The Conquering Imitator Part 1: Introducing the Antichrist

The Conquering Imitator Part 1: Introducing the Antichrist

Antichrists

  • There will be many who claim to speak for Christ but do not in truth (Matthew 24:5)
  • Some will have miraculous powers/manifestations to deceive (Matthew 24:24)
  • Many, including the final Antichrist, will clain that they are the Christ (Luke 21:8)
  • Antichrists are lawless and deceitful (2 Thessalonians 2:10)
  • Antichrists turn the grace of the Lord Jesus into license (Jude 4)
  • There are many antichrists (1 John 2:18)
  • Antichrists stand in opposition to God (1 John 4:3)
  • Antichrists curse God, speaking many blasphemies (Revelation 13:1-8)

 

 

I have said before, and need to repeat: it is not enough to simply believe in a Jesus, the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Adventists all believe in a Jesus but he isn’t the Jesus who can save from sin. Even scarier, most of what passes for Christianity does not even believe in the right Jesus- they believe in a Jesus who is a life coach or some kind of genie, not the Sovereign God of the Universe.  You must believe in the right Jesus and in the right manner if you are to have any hope of being saved from your sin.

 

What does an Antichrist look like? Frightening as it is, he could look like you or I. You see, he will have just enough truth to convince you.

 

  • He denies the apostolic teaching of Jesus as having coming in the flesh (1John 4:22 John 7)
  • He is someone who has gone out from us i.e. he has deviated from orthodoxy (1 John 2:19) and leads many astray
  • His teaching makes it impossible to remain in God forever
  • They crept in unawares (Jude 4) which is to say that they look and even sound like Christians
  • Many are in it for riches (Jude 11)
  • They turn grace into license (Jude 4)
  • They will eventually be destroyed (Jude 5)

 

Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals

 These things, the 6 seal judgments must be understood as antecedent to the judgments IN the scroll as the seals must be broken before the book is opened and the Final Judgments revealed

 

The imagery of the “four horsemen of the Apocalypse” comes from Zechariah 1:8–17; 6:1–8. The colors in Revelation correspond to the character of the rider: White, in this case, symbolizes conquest. The imagery here is said, by the idealists and the amillennialists,  to symbolize the Spirit of Conquest. That is true, albeit only partially. Remembering that all the symbols in Revelation point to real events, we are left to the conclusion that this rider is, in fact a real person.

 

Behold, a white horse: If one were to take their interpretive clues more from movies than from the Bible, it would be easy to believe the rider on the white horse is Jesus. Jesus does return on a white horse in Revelation 19:11-16 and He brings the whole Host of Heaven with Him, but this is a satanic dictator who imitates Jesus.

 

I want to point out that I agree with John MacArthur- this is not simply a single person in a single moment in time. “The animal represents an unparalleled time of world peace—a false peace that is to be short-lived. This peace will be ushered in by a series of false messiahs, culminating with the Antichrist (Matt. 24:3–5).” What we must realize is that the rider on the white horse is the final culmination of a host of antichrist persons into one final Antichrist.

 

He rules (a crown was given). Though all authority in Heaven and Earth is given to Jesus (Matthew 28:18) this imitator is granted the usurpation of the authority on Earth for a season. He rules with a bow, not a sword; and he exercises dominion over the earth (went out conquering and to conquer).  Notice that the rider has a weapon of war but the absence of the mention of arrows suggests a bloodless conquering.

 

I would like to suggest to you that he rises to power in short order following the Rapture through convincing a world in chaos following the disappearance of millions of believers that he is able to solve their problems and restore peace and economic prosperity.

 

But the results of his rule, as described in the following verses, show clearly that this is not the reign of Jesus.

 

“The whole context and character of these seals absolutely forbid our thinking of this rider being the Lord Jesus, as so many affirm. His reign shall not bring war, famine, and strife in its train.” (Jennings)

 

He went out conquering and to conquer: Taking this to be the final satanic dictator over men, we see that he will be more terrible than all previous dictators were. He will rule over men as a false messiah, and lead man in organized rebellion against God, in the pattern of Nimrod, his first predecessor. He is the one often called the antichrist.

 

The idea of a satanic dictator over men goes back all the way to Nimrod, the ruler over Babel in Genesis 10:8-14, where it says he was a mighty hunter before the LORD. This has the sense that he was a mighty hunter of men, and that this was offensive to the face of God.

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