SON OF PERDITION
Thank you for listening to the Narrow Way Christian Ministry's online Church, service today's sermon is a part of the revealing the Antichrist series, and I would like to start by reading a scripture from the book of (2 Thessalonians 2:3) Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
The Title of this sermon is the son of perdition, and the purpose of this sermon, is to use the scriptures to reveal commonly overlooked details about the coming of the Antichrist. I will show you the significance of this title the son of perdition, and expound exactly why I believe God decided to use this title, when describing the coming antichrist. This sermon will give you valuable insight into the great deception that will take place, in the final days, before the second coming of Christ and show how comparing scripture with scripture can give you a greater understanding of the deeper mysteries of Bible prophecy.
The first point that I would like to make in this teaching, is that there are only two verses in the entire Bible where the title son of perdition can be found and both of these verses refer to two different people, one of whom is the dreaded antichrist to come in (2 Thessalonians 2:3) and the other is the betrayer of Christ Judas Iscariot recorded in the book of (John 17:12). Within God’s Word there are no coincidences, and nothing is meaningless, especially when it comes to understanding Bible prophecy, and this parallel of scripture is no different. I strongly believe that this parallel was made in the Bible, to give Christians great insight to the coming of the Antichrist, which insight I will now explain in detail.
THE SON OF SATAN
Jesus said in (Matthew 24:5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. This Bible verse tells us, that many have, and will come, and falsely claimed to be Christ, but a careful study of the Bible will reveal that in the final days, there will come a man known as the Antichrist, whom the Bible also calls the beast. The Bible teaches us that this beast will eventually do many things, by which God’s people may recognise him and his appearance. In fact the Bible speaks of the rise of the beast politically and militarily in such detail that it even explains, that in a time to come, ten world leaders will hand over all of their power to the Antichrist and declare him to be the leader of the whole world, and the head of an all-encompassing global government, this prophecy is recorded in (Revelation 17:12-13) And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
This astonishing revelation given to us by God is once again mentioned, and more details about these events are given in (Revelation 13:7-8) And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
This scripture tells us that the beast to come, will not only have power over all people and every nation, but it says that all those who have not been born again in Jesus, will worship him as god, because they know not the truth. But how could something so unimaginable ever come to pass? We live in a world today, where Politicians, economist and religious leaders cannot agree with each other on anything, so the prospect of the whole world coming together to worship a man as god, seems most unlikely, but the Bible tells us that this will indeed happened, so we must ask ourselves how could this possibly come to pass?
THE WICKED SHALL BE REVEALED
The answer to this question is found in the book of (Matthew 24:24) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. And also it says in (2 Thessalonians 2:8-9) And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.
These scriptures reveal to us that through black magic, occult rituals, and other abominable works of Satan, great signs and lying wonders will deceive the world into believing the Antichrist is indeed god, and a global religion of worship will be established in his name. Now the Bible gives us great insight into some of the signs and wonders, that will accompany the antichrist, and his rise to power, including those done by the second beast or False Prophet as described in (Revelation 13:12-14). But with this said, it is easy for Bible students to overlook scriptures that detail the greatest false miracle that will take place, and Satan’s master plan that will deceive the world in receiving the Antichrist as their god. I will now explain in detail, exactly what I believe the Bible teaches us about this deception, and the greatest lying sign and wonder, that will cause the whole world, to wonder after the Beast, and worship his image.
THE BEGINNING OF DANIEL'S 70TH WEEK
When speaking of the Antichrist and his reign on earth, the Bible gives us a precise seven year time period known as Daniel’s 70th week, which begins with the antichrist confirming the Old Covenant animal sacrifices, and allowing them to once again take place in a newly built temple in the modern day city of Jerusalem. The Bible tells us that after three and a half years of allowing the synagogue of Satan to offer sacrifice in defiance of Jesus, the beast will cause the sacrifice to stop, and set up what is called the abomination of desolation which is recorded in (Daniel 9:27) the scriptures tell us clearly that at this time the Antichrist will declare himself to be God. When speaking of this the Bible says in (Revelation 13:5) And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And also in (Daniel 11:36) And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
A GREAT SIGN AND LYING WONDER
So what is this great sign and wonder that I said the Bible teaches that causes 10 world leaders to hand all of their power over to a man speaking blasphemy against Jesus, and the unsaved masses to worship him? When speaking of the Antichrist beast the Bible says (Revelation 13:3) And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Now some may disagree because of the symbolic language used in the book of Revelation, but this scripture is describing the Antichrist receiving a deadly wound, and being killed. Scripture goes on to say that his deadly wound was healed, meaning the antichrist becomes alive again, causing the world to wonder after the Beast, and worship him. This is confirmed in many scriptures but specifically (Revelation 17:8) The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
Now I would like to note, that there are two key phrases found in this scripture, that confirm that the Antichrist does indeed die, and come back to life. First where it says when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. This phrase was and is not in the K.J.V. literally means a person has died, and the phrase and yet is, tells us that although the Beast has died, he somehow lives. More information about this is contained within the scripture and further detail is given in the second phrase that I would like to address where it says The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition.
The phrase that describes the beast ascending out of the bottomless pit, indicates that the Antichrist will indeed die and ascend out of the grave, in what will appear to the unsaved world as a miracle, which will cause them to wonder after him, and worship him as god, and the saviour of mankind.
THE MIDDLE OF DANIEL'S 70TH WEEK
Yes I am proposing that the Bible teaches that in the middle of Daniel’s 70th week, three and a half years after the antichrist is known to the world because of his confirmation of the Old Covenant, and the restarting of animal sacrifices in a newly built temple in Jerusalem that the man of sin dies and in a satanic counterfeit of the resurrection of Jesus he ascends from the grave and then takes his place in the temple of Jerusalem and declares himself to be God, and because of this great lying sign and wonder, the whole world will believe him.
Now I strongly believe that this is true and that God’s Word not only teaches that this will happen, but even gives us insight into how the antichrist is resurrected, and the title to this sermon the son of perdition, is our biggest clue to this mystery. As I mentioned earlier there are only two people in the Bible that are given the title the son of perdition; one is the Antichrist, and the other is Judas Iscariot, but why is this? I put it to those listening to this sermon, that on the night of the betrayal and arrest of Jesus Christ, a significant event occurred that is recorded the Bible, and this is that Satan himself entered into a human being.
This recorded in the book of (John 13:26-27) Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. And after the sop Satan entered into him.
SATAN WILL ENTER INTO HIM
So as you can see the scriptures tell us that Satan himself entered into the body of Judas Iscariot, which is the reason he is called the son of perdition. In like manner I believe that the Antichrist beast, after his death spoken of in the book of Revelation, comes back to life, because just as in the case of Judas Iscariot, Satan enters into him and inhabits his body, and this is why the Antichrist is also referred to as the son of perdition.
This title and its parallel is significant, and I am convinced that it was put in the scripture to reveal the exact nature of the end time deception, and to expose Satan’s master work to deceive the world into worshipping him. Now I know that what I have just said may seem impossible, and most cannot even imagine such a thing ever taking place, but we as Christians must remember, that Satan desires to be worshipped in place of God, and therefore he counterfeits God’s ways and God's plans. We know that God’s plan was for Jesus, who was God in the flesh, to come and die for the world, and to be raised back to life, showing the world that he was God, this event caused many people to reject Satan and worship the true God through His Son, Jesus Christ the Messiah. What better way would there be to counterfeit God’s plan than for Satan himself to enter into a human being that has died, and copy the resurrection of Jesus, with himself as a false messiah and king of the Jews, who no doubt will acknowledge the devil as being the bringer of light and spiritual truth.
I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH
The Bible records Satan’s desire to be like God in (Isaiah 14:14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Satan’s desire to be like the Most High, is the driving force behind this great end time deception. Satan hates Jesus and he seeks all men to worship him in place of God, it is for this reason that God warns us of this plot to deceive the world. Satan has been working on this scheme since the beginning, and many pieces are already in place to carry it out. He has successfully raised up a counterfeit nation of Israel and deceived most of the world into believing that they are the Jews of the Old Testament ; but the Bible tells us that they are the Synagogue of Satan. He has subtly corrupted most modern Bible translations with false doctrine, to fool the un-discerned in preparation of these events. Satan’s ministers now stand as the leaders of every false religion, and spiritual cult, that are now preparing to unite under a one world religion that will worship Lucifer as god in the place of Jesus Christ. The whole world will be fooled into believing that Satan is God, and they will receive the mark of the beast, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Be aware of this coming deception, and I pray that you have accepted the free gift of Salvation, that it is offered through faith in the Gospel of our Lord Christ Jesus, this is our only hope of seeing through the lies that will captivate the world, during this final time of the coming great deception. Only the elect will recognise the appearing of Satan in the flesh, and only the saved sealed with the Holy Spirit will know that the false messiah, is actually the son of perdition.
Now I would like to finish this sermon with one final scripture from the book of (Revelation 14:9-11) And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever 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.
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