The Audacity of Antichrist
“Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped: so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” – (2 Thes.2:4).
The definition of audacity is – (bold and arrogant disregard of normal restraints – contemptuous of law, religion, or decorum). The Antichrist will be the most audacious man who ever lived and this scripture shows this truth perfectly. As he goes farther through his allotted time of rule, he will become bolder and more arrogant and audacious until he shows himself forth as God. He exalts himself above all gods that are worshipped and may even demand exclusive worship in counterfeit of King Jesus. O the sheer audacity of this unprecedented act. The key word of his short reign is audacity, audacity, and more audacity.
Antichrist will far exceed the audaciousness of the Roman emperors who were worshipped as God, except by the true Christians. After he destroys the Catholic Church when he’s through using her, he may every well abolish all other gods and religions. He will be the only god worshipped on earth. Only the Tribulation saints will refuse to worship him and most of them will be killed – (Rev.13:15). Only one creature in the universe is more audacious than he, and that’s the Devil who possesses him – (Is.14:12-15). Antichrist will counterfeit the Lord Jesus’ reign as Lord and emperor over the earth. Jesus Christ will be the only God and Lord worshipped on earth – “And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one” – (Zach.14:9).
During earth’s history, there have been thousands of false gods and lords worshipped. But when Christ returns He will prove that He is the one true God and there will be no other gods and religions tolerated anymore. God has put up with the darkness and disobedience of sinful man long enough. Now, only the Lord Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords will be worshipped. “…that there is none other God but one. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many). But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him” – (I Cor.8:4-6). Emperor Jesus Christ will be the only God worshipped on earth.
During the millennium and forever after, there will be no more false
gods on planet earth. There will be one Lord (in Trinity) to be worshipped
O, do you not see the ultimate audacity of Antichrist, a mere worm of a man, setting himself up as the only God on earth to be worshipped. He will have the audacity and false hope of using his armies at Armageddon to fight against the Lord Jesus’ army from heaven at His second coming – (Rev.17:14 and 19:11-21). Only a Satan-possessed man would not see the futility of having his armies massacred at Armageddon by the One who has all power in heaven and earth. O the audacity of the creature trying to kill the Creator who gave man life by breathing in man’s nostrils. “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” – (Prov.16:18). But the people will place their faith and trust in a false audacity of hope instead of the true blessed hope in Christ.
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If you’re not saved and born again through Christ, repent of your sins and believe in your heart by faith in the Lord Jesus and you will receive forgiveness of sin and become a new creature in Christ. Born again describes what happens to you when you’re truly saved. God offers you eternal life through His beloved Son. O do not spurn the love and grace in His dear Son on the cross. Don’t be proud and audacious, but humble yourself at the foot of the cross and be saved. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” – (Jn.3:16).
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