October 21

Today's Bible Reading
     II Kings 2
     II Thessalonians 2
     Daniel 6
     Psalms 112-113
“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,” (II Thessalonians 2:9)
            The political and military situation throughout the world has never been more perfectly aligned for the coming of Jesus Christ than it is today as I write this devotion. Everything seems to point to the near return of King Jesus. These events seem tobe confirmation that we are truly the Rapture generation. Many believe these are the worst times the world could ever know, with terrorist activity at an all-time high throughout the world, and the Holy Land continually shattered bydeath and carnage. But the worst time is yet to come. What we are experiencing today on planet earth will seem like a Sunday afternoon picnic compared to the time of the Great Tribulation. It will literally be “hell on earth.”
            We've been warned by no less than Jesus Himself. The worst time the world will ever know isthe Tribulation period under the Anti-christ. Jesus has told us it will be a time of false messiahs, rumors of war, sorrow, betrayal, deceit, iniquity, persecution, and catastrophe. But many ask the question, ''who is this Anti-christ?”
            John called him the Anti-christ (I John 2:18). He is also called ''The son of perdition'', ''Little Horn'',''The man of sin'', and ''Thebeast out of the sea." He will be a real man, a dual personality, just as Jesus was a dual personality. He will be a superman and everyone will follow him. The Bible clearly teaches that he will pose as a great religious leader, and will bring about an amalgamation of all the religions of the earth.
            The Anti-christ will become the political head to revive the Roman Empire. He will befollowed as a man of great wisdom, a mighty warrior, and a statesman. He will deceive the Jews, and pose as their messiah. Many of them will accepthim as messiah. He will rebuild the Temple of Jerusalem and set himself up as God (II Thessalonians 2:4).
            This man of sin has a three-point plan for world dominion.
1.A one-world economic system in which no one can buy or sell without the mark of thebeast.
2.A one-world government. This is now being called the ''New World Order."
3.A one-world religion that will eventually focus its worship on the Anti-christ himself. The New Age Movement prepares us for this.
            Many are asking thequestion, ''Will there ever be peace in the Middle East?'' The problems in the Middle East will continue to grow until Jesus takes out the church and the Anti-christ makes his appearance. He will bringa brief, unsettled peace because he will have the trust of the Jewish people, but this peace will not last long because,under the Anti-christ throughout the world, literally, all hell will break loose. He is a counterfeit of the Son of God, but he is the exact opposite of Jesus Christ.
            Because such a hellish time is coming to planet earth, we must do all we can to win people to Jesus, andto bring in theharvest while there is still time. Our devotion must be to the King of Kings, and never a moment given to following the anti­christs of this world.
            Throughout the world, there are approximately 4 billion children who will be born between the years 2000 and 2025. Of these, ninety percent will be born in the developing world of what we have called for many years, “The Third World.” There are 1,510,000,000 children under age 15 in these less developed countries right now.  Nearly half of Africa south of the Sahara is under 15.  Over 35% of these will grow up illiterate, most will be poor, and 40% in Asia and 26% in Africa will be malnourished.  There are an estimated 100 million children who live all of their lives on the street. Pray for these children today and for the ministries that are reaching out to them.