First, we cannot know who the name of the Antichrist unless there's a "Falling away." and the Restrainer (The Church) is removed. Most theologians have say that this has to do with our corrupted churches, including a self-esteem gospel, preaching that there are many other ways to Heaven, combining Christianity and Islam to Chrislam, banning the preaching of sin, removing the cross, teaching psycho babble nonsense, allowing rock bands to play in our churches and ignoring the preaching and singing of the "Old Rugged Cross". The source I got it from was Dr. Jack Van Impe.
Now here's the ugly part of L. Ray's description of the "falling away":
What an astonishing truth it is, that God CAUSES all those destined from the foundation of the world, to be chosen in Christ, that they should "fall away" from the Truth and "leave their first love" before they can be truly spiritually converted. Yet this is the plain declaration of Scripture.
Now why would God want us to do that? L. Ray is taking the scriptures out of context saying that we must literally fall away from God's Truth and leave our wives. This is heresy. The term "falling away" was meant for the corrupted churches we now have today. Jesus never said we should literally leave our wives to literally follow Him. Jesus is speaking in metaphor. He wants us to follow His Word. He commanded us to love our wives, not leave them.
Another irrelevant and most out of context verse L. Ray said:
Peter fell away:
If Peter fell away did he hung himself to a tree like Judas?"Jesus said unto him [Peter], Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, you shall deny me thrice [three times]" (Matt. 26:34).
All the apostles fell away:
The Apostles never fell away except Judas. Jesus was predicting that the people of Jerusalem would be scattered and that was fulfilled in 70 AD, when Jerusalem was destroyed by Titus."Then said Jesus unto them, ALL YE shall be offended because of Me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad" (Matt. 26:31)."And they ALL forsook Him, and fled." (Mark 14:50).
Paul fell away:
Jesus blinded Paul by his Great Glory when He saw him killing and persecuting the Christians."As for Saul [renamed Paul], he made havock of the church…" (Acts 8:3) [while at the very same time he was "blameless" in keeping the Law of Moses] (Phil. 3:6).
Paul warned the Ephesian Elders about the "flock—church" falling away:
L. Ray has been interpreting the wrong verse. Paul predicted that there will be false pastors preaching self-esteem, Chrislam, denying and forbidding the preaching of sin, saying that there are other ways to Heaven, etc. This was prophesied and it is happening in our churches today."For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock [the whole flock]." (Acts 20:29).
I had seen enough of L. Ray putting these verses out of context. Especially when he takes 1 Corinthians 13:8 out of context:
"Charity [Old English for ‘love’] never fails…" (I Cor. 13:8).
Charity is not OLD ENGLISH for love. Webster's definition for Charity means "to give". In Christian theology it means "to care for others". Paul tells us that we are not to ask in return.
It's time for go on to the big part, Who is the Antichrist/Beast/Son of Perdition/Man of Sin.
From our first parents onward, God has always allowed men to believe that they are able of and by themselves (by their supposed phantom "free" will) to love God and be obedient to His laws. Despite God’s plethora of testimonies to the contrary, theologians and philosophers alike have taught mankind that they are indeed ABLE TO CHOOSE and, ABLE TO DO and to carry out that choice, because they have the "free will" within them to do so. What they have within them is a "beast" that is no more able to choose and obey God than any literal beast of the field.
There he goes. I was afraid he said with his psycho babble false gospel. He claims to reveal that we are THE BEAST. Of course, though false theologians claim that there are many ways to get to Heaven. L. Ray thinks that we don't have a conscience to tell us to do what is right or wrong. He contradicts himself that he doesn't have a conscience to help him choose. We are not animals.
"Nevertheless man being in honor abides not [does not endure]: he is LIKE THE BEASTS that perish" and "…he is LIKE THE BEASTS that perish: (Ps. 49:12, 20).
Not endure what? Sound doctrine? If Adam and Eve are the beast, then God must destroy them if that's what L.Ray Smith think. If God did destroyed Adam and Eve in the Beginning instead of casting them out of the Garden, we would not exist.
"But these, as NATURAL BRUTE BEASTS, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption" (II Pet. 2:12).L. Ray Smith says that God doesn't want the Good News to be preached and instead pour His wrath upon us so that we should worship Him. L. Ray Smith has finally claim that Jesus Christ like us is THE BEAST and not God. I'm now thinking that L. Ray Smith is a Watchtower Cultist. God judgments making mankind perish. Just because we are the beasts, everyone will refuse to repent or worse be wiped out into oblivion if L. Ray preaches like that. He's taking the verse too literally.
I seen enough of him. How can all men BE SAVED if they are THE BEAST? L. Ray said it himself, we must be DESTROYED since we are THE BEAST. Jesus says "there should no flesh be saved."
People, L. Ray's words is not sound doctrine. Especially when he thinks that believing in the Trinity, speaking in language he claims "DEMONIC GIBBERISH", crying out to the Lord for forgiveness, believing in Eschatology, being baptized and preaching about Eternal Hell profit us nothing.
Let me remind you that L. Ray Smith's words are UNTRUE. Do not let him making you feel more depressed or have suicidal thoughts like Judas had. L. Ray has a BEAST iWITHIN HIM, in other words, a DEMON WITHIN HIM. Satan is using him to make you lose your faith in the Lord. Beast means "demon".
Furthermore, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:39-40:
All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men , another flesh of beasts , another of fishes, and another of birds. 40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
This verse proves that we are not the beast. We are different from animals. The word beast is both literal is symbolic, meaning demon, devils, antichrist.
Have you had a demon in you? There are ways for a demon to possess your immortal soul through Harry Potter, Dungeons and Dragons, Tarot cards, palm reading, fortune telling, and Ouija boards. If you have any of these things that associate with the occult, BURN THEM NOW and ask Jesus to forgive you.
Now here's the description of what the Beast/Antichrist/Son of Perdition/Man of Sin will be.
The Real Beast will be a man, a false messiah, not MANKIND. L. Ray has failed to read the entire verse what symbolizes The Beast of Revelation 13:2:
|And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.|
Now how does L. Ray Smith explains this? He doesn't. He ignores and just uses the verses directly at us. Do we have literal horns, bear feet, and look like leopards? No. This is not to be taken literally, but symbolically and prophetically. Most of all he is not believing in the Lord Jesus. You should look on his website, it doesn't include on believing in the Lord Jesus.
Last time in another article I discussed about why the Antichrist would come from the Middle East and why the Middle East has a key role in bible prophecy.
The Lion (Mouth) - Babylon (Iraq)
The Bear (Feet) - Medo-Persia (Iran)
Leopard - Greece
Why the Middle East you asked? It's simply clear. Israel today has its' enemies around her. Since after the fall of the Roman Empire, there was something about the Iron and Clay in the Image of Daniel 2. It has to do something with the Middle East. Iran and Iraq were part of the Ottoman Empire. What about Greece? The country was never part of it but rather, that Turkey was part of the Ottoman Empire, back then it was part of the Grecian Empire.
If we look into Ezekiel 38, Magog refers to the nations North of Israel. Russia, Syria, Lebanon, Meshach which is Armenia, and Georgia (A country), Gomer is Egypt, Tubal is Turkey, then we have Persia (Iran), Ethiopia, and Syria. This is why we have the Arab Spring. All the nations are going to come against Israel. The Ottoman Empire, which is now the Arab League and the Muslim Caliphate, represents the Iron and Clay.
These Middle Eastern Nations are the key players to the End Times. If you read the last article, you know it will happen in the future.
So again THE BEAST IS NOT YOU. You are not the Man of Sin or Son of Perdition. Rest assure. Just Believe and have faith in the Lord Jesus.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved - Acts 16:31.
This doesn't mean OSAS. When you believe in Him, you must do what His Word tells you to do.
That's it for Part 2. Part 3 will be on The Ten Commandments, The Death and Resurrection of Jesus, and the Teachings of the Apostles that L. Ray Smith refutes.