The Antichrist’s Nationality

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Yesterday we discussed whether the Antichrist is Jewish or gentile. Before I offer my opinion as to his ethnicity, let me introduce one more interesting dimension to the debate. Some commentators believe, based on several OT allusions, that the Antichrist is Assyrian.

Isa 10:5, 12 Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger And the staff in whose hand is My indignation. Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Lord has performed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, that He will say, “I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks.”
• Micah 5:5-6 When the Assyrian comes into our land, And when he treads in our palaces, Then we will raise against him Seven shepherds and eight princely men. They shall waste with the sword the land of Assyria, and the land of Nimrod at its entrances; thus He shall deliver us from the Assyrian, when he comes into our land and when he treads within our borders.

Assyria covered parts of modern Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq. So they deduced that the Antichrist is from the Middle East, and Moslem. However, I find the premise not convincing, as Isaiah was primarily pronouncing judgment on Assyria, which captured and exiled Israel between 740-722 BC, and later judged by God. The connection to the end-times Antichrist, based on the noun Assyrian being singular and his proud words in Isa 10:13, is rather weak, as that’s what conquerors tend to do.

But back to the original question: Is the Antichrist Jew or gentile? Most view this as an either/or, but one interesting minority view is that he is both/and. This is because for Orthodox Jews, a person is a Jew if his/her mother is a Jew, or if he/she has formally converted to Judaism. So the Antichrist could have a Jewish mother and be considered a Jew, but a gentile father and hold other faiths, including being a nominal Christian, and be viewed as gentile by the rest of the world. This perspective reconciles the “evidence” cited by both sides, and is a possible solution. It would also explain why he is able to hold opposing factions to a truce and establish world peace, at least temporarily, long enough for him to be seen as a “savior”. Hard proof? There is none. We just have to watch and pray as world events unfold.

(To be continued)

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