The devil is uniting religious people of the world, be they Christian or otherwise, who doubt or deny the deity or doctrines of Jesus Christ. His church closely resembles the real thing, but if you have a personal relationship with the real Jesus, you will discern the compromised and the counterfeit. This unity movement uses Jesus´ name, but in practice denies His power. One glaring thing all these groups have in common is their doubt or denial of the imminent return of Jesus to rule the nations. This is a major characteristic of the spirit of antichrist.
The devil working through the harlot church, will ultimately deceive most who dwell on the earth, into worshiping this beast from America instead of the Lord Jesus. He will make people think the beast is Jesus and God. This antichrist will not call himself the beast, as God does, but will call himself the Christ. This Roman Prince will become possessed by Satan. That is Satan´s plan and you can see this falling away or apostasy from truth and doctrine gaining momentum today.
In order to deceive the ignorant masses, Satan is making this falling away appear to be a revival. Paul instructs us that before Jesus sets foot on the earth, at the end of the 70th Week, two things must happen.
II Thessalonians 2:3-4,
3)”Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come, except there come the 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 worshiped, so that he, as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
This “Satan-possessed-pervert” will initially be the number one religious hero of all apostate Christians. They will elect him to be their so-called leader.
The falling away will really manifest itself during the first 3 1/2 years of the 70th Week, even though the signs of it are now very clear. It is then that this super hero will be made the western world´s “Greatest Christian.” For the antichrist comes first as a so-called follower of Christ, as did Judas. Like Judas, this phony follower will prove to be the son of perdition. As proof of this, the name “son of perdition” is used in the Bible only twice. The first usage refers to Judas, and the second to this end-time man of sin, (John 17:12, II Thessalonians 2:3). He will betray the deity and doctrines of Christ Jesus by naming himself the Christ, and demand that all worship him.
These are the fundamental errors and lies of the harlot church and the spirit of antichrist. There are many more specific teachings that are preached, but most likely will evolve from one of the four we´ve studied in this chapter. As you might have noticed so far, just because one says he is a Christian doesn´t mean he is. The Lord said to us that the deception, as we approach His return, would be so subtle and clever, that even the elect, if possible could be deceived, (Matthew 24:24). Pray and seek after wisdom!