This writing can be very controversial, but also very insightful. I hope you will take the time to consider the facts presented in this study.
Will the antichrist be Jew or Gentile?
“And the people of the prince who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary” (Daniel 7:27). We know through history that the Romans were the people that destroyed Jerusalem and the sanctuary. Therefore, we understand from Scriptures that “the prince who will come” will be from Rome. Does it imply any nation from the Roman Empire of those days, since the Roman Empire included all the nations that bordered the Mediterranean Sea, Britannia and more, or that imply only to Rome of today in its revived stage?
According to the teachings of Hippolytus, the most important theologian from the third century, the antichrist would be a Jew. He based his teaching on Deuteronomy 33:22, where Moses described Dan as a lion’s whelp that leaps forth from Bashan; Bashan was a place where the flock of sheep would feed. Let’s look at the meaning of a whelp according to Webster’s dictionary. It is the young of any of various flesh-eating animals; name that defines voracious animals. Micah 5:8b describes a whelp this way: like a young lion among the flocks of sheep which, when it goes through, treads down and tears in pieces, and there is no deliverer. This is how Daniel describes the fourth beast: terrible, powerful and dreadful, and exceedingly strong, and had great iron teeth; it devoured and crushed and trampled what was left with its feet (Daniel 7:7). When Moses identified Dan as a lion’s whelp, was he prophesying about Dan’s position in the far future?
In the words of Jacob before he died found in Genesis 49:16-17, he said of Dan, Dan shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel. To judge according the Webster’s dictionary is, to hear and pass judgment on people and in Jewish history is to govern; they ruled for over four centuries after the death of Joshua. Dan shall be a serpent by the way, a horned snake in the path that bites at the horse’s heels, so that his rider falls backward. A serpent carried the devil’s plan and became the symbol of Satan, the deceiver. A serpent is therefore the symbol of the devil and his craftiness; a deceiver of mankind, as we see in Genesis 3:1, Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made.