The Rising, The Antichrist Is Born
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Meanwhile, Ray Steele deals with his father, who is determined to have Ray take over the family business. Ray has his own dreams of becoming a pilot, and joins ROTC to attend college, where he meets and almost marries Kitty. However, Ray has second thoughts about the latter, and breaks up with her. Furthermore, he later dates his friend Irene, and they get married after a while. Chloe Steele is born during this time as well. After befriending a woman named Jackie, Irene slowly begins to feel something is missing in her life. Jackie, a Christian, lays out God's plan of salvation, and Irene accepts Christ.
Rayford becomes a ROTC in College, and dates a Fraternity girl named Katherine Wyliens, who mocks his family, and tries to control and manipulate him, while he becomes friends with a fellow ROTC student named Irene. Rayford eventually breaks up with Katherine, and pursues a relationship with Irene. Nearly as soon as he marries Irene, his father begins to show signs of Alzheimer's Disease, which slowly begins to develop in his mother as well, as their daughter Chloe is born. Rayford also becomes a pilot for Pan-Continental Airways, which is one of the world's largest airlines.
Irene and Rayford have another child, this time a son which they name Rayford Steele Jr. (nicknamed "Raymie.") During a conversation with her friend Jackie, Irene realizes that just going to church, and trying to be a good person isn't enough to be saved and go to heaven. That night, she accepts Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and becomes born-again.
Jerry B. Jenkins was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on September 23, 1949. He is the author of more than 175 books including the Left Behind series, Riven, Matthew's Story, The Last Operative, and The Brotherhood. He is also the former editor of Moody Magazine, and his writing has appeared in Reader's Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and dozens of Christian periodicals. He wrote the nationally syndicated sports story comic strip, Gil Thorp, from 1996-2004. He owns Jenkins Entertainment, a filmmaking company in Los Angeles, which produced the critically-acclaimed movie Hometown Legend, based on his book of the same name. He also owns the Christian Writers Guild, which trains professional Christian writers. As a marriage and family author and speaker, he has been a frequent guest on Dr. James Dobson's Focus on the Family radio program.
7. Compelling of others to worship, Rev: 13. 15, 16. The false woman and the beast set up a worship in the will, and they do not know why any in the will also may not subject and submit to it. They can give them reasons, they can give them arguments from Scripture, and if they will not yeeld to these, they are to be looked upon as stubborn and refractory, and to be compelled by outward force. This hath been the course generally throughout the Land of Babylon, But these shew hereby that they themselves are erred from the truth (and therefore very unfit and unlikely to teach it others:) For that which God works upon is the conscience, which he convinceth by the light of his Spirit, and no other light can truly convince it. That therefore which would have a man yeeld to any practise, or way of worship, till he be truly convinced, is of the Devil. My son, give me thy heart, saith Christ, the wisdom of God: Come not to me with oblations and sactifices, but give me thy heart. My son, give me thy knee, give me thy obedience to the wayes I have set up, give me thy conformity, saith Antichrist, saith the adulterated wisdom: and if any refuse, she endeavours to compel them. Thus like Jeroboam the son of Nebat, she makes (that which she calls) Israel to sin: or like Nebuchadnezzar, she sets up an Idol, and causeth [Page 29] all her children to bow to it. Thus the load of the iniquity of multitudes lies upon that scarlet whore, who forces her cup of abominations and filthiness upon all she can, Rev: 17. 4. causing all both smal and great, in all her Territories to receive her marke, and worship her Image. The work of the Minister of Christ, is to keep the conscience tender, that the voice of Christ may be heard, and the Law of his Spirit of life (which makes obedient to the God of life) spring up there: but this is the Image, here is the way, bow, conform say the Ministers of Antichrist. But we are not convinced in the sight of God, that this is the way, say poor souls. It is your own fault, ye may be convinif ye will, say the Ministers of Antichrist, we are ready to give you arguments and Scriptures to convince you, how is it ye are not convinced? Ye must be convinced otherwise, the Magistrate must deale with you. Thus they endeavour to harden the conscience, that they may set upon it and ride it, and terrifie it from it's subjection to it's only true and lawful King. O the havock that hath been made of souls by this means! the Lord is requiring it of this generation.
Now consider, ye Ministers of several sorts, and ye several sorts of professors: We may appear great enemies to you, because we witness against your wayes, and tel you what the end of them will be; but are we enemies to you indeed, whose desire it is to save you from this great wrath, which hath already entred into the earth, and seized on some? Should we sooth you up, and not witness these things to you (which we infallibly know) how should we answer it to the Lord our God, or to your souls, when we shal appear before him? If we were in your condition, would we be content to be let go on, and to be overtaken with this great destruction? We cannot be silent. Ye must be silent, but we cannot. We know ye must be silent: for that which now speaks in you, hath been silenced in us, and is not to minister the things of God. But the Spirir of the Lord must not be quenched in us, no notwithstanding all our weaknes, but the treasure must issue forth from the earthen vessel, for the relief of the poor in spirit, who alone receive the Gospel. Therefore though ye hate us, though ye persecute us, though ye speak all manner of evil against us, and use us never so hardly; yet there is love rooted in our souls towards your souls, yea and towards your persons also: and having both felt the wrath, and tasted of the mercy, we cannot but warn you of the one, and invite you to the other (and O that ye might find a shelter under the shadow of his wings in the stormy season, when wrath shall be showred down without mercy!) And this we cannot but tel you, that the several wayes of Religion in the Christian world, are but so many several coverings; and that that which is covered with them is the whorish spirit, which the Spirit of the Lord is hunting, who wil strip her, and make her naked, and she shall appear to have been the whore under them all. Now that which lyeth beneath this Spirit in you, which is despised and trampled upon as a thing of nought, which is burthened and daily slain by your multitudes of Ordinances, professions and Religious practises, this is the [Page 36] heir of life; and by the raising up and living of this in you, may ye come to life, and no otherwise. And all Religion without this (even the most inward) is but the deceit of the whore, who makes a great shew of worship, and of zeal towards Christ, his Ordinances, and Ministry (as she cals them:) but by all these, and under all these holds the life in bondage, and strives by all means to slay the heir, that the inheritance might come to her son. But Cain the sacraficer, Ishmael the son of the bond-woman, Esau the hunter abroad after venison, the Jew full of profession, zeal, ordinances and worship, shall not inherit: but slain Abel shall be raised to life, Isaac (who was born of the dry and barren womb) shall have the promise, plain Jacob the blessing, the outcast Gentile be sought out. Thus it shall be, can ye read it? yet it is the desire of our souls that a remnant of you may be saved, and now is the gathering. Therefore seek humility, seek poverry of spirit, seek the suffering seed, seek the meek, innocent, harmlesse Dove-like nature, even the love which doth no il, nor thinks no il, for this is the Spirit which is to be gathered: but the high and lofty, the wise and knowing, the fat and strong, the rough and confident in their wisdom, and in their duties, Churches, ordinances, &c. (which they have gathered, and stollen from the Scriptures, out of the life) are with all these to be rejected, and to be shut up in blindness and hardness of heart. Seeing they are to see, and not perceive, and hearing to hear, and not understand, lest they should be converted and healed. Yea it is this spirit, which is to fret under it's pain and torment from the woes and plagues, but cannot repent, but passeth on with Babylon to ruin and destruction, Rev: 16. 9, 10, 11.
Thirdly, What spirit is it directs men to these, since the true Church hath been fled out of them? and to what intent? Is it not that spirit which would keep men from the life, that they might not be born of the barren womb in the wildernesse, but be born of some of the fruitful wombs of the visible Churches, while the true Church is invisible, and hath no visible place in the earth, but remains in that place in the wildernesse which God prepared for her, and where she receiveth her food all the 42 Months? Rev: 12. ver: 6. & 14.
Some others mistake in running to that, and waiting there where they once felt life, but do not know the way to wait on the life it selfe: and so they are running to an image, waiting at an image, worshipping of an image, and the living God will not meet them there. But throw away your images, let Ephraim the dear child say to his idols get you hence, thrust away your adulteries which provoke the eye of Gods jealousie, receive the forerunner (the severe purifyer) into your bosoms, and let the fire of his jealousie cleanse your hearts, and the pure will soon come after, and lodge again between your breasts: Can ye hear this sound? That which is born of the same wisdome, cannot but hear it: but the other birth must have it's ear stopped. 781b155fdc