COVER FEATURE The Rise of Antichrist and his Final Beast Empire Written by Marvin J. Rosenthal
Soon – I believe very soon – a shadowy
figure is going to come out of a great darkness
to engage in the ultimate wickedness
of all human history. I am not certain exactly
what “very soon” means, but I am a healthy 78
years old, and I believe I have an opportunity to
still be here when this shadowy figure makes his
entrance onto the world stage.
There are some godly and sincere Bible
teachers who believe the Church will be raptured
before this shadowy figure comes on the
scene. Their sincerity and good intentions notwithstanding,
I believe they are wrong. And if
these teachers are wrong, I am concerned their
influence may unintentionally jeopardize the
generation living when the events of the end of
the age begin to unfold. I dislike being so direct,
but the issue is too critical to remain unaddressed.
It is not simply maudlin sentimentality
when I say I love God’s sons and daughters too
much to be silent.
When this shadowy figure of whom I speak
arises, he won’t like you. He won’t like you even
a little bit. As a matter of fact, he’ll hate you
with an unholy hatred. In particular, he’ll hate
you because you love the true and living God
and Jesus, His only begotten Son.
THE SHADOWY FIGURE
IS THE ANTICHRIST The Antichrist is not a comic book personality,
nor is he the lead character in a
Hollywood science fiction film. He is as real
as your next breath, and there is a good
chance that when he arises, he may impact
your life and those you love.
God’s Word tells us that, at present, the
Antichrist is held “on a short leash.” That is, he is
being restrained by something or someone. If
such was not the case, evil and wickedness in the
world would be dramatically worse than they
now are. When the Antichrist is loosed, the Great
Tribulation will begin. What is currently taking
place in our world strongly suggests whatever –
or whoever – is now restraining or hindering the
Antichrist may unleash him shortly – in perhaps
five, fifteen, or twenty-five years. Though I am
not a date-setter, I don’t believe the “last days” are
still fifty or one hundred years away.
For this reason, the quest to indentify the
final empire of the Antichrist to which I have
given attention in the previous issue of Zion’s
Fire is of critical importance. If we are to be
prepared for the vicious attack that is coming
upon the earth, we must seek to understand
the nature and character of the Antichrist and
his beast empire.
The Antichrist, like a deadly rattlesnake, is
coiled up ready to attack billions of people, and
there is no antidote for his bite. The evil and
death he brings will be in the physical and spirit
realms. Thankfully, there is a powerful preventative
that can protect our eternal souls
from his venom. The preventative is faith in
the redemptive work of Christ. You are absolutely
secure in Christ. In fact, there are no
more secure human beings on earth than the
loved ones of the Savior.
The Antichrist will impact us. Some of us
may even become martyrs. However, there is
one thing the Antichrist cannot do; that is, take
away our eternal salvation.
I did not undertake writing this article to
frighten anyone, but I do plan to inform everyone.
Being informed is the first line of defense
to live triumphantly for Christ during the
shortened Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21-
22). The Great Tribulation will begin at the
mid-point of Daniel’s Seventieth Week (commonly
known as the seven-year Tribulation
period), which will be cut short (amputated)
with the Lord’s coming in the clouds to rapture
the true Church and commence His Day of the
Lord wrath on unrepentant humanity. . . .