The Watchman On The Wall

The Watchman On The Wall
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Verse 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Coming of the Lawless One

The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. (2 Thes. 2:9-12)
It’s no secret that Iranian “Twelvers” are preoccupied with the coming of a Shiite Islamic messiah figure, al Mahdi.  This continues to generate concern that a nuclear-armed Iran would create the kind of global chaos that Shia believe will be necessary to set the stage for the Mahdi’s return. 
Iran, in the past, has made threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, blocking over 35% of the world’s ship borne oil supply. 15,000 U.S. troops have now been stationed in Kuwait in case of trouble in Iran. 
Al Mahdi, which means the guided one, (not to be confused with Watchman Al) is said to have gone into “occlusion” (disappeared) in the year 941 AD, at the age of five. Shiite Moslems believe he will reappear in the “end Times”. They say his reappearance will be preceded by chaos, war and bloodshed. When he comes he’ll establish a worldwide Islamic caliphate, and following a cataclysmic confrontation with evil and darkness that lasts 7 years, the Mahdi will lead the world to an era of universal peace.
This is obviously similar to Christian eschatology of the anti-Christ. Indeed, the Hidden Imam, as he’s also called, is expected to return in the company of Jesus.  Iran’s “Twelver” sect of Islam  believes the Mahdi is Mohammed ibn Hasan, regarded as the 12th Imam, or righteous descendant, of the Prophet Mohammad. Both the Ayatollah Khamanei and former President Ahmadinejad claim to have communicated with him.
“Twelver” leaders in Iran believe they have been called to “pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi, may Allah hasten his reappearance.” To some, this means creating the chaos necessary to bring al Mahdi back.
He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him. (Daniel 9:27)
The Prophet Daniel spoke of a seven-year rule by one who brings about Earth’s final judgment over 1000 years before Mohammed fashioned the religion we know as Islam. And as is the case with Shiite beliefs, Daniel’s ruler will rise to power on the heels of a great battle between the forces of good and evil as well. How else would he be able to use the promise of peace to deceive the world? (Daniel 8:25)
By the way, ISIS members, Sunnis, have a similar belief, they want to lure their enemies to Dabiq, Syria where they believe they will defeat their enemies.
According to Revelation 13, this ruler and his false prophet will force the world into a common religion, killing all who resist. Shiites agree. They insist the religion will be Islam, and that in the process all the Jews and Romans (Christians) who don’t convert will be put to death.
I’m not trying to give these Islamic beliefs about al Mahdi legitimacy.  I’m only trying to show how similar they are to Biblical prophecies of the anti-Christ.  In fact the only discernible difference lies in one fact. Whereas Daniel and other Biblical figures who prophesied of this coming ruler viewed him as the ultimate expression of evil, eventually indwelt by Satan himself, Shiites see him as a force for good, ushering in a glorious age of worldwide Islamic rule. The Christian and “Twelver” perceptions couldn’t be more opposite.
This difference is the sprouting seed of the powerful delusion Paul spoke of in 2 Thes. 2:11. During the Great Tribulation the world will experience a total reversal of perception from that of its Judeo-Christian past. Consider these two passages from the Revelation as confirmation.
Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?”(Rev. 13:4) The dragon is Satan and the beast is the anti-Christ.
Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done. (Rev 16:10-11)
The End Times world will worship Satan and curse God.
Amazingly, this reversal of perception is also the basis of a New Age heresy called the Luciferian Doctrine. Simply put it holds that Lucifer, the angel of light (in Latin, Lucifer means light bearer; by the way, Isaiah 14:12-20 is clearly about satan, and in the Hebrew the word means the “shining one.” It comes from Hebrew root word that means to boast or be boastful. Satan made five incredible boasts.) Luciferians are desperately trying to bring mankind through the final, spiritual phase of human evolution, into the Utopian world man longs for.  But Lucifer is being thwarted in his efforts by the evil Adonay (from the Hebrew Adonai, which means Lord) who wants to destroy man. As you can see, it’s also the opposite of the truth, a deception just like Paul warned of in (2 Thes. 2:9-12), and just like prophecies of al Mahdi appear to be.
This Luciferian doctrine will permeate the One World religion of Daniel’s 70th Week because of the dramatic satanic manifestations of supernatural signs and wonders during that time. Satan, who during our age has been content with giving anyone but God credit for the Creation of Earth and Man, will begin demanding credit for himself. And having refused to love the truth, man, who needs to believe in someone greater than himself, will be fair game for this lie.
The Luciferian Doctrine explains the difference between the Shiite view and Bible Prophecy and is likely the powerful delusion Paul spoke of.  The god of Islam is not the God of the Bible, after all, and besides man there’s only one other created being who aspires to be God, satan.
“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “when I will send a famine through the land— not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.” (Amos 8:11)
The man who doesn’t stand for something will fall for anything, the saying goes, so after the church disappears and the famine of God’s word prophesied by Amos takes hold, there will be a real longing for something to believe in on Earth. The Luciferian Doctrine will fit the bill nicely, especially when its two leading proponents, the anti-Christ and the False Prophet, will have such supernatural power. Remember, satan can appear as an angel of light. 
The introduction of religious zeal, counterfeit though it may be, into world events is the most dramatic proof since 1948 of the nearness of the end. The Bible speaks of intense spiritual contention at the end of the age. After all the final battle is fought and won in the spiritual realm. (See Ephesians 6:12) It just takes place on Earth. It’s clear that events at the end of the age will include powerful, opposing, spiritual forces.
“Twelvers” are religious zealots of the first magnitude. They believe al Mahdi is coming soon, and that he has been chosen to have his country ready to receive him. An old Islamic saying goes, “When the students are ready, the teacher will come.” And as Ahmedinajihad declared, “We don’t shy away from declaring that Islam is ready to rule the world.” “Twelvers” will not hesitate to plunge the world into chaos to hasten the day of his lord.

For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way (2 Thes 2:7).  But remember this, my friends. Before the powerful delusion can truly take hold, the truth has to disappear. The repository for truth in this age is the church, so when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28).  If you listen closely, you can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah. 

Friends, remember Muslims and all non-believers are not sent to Hell for their sins. If they were, we’d all be going there. People send themselves to Hell for refusing to accept the remedy the Yeshua provided for their sins, and that’s to accept Yeshuah's death on the cross as payment in full for their redemption. We all need to repent of our sins, and believe that Yeshua rose again on the third day.

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