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April 27, 2020 2:00 am
The most interesting man in the world is coming, and unfortunately at first he'll seem to be a breath of fresh air. Skip examines more characteristics of this coming ruler as he continues the message "The Most Interesting Man in the World."
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Let me give you a quick thumbnail sketch of quick time on the first three and half years will become BP's looks like everything is working the coalition, the international coalition looks like it's working piece stability comes here a little bit of struggle in the $10 for this guy manages to quell all that then right in the middle of that seven year. Comes the abomination of desolation, a peace treaty is signed. Daniel chapter 9 verse 27 with the Jews and with the Jews enemies is broken by the antichrist.
That's called the abomination of desolation at which point all hell breaks loose. Antichrist will usher in the great tribulation period of time is called war to end all war but God has given us all the information we need to be read back with Skip I think today looks at the characteristics of this figure reminding you about the hope you have in all circumstances because of your relationship with Jesus before we begin. Here's a great resource that will give you more biblical insight into what the future predicting the future 100% accuracy. Know what the God close to being able to make that kind of think of prophecy as being an aspect of one of God's great attributes. God is omniscient. He knows everything because he is on mission.
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We were in Revelation chapter 13 begin our study with Skip Heitzig verse three tells us, and I saw one of his head as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled or wondered and followed the beast. This beastly ruler is to be Satan's Masterpiece to date. Some of you. Do you remember in the 70s. The TV show the $6 million man business bionic astronaut. They put bionic parts and him and he was the $6 million man, the antichrist will be the $666 million man. He will be Satan's perfect man ideal specimen. The ultimate satanic masterpiece.
Notice in verse two. The dragon gave him his power, we know the Dragon is we've already uncovered that in our series on what's next in the book of Revelation, the Dragon is Satan himself.
The dragon gave him his power that is talking about an individual who is been engineered by possessed by controlled by Satan. What does it mean when it says one of his heads, was mortally wounded and then healed.
Some believe this is reference to a revived final Empire revived Roman Empire.
It has been called to see. Historically, we know that there have been so far six empires that we would call world governing empires. They ruled the world, the known world at that time. The first was the Egyptian Empire. The second, the Assyrian Empire. The third, the Babylonian Empire. The fourth, the Medo Persian Empire the fifth. The Greek Empire, the sixth the Roman Empire and since that we haven't had a world governance like we have had in those empires. It could be then that the idea of the seventh head. The seventh Empire is a resurrection, a revival of what was dead revived Roman Empire. That's how some like to interpret it. But here's another thought. Others see this as he receives a head wound and is able to at least stage some sort of resurrection I don't think that's true, it's in a literal resurrection on think Satan has the ability to stage a literal resurrection. God is only one that is power over life and death but least it could appear to be a resurrection. It could be a staged resurrection. Just imagine what it would be like if a world leader died, was placed in a casket he's lying in state and some rotund over in the Middle East.
The news cameras are all on him all the international networks covering this funeral. Thousands are lined up to pay the respect of this world leader and suddenly there's a wiggling in the casket and the one everyone thought was dead, rises back to life. You think that would cause a wonder you think that would cause marble. The word marvelous file mod. So it means to be mesmerized by two to be shocked by could even be translated and perhaps this is what Jesus meant when he said I have come in my father's name, and you did not receive me. Another will come in his own name and him you will receive the world and wonder at his rise to power, they will wonder at his agility mentally. There will wonder at his ability to solve complex issues and problems, and they would certainly wonder what they would proceed to be a resurrection and wonder is always the first step toward worship. That's what is next. After wonder fourth word is worship.
Verse four so they worshiped the Dragon who gave authority to the beast that is Satan, and they worshiped the beast, saying, who is like the beast who is able to make war with him.
Verse eight all who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundations of the world.
So now there wonder turns to worship their adulation turns to adoration. By the way, it's what Satan is wanted all along my right from the very beginning when Satan was created by God. We understand from Scripture that Satan was an angelic being. He was the anointed cherub that covers in the hierarchy of heaven, Satan, Lucifer was numero Uno minus Uno and it was the minus one that bothered him.
He wanted at all. Isaiah describes this fall in Isaiah 14. How are you fallen from heaven to Lucifer's son of the morning for you have said in your 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 LOL Jan Almighty God, I will be like Almighty God. That's how it happened but he doesn't stop Desi he fell, but he doesn't stop in second Thessalonians, Paul the apostle said the antichrist will oppose and exalt himself over everything that is called God or that is worshiped as God so that he sets himself up in God's temple and demands worship. Listen we call on the antichrist and most people think all you know anti-is a little prefix that means against. He's a guy who's against Christ. That's what antichrist means, but the word anti-also means instead of, and I think that's a better way to look at who the sky will be he will be a guy who wants to be the Christ instead of Christ Jesus at a resurrection all have a resurrection he only had 12 followers of the time the whole world watching this. He is antichrist. He is the counterfeit and even as there is a legitimate holy Trinity, a father-son Holy Spirit. I believe there's good to be an illegitimate unholy Trinity of Satan the antichrist and the false prophet again to note it if if you're still thinking this is so far-fetched this whole idea taking this stuff literally just look back in our Western history a few years to what happened in Germany.
What happened in Europe without off after and how the world was swayed by him and not only Germany but even England. Eventually they got the picture but at first England. They were taken with Chamberlain thought he was the best thing since sliced bread. And then go back further in history. What happened with NTFS epiphanies. The Syrian who also hated and despised the Jews and managed in an incredible coup, John Phillips and author said the antichrist will be an attractive and charismatic figure, a genius, a demon controlled double taught charmer of men. He will have the answers to the horrendous problems of mankind.
It will be all things to all men are political statesmen, a social lien, a financial wizard and intellectual giant religious deceiver, a masterful orator, a gifted organizer, you will be Satan's masterpiece of deception the world's false Messiah with boundless enthusiasm. The masses will follow him and readily and thrown him in their hearts as the world's Savior and God, he will. After all, be the most interesting man in the world or something else that characterizes him. Words, words verse five he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for 42 months is 3 1/2 years.
Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name's tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven now this is noted not just here but in other places that this leader will have the ability to sway people. He will be a master politician. Daniel 74 times in that single chapter. This final leader is described by the phrase.
He has a mouth speaking pompous words. Same idea here, we know that almost all dictators who have ever risen and had any kind of influence at all have done so, at least in part, by their ability to use persuasive speech to sway the crowds and if you've ever seen the films. The documentary driven on the YouTube to see those old black and white speeches of adult Hitler to the German public pre-World War II and even though there in German and you can understand what they're saying unless you speak German. Notice that Hitler would always begin a speech is very almost in a whisper. Very calm putting people at ease.
They begin to trust what he saying the same things that make sense and are so right may resonate and then as the speech goes on.
The volume rises and the pitch rises by the end of the speech he's blaring he's yelling and if you just came in on that part of the speech he would say no sane person could listen to this guy, but they been listening all along and they been taken in by what he is been saying so that by the end as they show the crowd shots.
They're all in unison saying heil Hitler heil Hitler heil Hitler.
Those who have survived Nazi Germany Germans who survived have written about it and they said we Americans can never understand the euphoric impact that Hitler had on them that even cynics were swayed when the rights skeptics will go to the great rallies in Nuremberg and come back saying our father Adolph who are in Nuremberg, the third Reich come, they were taken in by his words this world ruler is also known by his pompous words, a mouth speaking great things can communicate so effectively you will be able to somehow bring peace to the impossible problem of the Middle East. This unsolvable dilemma in the Jewish and Arab world, something that no one assault and I can just hear him, his rhetoric after the rapture of the church convincing the world that missing Christians is a good thing.
We take an evolutionary step forward. The world is purged itself of these intolerant fundamentalists put it this way. Low self-esteem will not be his problem. He will love selfies humor love commercials about him, he will exude self-confidence. It's like a story I heard about a guy from Texas visiting the Niagara Falls New York from outside in the New Yorker showed them the great Niagara Falls did you guys have anything like that in Texas and that exit noble. We got plumbers who can fix it and I think the antichrist will sort of be like that. I think he'll see the leak that is been strong in the world because I can fix this and he will try and people will give them a try and at first it will seem like it succeeds and will go downhill from there. Which leads me to the six characteristic war verse seven and was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe and tongue and nation all who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundations of the world. If anyone has an ear, let him hear. He leads into captivity shall go into captivity, he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patient's in the faith of the saints. Once he succeeds in influence and domination of the Holocaust will break out.
It will be. We know right in the middle of a seven year period. The middle marks the beginning of the great tribulation. The middle marks the abomination of desolation.
That's what Jesus called her that's what Daniel called again this is not new information.
Daniel 725 listen to that, he shall speak pompous words against the most high, and he shall persecute the saints of the most time were persecuted in Hebrew means to wear something down to where it out like a garment if you wear it out so much you can wear it anymore because you just worn it down. That's the idea. Persecution, he will continually harass the saints. I can only imagine by things like physical harassment legal injustice seizure of property blatant punishment.
Failure to comply laws. If you keep reading in Revelation 13 everyone on earth will be required to take a mark for commercial purposes. If you refuse to take that you will be branded a revolutionary, you could lose your life to bring more help fight against them. Let me give you a quick thumbnail sketch. A quick timeline.
The first 3 1/2 years will be calm will be peaceful. Looks like things working the coalition, the international coalition. It looks like it's working. Peace and stability come severe a little bit of struggle in the 10 powers. But this guy manages to quell all that then right in the middle of that seven-year. Comes the abomination of desolation, a peace treaty is signed.
Daniel chapter 9 verse 27 with the Jews and with the Jews enemies is broken by the antichrist. That's called the abomination of desolation at which point all hell breaks loose. Let me describe immediately.
This man kills two thirds of all Jews.
That's according to Zechariah chapter 13. He then conquers the city of Jerusalem. Zechariah 14. He then deceives the rest of the world goes on a rampage to co-believers around the earth.
That's Revelation 13. I know I'm just spouting through these.
These are serious issues but Jesus predicted that just encase again you think of this Ever happened. Jesus said it would. His words, then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you and you will be hated by all nations for my name's. I hope by now some of you have questions in your mind. I hope by now some of you have a problem in your mind and your thinking. Wait a minute.
I distinctly remember the promise Jesus made about his church. He said I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. And yet it says here that he's going to make war with the Saints and overcome them exactly, precisely, were reading about is not the church. The church is been rapture. These are tribulation saints. In other words, people who come to faith during the tribulation. While they come to faith regarding answer that question a few weeks ago by the witness of the two witnesses in Jerusalem by the witness of 144,000 Jewish evangelists, and some will believe in those who believe will be specially targeted by this man of sin. The beast, how do you bring this to an uplifting note simple by comparing the antichrist to Jesus Christ. There really is no comparison is I say why would you wait, wonder, try to identify the antichrist are never called to recall the look for, not the antichrist but Jesus Christ looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Let me give you a comparison, the antichrist is called the man of sin.
Jesus Christ was a sinless man. The antichrist is called and Zechariah the idle Shepherd. Jesus is known as the good Shepherd. The antichrist here is pictured as a beast in the same chapter.
Jesus is seen as a lamb who you want to follow based or lamb antichrist death will be meant to deceive the world. Jesus Christ death is meant to save the world.
We discover is this most interesting man in the world is the most deceptive man in the world the most insidious man in the world and I will say this, the world is already being deceived. I mean goodness when when right is wrong and wrong is right when everything that we thought traditionally was right is now called wrong and everything we traditionally called wrong is now called right in black is white and white is black and up is down and down is up and use Teresa say you know that's really bad and that meant. It's bad now kids say, you know that's really bad and it means that's really good. It's like what on earth means anything I closer this little story. Once upon a time in a faraway country, lived a little girl called red riding hood. One day her mother asked her to take a basket of fruit to her grandmother would been ill lived alone in the cottage in the forest. It happened that a wolf was working in the bushes and overheard the conversation, he decided to take a shortcut to grandmother's house and get the goodies for himself. The wolf killed the grandmother then dressed in her nightgown and jumped into bed to await the little girl when she arrived he made several nasty suggestions and then try to grab her, but by this time the child was very frightened and ran screaming from the cottage or woodcutter working nearby heard her cries and rushed to the rescue. He killed the wolf with his acts, thereby saving red riding Hood's life. All the townspeople hurried to the scene and proclaimed a woodcutter hero but at the inquest. Several facts emerged.
The wolf had never been advised of his rights. Woodcutter had made no warning swings before striking the fatal blow. The civil liberties Union stress the point that although the act of eating grandma may have been in bad taste.
Wolf is only doing his thing and acting according to his nature that she didn't deserve the death penalty. The SDS student for a democratic society contended that the killing of grandmother should be considered self-defense and she was over 30 and therefore couldn't be taken seriously because the wolf was trying to make love not war on the basis of these considerations, it was decided there was no valid basis for charges against the wolf. Moreover, the woodcutter was indicted for on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Several nights later, the woodcutter's cottage was burned to the ground one year from the date of the incident at grandma's.
Her cottage was made a shrine for the wolf who had bled and died for others. All the village officials spoke at the dedication but it was red riding Hood, who gave the most touching tribute, she said that while she had been selfishly grateful for the woodcutter's intervention.
She now realized. In retrospect that he had overreacted. She knelt and she placed a wreath in honor of the brave wolf and there wasn't a dry eye in the whole forest. Sadly that little story seems to be being played out across our country across this world. What was once wrong is now right what was once right is now wrong. Deception is on the move has gotten a foothold and will increase in epic proportions.
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