Synopsis: The “beast from the sea” is a counterfeit who mimics the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, in order to deceive the saints and, thus, destroy them
The book of Revelation includes a vision of two different beasts; one that ascends from the sea and, the second, from the “earth.” The first Beast is a composite of four creatures from Daniel’s vision of four beasts that he saw ascending out of a chaotic sea (Revelation 13:1-18, Daniel 7:1-8).
The description of the second beast in Revelation combines langue from two different passages from the book of Daniel:
- (Daniel 7:17) – “These four are four kings that will ascend out of the earth.”
- (Daniel 3:1-7) – “Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits, and its breadth six cubits.”
Continue reading The Counterfeit Religion of the Beast
Whenever the subject of the Second Coming is raised, the inevitable question of what “sign” or “signs” will precede it is asked. Popular preaching invariably points to wars, earthquakes, tsunamis, famines, and similar catastrophes as harbingers of the end. But Jesus gave a most definitive answer: The completion of the mission of the Church.
After his final visit to Herod’s Temple, Jesus predicted the destruction of the Temple complex and the city of Jerusalem. Because Israel had rejected her Messiah, “All these things shall come upon this generation. Behold, your house is left to you desolate. Truly I declare to you, there shall not be left one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down” (Matthew 23:34-39, 24:1-2).
In response, the disciples asked him two questions; first, when will the predicted destruction occur, and, second, what will be the “sign” of the coming of the Son of Man and the consummation of the age? Continue reading The Key Sign of the End of the Age
Synopsis: What Satan fears most is Christ crucified and a people conformed to that pattern that will follow him wherever he goes
My observation is that Satan offers a smorgasbord of deceptions and he really does not care which one you choose; whatever floats your boat and tickles your fancy. The one consistency in all his nefarious activities is to divert us from the Word of God; in particular, from the “word made flesh” – Jesus Christ and him crucified.
To borrow a phrase, Christ crucified is the “canon within the canon,” the measuring rod that separates truth from falsehood. If an idea, teaching or practice is contrary to Christ crucified, it is not of God. Continue reading The Devil’s Kryptonite
Synopsis: Claims that God will reap a great harvest of souls because of the mighty “signs and wonders” the church will perform do not square with Scripture.
I hear a lot of stress these days on seeking “signs and wonders.” Seemingly, church “leaders” are convinced, or they want to convince you, that it is through mighty supernatural “signs and wonders” that God will reap a final harvest of souls before the return of Jesus, an idea that does not fit comfortably with the gospel accounts of the New Testament.
I am all for genuine miracles that meet real human needs, but Jesus did warn of coming “false prophets that will show great signs and wonders; so that, if possible, they may deceive the elect.” Whether such men perform false miracles is not stated in the text. Taken at face value, one can assume that Jesus meant that these false prophets will produce very real “signs and wonders.” Continue reading Signs and Wonders or Christ Crucified?
Synopsis: The Prophecy Industry has been telling us for generations that we are the “last generation” that will live to see the return of Jesus. Where’s the beef?
The End-Time Prophecy Industry has been telling us for generations that we are the “last generation” to exist before the return of Jesus and the many prophetic events expected to precede his arrival.
The supposed prophetic “sign” that marked the start of this final “generation” was the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948. Ever since, everything prophetic revolves around Israel, not Jesus or his gospel proclamation to all nations. God’s anointed ruler of the Cosmos is, at best, peripheral to any (supposed) prophetic events in and around Palestine. Continue reading The “Last Generation” Con