After 25 years exploring Bible prophecy I still love to open a new book and see the subject through another believers eyes. None of us have it all figured out and seeing the various aspects of Bible prophecy from different perspectives often brings clarity even if it is from a perspective of disagreement.
It’s been nearly ten years since I’ve read a book which so thoroughly dives into the subject of Antichrist, the Beast, and the Harlot, as Lowell Hudson’s new book The Rise of the Antichrist: The March Toward World Religious and Political Power. A decade ago it was John Daniel’s 1000 page tome Scarlet and the Beast: A History of the War Between English and French Freemasonry.( https://www.amazon.com/Scarlet-Beast-History-Between-Freemasonary/dp/0963507982/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1469289026&sr=8-5&keywords=scarlet+and+the+beast )
Today, I was challenged once again but this time by Mr. Hudson’s thorough rendering of the subject from a different perspective. This book is full of surprising insights, reasonable speculations and grounded Biblical exegesis. To be fair you’ll also find area’s where the author builds upon reasonable speculations, crossing into unproven assumptions. Personally, I didn’t find this totally unreasonable because the author takes you step by step through his thinking in an effort to give a congruent rendering of the Old and New Testament passages he discussed.
The book is divided into 10 chapters. They include:
Chapter 1: The Future Empire of 10 Regions and Shared Leadership
Chapter 2: The Temple Mount in Jerusalem Will be Shared
Chapter 3: Two Factions Will struggle for Control of the Empire
Chapter 4: New Life for the Roman Empire, the Antichrist, or Both?
Chapter 5: The Antichrist Will be the 6th Supreme Executive
Chapter 6: The Antichrist Lives, Dies, and Lives Again
Chapter 7: When Does the Antichrist Die and Live Again?
Chapter 8: The Power and Influence of the Empire’s Two Religions
Chapter 9: The Great Harlot and the Nature of its Future Religion
Chapter 10: The Antichrist’s Claims Compared with the Eternal God
There were parts of this book I found so insightful I was compelled to agree with the author, other parts I really need to investigate further before I can make up my mind, and finally there were parts that I cannot agree with based upon my understanding of the Scripture.
My biggest disagreement surrounds the authors interpretation of Daniel 9 and the influence this has on his timing of the final events before the return of Yeshua. Personally, I don’t believe the disagreement is fatal to the author interpretation but I do believe it requires a modification of his chronological framework. My disagreement stems from four key points regarding Daniel 9:
• The starting point of the “commandment (word) to restore and build Jerusalem”.
• A Biblical reckoning of time as used during the 2nd temple era.
• The chronology of Ezra and Nehemiah relative to the Persian Era.
• The Messianic focus of the 70 Weeks as opposed to a corporate Israel focus.
In summary, my disagreements not withstanding, I would heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in looking at the subject of the Antichrist, the Beast, and the Harlot as described in the books of Daniel and Revelation. Read the book with an open mind and then open you Bible and see if these things be so.
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Author: Lowell B. Hudson
Book Title: The Rise of the Antichrist: The March Toward World Religious and Political Power
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Book Reviewed by: William Struse