So what has 666 and Antichrist to do with you?
Well, if you think that the Antichrist will be recognized as a certain man suddenly appearing in Jerusalem, and immediately begins to build a temple, then you will be catastrophically in error. For that is the very thing that Jesus Christ will do when he returns to the earth!
“Tell him, this is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and he will build the temple of the LORD. It is he that will build the temple of the LORD, and he will be clothe, with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne.” Zechariah 6:12–13
It will be the real Jesus Christ who does this work—not a person under the power of Antichrist, So the very people that he could redeem from their present mortality will reject the real Christ. Meanwhile, the Bible has a message for those who are found influenced by the powerful force of antichrist.
“Come out of her, my people,
so that you will not share in her sins,
so that you will not receive of her plagues;
for her sins have reached up to heaven,
and God has remembered her crimes.” Revelation 18:4–5
Don’t feel threatened by the popular theme that an Antichrist will suddenly arise on the earth and threaten your very existence. This will not happen! What is about to happen is the return of Jesus Christ after an absence of almost 2000 years. He is returning to set up a Kingdom on this earth that will never be destroyed. Daniel provided us with a picture of this event. In his second chapter, when describing the fourth kingdom—the Roman kingdom, which would exist in some form right until the ‘end of the age’—he commented:
“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to other people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but will itself endure for ever.” Daniel 2:44–45
The same Kingdom is referred to again in the seventh chapter of the same book.
“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power, all peoples, nations, and men of every language worshipped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” Daniel 7:13–14
The phrase ‘son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven’, is reminiscent of a New Testament passage—and in fact it occurs some six times. Let’s take the first instance as an example.
“At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” Matthew 24:30–31
His ‘elect’ are those who have been elected, or chosen, to serve Jesus as their Master. That can include you yourself, if you have taken that decision into your life.
Daniel was one of the prophets who saw ahead to the Kingdom: the same kingdom as the one that Jesus Christ spoke about, and that Kingdom he will establish when he returns to Jerusalem. May we each hear the words of Jesus on that day when he has destroyed all the antichrists from the face of the world, and turns to his followers, and says:
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your Master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:21