Webmaster’s introduction: This is a class of basic Bible doctrines that I compiled for a friend in the USA, a person who was born and raised in Israel but became a Christian after secretly reading her father’s New Testament! It is not an official document of the Family International but was compiled from the writings of David Berg and other materials from the Family International with additional edits and comments added by me.
Introduction: The importance knowing true history
History really proves the existence of God–God’s Laws of retribution, the rise and fall of empires because of either righteousness or wickedness. This is one of the surest proofs there is of the existence of God and the rules, including fulfilled prophecy. Part of Satan’s plan is to conceal and debunk history, for in doing so, he cunningly denies the existence of God!
God created the world, not chance evolutionGenesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Other Bible scriptures say:
- Nehemiah 9:6: Thou hast made the earth, and all things therein
- Isaiah 45:12: I have made the earth, and created man upon it
- John 1:1-3: All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made
- Colossians 1:16: For by Him were all things created
Not only matter was created by God, but space and time as well! All things are created. They didn’t just happen by chance.
In the beginning there was chaos, but God created light. He caused the dry land to appear, the plants to grow; and the sun and the moon and the stars, and the fish and the fowl-which incidentally, are related to each other–both were created the same day–and then the animals, and then man. One “day” of creation had to be a 24 hour day, not an eon as some say, because the world just turns around once every 24 hours.
“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” – Genesis 1:5
–”the morning and the evening,” According to the Genesis account, it is clear to see there were six days of creation, because on the seventh day the Lord rested. He hallowed it and said nobody should work therein. He told that to the Hebrews. He said “days”, and He was talking about “days”. So in six days the Lord made heaven and earth and the seventh day He rested from His labour, and therefore He hallowed the 7th day and made it holy and said thou shalt do no work therein. Saturday is the last day of the week, and therefore the Sabbath.
Creation verses Darwinian Evolution
Hitler said in “Mein Kampf” that if you tell a lie for the purpose of propaganda, tell a big one! Because the bigger the lie is, the more people are apt to believe it, because they can’t possibly believe you would dare to tell such a big lie unless it was the truth!
So the Devil was smart with Evolution. He told the big lie: “In the beginning, God didn’t create the Heavens and the Earth; it just happened by some kind of a big accident, forces working on the materials, and blah, blah, blah. Therefore, man is merely a beast who evolved from lower forms of beasts over millions of years, from one species to another, and life originated itself spontaneously from chemicals!”
This doctrine of delusion has become the general theme of modern so-called science, and is therefore no longer true science, but pure, imaginary, evolutionary bunk! Evolution is now referred to as the “great principle” of biology. But a principle, according to the dictionary, is a foundation truth, or fact, the basis of other truths. And if you know anything about evolution at all, you know it has never been proven to be either a truth or a fact, much less the foundation or the basis of other truths.
Now when I’m talking about evolution, I’m not talking about or minimizing the true science of true biology, which can be proven–how plants grow and animals propagate and multiply and so on. I’m talking about a wild, fictitious fairy tale of imagination which they have never come close to proving!
There is no proof for evolution! It has to be believed, therefore it’s a faith, therefore it’s a religion! So they’re teaching a new compulsory religion in today’s hallowed halls of higher learning. Even the great high priest and founding father of this new false faith, Charles Darwin himself, confessed that “the belief (note the emphasis on belief) in natural selection (evolution) must at present be grounded entirely on general considerations. … When we descend to details, we can prove that no one species has changed … nor can we prove that the supposed changes are beneficial, which is the groundwork of the theory.”
Man is a fallen being
The first man and woman, Adam and Eve, were created innocent by God, their Maker, but through the temptation of Satan they voluntarily transgressed and fell from their sinless and happy state. As a result all humankind are now sinners by nature, and are absolutely unable to attain righteousness without the saving power of Jesus Christ.
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent (Satan) was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
The first lie that the Devil ever told man was that God was a liar! God had told them that if they ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil–especially evil–that they would die. But the Devil told Adam and Eve, “Thou shalt not surely die. For God knoweth that in the day that ye eat thereof that ye shall become as gods, knowing good and evil.”
Before Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they had direct face to face communication with God in the Garden of Eden. After they disobeyed, God cast them out of the Garden and their fellowship and relationship with their Creator was broken. The hearts of their descendants became darkened and they began to worship the creation more than their Creator! As the Bible says in Deuteronomy chapter 4:
16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
17 The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,
18 The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:
19 And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.
And Jeremiah 2:27 says,
“Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth.”
Sounds like the Devil’s lie of Evolution has been around long before Darwin! The prophet Jeremiah lived around 620 BC.
Where did the Devil (Satan) come from?
God created the devil:
One of God’s mightiest archangels, “Lucifer, son of the morning” (Isaiah 14:12), sinned and fell through his pride, jealousy of God, and ambition. He then became Satan [the Devil], the infernal foe of all righteousness. About a third of the angels followed him in his rebellion against God, and thus became demons, evil spirits, which are presently active as his agents and associates in his malignant and God-defying activities. Satan’s evil spirits now influence many people, and are largely responsible for the rampant crime, violence, wickedness, and disease presently flooding the world. Satan is the open and avowed enemy of God and humankind, who, as a usurper, now rules as the unholy “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). He will be defeated at the apocalyptic Battle of Armageddon after the Second Coming of Christ (Revelation 20:1-3).
The Bible speaks of Satan in the book of Ezekiel, chapter 28:
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
God rules over the entire world:
Daniel 4:17: The most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will
Daniel 4:34,35: He doeth according to His will…and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest Thou?
But, within limitations, He allows the devil to rule it:
Jeremiah 27:5: I (God) have made the earth…and have given it to whom it seemed meet (appropriate) unto Me
Luke 4:5,6 All the kingdoms of the world…all this power and the glory of them…is delivered unto me (Satan)
Paganism is the worship of Satan
Please see http://www.plim.org/2Luciferian.htm
The “Mark of the Beast!
“He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666″ (Revelation 13:16-18).
This prophecy is truly remarkable. Nearly 2,000 years ago the apostle John, who prior to meeting Jesus had been a simple fisherman, predicts that a global economic system will one day be instituted in which everyone will be forced to receive a number, without which they will not be able to buy or sell. It is only since the advent of computers and electronic banking that this prophecy could be fulfilled.
There are currently a number of methods commonly used for purchasing items. You can use cash, you can write a check, or you can use a credit or debit card.
Another means of transferring money that is already being used in various countries, and is being promoted in many others, is the smart card. These look like an ordinary credit card, but there’s a big difference: They have a tiny computer chip embedded in their plastic. These electronic marvels not only give you instant access to your bank account, but they can also contain all your passport information, your medical record, driver’s license, photographs, welfare eligibility and all sorts of other data. Over 90 million health smart cards are in use in France, Canada, Germany and Britain today.
We are well on the way to eliminating cash. Advocates of a cashless society have many compelling reasons why. A primary one is that cash is the mother’s milk of drug smugglers, who often deal in cash a suitcase-full at a time. With no cash, the sale of illegal drugs would be greatly hampered. In fact, law enforcement agencies say that to eliminate cash would eliminate most kinds of criminal activity.
The Personal Microchip Implant
Before cash, checks and credit cards can be phased out completely, an absolutely foolproof identification system must be developed and implemented. Retailers must be sure that the person presenting a card for a transaction is actually the owner of that card.
A cheap and workable solution would be to take a chip similar to those used in smart cards and place it under your skin. Once the chip is implanted it could be read by an inexpensive scanner, much like the one that reads bar codes in your local grocery store. You would then become your own smart card-and the very [difficult and] expensive problem of making sure the owner of the card is who he says he is, has been solved!
A global cashless society is in the making. Fiber optics, satellites and computer databases have the potential to control the world in a way that boggles the imagination. The governments of Australia, Israel, Singapore and Thailand are pursuing policies to eliminate cash and checks, while many other countries are testing various methods of doing business without currency. For the first time, the hi-tech means of fulfilling the chilling vision the apostle John received nearly two thousand years ago is here.
The Power Behind the Throne
Remember, the coming world leader will demand the world’s worship not merely because he has a severe ego problem.-He will be possessed by Satan himself. “The dragon [Devil] gave the beast his power and throne and great authority” (Revelation 13:2 NIV).
Satan has always wanted to be God. This is why he fell in the first place. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “How you are fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! … For you said to yourself, ‘I will ascend to Heaven and rule the angels. I will take the highest throne. … I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.’ But instead, you will be brought down to the pit of Hell, down to its lowest depths” (Isaiah 14:12-15 TLB)
This is what Satan is really after when he causes his puppet, the Antichrist, to set up the coming one-world credit system: to force the people of the world to bow down and worship him.
Watch Out for 666!
So there will be more to accepting the “mark of the Beast” than merely an economic decision. Though disguised as a technological breakthrough for the betterment of society, voluntarily receiving it will primarily be a spiritual decision to accept and worship the demonic Antichrist.
This is why the Bible warns, “If any man worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God. … And they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11). God would not mete out such stiff punishment for simply accepting an identification and credit mark that allows you to buy your groceries!
So when you see a world government arise and its leader demands your allegiance, your loyalty and even your worship, don’t fall for it. Regardless of the economic incentives offered or the retribution that threatens those who refuse his mark and number, give your love and worship to the true God, your Creator, who loves and cares for you, and will see you through the days ahead if you put your trust in Him.
The Rise and Reign of the Antichrist and One World Government
The World is waiting for a superman, a god-man who can solve all their problems and answer all their questions and heal all their economic ills and unite all their politics and end all their religious squabbles and stop all the wars and bring permanent peace and union to all nations.–A one-World government, one-World leader, one-World dictator–a Superman!
Arnold Toynbee, the famous contemporary historian, expressed this need perfectly when he said, “By forcing on mankind more and more lethal weapons, and at the same time making the World more and more interdependent economically, technology has brought mankind to such a degree of distress that we are ripe for the deifying of any new Caesar who might succeed in giving the World unity and peace.”
The former Secretary General of Nato, Paul Spaak, adds,”We do not want another committee; we have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people and to lift us out of the morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, be he God or the Devil, and we will receive him!”
Well, they won’t have to wait much longer, because the Bible predicts that there is going to be such a man in the last days of man’s rule on earth, who will temporarily save the World from total destruction just before Christ Himself returns to rule it. To the World he is going to appear as an angel of light, the most perfect man, the most powerful man, the greatest leader the World has ever known outside of Jesus Christ!–Smart enough and clever enough to solve all the World’s problems–economic, political and finally religious.
From all that the Scripture indicates, it looks like this coming one-world leader will rise to power by peace and by flattery and by clever deceit.
The Bible speaks of the Antichrist in Daniel 11:21-24:
21 ¶And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
22 And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant.
23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.
24 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers’ fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.
By his supernatural craft, wisdom and clever political manoeuvering, he will actually temporarily solve today’s pressing military, political and economic problems and will effect a remarkable Peace Pact between the conflicting Superpowers, ideologies and religions of the World.
Of course, only in desperation to save themselves would they ever sign such a pact! Only under desperate last-resort circumstances would Israel and the Arabs, for example, agree to share the city of Jerusalem, or would the opposing forces of this world agree to share the World in peace–universal détente.
Man’s final world government is going to be the most perfect government the self-righteous heart of man could ever contrive, the most idealistic, the most fair, the most compassionate, the most equal, the most sharing.–It will be like trying to have Christianity without Christ! But of course they will see that it needs a Christ, a superman to make it all possible, and that’s exactly what this leader will pretend and claim to be–the Christ, the Messiah, the Saviour of the World! In fact, He’s even going to ultimately claim to be God Himself!–When all the time he’s a phoney and a fake, the Devil in disguise, “Satan himself, transformed into an angel of light!” (2Co.11:14.)–The Antichrist!
For awhile it will seem to be absolutely heaven on earth, but the price to pay will finally be not only compliance with the World government and the total control of freedom and personal religion and so on, but the eventual aim of the Enemy, the Devil himself who controls it, will be: “Fall down and worship me or you cannot enjoy this great Heaven on Earth that I have created!–Behold, I give you all the kingdoms of the Earth, but the price is, fall down and worship me!” (Luke 4:5-7.)–And that’s where the rub’s going to come!
“He shall confirm the covenant with many…” (Daniel 9:27).
According to Bible prophecy, the final clincher wherewith the Antichrist definitely comes on the international scene and begins his 7-year reign is the famous 7-Year Pact or Covenant described in the Book of Daniel. This Covenant is spoken of many times in the Scriptures and will be like a promise of religious freedom. That’s why it’s called the “holy Covenant” (Daniel 11:30), because it’s a religious pact, a religious treaty which has to do with restoring worship, particularly Jewish worship, as it enables the Jews to rebuild their Temple in Jerusalem and to restore sacrificial worship on its altar, a practice which was virtually the heart of their religious observance until their Temple was taken away from them by the judgements of God nearly two millenniums ago!
Are the Jews sacrificing animals to the Lord today? No! Because there is only one place on Earth where they would consider such resumption of sacrificial worship, and that’s Mount Moriah, Jerusalem, where their ancient Temple altar was located before the Roman legions marched into Jerusalem in 70 A.D. and utterly destroyed it. The foundation of the ancient Temples’ altar was the rock upon which Abraham started to sacrifice Isaac on top of Mount Moriah. For this reason, the Arabs and Muslims also revere this great city, ancient holy Jerusalem, and particularly Mount Moriah, as Abraham was also the father of Ishmael, through whom the Arab nations were born.
In fact in the 600s A.D., when Islam was sweeping the world, the great Muslim Caliph, Omar the Magnificent, kindly offered to rebuild the Temple for the Jews at Jerusalem on top of Mount Moriah.–But the Jews refused, saying that only in the time when their Messiah was to come was the Temple to be rebuilt, and it certainly could not be built by a “pagan” like Omar! So since Mount Moriah was also very sacred and holy to all Muslims, Abraham being the forefather of the Arabs as well as the Jews, the great Muslim leader Omar decided, “Well then, I shall build a mosque for my people on this great rock on top of Mount Moriah, to revere our great father Abraham!”
So from that time, 1,300 years ago, till today, a great Muslim Mosque, the “Dome of the Rock” or “The Mosque of Omar”, has stood directly over this rock upon which the ancient Jewish temple altar once stood.–And it’s quite obvious that the Arabs today would never agree to the Jews coming in to their territory and rebuilding the Temple!–And it’s also obvious that the Jews would probably never consider building it under any kind of Arab sponsorship!
So they’re going to have to work out some kind of an agreement or compromise with each other, and the only way it could ever be done is with the direct intervention of an outside third party, like a World political government. And this compromise or agreement is what is generally accepted as the Covenant spoken of in the Bible prophecies of Daniel, time and time again.
It’s going to take some ticklish working and brilliant diplomacy to figure out some way for the Jews to rebuild their temple and re-institute sacrificial worship on their altar with the Mosque of Omar standing right over it, for this “Dome of the Rock” is the holiest of all the Muslim holy places outside of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia!–And as it now stands right over what was once the Jewish Temple’s sacrificial altar, exactly what they are going to do in order to get the Jews’ Temple rebuilt, we don’t yet know.
Perhaps when the Antichrist makes this Covenant, the Jews are going to have to compromise and settle for building their Temple somewhere near the same spot.–Or perhaps this beautiful Mosque will somehow be destroyed? But whatever happens, we know that this Mount Moriah, Jerusalem, is the most holy place on Earth to the Jews, it’s the most holy place on Earth outside of Saudi Arabia to the Muslims, and it’s even one of the holiest places on Earth to a lot of Christians! Therefore this 7-year agreement will have to be a very ingenious compromise, and will no doubt deal with not only the Temple Mount, Mount Moriah, but the entire city of Jerusalem! In fact, right now Jerusalem is the big unresolvable issue, as Begin and the Jews have sworn that they will never let it go, that it is their “eternal capital” forever!
The Arabs say that they will never let the Jews keep it, and the Jews say that they will never let it go! David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, vowed, “We took Jerusalem and we will never give it up again until the last man and woman is dead defending it! No matter what the cost, we will never give it up until the last Jew is dead! That’s how all our people feel.”
So if there was ever any place where a mastermind’s compromise agreement was needed, it’s Jerusalem! That point is even more unresolvable than the Palestinian question, because both sides have been willing to at least talk about making certain adjustments regarding the Palestinians, but they’re both absolutely adamant and unbending regarding Jerusalem! Both sides have come flat out and said that there will be absolutely no compromise!–The Jews say they will never let it go, and the Arabs say they will never let them keep it. So some kind of a compromise has to be wrought to solve this very very difficult problem.
And anyone who could solve this pressing crisis over Palestine, and Jerusalem in particular, would certainly be considered a mastermind and a genius and a superman and no doubt all the world would wonder after him!–Because no one has ever yet been able to solve the problem of the antipathy and the antagonism and the warfare between the Jews and the Arabs! So anyone who could somehow reconcile their differences and settle their fights–considering that such religionists are the fightingest people in the World and have started more wars than anybody–anyone who could settle these differences and make them come to an agreement would really be a genius, a superman!–And that’s just who it’ll be, the Antichrist!
We can prove from the Bible that he settles the Jerusalem question!–How?–It says that he takes it over and makes it an international city. In fact, according to the Bible, this World Dictator of this one-World government then makes that city his capital too! His political capital of his World government will be Jerusalem! (Dan.11:45.) So how could it belong to any particular one country or religion? Soon Jerusalem will belong to neither the Jews nor the Arabs nor the Palestinians nor the Muslims nor the Christians, but to all of them!–And most of all to the Antichrist!
So in order to get in firm control and firm power he promises to internationalise the city of Jerusalem with this 7-year Covenant or Pact, no doubt some kind of an international U.N. or World government-sponsored treaty that will guarantee all religions the right to religious freedom there and religious rights of worship, enabling them to restore their various temples and sanctuaries, etc., and all be able to worship and have free access to Jerusalem.
It’s at this time, when the Antichrist internationalises the city and promises religious freedom to all the World’s faiths, that the Jews will most likely rebuild their Temple there. This will finally give them their golden opportunity to rebuild it and restore its sacrificial worship, something their religion has not had for almost 2,000 years!
When Israel captured the old city of Jerusalem back in 1967, the aged Jewish historian, Israel Eldad, was quoted in Time magazine as saying, “We are at the stage which David was when he liberated Jerusalem. From that time until the construction of the Temple by Solomon, only one generation passed.–So will it be with us!”–And the “symbolic occupation” of Mount Moriah, Jerusalem, by a group of armed Jewish religious zealots in March ’83, served as another reminder that the powerful religious factions in Israel today are definitely intent on re-establishing Jewish Temple worship on Mount Moriah.
Just two weeks before the war in which the Jews occupied and took over old Jerusalem and the Temple Mount area, on May 21, 1967, the Washington Post and the New York Times ran the following anonymously-sponsored full-page ad:
To Persons of the Jewish Faith All over the World.The project to rebuild the Temple of God in Israel is now being started. With divine guidance and hope, the Temple will be completed. It will signal a new era in Judaism. Jews will be inspired to conduct themselves in such a moral way that our Maker will see fit to pay us a visit here on Earth. God will place in the midst of many persons in all walks of Jewish life the desire to participate in this work. Executive talents, administrators, and workers in all levels are needed. All efforts will be anonymous. God will know those desiring to participate. God’s Will Shall Prevail!
Remember what the Jews told the Great Caliph, Omar the Magnificent, when he offered to rebuild the Temple for them back in the 600s?–They said, “No, the Messiah has to rebuild it.” Well, then why will the Jews rebuild the Temple under the Antichrist?–Because they’ll think he’s their Messiah! In fact, I have a sneaking suspicion and there are certain Scriptural and other grounds for believing that this false messiah will probably be a Jew!–Otherwise they wouldn’t accept him!
Many Bible prophecy teachers believe that the Antichrist is going to be a Jew, as one description of him in Daniel says that he “regards not the God of his fathers” (Dan.11:37). And because they rejected their true Messiah, Jesus Christ, rejected the One Who came to save them, when this false Messiah comes, as God forewarned in His Word, “Because they refused to believe the Truth, God shall send them strong delusion, that they might believe a lie and be damned!” (2Thessalonians 2:10-12).
So i wouldn’t be a bit surprised if it’s the Antichrist himself who directly helps them rebuild their Temple, because they’re going to think he’s their Messiah! They’ll figure it’s safe to rebuild it when their new Messiah, the Antichrist, tells them it’s safe and he’s internationalised the city and made it an open city for all religions and all peoples and tells’m, “OK, now it’s safe to rebuild your Temple!”
Menachem Begin, the former Prime Minister of Israel whose expansionist territorial ambitions for restoring the past glories of ancient Israel are well known, has said, “The only ultimate answer to the pressures of our current situation is for the Messiah to come and rescue us!”–Of course the true Messiah already came to rescue them, but they rejected His spiritual salvation and Message of Love, desiring rather material and political power, even as they do to this very day!–”The Jews, who both killed the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men; filling up their sins always: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost!” (1Thessalonians 2:14-16).
Dr. Mosinsonn, of the Hebrew college of Jaffa, proclaimed, “Think of all the great religious leaders who have come out of the East, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, etc. We say to you people of the West with confidence, that if you will restore the Jew to his ancestral home, it will not be long until we give you another great religious leader who will perhaps transcend all who have gone before!”–And no doubt they will!–The Antichrist!
The Jews are going to be the first to proclaim him and receive him as their Messiah, just the opposite of what they did with the true Messiah, Jesus, Who told them, “I am come in My Father’s name, and ye receive Me not: If another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive!” (John 5:43). They’re going to take this false messiah, this Antichrist, and receive him with open arms and with rejoicing and be thankful that at last their messiah has come! They’re going to receive and crown him and cause the whole World to worship him!–Except the faithful ones who really love Jesus and know the Truth of His Word, who will recognize their “messiah” as the Bestial Antichrist that he really is!
The Dragon and the Beast!
God’s Word tells us in the Book of Revelation that it is in the midst of the seven years–at this middle moment when the Antichrist breaks the Covenant and decides to set up an Image of himself and commands that the whole World worship him–at this time the Antichrist will become possessed of Satan himself! He will become the Devil in person, the Devil incarnate, and he will run the World for the next 3-1/2 years as the Devil himself, because he will be the Devil himself in the flesh of a man.
“And there was war in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in Heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole World: he was cast out into the Earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Revelation 12:7-9) At this time Satan is cast out of Heaven with a third of the rebellious angels that follow him down into the Earth for the last 3-1/2 years of Earth’s History! (Revelation 12:4.)
The heavenly voice warns: “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time!” (Revelation 12:12.) And therefore that last, short period of World History, 3-1/2 years of Great Tribulation, is the worst in all World History, in which the Devil rants and raves and rampages across the face of the Earth!–No longer able to soar into the heights of Heaven and accuse us before God, but cast out of his place and cast down to the Earth, confined here, and soon to be chained and confined to the very darkness and flames of Hell in the heart of the Earth!
Because he knows his time is short and he only has 3-1/2 years, he makes the best of that 3-1/2 years by inspiring the Antichrist, possessing him like a demon-possession, only it’s a Devil-possession, Satan himself possessing him! Then the Earth will soon see that he is not the Messiah! And the Jews, who are first to recognize him, will also soon realize that he is not their Messiah!–And instead of bringing the Heaven on Earth that he promised, he brings Hell on Earth!
“And when the dragon saw that he was cast out unto the earth, he persecuted the woman” –the true Church, the Bride of Christ, those who have received Jesus as their Saviour.–”And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” (Rev.12:13,14.) Here again is the 3-1/2 year period of Tribulation of the Church!–With the Dragon, Satan, cast out of Heaven and persecuting the Church, who has fled to her place for “a time (1 year), times (2 years) and half a time” (1/2 year), 3-1/2 years, “from the face of the serpent!”
In these last 3-1/2 years he’s no longer going to be able to go before the court of God accusing you in Heaven, he’s gonna be right here, face-to-face with you, not only accusing you, but persecuting and trying to kill you! “And the dragon was wroth with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev.12:17.)–Now in the next Chapter we find out that the Devil wages his war and wrath against the Church through the bestial Antichrist World dictator whom he possesses!
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea”–the sea of humanity–”having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.” (Revelation 13:1.) If you read the 7th Chapter of the Book of Daniel, you’ll again see this great beast in its various forms, and learn that it represents various World empires that have ruled the Earth. In Revelation Chapter 17, we learn that “the seven heads are seven kings”–or kingdoms–”five are fallen”–Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia and Greece had all come and gone–”one is”–the Roman Empire was in power when John wrote this–”and the other is not yet come.”–The Antichrist’s final World empire!–”And when he cometh, he must continue a short space.” (Revelation 17:9,10.) So these seven heads are the seven great World empires that come and go upon the stage of History from the days of earliest Egypt to this last great Antichrist empire which is rising now.
“And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour”–a very short time–”with the beast.”–The Antichrist. (Rev.17:12.) Because these ten kings, kingdoms or powers had “received no kingdom as yet” during John’s day, at the time of the 6th head, the Roman Empire, it’s obvious that these “ten horns” are all on the final seventh head, the Antichrist! “These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the Beast.” (Revelation 17:13.) In the Book of Daniel, these same 10 World powers who cooperate with and help put the Antichrist into power are described in further detail in Daniel 2:34,41-43 and Daniel 7:7,8,20-24.
“And the beast which I saw, the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority!” (Revelation 13:2.) That great red dragon that we just saw in the previous Chapter–Satan himself who has been cast out of Heaven, who in great wrath persecutes and wars against the Church for 3-1/2 years of Great Tribulation–does what with this 7th head, this last World empire’s Antichrist emperor?–Gives him his “power and his seat and great authority!” The old serpent himself possesses this monster, this Beast, this Antichrist man!
Back in Daniel chapter eight, we again find that the Antichrist’s great power is not of himself: “In the Latter Time, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power”–by Satan’s power–”and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many.” (Daniel 8:23-25.) Now, back to Revelation 13:
“And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the World wondered after the Beast.”–This monster!–”And they worshipped the dragon”–the Devil!–”which gave power unto the Beast”–the Antichrist–”and they worshipped the Beast saying, Who is like unto the Beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:3,4.)
No wonder the Antichrist is so powerful and such a superman and wonder-worker! Satan has at last been cast out of Heaven and in his fury, knowing that his time is short, he possesses this Antichrist, this Beast, and makes him a Superman, a Devil-man, the Devil in the flesh, like Jesus was God in the flesh! He will be the Devil in the flesh who will run the World and command all to worship him and attempt to slaughter all who refuse!
So apparently during the first 3-1/2 years of his reign, the Antichrist is certainly inspired of the Devil and given wisdom of Satan and so on, but it’s at that “midst of the week” crisis point, when he breaks the Covenant, stops the sacrifice, sets up his Image and says, “Worship me!”–that’s when he becomes personally possessed of the Devil, Satan himself!–So when the Antichrist sets up his Image and says to the World, “Worship me,” who is really talking?–The Devil, the “god of this World”! (2 Corinthians 4:4.) That’s what he always wanted!–The whole World to worship him! And he’s going to get it–for awhile!
“And there was given unto him”–to the Beast, the Antichrist–”a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies. And power was given unto him to continue forty-and-two months.” (Revelation 13:5.) There again we have the 3-1/2 years of Tribulation! “And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His Name, and His Tabernacle, and them that dwell in Heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” (Revelation 13:6,7.)
The Image of the Beast
The Antichrist, this “beast,” has a false prophet who becomes his greatest promoter, his propaganda master, who promotes him and his worship and is actually the one who insists that this great Image, a great idol of the Beast, this monster, be built, and that all the World fall down and worship his Image or be killed!
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” (Revelation 13:11.) Here is the false prophet–not the Lamb of God, but the lamb of the Devil! “And he exerciseth all the power of the first Beast before him, and causeth the Earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first Beast.”–The Antichrist. “And he”–this false prophet, this false lamb–”doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from Heaven on the Earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the Earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the Beast; saying to them that dwell on the Earth, that they should make an Image to the Beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.” (Revelation 13:12-14.)
“And he had power to give life unto the Image of the Beast, that the Image of the Beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the Image of the Beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a Mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the Mark , or the name of the Beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the Beast; for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” His number is six hundred sixty-six!–666!
The killing of all those who refuse to worship the Image of the Beast here is obviously the beginning of the Great Tribulation. This Image of the Beast is the thing which is “set up” in the “holy place,” which is “placed” there and “stands” there–the Abomination of Desolation.–Nothing is more abominable to the Jews, Muslims and true Christians than an idol and blatant idolatry. This Image of the Beast is the “Abomination of Desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet.” (Matthew 24:15.)
This false prophet of the Antichrist has “power to give life unto the Image of the Beast.” (Revelation 13:15.) That could mean electrical power, or it could be spiritual, demonic power–real spiritual life. You know, they’re already working on electronic equipment which enables you to turn a TV on and off or select a channel just by thinking–and that has tremendous possibilities. Spirits usually have to use man as their receiver, because he’s the only one who’s spiritually sensitive enough to get their spiritual impulses. But now man is building machines, equipment, which will be spiritually sensitive enough to be operated and activated by tiny little mental impulses, by thought.
No matter how “intelligent” these computers are, the one thing they lack, in a sense, is a soul, a conscious spirit. But the Image of the Beast, which I’m convinced will be some kind of super-computer , will actually be demonically inspired to where it actually does have demon intelligence, more than just what man has programmed it with and fed into it.–So that it will be a real wonder, and will really be worshipped! It will be the ultimate in idolatry: Man worshipping the crowning creation of his own hands!
Man will finally have created his own god that can actually talk and speak and make decisions, etc.–The Image of the Beast!–And things are getting more and more that way all the time! Time magazine selected as “the Man of the Year” for 1982, for the first time in the magazine’s history, the “Man of the Year” was not a man at all, but a computer! Look how the World is being prepared for a mechanical god, an Electronic Brain, a Computer Deity!
This Image is given “life, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as should not worship the Image of the Beast should be killed.” (Revelation 13:15.) It certainly sounds like it’s some kind of an automaton, a robot, operated by some kind of computers!–A cybernetic robot, computerised so that it can speak and talk and move and even act like it’s alive and command the worship of the World! Think of that! It will be able to not only speak, but kill!–Or cause to be killed somehow. Maybe it speaks and condemns them to death?
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