The Antichrist and the Number "666"
Before the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, it was prophesied that the man of perdition shall come first. So many predictions of the end of the world failed because this is supposed to be one of the first and eminent signs that the end is coming near. The Lord Jesus Christ shall come only until all prophecies about the Last Seven Years of Daniel have been fulfilled.
In the King James version, the "man of lawlessness" is the "man of perdition". Aptly so since he will be the Antichrist. He will destroy everything that has been set up by man. Laws and times will be changed, boundaries of nations will be removed. He will annihilate the peoples who oppose him. He will also destroy all known religions and will establish a new one with himself the new god.
The Antichrist shall have an evil prophet speaking in his behalf and proclaiming to the world to worship him. He shall perform miraculous signs like fire coming from heaven in full view of all men. Read Revelation 13:11–18. The Bible does not reveal where this false prophet will come from, but one thing sure is he will also come from the ancestry of Edom, from one of the Arab nations. His work will involve promoting a new foreign god all over the world with an iron hand. He shall work in partnership with the Antichrist with the ultimate goal of destroying the world physically and spiritually. The author believes this False Prophet is already with us, small but prophesied to grow in power, and none from the Christian world and the Western nation with all their military might will be able to stop him from his evil plans.
Note that the prophecies on the False Prophet are simply the reminiscence of King Nebuchadnezzar’s order to set up an image for all his constituents to worship (read Daniel 3). This time, it is even more forceful. The image itself has its own power to see and speak and monitor those who do not pay allegiance to the king. Those who disobey will be killed. No one can buy or sell and do business unless you are a registered citizen, meaning a follower of the Antichrist. It requires having a number of the beast printed or planted permanently on or in the forehead or hand. In the age of lasers and computers, that is actually coming to reality. Every man is identified and known by his number. A computer scanner may soon monitor every man by the number on his hand or on the forehead.
Why the number “666?" Many theologians scour books for clues and present many convincing research claims, but the answer is just in the Bible, in the book of Revelation itself.
Turn again to Revelation 17:10–11 and notice carefully:
Let us again imagine the strange beast vividly. The beast has seven heads, and each of the heads is a beast itself. In short, there are seven beasts combined into one big beast. The beast means a kingdom, and each of the heads of the beast is represented by a king, so there are supposed to be only seven kings for seven beasts since a kingdom cannot have more than one king at any given time. Five of those kings (heads) and their kingdoms had already fallen as mentioned above. One, during the time of invasion of Europe (or the lost Israel) is already reigning at the time of the start of the fulfillment of prophecy (one is)—he is the coming king of Iraq. The sixth king represents Assyria or King Shalmaneser. This future king will come from Nineveh, the capital of ancient Assyria which is now located in Iraq.
The fatal wound (read also Revelation 13:3 referring to one of the heads of the beast) stopped him for a while (once was, and now is not). But he shall return, as king of Babylon or like King Nebuchadnezzar—he shall invade Judah, now Israel. So the king of Babylon is the same Assyrian king healed from the fatal wound. He is the sixth and also the seventh. Now there’s still the last and the eighth king who will finally perish. How come when there are supposed to be only seven heads or kings? He is the beast “who once was and now is not.” This is still referring to the Assyrian king who once was alive and now fatally wounded but will rise again. Becoming the eighth king means to depict a different role—as an Egyptian pharaoh, the supreme evil, the great oppressor now ruling over Egypt (now USA) and the world. Now take note—he still belongs to the seven. Did you get it? The sixth, the seventh, and the eighth king are one and the same person. Should there have been another king, the ‘“other” of verse 11 would have been plural to complete the total of eighth. They are the same sixth king, the Assyrian king, wounded by the sword. He is the sixth king reigning in three successions, the sixth, sixth (seventh), and sixth (eighth). He is the Assyrian king, Babylonian king, and the Egyptian pharaoh ruling in succession. In short the “666.” He is the one who is the coming Antichrist who will rule the world, who plots evil against the Lord and who will counsel wickedness.
The number “six” is a man’s number since the first man, Adam , was created on the sixth day then Eve , the last soul God created. In the same way as “seventh” is God’s number, the Sabbath . Six means finality, completion of God’s work. The sixth day is the day before the Sabbath, the Lord’s day of rest. Adam was created to fulfill God’s plan, take care of the earth, and multiply. This time, it will be the opposite. The beast shall come in a charge to destroy God’s plan, destroy the earth, and annihilate many before the “Day of the Lord,” the seventh or Sabbath year.
The Deceiving Powers of the Antichrist
This topic is very important to give the readers ample warnings in order that the elect will not be swayed in faith when the time has come.
The Antichrist will have enormous power to consummate all his plans, yes, even to destroy the elect. He will indeed succeed in everything he does. He shall obtain black power or power from the devil. Pretty soon the Antichrist will declare himself to be god and shall dictate to all to worship him. Yes, even the elect are in danger of believing in him. Be careful and be alert that all these are bound to happen so as only to fulfill the prophecies:
The Wound Is Healed
Here we see the same strange beast of Daniel 7 whose one of the heads is fatally wounded and yet healed. Obviously, in the manner of writing, the Antichrist is the wounded head. What does it mean, and why is it so important that this wound shall be written down in scriptures repeatedly? It should have an important meaning for all of us to understand!
The fall of Europe and that is under the hands of the symbolic “Assyrian king.” And yet we are not supposed to fear the “Assyrian king” who was predestined to conquer the continental Europe. The greater threat to Christians is the fall of Israel and USA under the symbolic “Babylonian king” and later as the cruel “pharaoh” ruling America and the entire world. Remember that the Antichrist will rule the world as Babylonian king and at the time close to the end as symbolic pharaoh to Israel and the Christians to fulfill the confirmation of the covenant. Only when the ruler steps on American soil that he will complete his evil mission within 1,260 days. After that, Jesus will come. Read chapters 4 and 5 of the book, "The Omega Days" for more details.
This draws parallel with the original Assyrian king, King Sennacherib. He had planned to attack Jerusalem after taking over the other cities of Judah. He insulted the God of Judah and made mockery of their defenses. Through God’s intervention, his army was annihilated by an angel by night within their own encampment, and Jerusalem was spared. King Sennacherib eventually was killed by his sons. Read 2 Chronicles 32:16–21 and whole story from verse 1 to 22.
This is the particular instant of the “one is, the other has not yet come,” Revelation 13:10, stated above when the Assyrian king had been “stopped by an angel” after he conquered Europe and was about to invade Israel and then USA.
The original Assyrian king actually died. Will the Antichrist die also from the divine intervention? Yes. Read this prophecy in Revelation 17:8:
The “abyss” is another term for a “bottomless pit,” a symbol meaning grave or death. The grave or death is eternal darkness—which is why it is termed as “bottomless pit.” The word pit is used many times in the Bible meaning grave or death. Read Psalm 30:3.
The same scenario should happen to confirm the covenant. We may never know how it will happen this time, but certainly, the Antichrist will be stopped by divine power and get killed upon his next attempt to conquer the heart of Israel after the fall of Europe. Such a defeat and death will be only temporary. This temporary setback shall be his fatal wound since he will resurrect as a king possessed by Satan. Beware about this event when it happens. It will bring a great delusion to all the world because the resurrected "Assyrian King" will claim he is more powerful than the God of Israel because he was killed by His divine power but lived again. The events were written and it is a pattern of the events that came to pass way back during the fall of Jerusalem. It should be repeated to fulfill the prophecies and to confirm the covenant as written by Daniel.
Now back to the question: who is the other to come?
After the resurrection of the fallen symbolic Assyrian king, he will immediately proceed to attack Jerusalem now armed with the power of the Devil. Israel will finally fall. At that point the king will assume the role of a Babylonian king since the Israel we now know is actually the Kingdom of Judah that fell in the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar. Many think that this attack against Israel will already be the Battle of Armageddon; however, this is not yet the time for that final war. The Battle of Armageddon will occur towards the closing of the Day of the Lord. That will be the final event prior to the Millennium. That final battle will involve Gog and Magog of which the Antichrist will go to his destruction.
Read also The Powerful Delusion, A Great Lie to learn more of the "666".
The God of the Antichrist
The Antichrist is the embodiment of Satan who is fighting against all modern Israel, Christians and other religions. In order for him to unify the world, he will establish a new religion, a god unknown to his fathers as Daniel prophesied in 11:37–39:
The god, whatever it is, is a new unknown god that all religions are forced to join. Satan is living inside him and doing many miracles and wonders so that many people will easily believe in him and worship him. He will personify one of the gods of ancient Egypt since he will be ruling as a pharaoh over America and the world. Let us find out what else the Antichrist can do to entice many to believe him.
His Power over Death
It is clear from the above verse that the Antichrist shall enter the abyss or dies but shall resurrect “and yet will come.” His resurrection shall become like an imitation of Christ’s resurrection—possessing a body that will supposedly not die anymore. Rest assured, however, that his resurrection will only be short and temporary as it is written, “. . . and is going to his destruction” (Revelation 17:11). It is actually Satan living inside the resurrected Assyrian king. Satan is the origin of sin and death. He can reward everyone who will worship him with “everlasting life.” Can you imagine multitudes drawn to him because of his reward of “eternal life” to those who believe in and follow him? Only those whose names were not written in the Book of Life are destined to fall as written. The book of Isaiah tells us of the Antichrist’s and his follower’s power over death. Read:
This tells us that the Antichrist will actually die of divine intervention but shall be resurrected because of Satan’s power over death; after all, death is the product of sin, and Satan is the father of sin. Satan, the devil has a power over death. In Hebrew 2:14–15 it says:
Sure enough, he shall claim to be the real “Messiah” because he “resurrected” and can no longer die. Then he shall promise eternal physical life to those who follow him. Beware of this power! Let the readers be forewarned about his great trickery. His reward of eternal life is only physical and not spiritual. They can still die from superior power of God. Still, many will believe him and will rejoice, for at last the fountain of youth is found and they can freely have it, but with dire consequences. When the Lord Jesus Christ comes, their suffering will be worse than death. Those who will be deceived shall not die indeed, but later, those followers shall seek death but will never find it (Revelation 9:6).
So the evil king shall come back from the dead, and his resurrection is the healing of the wound (Revelation 13:3). The world thought he was finished but—
He has reason to believe he can defeat even the angels. He was “killed” by divine power but resurrected. It is now Satan living in the body of the “dead” mortal modern day Assyrian King—he shall exercise the full power of the devil. Even the world will think that he is greater than God, and therefore, they worship and love him; in fact, they shall all believe he is the real “God,” the true “Messiah” who gives hope and everlasting life. The world shall be lost by this powerful deception. Again, be very, very careful! The Bible has adequate warning for all Christians.
His Power to Control Minds and over Nature
Satan can control people’s minds, and he can control nature as he had displayed in the book of Job. But those powers are through God’s permission. However, believers should not fear since Satan has no power over Christians as long as we resist. 1Peter 5:8–9 has this warning to all Christians:
For the readers, read carefully how Satan can have tremendous power over sinners and over nature.
First, Satan controlled the minds of the Sabeans to attack and killed Job’s servants and took away all his on and donkeys. Second, he caused fire to fall from the sky and burned the sheep and servants. Third, he again controlled the minds of the Chaldeans then took all Job’s camels, and killed more servants. Finally, he commanded the winds, so it blew hard on the building where his sons and daughters were feasting. The building collapsed, crushing them all to death. If Satan can do this just to test one man through God’s permission, think what he can do if God gives him authority over all Christians—“The saints will be handed over to him [by God] for a time, times half a time” (Daniel 7:25). Continue reading the book of Job , and you will find that Satan has control over Job’s health. He caused Job to suffer with boils covering his body from head to toe, so severe that only God had prevented him from dying.
Also in Revelation 13:13,
He will perform great miracles that only God was doing in the Scriptures. There shall be a tremendous deception, for the devil knows he has but a little time. Perhaps many of the borderline Christians will turn away from faith as Jesus Christ Himself warned “if that were possible” (Matthew 24:24). He will draw great multitudes to him in guise of “good” deeds, miracles, and promise of “everlasting life.” It is written for all of us so that we will not be deceived of this trickery.
Conquest of the rest of continents will be sweeping. Perhaps the Antichrist will not need wars to conquer nations, leaving the most economies and infrastructures intact. Many shall simply submit to him.
He “will greatly honor those who acknowledge him” (Daniel 11:39). However, he will not hesitate to use weapons of mass destruction against the nations who refuse to submit to him. As the Bible says, he will make places a desert—maybe nuclear weapons? There shall be wars and destruction that is unequalled from the beginning of time.
Read also Isaiah 6:11.
He will push through with his occupation of Israel, America, and the rest of the world with ease. Armed with the devil’s power over death, the Antichristpresumed he can defeat even God. America, the eagle, is now alone, and how can a sinful nation defeat the father of sin and whose soldiers will not die?
But in the last day, the Lord Jesus Christ will come and liberate the world of this man of perdition. He shall meet his end and no one will help him.
Then Satan, the Devil who devil-possessed and resurrected the symbolic Assyrian king will be imprisoned and be kept in the Abyss [Bottomless Pit] for a thousand years, after which he will be finally thrown into the lake of fire which is hell.
Why is it that history seems to repeat itself? We will study next time.
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