Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a multi-part series on theories and prophecies about the Antichrist. If you haven’t already, we recommend starting with the Introduction before diving into this post, as well as Part 1: Roman Antichrist Debunked and Part 2: Muslim Antichrist Debunked.
So, without further ado…. I will now lay out an outline of my current working theory on who the Antichrist is.
The “Jewish False Messiah” Theory
My current working theory is that Antichrist will present himself as the prophesied Messiah. A FALSE CHRIST. Just as the scriptures prophesy. I don’t really have an opinion as to whether he will present himself as the second coming of Jesus (the true Messiah), or if he will claim that Jesus was not Messiah and he is. That really isn’t my point. My point is that Antichrist will claim to be of the line of David, born in Bethlehem, etc.—i.e. a ‘Jewish’ Messiah. A figure that the end-time “Jews” will believe to be THE Messiah, and many Christians too. He will work to convince Jews and Christians that he has come to usher in his millennial reign and kingdom.
I think Antichrist will be promoted by a ‘FALSE PROPHET’ that will claim to be a reincarnation of Elijah the prophet.
Not many of us have truly studied the eschatology or end-time beliefs of the adherents of Judaism. In this presentation, we will explore some Jewish eschatology according to the Talmud and other rabbinic writings. I will demonstrate how these writings seem to encourage Jews to accept as Messiah a man with very similar characteristics as the biblical Antichrist, and how I believe Antichrist will use the Jewish end-time beliefs to his advantage.
With that said, let’s get something straight right here, right now. I am NOT taking an anti-Jewish stance, nor am I arguing anything that should be perceived as such. If you feel that I have degraded or put down the Jewish people at any point in this presentation, then I have spoken poorly, or you have simply perceived my words incorrectly. Period. I am not against the Jewish people in any way.
With that announcement out of the way, I would first point out that I am not alone in this belief of a Jewish Antichrist. In fact, many of the 1st- and 2nd-century elders believed in a Jewish Fake Messiah. There are also a few modern-day writers and videographers that hold to the Jewish false Christ theory as well.
The person whose writings I have most studied on this subject is Chris White. Please note – Chris is a Sunday keeper. In fact, he created a series of videos on why Christians should not keep the Sabbath. Normally I would pass right by such a person’s work, but I felt very compelled to read his books titled “False Christ”, and “Mystery Babylon”.
Truth be known, this presentation started out to be presenting a Muslim Antichrist theory. In the midst of doing the research for my “Muslim Antichrist” presentation, I was moved to read Mr. White’s books. And I have to admit, Chris’ argument for the Jewish False Christ is just simply stronger than any other argument for the identity of Antichrist that I have heard to-date.
As I mentioned in a previous post, all of my non-core beliefs I hold like a scientist holds their theories—the theory is what I believe until a better theory is presented and tested. White’s theory is simply the best I have heard so far. If a new theory comes along and is better than the Jewish False Messiah, then that will be my theory. Until that time, I will be studying and continuing to test the Jewish False Messiah idea.
With that said – I would like to openly admit that I am borrowing HEAVILY from White’s book “False Messiah” in this presentation. Some might call that plagiarism. Whatever. I’m telling you the reader up front that a lot of what is presented, comes from that book. I am not claiming that these are my theories.
There are several things that I disagree with White on, and those things will, of course, be omitted from this presentation.
Let’s get back on point here, as I continue to lay out the theory on the Jewish False Messiah.