Christ pointed to a SINGLE, MONUMENTAL EVENT more than any other which would warn of His RETURN TO THIS EARTH! You need to know WHAT IS THAT EVENT — and to WATCH for it! YOU ARE living in the death throes of civilization! NEVER have there been times such as these! Simultaneously, the world writhes in struggles between the great powers, flames in racial violence and hatred, smolders in "brush-fire" wars in Viet Nam, Angola, Northern India, the Congo; erupts with fiery volcanic explosions, sighs with restive, topsy-turvy weather conditions, and witnesses one of the greatest single religious movements in history!
These are ominous times — and Jesus Christ of Nazareth said it would be this way! He predicted THESE DAYS!
The Olivet Prophecy Shortly before His crucifixion, Christ was asked to supply His disciples down through the ages with SIGNS of His coming!
He had been describing the great destruction of Jerusalem which was only a few years ahead — His disciples wanted to know: not only when Jerusalem would fall, but also what would be the SIGN of HIS COMING, and of the end of man's civilization on earth.
"And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying; tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world [age, society]?" (Matt. 24:3).
Countless thousands have assumed Jesus was speaking ONLY of the conditions surrounding the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.! But think. If Christ had been describing only the destruction of Jerusalem — wouldn't He have plainly said so? He was not asked to describe only the destruction of Jerusalem — but to describe the SIGNS of real WORLD IMPORTANCE which would herald His imminent second coming to this earth, and the end of man's self-governing rule on earth!
Christ then warned of false christs and false prophets! He said MANY would come "in His name," plainly saying that He, Jesus, IS the Christ — but even with this "Christ-like message," would deceive many! (Matt. 24:5).
Jesus then proceeded to give a step-by-step, event-by-event outline of what would happen prior to His second coming!
The Focal Point of Prophecy This famous Olivet prophecy provides a KEY to Bible prophecy! Prophecy is DUAL! That is, prophecy has a double fulfillment. The duality of the plan of God is illustrated in many parts of the Bible.
Jesus plainly showed that there was a FATHER in heaven, to whom He prayed. Yet, He said He and the Father were one! There is the "first Adam," and the "second Adam," as the Apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 15. There is the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Bible reveals many basic truths by the use of Bible types, or examples, which are DUAL! There is physical Israel, and there is spiritual Israel, the Church (Gal. 3:29). Just as the ancient Israelites came out of Egypt, through the Red Sea and into the wilderness, so, says the Apostle Paul, the New Testament Christian is to come out of spiritual sin, through baptism, and into his life of trials and testing! (I Cor. 10:1, 11)
Actually, there is no clearer proof of the duality of prophecy than the 24th chapter of Matthew, itself!
Jesus was asked, remember, to show the signs prior to His second coming! This He proceeded to do. Unless Jesus Christ was a liar, a fake, a charlatan and a fraud — or unless He was honestly mistaken, and all of His words were totally untrue — then the 24th chapter of Matthew is absolutely dual!
Why? Simply because MOST all of these prophecies have never yet occurred! If Jesus was talking of the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., then what of His promise to RETURN "immediately after the tribulation of those days" (verse 29) to this earth with His mighty angels, gathering together His ELECT! Has Christ returned? No, He has not! And neither has Matthew 24 yet been fulfilled!
Jesus DID give the definite signs which would announce His second coming. He repeatedly warned in this important chapter "WATCH therefore — for you know not what hour your Lord doth come!" (Matt. 24:42).
Jesus was talking about watching world news — watching world conditions!
What WERE these major world events Christ said we should look for?
They Are Happening Today! Remember, the very FIRST thing of which Jesus warned was great religious confusion. The apostle Paul asks, "Is Christ divided?" (I Cor. 1:13). In his letter to the Church at Ephesus, Paul stated. "There is one body [the Church] and one spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, [doctrine — belief] one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all" (Eph. 4:4-6).
Jesus PRAYED that His true Church would be kept ONE, and absolutely guaranteed by His own power that it WOULD BE!
But how would you answer this ancient question of Paul's, today? Is CHRIST divided?
No! Christ is not divided. But the churches of this world are!
Look around you. How do you describe or come to understand this unusual phenomenon of hundreds of differing, disagreeing, arguing churches, schisms, sects and cults — EACH ONE disagreeing with all the others — yet ALL claiming to get their practices and beliefs from the same book?
Remember, Jesus warned there would come a time of great religious confusion — of DIFFERING doctrines which He said would DECEIVE the many!
Never has this been truer than now.
Jesus said the very NEXT major world event His true disciples should watch for would be world chaos and wars as never before!
Think of it! Just since the great chaotic shambles of World War II, culminating in the explosion of the world's first known atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this world has groped its way blindly through more than EIGHTEEN small WARS!
At the moment of this writing — there are MANY WARS being fought on earth! There are ominous rumblings of far MORE wars to be fought! And above and beyond it all — the world waits with bated breath in terrible fear of the possibility of a great NUCLEAR disaster, perpetrated by either of the two big powers, or even by an accident!
NEVER have world conditions any more accurately and perfectly fit the description Jesus gave of the times just before His return!
FAMINES! It is easy to delude ourselves by the permanent-appearing present into believing these striking predictions of Christ's are not actually happening! But they are!
As never before in human history, this world faces the dread specter of a monstrous FAMINE unknown since nations began! Thirty-nine Nobel prize winners called upon the United Nations for an immediate world-wide program on birth control under the direction of the United Nations, because they said, "Unless a favorable balance of population and resources is achieved with a minimum of delay, there is in prospect a dark age of human misery, FAMINE, under-education and unrest which could generate growing panic, exploding into wars fought to appropriate the dwindling means of survival!" (Emphasis mine)
Certainly, recommendations from a body of men so respected, and to a source so high, cannot be dismissed with a shrug of the shoulders and a casual opinion to the contrary!
A well-known newspaper columnist said recently, "If there are no accidental wars, then my guess would be that one will be started by design no later than 1970. IT WILL BE A FOOD WAR. The populations of the nations are increasing so swiftly that some of the big ones will begin to feel the pinch of starvation within 10 years. When that happens, either the people revolt or the government goes to war... If you lock 10 men in a room," he continued, "and there was no way out, and enough food was sent in for 6, do you think that you would have trouble? No matter how peaceable the 10 might be, the craving for sustenance would overcome the men and they would have to fight to the death!"
This writer went on to describe how the world, in a sense, finds itself "in a room!" The only way out of this "room" of overpopulation and lack of foodstuffs is by DEATH!
Perhaps the most startling warning of all was from a Dr. Georg Borgstrom of Michigan State University's Department of Food Science who warned "The food gap is a bigger threat to civilization and peace than H-bombs, germ warfare and intercontinental missiles!
Dr. Borgstrom declared we ought to seek disarmament — but that a far greater, more urgent need is for "a gigantic rearmament to wage the sinister War for human survival" by providing FOOD "to give the human race a future!"
From his knowledgeable analysis, he concluded, "If all the food of the world — including surplus stores-were distributed equally and each human received identical quantities, we would all be malnourished!"
According to Dr. Borgstrom, mankind is facing the alternatives of EXTINCTION or SURVIVAL — based upon the awesome portent of world-wide FAMINE, alone!
Think of it! If Soviet Russia did not exist as a "political" threat, if the world did not have its gigantic headaches of germ warfare, nuclear bomb stockpiling, racial tensions, religious confusion, or the topsy-turvy conditions in the weather — these frightening statements of Dr. Borgstrom and dozens of others who specialize in these fields would still be too striking to ignore! This world stands in terrible danger — from the threat of FAMINE unchronicled in the experience of man!
Jesus Christ meant what He said!
Outbreaks of Disease Jesus next prophesied this world would know "pestilences" such as never before!
According to U.S. Red Cross officials, the last 10 years have been the worst in the entirety of human experience by way of natural disasters which always bring with them the threat of disease epidemics.
In the meantime, dread diseases of all descriptions — long thought to be conquered by medical science — have made their sinister reappearance in all parts of the world!
A Dr. Harry Lillie, who is a British physician and surgeon, said that modern drugs are "99% useless!"
He expects a world epidemic of the worst virus yet within the next 10 years — and that it will be the result of the wide use of penicillin and other antibiotics which, Dr. Lillie says upset the bacterial balance of the body.
Dr. Lillie concluded, "In my opinion, this danger (of a virus epidemic) completely overshadows any threat of nuclear war!"
It was recently reported that over 15 Western states in the United States of America are potential danger areas for the dread BUBONIC PLAGUE which wiped out so many millions in Europe and Britain hundreds of years ago.
Alan Phillips, writing in Canada's National Magazine "Maclean's," said, "Flushed with recent victories over our deadliest foe, the microbe, we no longer see ourselves as engaged in a struggle for survival. But in truth, a task force of medical detectives is discovering, we have merely traded old epidemics for new ones — and even the old ones seem to be coming back in new ways!"
He said, "All the genius of medical science has failed so far to produce a drug to curb the more than 200 known viruses!" Old germs — like old soldiers — never die! Mr. Phillips said, "We have not rid the world of a single PESTILENTIAL disease!"
And so it goes. From all parts of the world, new outbreaks of dread diseases formerly thought "conquered," in this modern era of medical science, come filtering in! The U.S. Public Health Service ordered strict enforcement of quarantine rules recently when it was learned that a new epidemic of deadly CHOLERA was raging in the Asian-cholera belt! The dread disease had jumped from China, where it had long been confined, to the Philippines, Sarawak, Borneo and Pakistan.
Hardest hit was the Philippines, where 15,000 cases had been reported with a total of 2,000 deaths!
The World Health Organization said this fearsome outbreak could turn into a super-epidemic "unprecedented in modern times!"
What you need to realize is that these FACTS are real!
They are daily factors in our life on this earth!
They fit precisely with the exact words of Jesus Christ of so many centuries ago. We are, truly, LIVING in the exact times of which Jesus spoke!
Great "Natural" Calamities MANY past articles in The PLAIN TRUTH magazine have shown the increasing, alarming incidence of great "natural" disasters! This world has entered an era of unprecedented earthquake and volcanic activity!
Something is wrong. Something BIG is brewing! In the last issue, you read of the great "ring of fire" all around this earth — and of what Bible prophecy says is going to occur. If you have not yet read our free booklet entitled "EARTHQUAKES!" then please do.
The last single decade has seen more loss of life, and more imagination-defying calamities than at any other single time in the recorded history of man! It would require many articles to cover only a few of them.
Only the Beginning But all these MAJOR EVENTS — every one of which is poignantly real — RIGHT NOW — Jesus said were only the beginning!
As each of these major world-wide conditions grow and GROW in intensity, Jesus said a great "SPIRITUAL," a great "RELIGIOUS" event would begin to take place! He said this great event would lead to the PERSECUTION — as never before in history — of His true servants, or of any who would not actually bow down to WORSHIP this great false system which He predicted!
He said, "Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you, and you shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake!" (Matt. 24:9).
This great religious martyrdom is the last climactic phase of what Jesus called the GREAT TRIBULATION! To understand these prophecies more fully, and also the alarming portent of what is just around the corner, you need to read the booklets "The key to the Book of Revelation," and "The Book of Revelation Unveiled at Last!" The booklet on the KEY to the book of Revelation shows how these events, as Christ outlined in the 24th chapter of Matthew, actually interpret and enlarge upon the events John saw IN VISION in the 6th chapter of the book of Revelation!
Then, after describing this terrible time of religious persecution — when even brothers, fathers and sons, and members of families would begin to horribly persecute one another — Jesus pointed to the one BIGGEST and most vitally important event of all!
Why important? Because this one great event was to be the SIGN for God's true people to FLEE — in order to escape the great tribulation which was to befall all those who had not been watching! If there is any one major world event you need to thoroughly understand — this is it!
The Abomination of Desolation This GREAT event is one which is beginning to develop right now — before your very eyes!
Jesus gave a stern warning. He said, "Whoso readeth, let him understand!" (Matt. 24:15).
This interjected warning — sternly positioned in this seemingly "vague" reference to a great world event, is too clear to ignore! Jesus meant this great, event, which your Bible calls a great "ABOMINATION" — an abomination which is going to make desolate — is too significant to ignore!
Let's notice it! "When you therefore shall SEE the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the HOLY PLACE (whoso readeth, let him understand) THEN let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains...
Matthew records a great abomination, which was to "make desolate," which would be standing in the "HOLY PLACE!"
In Luke's account, Luke describes, "And when you shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh!"
So, once again, the warning is dual!
Matthew's account, inspired of God's Holy Spirit, includes the "spiritual" event which is to take place — the great "religious" event which will actually stand in what is called the HOLY PLACE!
Luke's account, JUST as inspired of God's Spirit, talks of a military action — Jerusalem surrounded with armies!
What does it mean? Few seem to know! Theologians of past centuries have tried to assign this GREAT event to the standards of Roman Soldiers occupying Jerusalem, the desecration of the Temple by the Zealots, who seized it, and made it into a stronghold just before the armies of Titus attacked, or the attempt of Emperor Caligula to have his own statue set up in the Temple and worshipped!
But NONE of these events happened as a CULMINATION OF SUPER-WORLD EVENTS AS CHRIST FORETOLD!
The sacking of Jerusalem and the Temple WAS a PARTIAL fulfillment of this great DUAL prophecy — but only a forerunning TYPE of the really AWESOMELY GREAT event Jesus said was to come!
Scholars have not understood the absolute AUTHORITY of Scripture — the absolute ACCURACY of it! Just as with nearly ALL prophecy — this major Prophecy of Christ is DUAL!
This great warning is for us — NOW! First, then, where is this event to occur?
Jesus said to watch for JERUSALEM being surrounded by ARMIES, and to watch for a great ABOMINATION in God's sight being set up in the "Holy Place!"
Could anything be clearer? The ancient Tabernacle, and then the Temple, were partitioned into two rooms, beside the outer courts, porches and living quarters.
There was the outer court, in front of the Holy Place, where the priests made continual offerings and sacrifices. The innermost room was typical of God's own throne, called the "Holy of Holies!" or the MOST Holy place. Into this innermost room the high priest could enter only ONE TIME EACH YEAR, on the Day of Atonement, picturing mankind made "at one" with God. The outer room, through which the priest had to pass to enter the Holiest Place, was known as the HOLY PLACE. In it were located the table for the shewbread, and the golden candlestick.
It is in this precise room of the Temple Jesus said a great ABOMINATION is to be set up!
The PLACE of this great abomination couldn't be clearer!
It must take place in the city of Jerusalem, inside of a TEMPLE which apparently must. YET BE BUILT, in a room called the HOLY PLACE! That, at least, is HALF of the ABOMINATION of which Christ warned!
The OTHER half, explained in Luke's Gospel, is the warning of imminent MILITARY TAKEOVER OF PALESTINE?
But by whom? When? Why?
"Spoken of by DANIEL the Prophet!" Let's do as Jesus said — let's go to the prophecies of DANIEL to understand this strange warning!
Daniel was given specific visions of events to occur in OUR TIME! He told Nebuchadnezzar, "... there is a GOD IN HEAVEN that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the later days" (Dan. 2:28).
Daniel was told his prophecies were for the TIME OF THE END — NOW! (Dan. 12:4).
The answer to Christ's warning is found in the 11th chapter of Daniel, the longest and most clearly detailed single prophecy in all the Bible.
Notice! "And at the TIME OF THE END (this prophecy, then, is absolutely DATED as pertaining to OUR DAY, NOW) shall the king of the south push at him (the "king of the north") and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over" (verse 40).
Bible scholars have recognized the FIRST, TYPICAL fulfillment of this surprising prophecy, but have failed to see its LITERAL application to OUR TIMES!
It is known, for example, that the ancient kings of the north" were the Seleucidae of Syria, warring against the Ptolemies of Egypt. But what of the MODERN powers meant by these designations?
Remember — the Bible is written, SPIRITUALLY and GEOGRAPHICALLY, from the point of view of PALESTINE!
If you were to look on a map, and try to find two powers fitting this description, you would have a fairly easy task — if you KNEW the "king of the North" COULD NOT BE RUSSIA!
How can you know this? Because Russia is to the NORTH and EAST of Palestine — and is mentioned as yet a THIRD power in this same prophecy — and one that challenges the power of the KING OF THE NORTH (verse 44).
Who else could this be, then, except the coming UNITED STATES OF EUROPE, a resurrection of the ancient ROMAN EMPIRE, just as we have been fearlessly proclaiming for nearly THIRTY YEARS over the WORLD TOMORROW program, and in the pages of this magazine!
A rearmed GERMANY, heading up a final union of TEN NATIONS IN EUROPE — THIS is the Biblical KING OF THE NORTH!
The King of the South? EGYPT, of course. But not Egypt of today. Egypt of a few more years from now — Egypt as she continues to expand the U.A.R., bringing more and more of the North African Mohammedan nations into the same Afro-Arabian power bloc!
Daniel's prophecy shows the TIME when Christ's prophecy of ARMIES AROUND JERUSALEM WILL BE FULFILLED!
Notice! "He shall enter also the GLORIOUS LAND, and many countries shall be overthrown, but these shall escape out of his hand [the REASONS for this were covered in Dr. H.L. Hoeh's article in the last issue — on a way of ESCAPE for God's true people!], even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon" (Daniel 11:41).
Notice further, "And HE SHALL PLANT THE TABERNACLES OF HIS PALACE BETWEEN THE SEAS [MEANING JERUSALEM] IN THE GLORIOUS HOLY MOUNTAIN..." (verse 45).
Speaking in modern language, then, when YOU, yes YOU, YOURSELF, SEE a revived, remilitarized Germany, at the head of a UNITED STATES OF EUROPE the coming third power bloc of the world in central Europe — MARCHING INTO PALESTINE — then you had better realize THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION IS BEGINNING!
Why in the "HOLY PLACE?" But what about the REST of this stern warning from Jesus Christ?
He said, "When you see the Abomination of Desolation... stand in the HOLY PLACE... then... FLEE..." (Matt. 24).
Remember, the HOLY PLACE is an actual room in the TEMPLE!
Herein is the great "RELIGIOUS" fulfillment of Christ's warning!
The very FIRST WARNING JESUS GAVE, and His most oft-repeated warning, was that of false ministers, false christs — religious BABYLON!
Many parts of the Bible make this warning really PLAIN!
The great pagan religions of the world, nearly always stemming from EGYPT and BABYLON, have always had one major thing in common — IDOLATRY!
It seems each major babylonish system in its turn has had a single GREAT STATUE to which it looked — a chief idol — whether of an actual "deity" or supposed replica of its "founder."
Don't forget this remarkable prophecy has had a previous, TYPICAL fulfillment! While the REALLY IMPORTANT fulfillment is to take place in our time — there has been a forerunner of this prophecy.
In the times of the Seleucidae of Syria, the most dreaded and notorious of all the Syrian kings, Antiochus Epiphanes, succeeded in setting up an actual IDOL, a statue IN THE HOLY PLACE! It was the statue of "JUPITER OLYMPUS" chief deity of the pagan Hellenists of Macedonia and Greece! According to profane history, the statue finally found its way to Rome, and, through the ages, disappeared. If anywhere in existence today, the statue would be of great antiquity — darkened and worn with age!
Modern "mystery" religions are no exception! They, too, have their favored idols — cherished as something almost "sacred," and bound up in ages of tradition and history!
But NOT JUST AN IDOL is to become an abomination in the very Holy Place — but a living human being! One who is ALIVE, TODAY! One who will rise to GREAT OFFICE AND POWER, and will make GREAT CHANGES on the world scene — one who will SPEAK GREAT WORDS!
Jesus Christ, the Revelator, revealed to John the picture of a great fallen WOMAN who had made the world spiritually drunk on the "wine" of FALSE DOCTRINE!
Read it! "So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness, and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast (our free booklet, "Who Is The BEAST?", and the article appearing in the last issue fully explain this Bible symbol of a revived ROMAN EMPIRE in modern day Europe!), full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns" (Rev. 17:3).
These heads, representing governments in Biblical language, show the continuous stages, or phases of this babylonish system which was to continue from the time of the first Roman Empire until the second coming of Christ. (Dan. 7th chap)
But what power RULED over these successive stages or revivals in Europe? Read verse 4! A great harlot WOMAN is described! The Bible speaks of this woman as a GREAT FALSE CHURCH! She, in the female gender, commits spiritual "fornication" with the kings of the earth (Rev. 17:2), having political relations with this world!
Instead of COMING OUT of this evil world, and being totally SEPARATE from it, as God commands to every true child of His (Rev. 18:4; I John 2:15; Jas. 4:4; Rom. 12:2) this great false woman became very much a part of THIS WORLD!
"And upon her forehead was a NAME written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH!" She is, then, a great MYSTERY religion! "Mystery, Babylon the great" merely means BABYLONIAN MYSTERIES! Her doctrines are the identical SAME doctrines of the ancient pagan religions of BABYLON and EGYPT, started by the mother-wife of Nimrod, Semiramis, and perpetuated in the first century by Simon Magus and his henchmen!
Notice — she is called the MOTHER OF HARLOTS! She has many DAUGHTERS, then, WHO ALSO MIX WITH THE POLITICS OF THIS EVIL WORLD — FOLLOWING their fallen mother in her basic evils — yet having come out of her!
She is called the MOTHER, not only of HARLOTS — but of the ABOMINATIONS of the earth!
The GREATEST SINGLE ABOMINATION OF ALL will be fostered by this SAME BABYLONISH SYSTEM!
The Apostle Paul was inspired to give the whole story! He fearlessly foretold of a single man who was to ascend a great religious throne, and begin to make wholly BLASPHEMOUS and HIDEOUSLY ABOMINABLE proclamations — even appropriating to himself titles that belong only to GOD! He would eventually begin to claim that he, himself IS GOD!
"Let no man deceive you by any means," begins Paul (II Thess. 2:3), just as Jesus began His prophecy of the SAME TIMES — with a stern warning about false doctrines — "for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that MAN OF SIN be revealed, the SON OF PERDITION (DESTRUCTION) " (II Thess. 2:3).
Notice he is called a MAN OF SIN! But the DEVIL is called the very author and beginner of sin (John 8:44 with Rev. 12:9), the father of lies! This human being, to ascend a great religious throne, will be a SON OF DESTRUCTION! And Satan is called the DESTROYER! (Rev. 9:11 — margin).
This man will be a son of SATAN, spiritually, and perhaps even directly POSSESSED by SATAN HIMSELF!
Notice the great POWERS he will wield! "Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God (acting AS IF HE WERE GOD HIMSELF!) sitteth in the TEMPLE OF GOD..." (II Thess. 2:4).
IN THE TEMPLE! OF COURSE! IN THE HOLY PLACE!
Just as Jesus Christ warned, this MAN, a human individual even now alive, and perhaps even NOW Satan inspired, WILL PLACE HIS THRONE IN THE VERY TEMPLE OF GOD, CLAIMING TO BE GOD!
Could ANYTHING be MORE of an evil, foul, dirty, slimy, blasphemous ABOMINATION in God's sight?
Read the rest of this alarming prophecy! "... sitteth in the temple of God, chewing himself that he is God... for the mystery of iniquity (a babylonish MYSTERY religion!) doth ALREADY work (yes, Paul said it had its insidious beginnings even then!) only he who now letteth (an old word meaning "restrains") will let, until HE BECOME TO BE!" (The original Greek verb, "ginomai" has this sense, rather than "taken out of the way," as it appears in the King James translation)
"And then shall that WICKED (A WICKED ONE — ONE EVIL PERSON IN HIGH OFFICE — is the whole subject and content of this passage of scripture!) be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming" (II Thess. 4:8).
There it is! This great false spiritual leader will make UNPRECEDENTED changes in the whole religious pattern of the WORLD!
He will ascend a HIGH SPIRITUAL OFFICE, claiming to be the spiritual leader of the WHOLE EARTH — finally claiming HE IS GOD! Think of it! He will say THERE IS no God in heaven — that HE, HIMSELF, IS GOD!
Jesus warned YOU to watch! He said, when you SEE this great ABOMINATION beginning to develop, when you see these frightening signs in weather, in the political climate of the world, and in religion, then you can KNOW that His return to this earth is really NEAR!
This great false god will have the very power of Satan! He will deceive MOST of the world, and only the VERY ELECT will not be deceived by the tremendous MIRACLES he will perform (Matt. 24:24).
Jesus warned, "whoso readeth — LET HIM UNDERSTAND!"
You have been warned!