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Son of Perdition, 10/2/17

The Son of Perdition, also known as the Antichrist, or the Beast, or the Man of Sin, is about to rise. He will be the chief enemy of God among men of all time. One of two men that the bible says will go alive into the Lake of Fire:

Revelation 19:20
Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.

We of the faith in the One True God need to know who he is and not be taken in by his deceptions which will be very strong:

Mark 13:22
For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

There are some scriptural clues that we can use to help us recognize who this  Beast is and how strong his deception is:

2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

So we see that he will perform many lying signs and wonders, but what are they? Fortunately for us, God has continued to raise up True Prophets Of God even after the final words of scripture were written. And we need to know who they are and what they have prophesied about the Son of Perdition.

One such prophetess, Hildegard von Bingen, a Catholic abbess of the twelfth century, left us this prophecy on the Antichrist:

“The Antichrist will make the earth move, level mountains, dry up rivers, produce thunder and lightning and hail, remove the leaves from the trees and return them again to the trees, make men sick and cure them, exorcise devils, raise the dead to life. He will ally himself with kings, the princes and the powerful ones of the earth; he will condemn humility and will extol the doctrines of pride. His magic art will feign the most astonishing prodigies; he will disturb the atmosphere, command thunder and tempest and produce hail and horrible lightning. He will move mountains, dry up streams, reanimate the withered verdure of forests. All in all, christians will be astounded and in grievous doubts while the followers of the Antichrist will be confirmed in their false faith. His arts will be practiced upon the elements, but chiefly upon man will he exhaust his infernal power. He will seem to take away health and restore it. How so? By sending some possessed soul into a dead body, to move it for a time. He will win over to himself the rulers, the mighty and the wealthy; will bring about the destruction of those who do not accept his faith and, finally, will subjugate the entire earth. The Son of Corruption and Ruin will appear and reign for only a short time, towards the end of the days of the world’s duration; the period which corresponds to the moment when the sun has disappeared beyond the horizon. He will not be Satan himself, but a human being equaling and resembling him in atrocious hideousness. His mother, a depraved woman possessed by the devil, will live in the desert as a prostitute.  The Antichrist will come from a land that lies between two seas, and will practice his tyranny on the East. After his birth false teachers and doctrines will appear, followed by war, famines and pestilence.”

So let us take seriously these warnings about the Son of Perdition and be watchful to see that we do not fall under his deception when he arises very soon. God bless you.

-Steve Pursell, 10/2/17