The Unveiling – Lesson Six

ANTICHRTIST & APOCALYPSE

Part One

Spirit of Antichrist

Revelation 4:1 (KJV)  1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

THE AGENDA

Satan has an agenda. He is not just going through the motions as he manipulates for world domination.

The five “I wills” of Satan are: (Isaiah 14:12-15)

I will ascend into heaven.

I will exalt my throne above the stars.

I will sit upon the mount of the congregation.

I will ascend above the heights.

I will be like the most high.

Satan has a real ego problem, and for a while, God is going to allow him to exalt his ego as he in this world.

SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST

1 John 4:3 (KJV) 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Antichrist is known to be one that opposes Christ. From the original, the meaning is antichrist instead of Christ.

God knew that an antichrist would rise, make a long and fatal war against God, against his institution, His honor, and His kingdom on this earth. God knew that the antichrist would have his way prepared, his rise facilitated by minor antichrist spirits.

God knew that an antichrist spirit would oppose his spirit and oppose his truth. This spirit of antichrist and the spirit of error began working and destroying human minds, even during the days of the apostles.

Dreadful and unsearchable are the judgments of God that and individual should be given over to the antichrist spirit to such darkness and delusion as to set themselves against Christ!

We must understand that the closer we move to the coming of the Lord, the more visible the spirit of the antichrist will be. It is a force that has to be reckoned with.

BLINDED

2 Corinthians 4:4 (KJV) 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

I John 4:3 tells us emphatically that the spirit of antichrist is already at work. It is working against you and I, and it works against the church.

2 Corinthians 4:4 tells us, the god of this world, talking about Satan, has blinded minds. Events, situations, and circumstances, have slowly and methodically slipped into our world, into our homes, then into our churches, and found dwelling places of acceptance in the Christian mind.

It finds residence as it rocks individuals to sleep with doses of apathy, and even if the individuals recognize the spirit that is working against them, they allow themselves to be rendered powerless by the cultural-sponsored message that we must all be alike and strive to make everyone like us. Before they know it, they are carried down canyons of messed up thinking, swallowed into the abyss of deception, and mutilated into weary Christians. It leaves many questioning, “Is there really a God?” or “Will there be a rapture?”

Daniel 7:25 (KJV) 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Daniel 7:25 says of the last days that Satan will not be able to deceive all of the members of the church and will not be able to get them to commit outright blatant sin, so he simply will begin to wear them out, increasing their lethargy, and weakening their vigilance to serve God. He will use a variety of methods in this process including manipulation by leaders in various levels of authority, by liberal media, by government, and by the agendas of special interest groups. Eventually, the low murmur of all of these voices will become a cacophony in the ears of its target, drowning out the voice of God to those who are not diligently seeking his guidance.

NEW AGE OCCULT

Today, celebrities promote the New Age Movement, different occult movements, as well as many other extremism organizations.

Some of these teaching’s is with the “intent of correcting errors in the bible that have offended unbelievers.” They believe there is no separation of God and His creation. It is an underlying theme of Hinduism disguised in Christian terminology which teaches that all roads lead to God in the end.

It is New Age occultism, which is a synthesizing of all beliefs into one melting pot, preparing people for a one world religion in which Jesus Christ is just one of many teachers with the truth.

This interfaith movement is promoted by globalists and New Age reformers that favor erosion of national sovereignty, marginalization of traditional religion, the establishment of global governance, and creation of a new earth-based “global spirituality,” in effect, a one world religion.

The United Religious Initiative and the interfaith movement are poised to become the spiritual foundation of the New World Order. Today, we see visible evidence of a world in which many people wonder after a religion with radical beliefs, mistaking emotionalism or tranquility for a relationship with divinity.

These different religious melting pots of beliefs, occult philosophies, and radical followings propel civilization toward a one world religion. It is the antichrist spirit at work which manipulates to partner with the globalists and usher in the ultimate appalling abomination: open adoration, worship, and allegiance given to a man.   A demonically driven individual possessed and driven by Satan himself given unrestrained control of the world by both God and man!

A one world religion will exist one day. The worship of this religion will promote the adoration of a man, the antichrist. It will be radical worship, eventually literally taking the lives of those who choose not to worship the antichrist.

NEW WORLD ORDER

New World Order. Globalization. One World Global Society.   These are not just names or slogans thrown around. These terms have been discussed for some time now. It is a real movement that has goals of a One World fascist government which strips individual nations of their nationalism and completely dissolves regional boundaries. It makes all areas of our world subject to obedience to one set of laws which promote one agenda, the one that will ultimately become the antichrist’s agenda.

This heading of New World order has a very aggressive agenda with many international organizations forming alliances to push the globalization agenda.

Presidents, prime ministers, and world leaders are all considered members. Individuals that head up and belong to these organizations are radical thinkers. They are thinking on a different power level than you and I, and they don’t see the world through the same perspective as you and I. They are aligned with many individuals that the average person would consider criminal or terrorist.

Accomplishing their agenda is the only thing that matters. By achieving global power, they are driven to change the world.

These organizations have common goals. Today, the dots connect, and world minds come together on common ground. Extremists, socialists, and radical thinkers come along, and the general public falls for their rhetoric, believing that it is the answer to our problems. However, it is only a trap into a one world system which is being manipulated behind the scenes by Satan as he strains for world domination.

As the puzzle pieces fall into place, one man will hold the final piece. As he places it into position to complete the landscape of a one world system, he will position himself as its leader. This man will be the antichrist.

GOD IS IN CONTROL

Daniel 2:21 (KJV) 21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:

Daniel tells us in 2:21, he changeth the times and the seasons: He removeth kings, and setteth up kings: They are as pawns on a board moved about as God wills!

Daniel is telling us that God has it all under control. God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear. He knows exactly where we are, and He has given us a sound mind!

It is His business how these world scenes play out, and how the chaos is provoked and perpetuated.

It’s our business to make sure we are in the middle of His will. We must be careful against looking to the right or left or having blinders on. We must be full of His spirit. We must be watching and waiting, in relationship with Him!

We simply need to believe and trust in Him. We are the generation that He has trusted with this hour. We have been given the tools, the knowledge and understanding, and the Word of God to traverse this last hour!

As we watch all of these end time events unfold, know that He is God. He will never leave us nor forsake us. We must allow Him to reign and be God of all in our lives. We must live His commandments, apply His Word to our lives, and follow the doctrinal teachings set forth in scripture, He is able to deliver us!

RAPTURE AND ANTICHRIST TIMELINE

2 Thessalonians 2:7 (KJV) 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

A verse of scripture we are already familiar with 2 Thessalonians 2:7, it is the church that holds back the antichrist and his system from taking control of this world. The spirit of God housed in mankind right now holds back the appearance of this man of sin.

Finally, the antichrist spirit becomes instrumental in birthing the antichrist and is allowed to move totally unchecked into power as the rapture takes place and God’s church is “caught up” and removed out of the way, out of all of the global upheaval and chaos. Finally, Satan is allowed to begin his final seven years of domination without restraint on this earth!

As this takes place, globalization and antichrist rule become the New World Order of the day, running down a seven year stretch of time like this world has never seen.

At first it will be a temporary peace, later after the three and a half year midpoint, it will be without any mixture of mercy!

THE SYSTEM

The spirit of antichrist’s manipulation becomes more and more visible the closer we move toward the rapture of the church and ushers into existence a system and an individual.

Revelation 13:1 (KJV) 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.

Revelation 13:1 says a beast, the antichrist system, rises up from the sea, the Mediterranean area, and has ten horns and ten crowns.

This verse is talking about the last day when a one world system rules the world. It could be ten nations that break out and form a powerful last day government such as the G2, 3, and 20, it could be the G 10 or Global 10.

Another discussion is ten pieces or ten entities that form a global ruling body. As this world shifts, it is more reasonable that ten different entities could form, each utilizing the strength of the other. For example, one entity would become the leader of the finances with several nations forming that entity. Another entity would become the leader of the military, with several nations forming that entity; Islam, which is already spreading its dominance all over the globe, is poised to become the leader of this entity. Other such entities could center around other aspects of global management, such as commerce, agriculture, etc. These entities would utilize each other’s powers to dominate all facets of life.

Regardless of the exact final picture, it will consist of ten kingdoms, ten pieces, or ten authorities that form a global ruling regime that the antichrist will preside over. This will certainly be a power to be reckoned with.

Daniel 2:43 (KJV) 43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

Daniel says in 2:43, talking about nations of the world, that they will mingle together, will unite on issues, will give their allegiance to the antichrist and the system, but will remain independent of each other. They will not become one global nation, but will remain independent nations answering to one global leader, the antichrist!

They will be governed and will fall under the rule and law of the antichrist and global system. It will be leaders of countries given top ranking in the beast system that will rule their countries with a sadistic, elitist control of horrendous magnitude, adhering to the antichrist reign.

They will pay allegiance to the antichrist in blind adoration to the point of all out unadulterated worship. These leaders will follow his authority imposing the same horrific sadistic rule on those they rule over.

Many different societies are straining around the world to become the dominate global power. They have many of the same goals, and they share many of the same members.

Events happen, catastrophe strikes, global impact is felt, pieces shift into place, and powers reach another stronghold. They wait and watch, analyzing who has the edge, the most supported platform.

Finally they will partner together as one. They will mingle together, support a common goal, support a man, and promote a global system.

The problem with discounting all of these one world government news headlines and events happening right before our very eyes with the church is seemingly frozen in place, is that this hasn’t been orchestrated on the back porch of some shack out in the middle of nowhere or thrown together by some wacko organization that wants to bomb a federal building in Oklahoma or New York. No, this design has been methodically put into place with years of soft shoeing. By slowly making incremental adjustments and putting out word phrases, the enemy has gained a lot of territory without very much of a protest from the general public. The masses have shown tolerance, giving way to the views and behaviors put forth by Satan’s strategy, and now the public is accustomed to these philosophies and have bought into them. World leaders have evolved this into existence without understanding what they were doing!

We must be sensitive to the Word of God because the leaves tell us what time it is on God’s prophetic time clock!

POWERED UP

Organizations. powers, and nations stand at an open door, waiting for an individual or a system to be powered up, to be the last one world leadership.

Headed by this man of sin, the antichrist, this world has been manipulated to a place that is ready for global leadership, and globalization is soon to be readily accepted.

No longer is it speculative, and no longer is it unbelievable. Today, regardless of one’s belief in God’s Word, it is increasingly apparent to all that this world is about to go under some sort of one world rule with a global currency. Anyone who has paid attention to religious friction around this world and noted the organizations attempting to rule, understand that religious factions are pushing toward an interfaith organization that will be everything to everybody. This will be the foundation for a social state of existence without belief in anything, simultaneously allowing radicals to force their agendas down nation’s throats all in the name of God. In the end, it will be the soft, non-confrontational, compromised foundation succumbing to radical religion as it conforms to world opinion!

MESSIAH

The Muslim community is looking for its messiah. The Islamic community, radical Islam, believe that their sole purpose is to create enough chaos to bring about the end of the world, thus ushering in their messiah, the Mahadi or Twelfth Imam.

The Jews have been looking for their Messiah for some time now, not believing that Jesus was the Messiah. They look, watch, wait, and pray for Messiah to appear. They search for someone who can end all of the land disputes, the two-state dilemma, the temple mount disputes, the rampant terrorism, and all of the upheaval of war and rumors of war that they live with on a daily basis.

As Israel enters into more chaotic situations, the orthodox Jew prays more urgent prayers, asking for the Messiah to appear. They look, watch, and wait for their Messiah to appear!

WORLD SEARCHES FOR A MESSIAH

The world is looking for a Messiah. It’s crying out for someone, who has the solution to terrorism, starvation, healthcare issues, atrocities of mankind against mankind, and the global financial crisis. The world is tired of all the killing and all of the chaos that comes with dysfunctional life, and it is begging for someone who has the answers.

We have gotten off of our knees, and we’ve put our faith in technology, in money, and in knowledge. Now we are ready to put our faith in a man!

WORLD SYSTEM EVOLOUTION

World leaders meet and discuss world initiatives such as, one world currency and globalization. Leaders in recent meetings have painted a picture of what it looks like for the first time, and we now have a visual of how all of these things culminate. We now have a deep comprehension of how an antichrist, his system, his platform, and his philosophy will be able to arrive on the world scene, attain power, gain acceptance, and even gain reverence. Our world cries out from the four corners of the globe, begging for relief!

GOVERNMENT FROM HELL

The explanation of the beast out of the sea from the original text explains that it is a system arising out of the abyss. It literally means that it is a government out of the abyss of hell and it sets up rule on this earth. A platform of world leaders come together, united in one mind. These evil individuals are armed with very liberal agendas that will be pushed to advance their twisted thinking which is manipulated by Satan himself.

VISIBLE PLATFORM

Revelation 17:13 (KJV) 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

Revelations 17:13 says “… these have one mind.” There will be a consecrated effort among powerful world leaders that will birth the power shift that will promote an individual and his system of authority. In previous years, prophecy studies frequently depicted this power shift as a forced takeover. Now, due to the changing times and shifting mentalities, it is apparent that a forced takeover will not be necessary. Satan is much craftier than that. People won’t be forced to accept the antichrist because they will offer themselves to him readily with kindred spirits that have been prepared by the spirit of antichrist as this world approached the time of the antichrist being powered up to total empowerment.

The antichrist will appeal not only to individuals, but also to governments around the world. Governments, leaderships, organizations, and people will be mesmerized by this man. At this moment, nations and individuals are arranging meetings behind closed doors, jockeying for positions that will put them in ultimate power. Someone will win, and that someone will lead the world to Satan’s ultimate power-fest.

BEAST OUT OF THE LAND

Revelation 13:11-12 (KJV) 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.

The antichrist is the beast coming up out of the earth. Revelation 13:11 says, he has two horns like a lamb. He wants to produce the same impact that Jesus Christ had on this earth, therefore he has taken on characteristics which would make him similar, two horns like a lamb. However, when he speaks, his true nature is revealed; the speech is evil, demonically- influenced words of Satan.

ANTICHRIST CHARACTERISTICS

Though the bible doesn’t name the man, scripture gives an explicit description of what he will be like. Let’s look at some of the characteristics of the antichrist.

Daniel 7:8 (KJV) 8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

The little horn rising out of the beast of the sea is the antichrist rising out of the earth from the system. Daniel 7:8 says he has eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things. The other ten horns of the system are the ten mighty entities or ten great kings. It is possible that the little horn will rise out of obscurity, an unknown. However, when he begins to speak, he will mesmerize the populace, and this will bring him fame.

Great Orator

Revelation 13:5 (KJV) 5  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

He will be a great orator, speaking great things, words of seemingly infinite wisdom, mesmerizing organizations, world leaders, and nations. It is said that when Hitler spoke, a hypnotic type trance would fall over the entire audience. Because of the direct manipulation of Satan, this man will produce audience hypnotism like has never been seen in the history of mankind!

Global Influence

Daniel 8:24 (KJV) 24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power:

He will have great global power and influence, but it will not be his own power, it will be demonically infused by Satan. This man will spin a web of deceit that will cover the world for a period of time, and everyone will fall for him. They will follow this man, his lies, and his deceit. The deceitfulness will be so broad that scripture tells us God will send a delusion to complete the darkness that wraps around the globe, and everyone will adore this man of sin!

Change

Daniel 7:25 (KJV) 25  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Dan 7:25 says, he will think to change the times and the laws. His platform will revolutionize thinking. This man and the system’s platform will seek to bring change to the world and revolutionize the political worldview of public leaders and the general public.

It will offer solutions to religious friction, meshing all religions into one, eliminating abrasive differences between current religious movements, and forming a one world religion.

He will be the catalyst that mixes them all together and will provide the solution to race issues. He will appeal to all ethnicities, and he will have the support of all nationalities. He will affect the financial stage by attempting to do away with hunger and poverty by taking from those that have and giving to the less fortunate.

Right now as we speak global systems are being reviewed and the resumes of world leaders are being assessed.   Global powers seek the perfect system and the right individual for this global platform of change.

At first, it will seem to be the solution; the world will throw their allegiance behind transformation.

All over this world, presidents, prime ministers, and politicians seek office and political power on the platform of change because the general public is sick of its current condition.

Finally, the antichrist will be given the authority by the world, and the tribulation will be powered up! Temporary peace will reign, followed by unprecedented chaos!

Covenant

Daniel 9:27 (KJV) 27  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

The week talked about in this verse of scripture represents a seven-year period. This period is known as the tribulation or great tribulation, and a better name is Jacob’s Trouble or Wrath of God Era. The antichrist will arrive on the scene as a peacemaker. Contracts will be agreed on, covenants will be signed, and alliances will be made. The world, for a period of time, will unite with this man.

Arrogant

Revelation 13:5 (KJV) 5  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

He will possess an air of arrogance, to the degree that he will seek to project himself above God and will, in the end, command the people worship him.

Global Commerce

Revelation 13:17 (KJV) 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.

He will have great power and influence over global commerce. Scripture says in this passage, “he causes all to receive a mark,” and, “that no man might buy or sell.” He will have such influence that he will impact global commerce, and will affect great change in how the world does commerce and business.

Military Genius

Daniel 7:24 (KJV) 24  And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

As scripture says, he will subdue or overcome three kings. Considering that all of this happens very quickly since the entire reign of the antichrist is only seven years long, the subduing of the three kings is within the first three and a half years of his reign. This man will move quickly and will swiftly prove that he is a military genius worthy of militant action and respect.

Performs the Miraculous

Revelation 13:13 (KJV) 13  And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

Revelation 13:15 (KJV) 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.

He will embrace religion by performing the miraculous. His subtle meshing of the supernatural with his political powers, all of which comes straight from Satan, will give him such an formidable charisma with the people that no one would dare to speak out against him.

Abomination

Daniel 9:27 (KJV) 27  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

He will go into the Jewish temple, the third temple that will be built. The original says he performs a great abomination of desolation on the corner of the altar which will cause the sacrifices to cease. Simultaneously, as he performs the miraculous, he will walk away from the church and set the world up to worship to him.

Blasphemy

Religious factions today push their own unbiblical agendas, teaching that we are our own Gods, twisting scripture to meet their own satisfactions. The extremes are New Age and occultism, which would include the now popular religion of Scientology, but it doesn’t start nor stop there. Man sets himself up as God in many different types of settings, organizations, and supposed religions which water down the message of Jesus Christ to accommodate and pacify human flesh. Scripture tells us plainly to be careful that no man deceives us. We must be on guard to vigilantly fight against deception in all forms during this end time. Satan’s trickery through religions is subtle, and we must be on guard at all times!

Alternative Lifestyle

Daniel 11:37 (KJV) 37  Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

He does not regard the desire of women, but he will live an alternative lifestyle, meaning whether he is homosexual or not, he will be politically correct and comfortable with this lifestyle.

Honors God of Forces

Daniel 11:38 (KJV) 38  But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.

This scripture not only means military might, but it also means evil forces belligerent to God. There is a force of evilness through technology and entertainment that has swept through our world, and it is a force to be reckoned with.

Evil spirit forces are attached to the wizardry of ungodly books, movies, and games. These forces accomplish by stealth what Satan and the antichrist could never accomplish openly. Satan’s mission is accomplished by deceiving individuals into buying into entertainment that distorts and builds a great force of evilness through willingly opened minds trained to accept the coming lifestyle that will beset this world during the apocalypse. It prepares the human mind for the acceptance of murder and sorcery which includes drugs, increased and demented sexual appetites, and thievery. This will become the tribulation lifestyle.

Revelation 9:21 (KJV) 21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

This verse of scripture is set in place in scripture at the mid-point of the tribulation. The sixth trumpet has sounded, tribulation is in full swing, and the antichrist’s reign is out of control. We live today surrounded by murders, drugs, unbridled sexuality, and rampant thefts. It is a mindset and attitude of our day, but tomorrow during the tribulation it will become the lifestyle. Daniel 11:38 says the antichrist will honor the God of forces. Today there is an evilness that prepares already bent minds to accept additional evil, which will easily allow the antichrist to promote his platform as he easily transitions to total power. We must be careful of what we allow our minds to soak up during this antichrist spirit recruitment time!

Antichrist Origin

From where does this man of sin originate?

Could he be a Jew? He could be of Jewish descent because he makes a covenant with the Jews.

Could he be Muslim? He could be a Muslim. Given the Islamic revival that is taking place across this globe, the Muslim factor is one to be reckoned with. Islam is a very powerful and dominant force that is growing stronger, and scripture says he does not regard the god of his fathers.

What about an American? He could be an American. Scripture says that he will not regard the god of his fathers, and he will not honor the god of forces. America is a military power and could give him his military power.

What about Rome? Rome is a possibility. The headquarters and the system will be set up in Rome, and Rome sits on seven hills.

How about a creation of Satan? As unreasonable as it may seem, current scientific advancements make this a stronger possibility than ever before. Cloning, the robotic transhuman creations that are being built, and current discoveries in the genome project have made replicating a likeness of humanity possible.

This is a controversial issue that creates a lot of discussion and speculation, but we must acknowledge that the antichrist could possibly arrive from many different places.

War With The Saints

Revelation 13:7 (KJV) 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

The saints mentioned here in this passage are the 144,000 orthodox Jews that will not bend and bow to the antichrist. These 144,000 Jews are marked by God in 7:4, converted in 11:13, persecuted in 13:7, and are seen in heaven in 14:1-3, 13:7. This is talking about the antichrist overcoming them.

Revelation 13:7 – “Saints” here is from hagion, meaning “saints or holy ones.” This term “saints” is applicable to whichever dispensation or people that God is dealing with at a particular time.

The term “saints” in 13:7 is applied to the 144,000 who were marked in 7:4, converted in 11:13, and persecuted in 12:17. We see them in heaven after Revelation 14:1-3. The saints, mentioned as nikaō, meaning “overcome by the beast,” must be this remnant because the last reference to them is while they are being persecuted.

The Literal Word Revelation Commentary – Dr. M. D. Treece

Revelation 20:4 (KJV) 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Here in Chapter 20 verse 4, the 144,000 are sitting on thrones in heaven after being beheaded for the witness of Jesus. The antichrist has overcome them and beheaded them

It is interesting to note that the killing of choice among Islamic radicals is beheading and is rampant in our world!

Revelation 20:4 – The identification of “beheaded” and “the testimony of Jesus” is a method and pattern of identification used repeatedly for the 144,000 who are converted to Christ during the 70th week. It is said that they “overcame him by the blood of the Lamb… and the word of their testimony” in Chapter 12:11; it is said they refuse to take the mark of the beast in Chapter 13:15; they are identified by their special song in Chapter 14:3-5; a song of Moses and the Lamb in Chapter 15:2-5. It is said consistently that they have the testimony of Jesus. However, even the martyrs of the Church period who are mentioned in Chapter 6:9, 10 are said to have been killed because of the “word of God, and the testimony which they had.” Whereas the martyrs of the Church period are given white robes, these who are sitting upon thrones have no mention made of their attire.

The Literal Word Revelation Commentary – Dr. M. D. Treece

HIGH ALERT WARNINGS

The red alarm lights are flashing, the red flags of alert fly high, headlines line up with biblical scripture and scream out daily warnings, yet even with all of these in-our-face warnings, individuals continue to ignore the signs of bible prophecy written 2,000 years ago. Prophets of old wrote without understanding, but they NOW fulfill right before our very eyes. We experience it, we live it out, and it is part of everyday life! However, the majority of people are wrapped in complacent ignorance and too busy to ready themselves.

People ignore the signs. An antichrist is about to reign, a rapture is about to take place, and Jesus Christ is soon to return. Instead of making ready for Christ’s return, many live “after the lust of the flesh and the pride of life.”

The platform of total change slides into place, which will place the antichrist in charge, will position his regime to have full power as his commands are carried out all over this globe, and much of our world is rocked to sleep.

What is his platform? Who is part of it? What takes place as the God’s wrath pours out and fills every crack and crevice of earth? Prophetic scripture answers these questions as we plunge further down the path ending at Armageddon! Study to show thyself approved!

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

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