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ANTICHRIST - Signs of the Times –
Series: Sunday Sermons
Leader: Pastor Bill Terris
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11
Date: Jul 23rd, 2017
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ANTICHRIST


- Signs of the Times –


 


In regard to seeking to know the Future:


- Jesus tells us of a time of Great Tribulation   Matt.24:21


- The Bible is clear about Who and What we are NOT to consult


  about the Future  Deut. 18:9-13; Gal. 5:20; Acts 16:16-18, 19:17-21


- Christ-followers affirm FAITH in what God has said (Heb. 1:1-3;


   1 Thes.5:4; Matt.24:25 = told ahead of time)


 


A. Statements re: Coming of the Antichrist


1. Daniel Speaks   9:20-27


    - 70 X ‘sevens’ = the End of God’s Program


    - 69 of the 70 ‘sevens’ are already fulfilled and verifiable


    - 70th ‘seven’ is to come   9:26, 27


2. Jesus Speaks   Matt.24:15-22


    - affirming Daniel re: Abomination, Distress, Jesus’ death


3. Paul Speaks   2 Thes. 2:3-5, 9-11


    - Rebellion, Abomination, work of Satan


4. John Speaks    1 John 2:18a; 4:3


    - the Antichrist is coming


    - Rev. 13 = Antichrist, False Prophet, Abomination


 


B. Signs re: Coming of the Antichrist


…indicators of God’s Decreed Future coming to Fulfilment


    = the End of the Age


Question to Jesus: Matt. 24:13  cf.  1 Thes.5:1


Answer of Jesus (Matthew 24);


1. coming of false christs _deceivers    4-5


    Response = 4  cf.  7:15-23 – recognize them


2. Wars and rumors of…famines and earthquakes


    - unsettledness among the nations and in nature


    Response = 6 – not to be alarmed  _“see to it”


3. Increased Persecution of Christ-followers


    -> a falling away, love grows cold due to overwhelming


         wickedness 9-14


    Response = 13, 14 – Stand Firm; the Gospel will be


                        Preached regarding the King


4. Days of Great Distress _Abomination   15-26


 


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  - deception, false christs


    Response = 23 – believe Christ who told us ahead of time  25


 


Jesus’ Teaching:


- His coming will be unmistakable   27-30


- believers will be gathered to Him   31


- His Word stands firm _don’t doubt   32-35


- the Hour is unknown   36-42


- our NEED to be Watchful, and Prepared for His Coming


   42-51  cf.  1 Thes.5:1-6


Peter’s Teaching:


- the presence of scoffers who “deliberately forget” God’s Word


- God’s patience allows time for mankind to repent    2 Pet.3:5-9


John’s Teaching:


- present day antichrists are not in unity with Christ-followers


  ->depart from the church   1 John 2:18,19


- antichrists are known for denying that Jesus is the Christ   2:20-24


- “anointing” = the Holy Spirit given to believers to help us discern lies


   by holding to Scripture 2:20-21   Satan continues to LIE   John 8


- Antichrists now present can be recognized   4:1-6; not LISTEN


Paul’s Teaching:


- 1 Timothy 4:1-6 = “the Holy Spirit says”


- 2 Timothy 3:1-9 = increasing wickedness


POINT; “the secret power of lawlessness is already at work” 2 Thes.2:7


   -> the world’s search for a LEADER to take Political, Religious, and


    Economic control   Rev.13; we see SIGNS of this already


 


C. Security re: Coming of the Antichrist   1 Thes.5


1. We are told the Truth   2 = not in the dark, not surprised 2-4


2. We need to affirm our Relationship to God   5, 9-10; 2 Thes.2:13,14


- “Lamb’s Book of Life”  Rev. 3:5, 13:8, 20:11-15, 22-27; Luke 10:20


3. We need to be Self-controlled and Alert in view of God’s Promises


    -> encouraged to build up one another   11                      vs. 6, 8-10


    -> holy, godly, blameless, and at peace with Him    Pet.3:11-14


   ->remain faithful   1 John 2:24-29


 


As Christ-followers we need to affirm Romans 15:4