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Super Sunday, Super Tuesday, & Satan’s Superman
Mt. 24:24; II Thess. 2
It was a super Sunday when Jesus rode into town as King, but the ‘superest’ Sunday of all was a week later when He rose from the dead! I don’t know how super this Tuesday will actually be, but I do know it was on a Tuesday when Jesus gave these end times teachings to His disciples. And verses 15 and 24 are all about a guy we could call “Satan’s Superman”, the antichrist.
With the help of Paul [II Thess. 2] and John [Revelation 13] I believe we can learn some super truths!
Now, these things are sensational, and some hard to believe. And today we introduce a guy with super powers entering the scene, and this is where some get kind of skeptical.
Ill.—In 1938 a man from Long Island wanted a barometer to place on his mantle. He bought an expensive, elaborate one, took it home, but as he opened the box he noticed that the needle was pointing to the sector that indicated that a hurricane was coming. He looked for a knob to adjust it, but found none. That made him mad so he shook it to try to get it to reset to normal. “I can’t believe it, as much money as I spent for this, and it’s defective.” He wrote a scathing letter to the company. He had to take a business trip for a few days and when he got back home, his barometer was missing...and so was his house!
There was nothing wrong with the barometer, he just refused to believe it...it didn’t seem like something that bad would really happen.
You cannot stop the return of Christ and the tribulation any more than you can stop a hurricane from coming. The Word of God gives us fair advanced warning, and it doesn’t need adjusting, it just needs believing!
The tribulation is a great storm of God’s judgment. It is preceded by the rapture and concluded at the battle of Armageddon, and then comes the Millennial reign of Christ for 1,000 years. These are the 2 phases of Jesus’ 2nd coming to earth, the rapture and the millennium. His first coming was 2,000 years ago as a man, but God in the flesh. During the tribulation another man will come but this one will be the devil incarnate [in the flesh]...the antichrist, the beast, the man of sin, the son of perdition.
There’s a strong chance that he is alive today and waiting in the wings.
2 Thessalonians 2:2
Evidently someone had written a letter, pretending to be the apostles, stating that the rapture had occurred, and they were all left behind in the tribulation. Paul clarifies that it was not the last days yet and he didn’t write that letter.
2 Thessalonians 2:3
Again, he says there will be signs of the end times, and then will come the tribulation and the antichrist with it.
1. The Mockery of God Recounted.
2 Thessalonians 2:4
This is the abomination of desolation. The antichrist claims to be God, and most of the world will buy it! Satan has always wanted to be God, ever since he rebelled as Lucifer and tried to capture God’s throne. He was cast out of heaven and has declared war on God ever since. At the end of the world Satan will throw a final insult in the face of the Almighty and it will be the ultimate mockery.
Satan has always been an imitator of God, a counterfeit:
· Mt. 13 teaches that Satan has counterfeit Christians.
· II Cor. 11 – counterfeit ministers
· Gal. 1 – counterfeit gospel
· Rev. 2 – counterfeit church, the synagogue of Satan, where those who worship think they are following God, but it is actually Satan.
In the tribulation, long before the antichrist wants casualties he wants converts, and the worship of man. Just as he will lead the one world government, a one world church will come on the scene, ultimately under his hand as well, led by the false prophet, the right hand man and sinister minister of the antichrist.
2. The Mystery of Iniquity Restrained.
2 Thessalonians 2:6-8
The ‘mystery of iniquity’ is the unseen spirit world of demons at work on their plan to overthrow God. Some don’t believe in demons. Neither did doctors in the middle ages believe in bacteria, but they were still real and still at work and still harming people.
“Revealed” is from the Greek – apocalupsis [apocalupsis] and it is where we get the word apocalypse. It means an unveiling, as in pulling a cloth off a statue. Again, knowing these are the last days, we can assume he is likely alive today, but something is holding him back right now. In v. 6 it’s a ‘what’ and in v. 7 it’s a ‘he’. The what is the church and the he is the Holy Spirit, and both will be removed at the rapture! The Holy Spirit not only helps the saints, He also hinders Satan, keeping him on a leash.
3. The Mastery of Satan Revealed.
2 Thessalonians 2:8-10
What will the antichrist be like? According to these verses he will be Satan’s Superman, w/ superpowers! His intellectual genius will be immense, his authority will be overpowering, his technique superb. Men will be willing to die for him, and betray their mother w/ a smile for his sake. Women will swoon at his feet, and children will speak his name with reverence. The world will wonder over him [Rev. 17:8]. He will come on a platform of peace, but it is a false peace. Dan. 9 says he will destroy with peace!
In the end he’ll transform the world into a vast concentration camp where everyone is an inmate and all have a number. He’ll be like a combination of all the dictators of history...the Caesars, Napoleons, Hitlers, Stalins, Husseins, Ahmadinejads, and Hugo Chavez’, all rolled into 1, multiplied by 10,000! He’ll put a mark on everyone he can and be able to track their every move and action. His miracles are called lying wonders...he’s a master of deception.
The technology is all in place. Small chips the size of a grain of rice are being implanted already today to track children and pets by gps. Smart cards contain more info. on the head of a pin than you ever learned in school, and it’s info. about you!
Ill.—I’ve never been able to get over the fact that the bar code technology can have so much info. within just a few lines. Did you know that the first, last, and middle numbers in all bar codes are the number 6? I’m not a superstitious person, but this is more than interesting.
4. The Majesty of Jesus Released.
Jesus is God, but His glory was veiled in His first coming, but not the next time He comes!
v. 8 ‘the brightness of his coming’
Ill.—have you ever looked at the diamonds in the jewelry store? They display them on a black background. This makes them look brighter! The tribulation will be a very dark, ver black time…which will make Christ’s 2nd coming that much more beautiful and bright!
At Armageddon the skies will part and King Jesus will ride in with the armies of heaven, but they won’t be needed. He’ll destroy the antichrist and all of His enemies with a sharp sword coming out of His mouth, just a Word! And He who spoke the world into existence will speak His enemies into oblivion!
I’m not looking for antichrist, but for Jesus Christ. Jesus knows my name, the antichrist will only give me a number. Jesus will take you to heaven if you name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, He’ll call your name! The antichrist will take you to hell. And so, at the end of the world, will your name be called, or will your number be up?
There’s no need to face the antichrist if you accept Jesus Christ today! Christians, let’s not go to church on Sunday and live like the devil during the week. Let’s be found faithful when Jesus comes back!
Ill.—man went on vacation to Switzerland / took walk in countryside / came upon a beautiful Swiss villa / exquisitely pruned, manicured / talked to man in yard / “Nice house!” / “It’s not mine, I’m just the caretaker…the owner lives in the states” / “How often does he come?” / “Sometimes years between visits!” / “Well, you’ve got this place looking like as if he were coming tomorrow!” / WITH disgust on face he replied: “Today, sir!”
That’s how we should be living!
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