This coin depicts
Antiochus IV, the king of Syria from 175 BC until his death in 164 BC.
He was a sadistic madman who tried to annihilate the Jews in 167 BC. The
Bible reveals him as the lesser antichrist revealed in Scripture as the "small horn" of
Daniel, a prototype of the future ruler mentioned in the Book of
Revelation. Antiochus IV referred to himself as "Epiphanes"
which means "illustrious" or "manifestation of god".
Antiochus was obsessed with his own importance, as seen on the above
coin. Notice the sun's rays above his head with features of Zeus. The secondary and
greater fulfillment of the antichrist as revealed in Scripture will be a
man in the future who will appear during the 70th week of Daniel at the end of days.
His titles are listed below.
Image on a Coin of The
Antichrist in Ancient Times
The Bible Mentions
the Word Antichrist
"Antichrist" is a word used
in Scripture which means "the one who opposes the Messiah". The word
comes from two Greek words "Christos" which means Christ or Messiah
(anointed one), and "anti" which means against or opposes. The actual
word "Antichrist" is only mentioned in John's epistles:
1 John 2:18
- Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that
antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists;
whereby we know that it is the last time.
1 John 2:22
- Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is
antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
1 John 4:3
- And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the
flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist,
whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in
2 John 1:7
- For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an
John describes the antichrist as one who is coming in the end times, and
his spirit is already in the world doing its work. At the end of time
the spirit of the antichrist will be embodied in a man who was referred
to in the book of Revelation as the "beast". During the time of ancient
Rome the Emperor Nero was considered by many Christians and Jews to be
The Many Titles Of the Antichrist in
1 - And the dragon stood on the sand of
the seashore. Then I saw a beast
coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his
horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names.
2 - And the beast which I saw was
like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth
like the mouth of a lion And the dragon gave him his power and his
throne and great authority.
3 - I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound
was healed And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the
4 - they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the
beast; and they worshiped the
beast, saying, "Who is like the
beast, and who is able to wage war with
5 - There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and
blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him.
6 - And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His
name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.
7 - It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome
them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation
was given to him.
8 - All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has
not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of
the Lamb who has been slain.
9 - If anyone has an ear, let him hear.
10 - If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if
anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed Here is
the perseverance and the faith of the saints.
11 - Then I saw another beast coming
up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a
12 - He exercises all the authority of the first
beast in his presence And he makes the
earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first
beast, whose fatal wound was healed.
13 - He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out
of heaven to the earth in the presence of men.
14 - And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs
which it was given him to perform in the presence of the
beast, telling those who dwell on the
earth to make an image to the beast
who had the wound of the sword and has come to life.
15 - And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the
beast, so that the image of the
beast would even speak and cause as
many as do not worship the image of the beast
to be killed.
16 - And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the
poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right
hand or on their forehead,
17 - and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except
the one who has the mark, either the name of the
beast or the number of his name.
18 - Here is wisdom Let him who has understanding calculate the number
of the beast, for the number is that
of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six (666).
7 - "After this I kept looking in the
night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and
extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth It devoured and crushed
and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from
all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.
8 - "While I was contemplating the horns, behold,
another horn, a little one, came up
among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots
before it; and behold, this horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man
and a mouth uttering great boasts.
8 - Then the male goat magnified himself exceedingly. But as soon as he
was mighty, the large horn was broken; and in its place there came up
four conspicuous horns toward the four winds of heaven.
9 - Out of one of them came forth a rather
small horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south,
toward the east, and toward the Beautiful Land.
10 - It grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and
some of the stars to fall to the earth, and it trampled them down.
11 - It even magnified itself to be equal with the Commander of the
host; and it removed the regular sacrifice from Him, and the place of
His sanctuary was thrown down.
12 - And on account of transgression the host will be given over to the
horn along with the regular sacrifice; and it will fling truth to the
ground and perform its will and prosper.
Note: The Small Horn in
Daniel 8:9 was Antiochus IV Epiphanes who was a type (foreshadowing) of
the antichrist. The four notable horns in Daniel 8:8 were the four
generals of Alexander the Great whom the kingdom of Greece was divided
of Sin", the "Son of Destruction", and the "Lawless One"
1 - Now we request you, brethren, with
regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together
2 - that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed
either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect
that the day of the Lord has come.
3 - Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the
apostasy comes first, and the man of sin
is revealed, the son of destruction,
4 - who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object
of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying
himself as being God.
5 - Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling
you these things?
6 - And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be
7 - For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now
restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.
8 - Then that lawless one will be
revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring
to an end by the appearance of His coming;
9 - that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of
Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,
10 - and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish,
because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.
11 - For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so
that they will believe what is false,
12 - in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth,
but took pleasure in wickedness.
Who "Does What He Pleases" "Magnifies Himself Above God", and "Speaks
Monstrous Things Against God"
36 - "Then the
king will do as he pleases, and he will exalt and
magnify himself above every god and
will speak monstrous things against the God of
gods; and he will prosper until the indignation is finished,
for that which is decreed will be done.
37 - "He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the
desire of women, nor will he show regard for any other god; for he will
magnify himself above them all.
38 - "But instead he will honor a god of fortresses, a god whom his
fathers did not know; he will honor him with gold, silver, costly stones
39 - "He will take action against the strongest of fortresses with the
help of a foreign god; he will give great honor to those who acknowledge
him and will cause them to rule over the many, and will parcel out land
for a price.
40 - "At the end time the king of the South will collide with him, and
the king of the North will storm against him with chariots, with
horsemen and with many ships; and he will enter countries, overflow them
and pass through.
41 - "He will also enter the Beautiful Land, and many countries will
fall; but these will be rescued out of his hand: Edom, Moab and the
foremost of the sons of Ammon.
42 - "Then he will stretch out his hand against other countries, and the
land of Egypt will not escape.
43 - "But he will gain control over the hidden treasures of gold and
silver and over all the precious things of Egypt; and Libyans and
Ethiopians will follow at his heels.
44 - "But rumors from the East and from the North will disturb him, and
he will go forth with great wrath to destroy and annihilate many.
45 - "He will pitch the tents of his royal pavilion between the seas and
the beautiful Holy Mountain; yet he will come to his end, and no one
will help him.
"Foolish Shepherd" and the "Worthless Shepherd"
15 - The LORD said to me, "Take again for
yourself the equipment of a foolish shepherd.
16 - "For behold, I am going to raise up a shepherd in the land who will
not care for the perishing, seek the scattered, heal the broken, or
sustain the one standing, but will devour the flesh of the fat sheep and
tear off their hoofs.
17 - "Woe to the worthless shepherd Who leaves the flock! A sword will
be on his arm And on his right eye! His arm will be totally withered And
his right eye will be blind."
Who Comes In His Own Name"
43 - "I have come in My Father's name, and
you do not receive Me; if another comes in his
own name, you will receive him.
Note: This verse is speculative but some
have believed it to be a reference to the antichrist.
The Bible mentions
the "Beast" from the Sea
Revelation 13:1 - And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and
saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads
and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the
name of blasphemy.
The Antichrist in Smith's Bible
This term is employed by the apostle John alone, and is defined by
him in a manner which leaves no doubt as to its intrinsic meaning.
With regard to its application there is less certainty. In the first
passage-- 1Jo 2:18 --in which it occurs, the apostle makes direct
reference to the false Christs whose coming, it had been fore-told,
should mark the last days. In v. 22 we find, "he is antichrist, that
denieth the Father and the Son;" and still more positively, "every
spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is
of antichrist." Comp. 2Jo 1:7 From these emphatic and repeated
definitions it has been supposed that the object of the apostle in
his first epistle was to combat the errors of Cerinthus, the Docetae
and the Gnostics on the subject of the Incarnation. (They denied the
union of the divine and human in Christ.) The coming of Antichrist
was (believed to be foretold in the "vile person" of Daniel's
prophecy, Da 11:21 which received its first accomplishment in
Antiochus Epiphanes but of which the complete fulfillment was
reserved for the last times. He is identified with "the man of sin,
the son of perdition." 2Th 2:3 This interpretation brings Antichrist
into close connection with the gigantic power of evil, symbolized by
the "beast," Re 13:1 ... who received his power from the dragon
(i.e. the devil, the serpent of Genesis), continued for forty and
two months, and was invested with the kingdom of the ten kings who
destroyed the harlot Babylon, Re 17:12,17 the city of seven hills.
The destruction of Babylon is to be followed by the rule of
Antichrist for a short period, Re 17:10 to be in his turn overthrown
in "the battle of that great day of God Almighty," Re 16:14 with the
false prophet and all his followers. Rev. 19. The personality of
Antichrist is to be inferred as well from the personality of his
historical precursor as from that of him to whom he stands opposed.
Such an interpretation is to be preferred to that which regards
Antichrist as the embodiment and personification of all powers and
agencies inimical to Christ, or of the Antichristian might of the
The Antichrist in Easton's Bible
Against Christ, or an opposition Christ, a rival Christ. The word is
used only by the apostle John. Referring to false teachers, he says
(1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7), "Even now are there many
antichrists." (1.) This name has been applied to the "little horn"
of the "king of fierce countenance" (Dan. 7:24, 25; 8:23-25). (2.)
It has been applied also to the "false Christs" spoken of by our
Lord (Matt. 24:5, 23, 24). (3.) To the "man of sin" described by
Paul (2 Thess. 2:3, 4, 8-10). (4.) And to the "beast from the sea"
(Rev. 13:1; 17:1-18).
The Antichrist in Fausset's Bible
There are seven sets of
(I.) Christ's predictions of false Christs and false
prophets (Matthew 21:3-31).
(II.) John's prophecy of "Antichrist" (this name occurs only
with him) (1 John 2:18-23; 1 John 4:1-3; 2 John 1:5; 2 John 1:7).
(III.) Paul's "adversary" (Greek antikeimenos, in sound and
sense answering to Antichrist) (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; 2 Timothy
3:1-5), "in the last days, perilous times," characterized by heady
high mindedness, with the form but without the power of godliness,
the love of pleasure supplanting the love of God, contrasted with
the earlier "latter times," marked by seducing spirits, doctrines of
demons, celibacy, and abstinence from meats (1 Timothy 4:1-5).
(IV.) Daniel's "little horn" from among the ten horns of the
fourth beast, or Roman empire (Daniel 7:7-27).
(V.) Daniel's "little horn" from one of the four notable
horns of the third beast, or Graeco Macedonia divided into four at
Alexander's death, the willful king (Daniel 8:8-25; Daniel
(VI.) The beast from the sea (Revelation 13:1-8), ridden by
the whore (Revelation 17:1-7).
(VII.) The beast from the earth and the bottomless pit, or
the false prophet (Revelation 11:7; Revelation 13:11-18; Revelation
17:8-18; Revelation 19:11-21).
The Antichrist in the Bible
The word "antichrist" occurs
only in 1 Jn 2:18,22; 4:3; 2 Jn 1:7, but the idea which the word
conveys appears frequently in Scripture.
I. In the Old Testament.
Antichrist in the Old Testament:
As in the Old Testament the doctrine concerning Christ was only
suggested, not developed, so is it with the doctrine of the
Antichrist. That the Messiah should be the divine Logos, the only
adequate expression of God, was merely hinted at, not stated: so
Antichrist was exhibited as the opponent of God rather than of His
anointed. In the historical books of the Old Testament we find
"Belial" used as if a personal opponent of Yahweh; thus the
scandalously wicked are called in the King James Version "sons of
Belial" (Jdg 19:22; 20:13), "daughter of Belial" (1 Sam 1:16), etc.
The the Revised Version (British and American) translates the
expression in an abstract sense, "base fellows," "wicked woman." In
Dan 7:7,8 there is the description of a great heathen empire,
represented by a beast with ten horns: its full antagonism to God is
expressed in a little eleventh horn which had "a mouth speaking
great things" and "made war with the saints" (Dan 7:8,21). Him the
`Ancient of Days' was to destroy, and his kingdom was to be given to
a `Son of Man' (Dan 7:9-14). Similar but yet differing in many
points is the description of Antiochus Epiphanes in Dan
II. In the New Testament.
1. The Gospels:
In the Gospels the activity of Satan is regarded as specially
directed against Christ. In the Temptation (Mt 4:1-10; Lk 4:1-13)
the Devil claims the right to dispose of "all the kingdoms of the
world," and has his claim admitted. The temptation is a struggle
between the Christ and the Antichrist. In the parable of the Tares
and the Wheat, while He that sowed the good seed is the Son of Man,
he that sowed the tares is the Devil, who is thus Antichrist (Mt
13:37-39). our Lord felt it the keenest of insults that His miracles
should be attributed to Satanic assistance (Mt 12:24-32). In Jn
14:30 there is reference to the "Prince of the World" who "hath
nothing" in Christ.
2. Pauline Epistles:
The Pauline epistles present a more developed form of the doctrine.
In the spiritual sphere Paul identifies Antichrist with Belial.
"What concord hath Christ with Belial?" (2 Cor 6:15). 2
Thessalonians, written early, affords evidence of a considerably
developed doctrine being commonly accepted among believers. The
exposition of 2 Thess 2:3-9, in which Paul exhibits his teaching on
the `Man of Sin,' is very difficult, as may be seen from the number
of conflicting attempts at its interpretation. See MAN OF SIN. Here
we would only indicate what seems to us the most plausible view of
the Pauline doctrine. It had been revealed to the apostle by the
Spirit that the church was to be exposed to a more tremendous
assault than any it had yet witnessed. Some twelve years before the
epistle was penned, the Roman world had seen in Caligula the portent
of a mad emperor. Caligula had claimed to be worshipped as a god,
and had a temple erected to him in Rome. He went farther, and
demanded that his own statue should be set up in the temple at
Jerusalem to be worshipped. As similar causes might be expected to
produce similar effects, Paul, interpreting "what the Spirit that
was in him did signify," may have thought of a youth, one reared in
the purple, who, raised to the awful, isolating dignity of emperor,
might, like Caligula, be struck with madness, might, like him,
demand Divine honors, and might be possessed with a thirst for blood
as insatiable as his. The fury of such an enthroned maniac would,
with too great probability, be directed against those who, like the
Christians, would refuse as obstinately as the Jews to give him
Divine honor, but were not numerous enough to make Roman officials
pause before proceeding to extremities. So long as Claudius lived,
the Antichrist manifestation of this "lawless one" was restrained;
when, however, the aged emperor should pass away, or God's time
should appoint, that "lawless one" would be revealed, whom the Lord
would "slay with the breath of his mouth" (2 Thess 2:8).
3. Johannine Epistles:
Although many of the features of the "Man of Sin" were exhibited by
Nero, yet the Messianic kingdom did not come, nor did Christ return
to His people at Nero's death. Writing after Nero had fallen, the
apostle John, who, as above remarked, alone of the New Testament
writers uses the term, presents us with another view of Antichrist
(1 Jn 2:18,22; 4:3; 2 Jn 1:7). From the first of these passages ("as
ye have heard that antichrist cometh"), it is evident that the
coming of Antichrist was an event generally anticipated by the
Christian community, but it is also clear that the apostle shared to
but a limited extent in this popular expectation. He thought the
attention of believers needed rather to be directed to the
antichristian forces that were at work among and around them ("even
now have .... arisen many antichrists"). From 1 Jn 2:22; 4:3; 2 Jn
1:7 we see that the apostle regards erroneous views of the person of
Christ as the real Antichrist. To him the Docetism (i.e. the
doctrine that Christ's body was only a seeming one) which portended
Gnosticism, and the elements of Ebionism (Christ was only a man),
were more seriously to be dreaded than persecution.
4. Book of Revelation:
In the Book of Revelation the doctrine of Antichrist receives a
further development. If the traditional date of the Apocalypse is to
be accepted, it was written when the lull which followed the
Neronian persecution had given place to that under Domitian--"the
bald Nero." The apostle now feels the whole imperial system to be an
incarnation of the spirit of Satan; indeed from the identity of the
symbols, seven heads and ten horns, applied both to the dragon (Rev
12:3) and to the Beast (Rev 13:1), he appears to have regarded the
raison d`etre of the Roman Empire to be found in its incarnation of
Satan. The ten horns are borrowed from Dan 7, but the seven heads
point, as seen from Rev 17:9, to the "seven hills" on which Rome
sat. There is, however, not only the Beast, but also the "image of
the beast" to be considered (Rev 13:14,15). Possibly this symbolizes
the cult of Rome, the city being regarded as a goddess, and
worshipped with temples and statues all over the empire. From the
fact that the seer endows the Beast that comes out of the earth with
"two horns like unto a lamb" (Rev 13:11), the apostle must have had
in his mind some system of teaching that resembled Christianity; its
relationship to Satan is shown by its speaking "as a dragon" (Rev
13:11). The number 666 given to the Beast (Rev 13:18), though
presumably readily understood by the writer's immediate public, has
proved a riddle capable of too many solutions to be now readily
soluble at all. The favorite explanation Neron Qecar (Nero Caesar),
which suits numerically, becomes absurd when it implies the
attribution of seven heads and ten horns. There is no necessity to
make the calculation in Hebrew; the corresponding arithmogram in the
Sib Or, 1 32830, in which 888 stands for Iesous, is interpreted in
Greek. On this hypothesis Lateinos, a suggestion preserved by
Irenaeus (V, 30) would suit. If we follow the analogy of Daniel,
which has influenced the Apocalyptist so much, the Johannine
Antichrist must be regarded as not a person but a kingdom. In this
case it must be the Roman Empire that is meant.
Approaching the subject of the 'Antichrist', we should come humbly, asking
God for illumination and not becoming prideful in our own interpretations.
Remember that very few were accurate on the identity of the Messiah, Jesus of
Nazareth. Those known for their scholarship and dedication to God, the Scribes,
Pharisees, and Priesthood, all got it wrong for the most part and crucified
their own Messiah. (Ironically fulfilling the prophecies of the very book they
claimed to live their lives by.) The very disciples of Christ didn't get it
either. Peter tried to prevent Christ from going to the cross. (Matt. 16:22,
John 18:10) And no one understood that Christ would be raised on the third
day. The only reason we get it, (if we do) is that we have their
testimony in the New Testament and the revelation of the Holy Spirit. So we
should proceed knowing that God probably has a few undisclosed revelations and
that we could easily be blinded by pride. Having said that, God calls us to
study, and He has given us His Word to seek Him... so here are a few things to
For those in the world who reject God and His kingdom, it appears that the
Antichrist comes as the final lesson. For those in the world and even Israel,
who reject God by rejecting the One True Messiah, God gives them what they want.
The Antichrist is Satan's messiah, one who would deceive, dominate and exploit a
lost and fallen world rather than speak the truth to the world and die in love
as a vicarious sacrifice for it.
Christ was the good shepherd who laid His life down for the sheep, the
Antichrist will do the opposite. Zechariah prophesied of the false shepherd.:
"Then the LORD said to me, "Take again the equipment of a foolish shepherd. For
I am going to raise up a shepherd over the land of Israel who will not care for
the lost, or seek the young, or heal the injured, or feed the healthy, but will
eat the meat of the choice sheep, tearing off their hoofs." (Zech
If those in Israel at the time of the Antichrist have fully rejected their
true Messiah, the Antichrist will come as the false messiah giving them the
worldly show they crave. This seems to be alluded to by Christ, "I have come
in My Fatherís name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own
name, him you will receive." John 5:43
Whereas Christ comes in His Father's name, seeking only to do the Father's
will, and living a life of complete self-sacrifice, the Antichrist comes to do
his own will, and is the epitome of self-seeking and
would rather sacrifice others than himself, which is ultimately doing his
father's will...Satan. "He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and
will say unheard-of things against the God of gods." Daniel 11:36
Christ was not a man-pleaser and spoke the truth directly calling the world
to repent, but the Antichrist will come with flattery, exuding great charm and
building up the 'self-esteem' of everyone. He will tell the world what it
wants to hear. (Dan. 11:32)
The Scripture tells us that Christ had "...no beauty or majesty to attract
us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him." (Isa.
53:2) One could therefore expect the Antichrist to be extremely
attractive in a worldly sense. Also a great orator with "a mouth speaking
great things." People LOVE a great orator don't they?
As Christ had John the Baptist, in a way, the Antichrist will instead have a
false prophet who will perform great miracles. (Rev. 13:13) People
LOVE miracles don't they? It's going to be difficult to resist this show!
Christ said, "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and
shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they
shall deceive the very elect." (Matt. 24:24) We all hope for either a
"Pre-Tribulation Rapture" or at worst a "Mid-Tribulation Rapture" don't we? This
might all sound glib, but I'm trembling inside...
The Third Temple
The apostle Paul tells us that the Antichrist will pursue the deception to
the utmost. "He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is
called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple,
proclaiming himself to be God. (2 Thess. 2:4)
So the temple then is rebuilt. This would be called the Third Temple.
Solomon's temple being first (2 Chron. 7:1) which was destroyed by
Babylon, and Judah was taken into captivity for seventy years as prophesied by
Jeremiah. (Jer. 25:11) Zerubbabel's being the second who was
appointed by God to rebuild the temple upon Israel's return from captivity.
(Ezra 6:15) This was also the same temple that was beautified,
(basically replaced) by Herod the Great. It is still called the Second Temple
because the sacrifices were continued unabated. This is the temple that the
Messiah Jesus took authority over as prophesied by Malachi. "See, I will send
my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are
seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire,
will come," says the LORD Almighty. (Mal. 3:1) This temple was
destroyed by Rome in 70 AD as prophesied by Jesus Christ.
(Matt 24: 2) Jesus also prophesied that in the last days the Antichrist,
called the "abomination that causes desolation" spoken of by Daniel,
(Dan. 9:27) would stand in the Holy Place, and that when this happened, it
was the sign for those in Judea to flee. (Matt. 24:15)
So it appears that the Antichrist will not be manifested until the Temple in
Jerusalem is rebuilt. When the Third Temple comes under construction, we can
know that the Antichrist is probably not far behind. Currently upon the temple
mount is the Dome of the Rock, one of the holiest shrines in Islam. Here then
are some questions to ponder: Can the Dome and the Temple be on the same
mountain? What circumstances would prompt the rebuilding of the
Finally, for a chilling finale, take a look at an actual ad placed in the
Jerusalem Post on August 31, 1991 by an orthodox sect of Judaism. The ad
speculates that with the many amazing political happenings of that time,
including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the success in the Gulf War, that perhaps
the Jewish Messiah (in Hebrew Moshiach) was soon to come. (In their mind for the
"If another comes in his own name, you will receive him." John