Pre-tribbers love to scoff and mock at those who disagree with them, particularly post-tribbers. They claim that they “aren’t looking for Antichrist, they are looking for Jesus Christ.”
But their own content says otherwise.
For example, Rapture Ready, one of the oldest Watcher sites around, keeps tabs on end-times news via their “Rapture Index“, which measures end time activity. This “prophetic speedometer” tracks 45 separate items – most of which involve elements of the supposed Antichrist agenda or world domination: war and conflict, world government, satanism, one religion, one economy and war. There are 0 categories having to do with Jesus or the Gospel.
Terry James, a Rapture Ready founder, has his own website that tracks “current issues and events through the lens of bible prophecy.” His “Nearing Midnight” column is rife with speculative news articles about globalism, war in the middle east, mysticism and false religions, and the mark of the beast system.
And click on any of Hal Lindsey’s reports on YouTube and you will be met with story after story about war and globalism, technology that promotes the mark of the beast, and religious persecution. All of which point to the core tenets of the so-called “antichrist”, a man who will be possessed by Satan and rule the world.
So who is really obsessed about the antichrist?
You know, the book of Revelation is 22 chapters long, totaling 404 verses. And in around 20 or so of those verses we are given some information about a beast and a false prophet…what Speculators call The Antichrist. That’s around 5% of the entire book of Revelation.
If a person didn’t really read the book of Revelation themselves, and based their view of what the book is about on the Speculators, they would think the book describes the kingdom of this Antichrist guy and nothing else. Because the Speculators sure spend a lot of time talking about how horrible the Antichrist’s reign is going to be and how it should be avoided.
First of all, it would surprise many to know that the word “Antichrist” is not found in the book of Revelation at all. It was John, the writer of Revelation, who coined the term antichrist. He mentions it 4 times (1 John 2:18, 1 John 2:22, 1 John 4:3, 2 John 1:7), and he is the only writer who mentions it. It might be important to know that the guy who made up the term in the first place, never mentions that term in the entire book that supposedly describes his reign.
Secondly, John defines the term explicitly, in the Bible. In 1 John 2:22 John asks rhetorically: “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.”
He further says in 1 John 4:3 that “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 the world.”
John never defines antichrist as a man, a single individual. He never uses the term “the Antichrist.” On the contrary, it is clear that this is a spirit that denies Jesus is Christ. And it was already prevalent in John’s day, 1950+ years ago. As an additional zinger, John tells his first century audience that the presence of this antichrist spirit is the way they would know that “it is the last time”. (1 John 2:18).
So Does Revelation Describe a Gestapo-esque Reign of Terror by a Satan-Possessed Ruler? Not Really.
God spends more time describing how He will judge the great whore and Babylon. Mind you – those chapters don’t describe the horrors that the whore and Babylon inflict upon the world during this time. They describe the utter beating and annihilation that they get from God!
Five of the 22 chapters, or 23 percent of the book, describe Jesus and His victory.
Another 3 chapters, or 13 percent, describe the things present.
That means more than 1/3 of the book of Revelation describes either neutral things or good things. And only a single chapter, 13, describes this so-called “antichrist” and what he does.
So….why are the Endtimers so obsessed with this man, his system of commerce, his government, and his religious system? It sure doesn’t take up much of the book.
Guess what? Jesus pours out a lot more wrath than this Antichrist guy.
Revelation 6-9, four of the book’s 22 chapters, talk about God pouring out His judgments before the beast is even introduced on the scene. Chapters 10-12 describe Israel and the two witnesses. The beast comes on the scene in Chapter 13 – one chapter.
Then God picks up His judgments again. We have 7 plagues in Revelation 15-17, AFTER this Antichrist supposedly takes over the world. Even if you don’t think Revelation is written in order, Rev 15:1 calls them “the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God”. Literal Bible Reading Alert! Last means last. Filled up means filled up. Done. No more plagues from God after these.
So tell me, those of you who are obsessed with Antichrist: how on earth can the entire world be subservient to this antichrist, when most of the time is spent fleeing the wrath of the Lamb (Rev 6:16) while they deal with much worse things than being tracked by microchip? Namely:
- Grievous sores on those who worship the beast
- All living things in the sea die
- Rivers and fresh water become like blood, undrinkable. How long can a person live without water? 5 days maybe?
- Scorched by great heat – and they know it’s God and blaspheme Him. They aren’t screaming at the Antichrist.
- Euphrates is dried up so the way of the kings of the east is prepared.
- All mountains and islands go away. (Literal Bible Reading Alert! Do you believe this will actually happen?)
- Great hail falling, and again, men everywhere blaming God. Are they concerned about some Antichrist guy who has an obsession about what you are buying at the corner drug store?
So again let me ask you. LOGICALLY speaking. Why isn’t God spending a lot more time on the horrors of this one world government? Could it be that maybe those things are not the real horrors?
Revelation is reminding us that God’s power overrules Satan’s. I am sure that most Christians would agree that God is a whole lot more frightening than men, and Satan. But Endtimes Hypesters don’t talk this way.
They believe the entire Time of Hell on Earth is 7 years, and most of them agree that the first 3.5 will be peaceful and good, and this Antichrist dude will be all nice and kind, the world will be falsely united, they will be all one religion, blah blah blah kumbaya. The dreaded mark will be voluntary the first 3.5 years, obviously. Otherwise how is this a “man of peace”?
And then Satan is thrown out of heaven in Chapter 12. He enters into the Antichrist. And then the Antichrist will turn on Israel at the halfway point and that is when he starts his reign of terror.
So that leaves 3.5 years of horrible times, where people have to take the mark or their heads come off.
But what’s funny is we have 3 chapters after this Antichrist comes onto the scene of God just pummeling the earth. And the Antichrist has no power at all over nature. Furthermore, can you explain how a worldwide computer network, like the internet, and all of the technology that you say is going to run this Beast System, is going to function during this time? With no fresh water? With all mountains and islands being obliterated? With scorching heat? We can’t even have a snowstorm without the internet going down.
Can a pre-tribber explain this?