©February 14, 2014 Revive Israel
Antichrist - Could It Happen Again?
(Part Three) –By Asher Intrater
The Greek compound “anti-Christos” is the New Testament term for one who is either “the opponent” of Christ (Messiah); or one who “takes his place.” In the modern Hebrew New Testament, the translators chose the word tsorer, based on Esther 3:10 in
which Haman is described as an "enemy" or "troubler" of
the Jews. Tsorer also is from the same root
as "tribulation," describing the tribulations of the end
times (Jer 30:7, Dan. 12:1). Haman is a figure of the Antichrist,
who will also cause terrible trouble for the Jews in the time of the
Great Tribulation (Matt 24:21; Rev 7:14).
Mordechai refused to kneel to Haman. Haman became infuriated. When he realized Mordechai was a Jew, he wanted to kill not only him, but also all of his people. This is a central role of the antichrist figure--simply put: kill all the Jews! Esther 3:6 – Haman sought to destroy all the Jews. This aspect of genocide is similar to Pharaoh, Herod and Hitler. It will be a clear identifying mark of the Antichrist of the end times.
“Could it happen again?” – Certainly. If it happened in Persia (ancient
Iran), it could happen today. A few years ago, I was in Jordan for a
conference of Arab Christians and Messianic Jews. One of the Arab pastors
said to me, "Did you know we could be killed for coming to this conference?" I replied, "Is that because you are Christians in a Muslim country?" He said, "No,
we could be killed for talking to you, because you are a Jew."
Haman's plan was "…to destroy, to kill and to cause to perish all the Jews" – Esther 3:13. This gives profound insight into Yeshua's words that Satan comes – "to steal, to kill and to destroy" John 10:10. This attack is not only spiritually in the minds of men but also historically in attempted genocides of the Jewish people.
When the nations of the world unite to try to destroy Israel, the Christian community internationally will have to decide which side to be on. Let us all take our place as modern day Mordechais and Esthers to intercede against the plans of Satan and the Antichrist to destroy Israel, the Jewish people and Christians alike.
Israel Supreme Court
The Chief Justice of the Israel "High Court of Righteousness" is Asher Grunis. In biblical terms the supreme court of Israel has a key role to play for morality and justice. The High Court is facing several "turning point" issues at this time:
- Hadassah Hospital – dispute and strike between doctors, medical workers and management on budget issues.
- Nazareth Mayoral Race – demand for repeat elections after evidence of corruption by the Muslim factions in the city.
- Beth Shemesh Mayoral Race – demand for repeat elections after evidence of corruption by the ultra-Orthodox religious factions in the city.
- Draft Equality – need for reform in the massive refusal of ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) to serve in Israeli army.
- Pinto – Arbiv Scandal – charges of corruption between the charismatic Rabbi Pinto and Police District Chief Arbiv.
- Metsger – charges of corruption from previous Chief Rabbi Metsger during his term.
- Sexual Abuse – numerous cases of sexual abuse, immorality and prostitution in every realm of Israeli society.
Let's pray for Grunis and the Israeli High Court to be an instrument for real social justice and morality in Israel. One of the central prayers of Judaism is to restore judges in righteousness. The prayer is taken from this prophetic promise to the city of Jerusalem: Isaiah 1:26 – "I will restore your judges as at the first and your counselors as at the beginning; after that you will be called the city of righteousness, the faithful capital."
May it be that a righteous judicial system in the Israeli High Court in Jerusalem will have a positive spiritual chain effect for the Kingdom of God! Justice reestablished in Jerusalem will be a powerful fulfillment of prophecy in the end times.
Please PRAY for our ongoing ministry in Israel of indigenous evangelism, planting Messianic congregations, the discipleship training center, prophetic praise and prayer watches in Hebrew, and financial aid for the needy.