“Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.” Mathew 24:26
"And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. Luke 4:5-7
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." John 8:44
"Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners." Mathew 26:45
"Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" Mathew 23:31-37
"Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee." Mathew 11:20-24
"And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth." Revelation 11:3-10
"Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy." Ezekiel 16:49
"Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee." Revelation 3:9
"Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence." John 18:36
"And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.
Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?" Mathew 26:51-53
"For our conversation, (citizenship), is in heaven; from whence also we look, (wait), for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:" Philippines 3:20
"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims, (exiles), on the earth. (definition: residing or sojourning in a strange country)." Hebrews 11:13
"For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country, (they are seeking their own country)." Hebrews 11:14
"But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city." Hebrews 11:15
"No man that warreth, (no one serving as a soldier), entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier." 2 Timothy 2:4
"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." 2 Corinthians 5:20
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." Colossians 3:1-4
"Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:" Ephesians 2:5-6
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20
"And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure." Daniel 2:44-45
"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." Revelation 19:11-16
"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:" Mathew 25:31
"Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom." Mathew 16:28
"Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power." 1 Corinthians 15:24
"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." Revelation 20:6
Israel, the Jewish nation, epitomized man's best effort at governing himself and Jesus referred to the religious and governmental leaders of Israel, the pillars of society, (doctors, lawyers, governors, senators, congressman, mayors, city councils, priests, holy men, soldiers, police officers, kings and princes), as sons of the devil, sinners desiring to fulfill the goals of Satan the devil. No nation prior to nor after could achieve a better nation than the one who had a personal relationship with their own Creator advising them how to live as an example to the world. Israel, like every nation, has rejected the Creator and instead have sought their own glory in the kingdom of Babylon. This sin has opened the door for Satan and the Antichrist to lead them deeper and deeper into sin, death and destruction for Satan is the ruler of this world. Israel has joined the kingdom of men and the kingdom of Babylon, the United Nations. Yet God made a promise that there would always be a king in David's line to sit on the throne of David. That person will be Jesus when he comes again.
"For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 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." 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12
"Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:, (Ye men of Israel, you crucified and put to death Jesus by the hands of the lawless.)" Acts 2:22-23
The Greek uses the word, “lawless,” “anomos.” The Strong's definition is, “lawless,” “wicked” and “without law.” The people who judged and sentenced Jesus to death and then carried out that sentence were the rulers of the people; the kings; the senators; the governors; the mayors; the city councils; the district attorneys; the prosecutors; the religious leaders; the priests; the holy men; the soldiers; the generals; the police officers. These men and women were the pillars of the society, a society governed by the “Rule of Law,” yet these men and women are identified as being “lawless.”
The kingdoms of the world despite all of their laws and righteous acts are but filthy rags in God's sight for the kingdoms of men refuse to love the truth. They are sinners loving loving sinners. They are spiritually dead and all their works are dead. Their ideas and means to peace, security and happiness are but incapable frauds and deceptions. They are able to deceive the masses because they appear righteous and good but they are dead and leading the dead to destruction. They exalt all of their wealth, all of their institutions, all of their governments; all of their laws; all of their knowledge; all of their deeds and yet to God all of man's achievements in this world is an abomination.
"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 14:12
"Indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity." Mathew 23:27-28
And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed, (exalted), among men is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16:15
"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;" Isaiah 64:6
"for sinners also love those that love them." Luke 6:32
"Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God." Luke 9:60
"And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 2 Thessalonians 2:10
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son" 1 John 2:22
"For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist." 2 John 1:7
"Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 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." 1 John 4:3
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." 2 Timothy 2:26
The kingdoms of the world are in possession of and the control of Satan the Devil. The kingdoms of the world do not believe that Jesus is God incarnate, who died for their sins and rose again from the grave. Therefore the kingdoms of the world are held captive by Satan the Devil to do Satan's will. Anyone who pledges allegiance to the kingdoms of the world is pledging allegiance to the Antichrist and Satan the Devil. Anyone who serves the kingdoms of the world is serving the Antichrist and Satan and therefore is knowingly or ignorantly bringing about Satan's plan to destroy mankind, by leading mankind in rebellion against God Almighty the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. The kingdoms of the world are Antichrist and therefore indwelt with the spirit of the Antichrist.
"They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them." 1 John 4:5
"If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." John 15:19
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove, (expose), them." Ephesians 5:11
"The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil." John 7:7
"He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil." John 3:8
Jesus reveals that the works of the world, the kingdoms of the world are evil and of the Devil. Jesus is going to destroy the works of the Devil. Christians are charged with walking as Jesus walked and doing the work.
Jesus emphatically stated to Pilate that His kingdom was not of this world, that if it were his servants would fight. His servants were not just the disciples but more than twelve legions of angels who were standing at the ready waiting for the command to attack the satanically inspired evildoers. But they were not ordered to attack because no part of this world, no kingdom of this world was a part of Jesus' kingdom. Just as Jesus' kingdom was not apart of the world 2,000 years ago, Jesus' kingdom is not apart of the world nor of any kingdom of this world today. If Jesus kingdom were a part of any kingdom on earth today, His servants would fight. Jesus' kingdom is in heaven and within the every true believer and therefore is the Church. The Church is not a worldly government. The Church is not a part of this world nor a servant of the kingdoms of this world.
Jesus will establish His kingdom on earth when he comes again. When He comes with His kingdom He will be destroying the kingdoms of men. First he destroys Babylon, mans attempt at a one world government and religion. He uses the ten kings who are reigning with the Antichrist's kingdom. Then he destroys the Antichrist's kingdom and all the nations and armies of the world that are following the Antichrist. The only exception to destruction will be Israel whose remnant will repent of their sin of rejecting of Christ and receive Him as their Lord and Savior.
"I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land." Joel 3:2
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn." Zechariah 12:9-10
"For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the Lord of hosts. Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The Lord shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord." Isaiah 25:29-31
"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." Mathew 24:30
"And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:" Revelation 6:14-16
"And it, (the Antichrist), 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." Revelation 13:7
"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." Revelation 13:8
"Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come," Revelation 11:17-18
"And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth." Revelation 17:18
"For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her," Revelation 18:3
"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." Revelation 19:5
"And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty." Revelation 16:14
"And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army." Revelation 19:19.
"And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh." Revelation 19:21
And He, Jesus, will rule the world from Jerusalem and the throne of David.
Jesus emphasizes that His disciples, His Bride, His Body are members of His Kingdom and are not a part of the kingdoms of this world, the kingdom of Babylon. It is for this reason that Jesus warns his people to come out of Babylon and the kingdoms of men, in order not to share in Babylon's sins. Coming out of Babylon means coming out of the kingdoms of men for all the kingdoms of men have fornicated with Babylon. All kingdoms of men will chose the Antichrist, in fact they already have, to lead them against Jesus and Jesus' army. If a person is serving a kingdom of men then he is serving Babylon. If a person is serving a kingdom of men then he is serving the Antichrist's rebellion against God, against Jesus' army and could very well find himself fighting Jesus when Jesus returns.
It is believed that the purpose of the counterfeit rapture is to deceive people into serving the Antichrist's persecution of Christians and rebellion against God.