Initially, this post was an answer to Robert Lawson’s message on Daniel's 70th week’s thread but since the issue at hand is important,maybe it’s worth posting as a different thread.
Feedbacks are always appreciated. ;- )
If you allow me, here are a few comments regarding the commonly held idea that the antichrist will "astonish the whole world so much so that he becomes an object of worship and veneration".
As knowledge increase, it will require the elects (those who seek wisdom to instruct the many) to abandon old paradigms in order to adjust our understanding to the actual biblical end time scenario as taught in the Scriptures.
For most people, this is not an easy thing. It takes humility and maturity to recognise that one may have been incorrect on some interpretations of the Bible. It's all the more difficult when one has a position of leadership and has been teaching the Bible for a long time.
But we know that “Abba has no greater joy than to hear his children walk in truth” (3 John 1.4) and since we’ve been sanctified by Yah’s truth (John 17.17), we are called to seek correct interpretations in order to be ambassadors of the truth. Praise Yah, we have His Spirit to guide us in all truth!
It is now getting all the more important, especially if we are entering into the last 7 years before our King’s return (which I believe it to be the case thanks to the ground breaking teaching of Messiah2030!).
Now is the time to readjust our end time scenario understanding and be good Bereans to make sure that what we are actually sharing is true and 100% based on the Scriptures.
All this to say that the commonly held ideas that the antichrist will :
1- Astonish the whole world
2- Be worship and venerate by all human beings
Is actually not taught in the Bible!
I know this is what most people have been taught all their Christian lives, but a close look at the Scriptures does not reveal such. And this has very important applications and ramifications.
In order to see it, one has to shift form the revived Roman empire (Western) paradigm to the revived Caliphate (Middle Eastern) paradigm.
Basically, it’s a shift from reading, understanding and interpreting the Bible with a Greco-Roman mindset to reading, understanding and interpreting the Bible with a Hebrew mindset.
When we do so, we realise that Rome is not included neither in the vision of Daniel 2 nor in the vision of Daniel 7.
The fourth terrible kingdom (which is never mentioned by its name, contrary to the three preceding ones) does not point to Rome but to Islam.
Also, the people of the prince who came to destroy the temple in 70 AD where mainly recruits from Israel’s surrounding nations (under the command of Rome. They were not Romans, per se). We are talking here about the very nations that Elohim has been using all throughout Israel’s history to chastise His people. All the prophets confirm these are the very same surrounding nations that will attack Israel one last time in the end times.
When we understand the above, then we understand that the revived empire to come is not a Western one (Rome) with a Western antichrist, but a revived Muslim empire (namely a resurrection of the last one, which was the Ottoman empire) with a Middle Eastern (i.e. Muslim) antichrist.
Western people usually think GLOBAL. Middle Eastern people usually think REGIONAL.
And this fits perfectly within the whole Bible narrative – from Genesis to Revelation – which takes place in the Middle East with Israel/Jerusalem being the epicentre.
This may surprise some, but the Bible does not talk about the World Economic Forum, nor its join plan with communist China to submit the Western world unto a totalitarian regime. This is not part of the end time biblical scenario.
That does not mean it cannot or won’t take place. It means that it does not play a central and direct role in the unfolding of what the Bible says to expect.
In reality, the Bible reveals that:
1- the reign of the antichrist will be geographically limited to the Middles East
=> mainly a coalition of 10 nations
2- the antichrist will only be “worshipped” by a certain group of people
The notion that the Jews will welcome the antichrist as their saviour is also not taught in the Bible. It's very important to understand that the antichrist will only be worshipped by blood thirsty Muslims. When one understands that what we have just experienced last shabbat (the horrendous killings) is precisely what the antichrist armies will do on a much larger scale (involving millions of deaths, at least one third of Israel or people in the Middle East), who in his right mind would worship such man who pushes his followers to commit such atrocities?
Saddly some will, as we are seeing right now. As I write, I’ve just read a piece of news that says “thousands are marching in front of the White House to chant 'Free Palestine'.
“Free Palestine” means “kill the Jews”
The reign of the antichrist will be limited to the Middle East, but that does not mean its impact won’t be global. When the Land of Israel returns to the hands of the Muslims for a very short while, we can easily imagine what will happen worldwide, especially if the antichrist calls for a global Jihad, which he most probably will.
We had glance of such call last Friday when Hamas called Muslims for a day of rage. This is just rehearsals, my friends, the worse is yet to come…
It is high time people stop falling for the adversary's trap where the antichrist is at the head of a Worldwide government (with a one world religion combining Judaism, Islam and Christianity) and is adored by the masses. This will never happen.
What makes a lot more sense is a Muslim barbarian who unites both Shiites and Sunnis and who is heralded as their "savior" or Mahadi as he leads a coalition of Muslims armies (including Turkey and Iran) to take back the land of Israel. And he will be successful.
If the above is the actual real biblical end time scenario - and there are tons of verses to prove it - then don't you think it's important to re-ajust our understanding?
“None of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand.”