Israel Is The Antichrist, The Church Is The False Prophet
ithout a doubt, the previous headline will inflame sensibilities in just about every corner – once again evoking the formulaic Dialectical response, in which Facts collide with Feelings, and the collision produces a flawed Philosophy. The bottom line in this profound equation is, regardless of the mystical flood of emotionally tainted iniquity that now permeates human thought processes, the statement is true.
The Scriptures tell us the end of the age will be accompanied by a time of unprecedented deception, and just about every Biblically literate believer is aware of the terms: Strong Delusion, the Snare, the Hour of Temptation, the Falling Away, and many more. The sacred text consistently characterizes those caught in the foregoing as the "many," clearly the majority, who ultimately comprise the whole – a collective body from which the Remnant is instructed to come out of, because reform has been rendered impossible.
"Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins…" (Revelation 18:4).
Jesus Himself said those who will deceive the "many," are those who declare that He is indeed the Christ – thus applying the office of end time's deceiver to potentially anyone declaring that He is the Saviour:
"For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many" (Matthew 24:5).
Those who are declaring that Jesus is the LORD, while filled with the Spirit of Antichrist, would have to be perceived as members (if not leaders) of the alleged "Church," and such are poignantly characterized in Revelation as one who looks like a lamb, but speaks like a dragon:
"And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon" (Revelation 13:11).
This "False Prophet," frequently misidentified in an anthropomorphic sense as an individual Pope, an Ayatollah, or even the latest TV preacher riding high on the junk heap of evangelical ratings, is the protagonist in the heavenly drama, as the figure is clearly the one who makes everything happen. In sharp contradistinction to the Antichrist Beast portrait, the False Prophet is the one who "causes" the world to follow the first beast; he "causes" the people to receive a mark, and he "causes" his constituency to make an image, and much more.
Granted, such a sweeping repudiaton of the beliefs of the overwhelming majority of "Christian" people guarantees a programmatic rejection of such things; but this is because it is practically impossible for believers to perceive themselves in such an unsavory light. The very scope of contemporary Christian activity – from missions to media – would seem to disprove such a revolutionary realization.
Yet, when we review the Facts apart from the emotion drenched rationale, a distorted perspective in which we might grudgingly acknowledge that someaspects of the Christian infrastructure may be in view. However, once we've fully processed the statement, we widely reject it because of our own participation. In short, we reason that, perhaps, certain definitions of the "Church" could be the False Prophet, but such a horrifying thing can't really be true, because "I am a part of it."
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9)
One of the dispassionate ways in which we may perceive the phenomena of a faulty self examination is related to the concept of subjective truth. For instance, in the title phrase, two statements were made, but in most cases, one of them is less offensive than the other. If the reader is, for example, one who leans towards an Israel First worldview, particularly one who is immersed in the now massive Hebrew roots movement, he or she might actually agree that the "Church is the False Prophet."
I could theoretically build affinity with this faction through an emphasis of the pagan origins of vast portions of "Church" practice – i.e. the Christmas/Tammuz tree, the Sunday Sabbath, the history of anti-Semitism, and much more. Through the intellectual witchcraft of the Dialectic, I could invoke the same affinity with large portions of evangelical bodies who fervently believe the modern state of Israel is God's alleged "timepiece," or that the present round of judgments falling on the nation are due to the supposed American failure to "bless" Israel as the "seed" of Abraham.
On the more liberal side of the same theological coin, through a recitation of Palestinian woes related to how their homeland was unjustly annexed, or yet another probe of the hidden Jewish hand controlling significant portions of Congress and/or Hollywood's permissive and ungodly agenda, I could emotionally evoke an antipathy towards the "Little Horn" state of Israel.
However, the failure to embrace the foundational truth found in both aspects of the title phrase of the present work, is the undoing of the "many" in the evil and adulterous generation, in which we find ourselves.
Further, I know that by committing the Sin of Presenting Alternative Material inherent in the practice of mass emailing this writing to those who have not requested it, I will unleash an avalanche of rejection from both hemispheres described herein. In spite of the fact this writer has repeatedly experienced the fiery darts of those who seek to silence such a voice through the pulling up of such a perceived tare, we venture forth once again with the Word of the LORD.
"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a [two edged] sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father….He that loveth [Israel] or [the Church] more than me is not worthy of me" (Matthew 10:34, 35, 37).
--- James Lloyd
A further look at the issue of the Antichrist Beast identity is seen in the James Lloyd book entitled THE BEAST THAT WAS.