Daniel 9:26-27 - Is there any support for an Islamic Antichrist?
Daniel 9:26-27 - Is there any support for an Islamic Antichrist?
By Chris Schang
One topic in today's Bible prophecy community that seems to becoming a thorn in the side for many Bible prophecy students is the traditional Western Antichrist view vs. the new Islamic Antichrist theory based on the Bible verses of Daniel 9:26. Let's take a look at these verse and see if we can find out what this new found confusion seems to be. According to Daniel verses 9:26-27 the scriptures record:
The Daniel 9:26-27 verses focus on the end times scenario of the Antichrist. In these verses the Antichrist is referred to as the "prince" that shall come and that he is from the people who destroyed the city (Jerusalem) and the sanctuary (Second Temple). The only time that Jerusalem and a temple was destroyed happened in 70AD. History records that this was done by the Romans. These were Roman citizens from the lowest soldier all the way up to the commanders. An exact accounting of the events given by Bible prophecy expert Sean Osborne shows exactly which legions were involved and where they were from within the Roman empire which as follows:Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof [shall be] with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
The reason this accounting is important is that one of the primary objections raised from "Middle Eastern Antichrist" promoters is that they try to re-write history in saying that the actual people responsible for the destruction of the Temple were people of local and regional ethnic groups. As history records this is not the case at all. In order to further clarify this issue we need to see if there were any "eyewitness" accounts from history that are reliable as to exactly what happened during this time. In this case we have the famous historian Flavius Josephus to give us a first hand account of what happened. Josephus goes on to report:The Roman legions which destroyed the 2nd Temple and the city of Jerusalem were Legio X Fretensis (from the Straits of Messina between the Italian mainland and Sicily), Legio V Macedonica (which obviously was from Macedonia), and Legio XV Apollinaris which was stationed on the Danube River near what is present day Austria and Slovenia. These Roman legions were all staffed by Roman (European) citizen soldiers from the lowest all the way up the chain of command to General Titus Flavius Vespasianus.
Josephus confirms here that it was indeed the ROMAN soldiers who set fire to an adjacent apartment which then spread throughout the rest of the Temple. History also records that the Roman soldiers "turned over every stone" in an effort to remove the valuable precious metals that had spilled down between the temple stones. These actions fulfilled the prophecy that Jesus made in Matthew 24:1-2 regarding the temple being destroyed. Josephus, being an eyewitness to the siege and aftermath, also went on to write:According to Josephus, the Roman soldiers grew furious with Jewish attacks and tactics and, against Titus' orders, set fire to an apartment adjacent to the Temple, which soon spread all throughout.
After reading these quotes from Josephus it is absolutely crystal clear that the ROMANS were the people who destroyed the city and sanctuary. To say otherwise is simply an effort to re-write history in order to support a preconceived idea that the "people who destroyed the city and sanctuary" were someone else. In this case to try to support an "Islamic Antichrist" theory is both ridiculous and intellectually dishonest."...the Roman army encompassed the city when it was crowded with inhabitants...the Romans slew some of them, some they carried captives, and others they made a search for under ground, and when they found where they were, they broke up the ground and slew all they met with...And now the Romans set fire to the extreme parts of the city, and burnt them down, and entirely demolished its walls."
Another objection concerning Daniel 9:26-27 is that the "Islamic Antichrist" promoters try to argue that the Roman Empire had "two legs" to it and thus the Antichrist could be from the "Eastern leg" of the Roman empire. While it is true that the Roman empire eventually had an "eastern" component to it this was not until hundreds and hundreds of year after the destruction of the city and temple. So there is no way to logical way to include this eastern leg component with the Western leg that did the actual fighting and destruction. This is simply an attempt to use "strange and strained" logic to support a pre-conceived idea that is totally without historical merit. Which is exactly what the "Islamic Antichrist" movement tries to do.
To further put to rest this "Islamic Antichrist" theory, the Bible indicates through genealogy that the Antichrist comes from a Graeco-Roman origin. An excellent article written by Bible propehcy expert Gary Stearman indicates:
So in summary, not only does modern history record the obvious fact that the Romans were totally involved in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70AD, but early EYEWITNESS accounts from Josephus also confirm the same thing. There is even the famous "Arch of Titus" in Rome that shows the roman soldiers looting and carrying off treasures from the Jewish Second Temple. I hope that this article serves to finally put to rest the attempts to re-write history in order to perpetuate a fad theological theory such as an "Islamic Antichrist". With history, firsthand eyewitness accounts, genealogy, and archaeology we can conclude that the coming "man of lawlessness" (Antichrist) that is spoken of the Bible will come from the revived Roman empire based in Western Europe, not from the Middle East as recent "newspaper" exegesis theories suggest.Daniel gives us Antichrist's genealogy, saying that this "prince" (the Antichrist) will be descended from the Flavian Dynasty of Vespasian and Titus. They are, after all, as Daniel puts it, "the people … who destroy the city and the sanctuary." Who were the Flavians? They were the Roman dictators who waged wars against the Jews during the close of the first century. Furthermore, they are well known to have intermarried with members of the Herodian dynasty. This intertwining began about 36 BC, when Caesar Augustus thrust the Edomite Herod the Great upon the Jews, insulting them by giving him the offensive title, "King of the Jews."
Additionally, the Flavian bloodline included the Greek Seleucids, descending from Antiochus IV Ephiphanes, himself. In 167 BC, this evil character had captured the Jewish temple and placed a statue of himself in the Holy of Holies, dressed as Zeus. He is the foremost type of the Antichrist. These three bloodlines...Herodian, Seleucid and Roman...converge in the Flavian dynasty. In the second century AD and following, the descendants of these royals became the leaders of the Holy Roman Empire.