The man of sin's rule is yet future, but this study has been about elements or the spirit of anti-Christ that are already in the world, and how the roots of what will come can be seen today.
The Revelation 13:3-4 it tells us all the world will wonder about the beast and ask, 'Who can make war with him?'. That the whole world will wonder, or at least in the apostle John's writing the whole world meant the Roman Empire of the day, tells us a lot of information will be flowing from the man of sin's government.
Appearance means everything
Rome had its Colosseum to disseminate propaganda and give away food in a government food program. Nazi Germany had huge rallies in 1934 in Nuremberg and Berlin to stir the people into a frenzy.
Anti-Christ will cause all the world to wonder at the healed head wound of the beast and cause all to be amazed. The Revelation 13:15-18 says he has power to give life to the image of the beast, so that the beast speaks and causes all to worship it (TV? Internet?)
Verse 15 says he calls on every person to worship the beast, and if they refuse, they are killed. Those who do swear allegiance are given a tattoo which will enable them to be part of the economic system - they can buy or sell freely. I've already mentioned with a link the invisible 'nano-tattoo' currently developed for tracking vaccine records in underdeveloped nations. It could easily be used for financial transactions.
Remember this: The 'mark' serves the purpose of identifying who is for the man of sin, and who is against.
Did you know that besides the Jewish gold Star of David badge, Nazi Germany had badges identifying many other groups of dissidents?
A red triangle had to be worn by communists, gentiles who assisted Jews, socialists, etc.
A black triangle was for known addicts, lesbians, prostitutes, etc.
A pink triangle for homosexual men.
There were many more, and then there were also double triangles - dozens of badges labeling anyone who wasn't loyal to the party.
Drawing the line
Some have said they don't want to take the vaccine because it is a type or forerunner of the mark of the beast. But the mark is economic. I've shared in my e-newsletter how the Lord in January 2021 before the Inauguration said the tracking of vaccines would be part of a social grading system - we are already seeing that. But it isn't the mark.
In The Revelation 2:20 the Lord nicknames a woman Jezebel, for she teaches and thinks herself a prophetess, saying they may commit sexual sin and eat food sacrificed to idols. The Lord says that is not right, and judged her.
What the Lord was referring to was that Thyatira was the main city for Roman guilds, the forerunners of labor unions. If you wanted to do business in Thyatira you did business with a guild - if you wanted to buy leather, wool, grain, clothing - whoever sold it to you was in a guild. For larger transactions or as they wished, a seller and buyer would go to the temple and temple god for that commodity, and make sacrifice, sealing the transaction by having sex with the temple prostitute that it may be fruitful. The temple prostitutes danced around poles adorned as phallic symbols, the forerunners to what is called today 'pole dancing', but that is the spirit behind it and origins of pole dancing.
For the Lord to judge the woman for teaching you can still be a Christian in good standing with the Lord, for He understand how you have to make sacrifice and have sex with a temple prostitute to conduct business, tells us the direction the world is headed. And the 'mark' being an economic based tattoo would seem to confirm that.
It means there is coming a time where those who refuse to be brought into a place where they are forced to confirm or deny Christ on threat of death, will have to live off the land and by the good graces of others. Home based gardens, saved provisions - anything to continue to live but outside that system - will be required. We aren't there yet.
There is peace in all this
We know anti-Christ is for a future time. We know the spirit of anti-Christ is already at work in the world. I hope this study has identified key elements of anti-Christ's government so that we can see the start of much of it. We are not blind nor in darkness that we don't know the times and seasons in which we live. We watch, we observe.
When the Lord appeared to me in February and again November of 2001 and told me to start CWOWI, when I asked why, He replied: "I want you to start a house church and house church network. And structure it in such a way to facilitate the development of house churches around the world...It's against a time to come. Be a resource for them, for it's against a time to come."
One element of history I haven't brought out, and that is Christian history in the midst of economic and political difficulties. (persecution) Christianity started out by meeting in homes as part of the already 150+ year old synagogue system. They continued for about 300 years until Christianity was legalized. They didn't stay in homes due to persecution, but because kingdom culture is that Christ is in me and Christ is in you, and we have that familial connection.
There is a reason church in the home has exploded around the world in recent years. And I don't mean a miniature of the auditorium and slapping a label on it and calling it house church. I mean a living, breathing family of God that rotates homes and rotates who leads each week, making sure all have their needs met, who are very much aware of what is happening around them, both in the world and in the body of Christ.
Invest in relationships. Christianity is a relationship based faith. We have a relationship vertically with our Father God and His Son Jesus Christ, so that love naturally flows outward to those in our lives. Not to a building called church, but the true church. That's where to invest.
Below is a summary of the past 4 weeks points...
- Economic difficulty is historically a driving force in the rise of fascism: A disillusioned populace.
- The leader says democracy is flawed and easily manipulated by those in power.
- He rises from beneath, is not part of the previous leadership.
- He comes to power through political means, then once in power seize more power, illegally.
- He presents the solution; That they be given power to fix the country.
- A people group will be identified as holding them back, unpatriotic. Christians, Jews, conservatives.
- Lies are repeated until an unthinking populace believes them.
- Media, arts, entertainment speak the government policies.
- Restores economy by massive federal spending
- Fix weak government
- The solution is one voice united.
- Fascism requires individuals to give up their identity to the State.
- The State become more important than the individual.
- A fascist government by its nature must become increasingly aggressive and violent.
We live in such exciting times! There is a reason you are alive now, invest in those around you, be the hands and feet of the Lord for someone. These are the days when those who walk in the light will do well and prosper in all their ways. Rich times in the Lord!
New subject next week, hope my sharing part of my own study hasn't freaked anyone out...but for me, I see elements of what is to come in many of the actions of governments around the world. And while unsettling, it is also helpful and gives a certain amount of peace by knowing the spirit that is driving it.
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