Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents
THE ANTI-CHRIST A MAN
Aug 29, 1971 am
THE WISEST OF MEN SAW GREAT VISIONS; LOOKING FOR CHRIST, HE SAW THE ANTI-CHRIST
- Daniel was looking for the Messiah, but before the Saviour there will come a great destroyer
- The system of Gentile World Powers is spelled out in Dan 11, if we could but read it right.
- The law of double reference - Antiochus Epiphanes and the Anti-Christ in the same verse -
But no mistake about the man of sin that is yet to come. Beware his foreshadowing.
THERE IS A MAN CALLED ANTI-CHRIST - DAN 11:21A
Some want to deny the existence of demoniac powers and reality of hell - but both exist.
SOME GREAT PROPHESIES ARE HISTORIC, BUT ARE ALSO TYPES AND SYMBOLS OF GREATER FULFILMENT LATER
- The "Little Horn" of Dan 8 was fulfilled in Antiochus Epiphanes - he was sure a vile person, all right.
- But the greater fulfilment is yet to come - II Thess 2:1-4 - the man of sin may be near.
- As the Jews were mocked by Antiochus (some taken in by him for awhile) so the world with Anti-Christ.
THE IMITATION CHRIST WILL RISE SUDDENLY UPON THE FACE OF THE EARTH WITH LITTLE WARNING
- As Jesus lived some 30 years, so the Son of Perdition may be alive today - yet unknown to us.
- As Jesus was God in the flesh, so Satanic incarnation will occur - world knows "Rosemary's Baby."
- As Jesus is "The Light of the World", so the Anti-Christ will appear as light - II Thess 2:9-11
THE PEOPLE OF GOD HAVE NEVER BEEN FREE COMPLETELY FROM THE FEAR OF THE ANTICHRIST
- John 16:33 "In this world ye shall have tribulation" - Thank God for any peace or security for the moment.
- God will sustain you in furnace 7 times hotter - but in peace and safety - look out, no rest now.
- Spirit of Anti-Christ I John 4:3 is here already, will snatch away any spiritual joy, victory.
Men have written about a mysterious Force X - Citizen's Intelligence Digest May 1963, pp 6&7 enough to frighten.
THE ANTI-CHRIST WILL COME WITH FLATTERIES - DAN 11:21B
The sick, tired, worried world is crying for peace - and will practically worship anyone for it.
THE ANTI-CHRIST WILL GAIN HIS POWER BY PROMISING PEACE, AND WILL DELIVER IT - UP TO A POINT
- He will come into power waging an unusual war - Dan 8:25a - and strong with a small people 11:23
- He shall enter peaceably - 11:24a the fattest places - Communism and Fascism - are rich men's theories.
- Satan's man will move into troubled world - politically, economically, religiously - we got it.
HE WILL GAIN THE CONFIDENCE OF ISRAEL BY PROMISES AND TREASURES - DAN 11:24,25
- He will find Israel in great trouble, and buy his way in as a defender of Israel - NATO? ECM?
- He will stop Egypt - v.2,5, table of lies - 27, buy friends - 28, return Temple to Israel? Sacrifice?
- Then return to spoil Israel - v.28 - and to pollute the temple - 31, Abomination of Desecration finally fulfilled.
THE ANTI-CHRIST WILL OFFER UNITY TO THE CHURCHES OF THE WORLD, AND WITH THE JEWS-- BUT THEN!!!
- As with the nations, so with the religions - flatteries, treasures, a forced unity - and temple.
- But 30-36 show the mask off- and 32b the exploits of the tribulation Christians - great.
- Some will fight the Mark of the Beast - Rev. 13:16-17, he will war with the saints v.7
Though he will offer peace and unity, he will divide the world into the great war of Armageddon
THE ANTI-CHRIST WILL WIN --- ALMOST V.45A -- B
Some see only good or bad - look out! Both are coming! Success is not godliness - but God wins!
THE PICTURE OF ALL PROPHECY IS THAT OF GREAT TROUBLE COMING UPON THE EARTH - "BLESSED ARE THE DEAD"
- The Anti-Christ will rule the world with a cruel force - Dan 11:36 - 38a - Men want strong leaders.
- The Vietnam war has slaughtered many - but just a drop - Antiochus slaughtered 40,000 in Jerusalem.
- The conflict coming into power is nothing compared to his persecution - Rev 13:3,8,12-17 hard.
THE SAINTS OF GOD HAVE BEEN TORTURED THROUGHOUT HISTORY, BUT AT THE END OF THE AGE, MUCH WORSE
- We have had it easy for awhile in USA, but now infiltrated, weakened, greatly destroyed - psychological warfare.
- Some want Christians to surrender their earthly citizenship - but only our salt makes USA good!
- We bemoan our troubles now - but what of Christians in Russia? Or worse, in China? No help.
BUT WHEN THE ANTI-CHRIST THINKS HE WILL WIN, THERE SHALL COME THE POWER OF GOD - DAN 11:45B
- Dan 2:34 the stone cut without hands, 7:9, Ancient of Days - till v.11 - beast was slain! Fiery!
- But Satan is the power of this world now - getting ready for his Anti-Christ to come - look out.
- Just before the blackest hour, the Lord will come to claim His own - but are you His?
The time of greatest trouble - Dan 12:1b is coming - will you be able to escape it?
EVERYONE WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE WILL BE DELIVERED - DAN 12:1C - ARE YOU WRITTEN THERE?
- Luke 10:20 - Jesus challenged His own disciples - name written - Rev 20:25 - or with Anti-Christ.
- What have you done to guarantee that the Anti-Christ will not find you a willing worker for him?
- The wise turn many to righteousness - Dan 12:3b - are you a soulwinner? Have you tried?