Who is the Antichrist-Beast ?
The original Greek word for ‘Antichrist’ is ‘Antichristos’ – anrikristoz which literally means an opponent of Christ or one who is against Christ. The word 'Antichrist' appears in the Scriptures only four times, and all of them are in the epistles of the apostle John. Although the word 'Antichrist' do not appear anywhere else in the Bible but John wrote about the ‘Beast’ in the book of Revelation. The apostle Paul further described the character of the ‘Antichrist’ and the ‘Beast’. In his epistle to the Thessalonians Paul called him the ‘man of sin’, ‘son of perdition’, and ‘lawless one’.
Let us first study about the ‘Antichrist’ and see what the apostle John wrote about him.
"Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us." (1 John 2:18, 19).
1. John's first century readers knew the 'Antichrist' was coming. The teaching of the 'Antichrist' is not new.
2. At the time John was writing in the first century it was called the "last hour". The 'last hour' continues to today until the end of the age.
3. There were "many antichrists" during the first century just as there are many today, and there will also be "many antichrists" until the Lord Jesus Christ's Return.
4. These 'Antichrists' were former church members who had left the faith. Although the 'Antichrists' were of Christian origin but they had never been true Christians at all. After severing relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ they were regarded as enemies of Christians (2 Jn. 7-11).
"Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son" (1 John 2:22).
5. The 'Antichrist' is a liar who denies that "Jesus is the Christ."
6. Antichrists also deny "the Father and the Son"..
"and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world" (1 John 4:3).
7. The terminology ‘Antichrist’ not only refers to a person but also refers to the ‘spirit of the Antichrist'.’
8. The ‘spirit of the Antichrist’ already existed during the First Century. The ‘spirit of the Antichrist’ can exist in any age.
"For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist" (2 John 1:7).
9. The ‘Antichrist’ is a deceiver.
10. There are many deceivers in the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh.
From John’s epistles we have learned ten important points about the 'Antichrist’ . One of the things we learned is that we cannot call anyone who openly confesses Jesus as the Christ to be an ‘Antichrist.’. We may disagree with many things the Catholics believe and teach, but from the scriptural standpoint we cannot call the Pope an ‘Antichrist’ because he has never denied that Jesus is God or the Christ, never denied the Father and the Son, and he has never severed relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. We need to be biblically accurate, unbiased, fair and objective in our discernment on the identity of the ‘Antichrist.’.
There have been several extremely powerful and wicked non-Christian men in world history who fit the description of the ‘Antichrist’ because they have opposed Christ and Christianity. There are numerous ‘Antichrists’ in different ages.
Antiochus Epiphanes He lived in 175 B.C. and is described by many scholars as a prototype of the ‘Antichrist’ who profaned the temple and terribly persecuted God’s people. Daniel prophesied this man’s mighty power and wickedness (Dan. 8:23-25).
Roman Emperor Nero reigned between 37 A.D. and 68 A.D. One of the first and most wicked persons to fit the role of the ‘Antichrist’ Nero had killed many Christians, and even murdered his mother and other members of his own family. Tradition has Nero playing the fiddle while Rome was burning. He blamed the fiery disaster on Christians and had them tortured to death. When he learned the Roman Senate was plotting against him, he died by poisoning himself.
Roman Emperors The Emperor Caligula committed the great sin of the ‘Antichrist’ when he commanded everyone throughout his empire to worship him as a god. Because of his claim to a deity, two temples were built for him in 40 A.D. . The Jews and the Christians refused to obey him. Hence there arose more religious persecutions, one succeeding another. The Emperor Vespasian stormed and sacked Jerusalem. The destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 was a very brutal and merciless slaying of the Jews. According to Josephus, 1,100,000 Jews lost their lives in the attack that lasted from April to September (War, 5.10.5; 6.9.4.).
Mohammed arose in the 7th century in the Arabian peninsula. He claimed to be the true and last prophet of Allah who is his god. He claimed to receive from an archangel the revelation of Allah which was written in the Quran and the religion which became Islam. He also claimed that Islam was the true fulfillment of the Old and the New Testaments. He claimed that the Christians and the Gospels had perverted the real truth, but he was restoring it. That is the basic claim of Mohammed. He first believed that because he rejected idolatry and because he rejected the claims of Christianity, the Jewish people would follow him. And when they did not follow him, he turned against them—and became a persecutor of them.
Islam bears most of the marks of the spirit of the ‘Antichrist.’ Islam absolutely denies that Jesus is the Son of God. The Quran acknowledges Jesus as a prophet—even as a Savior, even as a Messiah. But when you say He is the Son of God, you bring out the most intense, bitter opposition. In the famous mosque in Jerusalem that is called the Dome of the Rock—built on the site of what was the Temple of Solomon at one time—the Arabic inscriptions around it twice say, “God has no need of a son.”
Islam claimed to be the outworking of that revelation of God. But it denies certain basic fundamentals of the Christian faith, like the atoning death of Jesus on the cross. Mohammed taught that Jesus did not die, but that an angel came and spirited Him away before He died. Because there is no death, there is no atonement and because there is no atonement, there is no forgiveness. And no Moslem has the assurance of sins forgiven at any time. Mohammed is the archetype of the ‘Antichrist.’
While it is true that Islam has not been guilty of anything so terrible as the Holocaust, it has a long record of 13 centuries of suppression and contempt for Christianity and Judaism.
Of all the subjects concerning the End Time the mark of the beast is the one that most Christians like to study. First of all we need to understand the nature of the beast that has the mark. The beast is distinguished from man who is created in God’s image (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7; Ecc. 3:21). The beast has no spirit therefore has no God consciousness. In Scripture it is figurative of the sensual, ferocious and brutal natures that belong to the wild and untamed animals (Ezek. 5:17; 14:15, 21). The word “beast” is used figuratively of brutal men (Ecc. 3:18; 2 Pet. 2:12; Jude 10). Hence, the apostle Paul wrote: “I have fought with beasts at Ephesus” (1 Cor. 15:32). A wild beast is the symbol of a selfish, tyrannical monarchy. The four beasts in Daniel 7:3, 17, 23 represent the four kingdoms (Ezek. 34:28; Jer. 12:9). In the book of Revelation the beasts obviously mean worldly powers, whose rising out of the sea and the earth indicate they owe their origin and power to the commotion of the people (Rev. 13:1; 15:2; 17:8)
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“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. (2 Thess. 2:3-4)
The “falling away” (Greek - ‘he apostasia’ h apostasia) that is mentioned in the above passage refers generally to the abandonment of the original apostolic faith by the Church (1 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Tim. 2:18; Gal 1:6-9). Apostasy had already begun in the First Century as is evidenced by the condition of the seven churches in Asia Minor (Revelation chapters 2 and 3).
Jesus Christ had prophesied the temple building in Jerusalem would be destroyed (Mt. 24:1-2). In His Olivet discourse Jesus warned the disciples about the “abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel, standing in the Holy Place.” (Mt. 24:15) Daniel prophesied:“And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.” (Dan. 9:26) This prophecy was fulfilled when the “Messiah” was “cut off” by His sacrifice on the Cross. The “prince” was none other than the Roman general Titus whose army besieged Jerusalem in 70 A.D..
The historian Josephus recorded that 2,500,000 assembled at the last Passover just before the city was taken by Titus. 1,000,000 perished in the siege, 347,000 perished in other places. Of the remainder, 97,000 were carried into captivity and 11,000 starved through neglect or sullen refusal of food. On July 17th the daily sacrifices were interrupted (Dan. 9:27).
The prophecy of Jesus Christ was fulfilled when the destruction of the temple occurred on the Sabbath day of August 10th, 70 A.D. (Mt. 24:20). When Jerusalem was captured, the temple was burned and scavengers would turn over every stone to retrieve the melted gold (Mt. 24:2). The Jewish people were taken into captivity, and ever since the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem no sacrifice has been offered up to God on Jewish altars (Dan. 9:27).
Jerusalem was taken and burned, and the Tenth Legion encamped in the ruined temple. The temple was leveled to the ground and utterly destroyed. Only the Roman garrison was left. Josephus states that the Romans, having taken the city, brought their (eagle) standards into the court of the temple, and placed them opposite the east gate, then offered sacrifices to them. The seven-branched candlestick, the golden table of the shew-bread and the golden trumpets were carried through the streets of Rome in triumph. The Emperor Hadrian dealt the final blow in 132 A.D., as a result of another revolt led by a false Messiah, Bar Cocheba (son of the star), the Jews were again massacred leaving another million victims. From then on, the Jews scattered over the face of the earth, became the wandering people, without temple or sacrifice, as predicted by the prophets.
History records that emperor worship was pervasive throughout the Roman Empire long before the first advent of Jesus Christ. Julius Caesar was worshipped in the provinces. Octavius was called Augustus (\Sebastos\, Reverend). The crazy Emperor Caius Caligula not simply claimed to be divine, but actually demanded that his statue be set up for worship in the Holy of Holies in the Temple in Jerusalem. He was killed in January A.D. 41 before he could execute his dire purpose. But the madcap Nero likewise demanded worship and in 64 A.D. blamed the burning of Rome on the Christians, though guilty of it himself. He set the style for persecuting Christians who had slumbered on while Rome burst into flames again under Domitian, who had himself commonly termed _Dominus ac Deus noster_ (Our Lord and God). The prophecy of the apostle Paul had, no doubt, been fulfilled by the Roman cult of emperor worship during the time of the apostasy after the original Apostolic Christian faith had been compromised.
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The Antichrist - Have you see this man? à http://www.raptureready.com/rap666.html
Emperor Nero, the Beast à http://www.preteristarchive.com/StudyArchive/n/nero_emperor-antichrist.html
Antichrist Indentified à http://home.online.no/~lgullbe/antichrs.htm
Abuse of the Number 666 à http://users.iafrica.com/l/ll/lloyd/7-EndTimeIssues/666.htm
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Adolf Hitler is the antichrist à http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1246.cfm
Hitler’s Clone will be the antichrist à http://www.prweb.com/releases/2000/9/prweb17464.htm
Clinton’s Family Tree à http://www.triumphpro.com/clinton_s_nero_connection2.htm
The Antichrist and a cup of tea à http://www.bookmasters.com/marktplc/00240.htm
Prince Charles – Savior of the world statue à http://www.stargods.org/FallenCharles.html
Prince Charles, Antichrist - debunked à http://www.revelationwebsite.co.uk/index1/occ/charles.htm
Urban Legend: “Bill Gates is the Antichrist” à http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/blgates2.htm
Bill Gates is the Antichrist legend debunked à http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/blgates2a.htm
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