Questions and Answers
I had always thought that the Antichrist would be Jewish because how else could the Jewish people be deceived into believing this was their Messiah?
If the antichrist were shown in Scripture as claiming to be the Messiah, I would agree with you. But that’s not the case. In fact, his very name indicates that he makes no pretense of being the Messiah. Matthew 24:24 speaks of the false Christs and prophets shall arise, but these are not the antichrist.
Matthew 24:24 (NASB) 24““For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. (Jesus’ Words in red)
The name Antichrist means “opponent of the Messiah.”
1 John 2:22 (NASB) 22Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.
His very antagonism to the Messiah Jesus would be in favor of his acceptance by unbelieving Jewish people.
We know that he ultimately exalts himself against God and presents himself as God-
2 Thessalonians 2:3-5 (NASB) 3Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. 5Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things?
– his early appearance evidently doesn’t manifest this, because he doesn’t break his covenant with Israel until 31/2 years have passed.
Anyone who follows world politics today can understand how Israel could make a contract with Gentile powers or by a Gentile dictator. Many people who insist that the Antichrist must be Jewish to be accepted by the Jewish people don’t stop to ask how he can be accepted by the Gentiles if he were Jewish!
Not only that, but his “type” in Scripture, is the Gentile, Antiochus Epiphanes. Furthermore, he arises out of the fourth kingdom and the ten kings of Daniel 7, and the Gentile nature of these has never been disputed.