He was stirred with such hatred against the Jews and their religion, that there was no atrocity too great for this wretched king to perpetrate.” Disclaimer: We do not endorse the content of external links or any sponsored advertising on any of our Prophecy Forum websites.

Vernon Mc Gee believed that “the only adequate explanation of this verse and of the facts of history is that this man was demon possessed.” First, he is inordinately proud, lifted up, and ambitious. He will be killed, will have a ‘second coming,’ and from then on will be the beast ‘out of the bottomless pit.’ As such he will be superhuman, awesome, and in a position to command and receive the worship of mankind (13:4).” The smiting Stone shall suddenly strike the feet of the image and ultimately destroy the Gentile nations and its last Roman ruler bringing to an end the counterfeit kingdom of the Antichrist.

Christ will then cast the beast and false prophet alive into the lake of fire (Rev. Thus, both the Syrian king Antiochus and the final Antichrist shall “stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand” (Dan. Antiochus sent Appolonius who halted the sacrifices in June 167 B. and in December 25 of the same year set up the heathen altar and the heathen sacrifices began. C., Judas Maccabeus restored the sanctuary and sacrificial system. Biederwolf, “these three and one-half years had their typical fulfillment in Antiochus Epiphanes, but it is generally conceded that its final realization is reserved for the last times, according to the New Testament writings, in the eschatological Antichrist.” Through the exploits of Mattathias and his five sons, the Jewish nation was finally liberated from Syrian occupation and gained political independence in the spring of 142 B. It had been twenty-five years since Mattathias Hasmoneas had prompted the Maccabean uprising in the tiny village of Modein.

Paul referred to this event in 1 Thessalonians 2:4: “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called god, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” The Apostle John in the Book of Revelation gives a vivid description of the “image of the beast” that the false prophet will set up in the future rebuilt temple in Jerusalem. For example, when Antiochus came to reign, he imprinted on his coins, That same spirit is universal in human story. Arthur Pink goes on to explain that “the Antichrist, then, will be more than a man, he will be the actual and literal Seed of that Old Serpent, the Devil; as Christ was, according to the flesh, the actual and literal Seed of the woman.” Consequently, as Christ was God incarnate, Antichrist will be Satan incarnate.

Those living in that frightful time will be forced to worship the image of the beast or be killed (Rev. Concerning the Syrian king Antiochus, Daniel states that “in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.” J. John Phillips notes that “in his human form he is the beast ‘out of the sea,’ a brilliant and dynamic world leader with charisma and vision, demon-possessed as Hitler was.

About the Author: Larry Cockerham is pastor of a Southern Baptist church in the Southeastern United States.

He has a Master of Theology degree from Andersonville Seminary in Camilla, Georgia, and is presently working on an ebook about the Book of Revelation. He also is editor of Prophecy Forum Newsletter, a monthly ezine containing Bible studies, news headlines, and a column by Jerry Golden.Sir Robert Anderson explains that “the mystery of the Godhead will thus be parodied by the mystery of iniquity, and the Father, the Son, and the Spirit will have their counterpart in the Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet.” There are many other comparisons that could be brought out concerning these two vile personages, but the numerous associations that have been covered so far should suffice for the reader to recognize the amazing details that the light of God’s Word has cast upon the coming time of darkness that will envelop the world in that future day.Let us then watch and pray that we will be found busy about the Father’s business as we see the signs of the final indignation rapidly approaching.He also cut out the tongues of a mother’s seven sons and after that had each of them roasted alive on a flat iron (2 Macc. The Apostle John “saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands: and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Rev. Antiochus “magnified himself even to the prince of the host” (Dan. His pride and arrogance was lifted up in opposition to the very God of heaven.His blasphemy will typify that of the future Man of Sin: “And, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things” (Dan. The Apostle John witnessed the approaching Beast rising from the sea “and upon his heads the name of blasphemy” (Rev. Again the Apostle John echoes his future irreverence: “And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven” (Rev. Of the Syrian king Antiochus it is said that he will destroy many by peace (Dan. Pretending to be on a peaceful mission he would then plunder and steal, giving out liberally the treasures he had acquired to his cronies. (), he will lead Israel into signing a covenant (Dan.When it comes to the larger picture, these two periods of persecution leading up to the first and second coming of Christ are portrayed in both the exploits of Antiochus IV as well as those of the coming Antichrist.