Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
Not long back I shared a message from Daniel 3 that dealt with the rise of persecution around us for those who seek to remain true to the infallible, inspired Word of God. The focus was mainly on persecution generated from the world. That is a given with serving Christ as Jesus assured, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). It is persecution and syncretism brought from "religious" circles that is more insidious. Furthermore, the rate at which this is growing indicates that the prostitute unified religious system of the Tribulation is in its developmental stages.
Here is Nebuchadnezzar, a world leader, unifying all of the faiths of his vast kingdom into one system with him as the deity. Sound familiar? This is what will take place soon, but the Antichrist will be the center of worship. Just as the heralds of Babylon called all "people, nations, and languages" to worship the image Nebuchadnezzar erected, the false prophet will call all peoples, nations, and languages to worship the Beast. It is not by accident that this hell spawned religion is called "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" (Revelation 17:5). How do you get all people to begin to think more in union with those of different views? We just have to look at society to see that it is taking place everywhere.
First, you have to give people a hero. Nebuchadnezzar was a hero. Did he not conquer and rule the world? That is impressive. Modern man has a propensity to give credence to those who they view as having done something spectacular. How many people look to famous singers, actors, or sports stars for spiritual guidance? This even happens in Christian circles. If someone is famous and they partially agree with our views and politics, then they are rushed to the pulpit to become a movement leader whether or not their view of God's work in Jesus Christ is orthodox or not. You don't think it is true? Go to a book store and look at the top selling books. They will be from sports stars, TV personalities, successful or conservative politicians, or some other type of celebrity. When you pull the glitz and glamour away you will find many of those same authors have improper agendas and/or heretical Christian theology.
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29.
Assuredly, the Antichrist will rise to preeminence in religious thought in much the same way. He will deceive so many, and that day of deception is close. When Mormons who believe that Jesus (a son of God through a conjugal visit with Mary), and Satan are brothers, can stand at a pulpit and garner worldwide attention while those who point out the heretical beliefs are blasted as narrow minded, can you not see we are close? When a governor can call for repentance and then bring heretics to the podium to pray for revival, can you not see that we are close? When TV talk show hosts can spew all sorts of eastern philosophies having heretical "Christian" preachers agree while denigrating true Bible believers, can you not see that we are close? When Christians care more for what any celebrity of any sort says even if it is direct opposition to the Bible, can you not see that we are close? When the top selling Christian "fiction" books are heretical and churches are using them as Bible study guides while remaining undiscerning of the content, can you not see that we are close? When a man can preach absolute heresy in the form of Universalism and Gaea worship selling millions of books and most Christians can not discern the lies, can you not see that it is close and even at the door? (I could make this a longer paragraph with many other examples, but I think you get the point.) Friend, the coming of Christ is close, and so is the deception and sorrow that comes with the Day of the Lord. Get your eyes on God in Christ , stay in the Bible with Psalm 1 faith and quit looking anywhere else!
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
**I'll have more to say on this topic later. Also, I will soon be sharing a lot of news soon. I was busy doing research last week and our 29th wedding anniversary was this past weekend too. God Bless, JN