“The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place. He will show no regard for the gods of his ancestors or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all. Instead of them, he will honor a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his ancestors he will honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god and will greatly honor those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price. Daniel 11:36-39 (NIV).
These verses are about the Antichrist, the ‘savior’ who will represent Satan. Many in the world – indeed, most people in the world, including many Christians – will follow him, comply with his edicts, dedicate themselves to him, believe what he says about himself. Like the Antichrist they adore, they will be damned.
I’m not here to guilt you or scare you, just to tell it like it is. Imagine the worst things possible and that’s what will be happening at that time. Then, worse.
So, know this: the cure for the common apocalypse is Jesus. Yes, it really is that simple. Put your full faith in Him and nobody else, not even yourself. You’ll be persecuted for it, but you’ll be safe where it matters most.
What can we do when the long knives appear? Pray. Seek inner peace and calm (through meditation, yoga, prayer, stress reduction). Music is a gateway to peace; fill your heart with music of peace. Fellowship with others of the same belief, and worship often. Be financially prepared to hold out until God calls. There will come a time when the rights we cherish, to worship and speak, will be erased by him who was foretold in Daniel. Your faith in Jesus will paint a target on your back. The evil one will win all battles of wits. Yet you and I can win the battle of wills by aligning our will to Christ’s. Once again, doing so will ensure our safety where it matters most.
In eternity. Eternity matters most. The damned will experience eternity as well, but there will be no peace for them. Hell awaits, and God will be absent in their eternity without hope. That’s what awaits Antichrist and those who follow him.
For further reading: Deuteronomy 10:17, Isaiah 10:25, Isaiah 14:13-14, Ezekiel 35:13, 2 Thessalonians 2:4, Jude 16, Revelation 13:5-6, Daniel 11:40
Lord, in the times to come, I will trust only in You. Guard and keep me, and strengthen me to stand for You against the foe.
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