Keith's Comments
Antichrist Rising
The last few weeks we have received several inquiries ranging from, 'how do you really know that the European Union (EU) is the revived Roman empire', to 'is the term Antichrist symbolic or an actual man'? Even without indirect support such as the EU's imagery of the Woman Riding the Beast, among others on our How Close It Is page, we have direct evidence in the Bible to answer both questions.

The EU being the 'revived Roman Empire' is from this verse in the Bible:

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. ( Daniel 9:26 KJV )

1. The "prince that shall come" is the Antichrist. The original Hebrew text uses the word "nawgheed" which means "commander, leader or ruler". Therefore, the term Antichrist is not symbolically or allegorically referring to a 'mind set of evil' or a coalition of forces, but an actual human being.

2. The "people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary" is referring to the nationality of those who destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 A.D., which was the Romans under the leadership of Titus. ( This was also documented by secular Jewish historian and eyewitness Josephus. )

Therefore, the "prince that shall come" ( Antichrist ) will rise to power from the "people of the prince" ( Roman empire revived ). Europe has not been unified since the Roman Empire almost 2000 years ago, but now exists through the auspices of the European Union. EU official Javier Solana said last year in speaking of the EU's new constitution, 'not since the Roman Empire has Europe been unified'.

Israel has been targeting high ranking members of the terrorist group Hamas recently in efforts to diminish attacks by Hamas against the Israeli state. A few days ago, Hamas 'spiritual' leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin, himself culpable in the death of innumerable Israeli innocents, was killed in an Israeli attack. Following this incident, a story on Fox News aired with the caption, "Road Map Dead", referring to the so-called Roadmap to Peace. I thought to myself, "No, it's not dead...it was still born."

The death of Yassin will do nothing, by the word of Hamas, but escalate the attacks against Israel. Peace is not to be found in the Middle East, and the more man attempts initiate it, the more it flees from them. But we know that a 'false peace' will finally be attained by the Antichrist ( Daniel 9:27 ) as the End Times begin to draw to a close.

So with the escalation of violence comes the knowledge that the rising of the Antichrist may be just around the corner, and the tragic events of the Tribulation just over the horizon. But as Christians, we must not focus on the one who will bring false peace to warring world. We must watch for the One who is to come who will bring true peace to a troubled planet:

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. ( 2 Peter 3:14 KJV )

And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. ( Mark 13:37 KJV )

Keith

03-24-2004

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