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Healed from a fatal wound!

whose fatal wound had been healed” Revelation 13:3
Ever since I can remember I have heard conjecture as to who this might be. I can remember hearing when President John F. Kennedy was killed. Shot in the head, wouldn't you know it, they speculated about him being the antichrist, expecting him to rise from the dead.
But what if we are all wrong about this. What if we are not talking about a man, but a powerful religious entity.
A little bit of history on Islam, a religion, once thought dead. Taken from an informational page on Wikipedia.
Three centuries after the death of the Islamic prophetMuhammad (High Middle Ages), the Arab Caliphates extended from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to Central Asia in the east. The subsequent empires of the Umayyads, Abbasids, Fatimids, Ghaznavids, Seljuqs, Safavids, Mughals, and Ottomans were among the influential and distinguished powers in the world. The Islamic civilization gave rise to many centers of culture and science and produced notable sc…

All the authority of ..

It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, Revelation 13:12
Part of a series on the second beast of Revelation 13
This is not a centralized affair, and for many years I wished it would be. Even the CIA has deep concerns about cells within this "peaceful" nation of ours. This second beast is going to have a global impact as well. 
Having learned about Islam, and what they believe, this makes all the sense in the world to me. Just as the first beast arrives by demonstration and violence, the second demonstrates his right to be in power by showing off powerful signs too. This ability comes from Satan. Keep in mind that he has the horns of a lamb, therefore, initially, he will seem gentle, but when the right moment comes, Islam uses the term “on that day” just as our scriptures do, he will demonstrate that he is the enforcer. 
Islam has Major prophecies that they too lean upon. While “cultured …

Return to your first love

The Church at Ephesus Revelation chapter 2
Revelation 2:1Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write,....
A little background
From Gill's commentary: a city of Ionia, and which Pliny calls (f) the work of the Amazons, and the light of Asia; it was famous for the temple of Diana, but more so for having a church of Christ in it: hither the Apostle Paul came and preached, and continued for the space of two years; where a very famous church was planted by him, and proper officers appointed, to whom he wrote a very excellent epistle: this is now a miserable desolate place, not a city, but a village; and is called by the Turks, Aiasalik: of this place and church; See Gill on Act_18:19, Act_20:17,
Acts 18:19And he came to Ephesus,.... The metropolis of Asia; according to Pliny (c), it had been called by many names; at the time of the Trojan war, Alopes, then Ortygia and Morges, also Smyrna Trachea, Samornion and Prelea, and which he calls the work of the Amazons: some say (d) it was cal…

But it spoke like a dragon

but it spoke like a dragon” Revelation 13:11 Plain and simple, the dragon is Satan, and the deceiver.
Revelation 20:2 NIV He (Jesus) seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.
2 John 1:7 NIV I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.
If this character speaks like a dragon, then he is speaking like Satan, fully representing him. Now how would we know what that would be like? Take a look at Luke 4:6. Here Satan is tempting Jesus by offering him all the wealth of the world.
Luke 4:6 NIV And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.
Apparently Satan, with ease, offers up what looks good upon initial inspection, but scripture tells us that the world, and all that is in it, runs contrary to God. I find myse…

Signs that we are to watch for regarding His coming.

Somewhat based upon Pastor Chuck's blog.
Luke 21:6,7 As to these things which ye are beholding, days are coming in which there shall not be left stone upon stone which shall not be thrown down. And they asked him saying, Teacher, when then shall these things be; and what is the sign when these things are going to take place?

What were they looking at?The temple.

This is a parallel story to Matthew's account.
Matthew 24:1-3 Darby And Jesus went forth and went away from the temple, and his disciples came to him to point out to him the buildings of the temple. (2) And he answering said to them, Do ye not see all these things? Verily I say to you, Not a stone shall be left here upon a stone which shall not be thrown down. (3) And as he was sitting upon the mount of Olives the disciples came to him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be, and what is the sign of thy coming and the completion of the age?

Consider that some time has passed but in c…

What are we waiting for?

My former pastor, (he moved on to another church, and I miss him.) informed us, on Facebook, that he was going to start a new blog on the end times. This is a passion for me and so I responded with “bring it on”.
The second blog he put up seemed to indicate that there are two predominant signs that must be seen before Jesus comes to catch us away.
Look at the verses with me.: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 NIV (1) Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, (2) not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us--whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter--asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. (3) Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that daywill not come untilthe rebellion occursandthe man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.
Something important that might aid you in your understanding of end times events. All throughout scripture you wil…

Unto you it is given to know

1 Thessalonians 5:2-4 NIV (2) for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. (3) While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (4) But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
In Matthew 13:11 Jesus told his disciples, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.”
We are in the end times, and the events that are happening on almost a daily basis, are described in scripture. I have always had a desire to understand what is going on in the world in relation to scripture, but found the symbolism, and the things that I thought were symbolic in the bible confusing. My attempts to understand were met with frustration and just seemed to push me away. I truly believe that part of this confusion is the enemies attempt at keeping not o…