The Prophet Addresses the Antichrist

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When Jesus arose from the grave in the resurrection, he was still a Jew. This is the essence of Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2: 22-36. The resurrection of Jesus so that his flesh did not see “corruption” was required in order that God’s oath to David could be fulfilled: “That of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, he would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ. . . .”

 When Jesus returns, he will still be a Jew. The angels who witnessed the ascension of our Lord assured the disciples who were present: “. . . this same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw him go into heaven” (Acts 1: 11). The same Jewish Jesus who resurrected in the flesh will return to the earth to sit on the throne of David in that same Jewish flesh, thereby fulfilling God’s oath to David.

Interestingly enough, this same Jesus will return to the same place from which he departed– the Mount of Olives (Acts 1: 12; Zechariah 14: 4)– and in the same manner in which he ascended– with clouds (Acts 1: 9; Revelation 1: 7). — John D. Garr, Our Lost Legacy: Christianity’s Hebrew Heritage

Today, the Antichrist is specifically addressed and contrasted with the True Christ—the Messiah Jesus…

Woe to you who plunder, though you have not been plundered; and you who deal treacherously, though they have not dealt treacherously with you! When you cease plundering, you will be plundered; when you make an end of dealing treacherously, they will deal treacherously with you. O Lord, be gracious to us; we have waited for You. Be their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble. At the noise of the tumult the people shall flee; when You lift Yourself up, the nations shall be scattered; and Your plunder shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpillar; as the running to and fro of locusts, he shall run upon them (Isaiah 33:1-4 NKJV).

The one king is willful, a spoiler, a traitor, a devastator, and a murder. The Other came not to do His Own Will, enriches with abundance of Salvation, Wisdom, and Knowledge, and is faithful. He will fill the land with plenty and abolish sickness and death.

The “tumult” spoken of refers to the night of terror, when the host of the Assyrians was destroyed by the coming of the Angel. 185,000 Assyrians died that night. As well, is refers to when Jesus returns in the Battle of Armageddon and destroys the Antichrist. At this time, “the nations shall be scattered.”

The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness. Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, and the strength of salvation; the fear of the Lord is His treasure.Surely their valiant ones shall cry outside, the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly. The highways lie waste, the traveling man ceases. He has broken the covenant, He has despised the cities, He regards no man. The earth mourns and languishes, Lebanon is shamed and shriveled; Sharon is like a wilderness, and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits (Isaiah 33:5-9 NKJV).

“The stability of your times” is a wonderful statement and something of which the world has little enjoyed. “The ambassadors of peace” were sent by Hezekiah to Sennacherib to beg him to respect the covenant, but they were refused admission to the king’s presence and had to remain “outside.” And this foreshadows a day when Israel will try to make peace with the Antichrist but to no avail.

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week; and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the Oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate (Dan 9:27 KJV).

And I heard the Man clothed in linen, Who was upon the waters of the river, when He held up His Right Hand and His Left Hand unto Heaven, and swore by Him Who lives forever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished (Dan 12:7 KJV).

Hezekiah stripped the Temple of its wealth and gave it to Sennacherib. The Assyrian king took the money, broke the covenant that had been made, and devastated the country. All this suffering and the Temple sacrilege would have been avoided if only the king had obeyed the Word of God and not followed his own counsel. All of this was totally unnecessary.

“Now I will rise,” says the Lord; “Now I will be exalted, now I will lift Myself up. 11 You shall conceive chaff, you shall bring forth stubble; your breath, as fire, shall devour you. 12 And the people shall be like the burnings of lime; like thorns cut up they shall be burned in the fire. 13 Hear, you who are afar off, what I have done; and you who are near, acknowledge My might” (Isaiah 33:10-13 NKJV).

All the Assyrian plans against Jerusalem would come to naught. And on even greater a scale, this will happen to the Antichrist and all who are with him. “Thorns” and “lime” burn very hot but are consumed very quickly.

The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?” 15 He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, he who despises the gain of oppressions, who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil: 16 He will dwell on high; his place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; bread will be given him, His water will be sure (Isaiah 33:14-16 NKJV).

The Jews who desired to go down into Egypt and seek their help were now “afraid.” They are called “sinners” and “hypocrites.” The “devouring fire” is the Wrath of God, and “everlasting burnings” have to do with the Judgment of God.

Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; they will see the land that is very far off. 18 Your heart will meditate on terror: “Where is the scribe? Where is he who weighs? Where is he who counts the towers?” 19 You will not see a fierce people, a people of obscure speech, beyond perception, of a stammering tongue that you cannot understand (Isaiah 33:17-19 NKJV).

That generation did no longer see the Assyrians. However, this Passage of Prophecy has greater meaning which goes all the way to the Antichrist. Israel’s enemies will never again be seen, for war in the Kingdom Age will now be a thing of the past.

Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts; your eyes will see Jerusalem, a quiet home, a tabernacle that will not be taken down; not one of its stakes will ever be removed, nor will any of its cords be broken. 21 But there the majestic Lord will be for us a place of broad rivers and streams, in which no galley with oars will sail, nor majestic ships pass by 22 (For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King; He will save us) (Isaiah 33:20-22 NKJV).

Great rivers were the foundation of wealth and strength for Assyria and Egypt, the greatest powers of that day. However, the Messiah Jesus, and not rivers, etc., will be the foundation of all wealth and strength in the coming Millennial Day. The LORD will be to all as broad and deep streams of Grace and Glory.

Your tackle is loosed, they could not strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail then the prey of great plunder is divided; the lame take the prey. 24 And the inhabitant will not say, “I am sick”; the people who dwell in it will be forgiven their iniquity (Isaiah 33:23-24).

The spoil at Armageddon will be in great abundance, and those who were thought to have been defeated will “take the prey.”

For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the Circumcision. Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they out not, for filthy lucre’s sake. One of themselves, even a Prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are always lairs, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the Faith. Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the Truth (Titus 1:10-14 KJV).