Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
Hidden_Hand : One more important question.
What is the role of the so called antichrist?
>>> "Hidden_Hand" is gone, but I'll give you the correct answer that he certainly *wouldn't* give:
the "antichrist" [or "the final false messiah"] will be the ultimate deception that arises just 7 years before the conclusion of human History. -
almost certainly this will happen within the next ten to twenty years maximum.
There is *'the antichrist' [the first beast]. *'the false prophet' [the religious figure who "legitimizes" the antichrist], and *'the second
beast,' who will likely be THE FATHER FIGURE along the lines of "the Maitreya" or perhaps the Muslim 'Mahdi." - all this is acted out within the
atmosphere of a pervading *antichrist-spirit* that even now immerses the entire world.
For the serious minded who want to examine this more closely, here is an outstanding essay that was sent to me just yesterday via email: take a good,
long, SERIOUS look at what it says...
I hope you'll take the time to examine this closely. It was just recently sent to me as an email. I think it is a real insight into what is now
developing in Israel as the prelude to the final events of "The Time of Jacob's Trouble."
Let me know what you think.
The intro. is from Reggie Kelly, a long time friend of the late Art Katz and Ben Israel Fellowship...
I strongly urge a patiently considered review of the following short piece from my good friend Dalton Lifsey. He is a younger brother who is currently
working with a missions organization stationed in New Zealand. It is concise and to the point, and deserves the very widest possible circulation. I
believe it is has a unique potential for use in evangelism, as it so powerfully demonstrates the reliability of Scripture.
Yours in the Beloved, Reggie K.
On Tue, Jan 6, 2009, Dalton Lifsey wrote:
The following is a statement concerning the current military conflict between Israel and Hamas. As we watch and pray for those involved, on both sides
of the battle, let us be clear about what we're to anticipate in the future as Israel becomes the center of world controversy. We're at the
beginning of the beginning of something that is both grand and horrific.
Interpreting Israel's Present Conflicts in View of Her Final Purgation
Jesus was very clear that we are to know with absolute certainty the season of His return. He left no permission for the final generation to be
ignorant and unresponsive to the clear timing indicators that are given to signal the nations of the earth. This concept is quite contrary to today's
pop-cultural view of the culmination of this age. Many are quick to cite "No one knows the day or the hour" without a faithful consideration of the
context of that statement or of the overwhelming amount of information that has been given to us concerning the final generation of this age (roughly
150 chapters). 
Jesus dropped that phrase not to discourage people from looking to and knowing the season of His return but to encourage it and to command it ("let
the reader understand;" Mt 24:15). In the same passage, after explaining the primary timing indicators that would signal the nearness of His coming
When you see all these things, KNOW that it is near--at the doors! Assuredly…this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take
place… (Mt. 24:33-34)
The second coming will be parallel to the historical elements of His first. That is, signs will be given, prophets will be commissioned to speak
clarity into the events and people will be required to respond accordingly. The generation that witnessed the first coming was severely rebuked and
even ridiculed for not responding to the obvious signs of the times that unambiguously revealed what was happening in their midst. We read Jesus'
scathing and terrifying words to His generation:
(continued, next post) . . .