—Treasure Beyond Measure

The Beast/Antichrist

In my opinion the puzzle of the Beast and the Antichrist is one of the most interesting in the Bible. It is quite a puzzle and it takes some unraveling. I spent many years reading the Bible piecing together all of the relevant passages I could find into a single coherent scenario/image.

The first thing to note is that this man is never actually called The Antichrist in the Bible. A great many people refer to him by that name, and because I think that the name Antichrist is a good name for him I too shall use it. But there is a difference between the Antichrist-man and the Beast-man, but strangely they are also the same man. Does that sound confusing and weird? I bet it does. This is very bizarre,  I know. The truth about the Antichrist/Beast-man is the stuff of the strangest fiction, but I believe that whatever the Bible says is true, is true—weird or not.

The Bible word translated as beast really just means animal. There is nothing more sinister about the name than that. The man could just as easily be called the Antichrist/Animal-man. I believe that the translators have mostly stuck with the translation of him using the word beast because it does carry a more sinister weight. I agree with this thinking so I will also use the name Beast when appropriate. The point of the name Beast (Animal) is that this man is very much of the flesh, that is, controlled by his natural human instincts rather than by the Spirit of God. (See Romans chapter eight.)

1 John 2:18

Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. (NIV84)

We can read between the lines here and see that the name Antichrist is indeed appropriate.

1 John 2:22-23

Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. (NIV84)

The name Antichrist applies to any person that denies that Jesus is the Christ, but this person called the Antichrist/Beast-man of the Bible, is a prominent political figure that comes to power on the platform of anti-Christianity, that is to say, he is set apart because of his stance regarding the divinity of Jesus Christ as being God’s chosen Christ or Messiah. The notion that Jesus is not the Christ is identified with the person of the Antichrist/Beast-man and that is why the Bible identifies him with that name.  This Antichrist/Beast-man is going to be dealing directly with the people of Israel politically and a big part of what he says to them is that Jesus is not the Christ. In his dealings with Israel he will be agreeing with them that Jesus is not the Christ and he will be making an agreement with them, that is, he will cause to be created a treaty with Israel promising them military protection so that they can build a new Temple on the Temple Mount, so that ‘the real Christ might come and be revealed.’ This agreement is the major reason he is called the Antichrist. And the signing of this agreement by the ‘many’ of Israel is a major biblical event called The Rebellion. The Antichrist/Beast-man is most definitely Satan’s man and when the ‘many’ of Israel sign a treaty with him it is as though they have sold themselves to the Devil!

Daniel 9:27

He [Antichrist] will confirm a covenant [treaty] with many for one ‘seven.’ [Seven-year treaty]  In the middle of the ‘seven’ [three and a half years in] he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him [Beast-man].” (NIV84)

This is the most important Scripture regarding the end-times scenario. This ‘abomination that causes desolation’ event is mentioned or referred to many times in the Bible. The Antichrist will sign a Seven-year treaty with Israel for the purpose of building a new Temple, but when the Temple is rebuilt he will betray the covenant he made with Israel by entering into the new Temple and setting up an image of himself declaring that he (the Antichrist) is in fact the real Christ! Yikes! There is more to this than just this, but for now this is the gist of what is going on.

One last thing that I’ll say on this topic for now is that the name Beast has two meanings. They are both closely connected but they are actually two different things. Did you notice that I have been writing Beast-man? That was to differentiate between the Beast-man and the Beast-kingdom. They are both sometimes called the Beast, meaning one or the other. The Beast-man is the last leader of the Beast-kingdom, so sometimes it means the fourth kingdom and sometimes it means the man that heads the fourth kingdom. You have to read the context to see which is referred to.


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