Part Four – Summary
Antichrist and BEAST man
The Antichrist and BEAST Man cleanse the world of sinners. It is hard to think that they accomplish something good, but they are allowed to do what they do because God wants to use them to judge those that are destroying the world.
From the time of Adam through today, there has been an epic battle for the souls of men. On one side, there is God, the Father of all of the living, and on the other Satan, the de facto father of death, who was the first casualty of sin. God is the source of life, and sin is your enemy, not Satan, sin.
Life is About God
Life is about God. God is not just the creator of life; he is life. Life is an extension of God. Life, on its own, separated from God, is like a soap bubble drifting in the sunlight. It is beautiful and whimsical and carefree but ultimately doomed. Life cannot exist separated from God.
God is eternal life. In God is an eternity of being. Being in God is eternal because God is eternal. God actively sustains the soap bubble so that it can remain forever [John 5:17]. People tend to think that God lives in eternity and that he lives forever, but that is not the way of it. God is the source of eternity, and God lives forever. The soap bubble cannot remain outside of the Creator.
Life itself is a mystery hidden inside of God. No one, except God, even knows what it is. No scientist can explain it or duplicate it or create it. All the scientists can do is manipulate that which God created and sustains. The scientists imagine that life is a biological machine, but they cannot even explain why the atoms of our bodies remain together in living harmony.
When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust. (NIV84)
So, God is life, and death is outside of God. Faith is the spiritual force that keeps the independent and free soul in God, and sin is the death of faith. Listen to lie, and the independent and free soul is deceived, and their faith dies. Listen to truth, and the dead can have faith restored and rejuvenated by life that is God.
The Bible is God’s Story of Sin’s Effect on Spiritual Life
The Bible is the story of God and his children who are struggling to understand life and death; faith and sin. Satan, the first to separate himself from life, who is nevertheless still sustained by God so that he can demonstrate to the living what death truly is, is the catalyst for all the evil that is seen in the world. Satan has been trying to establish an enduring civilization using his faithless promise of personal elevation, but sin always results in total destruction.
My friend, all of the suffering, oppression, destruction, and death that has been seen throughout history, and in the world today, can be traced back to the elevation of self over God and his sustaining power. God, the source of life, the author of life, the embodiment of selflessness, and the source of all wisdom is the living force that Exists, and it is He that sustains all those that are in him for ever and ever.
Satan is Being Corrupted by Sin
The statue found in [Daniel 2] is a picture of Satan and the effect of sin over him over time. He starts out as the gold head and is pure and noble and hardens over time through silver, bronze, iron, and then even iron mixed with brittle clay. As time passes, sin makes him harder and cruder until his ultimate destruction. The leaders of Satan’s kingdoms have followed the same path. Read, The Worst Tyrants Of The 20th Century, and see where sin leads and ends.
God hates what this evil is doing to his children, those that love and seek him always. If you think that the world with its political correctness has reversed this trend, then you are not listening to God. Sin is very soon going to destroy the whole world as you know it. This is the meaning of the Time of the End, Antichrist, BEAST, Satan, and the destruction of everything that opposes life. The Lord God is going to allow the events of the end times because the unleashed sin will destroy itself and leave the world for those that have trusted in Him. Everyone who loves sin and the thrill of wickedness will be removed, leaving room for those that embrace the spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control [Galatians 5:22-23], to flourish. This coming judgment is likened in the Bible to Noah’s flood (the cleansing of the world, this time by fire) to make a peaceful place to live for the children of God.
God as Been Patient, but for the Love of His Children Judgment Is Coming
God has been patient, but because of what is being done to his children, his patience is running thin. His love for mankind has provided a path from broken faith in him to a restored faith in him through the death and resurrection of his Son Jesus Christ.
It was mankind that broke faith with the Sustainer of Life, but it was God in Christ who provides the way back to a restored faith. We can believe in God’s willingness to have us back because he sent Jesus Christ to die for us. Why would God have done this if he didn’t want us back? And because God has done this, we, by faith, can die to self and then be reunited to God through Jesus Christ, in the exact same way as Adam was united to God before his rebellious act. Through your belief in God’s desire to have you back, you can once again have a basis for complete faith in the God who died for you through the death of his only begotten Son.
Only God is Good Enough to Rule
God is the only one that has the perfect wisdom to navigate through life eternally without ever sinning. We must trust in God’s goodness and understanding, and listen to him in everything, knowing that his direction is for our good and is the way of eternal life. Any departure, no matter how small, from the way of life, brings with it death, that is sin. We are not good enough or wise enough to know the way, but God is, and he will guide us down the perfect path of life.
If you are studying the Bible’s prophecies, then this is what you should take from that study. All of this concerning the end times is because of sin and separation from God, who is the only one that knows the way.