Does The Antichrist Really Come Back from the Dead?
Does The Antichrist Really Come Back from the Dead?
February 1, 2017
Does the antichrist really die, descend into hell and then return to earth some time during the seven year Tribulation? Or, as some allege, does the term “the beast that was, and is not, and yet is” in Revelation 17:8 merely mean a revived kingdom? It is my view that the antichrist really does die.
Some scholars say no. Only Jesus can come back from the dead. However, whatever it says in the Word of God is the final authority on any subject. Can a man be swallowed by a large fish, live in it for three days, then be expelled through its mouth and preach a mighty revival? Yes, because the Bible said it happened. Let’s begin our discussion of the antichrist in Revelation 13.
Revelation Chapter 13 is the so called “antichrist chapter.” The first reference to a head wound in Revelation 13:3 causes some scholars to believe the Word is discussing a kingdom (Babylon or Greece are the two most popular theories), and not a person, that “comes back from the dead.” Revelation 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.
In other words, since “one of his heads” was mortally wounded, it cannot be a man, who would only have one head. I will concede that verse 3 could possibly be a reference to a kingdom. However, let’s not stop there. Proceed on to verses 12 and 14, which cannot reference a kingdom. They are about a person, the antichrist.
Therefore, when you continue reading the “antichrist chapter,” you will notice that John speaks of the antichrist having a wounded head(only one head) two more times:
1)A deadly head wound in Revelation 13:12 And he[the false prophet] exercises all the authority of the first beast [antichrist] in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
2)Again we see a person wounded with the sword in Revelation 13:14 And he (the false prophet) deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived…The image of the beast is an image of the antichrist. Therefore, the one who was wounded by a sword and lived has to be the antichrist and NOT just a kingdom.
Next, we will address this important point. Who would want to kill the antichrist? Historically, Muslims who were willing to make peace with the Jews have been targeted for assassination. A case in point is Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Sadat signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1978, for which he and Israeli Prime Minister Menachim Begin shared a Noble Peace Prize. In October, 1981, Sadat was gunned down by Islamic rebels while attending a parade in Egypt.
Fast forward in your thinking to Camp David, Maryland is the year 2000. President Clinton was hosting peace talks between Yasser Arafat and Israel Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Prime Minister Barak did the unthinkable, he offered Arafat the Temple Mount in exchange for peace! Arafat refused the deal, but why?
When Arafat returned to the Middle East he explained his decision to Muslim reporters. Pointing toward heaven he said, “I don’t want to be up there, sipping tea with Sadat.” In other words, the price to pay for making peace with Israel is assassination by “friendly fire.” I believe the antichrist will be killed for brokering the peace treaty with Israel that immediately precedes the Tribulation (see Daniel 9:27).
We just answered the question of why the antichrist will be assassinated. Let us now discuss it in two more passages in the New Testament. In Revelation 17:7, an angel tells John he will explain the “the mystery of the woman and the beast” introduced in Revelation 17:3. He discusses the beast [antichrist] first:
Revelation 17:8 The beast that you saw was [alive], and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition[lake of fire]. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was[alive], and is not[alive], and yet is[alive]. (Note: brackets are author’s interpretation.)
Again, some authors say the above passage references a kingdom, and not a person. However, there is a companion verse in Revelation 11:7 where we see clearly that the “beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit” is the antichrist. Furthermore, it defies credulity to suppose the Bible references a kingdom coming out of the bottomless pit.
Revelation 11:7 7 When they[the two witnesses] finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit[antichrist] will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. (Brackets are author’s interpretation.)
It is almost universally accepted that the antichrist is the one who kills the two witnesses. Therefore, the “beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit” is the antichrist, and not a kingdom.
Earlier in this article we read that the antichrist would be “wounded by the sword…”(Revelation 13:14). The Old Testament had given us more information on that in Zechariah 11:17:
“Woe to the worthless shepherd,
Who leaves the flock!
A sword shall be against his arm
And against his right eye;
His arm shall completely wither,
And his right eye shall be totally blinded.”
No doubt antichrist’s physical handicaps of partial blindness and a withered arm, as he sits in the Holy of Holies claiming to be God, will infuriate and embarrass him. Nevertheless, many will follow him during the Great Tribulation. Three and a half years later, along with the false prophet, he will go directly to the lake of fire (Revelation 19:20) never to be heard from again.