In part one, I discussed my thoughts on why I believe we are in the “end times” predicted thousands of years ago in The Bible. In part two, I offered possibly pathways to explaining away the Rapture and reaching the one-world government, currency, and religion. In this section, I hope to deal with the person known as the “Man of Sin” or Antichrist.
The world is on fire with the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries are shutting their borders and the world economy is teetering now that most businesses are closed. This disaster is necessary for the End Times.
After all, how else can we achieve peace if it is not brought about through chaos? I believe that the broker of that peace will be the Antichrist. There are a number of theories, mine included, of who or what this person will be. Will he be President of the United States, General of the United Nations, a politician, a world leader, or a religious leader? I believe he will become Pope and rule from Rome, but before I get into that, here are some characteristics that we know from the Bible.
WORDS THAT END IN “X”
Have you ever considered words that end in “x”?
Antichrist is a king (rex) who uses his voice (vox) to bring peace (pax). He is a fake (faux) deception (hoax) who is followed by war and pestilence (pox). His number is three sixes (sex in Latin; hex in Greek) and he is represented as a leopard, which is a large cat (felix) in Revelation 13.
In Greek mythology, Styx is the river to Hades – which we would call “hell.”
A curse is a hex (six) or a jinx.
Satan is Lucifer which means light (lux) bearer.
“X” MARKS THE “SPOT”
If you are not familiar with the “law of first mention,” it is a principle that Bible believers use to define a word throughout Scripture by looking at the context in which it is first used.
The first mention of “spotted” is in Genesis 30 when Jacob was separating the spotted cattle and goats from Laban’s herds. In Gen. 30:32-25, spotted cattle and goats were removed by Jacob and increased in number.
Spots represent blemishes, and goats are the unsaved who survive the Tribulation and are damned (Matt 25).
The first mention of “spot” occurs in Leviticus 13:2 (notice the 13, which is generally believed to be an unlucky number) when referring to leprosy appearing as a “bright spot.” The “bright spot” is considered a plague (v 4) when it spreads (v 22). It is also connected with a boil (v 19) and one is considered “clean” when the bright spot is not spreading (v 23).
It makes me wonder why a “bright spot” is considered something good in our vernacular.
A spot is a “blemish” according to Numbers 19:2 that refers to the “unspotted” red heifer that is “without blemish.” Furthermore, Numbers 28 tells us that lambs “without spot” were used in sacrifice, just as the Passover lamb was “unblemished” in Exodus 12 and Jesus Christ is “without spot and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14).
Men are told to love their wives as Christ loves the church in Ephesians 5:25, “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (v 27, emphasis mine).
Jesus Christ shed His blood for us, and His blood is without spot (Hebrews 9:14 and 1 Peter 1:19)
There is a clear pattern here. The spot, like words than end in “x,” is clearly meant as a blemish or something negative.
The Spot and Antichrist
Not only does the “spot” signify blemish or corruption of some kind of character trait, but the Bible directly refers to sinners as spots.
2 Peter 2:13 (there’s that 13 again), says that the “unjust” and “wicked” are “brute beasts” (v. 12) that are “spots and blemishes.”
Jude 1:10-12 also uses the term, “brute beasts” (v. 10) and refers to the “way of Cain” (v. 11) who is a type of Antichrist who was marked (Genesis 4:15). These “spots” are “without fear,” and produce withered fruit or no fruit at all. They are like dead trees.
The king of these “spots” is Antichrist. I believe that Antichrist is either Nimrod (the possible origin of the gods, according to Alexander Hislop), or Nimrod was at least a type of Antichrist.
Jeremiah 13:23 (thirteen again) says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.”
Nimrod’s father was Cush, which means “Ethiopia.” The scientific name for an Arabian leopard is “Felis pardus nimr,” and Nimrod has historically been equated with a leopard. Jeremiah 13:23 might be literally speaking of these two individuals and equating them with “spots,” which I have already demonstrated does not mean anything positive.
Furthermore, Rev 13:2 (another thirteen) describes the Beast (Antichrist), as “like unto a leopard.”
The Bible gives us many other clues as to the identity of this “Man of Sin” (2 Thessalonians 2:3), and he is clearly connected with “spots.” Perhaps the “mark of the beast” is also a spot.
Pay attention to any new technology or policy that requires a spot or mark on the forehead or hand in order to engage in public commerce. I wonder if COVID-19 might be the catalyst for such a system.
THE ETHNICITY OF ANTICHRIST
Daniel 9:26 reads, “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.”
The “prince that shall come” is Antichrist, and the people that destroyed “the city and the sanctuary” in 70AD were the Romans, but the army was comprised largely of Turkish and Syrian soldiers. Therefore, it is believed by many Bible scholars that Antichrist will be Turkish or Syrian; and I agree.
Daniel 11:37 says “neither shall he regard the God of his fathers.” This also alludes to Antichrist being at least part Jewish. After all, “his fathers” would have to be Jewish if he is to disregard their God.
THE PHYSICAL APPEARANCE OF ANTICHRIST
Zechariah 11:17 says, “Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! The sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.”
The “idol shepherd” here is Antichrist. This verse points to him having a lame arm and right eye. Other “types” of Antichrist have had similar ailments. Adolf Hitler had a lame left arm following an assassination attempt, and suffered from temporary blindness and vision problems later in life. Napoleon is often seen with his right arm inside his coat jacket as if it was lame.
Antichrist, being of Middle Eastern and Jewish decent, will more than likely have olive colored skin, brown eyes, and dark hair. More importantly, the Jewish people will believe him to be the Messiah. John 5:43 reads, “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.”
Antichrist is a counterfeit of Jesus Christ. Therefore, he will be similar in age and appearance to the Son of God. Jesus died at 33 years of age, so look for a young Middle Eastern looking leader to rise up to lead the world out of a major disaster.
THE PERSON OF ANTICHRIST
Revelation 17:8 describes “The Beast that thou sawest was, and is not: and shall ascend out of the Bottomless Pit, and go into perdition.”
You can easily make the argument that Antichrist was at some point roaming the Earth (was). He currently resides somewhere else (is not), and will return (shall ascend). He used to be alive on Earth, but vanished for a period of time without actually dying. I believe that Antichrist was, is, and will be Judas Iscariot.
Judas obviously “was” around during the period Christ’s first coming. He sold out the savior and committed suicide. Why do I believe him to be Antichrist? John 6:70 says “Then Jesus replied, ‘Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!”
John 17:12 reads, “those who thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.”
Christ was referring to the disciples as “those who thou gavest me” and he kept all but one – Judas. So “ the son of perdition” must be Judas, because if not for his betrayal, the scripture would not have been fulfilled.
Judas then committed a violent suicide of hanging himself, falling over, and having his bowels spill out. Therefore, Judas “was” and “is not”. Upon his death, Judas went “to his own place” (Acts 1:25) – not heaven or hell, but his own place (is not). It does not take a major leap to understand Judas’ “own place” is the “Bottomless Pit.”
II Thess. 2:3 says that “That Man of Sin be revealed, the Son of Perdition.” So, the Son of Perdition, formerly referred to as Judas Iscariot, SHALL BE revealed as the Man of Sin. He “shall ascend out of the Bottomless Pit, and go into perdition [there is that word again].”
Yes, Judas Iscariot will be Antichrist.
THE ISLAMIC ANTICHRIST
While Christians are looking for our Antichrist to rise from a pit and bring about the Tribulation, other religions have similar mythos; however, they see this being as a savior rather than destroyer.
The Muslim Mahdi, or Twelfth Imam, is a redeemer who will bring peace to the world and reign for seven years (the length of The Tribulation). Some Muslims believe that Jesus Christ will assist the Mahdi against Antichrist, others believe that Jesus and the Twelfth Imam will argue about who truly is Mahdi. The Twelfth Imam was born in 889 (he was), but died several years later (he is not).
Signs of the Mahdi’s return include never ending wars, intense disputes, and earthquakes. There will be a large war near Mecca in a place called Mina. This battle will signal the return of the Mahdi as he rises (shall ascend) from a well (bottomless pit), defeats his enemies and brokers peace in the world through a universal caliphate.
THE POPE AS ANTICHRIST
Hindi worship a sun god named Mithra who is believed to have been a large influence in Christianity (more specifically Catholicism, but more on that later). Mithra was born of a virgin (or some believe he sprang forth from a rock) on December 25th, placed in a manger after birth, was considered a great teacher, had 12 companions, performed miracles, sacrificed himself, ascended to heaven, is omniscient, identified with lions and lamb, held Sundays as sacred, and emphasized baptism.
If you say, “that sounds like they stole that from Christians!” keep in mind that the Mithra mythos existed in 1,500 BC, well before the birth of Jesus.
I would argue that some of the mythos can be found in Old Testament scripture that predates it, but the Catholic Church, that has its own roots in pagan mystery religions, brought other factors into Christianity.
That little bit of history was to help explain why I believe the Antichrist will be Pope. The Catholic Church was born of mystery religion, which is my argument that the title of “Mystery, Babylon The Great” in Revelation 17:5 is not a reference to the literal city of Babylon, but of the adopted home of Babylonian religious beliefs; Rome.
Rev 17:3 says, “I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast.”
This is believed to symbolize a church (the woman) in charge of a kingdom (beast). Scarlet is, of course, the color of the Catholic cardinals. Thus, the Catholic Church is riding Rome (or Vatican City to be more specific). This symbolizes the merging of politics (the kingdom, or one-world government) with religion (the Catholic Church has endorsed both social justice and New Age spirituality under Pope Francis).
Rev. 17:4 reads, “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication.”
Again, this is pretty strong evidence, for the color of Catholic garments are typically red (cardinals) and purple (bishops) with gold or yellow trim. We also know how extravagant Catholic churches can be, and they are constantly adorned with precious stones and cups for communion (lets not forget about their obsession with the cup of Christ).
Furthermore, verse 6 says, “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” This is a clear reference to the bloodshed poured out through the Inquisition. Martyrdom was a regular occurrence as the Catholic Church attempted to purge “heresy” from their ranks.
Rev. 17:9 speaks of “seven heads” that “are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.” Rome is famously known as the City of Seven Hills. Literal Babylon, however, sits on the Euphrates river. Interestingly, Istanbul, another historical Catholic center is also built on seven hills. However, the rest of the description does not fit Istanbul.
As the Christian Church (the bride) marries Christ (the bridegroom), so must Antichrist (anti-bridegroom, if you will) marry the Catholic Church (the woman riding the beast). Jesus is the head of the Christian Church, and Antichrist is the head of the Catholic Church. Therefore, he is the Pope.
I still hold that The Bible itself speaks Truth. There will be a Rapture, a Great Tribulation, and Second Coming of Christ.
These are inevitable. The question now is, are you ready? I know I am. I know I am off to be with Jesus Christ for eternity.
How about you? Is your salvation secure? Are you sure about the afterlife? Feel free to reach out to me if you would like to be sure.