Daniel 7:19-28 / The Rise of the Antichrist (Sermon notes and Audio)

Posted on December 11, 2012

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This is the Fifteenth in a series of  expositions of the book of Daniel. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the morning of December 2, 2012. This message deals with the rise of the antichrist. This contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes and a study outline. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript.

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Daniel 7:8, 11-12, 19-28 / The Rise of the Antichrist

v.8:
The end result of the ancient Roman empire, which many people call the revived Roman empire, will be the empire of the Antichrist.

This empire will directly precede the millennial reign of Christ.

The ten horns (v.7) refer to ten kings, and the Antichrist will have to overcome three other rulers to be able to exercise his will and Satan’s plan.

Daniel 7:24

The fact that the “horn” in question is referred to as a little horn, signifies that this will be someone who is generally considered insignificant.

This horn has eyes like a man, and in fact it is a man, a man who will rule the most frightful kingdom ever to exist.

This is a kingdom that will only fall by the hand of Christ Himself.

Given certain clues and battles that are described elsewhere in Scripture, this will be some sort of European confederation. This is why it is often referred to as the revived Roman Empire.

We need to understand that neither the European Union nor the United Nations can fit the description which Scripture gives us.

First and foremost, they both have way too many members.

This confederation of nations does not yet exist today. While it is very possible that we may see it come together in our lifetime, the Antichrist will not be revealed until after the rapture of the church.

2 Thessalonians 2:7-8

It is out of this confederation that the kingdom of the Antichrist will arise (the final world kingdom), and actively oppose God.

v.11:
The Antichrist will be very charismatic, and be able to entice people to follow him.

Daniel 7:25

Revelation 13:5-6

He will blaspheme God, and eventually convince the world that he is a god.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

He will be the ruler of the world, and will control not only the economy but also the religion.

Daniel 9:24-27 tells us that the Antichrist will make a covenant with Israel for 7 years, but right in the middle, he will break that covenant and declare war on God’s people.

The Scenario seems to go like this:

  • The Antichrist will be leading one of ten confederated nations in Europe.
  • He will overcome three other nations, and with the help of Satan, move into becoming a world dictator.
  • At first he will appear to be friendly to the Jews, and sign a seven year covenant to protect them.
  • The signing of the covenant will mark the beginning of the last seven years (week) of Daniel’s 70 weeks.
  • This will be tribulation period as described in Matthew 24:1-14, and Revelation chapters 6-19.
  • After 3 and ½ years he will break the covenant and set up his own image in the Jewish temple, the “abomination of desolation.”
  • This is when the last half starts, and the wrath of God is revealed.
  • This will climax with the return of Christ to the earth with His saints, the defeat of Antichrist and his armies, and the establishment of the millennial kingdom.

The antichrist may talk big and declare war on God, But God will have the final say.

v.12:
These are the three earlier beasts (empires of chs. 2 7). Each successively lost its dominance when it was conquered in history.

Yet each was preserved and continued to exist is some limited form in the conquering empire.

As this second advent draws near, all three empires in their descendants will be a part of the Roman phase in its final form

Rev. 13: 2

Survival will not be possible for the final and revived phase of the fourth empire after Christ’s second coming. Catastrophic devastation will utterly destroy it, and Christ’s kingdom will replace it

When Jesus’ throne is established on earth, He will have complete dominion.

v.21:
This will be a time of great persecution against God’s people, and the Antichrist will appear to prevail.

God will only allow a temporary victory. The final victory belongs to Christ.

In the end, the saints will receive the kingdom.

Daniel 7:18

The saints will not have to take the kingdom, it will be given to them.

Daniel 7:27

The victory belongs to Christ, we are just along for the ride.

Revelation 19:11-15

No matter what Satan and the Antichrist do, God is still on the throne, and still executes judgment.

v.28:
In this very dramatic vision, Daniel had seen the vast sweep of history, beginning with the Babylonian empire, and closing with the millennial reign of Christ on earth.

Daniel’s response to this revelation was that he was greatly troubled and became pale.

If divine truth doesn’t touch our own hearts, or affect our own conduct, then our study of the Scripture is purely academic and only serves to inflate our own ego because of how much we “know”

How much you know is meaningless if it hasn’t changed your life.

The church today looks for our Savior to return, when we will be caught up to meet Him in the air. After which, we will return with Him and serve Him.

“Even so, come Lord Jesus.”

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