Posted by Elfriede Copple
Today our post is about a book with the title COUNTERFEIT JESUS by R.P. Amos who lives in Oregon City, Oregon. Randy Amos is an itinerant Bible teacher who has blessed us with his messages and books.
It is a book relevant to today’s times and an eye opener to who the Counterfeit is and how he got his foot in the door to deceive many.
In the introduction Randy states:
“In this book many authoritative statements are made. The authority for these statements does not come from some man-made council, some creed of a denominational headquarters, or a majority vote on certain issues. The authority for the many statements comes from no less a source than the Holy Scriptures (Bible) which is the Word of the living God.”
The content is divided into four sections:
- COUNTERFEITERS IN ACTION
- THE COUNTERFEIT OF THE PAST
- THE COUNTERFEIT OF THE PRESENT
- THE COUNTERFEIT OF THE FUTURE
In the last chapter the author describes what it will be like here on earth when the true church (all true believers) is raptured and the seven-year Tribulation period begins.
The world will be messed up! The Scripture gives us many prophetic passages with graphic descriptions of the chaotic conditions. See
Matthew 24, 2 Timothy 3, Revelation 6 and 9, Zechariah 14
At that point the world, society, the people will be looking to someone for help and guidance. This is the perfect time for Satan to bring the Antichrist onto the scene.
1 John 2:18
… as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming,…
2 Thessalonians 2:9-10
9The coming of the lawless one [Antichrist] is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2 Timothy 4:3-4
3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
The Antichrist will be imitating Jesus Christ; he will come onto the scene as the one true messiah. The unfortunate thing will be though that he will deceive many and they will follow him into destruction!
Satan’s counterfeit of Jesus, the Antichrist will have the following characteristics (quoted from The Counterfeit Jesus, pg 181):
- UNIVERSAL APPEAL (Revelation 13:3)
He will possess charisma and be extremely popular and famous as the whole world will stand in stunned wonder and awe at this man’s ability.
- GLOBAL CLOUT (Revelation 13:4)
His political and military power will be so great that other nations will be intimidated in fear and be afraid to make war with him.
- FANTASTIC SPEAKER (Revelation 13:5)
A politician of politicians with tremendous oratory ability, he will be able to convince all the nations of the whole world of his plans and solutions by his speaking ability.
- WORLD DESPOT (Revelation 13:7)
He becomes not just a great national leader but eventually controls the whole world with an iron hand.
- PEACEMAKER (Daniel 8:24; Revelation 6:2)
He will for a time bring worldwide peace and law and order as he seems to be able to control people and solve problems.
It makes me sad to see this happening but it is prophesied and it is guaranteed to happen.
How will the Antichrist pull it all off?
How will he manage to become a worldwide commander?
What do you think? Looking forward to your thoughts on this topic.
Other books by Randy Amos:
THE CHURCH – A Discipleship Manual for the Body of Christ
WHAT IS THE CHRISTIAN FAITH? (if all we had was the BIBLE)
All Scripture quoted is taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.