I have read dozens of web sites of persons, prophets, ministries; doctrinal statements and denominational thesis regarding this man, or system called Antichrist.
Most ask or predict who the Antichrist is, from which country or region he comes, and when he may come to power. These are truly issues that are spoken of in the Bible; especially in the Book of Daniel and Revelation. Christ Himself alluded to this man by saying "you have rejected Me but another will come that you will accept."
As Believers we know with certainty a world monentary system will arise where no one can buy or sell unless they pay allegience to this system by receiving a mark on their forehead or hand. The Bible speaks of such a system.
My main concern at present is not who this man of perdition is, but it is in the energy being used to point out who this man is, where he comes from, and when and how he comes to power. Jesus said these things must be. This has to happen before He returns. If this is so, why do Believers resist the rise of this man of perdition? If this must happen before Messiah returns, should we not be anxiously awaiting Antichrist's stepping onto the world scene! Just food for thought; do not be offended.
Look at this thought in this context; If I were a Bride awaiting my Groom, I would do everything possible, watch every sign of His coming, and made sure I was spotless, clean, pure and that my garments were spotless. I would want to be something He would desire when He came to get me. If this one thing, the Antichrist system had to arise before He came for me, I would be praying that it would hurry up and happen; would I not?
The fact that so many are fighting the rise of the Antichrist, perhaps, is because they are NOT READY for the Bridegroom? Are they comfortable the way things are? If the Groom is coming now, that means I have to clean up my act and prepare mentally, physically, and spiritually for the union. But, if He were to delay His coming, I have more time to sit on my lees and just dream of the day; I have to do nothing right now, right?
Instead of preparing for the coming of the Groom, we would rather fight the Antichrist and his system that is being established. What a waste of energy and resources. One world government, our sovereignty is being negotiated away, the system will become one with the world system. SO WHAT! What does that have to do with me? I am a citizen of another Kingdom, the Kingdom of God Almighty.
Proverbs 21:1 says that "Just as the water is turned into irrigation ditches, so the LORD directs the kings thoughts. He turns then wherever He wants him to..."
World leaders of the G8 are meeting today in Washington, D.C. They will reach a decision God knew they would reach even before they met! It is all under His control. God influences leaders decisions to meet HIS timetable. If recent history is needed for confirmation, consider Hitler's rash decision to invade Russia while he was tied down with Britain and the possible entry of the USA into the war. Even his generals were aghast at this decision; but Germany invaded anyway. This one event led to the defeat of the Nazi defeat. God put it into Hitler's heart to invade Russia.
Has God put into the heart of our President to invade both Afghanistan and Iraq at the same time? It appears so. We are spending tens of billions of dollars monthly, and blood and turmoil for our nation in the process. We have truly become the tail, and not the head of nations. We are borrowers, not lenders. This is of God. Read the book of Deuteronomy chapters 28 and 29 for a Biblical perspective of blessings for obedience and curses, yes curses, for disobedience. It is right there in black and white.
God has said that He will put a hook into the jaw of the nation of the north country, I believe as do others that this is Russia, to invade Israel. Russia will be cut to pieces.
He rules in the heavens. He controls events here on earth. I do not want to waste the little precious time left trying to figure out who is who in this final chapter of human history as we have known it. I want to spend the time left drawing closer to my Father; getting more intimate with Him, pleasing Him, adoring Him for who He is. He said that if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. This is of the utmost importance in these day of turmoil.
There is no prize in Heaven for the one who figured out who the Antichrist is. There will be chatisement for those who wasted so much time trying to figure it out, though. Why did we spend so much time on someone who is going to be cast into the lake of fire with Satan, for eternity? The Bible says that when this thing is all over, we will look on the one who caused so much trouble on this earth, Satan, and be amazed that we were so worried, so distressed, so tormented by such a being. It is almost as if we, in our new bodies, will look upon him with distain and unbelief that someone like him could do such a thing.
God said emphatically that if we rebuke Satan, he will flee from us. FLEE FROM US! I am not going to spend as much time concentrating on the poor soul that allows Satan to inhabit his body but for a short 7 years. When this disparing one does arise on the world scene, should there not be rejoicing among the Saints of the Most High because we know without a doubt that we are finally going home to be with our Groom?
It's time to comb our hair, shampoo and shower, clean up our wedding garments, keep them pressed and ready, fill up our vessels will Holy Spirit oil and prepare to take a short trip! Our Groom is on His way! Lift up your heads, our redemption is near.
I want Him to be beaming when He sees us! In the blink of an eye, we are with our Beloved!