A Thought For The Day

May 2, 2014

Did you know that the wisest man on earth in his time ended up going off and forsaking the Lord? The great Solomon of Proverbs ended up worshipping idols? King David’s son? How could this be?

1 Kings 11:6  “Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not fully follow the Lord, as did his father David.”

This must be a lesson to us. We all have our “favorite” preachers, but who is to say that they might not “stray” from the truth of the Bible or are immune from being deceived? If we do not know the Word of God for ourselves we may very well be deceived at some point! This time now, according to Jesus in Matthew 24, is one of the greatest times of deception known to man. Deception was a great concern of Jesus when He was asked about the last days.

We know there will be a one world religion…..a deceptive false religion led by the false prophet. It will be so deceptive that even some of the elect will fall for it (Matthew 24:24)……but how will it come to be? And what will it look like? I think if we study the scriptures, we will know it when we see it….

Question: “What will be the end times one world religion?”

Answer: The one world religion described in Revelation 17:1-18 as “the great harlot” will be part of the end times scenario. The term “harlot” is used throughout the Old Testament as a metaphor for false religion. The actual identity and makeup of the religion has been debated for centuries and has resulted in a number of different views among Bible commentators and theologians. There are convincing arguments for the one world religion being Catholicism, Islam, the new age movement, or some form of religion not even invented yet, and an internet search will produce many more possibilities and theories. There is no doubt that some sort of one world religion under the false prophet will be a part of the end times, perhaps made up of a number of different religions, sects and isms that are around today.

Revelation 17:1-18 gives us several characteristics of the one world religion. The false religion will dominate all the “peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues” of the earth (Revelation 1b, 15), meaning that it will have universal authority, no doubt given by the Antichrist who rules the world at that time. Verses 2-3 describe the harlot as committing adultery with the “kings of the earth” referring to the false religion’s influence among the world’s rulers and influential people. The reference to being drunk with the wine of her adulteries may refer to those who are drunk with the power they receive from worshiping the false god of the false religion. Satan frequently ensnares those whose lust for power drives them away from the worship of the true and living God. The alliances forged by the false religion will unite church and state as never before.

Verse 6 describes the harlot as being “drunk with the blood of the saints” and the blood of those who testify of Jesus. Whether they will be martyred at the hand of the Antichrist or by being systematically starved, believers who are on the earth during the tribulation will experience the wrath of the harlot and her power source, the Antichrist. Those who oppose the worldwide religion will be killed and those who refuse to worship the Antichrist by accepting his mark will be unable to buy and sell, thereby making survival very difficult (Revelation 13:16-17).

Eventually, the harlot will lose favor with the Antichrist who will want to receive the world’s worship for himself. He will not share the adoration of the world with the prophets and priests of the false religion, no matter how obsequious or fawning they may be. Once the Antichrist gains the world’s amazed attention by his miraculous return from the dead (Revelation 13:3, 12, 14), he will turn on the false religious system and destroy it, establishing himself as God. The deception, Jesus tells us, will be so great that, if it were possible, even the elect would fall for it (Matthew 24:24).

(commentary by Jean, question answer resource on one world religion taken from gotquestions.org)

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