Tuesday, August 3, 2021

1st Seal - The AntiChrist


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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 to look for and recognize this event as being close to the time of persecution and His return to rule and reign. Jesus would not tell His faithful followers that they would “see” this event if Christians wouldn’t be here; we will be around when this event happens. What is the “abomination of desolation?”  

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 before God’s wrath is poured out and our Lord returns. According to the angel Gabriel, this prophecy of 70 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)

This is the seven-year agreement known as Daniel’s Week. In the middle of the Week, the agreement will be broken and “abominations he shall make it desolate.” This sounds a lot like “abomination of desolation.” Is this Week connected to the breaking of the seals mentioned in Revelation?

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 the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. One of the four beasts before the Throne of God 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 (Ezekiel 19:6). Most scholars agree that the person on the white horse is the AntiChrist. 

To prevent confusion with the spirit of antichrist mentioned in 1 John 4:1-6 we will capitalize the name: he is the opposite of our Lord (Christ). The defining characteristics of this person are:

  • riding a horse: a symbol of coming power
  • white: symbolic of righteousness or self-righteousness
  • bow: used with arrows which are words, so his words will be weapons (Jeremiah 3:9)
  • 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.


We must closely examine the scripture to see when this occurs. After Daniel’s Week is described in chapter 9, then, a couple of chapters 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 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)

Because this is the final ruler to attack Israel, we can connect him to the creator of the seven-year agreement: Daniel’s Week, though the definitive proof of it will not come until the end of the description in chapter 12. Daniel asks when this will happen and is told:

  • it shall be for a time, times, and a half (Daniel 12:7). Time: 1 year, times: 2 years, half time: half a year – three-and-a-half years.

Since we know the AntiChrist will break the covenant halfway through a seven-year period, we can see that these are two descriptions of the same event. This is a more in-depth account of the last person who will attack Israel. By linking these two together we know who the covenant will include. 

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 a leadership role of Syria. A person assumes that place of authority but isn’t royal by birth. He comes in peaceably, so it isn’t by literally conquering with military. The AntiChrist will “obtain the kingdom by flatteries.”

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) 

It is good to look at scriptures in more than one translation. 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 both as a conqueror and 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) - seat of (human) strength, forces, political and military
  • Flood: šeṭep̄ (sheh’-tef) - a torrent, downpour, outpouring: a swift occurrence, sometimes linked to God’s judgment
  • 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 feat. Therefore, it seems very possible that the AntiChrist will have political power and strength that will cause the current authorities in Syria to be “utterly swept away.” 

We need some basic information to understand “Also a prince of a covenant.” 

  • Israel has a “covenant” with God. This person is Jewish.

The AntiChrist establishes the covenant and comes into royal power in Israel because he is from a Jewish lineage.

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 Hebrew word ḥāḇar is translated “league” and is not the same word used for “covenant” showing that though these seem like they may be linked, they really are not. The word ḥāḇar refers to “be joined, tie a magic knot or spell, charm.” The AntiChrist uses words, and we know that he has the power to deceive all those who are not Christians (Revelation 13) so this also fits in with the First Horseman riding forth during the breaking of the first seal.

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 to create peace through this agreement. We can put it in place just before the Tribulation Timeline begins.

A new player has been manipulating behind the scenes in many 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 supported 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. When we mentioned his name in a meeting, every “seer” in the Zoom felt the movement of the enemy in the spiritual realm. Since the AntiChrist will be the leader of Satan’s forces, you do not want to draw the attention of his army to you. By the end of this book, you will be able to identify him by his actions.

The verses that follow aptly describe not only what we know the enemy will do from prior studies in Academy Workbook 7, 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 to rise to power. “Forecasting his 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 phrase “desire of women” can also be translated as “the delight of women.” This would refer to the desire for the Messiah to be born, the greatest delight for any woman. It follows the Hebrew word ‘ĕlōhîm which 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. A prince lives in a palace, so we now see that he does come to some kind of power in Israel. 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 fact 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 agreement to deliver these artifacts to Israel? 

Identifying the AntiChrist

We know that the AntiChrist will begin riding forth in power before Daniel’s Week begins and be scheming for a year. 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 be of Jewish lineage and hates Christians

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