Is the Antichrist Alive Today?
Series: Living Courageously in Critical Times
Daniel 8: 1-27
July 24, 1994
INTRODUCTION: When discussing the subject of the end of the world or what we would call biblical prophecy, one of the most asked questions is, "Would you explain to me the Antichrist?"
The name Jesus means, "Yahweh is my salvation" or "He shall save His people from their sins." The name Christ means, "the anointed one." Jesus Christ means the One whom God has anointed to save His people from their sins. So when we say "Christ", we mean that Jesus if the anointed one. Therefore when we say "Antichrist", we mean that there is going to be one who is against the anointed one since the prefix "anti" means against. Furthermore, Christ is the person of God in the flesh. Conversely the Antichrist is the person of Satan in the flesh.
Much of the Bible speaks of the coming Antichrist. John tells us in his epistles that the spirit of Antichrist is already among us. In other words, there are many who are already among us who are actively against Christ.
T. S.: The passage before us today is difficult to understand. I will address the subject, "Is the Antichrist alive today? as we conclude our study in this chapter. Put on your "thinking caps" and "hang with me" and you will learn many helpful things about the coming end of the world.
1. DANIEL'S VISION (vs. 1-14)
Exp: Two years following the vision he had that is recorded in Daniel 7, God gives to Daniel this vision recorded in Daniel 8. In this vision, Daniel saw himself several hundred miles from Babylon in the city of Susa, the capital city of the Medo-Persian Empire.
Understand: Some of the vision in Daniel 8 has already been fulfilled, yet some of the vision in Daniel 8 is yet to be fulfilled with the coming of the Antichrist, in the end of time.
I am simply going to hit the highlights at the first 14 verses for a moment to explain the vision itself to you.
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