The Last Emperor Worship”

 

“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (Rev.13:4)

 

“And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, all this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me: and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Luke 4:5-8).

 

High summit talks, high and lifted up, to try to give the Lord Jesus a feeling of pride and arrogance as Satan tempted him into becoming the emperor of the world. Arrogance and empire go together as we see Satan, the proud one, tempt Jesus with the pride of life – praise the Lord, Jesus rejected this great temptation.

 

The kingdoms of the world at that time were ruled by the Roman Emperor of the Roman Empire. This emperor accepted the temptation from Satan and propagated forced idolatry and Emperor worship throughout the world. Thousands of early Christians were persecuted and killed because they rightly refused to worship Caesar as Lord. It is through idols that Satan receives worship. In reality, image worship is the worship of Satan as (Rev.13:4) tells us when the world worships the beast, the last world emperor, and worships his image, they are worshipping Satan. It is written in (I Cor.10:19, 20) “What say I then that the idol is anything, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is anything? But I say, that the things that the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.” Idolatry is condemned by God. Worship of the true God cannot be through idols and images. Only false gods are worshipped thru images.

 

The same power and glory that Satan offered the Lord Jesus is given to the beast. He will be the last Antichrist emperor of this world when Jesus comes back and defeats him at Armageddon- (Rev.19:11-21). The whole earth will worship this beastly emperor, except the great tribulation saints of God who will be beheaded for refusing this emperor worship. We are fast approaching the time for this last emperor worship on earth - the worship of the beast. This emperor beast will claim to be God and he will be worshipped as God.

 

These satanic antichrist emperor counterfeits of the Lord Jesus have been ruling over the earth from the beginning of history. The latest would be emperors of the world were in the 20th century during WW II. Germany under Hitler and Italy under Mussolini and Japan under Hirohito were the latest. (Hitler’s third Reich - Reich means empire). And now the U.S. is an empire.

I’m going to concentrate on Japan and Emperor Hirohito, the empire of the rising sun. Japan tried to rule the world in WWII. Emperor Hirohito is one of the best examples we have in modern history of an antichrist emperor riding a white horse. As it is written in (Rev.6:1) of the antichrist emperor. “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow: and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering and to conquer.” Hirohito was supreme commander of the Japanese armed forces and was frequently pictured n military uniform atop his white horse.

 

He is believed to have descended from the Shinto Sun-Goddess and he took the title ‘son of heaven.’ He was cultivating a God-like emperor image when he rode his white horse. He was a lying antichrist because the Lord Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of the Father in heaven. As it is written in (I John 2:22) “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist that denieth the Father and the son.”

 

Japan was defeated by the U.S. when we dropped two a-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9th 1945. I believe this was a dress rehearsal for the end of the final antichrist world emperor at the end of the great tribulation with the fiery nuclear holocaust of the whole world- (2 Peter 3:10).

 

When a man becomes emperor of the world, he becomes so proud that there is only one thing left, he becomes god and is worshipped. Many nations in history worshipped their emperors. The Egyptians, like Japan, believed their pharaoh’s descended form the sun god. The Greek emperor, Alexander the Great, was worshipped as God. Babylon and Persia did the same. That’s where bowing before kings and calling them ‘my lord’ comes from. Emperor worship- the king as god and lord.

 

In (Dan.3) King Nebuchanezzer had a golden image made and whosoever would not worship the image was burned in a furnace of fire. In (Dan.6) Daniel was thrown in a den of lions for praying to the true God instead of King Darius. In the Roman Empire, worship of emperors grew in intensity and finally they were made Gods and were worshipped. Open conflict between Christians and the Romans was over this emperor worship. They would not sacrifice to Caesar, nor call him lord, and many, like Daniel, were thrown to the lions. Paul was delivered from the lions as Daniel was.

This emperor worship will come to a head again in finality with the worship of the beast, the last emperor before Jesus comes. This is prophesied not only in (Rev.) but in (Dan.2 and 7) as well. The worship of the beast will show who belong to God and who belong to Satan. The mark of the beast will be an additional thing that gives the beast

total control over global economics. (You cannot buy or sell without the mark). It also identifies everyone to the beast.

 

Did you know that President Bush is an emperor worshiper? Recently he entered into a Shinto Temple erected to house the spirits of the late Emperor Meisi. At the same time, the P.M. of Japan was left sitting in the car – forbidden from entering the shrine by a postwar constitution written by the U.S. The P.M. of Japan is forbidden from even participating in the Shinto religion because its emperor worship led to WWII. President Bush and his wife went into the temple and clapped their hands to awaken the demon and then bowed in worship and signed the book of worship. If you sign the book, it means you actually did worship the god, not simply visit the site.

 

It was an act of idolatry. Even worse, it was an official, public idol worship. He did bow before the shrine where the emperor is enshrined as god. During the 1930’s and 40’s, many Japanese and Korean Christians were severely persecuted because they refused to bow down and worship the emperor and other false gods. They were killed and the Korean Christians had there hands chopped off because they wouldn’t bow and worship the emperor. Their descendants are now furious and they see President Bush making a mockery of those who, like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, refused to bow before the golden image. It is written in (Ps.47:1-2) “O clap your hands all ye people: shout unto God with the voice of triumph. For the lord most high is terrible: he is a great king over all the earth.” This is a millennial Psalm of the Lord Jesus as Emperor over all the earth and how we’ll clap our hands and applaud him because nobody deserves applause more then he. So we see the Devil counterfeit this clapping at the emperor’s shrine in Japan.

 

Children and teachers in public schools in Japan now, 2004 A.D., are forced to sing Kimigayo (which means – “May the emperor reign forever.”) which is a hymn of praise to the emperor. What will happen if the state in Japan tries once again to use its full power to compel Christians to commit idolatry enmasse, and the excuse is once again trotted out that shrines and emperor worship are not religion, but merely Japanese culture and patriotism.

 

All of these human emperors have succumbed to the temptation of Satan to receive the power and glory as emperors over the earth. But none shall ever come close to reigning forever. Only the Lord Jesus Christ will be the emperor and King of Kings over planet earth forever. As it is written, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our lord, and of his Christ: and he shall reign forever and ever.” (Rev.11:15). O King Jesus, live forever.

 

It is written again in (Rev.19:11-21) “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse: and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns: and he had a name written, that no man knew but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword , that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he had on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. And I saw an angel standing in the sun: and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God. That ye may eat the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth; and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and of them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”

 

Jesus Christ is the true emperor that will reign forever. And not only is he King of Kings but he is Lord of Lords. The only one who has the right to be worshipped as God – for he is God. He’s the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. This will be God’s true emperor worship and all on planet shall worship him and bow to him and call him lord of all. As it is written “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth: and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philip.2:9-11) This earth has cursed him by the millions every day for 2000 years, but it will one day cease forever. Every thing in heaven, and on earth and under the earth in hell will praise the Lord forever. And I believe that means every bird and fish and animal etc. etc. etc. will Praise the Lord – “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.” – (Ps.150:6).

 

O be saved by the Lord Jesus today before it’s eternally too late. Repent of your sins and call upon the Lord Jesus today before it’s eternally too late. Repent of your sins and call upon the Lord Jesus to save you. Today is the day of salvation. Don’t put it off. It’s the most important thing you’ll ever do. Then you can praise the Lord now and not when you’re in hell.

 

“And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” (Rev.14:11). Amen and Amen