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End of Days- Pt 12 Whats Going on... Satans Superman- Anti-christ

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   1 End of Days…Pt.12 What’s Going On? April 27, 2014 Satan’s Superman…Anti-Christ  II Thess. 2:1-10 Opening YouTube Video…”Vanishing Crosses…Enter the Anti-Christ” Ill.—  In 1938 a man from Long Island wanted a barometer to place on his mantle. He bought an expensive, elaborate one, took it home, but as he opened the box he noticed that the needle was pointing to the sector that indicated that a hurricane was coming. He looked for a knob to adjust it, but found none. That made him mad so he shook it to try to get it to reset to normal. “I can’t believe it, as much money as I spent for this, and it’s defective.” He wrote a scathing letter to the company. He had to take a business trip for a few days and when he got back home, his barometer was missing...and so was his house! There was nothing wrong with the barometer, he just refused to believe it...it didn’t seem like something that bad would really happen. Introduction… 1.   You cannot stop the return of Christ and the tribulation any more than you can stop a hurricane from coming. The Word of God gives us fair advanced warning, and it doesn’t need adjusting, it just needs believing! 2.   The tribulation is a great storm of God’s judgment. 3.   It is preceded by the rapture and concluded at the battle of Armageddon, and then comes the Millennial reign of Christ for 1,000 years. 4.   These are the 2 phases of Jesus’ 2 nd  coming to earth, the rapture and the millennium. 5.   During the tribulation another man will come but this one will be the devil incarnate [in the flesh]...the antichrist, the beast, the man of sin, the son of perdition. There’s a strong chance that he is alive today and waiting in the wings. Read …2 Thessalonians 2:2 Evidently someone had written a letter, pretending to be the apostles, stating that the rapture had occurred, and they were all left behind in the tribulation. Paul clarifies that it was not the last days yet and he didn’t write that letter. Read…2 Thessalonians 2:3 Again, he says there will be signs of the end times, and then will come the tribulation and the antichrist with it.   2 1.   The Mockery of God Recounted…. v. 4 a.   This is the abomination of desolation. b.   The antichrist claims to be God, and most of the world will buy it! c.   Satan has always wanted to be God, ever since he rebelled as Lucifer and tried to capture God’s throne. -   He was cast out of heaven and has declared war on God ever since. At the end of the world Satan will throw a final insult in the face of the Almighty and it will be the ultimate mockery. Satan has always been an imitator of God, a counterfeit: ã   Mt. 13 teaches that Satan has counterfeit Christians. ã   II Cor. 11 – counterfeit ministers. ã   Gal. 1 – counterfeit gospel. ã   Rev. 2 – counterfeit church, the synagogue of Satan, where those who worship think they are following God, but it is actually Satan. d.   In the tribulation, long before the antichrist wants casualties he wants converts, and the worship of man. 2. The Mystery of Iniquity Restrained…. Vs. 6-8 a. The ‘mystery of iniquity’ is the unseen spirit world of demons at work on their plan to overthrow God. -   Some don’t believe in demons. -   Neither did doctors in the middle ages believe in bacteria, but they were still real and still at work and still harming people. b. “Revealed” is from the Greek – [apocalupsis] and it is where we get the word apocalypse. -   It means an unveiling, as in pulling a cloth off a statue. -   Knowing these are the last days, we can assume he is likely alive today, but something is holding him back right now. - In v. 6 it’s a ‘what’ and in v. 7 it’s a ‘he’. - The what is the church and the he is the Holy Spirit, and both will be removed at the rapture! 3. The Mastery of Satan Revealed…. Vs. 8-10 a. What will the antichrist be like? 1. According to these verses he will be Satan’s Superman, w/ superpowers! 2. His intellectual genius will be immense, his authority will be overpowering, his technique superb. 3. Men will be willing to die for him, and betray their mother w/ a smile for his sake. 4. Women will swoon at his feet, and children will speak his name with reverence.     3 5. He will be a peacemaker in a world desperate for answers. a. He will come on a platform of peace, but it is a false peace. b. Dan. 9 says he will destroy with peace! 6. He will be a world ruler. 7. He will be charismatic and have a magnanimous following. 8. The reigns of power will be turned over to him. The world will wonder over him [Rev. 17:8]. b. There has been much speculation about the nationality of the Antichrist. 1. Revelation 13:1 indicates that he “saw a beast coming out of the sea”, meaning the sea of peoples around the Mediterranean. -   From this we gather he will be a Gentile. 2. Daniel 8:8-9 suggests that he is the “small [horn]” that came out of the four Grecian horns, showing that he will be part Greek. 3. Daniel 9:26 refers to him as the ruler of the people that will come, meaning that he will be of the royal lineage of those that destroyed Jerusalem. -   History shows us that it was the Romans who destroyed Jerusalem. -   Therefore he will be predominantly Roman. 4.   Daniel 11:36-37 tells us that he regards not “the God of his fathers”. -   This suggests that he will be a Jew. -   In all probability the Antichrist will appear to be a Gentile and, like Adolf Hitler who feared to reveal Jewish blood, will keep his Jewish ancestry a secret. 5.   The Bible teaches that he will be a Roman-Grecian Jew which represents the people of the earth. c. Contrasts between the Antichrist and Jesus Christ 1. Christ came from above. Antichrist will ascend from the pit. 2. Christ came in His Father’s name. Antichrist will come in his own name. 3. Christ humbled Himself. Antichrist will exalt himself. 4. Christ was despised. Antichrist will be admired. 5. Christ will be exalted. Antichrist will be cast down to hell. 6. Christ came to do His Father’s will. Antichrist will do his own will. 7. Christ came to save. Antichrist will come to destroy. 8. Christ is the Good Shepherd. Antichrist is the evil shepherd. 9. Christ is the “true vine”. Antichrist is the “vine of the earth”. 10. Christ is the “truth”. Antichrist is the “lie”. 11. Christ is the “Holy One”. Antichrist is the “lawless one”. 12. Christ is the “man of sorrows”. Antichrist is the “man of sin”. 13. Christ is the “Son of God”. Antichrist is the “son of perdition”. 14. Christ is “the mystery of godliness: Antichrist will be “the mystery of God… manifest in the flesh”. iniquity”, Satan manifest in the flesh.   4 d. Seven Activities of the Antichrist. 1. His Rise To Power….Revelation 6:2 - The Antichrist will come into power not by war but by tricking the world into believing that he can offer peace. Daniel 8:25 2. His One-World Government…Revelation 17:12-15 3. His Dominated World Economy…Revelation 17:13 - When the kings give their power to the beast, this means not just their military power but also their economic power. 4. His Atheistic Religion…2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 - At first the theme of Antichrist’s religion will be do whatever you want, but will change to worship the Antichrist or else. 5. His Covenant With Israel…Daniel 9:27 - The Antichrist will make a covenant with Israel for 7 years, but will break it after 3 ½ years. 6. His Death And Resurrection…Revelation 17:8 - The Antichrist will die in the middle of the Tribulation. - This is the same time that Satan will be cast from Heaven. - At this time, Satan will indwell the Antichrist which means he will be resurrected. 7. His Ultimate Destruction…Revelation 19:19-21 - Antichrist and false prophet are cast into the Lake of Fire alive before the Great White Throne Judgment. In the end he’ll transform the world into a vast concentration camp where everyone is an inmate and all have a number. He’ll be like a combination of all the dictators of history...the Caesars, Napoleons, Hitlers, Stalins, Husseins, Ahmadinejads, and Hugo Chavez’, all rolled into 1, multiplied by 10,000! He’ll put a mark on everyone he can and be able to track their every move and action. His miracles are called lying wonders...he’s a master of deception. 4. The Majesty of Jesus Released…. v. 8 ‘the brightness of his coming’    Ill.—  have you   ever looked at the diamonds in the jewelry store? They display them on a black background. This makes them look brighter! The tribulation will be a very dark, black time…which will make Christ’s 2 nd  coming that much more beautiful and bright! a.   At Armageddon the skies will part and King Jesus will ride in with the armies of heaven, but they won’t be needed. b.   He’ll destroy the antichrist and all of His enemies with a sharp sword coming out of His mouth, just a Word! And He who spoke the world into existence will speak His enemies into oblivion! c.   I’m not looking for antichrist, but for Jesus Christ.
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