A reminder for today
And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. (Daniel 8:23)
The second passage is Revelation 3:10: Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Jesus is also speaking of the antichrist’s arrival calling it the our of temptation which shall come upon all the earth. All (Greek word holos) in this sense means absolutely all¸ whole, entire or complete. And then temptation means experience of evil. The apostle Paul called this the evil day. The prophet Daniel was just as expansive and much more chilling in his book. In chapter 12 this day is shown to be 1335 days from the time Daniel is resurrected of when Christ enters Jerusalem. Those who faithfully wait for the 1335 days and escape, recall Luke, are called blessed. Why become clear in Daniel 7:8: 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 man, and a mouth speaking great things.
Daniel recorded a vision of the antichrist calling this man little horn, who just before Jesus returns made war with saints and prevailed. Daniel 7:21: I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them. Jesus returns to earth in verse 22: Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. Daniel gives a clearer picture of this man’s devouring nature. Verse 23: Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. Devour in the Hebrew means to eat and devour the whole earth and tread it down in Hebrew means trample and break in pieces means crush. You have to come to grips with enormous power a human being must possess to eat, trample and crush the entire earth. Now the question is who will believe this? Most will not and the evil day will take them. The word antichrist is found in 4 scriptures all by the apostle John. The Greek antichristos means an adversary or opponent of the Messiah. Here is John’s explanation of this man in the last days. 1 John 2:18: Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. Clearly there are many antichrist’s which is those who operate against Jesus. But a single antichrist as John says is the focus.
Well, that should keep you thinking for today. We will carry on tomorrow as we continue to look into the coming antichrist and preparing you for it.
Lord, please be with us through this day and help us to clearly understand and comprehend your word. Guide us so that we will stay clear of temptation and the lies of the enemy. In Jesus name.
Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.