The Great Revolt
The faith we see today on earth is the remnant of an engine that has powered the entire millenium. It is a faith that has fundamentally altered the course of history by bringing into the heart of mankind rules of compassion, mercy, gentleness and peace. Doing so it has changed the course of human destiny. But only for a time.
According to Paul, the world's faith is destined to end in a "Great Revolt" -- a rebellion from Christ which will see Jesus and his message thrown out of both political power and favor, allowing the violent and sinful principles of this world once more to move back in. This rejection of Christ and the return of world government to lawlessness is described in the Book of Revelation as the "healing of the mortal wound":
That "healing" means, the rebirth on earth of political godlessness (atheism and secularism), philosophy's of Satan stamped out of power and favor by the Church during its political reign on earth.
"I saw that one of (the beast's) heads seemed to have had a fatal wound but that this deadly injury had healed and, after that, the whole world had marvelled and followed the beast."
They prostrated themselves in front of the dragon (Satan) because he had given the beast his authority; and they prostrated themselves in front of the beast, saying, 'Who can compare with the beast? How could anybody defeat him?' ·For forty-two months the beast was allowed to mouth its boasts and blasphemies and to do l whatever it wanted; ·and it mouthed its blasphemies against God, against his name, his heavenly Tent and all those who are sheltered there. ·It was allowed to make war against the saints and conquer them, and given power over every race, people, language and nation; ·and all people of the world will worship it, that is, everybody whose name has not been written down since the foundation of the world in the book of life of the sacrificial Lamb." (Rev.13:2-8).
"It cannot happen until the Great Revolt has taken place and the Rebel, the Lost One, has appeared. This is the Enemy, the one who claims to be so much greater than all that men call 'god', so much greater than anything that is worshipped, that he enthrones himself in God's sanctuary and claims that he is God." (2 Thess.2:3-4).
'This revolt is at work already, but in secret. There is one who is holding it back who must first be removed before the Rebel appears openly." (2 Thess.2:7).
The rebellion that precedes the appearance of this Rebel is to be powered by a delusive veil that will blind the people and lead them away from their faith in Christ. It is that apostasy (the rejection of the Gospel) which precipitates and guarantees the appearance of the beast who ends the world. Paul wrote,
"The reason why God is sending a power to delude them and make them believe what is untrue is to condemn all who refused to believe in the truth and chose wickedness instead." (2 Thes.11-12).
Already, that delusion has seduced the nations.
The millenium has a fixed time-frame, and at its end the Bible tells us that a mortally wounded pagan world (babylon) must re-emerge from its grave and topple the political power of Christ (Dan.11:30-34), returning the nations to the darkness of Satan. (Rv.20:7-9). The initial phase of that astonishing upheaval, the seduction of the nations, concluded in 1963, took only 46 years to complete (from the moment it first erupted openly).
After 1700 years of Christian rule on earth (a rule sparked by Constantine's Edict of Milan in 313 A.D.) paganism returned in 1917, overturning the Russian Christian church and evictiing God not only from the throne room of Russian government, but also from the minds and hearts of its people. Calling religion an "opiate of the masses", Russia's new rulers bitterly persecuted the Church and actively promoted atheism in its place.
This return of atheism was the healing of the mortal wound a return of pagan government to the earth that opened the gateways to political godlessness everywhere. It's deceptive cousin, secularism, dogged the devil's footsteps, quickly decieving every nation beyond communism's reach, and turning them all back to Satan's philosophy of godless government. By 1963, that deception had gained control of the earth.
It is this 'power of deception' that Paul said would descend on the earth in the last days because of the people's rebelliousness. It's divine purpose, he stated, is to lead astray all who are in love with wickedness. (2 Thes.2:12).
If the ban on God by world government is not reversed, scripture is clear: it will bring the Rebel Himself -- the ultimate proof that the millenium of the Christian offer has come and gone and that these really are the last days of temporal creation.
The revolt Paul predicted relates to the world's break with the teachings of Jesus Christ -- especially with the inner message of His teachings. It is this insurrection, long festering, that has so dramatically exploded to the surface in our own century, bringing down a power of Christ that has ruled the earth for almost 2000 years.
Writing of Christianity's gentle supremacy, Daniel calls this rule "the power of the holy people". (Dn.12:7). His words contrast the peacefulness of Christianity with the harsh violence of the tyrant who is predicted to topple it in the last days. The world saw a taste of this bitter violence in the short reign of Adolph Hitler in Europe in the 1930's and 40's as that continent was plunging its faith into secular goverment. That vision, which should have catapulted everyone back to God, went unheeded.
To Read More on this subject, See also:
'The Last Days of Babylon', Chapter 2, 'The Great Revolt'
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