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Published: Feb 23, 2009
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Is The Antichrist Alive?
by J. Grant Swank, Jr.

The AntiChrist, symbolized in the Book of Revelation as "the beast," will rule from the City of Seven Hills—Rome. His compatriot, the False Prophet, will rule from the same. (See Revelation 13 footnote).

That means that both politics (AntiChrist) and religion (False Prophet) will have suites near one another.

Those two primary dimensions of society—politics and religion—crucified Christ. Those two dimensions will rise up to combat Christ in the End Times.

However, Christ will overcome them, hence His title being Kings of Kings—politics—and Lord of Lords—religion.

Someone will try to take over one of Rome's hills, attempting to overthrow the AntiChrist. However, the AntiChrist will be victorious over that enemy, taking back the entire city.

The AntiChrist will rule over a ten-nation alliance. That "ten-nation" is given in Revelation's symbolism; therefore, the actual number may be something other than "ten." However, the point is that the AntiChrist will rule over a domain covering the old Roman Empire, that is, the present-day European Union.

The AntiChrist, filled with the devil, will promise the world peace. Many will worship him.

The False Prophet will order a statue erected in honor of the AntiChrist. Those in the environs of the statue who do not bow down to it will be slain.

The False Prophet will appear as a Christian leader; however, when he opens his mouth he will speak demonic doctrine. He will perform miracles. Jesus taught that demons can perform miracles and will do so in the End Times.

Note Matthew 24:24: Jesus speaks: "For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect."

The diabolical reign will identify mortals via the mark of the beast—666. That number—666—is understood as Satan seeking to be divine, the divine number being 7. Satan's straining—666—never reaches 7, however; nevertheless, that has been Satan's game since the start.

Note Revelation 13:16-17: "It (False Prophet) causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell who does not have the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name."

The saved, refusing the mark of the beast, will have supplies miraculously given as the wilderness Hebrews received manna and quail while their shoes never wore out—all provided by God.

Or the mark will be placed near the close of the tribulation so that whatever supplies the saved have will last them till the Second Coming Rapture. We are not informed as to the time frame when the mark of the beast will be signed onto mortals.

The AntiChrist, at the about-seven year's tribulation midpoint—that is, after 3 l/2 years—will enter Jerusalem, sacking the city and desecrating the Temple.

He will proclaim himself deity there.

While in Jerusalem, the AntiChrist will murder God's two prophets who will have preached holiness for 3 l/2 years, others trying to kill them but unable to do so. (Read Revelation 11:1-13).

After the AntiChrist murders the prophets, their corpses will be in the open for the world to see them via worldwide communication. The unsaved will declare a holiday in honor of the AntiChrist and celebration that the prophets are dead.

Some believe these two preachers to be Moses and Elijah for they perform miracles as turning water into blood and causing the sky not to rain for 3 l/2 years. Malachi also prophesies concerning Moses and Elijah in the End Times.

Note Malachi 4:1-6: "For behold, the day comes, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.

"But for you who fear my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go forth leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the LORD of hosts.

"Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and ordinances that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel. 'Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse.'"

Further, Moses and Elijah have already returned to Earth while appearing with Jesus on the Mount of Figuration.

After 3 l/2 days, God resurrects the prophets; they ascend into heaven; the city experiences an earthquake in which 7000 are dead. This brings a number to give glory to God, defined by some as repentant souls saved because of coming to truth.

The AntiChrist returns to Rome after leveling Jerusalem. Then follows the "age of vengeance," per Jesus' words, that is, the last half of the tribulation.

At the close of the tribulation, Armageddon is waged in the northwest section of Israel—the Valley of Megiddo where many battles have let loose much blood.

Forces from Asia, Europe, northern Africa, the Middle East and the Orient will gather. (There is no mention of any forces from the Western Hemisphere.) These militia will not know it is the last battle of the Church Age, the latter starting with Jesus' First Coming and culminating with His Second Coming.

At the height of Armageddon, Jesus will return with His angels and redeemed of all time. Having left the right hand of the Father's heavenly throne, Jesus will return to His rightful turf—Earth.

His word will slay those in the Armageddon battle, vultures picking their corpses clean.

His feet will touch the Mount of Olives, causing it to split in two, signifying His global power.

Note Zechariah 4:4: "In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south."

The AntiChrist and False Prophet will be thrown alive into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone.

Enoch and Elijah did not die mortal deaths in the Old Testament, but instead were taken alive into heaven. The AntiChristt and False Prophet are two in the Church Age who will go alive into eternal damnation.

Note detail regarding the Second Coming Rapture in Matthew 24:29-31: Jesus speaks: "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken;

"Then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn.

"And they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory; and he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather (rapture) his elect (the saved) from the four winds (north, south, east, west), from one end of heaven to the other."

NOTE: Pastor Swank authored MOMENTS TO GO, A STUDY OF THE SECOND COMING, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1974, the book now out of print. However, a few copies are available via such venues as Amazon books.



Copyright © 2008 by J. Grant Swank, Jr. - Pastor, author and independent columnist

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