousands of Roman Catholics, evangelicals and members of various denominations. Persecution is nothing new to Egypt’s Christians, but it grew in intensity when the Arab Spring brought down the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak.

Do you suppose this was the work of Islamic extremists and that most Egyptians would be shocked by such a tragedy? Think again. In 2010, the Pew Research Center asked Egyptians whether they thought people who converted from Islam to Christianity should be executed. Eighty-four percent said they should be. That same year, a member of Egypt’s Ministry of Islamic Endowments appeared on state-run television and said he believed people who converted from Islam should be killed.

I have prepared a sermon Islamic Antichrist based on Joel Richardson’s book Mid East Beast – The Case for an Islamic Antichrist which is up on my other website http://www.powerpointsermons.net (PPS)
Did you know that the Second Coming of Jesus and the establishment of His Kingdom is the primary story of the OT prophets? God revealed to them, that His nation Israel, would be restored and it’s enemies defeated. The Messiah, a descendant of King David would rule and reign the universe on this earth, from Jerusalem for one thousand years (Millennium). Moreover, Bible prophecy provides a lot of detail on the last seven years prior to Jesus return – Daniel’s 70th week. It is a time of escalating tribulation – “great tribulation”, when a Satanically empowered individual, labelled the Antichrist, wields immense power, particularly in the Middle East. What this presentation seeks to do, is to examine the biblical evidence for the identity of this prophesied Antichrist and to compare him with the Messiah figure expected by the Muslims – the al Mahdi. If Islam is the religion of the Antichrist then its implications for the church are massive.
 

MAHDI IS THE ANTICHRIST – JOHN MACARTHUR

I was pleasantly surprised that John MacArthur is preaching an Islamic Antichrist – Mahdi which is the position I have supported for several years now. This video is excellent. It was posted at the end of 2017, so it is not a new position that he has taken. If you want to know more about Islam and what they believe on end times and how it fits with our understanding of Biblical end times prophecy then put aside 35 minutes to watch this video. He also clearly understands that Christians will face tribulation and testing of our faith. It is only those that endure to the end will inherit eternal life and bring glory and honour to Him.

 

IS THE STAGE IS BEING SET FOR THE ANTICHRIST?

Are we headed towards high noon for democracy?

This article by Henry Ergas AO, suggests to me that the stage is being set for the prophesied Satanically empowered leader to emerge on the world stage. Ergas is an economist who spent many years at the OECD in Paris before returning to Australia. He has taught at a number of universities, including Harvard

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“In 1923, as the Weimar Republic struggled with chaos, the German polymath Carl Schmitt wrote a short but enormously influential book, The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy.

With the US government plunged into a shutdown that only a presidential declaration of a state of emergency is likely to end, and Britain in a crisis that seems ­irresolvable, Schmitt’s warnings cannot simply be ­dismissed.

The notion of “liberal democracy”, he ­argued, was fundamentally ill-conceived. Liberalism and democracy had certainly been allies in the battle to rein in the power of monarchs. But that accomplished, the tensions between them had burst to the surface and would inevitably worsen as societies ­developed.

Liberal institutions — parliamentarianism, the rule of law, the separation of powers — existed to temper the democratic impulse, channelling it into an “endless conversation” that readily led to dead-ends. However, whenever they gathered explosive force, the pressures of democracy — the brute, often inchoate, expression of the popular will — were not so easily corralled.

As liberalism collided with the popular will, one had to overwhelm the other, hurtling the system towards “the state of exception” — that is, the suspension of business-as-usual. And, as Schmitt put it in another famous work, Political Theology, when the chips are down, “sovereign is he who decides on the exception”.

In other words, the ultimate ruler in any political system is the actor who, once consensus has worn so thin as to make the system unworkable, can impose an outcome by invoking emergency powers.

With the conflict between liberalism and democracy growing ever starker, Schmitt ­argued, we would enter an age of states of emergency, eroding liberalism’s foundations.

As Clinton Rossiter, the foremost American scholar of the emergency powers, concluded many decades ago, emergency powers are “an inevitable and dangerous thing” that have never been invoked to address domestic discord “without permanent alteration in the governmental scheme, always in the direction of an aggrandisement of the power of the state”.

Yet for all those limitations, it is clear that declaring an emergency offers Trump a way out. There is, however, a fundamental ­question as to whether Theresa May has any such options.

Schmitt thought May’s predicament would become increasingly common. And the only outcome that could follow, he ­argued, was for the state of emergency to ­become the norm: one way or the other, the exception had to become the rule, permitting government to continue functioning. With liberal constitutionalism’s twin ancestral homes both in dire straits, Schmitt’s time may finally have arrived.

TIMING OF CHRIST’S SECOND COMING

The fifth episode of Dawn of a New Day by Nelson Walters  is about deception within the Church about Rapture timing.

If you’ve been around Christian circles for any amount of time, you are probably familiar with 2 Thessalonians 2:3 and the controversy about it.

“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

Watch this video to get the latest understanding of this passage as well as learning about the deception that has occurred within the church. Godly and sincere men have been sincerely wrong and misguided much of the church for over 60 years.

Also, once the correct meaning of apostasia is known, this passage eliminates the Pretribulation Rapture theory as a possibility. Is this the reason that teachers have been presenting the false translation for 60 years? There is no question that the original scholar who proposed the mistranslation did so to promote the Pretribulation Rapture theory. The other scholars then just blindly accepted this because it helped support their theory.

I think this should be a lesson for all of to carefully examine theories before accepting them, even theories that support our favoured position. The Berean Christians in the Book of Acts even checked out the teaching of the Apostle Paul against scripture. If even Paul’s teaching was carefully examined, we should even more carefully check out the teachers of our own day.