I heard an interesting thing some time ago. Often in the bible many things pre-figure or typify things that are to come. Like nearly all the prophets
of the Old Testament pre-figured Christ in some way, whether it be something that happened to them or something they did. This is known as Midrash,
the way the Jews originally interpreted Scripture. So with this in mind I was told that there’s was this guy called Antiochus IV who prefigures the
Anti-Christ to come, who will set up his NWO. So this guy could possibly be what we can expect from the Anti-Christ. So I looked him up in a Bible
Dictionary and found out who he was, found it very interesting, specifically the parts I underlined. I didn't underline all the things I saw
significant, didn't want to confuse
Antiochus IV (175-164 B. C.), surnamed Epiphanes (God manifest) but called by his enemies Epimanes (madman). Antiochus IV was one of the cruelest
rulers of all time
. Like his father, Antiochus III the Great, he was enterprising and ambitious
; however, he had a tendency to cruelty that
bordered on madness. His primary aim-- to unify his empire
by spreading Greek civilization and culture-- brought him into direct conflict with
the Jews. This conflict broke into open rebellion in 167 B. C. Accounts of these conflicts are found in the apocryphal book of 2 Maccabees.
The revolt began with Antiochus' edict that sought to unite all the peoples of his kingdom in religion, law, and custom.
The Jews were the
only people who would not adhere to this edict. Antiochus issued regulations against observing the Sabbath, practicing circumcision, and keeping all
food laws. These regulations were followed by the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION -- the erection of the altar of the Greek god Zeus over the
altar of the burnt offering in the Temple. Jews were forced to participate in heathen festivities and were put to death if they were caught with
the Book of the Law in their possession.
As the revolt, led by Judas Maccabeus, gained momentum, the people of Israel united to overthrow Seleucid domination of their land. The Syrians were
routed and the Temple was cleansed on the 25th of Chislev, 165 B. C. This cleansing is now observed by the Jews as the Feast of Lights (Hanukkah),
around December 25. According to ancient writers, Antiochus IV withdrew into the East following his defeat. He died in Persia a madman. Some scholars
see the "little horn" of as a reference to Antiochus IV Epiphanes.
(from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary)
(Copyright (C) 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
Just thought it was interesting. Curious to know what others think.