OPINION (Charisma) – The Old Testament shows many shadows of the Messiah—Adam, Isaac, Moses, David—and most Christians would add Solomon to that list. Surely someone like him would unite both Christians and Jews, says author and pastor Mark BiltzBut in his newest bookDecoding the Antichrist and the End Times: What the Bible Says and What the Future Holds, Biltz writes that typically our understanding of Solomon includes how wise he was, how famous he was, his incredible wealth and how Israel was at the top of its game during his reign. “But if we look closer at the details within Scripture, we

might find we have been deceived!” he says. “But didn’t he bring peace to the Middle East? Yes. This peace enabled him to accomplish great things, such as the building of the temple. But then why has it gone downhill for Israel ever since? I believe it is because Solomon compromised the Word of God for peace. “The Antichrist will be equally deceptive,” Biltz continued. “The world will cry out for a messiah like King Solomon to solve the problems in the Middle East. But I believe the Antichrist will appear similar to King Solomon in many ways.” READ MORE

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