PREPARING THE GROUND IN AMERICA
FOR THE EMERGENCE OF ANTICHRIST
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
"... 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,
Gog / Magog War."]
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 —
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
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."]
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
Enemies of God, Part 1," "The
Enemies of God, Part 2," "The
God-Men of the American New World Order System"
and "Luciferic Christianity."]
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)
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."]
A titanic struggle over the nation's budget; a
struggle that will pit -
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
Again, this is Part 2 in our
series; it is entitled, "CUFI: Promoting Israel's Agreement
with Death and Hell."
CUFI (Christians United for Israel):
Promoting Israel's agreement with Death and Hell
At the very center of those Christians who are promoting a
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."
one might say that CUFI has by now developed into Christian
counterpart of the "American Israel Public Affairs
"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
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."
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
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
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;
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
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
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 ..."
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).
Archangel Michael who guards the nation of Israel
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.
Sarah Posner, who has written extensively on Hagee, writes:
claiming to be a prophet of God
"In September  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,
of Revelation 17," finally, we urge you to see
our DVD, "Greed Is
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
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
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.
"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."
"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."
"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
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
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'.
Dome of the Rock - built on the site of the Second Temple
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."
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"
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THE CENTRALITY OF ISRAEL'S ALLIANCE
WITH THE UNITED STATES INSOFAR AS THE
END OF DAYS ARE CONCERNED:
The Apocalypse or the Revelation can be divided into
four distinct parts as follows:
Part one (chapters 1-3): introduction and the letters
to the Seven Churches.
Part two (chapters 4-5): the disclosure of God's
glory and authority.
Part three (chapters 6-19): the prophecy itself.
The Seven Seals* (chapter 6): the first
half of the Seventieth Week.
The Seven Trumpets* (chapter 8): the second half
of the Seventieth Week.
The Seven Vials* (chapters 15-16): the wrath
* 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
Part four (chapters 20-22): the conclusion, which
itself consists of three parts:
The Judgment (chapter 20).
The Millennium (chapter 20).
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:
The earth through Israel and
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
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
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
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"
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
"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 =
Add 14 March to 6th
April, both inclusive
Add for leap years
What do we come up with then? Sixty-nine weeks of
prophetic years of 360 days [or 69 x 7 x 360] =173,880
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
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
(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
(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
"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)
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
"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
"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall
"But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all
the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the
"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 ...
2nd half of the
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
COMING OF CHRIST
End of the
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
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
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
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."
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
That he is to be a Jew - the leader of an apostate
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
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."
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.
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
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:"
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.
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;
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).
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,
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
He will appear as Israel's champion (Dan. 9:27).
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
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)
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
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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