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Discover the Book - March 19, 2007

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This devotional is one day of a 365 days devotional book entitled Living Hope for the End of Days that explores Revelation, the final book of God's Word; and is available at www.dtbm.org  To read the rest of the devotional click here…

Revelation 13

The Ultimate Superman—the Beast

I was considering the horns, and there was … a little one … before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.
—Daniel 7:8, emphasis added

Impossible? No. He is coming. He may well be walking around today. Ever since Eden, mankind has sought to be “like God” and in this insatiable quest has come the glorification of the “creature more than the Creator.” This exaltation of man has allowed men of strong persuasion to be able to rise to extreme heights of power. In history these have been the Ramses, Alexanders, Caesars, and Napoleons. But there is a man on the horizon whose rise shall be as the sun’s rays across the earth; he shall be the embodiment of such power and personage that the entire world will be astounded by him. Thus, he will be sought after like no other leader before.
He will be one who seems to stop all threats from weapons of mass destruction. He will take charge and bring an end to the simmering hatred and volatile ethnic conflicts around the planet. The global fear of terrorism, biological warfare, and food shortages will cease through his leadership. He also seems to triumph in a global form of religion that the world can finally agree to. It may even be a counterfeit version of Christianity because “anti” means “in place of” Christ.
 Here are some of the attributes that the Antichrist—this Superman of evil—possesses:
(Emphasis added in the following verses.) 
The Antichrist is Super-intelligent. He is portrayed as a Superman of intellect: “... In this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man ...” (Daniel 7:8).
The Antichrist is a Super-communicator. He is notable as a Superman of communication: “… a mouth speaking pompous words” (Daniel 7:8).
The Antichrist is a Super-politician. He is a Superman of politics who has unusual abilities to lead and persuade, and seems to conquer in peace: … he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue (Daniel 11:21). In Revelation 6:2 he will ride a “white horse” and go out “conquering and to conquer.” 
The Antichrist is a Super-businessman. He possesses extraordinary business abilities, and is a Superman of money: “… He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; … He shall destroy many in their prosperity …” (Daniel 8:25; see also Revelation 18.) He will organize or just use a global digitalization of commerce.
The Antichrist is a Super-general. He is the ultimate military strategist, a Superman of the military: “[He] … shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces” (Daniel 7:23). We see the same power revealed in Revelation 13:4 and 7: So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” … And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. He rules the world!
The Antichrist has a Super-ego. He is the Superman of megalomaniacs who lust for great and grandiose performances: … The man of sin … opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). From this, we clearly see his yearning to be “like the Most High God”!
Would it surprise you to know that Americans are actually looking for an ET (extra-terrestrial being) like this “Superman” to come and help? According to pollsters, 72 percent of Americans believe that there is life beyond the earth; 48 percent believe UFOs are real; and 15 percent have seen one, with 3 percent of Americans (that’s almost nine million of us) being abducted by aliens into a UFO.
One noted journalist, after studying UFOs and those in contact with them, concluded: “The earth is not inhabited by them, it is infested.” What do UFOs do to the Word of God and our faith? I have concluded that UFOs are demonic!
UFOs would support naturalistic evolution to the point of believing that perfection would overcome death, disease, and so forth. When people believe in extra-terrestrial intelligence, that would mean that evolution has gone on for who knows how many billion years and, somewhere out there, life has ascended higher than here on earth.
ETs lessen the incarnation of Jesus. If there really are many all-powerful aliens out there, this would be the common thinking: What if Jesus did come? What difference does that really make? After all, it may be possible to overcome death and disease because all these beings that can fly around are superior to us, so they have obviously found the answer!
That erroneous thinking would lead to this conclusion:
•        The earth is just an insignificant dot in the universe.
•        Man is not the crown of God’s creation.
•        Sin is just our problem, or not even a problem at all.
•        Hope lies in contact with some of these “higher” life forms.
•        Christ’s death was a local rather than a cosmic event.
The Word of God is anachronistic, local, and out of touch with the big picture of the cosmos.
•        We are not in God’s image.
That is what evolution, science fiction, and UFO-ology teaches! And those lies of Satan are deceiving mankind and thus determining their eternal destiny—separated forever from God in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels. We need to spread the Truth to the perishing every chance we get!

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