The Biblical Christian Network: "Anti-Christ" (14 of 666) Jerry Robinson

 

 

 

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On Thursdays all day we bring a recap of the Week so far and a look forward of the Propehcy Sites and Teachings that make up the Biblical Prophecy Network;

Feautured Series are listed below.

Biblical Prophecy Today chooses not to be a wierd or wacky service provider of every wild and wooly idea that someone gets from too much coffee; too much time on the Internet and too little time studying and "approving" what is valid, but we would see Jesus as Coming to this Generation.We abide by that motto that saved us in the beginning of this age of grace and we saw written on the sides of the wall leading into a little church at the time called Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa; It said:

"Jesus is Coming"

 

Prophecy Topical

"Anti-Christ"

(14 of 666)

FOURTEEN

Jerry Robinson

Understanding The Antichrist - Part II

by
by Jerry Robinson JerryRobinson.org


"Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain." (Daniel 11:39)

Most of you are aware that I do not care who the Antichrist is or where he is from. I have long considered the discussion and those who insist on discussing it foolhardy. This is because I believe those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior will be raptured (caught up) from this earth prior to the seven-year great tribulation during which his reign of terror transpires.

Unfortunately, many well-intentioned and not so well-intentioned ministers have butchered Bible prophecy either through a clear lack of study and discernment, or worst of all, for gain.

Therefore, the church's need for a healthy and sound end-time theology has never been greater. And those of us who believe we are living in the 'last of the last' days, Jesus' words to 'watch' for his coming carry with it a great responsibility.

I am now going to expound on a teaching that has permeated the Muslim faith over the centuries, but with a great intensity over the last few decades. It is a very intriguing teaching that parallels the Biblical teaching of Antichrist in many ways.

The Biblical concept of the Antichrist spirit and the final manifestation of the Antichrist (ho antichristos), was explained in the first part of this series, Understanding the Antichrist, Part I. We will now turn our attention to this very interesting Muslim teaching that is relatively unknown in the West.

The Islamic teaching that I am alluding to is that of the soon coming Islamic savior, Al Mahdi.

Yes, the holy books of Islam (Quran, the Hadith) contain many prophecies concerning the future. As a Christian, I believe these Islamic prophecies to be satanically inspired, but that is beside the point. All branches of Islam (Sunni, Shiite...) maintain a teaching that in the 'last days,' an Islamic savior, known as Al-Mahdi, will rise to great power and conquer the world for Islam. He will annihilate Christians and Jews, will conquer Jerusalem, and will fill the world with Islamic justice.

What is unknown here in the West is that much of the Muslim aggression we have witnessed since 9/11 can be traced back to those who are trying to 'prepare the way,' for this Islamic savior.

The similarities shared by Al Mahdi and the Biblical Antichrist is breathtaking to say the least and should be considered by any serious student of Biblical prophecy. Not because it is certain, but rather because it is highly plausible.

Imagine... The seed of Ishmael rising up against the seed of Isaac in the last days.

Let's begin by focusing on what clues the Bible gives us as to the belief system of the coming Antichrist.

The Biblical Antichrist's Religious Background

1) He will wage a war in Northern Africa (Dan. 11:42-45)

2) He will then invade Jerusalem and take control the Temple Mount (Rev. 13:1,2)

3) He will persecute the Jews and Christians (Rev. 20:4)

4) He will divide the land of Israel for gain (Dan 11:39)

Recap: The Antichrist will invade Northern Africa (Libya, Egypt), clearly Muslim territory, and then he ascends into Israel. He will conquer Jerusalem and take complete control of the Temple Mount. His vendetta against Jews and Christians will intensify. He will divide the conquered land of Israel for gain. Why do Bible prophecy teachers always describe the Antichrist as a slick Western European wearing a fancy suit and being driven around in a limo? Where is that in the Bible? I see just the opposite. The Antichrist's intentions and motivations are clearly seen from the Bible's description of his actions.

What has always amazed me about the majority of Bible prophecy teachers is that they constantly underestimate Islam. Does anyone reading this think that the world's 1.2 billion Muslims are going away anytime soon? But I digress.

Consider the following story: On Nov. 20, 1979, some 50,000 Muslims were celebrating Islam's 1400th Anniversary in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. As the crowds began their morning prayers in the Grand Mosque, 350 armed men suddenly burst in to the Mosque. (Grand Mosque houses the Ka'ba, the large black stone, at Islam's holiest site) These men demanded that one of their holy men Abdullah al-Qahtani, be declared the Mahdi.

The leader of the celebration denounced them as heretics and fighting suddenly broke out. The 50,000 worshippers were trapped and the siege lasted for 2 weeks. Saudi and French security forces retook the shrine after an intense battle in which some 250 people were killed and 600 wounded.

After the assault, 63 of the rebels were beheaded including their leader. (1)

Facts about the Islamic Mahdi

Let me arm you with some facts about Al Mahdi

According to the Quran, Islam's holiest book, and the Hadith, a collection of Islamic holy writings that supplement the Quran, a messianic figure will arise in the last days of history known as Al Mahdi. He, along with the 'Prophet Jesus,' (False Prophet) will lead the Muslim believers to victory over the infidels (Christians and Jews).

1) The word, Mahdi, means 'The Guided One.'

2) According to Islam's holy writings, one day the entire world will be converted to Islam. Leading this revival will be the Mahdi, who will assume the role as the Islamic Messiah.

3) Islamic tradition teaches that Jesus will return from heaven in the last days and follow the Mahdi into Jerusalem, where Jesus will deny he is the Son of God.

4) Then, together the two will destroy the 'Cross' (Christianity) and kill the Jews who will be 'hiding behind rocks.' Afterwards Islamic justice will prevail and the world will submit to the rule of Mahdi, and Jesus.

5) All branches of Islam teach on the Mahdi. All Muslims believe this!

In addition, Islam's holy writings describe the Islamic messiah's lineage, name, facial features, etc. in great detail.

  • He will be tall
  • He will be fair complexioned
  • His father's name will be Abdullah
  • His mother's name will be Aamina
  • He will speak with a slight stutter and occasionally this stutter will frustrate him causing him to hit his hand upon his thigh.
  • His age at the time of his emergence will be forty years
  • He will receive knowledge from Allah.
  • He will be descended from the Prophet via his daughter Fatima;
  • He will have the same name as the Prophet, and his father's name will have been the same as the Prophet's father
  • He will have a distinct forehead and prominent nose
  • He will be extremely generous and altruistic
  • He will arise in Arabia and be compelled by popular acclamation in Mecca to lead the Muslims
  • He will withstand attack by an army from Syria, which will be swallowed up by the desert
  • He will fill the earth with justice and equity
  • He will reign for around seven years, as co-ruler with Jesus (after which, an unspecified amount of time later, the last trumpet will sound and the final judgment will ensue) (2)

    These apocalyptic Muslims believe that WMD's must be used to wipe out the 'infidels' or Christians and Jews. Their ideas and expectations clearly match the many predictions the biblical prophets laid down in scripture.

    Quotes from the Hadith:

    "Imam Mahdi will return at the head of the forces of righteousness and do battle with the forces of evil in one, final, apocalyptic battle. When evil has been defeated once and for all, the Imam Mahdi will rule the world for several years under a perfect government and bring about a perfect spirituality among the peoples of the world. After the Imam Mahdi has reigned for several years, Jesus Christ will return"

    "Al Mahdi: His forehead will be broad and his nose will be high. He will fill the world with justice and fairness at a time when the world will be filled with oppression. He will rule for seven years."

    "Allah will give Al-Mahdi the ability to righteously rule the Muslim nation in the span of a night. He will fill the earth with justice, as it was filled with injustice. He will lead the Muslim nation to the second conquering of Constantinople and possibly Rome."

    Conclusion

    Israel, the country the Antichrist will proudly conquer, is still trying to make peace with its Islamic neighbors.

    Islam is the only global religion that still continues the practice of beheading. Interestingly, Rev. 20:4 speaks of the Christian tribulation saints who are beheaded for their faith.

    The Bible describes a time during the great tribulation when the Antichrist sweeps into Jerusalem after his conquest of Northern Africa. This begs the question that if the Jews flee from Jerusalem, who would immediately move in? The Muslims. But wouldn't the Christians prevent it? No. They will be beheaded for their testimony. Additionally, any Muslim who had the ability to liberate Jerusalem from Jewish hands would be considered a hero throughout the Islamic world.

    Finally, Islam teaches that Jesus was born of Mary and was a great prophet but that he is not the Son of God. Muslims teach that it is not possible for God to have a son. This opposing view of who Jesus is one of the greatest distinctions between Islam and Christianity.

    Remember, the apostle John gave us clues on how to identify Antichrist. According to 1 John 2:22, the spirit of antichrist and 'The Antichrist' always deny three things:

  • Both deny the deity of Jesus Christ
  • Both deny that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
  • Both deny the relationship between the Father and the Son.

    The evil time foretold by Jesus is here. 'Yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me." (John 16:2,3)

    Pray for those deceived by the Islamic religion. And continue to watch and be sober!

  •  In the world of Eschatology there is a lot of money to be made selling books, doing seminars, giving speech engagements and generally sensationalizing anything that "sounds like" or "looks like" prophecy.

     That is not why we are here or what I do.

    We would see Jesus

     And that is What Prophecy is all about.

    Merchandizing and Marketing are the two largest leverages used in promotion of prophecy today.
    They are effective, they work, and they also distort.

     We are about the Message.

     We try to remove the M&M's from the sites posting so you get less candy and more meaning.

    We are ALL about the Message.

     It is not that we are ooposed to any Christian trying to make a buc, we simply choose to remove the dollars and sense so anyone and everyone can freely study and freely recieve the best, the most relevant and the currrent materials available on the internet to anyone who wants to know Fact from Fiction about End Times.

    That can only be accomplished by personal study.
    We aren't going to tell you what to beleive
    That is the role of the Holy Spirit
    but we are going to give you 
    tools to study.

    Current Series

    Perspectives; Prophecy Q&A; Studies From; Rapture Series; Questionable; Book of Charts; Updated; News from; Warnings; Yes! Jesus is Coming!; Countdown to Armageddon; ViewPoint;"What Should Christians do";"Prophecy Topical" with many more added as we increase till Jesus Come Again. 

     

     

     

    The Biblical Christian Network: "Anti-Christ" (14 of 666) Jerry Robinson

     

     

     

    Yes! Jesus is Coming!

    -The Classic Christian Network-Biblical Prophecy Today Network-Last Generation News Report-Christian Issues Network-Last Call Devotional Network-Natzsal The Jewish Network-Michael James Stone Online-The Last Word Videos Network-

     

    Thursdays Study in Prophecy

    On Thursdays all day we bring a recap of the Week so far and a look forward of the Propehcy Sites and Teachings that make up the Biblical Prophecy Network;

    Feautured Series are listed below.

    Biblical Prophecy Today chooses not to be a wierd or wacky service provider of every wild and wooly idea that someone gets from too much coffee; too much time on the Internet and too little time studying and "approving" what is valid, but we would see Jesus as Coming to this Generation.We abide by that motto that saved us in the beginning of this age of grace and we saw written on the sides of the wall leading into a little church at the time called Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa; It said:

    "Jesus is Coming"

     

    Prophecy Topical

    "Anti-Christ"

    (14 of 666)

    FOURTEEN

    Jerry Robinson

    Understanding The Antichrist - Part II

    by
    by Jerry Robinson JerryRobinson.org


    "Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain." (Daniel 11:39)

    Most of you are aware that I do not care who the Antichrist is or where he is from. I have long considered the discussion and those who insist on discussing it foolhardy. This is because I believe those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior will be raptured (caught up) from this earth prior to the seven-year great tribulation during which his reign of terror transpires.

    Unfortunately, many well-intentioned and not so well-intentioned ministers have butchered Bible prophecy either through a clear lack of study and discernment, or worst of all, for gain.

    Therefore, the church's need for a healthy and sound end-time theology has never been greater. And those of us who believe we are living in the 'last of the last' days, Jesus' words to 'watch' for his coming carry with it a great responsibility.

    I am now going to expound on a teaching that has permeated the Muslim faith over the centuries, but with a great intensity over the last few decades. It is a very intriguing teaching that parallels the Biblical teaching of Antichrist in many ways.

    The Biblical concept of the Antichrist spirit and the final manifestation of the Antichrist (ho antichristos), was explained in the first part of this series, Understanding the Antichrist, Part I. We will now turn our attention to this very interesting Muslim teaching that is relatively unknown in the West.

    The Islamic teaching that I am alluding to is that of the soon coming Islamic savior, Al Mahdi.

    Yes, the holy books of Islam (Quran, the Hadith) contain many prophecies concerning the future. As a Christian, I believe these Islamic prophecies to be satanically inspired, but that is beside the point. All branches of Islam (Sunni, Shiite...) maintain a teaching that in the 'last days,' an Islamic savior, known as Al-Mahdi, will rise to great power and conquer the world for Islam. He will annihilate Christians and Jews, will conquer Jerusalem, and will fill the world with Islamic justice.

    What is unknown here in the West is that much of the Muslim aggression we have witnessed since 9/11 can be traced back to those who are trying to 'prepare the way,' for this Islamic savior.

    The similarities shared by Al Mahdi and the Biblical Antichrist is breathtaking to say the least and should be considered by any serious student of Biblical prophecy. Not because it is certain, but rather because it is highly plausible.

    Imagine... The seed of Ishmael rising up against the seed of Isaac in the last days.

    Let's begin by focusing on what clues the Bible gives us as to the belief system of the coming Antichrist.

    The Biblical Antichrist's Religious Background

    1) He will wage a war in Northern Africa (Dan. 11:42-45)

    2) He will then invade Jerusalem and take control the Temple Mount (Rev. 13:1,2)

    3) He will persecute the Jews and Christians (Rev. 20:4)

    4) He will divide the land of Israel for gain (Dan 11:39)

    Recap: The Antichrist will invade Northern Africa (Libya, Egypt), clearly Muslim territory, and then he ascends into Israel. He will conquer Jerusalem and take complete control of the Temple Mount. His vendetta against Jews and Christians will intensify. He will divide the conquered land of Israel for gain. Why do Bible prophecy teachers always describe the Antichrist as a slick Western European wearing a fancy suit and being driven around in a limo? Where is that in the Bible? I see just the opposite. The Antichrist's intentions and motivations are clearly seen from the Bible's description of his actions.

    What has always amazed me about the majority of Bible prophecy teachers is that they constantly underestimate Islam. Does anyone reading this think that the world's 1.2 billion Muslims are going away anytime soon? But I digress.

    Consider the following story: On Nov. 20, 1979, some 50,000 Muslims were celebrating Islam's 1400th Anniversary in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. As the crowds began their morning prayers in the Grand Mosque, 350 armed men suddenly burst in to the Mosque. (Grand Mosque houses the Ka'ba, the large black stone, at Islam's holiest site) These men demanded that one of their holy men Abdullah al-Qahtani, be declared the Mahdi.

    The leader of the celebration denounced them as heretics and fighting suddenly broke out. The 50,000 worshippers were trapped and the siege lasted for 2 weeks. Saudi and French security forces retook the shrine after an intense battle in which some 250 people were killed and 600 wounded.

    After the assault, 63 of the rebels were beheaded including their leader. (1)

    Facts about the Islamic Mahdi

    Let me arm you with some facts about Al Mahdi

    According to the Quran, Islam's holiest book, and the Hadith, a collection of Islamic holy writings that supplement the Quran, a messianic figure will arise in the last days of history known as Al Mahdi. He, along with the 'Prophet Jesus,' (False Prophet) will lead the Muslim believers to victory over the infidels (Christians and Jews).

    1) The word, Mahdi, means 'The Guided One.'

    2) According to Islam's holy writings, one day the entire world will be converted to Islam. Leading this revival will be the Mahdi, who will assume the role as the Islamic Messiah.

    3) Islamic tradition teaches that Jesus will return from heaven in the last days and follow the Mahdi into Jerusalem, where Jesus will deny he is the Son of God.

    4) Then, together the two will destroy the 'Cross' (Christianity) and kill the Jews who will be 'hiding behind rocks.' Afterwards Islamic justice will prevail and the world will submit to the rule of Mahdi, and Jesus.

    5) All branches of Islam teach on the Mahdi. All Muslims believe this!

    In addition, Islam's holy writings describe the Islamic messiah's lineage, name, facial features, etc. in great detail.

  • He will be tall
  • He will be fair complexioned
  • His father's name will be Abdullah
  • His mother's name will be Aamina
  • He will speak with a slight stutter and occasionally this stutter will frustrate him causing him to hit his hand upon his thigh.
  • His age at the time of his emergence will be forty years
  • He will receive knowledge from Allah.
  • He will be descended from the Prophet via his daughter Fatima;
  • He will have the same name as the Prophet, and his father's name will have been the same as the Prophet's father
  • He will have a distinct forehead and prominent nose
  • He will be extremely generous and altruistic
  • He will arise in Arabia and be compelled by popular acclamation in Mecca to lead the Muslims
  • He will withstand attack by an army from Syria, which will be swallowed up by the desert
  • He will fill the earth with justice and equity
  • He will reign for around seven years, as co-ruler with Jesus (after which, an unspecified amount of time later, the last trumpet will sound and the final judgment will ensue) (2)

    These apocalyptic Muslims believe that WMD's must be used to wipe out the 'infidels' or Christians and Jews. Their ideas and expectations clearly match the many predictions the biblical prophets laid down in scripture.

    Quotes from the Hadith:

    "Imam Mahdi will return at the head of the forces of righteousness and do battle with the forces of evil in one, final, apocalyptic battle. When evil has been defeated once and for all, the Imam Mahdi will rule the world for several years under a perfect government and bring about a perfect spirituality among the peoples of the world. After the Imam Mahdi has reigned for several years, Jesus Christ will return"

    "Al Mahdi: His forehead will be broad and his nose will be high. He will fill the world with justice and fairness at a time when the world will be filled with oppression. He will rule for seven years."

    "Allah will give Al-Mahdi the ability to righteously rule the Muslim nation in the span of a night. He will fill the earth with justice, as it was filled with injustice. He will lead the Muslim nation to the second conquering of Constantinople and possibly Rome."

    Conclusion

    Israel, the country the Antichrist will proudly conquer, is still trying to make peace with its Islamic neighbors.

    Islam is the only global religion that still continues the practice of beheading. Interestingly, Rev. 20:4 speaks of the Christian tribulation saints who are beheaded for their faith.

    The Bible describes a time during the great tribulation when the Antichrist sweeps into Jerusalem after his conquest of Northern Africa. This begs the question that if the Jews flee from Jerusalem, who would immediately move in? The Muslims. But wouldn't the Christians prevent it? No. They will be beheaded for their testimony. Additionally, any Muslim who had the ability to liberate Jerusalem from Jewish hands would be considered a hero throughout the Islamic world.

    Finally, Islam teaches that Jesus was born of Mary and was a great prophet but that he is not the Son of God. Muslims teach that it is not possible for God to have a son. This opposing view of who Jesus is one of the greatest distinctions between Islam and Christianity.

    Remember, the apostle John gave us clues on how to identify Antichrist. According to 1 John 2:22, the spirit of antichrist and 'The Antichrist' always deny three things:

  • Both deny the deity of Jesus Christ
  • Both deny that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
  • Both deny the relationship between the Father and the Son.

    The evil time foretold by Jesus is here. 'Yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me." (John 16:2,3)

    Pray for those deceived by the Islamic religion. And continue to watch and be sober!

  •  In the world of Eschatology there is a lot of money to be made selling books, doing seminars, giving speech engagements and generally sensationalizing anything that "sounds like" or "looks like" prophecy.

     That is not why we are here or what I do.

    We would see Jesus

     And that is What Prophecy is all about.

    Merchandizing and Marketing are the two largest leverages used in promotion of prophecy today.
    They are effective, they work, and they also distort.

     We are about the Message.

     We try to remove the M&M's from the sites posting so you get less candy and more meaning.

    We are ALL about the Message.

     It is not that we are ooposed to any Christian trying to make a buc, we simply choose to remove the dollars and sense so anyone and everyone can freely study and freely recieve the best, the most relevant and the currrent materials available on the internet to anyone who wants to know Fact from Fiction about End Times.

    That can only be accomplished by personal study.
    We aren't going to tell you what to beleive
    That is the role of the Holy Spirit
    but we are going to give you 
    tools to study.

    Current Series

    Perspectives; Prophecy Q&A; Studies From; Rapture Series; Questionable; Book of Charts; Updated; News from; Warnings; Yes! Jesus is Coming!; Countdown to Armageddon; ViewPoint;"What Should Christians do";"Prophecy Topical" with many more added as we increase till Jesus Come Again. 

     

     

     

    The Biblical Christian Network: "Anti-Christ" (13 of 666) Paul Kusiak

     

     

     

    Yes! Jesus is Coming!

    -The Classic Christian Network-Biblical Prophecy Today Network-Last Generation News Report-Christian Issues Network-Last Call Devotional Network-Natzsal The Jewish Network-Michael James Stone Online-The Last Word Videos Network-

     

    Thursdays Study in Prophecy

    On Thursdays all day we bring a recap of the Week so far and a look forward of the Propehcy Sites and Teachings that make up the Biblical Prophecy Network;

    Feautured Series are listed below.

    Biblical Prophecy Today chooses not to be a wierd or wacky service provider of every wild and wooly idea that someone gets from too much coffee; too much time on the Internet and too little time studying and "approving" what is valid, but we would see Jesus as Coming to this Generation.We abide by that motto that saved us in the beginning of this age of grace and we saw written on the sides of the wall leading into a little church at the time called Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa; It said:

    "Jesus is Coming"

     

    Prophecy Topical

    "Anti-Christ"

    (13 of 666)

    THIRTEEN

     RAPTURE READY

    The Antichrist

    By Paul Kusiak


    During the Tribulation a world leader will arise. The Bible has many names for this leader, "the fierce king" (Dan 8:23), "abomination" (Matt. 24:15), "the man of sin" (2 Thess. 2:3), "the wicked one" (2 Thess. 2:8), "the beast" (Rev. 13.1) but he is most commonly known as "the Antichrist".

    The name Antichrist means "in place of" and "against" Christ. This name suits him well because just as Jesus is the world's true Savior, the Antichrist will deceive the world into thinking he is their savior.

    This is an overview of what the Bible says about the Antichrist:

    1) HE WILL BE INSPIRED BY SATAN AND ASSISTED BY THE FALSE PROPHET

    "The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders" (2 Thessalonians 2:9)

    While the Antichrist will appear to be a great man, he will be a servant of Satan. 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 tells us that “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” so we shouldn’t be surprised that his followers deceive the world by “disguising themselves as servants of righteousness.”

    During the Tribulation, Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet will form an unholy trinity. The False Prophet will lead people to the Antichrist and the Antichrist will lead people to Satan and Satan will lead them into hell.

    2) HE WILL RISE TO POWER THROUGH PEACE AFTER THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH

    "...He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming" (2 Thessalonians 2:7-8)

    After the Rapture (when He who restrains is taken out of the way) the Antichrist will come on the scene. The world will be looking for a leader and Satan will be quick to provide one.

    The Antichrist will preach a message of peace. The prophet Daniel says that "he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue." (Daniel 11:21)

    Revelation 13:2 compares him to a leopard because he will rise to power very quickly. The verse goes on to say that his feet are like those of a bear, because of his fierce power and strength and his mouth is like that of a lion, because of his domination over the world.

    3) HE WILL TAKE PART IN, AND BREAK, A PEACE TREATY WITH ISRAEL

    "Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week [seven years]; but in the middle of the week [three and-a-half- years] he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering..." (Daniel 9:26-27)

    The Antichrist will seemingly make good on his peace promise when he makes a seven year peace treaty with Israel and her enemies. But in the middle of the treaty he will break the treaty and plunge the world war. Ultimately, there can be no peace without Jesus, "the Prince of peace". (Isaiah 9:6)

    4) HE WILL APPEAR TO BE FATALLY WOUNDED AND RESURRECTED

    "And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshiped the dragon [Satan]who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" (Revelation 13:3-4)

    There will be many miracles and wonders surrounding the Antichrist, but none as convincing as what Revelation 13:3-4 outlines. In an attempt to imitate Christ's resurrection, the Antichrist will appear to be mortally wounded and come back to life.

    The world will be amazed asking, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" They will think he is God and he will use this to his full advantage.

    5) HE WILL CLAIM TO BE GOD AND FORCE THE WORLD TO RECEIVE HIS MARK

    "...the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)

    After deceiving the world the Antichrist will declare that he is God. 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 says that "because they did not receive the love of the truth, God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness."

    In other words, because the world rejected Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior God will allow them to believe the Antichrist's claim to be God. They will worship him and Satan.

    He will force the "small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666." (Revelation 13:16-17)

    The only way to buy or sell during the Antichrist's world government will be to receive his mark. The only way to receive the mark is to worship him as God. Those who worship the Antichrist as God reject the true God and will go to hell.

    The Antichrist will enter the world on a platform of peace, tell the people what they want to hear and amazes them with signs and wonders to win their trust. They are happy to accept his one-world government.

    And once they accept him, the beast is revealed.

    BACK TO BIBLE STUDY PLANET

     In the world of Eschatology there is a lot of money to be made selling books, doing seminars, giving speech engagements and generally sensationalizing anything that "sounds like" or "looks like" prophecy.

     That is not why we are here or what I do.

    We would see Jesus

     And that is What Prophecy is all about.

    Merchandizing and Marketing are the two largest leverages used in promotion of prophecy today.
    They are effective, they work, and they also distort.

     We are about the Message.

     We try to remove the M&M's from the sites posting so you get less candy and more meaning.

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    In the nearly 2,000 years since the Book of Revelation was written, many have perceived the false prophet of Revelation 13 to be an ally of the Antichrist rather than the Antichrist himself.  But is this the correct biblical view?  Let’s study what the bible says:

    The Two Beasts of Revelation 13

    Revelation 13 identifies two beasts who will emerge in the last days during the period known as the tribulation.  The first of these beasts appears at the beginning of Chapter 13:

    “And now in my vision I saw a beast rising up out of the sea.  It had seven heads and ten horns, with ten crowns on its horns.  And written on each head were names that blasphemed God.  This beast looked like a leopard, but it had bear’s feet and a lion’s mouth!  And the dragon gave him his own power and throne and great authority.”  Revelation 13:1-2 (NLT)

    This beast (described in verses 1-8) is traditionally viewed as representing the Antichrist, while the second beast (described in verses 11-18) is traditionally viewed as representing the “false prophet,” a man distinct from the Antichrist who assists in forcing the world to worship the Antichrist:

    “Then I saw another beast come up out of the earth.  He had two horns like those of a lamb, and he spoke with the voice of a dragon.”  Revelation 13:11 (NLT)

    However, neither of these views is compatible with what the bible really teaches.  According to the bible, the false prophet is the Antichrist, and he doesn’t need a sinister sidekick to carry out his evil plans.

    Why the First Beast is the Revived Roman Empire

    Much confusion arises from the fact that although the first beast is the Antichrist’s empire, many of its attributes can be used to describe the Antichrist himself.  Biblically speaking, this is not a unique concept.  This also occurs in the Book of Daniel, when Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzar he is the head of gold, even though the head of gold is clearly stated as representing the kingdom of Babylon:

    “Your Majesty, you are a king over many kings.  The God of heaven has given you sovereignty, power, strength, and honor.  He has made you the ruler over all theinhabited world and has put even the animals and birds under your control.  You are the head of gold.”  Daniel 2:37-38 (NLT)

    In much the same way, the beast of Revelation 13:1 should be viewed as the kingdom of the Antichrist.  However, since the Antichrist is the ultimate ruler of this empire, it will take on many characteristics traditionally associated with his personality.

    The Revived Roman Empire

    The Bible reveals that in the last days, the world will be ruled by a global government. This will be the first truly global government since the fall of Adam and Eve, and it will be responsible for a terrible amount of destruction and murder before being destroyed by the glorious appearing of Jesus Christ who “will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed” Daniel 2:44 (NLT).

    In Chapter 2 of the Book of Daniel, the prophet Daniel (with the guidance of God Himself) properly interprets the dream of the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar. The king dreamed of a beautiful statue of a man with a head of gold, a chest and arms of silver, a belly and thighs of bronze, legs of iron, and feet made from a combination of iron and clay. The statue was crushed by a rock cut from a mountain by supernatural means, and the rock became a great mountain that covered the whole earth.

    Daniel explains that the statue is a series of kingdoms, beginning with Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonia:

    “You are the head of gold. But after your kingdom comes to an end, another great kingdom, inferior to yours, will rise to take your place. After that kingdom has fallen, yet a third great kingdom, represented by the bronze belly and thighs, will rise to rule the world. Following that kingdom, there will be a fourth great kingdom, as strong as iron. That kingdom will smash and crush all previous empires, just as iron smashes and crushes everything it strikes. The feet and toes you saw that were a combination of iron and clay show that this kingdom will be divided. Some parts of it will be as strong as iron, and others as weak as clay. This mixture of iron and clay also shows that these kingdoms will try to strengthen themselves by forming alliances with each other through intermarriage. But this will not succeed, just as iron and clay do not mix.” Daniel 2:38-43 (NLT)

    In the course of human events since Daniel first interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, all but one of these human kingdoms (the last) has appeared and disappeared just as predicted. In order, they are:

    1) Babylonia
    2) Medo-Persia
    3) Greece
    4) Rome
    5) The Revived Roman Empire

    Attributes of the Last World Empire

    This last empire, symbolized by the feet and toes of iron and clay, will one day constitute the first dictatorship that is truly global in nature. This revived Roman Empirewill rule the world in the following ways:

    1) Politically
    “And he was given authority to rule over every tribe and people and language and nation.” Revelation 13:7 (NLT)

    2) Religiously
    “And all the people who belong to this world worshiped the beast.” Revelation 13:8 (NLT)

    “They worshiped the dragon for giving the beast such power, and they worshiped the beast.” Revelation 13:4 (NLT)

    and

    3) Economically
    “He required everyone – great and small, rich and poor, slave and free – to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name.” Revelation 13:16-17 (NLT)

    Every facet of the human experience will be utterly dominated by this global government.

    The Ten Kings

    “And now in my vision I saw a beast rising up out of the sea.  It had seven heads and ten horns, with ten crowns on its horns.”  Revelation 13:1 (NLT)

    In its second incarnation, the Roman Empire will be ruled by ten kings. Another king will arise from among them. They will grant their authority to him, but he will soon turn on three of these kings, acquiring permanent control over the empire. This passage also underscores how God views the world versus how humans view the world. These same kingdoms as dreamed of by Nebuchadnezzar represented a beautiful statue; As viewed by God they represent horrible beasts.

    We learn more about the characteristics of the coming world government in the Book of Revelation, where an angel reveals to the apostle John the true meaning of his vision of a woman sitting on a scarlet beast with 7 heads and 10 horns:

    “And now understand this: The seven heads of the beast represent seven hills of the city where this woman rules. They also represent seven kings. Five kings have already fallen, the sixth now reigns, and the seventh is yet to come, but his reign will be brief. The scarlet beast that was alive and then died is the eighth king. He is like the other seven, and he, too, will go to his doom. His ten horns are ten kings who have not yet risen to power; they will be appointed to their kingdoms for one brief moment to reign with the beast. They will all agree to give their power and authority to him.” Revelation 17:9-13 (NLT)

    Throughout history “seven hills” has often been erroneously interpreted as a reference to Rome, the city of seven hills. However, the original Greek is literally interpreted as “seven mountains.” From Daniel 2:35, we know that a mountain can represent a kingdom, and given the context of the verses, it is proper to interpret these seven mountains as seven kingdoms. The seven heads of the beast represent seven world empires, five of which were referenced earlier by the prophet Daniel. They are, in order of their rule, the following:

    1) Egypt
    2) Assyria
    3) Babylonia
    4) Medo-Persia
    5) Greece
    6) Rome
    7) The Revived Roman Empire

    As the passage explains, the 10 horns represent 10 kings who, as we learned earlier from Daniel, will grant their power and authority to this final kingdom – the revivedRoman Empire. Daniel concurs with the vision of the 10 kings, the appearance of an eleventh king, and the defeat of 3 of the 10 kings:

    “Then in my vision that night, I saw a fourth beast, terrifying, dreadful, and very strong. It devoured and crushed its victims with huge iron teeth and trampled what was left beneath its feet. It was different from any of the other beasts, and it had ten horns. As I was looking at the horns, suddenly another small horn appeared among them. Three of the first horns were wrenched out, roots and all, to make room for it. This little horn had eyes like human eyes and a mouth that was boasting arrogantly.” Daniel 7:7-8 (NLT)

    Ten kings will give their power and national sovereignty to the revived Roman Empire. From among them, the Antichrist will appear, and he will become the preeminent ruler among them.

    Furthermore, we learn earlier in the Book of Revelation that the final world empire will be the seventh successive world empire and will be formed by 10 kings:

    “And now in my vision I saw a beast rising up out of the sea. It had seven heads and ten horns, with ten crowns on its horns. And written on each head were names that blasphemed God.” Revelation 13:1 (NLT)

    The Resurrection of One of the Heads of the Beast

    We also learn from the Book of Revelation that the seventh head of the beast will seem wounded beyond recovery, but the wound will be healed. The following verses reference this recovery:

    “I saw that one of the heads of the beast seemed wounded beyond recovery – but the fatal wound was healed! All the world marveled at this miracle and followed the beast in awe.” Revelation 13:3 (NLT)

    “He exercised all the authority of the first beast. And he required all the earth and those who belong in this world to worship the first beast, whose death-wound had been healed.” Revelation 13:12 (NLT)

    “He ordered the people of the world to make a great statue of the first beast, who was fatally wounded and then came back to life.” Revelation 13:14 (NLT)

    Many commentators have applied this attribute to the human head of this global government, the Antichrist. They believe the Antichrist will be resurrected in a satanic attempt to counterfeit the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, this is a misinterpretation of scripture. The wounded head is the kingdom of the Antichrist, not the person himself.

    Although the word “beast” is used to describe the person of the Antichrist, it’s also used in Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 to describe his kingdom as well as previous world empires.  Heads are symbols of kingdoms, while horns are symbols of kings.  Therefore, a wounded head represents a wounded kingdom, not a wounded king.  The wounded beast described in these verses is the world empire of ancient Rome, which was never completely destroyed like its predecessors. In the last days, theRoman Empire will appear once again, and the world will marvel at its appearance. The following verse reiterates this concept:

    “Five kings have already fallen, the sixth now reigns, and the seventh is yet to come, but his reign will be brief.” Revelation 17:10 (NLT)

    The angel reveals to John that 5 of the kingdoms have fallen:

    1) Egypt
    2) Assyria
    3) Babylonia
    4) Medo-Persia
    5) Greece

    The sixth kingdom “now reigns”:

    6) Rome (John’s vision occurred in the 1st Century, when Rome still ruled the known world)

    And the seventh “is yet to come”:

    7) The Revived Roman Empire

    In the last days, this resurrected Roman Empire will rule all of humanity. Its reign will be brief, but it will be like no other kingdom before it. It will play the role of beast in a satanic trinity of Satan, Antichrist, and Beast. 

    The Book of Daniel

    Further insight into the identity of the beast in Revelation 13:1 is provided to Daniel following his vision of four beasts:

    “I, Daniel, was troubled by all I had seen, and my visions terrified me.  So I approached one of those standing beside the throne and asked him what it all meant.  He explained it to me like this: “These four huge beasts represent four kingdoms that will arise from the earth.”  Daniel 7:15-17 (NLT)

    In this verse, a heavenly being explains to Daniel that the beasts in his vision represent kingdoms or world empires.  These are the same empires foreseen in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, with the fourth empire representing Rome:

    “Then I wanted to know the true meaning of the fourth beast, the one so different from the others and so terrifying.  It devoured and crushed its victims with iron teeth and bronze claws, and it trampled what was left beneath its feet.  I also asked about the ten horns on the fourth beast’s head and the little horn that came up afterward and destroyed three of the other horns.  This was the horn that seemed greater than the others and had human eyes and mouth that was boasting arrogantly.”  Daniel 7:19-20 (NLT)

    Notice the distinct similarities between this beast and the beast of Revelation 13:1.  Both crush everything in their path, and both have ten horns.  The similarities continue:

    “Then he said to me, ‘This fourth beast is the fourth world power that will rule the earth. It will be different from all the others. It will devour the whole world, trampling everything in its path. Its ten horns are ten kings that will rule that empire.”  Daniel 7:23-24 (NLT)

    In this verse, it’s clearly stated that the beast in Daniel’s vision is a world empire that will rule the earth.  It will be different in that it will devour the whole world, providing it with dominion over “every tribe and people and language and nation” Revelation 13:7 (NLT).  It will also have ten horns that are ten kings, just as the beast of Revelation 13:1 has “ten horns, with ten crowns on its horns.”

    From these kings, another king will rise, and He will cause a shocking amount of destruction.  This king is the Antichrist, and he will rise out of the revived Roman Empire:

    “Then another king will arise, different from the other ten, who will subdue three of them. He will defy the Most High and wear down the holy people of the Most High.’” Daniel 7:24-25 (NLT)

    Why the Second Beast is the Antichrist

    In addition to the similarities between the Book of Daniel’s description of the revivedRoman Empire and the beast of Revelation 13:1, a number of notable similarities exist between the second beast of Revelation 13 and other biblical descriptions of the Antichrist.   
    He Speaks with the Voice of a Dragon 
    Knowing that the Antichrist is the human embodiment of Satan, the bible gives us a clear identification of the second beast:

    “Then I saw another beast come up out of the earth.  He had two horns like those of a lamb, and he spoke with the voice of a dragon.”  Revelation 13:11 (NLT)

    It’s not by mere coincidence that this beast speaks with the voice of a dragon.  The same dragon appears in Chapter 12, and there is no mistaking his identity:

    “This great dragon – the ancient serpent called the Devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world – was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.”  Revelation 12:9 (NLT)

    Following a great war in heaven, Satan is thrown to the earth in defeat where he knows that he has little time before Christ returns to establish his Millennial Kingdom.  This event occurs at the mid-point of the tribulation:

    “Rejoice, O heavens!  And you who live in the heavens, rejoice!  But terror will come on the earth and the sea.  For the Devil has come down to you in great anger, and he knows that he has little time.”  Revelation 12:12 (NLT)

    The mid-point of the tribulation, when Satan comes to reside on earth, is also when the Antichrist commits the “abomination of desolation” spoken of by Jesus and the prophet Daniel.

    Astounding Miracles

    The second beast of Revelation 13 is also described as performing astounding miracles, so as to deceive the people of this world:

    “He did astounding miracles, such as making fire flash down to earth from heaven while everyone was watching.  And with all the miracles he was allowed to perform on behalf of the first beast, he deceived all the people who belong to this world.”  Revelation 13:13-14 (NLT)

    Paul clearly identifies this same beast as a man, the Antichrist, who he describes in his letter to the Thessalonians:

    “This evil man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. He will use every kind of wicked deception to fool those who are on their way to destruction because they refuse to believe the truth that would save them.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 (NLT)

    He Exercises All Authority

    Throughout the scriptures, the Antichrist is described as a man of unprecedented power, who answers to no one.  If the false prophet is merely an associate of the Antichrist, then how could he “exercise all the authority” of the Antichrist without being at least the equal of the Antichrist himself?  He doesn’t, because the false prophet is the Antichrist.

    The Antichrist exercises all the authority of the revived Roman empire, which is the seat of global authority:

    “He exercised all the authority of the first beast. And he required all the earth and those who belong to this world to worship the first beast, whose death-wound had been healed.” Revelation 13:12 (NLT)

    The Antichrist will exercise all the authority of the first beast, which is the revivedRoman Empire. He will require the world to worship and give allegiance to this empire, which will be resurrected from the dustbin of history (thus, healing its deadly wound).

    Immense Power

    The Antichrist will be consumed with power, and power alone will be his object of worship:

    “He will have no regard for the god of his ancestors, or for the god beloved of women, or for any other god, for he will boast that he is greater than them all. Instead of these, he will worship the god of fortresses – a god his ancestors never knew – and lavish on him gold, silver, precious stones, and costly gifts.” Daniel 11:37-38 (NLT)

    The Antichrist’s god is a god of fortresses, and fortresses are the exclusive domain of kingdoms and empires.  The Antichrist will wield immense power, a power unknown to previous generations, and this power will make his kingdom invincible to human enemies:

    “They worshiped the dragon for giving the beast such power, and they worshiped the beast. ‘Is there anyone as great as the beast?’ they exclaimed. ‘Who is able to fight against him?’” Revelation 13:4 (NLT)

    The Antichrist will only acknowledge one power, a military power he possesses. His power will be so great, the people of the world will marvel in wonder and worship it, asking the rhetorical question of who among them is able to fight against his mighty kingdom.

    The Lake of Fire

    Yet another way to distinguish the Antichrist from his kingdom is by studying their final destination.  The lake of fire is a punishment reserved for the beast and his false prophet: 

    “Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.” Revelation 19:20 (NLT)

    However, the book of Daniel clearly reveals that the beast is a kingdom, not a man:

    “I kept watching until the fourth beast was killed and its body was destroyed by fire.” Daniel 7:11 (NLT)

    This is the same beast described in Daniel 7 and identified by Jesus Christ as a fourth world empire, and the reign of this oppressive government will be put to an end by the King of Kings Himself. When Christ returns to earth, He will destroy this kingdom as well as the Antichrist, throwing both into the lake of fire where they will experience everlasting torment.

    Conclusion

    It’s easy to see how the beast of Revelation 13:1 can be confused with the person of the Antichrist.  As the Antichrist’s kingdom and primary vehicle for world domination, it shares a number of common attributes with the man of perdition.  However, this has also led to confusion over the identity of the beast described in Revelation 13:11.  Traditionally, this false prophet has been viewed as a contemporary and an ally of the Antichrist, rather than the Antichrist himself.  However, a careful examination of the scriptures uncovers an undeniable similarity between the career of the false prophet and the career of the Antichrist.

    For the tribulation saints, a firm understanding of the distinction between these two beasts is of paramount importance.  It will aid them in the proper identification of the Antichrist, as well as provide them with an invaluable tool for evangelism as they point out the similarities between the events of Revelation 13 and the events of their time.  As such, we should do everything in our power to insure that their interpretation of the Word of God is based solely on truth and not on doctrines invented by man.

    Britt Gillette is founder of BrittGillette.Com, a website examining the relationship between bible prophecy and emerging trends in technology. For more information or to sign up for his email alerts, please visit http://www.brittgillette.com

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