The Beast

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Q. Can you comment on the Antichrist?

(Continued from yesterday)

What else do we know about the Antichrist from his names? Older authors wrote about titles such as:
• the Bloody and Deceitful Man (Ps 5:6),
• the Wicked One (Ps 10:2, 4),
• the Man of the Earth (Ps 10:18) etc.

But if you look up the references in the Bible, you’ll see:
Ps 5:6 You destroy those who speak falsehood; the LORD abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit. (NASB)
• Ps 10:2 In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted; let them be caught in the plots which they have devised. (NASB)
• Ps 10:18 To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror. (NASB)

Notice that there is no capitalization as proper nouns, and the translation is as common nouns for man in general, not a Man in particular. Check using other versions such as ESV or NKJV and you’ll see the same. In fact, there are no capital letters in Hebrew. What the older writers had done is to read their own interpretation into the texts, and presented them as fact. While I understand that there are types in the Bible, this is not exegesis, but eisegesis. Some of these so-called “titles” may not be referring to the Antichrist at all. Having said that, there are several titles that unmistakably apply to the Antichrist. One of them is used by John, who called the Antichrist the beast.

The title “beast” appears 37 times in 29 verses in Revelation, and refers primarily to 2 different beasts:
Beast from the Sea, commonly known as the Antichrist : Rev 13:1 he dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.
Beast from the earth, commonly known as the False Prophet: Rev 13:11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon.

It is true that Rev 11:7 and 17:3 mention two other beasts:
Beast from the abyss: Rev 11:7 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.
Scarlet beast: Rev 17:3 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.

But from their description of:
• being “was, and is not and will come” (Rev 17:8), an imitation of Christ’s life, death and resurrection; and
• having 7 heads and 10 horns with blasphemous names (cf Rev 17:3 to 13:1),
most scholars believe they are one and the same as the beast from the sea, viz. the Antichrist, though some interpret it as a political system rather than a person. Space does not allow me to elaborate on all 37 references. The readers can study Rev 11-20 for themselves to see his final doom.

(To be continued)

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