Why haven’t I everheard about these things before? I wondered. Why isn’t this common knowledge? It was soon after I had accepted Jesus as my Savior, and I was hearing about Bible prophecy, the book of Revelation, the end time, and the Antichrist all for the first time.
The most fascinating class, “The 70 Weeks of Daniel,” explained a prophecy foretelling these four events:
As I listened to this class, I learned that:
Daniel gave this prophecy in 538 BC, almost 100 years before any part of it was fulfilled. All of the fulfillments thus far are well-documented historical fact—Bible prophecy fulfilled with 100% accuracy! It stands to reason, therefore, that the last of the four events—the seven-year reign of the Antichrist—will also be fulfilled just as accurately.
If Daniel had told a skeptic about his prophecy, I imagine their conversation going something like this:
“Our people will return to and rebuild Jerusalem.”
“It will never happen!”
“This is when the Messiah will be killed.”
“I don’t believe you!”
“After that, the temple will be destroyed again!”
Now whenever I hear a skeptic say he doesn’t believe that a dictatorial leader known as the Antichrist will come to power and rule the world for the last seven years before Jesus returns and puts a stop to him, I just smile and say, “You will when it happens!”
Unlike the already fulfilled parts of Daniel’s prophecy that foretold exact dates, we don’t yet know what year the Antichrist will come to power, but when he initiates a seven-year peace accord, those who are in the know will recognize him for who he is, if they haven’t already. When that happens, it will be seven years until Jesus returns to put a stop to the Antichrist and establish His own righteous rule on earth.
Three down, one to go.
(Learn more about “The 70 Weeks of Daniel Chapter 9” in the Rise and Fall of the Antichrist.)