Dr. Jack L. Arnold Lesson
WORSHIP OF MAN
- Did you know that the Bible predicts that seven years
before the second advent of Christ, a world dictator will come to
power? He will have absolute
authority and power over people.
Satan, as well as God, has a program for this world. The ultimate fulfillment of
Satan’s devious plan will be his masterpiece, the coming world dictator. Bible scholars usually refer to
this dictator as Anti-Christ, and the Bible refers to him as the man of
sin, willful king, the lawless one, the little horn, the beast and the
abomination of desolation. NOTE: According to the Bible, this world dictator will set up
a political and religious system in this world that will be characterized
by lawlessness, godlessness and absolute authoritarianism. The reign of the Anti-Christ will
make the regimes of Hitler, Mao, and Stalin look like Girl Scouts weaving
a daisy chain by comparison.
The Antichrist is going to be given absolute authority to act with
the power of Satan.
- Matthew 24:15-24 gives us one aspect of the terrible
reign of this world dictator.
The disciples asked our Lord, “What shall be the sign of the end of
the age?” The Lord then gave
some characteristics of the present age and in 24:14 says, “And then shall
the end come.” The sign of
the end of the age is when the abomination of desolation spoken of by
Daniel the prophet shall stand in the holy place (temple). The abomination of desolation is
the world dictator himself.
- All of Matthew 24:15-24 is dealing with God’s plan
for Israel and the Jew for the Lord speaks of the temple (holy place)
(24:15), Judea (24:16), and Sabbath day (24:19). Christ also mentions a period of “great tribulation,
such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor
ever shall be.” (24:21). This Tribulation period is yet
future in God’s program and it will be a time of unprecedented suffering,
distress, peril and tragedy. NOTE: Therefore we can conclude that the Tribulation period
and the future Anti-Christ are contemporary. When the Antichrist is revealed the seven
year tribulation will begin.
OF THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION - Daniel 9:24-27
- This is the main reference in Daniel to the
abomination of desolation, and is called the prophecy of the vision of the
seventy weeks (weeks of years).
This announcement to Daniel was by the angel Gabriel telling him
that God had marked off a period of 490 years (seventy weeks of years),
which would begin when the Persian king, Artaxerxes, issued a commandment
to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem (fulfilled in 445 B.C.
- The angel said that the first seven, and then the
sixty-two of those weeks (69 weeks or 483 years) would end just before the
Messiah would be cut off, which refers to his death on the Cross.
- The prophecy goes on to say that (“the people of the
prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.”) This was historically fulfilled
when Titus destroyed Jerusalem and the temple in 70 A.D. NOTE: The period between the Messiah is cut off until the
actually beginning of the 70th week is undetermined, although
we know that it has gone on for at least 1971 years.
- The prophecy then says “he shall confirm the
covenant with many for one week.”
The “he” refers to the prince who shall come and refers to the
Antichrist or world dictator of the revived Roman Empire. He shall make a covenant with
Israel for one week (7 years).
NOTE: This 70th week of seven
years is the Tribulation period and is yet to be fulfilled.
- This world dictator makes a covenant with Israel to
give her protection. Israel
during this time will prosper in her land, and will rebuild her temple,
re-establishing the sacrificial system. But in the middle of the week, after 3-½ years,
the Antichrist will break the covenant with Israel, stop all sacrificing
and set himself up in the temple as god. This will be the abomination of desolation spoken of by
Daniel. NOTE: This Antichrist setting himself up
as God will be the sign of the end of the age.
- POINT: During the first 3-½ years of the
Tribulation a temporary temple will be rebuilt. This means that the Jews will have to possess the
temple area. NOTE: In view of that expectation perhaps the most important
event since the first century was the capture of Old Jerusalem by the Jews
in the Six Day War of 1967.
For the first time in 1897 years (since 70 A.D.) Jews were once
again in possession of the temple site. The Jews could begin to rebuild the temple site
tomorrow if the Anti-Christ should appear on the scene to make a
covenant. NOTE: The one problem is a Moslem mosque called The Dome of
the Rock sits right on the temple sight, and to tear down this mosque
would bring tremendous political and religious repercussions from the
Arabs. But rebuild the temple
they shall! You may rest
assured that Israel may give up much of the land captured in the Six Day
War for promises of peace for Israel. But they say they shall never part with Old Jerusalem
and the temple sight.
ILLUSTRATION: After the third day of fighting in the
Six Day War, Moshe Dayan, the ingenious Israeli general, marched to wailing
wall, the last remnant of the Old Temple, and said, “We have returned to our
holiest of holy places, never to leave her again.”
ILLUSTRATION: In a Time Magazine article of June 30,
1967, Israeli historian Israel Eldad was quoted as saying, “We are at the stage
where David was when he liberated Jerusalem. From that time until the construction of the temple by
Solomon, only one generation passed.
So will it be with us.”
When asked what would become of the Moslem shrine which is now located
on the old temple site, Eldad answered, “It is of course an open question. Who knows? Perhaps there will be an earthquake.”
OF THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
- Introduction: The Antichrist will claim to be God and will be
worshipped by all men, except by true believers in Jesus Christ.
- Daniel 11:36-38: Most prophetic scholars agree that the willful king is a
reference to the future dictator.
These verses tell us that he has no respect for God and that his
god is the god of force.
However, he thinks himself to be God and speaks against the true
God of Scripture.
- II Thess. 2:1-4: The Apostle Paul
tells us that the Tribulation period cannot begin until the man of sin
shows up in the world. He is
called the “man of sin” because of his lawlessness. He is the “son of perdition”
because he is motivated completely by Satanic
power. He will do great
miracles by Satan’s power and the world will worship him as he sits in the
temple claiming to be God.
- Rev. 13:1-8:
The Apostle John saw a Beast rise up out of the sea. He is called a beast because from
God’s standpoint that is what he is.
“The sea” in the Book of Revelation is the picture of Gentile
nations. This Beast rises to
power out of the Gentile nations.
The Beast had ten horns and this refers to the ten countries that
will make up the future revived Roman empire. The Beast receives his power from the dragon, and the
dragon according to Revelation 12 is Satan himself. The Beast is worshipped by the
world and he makes war against the saints. He speaks blasphemies against God with his big
mouth. His power extends over
“all kindred’s, and tongues, and nations.” All but the true believers in Christ during the
tribulation period follow the Beast and worship him.
DESTRUCTION OF THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
(II Thess. 2:8): The defeat of the world dictator and the end of the worship
of a man will come when Christ returns in His second advent to judge man and to
establish His own kingdom for a thousand years over this earth.
SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST: A
dictator always rises to power because of chaos in society. It is one who seizes authority as the
result of emergency.
- A Collapsing Society: The world dictator will arise out
of a troubled world society.
We presently live in a world that is 1) threatened by
2) there is constant threat of extinction through atomic
war; 3) there is a breakdown
of absolutes in morality; 4)
there is lawlessness on every hand;
5) and there is great corruption in politics, economics and
religion. NOTE This world dictator will
have a magnetic personality, be personally attractive and a powerful
speaker. He will be able to
mesmerize an audience with his oratory. He will promise peace and security to the whole world,
and he will rise to power on a “law and order campaign.
ILLUSTRATION: Belgium’s premier P.H.
Spock said in the newspaper LaSeur:
The truth is that the method on international
committees has failed. What we
need is a person someone of the highest order or great experience, of great
authority, of wide influence of great energy. Let him come and let him come quickly. Either a civilian or a military man, no
matter what his nationality, who will cut all the red tape, shove out of the
way all the committees, take up all the people and galvanize all governments
into action. Let him come
quickly. This man we need and for who we wait will take charge of the defense of the
West. Once more I say, it is not
too late, but it is high time.
- A Conditioned Mind: The world will believe that Antichrist is actually
God. When the abomination of
desolation sits in the temple it will be because, throughout the world,
humanity has already enthroned itself as the only
god man needs. This ultimate
deification of man will happen almost immediately but this was a result of
years of mental conditioning for this event. The abomination of desolation is merely representative
of man’s philosophy that he is god.
This philosophy can be seen today in humanism and an abuse of the
scientific method which will lead man to be deluded in his thinking to
accept that he is his own god, and does not need any other. The Apostle Paul said in II Thess.
2:7, “the mystery of lawlessness is already at work.” And the Apostle John said in II
John 1:7, “many antichrists have already come.” NOTE: In our own day the lie of humanism
grows gradually more powerful and persuasive. You can hear in on every side, in a thousand and one
subtle variations. Humanism
is an empty dream; the web of illusion that man can be his own god; the lie
that man can live a full and complete life without recognition of the
authority and Lordship of Jesus Christ. NOTE: Humanism says that man makes all
the rules and can handle all the problems of life himself. Man exists for his own glory; down
with anyone who thinks otherwise.
Humanism is dominant equally in the communist world as well as the
western world. Soon this
widespread philosophy will demand a figure, a leader, in whom all the excellencies that man sees in himself are
personified. It will find
it’s ultimate expression in a man who shall appear to satisfy the hunger
for hero worship in the world.
This man shall be Antichrist.
ILLUSTRATION: Arnold Toynbee, one of the foremost
historians of our time said:
By forcing on
mankind more and more lethal weapons, and at the same time making the world
more interdependent economically, technology has brought mankind to such a
degree of distress that we are ripe for the deifying of any new Caesar
who might succeed in giving the world unity and peace.
ILLUSTRATION: The world is being subtly prepared for
the Antichrist. For instance,
there are communes of hippies in California who are looking for the arrival of
the “Aquarian Age” in 2000 to be ushered in by a new messiah to be born in
ILLUSTRATION: Jean Dixon by no means a Christian,
through her clairvoyant ways, is being used by Satan to condition a world for
the coming of Antichrist. She
A child born somewhere in the Middle East shortly
after 7:00 A.M. on February 5, 1962, will revolutionize the world. Before the close of the century he will
bring together all mankind in one all embracing faith. This will be the foundation of a new
Christianity, with every sect and creed united through this man, who will walk
among the people to spread the wisdom of the almighty power. Mankind will begin to feel the great
force of this man in the early 1980’s, and during the subsequent years the
world as we know it will be reshaped and revamped into one without wars of
suffering. His power will grow
greatly until 1999, at which time the people of this earth will probably
discover the full meaning of the vision.
- I want to warn you here this morning who are not Christians that you in one form or another
are following the spirit of Antichrist which is humanism. Humanism teaches the terrible lie
that man can live independently of God, but the end result of this
philosophy is emptiness, futility and despair. Only God through Christ can fill the vacuum in a man’s
heart and give the real meaning to life.
- Are you thirsting to have spiritual answers? Do you have a deep thirst in your
heart for reality? Jesus
said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink.” Only Christ can quench one’s
burning spiritual thirst. The
“And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the
water of life freely.” (Rev.