Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Antichrist Book: Faked Resurrection

Nathan JonesBy Nathan Jones

Dr. David Reagan has recently released his eleventh and latest book titled The Man of Lawlessness: The Antichrist in the Tribulation. I interviewed him about his new book on the Antichrist and asked him his opinion on some very controversial eschatological questions.

Will the Antichrist be killed and resurrected?

Nathan Jones: Dr. Reagan, you touched on the question you asked the Bible prophecy panel in your new book The Man of Lawlessness concerning if the Antichrist will be killed and resurrected. Do you want to add anything more to that?

Dr. Reagan: Only to say that those that believe that the Antichrist will be killed and resurrected from the dead have a good biblical basis. This is not something that they just pulled out of the wild blue sky.

Nathan Jones: Think if the Antichrist really did die and was resurrected, what an influence that would have on the people of the Tribulation. They would conclude, "He must be a god."

Dr. Reagan: The biblical basis for this topic is found in Revelation 13 where the Apostle John talks about seeing a beast rising up out of the sea. He speaks about the fact that it has ten horns, seven heads, and he has ten diadems. It goes on to say that one of those heads appears as if it had been slain, as if there was a fatal wound but had been resurrected, meaning having been brought back from the dead.

First of all, those heads represent I believe the kingdoms of the world. The great empires of the world and the succession of those empires died. Every one of them died. But, one of them — the Roman Empire — Daniel said would come back in the end times. So, I think this is a reference to the Roman Empire and the Antichrist coming out of a resurrected Roman Empire. The resurrection is not really a reference to the Antichrist personally.

Nathan Jones: Could the resurrected Roman Empire be the European Union then?

Dr. Reagan: We are told over in Zechariah the Antichrist will suffer a wound. It says there the wound will appear as though it is fatal, but it doesn't say it really is. Although there is a basis there for arguing it, I don't think that passage is really teaching a genuinely terminal wound. I think that it's going to be a deception. I don't think it's going to be a fatal wound.

Where will the Antichrist be headquartered?

Nathan Jones: What about the Antichrist's headquarters? We have people write in saying his capital will be Washington D.C. Some folks believe it will be New York City. Others say Rome, like you just said. Others say the actual Babylon in Iraq will become the prophetic Babylon because the Bible references the Antichrist headquarters as Babylon, right?

Dr. Reagan: There are those who argue that the Antichrist's headquarters is going to be ancient Babylon rebuilt. I would say that's probably the majority viewpoint today among Pre-Millennialists, though only in recent years has that become their majority viewpoint. That's primarily because of what has been happening in the Middle East.

A belief is held that Iraq is going to use its oil to rebuild Babylon and so forth because Babylon is not rebuilt. In truth, all the Iraqis and Americans have done is rebuild some ancient ruins as a tourist attraction, but it's not a city that people actually live in. So, there is indeed a biblical basis in that it talks about how Babylon is going to be destroyed in the end times and that it's going to be the headquarters of the Antichrist.

I would agree then that, yes, there is a good biblical basis for Babylon being the Antichrist's future headquarters, but my belief is going to be Rome. The reasons for why I don't believe that it is going to be Babylon are a couple. For one thing, in the book of Revelation when it starts talking about Babylon in the end times, it says it is "Mystery Babylon." To me, that is a clear tip-off that the reference is speaking symbolically. John was under the control of the Romans when he wrote that. He could not write openly that it was going to be Rome.

Nathan Jones: No, indeed. Such a claim would be considered as insurrection.

Dr. Reagan: John would have probably been murdered. He would be killed immediately because he was already a prisoner in exile by Rome. So, John had to use the symbol Mystery Babylon as a symbol of Rome. We know this because the Scripture say so. Peter for example writing from Rome said, "I send you greetings from the Church in Babylon." Well, there wasn't a church in Babylon. Peter was in Rome, but he wasn't saying outright Rome. We know that in the First Century Babylon was used as a code word for Rome. So, I think John is also talking about Rome. I do not think Revelation is talking about a revived Babylon, because for one thing Isaiah says that once Babylon is destroyed by the Medes and the Persians it's never going to be rebuilt again.

Nathan Jones: Exactly!

The Antichrist topic can be really depressing and some people focus on it way too much. What I love about all your books is that you end with hope. Tell us a little bit about the hope you give at the end of your book.

Dr. Reagan: Let me just say very quickly that I have three chapters at the end that are all about hope. They are about the hope that the Church has in the Lord Jesus Christ in the Rapture. In those chapters I talk about the Rapture and its meaning. I also talk about the timing of the Rapture and why I believe it is going to happen before the Tribulation. So, it does end with a good dose of hope.


The Man of Lawlessness: The Antichrist in the Tribulation Book

The Man of LawlessnessThis book contains a survey of everything the Bible has to say about the Antichrist, presented in a down-to-earth, easy-to-understand style. One of its special features is a prophecy forum where the opinions of 22 Bible prophecy experts are presented concerning key questions about the Antichrist. It also features a series of in-depth essays about the Tribulation and the Antichrist.

  1. Part 1: The Antichrist in Scripture
  2. Part 2: A Prophetic Forum About the Antichrist
  3. Part 3: An In-Depth Look at Four Issues
  4. Part 4: Good News for Christians
  5. Part 5: Are You Ready?

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Anonymous said...

Babylon is going to be rebuilt. Okay but it doesnt say where it will be rebuilt and it could have a different name for the time being but the people could be descendents of the Babylonians. I am thinking of a very young country that has grown quickly and seems to have the same values as the Babylonians(sacrificing young; idol worship) hmmmmmm Does Babylon have to be built on the same sight. Also the countries that surround Israel dont have to border it because neuclear weapons make it possible to surround them in danger. So the antichrist could be from the mideast via heritage and still fulfill the prophecy etc.

Anonymous said...

Hi, do you think that it is just a coincidence that Obama signed a security agreement with Israel on the ninth of Av? Just wondering.

Billy said...

From a Newsmax artilce:

"Identifying with a faith tradition did not always equal religiosity. Of the 51,927 people surveyed, 97 percent of the Buddhists, 83 percent of Protestants, 80 percent of Hindus and 81 percent of Catholics described themselves as religious.

The average dropped to 74 percent among Muslims and only 38 percent among Jews, the survey said."

No wonder only a remnant of the Jews will be saved. Even now, only a remnant of them are religious.

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Anonymous said...

I always wonder why Christians get so wrapped-up in the anti-Christ axle when Rev. says we'll be seated in Heaven when the 1st seal is opened and he comes to power. Who cares who he is? Lets work on what matters: Getting folks to Christ before Christ comes for His folks!

Anonymous said...

I could rejoice about all the events happening now,, IF the people I loved were all going up with me.. but that is what I worry about most.. someone I Love dearly will not even listen to me..

Will we remember who isn't there?

Nathan Jones said...

Anonymous, I'm so sorry to hear about your loved one's who haven't accepted Jesus and His salvation. It's for loved ones we know will be left behind that we created Jesus Came. What's Next? as a left behind message for folks to leave.

Isaiah 65:17 which states "Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind" is a verse that suggests we may not remember the events of our earthly life after going to Heaven. Some Bible scholars, though, believe the verse is only talking about sin not being remembered. Jesus’ telling of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16), though taking place in Sheol/Hades, does show that there is memory after death. And, when the just are judged based on their works to determine their reward in Heaven, the events in each person's life is remembered. And so, I think the Bible gives a large amount of support that we will recognize each other when reunited in Heaven.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous "Will we remember who isn't there?"

I believe you will remember those who didn't make it. You will know why they are in hell and you will know why it is justified in full-perfect-all-encompassing understanding. It sounds harsh here in our limited understanding but once you're in heaven you'll have access to far more wisdom, knowledge and understanding to such a degree that you'll be in agreement with Christ on the matter.

Anonymous said...

I can see if it is Obama but my loved one is a wonderful person.. and I know being good won't get you to heaven.. the only way is through Jesus.. I Pray every night...and I am hoping it will be God's will to touch him before it is too late.. I know that with God, all things are possible..I have 3 request I ask God every night.. one. Please give me the strength to stand up for Jesus when the Islam take Over America...two..Please touch my loved ones. and Please don't let Obama and his unholy gang take over America. To me NOv will tell what God's plan is for us.. and I firmly believe God will be on his way if Obama and his Godless friends get 4 more years.

Rodney said...

Many scholars today embrace a theory which suggests that the 10 kings and their perspective kingdoms are identifed with a Revived Roman Empire and the AntiChrist as a Roman Prince! If we were to consider this to be true, then why would a Roman Prince subdue three of this kings and their kingdoms and the remaining 7, then give their power and authority over to the AntiChrist?

A Roman Prince conquering Roman territory, evidently this is one more fable squashed! If this Prince however is of another origin, say Babylonian, and Babylon is his Kingdom, then it is fitting that the 10 Kings will move in retaliation against Babylon as the Lord God guides them to do so according to the scriptures.

Rodney said...

Consider also the fact that the AntiChrist is identified as being not of the 10 horns yet is clearly identified as the 11th horn, or the "little horn" rising up in their midst!

Barry said...

Nathan, Love your articals. I'm having trouble with this being a literal head wound directly on the Antichrist. Looking at Rev.13 and reading it as if the Antichrist suffers a deadly head wound would make the Antichrist a literal seven headed monster. I don't see how anyone can put something literal in the mist of all this symbolism.God Bless