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Who Is the Antichrist?: Son of Satan

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September 28, 2021 3:00 am

Who Is the Antichrist?: Son of Satan

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September 28, 2021 3:00 am

So many wonder about the Antichrist. Is he on the world stage right now? Is he as bad as we’ve heard? Is it my next door neighbor? Some answers today on A New Beginning with Pastor Greg Laurie.

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Today's episode of a new beginning is brought to you by harvest partners, helping people everywhere know God. Learn more@harness.org and while you're there, browse our library of free e-books designed to help you grow in your faith was the price is going to believe him so we might think this would be terrifying to look at pastor Greg Morris is actually opposite is true. You really got the worst he's going to be changing. He's going to be intelligent, so-called solution really is the God of the world right now as bad as we've heard my next-door neighbor some answers to new beginning with Lori I don't forget are important evangelistic SoCal part third powerful message to someone who needs to hear the gospel details of harvest or it started the book of Revelation chapter 13 up for you Bible students out there you know what's in Revelation 13. Don't you doubt is a chapter that deals in great detail with this coming world leader called in the Bible, the Antichrist, so let me start with the question who is this man called the Antichrist, the beast, the wicked one, the son of perdition.

Well, the answer is he is is already referenced effectively, the son of Satan. Satan never had a son. This is the only met even close to Antichrist in the Bible would be Judas Iscariot because we read that Satan entered Judas his heart, but the Antichrist is even worse then Judas and I believe the coming of Antichrist is getting much closer, so if the coming of Antichrist is close the coming of Jesus Christ for his church is even closer. You know, will we see Xmas decorations when we see them know what probably August. It seems that way because living here come the Christmas decorations. So when I see Christmas decorations. It reminds me Thanksgiving this club is a no Greg it be reminded that Christmas is closed will true but if Christmas is closed. Thanksgiving is even closer right because the proceeds Christmas in the same way if Antichrist is closed and the coming of Jesus for his church is even closer because Antichrist cannot be revealed until the church by the church. I mean, true followers of Jesus Christ we will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air and then this wicked world leader will emerge on the same so let's turn our Bibles not to Revelation chapter 13 I want to read quite a few verses so read along with Revelation 13 starting in verse one John remember is on the island of Patmos is been given this revelation which means the unveiling of the future.

So this is what John is seeing any rights then I stood on the sand of the sea and I saw a beast rising out of the sea, having seven heads and 10 horns, and on his horns were 10 crowns, and on his head a blasphemous name another beast which I saw was like a leopard's feet were like the feet of a bear in his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The Dragon gave him his power, his throne and great authority. Verse three and I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded in his deadly wound which was healed in all the world marveled and followed the beast, and they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast same who is like the beast two is able to make war with him and he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies was given the authority to continue for 42 months or 3 1/2 years.

He opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name's tabernacle, and those that dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them as authority was given to him over every tribe and tongue and nation and all who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Then John writes, if anyone has an ear to hear, let them hear what you read this and it looks like something out of a sci-fi movie right I was with a fan of Godzilla and as you think about John's description it sounds similar other creature with multiple heads and so forth. It reminds me of the so-called Titans from these Godzilla movies. One is called good Dora is many heads and then there is my favorite mantra I mean is an intimidating name from monster moth raw it's effectively a giant Bob flying around, which would be terrifying for my wife because my wife has a fear of mods. I think when she was a little girl about God in her hair and it freaked her out.

Now she sees him up anywhere. She has to run out of the room screaming years ago I was with my wife Kathy in China and I'm walking along that she's walking toward me and there was what I thought a bird on the ground and I looked and it wasn't a bird. It was the biggest month I've ever seen.

So I was for Martha it was Martha and I looked at it and I said hey Kathy come here look at the little birdie so cutesy, so really she's coming all of a sudden the plot takes flight and he was so big wow even I get a backup and some guy just dumps over from this. I just really gross, but that would John do is doing here is he speaking symbolically and for the Bible student. We've seen this before, especially in the book of Daniel to understand the beast you need to understand its bother to understand the Antichrist. You need to know more about Satan see this is symbolic of different things alone identify for you in a moment this coming world leader the Antichrist is empowered by the devil himself.

Second Thessalonians 29 says the coming of the lawless one is based on Satan's working with all kinds of miracles, signs and wonders, so you might say. Like father like son. So here in Revelation 13. We have a lion, a bear and a leopard. Now we go back to the book of Daniel we see that this is been mentioned before, each of these creatures. The lion, the bear in the leopard representative of world kingdoms.

First, there is a lion effect. Ancient Babylon was represented by a winged lion. This is speaking of the kingdom of Babylon who were overcome by the Medo Persian Empire, represented by the bear. The bear is massive strength. He was able to overcome Babylon and remember the last of the Babylonian king Belshazzar saw the writing on the wall. Remember that story is ever the big party they were mocking the God of Israel and and there was a writing on the wall at hand that disconnected hand writing on the plaster of the wall and the message was you been weighed in the balances in you been found lacking right outside of the walls of the kingdom of Babylon with the Medo Persians that came in and establish their kingdom and then their leader, Darius was in charge and Daniel survived all of this. Amazingly, he was an old man at this point, there was under King Darius that the Denny was in the lion's den, and he survived that, but Kingdom the Medo Persian Empire. The Medo Persians were overtaken by the Greeks under the direction of the great military tactician, Alexander the great and civilized way leopard so a bear is a powerful creature, a leopard is a fast creature with great speed. I Alexander and his forces just spread across the planet. The story is told that when he was still a young man, he realized there were no kingdoms left to conquer any openly wept, but now Daniel reveals one more kingdom up from which the final Antichrist would emerge. He says in Daniel 77 in my vision that night I saw 1/4 beast, terrifying, dreadful and very strong. It devoured and crushed its victims with huge iron teeth, and trampled what was left beneath its feet. It was different from all the other beast and it had 10 horns. This is a symbol of wrong.

The Romans overtook the Greeks.

It took a lot of Greek culture adopted it even a form of government but Rome was a military machine like the world had never seen before and no other nation really conquered Rome.

Babylon was conquered by the Medo Persians and Medo Persians were conquered by the Greeks Greeks were conquered by Rome and no one ever conquered Rome, but Rome effectively collapsed beneath its own way, and it is from the ruins that this Phoenix will rise, we want to call it.but from the ruins of this that the antichrist is coming, world leader emerges on the scene in the last days the pharaohs Nebuchadnezzar Alexander the great Caesar's Napoleon, even Hitler.

Role precursors to the most evil man that is ever emerged on the scene.

This Antichrist will harness economic and technological power help form a one world government, a one world economy in a one world religion is your great glory will have the second half of this message just a moment were encouraged when we hear the pastor Greeks teaching and preaching is touching lives right by New York on I would say that your crusading map regarding 2000 wasn't for my mom will meet your grade and gave it to Woody. I probably saved my life. After that your Christian church married my wife baptized together but they dogood. You know, and/or lost my daughter and your teachings are not subject to help me through a very dark time now I have two beautiful sunny and will picking up relapse living his life. Thank you so much for always doing a good word always Lord I appreciate your grateful to serve the changed lives to pastor Greeks teaching and be sure to tell a friend about Pastor Greg's upcoming SoCal harvest October 3 at Angel Stadium in Southern California help them find hope in Christ for information go to harvest.org that's harvest.org will today. Pastor Greg is pulling back the veil and get a look at the antichrist. From chapter 13 of Revelation. You can find out more about Pastor Greg's new book on Revelation by going to harvest.org. Here's five things you need to know about the antichrist. If you're taking notes number one, I've already mentioned this repeated again. The antichrist is energized and empowered by Satan Jim self averse to her. Revelation 13 says the Dragon gave him his power, his throne and great authority were already total Revelation at the Dragon is Satan.

So Satan gives to his son, if you will antichrist the power to do what he does and it is the devils to get your remember during the temptation in the wilderness, Jesus was showing all the kingdoms of the world by Satan in a moment of time, and Satan said all of this is mine, and I can give it to whomever I want to give it to. And if you will worship me it will be yours. This is always been Satan's issue. This once beautiful, powerful angel in heaven rebelled against God wife because he wanted to be God over and Isaiah it says that he said I will be like God, I will be like the most high.

So now he's saying to Jesus. When you worship me right now. And of course Jesus resisted that temptation, but he's taken now.

His authority and he's giving it to antichrist of Jesus Christ wouldn't go at that.

But antichrist will also Satan is authorizing in empowering this individual. But understand, he's given permission look at Revelation 13 but he was given the authority to continue for 3 1/2 years.

So the Lord says I'm allowed to do this but you have 3 1/2 years and God knows that Satan is going to hang himself to God's giving Satan enough rope to hang themselves. The same thing happened with the devil at the cross of plan backfired. He filled the heart of Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus. He orchestrated all these bands to put an end to the ministry of the son of God when it was all said and done, he helped to bring about God's purpose because the Bible says it please the father to bruise the son so the devil was helping God accomplish his goal. Heard a story about a man who owned the palatial estate on a huge piece of land. He was so wealthy he had his own personal forest and in the midst of that Boris was that towering redwood tree taller than all of the others. He loved that tree. He would come down and visit that tree every day and just look at it and admire what this guy had a neighbor who was jealous. He wasn't as successful as that wealthy man and he did that wealthy man for all of his success. So one day that jealous neighbor decided he was going to climb over the fence and cut down that towering tree so as night fell, he climbed over with this on the began to solve the mighty redwood and he was shocked by how thick it was and how long it was taking sweat was pouring down his face, but he was determined to cut that tree down and now the morning is calm and the sun is rising in this jealous neighbor still cutting away at the street and he looks in the distance and here comes the owner of the greatest date with some other people with them in the thinking this is perfect. He's going to see the tree, all and just says that wealthy man, and the people want them approach the tree began to topple in the jealous neighbor yelled September, but he wasn't paying attention and the tree fell on the jealous man and he was beneath the weight of the tree clearly dying, but he was happy because he cut down that tree, but that man who own the estate look good and it's an old friend. This is so tragic. I don't know why you've done this, you see, these men are builders and am working to build new houses out here.

We were trying to figure out how do we cut out the one tree that towers above all the other so you've actually helped to accomplish my purpose.

That's what happened at the cross Satan accomplish the purpose of God because the Scripture said Messiah would be crucified in the same way the tree effectively falls on antichrist and the Dragon, or Satan, who gives him his power now we read this term. The thesis is not a description of his appearance like beauty and the beast.

No, this rather is a description of his character I think is going to be a really handsome guy you level well tailored suit think the devil wears Prada. He's going to be engaging he's going to be intelligent is going to come up. All of these so-called solutions for really he is the enemy of God and the fact of the matter is he's going to be a fake Christ, the prefix anti-Nunnally means against it also means instead of he's coming is a false Messiah, a member years ago I was in Israel and tell we were talking about the Messiah and I said well I believe Jesus is the Messiah, in this Jewish man said we don't believe Jesus is the Messiah and said okay will will your Messiah be any said this is an exact quote when our Messiah comes to bring peace to the Middle East and Hill rebuild our temple as it you just describe the antichrist. You can see out some would think he is the Messiah, always doing all these wonderful things, but he hasn't revealed who he really is. Yet the week Christ, he is Satan's ultimate masterpiece. The crowning counterfeit afford replica of Jesus. What is the agenda of the antichrist. He's coming to DFI Satan is coming to DFI Satan verse four, Revelation 13. They worship the Dragon that Satan remember who gave authority to the beast, and they worship the beast, saying, who is like the beast, and who is able to make war with him and this is what the double. Of course, as always wanted. Also antichrist is coming to defy and take the place of Jesus. So he's coming to defy and take the place of Jesus. Revelation 13 verse five there was given a mouth speaking great blasphemies and things and he was given authority to continue for 3 1/2 years. He opposes Christ and also is coming to kill believers to kill Christians verse seven was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation out your probably thinking way what kill Christians. I thought Christians would be caught up to meet the Lord in the rapture will be will be millions of, but other people are going to come to Christ in the tribulation. Some of falsely thought that the Holy Spirit is going to be removed from the earth during the tribulation.

Not true of the Bible says he will now restrains will continue to do so until he is taken out of the way and then the wicked one will be revealed whom the Lord will destroy with the brightness of his coming. So the restraining force in the world today is the Holy Spirit working through Christian after Christians are caught up to meet the Lord in the air, thousands, even millions are going to come to Christ. Some of the greatest outpourings of the Holy Spirit will happen in the tribulation.

So, these believers will be persecuted by the Antichrist. Antichrist is also coming to dominate the globe over seven authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. How is he able to do this, he's energized by the devil.

He's called the man of sin in second Thessalonians to three. He's called the wicked one in second Thessalonians to eight and by the way antichrist does not act alone. He has a partner in crime a sidekick if you will, identified as the false prophet. Revelation 1311 says another beast that looks like a lamb and speaks like a Dragon so this is another evil man different from the antichrist, so you've heard of the dynamic duo of Batman and Robin, this is the demonic duo of antichrist and his religious leader, the false prophet know you had Satan to the mix and you haven't unholy Trinity. Just as there is a holy Trinity of father son and Holy Spirit. There is an unholy Trinity is Satan in the place of God antichrist in the place of Jesus Christ and this false prophet in the place of the holy spirit pointing out the clever schemes event unholy alliance from her studies today in Revelation Iran a new beginning.

Hope you're enjoying our series. If you are be sure to drop Pastor Greg an email that greg@harvest.org if you missed any of today's portion of our series, you can get a replay by going to harvest.org just look for the study titled who is the antichrist, you know, the book of Revelation is a rewarding study of Bible prophecy, and in our current series and in a new book from Pastor Greg wishing the full picture of its authorship. The time in which it was written and the circumstances in which our redemption takes place.

The apostle John wrote the book of Revelation. John was one of the apostles that one would Jesus Christ. In fact, in his gospel. He described himself as the disciple that Jesus love. He outlived all the other disciples and they trying to put them to death. According to church mission and a pot of boiling oil. John would not die. So instead, the banished him distant island of Patmos and isolated little island out in the middle of nowhere, and when he was placed on that island.

No one ever thought they would hear from John again. Maybe even John felt abandoned by God.

I don't know but I know this much Jesus Christ came to the apostle John on the island of Patmos and the Lord took John into the future.

Certain catapults and Jim into the next dimension and he saw things that no man had ever seen before. John had a front row seat to the beginning of the tribulation. He tells us about the antichrist.

The mark of the beast. The battle of Armageddon and the second coming of Jesus Christ also tells us about the millennial reign of Jesus with a lamb and the lion will lie together and John tells us about the momentous event when heaven and earth all come together again and he wrote these words down in a book that is simply called Revelation. It's the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Revelation means unveiling so this book is given on to reveal Jesus Christ to Revelation is our home.

The next several weeks, you're in a new beginning. We hope you can be with others just as often as possible, but you can dig even deeper into this final book of the Bible by way of a new book. Pastor Greg is just released tells about this new resource.*Yeah, I think far too often we think of Revelation we we think it's ominous and horrible and yes there are some very heavy duty events described in this book, but it is a book that reveals Jesus Christ to us. It's a book that is filled with promises.

That's what we called it Revelation about the promises.

This is a book he would leave out on the coffee table, or by your nightstand, a book that is over 400 pages long, but understand it's a very assessable book. The way that I wrote it I did so in a way that you can understand what the Bible teaches on the end times because I know you have an interest in these things but but I want to help you know how it applies to you.

There's not a lot of theological verbiage that will confuse you. Everything isn't down to earth terminology that you will understand and it will show you how all of these great events that are in our future apply to you and D today living I think you're gonna love this new resource from harvest ministries that were simply calling Revelation a book of promises. Yeah, I think you're right and we're making this new book available to thank you for your investment in the work we do here. Each day is an investment in change lives for eternity. It's an investment in bringing people to Jesus Christ. As will be doing it SoCal harvest on October 3. So send that investment today to a new beginning. Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514 or call us at 1-800-821-3300. We can take your call anytime. That's 1-800-821-3300 or go online to harvest.org SoCal harvest saying that Greg Laurie will bring a message of how music got home from parking in country and so many will have been looking for hope when I am very excited to announce we are coming back to Angel Stadium for the silicone harvest is over.

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