The word Antichrist has two meanings: 1) against the Christ, and 2) instead of the Christ.
The Antichrist will be against the Christ, meaning he will be an enemy of the Christ, and he will try to replace the Christ, meaning he will be a false Christ.
In the New Testament, we read that:
- He is called the man of sin, the wicked one, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit, and a beast (II Thess. 2:3, 8; Rev. 11:7, 13:1).
- He will oppose God and claim that he is God (II Thess. 2:4).
- His coming will be the work of Satan who will empower him with lying wonders that appear to be supernatural (II Thess. 2:9).
- He will blaspheme God and everyone in heaven (Rev. 13:6).
- He will be given power over everyone and every nation on earth (Rev. 13:7).
- He will be worshipped by everyone on earth whose name is not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, but all that refuse to worship him will be killed (Rev. 13:8, 15).
Many people have opposed Christ, but other than Satan, who caused Him to sweat great drops of blood, there has never been a more sinister or worthy opponent of God on the face of planet Earth.
Many false Christs, false prophets, and deceivers have come and gone, but there has never been a greater or more evil deceiver than this man.
On Aug. 29, 2023, LifeSiteNews posted an article by Michael Haynes about an interview with Catholic Archbishop Vigano.
As I understand it, here are some of the things Vigano said (in mine and his words):
- The rise of globalism is preparing humanity for the rise of the Antichrist.
- The corruption of society is corrupting the Catholic church.
- Globalism and satanism are remarkably similar.
- World leaders will serve Satan by surrendering the sovereignty of their nations to the Antichrist.
- World leaders are trying to remove Christ from the institutions, culture, and life of citizens.
- The Antichrist will be a dictator, and by the time world leaders discover what they have done, it will be too late to do anything about it.
Here is a link to the article.
Here are some recent events that seem to indicate that society is getting close to the Antichrist’s arrival.
One, concerning the next president of the U.S.: on Aug. 30, 2023, Resist the Mainstream reported that Tucker Carlson believes that former Pres. Trump could be a target for assassination.
Carlson believes that some of Trump’s enemies are desperate to keep him from getting the Republican Party nomination and then being elected to the presidency again.
Trump’s enemies have falsely accused him, impeached him, and indicted him on several charges. They are trying to keep his name off the ballots in some states, and every effort has failed up to now.
The article does not say it, but Trump’s enemies want to replace “America First” with “Globalism First.”
According to Bible prophecy, God will soon allow them to bring America into a world government, cause them to give power to the satanic Antichrist, and their fate will be sealed forever.
This is not something to rejoice about, but it is God’s Word, so it must happen.
Two, concerning deceit at the end of the age: on Sept. 6, 2023, the staff at Prophecy News Watch (PNW) posted an article that people are using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to produce realistic-looking fake videos.
PNW reported that NBC recently viewed 50 videos that were posted on social media websites (Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, etc.) that appeared to be created to swindle people out of their money.
According to the article, “Some experts are warning the first ‘deepfake election’ will arrive next year, when a substantial number of voters will see political disinformation videos online and not be able to tell with certainty whether they’re real.”
Here is a link to the article:
Three, concerning recent reports that Pres. Biden is tentatively planning to declare another pandemic, gradually move to a full-scale lockdown, and try to force everyone to wear a face mask and get vaccinated against a new very bad virus by Dec. 2023: on Aug. 30, 2023, it was reported that former Pres. Trump expressed his opinion that Biden (or those who support him) are planning to steal another election.
Trump believes the purpose of declaring another pandemic is to “justify more lockdowns, more censorship, more illegal drop boxes, more mail-in ballots, and trillions of dollars in payoffs to their political allies heading into the 2024 election.”
(More: On Sept. 3, 2023, it was reported that a growing number of people are declaring that they will not comply with another round of lockdowns, mandates to wear a face mask, forced vaccinations, etc.)
Four, concerning pandemics, hunger, and beasts that will kill multitudes during the Tribulation Period (Rider on the Pale Horse): on Mar. 16, 2023, Fresno County Health Officials discovered an abandoned biolab in Reedley, Cal.
On Sept. 5, 2023, Resist the Mainstream reported that a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigation has “identified 20 different infectious agents inside the building, including tuberculosis, dengue, HIV, COVID-19, and malaria.”
More than one company has been involved, they are not fully cooperating with the CDC, and combined, they have received 16 known shipments from China in recent years.
(Question: If the U.S. is going to keep its border with Mexico wide open, why does it matter if China is sending unidentified materials to an illegal biolab in Cal.?)
Five, on Aug. 28, 2023, Pres. Biden’s Press Sec., Karine Jean-Pierre, said an updated Covid-19 jab will be available in mid-Sept. and Pres. Biden wants Americans to take it.
(Reminder: On Aug. 11, 2023, it was reported that a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report says 120,000 children in the U.S. have died suddenly following an mRNA vaccination for COVID-19.)
Six, concerning deceit and a population decline: in 1996, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Ivermectin as safe for human use against a variety of diseases.
Then, on Aug. 21, 2021, and on Aug. 26, 2022, the FDA posted ads on its website advising people to stop using Ivermectin for the treatment of Covid-19.
The FDA had already declared it safe for human use; some called it a miracle drug, it was saving lives, and then the FDA recommended that people stop using it to treat COVID-19.
Three doctors sued the FDA in Federal Court for suggesting that a medicine that the FDA had approved as safe for human use was unsafe against Covid-19.
The FDA’s lawyers argued that the FDA was not mandating that people stop using Ivermectin because it was unsafe; they were just recommending that people stop using it.
One of the doctors was suspended and later forced to resign from her job for prescribing Ivermectin.
On Sept. 1, 2023, a Federal Judge ruled that the FDA abused its authority by urging people to stop using Ivermectin.
The judge ruled that the doctors can now sue the FDA for suggesting that the doctors were prescribing a medicine that was unsafe.
Society is witnessing lying, deceit, and corruption at the highest levels of government.
Unfortunately, many medical professionals went along with it, or people would not have lost their jobs over this issue.
Seven, concerning deceit and wickedness: on Sept. 3, 2023, it was reported that Louisiana has had more than 440 wildfires this year, and the largest wildfire in the state’s history (called the Tiger Island Fire) is burning right now.
Was it caused by climate change?
For your information, state officials have confirmed that it was started by arson.
Eight, concerning the decline of America, deceit by the media and many politicians: in an interview on Sept. 2, 2023, Fox News Anchor Sean Hannity asked former Democrat Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard about the politicization of a recent shooting in Florida, and Gabbard responded:
- We used to be able to trust the AP to just report the facts. No more. AP now stands for Associated Propaganda, politically biased, publishing articles that read more like opinion pieces than news reporting. They and the Democrat elite treat the American people like we are fools, unable to think for ourselves and make our own decisions. They couldn’t be more wrong.
America cannot be united if the media and many politicians do not start telling the truth.
(More: We now know that 51 government officials, former government officials, etc., put their signature on a false story when they signed a letter saying the Hunter Biden laptop story was a Russian information operation. When will the U.S. Dept. of Justice prosecute these people? Probably never because many of them worked for or once worked for the FBI, CIA, etc.)
Nine, concerning a normalization agreement (peace) between Israel and Saudi Arabia: on Sept. 4, 2023, it was reported that a senior Israeli official said an agreement hinges on U.S. defense guarantees (safety) for Saudi Arabia (not Israeli concessions to the Palestinians).
“Peace and safety” are words that every student of Bible prophecy understands.
Ten, concerning an increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters at the end of the age: the India Meteorological Dept. (IMD) recently reported that on Sept. 2, 2023, there were 61,000 lightning strikes in two hours in Odisha that killed 12 people and injured 14.
IMD warned that extreme conditions (heavy rain, flooding, and lightning) could continue for the next five days.
FYI: God does not send anyone to Hell (all of us are born with a sin nature and destined to go to Hell because we sin), but God has provided a way (Jesus) for everyone to go to Heaven (and He is the only way to get there; John 14:6).
Finally, are you Rapture Ready?
If you want to be rapture ready and go to heaven, you must be born again (John 3:3). God loves you, and if you have not done so, sincerely admit that you are a sinner; believe that Jesus is the virgin-born, sinless Son of God who died for the sins of the world, was buried, and raised from the dead; ask Him to forgive your sins, cleanse you, come into your heart and be your Saviour; then tell someone that you have done this.