I am always cautious about turning to scripture for Satan has set things up in such a way to trick everyone into looking away from the anointed
one....so always remain open-minded and vigilant when reading religious texts..PLEASE! ok that being said...... The anointed one is a Leo..so the
antichrist will also be a Leo.since he is the great mimic (REMEMBER THAT) Im also not completely in agreement with the authors views below re:the
jewish antichrist. Personally I think there is a greater probability that he will be Muslim..but then again Im bias
Obviously the POPE is a major player in the game of EVIL upon this Earth as is OBAMA but what about the Governator???
Arnold was just praised at an Israeli conference recently. He has also been quoted as saying that he wants to be President of the European union. If
you look at the symbolic nature of his movies..what is he trying to tell us? In Terminator (another name for Destroyer like Conan the Destroyer) it
seems as if he has been sent to kill the savior but then is re-programmed to protect the savior. I wonder what Arnold and Cameron are planning for
this next series of Terminator sequels to come. I am very interested to hear your opinions.
Yeshua called the image he sets up in the Temple "the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet" (Matthew 24:15). Our Lord's
reference was to Daniel 9:27, where it is recorded that the prince (Antichrist or called the Political Beast, the Beast from the Sea) that shall come
will break his covenant with the Jews and reveal himself as an abominable perjurer, blasphemer and desolater of men. Paul describes him as "the son of
perdition," "that Wicked," "Lawless one" (2 Thessalonians 2:3, 8).
3. THE CHARACTER OF THE POLITICAL BEAST
3.1 Consuming Pride
He will "exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god" (Daniel 11:36). This self-glorification will go so far that he will actually sit in the
temple of God (2 Thessalonians 2:4). This is what the Lord Jesus had in mind when He said that the abomination would "stand in the holy place"
(Matthew 24:15). In unrestrained conceit he will open his mouth in blasphemy against God. Daniel declared: He "shall speak great words against the
most High" (Daniel 7:25). He "shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods" (Daniel 11:36); "he shall magnify himself above all" (Daniel
11:37). Paul describes him as the one "who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped..." (2 Thessalonians
3.2 Arrogant Blasphemy
Antichrist will hate God. "And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies...And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against
God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven" (Revelation 13:5, 6). The God Himself - His Being, His attributes, His
sanctuary and His redeemed in heaven will be the objects of Antichrist's blasphemous, scornful diatribes.
3.3 Great Power
The greatest dictator the world has known, he will move triumphantly from the west into Palestine, "the glorious land," overcoming nations en route,
and finally entering Jerusalem victoriously (Daniel 11:41-45). Continuing to exhibit astonishing might, he will demonstrate his martial prowess in a
series of remarkable military exploits. Power "was given unto him...over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations" (Revelation 13:5, 7).
3.4 His Title "the Gentile Antichrist"
His very title summarizes his despicable vices. He will be anti, "opposed to," Christ in every conceivable area of character and conduct. The Lord
Jesus represents righteousness, truth, purity and honor. This personality will be a man of sin, falsehood, vileness and dishonor. Christ was marked by
self-denial. Antichrist will be a man of self-esteem and self-aggrandizement. Jesus came in humility, "to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke
19:10). This wicked man will strut in pomp across the stage, destroying, pillaging, murdering those who refuse to yield to his unruly will. He will
also be anti, "seeking to supplant," the Lord Jesus Christ; for he will claim to be the Messiah.
4. THE EMPIRE OF THE POLITICAL BEAST
In the second chapter of Daniel we read that the emperor Nebuchadnezzar had a dream. Daniel the prophet interpreted it correctly. The lofty figure of
a man which the king saw represented a series of successive world empires (read Daniel 2:28-45). In "the latter days" (Daniel 2:28) in the period of
the feet and ten toes, a stone "cut out of the mountain without hands" (Daniel 2:34, 45) would smite and destroy the image. The reference is, of
course, to our Lord's return for the battle of Armageddon (which we shall study in lesson 8). But the ten toes (see also the ten horns of Daniel 7:7,
8, 24) imply that in the last days ten federated nations, emerging out of the area of the ancient Roman Empire (the iron legs of Daniel 2:33, 40),
will arise. Seen among these will be Antichrist, the "little horn" (Daniel 7:8), who will seize power by toppling three other rulers (Daniel 7:8) and
will claim dominion over much of the area once controlled by Rome.
In simple words, the ancient Roman Empire will be revived as a ten-kingdom confederacy, covering most of Europe (Daniel 2; 7; Revelation 17). The
nation of Israel, having rejected its Messiah, will embrace the grossest idolatry (i.e. accept the Antichrist as their Messiah), and its last state
will become worse than its first (Matthew 12:43-45; John 5:43). And Christendom (that is, the mass of mere Christian profession) will have become
utterly apostate (1 Timothy 4:1-3; Revelation 3:16, 17).
5. THE ASSOCIATES OF THE POLITICAL BEAST
The Political Beast will be a man. But he will not work alone. He will have a powerful assistant at his side and an invisible force behind him.
Otherwise, he would never be able to perform such phenomenally wicked exploits.
5.1 The False Prophet (or called The Religious Beast, The Beast from the Earth, The Antichrist)
The career of the Religious Beast or called the False Prophet is sketched in Revelation 13:11-18 as well as in other New Testament passages. He rises
out of the earth. The earth may represent the land of Palestine, suggesting that this religious leader is a Jew (i.e. the God's chosen earthly
people). He has two horns like a lamb, giving the appearance of gentleness and harmlessness, and also suggesting that he impersonates the Lamb of God.
The Lord Jesus taught that false prophets may look like the true sheep, but we can know what they really are by their fruits (Matthew 7:15, 20; 1 John
His field is religion, and he serves as the lieutenant of the first beast. In other words, these two men are associates, the first having his capital
in Europe (probably Rome) and the other in Jerusalem. The religious leader arises out of the earth, suggesting that he is a Jew (the earthly people),
and is an imitator of the lamb of the God. But his speech betrays him: he is another mouthpiece of the devil, and possesses as much deceptive power as
does his political superior. In fact, he directs worship to the latter as well as receives it for himself. His own claims to deity are the essence of
impiety and blasphemy, and his enforcement of idolatry is effected by a universal economic boycott. This religious beast is apparently the Jewish
antichrist, called elsewhere "the man of sin" and "the false prophet." For his full description we should also consider carefully the following
passages: Daniel 11:36-45; Zechariah 11:16, 17; John 5:43; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-13; 1 John 2:18-22; Revelation 19:20.
5.2 The Devil
Anti-Christ's coming is "after the working of Satan." Hence his uncanny skill and ability to deceive (2 Thessalonians 2:9, 10). The "dragon" will
indeed give power unto the "beast" (Revelation 13:3, 4).
5.3 An Abominable Trinity: Anti-Christ, the False Prophet and the Devil
No wonder the tribulation they inaugurate and promote will be "great," to quote the Lord Jesus (Matthew 24:21). And no wonder they will ultimately
meet a similar fate. The devil will some day be "cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false propet are..." (Revelation
6. THE CAREER OF THE POLITICAL BEAST
The Antichrist's deeds of horror on earth will occur after believers have gone to meet their Saviour in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17). We should
understand the seven stages of the Antichrist's career.
6.1 Victorious Advance
Honoring the god of forces instead of the living God (Daniel 11:37, 38), Antichrist will lead his troops in triumph into Jerusalem itself (Daniel
6.2 Establishment of a Covenant
Upon instituting his iniquitous regime in Jerusalem, Antichrist will form a league with the Jews, who will have returned in unbelief to the land of
their fathers (Daniel 9:27). A seven-year treaty will be signed (note: "one week" is, in the Hebrew, "one seven," that is, seven years.) We are not
told what the exact terms of this pact will be. But possibly Antichrist, archdeceiver that he will be, will promise to protect the Jews from their
enemies or to further their progress in establishing a homeland in Palestine.
6.3 Breach of the Covenant
He will break his agreement after three and one-half years (i.e. in the midst of the week in Daniel 9:27); and the last three and one-half years of
the period will witness the terrors of the great tribulation.
6.4 Desecration of the Temple
This Jewish Temple, to be re-built in the last days, will be violated by the detestable usurper (2 Thessalonians 2:4).
6.5 Persecution of the Jewish Remnant
During Antichrist's fearful regime many Jews, overwhelmed and destitute as the result of his iniquitous practices, will turn to God. The dictator will
level his attack against these "saints," the converted remnant. "And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them..."
(Revelation 13:7). "The same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them" (Daniel 7:21). And he "shall wear out the saints of the most
High..." (Daniel 7:25).
6.6 Duration of His Effrontery
For three and one-half years his wild, tempestuous fury will rage (Revelation 13:5; see also Revelation 11:2, 3). He will brook no rivalry in the mad
pursuit of increasing authority, prestige and power.
6.7 Participation in the Battle of Armageddon
Antichrist will be one of the military leaders to oppose the Son of God at the dread battle of the Son of God (Revelation 19:19). He will dare to lift
his puny fist in open hostility against the Lord of life and destiny.
7. THE OVERTHROW OF THE POLITICAL BEAST
Evil will not permanently triumph. Antichrist, vain in his blasphemy and cruel in his oppression, will more than meet his match when the three and
one-half years of his moral and political debauchery are ended. The Lord will consume him "with the spirit of his mouth" and "with the brightness of
his coming" (2 Thessalonians 2:8). When Jesus returns with His saints for Armageddon's struggle, both beast and false prophet will be seized and "cast
alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone" (Revelation 19:20). Daniel foresaw Antichrist's doom when he wrote: "I beheld even till the beast
was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame" (Daniel 7:11). Again, "They shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy
it unto the end" (Daniel 7:26). And "yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him" (Daniel 11:45).
When the thousand-year rule of Christ on earth is ended, the wicked leaders will be joined by their defeated sponsor - the devil. And all "shall be
tormented day and night forever and ever" (Revelation 20:10).
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