The Coming Antichrist World System (Part 2)

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TEXT: Revelation 17:1-6

1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

5 And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.

6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

The Coming Antichrist World System (Part 2)

In our last message, we began looking at the symbolism of the Babylonian harlot in the end times. This symbolism is tied to the real, ancient city of Babylon in present-day Iraq. Allow me to share with you some background information about Babylon from David Guzik’s Enduring Word commentary:

Babylon is mentioned 287 times in the Scriptures, more than any other city except Jerusalem. Babylon was a literal city on the Euphrates River. Genesis 11:1-10 shows that right after the flood, Babylon “was the seat of the civilization that expressed organized hostility to God.” Babylon was later the capital of the empire that cruelly conquered Judah. Merrill C. Tenney said, “Babylon, to the Jews, was the essence of all evil, the embodiment of cruelty, the foe of God’s people, and the lasting type of sin, carnality, lust and greed.” To those familiar with the Old Testament, the name Babylon is associated with organized idolatry, blasphemy and the persecution of God’s people. William Mounce said, “In John’s day Rome epitomized all the antagonism and opposition to the Christian faith.” In some ways, the city of Rome was the clearest fulfillment of the Babylonian attitude. If we had to pick one city today that most exemplifies the world system, perhaps we would say that Los Angeles is the Babylon of today.

Already, we have learned that the devil will begin the manifestation of his antichrist world system not as a political organization, but as a religious organization. This religious organization will have worldwide influence. ­­­­The leaders of nations will be in league with this organization. And the world’s population will eagerly accept what this organization has to offer.

Why does Satan choose to begin his world system as a religion? Because Satan has always tried to counterfeit what God does. When Jesus Christ came preaching the Kingdom of God, He spoke of not a political kingdom, but a spiritual kingdom. Man’s deepest needs are spiritual and God knew that man would never have those needs fulfilled unless man became connected to Himself. That’s why God sent Jesus. In the end times, Satan will attempt to convince the world that it can fulfill its deepest spiritual desires through participation in the worldwide antichrist religious system.

Let’s take a closer look at this system. John says, an angel “carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” We already know that the woman sitting on the beast is the religious system. John previously saw this beast in Revelation 13 where it was shown to represent the world government. Here, the angel explains, “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”

This “beast” which once existed, does not exist now, and will exist again is likely the Roman Empire. The fact that it “ascends out of the bottomless pit and goes into perdition”, tells us that the second rise of this world power is fueled by Satan. Dr. John Walvoord states, “Satan and the man he controls are closely identified. Their power is one. The fact that the beast was, now is not, and will come up in the future is another indication of what was introduced in Revelation 13 — the supernatural survival and revival of both the world ruler and his empire will impress the world as being supernatural and will lead to the worship of the beast and Satan.” So, the Babylonian religious system is presented as riding on the back of the antichrist’s political kingdom.

This political kingdom is fleshed out by the angel’s continued explanation: “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.” We do not know the identification of these seven rulers. Some have stated that they are synonymous with the Roman emperors of John’s day. However, we do know that the eighth and last ruler is the antichrist — the head of the final world empire. Whoever these rulers are, the thing we are trying to point out it is that, for a time, the antichrist religious system will be preeminent over the antichrist political system. As Walvoord says, “These verses show that in the end time, particularly during the first half of the last seven years, there will be an alliance between the ruler (the Antichrist) and the apostate world church of that time.”

It is not hard to imagine how a religious system can gain worldwide influence — even over secular governments. All that’s needed is a leader who seems to transcend national, ethnic, language, political, and religious boundaries. If you were to ask anyone to identify a leader who bears those characteristics today, many would point to Pope Francis. Wherever he goes around the world, millions flock to see him. Almost everyone has nothing but good things to say about him. Even people who are not Catholic praise him. One news commentator said he had an atheist to tell him that he wanted to follow the Pope. During Pope Francis’ recent tour of America, a diverse array of governmental leaders were eager to receive him, to shake hands with him, to be photographed with him. Not only did he speak publicly at the White House, he spoke to the U.S. Congress, he spoke to thousands gathered at the Capitol, and he spoke to the representatives of nearly every nation on earth at the UN in New York. Throngs of people lined the streets just to catch a glimpse of him wherever he went and many more watching online and on television eagerly watched his message.

What I am trying to point out is not that Pope Francis could be the leader of the world religious system represented by the Babylonian whore, but that such a system is easily conceived in our present day. Perhaps the most telling example of this is the Pope’s presiding over an interfaith memorial service at the 9/11 memorial in New York. He was joined onstage by Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Hindu and protestant leaders. Years ago, after a similar interfaith meeting was held when John Paul II was pope, a Catholic newspaper said: “The unity of religion promoted by the Holy Father Pope John Paul II and approved by His Holiness the Dalai Lama is not a goal to be achieved immediately, but a day may come when the love and compassion which both Buddha and Christ preached so eloquently will unite the world in a common effort to save humanity from senseless destruction, and lead toward the light in which we all believe.”

That statement is a good summary of the Satanic antichrist world religious system of the end times. It sounds harmless and well-meaning on the surface, but, underneath, it is driven by the antichrist spirit because it seeks to undermine and replace the supremacy and authority of God and Jesus Christ in the world. Satan’s plan for world domination includes getting Earth’s billions to buy in to this massive religious scam. They will think they are getting what they want — that the world is finally moving toward peace and unity — but, the stage is only being set up for Satan and his ruler, the antichrist, to emerge as the true architects of this rebellion against God.

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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