THE LAST DAYS!
Rev. John W. Gerald
I. THE OBSESSION OF MATERIALISM
Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
The materialism of this day is an abomination unto the Lord. Greed, strife for material gain, swindling, cheating, beating the ignorant out of their property, are an abomination unto the Lord. Many abominable practices prevail today inviting God’s judgment upon this world.
II. THE DECEPTION OF FALSE WORSHIP
Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
The original prophecy of Daniel was fulfilled by Antiochus IV (Epiphanes) who betrayed the Jews by taking over the temple and offering a pig upon its altar. He forbade Jews to sacrifice and to keep the Sabbath day and other Jewish traditions. He even forbid any Jews from having copies of their scriptures in their possession on pain of death. A great slaughter ensued.
The Zondervan Pictorial Bible Dictionary, edited by Merrill C. Tenney, c 1967, p. 429
Believing Jews escaped capture by obeying this scripture once. They will escape capture and death again by taking heed to the same warning in the day of Anti-christ.
The world will soon be going all out to proclaim the antichrist as God! We have many who follow false leaders today, and do not know what they do. This situation will not improve.
Jer. 44: 22 So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, [and] because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.
God’s judgments are sure and will certainly come upon the wicked and disobedient. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are desolate even unto this day! How do we expect to escape God’s judgments, when we have had every opportunity to know His laws, but have willfully disregarded them?
III. THE WARNING OF DESOLATION
Jer. 22: 5 But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by myself, saith the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation.
The pronouncement of Judah’s desolation was a warning of God’s judgment against their sins. They have never yet accepted Jesus Christ as their Messiah. The Antichrist will promise peace, he will even enter into a covenant with them, but will break it after three and one half years. There will be no peace, for the time of Jacob’s greatest trouble ever will follow. A persecution of the Jews, the like of which has never before been known, will take place at this time. The antichrist will turn on the Jews and persecute those severely who will not take his mark. When the Jews discover that he really does not support their religion and God, many thousands will refuse to bow down and worship him.
IV. THE ANTICHRIST PROCLAIMS HIS DEITY