The church has been deceived
Not so long after I was born again as a follower of Jesus Christ I was introduced to the concept of the AntiChrist, and that he would be some future world dictator who we do not yet recognise but will arise quite quickly making some sort of peace deal with Israel, a 7-year covenant. He would somehow solve the problems of the Palestinian-Israeli claims over the city of Jerusalem, and, by making it a UN-controlled city, bring in world peace.
Then he would set up his image — some type of supercomputer that talks — in the holy place, which I was taught would be the newly-rebuilt Jewish Temple — the third Temple.
This “image of the beast” is what the prophet Daniel called the “abomination of desolation,” and it would somehow allow the AntiChrist to exert financial control over the citizens of the world, forcing them to take the “Mark of the beast” — some sort of RFID chip — without which “no man can buy or sell.”
This AntiChrist then breaks his 7-year peace agreement, at the 3½ year point, forcing all people everywhere to worship him as God. He stands in the Temple of God speaking as if he is God. Then he starts to persecute those who refuse to worship him as God, or refuse to take the Mark. He gains dictatorial control of the world etc.. Some Christians teach that they will be “raptured” (caught up to heaven) before he breaks the covenant, but I was taught that we Christians would go through Great Tribulation under this satanic dictator. This all is meant to happen just before Christ returns the second time, and that that event is very soon as we are living in the end-times.
That is the general story that many are teaching today. But there is one problem big problem with it: Most of it is wrong! Some aspects of it may be correct but the whole story has been carefully woven into a lie. It is the futurist view of Bible prophecy conceived by Satan himself to divert the world’s attention away from the real AntiChrist who appears before the world daily. There is no need to wait for his future arrival. He is in plain sight now.
Two Roman Catholic Jesuit priests very successfully perpetrated this lie on the protestant church about 400 years ago, and it has spread to the evangelical churches in the world today. Through the Jesuits Ribera and Bellarmine, Rome put forth her futurist interpretation of bible prophecy, which largely means the prophecies in the books of Daniel and particularly in the last book, the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
In 1585 Ribera published a commentary on the book of the Revelation denying its application of the prophecies concerning the AntiChrist to the existing Church of Rome and the Papacy. Rome has now successfully diverted attention away from Rome, even conning so-called “useful idiot” evangelicals, like megachurch leader Rick Warren who commended the pope as “Holy Father,” and sends Christians “back to Rome,” after all, “all roads lead to Rome.”
If anyone is looking to do a deal with the Palestinians and bring in world communism, through “green” politics and efforts against “global warming” it is the Papacy. The AntiChrist has been there since the Church of Rome took over the power of the fallen pagan Roman empire.
The ‘beast’ of the book of the Revelation now acknowledges the Palestinian State. It really seems like the Papacy is ‘coming out’ as the ‘little horn’ speaking great things against the Most High. This pope Francis has declared himself a Marxist working with the communists and now the Palestinians. Regardless of your views on the state of Israel, and any potential solution, this shows how political he (it) has become in influencing/manipulating world affairs. This is what the Bishop of Rome did in the 5th, 6th centuries to gain the upper hand in political power.
Just do a study on who has been a big persecutor of true Christians since the time that Emperor Constantine, in the 4th century, became a “Christian” and determined that it should be a Christian empire. Check out some what the Church of Rome has done to the true followers of Christ throughout the centuries.
To put all this in perspective, I was led to look again at the prophecies in the book of the Revelation given to the Apostle John. I found it very compelling from what the history books tell us who the AntiChrist is and that that knowledge has been there in plain sight all along. I have completely changed my view from that futurist view, which I once blindly accepted. I now believe it to be a major lie to the Christian world, just as much as I believe evolution to be a major lie to the scientific world.
There are also a few verses in Daniel that need clarification because one verse (Daniel 9:27) in particular has been used by futurists as a key verse about the AntiChrist and what he will do. I once believed that that verse indicated the AntiChrist would make a 7-year peace pact but break it in the middle bringing on great tribulation. Looking at this now:
Daniel 9:26b and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
The ‘people of the prince’ were the army of Vespasian the Roman Emperor who came and conquered Judaea. Under General Titus the Temple was pulled apart in 70 A.D., the Jews were sent into exile and hence the temple worship terminated. The land was ravaged by wars.
The prince here was ‘antichrist’ in nature, that is, Emperor Vespasian, but he does not represent the futurist’s AntiChrist.
The next verse is very a key one, which has been terribly misinterpreted by most of the evangelical churches who believe in and/or teach the futurist interpretations of bible prophecy.
Daniel 9:27a And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:
‘He’ here refers to Jesus the Messiah (not the AntiChrist). He, Jesus, confirms the covenant (Galatians 3:17)—fulfilling the Law (Romans 10:4)—with many, but not all, in Israel. Compare to what Daniel prayed,
Daniel 9:4 …. O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love Him, and to them that keep His commandments.
This event occurred in the last week of 7 years, which is divided into two 3½ year periods. In the first 3½ year period Jesus Christ preaches around the land of Judaea. This is the period of His ministry on Earth.
Sir Isaac Newton suggested, in Christ’s death on the Cross He confirms the covenant, all the promises that had gone before Him, and fulfills the payment of sin as only He could do on that cross. Only by a sinless man’s sacrifice could mankind be redeemed. Of a certainty He died for those who repent of their sins. This occurs at the moment in time of His death on the Cross, which occurred at the end of the first 3½ year period, which is the middle of the last week.
Daniel 9:27b and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation [offering] to cease,
Jesus in His death causes the Jewish sacrifice to cease because He pays the price for our atonement finally and totally forever. There now is no longer any need for the annual atonement rituals. The veil of the Temple is rent in two (Mark 15:38). There is no record of the Ark of the Covenant ever being returned to the Holy of Holies after the return from the Babylonian exile. But because Jesus is our Mediator there was no need of the Ark nor the Temple. And there was no longer any need for a priesthood. After that the Romans came and eliminated the Temple worship anyway.
Isaac Newton (my emphasis added):
And in half a week he shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease; that is, by the war of the Romans upon the Jews: which war, after some commotions, began in the 13th year of Nero, A.D. 67, in the spring, when Vespasian with an army invaded them; and ended in the second year of Vespasian, A.D. 70, in autumn, Sept. 7, when Titus took the city, having burnt the Temple 27 days before: so that it lasted three years and an half.3
That was for a period of 3½ years, the second half of the week.
Daniel 9:27c and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
The overspreading of abominations is the description for the false gods of the Romans that He (Jesus Christ) brings into the land making it desolate because they rejected their Messiah. The word translated as ‘overspreading’ has the meaning ‘covering,’ covering over the land.
So this whole prophecy is about Christ, his return and the destruction of Judah. The abomination of desolation that Daniel speaks (Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11) of and Jesus mentions in Matthew 24:15 is one of these Roman gods, Jupiter Capitolinus. Under General Titus in the year 70 A.D. the Jewish Temple was destroyed, pulled apart, stone from stone, as predicted by Jesus in Matthew 24:2. In 135 A.D. (the 16th year of the Emperor Hadrian), the Romans placed the abomination by building a Temple to Jupiter, on the site where the Temple of God in Jerusalem had stood.
Read my Daniel 9 prophecy notes and the notes I have been writing on the Revelation of Jesus Christ!
- Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth
- Historical or futurist view of biblical prophecy?
- Daniel 2 prophecy
- Daniel 7 prophecy
- Daniel 9 prophecy
- Observations upon the prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John by Sir Isaac Newton
- Romanism and the Reformation by H. Grattan Guinness