Sermons. Antichrist? So close?!

The reason the terrors are happening is simple. Evil’s world wants to create the atmosphere of fear and intolerance in society. Then people, as usual, will look for the little man who is always blamed for everything. They will find the one on whom the Evil will point out.

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Pavel Zhelnovakov

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.” (Matthew 24:6-8)

Nowadays, these words of Christ are becoming more threatening for all mankind. No, this is not a terrible determination of people’s destiny from the Lord and, certainly, not a curse. This is what rebellious human beings are inevitably approaching, having made free choices but not very wise choices. They that sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind. This is the law of the universe.

What is the role of terrorism in this sad process? What are the developing countries afraid of today? We all need to understand clearly that the devil is behind all terrorist actions. He is the main ideologist and inspirer of terrorism; the rest are just brainwashed puppets. In this case, there is a question: why does he need all that? Why did he need to kill hundreds of schoolchildren in Beslan in Ossetia if millions of children, in the whole world, are dying from abortions, diseases, nature disasters and just hunger? This happens not only in undeveloped countries but in prosperous counties as well. Why blow up buildings, poison people in metropolitan areas, to take hostages and many others? Is hatred the only reason or is there a crazy strategy of the theomachist?

The reason the terrors are happening is simple. Evil’s world wants to create the atmosphere of fear and intolerance in society. Then people, as usual, will look for the little man who is always blamed for everything. They will find the one on whom the Evil will point out. The devil’s task is to take away those who resist him by other people’s hands. This is well proved by Christ’s words about the destiny of Christians: “All men will hate you because of me” and “… when anyone who kills will think he is offering a service to God”. Only what “god” do they imagine and whom do they worship?

Satan tries to approach fear in people’s hearts, dissatisfaction, grumbling among people; tries to ruin economic stability in developing countries through terror and media, without which the terror is not possible. One dollar, which is put in the terror, brings billions of loss. Aviation companies go bankrupt; countries spend a lot of money on anti-terrorist programs, guns, security and so on.

Terrorism is not a ghost in its essence but it creates a powerful ghost of fear which becomes the syndrome of our society, taking away all hope from people. The spiritual world penetrates into the physical world, as of late: a word announced by one person “destroys” financial markets all over the world. The media creates “video types” with inadequate perception of the world through crazy imagination of certain people. It puts into people’s mind the conception of superman saving the world (with two guns in his hands). The feeling of fear causes us to install steel doors, double locks, buy guns…

If all the efforts and money that is spent on the fight of terror and lawlessness were to be put into right things, the world would have forgotten hunger and poverty. If the rich countries took care of poor ones, the bases of terror would have disappeared. The seeds of immoral crops have started giving its shoots. Poverty, racial and religious hostility, division on civil slaves and aristocracy have almost reached there climax.

Questions, and even some answers, do not give comfort and confidence. There is a need to determine the understanding of the secret power of lawlessness which is submitted by the strategy of the coming of the Antichrist. It is very important for Christians to understand their own role in resisting the chaos in the modern society. However, it is important for society to understand that it is more vulnerable for different tragedies because of their unbelief in Christ.

“Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t allow anyone to deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-8)

So the secret power of the lawless is already at work; it won’t be revealed completely until there is the one who holds it back. Only the one, who has direct and delegated authority on this Earth, can hold it back. According to Christian theology, this is the Holy Spirit that establishes God’s order in this world. Family, church and government are three institutions that express this order on the Earth. It means they are possessors of the delegated authority. Today, the factor which keeps the world out of chaos, is being taken out of the culture, religious life, human relationships and the governmental system. It is vividly seen in the history of contemporary America and the European Union. Many politicians and culture figures of these countries get their history free from Christian roots with diligence. Especially, this is noticeable in the destiny of Europe.

As a result, in society we see a digression from the faith and the principle of God’s order that were established by Him for all people on the Earth. Only the one who has a concern of the faith can deviate from it. With the account that this message was sent to the church, we need to seek the digression from the faith in the church’s life, order and teaching. The church life and order are, in the highest degree, determined by the church doctrine. Apparently, there will be only that part of the doctrine that establishes the order of the authority in the church structure. Many good standards of morality won’t come true without clear order in the life of the faith and the church. We chop the knot on which we are sitting ourselves. It is very dramatic. No, we will, probably, not see the vivid digression. Today, the society and government are ready to talk about the commandments, not mentioning how they understand about God.

From the perestroika in the Soviet Union it has just become popular to speak about the Bible, morality, Christianity and the role of the church. It was only not spoken about God of the Bible! Moral principals are proclaimed but it is not said what is in the basis and what Personality established them on this Earth as a part of His order. The Gospel, which is deprived of the Saving Person, can not change anything in our lives.

When God of all universe and mankind gave the Law for all Earth through His servant Moses, He had already established the order of commandments in that Law:

 

“And God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:1-3)

The power of these commandments, which really can change this world, was the acceptance of Personality of God! Contemporary society is content with the faith without real Personality. It even bothers it because our generation has developed the idea of humanity where there is a place only for a man on the top of the pyramid. That is what the Antichrist tries to achieve! Lord, have mercy on our Earth. However, nothing new is happening. There was already the story of the Tower of Babylon. Our contemporaries, as well as our ancestors, have forgotten that a man does not have any real chance to be on the top since the famous theomachist Lucifer could not hold on to it. Alas, the story of becoming Lucifer into Satan is not irony but a horrible reality of disturbed order. The shortest and the most awful way to the spiritual fall is to try to get a position on the top not having, without faith in God, either rights or real possibilities.

So, to deviate from faith is, first of all, is to deviate from God’s order. The devil knows very well that God’s order that is established in family, church and government prevents the execution of its evil strategy. It tries, and will be trying, to sow the chaos there.

Look how seriously the family is attacked today. Its strategy, concerning family, changed several decades ago, in that not many holy people noticed that. The devil fights, not so much with church, as with family because weak families are weak churches. Weak churches are not a serious threat for the demonic world. The main institute of human’s relationship is under pressure. Laws against family are accepted, in that it has done everything for men and women to live within marriage with difficulties and unwillingly. There are conflicts inside the family: lack of understanding between a husband and a wife, adulteries and divorces…

The expression “Everything comes from a family” has become well-known. Where do the homeless, the drug addicted, and criminals come from? They come from a weak and sick family. The greatest and the most worthless person is the result of parental education. Moses grew up in the family but Judas Iscariot was raised by his parents as well. So, in which of the two families was there order?

In order to comprehend what is happening with family today, it is necessary to recall what the Bible says about the order in the relationship between spouses. So, “…the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” (1 Corinthians 11:3) This is the foundation, somehow a “spine” of marriage relationship. Imagine, if one little spine will be replaced by another one a person will become an invalid. But nothing was thrown away. We were always taught that “from permutation of items the sum does not get changed”. The same is regarded in the marriage. As soon as God’s principal, the one that we have just read, is destroyed the rest of the order in the family relationship is destroyed as well. We are all in equal positions: the husband, the wife, Christ is all on account- everyone has its own head. If someone, a husband or wife replaces someone’s place and stops taking the responsibilities, such a family is destined to fall in chaos.

Terrorist actions are organized to create the maximum disorder. The family is the first who experiences the madness of terror by itself. Stable and centuries- old conception about a man, as a protector of the family, is pushed back before violation, cruelty and unexpected terror. Disorder demoralizes people, and the society stops functioning normally. The same is happening regarding the family. Strong family represents confidence and stability, and on the contrary, disorder in the marriage life, can be compared with a big storm on the sea. Our ship was caught in the storm, and it is shaken from one side to the other. As a result, we feel sick and want to do nothing. If there is chaos in the family, man is not able to live a normal life: to believe, take care about people around him, does something for the church, public and the country as well. This is what the evil tries to do. He tries to get everyone to think that he feels sick and is unwilling to see that everything around him and himself is on the verge of disaster.

We have to accept God’s order in our families once and for ever, and build correct relationships within the family. Christians should talk about that in public because the condition of society and its future depends on family. If we want God’s mercy to be prolonged on the Earth, we have to proclaim and establish the order in family by God’s principals. One detail should be mentioned here: God does not like men more then women. This is a lie! This Biblical principal is concerning only the order! The order is not an emotional sphere of our life. Some men just have to accept Christ as the head of their entire lives so that it would become a testimony for many women. We, as men, do not have any right to demand something from the women if we have not accepted Christ as the head of our life. According to Apostle Paul, God’s order in the family starts from a man and not from a woman.

Disorder in the family is vividly noticeable in the relationships between parents and the children, which is the big problem in the society having bad consequences:

 

“See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.” (Malachi 4:5-6)

We can have different opinions concerning this serious warning. One can even laugh though it will not be very wise, because the situation is very serious. According to God’s order and justice, marriage relationships are on the high level which means it has a great responsibility. Are family crimes, immorality and family genocide an element of the curse for many countries today?

The second aspect of evil plan in opening the way to Antichrist is concerning the situation in churches. Disorder can destroy churches as well. I think that many of you are aware of sad statistic of closing churches. The Lord has established certain principals in organizing the church, and He put every believer on its certain place. Every Christian has a gift, and this is the order. The church also has its own “spine” of the Biblical authority which is completed with the pastor. That or this disorder was always in the history of church. However, the question about the pastor is the essential issue. The pastor expresses the authority and leadership in the church. It certainly does not mean that the pastor’s ministry is the most “popular”. Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians so that we: “follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy”. However, the Lord requires a lot from the pastor because he has the authority which means that he is responsible for the order in the church. That is why there are so many attacks towards pastors.

Any kind of authority, by God’s plan, is supposed to establish and support the order, but not distorting the institution of authority itself. That is why the most horrible things happen in the fight for authority. There is a war for being a pastor. On one hand, many men decrease the biblical demands toward the candidate for the pastor. Sometimes, they find excuses, as if the circumstances require that. The history, as well as modern, knows enough cases of unsuitable men’s pastor ship. Such churches get out of this for a long time if they ever do that…

On the other hand, feminism tries to get in the church. Many women want to become preachers. But the Bible puts demands toward the man to be a leader of the church, besides a certain man who is appointed by God. It does not mean that the woman should be neglected. No, no. There are so many ministries where a woman will manage better than a man. It seems it does not touch the rest of men. They understand that this is not the question of the emotional sphere but the order.

Many women do not understand that and try to become a pastor and receive the authority. Looking for excuses they find “suitable” verses from the Bible. It is already becoming normal to misread the commandments and words from the Scripture. I know one case when one tried to put some words into the Bible that have never been there. There are small, unnoticeable and slow steps aside from the truth and people do not notice how far they are from the safe roads of God’s truth. Yes, some women achieved good results being pastors, but it costs them a lot. The true teaching of Christ has two components: a word and an action. If our word does not coincide with the action, it means that we have stepped aside, somewhere, from God’s truth. Disorder regarding the pastor ship leads to destruction of the church. Exceptions, in this case, can never become a rule.

Let’s move on to the third aspect of the order on this Earth- the government. What attitude does the Christian have toward the government? Apostle Paul writes to his disciple Timothy about it:

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2”1-2)

A believer has many ways to express his attitude to the government before God. These are prayers, requests, intercession and thanksgiving. Meanwhile, we hear from many people, even from Christians, irritating reproaches toward the government. We forget that the state is the foundation of the order, and it is the most important after family and the church. The Bible teaches and finds it wise to submit to the government:

“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.” (1 Peter 2:13-16)

In these verses the Lord shows the direction for Christians when crazy and ignorant people say dirty and false words in their address. Do good! And you, as it is written, who do God’s will, will be praised by the authorities and silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. We are talking about a social position of the church. Today, Christians have one chance to destroy the negative attitude toward to the evangelistic churches. This is the social position of believers, godliness and charity. Today, the society judges by actions and not by words. If people see that the Christians are not chatterboxes, but they are people of actions, good actions, then much ignorant talk of foolish men will be silenced.

The Bible gives us a clear pattern of the government’s order:

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.

This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: if you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” (Romans 13:1-7)

These principles not only concern the church, as someone wants in our society. If these principles, which were established by God for the government, are not followed there is a disorder in the state. Certain powers start putting pressure on the Supreme authority using this disorder.

There are many different ways to sow the seeds of chaos and fear. It is known that during testing a first machine-gun, many people went crazy watching how many people were falling under their burst. Now it is not enough. In the whole world, Satan makes politicians and financiers, even conscientious, but who are not born from God’s word through faith and repentance, to do things for its benefit such as acceptance of laws, limit someone’s rights slightly, and undertake “antiterrorist” actions and wars in different places of the planet.

The moral principles go through a washing off on the TV, and people’s hearts already look indifferently at the rivers of blood. It seems that a contemporary person feels uncomfortable when he does not see or hear about tragedies. How far we have stepped aside from the former standards that kept the Earth from degradation for centuries. Unfortunately, our century has been developed very quickly, especially in dirty entertainments.

Look at the images of previous centuries. People had a different spirit. Today, people consider knight’s rules and manners as madness. Or, may be, people who live today are crazy? Negative and vulgarized attitude toward God, when there is no place for Him in politics, business, education and culture, leads to disrespect of human’s life, citizen and religious rights and to the most dangerous to criminal terror.

Some moments of our lives, as objective and illegal, assist all these. It is important for us, as Christians, to understand in order to pray for our powers that be correctly.

One of the important spheres of the order or disorder is finance and what those goods mean to a man. Today, we see in our country that most of our population lives on the lowest level of life. They have to think only about how to get food. A man, who thinks only about its stomach, is a slave. It is easy to control him and bend to one’s will; he is not free. He is not even considered as a person under distributing material and other goods in our society. The main thing is that he is not unpredictable. A person who does not have anything to eat becomes the source of chaos. It is for the devil’s benefit that prices go up and people think only how to earn their bread. This is part of its strategy. So those who increase prices, who do they work for, putting the country in the chaos?

The question about the prices and tax politics deserves a serious prayer because this is one of the most important points in government organization which determines stability in our society. What can we, as Christians, offer the society from the Christian principles of a loving God?

How seriously and constantly do we pray about the authority and the government? How seriously do we pray about the education so that the growing generation would receive the right attitude toward God and Christian principles? A man, who is raised without God and spiritual principles, has perverted values. If a man does not have God in his heart and mind he does not have any motive that can inspire him for virtue and civil responsibility. Solomon left a very interesting notice in the book of proverbs: “It is not for kings, O Lemuel-not for kings to drink wine,” (Prov. 31:4). How not to recall here President Elson conducting the orchestra as it was shown on TV and who is famous for his tendency to drink. Or, “Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.”(Prov. 31:3) Bill Clinton is recalled immediately while he was teaching Monika Levinsky how to play saxophone.

How seriously do we pray about legislation, legislator and juridical education of our people? Do we pray for our security system where workers are always tempted to use their power? And they are children of the same society which means that they also have difficulties as we do. In this case, the machine-gun can be a bad joke in someone’s hands.

All these and fear from terror, which is sometimes exaggerated, lead to instability in our society. At the same, there is someone’s advice to give more rights and financial opportunities to different structures which can bring “peace and security”. However, rights and freedom are not things that can be increased like money. If someone receives more rights, it means that someone else loses some! It can become an irreversible process. Actually, this is what the Antichrist and those, who unconsciously help it, try to get. It is impossible to make the moral society that knows its rights and freedoms, kneel. This is what prevents the Antichrist from coming. In this case, it tries through chaos and disorder to “help” people to refuse their rights and freedom, and giving them “peace and security”. Terrorism is an instrument in Satan’s fight against God’s order in the society.

Antichrist can not come without a certain “invitation”. Putting fear in people’s hearts, the enemy tries to do everything so that people would ask for the order at any price, and then Antichrist will come and put everything in order but not in God’s order. That will be about the time that Apostle Paul warned so clearly: “While people are saying “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly…” (1 THESALONIANS 5:3)

Aren’t there enough tragedies in the world for us to stop and think about the roots of all our disasters? How many more tragedies, blood of children and fathers do we need in order to accept that this rebellious way of self-affirmation and self-determination is not a successful decision of our troubles and the coming end? Only the biblical repentance can help us. It directly changes our way- from fatal to saving.

The world lives in very difficult times and, probably, in the last days. It means that Christians do not have to be indifferent to any kind of evil, violation, injustice, madness and disorder. Let the Lord help us all!