by Jeff Hagan, (ThD), Dmin
I should start off by saying that believing there will be a resurrection of Antichrist is derived from a completely wooden, literalistic (not literal) interpretation of Revelation 13. However, there is a major problem with this. Revelation 13 also states that the Beast had “seven heads,” only one of which “appears” or “seems” to have been fatally wounded. Also, the Beast is said to have “ten horns,” look like a “leopard,” have feet like a “bear,” and a “mouth” like a “lion.” Why apply wooden literalism for the portion used to defend resurrection of Antichrist but not to these other descriptions found in Revelation 13?
In addition, believing in a resurrection of Antichrist demeans and dilutes the resurrection and deity of Jesus Christ. Christ’s resurrection was unique in the entirety of human history. Only He had the power to surrender His life and raise it up again, and by doing so demonstrate He is indeed God incarnate. Let us be reminded of the resurrected Christ’s own words in Revelation 1:17-18, “I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever! And I hold the keys to death and Hades.” To think that Antichrist can do what Christ did is an immense theological error and crosses the line into blasphemy. If Antichrist could rise from the dead Christianity would lose the foundation for believing Christ’s resurrection validated His claims of deity.
One more thing, we see in the Bible that Satan can copy, or mimic, the work of Christ by the use of “all kinds of COUNTERFEIT miracles, signs and wonders” (2 Thess. 2:9, emphasis mine), but he cannot perform actual miracles, signs and wonders such as those Jesus did. To think he can is to attribute far too much power to an already defeated foe.
But sadly, millions of believers have bought into this lie causing much unnecessary confusion, as can be evidenced, in part, by the popularity of the Left Behind fictional book series.
(c) Jeffrey D. Hagan. All rights reserved.