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2009 In Review

The Year In Prophecy- Part 4

By Ron Graff

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Antichrist

7 - Possibility of an Anti-Christ World Leader

The growing acceptance of a one-world government model presupposes an extremely powerful leader at the head of such an organization.

There is no apparent financial messiah on the world’s radar, but, as we said in our report last year, our view has not changed that President Obama is not a likely candidate for the role of Antichrist. Nevertheless, his surprising rise to power and his popularity around the world shows how a person can rise quickly from relative anonymity to a place of great prominence and leadership.

Antichrist will not be revealed until the Holy Spirit, the One who holds back sin, has been taken away, presumably by the Rapture. People may have suspicions about one person or another, but they can not know for sure who he will be until that time. The Apostle Paul wrote:

2 Thes 2:1-8
3 Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God. 5 Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders. - 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Mark of the Beast

8 – Progress Toward an Economic Dictatorship

The world-wide financial crisis of the past two years would be sufficient cause for the world to enlist the services of a great financial genius who would be able to restore confidence in world markets and international cooperation.

According to the Book of Revelation, at the middle of the 7-year Tribulation period, an economic dictator will impose "The Mark of the Beast." Without it no one will be permitted to buy or sell.

Rev 13:16-18
He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18 This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666. - Rev 13:16-18
Technology At Prophecy Central we track the major technological developments that will make such a world-wide financial system possible. A few decades ago it was a great mystery how this financial control could be imposed. The gradual development of personal computers, the Internet, Satellites, and supercomputers, along with sophisticated credit and debit cards, smart cards, and implantable radio-frequency identification devices has taken away the mystery and made the concept understandable to all of us.

Now the incredible and fast-growing power of web books, cell phones and GPS devices bring us a bewildering choice of portable computers, iPhones, Blackberries, Droids, etc – all at a fraction of the price we could have ever imagined such devices would cost. With tens of thousands of applications available, people can practically run their businesses from their hand-held phones. And with the spread of wireless and satellite coverage, the whole world can participate in Antichrist’s economic experiment.

Mark of the Beast In October, Uruguay reached its goal of providing a laptop for every child attending state-run primary school. It is the first country to do such a thing, handing out computers to 362,000 pupils and 18,000 teachers. The country plans to expand this service to secondary and pre-K schools next year.

IBM is working on its new Sequoia computer, to be delivered in 2011 to the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It will operate at 20 petaflops (20 quadrillion floating point operations per second!). At that speed, one computer could devote nearly 3 million calculations to each person’s credit, bank account balance, physical location, and other matters. In fact, it could do all that for each of the nearly 7 billion people of the world in one second before starting the whole process all over again! Of course, Antichrist’s system will not depend on just one computer, but will use thousands of them working in parallel, just as Google does already.

Persecution



Matt 24:9

9 - Persecution


World Persecution

Open Doors, a ministry led by Brother Andrew, is dedicated to serving persecuted Christians worldwide. They say that 100 million Christians around the globe are currently suffering persecution for their faith. This persecution takes many forms: imprisonment, abuse, hostilities, and even death. Jesus foretold this persecution.
Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. - Matthew 24:9


“Toleration” and hate crime legislation

Our generation has been raised on post-modern views of relativism. Rejecting the notion of any absolute truth, they seek to define their own reality and be tolerant of what other people consider to be their truth. From this philosophical framework they do not see abortion and homosexuality as intrinsically evil.

Worse yet, Christians who do have strong biblical convictions against abortion and homosexuality are increasingly seen as “haters.” As such, they will be the target of the new “Hate Crimes Prevention Act” that President Obama signed into law on October 28. Technically, freedom of speech is still allowed, but if one of his listeners commits a hate crime, the speaker could be considered a co-conspirator in the crime.

Persecution


Disdain for Bible-believers

In April a new Homeland Security document puts authorities on the look-out for trouble from unnamed "right-wing extremists." While admitting that their activities "have been largely rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts," the report says that those concerned about illegal immigration, increasing federal power, restrictions on firearms, abortion and the loss of U.S. sovereignty may become violent in the future.

The most striking aspect of this report is their description of "right-wing extremists.” The list includes individuals who are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration, and teachers of "end times" prophecies that could motivate extremist individuals and groups to stockpile food, ammunition and weapons.

Later in the year a United States Army report was revealed, called “Strategic Implications of American Millennialism.” It is about the literal believers of the Bible and how they affect American foreign policy. This report blames all the world evils on believers! World peace would break out if it were not for Bible believers in America. The trouble with Israel is because pre-Millennial believers support Israel.

Isa 5:20
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil. - Isaiah 5:20
The Temple

10 - Preparation for the Third Temple

This last issue doesn’t garner many headlines, but it is a very important sign that the last days are near. There is, of course, no Temple in Jerusalem now. The Temple rebuilt by Herod the Great in Jesus’ time was destroyed in 70 AD by the Romans. The retaining wall of the old Temple Mount area is called the Western Wall or the “Wailing Wall by the Jews. Two buildings were erected on the Temple Mount by the Muslims during the time of their occupation. One is the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the other is The Dome of the Rock, built over the high point of the mount, where the Jewish Altar of Sacrifice once was.

The Jewish people long to have their Temple rebuilt since they have not been able to offer sacrifices during all this time. But building the Temple now would cause an international war between Jews and Muslims. This is one of the most difficult discussion points for any peace process that might be adopted by Jews and Palestinians in the area.

Dan 9:27

Rev 13:11-18
The Bible indicates that a Temple will exist in the Last Days (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 13:11-18). In this Temple, Antichrist will erect a statue of himself to be worshipped. Jesus said,
Matt 24:15-16
"So when you see standing in the holy place 'the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel-let the reader understand- then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.” - Matthew 24:15-16
This means that by the middle of the Tribulation period a new Temple must be built. Using older methods, this would take many years, like it did in King Herod’s days. But with modern equipment, it could be erected quickly if the plans and materials were ready to begin the process.
The Temple


The Temple Institute

During the past several years, quietly, and behind the scenes, preparations have been made for just such an opportunity. An organization known as The Temple Institute has already spent approximately 27 million dollars on preparations for the rebuilding of the Temple. Their Museum in Jerusalem's Old City contains solid gold service vessels, trumpets made of silver, garments to be worn by future priests made from golden thread, copper urns and many, many other items that have been painstakingly designed to Biblical specifications for use in the future Temple. They have even started the building of the massive sacrificial altar. It obviously can not be built where it belongs, but it is being erected off site, and will be transported to the new Temple when it is ready. The rocks for the sacrificial altar were gathered from the area around the Dead Sea and they were individually wrapped in order to ensure that they are not touched by metal as the Torah requires.


Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement

Gershon Salomon and the Land of Israel Faithful Movement are calling on religious and political leaders in Israel to end the prayers of the Israeli people at the Western Wall and allow them to rebuild their Temple. They have produced architectural plans for the Third Temple and two cornerstones for starting the work of rebuilding.


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