Recent events in American government, politics, and business leave people of faith and strong religious convictions in a difficult position. Our government is clearly manifesting the spirit of antichrist. Let me explain.
The Israelites of the OT were reminded to love God alone through their repeated proclamation of the Shema. For those unfamiliar with this word, the Shema was the declaration of all Israelites contained in Deuteronomy 6:4-8 which says:
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Their love for God was to be complete and was to incorporate intellect, emotion, will, and action as evidenced by the exhortation in Deuteronomy to tie the Law to the forehead and hands as a constant reminder of their love for God. This exhortation was given to motivate the people to deny the tendency of mankind to fall into idolatry, as a reminder to teach their children about the greatness of God, and as a reminder that no earthly power was sovereign over them.
We see a similar theme in the New Testament book of Revelation where seals or signs are spoken of. For example in Revelation 7:2 we read that God will seal His people as a sign of His covering and ownership. Of particular interest is Revelation 13 where we read about the end time’s beast that is the antichrist:
And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six (Rev. 13:16-18).
I find it more than a coincidence that the antichrist will demand that people take his mark upon their foreheads and hands. This is more than just a physical mark that will allow recipients to buy and sell in the end time’s economic system. The mark on the forehead or hand is also symbolic of antichrist’s ownership of the recipient in thought, deed, and will, and is a direct assault upon God’s sovereignty.
The government of the United States has become the spirit of antichrist today. That may sound like an outrageous statement to some but bear with me for a moment. God tells us to bind His Word upon our minds and hearts. I’ve already said that means we are completely His. Our thoughts, emotions, will, and actions are to be informed by His Word and manifested for His glory. He alone is sovereign over us.
The government of the United States has usurped the sovereignty of God by insisting that we give loyalty and allegiance to it and its increasingly hostile anti-Christian rulings created by a branch of government not given that right. The government of the United States has declared that our thoughts, emotions, will, and actions must now line up with what they determine to be right and good. Refusal to do so means the loss of our ability to make a living by engaging in economic activities and even punishment by law up to and including incarceration.
A recent example illustrates this. Aaron and Melissa Klein formerly owned and operated Sweet Cakes bakery. I say formerly because when they stood upon their religious convictions and refused to provide a cake for a lesbian wedding, they were fined $135,000. This is a clear example of the government stating that all people will bend their convictions, thoughts, emotions, will, and actions to their definition of right and good. The government in this instance has demanded allegiance over and above God and by doing so has manifested the spirit of antichrist.
Still the Church in America lays asleep for the most part. Of those currently pushing back against this tyranny of the conscience, this blatant secular anti-Christian fascism, most will over time give up, concluding that nothing will change the course this nation is on. They are likely right but that is no reason not to resolve to stand firm in conviction and conscience against this antichrist manifestation. A battle is brewing friends. Are you prepared to stand firm and watch God move and work?
Friends the United States has seen its best days. I hope I’m wrong but I do not believe I am. The signs are all around us. My prayer for you is that you will refuse to bow the knee to this satanic mouthpiece that America’s government has become. Regardless of what new travesty it attempts to foist upon us next will you stand firm in conviction and conscience honoring God alone above the dictates of evil men?
Remember Jesus Christ has already overcome the world and because He has we will as well. Place your faith and trust in Christ and He will see you through whatever the future holds. That is a transforming truth.
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