WHO IS ANTICHRIST AND WHERE DOES HE COME FROM?
By: Gary L. Rodgers
There have been a lot of questions over the years about whom the Antichrist is and where he will come from. I have heard all sorts of explanations and ideas on this and I have not really formulated an opinion of my own on the subject, partly because I am looking for the next great event on the timetable of end time events and that is the Rapture or the snatching away of the Bride of Christ, the church. Secondly I have become somewhat disillusioned towards trying to muddle through all of the scriptures referring to this satanic figure. It is not an easy study and my interests have been more in the area of evangelism.
Recently I was asked to pull together some information on this and I have tried to compile the information into some sense of order to hopefully present a clear understanding based upon what I have found in the scriptures. This will not be an in-depth study on the subject but I will try to hit on a few points and provide some of the teachings that I have also heard on this subject.
Speculation! now there’s a serious word if there ever was one. I have tried to read what others are saying on this subject and there is all sorts of theories and a wild array of “let me be the first to make a prediction on this character and where he comes from. Everyone seems to have their opinion and some are pretty far out there. I just finished reading one where the Illuminate was going to give the exact date that the Antichrist would appear and how they would herald in this event by igniting the planet Jupiter. How they planned to do that is beyond me but never the less that is what the article said. I recall that there was some talk that the beast which is another reference to the antichrist was some gigantic three-story computer that was located in Belgium, which, although many believed it to be true it turned out to be a fabrication by an author who created the monster for a story that he wrote. Story after story can be found on the internet as to who or what the antichrist is yet many people fall into believing these wild notions because they choose to believe a lie.
The more that I read the more I am convinced that it is so much easier just to have faith in God and His Word than to believe some of the ridiculous notions that the occult and other so-called people of professed great powers and wisdom have to say.
FALSE CHRISTS IN THE WORLD
I’ve had my fill of people like Jim Jones whose mother had him believe that in him she had birthed a messiah; a man who in his childhood filled his mind with the poisonous influences of Stalin, Karl Marx, Adolph Hitler and the likes. Then in November of 1978 at their compound known as Jonestown, Guyana, he influenced his followers to commit suicide by drinking a punch laced with cyanide. Those who refused to drink the concoction were either shot or had their throats slit. Of the 909 inhabitants at Jonestown 303 of them were children who were murdered by this madman and his henchmen.
Then in 1993 in Waco Texas a group known as the Branch Davidians under the influence of one David Koresh whose real name was Vernon J. Howell had a shoot out with authorities that ended in a blaze of flames and smoke that took the lives of some 80 people in the compound with 23 of them under the age of 17, fourteen of which were fathered by Koresh. Koresh’s influence over these people was that they saw him as being the Messiah and he claimed to be an heir to King David.
HEED THE WARNING
Over and over again we see the dangerous influence of people like Charles Manson and others claiming to be our Lord and the destructiveness of their influence. Clearly we are warned about this in scripture.
Over the years I have heard several comments and ideas as to where the Antichrist will come from. Some say that he will come out of Rome, some believe that he will be Jewish and come out of the tribe of Dan. No matter who he is or where he comes from one thing is for certain, he will be under the influence of Satan and will set himself up in the new temple as God and restore the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament.
SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT
I once heard a preacher deliver something in his message that I thought was interesting and wanted to include this as another piece of speculation as to whom the antichrist may possibly be.
In verse 3 above the phrase the son of perdition is only found in one other verse of scripture, John 17:12 which is in reference to Judas Iscariot. And because this phrase is used when speaking of either character there are some that say that the antichrist could possibly be Judas Iscariot reincarnated.
John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
Cross references are given along with this verse:
John 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? In the Strong’s Concordance it suggests a reference that may be applied to a man who, by opposing the cause of God, may be said to act the part of the devil or to side with him.
Acts 1:20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: (Psalms 69:25) and his bishoprick (Presiding office, Overseer-ship) let another take. (Psalms 109:8)
ATTEMPTS TO FIT PUBLIC FIGURES TO THE ANTICHRIST
There are those that have tried to fit public figures into the mold of the Antichrist. Some have tried to point fingers at Presidents, Prime Ministers, Religious figures and other world leaders to say that they are the Antichrist. Whoever he is we know from scripture that he is a powerful figure. In scripture we find the word antichrist used in four verses by the Apostle John.
1 John 2:18 “and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come”
1 John 2:22 “He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.”
1 John 4:3 “and this is that (spirit) of antichrist”
2 John 1:7 “This is a deceiver and an antichrist.”
He is also referred to in scripture as the beast and Revelation chapter 13 has much to say about that. We know from scripture and from what we have been taught that he will be a powerful political figure and when he comes on the scene he will uproot three kingdoms.
The only clear reference to his identity that I am aware of is in verse 18 of Revelation 13 where it first of all says that he is a man, and then it goes on to say that he has a number and that number is 666.
Well I guess that puts to rest all ideas of a computer or some other technical system from becoming the beast.
WHAT DO NUMBERS TELL US?
In a quick study on Biblical Numerology I have learned that the number six is man’s number and it supports the meaning for the weakness of man, the evils of Satan and the manifestation of sin.
In the book of Revelation this number 666 has a very sinister meaning when it is presented in multiples of the number 6.
Seven is a sacred number that references God’s perfect spiritual completeness. Six falls short of the number seven. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
While 6 represents in its meaning the number for man, 66 would represent a very powerful man, and the number 666 would represent a man of superior abilities and powers, yet we find that it will never come up to equal the number 7. This man with all of his abilities will never equal God, so right away when he is seen setting himself up in the temple as God, this should alert everyone that he is a liar.
MODERN DAY MAP OF WHAT WAS ONCE THE ANCIENT ROMAN EMPIRE
LIST OF MODERN COUNTRIES THAT COVER THE AREA OF THE ANCIENT ROMAN EMPIRE
occupied by Israel. This would have been part of the Roman province of
From somewhere in this vast territory will come this son of perdition who will reign with terror and do all that he can to annihilate the nation of Israel and those that name the name of Jesus. We are told in the book of Daniel that the people, of the prince that will come, shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
Daniel 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation (tribute or offering to God) to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
In A.D. 70 Titus of Rome destroyed the city and the temple. In A.D. 70 the territory of the Roman Empire stretched out over the entire Mediterranean coastlands.
There is varied speculation as to which of these nations the Antichrist may possibly come from. We can be reasonably certain that he will come out of this Empire that was dominated by the ancient armies of Rome.
IS THE ANTICHRIST OF JEWISH BLOOD?
Some say that the Antichrist will come out of the tribe of Dan for several reasons. In Genesis 49:1 we find Jacob (Israel) from who came the 12 tribes of Israel, called his sons together to tell them what should befall them in the last days.
1) When Jacob prophesied what would become of Dan in Genesis 49:16 & 17 he said -
2) When you look in the list from whom the Lord will seal 12,000 of each of the twelve tribes of Israel you will notice that the tribe of Dan is not mentioned. Rather in his place you will find Manasseh the eldest son of Joseph. (Genesis 48:8-22)
3) Dan was the first of two children that were born to Jacob through Bilhah, who was one of Rachel’s maidservants. (Genesis 30:4) And because of this some Scholars feel that Dan and Naphtali were not considered too be of true Israelite origin.
4) We are told in Daniel 11:37 that the Antichrist will not regard the God of his fathers, which could allude to him being of Jewish descent. We are also told that he has no desire of women for he shall magnify himself above all.
Who exactly is the Antichrist, and is he of Jewish descent? Is he from the tribe of Dan as some suggest? Is the Antichrist actually Judas Iscariot reincarnated?
All that I will say is that we are not certain of his origin or his true name, but some scripture does provide food for thought as to his character. We know that he is Satan’s man of the hour and we have a responsibility to warn others of this coming future enemy of God and the nation of Israel and anyone who dares to worship the God of heaven and His Son.
My heart goes out to people who will in the near future come face to face with this horrible beast of a man. Their only hope for escape is the Lord Jesus Christ. I pray for the world that many will be saved before it is too late.
My Dear Friend,
We live in some of the most troubled times in the history of man and I wish to encourage you to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior so that you will escape this terrible time period that is about to come upon the world. The Lord is soon coming to gather His people from the face of the earth so that they will escape the Tribulation period and the wrath of His judgment. If you are ready to do this then I invite you to follow along and repeat this prayer in faith believing in Jesus Christ.
Dear Jesus, I know what sin is, and I know that I am a sinner. I ask that you would please forgive me and wash away all of my sin with the blood that you shed for me. Please send the Holy Spirit to come too live in my heart to teach me and guide me in righteousness. I know that you personally died for me, and that you were buried in a tomb and rose from the dead for me. I believe that you are now seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. I put my complete trust in you alone as my Lord and Savior and I am trusting in you only to get me to Heaven and I accept your free gift of eternal life. In your Holy and Precious Name I pray. Amen!
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