Tuesday, August 3, 2021

1st Seal - The AntiChrist

 

1st Seal - The AntiChrist

When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoever reads, let him understand:) (Matthew 24:15 AKJV)

We are told by our Lord what to look for and how to recognize this event as being close to the time of persecution and His return to rule and reign. This also means Christians will be around when it happens. What is the “abomination of desolation?” Discussing the events surrounding the return of our Lord should show us what to look for and help us pinpoint the time of this event and invigorate the body of Christ. After all, we are all expectantly waiting for this time. Unfortunately, instead of uniting us as a body that is working for the Kingdom of Heaven, it often creates division and strife. 

As we continue looking into the Book of Revelation, please remember that what we choose to believe concerning the return of the Lord doesn’t affect our salvation. We are all brothers and sisters who are adopted into the family of God. If what you believe doesn’t line up with what I believe, that is okay. We can agree to disagree and celebrate the fact that one day, we will all know the truth!

Daniel’s Week

Seventy weeks are determined on your people and on your holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. (Daniel 9:24 AKJV)

Previously we established a timeline of defined events that will happen in the final week before God’s wrath is poured out, just before Jesus returns. According to the angel Gabriel, this prophecy of seventy weeks pertains to the people of Israel and the holy city, Jerusalem. In this chapter of the Bible, past events are described in “weeks, ” which actually represents “years.”

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the middle of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate… (Daniel 9:27 AKJV)

We know that when this final week comes, the return of our Lord is at hand, even right at the door. When will this week begin? What events are the seals connected to?

1st Seal

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, “Come and see.” And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given to him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. (Revelation 6:1-2 AKJV)

This is the first of what is known as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. One of the four beasts reveals what is happening. Revelation 4:7 shows the first beast is the lion who views what is happening with the rulers upon the Earth. Most scholars agree that the person on the white horse is the AntiChrist. The defining characteristics are:
 riding a horse: a symbol of power

  • white: symbolic of self-righteousness
  • bow: used with arrows which are words so his words will be weapons
  • crown: symbolic of royal power and authority.

The Antichrist will come in power, seeming righteous, but he will be focused on his own self interest. He will be cunning with words and is not a member of royalty but is “given a crown.” He is given the power and authority of a king even though he wasn’t born into it.

Timing

We must closely examine the scripture to see when this occurs. After Daniel’s week is described in chapter 9, some time later Daniel is given a prophecy about the rulers to come who will affect Israel, the description centers around the rulers of Syria who have always been at war with Israel. All the described events have been fulfilled except the final ruler:

And in his place or office [in Syria] shall arise a contemptuous and contemptible person, to whom royal majesty and honor of the kingdom have not been given. But he shall come in without warning in time of security and shall obtain the kingdom by flatteries, intrigues, and cunning hypocritical conduct. (Daniel 11:21 AMPC)

And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honor of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. (Daniel 11:21 AKJV)

It is good to look at scriptures in more than one translation. Right away we see that the person to take power in Syria is a “vile” person who is contemptible. “In his place or office” is referring to the royal leadership role of Syria. A person assumes that place of authority but isn’t royal by birth but worms his way in. He comes in peaceably, so it isn’t with military might by literally conquering. He will “obtain the kingdom by flatteries.”
In the Amplified Classic Version, we get a full picture of what this means. The expanded definition includes intrigues and cunning hypocritical behavior in the list of attributes. The AntiChrist is someone manipulating behind the scenes and whose behavior doesn’t line up with what he says. This perfectly aligns with the first seal, giving more details that may help us identify the Antichrist later. To find out what the Antichrist does, we need to continue reading:

And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflowed from before him, and shall be broken; yes, also the prince of the covenant. (Daniel 11:22 AKJV)

This short verse has much information and shows how the Antichrist comes into power. Syria has been in a constant state of turmoil from invaders, since Israel was established as a nation. “They” refers to Syria, where he will come into power. There are several Hebrew words which need to be looked at to find out how this will happen: 

  • Arms: zerôa (zer-o’-ah) - arm as seat of (human) strength, forces, political and military
  • Flood: šeṭep̄ (sheh’-tef) - a torrent, downpour, outpouring: a swift occurrence, sometimes linked to God’s judgement
  • Overflowed: šāṭap̄ (shaw-taf ’ ) - be swept away (defeated)

History shows us that no military force can bring peace in the Middle East. Even America’s large army could not accomplish this. Therefore, it seems very possible that the Antichrist will have a political power and strength which will cause the current power in Syria to be “utterly swept away.” At the same time, the “prince of a covenant” is removed. There are a few different possible meaning for this:

  1. Most people know that Donald Trump was championing the “Abraham Accord;” a peace agreement for those surrounding Israel. A “prince” is someone with ruling power. This may explain why Trump didn’t win the second election; was he removed from the playing field to fulfill a prophecy from God? 
  2. The seven year agreement is referred to as a “league” or “alliance,” not a covenant. God has a covenant with Israel, so could this be referring to Netanyahu, the leader of Israel who has led the country so well in previous years? 
Any of these are possible at this point in time, during the summer of 2021. The first seal is about the Antichrist riding forth in power, which, as we see, will begin to happen right before the peace treaty is made.

And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people. (Daniel 11:23 AKJV)

The “league” refers to a seven year agreement known as Daniel’s Week. After the signing, he will become popular with regular people. This means that the first seal may be broken just before the peace treaty is signed, for the Antichrist must have some big power in Syria in order to create peace through this agreement.

Though I am not intimately aware of Syrian politics, I can tell you, however, that a new player has been manipulating behind the scenes in this and many more countries. 
He wrote the Abraham Accord - a peace agreement for nations around Israel 
He is close friends with the crown prince of Syria and Benjamin Netanyahu
He has had a big hand in the American government as well supporting every president for the last three terms. 

The Lord has impressed upon me the fact that looking into this person may bring a spiritual attack upon someone. For this reason, He will not allow me to reveal who this may be in a public meeting, until the peace agreement is signed. Whether or not he is the AntiChrist, time will surely tell. But one thing we do know is that the first seal isn’t necessarily the signing of the treaty but the Antichrist coming into power and gaining influence before that time. The verses that follow aptly describe not only what we know the enemy will do from prior studies but provide additional information as well.
He shall enter peaceably even on the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yes, and he shall forecast his devices against the strongholds, even for a time. (Daniel 11:24 AKJV)
The topic is still the AntiChrist coming into power in Syria. This confirms that his might isn’t from military exploits, at least at first. The AntiChrist enters peaceably so it is by political strategy that he is able rise to power. “Forecasting devices” is also referred to as “devising plans” against strongholds in that area. The phrase “for a time” is used by John elsewhere in this same book:
But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time. (Revelation 12:14 ESV)
“Even for a time” could refer to the fact that the AntiChrist has this kind of political power for a year before the next seal is broken. Who will wield this power? We will need to read to the end of Daniel to find a few more clues about the identity of the AntiChrist.
Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. (Daniel 11:37 AKJV)
The praise “desire of women” can also be translated “the delight of women.” This would refer to the desire for the Messiah to be born. It follows the Hebrew word ‘ĕlōhîm is translated differently in various versions of the Bible, sometimes God, god, or gods. All of these are possible meanings for this word. In the King James Version it is translated God, I believe because the same sentence also says, “nor regard any god.” Since the same word is used a second time with the word “any” this is grouping many spiritual powers together, marking this as something other than the One True God. 
Taken all together, these two items would indicate that the AntiChrist will be Jewish and not happy about Christians, those who regard Mary as the mother of the Messiah. Perhaps this is why this passage ends with:
And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. (Daniel 11:45 AKJV)
The AntiChrist builds his palace in Israel. This will be either through conquering or because he is Jewish and entitled to have a home there. Being a Hebrew would also allow him access to the temple where he could enter and declare himself to be God. If he is Jewish, then we can apply that to the previous verse:
...and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers’ fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches (Daniel 11:24 AKJV)
A person would have to have a good connection to his ancestors and his nation to fulfil this verse. You would need to know who they were and what happened to them. Then you would have to bring prey (the enemy), spoil (stolen goods) and wealth. 
There are Biblical artifacts which have been missing since the time of Christ. There is a rumor that they have been found in a place claimed by Syria, Jordan, and Israel. Could the AntiChrist be instrumental in brokering a peace to deliver these artifacts to Israel? 
Identifying the AntiChrist
We now know that the AntiChrist will begin riding forth in power before Daniel’s Week begins. Keeping the attributes described in Daniel in mind will help us identify him. He will
  1. Be given royal authority in Syria though he doesn’t have royal blood. 
  2. Be hypocritical and manipulate others through political might.
  3. Be instrumental in Syria signing the seven-year agreement.
  4. Become strong with regular people first
  5. Deliver riches to Israel
  6. Possibly Jewish and hates Christians


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