QUESTION: What is so important about having a one world religion? I understand one world economics and government for the coming new world order, but could you give me an explanation of why there is so much effort being put into gathering religious thought into one paradigm? What does religion have to do with anything?
ANSWER: Like government and economics, religion is a powerful means of control. But Satan doesn’t just want to control Planet Earth, he wants everyone to worship him as if he was God (Isaiah 14:12-14, 2 Thes. 2:4). Remember this fight is really between Satan and God, so if Satan can persuade people to worship him, then in effect he will have replaced God (Rev. 13:4) or so he thinks.
QUESTION: Regarding your Q&A titled “Can Islam Really Become the One World Religion”, you stated in your answer that you believe that a great leader from the Islamic faith will emerge to restore peace and order. How can this future leader emerge from Islam since he’ll have no regard for any god including the god of Islam as it states in Daniel 11:37?
ANSWER: This demonstrates the danger in building a doctrinal position on the strength of one verse. Taking Daniel 11:37 by itself one could conclude that the coming world leader will have no use for any religion. But in several places the Bible speaks of the important part religion will play in his rise to prominence.
His lack of regard for any religion stems from the fact that he will eventually proclaim himself to be God (2 Thes. 2:4). But in the meantime he will use religion to consolidate his power. 2 Thes 2:9 says he’ll use counterfeit miracles, and signs and wonders to deceive the people. Rev. 13 says he will garner the worship of the entire world through a religious leader we call the false prophet. In Rev. 17 John explains how he will tolerate the one world religion until he has no further need of it and will then will destroy it.
Following the departure of the Church in the rapture, Islam will be the most popular religion in the world by a wide margin, and would be the obvious group for this leader to align himself with. We shouldn’t be surprised at this kind of deception. It’s one of Satan’s signature strategies.
QUESTION: In your study of Rev. 6you put forward the following; “After the true Church is gone, those who also call themselves the church, but have been left behind, won’t have much trouble at all accepting Islam.” Do you still hold to this belief?
In light of Ezekiel 38-39, which you have stated, and I believe, will occur before the tribulation, God destroys the federation of Muslim countries that come against Israel. God explains in Ezekiel that all will know He is God at the end of this conflict. 1) Why would anyone seeing this believe that Islam is the true religion since it’s armies were destroyed 2) With all of the atrocities that are being committed in the name of Allah at this time, could any sane person come to that conclusion?
ANSWER: You don”t have to take my word for any of this. Just look around you. A hybrid religion called “Chrislam” has already invaded the Church. It’s an attempt to merge the two faiths into one.
And many people, including past and present leaders of our country, contend that Islam is a religion of peace that has been hijacked by a radical element, and that God and Allah are two names for the same deity. After the battle of Ezekiel 38and the rapture of the Church people will be desperate for anything that holds out the promise of peace.
I consider the idea that Islam will be wiped out after their defeat in the Battle of Ezekiel 38 to be wishful thinking. Islamic armies have been defeated many times, and yet the religion thrives. Also, some of the largest Islamic countries in the world won’t even be represented in Ezekiel 38, and of those that are, only their armies will be defeated. Their nations will survive. People will be looking for a reason to believe. And remember, no people of the Muslim faith will go in the rapture. It will suddenly be the world’s biggest religion by a wide margin. It’s size alone will make it attractive.
And if, as I believe, a great leader from the Islamic faith will emerge to restore peace and order, his message will be very attractive to people of every faith and no faith in a lost and frightened world.
QUESTION: Someone has pointed out that the Anti-Christ will one day defect from his own religion, from the god of his fathers, and magnify himself to be a god. If the anti-Christ comes from Islam and magnifies himself above all including Allah, and demand the Muslims follow him, how will the Muslim crowd respond to his demand? Seems like he would be called a traitor to his own religion, and be killed.
ANSWER: In Rev. 17 the one world religion is called the prostitute, the anti-Christ is called the beast and the 10 regional governments are called the 10 horns. Here’s what it says about them.
“The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God’s words are fulfilled.” (Rev. 17:16-17)
Although the anti-Christ will have come to power with the assistance of the one world religion, he will eventually do away with it to become the sole object of worship. Remember, at this point the anti-Christ will be indwelt by Satan. No one knows for sure how this will all unfold, but in effect Rev. 17:16-17 says that God will use the anti-Christ and his confederacy of kings to destroy the end times false religion because it will accomplish His purpose.
QUESTION: Am I correct to believe that the first half of Daniels 70th week coincides with the opening of the seven seals and that the latter half sees the trumpet and bowl judgements? If so, how would it be possible for the man of sin and false prophet to meet their objectives as outlined in the 13th chapter of Revelation when the world is experiencing the devastating bowl judgements of the wrath of God? It’s my understanding that the time of God’s wrath is so severe as to drive men to hide in caves and that no flesh would survive had it not been cut short. Hardly the time to conduct international affairs. Where exactly in the time line of the seal, trumpet and bowl judgements does anti-Christ’s reign fall?
ANSWER: The first half of Daniel’s 70th Week includes both the seal and trumpet judgments. The anti-Christ will be around during this time but will be thought of as a world leader only. He’ll make his official entrance on the world scene as a supernatural being in Rev. 13 by standing in the Temple saying he’s God, and demanding their worship (2 Thes. 2:4, Rev. 13:8). This is called the abomination of desolation and will kick off the Great Tribulation (Daniel 9:27, Matt. 24:15-21) which is the 2nd half of Daniel’s 70th Week. The bowl judgements won’t begin until Rev. 16.
All of Daniel’s 70th Week will be a difficult time for the people on Earth, but these three series of judgments are progressive, with the seal judgments impacting 1/4th of the world (Rev. 6:8), the Trumpet judgments taking 1/3rd of what’s left (Rev. 9:18), and the bowl judgments becoming world wide (Rev. 16). So the full fury of God’s wrath won’t be felt until after the Great Tribulation has begun.
QUESTION: First of all I would like to thank you for a wonderful website. Your answers are very down to earth and easy to understand as well as following scripture to the letter.
My questions are concerning the falling away? referred to by Paul in 2Thessalonians 2:3. What exactly is the falling away? and what is the timing of this in reference to the rapture and tribulation?
I have heard many bible teachers say that this is occurring at this time with many churches trying to redefine the Gospel to a more secular world view. They also site the ecumenical movement back to the Roman Church which has clearly moved away from the simple Gospel written in the Bible. Although the Roman Church had started moving away from the Gospel many centuries ago and this falling away has been going on for as long as the Church has been in existence. Did Paul mean that this would occur just before the end or would increase as the end approached?
I have seen in recent years, teachers who were very Bible based in their teaching, redefine their views to be in line with these so called new approaches and ecumenism in the spreading of the Gospel, men who spent their whole lives dedicated to the tuth suddenly change their minds. Does this mean that the people involved in these things are not saved or were never saved? I am very concerned with these things since Jesus has said that the Father would not let those He has given to Jesus be plucked out of His hand. If this is so than we must be very very close to the time of the end. I can’t see this going on for very much longer. Thank you for your reply.
ANSWER: From a timing standpoint, in 2 Thes. 2 Paul identified both the apostasy, or falling away,(v.3) and the removal of the Holy Spirit (v.7) as events that would have to precede the introduction of the anti-Christ, which we know from Matt. 24:15-21 kicks off the Great Tribulation. He gave these two preconditions within the context of signs that the End of the Age has come.
You’re correct in your observation that there’s been a general falling away in progress for some time now, first among the Catholics and then the main line Protestants. But each of these was a long slide followed by a great revival. In the case of the Catholic Church it was the Protestant Reformation that brought revival, and in the case of Protestants it was the Great Awakening in the 1800’s that gave birth to the Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, and Pentecostals. More recently the Jesus movement of the 70’s brought a further deterioration of main line protestant ranks. Each of these cycles brought a resurgence of orthodox belief to the Church.
Now we seem to be going the other direction, with the new movements afoot in the Church being decidedly away from orthodox Christianity. And it is a sad fact that a number of formerly solid pastors and teachers are being seduced by the lure of large audiences and fat offerings that can result from embracing the Seeker Friendly / Emergent Church model. In time the state of their hearts will be revealed as those who are His come back to their First Love.
All told this could be a sign that the Apostasy has come, and that the Church is being stripped of its non-believing element. If so then the Rapture is next.
QUESTION: I’m shocked about the apostasy found in the “church” today. Is this normal? How shocked about it do you think the average person is?
ANSWER: I think the majority of those who say they’re part of the Church don’t have a clue about any apostasy in their midst. Those few who do see it know it’s a fulfilment of prophecy. In 2 Tim 4:3 Paul wrote that in the last days people would not put up with sound doctrine but would look for teachers who would say what they want to hear. And in 2 Thes. 2:3 he wrote that this apostasy would be a sign that the true Church would soon be gathered to the Lord.
QUESTION:My preparations to teach an adult Sunday school class at my church led me to the mention of the “Iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full” in Genesis 15:16. I expressed my conviction to the class that God’s destruction of every nation and people in history has always followed when His warnings against wickedness were ignored and that America’s descent into the abyss of evil in defiance of His warning means His judgement is sure to follow. Some astute class members really agreed, but some others were offended by my analogy to America. Somehow, apathy and outright apostasy seem to lurk in even churches where the Gospel is faithfully taught. Have you also found this to be true?
ANSWER: This is the fulfillment of a prophecy foretold by Paul 2,000 years ago.
“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” (2 Timothy 4:3).
To varying degrees, all teachers of sound doctrine face this today.
QUESTION: I’ve only just now heard of the Bilderbergers and their theorized attempts to enact a world government. Should I view this group and other groups that have the same intent as sinister groups automatically? Are we as believers urged by Scripture to not aide or engage attempts to unite the world?
ANSWER: The Bible never speaks of a united world, nor does it instruct us to work toward one. Jesus said that His Kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). On the contrary, we’re taught that our citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20) and to focus our efforts on the next life, which is eternal, and not this one, which is temporary (2 Cor. 4:18). As far as it’s up to us we’re supposed to live in peace with everyone (Romans 12:18) but we’re not to conform any longer to the pattern of this world (Romans 12:2).
QUESTION: Do you think that the church will ever be united and stop the “in-house” fighting? I know the end time church will be small and lack influence, but will doctrine become a non issue? Will we be about Jesus and Him only? I just don’t see how this thing plays out before the rapture.
ANSWER: According to my understanding the opposite will happen. The “in-house” fighting in the Church will result in a major rebellion (2 Thes.2:3), evidence of which we can already see.
Paul wrote about people abandoning the faith to follow the doctrines of demons (1 Tim. 4:1) and other false teachings that will be popular but not scriptural (2 Tim. 4:3).
Peter said in the last day scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires saying “Where is this ‘coming’ He promised?” (2 Peter 3:3-4) as if to say those who believe in it are misled or uninformed because everything will keep going on as it has from the beginning.
John said many who have “the spirit of anti-Christ” will appear as a sign of the “last hour.” He said they will have come from within the Church, but never really belonged to us, because if they did they would have remained with us. Their going out will show that none of them belonged to us. (1 John 2:19)
The middle ground between true believers and believers in name only is quickly eroding, and the majority of those who call themselves Christian will find themselves on the wrong side of the split when the time comes.
But to the faithful Jesus said. “Because you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the Earth” (Rev. 3:10).