I ran across this interesting interview by Dr. Reagan.
At a Bible prophecy conference Dr. Reagan interviewed 11 well known people in bible prophecy and asked them if they believed the Antichrist will be a Jew? Along with Dr. Reagan’s own view point on this topic there are twelve viewpoints given in this article. It is always interesting to read the different answers you will get from some of the top Bible prophecy speakers on the same subject. Like I said in a recent comment, I looked at 20 websites and got twenty completely different interpretations for the seven heads on the Beast in Revelation. lets just say that on some issues there is not a whole lot of agreement. Nonetheless, nobody seems to have a problem teaching their own interpretation as near gospel truth.
I will say this on Bible prophecy. I tend to agree on most issues with those in the old school. A lot of the new people on the block seems to be just trying to come up with a different theory to sell something . I am not saying the new kids on the block are not sincere but most of them would not even be known if they did not have some strange new theory (The twelve in this article are not new kids on the block). So the new names in Bible prophecy might take you down some new roads but you can be sure if you stay on the old roads they are well plowed and you won’t get snowed. That is not to say you should never venture on new roads but you might put on your high beams and have good thread on your tires when you do.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Will the Antichrist Be a Jew?
By Dr. David R. Reagan
Will the Antichrist be a Jew or a Gentile?
Most Christian are aware of the fact that there is a lot of disagreement about the interpretation of Bible prophecy between those who have completely different viewpoints, like the arguments between those who are Premillennial and Amillennial. But, what many people are not aware of is that there are some strong points of disagreement between those that take a literal viewpoint of end-time prophecies.
Recently, I attended a major Bible Prophecy conference in the Dallas area where I had the opportunity to interview a number of Bible prophecy experts. Out of 11 Bible prophecy experts I interviewed, only 3 said they felt like the Antichrist would be a Jew or that he could possibly be one. We’ll start with one yes/no answer, one could be, and one maybe. The next seven people responded with a negative reply. The final expert I interviewed answer may surprise you. Finally, I’ll conclude with my response.
Dr. David Reagan
To make this a bakers dozen I will also throw in my own viewpoint. The Antichrist has to be from a Gentile nation because he is the Beast out of “sea” (Gentiles) vs the false prophet who comes out of the “land” (Israel). Also, because Daniel says he is the prince who confirms the covenant that comes from the people who destroyed the Temple. The people who destroyed the Temple were Gentiles. Further, because Daniel’s prophecy about the last world kingdom in context is talking about Gentile kingdoms.
There are other reasons as well, such as Antiochus IV Epiphanes was an Antichrist type or foreshadow and was a Gentile. He set up a statue of the Gentile God “Zeus” in the Temple. The AntiChrist of the end will burn the monotheistic world Harlot of Revelation and also set up a image of the Gentile Beast in the Temple (himself). That means to me that he gets his following in the last 3 1/2 years from pantheistic new age pagans, when he as a man, claims to be the God of Gods (Zeus).
Now, if I really want to make everyone happy, I could say the Antichrist “could” have Jewish blood by his mother from the tribe of Dan and that he might be a closet Jew or might not even know that he has Jewish blood. But, for certain the Antichrist will come from a Gentile nation. In any case, the identify of the Antichrist is not going to be revealed before the Church is removed so I hope the Church does not lose too much sleep over this issue.
Don Koenig founded www.thepropheticyears.com website in 1999 after almost thirty years of independent study on the Bible and learning from many astute teachers within Christendom. Don created his website to write about Bible prophecy, biblical discernment and his Christian worldviews. Don wrote a free Revelation commentary ebook in 2004 named "The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through The Ages". The World and Church and Bible Prophecy section of this website was started in 2007.