By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book Why End Times? Chapter 3 – Many antichrists
Let us recapitulate slightly so we can pick up the thread again that finally leads to THE antichrist. Hebrews 1:2 says: “…but in these last days.” 1 John 2:18 says: “…this is the last hour.” 1 John 4:1-3 says: “… Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.
This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.” The Lord Jesus warns against false christs and false prophets in the End Times THREE times in Matthew 24:5, 11 and 23-24. The evil spirits know and fear the Word of God and they are afraid of being tortured by Jesus: “…before the appointed time.” So one day that will happen. But not yet; He only drives them out and they enter a herd of pigs and rush down into the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 8:29). There have already been many false christs and many false prophets during the past two thousand years. But when “…the one who now holds it back is taken out of the way” (2 Thessalonians 2:7), when the restraining power held in place until then by God is removed, then THE antichrist, THE lawless one, THE man doomed to destruction, THE one who opposes, THE beast, will finally appear.
The little word ‘anti’ means two things in Greek: both ‘instead of’ and ‘against’. Let us first just look at the first meaning: ‘instead of’. A christ instead of THE Christ; a prince of peace instead of THE Prince of peace.
He does not come onto the world stage straight away like a ‘Hitler’, therefore. He comes as a prince of peace. He is asked to take the first place by the other leaders, to become the chairman of the world parliament and of the world’s great powers. In this connection I read recently that President Sarkozy of France, who became the chairman of the G20 and the G8 states in 2011, was called: ‘world president’! Not that I think he is THE antichrist, but the term ‘world president’ made me think! The nations will choose THE antichrist/ the beast someday because he is highly gifted, because he seems to be able to offer the solution to all the world’s problems. Revelation 17:11-14 says: ”…The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction. ‘The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings – and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.”
He, the beast, has powerful ideologies at his disposal, such as that of Karl Marx, who wrote ‘Das Kapital’, in which he promised that through the classless society, the world realm of peace, prosperity and equality, would finally come, following a period of class struggle – the ideology that produced a long succession of communist dictators. Other ideologies have led to massive destruction such as Nazism propagated by Hitler. He wrote ‘Mein Kampf’, in which he explained he would give Germany its self-respect back, end un- employment, demonstrate the superiority of the Arian race and destroy the subclass of the Jews. All this would lead to the ‘Dritte Reich’, a thousand year realm of peace following victorious conflict by his National Socialism. Instead we had WWII and the holocaust. There was the ideology of the French Revolution, which promised ’freedom, equality and fraternity’, a new age and a new world af- ter toppling the ‘ancient regime’ of the French King. The beast of Revelation 13 speaks ‘proud words’ says verse 5. These are all great ideologies, which are to solve the world’s problems and usher in world peace. And THE antichrist will do the same. Only thereafter will he reveal himself as the antichrist in the sense of anti-Christ, full of demonic hatred of Jews and Christians.
To be continued.. with: Chapter 3 – Many antichrists – The spiritual world.
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