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Antichrist

January 10, 2014

 

Antichrist – Part One (Asher Intrater)

There is a biblical figure referred to as the Antichrist who is described as the “man of sin”– the fullness of evil in human flesh (II Thessalonians 2:3). There is just one person who will fulfill these prophecies in the end times. He has not yet been revealed. Yet, at the same time, “antichrist” is also a prophetic type, or pattern, that can be fulfilled by many people in different times and places.

I John 2:18 – You have heard that the Antichrist will come, and even now there have arisen many antichrists. By this we know that this is the last hour.

In this verse we can see the two-fold fulfillment of prophecy: one that is singular, specific and future; and a second kind that is current in multiple situations. Prophecies must be considered in these two dimensions: the end time fulfillment and the present-day application. Thus, the fulfillment of end times’ prophecies often seems to have two different timings: one present and urgent in every generation, and one ultimate and final in the last generation.

Since prophecies have a dual timing – present and future, we have to relate to both dimensions – the urgent and the ultimate, in interpreting the prophecies.

I John 2:22 – Who is a liar but he who denies that Yeshua is the Messiah? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.

“Antichrist” is also a spirit of deception. There are subtle lies that penetrate deep within our culture, media, academia, religion–and even our own thoughts–which oppose simple faith and submission to God and Yeshua.

There is the Antichrist of the end times; there are antichrists in many generations; and there is the spirit of antichrist resident in our own flesh: pride and rebellion resisting the authority of God in our lives.


Antichrist – Part Two (Dan Juster)

The first major figure to foreshadow the anti-messiah is the Pharaoh during the time of the Exodus. The book of Revelation provides us with many profound parallels to the book of Exodus, as well as a context for end times interpretation. The plagues, the persecution, the opposition to the Word of God, and the prophetic ministry are all parallel between the two books; the two prophets of Revelation 11 are similar to Moses and Aaron, both calling down plagues upon the world and on Egypt. In both books there is a great escape at the end, the passing through the sea in Exodus and the harvest “exodus” in Rev. 14.

This backdrop provides and anticipates the clear parallels to the antichrist figure. Revelation 13 is especially important. Like Pharaoh, he claims worship and god-like status. Like Pharaoh he persecutes the people of God and seems to be overcoming them. Like Pharaoh he has his false prophets, who are especially represented in Rev. 13 by the main false prophet figure, who also does signs and wonders like Pharaoh’s magicians. In both cases, the victory belongs to God: the troops of the Pharaoh drown in the sea and Israel is delivered, and in Revelation 19 the anti-messiah (the “beast”, along with his false prophet) is defeated in the last battle and then the devil is thrown into the lake of fire.


Antichrist – Part Three (Asher Intrater)

Could It Happen Again?

The Greek compound “anti-Christos” is the New Testament term for one who is either “the opponent” of Christ (Messiah); or one who “takes his place.” In the modern Hebrew New Testament, the translators chose the word tsorer, based on Esther 3:10 in which Haman is described as an “enemy” or “troubler” of the Jews. Tsorer also is from the same root as “tribulation,” describing the tribulations of the end times (Jer 30:7, Dan. 12:1). Haman is a figure of the Antichrist, who will also cause terrible trouble for the Jews in the time of the Great Tribulation (Matt 24:21; Rev 7:14).

Mordechai refused to kneel to Haman. Haman became infuriated. When he realized Mordechai was a Jew, he wanted to kill not only him, but also all of his people. This is a central role of the antichrist figure–simply put: kill all the Jews! Esther 3:6 – Haman sought to destroy all the Jews. This aspect of genocide is similar to Pharaoh, Herod and Hitler. It will be a clear identifying mark of the Antichrist of the end times.

“Could it happen again?” – Certainly. If it happened in Persia (ancient Iran), it could happen today. A few years ago, I was in Jordan for a conference of Arab Christians and Messianic Jews. One of the Arab pastors said to me, “Did you know we could be killed for coming to this conference?” I replied, “Is that because you are Christians in a Muslim country?” He said, “No, we could be killed for talking to you, because you are a Jew.”

Haman’s plan was “…to destroy, to kill and to cause to perish all the Jews” – Esther 3:13. This gives profound insight into Yeshua’s words that Satan comes – “to steal, to kill and to destroy” John 10:10. This attack is not only spiritually in the minds of men but also historically in attempted genocides of the Jewish people.

When the nations of the world unite to try to destroy Israel, the Christian community internationally will have to decide which side to be on. Let us all take our place as modern day Mordechais and Esthers to intercede against the plans of Satan and the Antichrist to destroy Israel, the Jewish people and Christians alike.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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