Seldom do you find a darker figure painted in religious circles than the Antichrist. You know, that political figure who is said to be coming at the “end times” in order to rally the world into war with God? The Bible says surprisingly little about The Antichrist, and you may be surprised what it does say. Join us as Robert digs through God’s word and provides the truth behind the Antichrist.

ROBERT >> I’m so glad that you’ve joined us for our program today on Bible Prophecy and the Last Days, where we’re examining popular end time teachings with the Bible.

Already we’ve learned many things about Bible prophecy and the last days. We’ve learned that Bible prophecy often speaks of the last days. The last days, however, does not refer to a time just before the end; but it began 2,000 years ago with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, and it will continue on until Christ comes again. And Christ will not come at the beginning of the last days, but the very last day of the last days.

We have also learned that there’ll be no signs to indicate when Christ is coming. It’s not something you can wait to prepare for when you see some signs; but rather, you must always be prepared because there are no signs of the end times.

Christ will come suddenly and unexpectedly, and nobody but the Father knows when Jesus is coming again.

We have also learned that there’ll be no secret rapture of the church and the rest left behind to suffer tribulation for seven years until Jesus returns to set up a kingdom on the earth for a thousand years that ends with final judgment, no. When Jesus comes, all the dead will be raised, every eye will see him, all will be judged to go to heaven or to hell for eternity, and the world will come to an end.

What about the antichrist?

Will the antichrist rise up and bring the great tribulation upon the earth?

Stay tuned. We’ll be back in just a moment.

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ROBERT >> Will the antichrist rise up and bring the great tribulation upon the earth?

Some believe that before Jesus returns, the greatest political leader in history will arise and he’ll establish an empire over the entire world that will stand against God, stand against his people, causing great tribulation throughout this planet like never seen before. What does the Bible have to say about this?

Let’s begin first of all by asking the question, who is the antichrist?

You know, in the past, some thought Hitler or Stalin, Saddam Hussein were the antichrist. People are still trying to identify him. What we want to do is look at every passage in the Bible where the term antichrist appears. But first let’s look at some other passages that some believe also speak of the antichrist.

There are some that go to the book of Daniel, and so we want to go there today. Here it speaks of not the antichrist, but some believe that the antichrist is in fact referred to here.

The antichrist is never mentioned in the book of Daniel. He is not the little horn of Daniel 7:3-8. Yes, there are some who turn to Daniel chapter 7 and they read about this vision and they see this little horn come up, and they believe that’s the antichrist. Let’s read what it says here in Daniel 7:3-8.

And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.

And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: Arise, devour much flesh!

After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.

After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.

I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.

What about this little horn? Is this the antichrist at the end time? Well, let’s notice as we consider the book of Daniel.

Here in this vision he talks about four beasts. They’re parallel to the four kingdoms mentioned in Daniel chapter 2, and they’re also spoken of in other places in the book of Daniel. But if you’ll go back with me to Daniel the 2nd chapter, we can see what these kingdoms are.

In Daniel chapter 2 beginning in verse 37, the Bible says, You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all. You are this head of gold. But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which will rule over the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others.

You see, this was a dream that Nebuchadnezzar had had, a statue with a head of gold. And you notice that Daniel interprets this to tell King Nebuchadnezzar that he is that head of gold. The first kingdom in the book of Daniel then is that kingdom over which Nebuchadnezzar ruled, the kingdom of Babylon.

But you’ll notice here it was followed by three other kingdoms. The kingdom that followed Babylon after Babylon fell was the Medo-Persian kingdom. And then that kingdom fell to the Grecian kingdom. And then that third kingdom fell to a fourth kingdom, the kingdom of Rome.

It was the Roman empire that’s spoken of as the fourth kingdom here in Daniel chapter 2. And so the fourth beast of Daniel chapter 7 also refers to the Roman empire.

This little horn that came up out of this fourth beast was not in fact someone at the end time, but rather someone during the days of the Roman empire. This actually speaks of one of the emperors of Rome, Domitian. And I want us to turn over to Revelation chapter 17, where we can read about this very thing.

In Revelation chapter 17, this same kind of figure is being used to speak of the fall of the Roman empire, and it tells us a little bit about what these horns represent in the book of Daniel.

Revelation 17:9, the Bible says, Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.

Here we read about the Roman empire that sat upon the seven hills of Rome. And you notice here it’s depicted as a woman. Earlier in the chapter, a harlot, a wicked one who is deceiving the nations, who is persecuting God’s people and who is devouring the blood of the saints. But as you look closely at these verses we just read, you’ll see it speaks about the heads of this awful empire. And you’ll notice that already five had fallen. And so that brings us all the way down to Nero. But then he tells us that there’s one that is now serving as emperor when the Revelation was written, and another is yet to come, and then there’s going to be after a short time an eighth, which was bring us to the emperor of Rome called Domitian.

And so instead of the idea of this little horn coming out of the fourth beast in Daniel chapter 7 referring to someone at the end time, it’s actually speaking of that Roman empire that would persecute God’s church so severely in the first century being led by this emperor, Domitian.

Let’s look a little further in the book of Daniel, and let’s go to Daniel 8:3-9. We notice here that it speaks about a great horn. You see, it’s not the small horn that came up there in Daniel chapter 7, and neither is it the small horn that grew into a great horn here in Daniel 8:3-9.

Let’s read it there, Daniel 8 beginning in verse 3, Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and there, standing beside the river, was a ram which had two horns, and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great.

And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the ground; and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. Then he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing beside the river, and ran at him with furious power. And I saw him confronting the ram; he was moved with rage against him, attacked the ram, and broke his two horns. There was no power in the ram to withstand him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled him; and there was no one that could deliver the ram from his hand. Therefore the male goat grew very great; but when he became strong, the large horn was broken, and in place of it four notable ones came up toward the four winds of heaven.

And out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Glorious Land.

Here is this small horn that grew into this great horn. But this one comes out of the third kingdom, Greece. Daniel is the one who identifies it right here in chapter 8 and verse 20. Notice what he says about the ram.

The ram which you saw, having the two horns, they are the kings of Media and Persia. And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece. The large horn that is between its eyes is the first king.

So the second animal there mentioned, the ram, I should say, it was Medo Persia, the second kingdom. But the next kingdom, the third kingdom was the Grecian kingdom. There’s where the large horn came from. And so it cannot speak of some antichrist at the end times. It’s speaking of someone who came out of that third kingdom, the kingdom of Greece.

This would speak of Antiochus IV Ephiphanes that’s later mentioned in Daniel in the last chapters of Daniel chapters 9 through 11. So let’s notice here that he’s not that small horn of Daniel chapter 7, the antichrist is not the great horn here in Daniel chapter 8. No, these came out of the fourth and then the third kingdoms.

But let’s also notice that he is not the prince who destroyed the temple and the city of Jerusalem in Daniel 9:26. You see, there are some who want to turn to the 9th chapter of Daniel and say here we find the antichrist at the end time. What does this passage say? Daniel 9:26. Let’s read it together.

And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.

Some prince of the people, he would come and he would destroy the temple and the city of Jerusalem. Is this talking about someone at the end time? This passage speaks not of the second coming of Christ, but of the first coming of Christ. It speaks of his death. It speaks of the destruction of Jerusalem.

Christ came the first time. That’s when he was cut off. That’s when he was put to death. The destruction of Jerusalem took place some 40 years later. It was led by the Roman commander Titus in 70 AD.

And so we know who that prince of the people was that besieged and destroyed the city of Jerusalem and burnt the temple that was there. It was not some antichrist at the end time, but rather it was Titus, that Roman commander just after the first coming of Christ.

This is seen further in Daniel chapter 9, but I want you to notice at the end of verse 26 where it talks about this as the war, desolations. Till the end of the war desolations are determined. Spoken of as a desolation.

And Matthew speaks of this particular passage in Matthew chapter 24. It also helps us to identify what’s going on here.

In Matthew 24:15 we read, Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet standing in the holy place, whoever reads, let him understand.

You see, Matthew chapter 24, Jesus was talking about the destruction of the temple that then stood in the city of Jerusalem. If you look in the first verse of Matthew 24, you get the context for this whole passage.

Here it says, Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple; and his disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, Do you not see all these things? Assuredly I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another that shall not be thrown down.

That’s right. Jesus Christ was discussing the destruction of the temple that then stood in Jerusalem. And he was telling them that when they see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel, that they need to get out of that place. And just 40 years later, they saw the Roman army led by Titus come and besiege the city, surround that city, ultimately destroy that city, and they fled so they would not fall in that destruction.

Luke describes it this way, if you’ll look in Luke 21:20. He describes what that abomination of desolation really is.

Here’s the way he puts it: But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.

So as we look at the book of Daniel, we look at the little horn, we look at that great horn, we look here at the prince of the people, we see all of these have already taken place in the Grecian empire, and in the Roman empire, all of these had taken place at the first coming of Christ, not at the second coming of Christ at the end time.

Well, what about Daniel chapter 11, some would tell us? They say that he is one of the kings here, the antichrist is one of the kings here of Daniel chapter 11 and Daniel chapter 12. But if you’ll look closely at these last chapters of Daniel, you’ll see that it discusses the history from the time of Darius the Mede in that second kingdom in the book of Daniel.

Let’s read it, Daniel 11:1-2.

Also in the first year of Darius the Mede, I, even I, stood up to confirm and strengthen him. And now I will tell you the truth: Behold, three more kings will arise in Persia, and the fourth shall be far richer than them all; by his strength, through his riches, he shall stir up all against the realm of Greece.

So this is how the discussion begins, with Darius the Mede here in the Persian empire. And now this discussion will take us all the way to the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD.

Let’s go on through chapter 12 all the way to verse 6 and verse 7. Here it says, And one said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, How long shall the fulfillment of these wonders be? And then I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished.

This is a reference to God’s judgment upon the Jewish nation because of their rejection of Christ in destroying their temple in their city there in the city of Jerusalem in 70 AD.

We see this further in verse 11 of this same chapter, Daniel 12:11. Here it says, And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.

So what does Daniel tell us? Daniel tells us that all of these things are going to be fulfilled, these last chapters of chapter 11 and chapter 12, they’re going to be fulfilled from the time of Darius the Mede, the Medo-Persian, until the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, when the sacrifices cease at the destruction of the temple there in the city of Jerusalem.

As we’ve looked at Daniel’s prophecies, we see that Daniel’s prophecies are not about the end time, but about the end of the Babylonian kingdom, about the end of the Medo-Persian kingdom, about the end of the Grecian kingdom, and then the Roman empires, the end of the Jews as God’s covenant nation, and the establishment of God’s kingdom, the church, during the days of the Roman kings.

It’s not about the end of world.

Remember, in all of this, there is no mention of the term antichrist. The term antichrist is never used in the book of Daniel. And so we go in vain to look for an antichrist where it cannot be found, some antichrist at the end of the world.

We’re going to talk more about the antichrist in coming lessons, and I hope that you will continue to be tuning in so that we can see what the Bible really says about the antichrist. But let me encourage you today to keep studying your Bible and not be confused by the lies that are so popular in our world today concerning the end time.

Let’s remember that when our Lord comes, it’ll be the last day of the last days and that he will come suddenly and unexpectedly. There’ll be no signs to warn us. There’ll be no secret rapture and then much more time to get right with the Lord, no. There’ll be no antichrist that’s going to rise up at the end of the world; but rather what we need to see is that every day and at any moment our Lord could come and take us home to be with him if we be prepared, if we be ready.

So I hope that as you study the Bible and as you examine your own life and your relationship with the Lord that you’ll let us know here at The Truth In Love how we can help you towards heaven today.

>> On Zion’s glorious summit stood a numerous host redeemed by blood.
They hymned their king in strains divine.
I heard the song and strove to join.
I heard the song and strove to join.

While everlasting ages roll, eternal love shall feast their soul.
And scenes of bliss forever new rise in succession to their view, rise in succession to their view.

Holy, holy, holy Lord.
God of hosts on high adored.
Who like me thy praise should sing, oh almighty king?

Holy, holy, holy Lord. God of hosts on high adored. Holy, holy, holy.

>> I know that my redeemer lives and ever prays for me.
I know eternal life he gives from sin and sorrow free.

I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know, I know eternal life he gives.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.

I know that over yonder stands a place prepared for me,
a home, a house not made with hands, most wonderful to see.

I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know, I know eternal life he gives.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.

ROBERT >> I want to thank you for watching our program today, and we’d love to hear from you. So let me encourage you to contact us with your questions, comments, or requests at The Truth In Love, P.O. Box 865, Hurst, Texas 76053.

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>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so, showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.

Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long, sing to me of heaven, sing that old, sweet song.

Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

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