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Jesus coming ever imminent.

In Anti-Christ, Apostacy, The end of the AGE, The Last Days, The Second Advent on December 14, 2011 at 8:00 am

Yesterday,  we tried to show you that the coming of Jesus in the future is a certainty.  Today, we establish the fact that the coming of our Lord is ever imminent.  Imminent means impending, threatening, near. What we mean by the coming of the Lord being ever imminent is that Jesus is likely to come for His Bride at any moment.

Let us examine the 24th chapter of Matthew, the 13th chapter of Mark, the 17th and 21st chapters of Luke.  These chapters predict the second coming of the Lord.  What do we here find portrayed?  A thousand years of peace prior to the coming of Jesus and leading up to that event?  No.  The picture is a dark one. “As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.” How were the days of Noah?  Let God answer.  “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” — (Gen. 6:5.)  This does not sound like there was a thousand years of peace and righteousness immediately preceding the flood.  Our post-millennial brethren tell us that there will be a thousand years of peace preceding the coming of our Lord; but God says‘, ” As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” — (Matt. 24: 37.)  “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot . . . even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” — (Luke 17: 28-30.)

How was it in the days of Lot? Let God answer. “The cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous.” — (Gen. 18: 20)  “Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” — (Jude 7.)  “For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.” — (2 Peter 2:8) This does not sound as though we shall have a thousand years of peace before Jesus comes.

“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” — (Matt. 24: 14.)  Some think that this text teaches that all the world will be converted before Jesus comes. There is no such intimation in the text. The gospel is now preached in many places, but in no place are all converted.

“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 Thes. 2: 3, 4)

Will ” that man of sin “ be revealed, destroyed, and then a thousand years of peace ushered in before the coming of Jesus? Let God answer. “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 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.” — 2 Thes. 2: 7, 8. In this text we are expressly told that the ” man of sin” (the Antichrist) will continue until Jesus comes, and that Jesus will destroy the “man of sin” with the brightness of His coming. How then can we say that a thousand years of peace will precede the coming of Jesus?

The above few passages I have given in contradiction to the post-millennial doctrine.

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The Anti-Christ

In Anti-Christ, Apostacy, demonisim, The Last Days on December 7, 2011 at 8:00 am

In Revelation,the anti-Christ is represented as the beast with ten horns which rises out of the sea (Rev. 13: 1-8). This beast of Rev. 13: 1-8 is the same one that is referred to in Rev. 17:3, 7-18, and is evidently identical with the beast of Dan. 7: 7, and seems, in the first place, to designate some antichristian world-power, either political or spiritual,—a view which does not however, exclude the notion that this power may finally culminate in one king, the eighth, the personal Antichrist, which John also describes as “the beast”, which ” goeth into perdition “ (Rev. 17: 11), recalling the language of 2 Thess. 2:3. At all times there have been many antichrists (opposers of Christ) in the world; but according to Paul (2 Thess. 2: 3-10), all the antichristian and Satanic powers will at last be concentrated in a single human being.

If we closely follow all the features drawn in Scripture, the Antichrist of the last times combines within himself also the marks of a worldly tyrant, after the pattern of Antiochus Epiphanes, a ruler who founds a secular kingdom. He is called “the adversary” (of Christ), “the man of sin “, “the wicked one”, “the lawless one “, because he exalts himself above all law, whether human or divine. His appearance is marked by Satanic signs and wonders. He denies that Christ is come in the flesh (1 John 4: 2, 3) exalts himself above all that is called God, or the worship of God, and gives out that he is God (2 Thess. 2: 4). The ally of antichrist is the false prophet, who is described in the Book of Revelation as the beast out of the earth (i. e. the ordered, cultivated world, in opposition to the beast out of the sea, nations in a state of turbulence). The false prophet, or the beast out of the earth (Rev. 13: 18), is like a lamb in appearance, but speaks like a dragon, speaks poisonous, seductive and deceitful words, brings forward such proofs against the Christian faith, that, if it were possible, the very elect would be deceived, and think that Christianity had been but a dream which Christendom had dreamed through a series of centuries, but from which it had now awakened.

Then will great tribulations befall believers, since all who do not receive the mark of the beast and pay homage to the antichristian world-power, must suffer martyrdom, while the multitudes live in worldliness and security. All who have any degree of skill in placing the signs of the times in the light of God’s Word, will not mistake the fact that those elements are more and more showing themselves from which the false prophet is to be developed; atheistic, materialistic systems, denying God and the existence of spirit, and based upon a purely physical view of existence; a literature, which by its poetry, fictions and romances diffuses the gospel of the flesh among the masses, and upsets all moral notions. Nor can the political state of the times be misunderstood, especially the prevailing tendency to banish Christianity from public life and from the public schools, to undermine all authority, and to break with all historical traditions.

But his ascendency will be of short duration, only “until a time and times and the dividing of a time,” generally understood, from comparison of prophetic statements of time, to mean three years and a half—a brief period, no doubt. In the height of his Satanic power and false pretensions and God-defying arrogance, and when his adherents “ shall say, Peace and safety, sudden destruction shall come.” (1 Thess. 5 : 3.) The Lord Jesus will appear, “coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory,” and ” will consume him with the breath of his mouth, and will destroy him with the brightness of his coming.” This will be the end, the closing event of the present aeon. Then will begin” the times of restoration,” “and the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High.” (Dan. 7 : 27 ; Rev. 20 : 4.)

The Apostle Paul has told us (2 Thess. 2: 6) that antichrist cannot come till a power, not further defined by the apostle, but a hindering power, well known to his readers of those days, be taken out of the way.  The believing Church is directed, during this whole period of tribulation and continuance of the antichristian government, to the words: “Here is the patience and the faith of the saints” (Rev. 13: 10). The parable of ” the wise and foolish virgins” (Matt. 25: 1-13) will then be fulfilled in the widest sense. While the Lord delays his coming, while believers are surrounded by the material powers of persecution and the spiritual delusions of the false prophet, they are tempted to become spiritually faint and weary, and to slumber and sleep, with lamps burnt down and going out. The great thing for us to do is to adhere to the prophetic word, and to take heed thereto, as to a light shining in a dark place (2 Pet. 1: 19), which has faithfully told us of all these things before, that they may not overtake us unprepared.