One-third of a million results for “Antichrist, August 30, 2016” on Google suggest widespread belief that the end times will begin in 2016, but searching multiple affiliate sources reveals no explanation for why Antichrist appears August 30, despite of the date in Hagee’s YouTube title.
Hagee’s August date and reassurance rant at first sounds like Harold Camping, but there are a dozen reasons to thwart a pre-tribulation drill charge that came from John Darby in the early 1800s. Here are a few examples.
The first is popularized from the book and movie series “Left Behind”, where Christians are allegedly taken to heaven. But if you read the parallel passage in Luke 17: 36,37, when Christ says you will be taken, the disciples ask, “Where, Lord?” and he answered, “Where the body is, the eagles will be gathered.” (not brought to heaven, but the dinner of the vultures at the end of the world, Revelation 19:17.
Another example is the use of Paul’s statement about the Second Coming of Christ: “For the Lord shall descend from heaven with a cry … with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then shall we who are alive. and remain captive … ”1 Thessalonians 4: 16,17.
But most evangelical Christians do not compare Paul’s other comment to this – It is “in the LAST trump, for the trumpet to sound and the dead to be raised impossible.” 1 Corinthians 15:52. There are seven trumpets, Revelation 8: 6, following an earthquake in the previous verse, and we have not seen that earthquake yet.
Earthquakes are happening all over the world, but the ancient lukewarm church of Laodicea ended in an earthquake that destroyed the city. America has a lukewarm Christianity that is also materialistic, as Revelation 3: 15-21 describes, but the deeper meaning of “knocking” at the door is an earthquake that surprises preachers who first say borry.
Hagee also believes Antichrist will arrive by August 30. Antichrist can have more than one application.
# 1. Antichrist can mean instead of Christ, and for 1000+ years, millions of people have faith in a religion that claimed to forgive sin and promise salvation, even being able to pray a person out of purgatory (a word) not found in the Bible) for money.
This system is plagued by child abuse and homosexuality, but most people pull it off rather than “repent” and “call no man father,” as Christ said. “Who can forgive sin except God?” This writer once opened his home to an alcoholic priest for a week. The Church removed the daily experience for Christians – no Bible studies, prayer or witnesses, represented at the bread table, incense altars, and candlestick candles in the sanctuary of the sanctuary showing the experience of believers. Now it is the Mass and the priest on Sunday or confession instead of a believer’s daily experience. It is antichrist instead of Christ.
Hagee believes that the coming antichrist will be shot in the head and miraculously recover, but the deadly wound has already happened with the Protestant Reformation and Napoleon’s conquest of the pope who died in exile, also in Revelation 13. Hagee mentioned the number 666 from Revelation 13, but did not mention the title of the pope, VICARIUS FILII DEI [vicar of the Son of God] as it adds 666 in Roman numerals (Google).
# 2. There is likely to be a Muslim leader who will emerge to demand leadership to wipe out disbelief for an upcoming Imam Mahdi – the ruler of the world. This will be an obvious antichrist that will be conquered, as Daniel 8 shows in the stomping of a militant Muslim ram with two broken horns. Gabriel said the vision was at the time of the end, so the Medes and Persians then (in this proven vision) are now Iraq and Iran, but Hagee proclaims peace and security for Jerusalem that does not suit Zechariah 14. Its destruction may be the cause of goat anger in Daniel 8.
# 3. The image of Revelation 17 supports a New World Order (NWO) antichrist, papal leadership. A beast (government) is run by a harlot (unfaithful church) who has adultery with kings and is adorned with gold (wealthy) and scarlet (color of cardinals), “mother of harlots” (mother church – her daughters no longer protest her) , sitting on seven hills (Rome) and drunk with the saints’ blood. Most history books are laundered to no longer reveal the 50-100 million who died as martyrs for what they believed. America was founded by Christians who risked their lives to escape the old world for freedom here.
In connection with a 7-year ending, near the end of the power of the NWO beast for 42 months (Revelation 13), Satan will appear as Jesus to perform miracles and deceive the whole world. Only a small minority will stand against the NWO and markers that bring the plagues of God (Chapter 14), but those who do can be spared when Christ comes and “every eye shall see him,” Revelation 1.