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This statement is proved by the following scriptures. He will reign over only ten kingdoms that are yet to be formed inside the yet to be revived, Old Roman Empire. (Dan. 7:23-24). Only these ten kingdoms will give their power and kingdoms to him. (Rev.13:1; 17:12-17). Certain countries will escape his rule (Dan.11:40-44). Certain countries will make war on him at the very time he is supposed to be ruling the whole world (Dan. 11:40-44). Because he will reign only over ten countries inside the Roman Empire territory and because America is not inside that territoryand never will be, and because certain countries will escape him we can scripturally conclude that he will never rule America or be a world-wide dictator. Therefore, multitudes of people of many nations will also never take the mark of the beast and they will never be killed by the Antichrist for not doing so. The Bible speaks of many peoples of many nations that are left after the reign of the Antichrist, people who will be alive in the Millennium and will go up yearly to worship God (Zech. 14:16-21). This further limits the kingdom of the Antichrist to only part of the world and also limits his ability to kill every one who does not take the mark even in his own empire. According to Rev. 14:9-11 no one who has taken the mark will go into the Millennium, but will be sent to eternal Hell. That multitudes go into the Millennium proves they have not taken the mark of the beast and have not been killed, as taught by many Bible students. If the Antichrist were to kill every person who does not take his mark, and God sends to Hell every one who does take the mark, then there would be not one person left to enter the Millennium. Also, The mark of the beast will not be 666. There are three brands men will have a choice of taking in the days of the Antichrist inside his kingdom. They are his name, his mark, and the number of his name (Rev. 13:16-18). The name and mark of this man is not given in scripture; so no one will know what they are until he comes and men get to know what his name and mark will be, and what he will chose to put on his followers. The only one of these three brands that is given is the number of his name, and that is stated as being 666 in Rev. 13:18. So 666 is not the name or the mark of the beast. It is the number of the beast.

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first off,

how do you know that he will never rule over America? what are the 10???

second, anti-christs are ruling over America now, we voted them in office,

there are many anti-christ.... an anti-christ is one that goes against Christ, how have our leaders stayed with Christ in whole? shoot, our leaders were the ones that curse Abraham, and as is told, those that curse Abraham will be cursed, those that bless him will be blessed.....

if you go against Israel, you are going against Abraham, and also the House of David which is where Christ is.... no different then if you go against my son, or grandson, you are going against me.....

so,

how do you know that America is not one of the 10 that is spoken about?

are you sure the USA is not the new babylon? we are infact prostituting ourselves, selling ourselves for anything we think will help us become successful in the worlds eyes, oil, cars, bigscreen tv, game systems, anything that brings pleasure to the flesh for a very very very short time....being we (in general, our leaders pushing it) bow to baal worship, we have idols of great earthly value, we get more excited over a drug using man making a fool of himself on stage then we do about singing praises to The Creator... we have left our first love, we have turned our backs on The One That Loves Us.... That Created Us....

we kill our babies as if they mean nothing, we cut them up and offer them up as sacrafice to the god known as science....

we practice all sorts of seXual immoralities, with out even the slightest hint of any remorse, much less repentance... swim suit books mags.... two women on a cover of a mag at the super market for all to see (cosmo...).... jokes about the secretary, the nurse, the grocery store clerk... the way we dress, showing off our bodies in ways that are suppose to be reserved for only our spouse........the lust in our eyes, the movies we watch do they Glorify the Lord? or tear Him down????

The United States is far from being a Godly Nation.....

the founding fathers of this nation would not just turn over in their graves, they would come back and set us straight....

we use every term we can think of that might justify our actions, so that we can continue to live a retrobate life......

WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THE USA IS EXEMPT????????????//

we suffer a disaster, and we wonder where God is, we wonder why God would allow such a thing.......

AMERICA, WAKE UP, LOOK AT WHAT WE ARE DOING TO OUR COUNTRY AND TO ISRAEL AND TO THE WORLD AND TO CHRIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

how do you know that the USA is not going to be involved with THE anti-christ???????????//

looks to me like we are already promoting him....

mike

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first off,

how do you know that he will never rule over America? what are the 10???

second, anti-christs are ruling over America now, we voted them in office,

there are many anti-christ.... an anti-christ is one that goes against Christ, how have our leaders stayed with Christ in whole? shoot, our leaders were the ones that curse Abraham, and as is told, those that curse Abraham will be cursed, those that bless him will be blessed.....

if you go against Israel, you are going against Abraham, and also the House of David which is where Christ is.... no different then if you go against my son, or grandson, you are going against me.....

so,

how do you know that America is not one of the 10 that is spoken about?

are you sure the USA is not the new babylon? we are infact prostituting ourselves, selling ourselves for anything we think will help us become successful in the worlds eyes, oil, cars, bigscreen tv, game systems, anything that brings pleasure to the flesh for a very very very short time....being we (in general, our leaders pushing it) bow to baal worship, we have idols of great earthly value, we get more excited over a drug using man making a fool of himself on stage then we do about singing praises to The Creator... we have left our first love, we have turned our backs on The One That Loves Us.... That Created Us....

we kill our babies as if they mean nothing, we cut them up and offer them up as sacrafice to the god known as science....

we practice all sorts of seXual immoralities, with out even the slightest hint of any remorse, much less repentance... swim suit books mags.... two women on a cover of a mag at the super market for all to see (cosmo...).... jokes about the secretary, the nurse, the grocery store clerk... the way we dress, showing off our bodies in ways that are suppose to be reserved for only our spouse........the lust in our eyes, the movies we watch do they Glorify the Lord? or tear Him down????

The United States is far from being a Godly Nation.....

the founding fathers of this nation would not just turn over in their graves, they would come back and set us straight....

we use every term we can think of that might justify our actions, so that we can continue to live a retrobate life......

WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THE USA IS EXEMPT????????????//

we suffer a disaster, and we wonder where God is, we wonder why God would allow such a thing.......

AMERICA, WAKE UP, LOOK AT WHAT WE ARE DOING TO OUR COUNTRY AND TO ISRAEL AND TO THE WORLD AND TO CHRIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

how do you know that the USA is not going to be involved with THE anti-christ???????????//

looks to me like we are already promoting him....

mike

Beautifully put together; America sold out to the anti Christ very early in the piece, when they allowed the Vatican to control the political voting system by filling the country with Irish migrants.

R.C. slaves, bound under threat of ex-communication, to vote according to what their church instructed them

This was fulfilled with the election of John F. Kennedy, the first R.C. president, and look at what has happened to the moral standards, the integrity, the prosperity and sanity of your nation since then

We know the anti-Christ is Rome, but who is the false prophet?

How can the leader of the strongest nation on the earth kneel down and kiss , do obescience, to the head of the anti-Christ?

Who is your boss?

Time magazine did a very interesting series of articles on the Gulf war, in which they reported that Boris Yeltsin, Michel Gorbachov AND GEORGE BUSH, were constantly in contact with the Vatican during that exercise. Were they getting instructions?

As Bush (elder) said,"We don't want to be the world police force, but, someone has to do the job", and under who's instruction?

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None of us know if the Anti-Christ will or will not "rule" over America..but we can pretty much be guaranteed that we-America-will most certainly be right in the middle of free world trade companies (looks like we already are), one-world religious movements,(again which we already are), and anything that will promote the ability for those who have a little power in this country to remain in that position of power.. And even if he doesn't rule over us, there are too many people here who will want a piece of his pie. So whether the Anti-Christ actually takes over the seat of presidency in our country doesn't matter. The Anti-Christ will most definetly have a great adverse effect on our country.

Really doesn't matter where he rules...the Anti-Christ will come to deceive the entire WORLD into believing that he is god and people all over the WORLD will buy into his deceptions hook, line and sinker.

Blessings

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first off,

how do you know that he will never rule over America? what are the 10???

second, anti-christs are ruling over America now, we voted them in office,

there are many anti-christ.... an anti-christ is one that goes against Christ, how have our leaders stayed with Christ in whole? shoot, our leaders were the ones that curse Abraham, and as is told, those that curse Abraham will be cursed, those that bless him will be blessed.....

if you go against Israel, you are going against Abraham, and also the House of David which is where Christ is.... no different then if you go against my son, or grandson, you are going against me.....

so,

how do you know that America is not one of the 10 that is spoken about?

are you sure the USA is not the new babylon? we are infact prostituting ourselves, selling ourselves for anything we think will help us become successful in the worlds eyes, oil, cars, bigscreen tv, game systems, anything that brings pleasure to the flesh for a very very very short time....being we (in general, our leaders pushing it) bow to baal worship, we have idols of great earthly value, we get more excited over a drug using man making a fool of himself on stage then we do about singing praises to The Creator... we have left our first love, we have turned our backs on The One That Loves Us.... That Created Us....

we kill our babies as if they mean nothing, we cut them up and offer them up as sacrafice to the god known as science....

we practice all sorts of seXual immoralities, with out even the slightest hint of any remorse, much less repentance... swim suit books mags.... two women on a cover of a mag at the super market for all to see (cosmo...).... jokes about the secretary, the nurse, the grocery store clerk... the way we dress, showing off our bodies in ways that are suppose to be reserved for only our spouse........the lust in our eyes, the movies we watch do they Glorify the Lord? or tear Him down????

The United States is far from being a Godly Nation.....

the founding fathers of this nation would not just turn over in their graves, they would come back and set us straight....

we use every term we can think of that might justify our actions, so that we can continue to live a retrobate life......

WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THE USA IS EXEMPT????????????//

we suffer a disaster, and we wonder where God is, we wonder why God would allow such a thing.......

AMERICA, WAKE UP, LOOK AT WHAT WE ARE DOING TO OUR COUNTRY AND TO ISRAEL AND TO THE WORLD AND TO CHRIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

how do you know that the USA is not going to be involved with THE anti-christ???????????//

looks to me like we are already promoting him....

mike

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Hi Mike.

Yes, the USA and many other countires of the world are in trouble today such as they never was in the past, but this has nothing to do with the future rise of the Antichrist and the countries over which he shall rule over. I mean, the Scriptures are quite clear on this issue.

"the fourth beast" shall be the fourth kingdom upon the earth [from Daniel's time to Christ's coming] which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth....And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall arise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first [ten] and shall subdue three kings [of the ten, which are the other three divisions of Greece besides Syria, the one the Antichrist shall come from]" (Dan. 7:23-24), "And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have recieved no kingdom as yet: but recieve power as kings one hour [period] with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them.

The Old Roman Empire is to be revived. So, in what form will she exist. There will never be a Revived Roman Empire as a single empire ruled by one man as in the Old Roman Empire, but there will be ten separate governments formed inside this territory, as the seventh head on the beast. This kingdom could best be called the Revised Roman Empire. Rome is to exist in the form of ten kingdoms in the last days before the revelation of both Christ and Antichrist. These kingdoms will still be in existence during the appearance of both and will be overthrown, first by Antichrist and then by Christ.

In Dan. 2:40-45 we have the first picture of Rome symbolized by two legs of iron and ten toes of iron and clay. Rome never has existed yet in the form of separate kingdoms, as symbolized by the ten toes, so in order for all the prophecy to be fulfilled it must exist as such. However Rome has existed as one kingdom, symbolized by the lower part of the body, where the legs are joined to the body. Then too, Rome has existed in the form of two divisions as symbolized by the two legs of iron, representing the eastern and western divisions of the empire. The time of the existence of the ten kingdoms is clearly stated in Dan.2:44-45 as being in the day that the God of Heaven sets up a kingdom. God has yet not set up His kingdom and will not do so untill the coming of His Son, Jesus Christ, who will reign forever (Isa.9:6, 7: Dan. 7:13-14; Rev. 11:15). This proves that the Roman Empire will again exist in a new form of ten kingdoms at the time of the second advent,which will succeed old Rome as Rome succeeded the first five heads (kingdoms) on the beast. The ten toes of the two feet on the two legs of Dan. 2:38-45 represent ten kingdoms from the eastern and western divisions of Rome, five from one and five from the other. The phrase "the kingdom" is used twice in Dan. 2:40-45 and shows the unity of the ten kingdoms in some kind of loose federation.

Dan. 7:7-27 shows that there will come out of Rome ten kingdoms which will exist at the same time as the above ten kings. The additional prophecy given here is that "another little horn," called "the beast" in Dan. 7:11, will arise "after them" and overthrow three others. This little horn will continue "untill the Ancient of days" comes, and judgment is given to the saints of the Most High, and the time arrives for the saints to possess the kingdom. This relates to the coming of Christ to destroy the Antichrist and the ten kings and set up His kingdom, and proves that these ten kings and the eleventh king will all exist at the time of the coming of Christ. The ten will give their kingdoms to the eleventh or the beast, and they together will destroy Mystery Babylon, or religion in the middle of the Week, and then three and one half years later, they will fight Christ at Armageddon (Rev. 17:12-17). This beast of Dan. 7:11 is to be slain like the one in Rev. 19:20. Thus we see that Rome is to revised and exist in the form of ten separate kingdoms.

Now, regarding the Extent of Antichrist's Reign (Rev. 13:5-18)(Dan.7:23).

The question often arises, "Will the Antichrist have power over all kindreds, tongues, and nations, and will all that dwell on Earth worship him?" While this can generally be answered in the affirmative, still much depends on what is meant by all. If all is used in the most inclusive sense and is meant to include every individual in the known world today, we can say that he will not have this power, but if it is taken to mean all that God has in mind-the latter day ten kingdoms of old Rome--we can say that all will include all affected by the decree made by the Antichrist in his empire.

The following points from scripture prove that the Antichrist will not rule America or be a world wide dictator as many students of prophecy teach.

1. The word all in Rev.13 is simply part of the figure of speach called "synecdoche" in which a part is used for a whole and a whole for a part. It is frequently used in scripture as in the following examples:

1."I even I do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherin is the breath of life, from under heaven; and EVERY THING that is in the earth shall die" (Gen.6:17). If we look at this literally as men do Rev.13, we would have Noah and his family and all the animals in the ark dead, for they were also under the Heaven and in the earth and yet did not die.

2. " And they utterly destroyed ALL THAT WERE IN THE CITY, both men and women" refering to the people in Jerico when the wall fell, but "all" here must be understood in a limited sense, for Rahab and all her people were spared (Josh. 6:21-25).

3. "David and ALL THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL played before the Lord" and brought up the ark" (2 Sam.6:5,15). yet not all Israel did this, for many did not know how to play instruments and many were too young and still many more were not even gathered at that one place.

4. "Six months did Joab remain there [out of his own country] with ALL ISRAEL untill he had cut off every male in Edom" (1 Kings 11:16,17). The "ALL ISRAEL" referred to here is part of the army of Israel.

5. In Rom.1:8 Paul said, "Your faith is spoken of throughout the WHOLE WORLD," but we know he meant only that the local church at Rome was known by many in the various parts of the Roman Empire. Multitudes outside of Rome, and even many inside the Empire of Rome had never yet heard of the Christian faith, much less of the local church at Rome. The same thing is true of Col. 1:23 where we read that the gospel had been "Preached to EVERY CREATURE UNDER HEAVEN" and in Rom. 10:18 it was preached "INTO ALL THE EARTH" and ''UNTO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD" The gospel has not even yet been taken to all nations, so we know the whole world was not evangelized in Paul's day.

6. In Acts 11:28 we read of a dearth [famin] "THROUGHOUT ALL THE WORLD" which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. That famin did not cover every part of the Roman Empire much less all continents and islands of the world.

Many hundreds of examples can be given to demonstrate the word ALL is used in a figurative sense of a part, so we do not need to believe that Rev.13 and Dan.7:23 means that the Antichrist of the future will literally reign over all the earth and kill all who do not take his mark.

We must, therefore, understand the way the word "all" is supposed to be understood in a particular scripture. If it means ALL in the all inclusive sense then there will be no limitations to it in the passage itself or in other scriptures on the same subject. If it means ALL of what it has reference to specifically and it is clear that it means a part of something and this is made clear in the passage itself or in other passages on the same subject, then we must be sensible to recognize the fact that ALL is not inclusive of all men on earth. For example, when Paul said of God that it was His will that "ALL men come to the knowledge of the truth" (1Tim.2:24), we know that this means ALL MEN without exception. But when we read of ALL MEN being baptized of John and in the same passage and in other passages on the subject, it is made clear that many were not baptized, then we take it as a figurative statement expressing that a great many in the region were baptized of John. We can see in both Testaments that God used universal terms in speaking of the extent of certain kingdoms and the powers of certain kings. We can also see that these terms show that only a great part of the earth was ruled by these kings and empires. We can therefore logically conclude that the extent of Antichrists kingdom and power could likewise be limited to a part of the world. Because we can find a number of scriptures limiting his power and authority to a part of the Earth, and they plainly tell us what part of the Earth will be under him and what part will not be under him then we must limit the "ALL" of Rev.13 and Dan. 7:23 to what territory he rules over and not make it universal as many prophetical students do.

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None of us know if the Anti-Christ will or will not "rule" over America..but we can pretty much be guaranteed that we-America-will most certainly be right in the middle of free world trade companies (looks like we already are), one-world religious movements,(again which we already are), and anything that will promote the ability for those who have a little power in this country to remain in that position of power.. And even if he doesn't rule over us, there are too many people here who will want a piece of his pie. So whether the Anti-Christ actually takes over the seat of presidency in our country doesn't matter. The Anti-Christ will most definetly have a great adverse effect on our country.

Really doesn't matter where he rules...the Anti-Christ will come to deceive the entire WORLD into believing that he is god and people all over the WORLD will buy into his deceptions hook, line and sinker.

Blessings

Very well put together thought and very true. I"m just glad that I will be out of here and not have to worry.

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Read the bible. There is NO one AntiChrist that people are waiting for. There have been AntiChrists since the beginning of the New Testement. Here is how the bible describes what AntiChrists are:

1Jo 2:18 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.

1Jo 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

1Jo 4:3 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.

2Jo 1:7 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.

There are millions of AntiChrists running all over the world right now and they are described who the are by the above scriptures. You will never find in the bible where there is one AntiChrist that is going to rise up and deceive nations or rule nations.

What would you call the being that will force people to take his mark or be killed? I think it is pretty clear to many that what we call "Anti-Christ" is intended to be one and the same as this being who will appear to the entire world, force them to take his mark, worship him and kill those who do not. If you have a more correct name for this being please share it with us.

If you are not sure where you can read about him, you can find it in Revelation.

Blessings

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are you sure the USA is not the new babylon? we are infact prostituting ourselves, selling ourselves for anything we think will help us become successful in the worlds eyes, oil, cars, bigscreen tv, game systems, anything that brings pleasure to the flesh for a very very very short time....being we (in general, our leaders pushing it) bow to baal worship, we have idols of great earthly value, we get more excited over a drug using man making a fool of himself on stage then we do about singing praises to The Creator... we have left our first love, we have turned our backs on The One That Loves Us.... That Created Us....

we kill our babies as if they mean nothing, we cut them up and offer them up as sacrafice to the god known as science....

we practice all sorts of seXual immoralities, with out even the slightest hint of any remorse, much less repentance... swim suit books mags.... two women on a cover of a mag at the super market for all to see (cosmo...).... jokes about the secretary, the nurse, the grocery store clerk... the way we dress, showing off our bodies in ways that are suppose to be reserved for only our spouse........the lust in our eyes, the movies we watch do they Glorify the Lord? or tear Him down????

The United States is far from being a Godly Nation.....

I am positive that USA is NOT new Babylon.

America certainly comes over as all powerful and all important, this is reflected in quite a lot of peoples views that America is the centre of the world, even to the point of claiming that just about every unfulfilled prophecy is to revolve around the USA, it must be hard to be biggest democracy in world and not be part of anything so this has to be rectified by clutching to straws and trying to make prophecy fit into America, rather than the other way around.

If you replace all the USA

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I read an article about the fact that the first Babylon is actually being rebuilt. Figuratively I would say that the United States represents in one fashion or another every city, country and nation that has been destroyed by God. :b:

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Rev.17 is the eighth parenthetical passage and is an account in some detail of Ecclesiatcial Babylon, her identification, character, power, wickedness, judgement and destruction by the Antichrist and the ten kings, as well as an explanation of the beast and its seven heads and ten horns. It is clear that this passage is parenthetical because this religion is destroyed by the Antichrist and the ten kings in the middle of the Week so that the Antichrist worship may be established (Rev. 17:16-17). Since the beast worship is during the last three and one-half years of the Week, Mystery Babylon must be destroyed at that time (Rev. 13:1-18). Man destroys mystical Babylon (Rev. 17:16, 17), and God destroys literal Babylon (Rev. 18:5-8). God will put the idea into the hearts of the ten kings to give their kingdoms to the beast for the purpose of destroying Mystical Babylon (17:14-17), while this is not true in the case of Literal babylon. The beast and the ten kings will rejoice over the destructuin of Mystical Babylon (Rev. 17:16,17) and they will mourn over the destruction of Literal Babylon (Rev. 18:9-19). Thus it is clear that there are two Babylons in Rev.16:17-18:24.

The Identity of Mystical Babylon.

According to many Bible scholars and historians the great whore is identified as a great religious system, the Roman Catholic Church, which they claim will fulfill Rev. 17 and dominate the Antichrist for a short time during his rise over the ten kings and untill the middle of the week. Then the beast and the ten kings will destroy her (Rev.17:9-17). Even Catholics divines admit Rev. 17 is a description of their church. (See the writings of Cardinall Ballarmine and the French Prelate, Boussuet.) She has a name on her forhead, "Mystery Babylon The Great" (Rev. 17:5).

Now literal Babylon is definity the subject of Rev.16:17-21 and 18:1-24. The fact that the great whore is called mystery Babylon proves a connection with literal Babylon (Rev.17:5). Literal Babylon is the site of the first great rebellion against God after the flood of Noah (Gen.11) and the it will be the site of the last great rebellion Rev. 14:8; 16:17-21; 18:1-24). Literal Babylon is always associated with demon religions and idolatry in scripture (Isa. 21:9; 47:9-10; Rev. 18:2-3, 23).

Of all the empires taking part in the times of the Gentiles--Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome and Revived Greece, the capitol city of only one (Babylon) is mentioned in prophecy with a latter day fulfillment. Memphis, Ninecah, Shushan, Rome, ect are completly ignored in prophecy, while the capitol city Babylon is mentioned repeatedly. Babylon is the only city in the last days to be the center of scorceries, enchantments, etc. (Rev.18:23; Isa. 49:9-10, 12-13). Rome could not take Babylons place in this. Babylon is the only named city singled out as the object of Gods wrath and plagues (Rev. 16:19; 18:4, 6). If Rome was to be the great city fulfilling such prophecy it surley would have been mentioned instead of Babylon, for Rome was as well known as Babylon at the time John wrote the Revelation. The very absence of the name Rome is no mere accident. God never leaves us in doubt as to the true meaning of His revelation of events to come.

Antichrist will be king of Syria with Babylon as his capitol (Isa. 14:4). This will fulfill Dan. 8:8-9, 20-25; 11:35-45. The great whore will ride the beast (Antichrist's kingdom) in his rise to power over the ten kingdoms (Rev.17:3, 7). It should be recognized then, that she symbolizes a religion in his capitol even befor he gets power over the 10 kingdoms of Revised Rome (Rev.17:12-17) Babylon is to be a world commercial center after the rapture of the church. Then Antichrist, who will be king of Babylon (Isa. 14:4) and the Assyrian (Isa. 10:20-27; 30:18-33; 31:4-32:20; Mic. 5:3-15), will destroy this religious system and start his own worship the last 3 1/2 years of this age (Rev. 13:1-18; 14:8-11; 15:2-4; 16:2, 6; 17:12-17; 20:4-6). The word babylon is used 283 times in Scripture and only once in a symbolic sence. Rev. 17:5) Many do not believe in a future literal Babylon and argue that it is in ruins today and will be for ever, and that the Babylon of Rev. 18 is the same as the one in Rev. 17. There is to be a destruction of a literal city called Babylon under the seventh vial (Rev.16:19), for no earthquake could destroy a religious system.

Babylon was still a city in New Testament times for Peter refers to a church at Babylon (1 Pet.5:13) and the Babylonian Talmud of the Jews was produced there about 500 years after Christ. Since then Babylon has more or less been deserted and has gone into decay, but it has never been destroyed suddenly by God as has been prophesied in scripture.

"What would you call the being that will force people to take his mark or be killed? I think it is pretty clear to many that what we call "Anti-Christ" is intended to be one and the same as this being who will appear to the entire world, force them to take his mark, worship him and kill those who do not. If you have a more correct name for this being please share it with us.

If you are not sure where you can read about him, you can find it in Revelation"

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Dear Jackie d.

The Antichrist will not rule the whole world according to all these scriptures and examples of the use of the word "all" in the Bible.

Now, regarding the Extent of Antichrist's Reign (Rev. 13:5-18)(Dan.7:23).

The question often arises, "Will the Antichrist have power over all kindreds, tongues, and nations, and will all that dwell on Earth worship him?" While this can generally be answered in the affirmative, still much depends on what is meant by all. If all is used in the most inclusive sense and is meant to include every individual in the known world today, we can say that he will not have this power, but if it is taken to mean all that God has in mind-the latter day ten kingdoms of old Rome--we can say that all will include all affected by the decree made by the Antichrist in his empire.

The following points from scripture prove that the Antichrist will not rule America or be a world wide dictator as many students of prophecy teach.

1. The word all in Rev.13 is simply part of the figure of speach called "synecdoche" in which a part is used for a whole and a whole for a part. It is frequently used in scripture as in the following examples:

1."I even I do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherin is the breath of life, from under heaven; and EVERY THING that is in the earth shall die" (Gen.6:17). If we look at this literally as men do Rev.13, we would have Noah and his family and all the animals in the ark dead, for they were also under the Heaven and in the earth and yet did not die.

2. " And they utterly destroyed ALL THAT WERE IN THE CITY, both men and women" refering to the people in Jerico when the wall fell, but "all" here must be understood in a limited sense, for Rahab and all her people were spared (Josh. 6:21-25).

3. "David and ALL THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL played before the Lord" and brought up the ark" (2 Sam.6:5,15). yet not all Israel did this, for many did not know how to play instruments and many were too young and still many more were not even gathered at that one place.

4. "Six months did Joab remain there [out of his own country] with ALL ISRAEL untill he had cut off every male in Edom" (1 Kings 11:16,17). The "ALL ISRAEL" referred to here is part of the army of Israel.

5. In Rom.1:8 Paul said, "Your faith is spoken of throughout the WHOLE WORLD," but we know he meant only that the local church at Rome was known by many in the various parts of the Roman Empire. Multitudes outside of Rome, and even many inside the Empire of Rome had never yet heard of the Christian faith, much less of the local church at Rome. The same thing is true of Col. 1:23 where we read that the gospel had been "Preached to EVERY CREATURE UNDER HEAVEN" and in Rom. 10:18 it was preached "INTO ALL THE EARTH" and ''UNTO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD" The gospel has not even yet been taken to all nations, so we know the whole world was not evangelized in Paul's day.

6. In Acts 11:28 we read of a dearth [famin] "THROUGHOUT ALL THE WORLD" which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. That famin did not cover every part of the Roman Empire much less all continents and islands of the world.

Many hundreds of examples can be given to demonstrate the word ALL is used in a figurative sense of a part, so we do not need to believe that Rev.13 and Dan.7:23 means that the Antichrist of the future will literally reign over all the earth and kill all who do not take his mark.

We must, therefore, understand the way the word "all" is supposed to be understood in a particular scripture. If it means ALL in the all inclusive sense then there will be no limitations to it in the passage itself or in other scriptures on the same subject. If it means ALL of what it has reference to specifically and it is clear that it means a part of something and this is made clear in the passage itself or in other passages on the same subject, then we must be sensible to recognize the fact that ALL is not inclusive of all men on earth. For example, when Paul said of God that it was His will that "ALL men come to the knowledge of the truth" (1Tim.2:24), we know that this means ALL MEN without exception. But when we read of ALL MEN being baptized of John and in the same passage and in other passages on the subject, it is made clear that many were not baptized, then we take it as a figurative statement expressing that a great many in the region were baptized of John. We can see in both Testaments that God used universal terms in speaking of the extent of certain kingdoms and the powers of certain kings. We can also see that these terms show that only a great part of the earth was ruled by these kings and empires. We can therefore logically conclude that the extent of Antichrists kingdom and power could likewise be limited to a part of the world. Because we can find a number of scriptures limiting his power and authority to a part of the Earth, and they plainly tell us what part of the Earth will be under him and what part will not be under him then we must limit the "ALL" of Rev.13 and Dan. 7:23 to what territory he rules over and not make it universal as many prophetical students do.

The Antichrist will be a future mortal man. That he will be a man is clear from Revelation 13:18, "it is the number of A MAN; and his number is six hundred and three score and six" (Rev. 13:18). That he will be a MORTAL MAN is clear from the fact that he will be "slain" by Jesus Christ Himself at His second advent (Read Dan. 7:11; Isa. 11:4; 2 Thess. 2:7-8). If Jesus is going to slay him at His second advent, then he must be a mortal man at that time. This proves he is not a spirit being or a resurrected and immortal man from the dead.

NOT EVERY ONE WILL TAKE HIS MARK, AND HE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO KILL EVERY ONE WHO DOES NOT TAKE HIS MARK!

The Bible speaks of many peoples of all nations that are left after the reign of the Antichrist, people who will be alive in the Millennium and will go up yearly to worship God (Zech. 14:16-21). This limits the kingdom of the Antichrist to only part of the world and also limits his ability to kill everyone who does not take the mark even in his own empire. According to Rev. 14:9-11 no one who has taken the mark will go into the Millennium, but will be sent to eternal Hell. That multitudes go into the Millennium proves they have not taken the mark of the beast and have not been killed, as is taught by many Bible students. If Antichrist kills every person on Earth who does not take his mark and the Lord sends to eternal Hell everyone who does take his mark, then there would be no one left alive to enter the Millennium. This would be contrary to Zech. 14:16-21; Matt. 25:31-46; Isa. 2:1-4 and many other Scriptures.

Many nations of the Earth will be able to buy and sell and yet not be killed for not taking the mark of the beast as proved by the facts and Scriptures in the last two points above. The law that men will not be able to buy or sell applies to the kindreds, tongues, and nations that are inside the ten kingdoms of the future that will be formed inside the Old Roman Empire. If the Antichrist reigns over only these countries, then it is clear that all nations outside of his ten kingdoms will be able to buy and sell and will not be affected by any law he makes in his kingdom.

It is a fact that over half the people on Earth today have never heard the name Jesus Christ or of His gospel. Multitudes of peoples in the interior of Africa, South America, India Australia Tibet and many parts of the Earth do not know there have been two world wars in a generation. It will be equally true that these peoples will never get to know there has been an Antichrist and a great tribulation on Earth until Christ and the saints of all ages come and extend the kingdom of Christ from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth in the Millennium. To believe one human being called the Antichrist ruling over ten kingdoms inside the Roman Empire Territory, can take over the entire Earth and literally kill all who do not take his mark, is saying one human being is going to do more in forty-two months or 1260 days in establishing his religion on Earth than God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the whole Church have done in over nineteen centuries to get the gospel out.

The mark of the beast is not to be 666. There are three brands men will have a choice of taking in the days of the Antichrist inside his kingdom. They are his name, his mark, and the number of his name. (Rev.13:16-18). The name and mark of this man is not given in any scripture; so no one will know what they are until he comes and men get to know what his name will be and what mark he will choose to put on his followers. The only one of these three brands that is given is the number of his name, and that is stated as being 666 in Rev. 13:18. So 666 is not the name or the mark of the beast It is only the number of the beast.

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