The true saints of God are being prepared by Him to replace Satan and his demons in ruling over this earth. For Satan is now the "god of this age" (2 Corinthians 4:4). He is now the "prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience" (Ephesians 2:2).
Yet the Apostle Paul tells us: "Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?" (1 Corinthians 6:2-3).
Why have you not heard a lot more about this awesome purpose of the true Christian to exercise rulership in the future? Because Satan wants to block this knowledge from reaching human beings so they will be unable to replace him and his demons in ruling this earth. Therefore he, the "father" of lies (John 8:44), has deceived the vast majority of all humanity— including two billion professing Christians—regarding God's purpose for man and the way to fulfill that purpose!
Among Satan's deceits, surely none is as great as his system of "counterfeit Christianity"! The Apostles knew this was going to happen. Paul warned: "Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day [of Christ's return] will not come unless the falling away [from the Truth] comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition.. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming" (2 Thessalonians 2:3, 7-8).
Notice that this false religious system is called "the mystery of lawlessness." Shortly before Christ's return, it will be headed by a figure called the "man of sin" or the "lawless one." This man, who will perform "lying wonders" (v. 9) can be found elsewhere in Scripture as the great, miracle-working "false prophet" (Revelation 13:13; 19:20).
But realize that Paul said this false Christianity was "already at work" when he wrote these verses—even as it still is today. The proponents of this lawless system talk about love and about the Lord—but they leave out Christ's powerful instruction to keep the commandments of God! Yet we know that when the young man came to Jesus asking the way to eternal life, He answered: "If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments" (Matthew 19:17). Then Jesus began to name some of the Ten Commandments. And in His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us: "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:19).
Pray tell, who claims the authority to "do away" with this clear teaching of Jesus Christ? Does your minister, your church?
Again, Paul warned the Christians of his day: "For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted; you may well put up with it" (2 Corinthians 11:4)! Unwittingly, to be sure, most of us have grown up hearing about "another Jesus," a "different spirit" and, very definitely, a "different gospel" than the one Jesus and the Apostles preached!
Because Satan has employed every stratagem available to get people to believe the "doctrine of the Antichrist"! If you are willing to face reality, if you truly want to fulfill the very purpose for which you were born, you need to understand what that doctrine is and avoid it at all cost!
Jesus Himself warned us: "Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,'
and will deceive many" (Matthew 24:4-5). Note that it is the "many" who will be deceived. And how? They will be deceived because these "many" false teachers come "in Jesus' name." Get that! They use Jesus' own name to deceive people! They come as "Christian" preachers and teachers—but their message is obviously contrary to the message Jesus Himself preached.
Because "Christian" is stamped on the outside of the package, most people unthinkingly assume that Christ must approve of the inside of the package! But these deceived people fail to really study their Bibles. They fail to "prove all things" as God commands, so they are easily deceived by a false "Christianity" based upon the doctrine of "Antichrist."
The word "Antichrist" is first introduced in 1 John 2:18: "Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour." First of all, we see "the Antichrist" about whom they had heard. This, of course, is the "lawless one" Paul wrote about and the "false prophet" of Revelation. Yet some mistakenly identify the Antichrist as the coming world dictator and political system called the "Beast" in Bible prophecy. They forget that the real "power behind the throne" is the mysterious "harlot" of Revelation 17, and that this fallen woman "rides" or controls the Beast of Revelation.
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