The 3 1/2 year Public Ministry of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ healed the afflicted, dispossessed demons, and preached the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus Christ had a public ministry that lasted three and one half years. During that time he healed the afflicted and encouraged the discouraged and preached the Kingdom of Heaven to all that would hear him. People all around the then known world had heard of Him. Despite all that He did, He and the Kingdom He represented were rejected.
God, through the prophets Daniel and John, said that the world, after rejecting the ministry of the true Christ, Jesus, would have the opportunity to experience the ministry of the Antichrist.
The Day / Year Principle
Back in the days of Moses, God told His people to possess the land of Canaan. It was an exceeding good land described as being “a land which floweth with milk and honey” Numbers 14:8
However, after sending spies into the land for 40 days who confirmed that it was an exceedingly good land, the majority of the people were afraid to move forward and obey God. God finally told them:
“How long [shall I bear with] this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.
Say unto them, [As truly as] I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:
Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me,
The Israelites had to wander in the wilderness for another 40 years.Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, [concerning] which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.
But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.
But [as for] you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.
And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.
After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, [even] forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, [even] forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.” Numbers 14:27-34
For every day that the Israelites, via their spies, saw the good of the land and rejected it, God appointed a them another year of wandering in the wilderness.
The 1260 year Public Ministry of the Antichrist
For every day of Christ’s public ministry of 3 1/2 years the world would now get to experience a year of the ministry of the antichrist.
“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.” Revelation 13:5
The Antichrist’s Deadly Wound
After 3 and 1/2 years of public ministry the Bible prophecies predicted that Jesus would be “cut off” or killed. But thankfully, that wasn’t the end of Jesus. Early Sunday morning, in resurrection power he arose to continue His ministry. (Learn more about the prophecies regarding Jesus’ first advent.)
The prophecies likewise predicted that after 1260 years of it’s “ministry” the antichrist would receive a “deadly wound.” The Bible also predicted that eventually the “deadly wound” would heal and the antichrist would again continue his “ministry.”
“And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” Revelation 13:3
|Ministry of Jesus Christ||Ministry of Antichrist|
|Heals his enemies — Luke 22:50-51||Destroys his enemies — Daniel 7:24|
|Respects freedom of conscience — Matthew 23:37||Works with others to destroy freedom of conscience — Revelation 13:16-17|
|Helps people — Luke 4:18||Persecutes people — Revelation 13:7|
|Speaks God’s words — John 8:28-29||Speaks against God — Daniel 7:25|
|Tells the truth — John 8:45||Deceives and lies — Revelation 17:2|
|Respects governments, but does not work with them — Mark 12:17||Disrepects governments, but uses them to further his cause Revelation — 17:12-13|
|Casts out devils — Mark 1:34||Is a habitation of devils — Revelation 18:2|
|Takes of Himself to give to the poor — Matthew 8:20||Takes from the poor to give to himself — Revelation 17:4|
|Keeps God’s Commandments — John 15:10||Breaks God’s Commandments — 2 Thessalonians 2:3|
Jesus Christ will rescue the remnant in the closing moments of this earth’s history.At the end of the world things will look pretty bleak for the faithful followers of Jesus Christ but their victory is assured.
Jesus Himself will come to the rescue of the “remnant… which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Revelation 12:17
The Destruction of the Antichrist
Just as the Bible predicts the ultimate victory for Jesus and His followers so it also shows defeat of the Antichrist and his followers.
“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:” Revelation 14:9-10
“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. 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.” Revelation 19:19-20
The Final Call to Leave the Deceptions of the Antichrist
Multitudes of people who truly love Jesus have been deceived by the Antichrist so God sends a final warning message to them.
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” Revelation 18:4-5