Who or what is the Anti-Christ? When does he arrive? And what does that mean for the world? Well lets find out.
The Anti-Christ, like Satan, is an enemy of God and His Word, Yeshua, who is foretold to lead the end time world in the Great Rebellion against God. Daniel tells us when he will arrive:
“ And in the latter time of their kingdom,
When the transgressors have reached their fullness,
A king shall arise,
Having fierce features,
Who understands sinister schemes.
The Anti-Christ will arrive on the scene when corruption has reached its fullness or when mankind is utterly corrupt. Paul gives us a description of what mankind will be like in the latter years.
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
Hmmm sounds like our age doesnt it? It is when mankind falls into the above state that we will see the rise of the Beast.
He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people [Saints of Israel]. He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.
That is he will destroy many under the guise of peace..and will stand against the “Prince of princes”…hence the Anti-Christ. But who and what is he? There are clues.
After the sixty-two ‘sevens’, the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.
Daniel here foretells that Israel will once again suffer another destruction after the post-Babylonian restoration of Israel…and the people who destroyed the Second temple were the Latin/Greeks…the Romans/Europeans. The UK NIV here has “ruler” the KJV has “prince” describing a coming ruler or prince of those people who destroys the Second Temple. What is he?
But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.
Gabriel here gives us a small glimpse in the battles fought between Angels of God and the Rebel angels of Satan…They are called “princes”.
So he said, Do you know why I [Gabriel] have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece will come;
The prince of the people who destroyed the Second Temple is the Prince of Greece…an Angel….Say hello to the Anti-Christ. Some time in history this Angel fell and is currently locked up in the Abyss…He will return, and when he does, you had better be sealed by God…because he is baaaad news.
Now we go to Revelations. Note: the book Jesus is unsealing in Rev. is the sealed Book of Daniel…Revelations is the Unsealed Book of Daniel, that gives us more clues about the Beast.
The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come.
Rev. 17. Reader should understand that Beasts are often symbolic for kingdoms…here the Beast is personalized. He once existed, now does not, but will come again…but when? Also do note that only Rebel angels are locked in the Abyss…so that means he is indeed an Angelic Prince.
The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth….They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.
Apollyon the Destroyer, the Angel or King of the Abyss is the Angelic Prince of the Greeks. The only god the Greeks called Apollyon was Apollo the Sun God, who had power over plagues and Locusts. But why would John identify this Angel with a Greek mythological god? Simple, because there are real demonic entities behind these “idols”:
Do I mean then that a sacrifice offered to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything?
20 No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons.
1 Corinthians 10
Apollyon is the Prince of the Greeks who masqueraded as Apollo the Sun god. This is why in Daniel he is seen coming out from the Grecian Empire.
The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between his eyes is the first king. The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power. In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue, will arise.
Now if anyone knows history, we know that the Grecian empire was also part of the Roman Empire that split into the Greek Byzantine Roman Empire..It was also the Syrian Greek Legions who destroyed the Second Temple. This Empire influenced Eastern Europe a great deal…so the Beast may very well come out of Eastern Europe. In the statue in Daniel 2 made of 4 metals representing 4 Empires, we notice:
Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron— for iron breaks and smashes everything— and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others.
41 Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay.
42 As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle.
The Roman Empire split into East and West…East and Western Europe who were the creators of the United Nations as a vehicle for European domination under the guise of giving countries “Independence”! In Revelation we see a Unified Global government that lasts only a short time because:
And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.
The Beast will unite the world for a short time…and that unity will be to destroy Israel….and biblical Christians.
The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months….He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead,
so that no-one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.
And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many:
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.