Revelation Unveiled – The Rise of the Antichrist By: Ray Carter

Revelation Unveiled – The Rise of the Antichrist By: Ray Carter

May, 01, 2017 by: 0 Comments

Revelation Unveiled – The Rise of the Antichrist

By: Ray Carter

There is a plethora of unbiblical speculation in the Christian domain about who the antichrist is.  Almost every American president in the 20th and 21th centuries has been asserted by many biblical interpreters as being the antichrist, not to mention Mussolini, Stalin, Hitler and the Pope.  However, sincere students of biblical end time prophecy will refrain from these types of dogma and use their prophetic gift to reflect only what is revealed in scripture about who this end time person is. 1 John 2:18-19 helps to understand the origin of this person. ” Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”   The spirit of antichrist was birthed in the church from the first person that denied Jesus was the Christ and continued and expanded down throughout history to this present age.  This spirit of antichrist will soon become corporeal (flesh) imitating the spirit of God that became corporeal in Jesus Christ and announce himself to the world.  The Apostle Paul says that a day is coming in which a specific individual will come into power in the future tribulation period who will be the embodiment of sin and lawlessness (2Thess 2: 8-9).

The lawless one will ultimately lead the entire world into rebellion against God (2Thess 2:10) as the son of perdition (2Thess2:3).  He is presently being restrained by the Holy Spirit, but after the Rapture (when Christians indwelt by the Holy Spirit will be removed from the earth) he will be made manifest and will deceive multitudes (Revelation 19:20).   This is a concise description of the big picture about the antichrist.  Now I want to help you understand some details about the anti-Christ.

The Antichrist will not be a Jew

Some interpreters have said that because the tribe of Dan (one of the 12 tribes of Israel) fell into deep apostasy and idolatry, setting up a graven image (Judges 18:30) to worship and because  early church historians noted the omission of Dan in the listing of the 12 tribes in Revelation 7, therefore concluded the antichrist would come from this tribe.  However Rev. 13:1 and 17:15 picture the antichrist as rising up out of the sea – a scriptural metaphor for the gentile nations. Therefore, the antichrist is not likely to be a Jew. Besides, the antichrist is the one who persecutes the Jews in the tribulation period.

 

 

The Antichrist will not be a Muslim

More recently, with all that is transpiring in the Islamic nations and with the emergence of ISIS (ISIL); attempting to establish a caliphate in the middle east from which to launch a holy war against Europe and plant their flag on the Roman capital as a sign of conquest of the western world, it is easy to see how many can be carried away into a false interpretation that the antichrist will be a Muslin.  In 2Thess 2:4 Paul tells us that the antichrist shall oppose and exalt himself above every so called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple proclaiming to be God.”  To say the very least, a Muslin antichrist proclaiming to be God would be trashing the Muslin creed – “There is one God named Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet”. No true Muslin would make any claim that he is God.  A muslin antichrist would be viewed as an infidel among Quran- believing Muslins.   Also, the Israelites fully aware of the animosity and hatred of the Muslins toward them would never place their security and survival in a peace covenant that they sign with the antichrist (Dan. 9:24-27) guaranteeing them peace at the beginning of the tribulation period.

The Antichrist will not be Russian

There is a global war that will take place soon after the Rapture.  This global war is led by Gog (Russia) and its allies in the Middle East – Syria, Iran and a couple other Islamic nations.  Today, we can see this alliance coming together with Russia, Iran and Syria becoming close allies. They will all have one common focus and enemy – Israel.  I hope to blog on the post- Rapture war in a future blog.  This war is prophesied in Ezekiel 38 – 39.   Every Biblical scholar of credibility agrees that this global war has not yet taken place.   However, if you try to claim the antichrist will be Russian you end up in Biblical chaos.  The antichrist heads up a revived Roman empire (Dan 2:7), but Gog heads up an invasion force made up of Russia and a number of Muslin nations (Ezekiel 38:1-6).  Moreover, Gog’s (Russia) moment in the limelight of world is short lived because God will supernaturally destroy the invading force (Ezekiel 39) before they destroy Israel, whereas the antichrist is in power over entire tribulation period until the second return of Jesus Christ.

The Antichrist Rises in a Revived Rome  

Daniel 7:3-8, refers to four beasts.  They represent kingdoms that play an important role in biblical prophesy. These four beast come up out of the sea (gentile nations) and are different from one another. In verse 7 Daniel mentions a fourth beast – more powerful and terrifying than the three former beasts.  Of course, we know these four beasts because Daniel reveals them to us in his interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s vision as four nations that rule the known world of their day – Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome.  The fourth beast Rome already existed and ruled the known world of its day but felled apart in the fifth century AD.  However, it will be revived in the end times and comprised of ten nations ruled by ten kings (ten horns).  Now pay close attention to what follows readers.  An eleventh horn in Daniel 7 – a little horn (the antichrist) – starts out apparently in an insignificant way but grows powerful enough to uproot three of the existing horns (kings).  He eventually comes to absolute power and dominance over this revived Roman Empire, probably halfway through the tribulation period.  Daniel’s interpretation of a prophetic dream that Nebuchadnezzar has in Dan. 2 helps us to see with some clarity how this last earthly empire is shaped.  Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s dream as the last human empire to exist on earth and will be one like a mixture of iron and clay.  Just as iron is strong and clay is weak, this revived Roman Empire will be a mixture of strong nations and weak nations.  Also, just as iron and clay do not mix, this last empire will be one that does not naturally mix with each other, so the revived Roman Empire will have some divisions and will not be completely integrated.  Surveying the global landscape of nations today we clearly see this last global empire talking shape – the European Union (which is characterized by both strength and weakness, unity and division).  Today, weak Greece has to be financially propped up by strong Germany.  Great Britain is disuniting from the EU by its Brexit decision and other nations are threating to follow.  Italy, Portugal and Spain has stated they will soon need financial support from the strong nations like Germany, France and Belgium.  Today, that stage is being set for the fulfillment of Daniel chapters 2 & 7.   Once the antichrist emerges into power in a revived Rome, it is just a matter of time before he comes into complete global domination.  The BIG question is where is the United States in all of this, which today is the only true superpower in the world.  Something BIG is about to happen. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

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