From the most adamant atheists to the indifference of agnostics and all those in between, there is no denying there is a sense that something is seriously awry in our nation. While many are aware of the economic meltdown taking place in nations like Portugal, Ireland, Italy Greece and Spain, an alarming number of Americans are oblivious to the fact that the U.S. economy is teetering on the same precipice of economic collapse. Alabama’s Senator Jeff Sessions, a ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee recently revealed that the United States has reached 101% of our Gross Domestic Product with a national debt of $15.4 trillion dollars that is increasing at a rate in excess of $4 billion dollars daily. What is more alarming than the coming economic tsunami is the ever eroding support for Israel from our government and that coupled with an ever increasing number of NATO member countries taking the same position. On March 4, 2012 Russia will hold their presidential elections and Vladimir Putin is favored to be reelected and he promises to rebuild Russia’s military to heights historically never achieved. Putin has become increasingly anti-American and recently declared that “Americans are living like parasites off the global economy and their monopoly of the dollar.” He has also joined with China calling for the dollar to be replaced with a new global currency. Putin’s anti-American rants are only eclipsed by his pro-Iranian comments that have caused him to warn the U.S. of severe consequences for military strikes against the Iranian nuclear facilities and/or any logistical support afforded to Israel. This only increases the necessity for Israel to act alone and strike Iran before the narrow window of opportunity is closed and Iran achieves their goal of nuclear arms. The Prophet Ezekiel wrote that in the “Last Days” there would be a political alliance and military coalition between Magog (Russia), Persia (Iran) along with around eight other nations that will invade Israel (Ezekiel 38:1-6). Amid all of this political maneuvering and economic realigning there is a personality preparing to make his debut on the world’s political stage and it will be stunning. He is known by many names from the “Little horn” (Daniel 7:8), to “The lawless one” (2 Thessalonians 2:8), but it is the Apostle John’s title of Antichrist that most recognize (1 John 4:3). I believe this is what many seasoned men and women of God are sensing in their spirit and it is also the spirit of antichrist that is dismantling our nation while orchestrating a one world government (Ephesians 6:12). Although Christians will be “caught up” (1 Thessalonians 4:17) in what is known as the Rapture (Revelation 4:1) and therefore will not be on the earth during the reign of the Antichrist, we are certainly seeing things being made ready for the reign of Antichrist. The Bible reveals some amazing facts and characteristics about this sinister minister called the Antichrist. Here are just a few for you to consider as you study the Word of God.
1. POLITICALLY: The Antichrist will be unmatched in his ability to build coalitions, bring peace where strife has existed for centuries and provide a sense of prosperity where poverty once abounded. His greatest feat will be the ratifying of a peace treaty between the world, specifically those in the Middle East, and the nation of Israel which will permit the Jews to control the Temple Mount, reconstruct the Temple and resume the sacrificial practices. (Daniel 9:27). He will rise from relative political obscurity as indicated by the Prophet Daniel’s description as the “The little horn” (Daniel 7:8). He arrives on the proverbial white horse (Rev. 6:1-2) to rescue the Jews from the invasion of Gog and Magog and has the diplomatic authority (“a crown”) and the threat of military power (“a bow”). The balance of Scripture indicates that Antichrist will be a Gentile. The Apostle John said the beast “rises up out of the sea” (Rev. 13:1) which are the Gentile nations (Rev. 17:15). Time and space will not permit me to address the question of why the Jews will follow a Gentile but suffice it to say that we must remember this entire age is characterized by unprecedented demonic deception (Matthew 24:4-5,24). If you are reading this article and have never trusted Jesus Christ by faith, receiving His payment for your sins, I plead with you now to recognize that the hour is desperately late and you must be born again (John 3:3).
2.) RELIGIOUSLY: It is no great leap of faith to believe that millions will be deceived by doctrines of demons in these Last Days (1 Timothy 4:1-2). History provides ample examples but we need not look any further than Adolf Hitler to witness the utter destruction of mass deception. What has amazed and alarmed me is the level of deception among professing believers and specifically pastors and ministers. Just this week one of the most popular and prolific pastors in America announced a partnership between Christians and Muslims based on the theological tenet that “Christians and Muslims worship the same God” and he has announced a mutual agreement that they (Christians and Muslims) “wouldn’t try to evangelize each other.” Beloved, make no mistake about it, this is the spirit of Antichrist because the Allah of the Koran is not the God of the Bible and no Spirit-filled Christian would willingly agree to a prohibition on sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone openly rejecting Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and The Life (John 14:6). I, along with other faithful pastors, have been sounding the alarm for years about these and other stealth ministries of deception only to suffer severe criticism from church staff, deacons, evangelists and fellow pastors. Beloved, this is not the time for cowards and politically correct “For-Profit” prophets. Men of God take your place on the wall and sound the warning because if “the watchmen see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned” God declares their blood is on our hands (Ezekiel 33:4-9). The Harlot church of Revelation 17 is very much alive today and is merely awaiting the arrival of her leader (Rev. 16:13). Rise up Men of God! The late Dr. Percy Ray once warned pastors “Never place a wishbone where you ought to have a backbone.”
3.) INTELLECUTALY – Antichrist will possess oratory, academic and intellectual abilities that will surpass anything this world has ever experienced. His communication abilities will mesmerize the masses (Daniel 11:36) and his demonstration of miraculous powers (Matthew 24:24) will deceive countless millions. He will control all global commerce and resources (Daniel 11:43) and no one will be able to transact even the smallest of purchases apart from receiving his mark (Rev. 13:16-17). The Antichrist will be the focus of every culturally elite, cutting edge publication and television and radio programs across the world will laud him as the answer to the prevailing chaos (1 Thessalonians 5:3). He will bring the depravity of homosexuality into a new vogue as an unashamed homosexual himself, Sodomites will play in the streets of our nation and teach your children’s Sunday School classes under protection of Federal legislation (Daniel 11:37). He will boldly declare the intellectual superiority of Atheism as “Neither shall he regard the God of his father’s” (Daniel 11:37). The sad truth of our situation is that so many professing believers have already succumbed to this deception and believe that a crowd constitutes a church or a well organized program equals the power of God. Beloved, “let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Gal. 6:9). Lift up your heads saints of God! We are not looking for a Sign; we are listening for a Shout!
Pastor Jeff LaBorg