In the New Testament there are several characteristics given for the end-times Antichrist who is depicted as the Beast from the Abyss in the book of Revelation.
In Revelation 17 he is identified as one of seven kings who will appear again on the global stage as an eighth king. He “once was” and “now is not,” which means that he once existed in the past and will re-appear again in the future at the end of the age.
In Revelation 13 the Antichrist is first introduced as a dead head, which symbolically represents a dead king, after which this king is resurrected to life causing the entire unbelieving world to be astonished! Revelation 13:14 tells us that this king had been “slain by the sword” long ago prior to his end-times resurrection and rise to power. Revelation 17:8 tells us that the soul of the Antichrist is currently in the Abyss, out of which his soul will rise when he is resurrected.
According to the Apostle Paul in 2 Thess. 2 the coming of the Antichrist will involve a strong delusion and will be “by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing.” Paul goes on to predict that the career of this “man of lawlessness” will come to an end when the Lord Jesus kills him “with the breath of His mouth.” Yet Revelation 19:20 shows that the Antichrist, named as the Beast, will be cast alive into the Lake of Fire after Jesus returns? How can this apparent contradiction concerning the fate of the Antichrist be resolved?
My book, The Second Coming of the Antichrist, is based on three years of intense study of biblical texts, ancient history, religion, mythology and archaeology. The missing link in the many teachings concerning the Antichrist that are popular today is the shadowy Old Testament figure known as Asshur, who is a figure who appears first in Genesis, and then later on in the writings of Isaiah, Ezekiel, Hosea and Micah. Isaiah 14:20 describes him as the “evil seed” and Isaiah 30:33 predicts that he will be destroyed by the “breath of the Lord” at the end of the age. Ezekiel 31 describes the original fall of Asshur, and Ezekiel 32 describes Asshur as an inhabitant of the Abyss who had been slain by the sword long ago (v.22). Furthermore, Hosea 13:7-8 describes Asshur as the end-times enemy of Israel attacking like a lion, leopard, bear and beast in an apparent fore-shadow of both Daniel 7 and Revelation 13. Lastly, Micah 5:5 describes Asshur as the enemy that must be defeated by the Messiah in order to rescue end-times Israel.
In short, if the historical identity of Asshur can be discovered, then we can know the identity of the Antichrist.
The book was published in the Summer of 2012 and, contrary to the wishes of Tom Horn the publisher, I held out for a very plain black and white cover, even though Tom warned that this would greatly cut into our commercial success. Tom Horn’s concerns have been validated and book sales have languished. The upside to all of this, however, is that Tom Horn has graciously agreed to allow me to offer the book for free in PDF format.
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The book may never be a commercial success, but this means little to me because there are many more important ways by which to measure “success.”
In the meantime I will continue to study the great eschatological theme of the New Exodus, and continue to show how it is helping to fine-tune my view of the Antichrist and re-shape my understanding of the end-times purpose for the Church.
(In between hurricanes Iselle and Julio)