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Who Are The 144,000? (31 Of 52)
Book of Revelation Series
Dr. Stan Coffey
In the last two lessons we looked at the two beasts, which represent two important figures that will come on the world's scene in the days ahead (Revelation 13). They may be in the world today, but the Bible says they will not be revealed until the time the church is taken out in the rapture. Then during that seven year period of tribulation, these two dictators will rise to worldwide power and fame. The function of one, the religious dictator, is to cause people to worship the other, the political dictator. One is the Antichrist; the other is the false prophet. We know about the holy trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. There is an unholy trinity in Revelation: the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. The dragon is the devil, the beast is the Antichrist, and the false prophet is the one who will preside over the coming one world church.
We are moving toward this time of one world government. History-making events are taking place almost daily that point the world toward a united front. For example, even Russia agreed on the proposed peace plan in the matter of Bosnia Herzegovina. One commentator said it was the first time in his memory that the United Nations, the Security Council, the United States, and the former Soviet Union had been in agreement on anything in world policy. All of that points to new cooperation. Jesus said there would be wars and rumors of wars. But just before the church will be taken out, men will be striving for peace: "when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction will come upon them." Then we have the example of what is taking place now in the nation of Israel. There is an unprecedented push for the settlement of the Palestinian question with the turning over of the Gaza Strip and the city of Jericho to Palestinian self-rule. For the first time in over twenty years I ...
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