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The Antichrist is not official today with Pastor Greg Laurie be very real instruction he brings to this world is double use sufferers leader is Satan's son. He will oppose every law of God because these and try try and as of the heart of nearly every fictional room we've ever seen red bag I causes him as the good guy so all is right with the world today on the new beginning. Greg Laurie points out, when the antichrist seen it won't be fiction, you will be a war between good and evil like the world has never seen. It will reach every single city, town, village and nothing United States of American. I don't know about you but I'm proud to be in America some of your finger give you look at America lately that we have a lot of problems and knowledge that our goal is visions of the problems in the conflicts in all the areas we fall short in with this is a unique nation.
We have spiritual roots. You know a very important name in the history of America is George. George anybody named George or George that the good name George, now you're really thinking of George Washington.
He was our founding father that we name the nation's capital after him, but I'm not talking at this moment about George Washington. I'm talking about our spiritual founding father George Whitfield never heard him. He wasn't even an American is from England, and George Whitfield was a great evangelist so he came over to our shores and preach to the colonists and many of them came to Christ the back 80% of the people living in the colonies at that time heard George Whitfield preach in person, including Benjamin Franklin sometimes as many as 40,000 people would come here George Whitfield preach thousands and thousands of people came to Christ that is spiritual awakening spread across America. So while France was having a revolution.
We were having a spiritual revival that it was in that soil that the seeds of this experiment.
This new concept of a nation was born one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all that we say even in our Declaration of Independence we been endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We would not be ruled by a monarch on a throne we would have representatives who would go into our capital and speak for Austin with all of the flaws of our system and there are many of this amazing thing is work in America was born back there was George Washington our first president said, quote anyone who believes you can explain our victory on the American Revolution without the hand of Providence completely misunderstands what happened." And then one of the runner fires of the U.S. Constitution, Patrick Henry made this statement, which is very significant quote. It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded.
Listen, not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the gospel of Jesus Christ and it is for this very reason people of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here." Very true, and revisionists want to edit that out of our history books but it's part of our story and then we entered into a civil war, you know, of course, and it almost destroyed America because we were killing each other. We survived that and ultimately emerged as a super power in the world and imagine if you will for a moment, a world without the United States of America. Imagine if the United States of America did not exist during World War II. Hitler could've won that war with the amazing technology that they had developed so far ahead of its time, but it was when America stepped in that England knew that the war would ultimately be one that England was taking a beating from Hitler and but we stepped in and thankfully we turn that back. Imagine what would happen to the Jewish population of the planet. If Adolf Hitler had one, and then you go forward in history and you look at all the times we stepped forward we face down the Soviet Union, that evil empire is president Reagan said, and we want it was America that is pushed back and stood against the spread of Islamic terrorism since 911.
It is America that since humanitarian aid around the world.
No other nation really even comes close to the generosity of American people. We gave away $30 billion in humanitarian aid last year alone. People ask that the United States of America to do that and we do now imagine if you will, a world without America will sad to say that day is coming, why don't know that America will cease to exist, but I'm saying there is coming a day when America will not be the dominant superpower that we are right now because as we look at the last day scenario. Other players emerge starting with the antichrist and his 10 Confederated nations and another massive force called the Kings of the East. I think you can make a pretty good case biblically for the existence of Israel in the end times are back in the gets an airtight case you can make pretty good case for the existence of Iran. According to Ezekiel 37 existing in the end times.
I think you can even possibly making case for the existence of Russia and China. In the end time scenario, but it's alarming that you cannot really find anything that resembles America as we know it today. In the last days were are we. I don't know will explore that in another message but in our absence. Imagine a world where evil is allowed to spread unabated. A world that ultimately pledges its loyalty to a man that will make Adolf Hitler look like a lightweight comparison that is coming to planet Earth. That's what I want to talk about in this message. Antichrist America and the End of Days talk about the Antichrist himself, he will be sent by state.
You see, Satan is effectively an imitator is not an innovator. He imitates whatever God does. Satan does his devilish version of just as surely as a result father in heaven there is a Satan from hell and just as surely as the father in heaven give given us his only begotten son, Satan, in a way will have a son to the devil around the sun.
This will be him. The antichrist will be energized by Lucifer himself. God has real Christians.
Satan's fake ones.
God is real miracles the devil as imitations of those as well. Antichrist will be his crazed violinist embodiment of sin and rebellion but is not going to be what you might expect, you know, dressed head to toe in black with glowing red Eisenstein coming off of them with the Darth Vader song playing in the background when he enters a room know I'm telling you, this guy will be charismatic still be magnetic will be a powerful orator will be a convincing speaker. He will be probably a very handsome guy as well. Probably be on the cover of GQ and time magazine simultaneously think the devil wears Prada right he will do it. No man is ever been able to do before he will establish a treaty between the Jewish and Arab nations that they will abide by and he will pave the way for the long-awaited third temple in Jerusalem. He will be a satanic Superman but it's all a mask hiding who he really is the most evil man who ever lived in a many people believe antichrist is coming, I read an interesting poll done among Americans, not Christians necessarily and many of them 49% believe that an antichrist will come in the future and then another article revealed that 19% of Americans think that antichrist is on earth now and in the same poll, nearly half of those who accept biblical prophecy believe antichrist is alive right now but we don't know if he is or isn't, we don't know if he is present somewhere, waiting for his moment.
But we know his moment will ultimately come. I know some of your thinking. Reagan didn't come to church today to hear about the antichrist. Okay will listen. It's important that you know something there over 100 passages that detail the origin nationality, career, character, kingdom, and the final doom of antichrist is discussed at length in second Thessalonians Revelation as well as here in the book of Daniel this year volume of information about the Antichrist in Scripture is enough for us to want to understand who he is what he is coming to do and also to know that ultimately he is going to lose, reminding us that his darkest things can look at times we win in the end we must never forget that we would bring that up because of the hard times that when it seems he will is prevailing. It seems like darkness is when the mayor were losing well it does seem that with times, but I read the last page of the Bible. I'm telling you we win in the end, here's three things to remember that are important. Number one God is sovereign over all of history.
God is sovereign over all of history. Because history is his story. Number two history as a blip on the screen of eternity.
It's a blip on the screen of eternity. And thirdly, God will have the final word and it will be good. Mr. Greg Moore will have the second half of his message just a moment, emails, letters and phone calls from listeners are so encouraging to us and they let us know the effectiveness of studies mastering.
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So who is this antichrist also called the beast the wicked one, the son of perdition. Well, that brings this to where we last left off here in the book of Daniel.
Daniel saw a vision of a winged lion and the bear and a leopard coming out of the sea. Daniel seven and we pointed out that the Bible, the sea is a picture of the multitudes. The people and these are not literal animals there symbols of nation's so the winged lion is Babylon, and they even had the winged lion on the gates of their city and and so the lion, the king of the jungle. This powerful piece ruled and dominated for many years but Babylon was defeated by the Medo Persian Empire under the direction of King Cyrus. That's the bear. The bear defeats the winged lion within the bear was defeated by a leopard. Also with wings and that is because the Medo Persians were defeated by Alexander the great. Alexander the great conquered most of the world and 12 brief years and he seemed unstoppable, but Alexander died unexpectedly at the age of 32 and his massive kingdom was divided among four generals.
They were defeated eventually by mighty Rome and Rome was never conquered now from the ashes of Rome rises of Phoenix. The new leader. The antichrist Daniel seven verse eight I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots.
And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth speaking pompous words. There so if you're taking notes there is point number one antichrist is coming to defy.
Take the place of Jesus antichrist is coming to defy and take the place of Jesus our Lord is mentioned herein. Daniel 78 as a symbol of power in Scripture. But this horn has both eyes and a mouth reminding us that this is a person that is being addressed and I would also add this the prefix anti-does not only mean against it also means instead of so it's not just that this coming world leader. This piece, this charismatic politician extraordinaire is going to oppose Christ and he will. But he also comes in the place of Christ and for some, they'll believe he is the Christ, Korea's their Messiah at least verse eight says that he speaks pompous words which means he boasts arrogantly is a powerful oratorio win people over to bring about a temporary global peace and economic solutions would hear some else to know about antichrist point number two is coming to declare war on believers is coming to declare war on believers. Daniel 725.
Since then the saints will be given into his hand for time and times and half giant. So will read this phrase in Daniel and elsewhere and basically comes down to this, the antichrist will inaugurate what is often called the great tribulation.
That will last for seven years will be divided into two sections, time, times and 1/2 or 3 1/2 years. In the beginning of the tribulation, the antichrist will come up like a good guy will come with this peace treaty don't come with his brilliant words that come with economic solutions and many will hail him and love him and especially when he rebuilds the third Temple for the Jewish people, but at the three and a Earmark the abomination of desolation takes place will talk about this more later to this is one of the temple was rebuilt and it desecrated by the antichrist, marking the second section of the tribulation. Were this coming world leader shows his true colors and they're not pretty, he begins to persecute Jewish people and he persecutes Christians and he begins to rule by force and so that is what this is referring to. And already you see four shots of antichrist in the world today. Number three antichrist is coming to dominate the glow is coming to dominate the globe. Revelation 13 seven says authority was given to him over every tribe and tongue and nation now again when emphasize how does he do it through war. No initially through piece because he's the man of peace, the probably award him the Nobel Peace Prize and the Bible says PC will deceive many. And so he'll establish fees but then you'll be the ultimate man-of-war. Following that any also come in economically difficult times and he will succeed where others have failed.
Now you might wonder where in the heck does antichrist get the ability to do this, he gets it from now. This power comes from how this power comes from Satan. He's the devil disciple. He is Lucifer's leader he Satan's son.
Revelation 13 to says the Dragon which is later identified as Satan gives him his power and his throne and his grade authority.
He will oppose every law of God because he's anti-Christ. Here's another interesting thing about him. Number four antichrist will establish global control through a cashless society antichrist will establish global control through a cashless society over a Revelation 1317. It says no one will buy or sell except one was the mark or the name of the beast that's antichrist or the number of his name here is wisdom. With him was understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is a number of a man. His number is 6660. We all are those numbers away. I think everybody knows that 6660's are not good numbers. There was a house for sale in the neighborhood and it was 666 anything any people would not buy it. If you Google the number 666 you'll find 543 million results and you'll also find 543 million different ideas about what a mean and I don't think we should over fixate on what it literally means.
Here's the bigger picture.
Antichrist will introduce a cashless society requiring people to take a mark and no one will be able to buy or sell without the mark under the rate of antichrist. Now I ask you, is this possible in technology today. Of course it is will know it is Bill Gates brought it up three years ago. He said the key to this will be mobile phones already in the developing countries with the right regulatory framework people are storing money digitally on their phones and using the phone to make purchases as if they were debit cards by 20 32 billion people who don't have a bank account today will be storing money and making payment. Whether phone" there's a problem you can lose your phone right now you get a watch like an Apple watch and and you can make payments on your watch as well, but to the next logical step is to introduce biometric-based payment system. Why don't you carry a phone I don't have devil want to buy just said something you could scan my body. This technology exists and you know it does. There was a day when I don't going all these things in those pretty well know this is already here now and we know that this data is out there. It is a sensible and there are people talk about the dark web with sinister motives get access this data and have control over the lives of a lot of people that man is coming that men will be the antichrist great glory.
Good insight about what's to come, when the antichrist takes the world stage. There's more to learn about this part of Bible prophecy is pastor Gray continues his message called antichrist America and the end of days. As you see in the new DVD called the Jesus music contemporary Christian music began.
Then the Lord's timing in an unassuming way. Tommy Combs of love song and Maren off the music. There was no contemporary Christian music industry at all.
That was just Chuck Smith saying these kids need a record so that when they go somewhere. Nobody gives money to Kelly so the record and enough gas money to get a hold submariner started in 1970, but it soon caught fire across the country. Michael W Smith this thing called Jesus music which exploded in Southern California somehow found its way in my hometown and change my life.
A lot of people have their lives change is not right through that music. My was one of them, Dave. I was there I had a front row seat to the explosion of this new music then called Jesus music later to be called contemporary Christian music and it was as simple as Tommy Coombs just said it wasn't some big master plan.
Hey, let's start in industry.
It was more of the hey let's reach our generation with the message of the gospel and let's do it through music. And that's how these bands started and these bands would tour around and I would travel with them as a young man and preach the gospel and we would see thousands of young people come to Christ around the nation, and ultimately, it is touch the world and at such a simple beginning but what a powerful tool that is been in the hand of God you music is it disarms us that it touches us emotionally. It's different than preaching.
I love to preach and teach the Bible but you know there's something about music that touches us in a different way.
God gave us music and God can use music.
I remember the story of when King Saul was tormented by demons and young David would come in with this stringed instrument some kind of heart we might call it an electric current acoustic guitar today. David would play a little bit sing a little bit in the song would be calmed. I think that God can use Christian music to touch are sold, wants to give us perspective and I want to tell you the story of how it all got started. It's all found in this great documentary film produced by the Erwin brothers, who also produced. I can only imagine. I still believe in the soon to be released will not too soon, but next year of the feature film based on my life and on the last great spiritual awakening in America that will be called Jesus revolution.
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