“Then I wanted to know the true meaning of the fourth beast, the one so different from the others and so terrifying. It had devoured and crushed its victims with iron teeth and bronze claws, trampling their remains beneath its feet.” (Daniel 7:19)
Man has had this fascination about who the antichrist will be from the time that Jesus ascended into heaven. Christians have speculated over many political leaders from Roman emperors to popes and even presidents. There’s no doubt he’ll be a smooth talker and will blasphemy against God every chance he can. He will be able to sway political leaders to follow him to the point he’ll change the times and seasons. (Daniel 7:25) He’ll also require everyone to receive a mark on their hand or forehead to be able to buy, sell, or trade. (Revelation 13:18)
This is interesting in light of a few other scriptures John gives us concerning the antichrist.
(1 John 2:18) “Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared. From this we know that the last hour has come.”
(1 John 4:1-4) “Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.”
The question we have to ask now is not so much who is the big Antichrist, but we need to be asking who or what are the little antichrists we allow into our lives? Antichrist means in place of Christ. How do we know if we have put something in the place of Christ in our life? We can ask ourselves some simple questions to see what we claim to follow. If we inherited a large sum of money would we still love and serve the Lord wholeheartedly? When we are tempted, confused or in a trial or hardship what or who do we go to?
Who or what we do we claim is our god. The enemy would love to wear us down so that he pushes us away from putting Christ first in everything. He does this without restraint in the end when the church is removed. Even now, when we remove the habit of church from our lives, we give the enemy an edge against us. When the Lord doesn’t have priority in our time, talent, and treasures we endanger our own lives into being subject to his attacks. This is why it is mission critical for us to recognize that the enemy’s tactics don’t change, even when the antichrist comes into one man in the end.
“Who or what do you claim is your god.”
Heavenly Father, please forgive me when I default to anything in my life other than You. Please give me Your power to allow You to be the priority in all areas of my life. Give me special strength when the enemy seems to be wearing me down to partake of Your precious promises. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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