The People of the Tribulation

The People of the Tribulation
By Matt

The time of Tribulation that is to befall the earth for seven years following the Rapture will change our world drastically. This will include the world’s demographics– the groups of people in the world. Currently, peoples are grouped according to government, station in life, and other factors. Spiritually, people are grouped into believers and nonbelievers. But these classifications will spread out in the Tribulation. Let’s dive into God’s Word and find out just what specific people, as well as type of people, will face the Tribulation.

Important Figures
Jesus Christ
Prior to the Tribulation, Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords, will shout from heaven to rapture His Church. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 says that “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” When he was instructed to write Revelation, the apostle John saw a vision of the risen Lord. He records, in Revelation 1:12-20:

Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.”

At the end of the Tribulation, Jesus will return in glory with the armies of heaven and will establish His kingdom for 1,000 years on earth. This will be a reign of righteousness and peace. John describes the return of Christ this way: “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:11-16)

The Antichrist
Called the “man of sin” and “son of perdition” in the Bible (2 Thessalonians 2:3), this man will arise to power following the Rapture and will ascend to the throne of earthly rulership over the world. At one point in the Tribulation, the Antichrist will appear to die and appear to be resurrected (Revelation 13:3). This will result in the entire world following after him and worshiping him. The Bible indicates in the next verse that the world will worship Satan (the dragon) as well as the Antichrist himself. However, at the end of the Tribulation, judgment will come upon the Antichrist. When our Lord appears in glory, He will cast the beast into the lake of fire (Revelation 19:20).

The False Prophet
The False Prophet will exercise all the authority of the beast (Revelation 13:12) and will lead the world in worshiping the beast. He will perform great signs, deceive the world, and order the creation of an image of the beast to be worshiped (Revelation 13:12-14). He will also institute the mark of the beast, which will be ordered to be given to everyone on their forehead or right hand. Nobody will be able to buy or sell without the mark. (Revelation 13:16-17).

The Two Witnesses
These two will appear in Jerusalem in the Tribulation and will have authority go prophesy 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth (Revelation 11:3). They will preach the Gospel message and will be supernaturally protected during their ministry. Revelation 11:5-6 elaborates:

And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner. These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.

When their ministry is finished, the Two Witnesses will be killed by the beast and will lie in the street for three and a half days. The world will rejoice over their deaths, and celebrate the end of the torment that these Witnesses brought. After three-and-a-half days, the Witnesses will be resurrected and ascend to heaven in a cloud (Revelation 11:7-12).

Groups of People
The 144,000
These will be 144,000 chosen people from Israel, composed of 12,000 each from the twelve tribes: Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. They will be sealed by God on their foreheads and supernaturally protected (Revelation 7:3-8).

The Tribulation Saints
John writes this about the Tribulation saints in Revelation 7:9-10:

After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

These are those left behind in the Rapture who will receive the Lord Jesus Christ during the Tribulation. Like the Church, they will be those individuals who recognize that Christ died on the cross for their sins and will accept His offer of grace and mercy. They will oppose the Antichrist and his government, and many of them will be martyred. However, martyrdom will be a release from such a period of terror; Revelation 7:17 says that God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

The implementation of the mark of the beast will present challenges for believers, since they will refuse it. Those who openly refuse to worship the beast will be executed by the government (Revelation 13:15). Without the mark, believers will not be permitted to buy or sell on the world market. This could make survival more difficult, since the ability to obtain food, medicine, and supplies will be hindered. Some have speculated that believers may form some sort of black market to survive.

Worshipers of the Beast
A second group of people who will live in the Tribulation. These people are those who do not receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. They will be deceived by the Antichrist and will eventually take the mark of the beast when it is implemented. This mark, which may be in the form of a tatoo, a brand, or other visible mark, will be required of people to buy or sell in the world market. Those who take the mark of the beast will worship his image, and will be cast into the lake of fire in the end.

YHWH: The Name of the Lord

YHWH: The Name of the Lord
By Matt

One constant in the language of the Old Testament that makes it different from the New Testament is that we notice that “LORD” is in all capital letters. Some may wonder why this is. In the original Hebrew language, LORD is translated YHWH, God’s name. From this we get the anglicization “Jehovah.” As the O.T. writers penned the Word inspired by God Himself, they used many compound Hebrew names for God. These names reflect God’s character– His faithfulness, His unchangeableness, His truth. Let us explore some of these. This article is written based off a list of names for God in the Old Testament found in the MacArthur Study Bible.

“The LORD,” Genesis 2:4-6

“This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.”
The original Hebrew here for “LORD” is “Yehovah,” which stresses God’s self-existence and eternality. The Lord has always existed, in the past, in the present, and in the future. Isaiah 46:9-10 says, “‘Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.”‘” God is self-existent– He created the end and the beginning themselves! We see God’s eternality affirmed again in Deuteronomy 33:27: “‘The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms…'”. The Lord is eternal– He is everlasting, forever!

“The LORD Will Provide”, Genesis 22:14

“And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, ‘In the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.'”
Jehovah-Jireh: the LORD will provide. When we start to panic over not having enough of something– like not having enough money, time, patience, energy, or other things– how often we forget that God is the God who provides for our every need. And indeed, God has provided for us. He has provided the resources we need to preach His Word to a lost and dying world. He has provided our necessities, as Jesus affirmed in Matthew 6:32, when He assured us that the Father knows what we need. And perhaps the most hard-hitting provision of all was prophesied by Abraham on that mountain– that the Lord would provide His one and only Son to suffer and die on a cross to take away our sin and shame.

“The LORD Your Sanctifier”, Exodus 31:12-13

“And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: “Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you.”‘”
The Sabbath is spoken of here as a sign between God and His people, Israel. God had set Israel apart from other nations. They were always different, from the time that Abraham left his homeland in Ur. When we give our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ, He sets us apart from the world, just like He did His people in the Old Testament. The apostle John wrote: “Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15) We are separate from the world as believers– we are in the world, but not of the world. God has set us apart for good works, which He prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

“The LORD Our Banner”, Exodus 17:14-15

“Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.’ And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-LORD-Is-My-Banner; for he said, ‘Because the LORD has sworn: the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.'”
John MacArthur says regarding this, “By titling the altar with this designation for the Lord, Yahweh-Nissi, Moses declared the Lord Himself to be the standard for His people.” The Amalekites were a corrupt people who did not worship the one true God. On the other hand, God declared His standard throughout the Old Testament, calling His people to holy living and to honor Him. The Lord is our banner– He is our standard. It is His flag that we carry with us and display to the people we meet. If we’re living a fruitful Christian life, other people will notice it in us– they’ll see our banner flying high.

“The Lord Our Righteousness,” Jeremiah 23:6

“‘In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.'”
Jesus Himself is our righteousness– for only God gives us righteousness. The Bible tells us that there is none righteous, not even one (Romans 3:10). How can we become righteous? There is only one way, and that way is by trusting the Lord Jesus Christ and accepting His atoning sacrifice for us at Calvary. Without Him, we can never be righteous. Our righteousness as believers is not our own– it comes only from the one true Lord God.

Five Proofs That Jesus Was God

Five Proofs That Jesus Was God

Many people, including professing Christians, deny the existence of the Trinity, the concept that there is one God existent in three Persons. We know the topic well– we often hear it preached in our churches. In church, we sing the hymn, “Holy, Holy, Holy,” which contains the line, “God in three Persons, Blessed Trinity!” But we’re often at a loss to explain the Trinity to others, especially those in pseudo-Christian religions who deny the doctrine of the Trinity. Five proofs…

1. John’s Vision in the Book of Revelation
When the apostle John was exiled to the island of Patmos, he wrote the Book of Revelation, consisting of revelatory visions he had received from the Lord. In Revelation 1:17-18, John wrote, “And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.'”

Centuries earlier, the prophet Isaiah had recorded his experience with the Lord– “‘Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and His Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: “I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God.”‘” (Isaiah 44:6) Since only God is the First and the Last (also known as the Alpha and the Omega from Revelation 21:6), there is only one conclusion. Jesus was God.

2. The Prophecy of Jesus’ Birth
In Isaiah 9:6, a prophecy of Jesus’ birth was given. It says, “‘For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.'” This passage tells us several things: that a Child would be Born; He would be a Son; the government would be upon His shoulder; and He would be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. The Hebrew name for God here is “El,”– God’s name.

3. “They Will Look on Me…”
Another prophecy of the Messiah is given to us in Zechariah 12:10: “‘And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.'”

Looking ahead to the New Testament, we see the fulfillment of this prophecy in these points: The Holy Spirit was poured out upon several people (Acts 2:4), and the prophecy tells us that the people would look on those whom they pierced. Considering that the events of Acts 2 happened in Jerusalem after the crucifixion, and that the prophecy refers to those in Jerusalem, we see another affirmation. But who was the One who was pierced– God refers to Himself as having been pierced. Another conclusion that Jesus was God.

4. God Knows All Things
In 1 John 3:20, we find this: “For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.” So we see the proof here that our God is omniscient– He is all knowing. Now we go to John 21, the well-known scene when the Lord Jesus restores Peter after Peter’s denials of Him. A piece of the conversation is as follows: “He said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?’ Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, ‘Do you love Me?’ and he said to Him, ‘Lord, you know all things; You know that I love You.'” Peter made this affirmation, that Jesus knew all things. Now if God knows all things, and Jesus knew all things, then what is the conclusion? Jesus was God.

5. The Perfect Sacrificial Lamb
Finally, we look at the depravity of mankind. Romans 3:10 says this: “As it is written: ‘There is none righteous, no, not one…’ Romans 3:23 gives further details by saying that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. This means that every person has sinned– you, I, everyone. But has God sinned? Of course not, because He is righteous and holy. An important attribute of Jesus Christ is given to us in Hebrews 4:15: “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” If Jesus were an ordinary Man, He would have sinned just like everyone else. But it says in Hebrews that He was without sin. Therefore, what can we conclude? Jesus was not mere man– He was, indeed, God.

10 Evidences of Election

10 Evidences of Election
By Matt

Note: The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent the views of Eternal Truth Ministry.

Of the many doctrinal differences that arise throughout the modern Church, few have caused as much controversy and debate as the doctrine of election. This extremely difficult doctrine rests on the belief that believers do not choose God — God chooses them. The doctrine of election is most closely associated with the systematic theological viewpoint known as Calvinism. The doctrine of election itself, however, like many other doctrines in the church, stands alone from systematic theology. I follow the doctrine of election, but I do not follow all of Calvinistic theology. Following are ten evidences from the Bible that support the doctrine of election.

1. The Sin of Mankind
Since Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s Word for the first time, sin has corrupted mankind. This corruption is caused by the sin that all people have inherited from Adam (Romans 5:18). God is holy and righteous– we’re unholy and unrighteous. In Romans 3:10-11, we find this: “As it is written: ‘There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God.'” Nobody is righteous; nobody, on their own, understands the things of God. And finally, nobody seeks after God. Therefore, if nobody seeks after God, then nobody chooses Him.

2. The Sovereignty of God
We know from the Bible that God is absolutely sovereign– that He is high and exalted over all. Psalm 47:9 says this: “The princes of the people have gathered together, the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; He is greatly exalted.” This is further affirmed in Isaiah 46:9-10, when God says: “‘Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.”‘” If God is sovereign over all, would He not also be sovereign in salvation?

3. The Straying of Man
Isaiah 56:6 tells us: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way…” Mankind has strayed away from the Lord throughout history. Like sheep, we have no sense of direction on our own. Sheep will not return to the shepherd unless the shepherd goes looking for them– praise be to God that Jesus is our Good Shepherd (John 10:11). How could we find our way back on our own unless Someone were to guide us? We couldn’t find our way back to God– He found us.

4. The Future Sight of the Lord
We now address a common viewpoint– many people believe that the sovereignty of God is only limited to His foreknowledge. Indeed, He foresaw all things that would happen, because God is over all. He is all-knowing and all-seeing. Many believe that, because God is omniscient, He simply looked down the corridors of time and saw those who would accept Him and those who would reject Him. But, however, if this were the case, then God would see nobody accepting Him, because Romans 3:11 says that nobody seeks after God.

5. The Salvation of the Lord
Exodus 33:19 tells us this: “Then He said, ‘I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.'” In Romans 9:15-16, along with a quote of Exodus 33:19, Paul writes: “For He says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.’ So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.” We see here that God has sovereignly chosen those upon whom He would have mercy and compassion. It says that it is not of him who wills– that means that it is not based on human choice. We do not initially choose to be saved.

6. The Son’s Receipt
When Jesus spoke in John 6, two verses come to mind in relation to our topic. The first is John 6:37: “‘All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.'” God has given us to His Son, Jesus Christ. The Father has chosen us to be given to His Son.

7. Sent By God
Jesus was sent by God to die on the cross for our sins and to reconcile us to Him. The second verse that comes to mind is John 6:44, when Jesus said, “‘No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.'” The Greek word for “draw” here is “helko”, meaning literally “to drag.” We can’t draw near to Jesus of our own accord, because we naturally draw away from Him. He has to draw us.

8. The Switching of the Redeemed
When we belong to Jesus, we switch from following sin to following the Savior. But who initiates this switch? Us? Another human? The answer is, no. The switching is started by God. Acts 3:26 says this: “‘To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away everyone one of you from your iniquities.'” In this address to the crowd, Peter told them that God turns away believers from their iniquities. The Greek word for “turning” is “apostrepho,” meaning “to turn away” or “to turn back.” God turns us away from our sins, and He turns us back to Him. We can’t go back to Him on our own.

9. The Selection to Conformity
“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”– Romans 8:29-30
Going once again to the original language, we see that the Greek word for “predestined” is “proorizo,” meaning “to determine before.” “To determine before”: there’s only one conclusion from this, that God predetermined those who would be conformed to the image of His Son.

10. Predestined to Be Sons
Finally, one more Scripture. Ephesians 1:3-6 says this: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” Going back to the Greek language, the original word for “chosen” is “eklegomai,” meaning “to select,” “make a choice,” or “choose out.” The Greek word for “predestined” here is the same Greek word used in Romans 8:29-30, “proorizo.”

Arguments Against the Doctrine of Election
“God chose those whom He would save? That doesn’t sound like a fair God to me.”
Answer: Remember, this is all based on God’s sovereignty. Once again, going back to Exodus 33:19, we find that God will have mercy on whom He will have mercy. It is entirely His choice. Nothing influences the Lord, and nothing can sway His decision. As for the accusation that God is unfair, let us turn over to Romans 9:19-21, which says, “You will say to me then, ‘Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?’ But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?” What right do we have to reply against God, or to say that God is unfair? Again, He is sovereign over all. He has the final word in everything. In our human logic, election seems unfair. But the Lord doesn’t operate on human understanding. Isaiah 55:8-9 says this: “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.'” God’s ways are not our ways– His thoughts are not our thoughts.
“If God chose those whom He would save, and I’m not elect, then that means I can’t be saved.”
This statement, while understandable, is irrational. Election is a piece of doctrine– it has no interference with man’s responsibility to the Lord. We should not use the question, “Am I elect?” to determine our salvation. Rather, we should use the question, “Do I want to know the Lord? Do I want to go to heaven, or to hell?” What matters in your relationship with the Lord is the here and now, with the basic question, “Do I love the Lord?”.

Again, election is an extremely difficult doctrine to comprehend. But we don’t always comprehend God’s Word. Nor are we called to comprehend everything about God. But we are called to believe the Word of God.

Son of Perdition – Revealing the AntiChrist

Son of Perdition: Revealing the Antichrist
By Matt

One of the biggest points of interest in studying the end times is the figure known as the Antichrist. He is a man who would imitate our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But who exactly will the Antichrist be? Modern theologians and others have pointed to different people in different roles– everything from the Catholic Pope to a President of the United States to a Secretary-General of the United Nations. The Bible does not specifically identify the Antichrist, but it lays out the attributes of this man and his role in the Tribulation.

1. The Antichrist will be exceedingly sinful.
In the book of 2 Thessalonians, the apostle Paul gives a description of the man called Antichrist. He begins in verse three: “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition…”
Paul speaks here of a specific man– a man of sin and the son of perdition. These terms speak of a person who totally rejects the grace, power, and sovereignty of Almighty God.

2. The Antichrist will conquer the world through diplomacy.
In Revelation 6:1, John witnesses the Lamb open the first of the Seal Judgments. John writes: “And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.”
The man who sits on this white horse has a bow in his hand. Notice, however, that there are no arrows with this bow. This bow cannot be used as a physical weapon without arrows. This tells us that when he conquers the world, he will triumph through diplomacy, not bloodshed. This aspect of his rule will attract the world’s adoration– temporary peace will be one of the tools with which the Antichrist will deceive the world.

3. The Antichrist will have the authority of Satan.
Later, in Revelation 13, John writes: “Now the beast I which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.” (Revelation 13:2)
The Antichrist will rule the world with the authority of Satan– his master will be Satan, and he will worship Satan.

4. The Antichrist will be falsely killed and falsely resurrected.
John continues in Revelation 13, “And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.” (Revelation 13:3)
One of the greatest false miracles the Antichrist will perform to sway the world will be a false death and resurrection. Verse 14 indicates that he will be wounded by the sword and will live– it will be a false death. Consquently, it will result in a false resurrection. This will solidify the world’s worship of the beast (Antichrist). There will be those who believe that the Antichrist is savior of the world.

5. The Antichrist will kill anyone who does not worship him.
Speaking of the false prophet who will proclaim the Antichrist, John writes: “He was granted to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.” (Revelation 13:15)
At the beginning of the Tribulation, the Antichrist will proclaim world peace and religious tolerance. But eventually, after convincing the world that he is a deity, he will execute anyone who does not worship him. This will force believers during the time to go into hiding to avoid detection by the Antichrist.

6. The Antichrist will demand absolute loyalty from the world.
In speaking of the false prophet will speaks for the Antichrist, John writes: “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, nor the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:16)
This mark, which may be in the form of a tattoo, a brand, or anything as advanced as biochip technology, will be administered to the world. It will be the ultimate sign of loyalty to the Antichrist and to Satan.

7. The Antichrist will breach the temple of God and exalt himself.
Paul continues in 2 Thessalonians 2:4, “who 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.”
The Antichrist will exhibit qualities of Satan himself. Satan tried to exalt himself about God, much in the same way that the Antichrist will. He will go so far as to enter the temple of God in Jerusalem and will sit on God’s throne. He will proclaim himself to be God, and the world will believe that he is God.

8. The Antichrist will be destroyed at the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul goes on in 2 Thessalonians 2:8 says, “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.”
When Jesus returns at the end of the Tribulation, He will destroy the Antichrist. Revelation 19:20 says this: “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.”
This is the Antichrist’s fate. For seven years he will rule the world. But at the end, the Lord Jesus Christ, the one true God, will prevail. The Antichrist and the false prophet will be cast into hell, to be tormented forever.