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The King Tolerates His Rival Part 1

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September 13, 2021 1:00 am

The King Tolerates His Rival Part 1

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September 13, 2021 1:00 am

The Bible speaks about a future anti-Christ, a great world leader who seeks and receives the worship of mankind. This evil being will be a rival to the real Jesus, and his career will mimic that of Christ.

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Morris looking to Jesus phone number for the Bible told about a future antichrist great leader seeks and gives the worship of mankind. This evil being will be arriving the real Jesus's career will mimic that of Christ as he dies and is raised again the church in Chicago.

This is with Sir Lewis clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line. Is it possible that the antichrist is already among us yesterday.

In answer to your question, I would say yes tater is going to rise is going to attract worldwide attention and he's going to come flying, so to speak on the wings of peace, but he's going to hide a very dark agenda. I have to tell all of our listeners that there are many verses in the Bible that take my breath away, but few compete with the 13th chapter the book of Revelation where it says that all who dwell upon the face of the earth worship him except those whose names were written in the Lamb's book of life from before the foundation of the world, he will have worldwide authority both in the political realm and the religious realm and all that is still to come. That's why it's so important for us to know about our future. You know, I've written a book entitled the King is coming and I discussed the coming of antichrist in detail. We make these resources available to help you in your Christian walk for a gift of any amount.

This book can be yours. Here's what you do go to RT W that's RT W or if you prefer you can call us at 1-888-218-9337 now, let us give our attention to the word of God and to the coming future, which has a very dark and fearful side in the Holmberg library in Vienna.

There is a sphere believed by many to be the one that was used by the Roman soldier Christ side when Hitler was in Vienna before he became famous. He spent a great deal of time in the Holmberg and it is said that as he looked at that spirit.

He believed that it was authentic even though there were 45 other spheres that claim the same honor or dishonor, we should say, but it is said that when he looked at that sphere and stared at it. He invited its spirit to possess him and one observer said that Hitler was engulfed with neoplasm make light when he did that later on when Hitler went to Munich as all of us know he was taken into the deepest levels of all called transformation Dietrich.Carter was Hitler's mentor said that Hitler is the one who has been anointed as Messiah, he shall dance.

He says that I have written the tune and because I have introduced them to the powers I shall of had more impact on Germany than any other German. One of the observers said that Hitler's body was but the shelf of the spirit that inhabited in why is it that when we speak about antichrist. We always think of Hitler.

We don't think of Stalin or we don't think of mouth. The tone, all of whom killed also multiplied millions of people. We think of Hitler is kind of a prototype of the antichrist for a couple of reasons. First of all because he arose in Germany democratically will not exactly because he didn't have a majority in the Reichstag but he was able to eliminate all of his rivals and end up as data field which means the leader. There's another reason and that is that the Germans adored him. I've spoken to Germans who lived during that period of time and they said that you Americans will never understand the impact that Hitler had on us a sense of you skeptics would go to Nürnberg at those great rallies and they would come back saying our father Adolph, who art in Nürnberg.

The third Reich, what a dictator he was. There's another reason why I like to think of him as a prototype of the antichrist and that is because of his hatred for the Jews because the Bible teaches that another man even more evil than Hitler is going to come as were going to see in a moment, and he also is going to try to exterminate the Jewish race and do evils that Hitler could only think about evils that modern technology have now allowed us to commit what I'd like to do is to ask you to take your Bibles in just a moment and turned to the 13th chapter the 13th chapter of the book of Revelation, then we are going to stay there. I'm going to be reading some other verses that the 13th chapter of Revelation is the passage where I want you to be. I want you to stay because were going to be looking at specific verses about the coming world ruler when Jesus chooses to tolerate a very evil rival when we think of antichrist. Remember that the phrase anti-means against everything that Jesus does. Satan is going to want to do and to some extent he'll do it there at least many things somebody found a list of 20 similarities between Jesus and antichrist. I'm going to give you only five or six or seven. Some of the similarities are this. Both of them will claim to be God.

Jesus claimed to be God and antichrist will claim to be God.

Both of them make a covenant with Israel. Both of them appear in a temple. Both of them are crowned and are worship both of them perform signs and wonders both of them have armies and both of them are put to death and rise from the dead antichrist. I'm going to begin in the 13th chapter of the book of Revelation and explain the first few verses and then what were going to do is were going to take a tour through the life of antichrist and were going to survey his career. You'll notice it says and I saw the beast that John sees this beast. By the way I want to warn you, it is a gruesome.

This is not a domesticated animal. This is a ferocious beast, hideous and indeed grotesque. I saw the beast arising out of the sea with 10 horns and seven heads, with 10 diadem is on its horns and blasphemous names on its head and the base that I saw was like a leopard, its feet were like that of the Barrett's mouth was like a lion's mouth and into it. The dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. Let's stop there for only a moment because we must hurry on when it says that this beast had 10 horns. Those horns represent kings that are going to very gladly execute all the desires of antichrist.

They will rule during his period of time, but they are going to be submissive to him and will carry out his demands. The seven heads referred to a succession of different kingdoms and the animal that you see there the leopard that represents Greece bear Medo Persia and then a lion at reference to Babel and you say how come you know all that you just make this stuff up.

Well, no, not really. If you were to look in the book of Daniel, you'd see many of the same animals you'd seen many of the same sequences and by the way, this exact description occurs about the red Dragon. In chapter 12. The previous chapter here in the book of Revelation when you think of antichrist. You have to think of a kingdom, and you also have to think of the person because his personage embodies this whole kingdom. This conglomeration of this group of revived estates and powers that most probably are going to come out of Europe revived Roman Empire of Europe all that, by way of introduction, now would like to begin on the career of antichrist but before we do, you're going to ask the question.

Were we going to be when all of this is happening with this scenario is correct that we should think of the return of Jesus into stages and not just one. What this would mean is that the church's rapture. We believe in Jesus and trust him are going to be in heaven. And then there's going to be a period of time, perhaps in years when some of the various countries all get aligned before the end time, and it is then that antichrist is going to arise and he is going to begin the seven year. By making a covenant with Israel and during this period of time as we learned in previous messages, people are going to be saved were going to find that there is saints here in the tribulation and they are going to interest us specifically in all kinds of things are going to be going on now if you don't believe in the pre-tribulation rapture. Then as you look at this this will be an event that all of us.

If we are alive at that time will be participating in.

And I think that as you think about it and we go through the text you're going to hope that the pre-tribulation rapture is the correct view. I can guarantee that will be your preference over not basing it on preference.

We have to look at the Bible and find out how did these pieces fit together all right.

The career of antichrist number one. He will arise out of a revived Roman empire. You know that if this were a classroom. We go back to the book of Daniel and read all kinds of passages Daniel made all these predictions and the book of Revelation is like a hand going into the love when you understand Daniel, you're really set up to understand the book of Revelation, but let me read to you.

First of all in the book of Daniel in chapter 7 it says that there was a little horn, a little ruler and he subdued others, and then he became this mouth speaking great blasphemies, etc. it's a reference to antichrist. He's going to begin small, nobody's going to know who he is. He's going to be quite unobtrusive, but then as he gains power, then you will see his true colors, but let me read what it says in chapter 8 of Daniel and at the latter end of their kingdom. When the transgressions have reached their limit at King of boldface one who understands riddles can be very clever shall arise. His power will be great, but not by his own power, he shall cause fearful destruction and shall succeed in what he does and destroy mighty men and people who are the saints by his cunning.

He shall make deceit prosper, and shall destroy many, and that is going to be broken by the Prince of princes, namely Jesus.

And that's exactly what the book of Revelation teaches, as we shall see in just a moment you know there's another passage in chapter 7 where it says regarding antichrist, he shall throw the truth to the ground and shall deceive many. And he is going to deceive the many and throw truths to the ground so first of all, he comes out of a revived Roman Empire is the book of Daniel would teach. Secondly, he makes a covenant with Israel, which he will break this is really Daniel chapter 9 in Daniel chapter 9, you have a reference to a princes going to come was going to make a covenant with Israel for one week and actually when you look at the text. You know that it's one week of years, namely seven years, and antichrist is going to have so much power that when he makes this covenant with Israel.

The world will finally say that this Middle East, this cauldron that we read about all the time in the news has finally settled down. Finally, there is some strength over there in Europe, and antichrist. Of course he won't be called that.

But this ruler has finally been able to satisfy Israel and put enough pressure on its neighbors to live in peace so much peace that it maybe during this period of time when there is actually a temple built next to the dome of the rock because when 3 1/2 years have passed.

This antichrist actually goes into that temple and declares himself to be God when other reference I want to read about that is in the book of second Thessalonians chapter 2. It's a passage you really have to read on your own later, but it says this he who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship. He takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God and then it indicates how he's going to end, and I'm going to tell you that story so I won't read the rest of the verses just now so first of all what he does is he will arise out of a revived Roman Empire. He makes a covenant with Israel. He breaks it in the middle of the tribulation. Goes to Jerusalem goes into the temple and says the Holden your God. Third, he will have a miraculous recovery of the fatal wound. All right now were in the text and were going to stay in the text of Revelation chapter 13 for the rest of the message so your Bibles are open if you're using one of our Bibles here. It's page 1005.

You need to see it in your own mind and heart, you'll notice it says in verse three. One of its head seem to have a mortal wound but it's mortal wound was healed. And the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. It is going to appear as if antichrist died. Now you say. Well, the text says it seemed as if he had a mortal wound.

You think he actually died while there are those who believe that he will actually die and they base that on the fact that in chapter 5, verse six of Revelation. It uses the very same expression for Jesus.

When John says I saw a Lamb as if it had been slain, and that's a reference to Christ and we know that Jesus actually died same expression so some people think that indeed antichrist died. Other people think know Satan cannot raise people from the dead, unless there's a very special dispensation given to him by God to so it appears as if he's dead, and is made alive and perhaps that's the right view all that we know is that the people sure believe that he is dead and the people sure believe that he rises from the dead, the whole earth follows the beast a preacher friend of mine says just visualize this. This man is so powerful and somebody assassinates him.

He's there in a coffin in some great place rotunda in the Middle East and thousands of people are lining up in all the television cameras are on and then suddenly he wiggles in the coffin crawls out and says I'm your Messiah.

You can imagine that everybody's going to believe him.

That's why the text says who is like this piece we have to continue to go on don't like and they worshiped the Dragon, the Dragon is Satan.

Chapter 12.

He's called the red Dragon because he's filled with the blood of the saints. They worshiped the Dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast. The beast represents here all the wishes of the devil's time for me to put my Bible down and just think about this.

This is been Satan's desire throughout the ages to duplicate everything that Jesus has ever done and to receive the worship of the world. That's why said to Jesus, you know, if you if you just bow down and worship me. I'll give you the kingdoms. Satan longs to be worshiped. And now he has somebody in place who is being worshiped and in the process of worshiping him, they worship the devil.

The great Dragon but I mean if he looked as if he was dead, and rose again, what does it say there in the last part of verse four, who is like the beast, and who can fight against it. How would you like to take on this somebody who was dead and is now alive and in our you going to fight him and people will be so eager to believe, so eager to believe in our world of spirituality is preparing them for this and of the whole idea. All I meant to spirituality, not religion freely in a cultic kind of religion. It's a deceptive kind of religion and people lacking discernment are going to simply say he's our man. Can't you hear it already. The say what you know Jesus claimed to be the Messiah, but how many people saw Jesus, the disciples and then later on he appeared to several hundred people are told in the Bible, but nothing like this. I mean, if this is on national television where everybody can see what's happened. I mean who is going to oppose him and you can see it already. People are going to do that. Now let's hurry on. He's going to use fear to rule the world which is going to look at some of these verses and if your understanding that it should give you chills. I mean this is this is unbelievable but we believe it because it's in God's word and we can actually see how it can happen. That's a remarkable thing you'll notice first of all I want to point out all of the things that he was given and then were going to talk about who gave it to him.

Verse five he was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words enemy was allowed to exercise authority for 42 months, my 42 months. 3 1/2 years to get it. He declares himself to be God. 3 1/2 years passed before the seven years are up before Jesus returns. So is given this authority for 42 months it. That is, the beast opened its mouth to utter blaspheme is against God, blaspheming his name is dwelling. That is, those who dwell in the heaven.

Somebody says he was given a mouth so he was and it was a very big mouth and it was a very evil blasphemous foul mouth and all that he does is blaspheme God. Satan finally gets it out of his system and he can do that now. It was also given to him.

Verse seven was allowed to admit for him to make war on the saints and to conquer them. This does not mean that he in any way made war against the saints, spiritually and conquered them but physically put them to death because, as will see later if you don't have is Mark your dad your dad while and then this is certainly something that takes our breath away. You'll notice it says. And authority was given to this beast over every tri-admin people land language and nation, and that last Satan rules the world.

Everybody buys into him. He is the way to go. We have found our Messiah. We found the answer to the worlds, likes, problems, and search for peace. Here he is in the world worships in the world believes in it says and all who dwell on the earth will worship that everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that was slain not going to comment on that verse now, but of course I will comment later because you can't avoid a nugget like that in the midst of this distress, the saints, and the implications for us. So you'll notice that that he controls the world religiously. Everybody worships him. Satan now controls the world. Politically, nobody is going to make war with the saints. He also controls the world economically is going to use economics to do it and that's why economics is so important.

It is always the economy is always always the economy now at this point your Bibles are open. I have to introduce you to another beast. It says in verse 11. I saw another beast rising out of the earth that had two horns like a lamb, and so forth.

You can read this on your own.

But this again makes us just absolutely gas we gasped at the said T of Satan will my friend, you certainly are going to have to listen to running to win next time. As we continue this message and we will talk about Satan will talk about the antichrist.

Perhaps in your mind you're asking this question. Why do we study prophecy is it so that we can have a wonderful chart and point out the order of events. Well, that oftentimes takes place, but that's not really the motivation the Bible says in the book of second Peter in light of the fact that all these things are going to be burned up and he's talking about the end time. He said what manner of people ought we to be in all manner of conduct in conversation and the way in which we live. In other words I'm absolutely convinced that if we lived in terms of eternity and some of the events that are going to take place. I know that we are going to be involved in many of these events, we would immediately take an interest in our future. That's why I've written the book entitled the King is coming and the subtitle has to do with 10 events that we will be involved in for a gift of any amount. This book can be yours and I have to tell you in advance. Thanks so much for your help. Here's what you can do. Go to RT W that's RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337 you can write to us at running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 when Jesus returns in glory, our world will be led by the antichrist and just like matter and antimatter cannot coexist. The antichrist will find himself vanquished by the son of God. Next time I'm running to win more teaching about the man who will be the antithesis of all that Jesus is. Thanks for listening to our series on the return of Christ running to win is sponsored by the teacher

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