PREPARING THE GROUND IN AMERICA
FOR THE EMERGENCE OF ANTICHRIST

Part 2:
CUFI (Christians United for Israel):
Promoting Israel's agreement with death and hell

By: SR Shearer
March 22, 2011

And so - the Lord warns those who are found promoting such an alliance:

"... your covenant with death [i.e., the U.S.] shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell [again, the U.S.] shall not stand [i.e., you will be wickedly BETRAYED]; when the OVERFLOWING SCOURGE [i.e., the U.S.] shall pass through, THEN YE SHALL BE TRODDEN DOWN BY IT." (Is. 28:18) [Please see Chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "The Gog / Magog War."]


PREFACE

This is the second part in our series, "Preparing the Ground in America for the Emergence of Antichrist."

As we suggested in Part 1 of this series, the growing collapse of the American client-state system in North Africa and the Middle East cannot help but presage MASSIVE domestic changes in the United States — religiously, politically and economically. The changes will revolve around —

  1. The ACCELERATION of the growth of a powerful form of RADICAL (apostate) Christianity in the Heimat (homeland) as a counter-force to the growth of Radical Islam in the Muslim world. [Please see our article, "Crossing the Rubicon."]

  2. Concomitant with the growth of apostate Christian power in the United States will be the demand from Christians such as John Hagee and his co-workers at CUFI (Christians United for Israel) that the United States support Israel against what they perceive as the onslaught by Islamic jihadists against the Jewish state — a demand that is central to the apostate Christian community's view of the "End of Days." [Please see our article, "The Superman Theology Of the International Christian Embassy's Feast of Tabernacles."]

Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain (i.e., Babylon - meaning America), saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain. (Jeremiah 51:25)

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: The recent spate of earthquakes around the world — especially the one that just occurred in Japan — cannot help but throw fuel on the fire of those Christians who believe that these are signs from God to the people of the United States to "get their house in order" — i.e., to "throw the infidels (e.g., the secular-humanists, the homosexuals, the radical feminists, etc.) out of the temple" and reclaim the country for "Christ and the church." This is precisely the message that parishioners in John Hagee's super-church in San Antonio, Texas, are receiving — and in countless other similar churches throughout the country. [For those of you who wonder what's wrong with this message, we URGE you to see our articles, "A Warning to Those Who Misrepresent God's Word," "The Theory of the Muslim Antichrist," "The Enemies of God, Part 1," "The Enemies of God, Part 2," "The God-Men of the American New World Order System" and "Luciferic Christianity."]

To be sure, these earthquakes are signs from God. [Please see our article, "We Stand at the Edge of an Abyss."]

However, they are NOT signals from God for Christians in America to "take the country back for Christ and the church" (God is through with America and the form of Christianity that undergirds it);  rather these "great signs from heaven" (Luke 21:11) are warnings from God that the "end of days" is upon us and we should do everything we can to escape being involved in any way with Babylon the Great (i.e., the United States) — which is the EXACT opposite of what Pastor John Hagee and his minions at CUFI are preaching. [Please see our article, "The American new World Order System Must Give Way to the Kingdom of Heaven."]

  1. A titanic struggle over the nation's budget; a struggle that will pit -

    against -

    • majorities in the Republican Party who want to maintain and even increase defense spending as a result of the so-called "Islamic Threat;" in other words, those who desperately want to prop up the military underpinnings of the American New World Order System in the interest of America's corporate elites, and most especially, America's oil elites. [Please see our article, "What Is Fascism."]

Again, this is Part 2 in our series; it is entitled, "CUFI: Promoting Israel's Agreement with Death and Hell."

Part 2:
CUFI (Christians United for Israel):
Promoting Israel's agreement with Death and Hell

INTRODUCTION

At the very center of those Christians who are promoting a MILITARY ALLIANCE between the US and Israel is a group called CUFI (Christians United for Israel). [Pease see our article, "A Warning to Those Who Misrepresent God's Word" for the scriptural implications behind such an alliance;" please also see Appendix 1 for a discussion of this alliance and its centrality insofar as the "End of Days" are concerned.]

Writing in 2006 concerning the "early days" of CUFI, journalist Bill Berkowitz reports:

"Over the past two decades, as the Christian Right has grown in political power in the United States, there has been a parallel growth in support for Israel. Organizations made up of conservative evangelical and Jewish leaders have been founded, and millions of dollars have been raised and donated to charities in Israel. Now, a new group plans to take it up a notch, becoming a significant presence in any political policy debates involving Israel."

NOTE: Indeed, one might say that CUFI has by now developed into Christian counterpart of the "American Israel Public Affairs Committee" (AIPAC).

Berkowitz continues;

"Last week, while the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict continued to escalate (@2006), Christians United for Israel (CUFI) - an organization founded less than six months ago by Texas evangelist Rev. John C. Hagee, pastor of the 18,000-member Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, and the author of Jerusalem Countdown, a 2006 book about a nuclear-armed Iran - rolled into Washington for its first major get-together. More than 3,400 delegates from across the United States attended the inaugural meeting.

"CUFI kicked off the gathering on July 19 with its "A Night to Honor Israel" banquet at the grand ballroom in the Washington Hilton. The festivities attracted a number of high-profile Israeli and U.S. political leaders, including Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayalon, retired Israeli defense chief Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, and Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman.

"According to a report posted at Israpundit, Hagee read greetings from President George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Bush commented: 'God bless and stand by the people of Israel and God bless the United States'. Olmert's letter referred to CUFI's 'bold stand at this crisis time', and the group's acknowledgment of Israel's biblical 'birthright'."

Berkowitz goes on to say:

"While other organizations have mostly talked the talk, Hagee's CUFI has set out a bold agenda and it appears to have the resources and political connections to walk the walk: CUFI intends to not only establish a visible presence in hundreds of cities throughout all 50 states, but it also intends to recruit activists to lobby on behalf of Israel.

"In addition, CUFI plans to set up an 'Israel Rapid Response' network which through e-mail, faxes, and phone calls will make its voice heard by elected officials."

BERKOWITS WAS "SPOT ON"

Berkowitz was "spot on" when he said that CUFI would become an organization to "deal with" in the coming years. CUFI has established offices now (2011) in every state of the union and every major US city; it has become the "official spokesman" for countless numbers of evangelical churches throughout the country and enjoys the support of a great many influential politicians. For example, Senator Joseph Lieberman said:

"What happened since Pastor Hagee and those of you who joined him in the leadership that formed Christians United for Israel is nothing short of miraculous. I mean that quite literally. I see God's hand in all this. I will say to you in a literal sense, I know that Christians United for Israel was founded just little more than a year ago in February of 2006. But I know you will agree with me when I say in a larger sense, this organization was founded more than 4,000 years ago with the first words that God spoke to Abraham in Genesis 12:1 'Now get thee unto the land that I will show thee, and I will make thee a great nation'."

Congresswoman Shirley Berkley went on to say:

"I so admire CUFI and the work that you do and the things you believe in ... With CUFI's support and with the support that you engender in the United States Congress, we are making a difference. We are standing up with Israel, a fellow democracy. The only democracy in a very dangerous autocratic part of the world. We stand as one. And as a pro-Israel member of Congress, it gives me extraordinary pleasure not only to thank you for your support as well but to thank you for being in my congressional district and holding this rally this evening in honor of the State of Israel."

Congressman Roy Blount described CUFI as -

"... part of God's plan. I honor your work in mind, in my prayers. I'm glad to be here with so many of our friends as we move, unified together for the future of Israel, which is intertwined in incredible ways with the future of the United States of America."

And these are just a few of CUFI's political friends.

From left to right: Lieberman, Berkley, Blount

THE CUFI BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The CUFI board of directors includes the former Republican presidential candidate and religious right activist Gary Bauer and George Morrison, pastor of the 8,000-member Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, Colorado, and chairman of the board of Promise Keepers. Rod Parsley, the Ohio televangelist who is rapidly becoming a major political figure in the Christian right, signed on as a regional director. Among CUFI's other supporters are nationally syndicated Christian right talk show host Janet Parshall, who serves on its board of advisers, and Ron Wexler, an Orthodox Jew and president of the theocratic Ten Commandments Commission, which has the backing of nearly every prominent conservative evangelical in the country. Many popular TBN televangelists, among them Benny Hinn and the best-selling author of self-improvement books, Joyce Meyer, have also offered their support. Meyer was named one of the country's 25 most influential evangelicals in an oft-cited 2005 Time Magazine article -- as was Stephen Strang, CEO of Strang Communications. David Brog, a former chief of staff to Senator Arlen Specter, the Pennsylvania Republican, serves on CUFI's board of advisers. Standing With Israel, his book urging Jews to embrace the support of evangelical Christians, has just been published by Strang.

From upper left: Bauer, Morrison, Parshall, Wexler (with Pam Geller), Hinn, Meyer, Strang, Parsley and Brog.

WORLD ON VERGE OF ARMAGEDDON

IT IS THE BELIEF OF CUFI MEMBERS THAT THE WORLD IS ON THE VERGE OF ARMAGEDDON, a war in which Israel will defeat the forces of anti-Christ which are centered around the European Union - at least according to CUFI members.

Pastor John Hagee, who is the head of CUFI, has written in his book Jerusalem Countdown that what's going on in the Middle East today -

" ... is all about the end of days, [Armageddon], and how nuclear war with Iran will ignite it."

NOTE: CUFI members and their supporters have totally mixed up the prophecies of the Gog / Magog War and Armageddon; that there exists a clear distinction between the Gog/Magog War and Armageddon there can, however, be no doubt! As J. Dwight Pentecost has pointed out, there are a number of considerations which make it very plain that we are dealing with two great wars rather than one during the Tribulation Period.

  • In the Gog/Magog War, definite allies of Gog are mentioned as opposing Israel - "Magog," "Mescheck," "Tubal," "Gomer" (TURKEY), Ethiopia, Libya, (see Ezekiel 38) and EGYPT (see Daniel 11:42], while at Armageddon all nations are engaged against Jerusalem (Joel 3:2; Zeph. 3:8; Zech. 12:3; and 14:2).

The nations that make up the "Northern Confederation" that will descend on Israel in the "Latter Days."

  • Gog comes from the North (Ezek. 38:6, 15), while at Armageddon, the armies come from out of the whole earth.

  • Gog is the head of the armies at his invasion (Ezek. 38:15), but at Armageddon, the Beast is at the head of the invasion (Rev. 19:19).

  • There is a protest against Gog's invasion (Ezek. 38:13), but at Armageddon there is no such protest because all the nations of the earth have joined themselves with the Beast in his attack against Jerusalem.

  • Gog is overthrown by divine intervention through the convolutions of nature (Ezek. 38:22), but the armies at Armageddon are destroyed by the sword which goes out of Christ's mouth (Rev. 19:15).

  • Gog's armies array themselves in the open fields (Ezek. 39:5), while at Armageddon they are seen in the city of Jerusalem.

  • Gog's armies are destroyed outside of Jerusalem on the mountains and in the valleys (Ezek. 39:2-4), while the Beast and his armies are destroyed in the city of Jerusalem itself (Zech. 12:2; 14:2).

  • The Lord calls for assistance in executing judgment on Gog (Ezek. 38:21), while at Armageddon He is viewed as treading the winepress alone (Rev. 19:15; Isaiah 63:3-6).

  • The invasion by Gog will be sudden and will come with relatively little warning (Ezek. 38:11), while Armageddon will be no sudden and unexpected event.

Gog

Thus, as Dwight Pentecost has suggested,

"Two diverse movements (wars) must be acknowledged."

Moreover, to suggest, as some NINCOMPOOPS do, that the Scriptures that reference the Gog/Magog War refer to some sort of event that occurred in antiquity is pure nonsense. The truth is, NO prior invasion of the land of Israel is sufficient to be the fulfillment of this prophecy. There have been invasions in the past which have wrought hardship on the land and the people of Israel, but NONE answer to the details given here. The destruction of the Temple in AD 70, for example, was accomplished by the Romans who came from the west. But the invasion described here comes from the direction of TURKEY and Persia to the north, and EGYPT, Ethiopia and Libya from the south.

This fact is attested to by almost all Orthodox Jewish scholars (who themselves consider these prophesies to be as yet unfulfilled). These passages, then, can only refer to some as yet future event in Israel's history - and this is clearly indicated by the phrase, "... in the latter years" (Ezek. 38:8). Dwight Pentecost, Robert Duncan Culver, and David L. Cooper agree with the Orthodox Jews. For example, Cooper writes,

"... it is utterly impossible to locate the fulfillment of this prediction (i.e., the Gog/Magog War) after the Millennial Age. It cannot be placed at the beginning of the Millennium, nor at the end of the Tribulation. It must, therefore, be located (at the beginning) of the Tribulation, because there is no other logical place for it to occur since the three other dates are impossible ... There will (thus) be a time between now and the beginning of the Tribulation when [this war will occur which will initiate the seven years of the Tribulation Period]."

This thesis is substantiated in a somewhat backhanded way by Ezekiel 39 when the prophet reveals that a full SEVEN years will be needed to clear away the wreckage of the Gog/Magog War:

"And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons ... and they shall burn them with fire SEVEN years ..." (Ezek. 39:9)

Archangel Michael who guards the nation of Israel

The seven years referred to here by Ezekiel could be none other than the seven years of the Tribulation Period - since no such seven years will follow Armageddon; after Armageddon, the beasts of the field and the fouls of the air will clear away the wreckage - and that by divine direction and in a short period of time. Then the Millennium will begin - there is no seven year interval here. Thus, the Gog/Magog War will immediately precede the events of the Tribulation period. There is, as Cooper suggests, simply no other place to put it which will conform to the pertinent Scriptures; and it (i.e., the Gog/Magog War) will initiate the great happenings of that era (i.e., the Tribulation Period).

It should be noted in reference to the Gog/Magog War described above that this great conflict has nothing to do with the conflict described in Revelation 20:8; the war that is described there takes place AFTER the Millennium (Rev. 20:7), while the conflict which is described in the passages above and later in Daniel clearly takes place BEFORE the Millennium. "Gog" is obviously a reference to an evil, angelic prince who possesses Satanic dominion over those nations which have arrayed themselves against Israel - much in the same way that the "Prince of Persia" and the "Prince of Grecia" (Greece) [described in Daniel (i.e., Daniel 10:13-20) with whom Michael, the archangel of God, fought] possess. Evidently, Gog will be loosed with the devil one final time after the Millennium (please see Revelation 20:7-8).

The Gog/Magog War, then, will precede the Tribulation and will act as a catalyst for the great events of that period, while Armageddon will bring to a conclusion the events of the Tribulation Period. A FAIR READING OF THE PASSAGES IN SCRIPTURE THAT DEAL WITH THESE GREAT WARS WILL YIELD NO OTHER RESULT.

Hagee claiming to be a prophet of God

Sarah Posner, who has written extensively on Hagee, writes:

"In September [2007] Hagee preached that 'World War III has begun' and released a sermon series that purported to 'show the historical and Biblical foundations that explain the war we are in now and point us to Armageddon'. In January he wrote about the Book of Revelation and its prediction that 'Jesus Christ will soon rule the world with a rod of iron from the city of Jerusalem'. And in March, he sermonized about 'the edge of time ... the final countdown has begun'."

Hagee believes that he has a mandate from God to call America to side with Israel in the soon-to-come struggle - and in doing so, he believes that he will save the United States on the basis of Genesis 12:1-3:

"Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

"And I will make of thee [i.e., Israel] a great nation, and I will bless thee [i.e., Israel], and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

"And I WILL BLESS THEM THAT BLESS THEE [again, Israel], and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." (Genesis 12:1-3)

In the light of this passage of Scripture, Hagee believes that the fate of the United States revolves around whether or not America sides with Israel in the coming struggle with the radical Islamic jihadists who are now attempting to take control of the Middle East and North Africa, which he sees as the coming battle of Armageddon.

HAGEE AS A PROPHET OF GOD ?

Hagee sees the Russian Federation as an ally of the anti-Christ and - ipso facto - the European Union in the upcoming war against Israel.

According to Hagee, THE ONLY QUESTION THAT NEEDS TO BE ANSWERED NOW IS, ON WHOSE SIDE WILL THE UNITED STATES ALLY ITSELF? [Please see our articles, "America vs. Europe" and "Reducing Europe to the Status of Greece in the Days of Rome;" please also see Chapter XII of the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "The Beast of Revelation 17," finally, we urge you to see our DVD, "Greed Is Good."]

The European Union and the Russian Federation; supposed allies of the anti-Christ and Islamic jihadists in what Hagee sees as the coming "Battle of Armageddon."

CUFI & THE ISLAMIC ANTICHRIST

Hagee and his cohorts in CUFI "buy into" the belief that the Antichrist will be an Islamist. This, of course, is pure nonsense. [Please see our article, "The Muslim Antichrist;" please also see Appendix 2: "The Antichrist."]

As a result of this nonsensical eschatology, Hagee and his "friends" in CUFI have been at the center of a conspiracy of sorts that promulgates the idea that Obama is the Muslim Antichrist — though one wonders how they (i.e., CUFI and its friends) will be able to save the US if, indeed, Obama is the Antichrist. [We urge you to read our article, "The Theory of the Muslim Antichrist."]

Nonetheless, growing numbers of so-called Christians are "buying into Hagee's thesis and are helping him spread this lie; indeed, ever since Barack Obama started running for the White House, there has been a number of articles that have appeared in the so-called "Christian Press" wondering if Obama was not the Antichrist. Take what's happening at Liberty University (the largest evangelical university in the world); and not only that, but consider the way it has "infected" the thinking of such "biggies" as Adrian Rogers, the former head of the Southern Baptist Convention and C. Peter Wagner, heard of the New Apostolic Reformation. [Please see our banner article, "Obama Seeks to Become Global Dictator."]

For example, in December 2008, Mat Staver - Dean of Liberty University's Law School - said that it was entirely understandable that people were worried that he was:

"No wonder, then, that Obama triggers such fear in the hearts of America's millennialist Christians."

Staver says that while people who believe Obama is the Antichrist are perhaps jumping to conclusions, they're not nuts:

"They are expressing a concern and a fear that is widely shared."

Kyle, writing for RWW wonders —

"... I don't think that Staver's views have changed since then because it sure sounds like he's convinced that Obama is out to make himself some sort of global dictator. For example, the other day he and Matt Barber, LC's Director of Cultural Affairs, dedicated their radio program to explaining how Obama, from the very beginning, has been focused on systemically weakening America so that he could ultimately position himself to take over the entire world:

LEFT: Mat Staver, dean of Liberty University's law school; RIGHT: Matt Barber, LC's Director of Cultural Affairs.

Staver:     

"When President Barack Obama was running for president, when he became president, I've long since stated that his end game is not being President of the United States of America; that he has a broader worldwide agenda. And that's why he's to go to places around the world and down (i.e., "diss") the United States of America, because he thinks that's going to gain him popularity in some of the other foreign areas. And that's really where I think his eyes are focused, not on [being] President of the United States."

Barber:     

"Now here's the scary thing, I believe that that is true, but in order to have a post-American world, you have to have a post-America. And that's why his policies are pushing us into a post-American world. He is destroying American exceptionalism and is trying to do away with our free market system here in the United States. He's trying to create the climate where we have a post-American world."

Staver:     

"Well, because America is always going to be, or at least it has been up until now, world player. And for him to be on the world scene, he's going to have to bring America down to the level of some of the European and some other countries with regards to commonality. And America always had the exceptionalism and you can't really have worldwide influence if you've got the America exceptional nation because you're going to have to have them all basically on the same level.

"So for him to go into this national, or global, leadership - which he wants to do - it's no wonder why he wants to make America's economy like the European economy; it's no wonder why he wants to downplay Christianity so he can up-play Islam. This man does not respect America. He never has."

OBAMA ADDRESSING A HUGE CROWD IN EUROPE WHERE — ACCORDING TO CONSERVATIVES — HE BLAMED MUCH OF THE WORLD'S ILLS ON THE UNITED STATES TO THE CHEERS OF HIS EUROPEAN LISTENERS.


NOTE: Those who buy into the thesis that Obama is the Muslim Antichrist offer an extremely convoluted explanation to how such a thesis could "play out;" it goes something like this: After being chased out of the United States by Christians who have seized control of America, Obama flees to Europe, which by then has succumbed to the Islamic onslaught and adopted Sharia Law, and organizes an attack on Israel; the "Christian" US sides with Israel against the Islamic forces of Europe and the Middle East and defeats Obama; the Millennium then begins.

Naturally enough, this explanation ignores vast amounts of Scripture — not the least of which is that portion which deals  with Israel's Covenant with Death and its Agreement with Hell. (Is. 28:18) [Please see Chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "The Gog / Magog War."]

All these people (see above) and many more besides, are DEDICATED TO INSTIGATING A WAR OF EXTERMINATION AGAINST IRAN, AND THEY ARE DEVOTED TO "SLIMING" ANYONE WHO STANDS IN THEIR WAY WITH REGARD TO THIS MATTER. THAT IS PRECISELY WHAT THEY ARE DOING INSOFAR AS BARACK OBAMA IS CONCERNED.

CUFI AND THE DOME OF THE ROCK

Dome of the Rock - built on the site of the Second Temple

One would think that this kind of incendiary thinking would cause American politicians to distance themselves from CUFI; but that's not the case; indeed, in a recent CUFI conference in Washington D.C., where CUFI Regional Director Billye Brim suggested that the Dome of the Rock, Islam's 3rd holiest site on Earth and the spot from which Muslims believe Moses ascended into Heaven, should be blown up, Lieberman lavished praise on the group's founder, Pastor John Hagee, likening Hagee to Moses, calling Hagee a "man of God," and stating that, like Moses, Hagee was the leader of a 'mighty multitude'. 

Brim went on to say:

"Upon that hill, there is a rock.  Upon that rock there is a dome.  God has a plan for that hill."

Billye Brim

Brim's supporters say that Brim did not explicitly call for someone to blow the Islamic shrine up, but an audio recording of Brim addressing a moderate sized and nearly orgiastic religious gathering, Brim makes the point more directly, stating that while she was with a group of evangelical Christians who were covertly praying around and on Jerusalem's Temple Mount Brim received a message directly from God which told her "that dome's coming down" and Billye Brim suggested that she knew the very date on which The Dome Of The Rock would be destroyed.

"That dome's coming down," exulted Brim to her audience, and then she emitted what could be called nothing other than a triumphant ululation of victory."  This is the sort of inflammatory rhetoric that could easily be used in a documentary showing the danger that this version of Christianity poses to the world.


THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES

IT IS HERE — IT IS EXACTLY HERE — THAT ONE MUST COME TO GRIPS WITH THE ESCHATOLOGY THAT UNDERGIRDS THE THINKING OF HAGEE AND HIS FRIENDS — which is to say, about 60% of the conservative Christian community today; their theology (eschatology) is based on a book published some seventy years ago by George Warnock and entitled, The Feast of Tabernacles. [Once again, we URGE you see our article "The Superman Theology of the International Christian Embassy's Feast of Tabernacles."]

While growing numbers of conservative Christians have by now heard of this "feast" — and, indeed, celebrated it in their churches - probably very few Christians have any real idea regarding the "typology" connected to the "Feast of Tabernacles," and the concomitant connection this "typology" has with the evangelical community's relatively new fascination with the state of Israel.

But if YOU don't know, YOU should know! - because if you end up embracing this doctrine (even in an unthinking and willy-nilly way), you will most certainly end up "FIGHTING AGAINST GOD" as the "end of the age" approaches, while all the time you think you are "doing service for Him." [Please see our twin articles, "Your Blood Be upon Your Own Heads; I Am Clean of It," "Courteous Guides on the Road to Hell" and "A Little Leaven Leaveneth the Whole Lump."]

It is about such people that Jesus warned:

"They shall put you out of the synagogues [in other words they will excommunicate or break fellowship with you]: 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)

And make no mistake about it, this demonic eschatology is very widespread today in the evangelical community: It is an eschatology embraced by such people as Christian leaders as Rod Parsley, Paul Crouch, Jack Hayford, Ken Metz, Charles Stanley, the late John Wimber, Juan Carlos Ortiz, C. Peter Wagner, Beverley LaHaye, Ern Baxter, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Oral Roberts, Chuck Colson, David Yonggi Cho, Robert Stearns, Mike Bickle, Reuven Doron, Che Ahn, Frank Hammond, Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, John Eckhardt, Bobbie Byerly, Dutch Sheets, Jim Goll, John Paul Jackson, James Ryle, Frank Damazio, Ed Silvoso, Carlos Annacondia, Claudio Freidzon, Roger Mitchell, Ted Haggart, Paul Cain, Chuck Pierce, Rick Joyner, Kingsley Fletcher, Jim Laffoon, Barbara Wentroble, ad infinitum. [We URGE you to see our articles, "Luciferic Christianity" and "The God-Men of America's New World Order System;" please also see, "Making Zombies out of Christians: The Prophets and Apostles Movement."]

Sadly, however, THE WAR THAT ALL THESE PEOPLE ARE PRESSING FOR WILL NOT INITIATE THE SECOND COMING OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, BUT THE COMING OF ANTI-CHRIST. [Again, we urge you to read all of Chapter XV of the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "The Gog / Magog War."

And so I once again warn you — I somberly and earnestly warn you — DON'T GET CAUGHT UP WITH HAGEE, CUFI AND THEIR SUPPORTERS IN PROMOTING A MILITARY ALLIANCE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE US. IF YOU DO SO, YOU WILL NOT BE HELD GUILTLESS. ONE HAS ONLY TO CONSIDER THE TITLE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN THIS ALLIANCE; HE CALLS IT A -

"COVENANT WITH DEATH" and your "AGREEMENT WITH HELL" (Is. 28:18)

God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer,
Antipas Ministries


FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT TO FELLOWSHIP ON HOW TO GO ON IN THESE DANGEROUS AND TROUBLED TIMES, WE URGE YOU TO CONTACT US AT: [email protected].

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FINALLY, WE URGE YOU TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUT THE FLYER WE SENT TO YOU RECENTLY.

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Then make copies and take these copies out to the campuses where you live; pass them out; OR if that seems too "daring" for you right now, post them on telephone poles, the sides of buildings, on campus bulletin boards; post them in union halls, in the neighborhoods of the poor and downtrodden, near employment offices, wherever you can.


Once again, we URGE you to read (or re-read):

APPENDIX 1

THE CENTRALITY OF ISRAEL'S ALLIANCE
WITH THE UNITED STATES INSOFAR AS THE
END OF DAYS ARE CONCERNED:

INTRODUCTION

The Apocalypse or the Revelation can be divided into four distinct parts as follows:

  1. Part one (chapters 1-3): introduction and the letters to the Seven Churches.

  2. Part two (chapters 4-5): the disclosure of God's glory and authority.

  3. Part three (chapters 6-19): the prophecy itself.

    1. The Seven Seals* (chapter 6): the first half of the Seventieth Week.

    2. The Seven Trumpets* (chapter 8): the second half of the Seventieth Week.

    3. The Seven Vials* (chapters 15-16): the wrath of God.

      * It is important to note that these events are enfolded in each other; that is to say, the Seven Vials proceed out from the Seventh Trumpet; and the Seven Trumpets proceed out from the Seventh Seal. The remaining or intervening chapters (chapters 7, 9-14, and 17-19) fill in the details glossed-over by the chapters cited above, i.e., chapters 6, 8, and 15-16. [Click here to see chart #1]

  4. Part four (chapters 20-22): the conclusion, which itself consists of three parts:

    1. The Judgment (chapter 20).

    2. The Millennium (chapter 20).

    3. Eternity and New Jerusalem (chapters 21-22).

THE SEVENTY WEEKS

Having outlined the Apocalypse, it is now necessary to apprehend - at least to some degree - the time elements at play in the "Last Days." To do so, however, it is essential to go back to the prophecy of Daniel where the chronology of God's program with regard to BOTH Israel and the Church is sketched-out.

REVEALING HIS GLORY AND AUTHORITY
IN BOTH ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH

To reiterate quickly what we have already said, God has a program for both the heavens and the earth, the purpose of which is to ultimately manifest His glory and authority in both spheres. Lewis Sperry Chafer, founder and first president of Dallas Theological Seminary, writes:

"... throughout the ages God is pursuing two distinct purposes: one related to the earth with earthly people and earthly objectives [Israel] ... while the other is related to heaven with heavenly people and heavenly objectives [the Church]..."

At the heart of God's program, then, is the aim of establishing His authority in:

  1. The earth through Israel  and

  2. The heavens through the Church. 

To accomplish this purpose, God has labored over a space of some 4,000 years, beginning first with Israel, and ending finally with the Church. In each time frame, God dealt primarily with only one entity: first Israel, and then the Church. For the first 2,000 years, from Abraham to Christ, God labored with Israel, building it up and shaping it as a corporate entity; then He seemingly put Israel on the Shelf, and concentrated on the Church [from Pentecost to the present].

THE VISION OF THE SEVENTY WEEKS

The vision of the Seventy Weeks essentially outlines this course of events, defining the date when, in the providence of God, Israel was to be set aside temporarily while God began His good work with the Church, and fixing the one event which would bring to a close God's labor with the Church and the time wherein God would, like some great master-craftsman, finish His work, put down His tools, and - for the first time - raise them BOTH up together.

The vision of the Seventy Weeks is contained in the Book of Daniel, chapter nine. Daniel had a vision of Seventy Weeks that was determined on his people to finish their transgressions, make an end of their sins and bring in everlasting righteousness.

The expression, Seventy Weeks, should really be read seventy sevens. Whether these sevens are days, weeks, or years is to be determined by the context in which they are used. The period of the Seventy Weeks is essentially divided into two parts by the prophet: the first sixty-nine weeks [or sevens (which itself is also divided into two parts - from the decree of the king to the restoration of Jerusalem (seven weeks); and from the restoration (verse 25b-27a) to Messiah, (sixty-two weeks)] and then the final Seventieth Week.

THE FIRST SIXTY-NINE WEEKS

Daniel had been studying the prophecy of Jeremiah and had learned from it that the seventy years of the Babylonian captivity were drawing to a close [the captivity had begun in B.C. 606, and sixty-eight years had elapsed since then]. This discovery thrilled Daniel and he set his face towards God and poured out his soul in one of the most wonderful prayers recorded in the Scriptures. His prayer was interrupted by the appearance of the angel Gabriel, who had been sent at the commencement of the prayer to give Daniel understanding in the matter. Daniel was told that sixty-nine weeks [sevens] would pass from the going forth of the commandment to "restore and build Jerusalem unto Messiah the Prince" [Christ].

The date of the commandment is given in Nehemiah 2:1 as the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes, the king, which was the fourteenth day of March, B.C. 445. The day when Jesus rode in triumphal entry into Jerusalem as Messiah the Prince was Palm Sunday, April 6, A.D. 32. But the time between March 14, B.C. 445 and April 6, A.D. 32 is much more than sixty-nine literal weeks. What explanation is there to this?

We are confronted with a cipher, a puzzle.

It is clear to every careful student of the Word of God that there is a "time element" in the Scriptures. We come across such expressions of time as hours, days, weeks, months, years [all of which are used in cipher-like contexts], and finally, such exotic expressions as "time, times, and the dividing of time." To be intelligible and to avoid confusion, they must all be interpreted on the same scale. What is that scale? It is given in Numbers 14:34:

"After the number of the days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years."

The Lord's scale, then, is that a day stands for a year.

Also, we must not forget that there are years of different lengths. The Lunar Year has 354 days. The Calendar Year has 360 days. The Solar Year has 365 days. The Julian Year has 365-1/4 days. Which of these years shall we use in our calculations?

The key is once again found in the Word of God. In Genesis 8:3 [in the account of the Flood], we find that the five months from the 17th day of the second month until the 17th day of the seventh month was reckoned as 150 days, or thirty days to a month or 360 days to a year. So a "Prophetic Year" is 360 days.

No more careful study has been made of the problem of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel than that by Sir Robert Anderson in the Coming Prince. Anderson reckons the chronology of the Sixty-Nine weeks thus:

"From the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks and threescore and two weeks." An era therefore of sixty-nine "weeks," or 483 prophetic years reckoned from the 14th of March, B.C. 445, should close with some event to satisfy the words, 'unto the Messiah the Prince'. "No student of the gospel narrative can fail to see that the Lord's last visit to Jerusalem was not only in fact, but in the purpose of it, the crisis of His ministry ... now the twofold testimony of His words and His works had been fully rendered, and His entry into the Holy City was to proclaim His Messiahship and to receive His Doom ...

"And the date of it can be ascertained. In accordance with the Jewish custom, the Lord went up to Jerusalem upon the 8th Nisan, 'six days before the Passover'. But as the 14th, on which the Paschal Supper was eaten, fell that year upon Thursday, the 8th was the preceding Friday. He must have spent the Sabbath, therefore, at Bethany; and on the evening of the 9th, after the Sabbath had ended, the Supper took place in Martha's house. Upon the following day, the 10th Nisan, He entered Jerusalem as recorded in the Gospels. "The Julian date of that 10th Nisan was Sunday the 6th April, A.D. 32.

What then was the length of the period intervening between the issuing of the decree to rebuild Jerusalem and the public advent of 'Messiah the Prince' - between the 14th March, B.C. 445, and the 6th April, A.D. 32? THE INTERVAL CONTAINED EXACTLY AND TO THE VERY DAY 173,880 DAYS, OR SEVEN TIMES SIXTY-NINE PROPHETIC YEARS OF 360 DAYS, the first sixty-nine weeks of Gabriel's prophecy."

Anderson arrives at his figures as follows:

"The 1st Nisan in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes [the edict to rebuild Jerusalem] was 14 March, B.C. 445. "The 10th Nisan in Passion Week [Christ's entry into Jerusalem] was 6th April, A.D. 32. "The intervening period was 476 years and 24 days [the days being reckoned inclusively, as required by the language of the prophecy, and in accordance with the Jewish practice].

476 x 36 =

173,740 days

Add 14 March to 6th
April, both inclusive

24 days

Add for leap years

116 days

 
 

173,880 days

What do we come up with then?  Sixty-nine weeks of prophetic years of 360 days [or 69 x 7 x 360] =173,880 days."

Thus, as Pentecost suggests,

"... Anderson shows us that the sixty-nine weeks began with the decree to rebuild Jerusalem and terminated at the triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the Sunday of the week of the Lord's death. The corrected reading of Luke 19:42, spoken as our Lord came into Jerusalem on that day is most significant: "if thou also hadst known, even on this day, the things which belong to thy [Jerusalem's] peace; but now they are hid from thine eyes." The accuracy of Daniel's prophecy is observed in that he states 'after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off' (Dan. 9:26)."

NOW THINK LONG AND HARD ABOUT HOW EXTRAORDINARY THIS ALL IS - THE CIPHER IS EXACT RIGHT TO THE VERY DAY FROM THE DECREE TO REBUILD JERUSALEM TO CHRIST'S TRIUMPHAL ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM. HOW PRECISE THE PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES ARE!!

THE INTERVAL BETWEEN THE SIXTY-
NINTH WEEK AND THE SEVENTIETH WEEK

Then the Scriptures indicate that there was to be a break in God's program with Israel which would occur between the Sixty-Ninth and the Seventieth Weeks, and that this break would continue to a war yet distant in the future. why? So that God could "build-up" the Church. The span of time would be ended by a war through which Israel would once again be restored back into the mainstream of God's purpose. The Seventieth Week itself would commence with a "covenant that is made with many for one week," or for seven years.

THE PROPHECY OF THE SEVENTIETH WEEK

The Seventieth Week, which will be of a seven year duration, can be divided into two periods, each of a three and a half year duration [1,260 days, 42 months, "time (1 year), times (2 years) and half a time (one half year)"], the first half being known commonly as the "Beginning of Sorrows" (Matt. 24:8), and the second half as the "Great Tribulation" (Rev. 7:14). [Click here to see chart#2.]

THE THREE SIGNPOSTS OF
THE SEVENTIETH WEEK

Thus, we have a course of events which spans a period of seven years and which is marked off into two distinct periods by three well defined events. These events are as follows:

(1) The beginning: THE TREATY WITH DEATH AND HELL through which Anti-Christ, as "King of Babylon," will guarantee Israel's security in a defense pact against the Northern Powers; this treaty will provoke the events of the Gog/Magog War and the first half of the Seventieth Week.

(2) The middle: the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION.

(3) The End: the BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON.

[Click here to see chart#3.]

THE SEVEN SEALS, THE SEVEN
TRUMPETS, AND THE SEVEN VIALS

The character of the first half of the Seventieth Week will be defined by the Seven Seals; that of the second half by the Seven Trumpets; and the end [the Judgment, which will actually occur immediately AFTER the Seventieth Week] by the Seven Vials. Throughout the length of this entire period, two themes or "currents of action" are carefully interwoven or interlaced into the course of events - one earthly and the other heavenly, one physical and the other spiritual.

THE COURSE AND CHARACTER
OF THE SEVENTIETH WEEK

The entire course and character of the Seventieth Week are outlined in Matthew chapter twenty-four:

THE EVENTS OF THE SEVENTIETH WEEK

INTRODUCTION

"And as he (Christ) sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you


THE SEVEN SEALS
1st half of 70th Week
i.e., the Tribulation)
The "Beginning
Or Sorrows"

1,260 days, 42 months,
"time, times and half a time"


"For many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ: and shall deceive man.

"AND YE SHALL HEAR OF WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

"FOR NATIONS SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

"ALL THESE THINGS ARE THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS.

"Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

"And then shall many [who have merely professed to be Christians] be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

"And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

"But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come.


THE ABOMINATION
OF DESOLATION
Mid Point


"WHEN YE THEREFORE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION SPOKEN OF BY DANIEL THE PROPHET STAND IN THE HOLY PLACE (WHOSO READETH, LET HIM UNDERSTAND)

"Then let them ... flee ...


THE SEVEN
TRUMPETS
2nd half of the
70th Week
The "Great
Tribulation"

1,260 days, 42 months,
"time, times and half a time"


"For then shall be GREAT TRIBULATION [the second half of the Seventieth Week] such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be [again].


THE SECOND
COMING OF CHRIST
End of the
Tribulation
Resurrection &
Rapture of the Saints


"Immediately after the tribulation of those days [the second half of the Seventieth Week] shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory,

"And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet [the trumpet spoken of in I Thess. 4:16-17: 'For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with ... the TRUMP of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.'], and they shall gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other (Matt. 24:3-16, 21, 29-31).


THE SEVEN VIALS
The Wrath of God




APPENDIX 2

THE ANTICHRIST

Max Mell, a contemporary poet, has said that underneath the thin cosmopolitan surface of today's modern Western World [i.e., the Euro-based, white civilization of Western Europe and North America] lie all the "old heroes" still - Parsifal, Guinevere, Roland, Lancelot, Barbarossa, Tristan, Isolde, etc. They are implanted far too deeply in our collective memory to ever be rooted out by the fleeting fashions of modernity, secularism, and democracy - and who, like Arthur (the "once and future king" - the Resitiutor Orbis), stand ready to re-emerge and rescue us from the chaos and confusion of this present evil world. And there are more people than most would care to admit (many of whom are passing themselves off as Christians) who are calling us to embrace the concept of leadership that these old "warrior kings" represented - a kind of messianic leadership based on nobility of character, charisma and the ability to "get things done."

Indeed, many of the Christian men and women who are crying out for such leadership hold the concepts of what we today call "democracy" in utter contempt. To their mind, messianic leadership - not democracy - is the ideal. To such people, the messy and disordered condition of "politics as usual" - with all its sordid, back room deal-making and compromises - is a disgusting and vulgar thing, made all the more loathsome by people like Bill and Hillary Clinton and the radical feminists, militant homosexuals and effete multiculturalists who surround them.

The longing for such a messiah rests on the bedrock of Western tradition, a tradition which the secular elites can hide and gloss over, but one which they have utterly failed to stamp out; it is far too deeply embedded in the Western psyche - so much so that British writers Norris J. Lacy and Geoffrey Ashe can write that such a messiah has been -

"... persistently imagined and hoped for2 - a new Constantine who will ... end civil strife and (the) usurpation (of political power by the moneyed elite) ... (who will) defeat ... (Christendom's) ... enemies, and bring back peace and prosperity."

And not only that, but - as Carolly Erickson, a professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, writes -

"... one who (like Arthur) dwells in the circle of the miraculous."

THE DARKER SIDE OF EVIL

There is, however, a dark and foreboding side to all this that goes beyond the heroic to the demonic: first, it is the product not of Biblical Christianity, and - when taken to the extreme - is precisely that which produces the David Koreshes and the Jim Joneses of our world, and it goes a long way in explaining the death-like embrace of Hitler and the German people - one with the other - as they careened towards their final destruction in the waning days of World War II.

For those Christians who look for such a solution - maybe, just maybe - they'll get it, and a lot more than they had originally bargained for. The Bible says:

"Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time." (1 John 2:18; cf. I John 2:22; I John 4:3; 2 John 1:7)

ANTICHRIST: KING OF BABYLON

And so we now at last come to one of the most primeval nightmares of the Christian West: the Antichrist.

In the study of prophecy, evangelicals of course lay a great deal of stress on the Second Coming of Christ. But in doing so, we as evangelicals often forget - though the world doesn't (a quick perusal of its movies and books would confirm this fact) - that there is another coming that is almost as momentous as that of Christ's. In both the Old and New Testaments we are told of a MYSTERIOUS and TERRIBLE person who shall be revealed in the "Last Days." He is known variously in the Scriptures as the "King of Babylon" (Isa. 14:4), the "Little Horn" (Dan. 7:8; 8:9), the "Prince that shall Come" (Dan. 9:26), the "Man of Sin" (II Thess. 2:3-8), the "Son of Perdition" (II Thess. 2:3-8), the "Antichrist" (I John 2:18), and the "Beast" (Rev. 13:1).

Isaiah describes this extraordinary and marvelous being in Isaiah 14 with remarkable grace and elegance, and shows how this proud possessor of world power - who in titanic arrogance will think himself to be the equal of God - shall at last be cast down: the Kingdom of the Dead will rise in commotion at his arrival; specters will hurry to meet him; and princes shall bow down before him -

"... thou shall take up this proverb against the KING OF BABYLON (i.e., the Antichrist), and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! The golden city (i.e., Babylon) ceased! Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations." (Isaiah 14:4-9)

In general, there have been several diverse views of the doctrine of the Antichrist. These views can be classified into four categories:

  • That he is to be a "Roman Prince" of Gentile origin - the leader of the last great form of GENTILE WORLD POWER.

  • That he is to be a Jew - the leader of an apostate Israel.

  • That he is the Pope, or that "system of things" summed up in the form of the "Papacy."

  • That rather than being a person, Antichrist is best understood in spiritual or allegorical terms as an "institution" or "principle" of evil.

THE VIEW OF THE EARLY CHURCH:
ANTICHRIST AS A "ROMAN PRINCE"

The early Church believed that Antichrist was to be a person, the embodiment of human blasphemy and wickedness - a Roman Prince; indeed, almost all the early Christian literature of the Age of Persecution (33-312 A.D.) singled out the Antichrist as just such a prince. [Please see J. Trachtenberg, The Devil and the Jews (New York; World Publishing House, 1943; Yale University Press), pg. 224.]

THE VIEW OF THE MEDIEVAL (CATHOLIC)
CHURCH: ANTICHRIST AS A JEW

But with the acceptance of Christianity by the Roman Emperor Constantine, and the increasing identification of the Church with the Roman state, it became ever more embarrassing to both the Roman state and the Roman Church to continue to allow Christian doctrine to picture the Antichrist as a "Roman Prince."

A solution to this difficult problem was finally adopted by the Papacy: over the years it gradually shifted the onus of Antichrist from off the back of Rome and on to the Jews. THE IDEA OF ANTICHRIST AS A JEW IS THE CREATION OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH and is traceable in its embryonic form to the early Fifth Century A.D., and specifically to the writing of Jacob of Serug. As a mature hypothesis, this doctrine was fully developed and finalized by Thomas Acquinas (perhaps the Roman Church's greatest scholar) and Albertus Magnus. Both devoted considerable attention in developing this theme and it is in Catholic tradition and doctrine that this concept found its greatest acceptance.

Today, however, while the Catholic Church continues to hold to a greater or lesser degree to such doctrine (as do many Post-Millennialists), evangelical-fundamentalists have rejected this doctrine as unscriptural and Catholic in origin. J. Dwight Pentecost writes:

"He (Antichrist) is a GENTILE since he arises from the sea (Revelation 13:1) and since the sea depicts the Gentile nations (Rev. 17:15), he must be of Gentile origin. He rises from the (legacy) of the Roman Empire (see Chapter XIV), since he is (to be) a ruler of the people (civilization) who destroyed Jerusalem (Dan. 9:26). He is to be the head of the last form of GENTILE (not Jewish) world dominion." (Rev. 13:1)

THE VIEW OF THE PROTESTANT REFORMERS:
ANTICHRIST AS THE POPE OR THE PAPAL SYSTEM

During the Reformation, however, the onus of Antichrist - like a boomerang - returned to the Roman Catholic Church, this time with a vengeance. Dissidents within the Roman Church, and among the leaders of those Protestant bodies which broke off from Rome, began to look upon the Pope himself and the institution of the Papacy as Antichrist - and it was all too natural and understandable for them to do so, given the nature of the struggle they found themselves engaged in at the time. Indeed, the arguments in favor of this view are ingenious and plausible, but they are hard to reconcile with the Word of God. This view has tended to make of the Antichrist a "system" (the Papacy) rather than an actual person. But such views are disproved by the Word; the Scriptures plainly teach that the Antichrist is a PERSON. Furthermore, the Word also teaches that the Antichrist will deny the deity of Christ. The Apostle John writes:

"Who is a liar, but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist that denieth the Father and the Son." (I John 4:3)

While we are certainly not attempting here any defense of Catholicism - which in itself is indefensible - the Papacy has never done so! The Church of Rome has always confessed: "I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord." However false and impious the claims of the Papacy, it has always recognized its subordination to God, and the Pope's highest claim is that he is merely the "Vicar of God," and not that he is God Himself - which claim the Antichrist will most definitely make (at least after the "Abomination of Desolation"):

"... He (Antichrist) will exalt himself and magnify himself above every god (Dan. 11:35-37)

"... So that he as God sitteth in the Temple of God showing himself that he is God." (II Thess. 2:4)

While there are many Protestant commentators who insist that the Papal System itself is described in Revelation 17, under the figure of a "Woman" arrayed in "purple and scarlet color," and decked with "gold and precious stones and pearls," it is also true that most of these same men admit that this Woman is not a picture of the Antichrist as such, but of the apostate Christian religious system which will appear in the Last Days and which will be supported by the Beast (i.e., the Antichrist) during the first half of the tribulation and prior to the "Abomination of Desolation. While there are many things in the history of the Church of Rome and in the conduct of her Popes that foreshadow the Antichrist, yet it is clear from these and other Scriptures that the Pope (and / or the Papal System) is not the Antichrist, and that these Scriptures can only be fulfilled in the person of some individual that is yet to come.

THE VIEW OF THE "LIBERAL" CHURCH: ANTI-CHRIST
AS AN INSTITUTION OR PRINCIPLE OF EVIL

Finally, there have been the views of Antichrist as a "principle" or "institution" of evil. These are the views generally held by most theologians in the liberal Protestant Church and even in some segments of the so-called neo-evangelical Church. Indeed, these views have proven to be especially attractive among Christian authors who wish to maintain some semblance of genuine Christian faith hand-in-hand with a liberal-critical view of Scripture origins - in other words, by those who deny the literal and inerrant interpretation of the Scriptures. But it is simply not possible for those who believe in a literal interpretation of the Scriptures to hold such views and at the same time to make them square with the Scriptural identification of Antichrist as a person (which a literal interpretation of the Scripture demands) rather than as a "principle" or "institution."

GETTING BACK TO ORIGINS: ANTICHRIST
AS A PERSON - A "ROMAN PRINCE"

Today, most serious students of the Word accept the early church's view of the Antichrist. There is, as Dr. Robert Duncan Culver has suggested, almost universal agreement among them that:

"... a final PERSONAL Antichrist (of Gentile origins) shall appear near the close of the present age who will become master of the world and who will be destroyed by Christ at His coming."

It is thus their view that the Antichrist is to be the head of the last form of GENTILE WORLD POWER - depicted in Daniel's dream image (Daniel 2) as the feet of iron and clay - the final form of the fourth great Gentile empire: the Roman! IT IS THIS FINAL FORM OF THE FOURTH GREAT GENTILE POWER (THE ROMAN) THAT IS KNOWN IN THE SCRIPTURES AS PROPHETIC BABYLON. But the Scripture is even more specific. In Daniel chapter 7, this final form of Gentile world power is indicated as a head with ten horns (depicting a group of nations) over which an eleventh nation rises and eventually dominates. IT IS AS LEADER OF THIS ELEVENTH NATION THAT ANTICHRIST IS KNOWN AS "KING OF BABYLON."

THE DOCTRINE OF THE ANTICHRIST

The cornerstone of the Doctrine of the Antichrist is II Thessalonians 2:1-12. There are many other passages which speak of the Antichrist, but all are unintelligible in the absence of this key passage. Just as Revelation 20 is the cornerstone of the Doctrine of Resurrection and Judgment, so is II Thessalonians 2 the cornerstone of the Doctrine of the Antichrist.

In addition to II Thessalonians 2, there is another key test concerning the Antichrist hardly less important than II Thessalonians 2. It is Daniel 7:20, 24-25. These verses say that ten horns representing ten kingdoms (over which sit ten kings) shall arise in the final stage of the fourth GENTILE kingdom. These ten horns correspond to the ten toes of Daniel's dream image in Daniel 2 (Please also see Revelation 17:12-18). A little (i.e., younger) horn shall arise from among the original ten and it is out from this horn that Antichrist shall appear. This little horn represents both the kingdom out from which the Antichrist shall come and the Antichrist himself (in the same fashion that the original ten horns represent both kings and the kingdoms over which they sit). This is the common view.

Almost all interpreters - Jewish, evangelical, and men of about every kind of persuasion concerning "last things" (eschatology) agree that this is some kind of consummate Antichrist. Liberal Christianity and Reform Judaism think Daniel 7 was written at the time of Antiochus Epiphanes (about 165 B.C.) and that the author of Daniel supposed that Antiochus - the sacrilegious, anti-Semitic tyrant of Syria (and descendent of the Greek general, Selussis, Alexander's brilliant lieutenant) who desecrated the Jewish Temple - would be the final wicked oppressor before the coming of the Messiah's victorious Kingdom, with the Jews as his elite.

THESE SAME LIBERALS THINK THAT THE AUTHOR OF DANIEL WAS MISTAKEN. It should, therefore, come as no shock that most evangelicals (as well as most Orthodox Jews) reject the thesis that this passage has anything (directly) to do with Antiochus and that it relates directly and specifically to the Antichrist (the false messiah).

There are in addition to these two main passages many other passages which shed additional light on this man of sin: Ezekiel 28:1-10; Daniel 7:7-8; 21-23; 8:23-25; 9:26-27; 11:36-45; Revelation 13:1-10; 17:8-14. A synthesis of the truths contained in these verses reveal the following (please see J. Dwight Pentecost, Things to Come; Robert Duncan Culver, Daniel and the Latter Days; and Sir Robert Anderson, The Coming Prince). The synthesis is organized into three parts:

  • Part 1 lists those general characteristics which accrue to the Antichrist before he is manifested through the Treaty with Death and Hell by which he will guarantee Israel's security (in other words, those characteristics which will accrue to him before the beginning of the Seventieth Week).

  • Part 2 lists those characteristics which describe his personality during the first half of the Seventieth Week and before the Abomination of Desolation.

  • Part 3 lists those characteristics through which he is fully manifested as the Son of Perdition during the second half of the Seventieth Week - the "Great Tribulation:"

PART 1:

HIS APPEARANCE
BEFORE THE TRIBULATION

  • He will appear in the Latter Days.

  • He will appear before the Day of the Lord - which is to say, before the Rapture and the Resurrection (please see chapter 4 for a thorough examination of the Day of the Lord in connection with the Rapture).

  • His "SATANIC" manifestation (specifically, his manifestation as the Son of Perdition and the Beast) will (and is) being hindered by the Restrainer (please see chapter 8). It should be noted in this connection, however, that the SATANIC manifestation of the Antichrist will occur only after the Abomination of Desolation, which itself occurs midway through the Seventieth Week.

  • He is a GENTILE (not a Jew) since he arises from the sea (Revelation 13:1) and since the sea depicts the GENTILE nations (Rev. 17:15), he must be of GENTILE origin (please see J. Dwight Pentecost, Things to Come, pg. 332). Robert Duncan Culver writes, "... the Scripture leads us to believe that ... the suffering of ... (God's people) will be brought about by a great, evil king of a GENTILE nation ..." [Robert Duncan Culver, Daniel and the Latter Days (Chicago; Moody Press, 1954) pg. 85.]

  • He will arise from within the boundaries of Western Civilization, since he is a ruler of the people (civilization) which destroyed Jerusalem. (Daniel 9:26) - i.e., Graeco-Romanism or "The West."

  • More specifically, he will arise from an "eleventh" kingdom which is heir to the heritage of the original ten which themselves represent the final form of the fourth great GENTILE empire [cf. Dan. 7:7-8; 20-24; Rev. 17:9-11 - please also see chapter 12].

  • He will be a political leader (please see verses above plus Rev. 13:1 and 7:12).

  • He will be a great communicator or orator and will be renowned for his persuasiveness; he will "look the part" of a great leader. (Dan. 7:8, 20; 8:23), he will practice subtlety and will have a secret love for "craft" - i.e., witchcraft (Daniel 8:25).

  • He will promote himself as Israel's champion. (Dan. 9:27)

  • He will oppose the Northern Confederacy (a group of nations to the north of Israel which will array themselves against Israel in the "Latter Days") [Ezek. 38:1 - 39:25; (cf. Ezek. 38:15; 39:2) Dan. 11:40; Joel 2:1-27 (cf. Joel 2:20) Isa. 10:12; 30:31-33; 31:8-9].

  • He will put his trust in military power. Dan. 11:38).

  • He will oppose the "desire of women" (Dan. 11:37); while there are some who insist that this particular verse refers to the desire of women to "bring forth the Messiah," such an interpretation requires an inordinate amount of convolution and seems to imply that women are more desirous of this than men. The more likely interpretation is the "common sense" one - i.e., that he will oppose the "modern-day" desire of women to seek "equality" with men in the world of business and politics.

  • He will deceive God's people (i.e., the Christians) by posing as their champion (apparently by appearing to promote their religious desires and political programs) in the same fashion that he deceives Israel (Rev. 17:3; please also see Matt. 24:24).

PART 2:

HIS APPEARANCE DURING THE FIRST
HALF OF THE SEVENTIETH WEEK AND
BEFORE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION

  • As the King of Babylon (Isa. 14:4 - please see Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scripture, Vol. 6, pg. 186) he will make (or "cause to prevail") a defense pact with Israel which will be directed against the Northern Confederacy (Dan. 9:27).

  • The Northern Confederacy - together with a southern confederacy of nations) will make war with him in the Middle East (Ezek. 28:7; Dan. 11:40, 42) and in the ensuing conflict he will defeat these confederations (Ezek. 37-39). [Please see chapter 6; please also see J. Dwight Pentecost, Things to Come, pgs. 326-340.]

  • He will be opposed by three nations in the ten nation confederacy; he will eliminate the leadership in these countries and bring them under his power (Dan. 7:8, 24).

  • After his defeat of the Northern Confederacy and the establishment of his absolute power over the ten confederated nations, he will seek to extend his domination over the whole world (Rev. 13:8).

  • He will seek to promote the extension of his power through alliances (Dan. 8:24; Rev. 17:12) and through the promotion of "world peace" (Dan. 8:25).

  • He will appear as the champion of the Harlot or Great Whore of Revelation 17 (which is to say, Apostate Christianity) who will everywhere promote him in his quest for world dominion (Rev. 17:3; please also see chapter 12).

  • He will appear as Israel's champion (Dan. 9:27).

PART 3:

HIS APPEARANCE DURING THE SECOND
HALF OF THE SEVENTIETH WEEK AND
AFTER THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION

  • He will receive a "deadly wound" from which he recovers (Rev. 13:3; 17:10).

  • He will become energized by Satan and will receive satanic power so that now he will be able to perform "wonders" and "miracles" (Ezek. 28:9-12; Rev. 13:4; Ezek. 28:2; Dan. 8:25).

  • He will claim absolute power and will demand to be worshipped as a deity; all pretense to democratic forms of government will be abandoned (II Thess. 2:3, 9-12; Rev. 13:8).

  • He will reveal himself finally as the great adversary of the Church and Israel, and will seek to destroy both of them - those who "keep the commandments of God" (i.e., the Jews) and those "which have the testimony of Jesus" (i.e., the Christians) [Rev. 12:7, 9, 12b, 14, 17; 13:7; Dan. 7:21, 25; 8:24]. Robert Duncan Culver writes, "The Antichrist will seek to destroy God's people, especially the Jews, thus bringing on the 'Great Tribulation'. [But] I [also] feel that when Jesus speaks of the 'elect' as coming into a great trial ... the sufferers of the trials are not [only] Jews as such. He quite obviously is [also] referring to His disciples, to Christian believers, who will be living on earth when, at last the sad events just before the end of the age shall come." [See Matt. 24; Luke 21; Mark 13; please also see Sir Robert Anderson, The Coming Prince.]

  • Because he will now demand to be worshipped, he will turn even on the "Apostate Church" (i.e., the "Harlot Church" as opposed to the real church) so that he may rule unhindered - indeed, it is axiomatic that those who seek absolute power will never share that power with anyone else; they inevitably destroy all competitors (real or only imagined) and the perceived closeness of any previous relationships has mattered little to these kinds of men as Ernst Roehm [Hitler's chief of the SA (Sturmabteilung)] found out to his horror with regard to Hitler on the infamous "Night of the Long Knives" in 1936 (Rev. 17:16-17).

  • He will establish himself as the head of Satan's lawless system (II Thess. 2:3).

  • He will seek to change all laws and customs (as the Jacobins attempted to do after the French Revolution) [Dan. 7:25].

6-6-6

Finally, there is the question which arises from the Biblical reference to the number 6-6-6 (Rev. 13:18) in reference to the Beast (Antichrist). The number should more properly be read not as six hundred and sixty-six, but as a SERIES OF THREE SIXES: 6-6-6. The number itself has particular reference to the NAME of the Beast.

Moreover, the Scripture makes it plain that this number has reference specifically to the name of the Beast - and Antichrist does not become the Beast until after the Abomination of Desolation which - again - occurs midway through the Tribulation period. Thus, the name to which the number 6-6-6 refers may not be actually appended to the Antichrist until after the Abomination of Desolation - rendering it useless for Christians to identify the Antichrist using this number until after the Abomination of Desolation. The practice of taking a new name is a common practice in "sacring" - a practice which many western monarchs used and one which the popes continue to practice, even today.

A NOTE OF CAUTION

One final note of caution. The author does NOT take a position with regard to the ACTUAL IDENTITY of the Antichrist and believes that it can be very dangerous to do so. The "acid" test as to the identity of the Antichrist concerns the Treaty with Death and Hell (Please see chapter VI). Only one person, and one person only, will "cause this treaty to prevail" - and that one person is the Antichrist. The treaty will be in the form of a "Defense Pact" and will be directed against the Northern Confederacy. [Please see Sir Robert Anderson, The Coming Prince (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1894) with introduction by President Grey of the Moody Bible Institute.]


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