The Coming Worldwide Calvary

Christ Versus Antichrist

Copyright c 2009 Desmond Ford

Chapter 15


We now offer a summary of what has been set out in these chapters. The objective historic apostolic gospel is to be proclaimed to all the world with Pentecostal power (Matthew 24:14; Mark 13:10; Revelation 10:1-3; 14:5; and 18:1-4). This will be the equivalent, but on a worldwide scale, of Christ’s proclamation by his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of Passion Week. That event polarized his world and led to a death decree against him, the execution of which was preceded by a terrible time of tribulation. Judas precipitates the last crisis by his apostasy. He is the Antichrist of that time.

So the final gospel warning will polarize the world. The gospel believers will be looked upon as troublemakers leading to world unrest. Ultimately apostate religion (following the example of Judas) and the state will unite as the final Antichrist to sentence the gospel believers to death. As the majority of earth’s inhabitants reject the gospel, the Holy Spirit gradually ceases his pleading with hearts, and his common grace over the unconverted will also ebb away. This removal of the Spirit’s influence unleashes all the pent up evil of rebellious human hearts, and the worst tribulation in all of history will begin.

When the world commits the unpardonable sin by sentencing the saints en masse to death, Christ’s heavenly ministry ceases, and the seven last plagues begin to fall. Armageddon now reaches its climax as satanic hosts make war on the people of God. The appearance of Christ in the eastern heavens brings consternation to the wicked, who will then blame each other for their troubles and turn violently upon one another. The remnant of the lost are slain by the brightness of Christ’s approach, but simultaneously the righteous dead, including the recent martyrs, will rise from their graves to meet their Lord.

All this may sound fantastic to some, but who would have believed a novel written in the early 1930s describing both a terrible European holocaust and a dreadful atomic weapon that would fill the later decades with horror?

The present world seems poised now close to catastrophe, and politicians seem powerless. The existing tendency to riot and protest in the most civilized countries of the world are a shadow of things to come. Already over a billion people are close to starvation. What will happen if and when that number is tripled?

The challenge for believers is to place their confidence in the everlasting gospel and the Lord who is its centre. We are to emulate Daniel concerning whom no fault could be found except concerning the law of his God. The Apostles after Pentecost prefigure the last generation of saints who will fear neither perils nor murderous opponents.

In The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoyevsky wrote his creed:

I believe like a child that suffering will be healed and made up for, that all the humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage, like the despicable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small Euclidean mind of man, that in the world’s finale, at the moment of eternal harmony, something so precious will come to pass that it will suffice for all hearts, for the comforting of all resentments, for the atonement of all the crimes of humanity, of all the blood that they’ve shed; that it will make it not only possible to forgive but to justify all that has happened.

We cannot but be touched by such words, but even more glorious are those found at the close of Scripture:

Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them.

They will be his people, and God himself will be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. I am making everything new