DO NOT FOCUS ON THE WRONG THING…


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Daniel 11:40-45 – “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. 41 He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon. 42 He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels. 44 But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many. 45 And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him.” – NKJV

Daniel 11 is speaking of The Man of Sin, The Antichrist and clearly reveals what is going to happen to him and his followers.  “He shall come to his end…”   He will have ZERO help because God will deal with him directly.  That is the conclusion and I have cautioned believers for years to refuse to focus on the wrong thing.  STOP worrying about the Antichrist and focus on The Christ!

While working for a company that is also a very large bank we went through training and one of those sessions dealt with counterfeiting.  The lead instructor asked, “What is the best way to identify counterfeit bills?”  There were any number of responses and he then said, “It is by becoming so familiar with the original and real that it is second nature to notice subtle variations.”  I have thought about that with regard to the devil and his deceptions that if we know the Truth, the Real, Christ and hold the reality that God will not be defeated by the devil we can lay fear to rest.

Please understand, I am not saying there will not be chaos and destruction at the hands of the Antichrist but even if he were to kill us he has only accomplished the silencing of our singular voice.  He has not hindered the plan or purposes of God.  Through my lifetime I have heard so many theories of who the Man of Sin is and most of those are now dead.  Some of the modern ones are living and none of them meet my understanding of the Bible prophecies for who he is or his land of origin.  I won’t get into that debate here for that is not my purpose.  My objective is to urge everyone to shift the focus from WICKEDNESS to HOLINESS. 

Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:33 where He cautioned against fretting over what is or might happen in this world but to make the foundational focus of our hearts, the kingdom of God and His righteousness.  There are so many things in biblical eschatology that I cannot answer I seldom get into debates over them.  I love to discuss biblical prophecy and end time events in a session where we are brainstorming and civilly sharing ideas and even theories but when the discussion becomes overly consuming I move on.  I am concerned about where we are as a nation, a world and a race of people.  However, I know biblically that the best way to know the ‘false’ is to know the ‘true’ and that is Jesus and God’s Word!

My understanding of Scripture and even Daniel 11 suggests that the Antichrist will not dominate the entire world for we are told some escape out of his hands and the news of opposition infuriates him.  He will impact the world but the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is our rock.  I have found that which dominates the thoughts controls the life and I refuse to allow the devil to dominate my thoughts.  I desire and strive to bring every thought ‘captive’ to the obedience of Christ.  There is a place to ‘warn the wicked’ of impending danger and destruction but at the end of the day Jesus must be our focus.  In warning others we may prevent their destruction but just warning is insufficient UNLESS we have something for them to ‘run to’ when they ‘run from’ something.   That something is the Cross, the Gospel and the Grace of God.

God bless you as you go through this day and refuse to allow fear overcome you!  God is God and He always will be God!  Blessings!

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