Chapter 6 Prelude
One main purpose of this book is to show the importance prophecy should play in the hearts and minds of the people. In today´s church world there are far too many people who have misunderstood the meaning of prophecy. To many it has been a mystery, hidden and sealed, so then they disregard it altogether. This is the work of the antichrist spirit, which is opposed to the revelation of Jesus Christ. The mystery of Babylon can be revealed only by the Spirit of God, who has come to “show us all things to come.”
“And he saith unto me, Seal not the words of the prophecy of this book; for the time is at hand.”
“Nevertheless, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth; for he shall not speak of himself, but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak; and he will show you things to come.”
In the above verses, John is told to unseal the prophecies of God´s word. The Spirit of truth has come to guide us into all truth and show us the future. But, if we don´t possess the Holy Spirit, or better yet, He possess us, it is impossible to unravel the mysteries of the Kingdom. It is then the spirit of error and antichrist who does the teaching. Oh yes, Satan himself is a teacher of prophecy, who mixes his lies with the truth to deceive you.
In Revelation 19:10, John says that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. What does that mean, the testimony of Jesus? It is three things: 1) Who He is. 2) What He has done, doing, and will do. 3) What He said, in other words His doctrine.
Paul said that we are not to be ignorant of Satan´s devices. But what we see and hear in some prophetic circles concerning end-time prophecies and events, demonstrates that ignorance and confusion is widespread in the organized Christian community. This is true especially as it relates to understanding what antichrist is, who antichrist is, and from where antichrist will come. I pray as you read this you will understand that I´m not being “antichrist minded” as opposed to “Christ minded.” We must be totally Christ-centered; to be Cross-minded and Coming-minded. But Jesus said in Matthew 24:15, for those who read to understand the truths concerning antichrist. It is the purpose of the Holy Spirit to reveal and expose Satan and his blinding lies. This is one thing Jesus is doing today. Before we can understand we must first know we are deceived and believing lies.