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CHAPTER  10

FALL OF SATAN

 

"I do not know with what weapons WW3 will be fought, but WW4 will be fought with sticks and stones" -Einstein

 

 

The fall of Satanís last days empire will be a three-step process. The first element of the antichristís demise will involve the church rallying together in the endtime revival when God pours out His Spirit on all mankind, saving countless millions of souls, as it says in Joel 2,28-32,

 

And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.  NIV

 

The second element of his demise, once God raises up His church in front of pure evil, Satan will martyr many saints. This will precipitate Godís judgment upon mankind through the trumpets and the bowls.

 

While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were broken to pieces at the same time and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.  Dan 2-34,35 NIV

 

The verse above is a composite of two important points. First, it gives reference to the church as the rock that destroyed Satanís kingdom. Jesus said in Mat 16-18,19, ďAnd I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome itĒ NIV. The name ďPeterĒ literally means ďRock.Ē Jesus was using Peter in this verse as a microcosm of the church, prophesying that all the power of evil will one day attempt to overpower it, but will not prevail. Second, this rock is Godís tool of divine judgment, hewn from a mountainside without human agency as an act of God. This is a word picture of God throwing His people at the base of the statue, whose frail external form is flesh and blood, but their internal unity gives them the durability of a giant boulder.

 

The third component of the antichristís demise will stem from the fact that he and the false prophet will have conflicting interests that cause internal power struggles between them. Their lack of character will be their downfall. Character is the one thing God has stressed in Himself and in His followers throughout the Scriptures as our most valuable possession. Satan has proven the value of Godís character by demonstrating the destructive power in its absence. God will use Satan to teach His creation the lesson that good triumphs over evil. Case in point, the false prophet is motivated by wealth and greed. Although these things also motivate the antichrist, his greatest failing is pride (self-worship). Satan is utterly dysfunctional and self-deprecating; he has no inner qualities, and is incapable of cooperating with anyone or deferring reward, like an undisciplined child. Consequently, he will betray the false prophet, equivalent to self betrayal, causing the false prophet to attack the city of Satan (Rome) as a type of self-destructing. He will literally destroy his kingdom with his own hands, according to Rev 17-16,17.

 

The beast and the ten horns you saw [the false prophet] will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God's words are fulfilled.  NIV

 

Just as Satan is amassing the worldís wealth, a tremendous Christian revival will suddenly erupt in Jerusalem and very quickly race around the globe. Satan will take measures to stop it by raising up the pope. The false prophet will fulfill his purpose in glorifying the antichrist by convincing the world that the pope is Jesus Christ in the flesh, Israelís messiah, and rally the whole world around the antichristís global religion with the hidden agenda of structuring his one-world government and economy around his eminence. The antichrist will then stage his own assassination and then purport to rise from the dead, making himself appear that he is indeed the savior of the world, counterfeiting (mocking) Christís resurrection. This will cause the whole world to follow after the antichrist, and he will use his celebrity status to betray the false prophet who helped him rise to power, stealing all his fortunes. This phony resurrection should not have fooled the people, since the Bible clearly states that Jesus died once for all (Heb 7-27; Heb 9,12-28; Heb 10,1-10). They will be fooled by it, though, because Catholics have been desecrating the blood of Christ for centuries, thinking they are partaking of His actual flesh and blood every time they take communion. It is only fitting that Satan should pull this trick against an ignorant and unbelieving world.

 

The antichrist will defuse hostilities between Israel and their neighboring countries, forming a covenant with them whereby the orthodox Jews may rebuild their old covenant tabernacle of worship. The antichrist will then migrate to Israel, posing as their messiah by entering the Jewish temple without permission from the Jewish priests. The orthodox Jews will kick him out of their temple, and at that point, Satan will enter the pope in perfect rage and will soon have the false prophet institute a system of rounding up Christians and unceremoniously destroying them by implementing the mark of the beast. Had Satan successfully entered the temple and come out in favor with all the people, his deception would have been complete, but this single act by the Jewish priests, rejecting the antichrist as their messiah, puts a serious wrench in Satanís plan to convince the world he is Jesus Christ in the flesh. In the days of Christ the Jewish high priest played a key role in having Jesus crucified, but the high priest will this time be a key figure in foiling Satanís deception.

 

The false prophet will accommodate the antichrist by instituting the mark of the beast, requiring the whole world to worship him by receiving his mark or be killed, under the agreement that once the mark solidifies his one-world religion, and once their global economy is up and running based on this mark and begins funneling trillions of dollars into the hands of pure evil, the antichrist will hold up his end of the bargain by directing his wealth back to the false prophet, but the antichrist will betray his counterpart by receiving the glory and wealth to himself. The fact that the false prophet must trust the antichrist to give him the wealth that is due him will prove to be the downfall of their kingdom. Trust is an impossible request of Satan, who is utterly devoid of such character. The example of Godís trinity, where faith and trust are intrinsic within their relationship, being the glue that holds them together, Satan is devoid of these things, and is destined to self-destruct, trust proving to be the foundation even of Satanís kingdom.

 

In spite of all these things, God promises to judge His people before He judges the world, as stated in the following two passages of Scripture:

 

For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And, if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner? Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right. 1 Peter 4,17-19  NASB.

 

See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken-that is, created things-so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming fire."  Heb 12,25-29 NIV

 

The verses above indicate that the basis of Godís judgment is earthquakes, promising to shake everything that is shakable, and whatever remains belongs to God. He intends to judge his people first, not by an earthquake, but by the object of absolute evil, the enemy of all righteousness and truth, which will shake the church to its foundations. God intends to judge the church during the seals, which is the period of Satanís wrath, so that during the trumpets the church will be prepared to enter the wilderness, which will be a 3 Ĺ year period scheduled as the most spiritual time in the churches history, which itself is a preparing process to receive Jesus Christ in the Rapture.

 

According to the book of Revelation, Satanís wrath, outlined in the seals, is the first of three judgments from God, which occurs before the trumpets and the bowls, suggesting that He intends to judge His people in two ways: by pruning his church of all unwanted branches that produce no fruit, and by increasing the fruit production of those branches that remain. The pruning process will entail the false brethren walking away from the church on their own volition, according to the parable of the ten virgins. They will leave in fear of persecution and in fear of Godís presence, who will be strong among His people in those days. The false brethren have been a drag on the church until now, using up precious resources, while spiritually contributing nothing, so God will pressure them to make a commitment to a sincere faith or else leave. Once pruned, His second wave of judgment on the church will be to maximize His peopleís fruit production during the trumpets, since the fruit of the spirit is the foundation of heaven. This will keep the church spiritually healthy, and will witness to those around them who are being saved from this evil and perverse generation, while simultaneously testifying against those who reject Christís offer of eternal life, who prefer to follow a madman.

 

The nature of Satan as an entity has no real substance of his own, because he is technically not a part of Godís creation. Although God created Lucifer, he did not create Satan, rather Satan created himself through sin (hence the mystery of lawlessness), implying that his substance has been deformed. He does not have a God-given right to exist, yet he does because man has given him that right, and in the last days he will become more substantive than the world itself. God originally gave the heavens and the earth to Lucifer, who was supposed to be Godís steward over His creation, but as we know he fell into transgression, so God cursed Lucifer along with his inheritance, the universe itself. Much later Adam came along, and God gave him the earth (which Lucifer still thinks is his) with the commandment to tend the garden, to expand its borders until Eden filled the earth, but he too fell into transgression as we know. The eternal lesson God wants to teach His creation is that it wasnít just Lucifer who fell into transgression, but that anyone who would receive so much power and authority is destined to abuse it. Only God is humble enough to manage so much power, because He presides over His own authority.

 

Satan never acknowledged Adamís status as inheritor of the earth, since he enticed Adam to enter his own curse, reducing Adam to something lower even than himself, if that were possible. The cross is Christ is so great and significant that through it God has given the entire universe to man, not this one, but the one to come, which will be greater than Luciferís original inheritance. In other words, Christians will enjoy throughout all eternity Luciferís inheritance that he lost through his own pride and rebellion. It is no wonder he is immeasurably jealous of Christians, wanting nothing more than to destroy them all, but the earth cannot survive long without the fundamental character of God interwoven within the character of him who controls it. Once the rapture occurs and every semblance of God is escorted to heaven, the earth and its inhabitance is destined to crash and burn in the absence of goodness, righteousness and truth.

 

The two witnesses are first fruits of the 144,000 and the 144,000 Jewish witnesses are the first fruits to God according to Rev 14,1-5, ďThen I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheadsÖ They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as first fruits to God and the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths; they are blamelessĒ NIV. After the Jewish priests physically extricate the man of lawlessness from Jerusalemís temple, and after the antichrist orchestrates a system of mass genocide against the saints, God will transform the ministry of these two witnesses from gentle shepherds of the Jewish church to dynamic adjudicators aimed at the foundation of Satanís kingdom, but their timing will appear as though late, allowing the antichrist to rack up a high score of martyrs before God begins to act, revealing yet another divine lesson about God. The fact that the two witnesses react after many Christians have been martyred demonstrates Godís perspective on His saints. In light of eternity and based on what Jesus said in Lk 21,16-19, He will allow some of His people to be killed, ďYou will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. All men will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain lifeĒ NIV. Jesus warned that some of us will die as martyrs, but not a hair of our heads would perish, meaning that our enemies have no power over us. They can even kill us and still we come back to life in the resurrection of the righteous as martyrs for Christ.

 

God views seventy years as less than a drop of time in the proverbial bucket of eternity, and wants us to think in these same terms. He wants to reward us for letting Him use our suffering to condemn the wicked for all eternity to a stricter judgment, just as He hardened pharaohís heart so He could judge Him with a stricter judgment. God will drive home the lesson to the rest of His creation for all eternity that good triumphs over evil, because He has no plans on repeating this lesson after He creates the new heavens and new earth at the end of time.

 

In a million, billion years from now He doesnít want His kingdom to start raising a lot of questions about sin and free will, and having to explain to His people that they are not His robots. They do have a choice to serve Him, but choosing not to serve Him is the very definition of evil, since it inherently involves self-elevation, which knows no boundaries. He would rather prove to us now that serving Him is the only right answer, to worship God does not promote a monster. God does not need to be worshipped; we are the ones who need to worship Him, because if we donít we will invariably worship ourselves, which always turns us into monsters. He would rather answer all our questions on an experiential basis now, so we may know firsthand the innate malevolence of Godís absence, and never seek it. The mystery of lawlessness is not understood in Satan as the essence of evil; he is merely the carrier of evil. Nor is evil in the creation. Rather, evil is defined simply as the absence of God. This voids the yin-yang philosophy that requires evil to exist because good exists. On the contrary, you canít have both. You either have the presence of God, or you have the absence of God. One is the essence of purity, righteousness and truth, and the other is the essence of evil. The reason this must be true is that God is everywhere, and to seek his absence is impossible to achieve, unless God allows it, and the only place He allows His absence is hell, which is where all evil will one day exist.

 

This moment has been coming ever since Adam fell into transgression. The war of Armageddon is the literal manifestation of Adamís choice that he made in the Garden of Eden. It is the final and ultimate war against God Himself, which man has no chance of winning, thus exposing the true nature of the human heart. Their reprobate minds are darkened from following the madness of a man who is more human-like than themselves. To even consider such a futile act of naked aggression against God is ridiculous, yet they will attempt to overthrow Him, just as Lucifer once tried eons ago, and is now using the human race to make one more hopeless attempt to destroy God. If He failed to kill Jesus while clothed in the frailty of human flesh, but instead unleashed on himself the law of the spirit of life in Jesus Christ emanating from His cross that took away the keys of death and hell and set everyone free from the penalty of death who believe in Jesus for eternal life, then what chance does Satan have of winning this war of Armageddon? Why does he even bother? His greed, poverty and rage have turned him into a mad dog. When the Egyptians followed Moses through the Red Sea, it too was an act of naked aggression, not so much against the Israelites, but against God Himself, knowing that it was He who was rolling back the sea to provide a way of escape for the children of Abraham. To follow them into the Red Sea with the intent of slaying the ancient Israelites between two giant walls of water supernaturally held apart for the very people they were trying to destroy, proved that their hatred of God turned them completely insane.

 

These endtime events will unfold according the sequence outlined below:

 

1.       A tremendous worldwide revival of the church will transpire in response to the hardship of an imminent economic depression, followed by the establishment of a New World Order.

2.       God will raise up His two witness, who will start a Jewish revival by prophesying to the valley of dry bones (Ezek 37,4-14). Thus they will establish the 144,000 Jews, who will attain the ministry of directing the church of the gentiles into a global revival.

3.       In response to the Christian revival, the antichrist will begin exterminating Christians in a manner reminiscent of Hitlerís holocaust. The antichrist will introduce the mark to his economic system as a way of identifying and exterminating Christians, resulting in mass genocide.

4.       God will interrupt the mayhem with a colossal earthquake that will rock the planet with the sixth seal (Rev 6,12-17), marking the formal beginning of Godís judgment (seals one through five pertain to Satanís wrath).

5.       The first of Godís trumpets will sound, awaking the ten virgins

6.       The five foolish virgins will walk away from the will of God

7.       God will transform the ministry of the two witnesses from benevolent shepherds of Godís church to magistrates called to protect the saints, judging the world for their unbelief. Their ministry will last 3 Ĺ years. The plagues of the two witnesses and the seven trumpets are one and the same time, suggesting that God will judge the world through the plagues of the two witnesses.

8.       The church will flee into the wilderness for the same 3 Ĺ year period

9.       After the sixth trumpet, when the ministry of the two witnesses is complete, they will be killed, then they will come back to life and be raptured to heaven as the first fruits to God in the first resurrection.

10.  The seventh trumpet will sound, and the dead in Christ will be raised imperishable.

11.  Shortly after the seventh trumpet the church will be raptured, and the bowls of Godís judgment will proceed.

 

1 Thess 5,1-3 says, ďNow, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escapeĒ NIV. A scale of increasing judgments from God will overwhelm the world as the seals transition to the trumpets, ending with the bowls of Godís crescendo, keeping with the analogy of a pregnant woman, whose pain increases until she finally gives birth to her child, symbolizing the age of millennium. Mark 13-8 says, ďNation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth painsĒ NIV. Jesus is saying that we can use natural and manmade disasters as a kind of clock to determine where we are within the sequence of endtime events as outlined in the books of Daniel and Revelation, because those events promise to become more frequent and severe the closer we get to the end. The purpose of the seals is to discipline the church for her disobedience, while the purpose of the trumpets is to discipline the world for its unbelief, but the purpose of the bowls is to destroy, destroy, destroy. The bowls of Godís judgment are so severe that He will not allow the church to witness them in the flesh. God will consequently rapture His people before the bowls, for there will be no place on earth for them to hide.

 

The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, "It is done!" Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.  Rev 16,17-21 NIV

 

Listen to the words of John the Baptist, a man that Jesus personally commended as one of the greatest prophets of all time (Mat 11-11), ďThe voice of one crying in the wilderness, make ready the way of the Lord, make His paths straight. Every ravine shall be filled up, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall become straight (Luke 3,4-6 NIV). The ministry of John the Baptist was to prepare Israel to receive their messiah, who shook the people to their core by ushering in a man who shook the nation of Israel so violently that such a people are still trembling from His visitation two thousand years later. In one verse John was given the privilege of associating the greatest earthquake that man would ever experience with the prophesied revival of the last days, articulating the connection between such a judgment with the glory that God has prepared for the church by shaking ungodliness from His saints.

 

See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens."  The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken-that is, created things-so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming fire." Heb 12,25-29  NIV

 

At this point Satan is about to lose his grip on the world after losing his high position above the world. The Bible calls him the prince of the power of the air in Eph 2-1,2, ďAnd you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedienceĒ NASB. During the times of great shaking descriptive of the last days from earthquakes so severe it makes the stars appear to be quivering in the sky, Satan will feel these powers in a similar manner when the heavens are shaken by forces he hasnít experienced in a long time. Jesus said in Luke 10-18,19, ďI saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm youĒ NIV. God will shake complacency from the church in the last days and awaken His people from their millennial slumber and call them to shake the devil from his lofty place through prayer.

 

And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down-that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short." When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert [wilderness], where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach.  Rev 12,7-14 NIV

 

This is an angelic battle as much as it is a human battle, with the saints in prayer giving power to the angelic host of heaven fighting for the church (Dan 10,12-14). This is the only instance in Scripture that mentions Luciferís heavenly eviction. It is ironic that it is mentioned in context with endtime prophecy, seeming to indicate that this transition from Lucifer to Satan so many eons ago is analogous to a future angelic battle that will occur in the last days as a near identical war that will limit Satan from the spiritual ruler of the world to possess a mere man. He keeps getting lowered in status from inheritor of the creation to the prince of fallen angels to finally borrowing the body of a man.

 

The antichrist will come unglued in the public eye at his failure to stop Godís kingdom from expanding and taking over the world, which is growing faster and gaining more power than his own kingdom. Satan will realize he is in over his head when he fails to convince the world he is the great and power messiah, especially after angelic majesties and the power of the heavens have blown away the smoke screen of his delusions, and opened the curtain to reveal a little demon-wizard at the controls, like the movie Wizard of Oz. When Toto pulled away the screen to reveal a simple old man torquing on a lot of levers that cast a scary but untrue image of himself on the opposite wall to bluff Dorothy and her friends to fear him, so the church through the power of God will expose the antichrist and his lying deceptions, who indoctrinated the world to believe the church is the source of all the ills of society and needs to be expunged.

 

Satan does not want to rule the world through the antichrist because of the many limitations. He would rather rule the world as the prince of power of the air (Eph 2,1-3), but the church has taken his place and is now ruling the world on a spiritual level, symbolic of the wings of the great eagle that were plucked off the serpent and given to the church so that she might fly to her place in the wilderness (Rev 12-14). When it says he fell to the earth, it means he fell from the sky, suggesting that he was barred from his spiritual vantage point, and was forced to take on human flesh by possessing the man of lawlessness. God, who is infinitely more resourceful and intelligent than the devil is working against him to remove all his options and is demonstrating to the world just how weak their god really is compared to the almighty. It shouldnít surprise anyone that he is weaker than God, that Satanís ways of tyranny are inferior to Godís ways of humility and service. Satan and his loyal subjects will be overwhelmed by the spiritual power of Godís church, which will become a real threat to Satanís world empire. As the church continues growing in influence and numbers, their relationship with God and their influence in the world will overwhelm the lies and deception of the antichrist, exposing Satan, his kingdom, his motives and purpose for building a one-world religion and government to enslave the people in his global economy.

 

God will give the world the gift of repentance by contrasting the message of the New World Order with the message of the two witnesses, who will prophesy for three and a half years that the madman they are following is Satan in human flesh, and backing up their message with signs, wonders and miracles that the false prophet will be unable to replicate. Nevertheless, the majority of humanity will not repent of their worship of demons (Rev 9-20,21). For this reason God will judge the world for its unbelief and for blaspheming the Holy Spirit in full knowledge of the truth, preferring the murderous spirit of Satan and the lust of their own flesh over the love of the truth. Those who want to kill the saints will perform their deeds in the very presence of God, because a spirit of unbelief will have blinded their minds from acknowledging the ramifications of their own actions. 2 The 2,9-12 says, ďEven him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousnessĒ KJV.

 

In chapter four, Rise of the Antichrist, the discussion mostly revolved around Nebuchadnezzarís dream of a statue. Its various metals represented world empires of the Old Testament age that dovetailed with Danielís dream of four beasts, representing world empires of the New Testament age, but we came short of commenting about the rock that was hewn from a mountain face, and hurled at the base of the statue, completely destroying it. Lets first refresh our memory of Nebuchadnezzarís dream:

 

You looked, O king, and there before you stood a large statue-an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were broken to pieces at the same time and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth. In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands-a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.  Dan 2,31-35,44-45  NIV

 

The most interesting feature of this statue is the legs, feet and toes that were partly made of iron and partly made of clay. The clay had the effect of diluting the strength of the iron, representing two things: the deterioration of the human gene pool, and the deterioration of Satanís foundational economic system, depicted by the ten toes. The fact that God hewed the rock from a mountainside without human agency means that it was an act of God. The rock also represents two things: Jesus Christ and His church. Just as God offered His Son to the world as a sacrifice for sin, so God will offer His church to the world in the last days, and they will butcher His saints as they did His Son, so God will judge them for martyring His people, and for rejecting their message of eternal life that He spoke through them. For this He will turn the world upside down and empty them all into hell where they belong.

 

This rock, formed without human agency is composed of many little stones, suggesting that unity of the church is the divine attribute of God that depicts the rock being hewn from a mountain face without human agency, suggesting that unity is both holy to the Lord, and beyond human grasp without divine intervention from God. Unity will prove to be Godís tool of choice to destroy Satanís kingdom. Satan will consider unity of the church to be a threat to his kingdom and attack it, and God will subsequently judge him for martyring the saints. The purpose of the church in the last days, will be to offer Jesusí gospel of eternal life to the world once more by requiring everyone to make a conscious decision to either follow Christ or to follow the antichrist, equating their decision to side with the devil with committing the unpardonable sin. Taking the mark of the beast will therefore represent their full expression of contempt for the gospel.

 

Man has tried (or perhaps he hasnít tried) to promote unity for thousands of years, and has utterly failed. So, when unity finally consummates within the church, people will know for certain that God is working among His people. Since unity is impossible with God, it will act as the greatest sign of Jesusí imminent return, and as Rev 12-1 says, ďA great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve starsĒ NASB. Not even the antichrist is a great sign of the endtimes compared to the unity of the church. The world has seen many tyrants throughout the ages, but how many times have we seen the church obeying the Holy Spirit? That is more rare and precious than gold!

 

The brilliance of Godís church that the world hasnít seen for thousands of years will light up the sky, blinding Satanís already blinded eyes, bringing him down to the earth with confusion and chaos until the elementary principles of his own nature defeat him as he turns against his own kingdom. Remember what Jesus said in Mat 12-25,26, ďEvery kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?Ē NIV. It turns out that Jesus was in fact prophesying of Satanís downfall. He will destroy himself, simply by the fact that he is the son of destruction and is incapable of turning off the spigot of the most destructive force in the universe Ė jealousy. It is capable of eating through anything that tries to contain it, including himself.

 

God will use His church to destroy the kingdom of the antichrist in a three-stage process. The two witnesses will tear apart Satanís empire physically; the 144,000 Jews will preach the gospel, destroying his empire internally; and many members of the gentile church will be martyred, precipitating the judgment of God. Martyrdom itself will have a tremendous impact on people who will know what they are doing is wrong, either hardening their hearts beyond remedy or else compelling them to repent and joining the church in the greatest revival the world will ever know. Many who have not received the mark will see the martyrdom and hear the word of God, and recognize the two witnesses as the fulfillment of prophecy. Millions will flood into the church during this time. The truth will become more powerful and more popular than Satanís lies, and it will ruin the kingdom of the antichrist. God will use His church to expose the devil. Once their testimony is complete, God will take His people to heaven in the Rapture and then the bowls of His judgment will begin in response to the worldís martyrdom of the saints. The world will bring upon themselves the bowls of Godís judgment as a consequence of their hardness of heart in their unwillingness to repent of their murders, their sorceries, their immorality and their thefts (Rev 9-21). The bowls are not meant to correct, but to butcher those who butchered the saints without mercy or remorse.

 

God will salvage Jerusalem in the last days from total annihilation to save His remnant that He will use to repopulate the earth during the millennium. There will be some who have not taken the mark of the beast, who will come to their senses and repent and be saved after the Rapture. God will call them to Jerusalem before He unleashes the bowls of His judgment, making Jerusalem the only safe haven in the world. Ironically, God will supernaturally protect His remnant right under the nose of the antichrist, while they wait for His imminent return to the Mount of Olives. These will be the seeds that will repopulate the earth while the church is in heaven celebrating the marriage supper of the lamb. Later, Christ and His church will return to earth for the promised millennium.

 

Listen to the angel speak to His disciples after Jesus rose from the dead, while they watched Him ascend to heaven in the clouds, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven" Act 1-11. The angel was saying that the events leading to His return will occur in reverse order of His ascension. The disciples gathered in the upper room and waited for the promise of the Spirit at Pentecost. Afterward, the saints had a powerful ministry for a while, until they were dispersed into all the nations as they lost their country to the Romans in 70 AD. That entire process will repeat itself in reverse order in the last days starting from the apostasy, leading to the great endtime revival, followed by a post-rapture remnant gathering in Jerusalem and waiting for Jesusí return. 

 

Jesus' Ascension

  1. The disciples and others watched as Jesus ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives

  2. They huddled in the upper room waiting for the promise from the Father 

  3. There was a great outpouring of the Spirit effecting the first century's revival

  4. The church was later dispersed into all the nations

 

Jesusí Second Coming 

  1. The church is still fragmented throughout the nations

  2. The church will unite during the great endtime revival

  3. After the Rapture, there will be a remnant gathered in Jerusalem that will relive the upper room experience, waiting the promise of His return

  4. Jesus will return to the Mount of Olives and establish His thousand-year reign

 

The church will have done irreparable damage to Satanís empire, but Satan himself is destined to destroy his own kingdom. His kingdom works on the opposite principles of Godís kingdom, fostering jealousy and alienation of its parts, until it collapses under its own weight, similar to Nebuchadnezzarís statue with its head of gold being very top-heavy.

 

The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beastÖ. The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God's words are fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.  Rev 17-12,13;16-18  NIV

 

In these verses the city that is being destroyed refers to Rome, namely the Vatican, and the one destroying it is the false prophet, who gave his power to the antichrist (the pope) in hope that he might establish his global economy around the antichristís religion, so they might rule the world together. However, because the antichrist is Satan incarnate, instead of directing the world toward the economic and political system of the false prophet, the antichrist will betray his interests and rally the world around himself as their religious leader, and receive the glory and power to himself through his uncontrollable selfishness and greed. The false prophet will deeply resent him for this and will come and destroy Rome and its empire, but the antichrist will have already migrated to Jerusalem after faking his assassination.

 

The antichrist will suddenly appear in Jerusalem as Israelís messiah and savior of the world, claiming to have risen from the dead, and use his popularity with the people to protect himself as a fugitive of the false prophet, who is seeking to destroy him. The armies of the world will surround Jerusalem to destroy the antichrist and before they attack, the remnant will run for their lives to the plain of Megiddo, and Christ will destroy the armies surrounding Jerusalem, forever ending the empires of men and will set up His own kingdom that will never end, originating in Jerusalem. The purpose of the millennium is to demonstrate to the world how to establish a peaceful society and a kingdom that will last indefinitely.

 

As the false prophet continues to assimilate nations and economies, growing wealthier and enslaving the people, the world will turn to religion for guidance and comfort. Through these very arduous times a massive Christian revival will develop giving people hope. This will cause the antichrist to switch gears, forcing him to abandon his plans of becoming a world fascist totalitarian dictator to becoming the spiritual leader of the world. The dragon will orchestrate the circumstances to guide the pope into the role of religious tyrant for the purpose of enslaving the people. He will subsequently lose all allegiance to the false prophet, and will seek his own glory through his new vision of being a world spiritual leader, but he will keep his vision of living a luxurious and pampered life by channeling the wealth of the world to the Vatican, thus betraying the false prophet, turning the moneylenders into puppet rulers, because he is unwilling to share his glory with even his closest allies, the inner circle of power.

 

The armies of the world, which are financed by the false prophet, will seek to level Jerusalem to get at the antichrist. God will put a stop to the nationsí insanity in the war of Armageddon. For this reason it says in Revelation chapter nineteen that the beast will hate the whore and will destroy his city with fire, the Vatican of Rome. He will use the destruction of the city to stage his own death, and then rise from the dead as it were and migrate to Jerusalem, where he will pose as Israelís messiah and savior of the world. There, he will attempt to put out the fire of revival started by the 144,000 Jewish Christians who rallied the church together on a global scale. It wonít take long for Satanís lies and deception, his lack of character and self-destructive attributes that he used against the kingdoms of men to usurp his own kingdom. This will prove once and for all that the ways of God are not just better; they are the only way to run a kingdom. Jesus Christ will proceed to establish his own kingdom on the earth, beginning in Jerusalem and fanning in every direction until the whole earth is filled with His glory (people) during the millennium.

 

 

 

 

James R. Wuthrich

www.jeansbiblestudy.com