Years ago, when I first began to follow Jesus, I would read the passages in the book of Revelation about the Anti-Christ rising to rule the world. Even as I read about the lying miracles the False Prophet performed and what looked like a resurrection of the Anti-Christ after an assassination, I still found it hard to believe that the whole world would follow him.
That was 38 years ago when the world was quite different than today. Even the unsaved world had some understanding of what was evil and what was good. Movies had good guys and bad guys, and most of the time, it was easy to tell the difference. The worst woman chasing, beer-drinking, foul-mouthed citizen of the world would’ve spotted the Anti-Christ in a police lineup, but not today.
The Anti-Christ will not conquer the world; the world will give birth to him. He will speak the twisted false beliefs that have already infected the hearts of faithful “world citizens.” Today many Christians are wondering if the Anti-Christ will soon appear. But that may be the wrong way to go about it.
What is more telling is to look at the mindset of our present culture. What do we see when we look closer? We see many who have lost the ability to think and reason. They believe things that are patently false and feel very virtuous for having trampled on traditional long-held norms of right and wrong, referring to themselves as “woke.” But nothing could be farther from the truth.
The Bible holds vast amounts of prophecy about the end times and the return of Jesus. Many look for things foretold in the pages of Daniel, Revelation, and Matthew 24 to unfold, giving us a clue as to the signs of the times, but look no further than the evening news where we see a steady stream of crooked, twisted lies perfectly fit for a coming dark leader.
Those that spew violence and set fire in our major cities will not need to be conquered by the Anti-Christ; they are looking for a leader. Those in our government will not need to be convinced; they’ve already written the bills that line up with his agenda. There are generations of young people that have no filter to recognize the danger, having been trained in public school, on tv, and the thousands of hours in front of the glow of their iPhone that what this guy says is what the world needs.
So what in the world is going on?
Romans chapter 1 explains it.
Ro 1:18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities– his eternal power and divine nature– have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator– who is forever praised. Amen. 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones.
27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. 28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
Granted, what I’ve written here is not too cheery. But sometimes, it pays for someone to tell us the ice-cold truth. Only then will some of us wake up, splash our faces with cold water, look around, and get to work. Church, this is our time! This is when it counts! Jesus is asking us, are we content riding the bench, or are we ready to get in the game?
Heb 10:35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For in just a very little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay. 38 But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.” 39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.