My friends, things continue to stir in the Middle East, Europe and the US. Concern regarding the ill-founded nuclear deal with Iran is percolating and French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump seem to be working on potential plans to revamp the deal. Will they succeed? Who knows.
Here’s how The Jerusalem Post reports the Trump-Macron meetings.
However, as usual, I want to divert attention from the geopolitical view to a view that looks through the lens of Scripture. We are living in a time like no other in history. Bible prophecies are lining up right before our very eyes. For example, this is the first time in human history that Russia, Iran and Turkey have joined in coalition, each with thoughts of conquering Israel (for various reasons). That brings Ezekiel 38‘s predicted War of Gog and Magog to front and center on the stage of Bible prophecy.
But here is what I find curious. According to Scripture, a leader will arise out of what I believe will be the revised Holy Roman empire. He will appear to be a peacemaker and will indeed make a peace covenant with Israel. The Bible describes that person as the Antichrist.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 describes a “man of lawlessness” who will come to deceive and to exalt himself above all others. That is the Antichrist. However, verses 6-7 tell us that he is “restrained” and won’t be revealed until the “restrainer” is removed. Who restrains the man of lawlessness, if not the Holy Spirit? Indeed, the Holy Spirit lives within us (Romans 8:9, among other places). Thus, at the rapture, when believers in Christ are taken out of here, the Restrainer (Holy Spirit) will be removed and the Antichrist will be revealed.
So, I am not looking for the Antichrist! We (believers) won’t see him! However, some question whether or not Macron fits the bill. I believe he exhibits characteristics, but I don’t think we can know at this point. (See here, here, here and here)
So, what’s the point? Glad you asked! Whether Macron is the Antichrist or not, we are living in a time and season where “peace” is the buzz word, amidst a world that is spiraling more and more out of control. When we see these signs, we can lift up our heads because our redemption draws near! (Luke 21:28) Look to current events if you wish, but view them through the lens of Scripture. Then, let’s be diligent to avoid dwelling on the news, but on what would please our Father in the midst of the crazy world in which we live!
Are you about the Father’s business, as Jesus was? (Luke 2:41-52)