By Daymond Duck
Current events are often an indicator or a reminder of things to come. In 2012, the Oklahoma State Legislature authorized someone to put a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol. But there are people who don’t want the Ten Commandments on State Capitol grounds and there are others who want a statue of Satan erected next to the Ten Commandments. The ACLU sued to have the Ten Commandments removed and the Satanic Temple in New York started raising funds to erect a 7-foot tall statue of Satan next to the Ten Commandments.
The Ten Commandments were given by God. The second Commandment concerns the construction and worship of statues or images. God said, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me” (Ex. 20:4-5). This clearly forbids building and worshipping a statue of any kind, especially a statue of Satan.
But Satan is the arch enemy of God. He wants people to ignore the Ten Commandments (Gen. 1-7). He knows that God created people with an inner desire to worship and he wants that worship directed toward himself (Isa. 14:12-14). He was behind Nimrod’s (a name that means “let us revolt”) effort to establish a one-world religion at the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:1-9).
The Tower of Babel was in Babylon. That is where King Nebuchadnezzar set up the great image or statue that was 60 cubits high and 6 cubits wide. He even tried to force Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego to worship it (Dan. 3:1). Some students of Bible prophecy believe the number 6 is significant because Adam was created on the sixth day, people should work 6 days, 666 is the number of the Antichrist, and so forth. Some also believe the forced worship of a statue in Daniel’s day is a type of the forced worship of the statue of the Antichrist that will be set up at Israel’s rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem during the Tribulation Period. Some even believe the efforts of Nimrod, Nebuchadnezzar and others to establish a Global religion prefigures the efforts of the False Prophet to establish a Global religion in the future.
As history moved to the second century BC, a Seleucid king symbolized by a little horn that turned out to be Antiochus IV or Epiphanes came to power (Dan. 8:9-22). This little horn grew in power. He attacked Jerusalem, killed about 100,000 Jews, sold about 40,000 into slavery, stopped the animal sacrifices, forced the Jews to blaspheme God and forced them to stop reading the Scriptures (including the Ten Commandments). He set up a statue at the Temple called the abomination that maketh desolate (Dan. 11:31), forced the Jews to worship it; and the angel Gabriel revealed that all of this is a picture of a coming king of fierce countenance who will oppose the Prince of princes (Dan. 8:23-25).
He will set up his abomination in the Temple area, the Jews will abandon the Temple or make it desolate (Dan. 9:26), it will happen at the middle of the Tribulation Period (Dan. 9:27), and the statue will stay there for 1290 days (Dan. 12:11).
Jesus was speaking about His own coming and the gospel going all over the world at the end of the age when He warned the Tribulation Period Jews about this abomination of desolation (Matt. 24:3, 14-15). He said, “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whosoever readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains” (Matt. 24:15-16).
John the Revelator said people will worship the dragon (Satan) and the Antichrist (Rev. 12:9; 13:4). He also said the False Prophet will make an image or a statue of the Antichrist and demand that those who don’t worship it be killed (Rev. 13:11-15).
In summation, God gave the Ten Commandments and He wants everyone to obey them. But the ACLU wants them removed from the Capitol grounds in Oklahoma. The second Commandment forbids the erection of a statue and Satan worship. But the Satanic Temple wants a statue of Satan erected and they have designed one that will allow people to sit in Satan’s lap. The Bible teaches that two powerful Satan worshippers will soon appear (the Antichrist and False Prophet). They will erect a statue and order the death of all who refuse to worship it. The Bible says all who do will suffer the wrath of God (Rev. 14:9-10).
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