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Wednesday, November 16 2016
Revelation 13: Will The Antichrist Have Your Vote? Will You Worship At His Church?
"They worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? ... And all that dwell upon the Earth shall worship him"
As we will plainly read, the apostle John was given to see and record (see The LORD's Letter From Patmos) the great "antichrist" political, military and religious system that will be loved and revered by most of humanity in the end-time.
John was also given to see and record what will be their fate when they attempt to fight the Messiah at His return to establish His worldwide Kingdom (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?) everywhere on Earth (see The Only Political Party That's Going To Survive).
"19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." (Revelation 19:19-20 KJV)
Notice from the verses above that, while many will be involved in their political and religious regime, it will be at the control of two specific individuals - a political and military "beast" ("the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army"; see also The Seals, Trumpets And Vials Of The Messiah's Return) and a false-Christian misleader ("the false prophet that wrought miracles before him").
Notice also that the "antichrist" system will be about self-glorifying state worship - proclaiming a political/military leader as a "god" (in effect, people proclaiming themselves to be "god" through their leader) to be worshiped ("he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image").
Even some of the true Church of God will be enticed to worship the "beast" ("24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect" Matthew 24:24 KJV; see also Imagination Worship and Who Is Going To Be Elected?)
"13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
The national origin of the antichrist "Christian" religion of the "beast" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy):
"13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Fact Finder: Did the prophet Daniel see the same prophecy as did John in the Book of Revelation?
This Day In History, November 16
42 BC: Tiberius Claudius Nero was born. Tiberius was the Roman Emperor at the time of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). The predecessor of Tiberius, Augustus, was the Emperor at the time of the Messiah's birth, as recorded in the Bible (see Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?).
1272: King Henry III of England, who had ruled since 1216, died and was succeeded by his son Edward I.
1532: Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro and his army captured Inca Emperor Atahualpa at the Battle of Cajamarca.
1621: The Pope proclaimed January 1st to be the beginning of the Roman calendar year. Before that time, March was the first month - the reason why a number of today's Roman calendar month names are misnomers e.g. September ("sept" is a prefix meaning "seven") went from being the seventh month to the ninth (see How Did Rome Change True Time?).
1686: Britain and France signed the Treaty of Neutrality regarding their colonies in North America in the event of war in Europe. France later supported the revolution of the New England colonies against Britain, not for any purpose of "freedom" (at the very same time that the France-supported revolution in New England happened, France hypocritically had its own colonies in Louisiana and elsewhere in North America - in which France tolerated no independence), but with the intention of conquering New England for France after the colonies became independent of British military support. Later costly wars in Europe, started by the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, diverted French military forces from North America.
1885: Louis Riel, the rebel leader of the "Riel Rebellion" in Canada, was executed for treason.
1894: Over 6,000 Armenians were reported massacred by Turks in Kurdistan.
1904: English electrical engineer and physicist John Ambrose Fleming received a patent for the "thermionic valve" (later known as the vacuum tube).
1918: With the fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire at the end of the First World War (listen to our Sermons The Ottoman Empire and The European World Wars), Hungary was proclaimed an independent republic.
1945: At the end of the Second World War, many prominent Nazi scientists who worked for Adolf Hitler's war and holocaust regime (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) were admitted into the U.S. The "reformed" Nazis (many people, at the time and ever since, nevertheless regarded them as war criminals who escaped justice, including Jewish concentration camp survivors who were victims of some of their "experiments") later worked for various government and military agencies, including NASA and nuclear missile programs.
1960: Riots occurred in New Orleans after two all-white schools began allowing blacks to attend classes.
1965: The Soviet Union launched its Venus III spacecraft. Its arrival on Venus in March, 1966 made it the first spacecraft to land on another planet.
1988: Benazir Bhutto was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan; she was assassinated in 2007.