Reign of the Anti-Christ
The Anti-Christ’s (Nero’s) kingdom will be small at first due to the nature of his coup, but he will extend his power to the south and to the east and toward Israel - Daniel 8:9. Israel is to the south-east of Rome.
After the last 62 sevens (LD 483), the Anointed One will die or be cut off and will have nothing. – Daniel 9:26. It is important to understand here that the “Anointed One” to be “cut off,” or die, is not Jesus. Biblically speaking, the Anointed One is any king of Israel (1 Samuel 2:10, 35; 10:1; 12:3, 5; 15:17; 16:6; 24:6, 10; 26:9, 11, 16, 23; 2 Samuel 2:14-16; 19:21; 22:51; 2 Chronicles 6:42; Psalm 84:9; etc.) or even a foreign king whom God has chosen for a specific task, such as King Cyrus (Isaiah 45:1).
This verse, then, is referring to the reigning King of Israel in LD 483. As Daniel 11:22 reads, “…a prince of the covenant will be destroyed.”
In summary, the Anti-Christ (Nero) becomes the ruler of the North (Rome) and then, attacks Israel, killing its reigning monarch, who is part of the Southern (Egyptian) Empire.
The Anti-Christ will conquer Jerusalem with his army and destroy the Temple. He will make a deal with many to rule for one seven-year period, and his rule will last seven years, beginning with the last seven (LD 483). – Daniel 9:26-27. It sounds as though “many” will make a peace treaty with him to allow him to rule. These “many” could be the 10 kings of other nations who support Nero in his rise to power (Revelation 17:12-14).
But the Anti-Christ will be deceitful and will attack the richest provinces when they feel secure - Daniel 8:24-25; 11:23-24. Perhaps he is attacking those whom he made a covenant with, and that is why they thought they were secure, or safe, from him.
As Daniel 7:7-8 reads, After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.
8 “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully.
Again, the 10 horns are the 10-king alliance that supports the Anti-Christ, but the Anti-Christ conquers three of the 10.
The Anti-Christ will attack the South (Egypt), and the King of the South’s own servants will try to kill him – Daniel 11:25-26.
The Anti-Christ and the King of the Egyptian Empire will make false treaties with each other - Daniel 11:27. In other words, they will both sign a peace agreement, but neither one will actually abide by it.
As part of this treaty, since the Anti-Christ was winning the war, he will take plunder from the South and will then return to his country (Rome) and take action against Judaism for some reason – Daniel 11:28.
The Anti-Christ will again attack the Southern Empire, proving him to be false when he signed the peace treaty, but this time, ships from the western coastlands will help Egypt, and the Anti-Christ will turn back to his own country. He will take his anger out on Jews and Christians and will reward those who oppose God – Daniel 11:29-30. Again, it is unclear who these “coastlands” are, but my guess is that they are the other nations of the world, such as England and the U.S., both of whom have many coastlands. The way in which the Anti-Christ rewards those who oppose God could be by the giving of his mark and thus the ability to buy and sell.
At this time, three and a half years after he took power (LD 486.5), or in the middle of the last seven, the Anti-Christ will enforce idol worship in the newly rebuilt Temple (rebuilt once again after Nero conquers Israel and kills “the Anointed One,” “a prince of the covenant”). This idol is the “abomination that causes desolation,” and it will remain in place for the next three and a half years until Christ returns and the last ‘seven’ is completed – Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:7.
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