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The Rise and Reign of the Antichrist! Part I

--A Time of Great Tribulation

Compiled by Apollos from the writings of David Brandt Berg with further editing by the webmaster.
The Antichrist's power overshadows the world
  1. Introduction
  2. The Antichrist confirms the Holy Covanant with Many
  3. Specific Scriptures that deal with the Antichrist
  4. The Dragon and the Beast
  5. "The Image of the Beast"
  6. "The Mark of the Beast!"
  7. The Geo-political Picture
  8. "The Great Tribulation"
  9. The Church in Tribulation
  10. More than Conquerors
  11. Conclusion

Introduction

The whole world is waiting for a superman! The World is waiting for a superman, a god-man who can solve all their problems and answer all their questions and heal all their economic ills and unite all their politics and end all their religious squabbles and stop all the wars and bring permanent peace and union to all nations.--A one-World government, one-World leader, one-World dictator--a Superman!

Arnold Toynbee, the famous contemporary historian, expressed this need perfectly when he said, "By forcing on mankind more and more lethal weapons, and at the same time making the World more and more interdependent economically, technology has brought mankind to such a degree of distress that we are ripe for the deifying of any new Caesar who might succeed in giving the World unity and peace."

The former Secretary General of Nato, Paul Spaak, adds,"We do not want another committee; we have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people and to lift us out of the morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, be he God or the Devil, and we will receive him!"

Well, they won't have to wait much longer, because the Bible predicts that there is going to be such a man in the last days of man's rule on earth, who will temporarily save the World from total destruction just before Christ Himself returns to rule it. To the World he is going to appear as an angel of light, the most perfect man, the most powerful man, the greatest leader the World has ever known outside of Jesus Christ!--Smart enough and clever enough to solve all the World's problems--economic, political and finally religious.

From all that the Scripture indicates, it looks like this coming one-world leader will rise to power by peace and by flattery and by clever deceit. (Dan.11:21,24.) By his supernatural craft, wisdom and clever political manoeuvering, he will actually temporarily solve today's pressing military, political and economic problems and will effect a remarkable Peace Pact between the conflicting Superpowers, ideologies and religions of the World.

Of course, only in desperation to save themselves would they ever sign such a pact! Only under desperate last-resort circumstances would Israel and the Arabs, for example, agree to share the city of Jerusalem, or would Capitalism and Communism agree to share the World in peace--universal détente. But with the World's troublespots heating up as much as they have recently, and with nuclear tensions mounting, the World is almost desperate enough to put such a one-World government into power right now to prevent World War III and nuclear annihilation!

This capable and powerful one-world government will at first be much better than today's chaotic conditions: A World of peace, a World of controlled economy--peacetime economy, not war economy--a World of distribution, share the wealth, take from the rich to feed the poor, etc. Under man's most ideal leader and his one-World government, there will finally be a proper apportionment of the World's resources, "from each according to his ability unto each according to his need," of both fuel and food and other necessities, and an end to today's extravagant waste of World supplies.

Man's final world government is going to be the most perfect government the self-righteous heart of man could ever contrive, the most idealistic, the most fair, the most compassionate, the most equal, the most sharing.--It will be like trying to have Christianity without Christ! But of course they will see that it needs a Christ, a superman to make it all possible, and that's exactly what this leader will pretend and claim to be--the Christ, the Messiah, the Saviour of the World! In fact, He's even going to ultimately claim to be God Himself!--When all the time he's a phoney and a fake, the Devil in disguise, "Satan himself, transformed into an angel of light!" (2Co.11:14.)--The Antichrist!

For awhile it will seem to be absolutely heaven on earth, but the price to pay will finally be not only compliance with the World government and the total control of freedom and personal religion and so on, but the eventual aim of the Enemy, the Devil himself who controls it, will be: "Fall down and worship me or you cannot enjoy this great Heaven on Earth that I have created!--Behold, I give you all the kingdoms of the Earth, but the price is, fall down and worship me!" (Lk.4:5-7.)--And that's where the rub's going to come! (Continue on to part 2)

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