QUESTIONS/ANSWERS FROM THE QUESTION FORUM
Group Number 111
Some are reporting that America's banking system is about to collapse, and that the American dollar will soon be obsolete, causing all Americans to without any of their money. Can these statements be true?
Are the banks going to collapse? Is the American dollar on the way out, as some allege? I have no idea if the statements being set forth by the fear-mongers are true or not. And, frankly, I do not care.
However, I am persuaded that something of significance is in the offing, but I have a different view of it. My persuasion is that God is going to bring down spiritual Babylon -- the false church. He charges her with not only being a "whore," and promoting fornication (Rev 17:1-5 -- something that is never said of the world itself), but also with being "the mother of harlots AND the abominations of the earth (Rev 17:5), That is, the world itself is worse because of fraudulent religion. The epitaph of her deception is that she had brought into the world an ineffective form of Christianity -- a religious form without power (1 Tim 3:1-5). That text tells us to have nothing to do with such people: "from such turn away" (1 Tim 3:5). If what this man has said is true, it will bring false religion down with an instant crash, for it relies almost solely upon money and what money can procure.
God has also made certain commitments to His people, that if they seek His Kingdom AND His righteousness "first," they will have what they need (Matt 6:33). The Psalmist also declared a God whose eye is upon those who fear Him and hope in His mercy. He affirms that God will "keep them alive in famine" (Psa 33:19). Even if this man has said something that is true, his time ought to be spent reminding us of the superiority of the God of heaven, who REALLY "does what He wills with the host of heaven AND the inhabitants of the earth. There is no one who can stay His hand or say to Him, "What are you doing?" (Dan 4:35).
This is a time for all believers to distance themselves from any and every form of religion that tolerates or excuses sin -- any approach to life in Christ that is forced to explain the prevailing presence of sin among professing Christians. It is a time for men to obtain a deeper and more insightful understanding of Jesus and His great salvation -- two subjects that the people with whom I have been identified have historically and contemporarily spent very little time.
This is not a time to fear, but to trust. It is not the time to listen to the merchants of fear, but to those who remind us of the King of kings and Lord of lords. Perhaps you already know this, but it is something that must be constantly affirmed. Be of good cheer, dear brother, He that is in us is really greater than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4). It is God that controls the world, not the governments or the banks.
I was trying to find out why the tribe of Dan was not mentioned in Rev. 7. I have searched to find out why the tribe of Dan lost their inheritance as being a part of the 12 tribes, if you know why could you drop me a line and let me know, it would be much appreciated. Text: Revelation 7:4-8
There are 12,000, a perfect and thorough number sealed from each of the twelve tribes of Israel. The listing of the tribes is very precise, and falls into harmony with God's dealings with this people. The tribes are not listed as they are elsewhere, or in the same order. In the original listing of the sons of Jacob, the order is as follows. Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Zebulun, Issachar, Dan, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Joseph, and Benjamin (Gen 49:1-28). When Israel's camp was set up around the tabernacle, another order of priority was established. As may be seen in the accompanying table, this differs significantly from listing in Revelation. The listing in Numbers involved the consideration of the various ministries of the tribes relating to the tabernacle.
Without becoming unduly distracted at this point, it will be helpful to show why there is a difference in the listings. God always works in accordance with His pre-determined will, and in concert with the various judgments made known in previous periods. Judah, according to Jacob's prophecy, assumed the preeminent place among his brethren, thus displacing Reuben, who was "unstable as water" (Gen 49:3-48-10). Simeon and Levi moved back four positions, in keeping with the judgment pronounced upon them because of their fierce anger (Gen 49:5-7).
Dan is completely omitted, because it gave itself wholly to idolatry (Judges 18:30- 31). Gad moved up to third place because of his overcoming nature (Gen 49:19). Asher and Naphtali also moved up because their character (Gen 49:20-21). Manasseh, the firstborn of Joseph, took the place of Dan, in keeping with the prophecy that Joseph's bough would run "over the wall," signifying unusual expansion (Gen 49:22
Someone told me that the tribe of Dan set up Baal in Shiloh the place where God's tabernacle was, and they worshipped Molech, and sacrificed their children to him by making them pass through the fire.
And they told me about a plan unveiled in the 1800's by an act of God who struck down the carrier by lightning who was taking this plan to someone for a new world order, the maker of this plan was someone from the tribe of Dan, then they sent me the utube, 16 parts I am not sure if you care to listen to it and let me know what you think, but if you do here is the link.
I do not care to listen to things like this. They are skewed toward the earth, and promote fear. I am a stranger and pilgrim in this world, and know that it is destined for destruction, regardless of its governments (2 Pet 3:10-13). We do know that the Lord is going to destroy the greatest despot among men, doing so with "the brightness of His coming," and in an instant of time (2 Thess 2:8). Both of us can shout, "The Lord is my Helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me" (Heb 13:6) -- 1800's prophecy or not.
What do we have to fear from human governments -- any of them. We are serving the King of kings, and the Lord of lords (1 Tim 6:15). He is the One who has the government upon His shoulder -- not them (Isa 9:6). It is still true, "For the kingdom is the LORD'S: and he is the governor among the nations" (Psa 22:28).
Joseph served under one global empire. Moses did also, as well as Daniel, John the Baptist, and all of the Apostles. Daniel prophesied of four global; empires, and said they were all going to fall -- and they did (Babylon, Medo-Persian, Greece, and Roman (Dan 2:31-45).
I have no tolerance of these fear-mongers who put Jesus off to the side so they can chronicle their distorted views. God has spoken to us in these last days through His Son -- and he is better than angels, to say nothing of puny man (Heb 1:2-4). If men want to preach about a ruler, let them speak of Jesus. If they do not want to do this, they should get a job as a greeter at Walmart and get out of the preaching business. God does not have any other message -- 1800's or not.
The relative unimportance of this world is seen in the fact that Jesus left it when His work of dying and being raised from the dead was finished. Now we are admonished to set our affection on things above, and to seek them (Col 3:1-2). It will be glaringly obvious that none of these worldly kingdoms can be found in those lofty realms. All of the past ones are in the ash-heap, and all future ones will be also.
There is a lot of debate on once saved always saved and tribulation, some think according to the bible they will be taken out of that time and some think God will keep His people through it.
If you have time to give me your thoughts on this I would appreciate it..
Most of these people do not have the faintest idea what they are talking about. They have filtered their views through the theology that makes comfort and wealth in this world the main thing. Tribulation, whatever the level of its experience, is an integral part of spiritual life. We "enter into the kingdom of God” “through much tribulation” (Acts 14:22). Tribulation works patience, or endurance, in the believer (Rom 5:3). Tribulation cannot separate us from the love of God – which statement would make no sense if saints were delivered from it (Rom 8:35-39). Believers are admonished to be “patient in tribulation” (Rom 12:12). Paul taught the believers that “we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know” (1 Thess 3:4). John, exiled on the Isle of Patmos, referred to himself as a “companion in tribulation” (Rev 1:9). When John saw the great throng of the redeemed, and asked who they were, he was told they had “come out of great tribulation” (Rev 7:14). It was also revealed to John that those who overcame the devil did so “by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Rev 12:11). God has taught people to think within the context of suffering in this world. He even assures us, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Tim 3:12). Now, exactly what is there to debate about? And why are men so foolish as to do so? God has spoken on suffering, tribulation, and persecution. He has nowhere said salvation is intended to exempt men from such things. God is glorified when men pass through the suffering – like Job did – not when they are excused from it.
Now, these people have concocted a view of “the tribulation” that is designed to frighten the saints. The Lord, however, assures us that all the enemies of the saints will at last be overcome and cast into the lake of fire – no matter how much persecuting they have done (2 Thess 2:8; Rev 19:20). These doctrines that are being taught on the great tribulation are a kind of patchwork theology. No apostle ever taught that doctrine, or clearly told the saints they would be removed from the earth before the end of the world. In fact, Jesus said the saints would be gathered, both from heaven and earth – when He comes (Matt 24:30; Mark 13:26-27). He also taught that the wicked would be gathered together at the same time to be burned (Matt 13:39-41). “The wrath to come,” from which we have been delivered, is the wrath of God – the wrath that will be focused “against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men” (Rom 1:18) – not the wrath of men (Matt 3:7; 1 Thess 1:10).
As long as we are in this world, we have God’s promise that He will not allow us to be “tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Cor 10:13). He will be faithful to that word.
"Is it possible for a Christian to sin without knowing that the behavior or act is wrong?"
Concerning your question, Yes, it is. I say this with a broader view of sin than simply doing specific acts that are outlined in the Scriptures. There are some general statements about sin that require some understanding of unspecified details: "All unrighteousness is sin" (1 John 5:17). "The thought of foolishness is sin" (Prov 24:9). There is also the matter of doing something that does not proceed from faith, for "Whatsoever is not of faith is sin" (Rom 14:23) – that is, anything that is not done as unto the Lord, or is done with doubt, is sin.
Coming from an idolatrous background where fornication was part of their former religion, some Christians in Corinth did not know fornication was sin. Paul had to give them detailed instructions on the matter (1 Cor 6:15-20), It is also wrong to become involved in foolish questions, yet some do not know this (Tit 3:9). Some believers do not know that God has commanded His people to withdraw from those who hold to a form of godliness, yet reject its power (2 Tim 3:5). Others do not know they are to "grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Pet 3:18), being unaware that they are not to be "children" in their understanding (1 Cor 14:20). Others are unaware that when a person knows the good that is to be done, yet does not do it, he has actually sinned in that failure (James 4:17).
The above are certainly not ideal circumstances, but they do exist, and the apostles dealt with them. Some people have been taught that it is not serious to be at variance with God in the way they think (Isa 55:8-9), or to fail to set their affection on things above (Col 3:1-2). A Christian who sins without knowing it is a novice whose understanding and conscience have not yet been matured. The tragedy is that many professing Christians have been novices for many years -- which itself is a sin.
I'd like your thoughts about just how I can effectively "pray" and "supplicate" "in the Spirit". I recognize that it can and should be done, and that prayer and supplications are both most powerful and efficatious when uttered "in the Spirit." How do I do this?
There is no revealed procedure through which prayer and supplication in the Spirit can be accomplished. If there is a way, it is of the same order as when we "walk in the Spirit" (Gal 5:16,25), worship God "in the Spirit" (Phil 3:3), love "in the Spirit" (Col 1:8), and experience righteous, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom 14:17). Jude also admonishes believers to build themselves up in their most holy faith, "praying in the Holy Spirit" (Jude 1:20). The idea is that we are praying in accord with the Spirit, living lives that do not quench or grieve Him. There is also the factor of familiarity with the Word, which was given through the Holy Spirit. Then there is a godly life that results from being "led by the Spirit," who directs us in mortifying the deeds of the body (Rom 8:13-14). This involves living a life that is wholly to the Lord. Jesus "died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again" (2 Cor 5:15, NKJV).
When this is actually done, and truth is no longer held only in theory, praying in the Spirit will be understood. This is because He gives the confirming testimony to those who so live, that they are, in fact, the children of God (Rom 8:16). It is in the process of living for and unto the Lord that light is shed on the truth, and spiritual growth in both grace and knowledge are realized (2 Pet 3:18). There is no routine that can accomplish this. Neither is this something mystical, involving speaking in some unknown language, as some allege. If any person lacks wisdom, He is to ask of God (James 1:5). If understanding is earnestly desired, then men are to take David for their example of asking for understanding concerning what God has actually said (Psa 119:,34,73,125,144,169). Paul admonished Timothy to consider what he had written to him, and then added, "and may the Lord give you understanding in all things" (2 Tim 2:7).
So, it all boils down to the level of genuine interest one has in matters requiring understanding. Jesus has said, "everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds" (Matt 7:8). James says that God gives wisdom "to all liberally" (James 1:5). No one who engages in such quests will be disappointed. That is how this subject is approached in Scripture.
I was saddened today because I was ask what did God need to reconcile in heaven, and I was not able to answer that, Could you please explain this verse to me, if you have time.
The verse you cited (Col 1:20), parallels Hebrews 9:23: "It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these" (Heb 9:23). These texts have to do with peace being made with God from whom men had been alienated. There was also a cleansing that took place because Satan had once been there. There had also been "war in heaven" when Satan was expelled (Rev 12:7). These were necessary for heaven to receive the redeemed. God Himself had not been defiled, but the environment apparently had been in some way.
Reconciliation in heaven involved readying it to receive us. Reconciliation among men involved preparing them to go there. All of this confirms that much is involved in men being brought to God than meets the eye.
There is a situation that i have found myself in this past week that i am not quite sure how to deal with it.. I have prayed about it several times, but i just am not sure how to go forward... I see that you are a man of much experience in matters such as these so i wanted to ask your opinion concerning this, and wanted to know if you knew what the word of God has to say about it?
There is a brother who attends the same church as i do, who as of late has been rather discouraged due to his recent divorce from his wife (who was caught cheating on him with another man), he seemed to me to despite the turmoil happening in his life to be keeping the faith, he has given a good testimony to that affect many times in the past few weeks how God has kept his heart and mind through this time, and our fellowship with him in the things of God, as far as discussing the word in our times of discussion in bible class has been good. However, last week as i was on my way to the assembly i stopped at the gas station to use the restroom before i went to church, and walked into the gas station just in time to see my brother buying two rather large bottles of beer (the kind that one buys only if they intend to get drunk).He didn't see me when he was checking out and when he left the store, and he didn't show up for bible study... I am very shocked by this whole thing because i would have never thought that this brother would do such a thing... it just made my heart sink
My question is this... should i just continue praying for him or should i also say something to him about this? I have been considering writing a letter so that i might order my thoughts, that i might better express myself, yet i wonder if I may do more harm then good..... I know that some things are a matter of people's conscience and cannot be bound upon other people, and were the situation him choosing to perhaps have one glass of wine at dinner, or something of that matter i'm not sure if it would require anything more than asking that the Lord perfect his understanding, But buying that large of a quantity and then missing the meeting to drink it... seems more serious because of what the Word clearly says about it being sin.
Because of how discouraged he has been i don't want to drive him away yet at the same time my heart is heavily burdened for his soul, because i love him as a brother in Christ. yet on the other hand i am jealous for the name of the Lord, and want him to understand the seriousness of one who has taken the name of Christ misrepresenting Christ in the way they live.
I haven't discussed this with anyone else at our assembly simply because i don't want to cause an occasion for the flesh, and i don't think everyone's sins ought to be laid out in detail for all to see because it does more to stir up the flesh than anything else.
Anyways, i would really appreciate your thoughts on this, It has been bothering me quite a bit lately. >>
I was sorry to hear about this situation. However, you may very well be the one God will use to correct it. In a gentle way, I suggest you approach the brother, and tell him what you saw. This is something that will require some direct input from you, as well as your personal prayers. Your prayers should now include a petition for both wisdom and insight as you deal with him. You probably do not know whether or not he carried out what it appears he intended to do. He also may already have been smitten in his heart. All of this will be made known in his initial response to your words. If he evidences remorse, and it is apparent to you that God is working with him, you must major on comfort. If he is defensive and withdrawn, you must target conviction, remembering that your aim is to recover him from this setback, not merely to convict him of it.
Be bold in your approach, yet gentle. Look for good signs, and count on the Lord working with you.
I was having a conversation with my granddaughter and she said to me that everyone was God's child. I told her that God loves everyone and didn't want anyone to perish but until they are "born again" because they truly believe that they are a sinner and that Jesus has died for their sins and they are adopted into his family, they have not become His children.
She believes that we are all His children because He is behind the creation of all of us and probably because that is what she is being taught at church.
If I am wrong please tell me but if I am not, please try and explain it from scripture in a way she at age 13 would understand how much God loves us but wants us to return that love to Him and has provided a way for us to do that. She needs it to come from someone other that just her grandfather even though we have a great relationship.
It is true that everyone was created by God, and is the "offspring" of God. Paul reasoned on this in his presentation in Athens, basing his reasoning on the premise, "For we are also His offspring. Forasmuch then as we are His offspring . . ." (Acts 17:28-29). He concluded that those created by God were accountable to Him, and will be judged by the Man whom God has appointed to execute judgment. He affirmed that men are now required to "repent" (Acts 17:26-31). That is he handled the fact that all men were created by God.
In this same sense, and with particular regard to Israel as a nation, the Psalmist said, "Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of his pasture" (Psa 100:3). However, in this reasoning "offspring" and "child" are not synonymous terms.
Jesus said of a particular kind of people, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for THEY shall be called the children of God" (Matt 5:9). It is said of those in Christ, "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that WE are the children of God" (Rom 8:16). This is a status that is accomplished through faith, "For ye are all the children of God BY FAITH in Christ Jesus" (Gal 3:26). Further, the children of God are distinguished from other men who are referred as children of the devil: "In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother" (1 John 3:10). Therefore, the fact that God made all men does not constitute them all His children. As used in these texts, the "children" of God are those who have been "begotten" by Him again to a living hope (1 Pet 1:3). There is absolute consistency in this teaching throughout the Gospels and the apostles' doctrine. Paul further adds, "They which are the children of the flesh, these are NOT the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed" (Rom 9:8). In his reasoning, both Ishmael and Isaac were created by God, as well as Jacob and Esau. But only Isaac and Jacob were "the children of God."
In speaking of the love of God, the Holy Spirit never affirms "God loves everyone." God does love the world (John 3:16), but that is a statement of His love for HUMANITY (as compared with angels), not for individuals. Further, it is a special kind of love – "SO loved." That love is not said to be an affection for the people themselves, but is displayed in providing a way for them to be reconciled to Him. It is interesting that Scripture never records a sinner being told that God loves him. Additionally, God's love for humanity is always stated in the past tense ("loved") – John 3:16; Gal 2:20; Eph 2:4; 5:2; 2 Thess 2:16; 1 John 4:10,11. In every case, the reference is not to God's affection for individuals, but is rather made to His gracious provision in Christ Jesus. Take Jesus out of the scenario, and there is no love toward humanity at all in any sense.
So far as the Scriptures are concerned, the love of God is expounded only to those who are in Christ Jesus. That is because only they are capable of drawing correct conclusions about that love. Those who are outside of Christ do not have the faintest notion what Divine love is, and are thoroughly incapable of perceiving it correctly. That is why the love of God is shed abroad in the hearts of the saints by the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5), so that they can comprehend the glorious truth of it. In other words, the love of God is an inside view, intended only for those who are in Christ Jesus. Some reference was made to God's love to Israel, which accounted for them being a favored nation (Deut 7:7-8; Mal 1:2). There is no record in Scripture of any other people, whether an individual or a group, being told about the love of God. In fact, the word "love" is never mentioned in the book of Acts, which contains numerous accounts of preaching.
Once a person comes into Christ, the love of both God and Christ is expounded to them, for that love accounts for the grace they have received (Rom 5:5; 8:37,39; 2 Cor 13:14; 2 Thess 2:16; 3:5; Tit 3:4; 1 John 2:5; 3:16,17; 4:9,10,11,19; Jude 1:21; Rev 1:5). This is the way the love of God is approached in Scripture, even though it is in sharp contrast with the way it is being presented today. Further, the FACT of God's love is not the fundamental point, but rather the EXPERIENCE of it. Concerning the fact of God's love, "God IS love" – that is, that is who He is (1 John 4:8,10). However, that is not ALL that He is. He is also "a consuming fire," or a jealous God (Deut 4:24; Heb 12:29). He is also "angry with the wicked every day" (Psa 7:11), and is said to "hate all workers of iniquity" (Psa 5:5), those who sow seeds of discord (Prov 6:19), and to abhor the covetous (Psa 10:3).
One must ask himself the question, "What does a sinner think I mean when I say God loves him?" or that Christ died for him? And precisely where do we have a Scriptural text that affirms that to someone who is lost, or dead in trespasses and sins? Technically, both of those statements are true, but I do not believe any person who is alienated from God has any ability to discern their meaning. In fact, such statements actually tend to tone down, or neutralize, the serious jeopardy in which all sinners find themselves. When Paul reasoned with Felix, a heathen, he dealt with "righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come" (Acts 24:25). See, the truth of the matter is that no person has ever come to Christ because they loved him. They rather are said to have "fled for refuge" to Him, to lay hold on the hope set before them (Heb 6:18). They came trembling for fear of Him because they sensed their sin had put them at variance with Him (Acts 9:6; 16:30. Of course, because "God is love" He is tender and kind toward such trembling souls – even though they do not know it at the time (Isa 66:2). When such poor souls do turn to the Lord, pleading for mercy as that publican of whom Jesus spoke, they are tenderly told of the love that God had for them in Christ Jesus.
You are correct in saying God does not want anyone to perish (2 Pet 3:9), and that He desires "all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim 2:4). However, both of those postulate Divine wrath and jeopardy. Apart from a keen awareness of Divine wrath, I do not believe the love of God has any effectual meaning.
It is always right to speak of Divine love as the Scriptures do, and to do it at the times and to the people described in Scripture. It is then, and only then, that the proclamation will be supported by the power of God.
I have spent some extra time on this because it is a kind of technical point that has been greatly obscured by overly simplistic teaching. I pray I have not made the subject more difficult.
Question 1 - “When the rapture happens, do you think people will hear the sound of the trumpet (or shofar)? Will it be visible for the whole earth? Or will millions of people disappear at once with silence to leave the world in confusion?
First, the word “rapture” is not mentioned in the Bible. Its use is based upon a statement made in First Thessalonians 4:16-17: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP TOGETHER with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Theses 4:16-17). There is no suggestion in all of Scripture that this is secret, which is the idea that men have attached to the word “rapture.” In fact, in his Second letter to the Thessalonians, Paul says that the wicked will be punished “with everlasting exclusion from the presence of the Lord . . . WHEN HE SHALL COME TO BE GLORIFIED IN HIS SAINTS, AND TO BE ADMIRED IN ALL THEM THAT BELIEVE” (2 Thess 2:7-10). In fact, in His parable of the wheat and the tares, Jesus said the wicked would actually be removed first: “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn . . . As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Mat 13:30, 40-43).
Yes, everyone will hear both the trumpet and the shout – for that is the only reason to either blow a trumpet or shout – it is to be heard. Revelation 1:7 reminds us that “every eye shall see Him” when He comes. Jesus said He would raise all of the dead – both the righteous and the wicked – at the same time, and with a word: “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:28-29).
Jesus is going to come in all of His glory, also with the glory of the Father, and of the angels as well: “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works” (Matt 16:27). The Scriptures represent Jesus as coming one more time. We never read of His comings. That one time will be a grand conclusion of God’s work on this earth. John said the heavens and earth would flee from before His face: “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them” (Rev 20:11). That is, when Jesus is seen as He is, the next thing on the agenda is the day of judgment.
The sons of God have been under cover since Jesus returned to heaven. When He comes again, they will be revealed, not concealed. Every eye will see Him, which means the dead will all be raised, in the twinkling of an eye. Paul wrote that at the resurrection of the dead, the time when believers themselves are all raised, that at that time, those who are alive, having remained in this world until that time, will be changed, putting on an incorruptible body. At that time, it is affirmed death and the grave will have been defeated. “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? (1 Cor 15:53-55). Death cannot have been defeated if remain in this world living in the flesh.
Men have so garbled the truth of the coming of the Lord that, to many, these straightforward statements make no sense at all. However, for those who are really looking forward to the Lord’s return, which grace teaches us to do (Tit 2:11-12), all of this makes perfect sense, and is good news.
Question: Call you tell me specifics about what the bible says about the Anti-Christ? What nation does he come out of & how old will he be? Does he have to have a multi-race & multi-religion backround? Does he have to be jewish or roman or a middle eastern nation or can it be a nation like the United States? Is it possible to have a female anti-christ?
First, the word “Antichrist” occurs four times in the Bible – all of them are in John’s letters.
1. “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time” (1 John 2:18).
2. “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22).
3. “And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world” (1 John 4:3).
4. “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist” (2 John 1:7).
5. John also says there are “many antichrists: – “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time” (1 John 2:18).
Now, so far as the word “Antichrist” is concerned, that is all the information we have to work with.
Second, both the Prophets and Apostles mentioned an evil despot who would deceive the people, and claim Divine prerogatives. Theologians have associated these texts with what it said by John concerning “antichrist.” Neither Jesus nor any of the apostles made such an association. Here are the texts these men say refer to “the Antichrist.” We only have the words of uninspired men to prove there is an association of these texts with “the Antichrist.” I personally do not feel comfortable with that circumstance.
1. DANIEL – “Little horn” –
“I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things” (Dan 7:8).
“And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered” (Dan 8:9-12).
2. DANIEL – A “horn,” or ruler that is different from the other rulers –
“And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time” (Dan 7:24-25).
3. DANIEL – a “King” –
“And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honor the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things” (Dan 11:36-38).
4. PAUL – “Son of perdition” –
“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” (2 Thess 2:3).
5. PAUL – “The man of sin” –
“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; 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, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thess 2:4).
6. PAUL – “The Wicked One,” or “Lawless One” –
“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thess 2:8-10).
7. JOHN – “The False Prophet” –
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet” (Rev 16:13).
“And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone” (Rev 19:20).
“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” (Rev 20:10).
8. JOHN – “The Beast” – “And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them” (Rev 11:7).
“And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” (Rev 13:2-4).
“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. 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. 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: 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. 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” (Rev 13:14-18).
“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name” (Rev 14:9-11).
“And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God” (Rev 15:2). “And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image” (Rev 16:2).
“And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain” (Rev 16:10).
“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet” (Rev 16:13).
“And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone” (Rev 19:20).
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Rev 20:4).
“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” (Rev 20:10).
You can access my commentary on the book of the Revelation for a detailed exposition of all of these texts. The link is. http://wotruth.com/revelationindex.htm
The questions you asked were, “What nation does he come out of & how old will he be? Does he have to have a multi-race & multi-religion background? Does he have to be Jewish or Roman or a middle eastern nation or can it be a nation like the United States? Is it possible to have a female anti-christ?” If we limit ourselves to the Scriptures, which I do, none of those questions are answerable. God has not revealed an answer to them, which means they are not even valid questions. I have given you every verse in the Bible that mentions the word “Antichrist.” None of them address these questions. I have also given you other texts that certain teachers say are speaking of the “Antichrist” – even though none of the texts say that, nor did Jesus of the Apostles refer to them as speaking of “the Antichrist.” Even those texts do not address the questions you have asked.
The Word of God exhorts us to “avoid foolish questions” – that is, questions that cannot be satisfactorily answered (Tit 3:9). They also inform us that such questions “gender strifes,” or cause needless arguments because they cannot really be answered (2 Tim 2:23).
Whether we are speaking about the texts that directly mention the word “Antichrist,” or those texts that men thing refer to such a person, the point of Scripture is that such an enemy is going to be overthrown. Jesus will destroy Him “with the spirit of His mouth and the brightness of his coming” – 2 Thess 2:6. The coming of such a person is said to be “after the working of Satan” (2 Thess 2:8).
Jesus said “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (Matt 24:5). He spoke of “false Christ’s” (Matt 24:24; Mark 13:6; Luke 21:8). He simply instructed us to pay no attention to them, listen to them, or follow them.
Question: Our current president came up from his party virtually unknown. He beat all the major competition from his party & the other party with ease. I heard his speech in Germany - the language he used sounds like he wants to rule the world. He seems to be an agent of peace. He has done nothing major but has a unnatural following. Women are having dreams about him (if you know what I mean) reported by major newspaper. (ny times blog) People are worshiping his body. (According to Fox news) In town hall meetings people are referring to him as God. (a recent meeting in Florida) His opponents ad campain referred to him as the one (the messiah) (searchable on youtube, paid for by the person of the other party). World leaders love him & have high hopes for him even though he hasn't been office for even a month yet. I noticed he does not tell people to stop refering to himself as God. He lets people refer to him as God. Could this man be the anti-christ? Or do you believe he isn't the real anti-christ but is preparing the world for the real anti-christ? There is many more thoughts & questions about this topic that bothers me but I think I've asked enough for this email. I look forward to hearing from a bibically educated man like yourself.
As to president Obama being “the Antichrist,” I do not believe this is so. He does have a lot of things against him. I question that he is born again. He has taken some stands that are contrary to the will of God – but all of that can be said of quite a few presidents.
As you can see, it has taken quite a while to address the matters you mentioned (previous quesfion). In my judgment, however, all of this time has yielded no real benefit, because God Himself has not addressed the questions. In my judgment, it is wrong to pursue this kind of knowledge. I recommend looking into the Person of Jesus Christ, for that is the One concerning which God has given a record. When we truly know Him, we will be able to recognize intruders and avoid them.
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