Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday March 8, 2015
2. An introduction to WHERE the prophecies are that God predicted in the Old Testament.
EPH 3:1-6; COL 1:25-27; ROM 16:25-26, = the Church, the body of Christ, the future bride of Christ was a mystery and was not known in the O.T.
1. Baptism of the Spirit.
2. Unique PPOG.
3. Unique equality factor of the CA.
4. Portfolio of invisible assets.
5. Two unique royal commissions
6. Unique mystery doctrine
7. Indwelling of the Trinity
8. Unique availability of OP
9. Dispensation of no prophecy
10. Dispensation of invisible heroes.
The Church or the dispensation of the Church-age has nothing to do with the major prophecies found in the Bible.
The Church could not have been in view in the O.T. prophecies which deal with the dispensation of the Law and then the dispensation of the HU, Tribulation, Millennial reign.
The prophecy of the beginning of the CA as given in Act 2 (Isa 28), the prophecy of the Rapture, the termination of the CA, in 1Th 4, and 1Co 15, and in-between those two prophecies we have the mystery doctrine of the Church-age.
Beginning of CA----M.D.----Termination of the CA (Rapture (CA)
We are not waiting for any events to take place except the Rapture at which time all members of the Church in heaven in an interim body will receive their resurrection body and those on the earth in their human body will all receive their resurrection body as well.
The Tribulation period starts with the Resurrection of the Church and it terminates with the Second Advent or the Second coming of TLJC.
We have the Rapture and the Second Advent and in-between, we have a short 7 year period called the Tribulation period.
MAT 24:15, "Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation [Antichrist, a prince from a Middle East country who will sit on the throne in Jerusalem claiming to be God] which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),
Abomination - bdelugma = something that is disgusting and is oftentimes associated with that which is defiling andor idolatrous.
EXO 20:3-4, "You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
The word "desolation" means to be in a condition that is uninhabitable and devastated.
He will be of Roman descent and may even have ties with Islam and the Muslims, and is identified as the Antichrist.
The Apostle Paul describes the "end times Tribulation period" and gives his readers an interesting sign of that period that concerns the Antichrist and the blasphemy he commits.
1. The Greek noun apostasia can be a reference to a great falling away from the faith and in some translations it is translated rebellion or individuals falling away from the faith.
2. The second meaning is that the word apostasia is translated "a departure" with refers to the rapture and should be translated " "the departure."
It is a noun and not a verb and it has a definite article in front of it which says that it refers to an event, it is called "ho apostasia" or "the departure" not "the fallen away."
The "fallen away" is not an event so it has to be an event, and the only event that makes any sense is "the departure" and therefore a reference to the Rapture.
2TH 2:3-4, Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the fallen away comes first, Or: 2TH 2:3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the departure [Rapture] comes first, "the falling away" or "the departure of the Church," [Rapture] must come before the tribulation. who opposes and exalts himself above every so‑called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.
The abomination being in the holy place of God and the abomination being an individual, as described by Daniel, as we will note.
This abomination also agrees with what the Apostle John describes in REV 13:5 concerning the Antichrist and the time given for him to rule, which will be 42 months or 3.5 years.
REV 13:5, And there was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies; and authority to act for forty‑two months was given to him. = 42 months represents 3 and a half years!
This also agrees with DAN 9:27, which says the Antichrist will break his treaty with Israel in the middle of the seven year tribulation period.
DAN 9:27, "And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week [in prophecy a week = 7 years - so in the middle of the Tribulation or 3.5 years into it]
he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate."
This means the one that God has decreed to do this, will do it.
This decree is what God allows to happen not what He prefers or desires.This also matches up with DAN 12:11 which says that there will be 1,290 days (approximately 3.5 years) before the abomination of desolation occurs.
DAN 12:11, "And from the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.
John also explains that an image of the Antichrist will be constructed and those on the earth will be forced to worship it: REV 13:14-15.
He will deceive those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast or the Antichrist who supposedly was wounded by the sword and yet lived.
He will be allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast, the Antichrist, to be slain.
The lies of the Antichrist will be ultimately revealed when he stands in the holy temple of God and sets himself up as an image to be worshipped as Almighty God.
An image could be set up in God's rebuilt temple in Jerusalem and could be just an image or an idol rather than the Antichrist actually being seated there in person.
The abomination of desolation is that it will be the Antichrist, 3.5 years into his reign, taking a place in God's rebuilt temple in Jerusalem and saying to the world that he is God and must be worshipped as God. When that occurs, the real Creator will respond to the challenge and will ultimately and eternally destroy the Antichrist (REV 19:20).
REV 19:20 And the beast [Antichrist] was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.
Who is part of the unholy trinity?The concept comes from Revelation 12 and 13, which describes three evil beings who will deceive many in the end times.
These three beings are Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet.
Satan is a mimic and impersonator and one way that he deceives people is by putting forward inferior copies of the real thing.
He will play the part of God the Father; the Antichrist will stand in for the Son, even to the point of being healed of a "mortal wound" (REV 13:3); and the False Prophet will take the role of the Holy Spirit, glorifying the Antichrist.
JOH 16:14 "He shall glorify Me"
Satan has always wanted to be "like the Most High" (Isaiah 14:14), and this false godhead is another attempt to fabricate godhood for himself.
The Antichrist is also discussed in Rev 12 and 13, but there he is pictured as the first of two beasts; the Antichrist is "the beast" that comes "out of the sea." The name "Antichrist" is only used in 1Jo and 2Jo.
1. The Antichrist is coming: "Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour" (1JO 2:18).
2. The Antichrist denies the Father and the Son: "Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son" (1JO 2:22).
3. The spirit of the Antichrist denies Jesus is from God: "Every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already" (1JO 4:3).
4. The Antichrist denies Jesus came in a physical body: "For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist" (2JO 1:7).
REV 13:1-8 describe the Antichrist's activities:
During a 42-month period (half of the future seven-year tribulation), this Antichrist will serve as a global leader who blasphemes God, His name, and heaven.
He will persecute the "saints" (probably people who turn to Christ during the tribulation period) and "conquer" them (resulting in the deaths of many believers).
Not only will He rule the earth, but he will also demand that every person worship him.
The False Prophet is the "second beast" which rises "out of the earth" and he is analogous to the Holy Spirit in the unholy trinity.
This False Prophet will appear to be gentle (like a lamb) but will speak evil (like a dragon).
ACT 9:31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and, going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.
JOH 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
He will force people worship the Antichrist by performing great signs as the fallen angels can compared to the human race.
He will require all people to obtain some sort of a mark on the right hand or forehead. Without this mark, people will be unable to buy or sell anything.
This unholy trinity—Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet—is the opposite of the true Triune God consisting of the Father, Son, and Spirit.