One of the biggest lies foisted on the church starting in the early 20th century is the idea of a "antichrist world leader" who would persecute the saints not taken in the so-called "Pre-tribulation Rapture." As we have suggested in other places on this website, these ideas were fed to the conservative Christian church organizations by the United State Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) under its Operation Mockingbird unbrella. They sold these ideas to Christians by giving theological schools grant money to produce a conglomeration of books, tapes, movies, and other media.
Preachers were quickly enamored with this idea because these teachings would scare people into coming to their churches and giving them their money. Many of these preachers were assisted by traveling evangelists who would come into their churches and give evangelistic messages designed to "pack the pews." One evangelist even went around the country preaching a message in various churches titled, "76 Reasons Why Jesus Christ is Coming Back in 1976." He had to revise his message when Jesus Christ did not return to the earth in 1976, but he still kept preaching and continues to this day, though not at the rate he did years ago.
One of the focal points of this teaching was the advent of a world leader they liked to call "the antichrist." Christian writers like Hal Lindsey, Tim LaHaye, and Jerry Jenkins equivocate the antichrist teachings of I John and II John with the "beast" teaching of Revelation 13:1-8. They see this beast as some kind of world leader who will rise to prominence at the beginning of what they call "The Great Tribulation," wrongly interpreting Matthew 24:21:
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Matthew 24:21)
They overlook the fact that in the scriptures, there is NO article (the, an, a) before the word "great." If you follow proper English sentence construction, the world "great" cannot be a noun, but instead, it is an adjective, a word that describes the noun in the sentence. There are two other times the term "great tribulation" is found:
Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. (Revelation 2:22)
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:14)
Considering this evidence, there is not a time period known as "the great tribulation." Instead, there are certain undefined periods of time where Christians endure "great tribulation." Notice further that the Authorized "King James" Version translators never capitalized either the words "great" or "tribulation." Even the "modern" Bible versions do not capitalize there words. They didn't see "great tribulation" as a constricted period of time. They saw it as an untimed event. Two of the times, (Matthew 24:21 and Revelation 7:14) the "great tribulation" can as a result of the people choosing to serve the LORD instead of the world system. In Revelation 2:22, the "great tribulation" comes from people opting to follow the teachings of the "Jezebel" system, but still opting to claim they are Christians. To create a constructed event called "The Great Tribulation" out of these scriptures effectively creates its own set of scriptures, something Revelation 22:18-19 warn against:
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
The Book of Revelation's warnings are very similar to what Moses warned about in the Book of Deuteronomy:
Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. (Deuteronomy 4:2)
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. (Deuteronomy 12:32)
The wise man Agur, the son of Jaketh, a public teacher in the time of King Hezekiah also added his own word of warning to that of Moses:
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. (Proverbs 30:5-6)
The "End of the Age" or the "end times" refers to an unspecified time when it will be difficult to be a Christian. When you read the word "beast" in Revelation, true scholars find themselves looking to the Book of Daniel for insights. There, we learn of four beasts or political systems. Revelation 13 refers to Daniel 7:7, which says:
After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. (Daniel 7:7)
Bible Scholars, both past and present consider these beasts to be political systems. What confuses many people is the Book of Revelation's use of the pronoun "he." They seem to forget that even political systems can be referred to by the pronouns "he" and "she."
We have noticed that many politicians are advocates of "World Government" and propose to fold up all national governments into one world government. People like George Soros, Hillary Clinton, the Bush Family, Jimmy Carter, John Kerry, and other politicians around the world have been working to that end for a long time. They want to duplicate the World Government they think King Solomon had in his time. Unfortunately for them, the only world government we will ever see is the one Jesus Christ will rule over when He returns. They are already finding their efforts futile. It takes wisdom to rule over the nations. The world government advocates lack that wisdom!