Antichrist

The Anti-Christ is the head of the New World Order and corresponds to the beast and the king of Babylon. Satan will set up his kingdom of Anti-christ in the political world, in the religious world and in the commercial world. The manifest delusion of Christianity will reveal itself by putting the antichrist in power thinking that he is anointed by God. Free from the restraints of the Holy Spirit and driven by a nationalistic mandate, the Antichrist will reign supreme for a short period until he is crushed by the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the armies of heaven. The Anti-christ is called the Beast because that's exactly what he is. Taking over the ten-nation confederacy who heads the One World Order, seven will give their allegiance, three will not, so he will overthrow those three. The ten horns refer to the 10 nations and the seven heads are the 7 leaders.

The Northern Hemisphere is desperately looking for the world leader who will lead them into economic prosperity. The Antichrist is empowered directly by satan and will be history's greatest man of war and economic oppression. Out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and the false prophet will be the "spirits of devils, working miracles which go forth unto the kings of the earth to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty." The Bride of Christ will be ready to possess the kingdom but most Christians will be caught unaware, consumed by the cares of the world.

Behold I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches and keeps his garment, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.
Then will the nations be gathered together for the final battle, Armageddon.

Called the prince by Daniel, the appeal of the Anti-christ will center on his promise to restore peace and economic prosperity. His peace will come at a tremendous price and many will be destroyed. If we can see Pink Floyd in a prophetic light with the Anti-christ as leading the dogs of war, "dealing in death is the nature of the beast." Killing people under a penalty of death will mean nothing to him and he causes fire from heaven to rain upon the innocent and guilty alike for god and country. He will attempt to put restraints on freedom and civil rights with a law and order campaign. Brown: "Hear us and obey us. We'll tell you what to think, what information to have. If we withhold information it is for your own good. This is nothing less than the Government playing God."

Daniel received visions of the near future as pertained to present events of his day and also in the latter times,

When the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance and understanding dark sentences shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully and shall prosper and practice and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand and he shall magnify himself in his heart and by peace shall destroy many. He shall also stand up against the Prince of princes but he shall be broken without hand. Daniel 8

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. Daniel 9:27

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Matthew 24:15.... 

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. Matthew 24:21

Any past fulfillments of the abomination of desolation mentioned by Daniel are considered types of what is to come. In that it could be Nebuchadnezar could mean that there are different fulfillments as being types of the desolation, so anything here is possible if it leads us to the truth of our time and the Anti-christ. For example, Antiochus Epiphanes is considered a fulfillment of this prophecy as a type and a forerunner example of the Anti-christ in that he sought to force Greek culture and manners on the Jews irrespective to their faith in God and tried to put an end to the Jewish religious community. Epiphanes' name means God made manifest, he occupied Jerusalem, entered the Holy of Holies and desecrated the sanctuary by offering unclean animals upon the altar of burnt-offerings. He then polluted the whole building by sprinkling it with water in which flesh had been boiled, dedicated the Temple itself to Jupiter Olympius and erected a statue to him and then plundered the temple treasures. This of course led to the Maccabean revolt and a real victory for Judah until Rome came; this is the celebration of Hannakah, types of restoration for sure. Titus would also be a type in that the legions invaded Jerusalem with the symbol of the eagle and destroyed the temple in 70 A.D. Again Epiphanes, Nebuchadnezar and Titus would only be types of what is still yet to come, the papacy is also a type but not the fulfillment.

The spiritual temple is being restored now and will continue during that 70th week of Daniel. We may take many clues from the history of Israel and the Jews to point to our specific task in understanding the personality of the Anti-christ and what would apply to the abomination of desolation. The Anti-christ will be a political leader but only a religious one in that he is riding upon Babylon. He will cause the image of the beast to be worshipped and represents a worldly religion of the flesh, so he will have the favor of the religious community that have taken the spiritual mark upon them of idolatrous and political worship. The spiritual sacrifices that he makes are fleshly, not spiritual. Those people of God who follow him are not walking in the spirit according to the true Jesus but may come in His name, thinking that they are serving God. We may draw many correct inferences if we approach the question in this way. The people of God may not even know who he is until Jerusalem is taken over by him and the abomination of desolation takes place. Remember that the rebuilding of the temple may be a physical temple in Jerusalem but it applies to us as the temple made without hands. While Babylon is waiting for something physical, delusion blinds them to what is happening in the spiritual realm. Daniel was told to shut up the vision for it shall be for many days. Many years later, John was told to seal not the sayings, for the time is at hand.

This sinister person sums up the mystery of iniquity and the full development of last-day miracle-working demonism and still, Christians will love him. He will be destroyed by Christ's advent in glory and satan will be bound in the abyss. John's vision included a "first beast" which spoke as a man with a mouth speaking great blasphemies against God, his power was to endure 3 1/2 years. This is the one that will make war with the saints and overcome them. The power of the world will be given him and all will worship him whose names are not written in the book of life. Then another beast comes forth and causes the earth to worship the first beast.

And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire to come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast, saying to them that dwell on the earth that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is 666.
The beast referred to here sounds like it is the second beast and the 666 seems to refer to the false prophet rather than the Anti-christ. We must realize that while the beast with four heads represent rulers or their nation or groups of nations, the beast can refer to any one of the heads or to the Anti-christ himself. This means that even Babylon could be the one that dies and is resurrected and there could be a lot of faulty interpretation being circulated as how to recognize him.

Early Christians looked for the Anti-Christ as a person and not a polity or a system, a man in whom satan will dwell utterly and bodily and who would be armed with satanic and demonic powers. The Anti-christ was the name given to the "man of sin." When Saint John refers to the Anti-christ coming and also that many antichrists have come already, he is referring to that anti-christ spirit that has always been in the church but there is a man to come that fulfills the end-time satanic king of Babylon. The scoffers arising in the last days deny the second-coming and also the man of sin referred to as the Anti-christ but it will be the future king of Babylon that will be overthrown. Isaiah:

And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear, and from the hard bondage wherein you were made to serve. That you shall take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, how has the oppressor ceased! The golden city ceased.

The seventy weeks prophecy of Daniel is weeks of years. In the midst of the last week (3 1/2 years), "he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." This is the abomination of desolation that Jesus warned us about and that we must flee. This could be construed to have happened in the destruction of the temple at Jerusalem in 70 AD, but Jesus goes on to tell us that afterward we would be seeing "the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory."

The Anti-christ will not be Jewish but pose as a righteous Christian and will bring a false peace through war. In that he is riding upon the back of Babylon will give him a Christian mandate to those foolish enough to accept it and those in the luke-warm church of the last days will believe that this man of sin is anointed by God himself. Those Christians that are under the grand delusion and have taken the mark of the beast will not recognize him as coming from the evil one but rather welcome him. Even now, there are those that expect an obvious satanic figure, like another Hitler or the pope or a warmonger that opposes America. He will not be a person of the people but an exploiter promising prosperity through economic advantage. The Anti-christ will come into power through deceitful flattery and words of peace.

His understanding of dark sentences will serve the Anti-christ well in the deception of Babylonian religiosity. He is the king of the north and will distribute the wealth gained by exploitation and plunder drawing many to him but his heart shall be against the holy covenant.

And the king shall do according to his will and he shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and speak marvelous things against the God of gods and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished; for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god, for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honor the god of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things...

The dragon will have been thrown to the earth to persecute the woman that has given birth to the man-child. Satan is the driving force behind the dragon but represented by the beastly world power that makes war with the remnant seed who has the testimony of Jesus Christ. The dragon will give this severally headed beast great power and authority. One of the heads will gain ascendancy through a miracle of his deadly wound healed, this is the Anti-Christ.

What we see here is a man that looks real good on the surface. Christian Babylon will give their allegiance and power to the Anti-christ, so what we will see is a person that appears religious with an allusion of a Christian mandate. He will claim fellowship with God but walks in darkness and the people in Babylonian confusion will be giving lip service to Jesus, but in actuality, worshipping the dragon. The kingdom of Jesus is not of this world so worldly Christians will look up to the Anti-christ as their spiritual leader. God has already by this time sent the people a strong delusion because they have believed a lie. Because God has allowed this to happen, Christians will accept and pray for the Anti-christ in the name of Jesus not knowing that he had gained his power through satan's deception. He will be desired as the people's choice so we may see him as democratically elected but through a miracle, because he has gained ascendancy from rising up from a mortal wound.

Now that this Anti-christ beast has gained the power, his countenance will change and he is free to persecute and overcome the saints. He will blaspheme God and the true church but still rides upon Babylon. He works closely with the false prophet who also has great power and able to subdue nations. God will ultimately lead these nations to agree to hate the whore false religion Babylon, to expose her and destroy her. Then the white horse comes and both the beasts called the Anti-christ and the false prophet will be cast alive into the lake of fire along with the devil that deceived them.

St. Paul's man of sin is a prophecy of the Anti-christ in the last days but leaves it to us to judge whether that spirit of anti-christ has been with us from the beginning.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Remember you not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now you know what withholds that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity does already work, only he who now lets will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming. Even him, whose coming is after the working of satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.
Saint John as well speaks of this spirit of antichrist in his first epistle.
Little children, it is the last time, and as you have heard that Antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists, whereby we know that it is the last time.

[117, 179, 254, 266, 281, 339, BD, Apoc. 13, 16, 20, Matthew 24, II Thessalonians 2, Daniel 8, 9, Isaiah 14, I John 2]



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