“…And others underwent trial of mockings and scourgings…”
I. The Last Days (the Present Time)
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13).
There is a mounting opposition against the things of God!
“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).
II. The Antichrist, Tribulation, and Our Hope
- 6 = the number of man
- 666 = a triple, a complete apex of man’s supreme effort to go on without God = manifest by the man of sin in those closing days who will oppose God
Matthew 24:15, 21-22
Hebrews 11:1-2; 38-40
“Now faith is the substance (i.e., the substantiating) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report…(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.”
Faith is obedience to the Word of God.
“God said it. I believe it. That settles it. And you wait!”