The motto: ”For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:…” (Philippians 3:20)
Antichrist = instead of Christ, anti-Christ (number of his name =666) (click)
Satan has had limited powers up till now and his activity have been counteracted by the Spirit of God on many occasions. The Word promises that the day is not far when God does not limit anything and withdraws his light: ”only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way” (2Thess 2:7-8). God does not hinder deception to happen at all, but He ”shall send” people ”strong delusion, that they should believe a lie”, ”because they received not the love of the truth” and ”had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2Thess 2:11; 10, 12 ).
Satan will find shape and be present in human form on the Earth. Antichrist will be not an ordinary person, an average man but someone who will possess extraordinary abilities. He will be endowed with supernatural power. After the God-man Jesus Christ, he becomes the most remarkable personality of human history.
Jesus warned on several occasions as follows:
Matthew 24:4-5 ”... Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”
1 John 2:18 ”Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.”
As well as He said that:
Matthew 24:23-24 ”Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. ... The same read Mark 13:21-22-in as well. "And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.”
Matthew 24:26-27 ”Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
Luke reports likewise:
17:23-24, ”And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.”
We can learn from these words that the return of Jesus Christ will be succeeded by natural phenomenon which will be experienced by the whole world.
Let's see what consequences had to be faced when an earthly mortal placed himself in such a position:
In Acts 12:20-23 we can read about that Herod Agrippa's words were apostrophised as the word of God by the people, which claim the emperor did not refused. (It means that he agreed with it.) This time God made a judgement immediately.
We can read about two other cases in Acts too (5:36-37). About a Theudas who boast himself to be somebody to whom about 400 men joined but all of them were scattered ‘brought to nought’. In another case, a Galilee Judas tempted a lot of people to him, but his followers dispersed. Since they did not speak moved by God, their initiatives became nothing. (see also verses 38-39)
Meanwhile, men and angels of God behaved in a completely different way.
When Paul accompanied by Barnabas healed a man in Lystra who had been cripple ever since his mother's womb, people looked at them as gods and wanted to sacrifice to them, however the apostles rent their clothes indicating that they are only men wanting to testify to and preach about the living God: everyone should turn to Him. (Acts 14:8-18) A little before (Act 10:25-26) when Peter arrived in Caesarea acted the same way when Cornelius fell down at Peter’s feet wanting to idolize him.
John in Revelation (19:10) writes the following: ”And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” and in 22:8-9: ”... I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.”
The behavior of Antichrist implies that he worships himself, thereby blaspheming the living God:
In the book of Revelation, we can find the following about Antichrist - with capital letter - of last times (13:5-8): ”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.”
In 2Thess 2:3, 4, this person is also called the Man of sin, the Son of perdition by the Word, who – after 3 and a half years from his coming to power – „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.”
We can find examples of the imperial behaviour of antichrist in the Old Testament already:
Isaiah 14:12-14 ”... thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God... I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
Isa 10:13 ”... he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom”
Dan 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.”
Dan 11:36 ”... 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...”
The power of Antichrist: Babylon and the 10 kings
Revelation 13:1 writes about the beast rising up out of the sea that it has 7 heads and 10 horns. The same image appears in Revelation 17:7 where the Word writes again that it has 7 heads and 10 horns.
In Revelation 17:7 we can read that the beast carries Babylon. Babylon is the woman who sits on the 7 heads, on the 7 mountains (verse 9). Babylon, the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth (verse 18) sits on people, multitudes, nations and languages (verse 15). We can make such conclusion that Babylon expresses a unit which consists of 7 powers, which will be carried (used) by Antichrist.
The 10 horns are clarified, because the Word itself explains: 10 kings who will receive power as kings with the beast for one hour (verse 12).
But at the end the 10 kings will go against Babylon. They will hate, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire, because God will put it in their hearts to fulfil his will (verse 16-17).
So the 10 kings make up a separate power unit which is not part of Babylon, as the 10 kings will finally oppose Babylon and defeat her.
Stepping forward his political role, he will take the lead of the economic life as well. At a certain point of time he will introduce a system which even if is chosen freely, those who will refuse it, will be subjected to persecution. Everything is going to be centralized under his rule and no one can either buy or sell anything without receiving a mark. Revelation (13:17). The whole trade and the wealth of the whole world will be under his personal control. It will only be possible if he takes a well-prepared field over, which is promoted by the globalist efforts in the spirit of unity.
He will also function as a religious leader. I met with a statement in the media by a secular leader to the effect that prior to the ”Messiah”, they wait for a prophet (called Elijah), who will prepare the coming of the ”Messiah”. By the time the ”master” appears for the public, it will have to accept with a total confidence and the majority of people should stand ready to worship him as ”Messiah”. Every religion will respect him as returning Christ. The major religions have been waiting for his coming since several generations. A person who is known and awaited as Messiah by the Jews, Buddha V. (Maitreya) by the Buddhists, Mahdy by the Muslims, Chrisna by the Hindus. It shows resemblance to the expectation of Christ in Christianity. The question is who Christians are and who we regard as Christ in our personal life. So, many religions contain "common truths" that slowly wash the differences away. The different religions approach to one another in the spirit of tolerance and within Christianity the idea and the phenomenon of ecumenism have become even more widespread.
In retrospect to the history of mankind of several thousand year it can be clearly determined that never was there a social system, which even if it may have seemed ideal in theory, it could have been realised in practice without any problem. The obviously evil root of dictatorial regimes resulted in their downfall. Equal rights offered in a democracy give scope for excessive liberalism, which can create a chaotic situation. And such a system-theory has not existed yet that mixed these two ones - originally being opposite, at the two ends of a scale. Under the banner of democracy the Brave New World of Huxley develops, which reproduces individuals who become servants, slaves of the matrix (matrix: womb) of the supernatural evil. Rights developing under the sign of liberty are attractive, but give an excellent opportunity to cause a sort of controllability, a voluntary and implied dictatorship to be built. In a democracy – in which initially everything is being diluted, and then congeals into a mass – a personality cult degenerating into a religion, the worship of Antichrist will be a social norm.
The process of centralization:
EU: from 1992; the African Union since 2002; North American Union scheduled from 2010 (NAU by 2010); from May 2008 South American Union (UNASUR); Asian Union on schedule: Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) from December 2008
US-EU Transatlantic Economic Council; a body responsible for the transatlantic economic partnership 2007
US-EU Transatlantic Common Market by 2015
G7 (1975); members: 7 industrial superpowers: France, United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada.
G20: the 19 largest economies of the world + the EU. The economy of the 20 countries comprises 80% of the world trade and 90% of the world's gross national product (GNP).