Q. I saw a video in which a Bible scholar taught on a passage in Luke that he claimed was the Lord giving us a clue to the Antichrist’s identity. In Luke 10:18, Jesus said, “And I beheld Satan as lightning falling from the heavens…”. The filmmaker went on to point out that in the Hebrew text, the word for ‘lightning’ is ‘Baraq’, and ‘heavens, or ‘high places’ is Bamah. You can see where he was going with this but it didn’t set right with me, so I decided to ask you about it. What are your thoughts on this?
A. This video has been around quite a while. I think it’s a case of someone deciding an outcome first and then looking for a way to justify it from the Bible. But there is no Biblical justification for tying any Hebrew words together with Luke 10:18 which was written in Greek. Besides, while baraq can mean lightning in Hebrew, bamah means a high place, and normally refers to pagan altars, which were often built on hill tops. The Hebrew word for heaven is shamayim and the Greek word is ouranos. Therefore, it’s my opinion that Jesus did not name the anti-Christ in Luke 10:18.