The Coming Leader
He will become very strong, but
not by his own power. He will cause astounding
devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He
will destroy the mighty men and the holy people.
He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will
consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he
will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince
of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human
power (Daniel 8:24-25).
When he first comes on the scene
he'll quickly garner the world's attention.
More that just being likeable, he'll be seen as a
man with a brilliant future ahead of him, a charismatic
personality who will immediately attract and hold
everyone's interest. And when he takes center stage
after the Battle of Ezekiel 38, many will believe
he has the solution to all their problems.
In a world reeling under the twin disasters of
the mysterious disappearance of millions of Christians
and the outbreak of nuclear war in the Middle East,
he'll be a voice of calmness and reassurance.
If it seems to them like he has an almost
supernatural ability to get control of things and lead
the way to peace, it will be because he does.
He's Satan's man, masquerading as the savior of
In an early success, he'll broker a
treaty in the Middle East that will astound everyone (Daniel
9:27), causing the recently defeated Muslim nations
to agree to the building of a Temple in Israel.
Using Ezekiel 48 as his authority, he'll
show everyone involved that the new Temple doesn't
belong on the current Temple mount, but slightly more
than 20 miles to the north in Shiloh.
Sharing a space with the Dome of the Rock and the
al Aksa mosque will not be required. After thousands of
years of strife, it will appear that peace has finally
come to that war torn part of the world.
I looked, and there before me
was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was
given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on
conquest (Rev. 6:2).
everyone will immediately be convinced to line up behind
him, and for those who aren't, conquest will be the
He'll justify the need for war by convincing them that a
lasting peace depends on everyone submitting to the
authority of a single government.
Those who don't come willingly will have to be
In the process there will be an
assassination attempt that will leave him blinded in one
eye and crippled in one arm (Rev. 13:3, Zech 11:17).
But once again he will
astonish the world.
They will have thought him to be dead, but
suddenly there he'll be, alive again. As a result, His
power and influence will grow exponentially.
And soon, although it will have required much
bloodshed, the world will
be forced to accept him as their leader and wear
his mark as a sign of loyalty.
Because his goal is not to be just a world leader, but
to be worshiped as their god, he will stand in the
temple he helped to build and declare that he alone is
God (2 Thes. 2:3-4).
Using Satan's power to deceive and the
supernatural assistance of an apparition who calls
herself Mary he'll bring Islam, the Eastern religions,
New Age paganism, and what will be left of Christianity
together into one world wide religion with the sole
purpose of worshiping him.
Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority
to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and
asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against
him?” (Rev. 13:4)
In Rev. 12:9 the dragon was
identified as the ancient serpent called the devil, or
Satan, and yet just one chapter later we learn that the
people of Earth will worship him. How could the one who
has traditionally been known as
the very personification of evil suddenly become
an object of worship? The answer comes in two parts.
Part One. The Luciferian Doctrine
Lucifer is a Latin word that means
It comes to us by way of the Hebrew phrase,
heylel ben shachar, found in the Hebrew version of
Isaiah 14:12, where it refers to Satan.
Heylel means shining one, and was translated into
Latin as Lucifer. Ben
shachar means son of the dawn.
In 2 Cor. 11:14 Paul said
that Satan masquerades as an angel of light.
This tells us that in appearing as Lucifer, Satan
is not revealing his true nature, but merely the
counterfeit facade he uses to deceive mankind.
Experts say the Luciferian doctrine
is a radical revaluation of humanity's ageless
adversary, Satan, and have called it the ultimate
inversion of good and evil.
There are many variations of this doctrine, but
they all boil down to the claim that Lucifer is actually
the champion of mankind, desperately trying to bring
mankind through his final phase of evolution, the
spiritual one. This is when humans will become as gods,
like the Serpent promised Adam and Eve, and will finally
be able to live in peace and harmony in the utopian
environment mankind has dreamed of since the fall.
But first man will have to win his
freedom from the evil Adonai (Hebrew for Lord) who has
been holding him back, and that's really what the End of
the Age is all about.
Mankind is finally ready for an all out effort to
defeat Adonai and wipe out His followers, and under
Lucifer's direction and control success is assured. In
other words, it's not Jesus who came to be the Savior of
mankind, it's Lucifer.
This is not a new idea.
As we saw, it was first presented in the Garden (Genesis
It's also the motivating force behind Psalm 2:1-3,
which we've looked at before.
Why do the nations conspire and
the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take
their stand and the rulers gather together against the
against his Anointed One.
“Let us break their chains,”
they say,“and throw off their fetters.”
According to experts, the essence
of the Luciferian Doctrine can be found in every
religious system except Judaism and Christianity, and
that's why both have to be destroyed.
Even the anti-religions of Darwinian evolution,
secular humanism, transhumanism and others can be linked
to the Luciferian Doctrine. This shared core belief is
what will make it possible for all the religions of the
world to unite behind the anti-Christ and worship Satan,
while thinking they're in the right for doing so.
Part Two. The Powerful Delusion
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 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 Thes. 2:9-12).
When the Church leaves, the Age of
Grace will end and those who have refused to believe the
truth will be deceived by the miracles, signs, and
wonders that Satan will display on Earth.
These include the many appearances of the Marian
apparition with her call to religious unity, often
accompanied by supernatural healing and signs in the
heavens, and the apparent although imperfect
resurrection of the anti-Christ.
By the way 2 Thes. 2:10 is
one of the Bible's strongest statements in support of
our freedom to choose whether or not to allow the Lord's
death to pay for our sins.
How could Paul say unbelievers will perish
because they refused to love the truth and be saved
unless they could have chosen to accept it?
God has always allowed, and even
helped mankind to take our desires to their ultimate
This is a great blessing for those who desire to spend
eternity with Him, but a curse for those who want to be
rid of Him for good. Never will this be more obvious
than in the time of and just following the Rapture.
We who want more than anything to
dwell in His presence forever will receive our heart's
desire when in the twinkling of an eye we'll be whisked
off the planet to begin our adventure in Eternity.
But God will send those who have rejected His
offer of pardon a powerful delusion that will make them
certain that they made the right choice.
This delusion will cause them to believe Satan's
deceptions with such conviction that they'll follow him
to an eternity of torment in the Lake of Fire.
Please note that I don't believe
this delusion will apply to those who won't
have made a firm decision either for or against
God at the time of the rapture.
According to Rev. 7:9 untold numbers of
people from all over the world will come to faith
following the seal judgments of Rev. 6 and be
martyred for doing so.
I think the rapture will have been the final sign
they needed to make up their minds and give their hearts
to Jesus. They won't be part of the Church, but they
will have avoided eternal punishment and will be with
the Lord forever.
Through out Daniel's 70th
Week , even after numerous judgments that are obviously
from God, most of the people of Earth will continue to
reject Him. These examples tell the sad story.
The rest of mankind that were not killed by these
plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands;
they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold,
silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or
hear or walk. Nor did
they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their
sexual immorality or their thefts (Rev. 9:20-21)
They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the
name of God, who had control over these plagues, but
they refused to repent and glorify him (Rev. 16:9).
The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the
beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men
gnawed their tongues in agony
and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains
and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they
From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds
each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of
the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible
curse God and refuse to repent because their belief in
Luciferian Doctrine will result in the greatest paradigm
shift in the history of the world. Evil will be seen as
will be seen as right.
Darkness will be seen as light. One of the most
telling signs of the End of the Age is the extent to
which this is already happening in the world. But what
we're seeing today is nothing compared to the way it
will be when God causes His powerful delusion to descend
upon the left behind people of Earth. It will elevate
the Luciferian Doctrine to a fervently held religious
belief, with Satan as the object of their worship.
Psychiatrists define a delusion as
can't imagine anyone thinking they could defeat God, but
this will quickly become the mindset of the world after
the Church is gone.
The delusion God sends will help the unbelieving
world to take their desire to be rid of Him to it's
ultimate conclusion. It will allow them to believe
they're justified in uniting against Him, and that they
actually have the ability to defeat Him.
strange isn't it, how the world thinks we're the odd
while they're lining up like a bunch of lemmings ready
to march off the cliff to their doom, we'll just be
getting started on our adventures in Eternity.
No longer conforming to the pattern of this world
(Romans 12:2) we've been made new in the attitude
of our mind and have put on the new self, created to be
like God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephes.
Because we're in Christ we're a new creation.
The old has gone,
the new has come (2 Cor. 5:17). And where
our eternal destiny is concerned, that makes all the
difference. You can almost hear the footsteps of the