(OPINION) ETH – One Bible scholar is warning that there will be several signs to indicate the imminent arrival of the Antichrist of the Bible and the return of the Lord according to Express. The Bible indicates that the Antichrist will appear in the time of the end to declare himself the Messiah that is long-awaited.
The Antichrist will attempt to raise up his own Kingdom and seat himself as “God” himself in the temple in Jerusalem before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ out of heaven. The Bible is filled with warnings of the Antichrist’s arrival throughout the New Testament, including the Epistles of John. One example of this is found in 1 John 2:22, where the Bible identifies the Antichrist as a liar who has denies Jesus Christ’s divinity.
A false Christ is also mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew, where Jesus warns his disciples not to fall prey to false prophets. Jesus warned: “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.” Tom Meyer, a professor at Shasta Bible College & Graduate School in California, has told Express.co.uk that there will be a sequence of events from Antichrist’s arrival that will clash with the returned Christ.
Meyer stated: “Even in the first century many Christians were shaken out of their wits and disturbed with the signs of the times. “It is possible that false teachings and the intensity of the church’s persecution by Rome made some think that the end times had begun. “Perhaps a false prophecy to this effect was circulating in the churches, much in the same way that we today hear again and again that we belong to the terminal generation.
“Concerning their distress, the Apostle Paul thought it would be helpful to tell the early church in Thessalonica and, by application, the world today the sequence of events leading up to the Second Coming of Christ.” According to the Apostle Paul, the first event will be an apostasy. Professor Meyer points out that the Greek word “apostasia” can mean defection or revolt, but can also be interpreted as a departure or disappearance.
He goes on to elaborate that the first English translations of the Bible also interpret the word as either a “departure or disappearance’. However, The Apostle Paul did not specify what this disappearance entails. Professor Meyer went on further to say: “Most Christians think it means departing from the cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith, but it probably means a departure of the church itself. “The church ‘departing’ or being Raptured is the first event.” according to Meyer.
The second prophesied event will be the revealing of the Antichrist which will entail the Antichrist mirroring or mocking the coming of Jesus Christ the true Messiah. The third event, according to Professor Meyer, will be opposition towards the God of Israel.
“After his false revelation as the ‘true Christ’, the Antichrist will elevate himself about the living and true God. “The fourth event is in the yet-to-be-constructed third JewishTemple; the Antichrist will ‘continually display himself’ as the real Messiah in Jerusalem. “The fifth event is ‘the mystery of iniquity’. “Though it cannot be fully understood even in Paul’s time, its beginnings could be seen.”
Professor Meyer stated that this mystery will likely be some form of a satanic counterpart to the mystery of God’s purpose, Although it might be working under the surface at present, the Bible expert believes it will find its embodiment in the Antichrist once the time for its revelation comes. Professor Meyer then gave his final event “The final and sixth event is that the true Christ will be revealed from heaven and the bright light of His coming will consume the Antichrist.”