Friday, April 3, 2009

The Stage is Being Set...Where are you going to Fall?

When Eric is out of town I usually fall asleep with Fox News on. I think the sound keeps me company. Well, I woke up at 1:30ish, hearing this. I was immediately jolted awake with a sick feeling in my stomach--the feeling I've gotten in the past when God is trying to get my attention. Currently, the bible study I am in is studying 2 Thessalonians. The central theme of this book is regarding the Second Coming of Christ. The verses we are studying currently is about the Antichrist who will set himself up as the ruler of our world. The Antichrist must come and set up rule before Jesus can come back:

"Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the lord has already come. Don't let anyone decieve you in any way, for that day will not come, until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God. Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing . They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this very reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness." 2 Thess. 2: 1-12

Many people will be deceived, believing that the Antichrist is divine in nature and will worship him as such. Before this can happen, though, things have to be in place such as a one world government. Pretty chilling, isn't it, that that is exactly what was discussed at the G-20 Summit? A one world government could not have seemed possible a few years ago...yet now it is being discussed and put in place. Also, this G-20 Summit just happened to take place in Europe which just happens to be the continent (specifically, the city of Rome in Italy) that many Bible scholars believe that the Antichrist will be from.

All of this shouldn't come as a surprise, as it is prophesied in the Bible--and the Bible has yet to be wrong in what it prophecies. 75% of what the Bible says will occur, has happened. There are 25% of Bible prophecies that have not yet occurred...yet it seems we might see them fulfilled in our lifetime! All of this is exciting! To think that the coming of Christ could happen in our lifetime! However, it should also give us a sense of urgency in spreading the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

The stage is being set...God's plan is falling in place...Whose side are you going to fall on? The side of Truth or the side of deceit?

1 comment:

Smelling Coffee said...

Hi Maria~ This is a fantastic post! I'm nervous and excited at the same time. I do agree that we are seeing the stage set for the lawless one to be revealed! Lord Jesus, come quickly!