and Type of Antichrist
What is a demagogue? The word is derived from two Greek words demos (people) and ago (I lead). Hence, such a person is one who leads, (or is led by), the people, or populace, and might well approve of the saying: Vox populi vox dei, but the voice of the people is NOT, or ever will be, the voice of God. Nations which are democratic elect their governors, but the legislation is often directly opposed to the LAW of GOD, as, for example, the betting, the abortion and sodomy* laws (so-called). Demagogues - and they are many and popular, are such as love power, and are motivated by expediency. Yet how true are the words: While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption, for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought into bondage (2 Peter 2: 19, and note verse 18).
Absalom a manifest illustration of the foregoing? He wanted to be noticed, and to have power. Utterly
ruthless, he set fire to Joabs field to get his own way, just as
terrorists in many lands behave today. Moreover, he would bring about the death of the
King, his own father, to attain his ends.
His methods, too, were very like those of our modern demagogues. He used flattery and specious
promises to get the support of the people.
Read 2 Samuel 15, and note that all
this took place after David had received him and kissed Absalom. And Absalom rose up
early (nothing wrong in that!) and stood beside
the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy
came to the King for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said: Of what
city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of
Absaloms purpose seemed nigh on fulfilment, for he was apparently, in favour with David (2 Sam. 15: 7-9). Not only did the people increase continually with Absalom, but even the Kings counsellor was for him. But God, in His sovereignty, used even the subterfuges of men, not only to turn the counsel of Ahithopel into foolishness, but to bring a would-be dictator to an ignominious end. One is reminded of the end of Mussolini and of Hitler. Absalom was hanged in an oak, the position of a cursed one.
It is worth noting that there
went with Absalom two hundred men out of
A Type of Antichrist
In Johns day there were many Antichrists (1 John 2: 18). In history, Antiochus Epiphanes was such, in the time of the Maccabees. That evil man defiled the temple.
The foregoing remarks on the
character of Absalom apply to him as a type of The
Man of Sin. He was anti-David,
substituting himself in place of Gods anointed King. Anti means
not only against in the
sense of opposition but it also means over against, in the
sense of comparison or of a kind of equality.
Again, Absalom gained adherents by flattering the people: he stole their hearts.* Antichrist, we are told, will come in peaceably, and obtain the Kingdom by flatteries (Dan. 11: 21).
Absalom was a most attractive man. His physical beauty won mens admiration (2 Sam. 14: 25, 26) but his moral character was ugly. He was, as we have seen, ruthless and deceitful, and scheming. In Daniel 7 there is given to the prophet a vision of world empires, symbolized by wild beasts, the last more ferocious and savage than them all, (verses 7 and 19). From this last world empire will proceed the Antichrist, who will be the embodiment of all the Satanic evil of that empire.
Digressing here a little, we would answer those who think the pre-millennial believer is expecting a monster so described to Daniel to appear in a literal sense (and such imaginations have appeared in print). No! The savagery there depicted represents a moral (or immoral) and ruthless character, to whom life is of little or no worth. Indeed, the rule of that Man of Sin will mean that many will lay down their lives for Christs sake. Absalom may not have exhibited the Satanic evil of Antichrist, but murder was in his heart.
Antichrist may begin his
conquest of the human race (or that part of it known as the one-time
What is known as the United
Nations Organisation, which is an attempt to unite the world, is just such an
instrument as will be useful to the
Beast for it is godless; it has no regard for, but rather bias
against the nation of
A godly Bible teacher, known to the writer, said to him, over thirty years, ago, that he thought Antichrist would be a person of great financial wisdom, and this at a time when inflation was a word of comparatively slight significance.
Absaloms religion, though he used pious language,
was empty. Antichrist will be like
Napoleon, who recognized the various religions of the countries he
subdued. So will this Man of Sin, whilst it suits his
purpose. Then he will
shew himself in his true colours, for he will
sit in the
What shall you and I do, when these things begin to come to pass? Shall we, if then alive, overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony, loving not our lives unto the death? I am persuaded that many Christians, young and middle-aged, will know the meaning of the Lords words: And ye shall be hated of all nations for my Names sake ... and because lawlessness shall abound, the love of the many shall wax cold, but he that shall endure unto the end [of the Great Tribulation] the same shall be saved. (Matt. 24: 9-13). ***
The Day of the Lord cometh as a thief in the night ... what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness (2 Pet. 3: 10-11).
David fled from Absalom and for
a time he was deprived of the privilege of congregational worship, but he did
Wherefore, beloved ... be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless. (2 Peter 3: 14).
[* This is
NOT a reference to Christs eternal
kingdom when the thousand years are
finished (Rev. 20: 7), and
the books were opened (12), and death and Hades gave up the
dead that were in them (13); nor
does it refer to a new heaven and a new earth
(Rev. 21: 1); nor is it a reference to
Christs imputed righteousness, which every regenerate
person presently has! The Kingdom here, which disciples
are to seek first, is Messiahs
** Is this not what we see happening throughout Christendom today? False teachers are wilfully neglecting Gods conditional promises (2 Tim. 2: 12; Heb. 4: 1, 6, 9, 11; Rev. 3: 21)? The Prize (1 Cor. 9: 24), the Crown (Rev. 3: 11) and the recompense [reward] of the inheritance (Col. 3: 24.) cf. Heb. 12: 14-17, are seldom, if ever, mentioned; and Christians are being duped into believing they can obtain the kingdom by flatteries!
*** The context makes it perfectly clear for all who have been given eyes to see, that the salvation here is both future and conditional for those who will be left to endure unto the end. Therefore, all Christians will not escape the end time tribulation under Antichrist. Many regenerate believers are assuming all must escape; others, that all must pass through it! But we need only study the Word of God to see for ourselves that Christ has imposed conditions for His disciples to escape, (Luke 21: 34-36; Rev. 3: 2, 10); and also for those who will be accounted worthy to reign with Him in the Age to come, (Luke 20: 35; Phil. 3: 11; Rev. 20: 4-6).
With pointed warnings and explicit commands He [Christ] exhorts disciples to escape these judgments. And He tells them how. It is not without significance that His words of prudence and caution are not spoken to the Church as a Body but to individuals: Take heed to yourselves lest at any time your hearts be overcharged. The original Greek renders yourselves and your with peculiar emphasis. Watch ye therefore and pray always that ye may be accounted worthy to escape. Because thou didst keep the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of trial which is to come upon the whole world. Blessed is he that keepeth his garments. In the Lords emphatic admonitions to His disciples to be wary and watchful, He does not encourage them to rely on their born-again experience; neither does He encourage them to rest in any past blessing. The Lords emphasis is laid on WATCHING, HEEDING, PRAYING. The escape, according to Christs own words, is made on condition of personal effort and is wholly a reward of the effort to be ready. To watch means, in the original, to be alert; to be aroused; to be awake. (Matt. 24: 42; 25: 13; Mark 13: 35; Luke 21: 34-36; 1 Thess. 5: 6; 1 Pet. 4: 7; Rev. 3: 2; 16: 15). What manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. ]
Be strong: the earths filled with violence,
With hatred and Sin;
Pray that in all things ye may be found worthy
The Kingdom to win.