Micheal Brown, writing in the Christian Post, asks the question “Is the Antichrist about to be reavealed?
“. . .events surrounding the coronavirus have demonstrated how quickly the status quo can be overturned, how dramatically the fortunes of nations can shift, and how a call for one-world cooperation can arise,” wrote Brown. “And what if there was a worldwide economic collapse, accompanied by plague and famine? Is it too farfetched to imagine that a powerful, problem solving leader could gain an international following?”
Brown points out that Jesus answered His disciples’ questions about His return, as reported by Matthew (chapter 24):
“See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.”
In the article, Brown explains at least two potential candidates for antichrist in our times: The muslim mahdi and a messiah of the ultra-orthodoxy in Israel. It’s fascinating reading.
But Brown also stresses that “To say it again, I do not believe we are at that point. But I do believe that, in front of our eyes, we’re seeing how quickly the table can be set, even from an entirely secular point of view.”
Brown isn’t pointing to either the Iranian or the Israeli messiah as the antichrist.
I think they are examples of how easily the world can be decieved, especially in a time in which there is so much fear, desire for a remedy, desire for some form of normalicy in our lives and our world.
“But all this talk about the Mahdi being here, ready to be revealed, along with the traditional Jewish Messiah being here, ready to be revealed, underscores the point I have been making. It would not take much for a counterfeit Messianic figure to arise and deceive many,” Brown wrote. “Let us, then, keep our focus on the Second Coming of the true Christ (= Messiah). But let us not forget the warnings about that false Messiah (= antichrist) who will come first,” Brown concludes.
We must, as Yeshua said, “See that no one leads you astray.” We must see that no one leads us astray. No one. We must look into the eyes of our L-RD, that the things of the world grow dim in His light.