The Antichrist

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Author's Bias | Interpretation: conservative | Inclination: promise | Seminary: none

The abomination of desecration

Introduced by Daniel (Dan 9:27), the Hebrew terms behind "abomination of desolation" are in reference to a person who initially desecrates the Temple and makes it desolate of worshippers.

Jesus refers to this person in the future sense (Matt 24:15; Mark 13:14) as well as Paul (2 Thes 2:3-12).

The apostle John presents the last ruler of the fourth Gentile empire as the Beast from the Sea with one of his seven heads with a "fatal wound" that "healed." This spectacular figure of speech portrays a supernatural being worthy of worship (Rev 13:3-4).

Satan gives this man a mouth to speak "arrogant words with blasphemies against God" (Rev 13:5-6).

With Satan’s power and authority, the Antichrist is given 3-1/2 years to act, to make war and conquer the saints, to rule every nation given to him, and to receive worship from around the world (Rev 13:5-8). This period appears to be the last half of Daniel's 70th week prophecy (Dan 9:27).

However the title, the Antichrist, is never used throughout Revelation. Instead, that person is called simply the Beast (Rev 13:3-4; 19:20).

The association of the abomination of desolation to "the Antichrist" comes from the apostle John's epistles. He defines "antichrist" as one who deceives and denies God the Father and / or His Son Jesus Christ, and this can apply to anyone; however, the Antichrist is applied to one individual who comes in "the last hour" (1 John 2:18-22; 4:1-7).

For deeper study:

The Beasts

Series: The Doctrine on Eschatology
The Apostle

Series: The Doctrine on Eschatology
The False Prophet

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