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AUGUST 5, 2018: THE TRUTH ABOUT SATAN’S SUPERMAN Daniel 8:23-27

Daniel 8: 23-27 “In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a fierce-looking king, a master of intrigue, will arise. 24 He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy those who are mighty, the holy people. 25 He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.  26 “The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.” 27 I, Daniel, was worn out. I lay exhausted for several days. Then I got up and went about the king’s business. I was appalled by the vision; it was beyond understanding”.

 

Vs 23 THE APPEARANCE OF SATAN’S SUPERMAN: Can men know when this man will appear? The answer is both “Yes” and “No”. No man knows “exactly” who the Antichrist is or exactly when he will appear, but the Bible gives us certain signs that accompany his appearance.

 

The First Sign…is The Condition of The World:

  • Luke 17:26-27: “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all”.
  • 2 Tim. 3:1-5: “There will be terrible times in the last days.People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”

The Second Sign is the Corruption of Religion

  • 2 Thess. 2:3: Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.
  • This verse tells us that the Antichrist will appear during a time of a religious apostasy, which the Bible calls “a falling away.” Departing from the doctrines of God’s Word. Not taking it Literally. Does Not Need to Follow Gods Word Completely!

The Third Sign is The Completion Of The Church:

  • 2 Thess. 2:6-7 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.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”
  • The church must be removed “Raptured” before the Antichrist can be revealed.
  • Vs 7, says, the spirit of Antichrist is already at work-The evidence is everywhere, However, two forces are hindering him from stepping onto the stage… the Church and God the Holy Spirit!

Vs 23 Gives us THE ABILITIES OF SATAN’S SUPERMAN.  He Will Be A Man of Popularity. Rev. 6:2 tells us that this man will be “given a crown”.   That is, the peoples of the world will embrace him as a god-send. No doubt this man will arrive on the scene with a workable formula for world peace. He will have a viable explanation for the disappearance of the Christians.

 

He will be A man of Peace. Rev. 6:2 says when he appears, he will be like one riding a white horse, giving him the appearance of good.  It states that he will have a bow, but no arrows. This indicates that he will not come making war…but will come making [False] peace.  {7-Year Peace Treaty with the nation of Israel.}

Dan. 11:43 & Rev. 13:16-17 tell us that He Will Be A Man of Prosperity. The Antichrist will eventually control the wealth and bring prosperity to the world.  I believe the Antichrist will bring an end to world hunger. That he will do away with much of the class distinction that exists in our world. That most people under his reign will be better off financially than they were before he rose to power. People Will Follow!

Rev. 13:7-8 tells us that He Will Be A Man of Power: These verses tell us that Antichrist will eventually rule the entire world. Where other would be Conquerors have failed reaching this goal…He Will Achieve It!

  • However, in the middle of the Tribulation, this man of peace and prosperity will show his true colors.

Vs 24-25 Speaks to THE ABOMINATIONS OF SATAN’S SUPERMAN:  He Will Attack the People of God (Dan. 7:25) The Antichrist will break his covenant with Israel and will attack the people of the Lord.  This man will hate everything having to do with God and Jesus Christ.

We are seeing in our day that this spirit is already at work! It is becoming increasingly unpopular to be a Bible believer. In fact, we are often labeled as being intolerant.  We are told that we must tolerate homosexuality and lesbianism. We protect an owl yet tolerate the murder of millions of innocent unborn children.  We are told that we are bigots when we speak out about the evils of society. The church is under attack, and this will continue until the Rapture. Then, the focus of Satan’s anger will be the nation of Israel.

 

He Will Attack the Prince of God (Dan. 8:25) – Here, we are told that this Man of Sin will stand up against the “Prince of Princes.” None other than the Lord Jesus Christ!  Anything to do with godliness, holiness or Christ will be the focus of his attacks.  He will make every effort to stamp out the name of Jesus from the face of the earth!

 

The reason Jesus, and His doctrines, are the most hated things in the world is because if men admit that Jesus is Lord, that He died and rose again, that He is in fact the Savior. Then man must admit that he is a sinner or be doomed to Hell.  The world hates the name “JESUS” because it points out their sins!

 

He Will Attack the Place of God (Dan. 8:25; 11:36-37; 9:27; 2 Thess. 2:4 & Matt. 24:15)

  • These verses tell us that the Antichrist will break his 7-Year covenant with the Jews.
  • He will declare himself to be God and he will demand worship from all the people, but especially the Jews. He will desecrate their Temple.

We all must remember that our worship will be directed somewhere…Self-Others or Christ.

Vs 25 TELLS US THE AFFLICTIONS OF SATAN’S SUPERMAN…

Will Be Sudden Dan 8:25 says that the Antichrist will be “broken without hand.” This means that the Antichrist will be defeated, but not by man!

Will Be Serious Rev. 19:20 says that Antichrist will enter the Lake of Fire alive!  Then, 1,000 years later, Satan himself is judged and condemned to the Lake of Fire. When he is thrown in, the Bible tells us that the Beast is still there, Rev. 20:10.  In spite of the man’s abilities, in spite his power, in spite his greatness, in spite of the fact that he received the worship of men, he is still defeated.   All the while he was ruling the world in great power, he was nothing more than a puppet in the hand of God. He was just a pawn fulfilling a divinely directed purpose. This man, like so many others found himself on the wrong side!

Jesus is coming, I believe Very Soon to take the Church Away…The World is Poised to enter a time of trouble like nothing she has ever experienced beforeAs Christians we have been given the Commission…the Responsibility to tell friends & family that they need to make a decision to receive Christ and prepare for Eternity!

“Satan Continues his Efforts to Make SIN Less Offensive, Heaven Less Appealing, Hell Less Horrific…and the Gospel Less URGENT!”  John MacArthur

MAY GOD REMOVE SATANS EFFORTS IN OUR LIVES AND GRANT US A GREATER PASSION FOR THE LOST!