posted on Apr, 26 2007 @ 11:27 AM
Arthur W. Pink published “The Antichrist” in 1923.
Since its publication, it has become a classic in its genre and is freely available to the public for online browsing on several sites.
Pink, later in his life, rejected many facets of this work.
For my present purpose, I wish to briefly reference this important, representative author to illustrate my assumption that all treatments on the
subject of the Antichrist err because of their a priori premise; i.e., that there is but one messiah.
In chapter five, “The Genius and Character of the Antichrist”, Pink makes a series of comparisons between Jesus Christ and the Antichrist.
Pink claims, “When the Son of Perdition appears he will pose as the Christ of God, and so perfect will be his disguise, the very elect would be
deceived, were it not that God will grant them special illumination.”
Because he believes in but one messiah, Jesus Christ, Pink is compelled to cast the Antichrist in a negative light. Thus the Antichrist is a supposed
imposture. Although I do not necessarily agree with Pink’s conclusions, I will cite his work in full.
Pink’s parallels are:
“1. Christ was the subject of Old Testament prophecy: so also is the Antichrist; many are the predictions which describe this coming one, see
especially Dan. 11:21-45.
2. The Lord Jesus was typified by many Old Testament characters such as Abel, Joseph, Moses, David, etc. So also will the Antichrist be: such
characters as Cain, Pharaoh, Absolom, Saul, etc., foreshadow the Man of Sin. We shall devote a separate chapter to this most fascinating and totally
neglected branch of our subject.
3. Christ was revealed only at God's appointed time: such will also be the case with the Antichrist. Of the one we read, ‘But when the fulness of
time was come, God sent forth His Son’ (Gal. 4:4); of the other it is said, ‘And now we know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his
time’ (2 Thess. 2:6).
4. Christ was a Man, a real Man, ‘the Man Christ Jesus’ (1 Tim. 2:5); so also will the Antichrist be – ‘that Man of Sin’ (2 Thess. 2:3).
5. But Christ was more than a man; He was the God-Man; so also will the Antichrist be more than a man: the Super-man.
6. Christ was, according to the flesh, a Jew (Rom. 1:3); so also will the Antichrist be - for proofs see chapter three, section one.
7. Christ will make a covenant with Israel (Heb. 8:8); so also will the Antichrist (Dan. 9:27).
8. Christ is our ‘Great High Priest’; so Antichrist will yet be Israel's great high priest (Ezek. 21:26).
9. Christ was and will be the King of the Jews (Matt. 2:1); so also will the Antichrist be (Dan. 11:36).
10. Christ will be the King of kings (Rev. 17:14); so also will the Antichrist be (Rev. 17:12,13).
11. Christ wrought miracles: of Him it is said ‘approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs’ (Acts 2:22); so also will the
Antichrist, concerning whom it is written, ‘whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders’ (2 Thess. 2:9).
12. Christ's public ministry was limited to three years and a half; so also will the Antichrist's final ministry be (Rev. 13:5).
13. Christ is shown to us riding a ‘white horse’ (Rev. 19:11); so also is the Antichrist (Rev. 6:2).
14. Christ will return to the earth as Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6,7); so also will the Antichrist introduce an era of peace (Dan. 11:21); it is to this
that 1 Thess. 5:3 directly refers.
15. Christ is entitled ‘the Morning Star’ (Rev. 22:16); so also is the Antichrist (Isa. 14:12).
16. Christ is referred to as Him ‘which was, and is, and is to come’ (Rev. 4:8); the Antichrist is referred to as him that ‘was, and is not; and
shall ascend out of the bottomless pit’ (Rev. 17:8).
17. Christ died and rose again; so also will the Antichrist (Rev. 13:3).
18. Christ will be the object of universal worship (Phil. 2:10); so also will the Antichrist (Rev. 13:4).
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