The Birth of Antichrist and His Acceptance by the Jews as the True Messiah

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					 The Birth of Antichrist and His Acceptance by the Jews as
                     the True Messiah

    The Antichrist will be a real man, born of a supposed virgin, though in reality a
fallen woman, as opposed to Jesus Christ, Who was born of the Most Pure Virgin
Mary. Antichrist the man will be the son of evil, and as Hippolytus of Rome says,
will be born of an unclean virgin, a jewess, from the tribe of Dan. St. John of
Damascus says: “The devil himself shall not become a man, but a man will be
born of fornication, and will adopt for himself all the activity of Satan; for God,
foreseeing the future depravity of his will, shall permit Satan to enter into him.
Born of a fornicator, he shall be raised secretly, shall be announced to all unex-
pectedly, and will ascend the throne” (Book 4, ch. 27).
     St. Andrew of Caesarea writes, “The tribe of Dan is not listed with the others,
for out of it will come the Antichrist; and instead of it the tribe of Levi is listed,
which, as a priestly tribe is not entered in the list of tribes” (Explanation of
Revelations, 7th Chapter).
    After attaining a certain age Antichrist will appear in the world. As Jesus
Christ appeared first of all to the Jews with His preaching, so the Antichrist, by
descent an uncircumcised Jew, will come first to the Jews, and will then attract
other peoples. Those Jews who do not believe in Christ will accept Antichrist with
great joy; they will believe him to be the Messiah, promised by the prophets.
Concerning such a delusion of the unbelieving Jews the Lord said: I am come in
My Father’s name, and ye receive Me not: if another shall come in his own name,
him you will receive (John 5:43). The same thought is confirmed by St. Paul:
Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved, for this
cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that
they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in
unrighteousness (II Thessalonians 2:10-12).
    The holy fathers, St. John Chrysostom, St. Cyril of Alexandria, and St. John of
Damascus, concur with these words of the Divine Scriptures. The last says: “The
Jews did not receive our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God; but they will receive
an impostor, who will call himself God.” According to the teaching of the Word
of God and the Fathers and Teachers of the Church, Antichrist will be a man, who
will appear in the world by the action of Satan and will act on earth under the
direct influence of Satan.
    In a sermon of Hippolytus of Rome, Antichrist is represented as a visible,
definite man. He will be “meek, quiet, courteous, impoverished; the people will
see only his virtues and will select him as their king… saying within themselves,
it is hardly possible to have found such a good and righteous man among our
people. The Hebrews will think that he will want to reestablish their kingdom.
After these things he will become proud in heart and will then be cruel, merciless,
and barbarous.”

Description: The Orthodox patristic teaching concerning the coming antichrist.