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THE PROPHETIC SERIES:THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS IS THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY PART 4

Who is the Antichrist?

There is a man the church believes is going to take over the world, enforce the world population to receive his "mark" of the beast which they believe to be 666 or somehow connected to it, and the current most popular way this is said to be done these days is by the Mondale computer chip which is the size of a grain of rice (probably smaller by now) and easily able to be inserted underneath the skin by syringe.

4o years ago we were saying that it this mark of the beast is going to be somehow administered by the technology that will be present, in the time it happens. Probably by some type of laser beam that lightly "brands" people in the head and hand.

By the 70's we were saying that this mark was the bar code which was just then being promoted to go on certain products in the stores, and able to be read by a laser beam on the cash register. The cash registers had not been all turned into computers at the time so this seemed a far fetched idea, but technology persisted and the Bar Code was implemented, finally, on every product that was sold in public stores.

The bar code was rather large and how exactly we would get that under our skin was a challenge in itself. Christians who were futurists were happy about that because that meant that the Great Tribulation was coming soon, and with that, the Antichrist and then the second coming of Christ. Happy happy happy. Happy enough to celebrate. But let's not put the cart before the horse.

Soon after was the computer chip, and there was the answer as to how the mark of the beast would be then downloaded onto a computer chip, still then very large at that, and carefully implanted underneath the skin of the forehead, taking care to cut into the folds of the skin so as not to leave a scar, and then the back of the hand.

Bulky as it may sound, christians were then gleefully awaiting the day when they would have to make the decision to refuse the mark of the beast, and then came the questions if you can get it, then have it removed, but then THEY would know it was removed when they find out they couldn't monitor your every move anymore.

Then the "chip" kept getting smaller and smaller, as we excitedly watched as the demonic technology of our day, with the knowledge that had been increased, worked feverishly to experiment with this "tracker" chip, as it was implanted into animals and even experimented on in very small cities in Scandinavia. Who knows how that turned out.

Now the "chip " is so small and they are working on making it smaller and now discovering that they can not only make computer chips micro sized, but that they can also attach them to cells of the body and even nerves to become part of the humanoid physique.
There would be no doubt now that this "man of sin" will take over and use this "weapon" to implement his mark on the world population now.

But where is he? Some said 40 years ago that he was alive and well in Russia, maybe Moscow. Some said that he was in Israel, and some said he was in America,stil others were sure and even had prophecies of him being in Lybia or coming out of Egypt and being trained by the government. Still others said he was in the Illuminati, being raised by a witch, and had been fathered by Satan himself, such as in the movie Rosemary's Baby.

But where is he today, 40 years later? If he was a young man in the 60's he would be well in his 70's by now wouldn't he? Something is for sure, if he wasn't in Russia, or Israel, or Lybia or Egypt, although there are many antichrists in all of those places, in fact , in every country of the world there are antichrists and the spirit of antichrists. So with so many antichrists around who is he? Who is he and where is he and why has he not shown up by now?

Certainly you would think that someone who has been so promoted and has received such a following by Christians who are eager to even help him to power so that they can bring on the Great tribulation and thus Armageddon, would show his face and take his place in history as the last Hitler of all time?

Where is he and where is his mark? Well, maybe there are wicked and evil men who are conspiring to take over the world, as always, with their Dr.No, Goldfinger, or wicked witch of the west attitude. Leaders who are on the verge of catapulting us all into WWIII.
Some say maybe it will even be a lady, a female Jezebel type of leader who will be the antichrist.

Let us take a look into the Bible and see exactly what it says about an antichrist and look at the only places where it actually uses the term "antichrist"

1Jo 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: (hour in the ESV) and as ye have heard that ANTICHRIST shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. (or hour)
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 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.

SO THERE IT IS , FOLKS. Every place in the Bible (KJV) that uses the term antichrist. Please read those verses and see if there is anything in there that matches the description of the antichrist that the church says is still destined to take over the world and kill all he can who will not worship him......

John says it is the last hour, pretty late. so if we are in the end time now, that is a pretty long hour don't you think? a 2000 year hour?
Many antichrists, hmmmm hasn't hit it yet.
So the antichrist is a liar and denies Jesus is Christ. Know anyone like that? He would also deny the Father and the Son too. Ever hear about anyone who would fall into that category?

Many deceivers.........who confess not that Jesus is come in the flesh.......THIS is a deceiver and an antichrist.

So there it is, now you know how to recognize the antichrist. Seen anyone like that lately?

So now that we know who the antichrist is, at least we know who he isn't , lets take a look at the only place in the Bible that mentions about some kind of a mark that someone will put on someone and if they do not get it they cannot buy or sell.

Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Here it is, the ONLY verse in the entire Bible that says anything about a mark of a beast and buying or selling. You cannot find it anywhere else even if you tried. And most people don't even want to try.

Let us dig a little deeper into this and see what this is talking about shall we?

Here it is in the ESV (English Standard Version) which is very close to the KJV in literature and much easier to read being very readable and agreeable with the English mind, and also a very literal translation.

The Second Beast

11Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon.12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.13 It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people,14and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.15And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain.16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead,17so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.18This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.

So there you have it....the beast comes....and promotes his mark....which by the way, is not 666. It says The Mark of the beast was the NAME of the beast OR the NUMBER of his name, and the number of his name is 666. The Hebrew numerical value for the name of the beast is 666.

Now here is wisdom , the Bible says. In other words, the people in the first century listening to this were expected to understand all of this and what exactly this meant. To understand this was to have wisdom and calculate the number of this beast. in other words, to calculate the number of the beast in Hebrew numericals, they had to know his name already! They, who were in the first century church already knew who this was talking about! If you take the name NERO and calculate his name into Hebrew numerals, what do you think you get? We get the number 666. 666 was the number of the name of the roman Emperor Nero!

Now how much do you really know about history? Did you know that Nero was the greatest persecutor of the Christians, who tortured them, killed them by crucifixion, burning them at the stake, impaling them, feeding them to the lions, and had them scourged to death, men women, children babies and even pregnant women?

He was much much worse than Paul who was Saul before. He was worse than Hitler, worse than any other persecutor of the Christian faith.
Nero's campaign was against the whole Christian movement at the time and he was trying to wipe it out completely so that there would not even be any record of their existence left! He was ruthless and persistent!

Now mind you, Revelations can be a pretty confusing book, and if it is taken literally, which most of the prophecies and visions were not meant to be, you will definitely come to the wrong conclusions like so many others have. I don't claim to be able to understand every single verse, but I am working on it in study and research and prayer, but just when you think you know the answer, the Lord often throws you a new factor, and you have to go back and refigure.

That the book of Revelations was not directly written to us here in the 21st century is evident by various descriptions of the book, that I will share here.

Rev 1:1

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

1. IN THIS FIRST VERSE, IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THE REVELATION IS JESUS CHRIST'S REVELATION GIVEN TO HIM BY GOD, AND THAT HE IS SHARING IT WITH HIS SERVANTS...JOHN, AND THOSE WHO WERE THERE WITH HIM IN THE FIRST CENTURY CHURCH.

2. IT IS ALSO OBVIOUS BY READING HERE THAT IT SAYS "THINGS THAT MUST SOON TAKE PLACE" IN THE KJV IT SAYS "SHORTLY" WHICH MEANS "QUICKLY" OR "SOON"MANY HAVE JUSTIFIED THIS PROPHECY BEING FOR THE 20TH AND 21ST CENTURIES BY STATING THAT HE "MEANT" IT TO BE FOR HIS SERVANTS IN THIS AGE WE ARE LIVING IN NOW, AND NEVER INTENDED IT TO BE FOR JOHN AND HIS FIRST CENTURY CHURCH. THIS IS MERELY AN OPINION, AN INTERPRETATION, AND THOSE WHO WOULD INTERPRET GOD'S WORD THIS WAY SHOULD BE CAREFUL AS YOU MAY BE EARMARKED TO RECEIVE THE PLAGUES WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK"

Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

AND ALSO I WOULD WATCH OUT ABOUT TAKING ANYTHING AWAY ALSO:
Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book.

IT IS ALSO EVIDENT THAT THE EARLY CHURCH UNDERSTOOD THE APOCALYPTIC LANGUAGE THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS WAS WRITTEN IN, WHICH TO THEM WAS NO MYSTERY. THEY WERE WELL ACQUAINTED WITH IT, AS IT WAS A VERY POPULAR FORM OF WRITING IN THOSE DAYS, AND THAT IS WHY IT SAYS:

Rev 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.

IT SAYS THAT THEY WILL BE BLESSED IF THEY READ IT AND KEEP IT. HOW CAN YOU KEEP IT IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND IT? HOW CAN YOU KEEP IT IF IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PERCEIVE? THE EARLY CHURCH WAS ABLE TO UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE WORDS OF THIS PROPHECY AS THEY LEARNED THIS APOCALYPTIC LANGUAGE WHICH WAS VERY POPULAR IN JOHN'S DAY. SO MUCH THE SO THAT JESUS EVEN FREQUENTLY USED IT, WHICH IS WHY HIS WORDS ARE WIDELY MISUNDERSTOOD WHEN USING THIS FORM OF LANGUAGE TO EXPRESS HIS PARABLES AND PARABOLES.

Rev 2:10 “‘Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.

JESUS IS SAYING THAT THEY WERE ABOUT TO SUFFER PERSECUTION THEN, IN THAT TIME. WHEN YOU REALIZE THAT THE BOOK OF REVELATION WAS WRITTEN ABOUT 64 AD., 4 YEARS BEFORE THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM BY THE ROMANS, THENIT BECOMES MUCH CLEARER AS TO WHY JESUS IS SAYING WHAT HE SAID.

THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS WAS WRITTEN TO THE 7 CHURCHES IN ASIA, BECAUSE THEY WERE ALREADY SUFFERING THE GREATEST PERSECUTION AGAINST CHRISTIANS EVER, BY NERO, AND THAT WAS ABOUT TO INTENSIFY CONSIDERABLY! JESUS WAS COMFORTING THE CHURCH TO GIVE THEM THE STRENGTH AND COURAGE TO GO THROUGH THIS TIME OF TROUBLE.

HERE IS ANOTHER VERSE THAT PROVES THAT JESUS EXPECTED THE EARLY CHURCH TO UNDERSTAND THESE PROPHECIES:

Rev 2:11

“‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’

HE REPEATS THIS HERE:Rev 2:29

“‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

AND ALSO HERE: Rev 3:13

“‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

AND AGAIN HERE: Rev 3:22

“‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
SO IF NO ONE WAS GOING TO BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THIS BOOK OF HTE BIBLE UNTIL THESE DAYS WE ARE LIVING IN TODAY, WHY WAS THE HOLY SPIRIT TELLING PEOPLE THEN TO HEAR WHAT WAS BEING SAID TO THE CHURCHES? IF IT WASN'T MEANT TO BE UNDERSTOOD UNTIL NOW, THEN HOW WERE THEY SUPPOSED TO UNDERSTAND IT AND KEEP IT? HOW CAN YOU KEEP SOMETHING OU DO NOT UNDERSTAND?

Because the early church DID understand it! And it was a warning to them, and a comfort to them, it was a commandment and a guide , a light to them to show them direction in the midst of the most horrible wide spread persecution of the church!

In fact it cannot even be compared with the persecution the church is suffering now in some "antichrist" countries. Sure there is still persecution, but it isn't the antichrist or because of a mark of a beast. It is because the martyrs suffering now have been faithful to preach and live their faith and so they that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution as Jesus Himself said.

But it is not world wide and never will be. THIS persecution by Rome of the early church was WORLD WIDE and reached every edge of the territory that the Romans ruled over, every uttermost part of the Roman Empire, which was all of the known civilized world in those days! And this went on for years just before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.

So what is the mark of the beast? History tells us that Nero had his image engraved on every coin, and he even had his image engraved on a very large plaque and displayed INSIDE the Jewish temple. IT WAS MANDATORY FOR ALL TO BOW DOWN AND WORSHIP HIS IMAGE AND PROCLAIM NERO GOD! ALL THOSE WHO REFUSED WOULD BE BEHEADED! NUFF SAID?
THE NAME NERO IN HEBREW NUMERALS ADDS UP TO 666! THERE IS A LOT MORE RESEARCH YOU CAN DO ON THIS SUBJECT ON THE INTERNET, FOR FREE, AND SINCE WE DIDN'T STUDY HISTORY THE WAY WE SHOULD HAVE , OR FORGOT IT, MAYBE WE SHOUDL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FREE INTERNET INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT OUR FINGER TIPS!

STAY TUNED FOR PART 4 WHERE WE REVEAL WHO THE MAN OF SIN AND THE MAN OF PERDITION ARE, AND ALL THE OTHER SO CALLED SYNONYMS ATTRIBUTED TO THIS ANTICHRIST PERSON WHO IS SUPPOSED TO BE SO POWERFUL THAT HE MESMERIZES THE WHOLE WORLD AND DUPES THEM INTO FOLLOWING HIM!

SO FAR I HAVEN'T SEEN ANYONE ON THE WORLD LEADERSHIP SCENE WHO IS SMART ENOUGH TO DO THAT, AND DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT THE WORLD BEIG SO WELL INFORMED AS IT IS TODAY WOULD LET SOMEONE JUST WALK RIGHT IN AND TAKE OVER AND START BEHEADING PEOPLE FOR NOT BOWING DOWN TO HIM?

I DO NOT THINK HE WOULD EVEN LAST 3 AND A HALF YEARS! IN FACT IN TODAY'S FAST MOVING WORLD, HE WOULDN'T EVEN LAST ONE WEEK! DON'T KID YOURSELF!












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