The Final AntiChrist – John MacArthur

I’ve titled the message the coming man of sin and basically that’s drawn because the main character in the opening part of this chapter is identified in verse 3 as the man of sin or the man of lawlessness also called the son of destruction or the son of perdition this is an individual who in verse 4 it says opposes god and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship takes his seat in the temple of god displaying himself as being god it also tells us in verse 8 that this lawless one will be revealed whom the lord will slay with the breath of his mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of his coming this one comes verse 9 says in accord with the activity of satan with all power and signs and false wonders verse 10 with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved that this is an amazing person that we know as the anti-christ the culmination of all of those who hate god and hate christ all false christs pseudo-christs false teachers false prophets all hypocritical liars who claim to be spokesmen for god but actually speak for satan all of them sort of are embodied in this one final horrific figure known as the final antichrist and while he is the subject of this text of scripture he is not a solitary monster he is simply the final epitome of all that has been set against god and against christ throughout all of human history and to show you that i want you to look at first john for just a moment first john chapter two in first john chapter two look at verse 18 john writes that it is the last hour in other words we’re living in the last days the messianic days since christ has come constitute the last days the last hour it is the last hour and just as you heard that antichrist is coming even now many antichrists have appeared from this we know that it is the last hour then down in verse 22 who is the liar but when it denies that jesus is the christ this is the antichrist the one who denies the father and the son so there is a final antichrist but there are in the meantime many antichrists and they are all defined as those who deny the true christ and his relationship to his father in chapter 4 again of first john and verse 3 we read every spirit that does not confess jesus is not from god this is the spirit of the antichrist which you have heard that it is coming and now it is already in the world yes there is a future embodiment of the ultimate antichrist but in the meantime the spirit of antichrist is in the world the second letter that john wrote second john verse 7 he says for many deceivers have gone out into the world those who do not acknowledge jesus christ as coming in the flesh this is the deceiver and the antichrist anyone who denies the person and work of the lord jesus is an antichrist that is the antichrist spirit that is in the world the anti-god anti-christ spirit there will be one final embodiment of that the sort of collection of all the antichrists false christs hypocrites liars of all the ages rolled into one individual john said to his readers you have heard that anti-christ is coming and the apostle paul in 2 thessalonians chapter 2 says in verse 5 do you not remember that while i was still with you i was telling you these things so john had informed his readers about the antichrist and paul had done the same even when they were ministering among those people it is common knowledge then among the believers in the new testament that the antichrist is coming this man of sin this man of lawlessness this son of perdition this son of destruction but in the meantime the anti-god anti-christ spirit is fully operational in the world and they were aware of that and we must be as well satan began to work against god when he was in heaven and he was still an angel he worked against god pulled off a rebellion took many of the angels with him they became demons he literally came to earth brought the rebellion down here and brought about an encounter with eve and adam that resulted in the fall of the human race this was the first attack on god attack on christ and divine purpose and it happened in the garden plunged the entire human race into sin and death and eternal judgment in genesis 6 satan further tried to confound the purposes of god by demons literally cohabitating with the people that god had created and create some kind of demon-possessed people who were the worst of all people on earth and in fact the whole earth was corrupt and god said it was only evil everywhere at all times by everyone including those demon-possessed people that are mentioned in chapter six so by the time you get to chapter 8 god drowns the entire human race with the exception of noah and his family because they’re all in full open rebellion against god and against his purposes this is followed later as you will remember in an effort to destroy all male children in israel as recorded in exodus chapter 1 this would wipe out the purposes of god by wiping out the people of israel the jewish people from whom messiah was to come satan later tried to break the royal line of christ when jehoram was killing all his brothers second chronicles chapter 21 the royal line was reduced to one son and that one had sons then the arabians came to the camp and killed all the sons but one the youngest a heziah and he lived to reign according to second chronicles chapter 22 he ruled only a year wickedly counseled by his vile mother by the name of athaliah but the messianic line is down to one person he was wounded severely that one person and the messianic line hung by a breath he lived was later killed in a war with jehu but not until he had sons again according to second chronicles 22 for a number of years about six years the hopes of the world and the purposes of god in the messiah rested in one life one life and god saved that life and the messianic line continued esther records how the people of israel were saved by the fact that a pagan king couldn’t fall asleep and the plot to wipe out the jews and the line of christ was thwarted we we also know antiochus epiphanes tried to destroy the jews wipe out the jewish race then came herod who slew all the babies baby boys in an attempt to kill christ satan tried to destroy jesus by temptation to get him to bow down to him people of nazareth tried to destroy him by throwing him off a cliff peter even tried to keep him from the cross and did the work of satan the romans tried to keep him in the tomb the anti-god anti-christ spirit has worked throughout all of human history that antichrist spirit is always a work and it’s a work today in every false religion and every denial of the person and work of jesus christ as he is truly revealed in scripture it is all anti-god anti-christ it is set to attempt to destroy the work of god the purposes of god the plans of god his redemptive design but the final antichrist will be the embodiment of all of these efforts in one figure the likes of which the world has never seen before that time now paul introduces us to him here and if you look at verse 3 for just a moment a few comments he is identified as the man of lawlessness or the man of sin and the son of destruction or the son of perdition he is a lawless blasphemer as are all antichrists he lives in defiance of god defiance of christ defiance of divine law he is destructive of all that is godly and all that relates to god’s will and god’s plan this is the final man of sin this amazing person satan’s final earthly figure attempting to oppose christ and blaspheme god plays a crucial role in the last days at the time of our lord’s return he will be the culmination of all hatred toward god all hatred toward christ the culmination of all blasphemers false prophets false christs the ultimate hypocrite liar and deceiver now the spirit of antichrist has been in the world and is in the world now and is flourishing under the kingdom of darkness this individual is the most horrible embodiment of that spirit in one person now what kind of a person would this be i want to help you to understand that by giving you a picture i don’t want you to think of antichrist as some kind of an abstract term this is an actual person and there’s a model for this person and i i i know it’s a horrible thing to talk about this individual but looking through human history the most obvious and most well-known model for this kind of person is adolf hitler adolf hitler desired to rule the world he had global designs secondly he decided that he would destroy the jews this puts him right at the heart and soul of all anti-god anti-christ efforts attempted to destroy the jews in order to destroy the purposes of god through them adolf hitler was not just a man bereft of his senses or driven by bizarre passions he was demon possessed at the most profound level he is a prime example of the coming antichrist who will be satan filled there’s a fascinating book called the mourning of the magicians by louis powell’s and jacques berger avon books 1969 written the year i came here that was an amazing thing to read that book the morning of the magicians because it talks about adolf hitler the authors who are non-christians present the case for hitler’s identification with the demon world drawn from records of the nuremberg trials for example thousands of books and reviews and the testimony of many eyewitnesses and here are the things they say about adolf hitler here’s a quote it is impossible to understand hitler’s political plans unless one is familiar with his basic beliefs and his conviction that there is a magical relationship between man and the universe and by saying that they they introduced the reader into the world of mysticism in which hitler lived deep dark connections with demonic powers he saw the miracle of his own destiny hitler did as an action of unseen supernatural forces the writers go on to say the probable explanation for hitler’s deeds is the existence of a magical puzzle a powerful and satanic mystical current we shall never be safe from nazism or rather from certain manifestations of the satanic which through the nazis cast its dark shadow over the world until we have roused ourselves to full understanding of the most fantastic aspects of the hitlerian adventure which is to say you can’t understand him unless you understand his connections with demons some of you will recognize the term the hollow earth society goes back a couple of centuries eric norman wrote a book in 1972 on the hollow earth society and he gives us more insight into hitler’s connection to the demon world the hollow earth society said basically the earth is hollow and inside the earth are supernatural beings who live and exist and they are the superpowers and if we don’t acquiesce to them and find ways to connect with them and submit to them they will destroy us the the hollow earth society hitler and his nazi-oriented secret cult were up to their ears in this hollow earth society it’s a it’s a macabre kind of uh preoccupation they actually believe the earth was hollow and held these advanced beings and if we don’t succumb to them we’re ultimately going to be enslaved to them norman writes nazi records seized after the fall of the third reich indicate that hitler and his henchmen launched several expeditions into the hollow earth they were always trying to find the way into the hollow earth and they there are lists i was reading some of them this week of locations in the world where people believed there was an entrance into the hollow earth to touch these beings the this kind of thing is mentioned in hinduism it is mentioned in buddhism it is mentioned in certain tribes of american indians and it was a part of ancient german mythology which is maybe where hitler connected to it it is a bizarre kind of thing that prompted hitler these demon communications prompted hitler to use children and that comes directly from the occult perceptions of the hollow earth society from that hollow earth perspective on children he developed what was called the adolescent werewolves these are the young children in black uniforms from the ages about eight to thirteen who had sinister death’s heads on their sleeves and hitler at one point had 8.8 million of such children part of this demonic force his third reich was entirely welded to black demonic occultism carl haushoffer was one of hitler’s generals and one of the earliest members of the german what was called the society of the golden dawn founded for practices of black magic it was house offer who encouraged hitler under demon influence to write mein kampf my struggle householder had visited india china and tibet had adopted buddhist beliefs and was essentially initiated into the secret buddhist society the occult black society from which the only escape was suicide and he demonstrated some amazing demonic psychic powers he had total control over hitler house offer was the black magician that controlled hitler even rudolph hess said househoffer is the power the magician behind hitler and his demonic legions that’s a quote from rudolph hess householder was the magician hitler was the medium connecting with the demons swastika was a magical sign from the orient and europe as well with demonic origins by 1925 a group of tibetan monks had moved to berlin they were members of a black order swearing allegiance to the powers of darkness to satan himself from that time on funds were made available by the nazis to finance expeditions into mongolia and into tibet to connect with more of these black monks to go deeper into the demonic world where hitler wanted to extract the power to take over the world when germany fell several hundred in ss death hedge uniforms were found to be himalayan orientals with no ids rosenberg said they were the last of the black monks who had helped hitler’s dark menacing movement rosenberg says in march of 1946 house offer killed his wife then before a buddhist altar killed himself his son said he knew his father was the magician behind hitler the seven founders of nazism were all deep into the occult the morning of the magician says and i quote one cannot help but think of him as a medium that is hitler for most of the time mediums are ordinary insignificant people suddenly they are endowed with what seems to be supernatural powers it was in this way beyond any doubt hitler was possessed by forces beyond himself demonic forces which the individual named hitler was only the temporary vehicle those close to him said that when he spoke openly and in public he had a completely different voice than his normal voice because demons were speaking through him quoting hitler he said what will the social order of the future be comrades i will tell you overall will reign a new and exalted nobility of whom i cannot speak he was literally talking about demon rule he was possessed of satan he was the tool by which satan thought to take demonic control over the whole world in interviewing witnesses of hitler’s behavior one eyewitness account was striking to me here’s the record of an eyewitness a person close to hitler told me that he wakes up in the night screaming and in convulsions he calls for help and appears to be half paralyzed he is seized with a panic that makes him tremble until the bed shakes he utters confused and unintelligible sounds grasping as if on the point of suffocation hitler was standing in his room swaying and looking all around as if he were lost it’s he it’s he it’s he he’s come for me he groaned his lips were white he was sweating profusely suddenly he uttered a string of meaningless figures then words and scraps of sentences it was terrifying suddenly he screamed there there over in the corner he is there all the time stamping his feet and screaming quoting hitler he said there is another species of humanity which doesn’t deserve the name humanity left as a relic of some base or form of life created along with hideous crawling creatures gypsies negroes and jews hitler goes on they are as far removed from us as animals are from humans i do not mean i look on jews as animals they are much further removed from animals than we are they are creatures outside nature end quote and so he butchered six million of them and wanted to kill every jew on the earth this is the spirit of antichrist doing essentially what all the others tried to do throughout all of human history and that is obliterate the purposes of god through the people of israel that’s why it was the jews and not some other group of people although he said the things he did about the gypsies and quote the negroes it was the jews that he was really after i know that’s horrible to consider all of this about adolf hitler but i want you to understand that when we talk about the antichrist we’re not talking about some kind of abstract idea because here is a model of that kind of person anti-god antichrist satan driven demon possessed essentially trying to unleash hell on earth this final man of lawlessness this son of destruction will be satan’s tool to destroy israel blaspheme god blaspheme christ destroy all worship except the worship of himself lead the entire world to hell and as john said there are many antichrists there’s a spirit of rebellion at all times against god against christ it’s always been there it’s not new but it will find its way into this incredibly powerful final form a little more obscure and ancient illustration of this is antiochus epiphanes who lived about 168 or 170 a.d he was the king of syria who resolved to eliminate the jews from the earth invaded jerusalem killed thousands of jews sold others into slavery he said that if you circumcise a child you will be killed a circumcision of a child was punishable by death he erected an altar to zeus in the jewish temple offered pigs flesh on that altar turned the temple into a brothel did everything he could to desecrate it delivered effort a cold-blooded effort to wipe out jewish religion jewish people and destroy the worship of the true god he also was satan’s man but far worse than antiochus far worse than hitler will be the final antichrist so let’s look at the text and see what it says about him in verse three he is the man of lawlessness he is the son of destruction in other words he’s defined by those two things lawlessness and destruction now where do we first meet this this figure i think the first place you see him in the old testament is in ezekiel 38 verse 2. you don’t have to turn to it i’ll just mention it and there he is identified as gog of the land of magog the chief prince of meshech and tubal and summing up what ezekiel is saying there he’s talking about a prince who is to come a chief prince who is to come who will be the enemy of god’s people who will lead a coalition of nations against jerusalem in the end times the details of this are recorded in ezekiel 38 and 39 and then the next time you see the antichrist in the old testament you see him in the book of daniel in daniel chapter 7 and 8 he is identified as the little horn in daniel 9 he is the prince who is to come in daniel 11 he is the king who does as he pleases in zachariah 11 he is the foolish worthless shepherd and then sweeping to the end of scripture in the book of revelation he’s identified as the beast he is all these things but best known to us as the antichrist in the language of first john 2 18. anti-christos against christ and in the place of christ now let me have you look in your mind’s eye just the the things that daniel had to say because i think this will help define him and i’ll just lay this before he kind of rapid fire in daniel chapter 7 verse 8 it describes him as a little horn who arises from obscurity and becomes a dominant power the horn is the symbol of power this is a little insignificant horn who eventually rises to global power that’s daniel 7 and verse 8. daniel describes him as having the eyes of a man eyes like the eyes of a man which indicate his intelligence a mouth uttering great boasts which indicate both his oratorical skills and his arrogance verse 21 of daniel 7 reveals his hostility towards god’s people waging war with the saints and overpowering them verse 23 of that chapter notes that his kingdom will be different from all other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth tread it down and crush it unlike hitler who couldn’t pull it off the final antichrist will rule the entire world his empire will be world wide verse 25 of daniel 7 says he is a blasphemer who will speak out against the most high he will make alterations in times and in law that is replacing the world’s religious ceremonies and observances with new ones in honor of himself and he will even introduce a satanically inspired kind of fake morality but daniel tells us also that he will be limited to a brief time a time times and half a time in verse 25 that’s one plus two plus a half is three and a half he’ll be limited to three and a half year period which is half of the tribulation his reign of terror for that three and a half will be in full swing his domination will be so great that he will literally dominate the entire world but when it comes to an end at the end of three and a half years the court will convene and god will bring judgment and antichrist dominion be taken away annihilated and destroyed forever the sovereignty and dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the highest one his kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom and all the dominions will serve and obey him he has three and a half year period the latter half of the seven year tribulation which is called the great tribulation at the end of that the lord destroys him when the lord comes to set up his own kingdom then daniel 8 has more to say about antichrist says he is insolent he has a fierce face he will intimidate people into submission daniel 8 verse 25 says he is skilled in intrigue we know that his master is satan himself verse 24 of daniel 8 indicates he will derive his power from satan verse 25 he will magnify himself in his own heart characterized by in arrogant pride further he will destroy many while they are at ease he will slaughter people not in a war he’ll just slaughter them to be slaughtering them he will oppose the prince of princes who is the lord he will be a blasphemer of the lord jesus christ at the end he will be broken without human agency which means god will kill him and he will kill him with the breath of his mouth in daniel chapter 9 daniel says in the first half of that period of time the jews will make a covenant with the antichrist he looks he looks like one who will protect israel in the opening of the seven years so they make a firm covenant with him for one week at the beginning of the time of tribulation he acts as their protector until the middle of the week when he turns on them desecrates the temple and an abomination of desolation our lord called it in matthew 24. halfway through he shows his true colors turns on the jewish people competes commits a defiling act in in the temple launches the great tribulation and begins an effort to massacre the jews and massacre all who belong to christ daniel says god will destroy antichrist at the return of the lord jesus in daniel chapter 11 he is presented as a ruthless arrogant proud king who will do as he pleases a blasphemer without parallel in human history magnifying himself above every god speaking monstrous things against the god of god showing no regard for the god of his fathers forsaking the religion of his ancestors he will magnify himself above all he has a religion he has an ancestral religion which he forsakes we’re not sure what it is but it is interesting in daniel 11 it says that he has no interest in the desire of women he has no desire for women which may mean he’s a homosexual or it could be that he will be a heterosexual celibate some think this indicates he could be a pope god will judge him and bring him to an end at the return of christ now what in the world brought this subject up what is paul doing talking about all of this to the believers what is the point of this the point is clear they had been told first thessalonians 4 in the first letter that the lord was going to snatch them out that the lord was going to come the dead in christ would rise first all the other believers alive would be gathered to meet the lord in the air and be taken to heaven first thessalonians 4 13-17 comfort one another with these words comfort the comfort comes because we’re snatched out then you come to chapter five and the day of the lord breaks out [Music] you

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