The Visions of Jack Smith !
A Slip of the Mask
He really doesn’t carry a pitch fork and have a long red tail and two horns. Yet, he is a master at disguise. Got any ideas of his favorite? Masquerade, that is?
Consider this fact: In every Bible passage except one, satan appears in disguise. In fact, the only time he does not appear in disguise is when he converses with Jesus in Matthew 4. satan even disguised himself as Simon Peter when he tempted Jesus to avoid the cross – and, Simon had no idea satan was speaking through him (Mark 8:33). What about the book of Job, you say? satan actually never appears before Job, only before God and the heavenly council (Job 1:6). In all other Bible passages, satan is in disguise — even in the Garden of Eden. The reason? Because that is how he appears before humanity. His best disguise? Religion.
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Finding satan’s Fingerprints
He may be disguised but that doesn’t mean we can’t discern when he is present — satan, that is. The Bible gives us “identifiers” to be able to locate him. They are called “antichrist.” Whenever the antichrist identifiers are present, satan is present. Think of it this way. Every crime scene includes some evidence left behind by the criminal. You just have to find the evidence. When antichrist is present, satan has left his “fingerprints” behind. This chapter will discuss the Bible’s antichrist identifiers; once learning them, we will be able to find satan!
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Since its inception in the 7th century AD, Islam has waged holy war, jihad, against anyone who stood in its way. This type of war, i.e., spiritual war, is described throughout the pages of prophetic scripture. The 4th part of King Nebuchadnezzar’s statue wages war against the kingdom of God. The 4th beast of Daniel 7 wages war against the saints of God. The great red dragon (the devil) in Revelation 12 wages war against Jews and Christians. The scarlet beast of Revelation 17:14 does likewise, and the harlot that rides the scarlet beast is “drunk with the blood of the saints” (Rev 17:6). All of these wars are spiritual in nature– not political. Islam is one of two world empires that has waged holy war against Jews and Christians. This fact, standing alone, is not determinative of the beast of Last Days; but, as we move forward in Bible prophecy, it will be one more “piece of the puzzle.
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Feet of Clay
The great statue appears in the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. It must not be overlooked for it begins Bible prophecy for the Last Days. A head of gold, chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of bronze, legs of iron, and lastly, feet — partly of iron and partly of clay. Each part of the statue represents a kingdom that will conquer. The kingdom that matters the most to those of the present day? The feet. God’s judgment begins with the feet of the statue; no wonder, iron and clay do not mix very well; and, so the weakness of the iron kingdom is revealed. It will be a divided kingdom, and a “kingdom divided against itself cannot stand.
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A “Revived” Roman Empire ?
Many who study “last things” (eschatology) believe that in the Last Days a “revived Roman Empire” will rise up to fulfill many of the Bible’s prophecies on the End Times. The modern day European Union is offered as the likely candidate for a future fulfillment of these prophecies. This chapter will review the primary passage interpreting the European Union as the last days empire at enmity with God. Rome is certainly a part of Last Days’ Bible prophecy; just not where we have always interpreted Rome to be! Rome is in Revelation 12, not Daniel 7 or Revelation 13 or 17.
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Just Read the Graffiti
The Dome of the Rock, Islam’s shrine to Muhammad, rests on the Foundation Stone, a solid rock structure that long ago served as the location for the revered Ark of the Covenant, Israel’s most sacred object. Why did Islam build the Dome of the Rock on this specific location? This chapter will answer that question. It will review Matthew 24:15, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, and Revelation 13:6, all of which speak of a coming blasphemy that will occur in the Last Days relative to the Temple of God. Lest you have any doubt — just read the graffiti.
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Where is Allah and his Muhammad ?
Ten horns, ten diadems, seven heads; all sported by a beast from the sea. One of the heads is fatally wounded. Yet, “he” recovers! Talk about disguise. In 632AD, when Islam was barely ten years old, Muhammad died unexpectedly after complaining of a headache. Islam, as a religion, somehow survived the death of the one so crucial to its existence. Against all odds, Islam grew to be a voracious kingdom in an unbelievably short period of time. In this recovery of the “beast from the sea,” seven separate periods in Islamic history begin. Each period includes an Islamic family whose length of rulership will constitute a dynasty in successive “caliphate periods” of Islam. If you sum the separate caliphate periods, you come to seven periods beginning with the Umayyads in 661AD and concluding with the Ottomans in the early 20th century. At times, there will be two dynasties ruling simultaneously, one against the other; one from Baghdad and the other from Cairo.
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Islam’s Al-Madhi, Abaddon Rises !
The Bible calls him, Abaddon, the Hebrew name for “destroyer.” Islam calls him, al-Mahdi, “master of the sword,” and the “long awaited one.” In Last Days Biblical prophecy, he is the scarlet beast of Revelation 17; the man of lawlessness of 2 Thessalonians 2:3; the angel of the abyss of Revelation 9:11; the beast from the earth of Revelation 13:11f; and, the little horn of Daniel 7:24-25.
To Christians, he is the last “false prophet, i.e., the Antichrist. To Shia Islam, he is al-Mahdi. One religion sees him as the instrument of satan’s highest hour. The other as an instrument of peace and justice, and who will bring the world to Islam, albeit through his sword. If there ever was a time when one person can mean such different things to different people, it is now. Antichrist or Al-Mahdi : You Choose !
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