events are beginning to happen in America and much of the western,
professing "Christian" world. The destruction of the Twin Towers in
New York, and the devastation of the Pentagon in Washington, DC,
focused the minds of millions on Bible prophecy. They now wonder:
"What is God’s purpose in all of this?"
Indeed, prophesied events are truly speeding up. As Jesus
instructed, we all need to "watch and pray." For—within this
generation—truly awful, Satan-inspired tragedies will begin to
strike much of humanity. The "Antichrist" will be directly behind many
of these events!
After September 11, 2001, many began to wonder: is the sinister
Osama bin Laden the prophesied end-time "Antichrist"? A decade
earlier, some had suspected that Saddam Hussein was the Antichrist.
Before him, suspicion had fallen on Mikhail Gorbachev. Even today,
some consider Adolf Hitler the personification of the Antichrist.
Surrounded by these ideas—and this confusion—can we really
know? Can it be proved from the Bible who or what
the "Antichrist" really is?
Remember, men have all kinds of theories about this
subject. Recently, evangelical leader Jerry Falwell opined that the
coming Antichrist will probably be Jewish, and that he will be
from the tribe of Dan. What Mr. Falwell
apparently does not
understand is that the Israelitish tribe of Dan split off from
Judah—or the "Jews"—thousands of years ago, and is an entirely
Historically, most Protestant theologians of past generations
assumed that the pope of Rome was the "Antichrist." In fact, the
primary human founder of Protestantism, Martin Luther, declared
on August 18, 1520: "We here are of the conviction that the papacy is
the seat of the true and real Antichrist" (The Prophetic Faith of
Our Fathers, LeRoy Froom. Vol. 2, p. 121).
Later, John Calvin, the founder of what became the
Presbyterian church, stated in his Institutes of the Christian
Religion: "Some persons think us too severe and censorious when we
call the Roman pontiff Antichrist. But those who are of this opinion
do not consider that they bring the same charge of presumption against
Paul himself, after whom we speak and whose language we adopt.… I
shall briefly show that (Paul’s words in 2 Thessalonians 2) are not
capable of any other interpretation than that which applies them to
Were these professing Christian leaders correct? Or is there
another answer? And you may ask: "Who gives you the right to be
right? How can you possibly know the truth, when so many of the
leaders of professing Christianity are in disagreement?"
In Psalm 111:10, the inspired word of God tells us: "The fear of
the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all
those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever."
Many of you know that we in this Work of Christ do believe
in keeping God’s commandments. Therefore, we have been able to
tell you, in advance, about most of the major prophetic events
that have been occurring. But, as they say, "the proof of the
pudding is in the eating." Prophesied events are moving swiftly!
What I will tell you in this booklet can be proven, if you will
carefully compare what I write with the Bible and actually study
the scriptures to which I will refer. You will soon see
that world events—including religious events—will directly
follow the pattern that I will describe, so you will soon know
who is right on this vital subject!
For investigating this subject of the "Antichrist" is not merely
investigating some esoteric topic. The correct understanding of this
subject could be absolutely vital to the very survival of you
and your family in the years ahead. More importantly, may affect
whether or not you will be part of the first resurrection at Christ’s
second coming—and fulfill your role in the Kingdom of God!
Probably within this generation, a powerful religious leader will
appear on the scene. He will perform awesome signs and wonders.
He will be the final personification of what the Bible describes as
Yet, as we shall see, there have been in the past—and are now—many
Antichrists! And underlying all of their deceptions is the
"spirit of Antichrist"—the wrong approaches and false doctrines which
have blinded billions of human beings from understanding God’s
Truth. The "doctrine" of Antichrist is not understood by most
of the world’s religious leaders.
"How so?" you might ask.
Because there is a very real Satan the Devil. Jesus Christ twice
called him the "ruler of this world" (John 12:31; 14:30). Satan is the
great deceiver. The Apostle John made it very clear that Satan
deceives the vast majority of mankind: "So the great dragon was cast
out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives
the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were
cast out with him" (Revelation 12:9).
"But I am not deceived!" you might say. Do not be
For we will now show you, in this booklet, what is undoubtedly
the major deception that Satan has palmed off on mainstream
Christianity! The widespread deception about the "Antichrist" is only
the "tip of the iceberg" of the vast religious deception carried out
in the name of "Christianity." In fact, this deception is so thorough
that thousands of professing Christian ministers and priests are
themselves deceived and therefore do not even realize that they are
perpetuating a lie! Jesus Christ similarly described the false
religious leaders of His day: "Let them alone. They are blind leaders
of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a
ditch" (Matthew 15:14).
How Millions Have Been Deceived
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(by Professor of
Economics, University of Ottawa, Michel Chossudovsky)
How Millions Have Been Deceived
This mass deception is so widespread and so believable because
many of its tenets "look good" on the surface. Most of its
practitioners will say that we must believe in Christ. They will say
that Christians should exhibit love, kindness, mercy and patience, and
that Christians should "do good" to their fellow man—give to the poor
and support hospitals, charities and homes for unwed mothers. They
will say that Christians should respond to Jesus’ "law of love."
All of this sounds biblical. It sounds very good!
But these practitioners do not tell you which of
the laws of God are to be kept—and exactly how God’s laws are
to be obeyed. These people will talk sentimentally about Christ being
the "Lord" of our lives. But they will inevitably fail to
explain that if Jesus is "Lord," we must obey Him! They
will never tell you that Jesus directly and consistently taught
obedience to all of the Ten Commandments!
Therefore, because of this Satan-inspired deception, many
of the bloodiest wars in modern history have been waged between
professing "Christian" nations in Europe. Bishops on one side would
bless their troops as they prepared for battle. The bishops on the
other side did the same. Then thousands of young men—often still in
their teens—would rush up some hill to shoot or brutally stab to death
other young men who were often of the very same church denomination!
All were supposedly "Christian." All were supposedly of the "body of
Christ"—the Church of which Jesus is the living, active Head
Does reading this make you a little "uncomfortable"? Well, it
should! And, more importantly, I hope and pray that it makes you
think. Because all too many of us have just grown up in some
mainstream church and taken our religious beliefs for granted—simply
assuming that all would be well if we just went along with the
crowd, blended into this world, and lived reasonably decent and
"respectable" lives. That is precisely how most of us have been
terribly deceived, as I was in years past—and have unwittingly
come to believe in a false gospel, a wrong way of life
and a "different" Jesus Christ!
Satan Wants You to "Miss the Mark"
One of the Greek words for "sin" in the New Testament literally
means "to miss the mark." So Satan is content to let you "believe in"
God and Christ as long as he can still control you, make you "miss the
mark." His goal is to keep you out of the coming Kingdom of
God, which will replace him and his demons—by blinding you to what is
really happening! God inspired the Apostle James to write: "You
believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons
believe—and tremble!" (James 2:19).
Then James explains how the true Christian must not merely
believe in God, but must surrender to God’s will and do what He
says (vv. 20–23). James writes: "You see then that a man is justified
by works, and not by faith only" (v. 24).
"Justified by works?" Yes—along with faith! Read verse 24 for
yourself. It should be very clear that true Christianity involves more
than just accepting, in faith, Christ’s death—which is a
free gift from God—as full payment for our sins. When we accept
Christ’s sacrifice, we must also make a literal "covenant with our
Creator" to quit sinning in the future—to truly surrender to
let Christ live His obedient life in us through the Holy Spirit! For,
God’s inspired Word tells us: "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth
also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law" (1 John 3:4,
KJV). So we must repent of sin, repent of
breaking God’s spiritual Law, the Ten Commandments. This involves
a life of humble obedience—the "works" of keeping God’s laws and
Let us understand that no one can ever earn salvation—it
is God’s gift! The true grace of God leads to the
gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8–10; Romans 6:23). Those
willing to obey God (Acts 5:29, 32) and who are under true grace
will be God’s "workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good
works" (Ephesians 2:10). God’s grace does not eliminate the
need for obedience and keeping God’s commandments. The Apostle Paul
warned that one could "receive the grace of God in vain" (2
Corinthians 6:1). And while the Apostle Peter exhorted Christians to
"rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at
the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:13), he continues with the
expectation that we do so "as obedient children" (v. 14;
cf. v. 2).
But when men cleverly misuse "grace"—teaching "cheap grace"
without real repentance from sin—it is the very essence
of the doctrine of the Antichrist! This false concept has allowed
millions of professing Christians to go through life regularly and
habitually disobeying the Ten Commandments—yet still assuming they are
The Apostle Jude was inspired to warn us of this very deception.
"Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our
common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you
to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to
the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were
marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of
our God into licentiousness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord
Jesus Christ" (Jude 3–4).
Notice that Jude warns of false teachers using the idea of
"grace" as a vehicle for "licentiousness"—license to disobey
the very laws of God!
"Oh, my minister would never do that!" you may protest.
I am sorry, my friends, but chances are that he or she will
verify what I am saying if you approach your priest or minister
directly with this question: "Pastor Jones, does God require
true Christians to keep the Ten Commandments?" If you ask the question
directly in these words, most ministers will begin to mumble something
about being "saved by grace." Then, they may hastily add that the Ten
Commandments are a good moral guide but that "you don’t have to keep
them since you are saved by grace."
If you press on and try to "pin your pastor down" to a
straightforward answer on this matter, he may try to skirt the issue
or point you to the "new" commandments of Jesus. Or, perhaps, he will
finally come right out and say what virtually all mainstream
theology actually teaches—the Ten Commandments were either "nailed to
the cross" when Christ died or the Apostle Paul somehow "did away"
with them! As I will now clearly explain, this is the very "heart"
of the doctrine of Antichrist!
And why is this such a serious matter? Because it creates a
"lawless society"—a society cut off from God since the Ten
Commandments actually portray His character. God’s awesome
purpose involves putting His "divine nature" into us through the Holy
Spirit (2 Peter 1:4). It involves our going through a process of
spiritual growth and "overcoming" to reflect the very character of God
and be made fit to rule with Christ in His soon-coming Kingdom. Jesus
directly states: "And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the
end, to him I will give power over the nations—‘He shall rule them
with a rod of iron; as the potter’s vessels shall be broken to
pieces’—as I also have received from My Father" (Revelation 2:26–27).
A Doctrine of DISOBEDIENCE
The true saints of God are being prepared by Him to replace Satan
and his demons in ruling over this earth. For Satan is now the "god of
this age" (2 Corinthians 4:4). He is now the "prince of the power of
the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience"
Yet the Apostle Paul tells us: "Do you not know that the saints
will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you
unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall
judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?" (1
Why have you not heard a lot more about this awesome
purpose of the true Christian to exercise rulership in
the future? Because Satan wants to block this knowledge from reaching
human beings so they will be unable to replace him and his
demons in ruling this earth. Therefore he, the "father" of lies (John
8:44), has deceived the vast majority of all humanity—including
two billion professing Christians—regarding God’s purpose for
man and the way to fulfill that purpose!
Among Satan’s deceits, surely none is as great as his system of
"counterfeit Christianity"! The Apostles knew this was going to
happen. Paul warned: "Let no one deceive you by any means; for that
Day [of Christ’s return] will not come unless the falling away [from
the Truth] comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of
perdition.… For the mystery of lawlessness is already at
work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of
the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will
consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness
of His coming" (2 Thessalonians 2:3, 7–8).
Notice that this false religious system is called "the mystery of
lawlessness." Shortly before Christ’s return, it will be headed
by a figure called the "man of sin" or the "lawless one." This man,
who will perform "lying wonders" (v. 9) can be found elsewhere in
Scripture as the great, miracle-working "false prophet" (Revelation
But realize that Paul said this false Christianity was "already
at work" when he wrote these verses—even as it still is today. The
proponents of this lawless system talk about love and about the
Lord—but they leave out Christ’s powerful instruction to keep
the commandments of God! Yet we know that when the young man came to
Jesus asking the way to eternal life, He answered: "If you want to
enter into life, keep the commandments" (Matthew 19:17). Then
Jesus began to name some of the Ten Commandments. And in His Sermon on
the Mount, Jesus tells us: "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least
of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in
the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be
called great in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:19).
Pray tell, who claims the authority to "do away" with this
clear teaching of Jesus Christ? Does your minister, your
Again, Paul warned the Christians of his day: "For if he who
comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you
receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different
gospel which you have not accepted; you may well put up with it" (2
Corinthians 11:4)! Unwittingly, to be sure, most of us have grown up
hearing about "another Jesus," a "different spirit" and, very
definitely, a "different gospel" than the one Jesus and the Apostles
Because Satan has employed every stratagem available to get
people to believe the "doctrine of the Antichrist"! If you are
willing to face reality, if you truly want to fulfill the very
purpose for which you were born, you need to understand what
that doctrine is and avoid it at all cost!
Jesus Himself warned us: "Take heed that no one deceives you. For
many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will
deceive many" (Matthew 24:4–5). Note that it is the "many" who
will be deceived. And how? They will be deceived because these
"many" false teachers come "in Jesus’ name." Get that! They use
Jesus’ own name to deceive people! They come as
"Christian" preachers and teachers—but their message is obviously
contrary to the message Jesus Himself preached.
Because "Christian" is stamped on the outside of the package,
most people unthinkingly assume that Christ must approve
of the inside of the package! But these deceived people fail to
really study their Bibles. They fail to "prove all
things" as God commands, so they are easily deceived by a false
"Christianity" based upon the doctrine of "Antichrist."
The word "Antichrist" is first introduced in 1 John 2:18: "Little
children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the
Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by
which we know that it is the last hour." First of all, we see "the
Antichrist" about whom they had heard. This, of course, is the
"lawless one" Paul wrote about and the "false prophet" of Revelation.
Yet some mistakenly identify the Antichrist as the coming world
dictator and political system called the "Beast" in Bible prophecy.
They forget that the real "power behind the throne" is the mysterious
"harlot" of Revelation 17, and that this fallen woman "rides" or
controls the Beast of Revelation.
The Harlot of Revelation 17
Millions of people—and even many theologians—are puzzled by the
mysterious "harlot" of Revelation 17. Yet the Word of God devotes most
of an entire chapter, plus many references elsewhere, to this vital
topic. Who is this "harlot"—and how does she relate to
Whoever this great "harlot" is, she is very powerful. She has
caused the deaths of untold millions in the past, and millions
more will die at her hand in the future. She is destined to
dramatically change the lives of all those living in the end
times—including many of you who read this booklet! This harlot sits
astride a system encompassing many nations and peoples: "And he said
to me, ‘The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples,
multitudes, nations, and tongues’" (Revelation 17:15). This harlot
continues to exist right up to the Second Coming of Christ! For God’s
Word describes the "ten horns" or ten kings (v. 12) which will
arise at that time: "These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb
will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and
those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful…. And the ten
horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her
desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire" (vv. 14,
Modern theologians and Bible commentaries try to be "politically
correct" in their references to this great harlot. For instance,
notice this comment from the Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Vol.
12, pp. 553–554: "In an important sense, the interpretation of this
chapter controls the interpretation of the whole Book of Revelation.
For a majority of exegetes, Babylon represents the city of Rome. The
beast stands for the Roman Empire as a whole, with its subject
provinces and peoples. The seven hills (v. 9) are the seven selected
dynasties of Roman emperors from Augustus to Domitian. The ten kings
are heads of lesser and restless states, eager to escape their
enslavement to the colonizing power. John’s prediction of the fall of
Babylon is his announcement of the impending dissolution of the Roman
Empire in all its aspects."
While the commentators correctly identify Babylon with the city
of Rome, they generalize that "early Christian readers would
understand that whenever they were threatened with death by any
temporal power… they were in reality facing the bloodthirsty
mother prostitute God was about to judge and destroy
once for all" (p. 557).
Yet although they correctly understand the identity of "Babylon,"
these scholars, like most today, are unable to see that the
"woman"—the great harlot—"rides" the Beast (modern Babylon).
She is clearly set forth as being distinctly separate from the
Beast—the empire with ten final kings giving their power and authority
to one super-dictator also called the "Beast." Obviously, the woman
cannot "ride" the Beast and at the same time be the Beast!
Many scholars do realize, however, that the Beast of Revelation
17 is the Roman Empire and its "revivals" in various forms. For a
fascinating and thorough explanation of the identity of this "Beast"
of Revelation 17, please write for a copy of our booklet entitled
The Beast of Revelation. It will be sent to you absolutely free
upon your request.
Who IS This "Woman"?
Throughout the New Testament, the term "woman" is used as a
symbol for a church. For instance, the Apostle Paul writes the Church
of God at Corinth: "Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly;
and indeed you do bear with me. For I am jealous for you with godly
jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present
you as a chaste virgin to Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:1–2). Clearly, the
true church is here described as "betrothed" to Jesus Christ—in the
position of an engaged woman to her fiancé who is Jesus Christ.
In Ephesians 5:23–24, Paul writes: "For the husband is head of
the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior
of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so
let the wives be to their own husbands in everything." Again, the
analogy clearly identifies the true Church as being in the position of
a woman—a wife who is submissive to her husband, Christ. And in
Revelation 12:1–5, we read the inspired account of the "woman"—this
time ancient Israel, the "church in the wilderness" (Acts 7:38,
KJV)—being used by God to bring forth the Messiah: "a male
child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron."
Verse 5 picks up the story about "the woman"—now the true New
Testament Church—fleeing into the wilderness to "a place prepared by
God." The following verses make it even more evident that this "woman"
is, in fact, the true Church of God that is protected by God Himself
from the wrath of Satan.
So when we come to the "woman" of Revelation 17, it should be
very obvious that—letting the Bible interpret its own symbols—this
woman is indeed a church! However, this church "sitting on a
scarlet beast" (v. 3) is truly a spiritual "harlot."
For she has entered into adulterous alliances with the leaders
and kings of this world (v. 2), and the inhabitants of the earth are
made spiritually "drunk" because of her false teachings. She is a
"mother" church—giving birth to spiritual "harlots" (v. 5). And, as
indicated, she deals in "mysteries," as did the ancient pagan
religions before her.
A PERSECUTING Church
Also, this "woman" is a great persecuting church. The
Apostle John was inspired to write: "I saw the woman, drunk with the
blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And
when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement" (v. 6).
Please think about that.
Who is this great fallen woman—a powerful church—which has and
which will again be "drunk with the blood of the saints"?
Obviously, she persecutes the true Christians—the true "saints" of
God. They are described in Revelation 14:12: "Here is the patience of
the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and
the faith of Jesus."
In contrast to the commandment-keeping Church of God, this great
apostate church and her "daughter" churches reject the need to
keep the Ten Commandments as a way of life! Somehow, in their
spiritual drunkenness, they manage to reason around the plain and
clear teachings of Jesus: "If you want to enter into life,
keep the commandments" (Matthew 19:17).
Historically, do we read about a great church that did persecute
millions of people during the Middle Ages? Did such a church actually
In his well-documented book, A Woman Rides the Beast (pp.
243–244), author Dave Hunt describes what the "woman" did for hundreds
of years during the Middle Ages:
Catholicism became ‘the most persecuting faith the world has ever
seen… [commanding] the throne to impose the Christian [Catholic]
religion on all its subjects. Innocent III murdered far more
Christians in one afternoon… than any Roman emperor did in his
entire reign.’ Will Durant writes candidly: ‘Compared with the
persecution of heresy in Europe from 1227 to 1492, the persecution
of Christians by Romans in the first three centuries after Christ
was a mild and humane procedure.
Making every allowance required by an historian and permitted
to a Christian, we must rank the Inquisition, along with the wars
and persecutions of our time, as among the darkest blots on the
record of mankind, revealing a ferocity unknown in any beast.’"
So when John saw this "woman" or apostate church "drunk with the
blood of the saints," he was certainly not exaggerating. Even
scores of Catholic writers have been mightily embarrassed about what
their church practiced for hundreds of years. With the vast record now
known—of priests sodomizing young men, of many popes openly
maintaining mistresses and fathering illegitimate children all over
Italy and high offices in the church being offered and bought for
money—it has seemed to many objective historians that this powerful
church was the veritable embodiment of evil in nearly every aspect.
Daniel’s "Little Horn"
The prophet Daniel was inspired to picture this foul religious
system as a "little horn." After the four great ruling kingdoms of the
Gentile world—Babylon, Medo-Persia, Alexander’s Greco-Macedonian
Empire and finally Rome—Daniel describes a "little horn" coming up
among the early resurrections of the Roman Empire: "I was considering
the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among
them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the
roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and
a mouth speaking pompous words." (Daniel 7:8).
In verses 25–27 of this same chapter, Daniel is inspired to
describe the actions of this pompous "little horn" and how it would
continue right up to Christ’s return and His rule over the
nations: "He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall
persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change
times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time
and times and half a time. But the court shall be seated, and they
shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever. Then
the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the
whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most
High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall
serve and obey Him."
Notice that this "little horn" is different from the pagan empire
(v. 24), for it is, in fact, a religious empire! Note also that
the human leader of this foul system speaks "pompous words" against
God, persecutes the true Christians and intends to change times
and law. The Roman Catholic Church has done just that, as
Scripture predicted—teaching that the Ten Commandments were subsumed
to church authority, and that by its authority it could change
God’s commanded seventh-day Sabbath (Exodus 20:8–11; Hebrews 4:9–11),
substituting the pagan "day of the sun" in place of God’s Sabbath.
Renowned modern historian Will Durant writes: "The serious temper
of the Jewish Sabbath was transferred to the Christian Sunday that
replaced it in the second century" (The Story of Civilization,
vol. 3, 1972, p. 599). How did this happen? A Roman Catholic study
course tells us that "the [Roman] Church transferred the obligation
from Saturday to Sunday" (Father Smith Instructs Jackson). The
Catholic Mirror agrees: "The Catholic Church… by virtue of her
Divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday" (September
23, 1893). If you wish further information about the true biblical
Sabbath, please write for our powerful and enlightening booklet,
Which Day Is the Christian Sabbath?
The Papacy Predicted in Advance
As we have seen, the "little horn" of Daniel is describing the
false church and especially its spokesman, the pope, speaking "pompous
words." In the New Testament, God inspired the Apostle John to
describe the "resurrection" of the final Beast, the Roman Empire
(Revelation 13:1–10). Then, in verses 11–14, "another beast" is
described as rising up, who looks like a "Lamb," or Christ, but speaks
like a "dragon," Satan the devil (Revelation 12:9). This exceedingly
clever and sinister false prophet "exercises all the authority
of the first beast [the revived Roman Empire] in his presence, and
causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast,
whose deadly wound was healed (Revelation 13:12). In other words, this
great false prophet is able to sway most of mankind to stand in awe of
and obey the revived Roman Empire!
Then we read: "He performs great signs, so that he even
makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of
men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those
signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling
those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was
wounded by the sword and lived" (vv. 13–14).
As this system developed, a "man of sin" would be
revealed—audaciously taking to himself titles and authority that
belong only to God. He was to sit as a veritable "god" in the
temple of God—using some of the very titles of God. In fact, though
Jesus called God "Holy Father," Roman Catholics call the pope "Most
Holy Father" and "Vicar of Christ"—which literally means "in place of
Dave Hunt describes the blasphemous pretensions of the papacy:
submission that Rome requires has been expressed by many popes, but
none said it more clearly than Nicholas I (858–67):
‘It is evident that the popes can neither be bound nor unbound
by any earthly power, nor even by that of the apostle [Peter], if he
should return upon the earth; since Constantine the Great has
recognized that the pontiffs held the place of God upon earth, the
divinity not being able to be judged by any living man. We are,
then, infallible, and whatever may be our acts, we are not
accountable for them but to ourselves’" (A Woman Rides the Beast,
So the popes have claimed that they hold "the place of God
on earth"! And what is most frightening is that they continue to make
such claims—and even get away with it in our so-called "modern" world.
Because the Roman Catholic Church is such an omnipresent and powerful
entity, the media usually treads very lightly in attacking even the
most outrageous and blasphemous claims of the modern popes and clergy.
But how is all this destined to affect your life?
The Beast and the Woman: Together Again
Few realize that the so-called "Holy" Roman Empire is being
revived right under our noses! Throughout most of continental Europe,
there is a great push for full European unity. One of the major
players in this geopolitical chess game is—you guessed it!—the pope
In his detailed and revealing book, The Principality and Power
of Europe (pp. 36–37), British author Adrian Hilton explains what
is now happening:
visiting Austria in 1983, the pope spoke out against the national
and artificial borders all over Europe. He added:
‘Europeans should overcome the menacing international
confrontations of states and alliances, and create a new united
Europe from the Atlantic to the Urals.’
In 1988, he continued this theme when he addressed the European
parliament in Strasbourg; an occasion at which many asked why a
perceived spiritual leader was addressing the issues of political
unity. The Sunday Telegraph, in 1991, summed up the pope’s plans for
the ‘evangelisation’ of Europe. It stated:
‘He is calmly preparing to assume the mantle which he solemnly
believes to be his Divine Right—that of new Holy Roman emperor,
reigning from the Urals to the Atlantic.’"
the Bible certainly does not indicate that the final pope will be the
"emperor" of this revived Holy Roman Empire; it does show that he will
be the "power behind the throne." As God clearly indicates to us, the
coming false prophet "causes" those who will not worship this system
"to be killed" (Revelation 13:15). So, as many popes did during
the Middle Ages, he will use the power of the state—the "Beast"—to
force His will on the entire western world!
Remember what happened under Hitler? A knock on the door, the
father or mother grabbed and hustled into a van by the state police
for saying or doing some "politically incorrect" thing! Do you think
that could not happen again? If so, you could not be more
The God who gives us life and breath clearly describes how, once
again, the woman "rides" the Beast. Most people do not realize that
the false teachings and practices of this fallen "woman" have
permeated the entire world. That is precisely what John was
inspired to write: "So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of
old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world;
he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him"
Even sincere Protestants and Evangelicals have unwittingly been
made spiritually drunk by the paganism of this system: "The
inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her
fornication" (Revelation 17:2). What each reader needs to realize is
that Satan is the invisible "god" of this present world (2
Corinthians 4:3–4), and that "all nations" are spiritually drunk.
In describing this entire system and the harlot "daughters" that
have come out of "mother" Rome, here is what the respected Critical
and Experimental Commentary has to say:
merely Rome, but Christendom, as a whole, as Israel, as a whole has
become a harlot…. External extensiveness over the world, and
internal conformity to it—worldliness in extent and contents—is
symbolized by the world-city’s name, ‘Babylon’" (Vol. 6, p. 710).
news is full of articles about the ecumenical movement. One headline
reads: "Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox Leaders Renew Talks." Another
headline states: "Episcopalian, Lutheran Alliance Forged." More and
more of the Protestant churches are trying to get together, and a
number are preparing to come back to "mother"—the Roman Catholic
Church. Speaking of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox talks, a
July 9, 2000 article in the San Diego Union-Tribune reported:
"Eventually, the churches could resolve even their ancient
dispute over the pope’s jurisdiction, said the Rev. Robert
Stephanopoulos, dean of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in New York and
a veteran of ecumenical meetings.
‘It could happen rather quickly in one respect, but when I say
rather quickly, we’re still talking against the background of a
thousand years,’ he said."
recognition of the pope’s authority could happen much more quickly
than Robert Stephanopoulos imagines. Just as when the Eastern European
nations began to break away from the Soviet Union, world events
sometimes seem to occur almost overnight! So additional hundreds of
millions of members may be added to the Roman Catholic Church over
the next several years as her daughters return to the fold.
And the little Church of God—scattered here and there in little
groups—will seem almost like a tiny speck in comparison. Truly, we
will all need understanding, faith and courage to make it through the
trying years ahead. For Jesus said: "For false christs and false
prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if
possible, even the elect" (Matthew 24:24).
In the future, we will see increasing pressure brought to bear by
the pope and others to make Jerusalem an "international city"—perhaps
under the joint control of the Vatican and the United Nations or some
other international agency. The relentless pressure of the ecumenical
movement will also intensify. The Great Mother Church will be calling
with increasing fervor for her daughters to come "home."
Within the next several years, the "second" Beast of Revelation
13 will appear on the scene. We read of this man in Revelation
13:11–14: "Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he
had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises
all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the
earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose
deadly wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he
even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight
of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs
which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those
who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded
by the sword and lived."
This coming powerful religious leader will look like a "lamb." In
Revelation 14 we see that Christ is described as the "Lamb." So
this coming religious leader will appear to be like Christ! But, John
writes, he "spoke like a dragon." And in Revelation 12:9, John was
inspired to write: "So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of
old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world;
he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
Satan the Devil is clearly identified as the "dragon" right here
in the book of Revelation. This coming false prophet, therefore, will
appear to billions of human beings to be a Christ-like figure.
But his message will be that of Satan the Devil! Yet this charismatic
leader will perform "great signs" and even make fire come down
from heaven! He is also described in 2 Thessalonians 2 as the "man of
sin" who "opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or
that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God,
showing himself that he is God" (vv. 3–4). This coming
religious leader, your Bible says, will be worshiped by his
This man will appear a few years before the Second Coming of
Christ, for Christ will "destroy" him "with the brightness of His
coming" (v. 8). But this man is called "the lawless one." In verse 7,
Paul writes: "For the mystery of lawlessness is already at
work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of
the way." In an age of donkeys and ox carts, Paul is not
talking about traffic laws! He is talking about a man and an entire
religious system he leads—the "mystery of lawlessness"—which is
obviously teaching against and is regularly breaking the laws
As in Revelation 13: "The coming of the lawless one is according
to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and
with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they
did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved" (2
All of us need to realize that we are in a spiritual war.
The forces of Satan are moving swiftly to accomplish their goals.
Within the next several years, under Satan’s influence, and with the
limited powers God allows Satan to exert in this earth’s atmosphere of
which he is "prince" (Ephesians 2:2), the devil’s forces will wield
unprecedented power through a religio-political system under their
control—and will do so in the name of "Christianity." Very few
Protestant, Orthodox or other religious leaders will have the faith
and courage to stand up against this onslaught. They will enforce the
dreaded "mark of the beast" and bring about a horrifying
persecution of the true Christians—the real saints of God.
seen what the Bible says about "the" Antichrist. But even more
importantly, we should note that John was inspired to write that "even
now, many antichrists have come" (1 John 2:18). So it should be
clear that the term "Antichrist" does not apply solely to the false
prophet—though he will certainly be the leading spokesman teaching the
doctrines of Antichrist. Rather, as most modern scholars acknowledge,
"Antichrist" simply means a spirit or person in opposition to Christ.
John continues to describe the many who are "Antichrist,"
saying: "Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He
is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the
Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has
the Father also. Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from
the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you
also will abide in the Son and in the Father" (vv. 22–24). Notice that
John was inspired to warn Christians to hold on to the original
teaching that they had been given—"abide in… [what] you heard from the
beginning." This would mean "abiding in"—or obeying—Jesus Christ’s
direct teaching concerning the Law of God.
For, from the beginning, Jesus had taught them to "keep the
commandments." He had continually warned them about using His name and
yet disobeying His teaching! Jesus said: "But why do you call
Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46).
And again: "Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the
kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven"
So we "abide" in Christ and in the Father by obeying God
and living as Jesus actually did—by every word of God.
Jesus explained: "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word; and
My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home
with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and
the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me"
John’s first epistle goes on to describe the "spirit of
Antichrist" in greater detail: "Beloved, do not believe every spirit,
but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many
false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the
Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come
in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that
Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the
spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now
already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have
overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in
the world" (4:1–4).
Obviously, a vital key to understanding the teaching of the
Antichrist is to recognize that this false doctrine does not admit the
full humanity of Jesus Christ. It does not admit that Christ
truly "has come in the flesh."
"Why?" you might ask. What is so special about Christ having
"come in the flesh"?
First, we must understand why Satan is continually trying to
deceive people into disobeying God’s law—the Ten Commandments. Such
lawbreaking constitutes sin since "sin is the transgression of
the law" (1 John 3:4, KJV). And "the wages of sin is
death" (Romans 6:23). So if Satan can somehow keep human beings from
obeying God—and so yielding to let God build within them His very
nature and character—then these disobedient men and women will
continue to be under the death penalty. Cut off from God, they will be
unable to prepare to be kings and priests in Christ’s coming
Kingdom on this earth (cf. Revelation 5:10) and so replace Satan and
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people will not even try to keep God’s commandments, Satan uses the
doctrine of Antichrist to promote the idea that mankind is unable to
keep them! The teachings of the Roman Catholic Church—and most
Protestant churches—in effect minimize Christ’s humanity, implying in
various ways that He was not fully "in the flesh." Their theology
leads to the conclusion that He was not really subject to the "pulls
of the flesh" in the same way we are, and was thus not really tempted
as we are—indeed even that He was not capable of sin. In their
understanding, Christ was not really setting an example for us while
fully in the human flesh. Satan wants us to believe that we cannot
keep God’s commandments, and that Jesus Christ could not have sinned
and broken them!
The Roman Catholic Church takes this idea even further. It
falsely teaches that, except for the "Virgin Mary," all human beings
since Adam and Eve have been born with "original sin," unable to keep
God’s commandments. Mary alone, the teaching says, was protected by an
"Immaculate Conception" and led a perfect and sinless life that
allowed her to become the "Mother of God." In this teaching, Mary
could have sinned but did not, while our Savior did not sin and could
not! If this were true, it would make Mary—not Jesus Christ—our actual
example of living a sinless human life! What an insult to our true
Yet the book of Hebrews tells us: "For in that He Himself has
suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted"
(2:18). And again: "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot
sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted
as we are, yet without sin" (4:15). Was this through some
supernatural power of His own? Was Jesus "fully God" while in the
human flesh? The truth is that He was the Personality who had
been with the Father from the beginning: "In the beginning was
the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1).
But later "The Word became flesh" (v. 14).
Many scriptures clearly reveal that, in the flesh, Jesus did
not exercise the same unlimited power which He had previously
exercised before His incarnation. For instance, the gospel of Mark
tells us that when Jesus came to His own home area among skeptical
family and neighbors: "Now He could do no mighty work there,
except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them"
(Mark 6:5). Jesus Himself said: "I can of Myself do nothing"
(John 5:30). While in the flesh, Jesus chose not to heal people
in a faithless atmosphere.
The fully human Jesus was tempted in "all points" as we are, yet
without sin. That being so, it becomes clear that there is a way for
us, too, to keep the Ten Commandments while fully in the human
flesh! But how? The same way Jesus did! Hebrews further tells us that
"in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and
supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to
save Him from death… [He] was heard because of His godly fear" (5:7).
If Jesus had to literally cry out with tears to the Father to
"save Him from death," it should be obvious that He was truly in the
human flesh—and that we also should cry out for God’s help in
the same way! So Jesus did set the "example" for us in keeping
the Ten Commandments in the human flesh! We have a Savior and High
Priest who does fully understand the pulls of human
nature with which we must contend. Through His Spirit within us, as we
will see, Christ will empower us to overcome temptation and
keep the Ten Commandments while fully in the human flesh!
But the doctrine of Antichrist says just the opposite.
Although Satan is clever enough not to directly teach people to sin,
the Antichrist doctrine nevertheless opens the door for deceived
people to regularly break one or more of the commandments of God with
impunity—yet still feel that they are somehow "good Christians."
reasoning—taught in most seminaries all over the world—goes
like this: Since God’s law is spiritual and we are only physical, we
cannot keep the holy, righteous law of God. So Christ had to
keep it for us. Now we just "accept Christ" and His righteousness is
somehow "imputed" to us—without any requirement for righteous works.
The above reasoning then relies on a whole series of
misunderstandings and perversions of the writings of the Apostle Paul.
Misguided theologians somehow put a clever "twist" on literally dozens
of verses from Paul’s letters to directly contradict the plain,
clear teachings of Jesus Christ, of His closest disciple, John, and of
His brother, James. That is one reason for Martin Luther’s famous
statement that the book of James was an "epistle of straw." Luther
hated the fact that James directly taught obedience to the Ten
Commandments (cf. James 2:8–12).
The Apostle Peter was even inspired to warn us that "Paul,
according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in
all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some
things hard to understand, which those who are untaught and unstable
twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the
Scriptures" (2 Peter 3:15–16). Yes, Peter said that men would "twist"
Paul’s writings to their own destruction! Peter continues this
inspired warning: "Therefore, dear friends, since you already know
this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the
error of lawless men and fall from your secure
position" (v. 17, NIV).
A warning not to be carried away by the error of "lawless men"?
Absolutely. For that is precisely the way Peter knew that deceived men
would "twist" Paul’s writings—into an excuse to disobey the
spiritual law of God, the Ten Commandments!
Truly, this message needs to be heard now more than ever before.
Millions in this deceived world are really confused about religion.
They have become either just plain bored by mainstream religion and/or
disillusioned by organized religion in general. So some have simply
"tuned out." Yet millions of others have virtually "invented" their
own religion! As Newsweek magazine (May 8, 2000) recently
reported on today’s teenagers and their beliefs:
than seek absolute truths in doctrine, they cross denominational
boundaries, savvy consumers in the broader marketplace of belief
systems. Many describe themselves as spiritual rather than
religious. ‘I believe there is a higher power at work in my life,
but I do not have a name for it,’ says Amy McKinney, 18. ‘When I
pray I do not ask a god to make everything all right. Instead I ask
myself to be strong.’ In place of strict adherence to doctrine, many
teens embrace a spirit of eclecticism and a suspicion of absolute
truths. In a 1999 poll of teenagers by the religious researcher
George Barna, more than half agreed with the statement ‘All
religious faiths teach equally valid truths.’ Where explorers of the
baby boom tried on Zen today, Methodism tomorrow, teens might cobble
together bits of several faiths: a little Buddhist meditation or
Roman Catholic ritual, whatever mixture appeals at the time."
mixture appeals"? Appalling!
confusion leads, of course, to religious anarchy. But, ominously, it
also opens the door to leading these millions of young people to be
very susceptible to the mass deceptions that the coming false prophet
will perpetrate. When this man arises and begins to show himself
"according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs,
and lying wonders" (2 Thessalonians 2:9), what are these
millions of confused youths going to do?
Being swept along with excitement and also by the mass hysteria
that will accompany the satanic signs of the "lawless one" (v. 8),
most of these young people will succumb to the enormous pressure to
join hands with this coming "revival" and "return to tradition"
inspired by Satan. For throughout much of Western Europe and North
America, there is indeed a yearning for specific doctrines and
guidelines in the field of religion and standards of behavior.
Millions of people are sick and tired of the hemming and hawing and
equivocating of their ministers and priests. They are beginning to
realize that many of these professing religious "leaders" are not
absolutely certain about anything!
Many of these religious leaders question the validity of Jesus’
virgin birth, of His miracles, of His resurrection from the dead. They
question the real inspiration of the Bible. They question the idea of
Jesus’ Second Coming and whether there will truly be a literal Kingdom
of God set up on this earth with Christ as King.
Do "all religious leaders teach equally valid truths"—as more
than half of the teenagers in Barna’s poll believed?
Is all religion equal? Can you just believe anything and
have the same blessing of the Creator God and gain eternal life on
your own terms?
The only way to be definitive and truly correct about
these matters is to prove to yourself—one way or another—if the Bible
is directly inspired by the real God who created the universe!
If the Bible is just partially inspired—as so many believe today—then
each person can "pick and choose" which part of the Bible he thinks is
inspired. Then, using human reasoning, he can go by that part of the
Bible, even if it seems to directly contradict other parts of the
Bible. Remember that the Christ of the Bible was nothing but
"definitive." Jesus did not "waffle." He stated: "I am the door
of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but
the sheep did not hear them" (John 10:7–8). And: "Most assuredly, I
say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but
climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber" (v. 1).
Later, Jesus said: "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and
they follow Me" (v. 27). Most of you readers have "heard" Christ’s
voice speaking through this Work. You know that we do not evade,
denigrate or "mess around" with the words of the Bible. We have
proved over and over that God, the Creator, directly inspired the
Bible. It is God’s "Instruction Manual" for mankind. It is specific in
what it tells us to do.
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clearest passage of all explaining Antichrist is found in 2 John 6–7:
"This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the
commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should
walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do
not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is
a deceiver and an antichrist." In this passage, we see first of
all how John is inspired to define love: "that we walk according to
His commandments." In context, the "commandments" being
spoken of are clearly the commandments of God the Father (cf. v.
4)—not some "new" commandments of Jesus. Even though John wrote in the
90s ad, some 60 years after Christ’s crucifixion and 20 years after
Paul’s death, there is not even a hint that God’s commandments
were "nailed to the cross" or "done away with" by the Apostle Paul!
Then John reminds his readers that the commandments were those they
had heard "from the beginning." In other words, they are the clear
teaching of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, in Matthew 19:17 and
Then, in verse 7, John warns that the "deceivers" do not
teach "Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh." He describes such
teaching as "Antichrist." The significance of Jesus Christ "as
coming in the flesh" is that—as in the original Greek—the present
continuous tense is here used, denoting something that is now
The well-known Expositor’s Bible Commentary attempts to
explain this passage (2 John 7) in the following words:
"Curiously the tense is changed from the past tense ‘has come [el
luthota] in the flesh’ (1 John 4:2) to the present participle
‘as coming [erchomenon] in the flesh.’ It would be possible,
therefore, to interpret this as a reference to Jesus’ return: he is
coming (i.e., will come) in the flesh (cf. 1 John 2:28; 3:2). But
since we know of no controversy in this area, this seems unlikely.
Dodd obscures the sense by translating the participle erchomenon
in the past tense, as if its meaning were simply identical with 1
John 4:2, and then offers the surprising explanation that ‘our
author is not skilled in the niceties of the Greek idiom’ (Johannine
Epistles, p. 149).
It is far safer, however, to assume that the writer does know
the difference between a present participle and a perfect (past
tense) and that his intention is to say something beyond what he was
saying in 1 John 4:2."
highly trained Greek scholars acknowledge, John is indeed saying
something "beyond" his statement in 1 John 4:2! John not only says
that Christ has come fully in the human flesh. But God inspired
John in this latter passage to reveal that Christ is now coming
"in the flesh!"
As we have already seen, Jesus said: "If anyone loves Me, he will
keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and
make Our home with him" (John 14:23). Through the Holy Spirit,
Christ and the Father actually live within the truly converted
Christian, guiding him, inspiring him and empowering him to
keep the commandments and live God’s way of life!
The Apostle Paul was also inspired to make this very plain when
he wrote: "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I,
but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the
flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave
himself for me" (Galatians 2:20, KJV).
That is the "key." Through the Spirit, Christ will literally
live His life in our human flesh! He will give us
the strength to obey God’s commandments!
Religious opponents challenge the real Christian by saying: "You
can’t keep the Ten Commandments! They are spiritual and you are
only physical." But one who is led by God’s Holy Spirit may truly
reply: "You are right. In my own human strength, I can’t. But to the
degree I yield to God’s Holy Spirit, I can and I will keep
God’s commandments! Christ within me helps me not to kill,
steal, lie, commit adultery, covet, dishonor my parents, break God’s
Sabbath, practice idolatry, take God’s name in vain or have another
‘god’ before the true God. I may slip in some point occasionally, but
I will then repent and confess my sin to God and have His forgiveness
(1 John 1:8–9). Then I quickly get back on God’s path and, through His
Spirit, grow in grace and knowledge. I am not perfect. But,
through Christ living His life within me, I am growing toward
perfection and walking in God’s law as my basic way of life."
Within the True Christian
doctrine of Antichrist, then, is that Christ does not literally live
His life within His people today! It is the false teaching that
Christians today can live a different kind of life from what Jesus
lived and still be His true followers. It often includes the idea that
Christ was righteous in our stead, and therefore we do not have to be.
We just accept Him and His righteousness is imputed to us.
Effectively, God "kids Himself" and pretends that we are really
righteous when we actually are not!
This doctrine is a damnable lie!
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews
13:8). He will live the same kind of life in you and me today that He
lived nearly 2,000 years ago when He walked this earth in the human
flesh. At that time, He continually taught obedience to all of God’s
commandments (Matthew 5:19). We have seen His answer to the young man
asking Him how to inherit eternal life: "Keep the commandments"
(19:17). Near the end of the Apostolic Age, God inspired the Apostle
John to describe the true saints of God: "Blessed are those who
do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life,
and may enter through the gates into the city" (Revelation 22:14).
There are many, many false ministers today who are teaching the
doctrine of Antichrist, a doctrine that sanctions disobedience to
God’s commandments—a doctrine of "no works." The Apostle Paul said of
these ministers: "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,
transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For
Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it
is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into
ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their
works" (2 Corinthians 11:13–15). You will notice here that Satan has
ministers who appear to be righteous. Ironically, their end—their
final reward—will be according to their "works," the very
thing they seek to deny!
God intends for us to obey His commandments, do good works and
live by His every word. Once you get this principle straight, you
can clearly understand the "spirit of Antichrist" and how to test
whether any religious leader’s idea or doctrine is of
God! Then, by diligent study of God’s Word and by constant prayer,
you will come to a deeper understanding of the real purpose of your
life and experience closer contact with the Living God than you may
ever have dreamed possible.
You will come to see who truly is of God—His true Church, which
has faithfully proclaimed the same Gospel He sent through Jesus
Christ. In this end time, that Message—of obedience to God’s Kingdom
and rule—is to be preached by His Church as a witness to all nations
(Matthew 24:14). You are reading that Message this very instant!
In Revelation 12:17, the true Church of God is described as a
woman persecuted by the devil. This Church is a remnant. Its members
are those "who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of
Jesus Christ." Again, the true saints of God are described in like
manner in Revelation 14:12: "Here is the patience of the saints; here
are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of
Yes, Jesus Christ is to live and dwell within His people today
through the Holy Spirit. To the degree they yield to Him, their lives
will be ones of full and complete obedience, just as Jesus’ life was
in the flesh. Their customs, their traditions, their way of life will
be the same as His in every respect, because He does not change. And
He will be living within them! Then Christ and the Father can
be absolutely sure that their people are fully surrendered to God, who
can continually impart to true Christians His very divine nature and
character—and so prepare them to be kings and priests
in the literal Kingdom of God soon to be set up on this earth. "And
from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead,
and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and
washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us
kings and priests to His God and Father, to
Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen" (Revelation 1:5–6).
Examine yourself honestly. Have you really understood
Christianity before? Is Christ really living His life in you?
Do you have the spiritual "backbone" to act on the knowledge you have
As many of
you readers already know, we in this Work are restoring—for those
willing to heed—the true Christianity of Jesus and the Apostles. This
genuine "Apostolic Christianity" has definitely been lost as far as
mainstream "churchianity" is concerned. It is important to realize
that if Jesus Himself would walk into a typical Protestant or Catholic
Church today, He would find people there with an entirely different
concept of God than He taught.
These folks would be observing different days for worshipping
God—days that are pagan in origin and which utterly fail to
point to the true God and His great plan as the biblical Holy
Days do. Jesus would find that most of these professing "Christians"
have no idea about how to truly keep the Ten Commandments or
about the importance Christ placed upon them (see Matthew 19:17).
These blinded individuals go to war with Britain (for instance)
in one generation, with Spain in another, with Germany and Japan in
another. They and their deceived ministers seemingly pay no
attention to Jesus’ very clear instruction in Matthew
5:43–44: "You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your
neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies,
bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for
those who spitefully use you and persecute you."
These professing Christians are utterly blinded to the
fact that true Christians are now "in training" to become kings
and priests under Jesus Christ and to serve under Him in ruling
this world during the next thousand years (see Revelation 5:9–10;
20:6)! Rather, these folks assume—contrary to Jesus’
teachings—that at death they will "go to heaven" and have nothing
to do! So the false teachings of professing Christianity have
blinded them to the entire purpose God is working out here
In a typical church today, Jesus would find people who have a
sentimental feeling about Him personally, but have virtually no
understanding of the powerful message He preached. They speak
about "the Lord Jesus Christ." But, frankly, He is not their
"Lord"—for they do not obey Him or even grasp how they
should obey Him! And Jesus Himself said, over and over: "Why
do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I
say?" (Luke 6:46).
Again: "Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter
the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in
heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not
prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many
wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew
you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’"
(Matthew 7:21–23). Indeed, those who fail to preach and to practice
genuine obedience to the Ten Commandments are in terrible
God’s Word clearly indicates that the vast majority of
human beings today are deceived. For God speaks of "the devil
and Satan, who deceives the whole world" (Revelation 12:9). And
the Apostle Paul warned the Corinthians: "But even if our gospel is
veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god
of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of
the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should
shine on them" (2 Corinthians 4:3–4).
The Apostle Jude warned us specifically: "Beloved, while I was
very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found
it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for
the faith which was once for all delivered
to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who
long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn
the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny the only Lord God
and our Lord Jesus Christ" (Jude 3–4).
It is significant that Jude was inspired by God to point out that
these false teachers would turn "grace" into "license"—which is
exactly what they do today! For the common Protestant teaching is that
you are "saved" by a sentimental acceptance of Christ’s death and
that—at that point—there is nothing else you really have to do!
No obedience to the Ten Commandments. No required "growing" in grace,
in knowledge and in Christian maturity. No further "overcoming" of
your human nature, of the world or of Satan the Devil.
reports from many nations have indicated that Roman Catholic
persecution of religious minorities continues. Although the Roman
Catholic Church has learned to smile and act agreeably in nations
where Protestants or others are in the majority, the old demons of
hate and authoritarianism come out very quickly when it is in control.
A recent article in Christianity Today magazine (August
2000, p. 30) reported: "In March, about 70 Protestant families were
expelled from the Mexican village of Plan de Ayala, in Chiapas state,
by the town’s Roman Catholic majority. ‘Fourteen homes were demolished
by the mob as the Protestants fled to the hills for refuge,’ reports
Seventh-Day Adventist pastor Isias Espinosa." This is just a tiny
sampling of the type of religious oppression practiced by this
powerful church! And its leaders continue to emphasize that they are
the only true church—that others are, in effect, only
"second-class Christians." Note this September 5, 2000 report by
Victor Simpson of the Associated Press:
some Catholic theologians of manipulating fundamental truths of the
church, the Vatican rejected Tuesday what it said are growing
attempts to depict all religions as equal…the Vatican equality
refers to ‘personal dignity’ of individuals and not to doctrine. It
is the second recent document by the congregation [the Roman
Catholic ‘Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’] warning
against abuses by Catholics in dealings with other religions and
denominations. Italian media have reported the congregation also has
warned against the phrase ‘sister churches,’ saying that it
contradicts the Catholic Church’s identity as ‘mother’ of
all churches. That document has not yet been released. Cardinal
Joseph Ratzinger, at a news conference repeatedly referred to a
trend toward religious relativism.
‘The lack of unity among Christians is certainly a wound for
the church,’ the document said, saying it hindered ‘the complete
fulfillment of her universality in history.’
The declaration, a complex theological document, was titled ‘On
the Unity and Salvific Universality of Jesus Christ and the
Roman Catholic Church not only admits, but even insists that it is the
"mother" of all professing Christian churches! And it insists
also that it alone has the "keys" to God’s Kingdom!
Truly, it is time to wake up!
It is time for all who believe in God to go back and prove
whether their religious beliefs and practices actually came out of the
Bible—or out of "Babylon." For the Creator God tells all who will
heed: "‘For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath
of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication
with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the
abundance of her luxury.’ And I heard another voice from heaven
saying, ‘come out of her, my people, lest you share in her
sins, and lest you receive of her plagues’" (Revelation
Although, as the Apostle John wrote, "even now, many
antichrists have come" (1 John 2:18), it is also true that the
embodiment of Antichrist will be most fully expressed in the great
false prophet described in 2 Thessalonians 2:1–10 and Revelation
13:11–14. Probably within the next five to 15 years, this cunning
individual will appear on the world scene. He will appear at first as
a great "peacemaker" and benefactor of mankind. Before long, he will
begin performing miracles—even bringing fire down from
heaven (Revelation 13:13)!
But, again, His teaching will be "anti-Christ." There will be
lots of ritual, pomp and ceremony and lots of flowery talk. But there
will not be the clear teaching of Jesus of Nazareth, to keep
God’s commandments and literally imitate Christ—surrendering to
let Jesus Christ live His obedient life within us through the Holy
Remember always, that is the "key!"
For Satan the Devil is glad to have you "believe in Christ"—as
long as your Christ is a false Christ. He is glad to
have you go to the "church of your choice"—providing that he
can deceive you into going to a church led by blinded,
commandment-rejecting theologians. For as Jesus said: "If the blind
leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch" (Matthew
In Christ’s name, I urge you: please begin to genuinely study
your Bible as never before! Also, do yourself a favor and write in for
your absolutely free enrollment in our inspiring and most
helpful Tomorrow’s World Bible Study Course. Study through this
course and follow Paul’s inspired admonition: "Prove all
things, hold fast that which is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21, KJV).
Again, I urge you to write in immediately and request your
free copy of our truly revealing booklets entitled The Beast of
Revelation and Which Day is the Christian Sabbath? These
booklets—coupled with this booklet you are now reading—will give you
the full picture and proof of the nature of the powerful and
ominous forces now rising in Europe.
As Jesus said: "Watch." Keep your eyes on the revival of the Holy
Roman Empire. "Watch" how it slowly but surely begins to gain total
power in most of Europe—then Central and South America and, finally,
most of the entire world. "Watch" how other churches are, bit by bit,
coaxed, persuaded or finally coerced into going back to the "mother"
church. Frankly, you will be disappointed to see how many supposedly
dedicated Protestant and evangelical leaders will be maneuvered into
giving up much of what they have always believed when real pressure
is put upon them.
Will you also turn aside from the God of the Bible? Will
you join or continue to be part of a watered-down "Christianity" where
deceived church members regularly violate God’s commanded
Sabbath, where they are "allowed"—or perhaps even encouraged—to fight
and to kill in human warfare, contrary to Jesus’ teaching (Matthew
5:43–45)? Will you be part of a church where pomp, ceremony and the
worship of idols is practiced, and where the whole concept of
literal obedience to the Ten Commandments as a way of life
is not taught, and where clever arguments against the need for
true Christians to keep God’s commandments are regularly employed
against those who dare to heed Christ’s actual words?
Soon, the ultimate personification of the Antichrist will appear
on the world scene. Appearing at first as a kind and gentle
"peacemaker," he will gradually assert more and more authority. His
authority will be enhanced by the false miracles Satan performs
through him (Revelation 13:13). Then, the adoring masses will scream
with excitement when they see him, and the doctrine of the
Antichrist will permeate nearly all of professing Christianity—all
except the "little flock" (Luke 12:32) described in Revelation
For your eternal good, pray for real understanding,
faith and courage. Obey Jesus’ instruction: "Watch
therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to
escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before
the Son of Man" (Luke 21:36).