One of the fascinating aspects of the antichrist or Beast of Revelation 13 is that he seems to die and be resurrected, he receives worship, and all in all he has great authority. Sound familiar? Yeah, it sounds a lot like Jesus. In his message on Revelation 13, John MacArthur (his sermons are helping me as I stumble-blog through this book) points out that the “anti” in antichrist sometimes means not “against” but “in the place of.” So he will be doing a “very subtle, veiled impersonation of Jesus Christ.”
So how will we know when the antichrist comes? After all, he’s not going to come breathing fire and wearing a sweater with a big A on it. No, surely he will be a smooth communicator, a pied piper who rallies the masses with charm and probably great oratory. So if he looks like Jesus, how will we know he’s not the Lord? It appears there is only one way…we must know the truth. We must be ready to recognize false doctrine or blasphemy. We must be ready to discern blasphemy when we hear it. In short, we need to know our Bibles, so we can think biblically.
Therefore one of the greatest things we can do to prepare for these coming days is to “study to show ourselves approved, workers for God who have no reason to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15.
It will be “little” matters of doctrine that will enable us to discern on that day the man or woman who is on the Lord’s side…and the evil, blasphemous one, who is definitely not.
Aggie Vande Zande
December 18, 2015 at 7:46 am
Revelation 13:18 This calls for wisdom.
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December 18, 2015 at 10:49 am
Hey Rog. Carson suggests that the anti-Christ is not a single person but rather an evil anti-God philosophical or political system that raises its ugly head for a season, then dies out, and then resurrects again in another setting, possibly with subtle nuances but embodying the same evil anti-god agenda. these “systems’ can be traced throughout history and are referred to ion 1 John as the spirit of anti-Christ or many Anti-Christs. Marv Rosenthal suggests that he is indeed a real person and will be from Turkey. and so the speculation continues. Your thought is a good general admonition.
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December 18, 2015 at 2:12 pm
Scott, if you’ll pardon the pun, I am definitely rushing in here where angels fear to tread. Thanks for the thoughts!