Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Spirit of Antichrist--Unbridled Lust

And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.  And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.

Exodus 32:17-18

There is probably not a better day than today to discuss the spirit of antichrist.  On the Hebrew calendar it is the 17th of Tammuz—the day that Moses smashed the tablets containing the Ten Commandments.  Why?  Because the people wanted a god they could control, their own god, and not the LORD God of Heaven and Earth.  In their wicked celebration they show another aspect of the outbreak of the spirit of antichrist.  It is the spirit of unbridled lust.

GOD spoke to Moses as the prophet was about to descend the mountain telling him that the people had corrupted themselves (Exodus 32:7).  This Hebrew word also carries the connotation of perversion.  He descends to a point where Joshua finally heard and proclaimed that there was a noise of war in the camp.  This verse is not an accident, but a statement about the spiritual warfare that is taking place behind the scenes.  We don’t wrestle flesh and blood! God’s people were found naked to their shame.  They were first exposed by their sin to the judgment of God.  This is what is behind satan’s attempt to turn people away from sex ordained by God in a marriage relationship between one man and one woman.  The enemy wants them exposed to the LORD’s righteous anger.  When the spirit of antichrist runs rampant in a land or around the world, perversion and lust, disguised as “love” follow.  What kind of love is it? Not what God defines for "God is love" so the definition of love is defined in His person and teachings. 

It is no secret that all of the ancient cults and mystery religions (all of them trace back to ancient Babylon) contained acts of sexual perversion.  This is one of the many reasons that idolatry was forbidden, and this is seen often in the Bible.  So, secondly, the people of God were actually naked and dancing provocatively before the calf.   In Numbers 25 the people are also caught “naked”.  The wicked prophet Balaam counseled a pagan king to have temple prostitutes set up shop near the tents of the Israelites.  The spirit of antichrist would once again lead the people to a place where God’s redemptive correction would bring punishment.  Notice that the worship of idols is directly linked to sexual immorality.  Paul would later deal with the same thing in 1 Corinthians as men in the church were visiting the temple brothels of the town’s patron goddess.  There is nothing new under the sun.  America and the nations of the world are dealing with the same thing.  It is a universal outbreak and a sign of the lateness of the hour.

“And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel…And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel (Numbers 25:2-3, 8).”  

Notice that the Midianite temple prostitute and the man of Israel were in the tent caught in the act.  It says that they were even brazen about it.  Had it not been for the righteousness of Phinehas, the grandson of Aaron, the antichrist spirit of unbridled lust would surely have caused greater judgment.  As a side note for a future post, the children of these immoral liaisons were later offered on the altars of the pagan gods.  It was post birth abortion—another sign of the presence of the antichrist spirit is the murder of children in the name of convenience.

Look at the above map which currently is a slight bit outdated now after last week with the wicked debacle at the Supreme Court.  Left unchecked, a spirit of lust and perversion will lead to homosexual behavior and the persecution of the righteous (for another post).  This is the point of the Holy Spirit in Romans 1. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet (Romans 1:26-27).” Many argue about the meaning of a falling away first but their arguments are moot at this point.  These nations above (and America just joined the ranks) are all former Christian nations.  Yes, the spirit of Antichrist is alive a well and growing universally. 

In the prior post “The Spirit of Antichrist” the demented ruler, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, was mentioned as a type of the antichrist related to the prophecies of Daniel.  He wanted the definition of morality changed and tried to lead the people of Israel into idolatrous perversion including homosexuality. Antiochus was a follower of Zeus and desired to unite all humanity under one perverse and godless religion (another future post). This was the normal thing to do.  The Hellenistic culture was steeped in homosexuality.  Zeus, himself, was a homosexual god and a pedophile.  His affair with the youth, Ganymede, is the stuff of myths and legend.  The worship of Zeus included homosexual priests and homosexual worship (as well as the sacrifice of children from female prostitutes).  Changing his name to Jupiter during the days of Rome didn’t do much to change the perversion—of course not.  Whether it is Bel Marduk, Baal, Molech, Osiris, Zeus, or Jupiter, they all are the same sex worshipped idol.  Behind the disguise of these and any false gods or goddesses, it is the face of satan, the founder of the antichrist spirit.  Did I mention that all of these gods had a "bull" form much like the calf worshipped by the Israelites?  Hmmmm.....

A Statue of Zeus and Ganymede 

God calls us to willingly offer ourselves as a living sacrifice.  This is to be done lovingly in view of the great cost of salvation purchased by the crucifixion of Jesus Christ for our sin.  Paul clearly addressed this in Romans 12:1-2, and he often added that God forbids us to willfully sin that grace may abound.  Offer yourself freely and call on the LORD if you are corrupted and compromised lest your nakedness cause the punishing hand of God to act.  Thank God for His eternal promises.  The same Apostle John who warned us of the coming of the antichrist spirit also left us with a glorious promise, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).” 

There is a noise of war in the camp accompanied with a noise of godless, perverse worship and immorality.  Take to war saints and expose it for what it is because Jesus Christ is Soon2Come!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Spirit of Antichrist

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

Just what does the spirit of antichrist look like?  For that matter, what does the “falling away first” mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 look like?  These are both very important questions to answer if we are to understand the times before the end and the eventual rise of the son of perdition.  Most are looking for a man, but John warned centuries ago that the spirit of antichrist, a demonic, satanic spirit, was already at work in the world.  He was one of many New Testament writers that consistently warned about how this wicked spirit would gain control of the earth in the end of days shortly before the unveiling of the wicked one.  Hopefully, in the next few posts we can investigate this and answer the questions, “Has the world gone mad?” and “What on earth is going on?”

The first hint about the prevalence of an antichrist spirit is that humanity can be god-like while casting away the truth of the LORD.  Although the attempt to cast the LORD away is vain, this wickedness deludes society into trying.  This is seen in the prophetic second Psalm—a Psalm celebrating the coronation of Christ the King upon the Earth in the very near future.  “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us (Psalm 2:1-3).”   It is a defiant spirit of mockery which God answers in kind, “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion (Psalm 2:4-6).”  The LORD laughs at their plan in scorn (Derision--lä•ag-to laugh in scorn, deride).

There are several historic shadows of the antichrist such as Antiochus IV Ephipanes, and the Emperor Hadrian (Hadrian = the Dark One).  Antiochus is an important type; consequently, his folly is directly related to the Book of Daniel as a type of the antichrist and the antichrist spirit.  His name, Antiochus Ephiphanes, translates to “God manifest”.  Ironically, Antiochus could also be rendered as stubborn or resistant. Is it not the manifestation of a stubborn, rebellious spirit that is currently invading the world?  This man thought he was Zeus (such a prophetic warning that I wished I had space to elaborate on it).  As a result, he set about to bring the world under one “truth”.  It was not truth—it was a satanic lie.  Now look at Psalm 2 above again.  Notice the idea of banding together in resistance to break the “cords” of the LORD?  Whenever the moral code firmly established by GOD is willfully being tossed in a land or around the world, rest assured, the spirit of antichrist is present.  It is man’s pathetic attempt to be their own god.  He who sits in the Heavens laughs—HE has neither equal nor counselor.

Just what are the “cords” of the LORD?  They are HIS teachings, institutions, edicts, and laws.  This is why the 10 Commandments is banned.  Why do we need manger scenes, or prayer in public?  It breeds a spirit of offense towards anything that reminds one about the sovereignty of GOD Almighty while at the same time it glorifies sin and wickedness.  That is why the Word of God is mocked, banned, or illegal around the globe.  This is why God’s true definition of marriage is derided—one man and one woman.  This is why former Christian nations are bent on establishing perversion as a gift of God.  This is why any, every, and all reminders of the truth of God in any form are tossed aside like refuse.  However, it is all for nothing.  It is vain.  When Jesus returns, it is not going to be a time for a universal, politically correct group hug; no, He is coming back to reign with a rod of iron.  In Psalm 2:7-9 we hear the voice of the KING of Kings speak.  He says, “Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel,” as He relays the command of the Father. 

There are many indicators of the spirit of antichrist wreaking havoc worldwide:
The sanctioning of aberrant wickedness as normal--this includes but is not limited to homosexuality 
Hatred for Israel, the Jews, and Christianity
The rise of a one world government
The scouring of individual rights and societal differences
The rise of pagan religious and/or Gnostic thought
Outright anger at the righteous in the face of praising the profane and unholy

Yes there are many signs, and these will be discussed in the future, LORD willing.  Christian!  The battle lines have been drawn.  It is now time to take a stand and not bow to immorality.  Take a stand at the foot of the Cross and point the lost and dying to the blessed Lamb of Calvary. Do your part and do it quickly because the Lamb is coming next as a Lion.  Jesus Christ is Soon2Come!
If you have not yet made peace with GOD at the foot of the cross, do it today.  The LORD is about to shout a piercing answer worldwide!

Related Links:
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Will You Bow?  Persecution on the Rise Around Us
Satan's Antichrist--A Losing Venture

America!  You are in desperate trouble:The Grapes of Wrath

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A National Tragedy

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Isaiah 6:1

It was a day of national tragedy.  The revival seemed to be over.  Darkness and gloom filled the land.  For nearly fifty-two years King Uzziah had led Judah in godliness.  Though a leper at his death due to the sin of pride (PRIDE—any pride—always goes before destruction unless repented of), Judah had prospered under his reign and the land was free to worship GOD.  Now all of that changed.  Uzziah died.  Judah mourned.  The sense of pain even struck the heart of the great prophet Isaiah.  In the year that King Uzziah died, he mourned.

There is no doubt this man of God grieved much like the people around him even though Jotham, the son of Uzziah, had been the visible king of Judah due to his father’s leprosy.  Already, many were beginning to go astray under Jotham and the future seemed uncertain.  It was written of him, “And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered not into the temple of the LORD. And the people did yet corruptly (2 Chronicles 27:2).”  God needed a man with clear vision to send a message of encouragement—it was Isaiah.

Notice carefully above the word that almost seems out of place.  Most forget to say it when quoted.  It Is the word “also”.  “In the year that King Uzziah died I ALSO saw the LORD.”  In that season of sadness and despair, calamity and woe, grief and sorrow, Isaiah saw ALSO the LORD.  He was not immune to the chaos around him.  He, too, probably had questions, fears, and concern for the future.  Surely the prophet took it to prayer, and then GOD…

It is a day of national tragedy.  The revival seems to be over.  Darkness and gloom pervade the hearts of the servants of the LORD.  A handful of justices brought great sin and reproach on the nation of America.  The sin of Sodom is celebrated in the streets, and national emblems are used as prideful displays of wickedness.  Morality has died.  The sense of pain has struck the heart of every true believer.  On the day that America died morally the godly mourned.

Notice carefully above the word that seems out of place.  Don’t forget it when you quote it.  It is the word “also”.  In the year that America sanctioned ungodliness and sin look beyond the chaos—see the LORD.  There is still a throne where the Judge of Judges sits.  There is still a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel's veins. The LORD REIGNS and every knee will bow, every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is LORD.  We all have questions, fears, and concern for the future.  In your mourning, forget not to worship! Take it to prayer, then GOD…

The Immutable One, the Holy one of Israel, God our Savior is not wringing His hands paralyzed with indecision.  No! The angels are still shouting “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY” with every ounce of their being.  God saw this from eternity, and soon will act with, as America’s President said (a prophetic statement much like the prophecy that godless Caiaphas proclaimed in John 18:14 as a leader in Jerusalem), justice arrives “like a thunderbolt”.  We see the chaos, but we also SEE THE LORD!  He is High and lifted up..and HIS Son, Jesus Christ is Soon2Come!

In the Year that America has gone astray I see also the LORD.  He is High and Lifted up and His sovereignty is about to be established worldwide forever.  A bit more darkness may come—but hold on my child because joy comes in the morning!