The Construction by Antichrist of his Altar in the Temple at Jerusalem

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					 The Construction by Antichrist of his Altar in the Temple
                      at Jerusalem

   Enoch and the Prophet Elijah shall fight against Antichrist in Jerusalem; there
they shall be killed, and their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city,
which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified
(Revelation 11:7, 8). These words tell us that Antichrist, having been received by
the Jews as the Messiah, an earthly king, will establish his throne in spiritual
Sodom, i.e., in Jerusalem, on the throne of David. According to the testimony of
the Apostle, he will restore the Jerusalem Temple and will sit in it as God.
   The holy fathers Cyril of Jerusalem, Gregory, Hippolytus, and John
Chrysostom designate the church of God and the holy place as the temple of
Solomon. St. John of Damascus notes, “Antichrist shall erect his throne not in our
temple, but in the Jewish one, for he came not to us, but to the Jews, and not for
Christ, but against Him.”
   St. Andrew says that “He will found his kingdom in Jerusalem, according to
the example of David, whose son, in flesh, was Jesus, our true God; and he will
do this in order to assure all that he is Christ, fulfilling prophetical words: I will
raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof,
and I will raise up his ruins (Amos 9:11).”
   The Lord, too, spoke of the throne of Antichrist: Ye shall see the abomination
of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (Matthew
24:15; Daniel 9:27).

				
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