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April 24, 2020 2:00 am
Dynamic and persuasive, the Antichrist's diplomatic skills will be off the charts. In the message "The Most Interesting Man in the World," Skip shares about how this ruler will give the world what it wants, but he will also be its biggest nightmare.
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I discovered no less than 24 full-length Hollywood films feature films on the antichrist as the subject and typically Hollywood depicts him as this dark, sinister being. That's far from home is to come on the scene will enter the world scene is poison polished just in case you may be thinking the idea of a coming world leader called the antichrist is far-fetched. You have a lot of Bible to fight against.
Over the years people have tried to guess what the antichrist named different religious leaders, celebrities, dictators even who was present today on connect with skip-Skip discusses the antichrist widely debated identity and shows you why it's important pair for his arrival. But before we begin, we want to let you know about a resource that will give you some insight into the end times events would you like to predict the future 100 years ago Amanda John Watkins. This facility and try predicted by the day exterminating cockroaches with kiddos and we no longer use the C, Q, or acts to let the Xerox's truth beyond our ability to predict what Sowmya got in his word tells us everything we need to know about what's ahead. Known as the end times we want to help you understand what the future holds bicycles to fight the club you can understand the book of Revelation helpful illustrations this time and resources argued.
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For instance, there's one Superman has pajamas with his logo because he's the most interesting man in the world.
Once a rattlesnake bit him. After five days of excruciating pain. The snake finally died because he's the most interesting man in the world.
Sharks have a week dedicated to him because he's the most interesting man in the world. Rosa stopped to smell him because he's the most interesting man in the world. And finally, mosquitoes refuse to bite him purely out of respect because he's the most interesting man in the world. Okay, this guy aside, there is coming to this world somebody whom the world will designate as probably the most interesting man in the world. He'll be charismatic Kilby dynamic will be charming.
He'll be compelling, and he will be full of himself. You could make enough commercials about him, you will be the ultimate man. In fact, he has a designation in chapter 13 verse 18 is given a certain number in the says it's the number of man 666 so because six is often called the number of man mankind was born or mankind was created on the sixth day of creation. Bond men were set free after six years of slavery. So typically six is seen as the number of man I want to give you six characteristics about this coming world ruler, not typically, he is called by most of us the antichrist. That's the familiar name even though he goes by many other names in the Scripture, and we don't get to the name antichrist health first John chapter 2 where John writes little children. It is the last hour and you have heard that the antichrist is coming, and even so many antichrists have already come, but he goes by other titles. For example, he is called the man of sin, the lawless one in Revelation 13 we will see he is called the beast he's given the title. The little horn in the book of Daniel, the prince that shall come Daniel chapter 9 also the willful King and the idle Shepherd out of the book of Zechariah now. Frankly, when most people hear the word antichrist. In a and in a normal setting. If you were to bring that term up. You will probably get laughed at or leased condescending sneer or snicker. After all, for most people, the idea of an antichrist is in the same category as the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus. Or maybe Cupid and Dracula. Write me these things don't really exist or when people think about if they believe in the coming of antichrist. They think of somebody really dark and sinister because of all the Hollywood movies. I discovered no less than 24 full-length Hollywood films feature films on the antichrist is the subject and typically Hollywood depicts him as this dark, sinister being, but that's far from how he's in a come on the scene will enter the world scene is poison polished and perfect now, just in case you may be thinking the idea of a coming world leader called the antichrist is far-fetched. You have a lot of Bible to fight against. You have the writings of the Old Testament prophets. The writings of the New Testament apostles and even the words of Jesus Christ himself. All who predicted his arrival, and as you would suspect the antichrist. Throughout history, many of taken a guess as to who he would be and all of them were wrong. For example, the first one that we know of lease that I know of was in 37 A.D. when Caligula, the Emperor put a statue of himself in the Jerusalem Temple and many immediately set that's antichrist. 20 years later Caesar Nero was called the antichrist because of his persecution of the Christian church.
In fact, he was given the designation by early Christians.
The beast, but it doesn't stop there. Others throughout history have been noted as the antichrist.
Benito Mussolini was one Napoleon Bonaparte Charlemagne at all for observer as you would suspect most said Diane. The Israeli military leader Henry Kissinger, Mikhail Gorbachev and Javier Solana of Spain all have been called the antichrist. Also, several US presidents have been called antichrist. Probably all of them by some most notable Thomas Jefferson was the first president to be dubbed the antichrist, Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his generation. Some thought was John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Ronald Reagan all the antichrist besides them. Several popes, probably most every Pope by some groups have been dubbed the antichrist.
I even found a prophetic publication.
That said, the antichrist is the Internet and so I kept reading to discover what it was about this or will you know WW W when you bring up a webpage. The Hebrew equivalent of that is the letter involved in Hebrew. That's the W sound vase is the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet and the new American equivalent would beast 666 www.course I found that on the Internet so we have some problems with its sourcing so all the speculations aside, allow me to give you six words, a sixfold description of this most interesting man in the world. First is wickedness, wickedness. Verse one. Then I stood on the sand of the sea.
Revelation 13 verse one and I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and 10 horns, and on his horns 10 crowns on his heads a blasphemous name nobody is called a beast. This is how God sees them. He's not a wonderful man.
He's a wicked man is not the most interesting man in the world. God sees him as a beast. The most insidious man in the world. The word beast is the Greek word theory on which means a wild, venomous monster when you think of a beast on think of an animal or a household pet like a dog.
I have known some dogs are beastlike and pretty ugly, but this is different.
By the way, I decided on the Internet and call up the 10 ugliest creatures in the world and all the sites. This one came up as number one.
The ugliest creatures so so when you see that if you're like most people, not only do you go to you go. That's not real right that's fake. Turns out it is real. We call it. We debit the blob of fish. The blob fish goes by other names, but it is a gelatinous shaped fish, gelatinous material and at the bottom dweller dwells in the lowest depths of the South Pacific and in the list of the 10 ugliest animals or creatures in the world. It's this beast out of the sea, so let's get rid of that thing okay I just wanted you to get a little visual in your head because what John is getting here isn't dictation. He's getting a vision he's seen a beast rise up out of the sea, but the symbols .2 realities. This beast out of the sea is emblematic of a person. How do we know because of all the personal pronouns attributed to it him. He, his are all pronouns that are speaking about this beast that rises up out of the sea so we can safely surmise that it is emblematic of a person, a beastlike person is pictured as a beast because he's a beast of a man. He's vicious and savage. Paul calls him a man of sin calls him the son of perdition, and also the lawless one, all words that speak of this first feature. He is a wicked person.
Wickedness a beast, but he doesn't begin that way. He began so's one half he begins like the most interesting man in the world.
He is a peacemaker we saw in Revelation chapter 6 he comes on a white horse conquering and to conquer but is got a seven year plan, and though he begins very very wonderfully he be is beginning is not like his, and he ends very very wickedly. Here's the second description world dominants look at verse two. The beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear. His mouth like the mouth of a lion.
The Dragon gave him power, his throne and great authority.
Now he appears to John the apostle, much like he appeared to Daniel the prophet, 600 years before. I hope in reading this description, at least some of you will have lights going off in your head and you go I read this somewhere else.
Yes, the book of Daniel. Daniel gets a vision in chapter 7 of Daniel of a succession of kingdoms world governing empires that will come to the air from his time forward in the first beast he sees is that of a lion with the wings of an eagle. The second is a bear the barest lumbering off to one side with three ribs in its mouth. The third creature is a leopard with four wings that moves swiftly across the earth.
This is all in Daniel's vision and then the fourth beast that he sees has 10 horns much like us.
So when we read that chapter we discover this vision has meaning and the meaning is unfolded in that chapter we are told that the lien is the nation, and kingdom of Babylon. It is fierce. It is ferocious like a lion, the second the bear is emblematic of the Medo Persian Empire.
It's like a bear. It lumbers along a slower but it's sure it's strong and it took over the world after the Babylonian Empire Lynn the third is the leopard and that represents according to the text the Grecian Empire. Alexander the great moved swiftly like a leopard, and took over the world at a very very young age, but then the fourth empire.
The Daniel seizes this beastlike nothing he's ever seen before. With 10 horns of vicious and ferocious beast so John sees sort of the same thing but in reverse and all wrapped up into one kingdom, one person, that is, it has all the elements all the characteristics of the others, but it is unified and more dreadful in power. Look at verse seven it was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them will get to that in a bit. But look at this. And authority was given him over every tribe and tongue and nation now are dealing with a final world governing Empire dominating strong rapid ferocious what John notices is a beast rising up out of the sea. What is that me the sea is emblematic of nations in Isaiah chapter 17 Isaiah chapter 57 in Revelation chapter 17 that emblem of the sea is a picture of humanity is the sea of humanity, especially Gentile nations so he sees a beast rising up out of the sea of humanity, perhaps even in John's vision the Mediterranean Sea, perhaps indicating he'll come from the Mediterranean world with seven heads and 10 horns. Again, I refer you back to Daniel were this leader forms a global Confederacy.
Daniel sees the same thing.
Listen to this. Daniel 723.
This beast, this final beast shall be a kingdom, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces.
Now in that vision of 10 horns. He also sees a notable horn, a little horn and the little horn is an individual that bears rule over that 10 nation Confederacy. It's a global Confederacy.
You know it's been the last 1020 years, where the term globalism has become the political buzzword is spoken about by virtually every leader globalism global leadership global coalition global economy. We live in a global village and there been several groups that have gotten together a couple that I have sort of followed over the years just to see were there at that are pushing this globalism one is the democratic world Federalists. They have worldwide supporters. They say the United Nations is failed league of Nations made of a ball failed to keep the major wars out of the world and that the only way to do that is by a global government with a global Constitution and they offer one in their literature world Parliament world law and world economy. It's interesting about that is of the several groups that push that in 2011, the Vatican started pushing the idea globalism global economy global leadership all the world tied in unified under one government so wickedness world dominants. Here's 1/3 description wonder wonder verse three tells us, and I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled or wandered and followed the beast. This beastly ruler is to be Satan's Masterpiece on a date. Some of you. Do you remember in the 70s. The TV show the $6 million man brings this bionic astronaut.
The prebiotic parts and him and he was the $6 million man, the antichrist will be the $666 million man. He will be Satan's perfect man ideal specimen. The ultimate satanic masterpiece. Notice in verse two.
The Dragon gave him his power, we know the Dragon is we've already uncovered that in our series on what's next in the book of Revelation, the Dragon is Satan himself. The Dragon gave him his power that is talking about an individual who is been engineered by possessed by controlled by Satan that what is it mean when it says one of his heads, was mortally wounded and then healed. Some believe this is reference to a revived spinal Empire, a revived Roman Empire.
It has been called to see.
Historically, we know that there have been so far six empires that we would call world governing empires. They ruled the world, the known world at that time. The first was the Egyptian Empire. The second, the Assyrian Empire. The third, the Babylonian empire the fort the Medo Persian Empire the fifth. The Greek Empire the sixth of Roman Empire and since that we haven't had a world governance like we have had in those empires. It could be then that the idea of the seventh head. The seventh Empire is a resurrection, a revival of what was dead revived Roman Empire. That's how some like to interpret it. But here's another thought. Others see this as he receives a head wound and is able to at least stage some sort of resurrection I don't think that's true, it's in a literal resurrection on think Satan has the ability to stage a literal resurrection. God is only one that is power over life and death but least it could appear to be a resurrection. It could be a staged resurrection and just imagine what it would be like if a world leader died, was placed in a casket he's lying in state in some rotund over the Middle East. The news cameras are all on him all international networks covering this funeral.
Thousands are lined up to pay the respect of this world leader and suddenly there's a wiggling in the casket and the one everyone thought was dead, rises back to life. You think that would cause wonder you think I would cause Marvel the word marble is found mod so it means to be mesmerized by two to be shocked by could even be translated and perhaps this is what Jesus meant when he said I have come in my father's name, and you did not receive me.
Another will come in his own name and him you will receive. The world will wonder at his rise to power will wonder at his agility mentally that will wonder at his ability to solve complex issues and problems, and they would certainly wonder what they would proceed to be a resurrection and wonder is always the first step toward worship.
That's what is next.
After wonder. The fourth word is worship. Verse four so they worshiped the Dragon who gave authority to the beast that is Satan, and they worshiped the beast, saying, who is like the beast who is able to make war with him. Verse eight 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 foundations of the world. So now there wonder turns to worship their adulation turns to adoration. By the way, it's what Satan is wanted all along my right from the very beginning when Satan was created by God.
We understand from Scripture that Satan was an angelic being. He was the anointed cherub that covers in the hierarchy of heaven, Satan, Lucifer was numero Uno minus Uno and it was the minus one that bothered him. He wanted at all.
Isaiah describes his fall in Isaiah 14. How are you fallen from heaven a Lucifer, son of the morning for you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the most high. LL Jan Almighty God, I will be like Almighty God.
That's how it happened but he doesn't stop Desi he fell, but he doesn't stop in second Thessalonians, Paul the apostle said the antichrist will oppose and exalt himself over everything that is called God or that is worshiped as God so that he sets himself up in God's temple and demands worship with the message from the series now to share how you can keep this broadcast going strong connecting you and many others to God through, as believers, we look forward to the future with hope when Christ will reign for eternity.
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