Hope To The End
Can Antichrist Imitate Jesus' Resurrection ?
Resurrection Rivet and Hearts of Darkness.
In the famous book " The Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad there is a statement made that Mr. Kurtz needed something. He needed "rivets", the author tells us. We were being told that Mr. Kurtz needed something to integrate his whole person. He needed truth -- integrity.
His own self-disintegration stemmed from lies, and lies only destroy. John 8: 44.
The Cornerstone Rivet of Christianity
The whole Christian era has been based upon the integrating doctrine of the Resurrection. The Holy Spirit tells us through Paul the Apostle that if Christ be not risen then our Faith is in vain. How true.
If Jesus did not validate all that He said and did while here on earth by His own bodily Resurrection, then we would have no basis for our Faith in Him as God ( our Christianity ) . He is Who He said He was ( and still is ) because only God can raise Himself from the dead. No mere mortal can do that.
Jesus is in fact very God of very God by the power of His Resurrection.
That is our doctrinal "rivet" upon which all other doctrines are integrated. All Christian beliefs are bonded by that
Hearts of Darkness
There are many people on this planet that do not believe in God or Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit. They do not believe in the Trinity. They especially do not believe that Jesus became God-in-the-flesh and dwelt amongst us ( Emmanuel ).
They do not believe that God could die, be buried , nor that He rose again on the third day of burial. In essence, many people on this planet do not believe in Jesus' resurrection from His own death to Eternal Life.
If Jesus had not been born, and if His life had not been chronicled by four credible authors: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; and if history itself did not attest to Him by the secular historian Josephus, then the option whether to believe in Jesus or not would be feasible.
But since He DID in fact come, die a horrible death and then rose from His own grave by His own power (unprecedented, and which of course is unable to be equaled by any mortal), then there is no option.
You either believe the substantiated truth or reject the substantiated truth ....
"If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin;
but now they have no cloke [ cloak] for their sin." ---- John 15:22
"... he that believeth and is baptized ( Ed: repented from sin ) shall be saved;
but he that believeth not shall be damned." Mark 16:16
Romans 1: 20 tells us that God is clearly seen in the world around us .
"For the invisible things of Him [ God ] from the creation of the world are CLEARLY SEEN , being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse."
What this verse is saying is this : The more that scientists delve into science and scientific facts, the more they can easily discern the signature of God in all things. It is irrefutable. There is no such a thing as "coincidence" or "chance" or random whimsy. All nature is stamped with higher mathematics and a supernatural intelligence of a Benevolent Being Who is in fact, Almighty God.
Now the Bible is the only book containing Revealed information about God. Without the Bible , we could not know of His person, His personality or our ability to relate with Him. He had to tell us the knowledge that we ourselves could not attain to.
He had to tell us that there are three Persons in God : The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. From the very first book in Genesis , God is mentioned by the PLURAL form "Elohim" and in Genesis Chapter Two we are told that God said "Let US make man in OUR own image."
Already we are being told that God is One Being with three distinct and unique persons. The 3 in 1.
The expressed conversations of God reveal only two person : The Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is also a very real Person and is revealed by confirming truth, comfort, love, gifts given to men etc.
The Holy Spirit is our inner witness that signals us from within when we hear truth or when we hear error. The Holy Spirit guides our conscience and common sense. " The mind can taste Truth".
His Person ( He is an actual Person, and not a characteristic ) remains in the background.
"Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all truth:
for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall He speak;
And He will show you things to come ( Ed: give understanding of prophetic verses ).
HE SHALL GLORIFY ME; for He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you."
Will Antichrist have a Real Resurrection ?
We as Christians trust in the rivet doctrine of Jesus' Resurrection as being the cornerstone of our faith.
If Christ be not risen then our faith is in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:14
Soon there will come a fake resurrection by the man of sin ( antichrist Rev. 13 :3 ). It is a "lying wonder". 2 Thessalonians 2:9.
Please see "I'm No Fool" : Lying with Pixels http://hopetotheend.com/fool.html
It will be a Strong Delusion. 2 Thessalonians 2:11.
It will only be believed by those who have not the love of the Truth. 2 Thessalonians 2: 10.
Jesus raised Himself without Special Effects and HDTV.
"Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again.
No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself.
I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.
This commandment have I received of My Father". John 10: 17, 18.
No. Antichrist cannot Really be raised from the dead.