*Pastor’s Note: We will continue, in no particular order questions posed from the excellent book by Mark Hitchcock entitled, The Complete Book of Bible Prophecy. My hope and prayer is that it will give some insight into much of the end-times prophecy the Bible speaks of and hopefully alleviates some of the fears and confusion people have about studying prophecy. The following is the next in a line of questions I present to you from his book:
From What Nation Will the Antichrist Arise?
As we have seen, Scripture teaches that the coming world ruler will be a Gentile. But is the Bible more specific? Can we know his nation of origin?
Daniel 9:26 tells us that Antichrist will be of the same nationality as the people who destroyed the Jewish temple in A.D. 70. Of course, we know that the Romans destroyed the temple. Therefore, we know that the Antichrist will be of Roman origin.
Interestingly, the movie The Omen begins with the birth of the Antichrist in a dimly lit hospital in Rome. A chilling poem from this same movie reinforces the belief that the coming Antichrist will arise from the Holy Roman Empire.
When the Jews return to Zion,
And a comet rips the sky,
And the Holy Roman Empire rises,
Then you and I must die.
From the eternal sea he rises,
Creating armies on either shore,
Turning man against his brother,
‘Til man exists no more.
As we look at our world today, the Jews have returned to Zion, and the Holy Roman Empire is rising before our eyes in the European Community. The rise of Antichrist may not be far behind!
Mr. Hitchcock’s teachings are informative and enlightening as well as inspirational and any book you can get for yourself from his writings will most definitely be well-worth it. I hope you are blessed AND informed and some of these questions and answers will give you a greater strength to walk in confidence and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Bible prophecy ALWAYS points to God and His plans for this world that He created through Christ Jesus. Therefore, for true Christians, it is meant to be a comfort that God continues as always to have everything under control despite what it might appear to the average person.