Does the Antichrist REALLY Exist?
A critical review of Jack Van Impe's interpretation of Biblical prophesies
"And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed [spoken evil of]." 2 Peter 2:2 (NKJ)
"He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad." Matthew 12:30 (NKJ)
In my Mar 97 article "Does Satan REALLY Exist" (on this web site), I explained in detail what I mean when I use the term "Satanically inspired." This article will provide further illustrations of the meaning of that term. But in case you haven't read that article yet, I'll provide a brief review.
Jesus Christ's entire ministry was founded upon God's two most fundamental commandments: " You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it:  You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." (Matt 22:37-40 NKJ)
This is not as difficult as it sounds. It simply means that we should seek and follow the TRUTH relative to the commandment to LOVE our neighbors as ourselves without placing any restrictions whatsoever on the applicability of either of those two commandments. Over the centuries, most theologians have downplayed or ignored the importance of these two commandments, because they conflicted with many of their "expert" conclusions and teachings. If you examine their teachings for conformance with these two commandments (without restrictions), you can easily recognize which of their teachings are "of God" and which are "of Satan" or "Satanically inspired." This web site points out numerous examples of each.
First, let's take a look at where the term "antichrist" originally came from.
I John 2:18-24: Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.
I John 4:2-3: By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the SPIRIT of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
II John 1:5-7 And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another. This is love, that WE WALK ACCORDING TO HIS COMMANDMENTS. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves that we do not lose these things we worked, but that we may receive a full reward. Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ [God's two most fundamental commandments] does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.
That's it. The term "antichrist" is not actually used in any other part of the Bible. As we can see from the writings of the author I John and II John, it is clear that the term "Antichrist" (with a capital "A") is a SPIRIT which was "now in the world" at the time the author was writing these passages. It is also clear, that people who follow or exhibit such a spirit can justifiably be called an "antichrist" (with a small "a") in accordance with the way that term was originally used. The "Antichrist" is a RELIGIOUS SPIRIT which CLAIMS to be following Christ (or God) but which is actually teaching the OPPOSITE of what Jesus Christ would teach. Here is what Jesus Christ Himself had to say about such people (without actually using that term):
"Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: 'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.' When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, 'Hear and understand: Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.' Then His disciples came and said to Him, 'Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?'" Matthew 15:7-12 (NKJ):
There are many "antichrists" in the world today; you've probably seen some of them on TV. In this article, l'll review the Biblical interpretations and teachings of one of them, Dr. Jack Van Impe, based on two of his more recent videos. The first is a 107-minute 1995 video entitled "666 The United States of Europe and the New World Order." Jack has been promoting this video lately in a widely shown TV infomercial. When you call in to order "666", they also offer a 120-minute 1997 video entitled "The Complete Guide to the Future." If you're interested in viewing these videos yourself, write to Jack Van Impe Ministries International, Box 7004, Troy, Michigan 48007. [True servants of God have no need or desire to advocate censorship].
In both videos, Jack and his wife Rexella appear to be quite sincere about their teaching's, and I'll grant them that. Jack claims that to have spent over 70,000 hours on Biblical research to derive the interpretations and conclusions which he is presenting in these videos. Unfortunately (for tens of millions of men, women, and children who are no longer with us), Jack evidently spent that entire 70,000 hours "barking up the wrong logical tree."
PROOF? Even though (as shown above) Jesus Christ clearly stated, "On these two commandments hang ALL the Law and the Prophets," God's commandment to "love your neighbor as yourself" is NEVER EVEN MENTIONED in either video! Even the SPIRIT of that commandment (which Jesus pointed out is LIKE the first commandment) can hardly be found in either of those two videos!
Instead, in both videos they present arguments, interpretations, quotes, and scriptural references to make the following kinds of points:
VAN IMPE THEME #1: Attempts to create anything which even remotely resembles a true world government are to be feared and opposed. They rattle off a list of dictators throughout history (many who really WERE evil) and say, "The time is right for a 'world dictator' to come into power [from the European Union] and reign for seven years." They badmouth George Bush's comments about a "new world order", the "Illuminati" of the 1770s, the Trilateral Commission, Bildenburgs, the European Union and its fledgling Eurocorps standing army, the very idea of "federalism" in Europe, and even the "Eye of God over an unfinished pyramid" symbol on the back of our 1 dollar bills.
Evidently, their REAL god is "national sovereignty", the bloodiest IDOL ever created by man! Can you name anything else that mankind has ever created that has gotten MORE people killed than the concept of national sovereignty? And behold! It's being worshipped (literally) by people all over the world!
Jesus Christ, on the other hand, promised his faithfull followers in Revelation 2:26-29 that He would return (in Spirit, at least) to rule mankind with a "rod of iron" (a God-guided world government). But Jack and his wife are attempting to lead their viewers in the OPPOSITE direction!
VAN IMPE THEME #2: Attempts to create anything which even remotely resembles a "one-world religion" are to be feared and opposed. They badmouth the World Council of Churches, the "new age movement", pagan worshippers, etc. Rexella even dug up the following quote by David Spangler, Director of an organization called "Planetary Initiative" which she claims to be a "United Nations world government organization":
"No one will enter the new world order unless he or she will make a pledge to worship Lucifer. No one will enter the new ages unless he will take a Luciferian initiation."
Who elected him? And what is that "Planetary Initiative", really?
Anyhow, Jesus Christ's position regarding a "one-world religion" was expressed in Matthew 23:37 (TLB)
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones all those God sends to her! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn't let me."
Jesus Christ sought to establish a "Kindom of God" on earth based on Gods' commandments to seek the TRUTH relative to His commandment to LOVE our neighbors as ourselves (without restrictions). As religions go, you can't get any more fundamental (or world-wide appealing) than THAT! Jesus Christ Himself was preaching a "one-world religion!" St. John's Book of Revelation promises a "one-world religion!" (Rev 21:24) But Jack and Rexella are attempting to steer their viewers in the OPPOSITE direction (and claiming to represent God while doing so).
VAN IMPE THEME #3. Jack spends a considerable amount of time quoting Bible verses and historical references concerning his interpretation of the gold-headed image with feet of iron and clay described in the 2nd chapter of Daniel. He claims that the feet or iron and clay represent the European Community. Actually, they represent the national sovereignty system itself which is about to be "shattered" by that "rock" which allegorically represents God's two most fundamental commandments. If you are really interested comparing our interpretations of such prophesies, I recommend you order Jack's videos, download a copy of my Jan 97 article "What does the Second Coming of Christ REALLY mean?" (this article contains my own commentary on St. John's Book of Revelation), and then make your own comparisons. You'll be amazed at how God's two most fundament commandments "throw a whole new light" on many of the very same Biblical references that Jack has been using. I have read at least 40 different interpretations of St. John's Book of Revelation over the past 27 years, and so far, the interpretation contained in my Jan 97 article is still the ONLY one I have ever read which conforms with God's two most fundamental Commandments (in accordance with Matthew 22:37-40).
VAN IMPE THEME #4: They also spend a consider amount of time describing various technologies that have evolved for monitoring or controlling people ("the mark on the head or the hand" kind of stuff). Marks like that actually WERE put on the arms of Jews (and others) during the Hitler era in Europe. And do you know WHY the Germans did that? It was for "national security" reasons. Jack and Rexella claim that such technologies will initially be used to track humans in the future for economic (fraud fighting ) reasons, and that all those who refuse to ware such devices will be killed (a high price to pay for refusing a "credit card"). Actually, the origin of the "mark on the head or the hand" was Exodus 13:9, "It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the Lord's law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand the Lord has brought you out of Egypt." That was Moses's initial guidance to the children of Isreal to keep God's two most fundamental commandments on their mind (so that it becomes like a habit), speak accordingly, and do good works with their hands accordingly. By this, people would recognize them as being "of God." On the other hand, if you choose instead to let the spirit of the "Antichrist" fill your mind and guide your hand, then of course you are not "of God" and are for most practical purposes you are spiritually "dead" already.
VAN IMPE THEME #5. Jack also spends a considerable amount of time attempting to Biblically justify a Satanically inspired concept of escapism known as the "Rapture." According to Jack, all you need to do to qualify for the "Rapture" is to repent of your sins and "call on the Name of the Lord", and "the blood of Jesus will save you." When the time comes, you'll be "snatched up" into heaven in a "twinkling of an eye" when the Lord calls "Come hither" (Rev 4:1). Then you'll float around (in a "glorified body") without dying for a thousand years in a "New Jerusalem" in the clouds. And best of all, you'll miss all that "tribulation" stuff including wars and plagues that will physically kill half of the entire human population of the earth (that's what Jack Van Impe predicts)!
There you have it folks,--a CLASSIC example of "soothsaying"! Evidently, predicting doom on one hand and offering an easy "supernatural" escape on the other hand has proven to be a real money maker for these "antichrists" (it's as if there were following a "golden calf"). Their message is NOT to love your neighbor as yourself,--their message to love yourself (only!) and to let the rest of the people in the world "go to hell." Once again, Jack's message is the OPPOSITE of what Jesus Christ would teach.
At end of the "666" video, Rexella says, "What we believe about the world to come shapes how we live in the world today..." She's right about that. If the people of the world really believe and follow the teachings of Jack Van Impe, Hal Lindsey, etc., those teachings could actually lead the world into a cataclysm that would physically kill half of the world's population (an effect known as the "self-fulfilling prophesy phenomenon").
Jesus Christ predicted that this would happen in his "tares in the wheat" parable:
"The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field: but while he slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?' He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you want us then to go and gather them up?' But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn."'" (Matthew 13:24-30)
"Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, 'Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.' He answered and said to them: 'He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world [the "earth" of mankind's perceptions of popular truths], the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" (Matt 13:36-43 NKJ)
What these "antichrists" are doing is urging mankind to follow the "tares" in the present "kingdom of heaven" [mankind's perceptions of God].
Perhaps this point can be better understood by considering a present-day analogy. Suppose we use a "tubeless tire" as an analogy for the teachings of Jesus Christ. People ride on such tires every day as if their lives depended on them (and they do). As long as that tire is mounted on a wheel and filled with air (let's assume for this analogy that this "air" represents God's two must fundamental commandments), then there is no way that anybody can turn that tire inside out. My Jul 97 interpretation of the story of Moses illustrates this. But if they remove that "air" (as Jack Van Impe has done), then they can take the tire off of the wheel, turn it inside out to conform with their Satanically inspired ideology, and then claim, "This is a tire, and you can believe me when I tell you that this (inside-out, off-the-wheel, airless) tire will save you when the going gets rough, because I have a Doctor of Divinity Degree, and this tire has 'supernatural' written all over it. " It may not look like a tire, and it certainly won't function like a tire, but it is true that the view of the tire which they are presenting does in fact have some of the major components of a tire (selected biblical quotations). As Jesus Christ discovered in the desert, even the devil can quote from the scriptures.
I'm mailing a copy of this article along with various other articles from this web site to Jack Van Impe in hopes that by reading them he will recognize that fact that he has been "barking up the wrong logical tree" all these years. I'm also hoping that he will then reformulate his conclusions from those 70,000 hours of research, so that he can start working FOR God rather than AGAINST Him.
So! WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
There are many in America today who instinctively disagree with such "conservative" interpretations of the scriptures, but they believe that conservatives have a right to interpret the scriptures any way they want to, and that therefore we should "let them do their own thing." Although it's true that in America people have a right to interpret the scriptures any way they want to, the fact is it that these conservative religious leaders are NOT "doing their own thing." They are attempting to get laws passed so that they can use the "tools of Cain" (jail sentences, etc.) to FORCE every man, woman, and child in America to conduct themselves in accordance with THEIR particular interpretations of the scriptures. That wouldn't be bad if they limited their proposed changes to those which conform with God's two most fundamental commandments (most people would tend to support such proposals). But in many cases it has been the SATANICALLY INSPIRED aspects of their teachings that they've been attempting to FORCE upon everyone else. For example,
1. They attempted to implement a "Decency in Communications Act" which was supposedly designed to combat "pornography on the internet." But the "fine print" in that law ALSO made it a federal crime to discuss the churches' teachings regarding homosexuality, abortion, and birth control on the internet. If that law had not been struck down by our courts, then I could have been sent to jail for pointing out (in my Jun 97 article) that many of our churches' have been preaching Satanically inspired doctrines as well as Godly doctrines (as Jesus predicted they would), and that those Satanically inspired doctrines included some of their teachings regarding the topics homosexuality, abortion, birth control.
2. They are attempting to implement a "flag burning amendment" to the US Constitution, so that they can use the "tools of Cain" to protect their beloved idolatry from being ridiculed.
3. They are attempting to use the "tools of Cain" to "resolve" an abortion problem which they themselves helped to create in the first place (by not teaching the Kingdom of God as taught by Jesus Christ). Passing laws against abortion without teaching the Kingdom of God as taught by Jesus Christ will only create a "black market" for abortion services, as happened with alcoholic beverages during the US "Prohibition Era."
4. They have been attempting to censor the arts and to shut down PBS stations, because they presented ideas which they didn't like.
5. They've been providing a religious sounding ideology to help inspire (and support the recruitment efforts of) anti-government "militia groups" throughout the United States. Hal Lindsey's teachings definitely contributed to the "line of reasoning" that led to the Ruby Ridge tragedy and may also have contributed to the "line of reasoning" which the perpetrators of the Oklahoma City bombing used to "morally justify" their actions.
6. They've been encouraging US military commanders to figuratively "thumb their nose" (with impunity) at their Commander-in-Chief's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy as they terminate (with prejudice) the military careers of hundreds of dedicated military personnel (based on un-Christlike misinterpretations of the scriptures).
7. But by far most significanly, they SUCCEEDED in turning US foreign policy away from adequately supporting the United Nations and its peacekeeping operations, thereby permitting conditions of anarchy to evolve unchecked in Rwanda, Burundi, and Zaire (resulting in the slaughter of millions of men, women, and children over the past few years)!.
These present-day examples illustrate quite well why our nations' founding fathers insisted that the very first sentence of the first amendment to the United States Constitution read, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."
HOW AND WHY DID THIS HAPPEN?
These Satanically inspired interpretations of the scriptures are being repeatedly preached to the American people via infomercials, weekly religious broadcasts, and travelling road shows. With only rare exceptions, these are the ONLY interpretations of Biblical prophecies that most people in America have ever seen or heard. Is this because our nation's news agencies have been practicing censorship against the World Council of Churches and other "liberal" religious organizations just as they have been practicing censorship against me? Or it because these other religious organizations have never bothered to publicly challenge such Satanically inspired interpretations, thereby making it appear to the American public that they "agree" with such interpretations? There is no need to censor the misguided Biblical interpretations of Jack Van Impe, Hal Lindsey, etc. All that is needed is for our religious organizations (and news agencies) to expose the fact that such interpretations are in fact Satanically inspired. Like those mythological vampires, interpretations of the scriptures which do NOT conform with God's two most fundamental commandments will "dry up" when exposed to the "Light of Day."
(one grain of salt)
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