The Antichrist’s Appearance

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One more interesting passage on the Antichrist, possibly giving clues as to how he might look like, is found in Zechariah 11:

Zech 11:15-17 And the LORD said to me, “Next, take for yourself the implements of a foolish shepherd. For indeed I will raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for those who are cut off, nor seek the young, nor heal those that are broken, nor feed those that still stand. But he will eat the flesh of the fat and tear their hooves in pieces. “Woe to the worthless shepherd, who leaves the flock! A sword shall be against his arm and against his right eye; his arm shall completely wither, and his right eye shall be totally blinded.”

Note the following:
• He is a foolish and worthless shepherd. Foolish does not refer to his intellect, but his wicked character.
• His deeds – he leaves the flock and does not care; he won’t seek the lost, heal the broken, feed the hungry, but will prey on them. He will oppress and destroy God’s people.
• His earthly judgment – his arm will wither, and his right eye will be blinded. This could be figurative of his strength and intelligence, but more likely literal.

Now Revelation has this to say about the Beast:

Rev 13:3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast.
• Rev 13:12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.
• Rev 17:8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.
• Rev 17:11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.

Putting these passages together, commentators conjectured that the Antichrist will:
• thrive (“once was“),
• encounter an assassination and died (“now is not“), but
• the fatal wound (which blinded his right eye) healed, and
• he rose again from the dead (“yet will come“), staging a mock resurrection to mimic Christ.
That’s the speculation. I hope we’re not around to see these ourselves.

(To be continued)

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