ANTICHRIST AS MASHIACH

“Ben Yossef is from Ephraim. Ephraim does not symbolize some modern entity or nation, but represents the 10 tribes of Israel. It is more than possible that Donald Trump is from one of the ten lost tribes, known collectively as Ephraim.”

In the Christian world, we are expecting the Antichrist and the False Prophet. The Jews are expecting two Messiahs, Mashiach ben David and Mashiach ben Yossef. The Jewish descriptions of the two Messiahs match, exactly, the description of the Antichrist and the False Prophet in Christian writings and Scripture.

The very word “Christ” is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word Messiah. Therefore, it is quite valid to write the title Antichrist as Antimessiah… it is the same exact word.

In Jewish thought, the two Messiahs work together to bring the whole world into subjection to Israel and to Yahweh. It is a very big part of the Jewish story that one of the two Mashiachs will be killed and resurrected by the other… Strange but true. Scripture speaks of the Antichrist as being wounded in the head with a fatal blow yet living… How can you miss the connection?

The Jews do not accept the Christian interpretation of the two distinctly different descriptions of the Messiah found in Zechariah. Christians see one Messiah coming twice, the first time as the suffering servant and the second time as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Jews see two different men, one the suffering servant and the other the Great King. By the way, they see them as very human, not God at all… According to Jewish tradition, after their conquest of the world, both of them will grow old and die in Jerusalem.

“Jewish tradition speaks of two redeemers, each one called Mashiach. Both are involved in ushering in the Messianic era. They are Mashiach ben David and Mashiach ben Yossef.

‘The term Mashiach unqualified always refers to Mashiach ben David (Mashiach the descendant of David) of the tribe of Judah. He is the actual (final) redeemer who shall rule in the Messianic age. All that was said in our text relates to him.

‘Mashiach ben Yossef (Mashiach the descendant of Joseph) of the tribe of Ephraim (son of Joseph), is also referred to as Mashiach ben Ephrayim, Mashiach the descendant of Ephraim. He will come first, before the final redeemer, and later will serve as his viceroy.

‘The essential task of Mashiach ben Yossef is to act as precursor to Mashiach ben David: he will prepare the world for the coming of the final redeemer…

‘The principal and final function ascribed to Mashiach ben Yossef is of political and military nature. He shall wage war against the forces of evil that oppress Israel. More specifically, he will do battle against Edom, the descendants of Esau. Edom is the comprehensive designation of the enemies of Israel, and it will be crushed through the progeny of Joseph. Thus it was prophesied of old, “The House of Jacob will be a fire and the House of Joseph a flame, and the House of Esau for stubble.” (Obadiah 1:18): ‘the progeny of Esau shall be delivered only into the hands of the progeny of Joseph.’” (Chabad.org)

Please note, in many Jewish sources, Mashiach ben Yossef is murdered but resurrected by Mashiach ben David and that is how the Jews recognize him as their Mashiach.

When the Rabbis in Israel say that Trump is preparing the way for the Mashiach, they are saying that Trump is, in their opinion, Mashiach Ben Yossef.

“Ben Yossef is from Ephraim. In Ezekiel 37:15-28 God had Ezekiel explain that the northern and southern kingdoms (called Ephraim and Judah) would one day be reunited into one nation again with David as their king. Therefore, Ephraim does not symbolize some modern entity or nation, but represents the 10 tribes of Israel who rebelled after the death of King Solomon and formed the northern kingdom. They were conquered by and absorbed into Assyria about 720 BC. This prophecy began its fulfillment in the re-birth of Israel in 1948 and will be completed in Israel’s Kingdom Age, known as the Millennium.” (gracethrufaith.com)

It is more than possible that Donald Trump is from one of the ten lost tribes, known collectively as Ephraim.

Let us put together what we know and what we think and what might be and come up with a scenario…

DISCLAIMER: This is a possible scenario, not a prophecy. I already know that some will totally ignore this statement, and many more will pass judgment on the article and myself, based on the title alone, having never read anything. Some of those people will call me a “False Prophet.” For the record, I am not a prophet.

OPINION: Ignorance Stinks.

WHAT IF?

  • What if, Trump, in the face of unthinkable opposition, continues to win every battle?
  • What if, he is backed by the Jews who form the world’s most elite class?
  • What if he is supernaturally assisted and directed by the forces of Lucifer, and is indeed the long awaited Mashiach ben Yossef?
  • What if the light seen in Trump by the Dominionists and the wishful thinkers is not the Glory of God but the Light of Lucifer?
  • What if Trump, assisted by the Elite and the demons, wins over the Left?
  • What if a populace, tired by the extremes of liberalism and frightened by the influx of Muslims begins to see Trump as a hero?
  • What if, on word from their Elite owners, all of the Networks take a sudden and drastic turn to the right?
  • What if Israel, championed by Trump becomes the hero of Americans?
  • What if the Liberal Elite, with a little help from their gods, converts and follows Trump… Perhaps not all but a majority?
  • What if Trump actually joins with Israel and defeats the descendants of Esau and the Ishmaelites?
  • What if Trump, as Mashiach ben Yosef, is assassinated during the victory ceremony in Jerusalem and a man, Mashiach ben David, touches him and he rises as if from the dead?

What do we know?

  • The Biblical Antichrist is wounded with a mortal wound and yet lives.
  • Mashiach ben Yossef is killed and resurrected.
  • Mashiach ben Yossef is a Political/Military leader who prepares the way for Mashiach ben David.
  • Trump is the hero of Israel.
  • Israel is renaming places and buildings for Trump.
  • Major Rabbis are publicly proclaiming Trump as Mashiach ben Yossef.
  • Mashiach ben Yossef comes from Ephraim, the Ten Lost Tribes, not Judah…
  • Trump is not from Judah but could very well be from Ephraim.
  • We know that I am not prophesying, simply thinking on paper.

Could Trump be Mashiach ben Yossef? Could he be the forerunner for Mashiach ben David, the Antichrist? The answer to those questions is an unequivocal YES!

Eyes open!

Please think. Nothing is more dangerous than dismissing ideas without thought based on prejudice and preconceived notions… People who dismiss this without thought and prayerful consideration deserve to be deceived…

David…

WASH ME JESUS…

When you realize just how naked, sinful, and dirty you are, you will cling to the cross and fix your eyes on Jesus…

The Simple Gospel

How distracted we become when we take our eyes off Jesus. Lucifer loves to mess with Christians. How many Christians have fallen by the wayside, consumed with the unimportant and the trivial. How very large and important can the peripheral appear in the light of Lucifer.

You are a sinner, lost and bound for an eternity in Hell. Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, died on a cross and shed his Blood for your sin. He was made sin for you, in order that you, through him, might become the righteousness of God. This salvation is offered freely but you must accept the conditions…
• You must believe.
• You must repent.
• You must agree with him that you are a helpless sinner.
• You must take up your cross.
• You must follow him.
• You must endure to the end.

If you are saved, the doctrine of “Once saved, always saved,” is a stupid peripheral… No one who is saved asks how much sin they can get away with and still go to Heaven… Such questions are unthinkable to the man with a cross on his back and his eyes fixed on Jesus.

No saved person would ever consider grace as a license to sin. Hyper-Grace is an offence to the one who loves God. Grace is what saved that man from Hell. Grace is what made him pure. Grace is what set him free from the power of sin… grace could never be permission to live a lifestyle that is offensive to the God who saved him.

My friend Jim, is not consumed with the idea that I must call him James because his mother did. Jesus is not concerned that you call him Yeshi because his mother did or Yeshua because the Rabbi did… The man who is in love with Jesus knows that his Savior is not concerned with such trivia…

The fellow with the cross worn blisters on his back does not worry about the Ten Commandments and he has no illusion that he has the power to keep any of them. That cross tends to get heavy and you find that you are staring at Jesus… You cannot commit adultery or kill your neighbor with a cross on your back and your eyes fixed on Jesus… You never think about the Law or it’s consequences. You think about Jesus, you go where Jesus goes and you do what Jesus does… It ain’t words on a rock, it is the Rock of your Salvation. Your Sabbath is not a day but a man… you rest in Jesus and you carry on…

It is hard to be consumed with the shape of the earth… the road to Heaven goes straight up and it is covered with the blood of the saints… Your back will bleed under the weight of that cross…

Jesus is concerned with the salvation of your neighbors and family. If you follow him, that burden will pass to your shoulders…

If your mind is filled with trivia, you will not care for the souls around you. You will not love God or your neighbor… Distraction is such a powerful weapon of the enemy…

When you realize just how naked, sinful, and dirty you are, you will cling to the cross and fix your eyes on Jesus… The Hymnwriter wrote, “Wash me Savior lest I die…” when you understand that, deep within your soul, the rest of the garbage will fade away…

Nothing but the Blood… Nothing but the Blood.

David…

Aliens and Strangers

“The Kingdom of God is peopled by those who have repented and followed Jesus. The Kingdom of Satan is called Babylon on earth. Every single person on earth is either a citizen of Babylon or a citizen of Heaven.”

To live as strangers and pilgrims, traveling through a foreign land, is to gain Heaven and eternal life…

To plant both feet in Babylon and swear allegiance to her Prince, is to die as an alien and a stranger to the Kingdom of God and her King…

LEARN WHAT THESE SCRIPTURES MEAN:

1 Chronicles 29:15 “For we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope.”

“FOR WE ARE SOJOURNERS BEFORE YOU, AND TENANTS, AS ALL OUR FATHERS WERE”

Hebrews 11:13 All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. 15 And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.

“HAVING CONFESSED THAT THEY WERE STRANGERS AND EXILES ON THE EARTH.”

1 Peter 2: 11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. 12 Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.

“YOU AS ALIENS AND STRANGERS”

You can be a good citizen of Babylon and keep hoping that your Babylonian Prince will save you and your nation apart from repentance or you can repent and trust Jesus Christ to rescue you out of Babylon.

Trump is a Babylonian Prince and a servant of the Father of lies. Jesus is the Son of God and the King of Glory. You must belong to one kingdom or the other; you cannot be a dual citizen. You must follow one Prince or the other; you cannot follow both.

The great thing about demonic deception is that the deceived never know that they are being deceived.

This is not about Trump over Hillary or Obama; this is all about the choice between Lucifer’s Prince and the Prince of Glory… This is Heaven or Hell… This is realizing that Lucifer’s Prince, in all his Luciferian splendor is no less evil than Satan’s Dark Prince…

There are only two Kingdoms in all of creation:

  1. The Kingdom of God
  2. The Kingdom of Satan.

The Kingdom of God is peopled by those who have repented and followed Jesus.

The Kingdom of Satan is called Babylon on earth.

Every single person on earth is either a citizen of Babylon or a citizen of Heaven.

EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON EARTH IS EITHER A CITIZEN OF BABYLON OR A CITIZEN OF HEAVEN.

Babylon is divided into two artificial divisions:

  1. Satanic or Dark
  2. Luciferian or Light.

Think of the “Force” in Star Wars.

Satan is one and he has one Kingdom, but as a ploy and a deception he appears to rule one kingdom as the Prince of Darkness and the other as an Angel of Light. He scripts his puppets well and they appear to fight each other… some for Satanic evil and others for Luciferian “good”.

Satan is one and he has one Kingdom

Clinton and Obama are Satanic, and Trump, like Bush and Reagan before him, is Luciferian.

You cannot swallow the Star Wars Plot and the Washington Puppet Show as if it were reality… That is the deception…

Ask God to open your eyes…

Fighting for Lucifer, in the vain hope that he will defeat Satan, is useless and not very smart…

Think about it!

David…

FIGHTING TEMPTATION

Some people just love rules… but Christianity is not about rules… Christianity is all about Jesus…

I REMEMBER FIGHTING LUST.

As a young man, I had a terrible fight with lust and sexual sin. I remember sweating and crying and calling out to God for strength to fight temptation. I even remember screaming at God on occasion…

I remember yielding to temptation and then weeping in agony of soul over my sin…

I remember thinking that it is impossible to obey the commandment… the harder I tried to obey, the more I prayed for strength, the stronger the temptation became…

I know that, while your besetting sin may be different than mine, you can identify with my struggle…

But, now I know. I was right, it is impossible and the harder you try to obey the Law the stronger the temptations grow… That is an accurate observation. That is undeniable truth.

Paul tells us, in 1 Corinthians 15:56, that the Law is the power of sin. In other words, trying to obey the Law makes sin stronger…

In other words, trying to obey the Law makes sin stronger…

However, Scripture gives us the secret to victory!

Those who are led by the Spirit are not under the Law…

When I took my eyes off the Law and fixed them on Jesus, I found freedom from sin for the first time in my life! When I stopped concentrating on the rules and started to follow Jesus, temptations lessened, and I found myself free to obey… The harder I followed after Jesus, the less I fought with lust and sexual sin…

When I began to deny myself… when I took up my cross and started to follow Jesus, the girls who used to tempt me so badly almost disappeared… I just didn’t notice them anymore… My mind was on higher things, bigger things, better things…

It is a secret that will set you free! Jesus has freed you from the Law of sin and death…

It is a truth set in stone. The more you try to obey the law, the stronger the temptation becomes. The closer you get to Jesus as a living, breathing person, your friend, confidant and big brother, the weaker temptation becomes…

Some people just love rules… but Christianity is not about rules… Christianity is all about Jesus.

Let me share something… Jesus does not steal, fornicate or commit adultery. If you follow Jesus, you won’t do those things either. But it isn’t about following the Law, it is about hiding yourself in the one who fulfilled the whole law and died to set you free…

Follow Jesus… Just follow Jesus.

David…

 

PROGNOSTICATIONS FOR 2018

As this is January 1, 2018, let me make some predictions… Again, I am not a Prophet and none of my predictions begin with “Thus saith the Lord…” This is based on a knowledge of Scripture and observations of current events… more prognostications than prophecies.

Some of these things will continue to build during 2018 but not come to full fulfillment this year. Others, sadly, will probably come to fruition within the next twelve months. I confess that any or all of these things may be wrong… This is just how I see it today, Monday, January 1, 2018.

Predictions:

  • Many Pastors, ministries and Christians will swear allegiance to the Pope and adopt “Unity at any cost” as their goal.
  • Many Pastors, ministries and Christians will abandon the faith.
  • Some will fall into Judaistic Legalism.
  • Most will fall into Hyper-Grace “Nothingism.”
  • More and more Pastors will choose the “Happy Gospel” over Biblical Truth, leaving their congregants to worship a Jesus of their own imagination.
  • Millions of “Christians”, devoid of any Biblical knowledge will follow Lucifer, fully persuaded that he is Jesus Christ.
  • The United States will continue to build the groundwork for a divided Israel and a split Jerusalem, perhaps this is the year they will succeed.
  • The treaty that does that will do three things:
    • Give Israel a Temple.
    • Give Palestinians a homeland with East Jerusalem as their Capital.
    • Give administrative control of Jerusalem to the Pope and the Vatican.
  • God will step in and divide the United States into two parts, initiating a bloody civil war, death, destruction and famine.
  • Most Christians will continue to believe that the United States and the Kingdom of God are one and the same thing, indivisible under God.
  • Most Christians will continue to believe that Donald Trump is a Prince with God, sent to save us in our sins.

Again, all of these things are coming. Some will see their foundations built and strengthened, others will come to full term in this year… Wait and see.

David…

The “Phoenix”, World’s Only Choice

It will not be long after the birth of the Phoenix, as the world currency, that Christians will be faced with the agonizing choice of getting chipped or starving their babies to death.

As of today, Bitcoin , which was at $19,600 a week ago, is at $9,600. That really does not matter, it will most likely rise again. As we look 2018 in the face, it is important to understand that this will, quite possibly be the year of the great crash that people, both Christian and secular, have been declaring as inevitable for several years now.

Remember that, thirty years ago, in 1988, The ECONOMIST magazine prophesied that in about the year 2018, the world would adopt a single, cashless, digital currency.

Today, other than Bitcoin, there are many Crypto Currencies. The top six, arguably, are:

1) Litecoin (LTC)

2) Ethereum (ETH) …

3) Zcash (ZEC) …

4) Dash. …

5) Ripple (XRP) …

6) Monero (XMR) …

The Bottom Line:

The ECONOMIST called their prophetic currency the “Phoenix.” This is because the bird of legend lives for hundreds of years. When it is old and dying, it crashes with such force that it bursts into flames… it is out of the flames that the newer, younger, better and more powerful phoenix rises in its glory. This is a picture of what Lucifer and his Elitists are trying to do. They would build a debt crisis of herculean proportions and crash it so violently that it burns, like the phoenix of ancient lore. They believe that, out of the flames, a New World Order will rise, Lucifer will reign as the god of this world and the Elite will become gods, ruling and reigning with him.

They would crash the Dollar, and with it, the United States of America and all of Western Society, in the sincere belief that that which rises from the ashes will be newer, better and stronger than the old. Whatever it is called, there will be one, single, world currency and it will be a cashless, Crypto-Currency. The Phoenix, if we may call it that, will survive the crash of the Dollar and all the world’s national currencies. It will become the “only option.”

Even Christians who own Crypto Currency will benefit, at first. It will not be long until hackers begin to steal huge amounts of this new money… The answer, of course, is found in your Bible… a mark, on the right hand or the forehead, without which no one can buy or sell. How convenient that that technology has already been developed and that, apparently, billions of individually numbered microchips are already stored in warehouses, ready for injection…

It will not be long after the birth of the Phoenix, as the world currency, that Christians will be faced with the agonizing choice of getting chipped or starving their babies to death. The Television preachers will be all over the TV, assuring people that this is not and cannot be the “Mark of the Beast” because the Rapture has not happened, and we know, from the movie, that the Mark does not happen until after all the Christians have run up the Celestial Fire Escape. Most, knowing better deep down inside, will choose to believe them, taking the Mark and losing their souls.

Only those who know their God and believe that He can care for them, without benefit of stores and money, will resist. They will determine, in their hearts, that God will rescue them, BUT IF NOT, they will starve rather than take the mark…

Say it out loud now… Practice:

“Our God will rescue us, BUT IF NOT, we will not take the mark!”

The day that the New Government announces that you have ninety days to get the chip or starve, is not the time to decide. Make a firm decision today. Know what you will do. It may not be 2018. George Orwell’s predictions for 1984 did not happen until about 2012, but they did happen. The Economist predicted that the Phoenix would rise in 2018… they might be off by a few years but it is the plan, and Scripture tells us that it will happen.

Happy New Year!

David…

 

THE ANTICHRIST WILL BE A JEW.

“This mock Christ will be ‘received’ by Israel. The Jews will be deceived by Him. They will believe that he is indeed their long-expected Messiah.”

“THE ANTICHRIST WILL BE A JEW” I do not know if that is true or not, but I do know that he will be accepted by the Jews. Two of the more famous Rabbis in Israel have spoken of Donald Trump as either the Mashiach or the one who will usher in the Mashiach… They make it clear that their theology does not require the Mashiach to be a Jew. From their writings, it is clear that their description of the Jewish Mashiach matches perfectly with the New Testament descriptions of the Man of Sin.

The following is the argument that Antichrist will be Jewish. Even if you reject that, the Scriptures quoted and the arguments given support my thesis that the Jews will accept him as their messiah.

Arthur W. Pink, 1886-1952, was a well-known English Bible Teacher and Theologian. He was trained at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago but lived and ministered in the UK. Rev. Pink wrote the following…

The Antichrist will be a Jew, though his connections, his governmental position, his sphere of dominion, will by no means confine him to the Israelitish people. It should, however, be pointed out that there is no express declaration of Scripture which says in so many words that this daring Rebel will be “a Jew;” nevertheless, the hints given are so plain, the conclusions which must be drawn from certain statements of Holy Writ are so obvious, and the requirements of the case are so inevitable, that we are forced to believe he must be a Jew. To these hints’, conclusions’ and requirements’ we now turn.

1. In Ezek.21:25-27 we read: “and thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn it: and it shall be no more until he comes whose right it is, and I will give it him.” The dispensational place and scope of this passage, is not hard to determine. The time-mark is given in v.25: it is “when iniquity shall have an end.” It is the End-Time which is in view, then, the End of the Age, when “the transgressors are come to the full” (Dan.8:23 and cf.11:36 — “Till the indignation be accomplished”). At that time Israel shall have a Prince, a Prince who is crowned (v.26), and a Prince whose day is said to be come when “iniquity shall have an end.” Now, as to who this Prince is, there is surely no room for doubt. The only Prince whom Israel will have in that day, is the Son of Perdition, here termed their Prince because he will be masquerading as Messiah the Prince (see Dan.9:25)! Another unmistakable mark of identification is here given, in that he is expressly denominated “thou, profane wicked Prince” — assuredly, it is the Man of Sin who is here in view, that impious one who shall “oppose and exalt himself above all that is called God.” But what should be noted particularly, is, that this profane and wicked character is here named “Prince of Israel.” He must, therefore, be of the Abrahamic stock, a Jew!

2. In Ezek.28:2-10 a remarkable description is given us of the Antichrist under the figure of “the Prince of Tyrus,” just as in vv.12-19 we have another most striking delineation of Satan under the figure of “the king of Tyrus.” In a later chapter we hope to show that, beyond a doubt, it is the Antichrist who is in view in the first section of this chapter. There is only one thing that we would now point out from this passage: in v.10 it is said of him “Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised,” which is a very strong hint that he ought not to die the deaths of the “uncircumcised” because he belonged to the Circumcision! Should it be said that this verse cannot apply to the Antichrist because he will be destroyed by Christ Himself at His coming, the objection is very easily disposed of by a reference to Rev.13:14, which tells of the Antichrist being wounded to death by a sword and rising from the dead — which is prior to his ultimate destruction at the hands of the Saviour.

3. In Dan.11:36, 37 we are told, “And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers.” This passage, it is evident, refers to and describes none other than the coming Antichrist. But what we wish to call special attention to is the last sentence quoted — “The God of his fathers.” What are we to understand by this expression? Why, surely, that he is a Jew, an Israelite, and that his fathers after the flesh were Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — for such is the invariable meaning of “the fathers” throughout the Old Testament Scriptures.

4. In Matt.12:43-45 we have another remarkable scripture which will be considered briefly, in a later section of this chapter, when we shall endeavor to show that “The Unclean Spirit” here is none other than the Son of Perdition, and that the “house” from which he goes out and into which he returns, is the Nation of Israel. If this can be established, then we have another proof that he will be a Jew, for this “house,” which is Israel, is here termed by Antichrist “my house.” Just as Solomon was of “the House of David,” so Antichrist shall be of the House of Israel.

5. In John 5:43 we have a further word which helps us to fix the nationality of this coming One. In speaking of the false messiah, the Lord Jesus referred to him as follows, “Another shall come in his own name.” In the Greek there are four different words all translated “Another” in our English versions. One of them is employed but once, and a second but five times, so these need not detain us now. The remaining two are used frequently, and with a clear distinction between them. The first “allos” signifies “another” of the same kind or genus — see Matt.10:23; 13:24; 26:71, etc. The second, “heteros,” means “another” of a totally different kind, — see Mark 16:12; Luke 14:31; Acts 7:18; Rom.7:23. Now the striking thing is that the word used by our Lord in John 5:43 is “allos,” another of the same genus, not “heteros,” another of a different order. Christ, the Son of Abraham, the Son of David, had presented Himself to Israel, and they rejected Him; but “another” of the same Abrahamic stock should come to them, and him they would “receive.” If the coming Antichrist were to be a Gentile, the Lord would have employed the word “heteros;” the fact that He used “allos” shows that he will be a Jew.

6. The very name “Antichrist” argues strongly his Jewish nationality. This title “Antichrist” has a double significance. It means that he will be one who shall be “opposed” to Christ, one who will be His enemy. But it also purports that he will be a mock Christ, an imitation Christ, a pro-Christ, a pseudo Christ. It intimates that he will ape Christ. He will pose as the real Messiah of Israel. In such case he must be a Jew.

7. This mock Christ will be “received” by Israel. The Jews will be deceived by Him. They will believe that he is indeed their long-expected Messiah. They will accept him as such. Proofs of this will be furnished in a later chapter. But if this pseudo Christ succeeds in palming himself off on the Jews as their true Messiah he must be a Jew, for it is unthinkable that they would be deceived by any Gentile.

Ere passing to the next point, we may add, that it was the common belief among Christians during the first four centuries A.D., that the Antichrist would come from the tribe of Dan. Whether this will be the case or no, we do not know. Gen.49:17, 18 may have ultimate reference to this Son of Perdition. Certainly Dan is the most mysterious of all the twelve tribes.