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 The Antichrist

 

        If it weren't for the antichrist, none of these studies might be necessary.  We would not have to worry about the end times, we wouldn't even have been born into this flesh earth age if it were not for the antichrist.  For the antichrist is satan himself.  And it was satan who caused the rebellion in the first earth age, causing God to destroy that age and made way for this second one. (See When was Thee beginning? for a study on the three separate earth ages.)

        The Antichrist  The very sound of that name sends cords of revulsion through the soul of any Christian.  He is the enemy of God and Christ, therefore he is our enemy.  But who is he?  How are we to identify him when he manifests himself?  Will we know him?  Is he a man born of woman; is he a computer in Belgium; was he Mussolini or Hitler that some thought he was; will he be the Pope of Rome that some think he will be?  When does he appear?  How does he appear?  Will he kill Christians where-by we will know it is he?  Will he have horns and breath fire?  And lastly, will he have "666" tattooed on his forehead and right hand, and insist that we too also bear them, where-by we will know this evil one?

        The above are all questions that any intelligent informed Christian in this endtime generation should be asking.  You would think it important that our spiritual leaders would warn us and make us aware of the archenemy of our Lord, and by extension, our enemy.

        The antichrist is not even mentioned in most of the Churches of today, much less addressed; and when he is—it is so far from what God's Word tells us—we would be better off if they didn't.  We Christians are told to simply worship God and praise Jesus, without being instructed on how to protect ourselves from the very enemy of our eternal souls.  Worship and praise is a good thing indeed; however, we also need the warnings.

        Why hasn't the church amply warned the Christian of the antichrist?  Why is there so much confusion regarding this evil one?  That's a fair question.  Yes, we are asking you to break free from the spiritual bonds placed upon you by the false teachers/preachers in our generation and ask that simple question.  A question that is more important to you in this the final generation than at any other time in the history of the world.  True Christianity does not bind you, it frees you.  In this study we will learn from God's Written Word, the Bible, the plan of satan to deceive the world, by his using of the compromised and corrupted religious leaders of this globe, to prostitute their entire congregations into the false wedding feast with the false messiah.  For antichrist shall not only beguile the Christian churches, but all the world's other religions as well, even though they be false from the beginning.

      So buckle your seat belts and join us for a ride through the truth that many do not want you to know.  The short answer as to why the average Christian is not armed with accurate information regarding the antichrist is that, in the Catholic Church (representing half of all Christians world-wide), they do not teach Bible, they teach the Catholic Catechism and the teachings of the "Church Fathers."  And in the "Rapture churches" (Pentecostal, Baptist, Charismatic, Apostolic Catholic, etc.), they teach their people that they will be gone (in their Rapture) by the time that the antichrist gets here, so "why worry?"  The problem is, is that when a church teaches doctrines of man over doctrines of God's Bible, they destroy the Christian faithful.  And there isn't going to be any Rapture.  So what you have is a large body of Christians totally unaware and unprepared for that which God has warned us was to come.  (See: The Rapture Theory; What Does God's Word Say About It?)

        Now, there is a plan, a plan written of thousands of years ago, a plan written of from the book of Genesis through the book of Revelation, a plan that was set into motion millions of years before Adam and Eve were beguiled and deceived by the serpent in the Garden of Eden.

        By the end of this study we will have scripturally documented without a doubt that satan is antichrist, we will also discover his plan of deception as it is outlined in the Bible.  God is in control and He only allows satan to fulfill the negative part of the prophecies in the Bible.  Satan is a great imitator.  And just as Jesus goes by different names and fills many offices, so too does satan.  Jesus is all that is good and true, and satan is all that is evil and false.  For every negative in God's Word there is a positive.  (See also: Reasons why antichrist can't be a flesh man but is in fact satan himself)

        We know Jesus as: The Son of God, The Bread of Life, Savior, The Tree of Life, Messiah, The Christ, Man of sorrows, The Way, The Truth, and The Life, The Light of the World, The Alpha and The Omega, King of kings Lord of lords. ...

        Why would you then think it odd that God's archenemy, the opposite of Jesus Christ in all things, would also go by many different names and fulfill many different roles throughout the history of God's plan? 

        Satan is called variously: the serpent, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the son of perdition, the abomination of desolation, the beast, the dragon, death, morning star, lucifer, father of lies, king of ty'-rus, devil, king of babylon, the assyrian, the prince that shall come, the vile person, the prince of the power of the air, beelzebub, and the man of sin.

        These are not even all of the names and roles satan has played in the Bible. But it is his final role as the antichrist that is the most formidable.  The word "antichrist" itself is somewhat confusing in the English translation.  The word antichrist in the Greek of the New Testament is not like our English word 'anti-freeze' or 'anti-bodies'.  In Greek 'anti' means: instead of, a substitute, an imposter.  Below we supply the definition of 'antichrist' from the Greek dictionary of the Strong's Exhaustive Concordance:

antichrist: Greek word #500 antichristos (an-tee'-khris-tos); from # 473 (anti) and # 5547 (Christos); an opponent of the Messiah: KJV-- antichrist.

        [The word antichrist is made up of two Greek words:]

Anti: Greek word # 473: anti (an-tee'); a primary particle; opposite, i.e. instead of, or because of (rarely in addition to): for, instead of, in place of (something) Often used in composition to denote substitution.

Christos: Greek word #5547: Christos (khris-tos'); anointed, i.e. the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus

        When satan first comes as the antichrist he is not going to appear as all that is evil—not at the first—but as his time here continues he will show his true self.  By this means, as it is written in the Bible, he shall deceive the world.  He could not deceive anyone if he came as a monster breathing fire, no, but as the false christ, the instead-of christ, the imposter, he will catch most all the world off guard.  The people of this earth are not ready for a supernatural being possessing supernatural powers, who is allowed by God to perform miracles (Rev 13:13-14), and who also comes FIRST before the true Messiah, in the likeness and similitude of what the world expects of the prophesied True Messiah.

        As it is prophesied, satan (as the antichrist) will come to this earth in the final times as an instead-of christ, an impostor to the true Christ prior to the prophesied Second Advent of Jesus Christ.  Satan and his accompanying fallen angels will have but a five month reign (Rev 9:5 & 10) which was shortened by the Grace of God from the 3½ years (Mat 24:21-22 & Mk 13:19-20). 

     The True Jesus Christ comes at the last (7th) Trump (Rev 19:11ff), which leads into the Millennium (1000 year) period (Rev 20:4-5), then onto Judgment Day including the casting into the Lake of Fire (commonly referred to as Hell) of those who did not overcome (Rev 20:11-15), then the eternal Heaven Age having no end for the faithful (Rev 21:1-4).   

Rev 20:10
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (KJV)


        You notice that the devil deceived them, those that the devil deceived shall join him that Lake of Fire after Judgment Day:

Rev 20:13-15
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  KJV

        You can avoid being one of the deceived ones by studying God's Letter to you, the Bible, which teaches us and warns us of all things.  The fastest way to get yourself deceived is to listen to some man over God's Word.  For satan has sent many false teachers/preachers ahead of him into this world to prepare the deception.  Yes, satan's minions are Priests, Preachers, Pastors, Bishops, Deacons, Rabbis, Ministers, Imams, Monks, ...  Oh, not all of them, mind you, but enough.

        All the false non-Christian Ministers are all errant and lead their followers to the danger of the Judgment, but not all of the Christian Ministers are corrupt, there are still some true ones left, and even most of the corrupt ones do it in ignorance—they are just following orders from the hierarchy.  You have to test what they say with what God says in the Bible, if you can document what they say as true in the Bible then you have yourself a good teacher/preacher.

        That is the reason that God insured that we would have His Written Word in our language at this end time generation.  It is also why Jesus commanded that the Gospel be spread across the whole world to all peoples and tongues.  All must have a fair chance to follow their Heavenly Father God through Christ Jesus over some man who may be lying in His name.  And you must be aware that this happens, many so-called men of God are teaching falsely.  You will not be able to withstand the deception if you do not even understand that it even exists.

        The Bible warns of false teachers/preachers over and over again. But if you are waiting for your Priest, Pastor, Teacher to warn you—forget about it—they don't and won't.  There is probably only one topic that they teach LESS than they teach about the coming antichrist, and that is the warnings from God's Word about the onslaught of the false teachers/preachers in the end times.  Here's something that is hard to swallow, the false teachers/preachers don't even believe in God and Jesus, how could they and yet do what they do, to them this is just a job, and you simply represent $$$ to them.

        I must restate that all teachers/preachers are not bad, there are good ones. You must test the fruit of the teacher/preacher.  The way way you test them is that if what they teach aligns with what God's Written Word teaches, and they do not twist Scriptures, then they are good:

I Jn 4:1
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (KJV)


Matt 7:15-23 (Jesus speaking)
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (KJV)

        Being informed and prepared takes effort on your part, if you are too busy or too lazy to study God's Word yourself, and instead rely on some unknown man at a pulpit for your spiritual well being and the fate of your eternal soul - then would you not deserve the punishment for your following the false one through self imposed ignorance?  Think about this for a minute, if satan wants all souls on this planet to worship him as God, and he does want that, and they will worship him unknowingly as it is written:

2nd Thess 2:2-4 (events just prior to the Second Advent)
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who 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. (KJV)

        How would he best go about it?  Satan sends his minions to appear as good godly men, clergy and teachers/preachers who on the outside appear so good.  And when he himself comes, he will look, act, and talk like the world believes the True Messiah should.

2 Cor 11:13-15
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (KJV)

This word transformed is taken from a Greek word that means so much more.  The Greek word 'metaschematizo'' is in the manuscripts, the King James Translators rendered it 'transformed.'  Let's look at the truest definition of the word in the Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, and you will see how valuable a tool the Strong's concordance is to fruitful Bible study:

Transformed: Greek word #3345 metaschematizo (met-askh-ay-mat-id'-zo);from 3326 and a derivative of 4976; to transfigure or disguise; figuratively, to apply (by accommodation)

        By this means he will in fact deceive the world, and none will even know to pray to God for deliverance because they will think He (God - Jesus -Messiah) is already here.  That is why Jesus states: "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." (Matt 24:44).  When does someone least expect the arrival of Christ?  When they think that He is already here!       

        But don't worry, God is in control, and He has already won the final battle between good and evil.  All that is left to do is for us to decide who's side we are going to be on, God's or satan's.

        Satan is allowed by God, and given supernatural powers from God to deceive the world. God allows satan to do this to fulfill the negative part of God's plan.  Below we will see the powers that God will allow satan to possess for his five month reign as the antichrist just prior to the true Christ's return.  In this next Scripture, from the book of Revelation, the first beast is the one-world political/religious system and the second beast is the antichrist himself.  And satan will be that antichrist. Let's look at his powers whereby we can be prepared, forewarned, and therefore spiritually aware of the evil that comes:

Rev 13:11-18
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (KJV)

        In verse 18 above: Six hundred threescore and six is six hundred and sixty and six and it is where they get the infamous "666".

        If it had not been for the true Christians, satan could have easily deceived the various religions of the world by the means described in the below table, and he will use those means if he can get away with it.  And after observing the vulnerability of the below "groups of peoples" you will have a better understanding of why Christ was sent to this earth to be crucified for our sins, and why He warned us of the dangerous power of the evil one.

        For it is only through Christ that we can be saved.  All the other 'religions' on this planet are ruses by satan.  Jesus told us: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6).

        Now I don't care what some liberal false teacher/preacher tells you about 'religious tolerance,' Jesus stated "no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." You believe whom you want.  And just because satan had them to name something a 'religion,' does not mean God acknowledges it - what's in a name anyway?!?


How satan, as antichrist claiming to be the True Christ, is enabled to deceive and cause the various "belief systems" of the world into unknowingly worshiping him as the True Messiah

Atheists and agnostics will believe him to be the true Christ when the antichrist shows up in person performing miracles and stating that he is the Savior, also offering forgiveness if they believe upon and worship him.

Moslems will follow, when the antichrist states that he is the one they call "The One" who has come to lead them to the promised land. 

Satan worshipers and the occultists will convert, when antichrist comes stating that he offers salvation to them if they repent and worship him as the True Messiah.

Pagans as well as those who worship many different gods (sun gods, earth gods, wind gods, water gods, warrior gods...), will forsake their deities and worship antichrist as their messiah, when he comes showing wonders and making lightning come down from heaven on command; satan will have this power, allowed to him by God (Rev 13:13+14).

Religious Jews who are still waiting for the First Advent of the Messiah, will flock to antichrist, as he shows himself off to be the True Messiah written of in the Torah. The first time the True Messiah came to them, they not only rejected Him, they murdered Him, and now when the fake comes they will accept and worship him - sad, is it not?

All Christian denominations and the Christian Rapturists will believe the first supernatural being that comes to the earth claiming to be Jesus Christ.  And for the Rapturist who had been deceived with the false Rapture doctrine, he will be led away with the promise of a Rapture.  They will ALL unknowingly worship satan as an instead-of Christ, the antichrist.

Not because they are evil, but because they were not warned by the false teachers/preachers whom are nothing more than the wolves in sheep's clothing.

These are perhaps the saddest of all the deceived; for they had a fair chance, they had the truth set before them by God in their own Bibles.  They just preferred the "feel good" doctrines of men over the Word of our Lord.  They have degenerated into a pitiful state of being a hypocrite and a 'finger pointer.'  Jesus foresaw this and He spoke of it: "Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel." (Matt 23:24).

They worry more about whether brother so-and-so was at the tavern having a drink, or if he's a divorcee or not, rather than the fact that they are spiraling into worshiping satan as the imposter to the Lord they love; sad, is it not?

        If you are still following us here, then I say to you, "Pretty scary, huh?"  And if we have left anyone out above, don't worry, satan will be sure to give them every opportunity to participate in the great apostasy.  This is not some new revelation, or some off-the-wall new prophecy, this has been written in your Bibles all along - but the false teachers/preachers have hid it from you. What are you going to do?  Lay down and die - eternally, or study your Heavenly Father's Written Word whereby you can overcome!  The choice is yours, and you do have to make a choice or satan will make it for you.

        Satan was not always evil though, he was once good, believe it or not, he was a "Cherubim that covereth" (Ezek 28:14), which is a protecting Angel that guarded the Mercy Seat; a seat that Christ Himself sits upon.  Satan was at the first a good angel: "Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." (Ezek 28:15)But his first transgression was vanity, he didn't want to guard the Mercy Seat, he wanted to sit on it, as Christ, as God, and still seeks that today.  And for a five month period in the end times, he will accomplish just that as the antichrist:

2nd Thess 2:1-4
1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who 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. (KJV)

        Satan is "that man of sin" and "the son of perdition".  Some will try to tell you that Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Christ, is the son of perdition.  This is untrue and to document: In verse 4 above we see: "the son of perdition" who: "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."  Judas Iscariot never did that, Judas never said that he was God.  In fact after he realized that they were really going to crucify Jesus, and that Jesus was going to let it happen; Judas threw the money that he was paid to betray Jesus down onto the temple floor.

        This was an act of repentance.  Son of perdition means: The one who perishes.  I know it's easy to jump on the bandwagon with all the self righteous hypocrites that say Judas is going to hell for betraying Jesus.  But through Christ, isn't salvation open to all upon repentance?  Jesus said it was, even to those who died before Christ had paid the price on the cross, for after Christ was crucified and before He appeared back on earth resurrected; Jesus went to the lost souls in prison (hell) and offered them forgiveness and salvation. 1st Pet 3:18+19, Eph 4:8-10, and Rev 20:7 for documentation on what 'prison' means.

        There is only one soul that is condemned by name to eternal perishment, and that is satan, the son of perdition by one name, and the antichrist by another.  Satan has many names but he's the same entity.  Below we see God condemning satan to be consumed from within (perish).  At this time satan is the only one by name who has been judged to death in the lake of fire, many more will follow him after judgment day.

Ezek 28:13-19 (God condemning satan)
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more. (KJV)

        Satan revolted in the first earth age*, chronologically transpiring between (Genesis 1:1 and 1:2), and led one third of God's children to fight against God and His Angels (Rev 12:3+4).  God of course won, and destroyed that first earth age.  This destruction is written of in (2nd Pet 3:5-7) and for an even more clear view do a study in (Jere 4:23-27).  This destruction by water should not be confused with Noah's flood (notice in (Jere 4:25) it reads: "there was no man").  But we all know that Noah and his family survived Noah's flood.

* If you don't understand about the three earth ages, see
 the In-depth Bible Study: When Was The beginning.

        This is speaking of a prior flood that caused complete destruction of everything and everyone.  It was the wrath of God brought about because one third of His beloved children whom He had created to keep Him company, betrayed and turned their back on Him and joined satan in an takeover attempt.  I wonder how many will join satan the next time he tries a takeover, when he stands in Jerusalem in our very near future claiming to be the Messiah, claiming to be God Himself!  This time, those who do so will be blotted out, perishing just like satan, who has already been sentenced to the eternal death.  God also promises to win the next and final battle between good and evil, He even gives us a play-by-play, in the book of Revelation:

Rev 20:9-10
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (KJV)

        The Garden of Eden, satan was there you know.  He was the one that beguiled Eve.  The serpent wasn't some talking gardener snake, snakes don't have the organs of speech.  Satan was the serpent, he was that "tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the midst of the garden"

Gen 3:1
3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?  KJV

Ezek 28:13
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.  KJV

        All throughout Biblical history, satan has tried to destroy the lineage that Christ was to come through, umbilical cord to umbilical cord, from Adam's Eve to the Virgin Mary.  First by impregnating Eve with Cain.*  Then; causing his (satan's) son Cain, to murder Adams son Able.   Noah's flood became necessary because of what satan's fallen angels had done (the "Sons of God" in Gen 6:2 simply means Angels; good or bad, they are still sons of God).  These angels sinned by leaving Heaven, seducing and impregnating flesh women with their offspring (the giants) being abominable hybrids between Angels and flesh women, they were the giants: (Gen 6: 1-6).  These fallen angels are also in holding till judgment day, condemned to eternal death, but they are not named by specific names.

* If you don't understand what the real sin was, in the garden of Eden then see the
  In-depth Bible Study: WHAT WAS THE REAL SIN IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN?!?.
 You've probably been lied to since Sunday school that Adam and
  Eve were condemned to death for eating an apple.

        Satan was also there in the Garden of Gethsemane, albeit not in the flesh, but his evil spirit was there, influencing those who betrayed and arrested Jesus.  Since the time that Jesus rebuked satan, after the attempted tempting in the desert, and told satan to "Get thee hence" (Mt 4:10), satan is not allowed to roam the earth physically.  However, satan is allowed by God to exercise his evil spirit among man.  Satan will not be allowed to walk the earth again until that final 5 month period in the end times, fulfilling the role of the antichrist.  It's just like this: Jesus isn't physically on earth now, but the Holy Spirit is; well satan is not physically on this earth either, but his evil spirit is.  For every positive in God's Word, there is a negative.

        Satan was also there when the Jewish high priest Caiaphas demanded Jesus' death (Mt 26:57).  And when the people yelled "Crucify him!, Crucify him!", satan's evil spirit was behind the scenes, pulling the strings (Mt 27:22+23).  And finally, when satan through his evil influences accomplished Jesus Christ's crucifixion, he had sealed his own fate.  When satan caused Jesus' death, it made palatable for God, who is so very fair, to cause satan's death - eternally.  Satan is the only soul by name that at this time is condemned to eternal death by God, hence one of his names: "son of perdition" (2nd Thes 2:3).  Notice the singular form, for at this time there is only one. Many more will follow him but that doesn't happen until judgment day (Rev 20:12-15).

        So then, will antichrist who is none other that satan himself fulfilling his end-time roll, show up on earth in red clothing and breathing fire with horns on his head?  He couldn't deceive anyone like that.  No, he is much more subtle in his ways.  In fact, when he was in the Garden of Eden in the role of the serpent he shows one of his tools that lead people away from God, He lies!  Here in an account from the book of Genesis:

Gen 3:1-4
1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: (KJV)

        The "Ye shall not surely die" in verse 4 above is the first lie in the Bible, and we have been dying ever since.  And it was satan, as the serpent who uttered it.  Hence one of satan's many names is "the father of lies" (Jn 8:44).

        Satan will not appear on earth with horns and breathing fire.  He is worldly wise and also a master scholar in Biblical scriptures.  He knows the Bible from cover to cover.  He will use scripture against Christians during his short reign as antichrist in the end times.  That is why it is imperative that you study the scriptures whereby you can identify when satan or his false teachers misquote it to you in an attempt to deceive and beguile you.

        Satan tried that before you know?  In the book of Matthew, after Jesus was Baptized and had fasted for forty days, He was led to the desert where satan in the role of "tempter" took him to the top of a high place.  Satan then in (Matthew 4:6) recited a scripture from the book of Psalms (Ps 91:11-12).

        Upon closer investigation, we discover one of satan's many tools of deception manifest itself.  A tool of deception that he used on Jesus Christ himself, and one that you can be sure of, that he and his misguided false teachers will use on you, now and in the near future as satan's "one world political-religious system" solidifies, which is the first beast of (Rev 13:1-10).

        In the first scripture below, you see satan's words to Jesus, you will notice the three embolden words: "at any time," which we have highlighted. These three words were added by satan to the verse of the Psalm (Ps 91:11+12) when satan quoted them to Jesus, and they completely change the meaning of the quoted scripture:

Satan's quotation of (Ps 91:11+12) to Jesus:

Matt 4:6
6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest
/at any time/ thou dash thy foot against a stone. (KJV)

True scripture of (Ps 91:11+12):

Ps 91:11-12
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest
// thou dash thy foot against a stone. (KJV)

        What the correct verses, as they appear in (Ps 91:11+12) mean is that you will be protected in times of trouble and unexpected danger.  But by adding "at any time", satan changes the meaning to: You can flaunt the protection of God, and do anything perilous, anytime, and God will snap to attention, and save you.  This was the first attempt by satan on Jesus' life since His ministry began!  Satan was tempting Jesus to jump from the top of the temple to His death.  Another ominous fact is that satan omitted quoting the 13th verse which speaks of his own demise at the end of the age, and is the fulfillment of the first great promise and prophecy in the Bible in (Gen 3:15):

Ps 91:13
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. (KJV)

Gen 3:14-15
14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (KJV)

        Unfortunately, in most newer versions of the Bible, the revisers/translators omitted the three words "at any time" that satan had skewed the verses with.  The above supplied scripture, and all the quoted scripture in this study are from the King James Version Bible. However, in newer revisions/translations, like the; New King James Version, New International Version, Living Bible, The Word, ...  The three words added by satan, are omitted from the text, the reason being unknown, perhaps the revisers/translators assumed that it was a typographical error (and the corrupt Septuagint actually inserts the three words "at any time" into Psalm 91!).  But it was not an error!  In the Hebrew Manuscripts, the three English words "at any time" in the (KJV) are translated from one Greek word: Greek Word # 3379 "mepote" (may'-pot-eh).  And the translation into English is as follows:

Greek Word #3379: mepote (may'-pot-eh); or: me pote (may pot'-eh); derived from word # 3361 and word # 4218, and means: not ever, also if, (or lest), ever, (or perhaps), whether perhaps.

        (This is another of many reasons to stay with the trusted King James Version Bible.  See our: Adulterations in the Newer Bible Versions (NIV, NASB...); Proof that the King James Bible (KJV) is the True Word of God)

        This gives us great insight as to what we can expect from satan when he returns in our generation, to deceive the world.  Satan takes 95% truth and adds to it 5% lie, and with that formula he can manipulate anything, and most people - think about it.  Satan is an enemy to be respected, no, not in reverence, but rather respect the genius and completeness of his power to deceive as he leads good God fearing Christians into that great apostasy of worshiping him, satan, in the role of antichrist, as though he were the True Christ.  God allows him this power to fulfill the negative part of God's plan, but by the same token, God promises everlasting life to those that resist this evil and remain faithful until the end (Mt 24:40-51).

        In other words all the prophesies in the Bible will come to pass exactly as written, but your individual fate is not set.  You have been given free will to chose between loving God or satan.  And if you do not make a conscious choice to follow the Lord, then you have made an unconscious choice to follow satan and the ways of the world.  There is not a third choice and there is not a "no choice."  You cannot refuse to participate, you are in this up to your neck whether you want it or not.

        Friend, the entire Bible testifies to the undisputable fact that the first supernatural being that comes to earth claiming to be the Messiah is the antichrist, the false christ.  Below in (Lk 17:34-37) Christ is telling His disciples about how it will be when He returns and how that many will be taken by the first one that comes (antichrist).  You will notice that Jesus refers to the coming of the antichrist as "in that night...".  Whenever He speaks about the Second Advent, when He (Jesus) comes, He always refers to it as "in that day...".  Whenever prophesies are made about God's followers it is given in days, whenever prophesies regarding satan or his followers are mentioned, it is always of the night:

Luke 17:34-37 (Christ speaking)
34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together. (KJV)

        In verse 37 above The word "eagles" should be understood as "vultures", and the word "body" should be "corpse" as it was translated in the parallel Scripture below:

Matthew 24:26-28
26 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.
27 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.
28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.  KJV

        The ones taken first by antichrist are (spiritually) taken to were the corpses and the vultures are.  Jesus tells us how he blesses those that resist the false Christ, and await the True Christ's return (the True Second Advent):

Matt 24:42-46 (Jesus speaking)
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. (KJV)

        "Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing," in other words, when the true Jesus returns, you should still be doing His work, not worshiping satan (antichrist).  In other words, don't fall for the first, because Jesus wants you to wait for Him, and to stay in His Word until He returns.  The first supernatural being who comes stating that he is the Messiah is the antichrist.  Once again think about it, if you were satan, and your goal was to take as many of God's faithful followers down with you, what better way than to come as an imposter and trick them into following you?  Satan already has the evil and the unbelieving ones, they don't mean anything to him, but he wants the Christians, and no Christian would worship him if he came as the devil.

        It has been said, that 50% of Christian churches believe to some degree in a Rapture doctrine.  They will worship the first supernatural being that appears claiming to be Jesus, stating that he has come to "save" them.  As will also the heathen who do not now believe in Jesus Christ at all.  When they see this supernatural entity, that will look like they think the Messiah would look, and will say what they think the Messiah should say, and who possesses powers that make lightning come down on command and to do other miracles, they will believe him to be exactly whom he says he is - and he says that he is the true Messiah, but he is not and does lie.  In (Rev 13:11-18) below, the beast that is being spoken of is the second beast, it is the antichrist, Jesus gives us an account of the power of antichrist, and what he will be doing:

Rev 13:11-18
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb
*1, and he spake as a dragon*2.

*1 two horns like a lamb = Christ is the True Lamb (don't let the horns throw you off, Lambs have horns).
*2
spake as a dragon = He spoke like a dragon because he is the dragon. Satan is the dragon. You must understand that the book of Revelation is written from the aspect of the future looking backwards. See Rev 1:10. Below we see some of satan's many names, but he has even more:

Rev 12:9
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (KJV)

Rev 13:11-18 (Cont.)
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (KJV)

            

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