The Assyrian

Q. Does Micah 5:5 infer that the Antichrist will be an Assyrian, as a valued friend if mine insists?

A. Some scholars see Micah 5:5 as a reference to the anti-Christ. Personally, I’ve never been that curious about his specific ethnic background. Since all the Biblical and historical types of the anti-Christ have been Gentiles, it does seem clear that he won’t be Jewish. These include Sennacherib (who was Assyrian), Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, Antiochus Epiphanes of Syria, Nero of Rome, and most recently Hitler of Germany. A person of Assyrian descent could fulfill Daniel’s prophecy of the Coming Prince (Daniel 9:26), since portions of Assyria became part of the Roman Empire. An anti-Christ of Assyrian descent is also consistent with the growing conviction that he’ll come out of Islam.

Upon arriving in the Temple after the 2nd Coming, God will criticize His people for allowing “foreigners uncircumcised in heart and flesh”(Gentiles) to be placed in charge of His sanctuary (Ezekiel 43:7-8). Since this has never happened in history, I believe it refers to the anti-Christ and his false prophet and takes place during Daniel’s 70th Week.

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