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is the eighth, and is of the seven.”
IN previous chapters much has been said concerning, Antichrist, but nothing so far concerning his identity. Who is Antichrist? This is the question so often asked. Let it be understood that I do not dogmatize at this point. I do not know who Antichrist is. However, there are some things within the bounds of reason to be said at this point, and these things we will do well to remember.
Antichrist is an individual person. Many
say that he is the Pope of Rome. That
the Popes of Rome are in some sense antichrists, I do not doubt; but I am
equally certain that they are only forerunners of the final Antichrist.
He does many things that the Pope of Rome has never done.
He continues on the earth for just seven years, while the pope has
been here for centuries. There is
no indication that we are to take this duration of time otherwise than
literal. Everything in the record
concerning the final Antichrist indicates that we have here to deal with an
Next, let me say that he is a person who once lived on the earth, died
and went to hell, and who will be resurrected at the last day.
The angel said to John: “The beast that thou sawest was (did live on
earth), and is not (is now dead); and shall ascend out of the bottomless
pit.”—Rev. 17: 8. So by this
we may know that he is a person who once lived, died, went to hell, is now in
hell; but will be resurrected during The Great Tribulation.
we have before said, Antichrist has seven heads.
Six of these we identified as Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece,
and Rome. We have shown also that
the seventh head is now
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that before Antichrist appears it will be fully developed, and that he will
arrive just in time to take charge of the system of things now developing, and
thus he will be the eighth head. As
a farther point towards his identity, however, it is stated that “He is of
the seven.” He is necessarily a
man who lived on earth before John received The Revelation, for at that time
the angel said, “He was, and is not.”
He is, therefore, a man who was in some way connected with the government
of either Egypt, or Assyria, or Babylon, or Persia, or Greece, or Rome.
“He is of the seven,” that is, he was connected with some one of
those seven heads.
the subject is narrowed greatly. Yet
we are a long ways from anything definite.
Whether Antichrist be the Egyptian Menes, or the Assyrian
Sennacherib, or the Babylonian Nebuchadnezzar, or the Persian Cyrus, or the
Grecian Alexander, or the Roman Caesar, or either of these, without something
more definite, it is impossible to say. The
location of his capital city, however, should be of some weight at this point.
Since it is settled that Antichrist is of the one of these six heads,
and since so much is said in this connection concerning Babylon, the only
logical conclusion seems to be that he is a Babylonian.
An argument in favor of this view is that Babylon was the first of all
earthly sovereignties. In the
enumeration of the seven heads, it has the third place; but this is because it
arose to prominence again after Assyria; and in reality Babylon is the mother
of all earthly sovereignties, because it is the first, and out of it all
others sprang. Thus in our search
for the identity of Antichrist, we are narrowed down to Babylon alone.
all the kings of Babylon, who is most likely to be Antichrist?
Because Babylon is the mother of all earthly sovereignties, we take
Antichrist to be a Babylonian; and for this same reason, we would take the
founder of Babylonia to be the Antichrist.
Thus we are taken back to the tenth chapter of
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where we find that the kingdom of Babylon was begun by Nimrod.
position that Nimrod shall have something to do with the sovereignties of this
world is strengthened by the statement, “The beginning of his kingdom
was Babel.”—Gen. 10: 10. This
indicates that his kingdom was begun, but not finished.
It certainly was not finished in Nebuchadnezzar’s day.
Before reaching the climax (Gen. 11: 4) it fell (Dan. 5: 30, 31).
It certainly has not been finished yet.
In order for Nimrod’s kingdom to be finished, Nimrod will have to
it is stated of Nimrod, “He began to be a mighty one in the
earth.”—Gen. 10: 8. This
seems to intimate that his greatness was only begun, but not finished.
All of these things tend to identify Nimrod as the final Antichrist.
a farther means of the identity of Nimrod and Antichrist, let us notice that
each has a mark. Nimrod said,
“Let us make us a name” (Hebrew, “Sem,” a token, a mark).—Gen. 11:
4. “He causeth all to receive a
mark.”—Rev. 13: 16. The mark
of Antichrist, as we have seen before, is both a mark and a name. Though
the outward resemblance between these two marks may be distant, yet their
primary purpose is the same. Nimrod’s
mark was a literal stamp, it was both a mark and a name, an outward profession
of religion, and a sign of confederation; and the mark of Antichrist is all of
identity is further shown by reference to a few points given in connection
with the origin of Antichrist in Chapter XVIII.
It is clear that the purpose of Nimrod in building his tower, and of
Antichrist in his reign is: 1st, To counteract the religion of Christ; 2nd, To
exalt self above all others; 3rd, To establish a government in connection with
his religion; 4th, That the religion and governmental center be one, and be in
the land of Shinar; 5th, To heap their means and labor into one place; 6th, To
have world‑wide authority; and 7th, That the people of their kingdoms be
united and known to all by a certain sign, badge, or mark.
Thus in many ways Antichrist
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us back to Nimrod, and Nimrod points us forward to Antichrist.
seven heads have been identified already; and yet there is something connected
with the record to indicate the re‑establishment of all these ancient
sovereignties. It has been said
already that Antichrist himself will be the embodiment and consummation of all
earthly sovereignties, from beginning to end, summed up in one person.
John saw him coming up out of the midst of peoples, and multitudes, and
nations and tongues (Rev. 13: 1; 17: 15).
When he thus arises for the last time, he brings these seven
heads up with him. Who can tell
but that the sovereign powers of Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece and
Rome will all be re‑established and united in the sovereign power of
commerce now developing? Yea,
perhaps, Menes, Sennacherib, Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus, Alexander, and Caesar
themselves, with a host of others, will be resurrected, brought up from the
pit of hell, endowed with the energy and strength of the devil, and given
power and authority in confederation with‑Antichrist.
“I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death.”—Rev. 13: 3.
This clause almost seems to spell “JULIUS CAESAR.”
The Greek strengthens this position, for it signifies a sword wound.
Would it be a surprise to you to know that a great host of the
world’s tyrants will be resurrected and reinstated to power along with
question arising in connection with Antichrist’s identity is, Who is the
false prophet, or second beast? As
I said concerning Antichrist, I do not dogmatize at this point.
I do not know. Yet,
there are some points we will do well to remember.
The false prophet is an individual person.
He ascends from hell just as Antichrist does.
He is a person who once lived on earth, died and went to hell, and
shall ascend out of hell. Since
his work is so closely allied with Antichrist, and since Antichrist was once
on earth before, it is probable that the false prophet is a person who was
very closely allied to
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Nimrod in the construction of Babel. It is clear that while Antichrist will be a political leader, the false prophet will be an ecclesiastical leader. It is he that “causeth the earth and them that dwell therein to worship the beast.”—Rev. 13: 12. He is the leading preacher or Archbishop during the reign of AntiChrist. Some think that he is Judas Iscariot, and there are some good points in favor of this position, but I feel that it is well for us, in order to identify the false prophet, to look for some one who was closely associated with Nimrod in the construction of Babel. The two will surely work together, they are now in hell together, and if we identify Antichrist to be Nimrod, we might find the false prophet to be some co‑worker of Nimrod.
for Nimrod’s co‑worker or archbishop, we are somewhat disappointed at
first; but by a closer examination of the record of profane history this
person is revealed. It was his
wife. Her name is said to have
been Semiramis. “Sem” is the
Hebrew for “name” in Genesis 11: 4. So
it appears that the name, or mark that was to be placed above Nimrod’s tower
was an image of his wife. He was
a political leader; his wife was the ecclesiastical leader.
So this “Sem” or mark was an outward profession of religion, as
well as a mark of confederation. Semiramis’
image was the banner of the nation, the religious standard under which the
army marched. Nimrod and his wife
were the two great leaders in the first of the world’s sovereign powers.
clearest Bible type of the church is a woman.
Paul said of man and wife: “They two shall be one flesh.
This is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and the
church.” —Eph. 5: 31, 32. A
pure woman is a type of the pure church; a wicked woman is a type of the false
church. A woman, Semiramis, was the leader of the first false church this side
of the flood. This church was
united with the state, a political power.
Such a union God always terms spiritual fornication.
Of just such a union we read in Rev. 2: 20.
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the world’s sovereignties we find the church and the state united, with a
political and ecclesiastical leader. It
need not surprise us to find the ecclesiastical leader to be a woman.
may raise objection here on the grounds that the false prophet is spoken of as
masculine. However, I can’t see
that this would have much weight. Jesus
taught us that in the resurrection there will be neither male nor female
(Matt. 22: 30), and this will be true of the wicked, as well as of the
righteous. The false prophet, as
well as Antichrist, will be in the resurrected body.
Very often, when male qualities are to be considered, the Bible assigns
such qualities to the masculine gender.
The false prophet has many mighty deeds to perform (Rev. 13:
12‑17), therefore he is spoken of as masculine.
I am correct in the identity of these two, then the image of Antichrist to
which the false prophet gives life (Rev. 13: 14, 15) will be the offspring of
the two. Not the natural offspring
of Nimrod, and wife, for the image is made by man; but the preternatural.
So these three form a family—Antichrist, the infernal father; the
false prophet, the infernal mother; the image, the preternatural offspring. So
apart from Satan himself here is hell’s trinity in unity.
to the image of Antichrist, there may be only one, or there may be many.
It is my opinion that there will be thousands of these images
scattered all over the earth. Perhaps there will be an image set up in each
place of worship (2 Thes. 2: 4). This
image, being the offspring of Antichrist, will be in effect the same as Antichrist.
This image speaks and teaches the people.
This will be the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel (Dan 12:
11), and also by Jesus (Matt. 24: 15). This
would be true whether there would be one image or more than one.
conclusion, “Antichrist shall come.”
In connection with his coming there will be established a government
equal to all the sovereign powers of the world combined. He will be a
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person who once before lived on earth. Just who, we do not know. Nimrod, perhaps. He will ascend from hell, and will bring with him a co‑worker, and a host of sub‑regents. Think of such a government established here, with Nimrod and Semiramis at its head, with Menes, Sennacherib, Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus, Alexander, Julius Caesar, together with numbers of others of the world’s greatest rulers, all resurrected and endowed with the power and energy of the devil, as sub‑rulers in the government,—and where is the man that will be able to resist or to stand against its laws?