Now onto present events and what is starting and will worsen. The scriptures tell you where things are going. There is a new world order coming however it is not going to last long.
Matthew 24 – There will be natural disasters, many wars, increasing wickedness, coldness of hearts and many false prophets.
Romans 1:24-26 – “They started worshiping creation instead of the creator who is forever praised”
Book of Jude
Antichrist and Globalism: The Final Act
Book of Daniel has a lot of prophecy concerning the end times tribulation period. The antichrist will invade middle east nations and then sign a peace agreement with many. That starts a 7 year tribulation period. There will be a period of peace at this time although natural disasters and such will continue. After 3.5 years, the antichrist breaks the peace agreement and terrible times will start with another war.
Daniel 8:23-25 – During this time when the world has become completely wicked, a leader with a fierce or bold appearance will emerge. The antichrist is an emerging political leader from Europe (king of the north), from an alliance of western nations. He will invade nations in the middle east and this time Israel as well. “And with deceit he shall attack and destroy many suddenly when they are at peace.” He will persecute Christians to death, abolish the daily sacrifice from the temple and magnify himself above God . He is destroyed by the splendor of the return of Jesus.
Daniel 11:32 – He (antichrist) will use flattery and favor to turn unbelievers against the people of God (Israel/Saints), “but the people who know their God will firmly resist him (be strong and do great exploits)”.
This is a digital tattoo or implant under the skin that brands you for destruction. The antichrist will require you to receive the mark during the last 3.5 years of tribulation to buy or sell anything. Remember, what you put your faith in is the most important decision you will ever make, and the setup paved with lies and fear is now coming your way.
There is a declaration and last severe warning (or plea) that anyone taking the mark of the beast have no hope left for salvation. It could buy you a couple of more years near the end but consider the cost.
Two Witnesses and that Great City
Consider the two witnesses and their 42 month ministry as a milestone. They will minister according to the will of God from that great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt. It is called the Whore of Babylon that rules over the kings of the earth. Sodom was and Egypt is a gentile city. That great city (ny) has made surrounding nations wealthy, she is a political power and full of wickedness.
Jesus was crucified outside of the holy city (Jerusalem) representing the gentile world. The two witnesses will be raised from the dead by God as a witness as well that God will resurrect his saints. The antichrist will rule from Jerusalem for a limited time after God sends the beast kingdom to destroy that great city and change the world order briefly to fulfill his purpose. Remember, God is sovereign.
Call to Encouragement
Jesus said from Matthew 28:18 – “all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”
Rev 14:9-11 is a call and encouragement for the saints to patient endurance and perseverance through all trials (tests). If you fall away during imprisonment, hunger, homelessness or hatred from others you are not really a believer. You are still trying to live in two worlds and don’t want your faith to cost you anything.
Rev 12:11 – “They defeated the enemy (satan) by the blood of the lamb (Jesus), and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives even unto death.”
At some point the church everywhere should start resembling again the early church of Romans 16 as an example of true Christian fellowship.
John 13:34 – A new command I give you: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have genuine love for one another.”
There are many Christians that will endure the great tribulation until the Lord returns. Why would God remove all Christians and have no witnesses?
The Great Commission: Witness!
Jesus says in Matt 24:14 – “and this gospel will be preached throughout all the world as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come.” There is Rev 7:14 that point to believers who go through the great tribulation.
Rev 20:11 – “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.”
Rev 21:4 – “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
Love is a tactic of spiritual warfare, do not abide in offence and unforgiveness, giving the devil any advantage. Live the authentic life, turn to Jesus at all times and for all things, Do not swim upstream all the time by resisting what God is trying to do in your life. If you do not know then be still, wait patiently on the Lord, seek with a pure heart, listen and obey. Associate only where there is true fellowship and true worship.
Resist the attacks of the devil knowing your struggle is not with flesh and blood (others), it is with spiritual wickedness. The sword of the spirit is the word of God and your weapon when under attack. Meditate on it to renew your mind and strengthen your faith. Speak it to yourself and others as encouragement. Select what you watch, are around and listening to all the time since the wrong things have an erosive effect. 2 Peter 5:9 – Resist him, standing firm in your faith and in the knowledge that your fellow believers throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of trials and suffering.”
When the devil attacks, then stand. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Tim 4:7
Lead with Love – witness from love and not pride or selfish motives. Testify to the goodness of God and how the Lord has blessed and changed your life. Answer questions making known that we are all sinners and how sin destroys. Some will listen and some won’t. It is something you live each day in your daily life as well.
You are not being a friend to anyone when you support and accept a lifestyle that is destroying their soul. Never judge either!
Your words have power. In fact the “power of life and death” are in them – Proverbs 18:21 and Matt 12:36
Consider your words carefully knowing you can speak life or death to another. Sometimes you can decide to say nothing at all. This is a time to prepare your hearts and minds. Do not be troubled by the current things as the Lord said.
The great commission is the salvation of souls. Any work that does not support or directly accomplish that is in vain.
The word of God is the source for revelation truth, joy, power, comfort and warfare. Always refer to the word of God and consider the early church for examples of pure authentic Christianity. Why think yourself so different from them?
Faith, Prayer and hearing/reading the word of God then work together. Singing hymns as Paul and Silas did will move you into the presence of God.
Spend more time in quiet stillness and have your mind continually renewed through meditating on the LIVING word of God.
Author – Shaun Hummel (2019)