The Antichrist As We Do Not Know Him (part 2)

                                             (Revelation 13; Daniel 7)            

Judas, the antichrist who is to come, has been on the scene since the time he betrayed YAHSHUA. Reading about Judas’ accounts, sometimes, we are not able to connect the dots from YAHSHUA’S words to the prophecies from the Old Testament, because we read them as History only. However, when we study to know God’s purposes, He reveals the connective truth to us. In this case, the key words are heels or heel, son of perdition, and devil, as in His priestly prayer, YAHSHUA connected the prophecies from the Old Testament to the New Testament by saying, While I was with them (disciples), I kept and preserved them (disciples) in Your name. Those You have given Me I guarded and protected, and not one of them has perished or is lost except the son of perdition [Judas Iscariot- the one who is now doomed to be lost], that the Scripture might be fulfilled. This is in reference to Psalm 41:9 which says Even my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. And in John 13:18, YAHSHUA again defines which Scripture He was talking about when He said, I am not speaking of and I do not mean all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, He who eats My bread with Me has raised up his heel against me. Twice YAHSHUA mentions the same prophecy uttered by David. Another prophecy we connect with YAHSHUA’S words is the first prophecy given to man in the garden of Eden: I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel (Gen 3:15).

I Must Stay At Your House Today

(Luke 19:1-10)

it was the time of Passover when YAHSHUA came to Jericho. This was to be His last Passover, as we read what He told the disciples on the previous chapter of Luke. He said to them: Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning Him shall be accomplished (Lk. 18: 31). So this event constitutes not only the time frame of YAHSHUA’S death – seven days later, but Daniel’s prophecy embedded in the seventy weeks of years for the Jewish nation found in Daniel chapter 9:24-27. Verses 25,26 read: Know therefore and understand that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem until [the coming of] the Anointed One, a Prince, shall be seven
weeks [of years] and sixty-two weeks [of years]; it shall be built again with square and moat, but in troublous times. And after the sixty-two weeks [of years] shall the Anointed One be cut off or killed and shall have nothing belonging to Him…

The Man Dressed in Linen

(Daniel 10)

I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with pure gold of Uphaz. His body also was like beryl, His face had the appearance of lightening, His  eyes were like flaming torches, His arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of His words like the sound of a tumult  (vs. 5-6).

Now in the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, Daniel was visited by not just angels, but by the Lord Himself. The significance of this visitation from the Son of God before His incarnation is prophetic in meaning. Dressed in His complete outfit of a high priest, He is distinguished from all angels. He was taking His position of our high priest forever, and in time to come, He would offer Himself as the ultimate sacrifice to buy men for God and become the Author and the Source of eternal salvation to all those who give heed and obey Him (Heb. 5:9b). He came to Daniel when Daniel was in mourning for three whole weeks. Daniel ate no pleasant or desired food, nor did any meat or wine came into his mouth; and he did not anoint himself at all for the full three weeks (vs. 3). Earlier, in chapters eight and nine Daniel had visions related to the future events of the tribulation, which now caused him to mourn for three weeks, for he understood the word and had understanding of the vision (vs.1).  In chapter nine he was given the time frame of when Messiah would come, die, the destruction of Jerusalem and of the temple, and the prophecy of the antichrist in the period of seventy weeks of years given to Daniel’s people- the Jewish people.  Now in chapter ten he takes to heart the reality of the visions he saw and the words he heard, although, the angel told him, The vision of the evening and the mornings which had been told him is true. But seal up the vision, for it has to do with and belongs to the distant future. And Daniel said, I, Daniel, fainted and was sick for [several] days (8:26-27a).