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Another Jesus


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Answers, purely through scriptural text many of the questions surrounding:

1. The Nature of the antichrist (the beast)
2. Nature and Identity of the Great Babylonian Whore of Revelation.
3. Reveals the nature and working of the "image that speaks."
4. Depicts and explains the "great falling away."
5. Exposes the true nature of the "Rapture."
6. Compares the Mystery of Righteousness with the Mystery of Iniquity.
7. Indentifies the "Woman In Travail" of Revelation 12.

This is surely to become a radical and earth shaking treatise of the "End Times" prophecies. Without pointing fingers at any group, or individual, the writer, using only scripture has thoroughly identifed the coming antichrist, explained how he shall arise to power, and explains the relationship between the "great falling away" and the reverse event to it, "the marriage supper of the Lamb."

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Another Jesus

  1. 1. Another Jesus By Jeffrey D. Dean Sr. Chapter 1 TRUE CHRIST VS. THE ANTICHRIST Christians the world over (especially modern evangelical Christians) eagerly await the promised “second coming” of Jesus, foretold by prophets, apostles, saints, and depicted in detail in numerous books of the New Testament. It is said that the prophecies relating to the second coming of Christ are three times as prevalent in the Bible as the prophecies relating to His first advent (birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection). Never before in world history has there been such a generation that has so overwhelmingly come to the understanding that the return of Christ may indeed be imminent! Consequently, the second coming of Christ has become a billion dollar industry in the world today. Modern Christian authors have made small and large fortunes on commentary, books, novels and even blockbuster movies based on this subject. The second coming is a topic that shows no end of dying any time soon. Almost as popular are books and movies and commentary on the rise or revealing of the elusive and mysterious “antichrist.” Christians speculate and ponder this subject with much eagerness and anticipation and with some warning. Of course, the modern take on the antichrist, especially in America, and most popular view is that none of the Christians living in this present generation will ever witness the arise of the “antichrist” because popular doctrine states that Christians will not even be here for the event. It is accepted by a vast majority that Christians will have been “raptured” out of the world prior to the revealing of the antichrist. There are many scriptural references, both in the Old and the New Testaments of the Bible that describe, or are considered to be descriptions of this antichrist. I have read so many modern prophetic books on this subject that I can no longer put a number to them. I have seen some pretty incredible and outlandish theories. One such book suggested that Anwar Sadat was the antichrist. I believe there isn’t a President of the United States who has been elected since the early 1970’s who hasn’t been accused of being “the antichrist” of the Bible. The Popes have, for over a thousand years, been suspect by protestant eschatologists (and still are suspect by many). More recently people have suggested that Opra is the antichrist! (I'm serious I heard such a theory). I think it’s a very big mistake when eschatologists attempt to take the prophecies
  2. 2. concerning the end times and directly point to current or recent events and or, what’s worse, point fingers at people as the fulfillment. In fact, since by very definition eschatology seeks to "prophecy" or predict what is to come in the future, perhaps eschatology itself is a very big mistake. Why? Because, if your application of a scripture to future events or your handling of a particular prediction turns out to be false, you have now become a “false prophet.” Dispensationalists especially should not be engaging in, or writing books of eschatology! Dispensationalists teach that the dispensation of prophecy has come to an end and now we have the Bible and there are no more prophets and the Spirit of Prophecy no longer works in the world. People who believe this, but then write an eschatological work that attempts to predict the future using scripture are telling us plainly that they do not have a direct calling from God to do so, because prophecy, according to them is a “finished” gift! Incidentally, the dispensationalists are hard pressed to explain how two prophets could show up in the Book of Revelation, called the “two witnesses” if prophecy has now ceased, especially when you learn dispensationalists also teach that during the period of the “tribulation” when the two witnesses prophecy, according them, the Holy Spirit is not even “in the world” but has been removed by the “rapture.” But I digress. Instead of trying to point to any event, person, place or thing, I will endeavor to stick to the scriptures and use the written Word of God alone to unravel the mysteries of the Book of Revelation and the other end time prophecies. As you read this book you will be able to draw your own conclusions as to whether or not any of the prophecies I discuss within these pages are actually coming to pass already, or are going to come to pass soon. I honestly believe this is what a true studier and teacher of Biblical prophecy should do. Confine yourself to the Scriptures and, comparing scriptural things with scriptural and spiritual things with spiritual, use the written Word of God to explain itself and rely on the Spirit of God within those you are trying to help so they may see how the prophecy applies to them and their walk. Most agree that the antichrist is an extremely charismatic man who arrives on the scene in the final 7 years of world history. (We won't go into how they arrive at this 7 year calculation because it's tenuous at best and extremely complicated). There are also factions who insist that the antichrist is not a man at all, but is a “spirit,” or a particular teaching that arises. Most scholars dismiss this, however, because the Book of Revelation in particular depicts a world leader who shall be “wounded as unto death, but the deadly wound is healed," and, they contend, you can't "wound" the "head" of a doctrine. Nevertheless, as I said before, the most popular view, widely accepted as universal, is that an extremely charismatic man is yet to arrive on the scene, make covenants and peace accords, bring about a world peace, take over the fourth world government, (a revived Rome) be wounded and die, perhaps in an
  3. 3. assassination which shall, they believe, undoubtedly be blamed on the Christians, then, in a miraculous event shall arise from the dead and in a final act of world betrayal announce that he is God and must be worshipped as God, taking his seat in the newly built temple in Jerusalem (a building which he himself orchestrated for that purpose). What most have failed to pick up on within the scriptures pertaining to the coming antichrist is that he is, not so much a "false" Christ as much as he is "another" Christ, a "counterfeit" Christ, identical in almost every detail to the true Christ. This "antichrist" actually will not, technically, be "another" Christ, but will be the true Christ, twisted and perverted. This was something that the Apostles themselves saw emerging all the way back in the first century. Galatians 1: 6-9 6 I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ to another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel to you than the one that you have received of us, let him be accursed. We as believers must heed the warning of the Apostles. They knew that a strong secular influence in the world would eventually seek to undermine and twist the Christ to their own ends. The Apostles, therefore, made it clear that we must remain true to the Christ that THEY preached. 2 Corinthians 11: 3-4 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him."
  4. 4. There we have it then. Paul's biggest fear for the church at Corinth was that someone would come and preach "another Jesus" and what's more that the Corinthians would "bear with" this false prophet and allow Christ to be perverted and twisted for future generations. Paul and several of the Apostles make it clear that this was a very real danger. Not just the Apostles warned us. Yahshua, the true Christ, himself issued warnings concerning false Christs: Matthew 24: 23=24 "23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." If you understand anything about the coming end times you know that there shall arise, not just ONE replacement Christ, but, according to Messiah himself, there shall be many. It is my contention that this Beast of Revelation is simply the most deceptive and powerful of all the false Christs that have ever arisen. It is this "other Jesus" that eventually the entire world "accepts" and "worships," to the point that anyone who refuses to accept this false Christ shall be under penalty of death. The power of the coming world antichrist lies primarily in that fact, I believe that this false Christ is the ACTUAL CHRIST, twisted and perverted. That is why there are so many similarities between the antichrist and the true Christ! When I was writing regular editorials for the Delaware State News in the 1990’s I said something that offended the local chapter President of the Christian Coalition. (A pseudo political/religious movement fighting to impose “Christian Values” on America through political power). This individual was so offended by what I said that he went straight to the local Christian radio station, WXPZ, and dedicated a morning editorial to attacking me. In my article I had addressed the Christian’s continual desire to bring “God” back into the public school system. I posed the question, “which God do we admit the schools to teach and preach?” I asked this because there are so many different concepts of God in this world, and America, being a melting pot, has within its social structure many different and varying views of God. The local leader of the Christian Coalition quoted me and stated emphatically that this is how he knew I was not a Christian, because Christians know there is but one God! In other words, if I, as an American respect my fellow citizen’s right to believe and worship whatever God they choose, I cease to become a Christian in the eyes of this political movement. So be it, for if my respect of other’s
  5. 5. cultures and beliefs, and if I as an American cannot legally accept the right of my fellow American's to worship whatever God they chose, if this makes me "unchristian" then I do not want to be a Christian. Sociologists and anthropologists know that in the world there are many different Gods, and even among cultures that worship the same Gods, there are varying forms and cultural images of those same Gods! To deny that, in the world at least, is simply to stick your head in the sand and live a delusion. Even though I believe the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of the Bible is the only TRUE God, I recognize that many in this big world of mine disagree with me and as Americans, their God is legally as valid as the God I worship! If we allow Christians to preach their God in the public schools, will not the other religions demand equal time for their Gods? That was my only point. Just as there are different Gods, in the world, and varying images and views of those Gods, I have learned there are different Jesus’ now present in the world. Better put, there are varying cultural images of Jesus. White America has an image of a Jesus who is a white democratic republican. There has been a movement among African Americans that present an image of Jesus as a black man! Even some leaders within that culture will insist that historically Jesus was indeed a black man. He may have been. I don’t know, and I don’t care! I tend to believe that Jesus was an Hebrew myself, and most likely resembled all the other Hebrews of his day within the region of the world in which he was born. That’s not the point! Christians, and even the various offshoots of the religion that most Christians consider “cults” all believe they worship the same Jesus (even though their "image" or picture of Jesus is in some cases extremely diversified), nevertheless, they worship, they believe, the Jesus of the Bible! While they may not agree, and while they may possess so many diverse teachings of Jesus, they will tell you that they worship the SAME Jesus ! Emile Durkheim, a well known sociologist, studied cultures in depth. He noticed that the worship of some form of a God is universal among all cultures, even the most primitive. He wanted to understand why this is. What he learned is very very relative to those who desire to understand the coming great world conflict depicted in the Book of Revelation of the Bible. Durkheim learned that the basic process by which a culture develops a religion is the same. When a group of people band together and live as a social group, such as in a tribe, they inevitably develop social traits in common. They then select an animal that best represents these value aspects of the tribe (much like sports teams pick a mascot). What Durkheim found is that, inevitably, over time, the tribe begins to worship the animal. This is called “totemism.” Durkheim saw totemism as the most basic form of religion. It is interesting to those who study Revelation for the great antichrist religion that arises in the end times to threaten the saints of YHWH is depicted as an “animal,” the “Beast.” In fact, all false deities in the Bible are depicted as “Beasts,” even though in scripture the Beasts all have ruling authority and are kingdoms, according to the scripture, we have to accept
  6. 6. the fundamental truth that all the great kingdoms of the world depicted in scripture have their religious underpinnings. All the great PAGAN kingdoms present an “image of a beast” or a deity who is to be worshipped, historically under the pain of death. Durkeim believed that all religions are outgrowths of totemism, adding to it, myths, images, and traditions. The totemic animal, Durkheim believed, was the expression of the sacred and the original focus of religious activity because it was the emblem for a social group, the clan. If Durkheim is correct, religion therefore is just as inevitable as society is inevitable when individuals live together as a group. I believe he was dead straight on about this, for it explains why the first thing that God judged, after bringing the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt, was their creation of the “golden calf” to worship! The God of Israel is unique and did not want his people creating the same type of religious system that pagans create. This is significant when you understand that this type of development of religion inevitably grows into the tribe actually worshipping themselves. This is because the animal is nothing more than a representation of the tribe’s own traits and values, and when the tribe worships this symbol as such, what are they actually worshipping? Their own traits and values, in other words, themselves. How is this so significant to those studying the Book of Revelation and the end times prophecies? The answer is obvious when you know the scriptures. One of the landmark scriptures found in the Newer Testament, which universally is accepted as a description of the “antichrist” or the great Beast of Revelation 13, actually states emphatically that this antichrist (called the son of perdition) “opposes and exhalts himself above all that is called God or worshipped until he sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” Some say this prophecy was fulfilled already when Antiochus Epiphanies entered the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and erected a statue of Jupiter that was in his own likeness and declared himself the representative of God on earth. Others have believed that the Roman Popes all fulfill this prophecy for they sit in the Church (which is always symbolic of the temple of God) and have declared themselves to be “Representative of God and of His Christ.” While all of these events indeed mirror this prophecy I think that the meaning of Thessalonians has far bigger significance because of the context of the verses. 2 Thessalonians 2: 3 “3 Let no man decieve you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” From reading the above verse (which directly precedes the mention of the son of Perdidition “calling himself God,”) we know that Paul is speaking of a much
  7. 7. greater event than just the revealing of the antichrist to the world. He clearly tells us that the antichrist will not become obvious to the world until there be a “great falling away” first. We know, then, that the falling away and the revealing of the antichrist are not just “connected” prophetic events, they are indeed RELATED or chronoligically connected. The Apostles, and most specifically John, foresaw the day when the world would take away the true Christ and replace him with an antichrist and what’s worse, this event would be the culmination of a “great falling away from the faith in Jesus Christ and his teachings of love,” and would continue until the antichrist would sit in the “temple” of God totally convinced that HE himself (or she) is indeed God. It’s the worship of self, which is the exact antithesis of Christ’s and the Apostles teachings of “dying of self.” It's the ultimate totemism, where the social culture, instead of erecting an "animal" as the totem, erects a man instead and it ends the same way, idol worship that is in all actuality the worship of the value system of the society which created it (or in this case the lack of values). REVELATION 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 crown, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like 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. 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. 4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast, saying, Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him? 5 And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given to him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given to him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not
  8. 8. written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10 He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills with the sword, must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. 11 And I beheld another beast coming out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceived them that dwell on the earth, by 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 the sword, and did live. 15 And he had power to give life to 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. 16 And he caused all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 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. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred, threescore, and six.” Revelation 13 is the landmark scripture depicting the arise of what everyone universally recognizes and calls “the antichrist.” There is much symbolism contained within this chapter, symbolism that has been used elsewhere in scripture and which are also as universally accepted as describing, not only the antichrist but the TRUE CHRIST as well. This has far more significance than eschatologists have realized. Behold, the startling similarities of this Beast Christ to the actual Christ.
  9. 9. 1.Yahshua, the Christ was wounded to death (albeit not by a sword and not a fatal head wound) and he arose from the dead. The antichrist, therefore, resembles the actual Christ in this very important detail of a death and resurrection. 2.Like the true Christ, the antichrist has power to make followers out of the entire world. 3.The actual Christ has many crowns on his head and has a name written on his forehead. (Revelation 19:12) The Beast "antichrist" mimics this very important aspect. 4.The followers of the actual Christ are “sealed in their foreheads,”(John 6:27, Romans 15:28, 2 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:13 and 4:30, Revelation 7:1-8, Ezekiel 9: 4-6, Revelation 9: 4) and the name of the actual Father is “written” on their foreheads of the 144,000. ( Revelation 14:1) Again, the Beast "antichrist" seals his followers in their foreheads. 5.The name of the Christ was considered blasphemy by the religious leaders of his time, likewise, the antichrist’s name IS blasphemous! 6.The actual Christ was given a mouth speaking “great things” and the Jewish religious leaders sought to stone him for uttering powerful words that they considered blasphemous on numerous occasions because the true Christ was the very "oracle" of God. Likewise, the antichrist is an "oracle," but not of God, he is the oracle of Satan instead. 7.The actual Christ received his power and authority from someone else, namely the Father, and made this clear numerous times and the Jewish leaders accused him of healing and casting out demons “by the power of the king of the Demons.” In other words, Christ was accused of receiving his power from Satan, who is also called “the Dragon” (Revelation 12). The antichrist in fact DOES receive his power and authority from Satan. 8.The actual Christ is called “the lion of the tribe of Judah.” (Revelation 5:5) The antichrist has “the mouth of a lion.” (Note: I believe this is a reference to the fact that the words of the true Christ are attributed to the antichrist. The antichrist is given the credit for the words that the true Christ spoke). 9.The actual Christ comes to make war with the devil and to destroy the works of the devil (sin). The antichrist comes to make war, but with the true Christ, through the saints, and preserve sin (the works of the devil). 10.Power over all kindreds, tongues and nations is given to the actual Christ. Likewise, the antichrist claims that same power. 11.The actual Christ causes the world to worship the Father who gives him his power and authority. The antichrist causes the world to worship the dragon who gives him his power and authority. 12.The actual Christ has “prophets” or apostles who exercise all of his power. The antichrist has a false prophet who exercises all of his
  10. 10. power. Equally important as the similarities between the actual Christ and the false Christ are their differences: 1.The antichrist actually BLASPHEMES God, whereas the actual Christ was only falsely accused of the same. 2.The antichrist demands that all the world worship and pray to him, while the actual Christ did not demand worship for himself but commanded us to pray to the Father, not him. 3.The antichrist and his false prophet demand an “image” be created, the actual Christ preached the Tanahk and the Ten Commandments and would NEVER condone the making of an image to be worshipped. 4.The antichrist and his prophet take the world captive, hold them hostage, and seize power by the sword, killing those who refuse to accept their message or authority. The actual Christ would NEVER condone such actions and came not to lead into captivity but to set us free. 5.The antichrist seizes the power of the human monetary system and uses the desires of material things to entice and coerce the world into following them, while the actual Christ said “you cannot serve God and mammon” and taught that money is irrelevant in the kingdom he was about to establish. 6.The mark of the antichrist is a “number” and “name of a man,” the mark of the actual Christ is “the name of the Father.” While the differences between the Christ and the antichrist are quite stark, their similarities are twice as numerous and equally as powerful. It’s easy to see how the world could get confused and mistake this Beast of Revelation for the actual Christ. With the exception of ministry and methodology the antichrist is in every way identical to the TRUE CHRIST! DANIEL The Beast in Revelation Chapter 13 was described by the earlier prophet, Daniel, in great detail and is actually described as “the fourth great kingdom on the earth.” In Daniel 7 we read about 4 consecutive great world powers or kingdoms that appear on the earth and they are clearly identified. These beasts arise up out of “the sea” according to Daniel 7:3 which is true also of the Beast of Revelation 13. The first beast was described in Daniel 7:4 as “like a lion,” with “eagle’s wings”. The Second beast is described as “like a bear,” (Daniel 7:5). The third beast is described as “like a leopard.” The fourth beast is described in Daniel 7:7 and it mirrors the Beast of Revelation in great detail, both in it’s description and in the depiction of the events which occur during the power of this Beast.
  11. 11. DANIEL 7: 7-11 7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts before it; and it had ten horns. 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 a man and a mouth speaking great things. 9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. 10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him? The judgment was set, and the books were opened. 11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spoke: I beheld even until the beast was slain and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.” Cleary this Beast in Daniel is the same Beast as the one described in Revelation 13. We know this for the simple fact that Daniel sees this Beast reign all the way until the very reign of Christ on the earth and all the way until the Beast is cast into flame (the events of which are described in detail at the end of Revelation). If anyone has any doubt that the Beast in Daniel is the same Beast that reigns upon the earth at the time of the return of Christ we need only read the rest of Daniel’s prophecy concerning this Beast. Daniel 7: 13-14 12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: Yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. 13 I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14 And there was given him dominion and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”
  12. 12. It’s obvious that Daniel’s final “beast” is the final KINGDOM upon the earth and will continue in power until the kingdom of God is established by Christ Himself upon the earth. This is absolutely CRUCIAL to comprehend because thankfully, Daniel’s angel comes to him and actually IDENTIFIES this beast in plain language, so that it is no mystery WHO is the Beast of Daniel and thus, the identity of the Beast in Revelation 13 is also no great mystery. Daniel 7: 16-26 16 I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this, So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things. 17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings which shall arise out of the earth. 18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever. 19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from the others, exceeding dreadful whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, broke in pieces and stamped the residue with his feet; 20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spoke very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. 21 I beheld and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; 22 Until the Ancient of days come, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. 23 Thus he said, the fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon the earth, which shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns out of the 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. 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.
  13. 13. 26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.” It is widely accepted by most that these four Beasts of Daniel represent the four great kingdoms which ruled over much of the civilized world from ancient times even to the very present. They are as follows: Lion = Babylonian Empire Bear = Medo-Persian Empire Leopard = Greek Empire 4th Beast = Roman Empire Interesting to note is that the Beast of Revelation 13 shares traits of all four of these beasts. Revelation 13: 2 “And the beast which I saw was like 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.” Some have offered alternative and “deeper meanings” to the identity of these four beasts of Daniel, however, if one reads chapter 8 of Daniel it becomes very clear that they are identified exactly as the Angel describes, “the four great kingdoms upon the earth.” There can be no doubt when you read the entire book of Daniel that the identities of these Beasts are no mystery (even though the angel tells Daniel to seal up the meaning of his prophecies until the time of the end). One only has to examine the history described in Daniel to see that the FOURTH BEAST shares traits from the three beasts that come before it merely because each Beast arose and then was subdued by the next beast, and many of the traits of the preceding beast were “incorporated” into the next beast that comes after, until, finally, the fourth beast (the Roman Empire) is a collective social culture made up of many of the aspects of the first three empires that led to the culmination of Rome as a world power! This cannot be disputed, either Biblically or historically. Recently, some eschatologists are attempting to put forth that the fourth great kingdom is not Rome at all but is "Islam." Their argument is that Rome never actually "conquered" Babylon and Daniel's original visions came as a result of the Emperor of Babylon's dream. They contend that the dream of the King of Babylon would only concern him if the fourth great kingdom actually conquered Babylon. Yet, even though Rome did not actually conquer Babylon militarily,
  14. 14. Rome was indisputably the fourth great kingdom on the earth, the fourth kingdom to rule over the majority of the known civilized world. This is indisputable. Rome may not have militarily conquered Babylon, however, the Babylonian empire was subdued and influenced heavily by Rome for many years. This is undeniable historical fact. There can be no doubt that the Beast of Daniel is none other than the Beast of Revelation 13 and that Beast is the Roman Empire! History teaches us that the Roman Empire fell long before the time in which we now live! This seems to fly in the face of everything I have just concluded. Furthermore, John the apostle, at the beginning of Revelation states that the Revelation is a vision of “things that must shortly come to pass,” and yet Rome was already in power at the time of John’s vision. Both of these seeming contradictions however can be easily explained. We merely need to turn to the angel’s interpretation of Daniel’s vision to understand both contradictions. The angel tells Daniel that the Fourth Beast is not just a KINGDOM but speaks of a SPECIFIC KING who seizes control of that kingdom and retains control until “the Ancient of Days” and the Second coming of Jesus Christ in the clouds of heaven. Clearly we can only conclude that John’s vision of the Beast is depicting that great KING who would rule over the Beast Kingdom of Rome, and that king had not yet arisen in John’s day. Thus, even though Rome existed, the Beast King that comes to power in Revelation 13 had not yet appeared and was, therefore a part of “things to come.” Then, we have to consider the “little horn” of Daniel, which exactly coincides with the “second beast” of Revelation 13. This is yet another KING of Rome, but is specifically called “the false prophet” in Revelation. (Revelation 16:13, 19:20 and 20:10). What about the falling of Rome? We know that the kingdom of Rome fell and out of that great empire arose many different nations! Was Daniel’s angel wrong and the vision flawed? Daniel sees the fourth great kingdom, which is indisputably ROME, and he sees it continue in power over the world until the second coming of Christ and until the judgment day. Not when you consider that Rome never really lost its emperor and thus never truly “fell.” Rome was preserved as a world power long after the empire itself fell into ruin and decay, and a long succession of Roman Emperors, the Popes, has continued the Roman rule upon the earth against all odds until this very day. So, am I saying that the Beast of Revelation 13 is the Pope? Not at all! I believe the Beast that rises out of the sea is both a kingdom and a king but I don’t believe that king is a succession of Popes. The Sea Beast of Revelation is not “many” kings in succession it is a particular king, the antichrist!
  15. 15. John the Revelator foresaw a time when Rome would have a great king placed over it who is identical in almost every way to the true Messiah and furthermore, this King would become the very embodiment of Rome itself. After this false Messiah, who is identical in appearance to Christ Jesus is set over Rome and made to be the very symbol of Rome, then a “false prophet” who is “like a lamb” arises and, exercising all the power of Rome, causes the world to worship the antichrist, the false Messiah who is identical to the true Messiah in every detail (with only a few very subtle but very crucial differences). Both Daniel and John the Revelator agree that this great king will take over the fourth great kingdom upon the earth and then, afterward, a smaller king, who is described as a “little horn” by Daniel will then “make war with the saints of the most High” in the NAME of the Beast King, and what’s more shall, at least for a time prevail against them! The antichrist, therefore, is a false Messiah, identical almost every way to the true Messiah, Yahshua. This false Christ, based upon and imitating the true Christ is then set up as the KING of Rome. The false prophet, the little horn, the second Beast is established, and that little Beast creates an “image” of the first Beast and causes (through the Devil’s power) that this image can actually SPEAK and have LIFE. Furthermore, this little beast has power to perform “miracles” and does so “in the sight of the beast,” even calling lightning down to the earth. The false prophet then “exercises all the power of the antichrist," through the image that speaks. I do not believe the Popes are necessarily the antichrist yet it is quite possible that the “little horn” might have the same sort of position, power and authority as is possessed by a Pope! Nevertheless, we do know that the second Beast is the “representative” of the false Christ upon the earth and “exercises all the power of the first Beast before it,” much the same way that the Popes have been accepted as representatives of Christ. This second beast, the “little horn” must have all of the authority in Rome that a Pope would have in order to propagate this first Beast, the antichrist. This second beast will possess all the power of the fourth kingdom, which is Rome, at his disposal and he will use this power to coerce and entice the entire world to worship the false Christ and the false image of Christ. Since it says “all the world will marvel at the (first) Beast,” we know that Rome will not be the only ones who accept this false image of another Christ (who is like Christ in every way but is full of blasphemy). yet, according to Daniel, to the little horn will fall the task of “making war” against the saints of the Most High. He will “wear out the saints of the Most High.” This Roman “Christ King,” according to John, will be full of blasphemies, and according to Paul, writing to the Thessalonians will “sit in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” The antichrist will claim to be God incarnate.
  16. 16. There will be a smaller king who is the representative of this false Christ in Rome. He will exercise all of the power attributed to the antichrist and will cause the whole world to, not only worship the antichrist, but to make an image of him that shall be worshipped as well. Eventually, all in the world who refuse to accept this new God/Man King, the new Roman Christ, will be have a sentence of death. What’s more, even those factions in the world who are not Roman will worship this same Roman Beast Christ! John foresaw the day when the very system of religion that the believers themselves have created and devised will be seized by the ENEMY, the true Christ will be taken away “out of the way,” and a false Christ put in his place, one that is identical in every way to the true Christ but is a “devil.” 2 Thessalonians 2: 4- 7 4 Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 5 Remember you not, that when I was yet with you, I told you of these things? 6 And now you know what withholds that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only he who now prevents will prevent until he be taken out of the way.” Jesus Christ, the true Messiah of Israel identified himself as the ONLY way to the father saying openly “I am the way, the truth and the life no man comes to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6) The true Christ must, therefore, be taken “out of the way” in order to make way for the antichrist. This will be the “great falling away” preceding the revealing of the antichrist. As long as the true Christ remains the “way” to salvation this prevents the antichrist from coming to full power on the earth. In the end times the Christ preached by Rome and her offshoot religions will NOT the true Christ, but a perversion of the true. The Beast Christ is “another Jesus” whom the Apostles NEVER preached! It will not take a Biblical scholar, or an expert in world or Church history to see this very simple and plain fact. At the time of the end, or the “great falling away” as it is called, all you will have to do is compare the doctrines of the churches who preach this new Roman Christ to the plain written words of the true Christ to see that the they are preaching “another Jesus!” The antichrist who will be created by the end times Roman Empire and propagated by antichristians of all faiths and denominations will condone the killing of all those who refuse to accept his power and authority and all who refuse to worship him and his image! The Roman antichrist condones sin and
  17. 17. provides a way for sin to multiply on the earth while at the same time promising those who believe upon his power that they shall all go to heaven no matter how horribly they live their lives! The antichrist of Rome will preach that blessings are MATERIAL RICHES, whereas the true Christ and his apostles preached that those who desire to be rich make a “shipwreck of their faith.” This antichrist will actually use the material riches and gains of the world to gather his followers. The antichristian religions of the world will be DEEPLY rooted in the buying and selling of material goods. They can NEVER escape this Roman antichrist system for they would be “unable to buy or sell” which means their great churches and cathedrals could not be supported. Their entire ministry would fall! The Roman antichrist leads INTO captivity, the true Christ “sets the captives free!” Chapter 2 THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST VS. THE SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST Already, before the Apostles had even passed the torch to others and gone on to be with the Lord, there was a move to replace the true Jesus with a false, to replace the Christ with an antichrist! Furthermore, Paul feared that the Corinthian church would "receive another spirit." John the Revelator himself saw the beginnings of this antichrist beast arising and warned all. 1 John 2: 18-29 18 Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. 20 But you have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things. 21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist that denies the Father and the Son.
  18. 18. 23 Whosoever denies the Son, the same has not the Father: (but) he that acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 24 Let that therefore abide in you, which you have heard from the beginning. If that which you have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, you also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he has promised us, even eternal life. 26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. 27 But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him. 28 And now, little children, abide in him: that, when he shall appear, you may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29 If you know that his is righteous, you know that every one that does righteousness is born of him.” John, in his first letter, speaks plainly of the coming of many antichrists who deny that Jesus is the Christ! John saw that there was coming a “false Christ” based upon the true Christ. I firmly believe this (even though these texts do not directly state this, it is implied). How is it implied? You can’t have “another Christ” until you deny the FIRST Christ! You can’t create a false Christ who is based upon the true Christ without intrinsically denying that the true Christ is the Christ at all. This is basic common sense, for if the true Christ, Jesus, is in fact the Christ there would be no reason to replace him with another! It is important also to note that the FOCUS of John's warning lies in this statement the true Christ is "righteous," and not only that "every one that does righteousness is born of him." (He later says that everyone that doesn't do righteousness has never seen the true Christ neither have they "known" him). The emphasis on the righteousness we have through Christ is the determining factor in weeding out the "false christs" and his followers. I believe that is because the biggest difference between the coming world Beast antichrist and the true Christ is that the antichrist and his followers justify, condone and eventually even encourage sin! John speaks of the “unction” and the “anointing” which “abides in” those who believe in the true Christ. I find that this is the key to John’s discussion of antichrist. John here states emphatically that those who bring us “another Jesus” must first deny the basic tenet that the true Christ “abides in us” and is able to
  19. 19. teach us the truth Himself, and more importantly will attempt to get you to rely on “teachings of men,” rather than the anointing! Indeed, Paul in his letter to Galatians mirrors this as well. After Paul writes that anyone who preaches any other gospel should be “accursed,” he says this: Galatians 1: 11-16 11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not after man. 12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. 13 For you have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 14 And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, 16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.” There is a common theme whenever the Apostles spoke of the “replacement gospel” and the “replacement Christ” or antichrist. They emphasize that the teachings of the true Christ are “within” the believer and in fact that the true Christ “abides in them.” It becomes apparent that this theme is not by accident! It becomes obvious that the difference between the true Christ and the antichrist who is to come (the other Christ) is that the true Christ is ALIVE and abiding in his believers and is NOT dependent upon the teachings of men while the false (replacement) Christ is most definitely dependent upon those who preach and teach him! Which makes perfect sense because the true Christ is alive and sitting at the right hand of the Father and is ONE with us through the Holy Spirit and the false Christ is a concoction of men! John the Revelator tells us exactly WHY this is! 1 John 4: 1-3 1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
  20. 20. 2 Hereby know you the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” Again the same theme in all 3 texts I’ve quoted. Christ in me, abiding in me, in this fleshly creature. John predicted that the coming antichrist system (while at the same time professing a Christ within, just not the true Christ) but would eventually seek to eradicate this notion of Christ has literally come in the flesh (in the believers). This is because, before anyone can present to you another Christ they must first get you to forget that the true Christ abides in you, through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and must get you to rely on their “wisdom” in order to twist and pervert the gospel of the true Christ and replace it with a counterfeit. In the end times, the Apostles foresaw a day when many, while confessing Christ “within” with their mouths will reject the true saints when they tell them that you do not need any man to teach you, for the anointing that abides in you through the oneness of the Christ teaches you of all things! John has more to say on this subject. 1 John 4: 4- 17 "4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. 7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every on that loves is born of God, and knows God. 8 He that loves not knows not God; for God is love. 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation of our sins.
  21. 21. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought to also love one another. 12 No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us because has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” John has laid it all out for us. He has given us the way to discern the difference between the true Christ and the antichrist! He repeats two times here that if the Spirit of Christ dwells IN us then God is IN US, and we are in God! He also states that as God’s Spirit of love is “perfected” in us we become like Christ, and ultimately like God in the world! To the antichristians of the end times that will be utter blasphemy, for their Christ is “God incarnate” and no one else. Only their Christ can say “I am in God and God is in me,” because their Christ is God! These end times “antichristians” who will actually STILL preach the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and teach that Jesus is “in” them will balk if you tell them that the Spirit of love can be “perfected” in you and you can live in perfect love even as the true Christ lived! They will call those who teach this a very dangerous person and their doctrine they will call “cultish!” They will pay utter lip service to the entire foundation of the true Christ, that he dwells in you and transforms you into the very image of God the Father, yet all the while denying it and calling those who truly believe it "antichrist," in an amazing "upside down twist" that is bigger than anything we've ever seen in history! John warns us that ANY spirit that denies this basic truth that Christ is come in the flesh through God’s spirit is “that spirit of antichrist.”
  22. 22. In the end times all of the above statements of John will be considered BLASPHEMY by the antichrist church! To say "God dwells in me" will be a blasphemy because the antichrist church teaches that ONLY THEIR CHRIST has God dwelling in him bodily (for the Roman Beast Christ is God in the form of the Christ). The Roman Beast Christ is the only one that could say "I dwell in God and God in me," according to the antichrist religion. All others are blasphemers and making themselves "God." “You can’t be perfect like Jesus because Jesus was God!” That will be the outcry of the antichristians to the true gospel message that is to be preached to the entire world. They simply will NOT believe the basic gospel truth that Jesus lives in me! Their Jesus lives in them only “symbolically,” not “literally.” They will follow the Roman Christ, who is God and only died to save them from the penalty of the sin, not to dwell IN them and eradicate sin in their life completely. The concept, which was the pinnacle of the Gospel as preached by the Apostles will be completely foreign to the antichristians! CHAPTER 3 THE TRUE WAY TO SALVATION VS. THE FALSE SECURITY OF THE ANTICHRIST SYSTEM Daniel has much more to say about the antichrist and at this point we must turn to him once again. Only in a full understanding of what the antichrist will do can we understand how this “great falling away” occurs and only then will we truly grasp the “mystery of iniquity,” described by the Apostle Paul to the Thessalonians. The true Christ is “taken out of the way” of salvation. How is this done? Daniel is clear on this! Daniel 9: 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 antichrist comes into power and at first confirms “the covenant,” however, in the midst of his “week,” he will break the covenant and cause the “sacrifice” to cease. What “covenant” will the antichrist betray? What sacrifice will he cause to “cease?” Thankfully Daniel gets an interpretation from the Angel himself.
  23. 23. Daniel 11: 30- 32 “30 For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant. 31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that makes desolate. 32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall be corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” We do not have to stumble in the dark to understand how the antichrist replaces the true Christ. He takes away, not only the “holy covenant” but he places an abomination that makes “desolate,” and furthermore puts an utter end to the “daily sacrifice.” Christ himself made reference to the taking away of the daily sacrifice and the placing of the abomination of Desolation! Matthew 24: 15-16 “15 When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso reads, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains:” All we need do is determine what is the “holy covenant” in the end times, and what is the “daily sacrifice” in the end times and we will understand the evil and mysterious plan of Satan to set up a false Christ right in the very midst of those who claim to follow the true Christ and lead them into a “great falling away.” Again, thanks be to God, these matters are not mysteries to us. The Holy Covenant is described in detail in the New Testament, and the “daily sacrifice” is explained as well! CHAPTER 5 THE HOLY COVENANT VS. THE OLD COVENANT
  24. 24. Most eschatologists agree that the “confirmed covenant” in the end times will be an agreement with the antichrist and Israel to restore, not only the temple. but the Covenant with all of it’s sacrifices. They universally agree on this, but I am not as convinced. That is because Daniel’s angel clearly makes a distinction by saying “the holy covenant.” A covenant is only “holy” when those who make the covenant with God KEEP it. Much the same as the Sabbath is only “holy” when you keep it. (The fourth commandment tells us to keep the Sabbath holy and it’s not a huge leap in logic that if you break the Sabbath it becomes an “unholy” thing and cannot be referred to as “Holy Sabbath.”) The New Testament writers made it clear to us that the Old Covenant, the sacrificing of animals on the altar became “faulty” and “unholy.” NOT because there was something wrong with the agreement, of course there wasn’t, God doesn’t make mistakes. No, the covenant of old became unholy because those who made the agreement with God did not KEEP it! I doubt the Angel, speaking to Daniel about this covenant between the antichrist (or his agents) and the people of Israel would refer to such a covenant as “the holy covenant.” Some argue that Daniel lived before the days of the NEW covenant, only knew of the old Covenant, and they believe the Angel would speak to Daniel in terms he could understand. That is not a valid argument because there are many things within this vision that Daniel did not understand, there are many direct references to things that would only be understood after their fulfillment. I believe this “confirmation of the holy covenant” is one such case. The HOLY covenant according to all scripture, especially in the time of the end, the time of the antichrist is most definitely the NEW Covenant as taught by the Apostles themselves. HEBREWS 8: 6-13 6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. 7 For if that first had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8 For finding fault with them, he said, Behold, the days come, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt: because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, says the Lord.
  25. 25. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord; I will put my laws into their minds, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord; for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 13 In that he says, A new, he has made the first old. Now that which decays and waxes old is ready to vanish away.” It should be noted that modern translations all say that the covenant itself was “faulty.” In Hebrews 8: 7 they have added the word “covenant” and also in verse 13. I know this word has been added because it is found in ITALICS in the original King James version and italic words are words that were added by the translators. Hebrews 8: 7 does NOT say that the old covenant was “faulty.” The entire notion is ridiculous. That God could create a “faulty system” is, well, it’s ludicrous. There was nothing wrong with the old covenant other than the fact that the people of Israel didn’t KEEP it which is why in Hebrews 8: 8 it says “finding fault with THEM” God made a new covenant. The New Covenant is a book within itself. Yet, I find it imperative that I summarize the key aspects of this Covenant, since we know that the antichrist or his agents will confirm this Covenant for a while, but then take it away and place the “abomination of desolation.” The New Covenant is actually very simple and I will summarize it here. 1.Christ died to be the propitiation of our sins. 2.The Holy Spirit entered the world (as a result of Christ’s sacrifice) and comes to the believer to “lead you and guide you into all truth.” 3.With the Holy Spirit abiding in you, you have no need for any man to teach you to “know the Lord” because you know him intimately. 4.Whereas the old covenant could only “atone” for sin but could not eradicate your sin, the NEW covenant not only atones for sin but provides a way of escape, setting free the captives to sin!
  26. 26. Many will, no doubt, take exception to item number 4 above, however, I’m not speaking out of thin air here, there are so many scriptures that back up item number 4 that, as I said, I can write an entire book on that subject alone. Hebrews itself backs up that the New Covenant has the potential to eradicate sin in the life of the believer. Hebrews 9: 11- 14 "11 But Christ is being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” I have always found it extremely frustrating the way I have heard this subject handled in the Churches I’ve attended. They completely mock the sacred covenant of old. They state that “of course the sprinkling of animal blood cannot save you, no wonder we needed Christ to mediate a new covenant,” and conclude that the old covenant was therefore faulty because it could not deliver on the promise that God had made to those who keep it! This makes God a complete and utter liar, when you think about it, for God assured those with whom he made the old covenant that if they KEPT it, they would be cleansed from their unrighteous deeds and their sins were atoned for! Here, the writer of Hebrews does not say that the sprinkling of blood COULD NOT atone and cleanse. He says quite the opposite, in fact! He says “if the sprinkling of blood COULD cleanse, then how much more will the blood of Christ cleanse.” (My own personal paraphrase). I say again, there was (and is) NOTHING wrong with the blood atonement of the old covenant. When it was (and is) KEPT the way God prescribed, it works, to the ATONING OF SINS. Otherwise, all of the children of Israel who came before Christ were DOOMED, and died in their sins! Yet, this atonement had to be repeated over and over and over again. Christ’s blood atonement happened once and for all, but that is only ONE of the reasons the NEW covenant is a better covenant!
  27. 27. HEBREWS 10: 1- 4 1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers there-unto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? Because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those a rememberance again of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” When you read Hebrews 8, then 9, then 10 you begin to understand that the ONLY thing that was lacking in the old covenant was that it had to be repeated over and over again every year because, while it did make atonement for the sins of the past year and cleansed the people, the people would then go out the following year and sin again and have to return again and again. There was no power within the old atonement for the “taking away” of sins, or the complete eradication of sin once and for all. In the blood atonement of Christ, there IS the promise and the possibility of your sins being taken away, through the power of the HOLY SPIRIT and through obedience to the same. The new covenant, unlike the old has the power to “make the comers there-unto perfect.” This then, is the key message of the NEW COVENANT! It’s the same message as the Gospel was in the days of the writing of the New Testament. That Christ died once and for all to make blood atonement for our sins, but that’s not all, He died to “take away the sins of the world,” to eradicate sin on the earth! This is done through the HOLY SPIRIT or the writing of God’s laws in the minds of hearts of those who keep the covenant, so that they have no need for any man to teach them how to live without sin, for they are taught of God directly. This, then is the mission of the antichrist. He comes in like a Savior, confirming the HOLY COVENANT with many for a short while (making lip service to the message of holiness through the abiding of Christ within the believers), but somewhere in the midst of this, he switches gears and has “intelligence” with them that “break the holy covenant.” For those of you who still doubt that the New Covenant in Christ's blood has the actual power to eradicate sin in the life of the believer read the following texts: Hebrews 11: 40
  28. 28. "God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect." The above quoted verse MORE than implies that those "within" the Holy Covenant shall be made "perfect." This is not the only scriptural evidence that the inner working of the Holy Spirit through the New Covenant in Christ's blood will make you perfect, even as Christ was perfect ("tempted in every way but without sin"). There are so many such scriptures I cannot possible quote them all, I'd have to just simply quote here all of the letters of the New Testament in order to cover them all! Ephesians 4: 11-13 "11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets, and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:" CHAPTER 6 HOLY SACRIFICE VS. UNHOLY SACRIFICE What about the “taking away of the daily sacrifice?” Many contend this statement alone proves that the Angel in Daniel is speaking of the old covenant because the sacrifice made in the NEW covenant was made by Jesus Christ, once and for all. They contend there is no daily sacrifice involved in the New Covenant. (This argument is just plain silly because there was no daily sacrifice in the old covenant either). They couldn’t be more mistaken, too, about there being no daily sacrifice in the New Covenant! Romans 8: 13 “For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.” This chapter of Romans describes in detail HOW the New Covenant, working within the believer, day by day, transforms those who keep the covenant into sinless creatures! By the New Covenant we received the blood atonement of Christ and the Holy Spirit enters into our flesh. Then, on a daily basis we begin
  29. 29. to submit to that self same Spirit and we “mortify” or kill the sinful deeds of the flesh. This is a daily sacrifice of our own! Colossians 3 “1 If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God, 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on earth. 3 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory. 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which you also walked some time, when you lived in them. 8 But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds. 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do you. 14 And above all these things put on LOVE which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and you be thankful.
  30. 30. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. 18 Wives submit yourselves to your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. 20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. 21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. 22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God. 23 And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he that does wrong shall receive for the wrong which he has done: and there is no respect of persons.” I quoted this entire chapter because basically it describes the daily sacrifice better than any other I have seen! Each day, the true followers of Christ remember that they are “dead” in Christ and their life is “hidden.” They sacrifice themselves with the blood atonement that Christ was sacrificed and they mortify their bodies by mortifying the DEEDS of their flesh. Bit by bit, day by day, until their love is perfected and their bodies become holy living sacrifices unto the Lord! Still not convinced that this is the “daily sacrifice” spoken of by Daniel the prophet? Well, here it is then, the one scripture that proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt: 1 Corinthians 15: 31 “I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.”
  31. 31. Paul herein writes to the Corinthians and in Chapter 15 he describes in detail the DEATH and RESURRECTION of those who have the “Holy Covenant” in Christ’s blood! It would behoove you to read this chapter and even memorize it if you can. We will study more from this chapter later in this book. Clearly the “daily sacrifice” that is taken “away” by the antichrist and his agents is the POWER we have through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to “mortify the deeds of the body” daily and move into fullness and perfection in the Lord at his coming! How can anyone take that away from you? By deceiving you into not believing it! That’s how! By offering to you another Jesus, who does not demand this daily sacrifice, and who has merely paid the price for your sin so that you could continue as you were, from sin to sin, until the day you die! That is the antichrist that is coming, according to not just John, but all the apostles. It is a "man of sin" a "fleshly Christ" a BEAST that offers no real liberty from sin, only a bondage to a religious system based upon a lie, designed to keep you forever in bondage to the flesh and thus forever in bondage to SIN and to the Beast religion! CHAPTER 7 THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT VS. THE ABOMINATION THAT MAKES DESOLATE No wonder Jesus Christ zeroed right in on the prophecy of Daniel and the “abomination of desolation” that comes to replace the “daily sacrifice.” The abomination of desolation is a full out assault on the very purposes for the sacrifice and blood atonement of Jesus Christ! In order to thoroughly understand this you need to know what “desolation” is according to the Word! When a woman’s womb is unable to bear children she is referred to as “desolate” in scripture or “barren.” This is because children are “the fruit of the womb,” in scripture. A tree or a plant is called “barren” when it does not bear fruit. A piece of land is called “desolate” when no life will grow on it (which is always a direct result of plant life being unable to reproduce or bear fruit). The taking away of the “daily sacrifice” places an “abomination” which causes the followers of Christ to not bear “fruit.” John 15: 1- 8 1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every branch
  32. 32. that bears fruit, he purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done to you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me so have I loved you: continue you in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” The coming antichrist takes away the entire message of the gospel that we must KEEP Christ’s commandments and abide in HIS love in order to be a disciple! It replaces it with an abominable RELIGION of empty sacraments, teachings of men, completely denies the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (while at the same time confirming this Holy Covenant with many at first through lip service to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, but it's activities, doctrines, methodology all DENY this Holy Covenant of Christ Within). The antichrist Beast eventually denies every basic tenet of the teachings of Christ, twisting or perverting them, it takes away the daily sacrifice of dying to sin and replaces it with a false system of religion whereby you never stop sinning, you just are “forgiven.” This Beast religion then makes WAR with those who are bearing the Fruit of the Spirit in love, even to the point of putting them to DEATH as blasphemers. It denies the power of Christ WITHIN, the Holy Spirit, to literally cleanse the believer of their sin and make them holy and perfect, abiding in the Father’s love to the nth degree, exactly as Christ abided in the Father’s love. The antichrist Beast calls this blasphemy and teaches that their Christ alone is the “only son of God” and he alone can achieve the perfect love of the Father! Galatians 5: 12-26
  33. 33. “12 I would that they were even cut off which trouble you. 13 For brethren you have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even this; You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you be not consumed one of another. 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would. 18 But if you be led of the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” I tell you plainly, even as did Paul to the Galatians. They that follow the Beast
  34. 34. (the religion of the flesh masquerading under the guise of Christ) can in no wise ever inherit the kingdom of God! The antichrist religion will take away all “fruit of the spirit” from those who follow it and put in it’s place a delusional system that tells them quite the opposite of what Paul said to the Galatians. The antichrist and the system that shall be built around him will say that you indeed CAN live after the flesh and still go the Heaven. It will further DENY that walking after the Spirit as Paul admonishes us is even possible, state that only their Christ (the ANTICHRIST) has achieved this, (or ever will achieve this) and will vilify all who say contrary to this doctrine even to the point of making war with them and killing them! This is the “taking away of the daily sacrifice” (as Paul says to the Galatians, “they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts”) and it shall place the “abomination that makes desolate” (a delusional system that requires NO sacrifice upon those that follow and requires no fruit of the Spirit whatsoever). The Beast System will take away the Holy Spirit from the equation entirely. Christ within will take on a mere symbolic meaning, and there will be no fruit among those that follow the system because frankly they love their sin and have no desire to see it eradicated in their lives! That is why they will NEED their teachers, their preachers, their teaching tapes, their television evangelists, their books and prayer books and would never even THINK to question them! They are breakers of the New Covenant! They have no concept of the New Covenant whereby Christ dwells within and you have "no need for any man to teach you." 2 Thessalonians 2: 8-17 “8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders. 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 13 but we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God has from the beginning chose you to
  35. 35. salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which you have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. 16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 17 Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.” The central theme of the antichrist in Thessalonians, and those who fall away to create and follow him, is that they reject the Holy Spirit and its power to literally “take away your sins.” Instead, they put into place a delusional system in which you don’t have to love righteousness, good words and good works are irrelevant in the Beast System, for their antichrist has set them free from righteousness to live in sin! Eagerly shall the wicked flock to this new system for they “have pleasure in unrighteousness.” Every worldly pleasure that money (and the mark of the Beast) can buy awaits those who accept the Roman Beast system of the end times! Those who reject it and press into the Kingdom will be persecuted by the very people who claim to be following Jesus Christ! CHAPTER 8 THE POWER OF GOD VS. THE POWER OF THE FLESH No wonder the Apostles warned that in the end times men would have a “form of Godliness” but “deny the power thereof.” 2 Timothy 3: 1-5 “1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
  36. 36. 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God: 5 Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” What I find most disturbing about the above passage is it describes the RELIGIOUS people. They have “a form of Godliness.” It’s not even telling us what the so called “heathen” or the rest of the world are like during the end times, it’s only describing what the so called “enlightened believers” are like in the end times! These are those who are supposed to have “God!” Astonishing and truly scary! We read earlier that those who live “after the flesh” shall die but he who mortifies or kills the deeds of the body by the Spirit shall live. This is the pivotal difference between the followers of the true Christ and the followers of the end times antichrist! The true followers of Christ do mortify the deeds of the body, through the New Covenant in Christ’s blood and the followers of the antichrist DENY the POWER of the Spirit, reject that you can EVER mortify the deeds of the flesh and in so doing resign themselves to an existence of bondage, all the while claiming “liberty” and calling those who live after the Spirit “legalists.” This great battle between the Power of God, through the Spirit, and the flesh is an ancient one. The Apostles spoke of it in detail and promised that the saints (the followers of the true Christ) would defeat the flesh, by the Power of love through the Spirit! They also foresaw the day when many would depart from this great “hope of our calling.” The book of Revelation depicts these days in great detail, but only to those who have “ears to hear” and “eyes to see.” How do the antichristians miss the Power of God? That’s simple. They DENY it according to Paul’s letter to Timothy. The true Christ made it clear that “as a man speaks so shall it happen unto him.” It really is as simple as that! The end times antichrist system will teach all that you can NEVER be “like Jesus,” for “Jesus is God!” It will teach that sinless perfection is completely impossible and it will set up a replacement system whereby through faithfulness to the SYSTEM the believer is made fit for Heaven. It’s a substitute for the Power of God. The true Christ is the Lamb of God who “takes away the sins of the world,” the antichrist claims to be the “Lamb of God,” but keeps the world IN it’s sin!” Isaiah 29: 13- 14 13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their hearts far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: 14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this
  37. 37. people, even a marvelous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.” They will continue to teach and preach that Jesus lives in them but they won’t really believe it and heap to themselves teachers who will tell them exactly what they want to hear! Their Jesus paid the price for their sins but did NOT deliver them from those sins and they will be perpetually stuck in their fleshly sin condition, dependent upon the traditions, teachings and sacraments of their Roman system of churches to continually cleanse them from the sin sickness. CHAPTER 9 THE MYSTERY OF GOD VS. THE MYSTERY OF INIQUITY How do things get to that point however? How does this “great falling away” occur and this sudden downturn in morality among them that claim to “have God?” The Bible calls this “the mystery of iniquity.” 2 Thessalonians 2: 7 “For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only he who now prevents will continue to prevent until he be taken out of the way.” As long as the gospel of Jesus Christ is preached, as long as Christ IN YOU is a reality in your life you cannot be deceived, you will not be a part of the end times “great falling away” or the time when the “son of perdition” is revealed in them that perish! For you see, just as there is a “mystery of iniquity,” there is a “mystery of righteousness” or a “mystery of Godliness” or “mystery of God,” and that mystery according to scripture is “Christ in you, the hope of Glory.” Mark 4: 10-12 10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. 11 And he said unto them, To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.” Romans 11: 25- 27
  38. 38. 25 For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 Forthis is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” Christ spoke of the “mystery” first. He expounded deeper on the subject in other verses of scripture, of course, but clearly the believers have a special “unction” from God that helps them understand the deep things of Christ. This is none other than the Holy Spirit which we have through the New Covenant in Christ’s blood. In Romans this truth is spelled out in no uncertain terms, that the “covenant” would be “when I shall take away their sins.” Yet there’s more to this mystery. Romans 16: 25-26 “25 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:” Ephesians 1: 9-10 “9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has proposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.” As you can see there is a common theme here throughout discussion of the “mystery,” and that is Christ in us and we in Christ, gathered together as members of one body, sharing one Spirit, the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2: 7 “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom,
  39. 39. which God ordained before the world to our glory:” If you recall, the New Covenant is that God would “write the law” into our minds and hearts, and that we would have “no need for any man to teach” us saying “know the Lord” for all shall know him. (All who honor the New Covenant in his Blood that is). If you read 1 Corinthians 2: 7 in its CONTEXT you can see that we are still on point here. The mystery is definitely related to the Holy Spirit that we possess and that possesses us upon being baptized into the New Covenant through Christ’s blood. Let’s read 1 Corinthians 2: 1- 6 to eradicate all doubt. 1 Corinthians 2: 1- 6 "1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of the power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: Yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught:” Every time the “mystery” is discussed in scripture it repeats the exact same common theme. The Spirit, which comes to us through the New Covenant and the shedding of Christ’s blood (or as Paul put it in the passage above “Jesus Christ and him crucified.”) Christ spoke of the importance of this when discussing his own crucifixion: John 16: 7- 16 “7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him to you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
  40. 40. 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and you see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12 I have Yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine and shall show it to you. 16 A little while and you shall not see me: and again, a little while and you shall see me, because I go to the Father.” Here Jesus Christ tells us that the main purpose of the crucifixion was to send us the Holy Spirit (and thus establish the New Covenant in his blood by writing the law into our hearts and our minds). This same Spirit will lead and guide us into all truth (as it says concerning the New Covenant that they shall not teach every one his neighbor to know the Lord for they all shall know him). 1 Corinthians 1: 17-18 “17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” Paul warned the Corinthians that to put your faith in wisdom of men is to NULLIFY the very crucifixion! For, as he says in chapter 2, if your faith stands in the wisdom of men it does not stand on the power of God. The antichrist Beast system therefore seeks to NULLIFY the very purpose of the crucifixion, which was to place Christ in us through the Holy Spirit and to build up our faith, not in the teachings of men, but in the POWER of God. We can rest assured, then, that the antichrist system will most DEFINITELY deny that Jesus is “come in the flesh” (that is in us) by the Power of the Holy Spirit, and set up a teaching that is based upon the teachings of men and seek to bring all under the bondage of those teachings, which in turn causes them who receive the antichrist ministry to forsake the Holy Spirit.
  41. 41. The followers of antichrist will never see the fullness of the mystery in them for they reject it outright and go after a corrupt system and a perverted Christ. Ephesians 3: 3 “3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7 Whereof I was made a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. 8 Unto me who am less than the least of all saints is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:” Paul continues on in this chapter through the end talking about the mystery, and in verse 15 and 16 mentions the Holy Spirit and Christ dwelling in our hearts. Colossians 1: 24-29 “24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: 25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God; 26 Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
  42. 42. 28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29 Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily.” The mystery is Christ in you, the hope of Glory, according to what Paul told the Colossian Church. Many have settled that the mystery in the above verses simply is speaking about how the Gentiles would be offered the gift of Salvation. They conclude that this was something the children of Israel did not expect. They are right, yet HOW are the Gentiles included in the New Covenant? By the Holy Spirit, through the New Covenant in Christ’s blood. Other scriptures in Colossians that mention the mystery are Colossians 2: 2 and 4: 3. CHAPTER 10 FINISHING THE MYSTERY There comes a time in the prophecies of the end times when this “great mystery” which is Christ in you, is “finished.” First we will look at the book of Revelation: Revelation 10: 5-7 “5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 6 And sware by him that lives for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, that there should be time no longer: 7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound the mystery of God should be finished, as he has declared to his servants the prophets.” There's coming a great day, according to Revelation when this "mystery" of CHRIST IN YOU will be finished. This is also referred to in scripture (as we have already read) as the time of the "fullness of the gentiles." Although Christ in You and the great meaning of what that portends was ONCE a mystery, thankfully most of that mystery is explained in very great detail within the New Testament. It occurs, according to Revelation at the sounding of the last (or seventh)
  43. 43. "trumpet." Paul told us all what exactly will happen to us at this moment. 1 Corinthians 15: 50-58 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be you steadfast, un-moveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." The finishing of the MYSTERY of CHRIST IN YOU culminates in the believers overcoming sin in the flesh and receiving NEW, IMMORTAL, INCORRUPTIBLE bodies! yes, some will say, but not in this life, in the RESURRECTION. This is NOT what the Apostles taught! They taught that we "SHALL NOT ALL SLEEP" or die, but we shall all receive these new incorruptible, sinless bodies! There is an ENTIRE GENERATION of believers who will attain to the righteous perfection of Christ, through their persistence and faith and shall receive IMMORTAL BODIES as a reward, and this will happen while they yet LIVE, and will happen "in a moment in a twinkling of an eye." Those who say that you cannot achieve "CHRISTLIKE PERFECTION" in this life manifest themselves to be the false prophets that they are, for they are claiming to know for a FACT they are not a part of this coming generation of believers who will attain, and NO MAN knows this. Furthermore, Paul concludes his