The Antichrist
and
The Da Vinci Code?
1John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in
the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have
heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

The Da Vinci Code ... prepare ye the way for the antichrist!

The people of this world are preparing their hearts for the coming world
leader. As the world rejects the Bible and the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ,
they are making their hearts ready for the coming Lawless One, spoken of in
the book of Daniel and Revelation.

The Da Vinci Code is conditioning the minds of the public in preparation for
the antichrist to emerge.

1John 2:22  
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is
antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

The Da Vinci Code and its heinous assertions:

Dr. Ed Hindson writes: "This dangerous humanistic diatribe, thinly veiled as a
novel, is among the most seductive and destructive restatements of bygone
heresies in modern time."

-Jesus wasn't God
-Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and had children
-The Bible isn't the Word of God
-The early Church invented the foundational doctrines of Christianity for the
purpose of controlling the masses.
-The Church conspired to hide the truth

The Legend is back!

The Da Vinci Code is based upon the legend of the Merovingians.  The
Merovingians were kings who reigned in France A.D. 428-751. They claimed
to be descendents of the progeny resulting from the marriage of "Jesus" and
Mary Magdalene, which is
total blasphemy in light of the Scriptures. This
ancient heretical teaching claims that Jesus Christ survived the crucifixion
through deceit and trickery, wed Mary Magdalene, and fathered a number
of children whose descendents are now found in the bloodlines of much of
European royalty, hence the term "royal blood."

The Bible plainly tells us that Jesus not only died, but was also buried for
three days and three nights and early on Sunday morning, He rose again
from the dead!

One must have a very colorful imagination to assume for one minute that a
person can just walk away from a bloody, torturous crucifixion and have the
strength to escape from his own country and venture hundreds of miles away
to a distant land. Even today with all the medical advances, one crucified
would never have the stamina to escape and flee his homeland into Europe,
no matter how great the surgeon is, and yet we are to assume that this
obvious fictitious story took place. The mythical "christ" of The Da Vinci
Code is no match for the authentic Christ Jesus of the Bible.

DID JESUS DIE ON THE CROSS? WHAT DOES THE
BIBLE SAYS ABOUT JESUS' DEATH?

First of all, Jesus knew that He would die beforehand. He stated this
repeatedly, in advance, to his disciples. So if he wanted to escape death, why
did He go into Jerusalem that week, knowing that He would be killed on the
Preparation of the Passover? Matthew 16:21 says,  
"From that time forth
began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem,
and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be
killed, and be raised again the third day."
Jesus said in Matthew 26:2, "Ye
know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is
betrayed to be crucified."

He told Nicodemus in John 3:14,  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the
wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  That whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved
the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in
him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus said in John 12:27, "Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say?
Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour."
At
the Last Supper, Jesus told Judas,
"what you will do, do quickly."  Rather
than fleeing for his life at that moment, Jesus instead went to the Garden of
Gethsemane to pray and even waited there until Judas arrived with the
soldiers.

When Jesus was being arrested, Peter cut off the ear of one of Jesus' captors
and Jesus told him to put his sword away and said in Matthew 26:53-54,  
"Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently
give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures
be fulfilled, that thus it must be?"
Yes, the mission of Jesus was to be the
Messiah, the Passover Lamb, who would take away the sins of the world and
would rise again on the third day.

Pontius Pilate gave Jesus so many chances to defend himself. He said to
Jesus in Matthew 27:13-14,  
"Hearest thou not how many things they witness
against thee?" And he [Jesus] answered him to never a word; insomuch that
the governor marvelled greatly."
So if one did not want to die, why not shout
from the rooftops and confess his innocence to the one who wanted to release
him? Because Pilate already wanted to let Him go, had Jesus spoken up, the
crucifixion would have never taken place and we would yet be in our sins. All
of mankind would still be lost. This is why Jesus kept silent.

Isaiah 53:7  
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his
mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her
shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Jesus' whole mission was to DIE for our sins and RISE again. It was
prophecied that Messiah would be crucified and rise from the dead in
Isaiah 53,
"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for
our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his
stripes we are healed.   All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned
every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us
all."

Why didn't Jesus escape the crucifixion? The nails did not hold Him on the
cross but His love kept Him there. I believe He died with a smile on His face
for He completed the work that He was supposed to do. He became our
Passover Lamb and because He was obedient unto death, we are saved from
our sins. Because He rose from the dead, we are justified in God's sight and
we will live with Him forever.

Isaiah 53:10-11 says,  
"Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath
put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he
shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD
shall prosper in his hand.  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be
satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he
shall bear their iniquities."

Luke 24:44  And he [Jesus] said unto them, These are the words which I
spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled,
which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the
psalms, concerning me.
Luke 24:45  Then opened he their understanding, that they might
understand the scriptures,
Luke 24:46  And said unto them,
Thus it is written, and thus it behoved
Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
Luke 24:47  And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached
in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

THE DEVIL'S GOAL

Yet the devil would have men to believe that Jesus escaped death. The devil
loves to deny the Finished work of Christ Jesus.  It was at the cross that sin's
debt was paid for in full. It was in the Resurrection that Christ defeated
death! The devil lost everything the day that Jesus rose from the dead and he
would love to reverse that day.  Of course, satan would have never crucified
Jesus if he saw the finished result of what took place afterward. Since the
devil cannot literally reverse history, he tries to rewrite history for foolish
men whose hearts are evil. For some, his goal is to deny that the crucifixion
of Jesus ever took place and for others, his goal is to deny the resurrection.
Islam denies the crucifixion of Jesus and if it denies the crucifixion, it also
denies the resurrection.

The Coptic Church and Gnosticism deny the Cross. But the Bible is VERY
CLEAR that Messiah would suffer and die for the sins of mankind and after
three days would rise again.

The Coptic Church:
"Coptic Christianity is an heretical Gnostic tradition which originated in Syria
and proliferated in the early centuries A.D. through Clement's Alexandrian
School in Egypt. Later history associates the Coptic Church with Druidism,
euphemistically called "Celtic Christianity." This pagan sect, which migrated
to the British Isles, claims that the literal bloodline of Jesus Christ exists today
in a royal lineage called the Merovingian Dynasty. Today, the Coptic/Celtic
Church is a formidable movement which is spreading its Gnostic heresy, based
on counterfeit Scriptures, via the popular New Age Grail legends."

As the public reads such fictitious nonsense found in The Da Vinci Code,
their minds are being conditioned to reject the Lord Jesus of the Holy Bible.
Thus they become open to reject
His Deity and the authority of the Bible. As
they reject the Lord Jesus Christ, whom they cannot see with their own eyes
(for we must come to God by faith), they will accept the antichrist, whom
they will see with the very own eyes.

FOR THOSE WHO WILL REJECT THE DEITY OF
CHRIST AND THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH:

2Thess 2:8-12  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall
consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of
his coming:  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all
power and signs and lying wonders,  And with all deceivableness of
unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the
truth, that they might be saved.   And for this cause God shall send them
strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned
who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The Da Vinci Code is promoting "another gospel." To deny the Lord Jesus
Christ's death and resurrection is to deny the entire Bible! For if Jesus did
not die but escaped to some distant land, then the Apostles are all liars.

Over 500 witnesses saw Jesus resurrected. Stephen, who before being stoned
to death, saw the Lord Jesus Christ seated at the right hand of God
Almighty. The apostle Paul was converted on the road to Damascus and
heard the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ. The apostle John saw the Lord
Jesus Christ on the isle of Patmos. The Old Testament prophecies pointed to
the DEATH of the Messiah and the Resurrection. So to reject any part of the
life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is to reject the entire Bible.
Christ is at the heart of all Scripture.

One cannot mix the TRUTH of the Bible with the fiction of The DaVinci
Code! One cannot possibly believe the Bible and the Da Vinci Code
simultaneously. Nor can one combine them to form another religion. You
either believe the Bible 100% or you don't. You either believe Jesus died for
your sins and rose again or you do not believe. There is no middle ground
here.

The world will worship the antichrist because they will have rejected the
TRUTH of the Gospel.

2Timothy 4:4  
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall
be turned unto fables.

The antichrist will be appealing to those who reject the Gospel for many
reasons, but especially because he will feed the fleshly desires of their evil
hearts. Materialism is never satisfied and will always produce a love for self
and a rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The antichrist will cause craft to prosper. He will be the architect of the final
peace plan for the Middle East. He will head a world army and
a world
empire that will have no place for the ONLY God above of all gods...the God
of the Bible. The antichrist will proclaim himself as god and will attempt to
stand up against the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord will utterly destroy the
antichrist and all the enemies of Israel:

Dan 8:25  
And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his
hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy
many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be
broken without hand.

God's Word states that it is Christ Jesus, who will execute vengence upon the
antichrist and the false prophet and all the wicked inhabitants of the earth:

Rev 19:11-16  
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he
that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth
judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were
many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called
The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon
white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.   And out of his mouth
goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall
rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness
and wrath of Almighty God.  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a
name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Rev 19:20  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that
wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received
the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were
cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Isaiah 10:18 And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful
field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a standardbearer
fainteth.

Zec 12:8-9  In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house
of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. And it shall
come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come
against Jerusalem.

THE DA VINCI CODE ... A PAVING STONE?
What is the connection between this best selling book and
coming the antichrist?

Many prophecy experts have written various articles stating that the
Antichrist will CLAIM to be of Merovingian blood.  If this is true, then
the Da Vinci code is just one more paving stone added to the path for the
antichrist to walk upon. According to The Da Vinci Code author, Dan
Brown, Jesus not only married Mary Magdalene, but the interesting thing
is that "jesus" also fathered a child who established and became the head of
the Merovingian royal dynasty.

We, as Christians, know this supposed bloodline of Jesus is just
plain
nonsense
but many in the world believe the Merovingian bloodline to be true
and many more no doubt will believe it to be true after reading The DaVinci
Code. In the coming future, these worldly people will welcome the antichrist
with open arms and will hail him as the rightful "king of Jerusalem".

Chuck Missler writes:
"There are many that believe he is alive today.  Some believe he is
genealogically related to the Merovingian line from the Franks, and thus
ultimately linked to the family trees of the Habsburgs and the Houses of
Lorraine, Plantard, Luxembourg, Pontézat, Montesquieu, Sinclair, Stuart,
and most of the royal families of Europe.  Among contemporary luminaries
are Otto von Habsburg of Austria and his son Karl; King Juan Carlos I of
Spain and his son Felipe; and, most notably, Charles, Prince of Wales."

One online message board reads: Royal Family is "royal" because they make
the
claim that they are from the house of David the son of Jesse and the Royal
house of Judah. The Queen was coronated, "Queen of thy people, Israel."

Some experts have attempted to tie British Israelism to the fictitious
Merovingian bloodline.

It is interesting that the Da Vinci Code author promotes the "jesus"
bloodline as a fact even though the book is labeled as fiction; for according
to the author, Dan Brown, he is now a believer in the fictitious subject matter
of which he wrote:

"I was skeptical, but after a year and a half of research, I became a believer,"
says Brown. "As soon as people understand that the few Gospels included in
the Bible are not the only version of the Christ story, they begin to sense
contradictions. Magdalene is most obvious." Her role, he says, was deliberately
distorted, a smear campaign by the early church fathers -- as one of his
characters declares, "the greatest cover-up in human history." Does Brown
believe Jesus was actually married to Magdalene? "I do," he says....
read more
here.

JESUS THE MESSIAH vs. the antichrist

The Bible tells us many things about Jesus and the Bible is the FINAL
AUTHORITY. The Bible tells us that Jesus lived a sinless life, died for our
sins and rose again on the third day. Jesus's mission was to save His people
from their sins. For this reason He came into the world.

We must remember that the Bible is specific that the Messiah must come
from the lineage of David.
We KNOW that Jesus is the Messiah for He is
of the lineage of David but also He fulfilled the prophecies of the Old
Testament concerning Messiah.
(Isaiah 53, Isaiah 9:6, Zech 12:10, Psalm
22:16, John 19:37, Daniel 9:26, Psalm 16:10, Acts 13:37, Micah 5:2, Genesis
49:10, 1Chron 17:11)

The Antichrist will
claim to be a descendant of David, even though he is
NOT. The Jews will be convinced that He is their long awaited messiah. Who
else but a royal could trace his lineage all the way back to the time of David?
And even so, the records would be more current if he were a "descendant" of
"jesus christ", who is of the line of David.

Ah, yes, and the not so subtle antiGospel fiction of the Da Vinci Code is
conditioning the minds of this age to accept the future antichrist. Next year,
a movie bearing the book's name will be shown to the public for more of the
same...preparing the way for the antichrist.

Although the antichrist might claim to be Jewish, his ancestors are most
likely Syrians and Greeks.  Even though he will be European, the antichrist
will probably be a descendant of the Greek Antiochus Epiphanes, the great
blasphemer of the Old Testament.

The antichrist will truly be the false messiah. And initially the Jews will
accept him as their Jewish messiah UNTIL he violates their temple and
blasphemes the God of Abraham.

Daniel 8:23-24  
And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the
transgressors are come to the full, a
king of fierce countenance, and
understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.  And his power shall be
mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully,
and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the
holy people.

Dan 11:36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt
himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous
things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be
accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
Dan 11:37  Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of
women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
Dan 11:38  But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god
whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with
precious stones, and pleasant things.

The Bible is very specific in calling the antichrist a "prince" and a "king".
Who the antichrist is at this time, NO ONE truly knows. How to recognize
him? He will set up a Seven Year peace plan and sign a covenant with Israel
and with other Middle Eastern nations.

The False Prophet (whom we believe will be an apostate Jew) will endorse the
antichrist and will deceive the Jewish people into trusting this Middle Eastern
leader.  We must remember that back in Jesus' day, the Jews were looking
for a Messiah who would meet THEIR requirements for what THEY believed
messiah should do...physical deliverance from their enemies.

Jesus Christ said in John 5:43,  
"I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive
me not:
if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive."

And Israel will receive the antichrist with open arms for he will solve their
problem. But what they will not foresee is what happens next. In the middle
of the seven years, the Bible says that the antichrist will then be given a
mouth and will open his mouth and utter three blasphemies against God.
This begins the time of Jacob's trouble for Israel and new Christian converts.

Jesus warned of this time for Israel in Matthew 24:

Mat 24: 15-22,
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation,
spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let
him understand:)   Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of
his house:   Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his
clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in
those days!  But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the
sabbath day:  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the
beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And except those
days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's
sake those days shall be shortened."

Daniel 8:11-12 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and
by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was
cast down.   And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason
of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised,
and prospered.

In order to gain the overall picture of what will take place in the end times,
the words of Jesus, the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation - all must
be incorporated into the Bible study in order to form the the final analysis.
Let's take a look at just a few verses concerning the antichrist:

Notice that a MOUTH is given to the antichrist and POWER:
Rev 13:5
And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and
blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two
months.

Once he has a mouth, notice that the antichrist utters THREE
BLASPHEMIES against God. He blasphemes God's name. He blasphemes
against the tabernacle, which in the Greek means "habitation." The Beast
also blasphemes them that dwell in in heaven.
Rev 13:6  
And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme
his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

Dan 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall
wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws:
and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing
of time.

The Beast will wage war with the saints of God in his realm of terror:
Rev 13:7  
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to
overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues,
and nations.

Dan 7:21  I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and
prevailed against them;

Notice that ALL unbelievers shall worship the antichrist. Remember that
Enoch and Elijah will be preaching to the world for three and a half years
during the Tribulation period and many will be converted but those who will
reject the Lord will worship the antichrist. There is no middle ground. If one
will not worship the Lord, one will worship the antichrist. So it has always
been. If you do not serve God, you are serving the devil; whether you want
to believe it or not.
Rev 13:8
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names
are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of
the world.

IN CONCLUSION

In conclusion, The Da Vinci Code is one more paving stone being laid out
for the antichrist to walk upon. Those who will believe this fictitious work
will reject the Truth found only in God's Holy Word.  Many already believe
that the supposed Merovingian bloodline from "jesus" is authentic.  How
many more will become believers after reading The DaVinci Code or seeing
the movie? How many more will begin to doubt the Bible and its authority?

Prophecy experts, for years, have been writing theories on how the fictitious
Merovingian bloodline might play an important role with the antichrist; how
the antichrist might claim to be of this blasphemous lineage and thus make
himself the "king of Jerusalem".

It is interesting that a novel, labeled as FICTION, is being believed to be the
truth; and the Bible, which is the truth, is portrayed as a lie. Tragically, the
Christ of the Bible is no longer the Savior in the minds of many today but
merely a man.

As more people are rejecting the Deity of Christ and the Authority of the
Holy Scriptures and turning to fables, they are preparing their hearts for the
false christ to emerge. Let's read this Scripture once more:

2Tim 4:4  
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be
turned unto fables.

We should rejoice, knowing that these are the Last Days before the Lord's
Return. Jesus is coming back very soon. We know, from Scripture, that the
Lord Jesus Christ did die for our sins and rose from the dead according to
the Scriptures. This was His purpose in coming to earth. Jesus is the TRUE
Jewish Messiah. Jesus is alive. The Bible is the final authority. God's Word is
truth! (John 17:17)

Galations 1:8  
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other
gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be
accursed.

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