Saturday, January 26, 2013

Counterfeit--The Antichrist

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, shewing himself that he is God.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

The ultimate counterfeit of the last days is the wicked one known as the Antichrist.  However, for the majority of humans he is not an evil ruler but a great savior.  How could anyone venerate a man who destroys the lives of countless millions.  Well if they see him as a god then maybe they will assume that his actions are just.  What is interesting is the teaching of philosophies and religious notions on the deity of each human are growing daily--even in some "Christian" circles.

The prefix "anti-" can be used in a variety of ways.  Most know that it means to be against, and the Antichrist will certainly be against the Lord Jesus Christ.  This modifier also can mean an opposite.  As Jesus is the light of men the Beast is absolute darkness.  However, the word can also represent an alternate or another.  In this sense, Jesus is set aside as an alternative is brought forward.  As the LORD Jesus is completely man and completely God in one, the antichrist will also claim to be god.  It may be this understanding that will allow us to see why he will be so appealing.  He makes us all out to be "gods".  Sound ridiculous?

In the last post, Counterfeit--The True Source, the story of Eve's temptation was examined.  Satan seduced the mother of all humans with the idea that she would be like God.  Here is Genesis 3:5 as proof, "For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."   The thought of being a little god was very tempting to Eve.  She was soon eating the forbidden fruit.

The first great heresy that the early church faced was the lie of Gnosticism.  Many of the books of scripture deal with this false doctrine in its earliest forms. It was a combination of false Christianity, Jewish Mysticism, and Eastern Religion.  One of the core tenets is that there is a spark of divinity in us all.  This heresy has been propagated in many contemporary venues such as music, print, and film.  There are scores of movies that have Gnostic overtones such as:  The Matrix, Vanilla Sky, V for Vendetta, Equilibrium, The Da Vinci Code, The Truman Show, and more--many more.  In other words, it seems that our culture is purposefully being indoctrinated by the false notions of this ancient lie.  Add to this top named TV personalities teaching Eastern Religion and one just begins to see the seriousness of the threat.  It seems that the last great heresy the church might face will again be Gnosticism.

There are also many big name "Christian" teachers and preachers who promulgate the notion that we can order reality with our words like we are little gods or something.  If "Christian" leaders are also teaching this lie then one begins to wonder what it is that society is being prepared for?  Many of these Word of Faith teachers are directly influenced by EW Kenyon.  Their doctrines are his doctrines.  However, Kenyon had some seriously flawed influences.  One of those influences was none other than Mary Baker Eddy.  Eddy would found the Christian Science movement that directly teaches a form of Gnostic thought.

It seems that the idea of man as some sort of deity is out there in many forms both subtle and blatant.  Time won't permit to look at its proliferation through humanistic thought.  The point is that there seems to be ample evidence that the world is slowly being brought to understand that a super-savior is needed, one who is showing himself, and the rest of humanity as well, that he is a god.  This age is clearly being programmed to accept the Antichrist.  This is a sign that we are nearing the Day of the LORD!

If you remember the post:  As For This Jesus...,  many universally are even praying for the Antichrist using the UN's Great Invocation.  Yes!  The Day of the LORD is very near--even at the door!

There has only been one man who was and is and always will be God!  "
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever (Hebrews 13:8)."  More on this another day.  Keep looking up as He is certainly Soon2Come!  One last reminder, you need to run from anyone telling you to look within for answers to life.  We are to look unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith.  Are you looking unto Jesus?

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