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The King Tolerates His Rival Part 2

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September 14, 2021 1:00 am

The King Tolerates His Rival Part 2

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September 14, 2021 1:00 am

At the appearing of Jesus, the world will be led by a ruler known as the anti-Christ. Under Satan’s control, this man will be the antithesis of Christ. When Jesus comes, the anti-Christ will be vanquished by the Son of God.

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One reason for us. Jesus phone number for the appearing of Jesus will be led by a reader known as under Satan's control. This man will be the antithesis of Christ just as matter cannot coexist. The Antichrist will find himself vanquished by the son of God church in Chicago. This is running to win with Dr. Sir clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line were in the midst of your series on the King is coming.

Tell us what to expect in today's message the king tolerates his rival. Will Dave today were going to continue our study of Revelation chapter 13 where we see Antichrist, all the world worship Sam economically. He controls the world, at least for a short time, you know, in a series of messages like this is very important that we keep the sequence in mind and to all who are listening. I know there are times when perhaps you're not able to get all the programs that's why we are making available to you a resource. It's the series of messages I preached entitled the King is coming for a gift of any amount.

These sermons can be yours so that you can listen to them again and again. Here's what you do go to RTW that's RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337 ask for this series of messages. The King is coming and Antichrist is a part of the future and the man that will be destroyed by the coming king.

Let's listen carefully gasp at the said day of Satan. Think of it this way, God is a Trinity and now Satan has his Trinity. Let's clarify Satan himself that Dragon is the anti-God the father, the beast that we been talking about in the opening of the chapter is the anti-Christ this next phase corresponds to the Holy Spirit. He takes the work of what the holy spirit does and does the same thing. The beast. What does the Holy Spirit do. The Bible says that the spirit is poured out why he always glorifies Jesus he causes people to look not at himself, but is always directing us toward Jesus toward Jesus toward Jesus. That's what the New Testament teaches and that's exactly what this beast does this second beast is totally committed. He is not interested in his own fame necessarily as much as he is to cause others to worship the first beast that's what the text says you'll notice that I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.

It exercises all of the authority of the first beast in his presence and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. Again, John who wrote this has to throw that in because that's critical. These miracles that really cause people to believe but did you know that in second Thessalonians words speaking about Antichrist. It says that he does signs and wonders and miracles and three words are used to describe what he does and those three words are also used of the signs and the wonders and miracles of Jesus hanging think of what Satan can do and then we down to verse 15 you'll notice that an image is put up that even this beast might speak again. It's probably not as if the beast can cause life, but maybe it is some trickery and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain.

You don't worship him. Your dad and it causes all small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the four head.

The idea here is a stamp and indentation in the skin some kind of attack to so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark that is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

This calls for wisdom. But the one who is understanding calculate the number of the beast.

As the number of a man and the number is 666. Now it calls for wisdom for sure. Throughout history all kinds of explanations have been given 66 people have toyed around with various names of you assign numbers to letters and they make it come out to 6666 I'm not going to speculate because if it calls for real lot of wisdom at this point, my wisdom quotient is low and so I will not try to figure out sick sick sick except that it's the number of a man we know that from Scripture. Now here's the point a mark on the four head or on the hand that's very easy to understand today just think for example of computer chips and and think of how wonderful it would be to have a society without physical money is because that's how drug deals are carried out people give one another money under the table money is given to various people. We had a world currency. Everyone had a computer chip. If you worked somewhere your money was put into this computer bank and then it would be subtracted as you were a jeweler, Dominic Sir somewhere where you would buy or sell and all transactions. Of course, would be known they could just simply investigate with the computers as you bought or sold, and if you do not take this March, you are defying the beast in your put to death.

That's what the text says that all who do not have the mark of the beast are slain and so what you have here is a radical, radical control when we begin to think of what can be done today in terms of control.

Hitler could have only dreamed about the kind of control he'd wanted to have.

But, of course, technology has increased and you can understand how this is so much more understandable today than it might've been even 30 or 40 ago that we have to indicate how the beast ends before we wrap this up and talk about why our lives should be changed forever because we have been in this text and that is how does his career and tell you how it ends.

Take your Bible now and I am asking you to turn to the 19th chapter the 19th chapter which indicates the return of Jesus should come as no surprise to you that the next message in this series is going to be on the glorious return of Jesus. We talked about the rapture but now we're going to talk about Jesus Christ coming with his saints were going to talk about what it means when the lightning comes from one end of heaven to the other what it means when Jesus comes on this white horse. But notice that the way Antichrist ends. I'm going to jump in.

In verse 19 of chapter 19 and I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him. It was sitting on a horse and against his army. I have to pause when you get to the end of the tribulation. That's really when the battle of Armageddon have working to find out next time.

As part of the message that all the forces of the world are gathered around Jerusalem and they're gonna fight one another because opposition to Antichrist is arising in the whole issue of Jerusalem has to be settled and that what happens at that time is Jesus appears on the Mount of olives. That's going to be one of our key passages next time and suddenly they all say to themselves, look at him. We been fighting one another but let's stop fighting one another and let's take on Jesus all the armies of the earth are going to say he's the real rival. That's what happens here and I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army that Jesus, we can tell from the context and the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in his presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image.

These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur and the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse. I warn you now.

It gets gory, and the birds were gorged with their flash follow the beast and you and in hell, the lake that burns with sulfur and by the way, as part of this series I'm going to be speaking on the final judgment is one of the last messages in the series and they actually meet Satan into into the lake of fire because Satan in chapter 20 isn't in the lake of fire. Yet he is bound for a thousand years and I'm also speaking on the millennial kingdom during that period of time, he is bound and he gets thrown into the lake of fire. You'll notice in verse 10, so that bees and the false prophet. They actually are in the lake of fire before their leader, but he's headed there to and even today he knows it. Satan knows where he is going he can read the book of Revelation. Just as well as we can. That's why it says in chapter 12 when he was thrown out of heaven. He is furious because his time is short. He knows he doesn't have much time is still with me. Everybody following air.

My loan appeared today or are you all there.

When I think of life transforming lessons in this mini spring out to me from the text I read something like this and I immediately see all kinds of things coming at me.

Let me give you three just a word in passing before we get to the last two and that is the whole business of discern the fact that the earth is going to be so ready to receive miracles that are false and today people see miracles and they have no idea how to identify a true miracle from a false one when they see it on television and sometimes we don't know. I confess that that sometimes their telltale signs, particularly regarding what the evangelist says and what he believes but we are raising a generation of who simply lacked all spiritual discernment, they don't know for example that if you go to a sťance if you consult a witch and talk to the dead, you're not talking to the dead, you're actually talking to demonic spirits who knew that dad familiar spirits didn't even know that they did, they just bungle along and live all this sounds interesting. This sounds good so the world will be ready for a massive deception to other things that I want you to take home. First of all, something about God's sovereign God's sovereignty, you say well it looks like God kind of was on vacation when all this was happening. God is in on vacation. He never is. Did you notice it says that the beast was able to rule 442 month and who determines that time. If God determines the length of the beasts ruled to be 42 months. All the forces of hell, wrapped altogether cannot make it 43 because God is God and even the devil is God's devil to tell you, you know it says in second Thessalonians to read it on your own, just take my word for it. For now, and then read it on your own. It says that when Antichrist goes into the temple, that when Jesus comes.

Jesus is going to slay him by the breath of his mouth. Jesus will just go. It's all over.

Because Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of lords.

God of all God, there's no contest here, by the way, did you know that hell is just hell is just will talk about that time.

Sometimes it doesn't seem that way but certainly for these hell is is just and and that's the vindication earlier in the book of Revelation there are saints that Francisco Holland how long until you're going to vindicate us because they were massacred they were killed, and God is going to say just a little longer. And hell is just the sovereignty of God the breath of his mouth is no contest here, but I need to comment on the glory of the saints, and for this we have to go back to verse eight and nine and all who dwell upon the earth will worship it. That is the beast everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb slain course you're asking all kinds of questions about this verse as well. You might first of all I need to emphasize. Do you think that if you lived during this period of time you would have the nerve to withstand the cultural and spiritual pressure to join Antichrist and his forces.

Another way we indicate God's sovereignty is in verse 710 if anyone is to be taken captive to captivity he goes.

If anyone is to be slain with the sword with authority must be slain.

Hitler said that if you go into a rally with 100,000 people all shouting the same slogans and you don't believe in the slogan you'll do one of two things. Either you will convert or not least, you'll keep your mouth shut because there will be a cultural stream that will be so powerful.

Nobody will stand against it, and even the saved. In this day wouldn't stand against it unless God granted them the ability to stand against it. But now for the verse. Everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life, you say well you mean there are some people born and already had their name was written in the book of life. That's what the text is saying people that wanted to say something else. They sometimes their translations that say the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world that also shows us God's sovereignty, but the best translation of the text is the one that I just read.

If you are a believer today. Your name was in the book of life as long as God has existed any a men's out there in my all alone out here is God never learns things he never make some decisions that he doesn't know he's going to change your name was known to God as long as God existed back.

Paul says that he said the grace of God that was given to you from all eternity. You say well yeah but I know what you're thinking. I can see your minds working like the innards of a clock. You're saying but you know how do you how do you know that your name is in the book is not the question that you should be asking how do you know your name is in the book and some of you. You have never trusted Christ as Savior and the question is how do I know whether or not my name is in the book. Can't you just hear it already. Somebody saying that here's the good news.

The good news is you can find out whether or not it's in the book, shouldn't you be encouraged because of that you may criticize God's sovereignty and all that life if you can find out whether or not your name is in the book. You should have no argument with God about text.

I don't think you should. Here's the way you find out whether not your name is in the book what you do is you come to Jesus Christ in humility. Admitting your sinfulness and receive him as your Savior and you believe on him and when you do that shows that your name is in the Lamb's book of life from before the foundation of the world. That's not bad is it.

I came to assurance of faith, at the age of 14. Some of you perhaps have come to assurance of faith at different times and some of you have no assurance of faith and the reason that you have no assurances because you're not saved, so you don't know whether your name is in the book are not. I've flown a bit on airplanes and does sometimes I have flown standby never had that experience your flying standby and you know you don't know whether or not you're going to get on you know you're looking at that board now that they had, you know the waiting list in your number four you see all these people going on the plane, you think all you know. I hope that I'm going to be on. I pray that I'm going to be on but I don't know whether or not my name is going to be cold and then at the end they may say either yes or no. But you're not enjoying the time in the departure lounge and in most of the time I fly with the ticket and I look on it and I say I'm in 10 BI know that there's a seat that's reserved for me. I have the ticket in my pocket.

I can pull a book out of my briefcase and I can read it and I can be totally relaxed. Today I want you to know that you have a confirmed ticket with the seat number that is for you for resist. If God is talk to you and you don't know whether or not your name is in the book.

Find out come to Jesus. Admit your sinfulness.

Admit your need and say Jesus I'm a sinner you're a Savior I'm gonna believe in this Jesus not a false one that is going to come to pass.

Who's going to be destroyed by the breath of the mouth of the real Jesus. I don't believe in him. I want to believe in a Savior that actually saves and there's only one like that out there and you know who is going to Jesus, you may be in the balcony. You may be listening by way of radio or other forms you may be you joined us today on the Internet. Whatever means by which you're listening to this I appeal to your conscience and I appeal to God's grace come to Christ, receive him give up your stubbornness and when you do that he'll receive you he's that's guaranteed he'll receive you, and you'll say you know what I have a confirmed ticket. I now know that my name is been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life for any question that is as important as that one. I don't think so. Thanks. That's pretty well. It is more important than all the other issues that we face eternity. As long time is short. Join me as we pray father save those who have to be saved and if people are deceived about their salvation because they are good people and they've been baptized or they've done things we ask over father please show them that there is such a thing as saving faith of faith that actually saves your word says that we should check to see whether we are in the faith, help all of us to do that right now and those who sense the work of the Spirit in their lives.

May they not made they not turn a deaf ear to that voice. For those of us who know Christ help us to love him to trust asking his blessed name will my friend, this is Pastor Luther. If you've never trusted Christ as your Savior.

This is the moment to do it do it right now believe on Jesus Christ. As I mentioned in the message. Give up your rebellion and trust the Savior because the day is coming when there is going to be worldwide deception and I trust that you have believed in the king who actually has the credentials to be an eternal King, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

So I appeal to you, you know, these messages spoken from the Scripture and spoken from my heart to fear a blessing to you if you'd like to listen to them again and again, we are making them available and we do this here at running to win, to give you resources as we frequently say to help you run the race of life successfully for a gift of any amount they can be yours and let me say that I am so grateful for the many of you who support this ministry. It's because of your prayers and your gifts that we can continue. So for a gift of any amount ask for this series of messages titled the King is coming and here's what you can do. Go to RT W that's RT W offer. Of course, RTW offers all one word RT W or call us at 1-888-218-9337 you can write to us at running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 as world history nears its end, there is a time.

Coming known as the great tribulation this time of trial will bring suffering never before seen on this planet. The judgments of God will rain down on the earth causing people to beg the mountains to fall on them next time I'm running to win Miss King judges those left behind.

Thanks for listening to our series on the return of Christ. This is Dave McAllister running to win is sponsored by the teacher

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