There is an End-Time battle for your worship and 2 key worship movements emerging in the earth. This Last Day battle for your worship has personal, corporate and global relevance and application. It is of critical importance for all believers to be aware of this. It is hard to describe its significance fully as it is a battle that has raged in the realm of the spirit since before Adam & Eve were on earth. This will be briefly touched upon so believers can see this has been the enemies plan and intention since the beginning and will culminate in him obtaining his desire for global worship in the Last Days.
THE ENEMIES DESIRE FOR WORSHIP BEFORE ADAM & EVE CREATED
The long-term target of the enemy to receive worship from man, is already far advanced in the earth as we will see when current world events are examined. The devil was previously called Lucifer and was the covering or guardian angel who led worship in Heaven. He was a living instrument created to make sounds that brought the presence of God. Here are some scriptures in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 that have a parallel meaning that gives us insight into what happened before man was created and the devil was thrown to the earth because of his rebellion against God.
Isaiah 14:12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!”
Ezekiel 28:13-14 “You were in Eden, the garden of God. Every kind of precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald. You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in all you did from the day you were created until the day evil was found in you.” 17 “Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendour. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.”
He saw the glorious worship that the Lord received from all in Heaven and he became jealous of this and desired it. He thought he could use a third of the angels to rebel against God and take over as the object of worship from all creation. As we know he failed. However, that did not stop him attempting to obtain worship on earth, after loosing out in heaven. This was still his target when thrown down to earth and he knew if he could get Adam & Eve to sin, he could get his wish to obtain worship. The devil knew if he could get man to sin, he could get some of mankind to rebel against God and choose to worship him instead. We see today that it is not just some of the world that directly or indirectly follows Satan, but actually the majority. Even Jesus called him “The god of this world” – Luke 5:6. So his deceptive plan against Adam and Eve has worked to a degree.
We then see in Daniel 3, King Nebuchadnezzar trying to obtain worship by forcing all to worship his image and throwing the 3 Hebrew boys into the fire. We then fast forward to revelation 13 and see the enemy obtaining this forced worship in the whole world. So this is a vital foundation for believers to understand what the battle is over and how our worship is the target of both God and the enemy. The enemy is happy to receive forced worship, whereas as we know God gives us freewill to lovingly choose to follow Him.
THE ANTICHRIST WORSHIP MOVEMENT – ONE WORLD RELIGION
There is a worship movement that has begun several decades ago that many believers are not aware of that is laying the foundation for the Antichrist worship system. It is called the One World Religion. It is a merging together of numerous faith groups into one with the foundation being that they are all seeking the same God so they can put their differences aside. There are thousands of Christians already involved in this and I encourage believers to research it for themselves as it is one of the clearest signs of the Last Days.
The major problem with this movement is that they remove Jesus as the only way to God and Heaven. As Jesus tells us in John 14:6 “I am The Way, The Truth and The Life, no man comes to the Father except through Me.” Jesus is the only way to heaven and only one that paid the price for our sin, so no other religion or religious system can replace Him. So when a believer partakes in such a system they are engaging in clear biblical apostasy and are forfeiting the only way to salvation through Jesus Christ. The bible tells us that a world ruler called the Antichrist will emerge in the Last Days and receive global worship. The bible also tells us of a religious leader that will emerge that will further facilitate this one world worship movement all the way to its intended goal – worship of the devil inspired Antichrist.
Revelation 13:11 “Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. It exercised all the authority of the first beast and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. He did astounding miracles, even making fire flash down to earth from the sky while everyone was watching.”
The word tells us that this false religious leader will lead the world to worship the Antichrist and use signs and wonders to confirm his false message. This is hugely significant as many believers today believe that if a leader or Christian does signs and wonders it automatically means that person is a genuine follower of Christ/minister of the Gospel. This is a dangerous and wrong assumption that will lead to multitudes ending up in Hell by following false prophets and ministers in the Last Days. Jesus repeatedly warns us about this.
This false prophet uses powerful signs and wonders to deceive the world into worshiping the Antichrist. So we must be aware that in the Last Days there will be others that will use signs and wonders to deceive people. The true test is both the fruits of the person and most importantly does their teaching contradict the bible. A believer can heal 1000 people, raise 25 from the dead, prophesy accurate world events – but if they then go on to preach false teachings or point to another Christ, like this false leader does, we must immediately turn away from them. Many will find this hard as there are many false prophets and teachers in the world today with millions of followers that are deceiving people and believers often argue that other believers are “judging them”. However, the reality is, if people do not preach this truth, many more “believers” will end up deceived and in Hell for eternity. Jesus says: Matthew 15:14 “If the blind lead the blind, they both fall into the same pit”. So, Jesus warns that following a false leader will lead to the same destruction as the leader themselves.
Matthew 7:22 further illustrates this when Jesus warns us: “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name and in Your Name drive out demons and in Your Name perform many miracles? And then will I declare unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, you that work iniquity.” So these were believers or leaders who did many signs and wonders – but ended up in Hell because they were using the gifts of God separate from the God of the gift and consequently leading people astray and Jesus calls these “works of iniquity”. So believers should take great care and discern carefully who they follow as there are false teachers leading people astray.
ANTICHRIST MARK OF THE BEAST WORSHIP SYSTEM
Revelation 13:16 “He required everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. So that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.”
The Antichrist will institute a one world government and mark system that will monitor all people on the earth and regulate global economies and currencies. This will enable him to force worship upon the world. The way the world is today we can see that the foundations for such a system are already being laid through technology and government initiatives.
However, it is important to reassure people that the Covid Vaccine is not the mark of the beast as some have thought. If a believer carefully studies the bible and in particular the book of Revelation, it will be clear the mark of the beast is not yet established in the earth. Things are progressing but we are not yet at that final stage of history. Most importantly, the Antichrist has not yet been revealed, therefore his mark system cannot yet be released and that should clarify any questions people may have.
REBUILDING OF THE JEWISH TEMPLE – ANTICHRIST WORSHIP BASE
Believers will wonder why we need to mention this, but this is where the culmination of the enemies plans for worship is seen. 2 Thessalonians 2:4 “The Antichrist, acting as if he is God, will sit in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” The antichrist will one day sit in the rebuilt Jewish Temple and demand global worship from there. This will be one of the final events before the Lord begins to send judgement on the earth to close out the age as seen in book of Revelation.
It is important for believers to be aware that there are already plans in place to rebuild the 3rd temple. This is quite astonishing as even though this may take a few decades to be established, it still gives an idea of how advanced we could be on God’s timetable when there is already plans in place to build this temple that will be used to fulfil end-time prophecy. This link gives believers more info and understanding on it and its significance as well potential to be rebuilt in a matter of years: https://free.messianicbible.com/feature/end-time-prophecy-why-is-the-third-temple-so-important/
THE LORD’S END-TIME WORSHIP MOVEMENT
1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” It has always been the desire of the Lord to have a people set apart from all the nations in the earth to worship Him. We see it through His divine selection of the nation of Israel and also this promise to all believers in Peter. The Lord has begun to set apart His people to worship Him in Spirit and Truth in these Last Days. Consequently, there are many worship movements in the earth today, including traditional and prophetic. They all have their merits and place in the Lord’s End-Time plan and more believers are grasping the importance of worship in its different styles and formats. All of God’s people are called to be part of His Last Days worship movement, whatever the style or location.
In the midst of the various movements, there is a significant worship movement that is active in the earth and gaining momentum. It is the 24/7 Worship movement. The restoration of David’s Tabernacle is central to this worship movement. The restoration of David’s Tabernacle is central to what God is doing in the earth.
Acts 15:16-18 “After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tabernacle. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, so that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord who does this.”
This restoration will see 24/7 Worship and Prayer houses established all over the earth. This 24/7 Worship movement will facilitate the transformation of some nations and bring in the End-Time Harvest. This movement is what we want to be part of as it is the church moving in unity and power like this that will bring a mighty outpouring of the Spirit in the Last Days.
ENEMY BATTLES FOR YOUR PERSONAL WORSHIP
We are not yet in the times when the Antichrist system of forced worship will apply to us. However, this battle for your worship has huge relevance for all of us on a personal basis. It goes far beyond bowing down to any statue or the enemy appearing to us and demanding worship. The enemy tried to get Jesus to worship him. This short cut that the enemy offers is taken by many in the world including believers being sold out for gain.
The enemy steals our worship by making us compromise in any area of our life. We may not bow down to an idol in our home, but if we compromise by allowing sin in certain areas, the enemy has stolen what should be pure sacrifice and worship to the Lord. The reason many are deceived by the one world religious system is because they have compromised truth for the sake of a false unity. This is what the enemy does, if he can get a believer to compromise in one area, he can get a foothold in their life and lead them astray and some may never return to the truth.
HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND? – CONSECRATED LIFE OF WORSHIP
The discussion between Jesus and the woman at the well, is significant in defining true worship and gives us insight into how we can avoid Last Days deception. John 4:19 – “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem. “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking these ones to worship Him. God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
The woman at the well was focused on the location of worship, whether Jerusalem or a mountain. However, Jesus had to focus her on true worship which has no locational boundaries. God is a Spirit and He is omni-present therefore, believers can worship Him anywhere anytime. Not just at a location or at home, as some think that worship is only for Sunday service. Jesus also gave a second foundation for real worship – it must be in “truth” also. There is a prescribed way in the word of God that we are to worship. When believers follow another non-biblical way to worship (i.e. alongside other religions that negate the effect of Jesus’ salvation) they have abandoned the truth.
Believers are required to worship God in Spirit and in truth which is according to His word as Jesus is the Truth. So any other type of worship or worship movement that contradicts the word of God cannot be embraced if a believer truly wants eternal life. The final scripture in Romans illustrates true worship for believers in the earth: Romans 12:1 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Our entire lives and bodies and everything that we have to offer is to be presented as worship before the Lord, not only the songs we sing. Our time, resources, devotion, commitment, trust and all of our heart. This is true worship that pleases the Father that will ensure we avoid any deception or false worship in our day. May we all persevere to present our lives so wholly to the Lord in worship.
Author: Thomas Harry
Thomas Harry is the Senior Leader of Mount Zion International Tabernacle in Scotland, UK. MZIT (Formerly Falkirk Full Gospel Church) is an Apostolic Hub and Kingdom Worship Centre with a heart to equip the saints for the works of the kingdom and it has a strong calling towards community transformation. Thomas has been born again for over 20 years and has a heart to see believers rise into destiny and see nations transformed.
In previous years Thomas had roles in Pastoral, Teaching and Evangelism in various churches before leading FFGC and now MZIT. He is a kingdom connector and believes in the importance of working in unity to see the Kingdom of God advanced in the earth. Thomas and other kingdom minded believers share more teachings via MZIT’s Prophetic Perspective Bi-Monthly Newsletter available at the ministry website Mount Zion International Tabernacle.