Monday, June 9, 2014

Antiochus, the Antichrist, the Apostasy

Ten Specific Parallels of Antiochus Epiphanes & The Antichrist

  1. Both enter into a covenant to protect Jews/Israel (Daniel 9:27a; I Maccabees 1:11,12)
  1. Both make covenants with ‘many’ Jews/Israel (Daniel 9:27a; I Maccabees 1:11,43,52)
  1. Both times the Jews Apostasize/Forsake/Covenant (Daniel 11:30; II Thessalonians 2:3; I Maccabees 1:49,49,52)
  1. Both break peace covenant with the Jews (Daniel 8:13, 9:27b,11:31; I Maccabees 1:41-43,49,52)
  1. Both introduce false god/abolish Jewish worship (Dan 8:11-13; I Maccabees 1:20,21; II Thess. 2:4; Rev 13:15)
  1. Both have opposition to religion (Dan 11:32-35; I Maccabees 1:62,63; Matthew 24:9)
  1. Both times the persecuted flee (I Maccabees 2:27-29; Matthew 24:16-20; Revelation 12:6, 14)
  1. Both times many of the persecuted die (Dan 8:25, 11:33; I Maccabees 2:27; Matthew 24:20; Revelation 6:9-11, 20:4)
  1. Both times many women/children die (I Maccabees 1:60,61; Matthew 24:19)
  1. Both Antiochus & Antichrist set up Abomination of Desolation (Dan. 11:31; I Macc. 1:54; Matt.24:15; II Thess. 2:4)
Seven Descriptions/Activities of the Antichrist in Daniel 8:23-25

  1. He will be intelligent, stern-faced, cunning, a master of intrigue & a powerful ruler (v.23)
  1. He will achieve power by subduing other nations/peoples (v.24)
  1. He will be controlled by another [Satan] (v.24)
  1. He will be the enemy/adversary of Israel (v.24)
  1. He rises to power by promising peace & security (v.25)
  1. He will ‘stand up against’ the Prince of princes, the Messiah, Lord Jesus Christ (v.25)
  1. He will be destroyed by Divine judgment (v.25)

Seven Definitive Points Concerning ‘The Apostasy’

  1. The Apostasy is a specific event not a process [Article ‘the’ used in the Greek] (Dan. 11:30, 31; II Thess. 2:1-3)
  1. The Apostasy occurs within the 70th Week of Daniel before the Day of the Lord (Daniel 11:30, 31; II Thess. 2:1-3)
  1. The Apostasy occurs just before the Abomination of Desolation (Daniel 11:30, 31; Matthew 24:15; II Thess. 2:4)
  1. The Day of the Lord/Wrath of God occurs after the Apostasy (Daniel 11:30ff; II Thessalonians 2:1-3)
  1. The word ‘apostasy’ is not used in I Tim. 4:1, 2 [Only other place this word is used: Acts 21:21 translated ‘forsake’]
‘Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils: Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron’(I Timothy 4:1, 2)

  1. The Context of I Timothy 4:1, 2 indicates that the troublemakers Paul refers to were ‘false teachers’, not apostates
  1. The Definition of the word apostasy: A forsaking or abandonment of a formerly held position/principle/doctrine. 
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