World Emperor, Part II
will be the embodiment of everything Satan ever wanted in this life.
He will be the deceiver of all human deceivers, and the Bible says
his deception will be so powerful that, if possible, he would
deceive even the elect.
The title "Anti-Christ" only appears in the first
and second epistles of John. John affirms that a truth commonly
known among Christians was that they had "heard that anti-Christ is
coming". He also pointed out that "the spirit of the anti-Christ"
was already present in the apostolic age and could be identified by
its denial that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, had come in the flesh. (1st
John 2:18, 22; 4:3 and 2nd John 7).
God has given other descriptive titles of the
coming anti-Christ. In Daniel 7 he is called "the little horn"
(verses 8, 11, 20, 21, 24, 25). Daniel 9 speaks of him as ". .
.the prince who is to come. . .(verse 26). In Daniel 11:36 he is
"the king who will do as he pleases." Our New Testament gives us
other titles and revelation about the anti-Christ.
The Abomination of Desolation
During the last week of His earthly ministry
Jesus revealed to his disciples that Israel’s Temple would soon be
destroyed so that "not one stone shall be left upon another."
(Matthew 24:2). Jesus and His disciples departed the Temple and
walked to a crest of the Mount of Olives and sat down to view the
city. His disciples came and asked Him, ". . .when will these
things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end
of the age?" (24:3). His answer to these questions is given in
the rest of Matthew 24 and chapter 25.
In Matthew 24:15, Jesus referred to an event
described in Daniel 9:26, 27 in which "the prince who is to come"
will commit an act in the coming rebuilt Temple that will be so
heinous that it will be an abomination that makes the Temple
desolate. Jesus takes that event and elevates it to a title of the
coming anti-Christ. "Therefore, when you see the Abomination
of Desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet,
standing in the holy place . . .". Jesus revealed that this
event will be one of the most climactic moments in human history.
It will mark the suave but deceitful "prince who is to come"
as the long prophesied anti-Christ.
It will mark the exact midpoint of the seven-year peace treaty
between Israel and the anti-Christ.
It will mark the beginning of the greatest persecution the
people of Israel have ever endured.
It will mark the beginning of "Great Tribulation."
It will mark the beginning of the end for the anti-Christ.
From this point he will have 1260 days before
being cast into the lake of fire.
Man of Sin / The Lawless One
A close reading of 2nd Thessalonians
2:1-3 reveals that an imposter had written the Christians in
Thessalonica telling them that the Day of The Lord had already come
and they were already in the Great Tribulation. Because of the
intense persecution they were experiencing they believed it was
possibly true. When Paul became aware of this he wrote the church
giving an explanation about the timing and activities of the coming
Two Events Necessary Before The Day of The Lord
2nd Thessalonians 2:3, Paul stated that two significant
events must take place before the Day of the Lord begins:
- There must come to pass a great apostasy.
i.e., a great
departure from the faith Christendom.
- The man of sin or lawlessness must be revealed. "Sin is
lawlessness" (1st John 3:4).
2nd Thessalonians 2:6-8a Paul sheds a great deal of light
on what makes it possible for these two events to come to pass. "And
now you know what
is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 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…"
ask the question, "What person is powerful enough to restrain Satan
from producing his anti-Christ?" Virtually any born again child of
God will quickly answer "God." Those who are well taught in
scripture will add, "in the person of the Holy Spirit." Why? Because
God’s program for the church age is for the Holy Spirit to live in
the bodies of Christians and accomplish God’s work through them. On
the night before Jesus died on the cross He said to His disciples, "Nevertheless
I tell you that truth. It is to your advantage that I go away;
for if I do not go away, the Helper (the Holy Spirit) will
not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when
He has come (to you), He will convict the world of sin, and
of righteousness, and of judgment…He shall glorify me…" John 16:7, 8, 14a
The mystery of the church age is explained by the
apostle Paul as ". . .Christ in you, the hope of glory."
Colossians 1:27. Indeed, the only Temple God has on earth throughout
the church age is the body of believers.. "Or do you not know that your
body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you…"
"…for the temple of God
is holy, and that is what you are."1st
Corinthians 3:16, 17; 6:19. The one factor restraining Satan from
producing his anti-Christ is the Holy Spirit working through the
bodies of true Christians.
But The Blessed Restrainer
Will Be "Taken Out of The Way’ And Then That Lawless One Will Be
Thessalonians 2:7b, 8a.
And when will this happen? It will happen at an
event Paul described to the Thessalonians in his first letter to
"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven
with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet
of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are
alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds
to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the
Lord." 1st Thessalonians 4:16, 17
The sudden snatching away of every true believer
in Christ from off the face of the earth will remove the one
restraint that keeps the church from apostasy and Satan from
producing his anti-Christ.
Sadly we must admit there are hosts of churches
that would lose few members by Jesus taking the truly saved home.
Likewise, there are hosts of seminaries and denominational
headquarters that would not lose any significant leadership. The
event we call the Rapture will truly be a blessed moment for those
saved by the grace of God, but it will leave what we call earthly
Christendom without one true child of God in any of its
institutions. The apostasy or departure from the true faith of
Christianity will follow almost as quickly as the sudden catching
away of true believers from the earth.
Likewise, all restraints will be gone from Satan
producing his anti-Christ. No doubt that in the beginning he will
come across as a pleasant, kind, peace-loving and yet, brilliant
leader. But Paul describes the kind of person he will be revealed to
be 3 ½ years after he enters into a 7 year peace treaty with Israel.
He "opposes and exalts himself above every
so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat
in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God."
2nd Thessalonians 2:4. "The coming of the
lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and
lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception
among those who perish…" 2nd Thessalonians 2:9, 10a.
And then, Paul focuses his attention on those
masses of humanity who will be deceived by this "man of
"…because they did not receive the love of the
truth that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send upon them
strong delusion that they should believe the lie, that they all may be
condemned who did not believe the truth, but
had pleasure in unrighteousness." 2nd
Thessalonians 2:10b, 11, 12.
Oh how lightly the masses of humanity have come
to listen to the saving gospel of Christ! Paul states with fervent
passion that those who do not receive a love of God’s truth are
destined to be deceived by the devil’s lies with the result being
their eternal condemnation.
The Beast Out Of The Sea
God gave to the aged apostle John a vision of the
coming world emperor. The record of that vision surfaces at
different places from Revelation 6 through 20. Space only allows the
The true nature of the coming world emperor is
presented to us in Revelation 13. He is called "the beast out of the
sea." This identifies him as head of the revived Roman empire which
was pictured as the fourth beast coming up out of the sea in Daniel
7:2,8. We are told the beast has ten horns and seven heads. This
harmonizes with the fourth beast of Daniel 7. The ten horns
represent ten nations federated together to form the revived Roman
empire. As in Daniel 7, the seven heads represent seven kings who
remain after the beast deposes three and takes control of their
The beast is represented as a composite of the
three empires that ruled over Israel before Rome. It is like a
leopard (Greece) with feet like a bear (Medo-Persia) and the mouth
of a lion (Babylon). Daniel 7:1-6
We are told in verse 2 that the dragon (Satan,
Revelation 12:9) is the one who gives the emperor his power, his
throne and his great authority. The dragon (Satan) is also pictured
as having seven heads and ten horns in Revelation 12:3.
In verse 3 it appears that even as the Roman
empire received a death blow and yet shall rise again even so the
world emperor will have a similar experience of apparent death and
resurrection. The whole earth will be amazed and follow after the
beast. (verse 3b) and will proceed to consciously worship the devil
as well as the beast. (verse 4). This is what Satan has wanted from
the moment he rose up in opposition against God.
We are informed that the emperor will blaspheme
God; make war with the saints and overcome them.
Not surprisingly we find that Satan will round
out the unholy trinity with a false prophet. . .the head of
the apostate religions of the world.
What has been the most unbelievable declaration
is that the emperor’s primary means of control will be a world
economic system. Everyone will be required to receive a number on
their right hand or forehead in order to buy anything or sell
anything. That is a very recent possibility.
Should these prophecies of the coming
emperor/anti-Christ cause fear for true Christians? No, indeed. In
all the prophecies of his rule in Revelation 6 through 18 the church
is not mentioned on earth. These are the last seven years in which
God is accomplishing His purposes with Israel. The church, the bride
of Christ, is in Heaven, celebrating the marriage supper of the
lamb. This is the future of those who do receive a love of the truth
and trust Jesus Christ to forgive their sins and save their soul.
Copyright © 2002 Thomas E Berry
All Scriptures quoted from NKJV unless otherwise noted
Copyright © 2008 Truth Helpers Inc.