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Antiochus IV Epiphanes - Antichrist
The actions of Antiochus IV Epiphanes bring to remembrance the abomination of desolation described in the book of Daniel. Antiochus IV Epipahnes is viewed as a "type" of the person most Christians regard as the future "Antichrist".
The books of the Maccabees record some of the history of Judaism during the period between the Old and New Testaments.
1st Maccabees gives the historical account of Antiochus IV Epiphanes who offered a pig on the altar in the Temple of YaHuWaH in Jerusalem in 167 B.C.
Antiochus' plan was to replace the Hebrew culture with the Greek in order to bring peace throughout the lands. Many upper class Hebrews went along with the plan, profaning the Sabbath and sacrificing to idols to save their own lives.
1 Maccabees 1:41 Moreover king Antiochus wrote to his whole kingdom, that all should be one people,
42 And every one should leave his laws: so all the heathen agreed according to the commandment of the king.
43 Yea, many also of the Israelites consented to his religion, and sacrificed unto idols, and profaned the Sabbath.
44 For the king had sent letters by messengers unto Jerusalem and the cities of Juda that they should follow the strange laws of the land,
45 And forbid burnt offerings, and sacrifice, and drink offerings, in the temple; and that they should profane the Sabbaths and festival days:
46 And pollute the sanctuary and holy people:
47 Set up altars, and groves, and chapels of idols, and sacrifice swine’s flesh, and unclean beasts:
48 That they should also leave their children uncircumcised, and make their souls abominable with all manner of uncleanness and profanation:
49 To the end they might forget the Torah, and change all the ordinances.
50 And whosoever would not do according to the commandment of the king, he said, he should die.
51 In the selfsame manner wrote he to his whole kingdom, and appointed overseers over all the people, commanding the cities of Juda to sacrifice, city by city.
52 Then many of the people were gathered unto them, to wit every one that forsook the law; and so they committed evils in the land;
53 And drove the Israelites into secret places, even wheresoever they could flee for succour.
54 Now the fifteenth day of the month Casleu, in the hundred forty and fifth year, they set up the abomination of desolation upon the altar, and builded idol altars throughout the cities of Juda on every side;
55 And burnt incense at the doors of their houses, and in the streets.
56 And when they had rent in pieces the books of the Torah which they found, they burnt them with fire.
57 And whosoever was found with any the book of the testament, or if any committed to the Torah, the king’s commandment was, that they should put him to death.
58 Thus did they by their authority unto the Israelites every month, to as many as were found in the cities.
59 Now the five and twentieth day of the month they did sacrifice upon the idol altar, which was upon the altar of YaHuWaH.
60 At which time according to the commandment they put to death certain women, that had caused their children to be circumcised.
61 And they hanged the infants about their necks, and rifled their houses, and slew them that had circumcised them.
62 Howbeit many in Israel were fully resolved and confirmed in themselves not to eat any unclean thing.
63 Wherefore the rather to die, that they might not be defiled with meats, and that they might not profane the holy covenant: so then they died.
64 And there was very great wrath upon Israel.
The agenda of Antiochus IV Epiphanes (a type of the "Anti-christ") that he placed on the Jews on threat of death, from the book of 1 Maccabees above:
1. Profane the Sabbath
2. Forget the Torah - Burn all copies
3. Set up Idols in the Temple and the land
4. Eat unclean animals
5. Not circumcise
6. Change the set times ( Sabbaths and Feasts of YaHuWaH)
Every numbered item above is supported by the observances of modern Christianity listed below.
1. Sunday observance - Constantine edict 321 A.D.
2. Not under the law - Paul - Galatians 3:10
3. Idolatry, the Cross, Mary, and Saints - Roman Catholic Church
4. Eat pork - Paul 1 Corinthians 8:8
5. If any man is uncircumcised, let him remain uncircumcised - Paul - 1 Corinthians 7:18
6. Easter, Christmas, Lent - Constantine & Council of Nicaea 325 A.D.
As indicated in the above lists, an "Antichrist" agenda very similar to that of Antiochus IV Epiphanes was slowly and effectively instituted in the christian church by Paul, Constantine, and the Roman Catholic Church.
The reason for Constantine's interference in the christian church was to bring political peace and unity to the Roman Empire, having a state church that was acceptable to both pagans and Christians. One example: The pagan Ishtar observance was brought in and a Christian message applied to it (the resurrection) to satisfy both pagans and Christians.
Most Protestant churches continue to follow the ordinances and traditions instituted by Paul, Constantine, and the Roman Catholic church listed above.
Each of the 6 items listed above concerns a major facet of the Torah, the first five books of the bible.
Origin of the Hebrew Culture
Just what was the origin of the Hebrew culture that Antiochus IV Epiphanes wanted to do away with?
We find that each of the 6 points on the lists above were given to a people descended from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob by the invisible Elohim.
Circumcision was given to Abraham. Other aspects defining the Hebrew culture were given to his descendants through Isaac and Jacob.
The Hebrew culture didn't develop randomly, it was purposely structured by YaHuWaH the invisible Elohim.
An attack on the substance of Hebrew culture, the Torah, is an attack on YaHuWaH.
In 30 A.D. the Messiah and his followers were Torah observant only, keeping the Sabbaths, Feasts, dietary, and other instructions of YaHuWaH. His followers weren't called Christians. The disciples were people who kept the commandments of YaHuWaH and held faith in YAHUSHUA Messiah.
Acts 11:26 ...And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
The Confirmed Importance of YaHuWaH's Culture
Paul's epistles were written about 60 A.D.
In 90 A.D. the Apostle John was given a message by the Messiah which we know as the Book of Revelation of YAHUSHUA Messiah.
In the book of the Revelation, the Messiah twice confirms the importance of YaHuWaH's Hebrew culture:
Revelation 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
The importance of being a Jew is here confirmed by YAHUSHUA Himself.
Why? Because salvation is of the Jews. One has to join himself unto the Jew to be saved. The Messiah was a Jew. His disciples were all Jews. To be saved one must come to the Father through the Messiah, he must join himself unto the Messiah, a Jew. There is no other way.
Note: The Jewish religious system that crucified Messiah and the Jewish religious system that exists today as Judaism is not the structured culture that YaHuWaH instituted. When Jesus, the Living Word (the Living Torah), confronted the Jewish religious system of 2000 years ago, it didn't recognize Him and rejected Him.
But salvation is still of the Jews, the culture instituted by YaHuWaH. Which people comprise this culture today? They that keep the commandments of YaHuWaH and the faith of YAHUSHUA. These people are few and far between today.
Christianity was subtly duped by Paul and then forced by the Roman Emperor Constantine into a final "Antichrist" agenda similar to that of Antiochus IV Epiphanes which did away with the ordinances and observances commanded by YaHuWaH and replaced them with ancient pagan times and ordinances.
Therefore modern Christianity is as much an "Antichrist" as Antiochus IV Epiphanes was.
Just think about it, the day regarded by Christians as honoring one of the most important events in human history, the resurrection of YAHUSHUA the Messiah the Son of YaHuWaH, memorializes the name of the pagan goddess Ishtar. Easter! Blasphemy! This is an abomination before our heavenly Father!
The goal that Constantine had was to unite and bring peace to the various peoples of the nations he ruled. It was exactly the same goal of Antiochus IV Epiphanes.
Be aware of the present and any future "man of peace" who opposes the Torah based culture instituted by Almighty YaHuWaH in order to unite peoples.
Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
YaHuWaH Tsa'va'ot will meet the challenge to His authority.
Do you understand the implications of what you've just learned?
Dear Christian now is the time to repent and turn to keeping (cherishing, guarding, protecting) the commandments of YaHuWaH. You have in your heart the faith of YAHUSHUA. Now add to your faith obedience. Please
Revelation 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of YaHuWaH, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of YaHuWaH, and the faith of YAHUSHUA.