THE COMING KING
By GORDON CHILVERS
The world will soon be dominated by a man who will plunge it into deeper sin than it has ever known before. He will be a world-emperor, the superman, for whom the political world is now waiting. He is known as the Antichrist. He will do everything in his power to oppose the true Christ, and will as far as it is possible usurp his position.*
[* Paul Morris, in the Herald, (Sept-Nov. 2004 issue) says: By and large the rabbis have succeeded in conveying the idea of a triumphalistic Messiah who strides the world stage like a colossus, turns Israel and the nations back to God and introduces a remarkable era of world peace which affects all creation. - Israel, in unbelief of Jesus of Nazareth as their true Messiah, believe Scriptures that many regenerate believers today disbelieve!
Whoever neglects the Second Coming, says D. L. Moody, has only a mutilated Gospel, for the Bible teaches us not only the death and sufferings of Christ, but also His return and reign in honour and glory. His Second Coming is mentioned and referred to over three hundred times, yet I was in the church fifteen or sixteen years before I ever heard a sermon on it.]
The first thing we are told of this king is that he will be a law to himself And the king shall do according to his will (Dan.11: 36). Being a world-emperor and backed by the power of Satan, as permitted by God, he will have such success that his head is turned by the dizzy heights of fame which he has reached. Nothing must stand in his way: everyone who seeks to oppose him is at once executed. Then he is to be the essence of pride: And he shall exalt himself. Convinced of his own greatness, he will have all men to know that he is the greatest man on earth.
Yet even there he will not stop, for he will endeavour to seduce men to transfer their worship from the God of heaven to himself: and magnify himself above every other god. Thus, he will try to show that he is not only the greatest man on earth but that there is no being in heaven who is greater than he is. As Antichrist, he will deny God and Christ. So that John says: He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son (1 John 2: 22). In order to prove his words he will resort to blasphemy, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods. To show his own importance he must try to show the unimportance of Jehovah. We are amazed that God allows this, and apparently without rebuke. The silent heaven in the face of the wickedness of man is the most amazing thing in the universe at the time. He shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished. God allows this wickedness then, not because He does not know what is happening, nor because He is powerless to interfere, but because of His anger against the inhabitants of the earth.* God is greatly displeased with men, and especially the Jew, and so He allows wicked men to have sway that they may chastise their fellow-men. For that which is determined shall be done. Man has but the earthly view, and it seems to him that the man does just as he likes. God has the heavenly view; He is watching and planning, and the man is only doing what God already knew that He would do, and had taken into account in His plan. Isaiahs words are much to the point: Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood. For the Lord God of Hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land. For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction (Isaiah 10 : 15, 23, 25).
[* Judgment must begin at the house of God.
Beloved, we have but one life to life, it is a tragedy what
a miscarriage many of us make through not seeing that it is the vantage-ground
from which honour and glory may be won, in addition to the common salvation the
New Birth of all believers. Hear the finest athlete Christ ever had perhaps, Every man that striveth in the
games is temperate in all things. How they do it to receive a corruptible
crown: but we an incorruptible. I
therefore so run, not as uncertainly: so box I, as not beating the air; but I
buffet my body, and bring it into bondage; lest by any means, after I have been
a herald to others, I myself should be rejected
[from the crown] (1 Cor. 9: 25-27). (See also
So strong will be this mans determination to get worship to himself at all costs that, neither shall he regard the God of his fathers. Jehovah will not be worshipped by the Antichrist, though He was acknowledged supreme by all preceding generations. Nor the desire of woman - a goddess. Many countries have a goddess who is worshipped by large sections of the population; for example, the large section of Roman Catholics who worship the Virgin Mary whom they regard as being the Mother of God. Nor regard any god! He will not worship Jehovah, a female deity, or any other god; he will not even be like the Greeks who worshipped The Unknown God.
Earlier in the book (ch. 7) we are told that this man will change times and seasons; here we are told that he will change gods, for he will worship no known deity. Now we get the reason for his hatred of all gods, For he shall magnify himself above all. He craves for worship and reckons himself to be God and so will not render allegiance to any other. He will take up the attitude: "Letat cest moi - The state, I am the state. Yet man does not wish to be without worship, and something, however foolish, will be that before which he bows. But in his estate he shall honour the God of forces. War will be his object; conquest and the lust of power will be the only object of his life. In his view, might will be right, and he, strengthened by diabolical power, will make war against every opposing nation on the earth. His armies will know no rest, for war, war, war, will be his all-absorbing interest. And a god whom his fathers knew not shall be honoured. His god will not be one who is generally known to the world as such, yet he will be the god who is worshipped by a few people even in this country today - Satan himself.
The apostle John in the book of Revelation makes this abundantly clear. The people of that time, worshipped the dragon (that is, Satan) which gave power unto the beast (Rev. 13: 4). The reason why Antichrist should worship Satan is not difficult to find; The dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority (Rev. 13: 2). He is dependent upon Satan for his power and in return he is the tool of Satan, and in response to Satans love of worship he causes the world to worship the Devil. So great is the Devils love of worship that he said, I will be like the most High (Isaiah 14: 14), and as a result he was cast out of heaven. Later he even asked the Son of God to fall down and worship him, for which he would have given world-dominion without the cross.* Christ refused the offer; Antichrist- accepts it and this is the result: he shall honour (him) with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. No doubt temples where Satan can be worshipped will abound and these will be magnificently adorned. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god. In all places on earth he will set up temples for the worship of Satan: even where Jehovah is worshipped - probably by devout Jews - he will succeed in overcoming resistance so as to bring in the god he desires that everyone should worship. He shall increase (Satan) with glory. There is nothing at which Antichrist will stop short to bring honour to his master. In all probability he dare not even hesitate; Satan is a hard master and his terms are the most rigorous.
[* No suffering on the part of the saint of God for righteousness and truth: no crown or inheritance in the coming glory.]
tells the Thessalonian believers (2 Thess. 1: 5) that rather than their sufferings be punishment from God, they were a
manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted
worthy of the
And he shall cause them to rule over many. Satans universal power is given to Antichrist
who will delegate it to those who serve him. The principle behind the division will be
(he) shall divide the land for gain. They will
not be the most suitable men who will rule, but those who will pay the largest
sum of money for the privilege. What a
world this is to be! It will be ruled by
agents of hell who employ any man who is wealthy enough, and who is willing to
pay the price. And
at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him. Here is evidence that we are correct in
applying these events to the last days. The
king of the south is a power in control of
king will pass through many countries whether the kings of the other nations
wish it or not until he comes to
will gain far more by his craft than he will by war: he will choose peaceful
means whenever this is possible, and only when that is not sufficient will he engage in expensive wars. But these shall
escape out of his hand, - not because of their goodness but because of
their wickedness - even
wealth of this world will belong to Satans man. He, as is promised, is given the kingdoms of
the world and the glory of them. He shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver.
His wealth will be fabulous even when
compared with that of Solomon. The
in spite of Antichrists enormous power; not everything will go well for him. But tidings out of
the east and out of the north shall trouble him. It is possible that the yellow peril will
afflict the world at that time. The
nations of the East include
God hears the cry of the Jew and so he (Antichrist) shall come to his end, and none shall help him. When God arises in judgment He will miss none and will sweep wickedness from the earth, and so Antichrist will have no helper. 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 them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone (Revelation 19: 20). What about Satan, surely he has not forsaken him in his hour of trial? No! But Satan is powerless to help himself, let alone his poor dupes. And he (the angel) laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him (Revelation 20: 2, 3).
We know that these events must happen, so we look the more earnestly for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, that we may be caught away from earth before these terrible events take place.*
[* NOTE. I see more evidence if impending gloom inside todays newspapers than I hear from the pulpit of the Church. Those from whom warnings should come, remain strangely silent.
If every man who professes to be a minister of Christ for the next ten Sundays preached on the coming judgments of God and the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, a revival of repentance and God-seeking would break out across this land such as we never thought possible.
Gods servants must act now. We have seen enough in the past few years to stir every professing Christian to the depths of his soul. We must awake to the conditional warnings addressed to the redeemed; we must awake to the consequences of our disobedience; we must awake to the doom of men and nations ignorant to the truth of God; we must launch a Crusade for God and lost souls today such as the world has never seen.
I call upon mature Christians, in Christs name, to humble themselves before God and plead with Him for the reviving of His Church and the declaration of the whole counsel of God, (See Acts 20: 24-27). The situation is desperate, but Christians are not! God grant His people become stirred and desperate. The night is fast approaching, and the unwatchful will be left behind: Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. WATCH YE - [i.e., disciples, Verse 5, cf. Acts 11: 26.] - THEREFORE, and pray always, THAT YE MAY BE ACCOUNTED WORTHY TO ESCAPE ALL THESE THINGS THAT SHALL COME TO PASS and to stand before the Son of man, (Luke 21: 34-36).]