Antiochus Epiphanes Not Anti-Christ

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Daniel the prophet prophesied about polluting the sanctuary of strength, taking away the daily sacrifice, and placing the abomination of desolation in the Book of Daniel 9:27, 11:31 and 12:11. Question: has this prophesy been completely fulfilled or not? Daniel lived 600 years before the time of Christ.

If you are Jewish, then you would probably point to the time of a Greek king named Antiochus Epiphanes, who ruled over the Seleucid Empire. During the time of the Maccabees, he desecrated the temple in Jerusalem and did abominable things there around the year 168 B.C.

This sounds right-on until you consider the words of Christ around the year 33 A.D. Christ prophesied about FUTURE events Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14 and referred to  “the Abomination of Desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet”. Christ warned the disciples and FUTURE generations about this FUTURE desecration of the Holy Place with an Abomination that makes Desolate.

It is IMPOSSIBLE, that the prophecy in Daniel is speaking solely of Antiochus Epiphanes, because Daniel’s prophesy is reaffirmed by Christ for future events. Antiochus Epiphanes had been dead for over 200 years, when Christ reprophesied about Daniel’s Abomination of Desolation for the future.

Some may refer to the Roman Emporer Caligula, who ordered that a statue of himself as Zeus be placed in the temple of Jerusalem. But Caligula died and was not able to carry through on his plan.

Many theories abound, which try to show that the Daniel prophesy has already been fulfilled; however, after the Temple was destroyed the matter becomes more difficult. For over 1900 years there has been no Holy Place in which to erect the Abomination of Desolation. The prophesies in Daniel + the prophesies of Christ in Matthew 24:15, Mark 13:14 + the prophesy in Second Thessalonians chapter 2 + the prophesy in Revelation 13:14-18 seem to be talking about the same event that will take place in the Great Tribulation at the time of the end in Jerusalem, Israel.








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4 responses to “Antiochus Epiphanes Not Anti-Christ

  1. aletheia

    Prophecy often had an immediate and future meaning and fulfillment

  2. The Bearded Disciple

    Great post brother. Love the topics you discuss here on your blog. Shows that you are truly a student of the whole council of Gods Word. It seems to me most Christians never leave the pages of the New Testament, or topics referring to love. But you clearly have a desire to know all aspects of Gods Word and for that i applaud you.

    It seems to me in reference to prophecy there are immediate and future fulfillment’s, like the comment above me said. Sometimes its even a foreshadow of bigger things to come. Antiochus Epiphanes i believe is simply a foreshadow of the anti-christ but was not of course they anti-christ. The Bible also says in the days of the actual anti-christ, if the days were not shortened no one would survive. That clearly points out as you said, Antiochus Epiphanes was not it.

  3. It is very easy to understand that LORD JESUS CHRIST speaks for the future though it is really taking time, yet we know that the LORD still gathering those who are saved and chosen.

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