When we ignore the one thing the Apostle Peter told us we need to know about the coming of the Lord—what we call the Day Code, God’s prophetic great Week of 1,000-year Days—we’re fair game. We’re vulnerable to the hype and deception that runs rampant compliments of social media. We may have boatloads of information, but there is very little true biblical knowledge. The result is that we are tossed to and fro by the sensational dreams, prophecies, or “intelligence” from those supposedly in the know.
One such example is the so-called document on human fraternity that led to the construction of the Abrahamic Family House to be completed this year. It will house a church, a mosque, and a synagogue. It is heralded at once as a progressive sign of religious tolerance and as an ominous omen of a one-world religion.
Is this the precursor to the beastly Antichrist? We don’t have to wonder because God provides everything we need to know about the end-time events. If this is such an important sign, then why is there nothing about it in God’s Word? What we are told is that as the 6th Day draws to a close, the Jewish Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem and the daily sacrifices will be resumed.
Daniel 8 tells us that the little horn—aka: the Antichrist—will invade Israel and take away the daily sacrifices. He will even enter the Holy of Holies, declare himself god, and walk out in boastful defiance.
Needless to say, this isn’t a kumbaya moment of a one-world religion. No, it’s the exact opposite. It’s a Babel moment where humanity seeks to make a name for itself. Humanism declares that people are a god unto themselves. Religion is the opiate of the people. Forget about religion and faith. Have faith in yourself instead.
As Daniel foresaw it, the transgressors have reached their fullness. Through his cunning the Antichrist shall cause deceit to prosper. Even those who think that they will control the world through they abominable riches will be fooled because “he shall destroy many in their prosperity.”
Yes, the Antichrist will strike with stunning efficiency as his coalition of armies invade Israel. In his prideful hubris, he dares to rise against the Prince of princes. In an ironic twist, darkness will overcome them, for God Almighty shall respond by shutting off the celestial lights. Then the veil over the heavenly throne room will be pulled back and everyone on earth will see the Most High God.
They will see the Prince of princes come for His Bride. They will hear the triumphant roar of the Lion of Judah as Christ stands on the Mt. of Olives and splits it open, making a way of escape for the remnant of Israel. It is the beginning of the end of the Antichrist’s short, 3½-year prophetic career. As Daniel revealed, “he shall be broken without human means.” Talk about an understatement!
But what about the peace treaty that the Antichrist makes with Israel? What about the 7-year tribulation? Or the 3½-year great tribulation? Why can’t the Church agree on how and when Christ will return? Once again, it’s because we’ve ignored the one thing Peter told us not to forget. This causes us to focus solely on signs as we see them—not as Scripture describes them. Why is this important? Because Scripture always connects the kairos signs to the corresponding chronos times—God’s great Week of seven 1,000-year Days.
We need both views in order to see fully what lies ahead. Doing so not only lets us see the Day approaching clearly (Heb. 10:25), it keeps us from being deceived and troubled. And, perhaps more importantly, it keeps our focus on our present assignment—offering a merciful warning and a grace-filled option in Christ.
In our next blog we will look at the three prophetic events concerning the Temple sacrifices. This will help us see clearly what has already come to pass and what actually lies ahead in our near future.