Summary: Sermon detailing End Time scenarios and our reaction it.
The State of the Body Address
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
There is a time fast approaching when we will have to make a clear and definitive choice. It will be for Christ or the World System under Anti-Christ. Our perseverance as Christians will be tested as in no other time in history. The Holy Scriptures tell us that in the “end times,’ people will fall away from orthodox faith, falling into depraved and demonic doctrines that pervert the Word of God into outright heresy; all the while tickling the ears of those who hear it and dulling their senses into total compliance.
Already we see the heresy growing more intense within the Body of Christ, so much so that it has become very diseased and is in danger of dying completely. We know that it cannot truly die with Christ as the head, but it is becoming slowly paralyzed from forces from without and from within the Body. Within the Body we see heresies of all types. From materialism disguised within the framework of Christianity, to outright denials of scripture in its plain language.
I want you to look at the larger picture we face here though. Yes, the heresy matters deeply. Yes, the heresies are inundating the very fabric of dogma within the Christian Church. Yes, we are in danger of becoming just another religion. As I have spoken of over the past few weeks about the disastrous heresies within the church, now I want to tell you something even more menacing that is happening from outside the church that threatens the Church’s very existence.
“1And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 2The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. 3One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. 4Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, "Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?" 5The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. 6He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. 9 He who has an ear, let him hear. 10If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.”