Monday, July 6, 2020

The Antichrist and the BEAST – Part One

1 John 2:22
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. (NIV84)

1 John 4:2–3
This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. (NIV84)

2 John 7
Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. (NIV84)

Antichrist

As we can see from the above passages, the name Antichrist is really a title, much like the word Christ is used as a name for Jesus. Jesus is the Christ, and so we call him Jesus Christ. John tells us that anyone that denies that Jesus is the Christ is an antichrist, so why do we call this coming ruler the Antichrist as though it were a name? The short answer is that this future ruler will convince the Jews in Israel that they need to rebuild the Temple to usher in the real Christ, which makes him an antichrist. Also, this future ruler intends to enter the Temple and declare himself to be the Christ, which gains him an automatic antichrist label.

Daniel 9:26–27
After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one’ seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ 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.” (NIV84)

You can read more about this passage in Daniel’s Amazing Timetable.

Looking at this passage, we can see that there is a ruler that will come and that he will be of the same people that came and destroyed the city of Jerusalem and its Temple in 70AD. We know from historical records that it was the Romans that came and did the deed, so we can understand that this coming ruler will be connected to that kingdom.

Daniel 7:7–8
After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.

8 “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully. (NIV84)

Here we see that the fourth kingdom is called a beast. As we proceed, we shall see that there is both a kingdom beast and a man called the beast, and they are not the same thing. But, for now, let us look at this fourth kingdom beast. Horns in all of Daniel’s visions represent kings or rulers. So, this fourth kingdom will have ten rulers that rule at the same time, and at the time of these ten rulers, another ruler will rise up and kill three of the other rulers. I can only assume that these three oppose his coming to power, and so he eliminates them and controls the other seven through fear.

The Bible refers to man as being more than just a Homo sapiens animal. This last passage is saying that he looks like a man, but he is really only a Homo sapiens male animal; that is, he is devoid of any of God’s spiritual qualities.

Galatians 5:22–23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. (NIV84)

One thing that may be important is that this passage never actually says that the Antichrist horn is from this fourth kingdom. It just says that he came up among them. The fourth kingdom, however, is the kingdom in power during the End Times, which I believe means that it is from Europe, the base of the Roman Empire. The Roman army that came and destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple was not made up of just natural-born Romans, that is Italians, but was instead made up of all the nations that made up the core of the empire.

Daniel 2:40–43
Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron—for iron breaks and smashes everything—and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. 41 Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. 42 As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay. (NIV84)

Given that the fourth kingdom that is active in the End Times (now) is descended from the Roman Empire and forms a loose confederation rather than a very united single nation, it looks to me that what we are seeing here is a future form of the European Union. So, the ten horns most likely represent ten rulers (or prime ministers) from ten of the European nations.

The passage from [Daniel 9:27] above is talking about this Antichrist/BEAST man. Notice I now include the BEAST man. The Antichrist signs a seven-year treaty with the many (code word for the majority citizens that are not devout). My friends, what I do when reading the Bible, is to look for what agrees with everything I read in the Bible. If ever I come upon a Scripture that disagrees with my understanding, I then stop and reevaluate my understanding with this new Scripture in mind. So, looking at all of this regarding the Antichrist from Europe and the Jewish people, I believe that the treaty he makes with Isreal, as least in part, promises military protection for Israel from its neighbors so that they can build a Temple in Jerusalem. For the abomination that causes desolation to happen, there must be a temple, and so there will be, and this understanding agrees with all of the facts.

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Mark Heaneyhttp://SeekersTrove.com
This is my greatest desire: That the eyes of my heart may be enlightened in order that I may know the hope to which he has called me, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:18–19

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