Clearing a Pathway for Antichrist’s Judgment :: By Gene Lawley  

As we look at the total expanse of Scripture, the evidence of a parallel direction forward is in the mindset of the world and likewise in the plan of God. Both targets are that there will be a “one-world government,” a “New World Order.”

The world which chooses to deny God, even to ignore Him, intends to dominate the whole world with the elite being served by the less privileged persons. Yet, those cannot be many lest they cannot be controlled. It is described by the promoters of that “New World Order” as a glorious future for them. But not so much for those who are slaves to them, apparently.

God’s plan points toward the formation of that one-world government as a vehicle that brings the world and the Antichrist into final judgment. It brings into vivid clarity the truth that God does not allow any worldly evil to have a deciding input to the manner or timing of the development of events along the way. For example, in our very current events we see how God literally yanked out of the hands of the “One Worlders” their intent to bring into existence their vision. It shaped up this way:

When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, a very gleeful Henry Kissinger blurted openly, “He has been primed to lead us into a new world order!” At another time he said, “We hired him right out of law school.” That “priming” took on the most deceptive twist that had never been seen in presidential campaigns and terms of office in the history of the United States, as the evidence clearly shows.

As the end of his eight years in office approached, he muttered at the April 30, 2016, annual DC Correspondents’ Dinner, “All of you are looking great…the end of the Republic has never looked better!” While his supporters claimed otherwise, the integrity of the nation’s sovereignty was steadily grinding downward. He was sure that Hillary Clinton was headed for the oval office to replace him and thus complete the destruction of the nation, that one strongest opponent of that New World Order.

But God came on the scene and shut down that plan of the world to create a ruling class of their own making, that of the flesh and not of God. Psalm 75:6-8 tells of the event:

“For exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge. He puts down one and exalts another. For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red. It is fully mixed, and He pours it out; surely its dregs shall all the wicked of the earth drain and drink down.”

Part of God’s move toward judgment of this evil generation seems to be pointed at bringing people to realize their sinfulness. When the Scripture speaks of a “falling away,” as in 2 Thessalonians 2, it is stated that it is that the lawless one may be revealed—a possibility that God allows, then follows it with a complete clearance for the path of evil by removing the “One who restrains” (evil), that is, the born-again believers who possess the Holy Spirit and the embodiment of righteous resistance to that evil. It is called the “rapture” or the snatching away of the Lord’s possessions from the path of evil.

Revelation 6 shows the opening of that first seal, and the one on the white horse comes forth, “conquering and to conquer.”

The prophet Ezekiel, in the end of Ezekiel 37, tells of God’s promise of an “everlasting covenant” with the Jewish people; and parallel to this, Daniel, in Daniel 9:27, writes of a seven-year covenant being imposed upon the Jews by many and joined by the man with a past legacy from Rome. Ezekiel then launches into the prophecy of the Gog and Magog invasion of Israel. After Ezekiel 38-39 are finished, we see another obstacle of the Antichrist’s progress of conquering the world is removed—the threat of Russia’s desire to rule the world, and also the goal of the Islamic faction to rule the world.

Note that while the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7) is going on, God’s inclusive plan to judge the world moves along in tandem. Next, we see in Revelation 9, the introduction of 200 million warriors from the “kings of the east.” They apparently are done away with in the judgment of God; and thus, China and the hordes of Asia and its Communistic threats to the world are eliminated, not to be mentioned as an obstacle to the Antichrist.

He continues to conquer as he moves behind the front of the “New World Order” and its one-world government—that seventh head of the Beast of Revelation. We find much of the concluding events of his advancement as he is supported by that second beast with the two little horns who promotes his efforts in Revelation 13.

Finally, in Revelation 17, we see this Antichrist, who intended to rule the world in a warfare with God from the beginning of his fall from favor in the ages before time began. In this chapter it describes his impatience of having to work his plan behind a world government, and he “pulls out all the stops” and takes over as the eighth head of the Beast—that is, he personifies the Beast, at last. Then the Lord God ends his existence, along with that second beast, the false prophet, by tossing them, bodily and alive, into the lake of fire to burn forever and ever.

Then, Jesus, the Christ, begins a thousand years of theocracy over the whole world, reigning with righteousness and justice. It is a time of proving that mankind, in their best efforts of self-governing, could not accomplish it without God, as they were planning to do. Again, God is glorified before the whole world.

But wait! What about Satan, who will have been cast out of heaven and from the presence of God once and for all time (see Revelation 12)?

When Satan, a disembodied spirit, is cast into the world, he must have a body to occupy. It could only be appropriate for him to enter the body of the Antichrist, a mortal being, until that person is cast into the lake of fire.  Satan, then, is bound in chains and held in the bottomless pit for a thousand years. Revelation 20 tells us He will then be released for a short time to pull together the multitude of people who still are in opposition to the Lord Jesus Christ and lead them against Him in a final battle for control of the world.

Righteousness reigns and evil is judged as the Lord of Lords crushes evil once and for all! The devil and his followers are cast into the lake of fire along with all of the unsaved from all time to burn forever and ever. That is the final judgment which God exercises over evil, the end of the pathway for His opposition over the ages.

The whole story abounds with “mysteries” which are so-called by the Scriptures. This writing attempts to show the broad picture along the way. Redemption of mankind, as many as are saved, and the restoration of Israel to an acceptance of their true Messiah are main-line actions of God opposite that of allowing evil to proceed towards the judgment He planned for it. In all of these things, God will have been glorified as the Lord of Lords and King of Kings of the universe.

Where is the beginning of these things?

It appears to have been at the time of the Restoration of the nation of Israel on May 14, 1948, nearly 72 years ago. In Luke 21:28, while in the midst of a preview of what is to come in the form of judgment, Jesus said,

“When you see these things begin to happen, look up, for your redemption draws near.”

Increasingly, since that date a few decades ago, end-time signs and prophecies have been revealed to verify the truth of the Lord’s predictions. Witness the astounding revolution in public sexual expressions. That prophecy of a “falling away” from lawfulness and moral integrity is turning mankind into a pitiful, confused and frustrated population. There is an increasingly marked rejection and rebellion against the voice of Almighty God.

The Creator is not to be ruled by His creation.

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