DEBUNKING THIS BOOK ENTITLED "The END TIMES in Chronological Order" by Ron Rhodes.
The Beginning of the Tribulation: The Emergence of the Antichrist
IN THIS CHAPTER
The Antichrist Signs a Covenant
The Rise of the Antichrist
The Antichrist Signs a Covenant
Scripture reveals that the single event that starts the tribulation period is the antichrists signing of a covenant with Israel. This relates directly to Daniels prophecy of seventy weeks.
In Daniel 9 God provided a prophetic timetable for the nation of Israel. The prophetic clock began ticking when the command went out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem following its destruction by Babylon (Daniel 9:25). According to this verse, Israels timetable was divided into 70 groups of 7 years—-a total of 490 years.
The first 69 groups of 7 years—or 483 years-—counted the years "from the going out of the word to restore and rebuild Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince" (Daniel 9:25). The Anointed One, or Messiah, is Jesus Christ. The day Jesus rode into Jerusalem to proclaim Himself Israels Messiah was 483 years to the day after the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem had been given.
At that point God's prophetic clock stopped. Daniel describes a gap between these 483 years and the final 7 years of Israels prophetic timetable. Several events were to take place during this gap, according to Daniel 9:26: The Messiah would be killed, the city of Jerusalem and its temple would be destroyed (which occurred in AD 70), and the Jews would encounter diffculty and hardship from that time on.
The final "week" of seven years will begin for Israel when the antichrist confirms a seven-year covenant (Daniel 9:27). The signing of this peace pact will signal the beginning of the tribulation period. It will begin the seven-year countdown to the second coming of Christ, which follows the tribulation period.
(THIS IDEA IS TOTALLY FALSE!! THERE IS NO GAP OF THOUSANDS OF YEARS IN THIS PROPHECY OF DANIEL. THE OLD PROTESTANT BIBLE COMMENTATORS LIKE ADAM CLARKE, MATTHEW HENRY, ALBERT BARNES, KNEW THE CORRECT UNDERSTANDING OF THIS PROPHECY IN DANIEL 9. IT IS ALL FULLY AND IN-DEPTH, EXPLAINED IN STUDIES ON MY WEBSITE. THE ONLY PERIOD OF PROPHETIC TIME KNOWN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT IS IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION; THAT TIME PERIOD IS 42 MONTHS, OR 1260 DAYS, OR A TIME, TIMES, AND HALF A TIME = 3 YEARS AND 6 MONTHS [30 DAYS TO THE MONTH IN GOD'S ORIGINAL CALENDAR OF GENESIS UP TO NOAH], TAKING A DAY FOR A YEAR AS OTHER BIBLE PROPHECIES INDICATE - Keith Hunt)
This seven-year time frame for the tribulation is reflected in other ancient Jewish literature, as Renald Showers shows in his helpful book Maranatha: Our Lord Come!
The Babylonian Talmud states, "Our Rabbis taught: In the seven-year cycle at the end of which the son of David will come....at the conclusion of the septennate the son of David will come."
Raphael Patai, writing on the Messianic texts, said, "The idea became entrenched that the coming of the Messiah will be preceded by gready increased suffering....This will last seven years. And then, unexpectedly, the Messiah will come."
(ALL ARE WRONG! IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE IF JEWS OR "CHRISTIANS" TEACH IT - THEY ARE VERY WRONG! I CAN NOT GIVE ENOUGH EMPHASIS TO THE READER TO GO TO MY WEBSITE UNDER "PROPHECY" AND STUDY THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER, IN CLEAR PLAIN LANGUAGE - THERE WILL BE NO 7 YEARS TRIBULATION AT THE END OF THIS AGE - Keith Hunt)
The Day of the Lord
The antichrists signing of the covenant with Israel constitutes not only the beginning of the tribulation period but also the beginning of the day of the Lord.
(AND WE HAVE SEEN IN EZEKIEL 39: 29 ACCORDING TO THE AUTHOR [THIS PROPHECY TAKING PLACE BEFORE WHAT HE IS NOW TEACHING] ALL ISRAELITES [SO JEWS INCLUDED] WILL HAVE GOD'S SPIRIT POURED OUT ON THEM; HENCE THEY ARE ALL IN THE SECRET RAPTURE. THERE WILL BE NO JEWS TO MAKE A COVENANT WITH, ACCORDING TO THE LOGIC OF WHAT THIS MAN IS TEACHING; BUT AGAIN HE DID NOT SHOW YOU, NOR DOES HE WANT YOU TO SEE EZEKIEL 39:29. THAT ONE VERSE ALONE BLOWS ALL OF THIS MAN'S CHAPTER INTO A MILLION FRAGMENTS THAT THE DUST BLOWS AWAY TO NEVER NEVER LAND - Keith Hunt)
The term day of the Lord is used in several senses in Scripture. The Old Testament prophets sometimes used it to describe an event to be fulfilled in the near future. At other times, they referred to an event in the distant eschatological future (the future tribulation period). The immediate context of the term generally indicates which sense is intended.
In both cases, the day of the Lord is characterized by God super-naturally intervening in order to bring judgment against sin in the world. The day of the Lord is a time in which God actively controls and dominates history in a direct way instead of working through secondary causes.
(HE IS CORRECT! I AGREE, WOW FLY THE FLAGS - Keith Hunt)
Among the New Testament writers, the term is generally used of the judgment that will climax in the end-time seven-year tribulation period (see 2 Thessalonians 2:2; Revelation 16-18) as well as the judgment that will usher in the new earth after the millennial kingdom (2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 20:7-21:1; see also Isaiah 65:17-19; 66:22; Revelation 21:1). This theme of judgment against sin runs like a thread through the many references to the day of the Lord.
(TRUE EXCEPT FOR THE "SEVEN-YEAR" BIT - Keith Hunt)
A number of scriptural passages indicate that this aspect of the day of the Lord has not yet taken place but awaits the end times. For example, Isaiah 34:1-8 describes a day of the Lord in which God will judge all nations of the earth: "The Lord is enraged against all the nations... he has devoted them to destruction, has given them over for slaughter" (verse 2). None of the past days of the Lord ever involved divine judgment of all the nations. This indicates that the day of the Lord of Isaiah 34 must be yet future—that is, the tribulation period.
(I AGREE, WOW HE'S RIGHT TWICE - Keith Hunt)
Similarly, Joel 3:1-16 and Zechariah 14:1-3,12-15 speak of a day of the Lord that will involve Gods judgment of the armies of all the nations when they gather to wage war against Israel. We are told that the Jewish Messiah will come to war against these nations. This seems to coincide with Revelation 16:12-16, where we find that the armies will not begin to gather until the sixth bowl is poured out during the seventieth week of Daniel 9 - Revelation 19:11-21 reveals that Christ will wage war against these armies when He comes from heaven to earth as King of kings and Lord of lords. Such facts force the conclusion that the day of the Lord spoken of by Joel 3 and Zechariah 14 is yet future.
(YES RIGHT AGAIN, EXCEPT DANIEL 9 HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT ALL - Keith Hunt)
Likewise, the aposde Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 reveals that this eschatological day of the Lord is yet future. Paul warned that this day would bring sudden, inescapable destruction upon the unsaved of the world. The context of 1 Thessalonians 5 clearly points to the end-times tribulation period.
(WELL NO IT POINTS TO "THE DAY OF THE LORD" AS CLEARLY STATED BY PAUL, AND NOT THE GREAT TRIBULATION. THE STUDIES ON MY WEBSITE SHOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE "GREAT TRIBULATION" AND THE "DAY OF THE LORD" - Keith Hunt)
Because the antichrists signing of the covenant with Israel begins the tribulation period, we can also say that this signing of the covenant begins the eschatological day of the Lord. Thankfully, Christians will escape this day because of the rapture.
(NOW HE'S OFF IN LEFT FIELD ONCE MORE. THERE IS NO JEWS TO SIGN A COVENANT WITH, AS , USING HIS FLOW OF EVENTS, THE JEWS HAVE GOD'S SPIRIT [EZ.39:29] AND ARE IN THE SECRET RAPTURE WITH THE OTHER CHRISTIANS, AS FOR HIM AND OTHERS EZEKIEL 38 AND 39 TAKES PLACE BEFORE THE TRIBULATION. DO YOU SEE THE SILLY LOGIC BECAUSE THE GUY HAS NOT READ EZ. 39:29, THAT TRASHES HIS THEORY - Keith Hunt)
The Rise of the Antichrist
The apostle Paul warned of a "man of lawlessness," which is the antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2:3,8-9). Though sin and lawlessness are already at work in our own day (verse 7), Paul says a day is corning in which a specific individual will come into power in the future tribulation period who will be the embodiment of sin and lawlessness (compare with 1 John 2:18; Revelation 11:7; 13:1-10).
This lawless one will ultimately lead the entire world into rebellion against God (2 Thessalonians 2:10) as the son of destruction (verse 3). He is presently being restrained by the Holy Spirit, but after the rapture (when Christians indwelt by the Holy Spirit will be removed from the earth), he will be made manifest (verse 6) and will deceive multitudes (Revelation 19:20).
(AGAIN THE JEWS OF THE HOLY LAND, HAVING GOD'S SPIRIT [EZ. 39:29] IN THE EVENT OF 38/39 WILL THEN ALSO BE IN THE [SECRET] RAPTURE, ACCORDING TO HIS FLOW OF EVENTS. THE PROTESTANT FUNDAMENTAL PROPHETS GET THE ANTI-CHRIST AND MAN OF SIN MIXED UP AT TIMES [DEPENDS WHO YOUR LISTENING TO]. THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS THAT PAUL REFERS TO, AND THE FALSE PROPHET OF REVELATION, AND THE ANTI-CHRIST, ARE ALL ONE AND THE SAME MAN. IT IS THE "BEAST" MAN OF REVELATION THAT WORKS WITH AND UNDER THE FALSE PROPHET ANTI-CHRIST.
AND WHAT THEY ALSO DO NOT GET IS THAT THIS ANTI-CHRIST, FALSE PROPHET THAT CAN WORK MIRACLES, COMES NOT IN ANY OPEN REBELLION AGAINST GOD, BUT AS SHOWING HIMSELF THAT HE IS GOD, OR GOD'S REPRESENTATIVE ON EARTH [SEE ALL OF 2 THES. 2]. IT WILL BE LIKE THE YOUNG LADY IN A SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY, WHO WHEN ASKED WHAT SHE THOUGHT OF THE POPE VISITING HER COUNTRY, SAID, "HE IS GOD ON EARTH!" I SAW THAT ON THE NEWS, HEARD HER WORDS OUT OF HER MOUTH. THE WESTERN WORLD WILL BE DECEIVED BY A MAN COMING AS A SHEEP, BUT WILL REALLY BE A WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING, MAKING HIMSELF LOOK LIKE HE IS FROM THE CHRISTIAN GOD - Keith Hunt)
Scripture reveals that the antichrist will be a genius in intellect (Daniel 8:23), commerce (Daniel 11:43; Revelation 13:16-17), war (Revelation 6:2; 13:2), speech (Daniel 11:36), and politics (Revelation 17:11-12).
This individual will perform counterfeit signs and wonders and deceive many people during the future tribulation period (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10). In the book of Revelation, the aposde John describes this anti-God individual as a beast (Revelation 13:1-10).
(NOPE! THIS IS WHERE THEY GO OFF THE TRACK. THE "BEAST" MAN OF REVELATION WILL BE THE POLITICAL/MILITARY MAN, WITH AND UNDER, THE "CHRISTIAN" FALSE PROPHET. THE BEAST OF REVELATION 13 IS THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE - SEE MY STUDIES ON MY WEBSITE, FULLY COVERING ALL THIS IN DETAIL - Keith Hunt)
This Satan-inspired individual will rise to prominence in the tribulation period, initially making a peace treaty with Israel (Daniel 9:27). In his desire to dominate the world, he will double-cross and then seek to destroy the Jews, persecute believers, and set up his own kingdom (Revelation 13).
(BUT....HOW CAN HE MAKE A PEACE TREATY WITH JEWS, OR EVEN DESTROY THE JEWS OF THE HOLY LAND, WHEN THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN GOD'S SPIRIT [EZ. 39:29] AND HENCE [ACCORDING TO THE FLOW OF EVENTS BY THIS AUTHOR] BE IN THE SECRET RAPTURE?? O YES, HE WILL PERSECUTE THE TRUE PEOPLE OF GOD DURING HIS REIGN, FOR SURE. ALL EXPLAINED IN-DEPTH ON MY WEBSITE - Keith Hunt)
He will speak arrogant and boastful words, glorifying himself (2 Thessalonians 2:4). His assistant, the false prophet, will seek to make the world worship the antichrist (Revelation 13:11-12).
(SEE HOW THEY GET THE ANTI-CHRIST AND FALSE PROPHET AND BEAST MAN OF REVELATION, ALL MIXED UP. THE FALSE PROPHET IS THE ANTI-CHRIST.
THE "BEAST" MAN [SEE REV. 19: 20] IS THE POLITICAL/MILITARY LEADER - Keith Hunt)
The false prophet will control the global economy by forcing people around the world to receive the mark of the antichrist in order to buy or sell (Revelation 13:16-17). However, to receive this mark ensures one of being the recipient of God s wrath. The antichrist will eventually rule the whole world (Revelation 13:7) from his headquarters in Rome (Revelation 17:8-9). This beast will be defeated and bound by Jesus at His second coming (Revelation 19:11-16).
(AGAIN THE FALSE PROPHET ANTICHRIST AND BEAST MAN ARE MIXED UP BY THE PROTESTANT PROPHETS. AND THEY ARE WRONG IN TEACHING THESE TWO MEN SHALL RULE THE WHOLE WORLD. SEE THE USE OF "WORLD" IN LUKE 2:1. CHINA WAS NOT TAXED BY ROME, NOR WAS BRAZIL OR AUSTRALIA. THE FALSE PROPHET ANTICHRIST AND BEAST MAN WILL NEVER RULE RUSSIA, CHINA, INDIA, OR THE EASTERN WORLD - Keith Hunt)
This is the big picture. Now lets consider some details about this evil person.
The Antichrist Will Not Be a Jew
Some interpreters have tried-to argue that the antichrist will be a Jew......
(I agree with him here, he will not be a Jew - Keith Hunt)
The Antichrist Will Not Be a Muslim
More recendy, for understandable reasons, many have claimed that the antichrist will be a Muslim.....
(I agree with him here, he will not be a Muslim - Keith Hunt)
The Antichrist Rises in a Revived Rome
Daniel 7:3-8 refers to four beasts. These represent kingdoms that play an important role in biblical prophecy. Daniel begins in verse 3 by affirming, "Four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another." These four beasts reveal much about prophetic chronology. The first, Daniel says, was "like a lion and had eagles' wings," but "its wings were plucked off" (verse 4). This imagery apparendy represents Babylon, its lion-like quality indicating power and strength. It is interesting to observe that winged lions guarded the gates of Babylon's royal palaces (see Jeremiah 4:7). The wings indicate rapid mobility, and the plucking of the wings indicates a removal of mobility (perhaps a reference to Nebuchadnezzar's insanity or to Babylon's deterioration following his death).
Daniel continued in verse 5. "And behold, another beast, a second one, like a bear. It was raised up on one side. It had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told, 'Arise, devour much flesh.'" This is the Medo-Persia kingdom, and the ribs are vanquished nations—perhaps Lydia, Babylon, and Egypt. Medo-Persia was well-known for its strength and fierceness in battle (see Isaiah 13:17-18).
Daniel describes a third beast in verse 6. "And behold, another like a leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back. And the beast had four heads, and dominion was given to it." The leopard was known for its swiftness, cunning, and agility. This imagery represents Greece under Alexander the Great. The four heads depict the four generals who divided the kingdom following Alexander's death, ruling Macedonia, Asia Minor, Syria, and. Egypt.
Finally, in verse 7, Daniel mentions the fourth beast-—a mongrel that was more terrifying and powerful than the three preceding beasts.
"Behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things."
This wild imagery refers to the Roman Empire. Rome already existed in ancient days, but it fell apart in the fifth century AD. It will be revived, however, in the end times, apparently comprised often nations ruled by ten kings (ten horns). I noted previously in the book that animals used their horns as weapons (see Genesis 22:3; Psalm 69:31). For this reason, the horn eventually came to be seen as a symbol of power and might. As an extension of this symbol, horns in Bible times were sometimes used as emblems of dominion, representing kingdoms and kings, as is the case in the books of Daniel (chapters 7—8) and Revelation (12:13; 13:1,11; 17:3-16).
In Daniel 7, an eleventh horn-—-a little horn (the antichrist)-—starts out apparendy in an insignificant way but grows powerful enough to uproot three of the existing horns (kings). He eventually comes into absolute power and dominance over this revived Roman Empire, probably halfway through the tribulation period.
(OH HE WAS CORRECT UP TO HIS LAST SENTENCE; THEN OFF THE TRACKS HE GOES. FOR THE TRUTH ABOUT DANIEL 7 AND THE LITTLE HORN, YOU NEED TO STUDY MY STUDIES ON MY WEBSITE, THEY ARE IN-DEPTH AND WILL GIVE YOU THE WHOLE PICTURE OF THE BEASTS OF DANIEL AND REVELATION. IN FACT ONE STUDY IS CALLED "THE BEASTS OF DANIEL AND REVELATION" - Keith Hunt)
Related to this, Daniel 2 records a prophetic dream that Nebuchadnezzar had. In this dream, this end-times Roman Empire was pictured as a mixture of iron and clay (see verses 41-43). Daniel, the great interpreter of dreams, saw this as meaning that just as iron is strong, so this latter-day Roman Empire would be strong. But just as iron and clay do not naturally mix with each other, so this latter-day Roman Empire would have some divisions. It would not be completely integrated.
Many modern biblical interpreters see the European Union (which is characterized by both unity and some division) as a primary prospect for the ultimate fulfillment of this prophecy. The stage is now appearing to be set for the fulfillment of Daniel 2 and 7. Once the antichrist emerges into power in a revived Rome, it is just a matter of time before he comes into complete global domination.
YES TRUE THE FALSE PROPHET, THE ANTICHRIST, WILL COME FROM A RESURRECTED HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE IN EUROPE. IT IS FORMING RIGHT NOW BEFORE YOUR EYES, BUT IT HAS A WAY TO GO BEFORE IT CAN COME AND DOMINATE AND RULE THE WESTERN WORLD. AS I'VE TOLD YOU MANY TIMES ON MY BLOG AND MY WEBSITE, A "KING OF THE SOUTH" [A UNITY OF ARAB NATIONS] MUST ARISE FIRST [DANIEL 11:40-45] BEFORE THE BEAST OF BABYLON EUROPE CAN RULE THE WESTERN WORLD, AND MOVE INTO THE HOLY LAND, AND BRING ABOUT THE GREATEST TRIBULATION PERIOD THE WORLD HAS EVER GONE THROUGH, A TIME WHERE JESUS SAID THAT IF NOT STOPPED, NO FLESH WOULD BE SAVED ALIVE [MAT.24] - Keith Hunt.
To be continued