Two Rising Stars

by Bill Rudge

The Coming Antichrist and False Prophet

“None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.” Psalm 101.3

The pages of history are laced with accounts of new movements generating such enthusiasm and momentum that a nation – even the world – was swayed.

As a teen in the late 1960s many of my generation got caught up in the sexual revolution, race riots, and rebellion against authority. Very few of us really thought about why we were involved or where these movements were headed. We were seized by the emotion of the moment and went with the flow of the crowd.

Hitler’s media propaganda and hypnotizing speeches influenced a nation and changed the world. Today, terrorists use slick social media to motivate youth and adults to join a regime that commits unbelievable atrocities.

The time is nearing when a prominent person will arise on the world scene. Carnage from terrorism, devastation from natural disasters, threat of nuclear annihilation, and the need to solve other potential global crises is motivating an increasing number of voices to cry for a global leader.

The majority of people on our planet will blindly submit to this compelling leader (revealed in prophetic Scripture as the Antichrist) who promises peace and prosperity. The Antichrist will appear to be the savior of the world and will acquire “authority over every tribe, people, language and nation” (Revelation 13:7). The masses will also readily embrace his cohort – an influential religious leader promoting love and unity, but Biblically identified as the False Prophet.

There is no denying that our world is ripe for such visionary leaders who will astound with apparent solutions to global problems. Their hypnotizing charisma, persuasive words, powerful speeches, pleasing promises, inspiring media visuals, moving testimonies, euphoric music, cheering supporters, incredible popularity, and displays of supernatural power will mesmerize the multitudes. According to Scripture these two “rising stars” will be demonically energized. They will take the reins of this world through deception and intrigue to ultimately lead humankind in a unified rebellion against the God of the Bible.

It is clear that a scenario is unfolding to create a global system of political power, economic control, military might, and religious unification. As Revelation foretells, we are moving toward a global society with a one-world government, a universal economy, and an ecumenical religious system offering tolerance and acceptance for all religions – except one, biblical Christianity. There is a growing movement of globalism, religious unity, and the celebration of diversity – along with a growing intolerance for biblical Christians who believe Jesus is the only way of salvation. Those who use the Bible to speak out against the immorality in today’s society and culture are often accused of bigotry and hate crimes with the aim to be silenced or eliminated.

Underlying the Antichrist’s facade is his ulterior motive to attain control over and receive worship from every human being on this planet. The False Prophet will attempt to help him achieve this – Satan’s ultimate goal.

All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast [the Antichrist] — all whose names have not been written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world (Revelation 13:8).

It is interesting to note that only two people in Scripture were possessed by Satan himself: Judas, when he betrayed Jesus, and the Antichrist, as he seeks to gain control over and obtain worship from everyone on this planet.

The Bible reveals that the Antichrist’s and False Prophets’s true intent will be concealed under a cloak of intrigue, diplomatic deceit and cunning manipulation. When the layers of glitz and glamour are peeled away, the shocking remains will be far removed from what was promised or anticipated. They will lead a world of undiscerning and biblically illiterate people down a deceitful path to global chaos and unprecedented devastation and destruction.

Words of Hope and Admonition

Although the days in which we live are becoming increasingly dangerous, treacherous, corrupt, and confusing, those who know the Lord in these end times will demonstrate wisdom and strength:

…the people who know their God will display strength and take action. Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand (Daniel 11:32; 12:10).

Do not be seduced by the spirit of this age – whether it is in the political arena, social media, pop star realm, religious circles or any other venue. Do not be impressed, influenced or deceived by a well-turned phrase or the surface appearance of those who have ulterior motives and agendas. Do not reflect the values of an amoral society. Do not be a cultural Christian, motivated by feelings, desires and impulses, or influenced by every new and exciting trend or phenomenon that comes along.

Make certain you are, and remain, aligned with Jesus Christ and God’s Word. Follow the genuine leading of His Spirit. Be discerning. Examine all things carefully. Hold fast to that which is good and true. Live by the standards of Scripture. Stand rock solid as a biblical Christian in this day and age when Biblical prophecies of the end times and Jesus Christ’s return are rapidly lining up.

I close, as did Paul to the Corinthians:

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all you do be done with love (1 Corinthians 16:13, 14).

America – The Glory Has Departed

America, America you were so very blessed.

You loved the Lord, and His truth you once professed.

You honored His Word and blessed His name,

but now you put them both to shame.

You were respected by allies and feared by foes;

a once free country, you now face many woes.

Of all the nations, God made you the very best,

but now your name, is oft’ said in jest.

You are so far removed from all you once possessed,

with people in every city thoroughly distressed.

America, turn back to the Lord before it’s too late,

and pray you have not already sealed your fate.

Hear the Lord’s pleas,

and fall on your knees.

Perhaps He will restore,

blessing you once again from shore to shore!

– Bill Rudge

Persecution is Coming to America

by Bill Rudge

Persecution and martyrdom of Christians has occurred for centuries in many countries, yet many believe that America is exempt. During the 1970s and 1980s when the church seemed so strong in the U.S., everybody thought it could never happen here.

Nevertheless, in an endeavor to prepare the Body of Christ for what God’s Word and Spirit revealed – I warned even then, that believers in the U.S. would one day be persecuted and possibly martyred. These days are rapidly approaching. (Keep in mind that for over 40 years Jeremiah prophesied of coming judgment before it was fulfilled by the invading Babylonians.)

Biblical Christians in America today are like the Jews were in Nazi Germany shortly before the “night of broken glass” – the only difference is we have nowhere to escape as persecution will eventually envelop the entire world.

The true underlying motivation for persecuting Christians by both the apostate church and the secular world is the very reason the media so enthusiastically touts aberrant and perverse behavior and lifestyles – hostility toward God and His Word. It is interesting to note that Scripture prophesied 2,000 years ago that end time believers would be persecuted for the Word of God and their testimony of Jesus.

For over 30 years I have been writing and speaking about an unprecedented wave of persecution coming to America, as well as in virtually every part of the world. Christians will face a level of persecution never before experienced in the U.S. or globally. It will cause some to deny their faith but will purify many others and plant the seeds for the long awaited revival – that will peak during the Tribulation period.

Jesus foretold a time when there would be “great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short” (Matthew 24:21, 22).

The greatest revival in history will occur during the Tribulation – in the midst of fierce persecution and apostasy (a falling away from the Lord and His Word). In spite of
the Gospel being suppressed and believers being oppressed, millions of people worldwide will come to faith in Jesus Christ. Coming out of the Tribulation will be:

a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands” (Revelation 7:9).

Terrorism Will Be Defeated

By Bill Rudge

Terrorists will not overcome the world (as many fear) but will be defeated. The war on terrorism is actually a catalyst moving us toward the establishment of a one-world regime seeking dominance over every person on this planet. A global coalition, eventually led by the prophesied Antichrist, will ultimately defeat terrorism. Scripture reveals that no human force will be able to wage war against the Antichrist and prevail. He will be given temporary authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.

The Antichrist will defeat and subdue the enemies of Israel in a pretense to be the Messiah. A peace treaty signed with Israel will, three-and-a-half years later, be broken as the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem is desecrated by the Antichrist. A holocaust of unparalleled proportions and a reign of horrific terror will commence making the heinous attacks and murders of today’s terrorists seem mild in comparison. A global bloodbath of Jews and believers in Jesus as Messiah will exceed anything the world has ever experienced.

The unveiling of the apostate church (“Mystery, Babylon the Great” of Revelation 17 and 18) is on the near horizon. This spiritual prostitute will wield great political power, limitless prosperity and unbounded perversion. In cahoots with the Antichrist, this apostate church will persecute and martyr anyone who is faithful to God. Ironically however, the Antichrist will throw his former ally, the apostate church, off his back and unleash horrible devastation on her.

Near the end of the Tribulation period, the Antichrist and his cohorts will gather at Armageddon with satanically inspired plans to finally annihilate Israel. Their futile mobilization will be quickly terminated with the awesome Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ spoken word is all it will take to defeat the Antichrist, the False Prophet and the armies of the world aligned with them.

Christ will then establish His Millennial Kingdom as He rules and reigns over this entire planet from His throne in Jerusalem. The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, and the peace promised at the time of Christ’s birth will finally be realized. True believers in Jesus Christ will rule and reign with Him throughout the Millennium and for all Eternity.