XXIX Revelation and the AntiChrist

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Here meet the second of six entities accounted for in the final two chapters of John's Revelation. Revelation Chapters 13 and 17 present the AntiChrist, 2nd member of the unholy satanic trinity. Trace this doomed but powerful entity's rise and certain demise.

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  • XXIX Revelation and the AntiChrist

    1. 1. XXXI: ANTICHRIST– CRISIS OVERLOAD ion of t roduc G AP he skO op t sh Work In which we see AntiChrist rise, reign, rant, rage and roast
    2. 2. Here find slide set devoted to Revelation’s portrayal of the AntiChrist. He is the second in a list of six protagonists who populate the Tribulational landscape. In truth, I could have made a list of seven protagonists by including the Harlot. In fact, I’ve devoted a large part of one slide set (#27 in this series) to her activities and to the two chapters of Revelation that feature her. But here find the AntiChrist, aka: The Beast or Daniel’s Despicable Person. “Lo, his doom is sure.” Never lose sight of that
    3. 3. I’m just filler . . . you know, ‘No hyperlinks for you till Slide 4!” Lenny would have linked to Set #27 in the previous slide, but, oh well . . .
    4. 4. Basic Information LICENSING: I grant a Creative Commons license made of the following elements: You may freely share and adapt this work provided you 1) give me credit–(website info fine!), 2) your efforts have no commercial application and 3) you share extracted/redacted work with others. God bless and have fun! VISIT: skOG Workshop Headquarters at www.lennyhoy.com for other items of prophetical interest. Slide Array Table of Contents IMAGES: By Subscription: http:// www.instonebrewer.com/bpg2009/ frames.htm?members/member_page.php TITLE PICTURE: gaza-strip-war, google images labeled for reuse By Permission: Creative Commons Licensing as noted (see TITLE PICTURE at right for instance) EMAIL: leonard.hoy@gmail.com
    5. 5. HE’S SURROUNDED BY THE SUPERNATURAL His origins/nature His power His resurrection His authority His time span His helper His followers His end
    6. 6. ANTICHRIST: Scattered References Relevant Texts Daniel 2:40-45 Matthew 24:15-22 Rev 13 Zech 11:15-17 (?) Mark 13:14-20 (Our Core Text) Daniel 9: 27 II Thess 2:1-12 Daniel 11:21-45 Rev 17:8-18
    7. 7. SATAN SEEKS A COUNTERFEIT TRINITY DRAGON/SATAN: Plays the role of God the Father: 1. The source of all power (Rev 13:2) 2. The ultimate focus of worship (Rev 13:4) 3. Invisible presence (Rev 13-by implication)
    8. 8. SATAN SEEKS A COUNTERFEIT TRINITY ANTICHRIST: Plays the role of God the Son: 1. Killed and Resurrected (Rev 13:3) 2. The visible member of the unholy trinity 3. Incites worship (Rev 13:4,12) 4. Speaks the ‘words‘ of his ‘father’, Satan (Rev 13-by implication) 5. Accepts worship (Rev 13:4,12)
    9. 9. SATAN SEEKS A COUNTERFEIT TRINITY FALSE PROPHET: Plays the role of God the Holy Spirit: 1. Magnifies Satan’s ‘son’s’ influence and words like the Holy Spirit (Rev 13:12 / John 14:26, 16:5) 2. Directs worship to the ‘son’/‘beast’ (Rev 13:12 / John 14:13+14 ) 3. Associated with miracles (Rev 13:13 / I Cor 12-14) 4. Fabricates a HS-like ‘sealing’ with his “Mark of the Beast”– (Rev 13:16 vs. Eph 1:13, 4:30)
    10. 10. SEVEN HEADS, TEN HORNS And One Man’s Understanding of Them
    11. 11. THE BEAST: PERSISTENTLY DESCRIBED AS SEVEN-HEADED,TEN HORNED. Revelation 13:1 Introduces him as seven headed, ten horned Revelation 17:3 Refers to him as seven headed, ten horned Revelation 13:7 Explains the meaning of the seven heads, ten horns
    12. 12. THE SEVEN HEADS ARE . . . (PER REV 13:9) SEVEN MOUNTAINS ON WHICH THE WOMAN (His Religious Ally) SITS City of Rome has (and quite famously has) 7 hills–does this mean that Babylon the Harlot situates itself in Rome? The City of Constantinople has (a less well known) set of 7 hills-does the Harlot reside there? Historic Babylon incorporated pyramid-shaped ziggurats as worship sites? Could this be the residence of the Harlot?
    13. 13. THE SEVEN HEADS I wilARE . . . (PER REV 13:9) l not eve n p re t My perso nal choic end to re solve thi s myster e, howev y. er, isTHE WOMAN (His SEVEN MOUNTAINS ON WHICH Historic B (Refer to abylon. Zecharia Religious Ally) SITS h 5:5 ?) City of Rome has (and quite famously has) 7 hills–does this mean that Babylon the Harlot situates itself in Rome? The City of Constantinople has (a less well known) set of 7 hills-does the Harlot reside there? Historic Babylon incorporated pyramid-shaped ziggurats as worship sites? Could this be the residence of the Harlot?
    14. 14. THE SEVEN HEADS ARE ALSO. . . (PER REV 13:9) SEVEN KINGS: FIVE HAVE FALLEN, ONE IS, AND THE OTHER HAS YET TO COME . . . . FIVE HAVE FALLEN: Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian and Greek Empires ONE IS (from John’s time perspective?): Roman Empire OTHER YET TO COME: The AntiChrist’s ten-nation alliance/empire of the End-Times
    15. 15. THE BEAST: REV 17:8 WAS, IS NOT AND WILL COME FIRST POSSIBLE INTERPRETATION: THE PHRASE HAS A TIME REFERENCE: The Beast ‘is not’ at the time of John’s vision (Rev 17:8a) (“The beast that you saw is not . . .”). But it did indeed exist at that time–Rome The Beast ‘is not’ when end-times people view him (Rev 17:8b) But it will exist then-the AntiChrist. Therefore, this theory does not easily compute logically. What else could this phrase connote?
    16. 16. THE BEAST: REV 17:8 WAS, IS NOT AND WILL COME SECOND POSSIBLE INTERPRETATION: THE PHRASE WORKS AS A DESCRIPTIVE TITLE: WAS: Existed in partial manifestation through six Kingdoms (Egypt-Rome) WAS NOT: Had no manifestation from Rome to the 70th Week WILL COME: Re-emerges in the 70th Week in full, final and unrestrained power in AntiChrist
    17. 17. AND ALL WHO DWELL ON THE EARTH WILL WONDER . . . . . . . WHEN THEY ‘SEE’ THE BEAST, THAT HE WAS AND IS NOT AND WILL COME : The lost will wonder at the resurrected Prince Who Is To Come when they come to ‘see’ that he manifests a long-lived spiritual entity worthy of the descriptive title: THE BEAST WHO WAS, IS NOT AND WILL COME! His power, resurrection and authority impress the lost, certainly, and cause them to fear. But his credentials as the most recent manifestation of a millennia old, world-changing spiritual entity cause them to wonder and worship! The False Prophet most likely leads them to ‘see’ or understand the Beast for who he really is: a timeless spiritual manifestation of Satan himself. Believers won’t wonder; they/we will take fresh stock of our challenge, our role, our destiny and God’s omnipotent predictive power.
    18. 18. THE BEAST: REV 17:11 ONE OF THE 7, ALSO AN TH 8 STRESSES THE BEAST’S UNIQUE, TWO-PHASE ROLE ONE OF THE SEVEN: RESTRAINED–Originally, AntiChrist appears as yet another human antagonist of the Jews, just like Nebuchadnezzar or Antiochus Epiphanes. Horrible servants of Satan, but restrained by The Restrainer nonetheless (II Thessalonians 2:6) AN EIGHTH: UNRESTRAINED–Resurrected, unrestrained and supernatural in power, our Prince Who Is To Come now appears as THE ANTICHRIST!
    19. 19. THE BEAST: WE LEARN THAT HE EXISTS AS A UNIFIED SPIRITUAL ENTITY (The ‘BEAST’ exists spiritually independent of any of its many separate historical manifestations.) A BEING WITH DISTINCT HISTORICAL IMPERIAL MANIFESTATIONS, (Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome) A FINAL PERSONAL MANIFESTATION (AntiChrist) AND ONE FINAL IMPERIAL MANIFESTATION: (10 political allies and a religious ally, the Harlot of: Rome? Constantinople? Babylon?)
    20. 20. THE BEAST: HAS A FINAL DESTINY! e g oe s t o . . .and h ev 17:11) uction (R d e st r em (Rev 17:14) will overcome th . .and The Lamb . rown alive into the Lake of Fire . . . seized . . . . and th rns with brimstone (Rev 19:20) which bu . . .yet he will come to his end and no one will help him. (Dan 11:45)
    21. 21. Get set to look at Revelation 13 w ith two competing mindsets: Pessimism and Fear VERSUS Courageous Steadfast Hope
    22. 22. Get set to look at Revelation 13 w ith two competing mindsets: God enables believers to beat the odds! Right? The bigger they are . . . Pessimism and Fear VERSUS Courageous Steadfast Hope
    23. 23. REVELATION 13 AntiChrist: The Case For Fear
    24. 24. The AntiChrist: World Savior? Smooth and Skillful Politician: The political figure who will become the AntiChrist has a measure of irresistible charm and a scheming mind that make him more than a match for mere mortals. Can he be the one to bring order out of chaos? One can only hope! Capacity for intrigue: (Daniel 11:21) A deceiver: (Daniel 11: 23) A schemer: (Daniel 11:24) Starts as a commoner (11:21), mysteriously winds up a king (11:27)
    25. 25. The AntiChrist: Infinite Power? Empowered by Satan Himself: The ‘Dragon’ gives the Beast his power and authority. (Rev 13:2) This accounts for his early successes! Vigorous Successful Warrior: Daniel 11:21-45 depicts the AntiChrist/Beast/Despicable Person as a powerful, actively engaged warrior in battle after battle. Capable Administrator: Once he conquers a land, he passes out fiefdoms to his cronies to cement their loyalty and encourage newbies to cooperate (Daniel 11:24)
    26. 26. The AntiChrist: Unstoppable Pow er? Resurrected! He receives a ‘fatal’ head wound and, for all anyone can tell, he dies! But . . . He comes back to life!!! (13:3) A resurrection?!?!?!? He now thinks he’s God! Who can blame him??? The ‘world’ now stands ready to worship him as God! Well, duh! Powerfully Blasphemous: His words and gestures blaspheme Almighty God–and he seems to get away with it! His uncorrected boldness further incites fear and a tendency to worship this man as God!
    27. 27. The AntiChrist: Your Worst Nigh tmare? Vengeful and Aggressive! AntiChrist needs followers, not friends, and he tolerates no opposition . Brutalizes the resistant Saints Pummels the resistant Jews Attacks religious ‘Babylon’, his own ally, the Harlot, in a fit of jealousy (IMO) Kills the Two Witnesses Wages war with his neighbors almost constantly
    28. 28. REVELATION 13 Mindset 2: The Case For Hope and Courage
    29. 29. ANTICHRIST: A figure of iron and clay-(a la Nebuchadnezzar’s great statue!) All his assets fail to combine in any effective way and he falls short of his aspirations over and over. Falls short of world domination: Satan gives him Satan’s power-it’s not enough (Rev 12:11+14). Satan gives him authority to rule the worldAntiChrist can’t exercise it effectively (Dan 11:29) His ten nation coalition (iron and clay) proves a weak foundation for exercising full world domination. (Dan 11:40)
    30. 30. ANTICHRIST: by frequent refusal to ustrated at every turn, beset Fr is authority and power. bend the knee to h Economically Limited: No one buys or sells without the Mark? Apparently not a world wide issue, for Sheep/Goat nations (Matt 25:31) survive without it as do many Saints (Rev 14) and Jews (Zech 14) Spiritually Thwarted: Never cracks Saints’ devotion to Christ (Rev 12:11) Believers refuse him worship. Suffers From Reverse Tinker-bell Effect: Refuse to clap and his strength fails.
    31. 31. ANTICHRIST: His assumption of su preme authority has a thin and desperate edge to it, if you know where to loo k. Constantly Humiliated: Two Witnesses operate with impunity in the very midst of his empire. (Rev 11) God rains down plague after plague on his kingdom and he cannot stop the rain. Only the terminally deluded (II Thess 2:11) follow his lead. Harlot of Babylon slow to acknowledge his supremacy after his resurrection. (Rev 17:16)
    32. 32. ANTICHRIST: His assumption of supreme authority has a thin and desperate edge to it, if you know where to look. Pesky Jews Elude His Authority and Control In Spite of Everything He Can Do: God protects a Jewish segment miraculously (Rev 12:6, 16) 144K witness thrive under God’s protection (Rev 7/Daniel 11:33, 39) Orthodox Jewish zealots hold out to the end. (Zech 14)
    33. 33. ANTICHRIST: Not all we crack him up to be in our imagination. He has serious military challenges to his authority. Geopolitical Forces Fight Back: ‘Ships from Kittim’* disturb him (Dan 11:30) Kings of North and South fight him (Daniel 11:40) He must appeal to the nations of the world for support at the end. (Rev 16:13 )
    34. 34. ANTICHRIST: Not all we crack him up to be in our imagination. He has serious military challenges to his authority. Geopolitical Forces Fight Back: ‘Ships from Kittim’* disturb him (Dan 11:30) Kings of North and South fight him (Daniel 11:40) He must appeal to the nations of the world for support at the end. (Rev 16:13 ) an navy. Double y fulfilled, yes, by Rom Historicall 17: 11+12? I think so. ent a la John in Matt fulfillm nce the US Navy!! d if this doesn’t refere I’ve always wondere y. Can’t help myself Sorr
    35. 35. IN THE END. . . . . HE HAS ONLY FEAR Daniel 11:40+ details the AntiChrist’s final days, days in which his neighbors attack him violently, rumors from the East disturb him. He becomes a whirlwind of destruction but Daniel’s narrative carries with it a sense of AntiChrist’s desperation as he flails about him. He fills with fear!
    36. 36. IN THE END. . . . . HE HAS ONLY FEAR Daniel 11:40+ details the AntiChrist’s final days, days in which his neighbors attack him violently, rumors from the East disturb him. He becomes a whirlwind of destruction but Daniel’s narrative carries with it a sense of AntiChrist’s desperation as he flails about him. He fills with fear!
    37. 37. REVELATION 13 Relevance for ‘Everyday’ Christian Living
    38. 38. The kingdom of the world becomes the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ . . . Rev 11:15
    39. 39. The kingdom of the world becomes the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ . . . Rev 11:15 The brethren overcome Satan because of the blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony and they did not love their life to the death. Rev 12:11
    40. 40. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Eph 6:13
    41. 41. God . . . rmor of the full a take up erefore, Th firm . . . . . . stand resist with truth ur loins Gird yo usness of righteo astplate ut on bre P f peace gospel o t with the your fee Shod of faith the shield Take up alvation elmet of s on the h ord of Put e Spirit-W ord of th p the sw Take u 4-17 esians 6:1 Eph God
    42. 42. Get a spiritual spine. Pursue Godliness and the love of the brethren. Prune your character; weed your thoughts; sharpen your knowledge of the Word. Crave holiness. Do these things and you’ll be ready for anything!
    43. 43. We are indwelt with all the Light we’ll ever need to deal triumphantly with all the darkness evil can bring to bearNow, tomorrow or whenever!
    44. 44. OUR NEXT FOCUS . . . Next: XXXII: The Saints
    45. 45. OUR NEXT FOCUS . . . ’, have a mmonly called ‘Tribulation Saints The believers of the 70th Week, co God calls elation’s full treatment of them. high calling if we reckon with Rev places a ercome, not merely survive. God on the Tribulation Saints to ov ts lders which no other group of Sain r shou measure of responsibility on thei e Ages. argin of victory in the Battle of th m has ever aspired to. Their’s is the Next: XXXII: The Saints
    46. 46. OUR NEXT FOCUS . . . ’, have a mmonly called ‘Tribulation Saints The believers of the 70th Week, co God calls elation’s full treatment of them. high calling if we reckon with Rev places a ercome, not merely survive. God on the Tribulation Saints to ov ts lders which no other group of Sain r shou measure of responsibility on thei e Ages. argin of victory in the Battle of th m has ever aspired to. Their’s is the Come meet these believers! Next: XXXII: The Saints
    47. 47. OUR NEXT FOCUS . . . ’, have a mmonly called ‘Tribulation Saints The believers of the 70th Week, co God calls elation’s full treatment of them. high calling if we reckon with Rev places a ercome, not merely survive. God on the Tribulation Saints to ov ts lders which no other group of Sain r shou measure of responsibility on thei e Ages. argin of victory in the Battle of th m has ever aspired to. Their’s is the Come meet these believers! Search the Table of Conte nts for Other Offer ings In This Series Next: XXXII: The Saints

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