Rise of the Anti-Christ
We know of the Anti-Christ primarily through the books of Daniel, Revelation, and 2 Thessalonians. I recommend reading the key passages of Daniel chapters, 7, 8, 9:27, 11, 12, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Revelation 13 and 19:11-21. The following is a summary of the information we can glean from these important Scriptures.
In Daniel 8, the prophet is given a vision and an interpretation of Greece defeating the empire of Media-Persia. The vision concludes with four new kingdoms coming out of the new Greek Empire (Daniel 8:20-22).
This prophecy was fulfilled by Alexander the Great when he conquered the majority of the Middle East. When he died, his kingdom was divided by four of his generals: the Seleucid Empire in Asia Minor and the Middle East, the Antigonid Empire in Macedon (an area partly encompassing Greece), the Attalid Empire in Pergamum (Asia Minor), and the Ptolemaic Empire in Egypt.
The largest of these four was the Ptolemaic Empire, which was based in Egypt and reached up to Israel.
The fact that Greece split into these four empires, and that the largest was based in Egypt are important for the rest of Daniel’s prophecies and for the prophecies we find in Revelation. As Daniel 8:23 tells us, and as we will see, the Anti-Christ will interact heavily with the Egyptian Empire.
Toward the end of Daniel 9, we find this statement by the angel Gabriel:
24 “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.
25 “Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”
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