DOOM OF ANTICHRIST.
the term “His Doom” we mean, not only the doom of Antichrist himself, but
also the fate of his kingdom, and of all things connected therewith.
In previous chapters we have discussed his origin, developments of his
kingdom, his seat and its location, his mark, and his identity; and now we
come to study of the destruction that will befall his kingdom, and of the
final doom that awaits him.
is the many systems of false religions in the world that make up Babylon in
mystery as she appears today. We
have already shown that these systems are headed toward a center, and that
they will eventually unite with all political systems in one head, viz.,
Babylon. This will be the seventh
head of the beast fully developed, and will be under the control of ten kings.
These ten kings are represented by the ten horns of the beast (Rev. 17:
12). The same ten horns are
mentioned in Daniel’s prophecy (Dan. 7: 7, 8).
We are to take them, not as ten individuals alone, but as ten
governments. The “little
horn” of Daniel 7: 8, is the Antichrist.
“Before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the
roots.” Hence, it is evident
that soon after Antichrist appears he will bring three of said governments
under his control, and put their rulers aside.
It further appears that later, in order to gain the other seven
possibly, he enters a covenant with all the ten together to the effect that he
is to become the supreme ruler of the world, while these ten kings are to be
sub‑regents under him. “These
have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the
beast.”—Rev. 17: 13. Their
reign, however, is of short duration. No
sooner is Antichrist on the throne than he breaks his covenant with them: and
so we read that they “receive power one hour with the beast.”—Rev. 17:
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Antichrist then appoints other sub‑regents in their stead; and these may be persons resurrected from hell like himself. These ten kings, however, are not wholly without influence; and they hate and persecute the government and the religion of Antichrist. For three years and a half their persecution continues and they finally succeed in bringing down the proud city of Babylon. “These shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and to give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.”—Rev. 17: 16, 17.
However, before the city is destroyed, there are certain calamities
that come to Antichrist and his kingdom.
These calamities we will now consider.
The first one to come is described as follows:
“There fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the
mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.”—Rev. 16:
2. This sore is denoted in the
Greek by the same word which describes the ailment of Lazarus at the rich
man’s gate. It will be the
Egyptian plague of ulcers intensified (Ex. 9:
In Rev. 16: 3‑9, we read of farther trouble coming to his
kingdom. The sea is turned into
blood, so that every living soul in the sea dies; and then the rivers and
fountains of water become blood, so that the men of his kingdom have blood to
drink. The sun becomes
exceedingly hot, so as to scorch men with fire.
They repent not, but blaspheme the name of God who has power over these
The next plague is described as follows: “The fifth angel poured out
his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and
they gnawed their tongues for pain, and blasphemed the God of heaven because
of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.”—Rev. 16:
10, 11. Here his seat itself is
assailed, and his entire kingdom is filled with darkness.
This corresponds with the Egyptian darkness.
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10: 21‑23.) This darkness
is mentioned in several places in the Word. “The
darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people.”—Isa. 60:
2. “A day of darkness and of
gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness . . . . there hath not been
even the like, neither shall be any more after it.
The sun shall be turned into darkness.”—Joel 2: 2, 31.
“Darkness shall pursue his enemies.”—Nah. 1: 8.
“In those days, after that tribulation the sun shall be
darkened.”—Mark 13: 24. Great
will be the tortures of that darkness, for those who feel it gnaw their
tongues for pain. These words
indicate the most intense anguish of pain.
Men will blaspheme God for the plague, and arrange to make war against
At this time the River Euphrates dries up, and the kings of the earth,
sub‑regents of Antichrist, gather from the north, from the south, from
the east, and from the west into a place called Armageddon (Rev. 16:
Where is Armageddon? The
word means “Mount of Megiddo,” from a root “gaddad,” to
cut off, i.e., slaughter. It is
the Old Testament’s great battlefield between Israel and the various enemies
of Jehovah’s people. There it
was that Jabin’s hosts were utterly overwhelmed (Josh. 11).
It was the scene of Barak’s victory over Canaan (Judges 4:
1‑24; 5: 19), of Gideon’s victory over the Midianites (Judges 7: 1),
of Samson’s triumph over the Philistines (Jud. 15: 14‑17), of
David’s victory over Goliath (1 Sam. 17: 3), and the place where Josiah was
slain by Pharaoh‑Necho (2 Chron. 35: 22).
A place of slaughter Armageddon has ever been.
So we are not surprised that into this place the forces of evil are
gathered for the battle of the great day of God Almighty.
Joel mentions “The Valley of Jehosaphat” (Joel 3: 2), and Isaiah,
“Bozrah” (Isa. 34: 6; 63: 1‑6), as the place where that great
battle will occur. All these
places are in the vicinity of Jerusalem.
It is likely that all these localities are included, and that a line of
encamped armies will extend from Megiddon on the Northwest to Bozrah on the
South‑east. This line would
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1600 furlongs, the exact distance to which the blood will flow after the
battle (Rev. 14:20). In this
valley, then, will the armies of the assembled nations lie, intent and
confident in that which they are about to undertake, not knowing that they are
now in the great winepress of God’s wrath.”
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of threshing; for the day of the
Lord is near in the valley of threshing.”—Joel 3: 14. (Margin.)
Army after army is there. The
kings, the noblemen, and the great men of the earth are there.
The False Prophet is there. Antichrist
is there. All of these are
gathered into a great slaughter pen.
occurs a great earthquake, “Such as was not since men were upon the earth,
so mighty an earthquake and so great. . . . And great Babylon came into
remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness
of His wrath.”—Rev. 16: 18, 19. Then
a mighty angel came to the earth, “And he cried mightily with a strong
voice, saying Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation
of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and
hateful bird.”—Rev. 18: 2. God
then calls His people (probably Jews) to come out of Babylon lest they be
partakers of her plagues (Rev. 18: 4). Then
comes the final overthrow of the city. The
nations assembled in the valley of Jehosaphat are spectators of the
catastrophe. We find the
description of Babylon’s fall in Rev. 18.
Let us notice it.
spectators are of three classes: 1st, kings; 2nd, merchants; 3rd,
ship‑makers, sea‑goers, those who trade by sea, with all their
helpers and crews. The city is
said to contain merchandise of the most precious and costly things of earth
(Rev. 18: 12‑14). It is
stated that the city will be thrown down with violence, and that her judgment
will come in one hour (Rev. 18: 19, 21).
The means by which her destruction is accomplished is made clear.
While the ten kings seem to be the ones who set the city on fire, yet
they are only the istru-
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used by the Lord in bringing about the catastrophe. “For God hath put in
their hearts to fulfil His will.”
“The vale of Siddim (near Sodom and Gomorrah) was full of slimepits.”—Gen.
14: 10. When “The Lord rained
upon Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; and he
overthrew those cities, and all the plain and all the inhabitants of the
cities, and that which grew upon the ground;” the fire ignited the oil
springs, petroleum, slimepits, and bituminous wells, so that “all the land
of the plain glowed and burned as a furnace.”
In the place where these cities stood, there is nothing left but a Dead
Sea and everlasting desolation. The
prophecy is that Babylon is to be destroyed in like manner.
Has this prophecy ever been fulfilled?
No, indeed. It relates to
the Babylon of the last days.
land about Babylon is full of bitumen. When
Nimrod began to build that city, he did not use clay, but slime for mortar
(Gen. 11: 3). All the ground
about this place is full of inflammable material.
we are prepared to understand the nature of the final destruction of Great
Babylon. First, her waters dry up
(Rev. 16: 12), as was prophesied by Jeremiah, “I will dry up her sea, and
make her springs dry.”—Jer. 51: 36. As
a consequence of the drying up of the waters comes death, desolation,
mourning and famine (Jer. 51: 37‑39).
Then comes the fire. It
runs over her, around her, and under her, burning the parched and pitchy soil,
“And sinking the whole region into a charred and igneous desolation, never
again to be inhabited.” “And
a mighty angel took up a stone like a great mill stone, and cast it into the
sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city of Babylon be thrown
down.” Sodom and Gomorrah sank
into a sea, so likewise will Babylon be sunk into a sea.
these things, heaven opens; and lo! the Mighty Conqueror is seen riding down
from the Marriage Supper (Rev. 19: 9) on a white horse, followed by the
blood‑washed throngs. (Rev.
19: 11‑16). This is the
time when “He cometh with
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and every eye shall see him. . . . and all kindreds of the earth (forces of
Antichrist) shall wail because of him.”— Rev. 1: 7.
“Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute
judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all
their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed.”—Jude 14, 15.
This will be the great and notable day of the Lord, mentioned in so
many places in the Word. Dr.
Seiss vividly describes the battle as follows:
Great Conqueror bows the heavens and comes down.
He rides upon the cherub horse, and flies upon the wings of the wind.
Smoke goes up from his nostrils, and devouring fire out of his mouth.
He moves amid storms and darkness, from which the lightnings hurl their
bolts, and hail‑stones mingled with the fire.
He roars out of Zion and utters his voice from Jerusalem, till the
heavens and the earth shake. He
dashes forth in the fury of his incensed greatness amid clouds, and fire, and
pillars of smoke. The mountains
melt and cleave asunder at His presence.
The hills bound from their seats and skip like lambs.
The waters are dislodged from their channels.
The sea rolls back with howling trepidation.
The sky is rent, and folds upon itself like a collapsed tent.”
great judgment touches the leader first.
Antichrist is taken. He is
not slain, he does not die, for he, being in the resurrected body, is
incapable of corporeal death. Likewise,
the False Prophet is taken, not slain. The
armies of the earth are “slain with the sword,” and all the fowls of the
air are; “filled with their flesh.” Antichrist
and the False Prophet are cast into “the lake of fire burning with
brimstone.” Thus the last
earthly kingdom goes down, never to rise again, and the great head of all
earthly sovereignties meets his final doom.