This beast claims to represent Jesus Christ—the true Lamb of God Revelation Revelation And all that dwell on 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. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. The fallen woman sits on and guides the first beast the alliance of 10 kings, rulers of nations or groups of nations.
Who is this spiritual harlot? The ancient cities of Babylon and Rome controlled vast empires, subjecting many nations and kings to their traditions and culture. This is a religious power that will influence every level of society. For a time she will be the pacesetter for the world.
Satan will employ the traditions and beliefs of this powerful city to deceive the world Revelation Revelation And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Satan will also use the leaders of these two beasts to convince the world that a new political and religious alliance is the key to lasting international peace. But the entire system will be built on concepts that appeal to human reasoning, lust and vanity while rejecting the revealed laws and ways of God. Psalms Psalms 1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
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He will never willingly relinquish his powerful influence over mankind. This is why the world will experience the terrifying time prophesied by Jesus Christ—a time that, if not cut short, would lead to the extinction of human life Matthew Matthew 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. Satan, the master deceiver, often deludes human agents into marketing his deceptive arguments.
He uses them to champion his basic concepts. Tragically, multitudes from all nations will believe his clever lies. They will enthusiastically endorse the concepts Satan introduced at the Tower of Babel. But these false promises of lasting peace and security will be short-lived.
The nations involved will be unable to override their differences. Also, many prophecies imply the end-time existence of people descended from the 12 tribes of Israel. He wants to use the factions of humanity for war, not peace. The devil knows Jesus Christ will soon return. He is fully aware that his control over humanity will soon end.
The devil will once again pit mankind against the true God. The armies of many nations will gather in the vicinity of Jerusalem for the most terrifying military showdown in history.
What the gathered generals, other officers and soldiers will not realize is that Satan plans to use them to fight Jesus Christ as He descends from heaven Revelation Revelation 11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he does judge and make war. These terms, in this context, refer to the time just before Christ returns when God will punish a defiant humanity for its rebellion. The very word Armageddon the Greek form of the Hebrew Har Megiddo or hill of Megiddo has become a term for a vast and decisive battle that threatens all life on the planet.
Maybe this seems too outlandish to take seriously. But it is real. It will happen. Why must the world come to this tragic state of affairs? Joel Joel The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come. The survivors from this brief but devastating period—especially those descended from ancient Israel and Judah—will be primarily people whose hearts have softened and been humbled by their experiences Isaiah Isaiah The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
On the other hand, God promises no such rescue for those who reject His correction and refuse to repent of their arrogant and rebellious ways.
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As Creator of the universe, God will demonstrate His authority and power over everything He has created. The haughty, headstrong, unloving and brutal attitudes dominating the world at the time of the end must be altered.
Our society is rapidly deteriorating morally and spiritually into the ungodly attitudes and practices that Paul warned would characterize the last days. The task of bringing mankind to repentance is neither simple nor quick, and it cannot happen without suffering. The world we know will reap the full penalty of its sins.
Jesus ties the future to the roots of the crisis at the close of the age. To understand the importance of Jerusalem at the time of the end, we need to go back in history to the first fall of Jerusalem to gentile control. In B. Psalms Psalms 40 Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, so that he abhorred his own inheritance.
And He gave them into the hand of the Gentiles, and those who hated them ruled over them. But the prophets also reveal that, immediately before the rule of the Messiah, Jerusalem will once again be under the rule and influence of gentiles. Even today, with a Jewish state reestablished in the Holy Land, many other nations, along with the native Arab population, contest Jewish authority over the original city of Jerusalem East Jerusalem.
The Temple Mount remains under Islamic control. Jerusalem is the focal point of many significant end-time events foretold in the Bible. Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.
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