Today’s Devotional – October 5th (The Revelation of Jesus, Part 3: Anti-Christ Us!)

By admin On September 3rd, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – October 5th

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The Revelation of Jesus, Part 3: Anti-Christ Us?!

To read part 1, go here…October 3rd: “The Revelation of Jesus”

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There are many today who look for Anti-Christ, as if he is one individual to come upon the world-stage in these last moments of history.

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Many suppose him to be some genius businessman.

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Others look for some charismatic religious figure.

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Still others are looking for a totally satanic individual.

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But if one goes deep into God’s Word, we get a somewhat different perspective on this subject.

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And so, today’s devotional will touch on this subject, so as to get a little more clarity as to just what or who to look for, as the coming Anti-Christ.

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Marilyn Manson performing Antichrist Superstar – Share-Alike License – Wikipedia

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ANTI-CHRIST: SATAN & HIS WORLD-SYSTEM

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There are many who mistakenly believe that the Antichrist Beast is going to be one single person.

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And because they are so locked into this idea, they tend to ride rough-shod over this passage from Revelation Chapter 17, which explains what this http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Papessa_tiara.jpgBeast actually is…

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Listen… “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit…And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman (the apostate Church) sitteth. And there are seven kings…And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” Revelation 17:8-13

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So this Antichrist Beast, which, by the way, is in the image of the Dragon of Revelation 12, is a composite of various kingdoms and various kings. And if http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Burgkmair_whore_babylon_color.jpgwe’re going to let the Bible be its own interpreter, then we cannot conclude that this Beast is one single human. This Beast seems to be more closely resembling this present world-system, headed up by that serpent of old, the Devil, and Satan, as he has controlled various kings and kingdoms over the past millenniums of time.

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As you can see by these, and many other very old drawings, that the general consensus of the people who lived most closely to the Religious tyranny of the Dark Ages believed that the dominant churches that ruled over Europe during those centuries, was symbolized by the Revelation 17 Harlot who rides the Anti-Christ Beast, which represented the kings and kingdoms of this, the Devil’s world! And indeed, this Mystery Harlot symbolizes the apostate portion of the Church.

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Whore – Babylon – Burgkmair – 1523 AD – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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ANTICHRIST NOT GROTESQUE MONSTER

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And this is what the Mark of the Beast is actually all about, when you really think about it. This present World-System, and ahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Frankenstein%27s_monster_(Boris_Karloff).jpgll its loyal citizens comprise Satan’s Antichrist Beast.

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Listen to Scripture… “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now ARE THERE MANY ANTICHRISTS; whereby we know that it is the last time.” 1st John 2:18. 

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From this verse it becomes evident that an Antichrist is not some hideous monshttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shoppers_on_Dundas,_near_Yonge.jpgter. It is not some diabolical Dr. Evil. No, there are many Antichrists. And they are merely the people of this fallen world ruled over by “the god of this world”... Satan!

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Just listen… “and this is that [spirit] of antichrist…They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.” 1st John 4:3, 5. 

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OK, so antichrists are of the world, speak of the world, and the world listens to them.

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Frankenstein’s monster – (Boris Karloff) – Wikipedia – Public Domain

Shoppers in Toronto – Wikimedia – share-alike license

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“BUT I’M NOT AN ANTICHRIST!”

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But to this concept, (that an antichrist is merely a worldly person), many might protest, sayhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PS_Kr%C3%B8yer_-_Hip_hip_hurra!_Kunstnerfest_p%C3%A5_Skagen_1888.jpging, “Satan doesn’t have any power in my life!” 

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Well, just listen to this… “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” Ephesians 2:2. 

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So by this statement, we see that the spirit of Satan, the “Prince of the Power of the Air” now works in the children of disobedience, i.e., the people of the world! And so, any person whose everyday behavior is as the people of the world, well, this is a clear indication that the “prince of the power of the air” is the spirit now working in him or her! When we partake of a worldly spirit, we may just be partaking of the spirit of Anti-Christ.

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PS Krøyer – Hip hip hurra! Kunstnerfest på Skagen 1888 wikimedia public domain

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NO MIDDLE GROUND:

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(EITHER LOVERS OF HEAVEN OR LOVERS OF WORLD)

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And just one last proof, that there are no neutral fence-sitters in this world.

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Listen to Jesus… “He that is not with Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad.” Matthew 12:30. 

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So this above verse really “spills the beans”, as they say! In other words, Jesus is revealing here that everyone in this world who is not for Christ, is against Christ! In other words if I am not pro-Christ, then I am anti-Christ!

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Either we are firmly ensconced in Christ’s sheepfold, or we are in Satan’s camp. There’s no middle ground, as far as the people of this world are concerned. There are no fence-sitters, as the saying goes!

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And of course, there are many in the Church who, as Jesus said… “This people draw nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me.” Matthew 15:8.

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ANTI-CHRIST IN THE MIRROR!423px-Mirror_globe by Arpingstone for Wikipedia Public Domain

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And so, there is really no need to look any further than one’s own mirror, when trying to discover who Anti-Christ is!

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The Bible reveals… “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” Galatians 5:17

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Yes, as this verse reveals, the flesh, with all its affections and lusts, is Anti-Christ in nature! The flesh is always clamoring for selfishness! And so, here is the struggle which begins, once the Spirit of God takes up residence in the human heart!

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Mirror globe by Arpingstone for Wikipedia Public Domain

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CRUCIFY THE OLD MAN

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And so, once the Spirit of Holiness comes to abide within a true worshiper of God, the battle begins toTissot - Pardoning Thief - www.joyfulheart.com - Public Domain crucify that Old Man of the flesh! 

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Listen… “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the Old Man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the New Man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24

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Yes, the Old Man is very Anti-Christ in nature! He must be crucified!

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Listen… “Knowing this, that our Old Man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.” Romans 6:6, 7

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Tissot – Pardoning Thief – www.joyfulheart.com – Public Domain

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OUR WORK IS BEFORE US!Soldiers of the Cross - Armor-Up!

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And so, O Soldier of the Cross, we have our battle before us! We must engage in that Good Fight, which Paul spoke of! But if we are truly a child of God, then we can be assured of complete and total victory!

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Listen… “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6

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Yes, as this above verse reveals, Christ promises to bring us all the way to the finish line, in complete victory over self!

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UNLIMITED POWER AT OUR DISPOSAL!

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And so, perhaps instead of trying to discover who Anti-Christ is, out there in the world, we need to realize thatMost-Holy-Place-of-the-Heart - Signs-Of-Heaven he exists in us to the extent that we still have sin in our life! But the Bible promises that we can have complete power over the flesh and Devil.

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Listen… “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:17-20

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This above passage promises us victory far beyond anything we can imagine! So let’s no longer limit what God can and will do in us and through us! He can do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think!

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Now that’s quite a precious promise! Wouldn’t you agree?

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TO READ PART 4, GO HERE…June 5 (The Revelation of Jesus Christ, Part 4: “Ye Shall Have Tribulation Ten Days!”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to fully crucify that Old Man of the flesh, which keeps rising up to spoil the perfect peace which awaits me…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Fleeing to the Mountains, Part 3: The Abomination in My Heart” or you can also read… December 7 (Angel of Light)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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A STAR & SCEPTER ARISES IN THE NIGHT SKY

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“Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.” Psalms 45:6

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Now, this 3rd brightest star in the night heavens, Arcturus, seems to very nicely fulfill the prophecy, there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel” Numbers 24:17. But where would the scepter be in this prophecy? After all, it speaks not only of a star rising, but also of a scepter.

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NOT THE NORTHERN OR SOUTHERN CROSS

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This is not the Northern Cross, nor is it the Southern Cross. This cross is made of stars from both the Serpens Cross-Scepter ConstellationConstellation and the Ophiuchus Constellation. Here is a star-chart from Wikipedia, in which the editor of this site has sketched in this Cross/Scepter Constellation. The stars in this star-chart are accurately placed, and this Cross/Scepter Constellation stands out in brilliance, among the other stars in the night sky.

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The sketch below is the Summer Constellations, as seen when looking west. Well, if you look just to the south (south is to the left in this sketch) of Arcturus, you will see what appears to be a scepter. But this scepter also appears as a Cross. And this constellation has been named, the Cross/Scepter constellation. It can be seen in January, in the pre-dawn hours. Each summer constellations with doves & womannight, it appears a little earlier, as it slowly inches its way westward. Finally this constellation dips below the western horizon, in the fall, not appearing again till January, back in the eastern sky.

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Now, as earlier stated, this wonderful prophecy (“there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel”has its greatest fulfillment in the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Jesus is represented by that glorious Star. And His death on the Cross is truly His scepter of authority. Jesus died to save a world of rebellious sinners.

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Sceptre_and_Orb_and_Imperial_Crown_of_Austria Wikipedia photo by Michal Maňas US public domain

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Cross/Scepter Constellation”

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TOMORROW:

” October 6th (Revelation 9: Locusts)”

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