The Daily Word of Righteousness

I Never Knew You, continued

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, (II Timothy 3:1,2—NIV)

We are at the point where God and Satan are facing each other.

The force of God (Christianity) and the force of Satan (the "rights" of people) have been mixed together in America, somewhat indistinguishable in one melting pot, so to speak. This no longer is the case. Definition is upon us.

Antichrist emerges from the "sea," that is, from the multitudes of mankind. So it is today that we see in the nations of the world a desire for man to govern his government. Rule by the people sounds so right, so noble, so Christian. Actually it will never work.

Libertarian democracy will always lead to anarchy as various groups and individuals force their way into the leadership vacuum and seek the power to control other people. Of course the political leaders will mouth the acceptable shibboleth that all they are doing is "for the people," but the same selfish disregard for the actual welfare of the people prevails as fully as it did in the oppressive European monarchies. Nowhere can self-seeking be seen more clearly than in political leaders.

Government by the people makes it possible for Satan to impose his will because there is no statesman, no leader with principle and integrity, installed by Divine appointment. The ambitious men and women climb the ranks by currying favor, lying, and treachery, with Satan working in the midst. Principle and integrity are often disregarded if not scorned.

The only form of government that will bring righteousness and justice is a monarchy in which the king is God-fearing, strong, just, and merciful, seeking the good of his kingdom while ruling with an iron hand.

Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. (Revelation 13:11—NIV)

Antichrist is man attempting to be his own god in the political-social realm. The False Prophet is man attempting to be his own god in the spiritual realm.

The False Prophet comes out of the earth, that is, out of the soul of man. He "had two horns like a lamb" meaning he is seeking a double portion of the power of the Lamb, that is, of Jesus Christ. But he speaks with the voice of the dragon, of Satan. The voice of the dragon always accuses the saints and always says "you shall not surely die." We shall hear both of these aspects of the voice of Satan with increasing clarity in the days to come.

I never knew you. One may wonder, "How could people seek and exercise a double portion of the power of the Lamb, of Christ, and yet be of Satan?"

For an answer to this question, look again at our introductory Scripture:

Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?" Then I will tell them plainly, "I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!" (Matthew 7:21-23—NIV)