The Beast, Son of Perdition, Antichrist, Maitreya, etc.

Question from listener (Charles): “Why do most prophecy teachers refer to “the Antichrist” as though it is a specific individual given that name in the Bible? In reading the Bible I have never been able to identify any individual or entity referred to as “the Antichrist.”

I agree with Charles that the best name for the person in question is not precisely Antichrist. The Scriptures have many names for this person. We find him called by the title little horn in Dan 7 and 8, Son of Perdition in 2 Thessalonians 2, the Wicked One in Isaiah 11. So,  he is not properly called “the Antichrist” – I have used the term “Antichrist” because it is what we commonly used term to describe the person who will be the ultimate embodiment of the antichrist philosophy. I would argue that it is not such a bad designation for the person because he is certainly against and will be in the place of Christ – thus the name fits. I think the other terms for such as beast, son of perdition, little horn, are all terms that refer to a feature of him. From Genesis 3:15 we know that he will be opposed to Jesus the Messiah (the Christ) and will also be the genetic counterfeit of the Christ.  I am convinced that he is called the beast in revelation precisely because he is a genetic hybrid between Satan and man.

How the Mark of the Beast Will Rewrite the Human Genome (part three) Corrupting the Image

The Genetics of the Deception

Technology of the mark of the beast

Restriction Enzymes

Recombinant DNA

The technology known as recombinant DNA in fact now makes it possible for a grown man or woman to be altered at the genetic level. If a non-human gene were introduced into the human genome then the person would no longer be fully human but would by definition become a hybrid. The ancient name for a creature that is composed of different kinds is known as a chimera and that is also the name given to hybrid creatures by scientists today. We considered some strange creatures in a previous chapter such as the spider goat and the green glowing pigs to name a few.

Recombinant DNA is “hybrid DNA that has been created from more than one source.”[i] The basic procedure is where a DNA strand is opened up and then a gene from another organism is inserted making a new strand of DNA. Then the RNA replicates the new strand and it is passed into the entire system. “When recombinant DNA is then further altered or changed to host additional strands of DNA, the molecule formed is referred to as “chimeric” DNA molecule, with reference to the mythological chimera that consisted as a composite of several animals.”[ii] By means of recombinant DNA, Satan may be able to convince humanity to insert demonic genes, perceived as desirable, into the human genome. The genetic composition of the person, therefore, would result in that person becoming a chimera.

Plasmids and Foreign DNAA

 

Using recombinant DNA, a fully mature man could inject himself with the selected gene or genes of another species. The process which is really just a matter of copying and pasting is explained by T. Wakayama et al., in the July 1998 issue of Nature:

 

In the late 70s, Dr. Stan Cohen (Stanford) studying antibiotic resistance plasmids in E. coli, and Dr. Herb Boyer (UCSF) studying restriction enzymes […] realized that they could use restriction enzymes to cut both plasmid DNA as well as DNA containing a gene of interest, and combine the DNAs so that the “sticky ends” of each DNA could be joined, or “spliced”, to make a recombinant DNA (i.e. bacteria human).[iii]

Therefore, we can see how a man with access to technology and to Satan’s seed could then merely inject it into his DNA; then once inserted his own RNA would copy the new strands with the foreign gene(s) and it would spread throughout his entire system. Once the process of replication was complete the man would no longer be a mere human; he would in essence be a chimera, a hybrid; he would be a chimera, a hybrid – a beast!

His Image

And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain, (Revelation 13:15).

 

Approximately three and a half years after coming to power, the Beast will require everyone to take his mark, the number of his name and to worship his image. Exactly how that will be realized is impossible to know. We can suggest however that the image that the false prophet gives breath to could be some transhuman or transgenic creature or some form of synthetic biology – the important thing to note is that it will truly have breath and will not simply be a clever trick. The technology already exists to make some version of the image. This image is what will then cause all to take the mark.

 

His Mark

Also it [the image of the beast] causes all, […] to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666, (Revelation 13:16-18).

 

Transhumanist and end-times researcher Tom Horn has written a great deal about the coming consequences of man changing himself at the source code level.[iv] Horn’s wife Nita has suggested that recombinant DNA (RDNA) may be the means by which the mark of the beast is introduced onto an unsuspecting world[v] through the rewriting of one’s DNA to so that the person is no longer fully human but is part beast (Antichrist).[vi] The suggestion appears valid in light of all that we have learned.

Presumably some point after the rapture, humanity, in an effort to not be removed from the planet (like those taken) and to be able to evolve to be like the Beast (the supposed leader of the “aliens”), will allow their DNA to be rewritten thus altering their image – that image that was in God’s image (though fallen) will therefore become genetically like the Beast and of course Satan and his angels. The mark then would simply be the proof (or perhaps the means by which) one has undergone the genetic transformation. This action of taking the mark will condemn them to hell forever because they will no longer be in the image of God. How sad it is to realize that what man will trade his soul for God was willing to give for free. Man wants to augment himself with greater powers and to go on living forever – but without God. God however, has already made a way for man to have those powers and eternal life if he will simply humble himself and ask.

 Conclusion

To whom would Satan be willing to give of his own genetic material? Crossing the line of mixing “different kinds” is against the natural law of God. The sons of God that did so in the days of Noah got themselves thrown into the pit / abyss / Tartarus as testified by Peter who says: “For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but threw them into hell and locked them up in chains in utter darkness, to be kept until the judgment,” (2 Peter 2:4). The penalty for crossing that barrier is ostensibly imprisonment until the final judgment. We know that Satan will find himself thrown into the abyss right after the Great Tribulation and perhaps “fathering” his own son is the line that he is not permitted to cross. Therefore, Satan must be very selective of this person. We can presume that this person will have all of the worldly advantages possible: the best education, all the power, riches, and technology. He will worship Lucifer and will lust for the ultimate power to have greater than human capacity.  This person will indeed be the one that Jesus spoke of who gains the whole world but loses his soul (Matthew 16:26). The kingdoms of the world that Satan offered to Jesus this person will possess, (see appendix five for a socio-economic sketch of the Antichrist).  

He will obtain Satan’s own genetic material and then insert it into his body using Recombinant DNA.  His body’s own RNA will then cause the Satanic strain to be replicated into various parts of his body and once completed, his genetic make-up (DNA) will be a new code – a code not strictly from Adam (even in Adam’s fallen state), but will be augmented code that has been mixed with the Satan just as God declared in Genesis 3:15.  Satan will have finally succeeded in imitating the incarnation.  This man will literally become the genetic son of Satan because he will have Satan’s seed mingled in with his own.  This conclusion fulfills Genesis 3:15 plus it is consistent with what other fallen angels did in Noah’s day.  It is consistent with Daniel 2:43 and also explains how the Little Horn rises up to where the other horns are and how he is able to cast them to the ground.  It is consistent with the technology of transhumanism in that dissimilar kinds can now be mingled and is also consistent with the research of John Mack and David Jacobs and the “aliens” want to create a hybrid race. Lastly, it squares with the expectation that “aliens […] will select a human person and endow him with superhuman powers and knowledge. This man will lead us to world government and world peace.”[vii]

It is reasonable and probably that the mark of the Beast will also be an imitation of what the Lord wants to do for believers – He will restore us spiritually and genetically – we will be like him, we will be in his image, we will be conformed to his glorious body we will have God’s seed in us.  By Satan giving his genetic material to the Beast (who “replaces” Jesus) and then the Beast offering (forcing) all to take of his altered genetic material – Satan will be perfectly imitating our salvation.  Probably one reason people will desire to take of his seed is because of the powers they are promised.  We have seen both in the movies and by real life personal testimony the “aliens” appear as beings of light.  Of course, believers in Jesus will actually receive true bodies of light – but the Beast will promise glorious bodies which he will ultimately not deliver.  However, those transformed with the DNA change (Mark of the Beast) will receive traits of Satan – possibly being that they will not be able to die which we see when the locusts torment mankind for five months and thought they seek death but it will flee from them (Revelation 9:6) – this could be because they possess traits from Satan (who does not die).

 

Some two thousand years after the true incarnation and six thousand after the fall of man in the Garden, Satan, the Serpent, will have fulfilled the prophecy that God spoke to him of the enmity between his seed and her seed.  Having his own seed mingled with a son of Adam and with today’s technology, Satan can finally try to replicate his own seed in every last person on the planet.  If he can accomplish this then perhaps his own fate can be averted; perhaps he can succeed in his war to destroy the image of God genetically contained in man.

 

Satan’s long war to destroy the image of God will ultimately fail. Though he will successfully deceive many and even apparently be just moments away from success, the Lord will in the end intervene. More than likely victory will appear to be just on the verge of achieving – very much like how it was in the days of Noah. Every human on the planet, except Noah and his family, were corrupted morally and perhaps also genetically as well. With only eight standing in the way, Satan must have felt that victory was his – only to watch his entire devilish work gasp for air and then perish in the flood. So too will the return of the Lord most likely be. Just at the last moment, the Lord Jesus will return to save the Jewish people and all others who trusted in Him during the Great Tribulation. He will destroy the Antichrist and the False Prophet in the Lake of Fire and Satan and his angels will be bound for one thousand years in the Pit. The Lord will also judge the nations and set up His Kingdom which will last for one thousand years initially and then forever. It is during the millennium that the conditions that were lost in the Garden of Eden will be restored to the earth, to the animals and to man himself. In the end, Jesus will crush the head of the Serpent once and for all.

 


[ii] Recombinant DNA. (2008, April 2). New World Encyclopedia. Retrieved October 23, 2010 from http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Recombinant_DNA?oldid=682672. Berg et al. 2007.

[iii] Plasmids, small extra-chromosomal circles of bacterial DNA, can be used to carry DNA into bacterial cells. Each plasmid contains about 5 genes, and doesn’t mind carrying around one  more. Once the bacteria has a copy of the foreign gene, it treats it as one of its own and replicates it every time it replicates the plasmid (this is called DNA cloning). Over the course of a day or two, billions of bacteria will be churning out the protein coded by the gene inserted. Restriction Enzymes are produced by bacteria in response to bacteriophage (viral) infection. The enzymes chop the invading DNA up into pieces by recognizing specific DNA sequences (called restriction sites) – usually palindromic. When these enzymes cut DNA, they often leave overhangs on the ends of the DNA called “sticky ends”. http://www.biology.iupui.edu/biocourses/N100H/ch15biotech.html. Berg et al. 2007.

[iv] Horn’s research has served as a catalyst for some of the ideas in this book.

[v] Retrieved October 25, 2010 from: http://www.newswithviews.com/Horn/thomas123.htm.

[vi] Retrieved October 25, 2010 from: http://newswithviews.com/Horn/thomas160.htm.

[vii] David Lewis, UFO: End Time Delusion, p. 46.

How the Mark of the Beast Will Rewrite the Human Genome (part two) Corrupting the Image

In Daniel chapter 8, Daniel sees a vision of Alexander the Great coming and attacking with great velocity the Medo Persian Empire. In

Genetics of the Antichrist

Genetics of the Antichrist

the vision, Alexander is represented as a male goat: “the male goat grew very great; but when he became strong, the large horn was broken, and in place of it four notable ones came up toward the four winds of heaven,” (Daniel 8:8). The angel explains that out of the one, four come up. We know that after Alexander’s death his four generals took over the Empire. We of course need to keep in mind that behind each of these kingdoms is a spiritual ruler, per Daniel 10. Nevertheless, out of one of the horns would come Antiochus IV (Epiphanes): “And out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Glorious Land. (Daniel 8:9). Thomas Constable in his commentary states “almost all scholars recognize that Antiochus Epiphanes fulfilled what Gabriel predicted in these verses (cf. 1 Maccabees. 1:10).” He notes that many students of the verses in question “have noticed striking similarities between Antiochus Epiphanes as described here and another political leader predicted to appear in the future.” He concludes that he (and other students of Daniel) take the verses to be prophetic of Antiochus and the Antichrist.

 

It seems that Antiochus did on a smaller scale what Antichrist will do on a larger one. Apparently in the much later period of the rule of these kings, namely, the end times, transgressors will have run their course even more completely. The Antichrist will oppose the Prince of princes, God the Son, who will break him without human agency (Ps. 2; Rev. 19:19-20).[i]

 

Thus we conclude as well that the passage of Daniel 8 was true in many aspects of Antiochus IV but will be completely fulfilled through the person of the Antichrist. The little horn, in Daniel 8:9, therefore, is the same horn as in Daniel 7:7. We then continue reading concerning this little horn:

 

And it grew up [vatigdal וַתִּגְדַּ֖ל] to the host [tzevah צְבָ֣א] of heaven; and it cast down some of the host [tzavah צָּבָ֥א] and some of the stars to the ground, and trampled them. He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host; and by him the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down. Because of transgression, an army was given over to the horn to oppose the daily sacrifices; and he cast truth down to the ground. He did all this and prospered, (Daniel 8:10-12).​​

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The Hebrew[ii] word vatigdal (וַתִּגְדַּ֖ל) comes from the lexical form gadal (גּדל) meaning to “grow up, become great, to be magnified”. The idea is that the Little Horn goes from a lesser state to a greater state. He becomes so great that he even grows up to the angelic/demonic realm which the Bible commonly refers to as the “host of heaven.” The host of heaven refers to the army of heaven – which is to say the angelic and/or demonic host. However, the word “host” simply means “army”, which refers to either human or angelic/demonic. We first note that God is commonly referred to as YHWH tzevaoth (LORD of hosts/armies).

Isaiah 34:2-3 states that: “For the indignation of the LORD is against all nations, And His fury against all their armies; He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to the slaughter. Also their slain shall be thrown out; Their stench shall rise from their corpses, And the mountains shall be melted with their blood,” (Isaiah 34:2,3). We then find this contrasted in the next two verses with the host of heaven – which is referring to the demonic armies (which we learned about in Daniel chapter 10).

 

All the host of heaven shall be dissolved, And the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll; All their host shall fall down As the leaf falls from the vine, And as fruit falling from a fig tree. “For My sword shall be bathed in heaven; Indeed it shall come down on Edom, And on the people of My curse, for judgment, (Isaiah 34:4,5).

 

​​​​​​​​On that day the Lord will punish the host of heaven, in heaven, and the kings of the earth, on the earth. ​​​​​​​​They will be gathered together as prisoners in a pit; they will be shut up in a prison, and after many days they will be punished, (Isaiah 24:21-22).

 

Angels as Stars

The next phrase of Daniel 8:10, reiterates and expands upon that with a parallel statement that he will cast some of the host and stars down to the ground. Scripture frequently refers to angels as stars. We know that it must not be referring to what we call stars today i.e. burning balls of gas in space for that would require him to move many of them and of course the entire earth and all therein would be instantly dissolved. In the book of Job, stars represent angels where the term “morning stars” is in parallel with “sons of God”, which we have already studied in depth: “When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:7). This same imagery is used of Lucifer himself in Isaiah 14:12-13:

 

How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [How] you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north,’ (Isaiah 14:12, 13).

 

Likewise in Revelation 12:4, 7 the dragon took a third of the stars with him to the ground which we see in verse seven is a reference to angels.

 

His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. […] And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, (Revelation 12:4, 7).

 

The reason angels are so often referred to as stars is because they literally shine. We can see this proven when the disciples went to the tomb and found Jesus’ body missing. They were visited by two men in shining garments (Luke 24:4) – the word used to describe the “shining” garments is astrapto (ἀστράπτω) which is the same linguistic root as a “star” – that is just as a star shines, so too do the garments of angels. Thus, we see graphically why the angels are referred to as stars occasionally in the Bible.

 

Exalted to the Heavenly Host

Next we note that this king will be exalted as high as the prince of the host (sarhatzavah שַׂר־הַצָּבָא). This could be a reference to Michael, who is referred to as the chief prince (sar שַׂר) though it could also refer to the Lord Jesus. In any event, this king will be exalted[iii] or will exalt himself up to the spiritual realm. Again, the impression is that this king somehow goes through a transformation from a lower state to a higher state. The angel then gives the interpretation of this coming king.

 

And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their fullness, a king shall arise, having fierce features, who understands sinister schemes. His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully, and shall prosper and thrive; He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people. “Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; and he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without human means. And the vision of the evenings and mornings which was told is true; Therefore seal up the vision, for it refers to many days in the future. (Daniel 8:23-26).

 

The keys aspects of this coming king as seen in the vision and the interpretation of the vision given by the angel are the following:

 

  • His coming will be at a time of great transgression reminiscent of Jesus’ prediction that “the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12), and Paul’s prediction of the coming apostasy (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
  • The king will have fierce features
  • He will understand sinister schemes (riddles or enigmatic sayings)
  • He will have great power but the source is from another (Satan)
  • He will war against the holy people (See also: Revelation 12)
  • He will exalt – declare himself to be god (See also: 2 Thessalonians 2:4)
  • He will stop the sacrifices (Daniel 11:31, 37-38)
  • He will be destroyed supernaturally (literally “without a hand he will be broken” [b’ephes yad yishaver בְאֶ֥פֶס יָ֖ד יִשָּׁבֵֽר] (See also: 2 Thessalonians 2:8; Isaiah 11:4).

 

Therefore the composite we draw is that this person will be exalted though not by his own power to the level of the demonic realm (the stars, host, and horns). He will share some common features with the horns (demons), first of all because he is known as the little horn. Secondly, he will rise up to the host of heaven and will even cast down some of the host and some of the stars (demons). Therefore, we see that the man will rise up to the level of demons; he will become part horn, which we have seen, is demonic. Therefore, he will be a hybrid which points us back to Genesis 3:15 where we saw that Satan’s seed will become the Antichrist (Beast).  The man known as the beast will take on the DNA (seed of Satan) and will go from being a regular human and will become a hybrid (Nephilim).

 

Son of Perdition

End times researcher Tom Horn reaches a similar conclusion that the Antichrist/Beast will be the progeny of the demonic realm based on his reading of 2 Thessalonians 2:3. “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition [apoleia],” (2 Thessalonians 2:3). He notes that Greek word apoleia (perdition) is the same root as Apollyon/Apollo all of which mean “perdition” or “destruction.” Horn states:

 

Antichrist will be the progeny or incarnation of the ancient spirit, “Apollo.” Numerous scholarly and classical works identify “Apollyon” as the god “Apollo”—the Greek deity “of death and pestilence,” and Webster’s Dictionary points out that “Apollyon” was a common variant of “Apollo” until recent history.

Revelation 17:8 also ties the coming of Antichrist with Apollo, revealing that the ‘Beast’ shall ascend from the bottomless pit and enter him. “The Beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the Bottomless Pit, and go into perdition [Apolia, Apollo]: and they that dwell on the Earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the Beast that was, and is not, and yet is” (Revelation 17:8).

Abaddon is another name for Apollo (Rev. 9:11), identified historically as the king of demonic “locusts” (Revelation 9:1-11). This means among other things that Apollo is the end-times angel or “King of the Abyss” that opens the bottomless pit, out of which an army of transgenic locusts erupts upon earth.[iv]

Horn’s idea has tremendous merit and would appear to corroborate the evidence that we have examined concerning Genesis 3:15. Thus, if the linguistic connection is correct,[v] then the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to confirm the Genesis 3:15 prophecy, thereby further substantiating that the Antichrist/Beast will be a hybrid or the ultimate Nephilim.

 

We conclude therefore that the little horn (Antichrist/Beast) will begin as a man and then become the genetic son of Satan. It is important to note that he will begin as a regular man: Though the Lord will use him to in part judge the world, he was not predestined to be the Antichrist but he will choose to become a hybrid (Nephilim) with Satan to fulfill his purposes.[vi] He will have free choice all the way until the Lord Jesus returns to destroy him. We know that he begins as a man from several clues in Scripture:

 

  • The beast rises out of the sea (Revelation 13:1).
    • Waters (like sea) are defined as peoples multitudes, nations, and tongues (Rev 17:15).
    • Satan gives or bestows his power and authority to him (Revelation 13:2).
    • He demonstrates that he is a god in 2 Thessalonians, thereby suggesting that he needs to prove it because he was not always so.
    • The ten horns which are ten kings receive authority and then give it to the Beast. We recall that Satan would give all of his power and authority to the Beast – thus the horns/kings (demon kings) receive authority from Satan and then give it to the Beast (who did not begin as a hybrid).

 

Satan will give all of his authority and power to this individual but just what would cause Satan to give anyone all of his authority, his throne, and his power? Conservative scholars frequently refer to the unholy trinity wherein the role of the Father is Satan, the role of the Son is the Antichrist, and the role of the Holy Spirit is the False Prophet. However, rather than this unholy trinity merely being a relationship of mutual interest, the Antichrist (the argument could be made for the False Prophet as well) will in fact share genetic information with Satan and thus will truly be the son of Satan. Therefore, just as God the Father committed all authority to Jesus (“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth,” Matthew 28:18), who is of like substance to the Father (homoousios), in like manner will the Antichrist be given all authority and power of his father and he will take on Satan’s traits.

 

  • The coming of the [lawless one] is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, (2 Thessalonians 2:9)
  • The dragon gave him [the Beast] his power, his throne, and great authority. (Revelation 13:2)
  • So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the Beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who [is] like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:4)

 

Nevertheless, we are left with the question of how this could be. If our conclusion is correct, then just how could Satan mingle his seed with a grown man? The virgin birth of Jesus Christ was truly one of the greatest miracles in the Bible – even today the concept of the virgin birth is just too much of a stretch of the imagination for many people. How then could Satan perform that same miracle? Just as with the many plagues in Egypt Satan was able to empower the Egyptian magicians so that they could mimic the miracles, so too Satan will mimic the virgin birth. However, as we have discovered, no woman is necessary for this genetic transfer.

 

Therion

The fact that the Antichrist is referred to as the Beast (exclusively in Revelation) ought to cause us to pause and consider that this person will not be an average human. The Greek word for beast is therion (θηρίον) and according to the Liddell Scott Jones Classical Greek Lexicon, it generally means an animal as opposed to men and a “beast, esp. as hostile and odious to man; monster, creature, of sharks.” Aristotle used the word to signify “either above or below the nature of man.”[vii] Lastly, in Sophocles’ Ichneutae the term therion (θηρίον) was used to refer to mythological creatures known as satyrs, which according the Encyclopedia Mythica “are deities of the woods and mountains. They are half human and half beast; they usually have a goat’s tail, flanks and hooves. While the upper part of the body is that of a human, they also have the horns of a goat.”[viii]Though the Beast in Scripture may not be classified as a satyr, the usage of the word to describe a human-like entity is extremely significant – that is, the Antichrist will not be fully human and today we have the technology to make this happen. We will look at the technology that makes this possible in the next post in this series.



[i] Constable Daniel 8.

[ii] Only Daniel chapters 2-7 are in Aramaic, the rest of the book is in Hebrew.

[iii] The Hebrew text employs the hiphil form (stem, binyan) which is causative signifying that someone makes him great.

[iv] (Horn) http://www.newswithviews.com/Horn/thomas114.htm.

[v] I wanted to double check the linguistic association that Horn is making and after searching several lexicons and commentaries and not finding anything definitive, I decided to call to my Greek friend Costas (in Greece), to inquire if apoleia can be thought of as identical to Apollyon/Apollo. He replied that it is plausibly true though not an absolutely necessary relationship.

[vi] ​​​​​​​”The LORD works [pa’al פָּעַל] everything for its own ends – even the wicked [rasha רָשָׁע] for the day of disaster,” (Proverbs 16:4 NET). This verse is commonly interpreted in a Calvinistic sense which is to say that God has predestined even the evil people for destruction (hell). We need to note that the word for “wicked” here is not in the plural (though that does appear in the Bible frequently) but is singular. This could also be translated “wicked one,” that is, the Antichrist. The same word is also used in Isaiah 11:4 in reference to whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His lips (just like 2 Thessalonians 2:8) – thus the verse is not speaking of God predestining some to eternal damnation but to how even the Antichrist (the Wicked One, the Lawless One) the Lord will use according to His own ends. The day of disaster is presumably the Great Tribulation.

[vii] Liddell-Scott-Jones Lexicon of Classical Greek θηρίον.

[viii] http://www.pantheon.org/articles/s/satyrs.html.

The Battle in the Spiritual Realm

This is a list of the verses that speak of the current and future battle that is raging in the spiritual dimension.

The Wicked One

  • But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked [“the wicked one” rasha רָשָֽׁע], (Isaiah 11:4).
  • The LORD has made all for Himself, Yes, even the wicked [“the wicked one” rasha רָ֝שָׁ֗ע] for the day of doom, (Proverbs 16:4).

The Defeat of the Host / Principalities

  • For the indignation of the LORD [is] against all nations, And [His] fury against all their armies; He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to the slaughter. Also their slain shall be thrown out; Their stench shall rise from their corpses, And the mountains shall be melted with their blood. All the host of heaven shall be dissolved, And the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll; All their host shall fall down As the leaf falls from the vine, And as [fruit] falling from a fig tree. “For My sword shall be bathed in heaven; Indeed it shall come down on Edom, And on the people of My curse, for judgment, (Isaiah 34:2-5).
  • But the LORD [is] the true God; He [is] the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth will tremble, And the nations will not be able to endure His indignation. Thus you shall say to them: “The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under these heavens,” (Jeremiah 10:10-11).
  • Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom [is] an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him,’ (Daniel 7:27).

The LORD [will be] awesome to them, For He will reduce to nothing all the gods of the earth, (Zephaniah 2:11a).

  • Then [comes] the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy [that] will be destroyed [is] death, (1 Corinthians 15:24-26).
  • For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light, (2 Corinthians 11:13-14).
  • Far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come, (Ephesians 1:21).
  • and to make all see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly [places,] (Ephesians 3:9-10).
  • For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him, (Colossians 1:16).
  • Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it, (Colossians 2:15).
  • who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him, (1 Peter 3:22).
  • And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs [coming] out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, [which] go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty, (Revelation 16:13-14).
  • The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those [who are] with Him [are] called, chosen, and faithful,” (Revelation 17:12-14).

The Principalities and the Host on High Cast into the Pit

  • He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is [the] Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while, (Revelation 20:2-3).
  • It shall come to pass in that day [That] the LORD will punish on high the host of exalted ones, And on the earth the kings of the earth. They will be gathered together, [As] prisoners are gathered in the pit, And will be shut up in the prison; After many days they will be punished, (Isaiah 24:21-22).