THE RED MENACE!--Communism Foretold!--2,500 Years Ago! GP 2246 11/86
--The "Red Beast" Exposed!
1. How should a Godly & conscientious society view Communism? Is it merely another political party & ideology?--Or is there something fundamentally wrong with it that makes a passive & casual acceptance of it impossible? Citing the "Red Terror" bloodbath of Russia's Bolshevik Revolution, the "Cultural Revolution" of China, & the "Killing Fields" of Kampuchea, presidents, priests, popes & prophets have decried Communism as a monstrously evil system which ruthlessly liquidates all who dare to stand in its way!
2. Others who profess to be "liberal" & "progressive", laud & herald it as the salvation of the World's poor, a benign system that will give the oppressed masses of the World's workers the freedom, dignity & human rights for which they long. Who is right?--Does the Red flag of Communism symbolise freedom & salvation?--Or enslavement & damnation? A brief look at history & at the Word of God in the Bible answers these questions:
3. In March, 1917, Czar Nicolas II of Russia was overthrown in a popular uprising of the Russian people against his corrupt regime. A new revolutionary provisional government headed by Alexander Kerensky took control of the nation. However, the common people were soon dissatisfied & disillusioned with the new weak government, as the expected reforms that they had hoped for did not come to pass quickly enough.
4. Only eight months after the fall of the Czar, Vladimir Lenin, leading a band of radical Communists, the Bolsheviks, took advantage of the weak & unstable situation & seized total power in a coup, & the World's first Communist government was born! Russia's population was 170 million people at the time, but the government & the entire nation fell to a Communist Party of only 80,000 dedicated Communists, less than .05% or 1/2,000th of the population!
5. Unknown to Lenin, the ancient book that he & his party despised & denounced as false fables & fairy tales, the Bible, predicted in detail the policies, programmes & practices of the new government that he had formed! For Communism--a form of government that was unknown to the World until 1917--was foretold & described in detail by the Prophets over 2,000 years ago!
6. The Bible tells us that God will soon return to take over the World & set up His Own Kingdom of Love & Peace on Earth. But before His return the Prophets predicted that a powerful One-World Government will arise & will be led by a demonic dictator who will be fully possessed by Satan himself! (2Thes.2:1-4) This powerful One-World leader is known in the Bible as the great "Red Beast", or "Antichrist"! (Rev.13:1; 17:3) The World will turn to this false Messiah hoping that he will be able to somehow save them from their economic chaos & the threat of nuclear destruction.
7. Although this bestial dictator is not revealed now, his government is already here, & the machinery which he will use to rule the Earth is already assembled & in place. In fact, it has been growing in strength & influence ever since Lenin's Russian revolution of 1917! God showed His Prophet, Daniel, many of the characteristics of this final, One-World, anti-God government so that we today would be able to recognise & beware of it! Consider the following prophecies from the Word of God:
8. "He (the Antichrist) shall come in peaceably, & obtain the kingdom by flatteries. He shall work deceitfully & he shall become strong with a small people. He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province."--Bible (Dan.11:21,23,24)
9. The Antichrist & his government will enter peaceably upon the land, even the fattest & richest places, without a war! What nation today has gained influence & actually taken over country after country hardly firing a shot, without war, seldom sending in their own troops?--Russia! And what political ideology has swept the Globe & already conquered over half the World by capturing people's minds & hearts with propaganda, "peaceably with flatteries", just like it says here in the Bible?--Communism!
10. "In the latter times a mighty king of fierce countenance, shall arise. He shall magnify himself in his heart, & by peace shall he destroy many!"--Bible (Dan.8:23-25)
11. This almost seems like a contradiction here, doesn't it? War is the means that most World conquerors use to destroy their enemies. So this is very unusual, "by peace" this great king of the Last Days "shall destroy many"! Communism has spread around the World & gained more followers "by peace" than in any other way!--Lying propaganda!
12. With its lofty ideals of sharing the wealth & helping the poor of the World, Communism has won the hearts & minds of millions, often without having to fire a shot! Even in the great so-called "Christian" nations of the World, subtle propaganda & pressure has persuaded governments to adopt anti-God practices & policies, such as the U.S. government's decision to forbid prayer & Bible reading in their public school system, substituting Christian teachings with the diabolical lie of Evolution, which the early Bolsheviks claimed was "the cornerstone of Communism"!
13. They have gradually infiltrated & taken over many a nation's thoughts & education. They pretend to be messengers of love with a concern for Mankind, but are motivated & inspired by the Devil himself! They usually wear a beautiful mask of peace & liberty & social consciousness, but underneath is the cold, hard, cruel, iron, fiendish, demonic power of Satan!--Fulfilling the Scripture, "Satan himself is transformed into an Angel of light," therefore, his ministers also are transformed to appear as the ministers of righteousness. "For the words of their mouths are smoother than butter, but war is in their hearts! Their words are softer than oil, yet are they drawn swords!" (2Cor.11:14,15; Psa.55:21)
14. Of course, in a lot of countries they have deliberately developed a dual personality. They have a surfaced political Party above ground, which is legal, recognised & often becomes very popular. But at the same time, below ground, underground, they've got radical terrorist factions who take care of assassinations & bombings & all kinds of dirty work that the legal, above-ground branch of the Party doesn't dare acknowledge responsibility for.--In fact, they come out publicly & condemn such violent actions, & publicly denounce them!
15. "He shall become strong with a small people."--Bible (Dan.11:23)
16. The Communists are very clever! They get in & persuade the "small people" that Communism is the answer!--They say, "Grab everything, you should own everything, you should run everything!"--The small people, the labourers & the common people who usually don't really have the training or experience to run everything. But these masters of propaganda deceive them & convince them that they can do it. Of course, the people who really intend on running everything are the ones that are persuading the "small people", the Communists themselves!
17. In fact, they are waging a global campaign right now to destabilise & topple any & all powerful heads of nations who will not cooperate with them, who stand in their way. They try to convince the "small people" that they can be their own leaders, "dictatorship of the proletariat", which means the dictatorship of the people. "You are the captain of your soul, the master of your fate! You don't have to have leaders, you can be your own leaders!" But what they really mean is, "Get rid of your present leaders, & we'll be your leaders!"--Just take a look at the Communist nations of the World today: They all have absolute dictators who rule over the so-called "liberated" labourers & common people with an iron hand!
18. Communism thrives on depression, economic collapse, joblessness & unemployment, any kind of trouble where the people become dissatisfied & are willing to fight for better wages, fight for food, fight for better living conditions. So the Communists step in & take advantage of the situation: "You follow us & we'll feed you & we'll clothe you, & we'll give you a gun to take it away from the people who have got it!"
19. "He shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, & spoil, & riches. Yea, & he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds. And he shall divide the land for gain."--Bible (Dan.11:24,39)
20. What does the Bible say the last anti-God World empire's economic policy will be?: "He shall divide the land for gain". What is one of the greatest economic problems of the World today in nearly every country?--The rich own most of the land.--A very small minority of people own a very large majority of the land. And a very very large majority of "small people" have little or no land. So this is one of the stock economic policies of Communism: To take the land away from the rich & divide it amongst the poor!
21. Right now in Socialist countries, they're taking the gigantic estates of the rich & dividing them up amongst the poor!--Something that some of the wealthy Churches should have done long ago with their gigantic multi-million-dollar properties! They should have divided their land so that the poor would gain! But they didn't, & this is what anti-God Communism is now taking advantage of & how it works & how the Antichrist himself is going to gain popularity & "become strong with the small people".
22. "He shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers."--Bible (Dan.11:24)
23. Very few World conquerors, kings, tyrants or invaders have gone into a country & then divided the land & divided the riches amongst the people of that country by taking it away from the rich & giving it to the poor. But that's what the Communists have done & are doing today! Not many, if any, of their fathers or their fathers' fathers ever did that! Most conquerors came in & slaughtered both rich & poor, then gathered all the wealth & the riches for themselves & took it home with them! But this final World government is going to scatter the prey & divide the spoil & the riches.--Something almost unheard of until 1917!--Share the wealth!
24. Of course the Bible preaches the Gospel of sharing the wealth & helping the poor too.--It's too bad that most of the Christians stopped preaching & doing it! If they had, the Communists never would have gotten anywhere, because the so-called Capitalist countries would have shared more of their wealth with the poor, & the poor would have been happy & there wouldn't have been anybody that the Communists could subvert & persuade to follow them!
25. "Yea, & he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time."--Bible (Dan.11:24)
26. The Russians have always bragged about what they're going to do to the rest of the World, telling everyone that Communism is going to win in the long run! In 1924, the leaders of Communism formulated the plans for the conquest of the World. In an address at that time, Lenin said, "First we shall take Eastern Europe, then the masses of Asia. After that we shall surround & undermine the United States, which will fall into our hands without a struggle, like an overripe fruit!" On American television in 1957, Nikita Khrushchev "forecast his devices" to the U.S. public by saying, "Whether you like it or not, History is on our side. We will bury you! I can prophesy that your grandchildren in America will live under Socialism!"
27. Another feature of the Antichrist & his forces which is repeatedly predicted throughout the Bible is their blatant godlessness:
28. "And the Beast (the Antichrist) had a mouth speaking great things & blasphemies. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, & His tabernacle, & them that dwell in Heaven. For the king shall do according to his will; & he shall exalt himself, & magnify himself above every god, & shall speak marvellous things against the true God! Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all! And he shall speak great words against the most High!"--Bible (Rev.13:5,6; Dan.11:36,37; 7:25)
29. Why is this World leader & his system so anti-God?--Because they are of the Devil!
30. The Bible says: "Satan gives him his power & place & great authority!--For the Man of Sin, the Son of Hell, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power & signs & lying wonders, shall exalt himself above God, claiming himself that he is God!" (Rev.13:2; 2Thes.2:3,4,9)
31. The only officially anti-God, anti-Christ, anti-religious system of government in the entire World today is Communism! All other countries--Western, Eastern, whatever--have official religions that worship God, or some kind of god!--Or they at least provide freedom of religion. Only Russia & the other Communist states are officially anti-religion of any kind. Of course, their religion is actually Communism, & their religion will eventually be the worship of the Beast, the Antichrist! He will be their god! In fact, he's already their god, most of them just don't know it yet!
32. So Communism certainly fits the Bible's description of the Antichrist's irreligion & atheism! In their attempt to stamp out Christianity, the Soviet government closed almost all of the nation's churches, turning most of the larger buildings into museums, meeting halls, libraries, etc. To this day, an official part of each child's required education is a series of lectures against God & against faith & against religion, while atheism & Communism are taught as absolute truths. Lenin said, "Atheism is a natural & inseparable part of Marxism." The influential Soviet ideologist, Zinoviev, stated in 1924, "We will grapple with the Lord God in due season, we shall vanquish Him in His highest Heaven."--How ridiculous can they get?
33. So it certainly looks like Communism is the basis of the final anti-God World government! It has all the characteristics the Bible predicted it would have. Although the word "Communism" does not appear, it is called "red", & all the descriptions of the Antichrist are fulfilled in the Communist policies of conquering countries through propaganda, "flatteries", & by peace, by sharing, & distributing the wealth, etc., etc.--All it lacks is its World dictator!--Who will no doubt be revealed as soon as they feel the World is ripe & ready to receive him!
34. Because most of the formerly-Christian World has forsaken the Lord & His Word, & allowed the Devil to advance through anti-God, evolutionary atheism, most so-called "Christian" nations today have turned around & denied their own faith. Even most of the churches seem to have lost their purpose & direction & are rolling backward downhill, picking up backsliding speed with every day that passes, while Communist doctrine & propaganda continues to advance & spread, steadily progressing up the spiritual mountain of the conquest of the hearts & minds & values of men.
35. While many Christians seem to be wandering aimlessly, having forsaken or forgotten the goals that Jesus & the Bible taught them, the Communists keep driving forward & progressing with determination & a purpose & a goal, an ideology. They have faith in what they're doing & they know where they're going & they're getting there, like it or not! Whereas much of the Christian World has abandoned its faith & lost its convictions & is in absolute confusion!
36. It's sad that so many religions, the "right" people, are preaching the wrong message of selfish economics & unconcern for the poor of the World! But the Communists, the "wrong" people, even though they're against God & the Bible, they preach concern for fellow man & sharing & equality & peace & feed the poor etc. So of course they're going to win a lot of people with the right message!
37. Professing noble ideals, they usually attract & win a lot of idealistic dreamy-minded people, many of whom are genuinely concerned about helping the poor, bettering World conditions, etc.--But no matter what organisations or causes the Communists infiltrate, or who they use or who they manipulate or what cause they seem to be supporting, it will always turn out in the long run that their real goal is the advancement of Communism, & Communism only! But they're so clever, they often get the church to cooperate with them, even some rich to cooperate with them, & of course they usually get the poor to cooperate with them! But regardless of what they say, their goal is always the same, to advance World Communism!--As J. Edgar Hoover once said, "You can always trust a Communist.--To be a Communist!"
38. Let's face it, on the surface, Communism sounds great, fine, almost like Christianity is supposed to be, brotherly love, share the wealth! Karl Marx's doctrine of "from each according to his ability, unto each according to his need", sounds very fair! In fact it sounds downright Christian!--And that's where they stole it from! The whole Communist philosophy & system is a counterfeit & an imitation of the sharing & communal cooperation of the Early Church!--The Bible says that, "All that believed were together, & had all things common; & sold their possessions & goods, & parted them to all men, as every man had need." (Acts 2:44,45)
39. But the difference between true Christian sharing & the Communist's kind of sharing is that they say, "What's yours is mine, & I'm going to take it away from you at the point of a gun!" Whereas genuine Christians say, "What is mine is yours, & I'm going to share it with you in love!" That's a very big difference! One is voluntary, the other is enforced!
40. Mere governments can only rule over the bodies of men, while religions can rule their hearts & minds.--So if Communism is totally unreligious, why is it able to command such a large & loyal following?--Well, the answer is simple: Communism itself is a religion! They literally worship the State, the government, that's what they really worship. They pledge allegiance to Communism, they worship it, they study it, they follow it, they preach it, they fight & they die for it!
41. This is what Mao taught: He said, "The people are god!"--And that's the cardinal principle of Communism: Man is his own god!--Self-worship! He said, "They say we are godless & have no god, but our god is you, the people!" Therefore Communism is the ultimate religion of self-worship & self-righteousness, Man's attempt to save himself, lifting himself up by his own bootstraps. "We are going to enforce brotherly love & share the wealth & one day create the perfect Utopian society, blah blah blah!" That's their big propaganda line, the big lie!
42. The supposed unselfish goals of Communism can never be achieved without the Love of God in the hearts of men. It was God's Love that inspired & empowered the first Christians of the Early Church to "distribute their possessions unto every man according as he had need." (Acts 4:34,35) Such voluntary sharing of the wealth with those in need can only come through the Lord, Who said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive!--And as you would want men to do to you, even so do the same to them." (Acts 20:35; Mat.7:12)
43. To truly change the systems & governments of Man you must change Man himself & his evil heart, something only God can do! Otherwise, you will only have revolution after revolution, war upon war, regime after regime--all in vain! Without the Love of God, the heart of Man is still evil & you'll never have real love & compassion for the poor!--Have you let Him change your heart? Just ask Jesus to come into your heart & He will!
44. So what does all of this mean?--It means that Communism is not just another governmental system or political party!--It is the very embodiment of "the spirit of Antichrist!" (1Jn.4:3) In fact, it is so abhorrent to the Lord, that He says that all those who ultimately fall down & worship its final World leader, the Antichrist, will be damned to Hell! (Rev.14:9-11)
45. For the Bible says that when the Antichrist takes control & demands the World's worship, declaring that he is God, an amazing one-World credit system will be established in which all peoples of his World government who worship him will be marked with a credit number--666--in their hands or foreheads! The World government will use this new computerised, moneyless system to try to force everyone to either worship the Antichrist or starve to death, because in the countries where he reigns, no one will be able to buy or sell without this credit mark, the "Mark of the Beast!" (Rev.13:16-18)
46. All of the believers in God who know & love Him will of course refuse to worship this bestial Antichrist & will refuse to receive his Mark or become his slaves!--And the Lord will miraculously take care of & provide for us! The Bible says that when the Antichrist demands the World's worship, that millions of people of the Earth--whole nations & whole religions of devout worshippers of God who are not unbelievers but truly love God--will realise that this powerful World leader is not a good man, is not the saviour of the World as he claims, & they will rebel against him, some countries & religions even going to war with him rather than worship him & accept his Mark! (Dan.11:40-45)
47. God is going to bless the countries & people who refuse to be swept under the Antichrist's red tide of Godless atheism & Devil-worship! And though the World will be thrown into 3-1/2 years of the worst turmoil & trouble it has ever known as the forces of the Antichrist war against the Godly forces who resist & oppose him, some nations will withstand & escape his total domination.
48. At the end of this 3-1/2-year period of "Great Tribulation", the Lord Himself will return "in the clouds of Heaven with power & great glory" to rescue all of His saved children out of this World! He will gather them all together with Him & then transport them off to His Heavenly City while the wrath of God is poured out on the forces of the Beast! God's judgements upon the anti-God forces will climax in the greatest battle the World has ever known, Armageddon! (Mat.24:21,29-31; Rev.15,16,19)--In this catastrophic battle, the resurrected supernatural Saints of God return to Earth with the Lord to destroy the Antichrist & his evil forces, & to rescue the people of the Earth from their anti-God tyranny!
49. The Saints of God along with the Lord, will then take over the World to organise it & rule it & run it the way it should have been run all along if Man had obeyed God! God's Kingdom of Love will be established on Earth & its beauty like the Garden of Eden will be restored for a wonderful 1000-year Golden Age known as the "Millennium". During this time the spared natural people of the Earth who resisted the Antichrist will be taught & shown the Love of God by the Lord & His resurrected Saints.--And those who refused to worship the red Beast will receive their reward!
50. But until then, we must all fight for the right & stand up for the Truth! Remember, good always has enemies, good is always fought by evil. So be prepared for opposition & persecution if you dare to buck the tide, the Red tide of anti-God Communism, in order to fight for the Truth! The Bible says that, "All who will live Godly in Christ shall suffer persecution." (2 Tim.3:12)--It's a promise! If you do the right thing, the Devil & his people will fight you!
51. But don't let persecution or opposition discourage or sway you. The Lord promises, "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven! Blessed are ye when men shall revile you & persecute you & shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice & be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in Heaven!" (Mat.5:11,12)
52. So may God help you to take a stand against the anti-God forces of this World who threaten to rob you & your nation of its God-given freedom & precious Godly heritage! "Fight the good fight of faith!"--And "beware of wolves in sheep's clothing!" (1Tim.6:12; Mat.7:15)--God's Truth is marching on!--Are you marching for the Truth?--If so, God bless & keep you in His love, truth & peace forever!--With peace forever!--Amen.
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