Sermon Transcript – Everything You Needed to Know About the Antichrist But Were Afraid to Ask

Series C – Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost – Sunday, November 6, 2016 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

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We proclaim Christ and Him crucified for our sins and salvation by grace through faith alone, and now, here’s a message from Pastor Chris Rosebrough:
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0:28the holy Gospel According to Saint Luke Chapter 20 verses 27-40.
0:34there came to Jesus some Sadducees those who deny that there is a resurrection they asked him a question saying teacher
0:41Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies having a wife but no children the man must take the Widow and
0:47raise up Offspring for his brother now there were seven brothers the first took a wife and died without children the
0:54second and the third took her and likewise all seven left no children and
1:00died afterward the woman also died in the resurrection therefore whose wife will the woman be for the seven had her
1:07as wife and Jesus said to them the sons of this age Mary and are given in
1:12marriage but those who are considered worthy to attain to the age and the resurrection from the dead neither Mary
1:18nor are given in marriage for they cannot die anymore because they are equal to angels and are sons of God
1:24being sons of the Resurrection but that the dead are raised even Moses showed in the passage about the bush where he
1:31calls the Lord the god of Abraham the God of Isaac and the god of Jacob now he
1:37is not the god of the dead but of the living for all live to him then some of the scribes answered well teacher you
1:43have spoken well for they no longer dared to ask him any question in the
1:48name of Jesus a little bit of a note here we’re going to be in our epistle text today and
1:55we’re going to be looking at a dark subject the subject of the end of the world and the Antichrist and there’s a lot of
2:02false teaching out there a lot of really kind of hollywood-esque Sizzle regarding the Antichrist and it’s best if we take
2:10a look through here and pay close attention to what scripture reveals as
2:16we get towards the end of the church here every year you’ll notice that our readings across the year cover literally
2:22every major Doctrine within the scriptures in one year’s time and we
2:28spend well at least three weeks or more talking about the end of the world and
2:34so today we are observing All Saints Day and we remember those who have departed
2:40and died in the faith and we recognize that they are with Christ and that
2:46should Christ tarry that we too will be joining them soon enough right and our names will be added to the role of Faith
2:53until Jesus returns but in the days immediately before Jesus returns there
2:59is going to be one who arises within the church who will be the man of
3:04lawlessness and the church always has understood two things about this particular person is that we will have
3:12to contend with him when the time comes and he is revealed but the spirit that is animating him the spirit that is
3:18really at work in him is already at work in the church today so we are already
3:23dealing with the man of lawlessness at least the spirit behind him so it’s kind of the now and not yet aspects that
3:30we’re going to key in on and if you would like to follow along we’re going to do a little cross-reference work today you can kind of think of this as
3:36the ultimate Preppers Guide to Everything you ever needed to know about the Antichrist but we’re afraid to ask
3:42so we’re going to help you be prepared second Thessalonians chapter 2 verse 1 the Apostle Paul writing under the
3:48inspiration of the Holy Spirit tells us concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and are being gathered to him we
3:56ask you Brothers not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed either by a
4:01spirit or a spoken word or a letter seeming to be from us to the effect of the day of the Lord has already come
4:09apparently in second Timothy Chapter 2 Paul names these Two Fellas who thought
4:16it would be a really funny idea to write an epistle say that it was from the
4:21Apostle Paul and let everybody know that Jesus had already been come too bad wish
4:26he’d all been ready you’ve been left behind kind of the issue of how what was in that and the names of these two
4:32gentlemen are Jimenez and philidus they are mentioned for us in second Timothy
4:38chapter 2 verse 17 their talk will spread like gangrene among them are
4:43hymenaeus and philatus who have swerved from the truth saying that the resurrection has already happened so
4:50notice that the people who talk this way they have swerved from the truth and even in our day we’ve had people who’ve
4:56claimed that the day of the Lord is well it’s going to be next Thursday I always thought next Thursday would be a good
5:02day for Jesus to come back but the people who make these predictions over and again scripture warns us about them
5:08in verse 3 in our epistle Texas so let no one deceive you in any way
5:14let no one deceive you in any way there are going to be a lot of people who are teaching a lot of strange bizarre
5:21off-topic things regarding the end of the world and so Paul wants you and I
5:27also to know the truth of what’s coming so that number one we don’t freak out we
5:33don’t panic we don’t fall for the people who are selling books and teaching all kinds of strange things regarding the
5:39end and what is in Scripture is sufficient for us to be prepared so
5:44don’t let anyone deceive you in any way that day will not come unless the Rebellion comes first and the man of
5:51lawlessness is revealed the son of Destruction now the Greek word for
5:56Rebellion is apostasia and if you’ve spent any time in the church you’ve heard of the prophecy regarding the
6:02great apostasy that’s what this is referring to an apostasy is a rebellion
6:07and where does the Rebellion take place it takes place in the church you have to
6:13understand that scripture reveals that every human being is conceived and born dead and trespasses and sins they’re
6:19already at war with God and under the Dominion of the devil so the Rebellion that’s going to take place is going to
6:25take place where here in every congregation that confesses
6:32Christ and so there’s going to be a rebellion against Jesus against sound Doctrine against his word against his
6:40Commandments and the man of lawlessness is behind all of this
6:46we continue so the Jesus will not come back unless the Rebellion comes first the man of
6:53lawlessness is revealed who is the son of Destruction and he is one who listened to this opposes and exalts
7:00himself against every so-called God or object of worship so that he takes his
7:06seat in the temple of God proclaiming himself to be God
7:13this is the ultimate narcissist the man who has the true God complex and he will
7:19not allow any to be worshiped except for him the problem is he’s not God
7:26this is well the devil at work in this man
7:31Daniel writes about him in a couple of places let’s take a look at them Daniel
7:36chapter 8 starting at verse 23. Daniel says this about this fellow at the
7:43latter end of their Kingdom when the transgressors have reached their limit a king
7:48of bold face one who understands riddles shall arise his power shall be great
7:57but not by his own power in other words the devil will be behind him and he
8:03shall cause fearful destruction and shall succeed in what he does and
8:10Destroy Mighty Men and the people who are Saints
8:15listen to that he’s going to destroy Mighty Men you can think of great rulers and leaders on the
8:21earth and he will also destroy the Saints by his cunning
8:28listen to these words he shall make deceit Prosper under his hand
8:36and see the scriptures reveal that this Lawless one is already at work in the
8:41church and there are many churches where deceit and lies are prospering
8:46to pay close attention so he shall cause deceit to prosper under his hand and in his own mind he
8:52shall become great and without warning he’ll he will destroy many he shall even
8:58rise up against the prince of princes that’s Jesus and he shall be broken but
9:03not by human hand think of it this way there’s only one person
9:09only one person who is capable and has the authority to execute Justice with
9:14this fellow and it’s not you or I or any living human being it is Jesus Christ
9:20God in human flesh so the visions of the evenings and the mornings that has been told is true but
9:26seal up the vision for it refers to many days from now and then in chapter 11 Daniel tells us a little bit more
9:33information about this fellow he says and the Kings shall do as he Wills he
9:39shall exalt himself magnify himself above every God and shall speak
9:45astonishing things against the god of Gods he shall prosper
9:52till the indignation is accomplished for what is decreed shall be done
9:58so notice there’s a Time coming when this fellow Will arise and he’s going to prosper he’s going to succeed he’s going
10:06to make war against Christians and they are going to die
10:12he’s going to make war against the other leaders of the world and they will fall
10:18scripture cannot be broken he shall pay no attention to the gods of
10:24his fathers or to the one beloved by women he shall not pay attention to any other God for he shall magnify himself
10:32above all he shall honor the god of fortresses instead of these a god whom
10:38his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver and precious stones and costly gifts and he shall deal with
10:45the strongest fortresses with the help of a foreign God those who acknowledge Him He Shall Load With Honor he shall
10:54make them rulers over many and shall divide the land for a price
11:00thank you this sounds like the stuff of an Epic movie does it not but this isn’t some fiction
11:07this is prophecy and notice it says the ones who honor Him worship Him
11:13the early adopters to get on board with his plan and you’ll notice scripture describes
11:19him as both a religious leader and a political leader this is the ultimate merging of church
11:27and state but the problem is this isn’t the church this is the synagogue of Satan it says in our epistle text that
11:35he shall exalt himself in the temple of God and that’s not referring to a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem Paul and
11:43talking about the temple of God As a Christian as an apostle is talking about the body of Christ he will be both
11:50churchmen and politician melded into one satanic unit
11:55and World politics and world religion will come together in one
12:02satanic dictatorship and those who don’t bend the knee will have their heads
12:09taken off
12:15I’m not painting very Rosy picture the future am I this is not the picture that we get from
12:21the Liberals the Liberals tell us that it’s our job to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth it’s our job to go and
12:28well engage in social justice to solve the problem of poverty to overcome the
12:34ills of the world and thus bring the kingdom of God to Earth and really really recreate Eden by our own well
12:42powers and efforts and that once we do that Jesus will show up give us a nice pet on the back and say Well done you
12:49finally got your act together it took you several thousand years but you finally figured out it’s your job to
12:55bring Heaven to Earth and you’ve finally done it that’s not what scripture says
13:02scripture teaches that as we get closer and closer to the end things get worse
13:08and worse and note this the Antichrist the man of lawlessness is
13:14already at work he’s a he’s been doing his work in the church
13:20for thousands of years now so this is why Paul then says verse 5 in
13:25our epistle text do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things and you know what is
13:31restraining him for now so that he may be revealed in his time
13:36scripture reveals that this mystery of lawtlessness that is already at work verse 7 says has had a restrainer put on
13:45it but it’s not a total restrainer so with
13:51each level of restraint that is eased back upon this mystery of lawlessness
13:57his power and his deceptive abilities continue to grow and grow
14:02and this is one of the reasons why the end of the world is likened to birth pains getting stronger and stronger and
14:10stronger so only he who restrains it will do so until he’s out of the way and then the
14:15Lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord Jesus will kill love this with the breath of his mouth
14:23that’s some pretty strong breath and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming
14:29and then in verse 9 which was not in our epistle text I think we should put in here the coming of the Lawless one
14:34notice this he’s coming is by the activity of Satan and now we know who is
14:40behind this man of lawlessness with all power false signs false wonders
14:48yeah that’s right turn on your television and watch Benny Hinn wave his jacket and everyone go and
14:56fall down and be slain in the spirit false sign false wonder by the activity
15:02of the Devil Himself the coming of the Lawless ones by the activity of Satan with false signs false
15:09wonders with all Wicked deception for those who are perishing because they refuse to love the truth and so be saved
15:16as a result of that God sends on them a strong delusion so that they may believe
15:23what is false have you noticed that unbelievers in the
15:28media seem to have more biblical discernment than people who attend certain churches nowadays
15:34isn’t that weird that the media can look the look at
15:40Christians and go how dumb can you be to believe that if you send in a thousand dollars to that
15:47televangelist that God’s gonna make you rich are you thick in the head
15:53the answer is no they’re not thick in the head they’re suffering under a delusion sent by God in judgment
16:01and don’t think this couldn’t happen to us it could
16:07so God sends a strong delusion so that they may believe what is false in order that they they may be condemned who did
16:12not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness now the Apostle John also writes about
16:20the man of lawlessness and he uses the actual word Antichrist and you’ll note this as we look at what John writes
16:26about the Antichrist is that John also acknowledges that the Antichrist is
16:31already at work and that even in his time little antichrists have appeared
16:39and so little antichrists have appeared from the time of the Apostles through all of church history and they’re even
16:44here now John writes in first John chapter 2 starting at verse 18. children
16:49it is the last hour he penned this almost 2 000 years ago
16:55it is the last hour that is a very long hour it’s that hour has lasted several
17:02thousand years who knows how long it’s going to continue to last it’s beyond my pay grade to be able to tell you when
17:08the end is coming I haven’t achieved some kind of a level where the Trinity has revealed to me when the end is
17:13coming so we’ll just have to all work together with what we do have so it is the last hour
17:19you have heard that the Antichrist is coming and so now many antichrists have already
17:24come therefore we know that it is the last hour and notice where the
17:29Antichrist came from ready they went out from us but they were not
17:35of us see the Antichrist rise up within the church if they had been of us they would
17:41have continued with us but they went out that it might become plain that they are not of us but you have been anointed by
17:48the Holy One and the anointing referred to here is your baptism and so you’ll notice now we’ll start to note how
17:55scripture how the Holy Spirit Comforts us with this knowledge the Holy Spirit didn’t tell you about this guy that’s
18:02coming and the man of lawlessness and the Mystery of lawlessness and the Antichrist and the little Antichrist
18:07along the way so that you would not be able to sleep at night we don’t want you to go home going oh
18:15I can’t sleep no no no he begins to comfort us with these words you’ve been anointed by the Holy One
18:22Where Have You Been anointed you have been Anointed with the Holy Spirit the Waters of your baptism you’ve been
18:28buried with Christ you’ve been raised with him your sins have been washed away today you come and feast on the body and
18:35blood of Christ broken and shed for you for the Forgiveness of your sins take comfort he’s given you all of this
18:43information ahead of time so that you wouldn’t need to worry because nothing is out of control all is going according
18:50to plan you are in him keep trusting and looking to Christ looking to the one who
18:55has anointed you so but you have been anointed by the Holy One and you all have knowledge so I write you not
19:01because you do not know the truth but because you know it because no lie is of the truth oh that’s an important
19:08statement No Lie is of the truth see that’s the thing when you see the person performing signs and wonders and
19:16Performing Miracles but when they open their mouth they speak lies they twist
19:22God’s word to make it say things that it doesn’t say oh I know where you’re from you’re from
19:28the Lawless one you’re not doing this by the power of the Holy Spirit you’re doing this by the power well of the
19:36devil no lies of the truth so who is the liar but the he who denies that Jesus is
19:42the Messiah this is the Antichrist who denies the father and the son no one who
19:47denies the son has the father whoever confesses the son has the father also important statement there so let
19:56what you heard from the beginning abide in you let me say that again
20:02let what you heard from the beginning abide in you if what you heard from the
20:09beginning abides in in you then you too will abide in the sun and the father
20:14note here so where can we go to find the teaching
20:20of the Apostles well which this church heard from the
20:26beginning where can we go to find this Doctrine do I need to listen to a prophet giving me
20:32fresh revelation or do I go to the apostolic writing the doctrines taught from the very
20:38beginning of the church the faith once delivered to the Saints not the new and improved see
20:45Christianity is not like your computer’s operating system Christianity doesn’t need to be sent
20:51back to the computer programmers so that they can work the bugs out and give a
20:57fresh interface to it and then download it into your Christian heart so that you can experience Christianity 5.0
21:05the one where the email finally works no there is no Christianity 2.0 there is
21:13only Christianity and that’s what he’s saying
21:18don’t let anyone deceive you abide in what you’ve heard from the beginning if
21:24what you heard from the beginning abides in you the words of the Apostles Christianity 1.0
21:31then you will abide in the son and in the father and this is the promise that he made to us are you ready
21:38what’s the promise eternal life Christians it is time for us to become
21:45so Heavenly minded that we can finally once and for all be of some Earthly good
21:50this is what scripture teaches us our eyes are focused not on the here and
21:55the now and all getting worried and upset and anxious ridden because of what’s happening in the here and the now
22:01our eyes are set firmly on Jesus who’s to be revealed at the end of the world
22:08the new Heavens the new Earth the promise of eternal life keeping our eyes focused there will help us get through
22:15all of the turmoil in the in between so I write you these things he says
22:22those who are I’m writing these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you but the anointing that you
22:29receive from him abides in you and you have no need that anyone should teach you but as his anointing teaches you
22:36about everything and is true and is no lie just as is taught to abide in him
22:41and now little children abide in him so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him and
22:48shame at his coming if you know that he is righteous you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has
22:54been born of him one last look at scripture Revelation
23:00chapter 13. this is the one that all the movies go to Revelation 13. this is the
23:06one with the big graphic picture of the Beast and the dragon and we’ll note the cross reference in the similarities here
23:12to see that these are all describing the same thing Revelation 13 1 I saw a beast rising out
23:19of the sea with ten horns seven heads ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous
23:26names on its head and the Beast that I saw was like a leopard its feet were like a bear as its mouth was like a
23:32lion’s mouth and two it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great
23:37Authority one of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound but its mortal wound was healed and the whole earth marveled
23:45as they followed the Beast notice Revelation says the whole world will follow him they worshiped the
23:52Dragon for he had given authority to the Beast and they worshiped the Beast saying who is like the Beast who can
23:59fight against it I know the answer to that question it’s not me
24:05it’s Jesus and boy when he shows up things are not going to go well for this thing
24:11and the Beast was given a mouth uttering haughty Blasphemous words and
24:19it was allowed to exercise Authority for 42 months notice it was permitted to do this it opened its mouth to utter
24:26blasphemies against God blaspheming his name his dwelling that is those who
24:31dwell in heaven and also it was allowed to make war on the Saints pay attention here
24:38pay attention this thing is allowed to make war on the Saints and what’s the outcome of this
24:44war he was allowed to make war on the Saints and to conquer them
24:49Authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation and
24:55all who dwell on the earth will worship it everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the
25:02world and the Book of the life of the Lamb who was slain if anyone has an ear let him hear
25:10so what does this mean for us this sounds like a terrible dark future oh you’re just looking at the in-between
25:16keep your eyes focused on eternity it’s going to get really really crazy
25:21right there at the end and so if you have ears to hear then hear this if
25:27anyone is to be taken captive to captivity he goes if anyone is to be
25:32slain with the sword with a sword he must be slain are you saying pastor that there’s a
25:40chance that I as a Christian I’m going to be thrown into a camp and killed you
25:46bet your bippy that’s right you if that happens to you
25:52have been found worthy to suffer and to die for the name of Christ for not
25:58bowing the knee to the devil but persisting in worship of the one true God who has already set you free you see
26:05in the waters of your baptism you died you were buried with Christ and you were
26:11raised with Christ you’re already dead so
26:17if anyone’s to be slain with the sword but the sword he must be slain here’s a call for the endurance and the
26:24faith of the Saints you go right ahead and die let them take their light your
26:32life because they can’t take your life your life is already hid in Christ
26:38so let them kill you let them throw you in prison let them make you suffer
26:44all of this is heaping up even more and more reward and glory in the Kingdom
26:50that will be revealed now Jesus has told you all of this ahead of time and so our text and our epistle
26:57ends with these words of standing firm so we ought always to give thanks to God
27:02for you Brothers beloved by the Lord because God has chose you as the first fruits to be saved through
27:07sanctification to the spirit and belief in the truth you brothers and sisters are saved you are in Christ you have
27:14been Sanctified through God’s holy spirit and through belief in the truth so to this he has called you through our
27:21gospel so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus so then Brothers Stand
27:26Firm hold to the Traditions the sound doctrines that you were taught by us either by our spoken word or by our
27:33letter and now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father who loved us and gave us Eternal comfort and Good
27:40Hope through Grace Comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word
27:46so what are we to do knowing what’s coming and is already here and at work what are we to do
27:52come to church confess your sins be forgiven Feast on the body and blood of
27:58Christ Feast on the words of scripture leave here and go and love and serve
28:05your neighbor come back and do it again next week
28:10all of this is coming we know it’s coming when it shows up we don’t have to worry as if something has gone terribly
28:16wrong no everything’s going according to plan continue to make disciples trust in
28:22Christ feast and believe the truth reject the lies fight the good fight of
28:28faith God is the one who is warring not you and Jesus himself will bring all of it
28:35to not with his glorious appearing so be comforted
28:41stand firm you’re going to be just fine
28:47because Jesus is the one who Wars for you
28:53and he has the victory already in hand so much so the only thing he needs to do when he
28:59shows up to kill this terrible thing is to go
29:08that’s true power and true comfort in the name of Jesus amen
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