THE NEXT SUPERMAN
This is a message that the Lord gave me about ten years ago. I have updated the text and put it into the booklet now, with possible edits and updating in the future.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
The Coming of the Anti-Christ
The Bible makes it clear that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will not come until the Antichrist is revealed on earth, “For that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed”. ? In verses six and seven Paul reveals that something is withholding the full revelation of the Anti-Christ on this earth and that something must be removed for the Anti-Christ to obtain his full power. What is that something? Well, it is not the Holy Ghost as some suggest, but rather it is the Body of Christ on this earth, or if it please you, the presence of that Holy Ghost within the Body of Christ. In order for the fullness of evil to come to fruition then the Church must make its exit.
The means of the removal of the Body of Christ from this earth is the Rapture. God will remove us from this planet. As long as we remain we are a restraint on evil.
Three things must first happen before the Second Coming of Christ:
1. Falling Away- This has already begun and continues even unto today. People are falling away from the faith. True churches that preach the uncompromising Gospel are emptier than they have ever been, but it is not just that. There are many that still claim to know God but have fallen away from the principles of God’s Word. There are those that sit upon Church pews but they have fallen away in their hearts from God.
2. The Rapture of the Church- The Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ are two different events that are separated by a period of time that is referred to as The Wrath of God. There are two different views as to the exact length of time this is: some suggest the Rapture occurs a full seven years before the Second Coming, while others suggest it is 3 ½ years. Both of these groups agree that the Church is not appointed unto wrath but disagree on how long this wrath will be. My view on this is simple: Look for Jesus at any moment (this leads to holy living) but prepare for the worst (or in other words, hope for the best, prepare for the worst).
3. The man of sin revealed- There will be a revelation of the Antichrist. When something is revealed it means that it is made clear, it is presented to everyone and everything. Something can be present but unrevealed for a long time. I believe that such is the case. The man of sin is here, he has just not been revealed yet. This Man of Sin stands in the wings, in the shadows, waiting to make his debut. The only thing preventing his full revelation is the Church!
There are two ways that the Antichrist is going to conqueror all religion and it says it plainly in this passage, “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped”:
1. Opposeth- The Antichrist will oppose, fight against, and topple any god or religion that does not worship him. To use opposition is to use force. The Anti-Christ will use force if necessary to bring about his goals.
2. Exalteth- He will be able to convince many that he is the fruition of all of their hope and in doing so, exalt himself above all that they worship until he becomes the object of their worship. “So that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God”.
The Antichrist is already at work and the only thing preventing the full revelation of the Antichrist at this time is the Holy Ghost Filled Church.
2 Thessalonians 2:7
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
The word let here means, “To Hold Down”, “Withhold”, “Prevent” or “Oppose”. The Holy Ghost Filled Church is opposing the full revelation of the Antichrist, and we will continue to do so until we are taken out of the way. We are holding down a full revelation of the Anti-Christ.
The next great event of the future is the Rapture of the Church. This is the “Taken out of the way” that Paul was writing about! And I have good news for you! Satan wants us to be Raptured! Because we are holding up his plans! Hallelujah!
Preparation for the Coming of the Anti-Christ
Society is being prepared for the coming of the Antichrist. It has been happening for years. Society is unaware of it. Most in the Church are unaware of it.
New ideas are so alien to us that we have to be softened up before they are presented so that these ideas will not be rejected out right. The media has been one of the greatest tools of Satan to soften up society to the acceptance of a new Superman, the Antichrist.
Movies, books, magazines, comic books, and music have changed the way people think, and has made them more susceptible to the ideas of the Devil. Most of us read comic books when we were kids. The superheroes were super beings with great powers. We knew that this was all fantasy and could not be true. But 40 years later evolutionists are now looking for a new superman, an evolutionary leap forward to appear, a mutant with superior intellect, strength, and personality. A new Superman! They will get just such a man when the Antichrist appears.
The Anti-Christ Will be All Things to All Men
To the evolutionist the Antichrist will the next evolutionary step forward for mankind. They will see him as the future for all men. Right now all that the evolutionist has is the past to look to, but when the Antichrist comes they will look to the future. All of their hopes for the future will be tied to this new Superman.
To the Buddhist the Antichrist will be the new Buddha, the spiritually enlightened man of the future. He will be a man that has achieved a superior status due to his inner search.
To the Hindu the Antichrist will the fulfillment of thousands of years of reincarnation. He will have achieved the ultimate karma and climbed to the top of the ladder.
To the New Age Follower the Antichrist will be the first to step beyond to the next plane of existence into this plane of existence. He will be the culmination of all of their false hopes.
To the Spiritists & Satanist the Antichrist will be their new Occultic leader.
To the Jew the Antichrist will be their Messiah. The one they have been looking for all of their generations.
To the Catholic he will be their Pope, their prophet, their great leader.
To the Christian Religionist he will be their Charismatic Leader. He will appeal to the Fundamentalist, the Evangelical, the Pentecostal, and even to the Orthodox.
To the Governments he will be the President of the World, a man of peace, the ambassador of hope and change (sounds like the political slogans of today), and the greatest legal mind of our times.
To the Philosophers he will be the greatest expounder of truth, their greatest educator, and the supreme master of knowledge.
To the Populace the Antichrist will be their Superman. He will be there Hero. He will be their Knight in Shining Armor.
The New Superman
Mutations in nature are never improvements. There are mutations in nature but every one, without exception, lead to a monster. Twisted limbs, two heads, extra digits, all are some type of mutation. Some mutations are so severe that the creature cannot live.
The evolutionist will believe, incorrectly, that the Antichrist is an improvement over the old Homo Sapiens Species. He will be their Superman. Stronger, more intelligent, insightful, beautiful, he will have a winning personality, he will even have occult insights.
Hollywood is churning out the idea that there can be Supermen mutated and made better than the average human. This is all pure Humanism. What are the big blockbuster movies coming out of Hollywood today? Batman – Superman - Spiderman, X-Men - Iron Man. What do all of these have in common? One word: MAN. It is all about a super-evolved MAN.
People are not looking for Divine help. They are looking for Evolved help. They are not looking for help from above but help on their same level. They believe that man is going to evolve and outgrow his violent tendencies. They believe that man is going to evolve into gods (the same lie told to Adam in the Garden of Eden) and solve all of his own problems. This is how people will be so easily duped by the Anti-Christ.
Hollywood has already primed the masses to accept a Super Hero Man. The movies continue to lay out this theme and people are hooked on it. There is a Messiah Complex at work in this generation – they are looking for a man-god to bail them out. What they do not realize is that the Messiah has already come! And He is coming again!
Instead of looking inward or downward for answers to the problems of this world, we need to look upward to Christ. Jesus is the answer. Jesus is the solution. If you look anywhere other than the God of this Bible then you will easily be duped by the Man of Sin.