Day 2 The Rise of the Beast
This is day two of a seven day series. To begin at Day One then please click here.
Please either listen to the three minute audio or read the notes below or both at the same time!
Yesterday we looked at the perfect storm that is coming on this world and today we explore one element of this stormy tribulation which will be the rise to power of the infamous anti-Christ. This is a rather dark message today but persevere and we will get to the good news tomorrow! I promise!
Revelation 13:7 ‘He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them.’
Daniel 7:20 ‘…the other horn looked more imposing than the others and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully. As I watched, this horn was waging war against the saints and defeating them, until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgement in favour of the saints of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.’
2 Thessalonians 2:4 ‘He will oppose and exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple proclaiming himself to be God.
The rise of this end-time beast is well described within scripture. When Satan is cast to earth, he will take bodily refuge in a person who will have completely surrendered himself to the evil one.
Some have described him as being a fantastic international figure but he may well be just another middle-eastern political thug who is empowered by Satan. He will launch a formidable shock-and-awe wave of persecution against both Israel and the Church.
His onslaught against the righteous will be swift and furious and woe to those who are ill-prepared. However, he will be killed by Christ Jesus when he returns in power and glory.
2 Thessalonians 2:8 ‘And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendour of his coming.’
Some try to deny or ignore the future emerging of this anti-Christ figure and I would assert that this is the height of irresponsible folly.
The brief earthly reign of this evil imposter will be ferocious indeed but our confidence will always be in the One who will overthrow him.
Tomorrow we explore the good news of the tribulation!
Thank you for reading!
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