No One Will Help Him
At Rotary yesterday there was complete silence as a daughter shared her father’s personal testimony about his World War II service. On April 9, 1942, her dad was one of 75,000 Filipino and American troops on the Bataan Peninsula forced by starvation and disease to surrender to the Japanese. When he began the 68 mile trip to Camp O’Donnell where trains transported those who survived to death camps, her dad weighed barely 105 lbs.
Four months after Pearl Harbor the Empire of the Rising Sun worshiped their emperor as god, boasted of their military might and swept like a flood all the way south threatening the northern shores of Australia. In 1942 they seemed invincible. Daniel closes his revelation prophesying about a final ruthless king who will also seem unstoppable.
“Now at the time of the end the king of the south will wage war against the anti-God ruler. The king of the north will also storm against him with many chariots, cavalry, and a great fleet of ships. But the godless, arrogant ruler will go out into the earth, sweeping through territories like a flood. Many countries will fall, and he will even come into the Beautiful Land. But Edom, Moab, and the leaders of Ammon will be spared. He will continue to stretch out his hand over much land. Egypt will not escape and he will seize control of her treasures of gold and silver, all her riches. Also the Libyans and Cushites will fall under his feet. But then rumors from the east and the north will alarm him. He will respond by going out in a great rage, exterminating and destroying many. He will pitch his royal tents between the Seas at the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he will come to his end and there will be no one to help him.” Daniel 11:40-45
Marye Scantin concluded her Rotary presentation reading the Japanese military order calling for all the prisoners of war to be executed. Then she held up a flagged pouch dropped by a lone American plane that flew over their camp in August. “Dad hung this pouch in his office till the day he died. Inside the pouch was a note, ‘Bomb dropped.’ On August 14, 1945, Hirohito, the Emperor of Japan, announced Japan’s surrender, and Marye’s dad made it home to Texas, married her mom, and raised their family.
Daniel’s prophecy doesn’t color in all the details, so we should be cautious about tracing out the details about Antichrist’s final campaigns. But one thing is crystal clear. This final world emperor will come to his end, and it won’t be a nuclear bomb that brings him to his knees. As Revelation makes clear in the conclusion of God’s redemptive story, there’s a rider on a white horse who just by his word brings Antichrist to his end and there will be none to help him. (Revelation 19:19-21)
LORD, thanks for sending your Son the first time into our world as a humble servant to die to redeem us. Use even the lyrics of Christmas carols, like “Hark the Herald Angels,” to open hearts to your Good News. But help us to also find comfort and freedom from fear knowing that our Savior conquers all opposition in the end.
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