2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 KJV
1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
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.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Watch an evening news broadcast and you will probably reach the conclusion that this world is in perilous times. Anarchy in countries with leaders turning against their own people. Christians beheaded, tortured, and even jailed.
Weather patterns seem out of sync. Sea levels rising, massive floods which kill thousands, and tornadoes cutting a course of destruction across countries with a more frequency.
To the believer who understands the Word of God all of the above things comes as no surprise because we have been given warnings by Christ and His prophets and disciples.
A man’s word is no longer his bond. Skepticism abounds in the minds of all people. It is now every man for himself, a dog-eat-dog world. Due unto others before they do it to you.
Back in the early 1990’s I found myself living in the largest city in Canada, Toronto, Ontario. It shouldn’t have been culture shock to me for the one reason that I had visited many times in my life. Yet I can say I couldn’t tell you the name of one neighbour while living there. The local grocer didn’t call you by name, the pharmacist behind the counter only knew you by your health card number. Walking down the street could cost you your life just by looking someone in the eye. You never stopped to help someone who may stop you asking for some spare change.
Just today a report was given that brick and mortar store closings are on the rise. Reason, the internet and online shopping. Yes, I am now one of those who goes to website to buy the products I need without any effort of leaving my home to go to the local department store. More and more actual hard money is exchanged from one person to another.
Yes, the way has been paved for a world leader to come onto the world stage to bring mankind into a world government, religion, and a new world order in finances. There will be no more minted money instead a mandate from this leader that everyone will have to receive a mark, the number of a man, on their forehead or their right hand. Without this branding no goods can be bought or sold.
A new world religion will be established. An image will be created and man will be ordered to worship this image of a man. The penalty for not doing so because you are a disciple of Christ will be the lost of your head causing death.
History tells us of horrific stories like that described already. With the rise of dictators on the world scene many would come out and say that was the anti-christ, only to be proven false. Yes, these leaders persecuted those of faith, demanded complete loyalty or suffer imprisonment. So I wonder if Christ does not shorten the time of His arrival how many more horror stories will be written.
We have been warned as Christians not to go running when someone says come here because the Christ here. There will be those who gives these type of proclamations that Christ is here or over here in the desert.
In these troublesome times believers cannot allow these things to cause their faith to waiver. Believers need to ensure that they have their footing on the solid rock.
It behooves every believer to have a close relationship with their Saviour, Christ Jesus. This will be what allows you to spot an anti-christ because you know the real Christ.
Child of God be of good courage God will take care of you. He knows his sheep and his sheep know Him and another they will not follow.