PART THREE: WHAT END TIMES PEOPLE WILL BELIEVE ABOUT JESUS
In order for the Antichrist to come on the world scene and convince people that he is the Messiah and God in flesh, there must be a radical change in the way most supposed Christians think of Jesus.
THE BIBLE DESCRIBES WHAT PEOPLE WILL THINK OF JESUS IN THE LAST DAYS. THEY WILL SEE JESUS AS THEIR ENEMY.
The time for salvation is over, and they will cling to their excuses and lies. now, only judgment remains for most people on earth.
Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore He was turned to be their enemy, and He fought against them.
Revelation 6:13 -17 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
By the time the Sixth Seal Occurs, in the Tribulation, we understand that radical doctrinal changes have occurred, yet some Biblical truths remain.
These are things people will believe about Jesus:
- They believe that Jesus brings wrath upon the people of the earth. (“Hide us from the face of Him…”)
- They believe that He is on the Throne of God. (“…Him that sitteth on the Throne…”).
- They believe that He is the Lamb of God. (“…wrath of the Lamb…”).
- They believe that the prophecies about His wrath coming to pass upon sinners is accurate. (“…the day of His wrath…”).
- They believe His power cannot be resisted. (…”who shall be able to stand ?”).
***In other words, they see Him as modern theologians picture Satan. People are being conditioned to think that the true God would never hurt them, never judge them, never bring any condemnation on the world. Since the events require an explanation which is supernatural, they will find it easier to blame Jesus for the bad things happening. (When things go wrong, how many people already get angry at Jesus and blame Him ? Many). The stage is now set.
THE ANTICHRIST WILL ATTEMPT TO REPLACE BIBLICAL TEACHINGS ABOUT JESUS WITH A RELIGION THAT MAKES IT APPEAR THAT THE ANTICHRIST IS THE TRUE MESSIAH.
HE WILL USE THE DEDICATION OF THE TEMPLE AND HIS OFFERING OF A PIG ON THE ALTAR AS EVIDENCE THAT HE IS THE TRUE GOD (SUPPOSEDLY “PROVEN” BY THE FACT THAT ONLY GOD COULD GET AWAY WITH SUCH A FEAT).
Daniel 11:31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.
Daniel 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Daniel 11:36- 37 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
WHAT THIS TELLS US ABOUT THE NEW THEOLOGY WHICH WILL STAMP OUT THE FAITH IN CHRIST (except for a few Jewish Believers) IS THIS:
- THE ANTICHRIST IS NOT SUBMISSIVE TO ANY HIGHER BEING [that he knows of–of course, he is submissive to his father, Satan] (his will).
- HE WILL PUT DOWN ALL OTHER GODS (and, in particular, Jesus).
- HE WILL BE VERY OUTSPOKEN AGAINST THE GOD OF GODS (so, will come against His Word, the Bible).
- HE WILL REMOVE HIMSELF FROM THE GOD OF HIS FATHERS, AT LEAST IN HIS BEHAVIOR. (neither shall he regard the God of his fathers).
- HE WILL MAGNIFY HIMSELF ABOVE ALL OTHERS. (and this would require lowering the stature of Jesus in his doctrine).
Revelation 13:4-8 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
HE WILL PICTURE THE MORALITY AND STANDARDS WHICH JESUS REAFFIRMED TO BE INFERIOR. THUS HE MUST PICTURE JESUS AS A HATER, A BIGOT, A LIAR, A DECEIVER, A FRAUD, AN UNCARING AND UNLOVING PERSON. HE WILL REJECT WHAT JESUS SAID. A NEW FORM OF MORALITY WILL ACCOMPANY THE ANTICHRIST WHICH WAS NEVER ALLOWED BY JESUS.
This provides for strong measures against certain crimes, while being permissive and corrupting the commands of God as they relate to behavior.
Daniel 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
2 Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
This is exactly what occurred in Noah’s generation, when the world was destroyed by the flood from God’s judgment.
Genesis 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.