Saturday, May 27, 2006

Jeroboam antichrist

The latest PoI post was about Jeroboam. Here are some things the Bible reveals about this character. I will try to remain concise.

The beginning of the thread starts in Revelation.

Revelation 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

Satan is a great mimicker of the Lord Jesus Christ. The student of the Bible will immediately recognize that truism. He is such a fanatic copycat (read copy-roaring lion 1Peter 5:8) that he is going to mimic the resurrection. Now Scofield will take that verse and talk about the rebirth of the Roman Empire. And he is not wrong. But the verse is primarily about the person of the Antichrist. The wound of Revelation 13:3 was prophesied by

Zechariah 11:17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean DRIED UP, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

Just like “the Christ” of Matthew 16:16 is contrasted with “that antichrist” of 1 John 2:18 ,
“the good shepherd” of John 10:11,14 is contrasted with the “idol shepherd” of Zechariah 11:17

Something is going to happen to the antichrist that’s going to take out his right eye (THAT'S A WOUND TO THE HEAD) and dry up his arm, but he will recover and present that as a resurrection to the world.

Now, Zechariah says about his arm that it will be “DRIED UP

Compare that to

1Kings 13:4 And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Bethel, that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, DRIED UP, so that he could not pull it in again to him.

nice fit wouldn't you say?

Now let’s zoom in.

1Ki 11:26 And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon's servant, whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow woman, even he lifted up his hand against the king.

The hand that dries up is that hand which is lifted up against “the king”!
People who are weary of the character of Solomon will appreciate that the Bible employs “the king” instead of Solomon here.
Now, if Solomon’s reign is a type of the millennial reign of Jesus Christ, then Jeroboam is all the more a type of the antichrist, for Jesus Christ will also have a subversive adversary at the end of his reign just like Solomon had in the person of Jeroboam.
You can work in many prophetic parallels here.

(Gog and Magog is prominent in the end-of-millennium rebellion, see note 1 below)

further common points between Jeroboam and antichrist

Elected by the people

1Kings 12:20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.

Notice there’s a faithful remnant, just like there is when the antichrist rules.

God’s anointed

1Kings 11:31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:

Zechariah 11:16 For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land

Mimic true religion

1Kings 12:28-33

Just like the antichrist will do, temple and all, mimicking even the resurrection

Associated with Dan

1Kings 12:29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.
30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

I don’t have time here to explain the many associations between Dan and the antichrist but the student of the Bible will acknowledge the import.

punishment by scorpions

1Kings 12:14 And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

Revelation 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

[ Note 1: you may further observe that Jeroboam’s arm is dried up subsequent to “the word of the Lord” (1 Kings 13:1) which is “the sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17) and you have “the sword” in Zechariah 11:17 drying up the hand.
If I were NOW to guess what and when is the occasion of the dealing of that blow to the antichrist, I would associate it with the Ezekiel 38 attack of Gog, more specifically 38:21 “And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD”, which attack seems to happen in the midst of the tribulation (coming in from the north, where Dan’s lot is...), when the antichrist breaks his covenant of peace with the Jew, and which attack is NOT Armageddon.
But I’ve barely begun to scratch that surface and so will proceed no further at this point. Any input is appreciated.]

[Note 2: Another point helps to see that the idol shepherd is the antichrist.

Here things get complicated.

In the preceding verses of Zechariah, you have a reference to Judas Iscariot

Zechariah 11:12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
13 And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.

Judas, like the “idol shepherd”, is also “anointed”

John 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

Whereas Jeroboam lifts up his hand against the king (see above), Judas lifts up his heel

Psalm 41:9 fulfilled in John 13:18

In a brazen attempt to REVERSE and PERVERSE Genesis 3:15!

Now, those of view who understand that the antichrist will be Judas back with a vengeance, will find in the fact that Zechariah prophecies in the same breath about Judas and the idol shepherd (vss.12-17) a new argument which I don’t think Pink mentions in his famous article, plus also that “Judas” is a mimic of “Judah”!


[note 3: an interesting study would be trying to match the darkening of the idol shepherd's eye. please share what the Lord may reveal to you.]


Blogger Consecrated said...

very interesting. will get back to the article.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Redeemed said...

This is beyond fascinating. I'm floored yet again.

We know that Jeroboam is very wicked, and thus a type of the antichrist, but I had never linked with "his hand dried up" and with Zechariah's prophecy. Amazing!

Really great post.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Matthew Celestine said...

Yes, Jeroboam is a type of Antichrist.
But the Beast that is wounded to death is not the Antichrist. That is the Ten-Kingdom empire that beocmes his centre of power. The Antichrist is the second beast, the false prophet.

There are many one-eyed deities in Pagan myths, such as Odin and Horus.

Every Blessing in Christ


1:20 AM  
Blogger Revelation 2:17 said...

how do you figure that scripture with scripture?

12:19 PM  
Blogger Matthew Celestine said...

What in particular?

1:15 PM  
Blogger Revelation 2:17 said...

that the beast which is wounded to death cannot be the person of the antichrist.

Are you suggesting something different than what Scofield says:

"Fragments of the ancient Roman empire have never ceased to exist as separate kingdoms. It was the imperial form of government which ceased; the one head wounded to death. What we have prophetically in (Rev_13:3) is the restoration of the imperial form as such, though over a federated empire of ten kingdoms; the "head" is "healed," that is, Restored; there is an emperor again -- the Beast. " ?

2:25 AM  
Blogger Matthew Celestine said...

I agree with Scofield that the first Beast in Rev 13 is the revived Roman Empire. His view of the deadly wound is possibly correct, though I have a couple of other views in mind. I do not agree with the view that the individual head of the Beastocracy is raised from the dead.

Scofield, following Darby, actually identifies the second beast as the Antichrist (note- Rev 13:16.

Scofield differs from most commenters in holding the False Prophet to be the Antichrist and the Beast to be a separate charcter.

Every Blessing in Christ


11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello from Germany, we may found the answer of the eye in Acts13:6-11
Unusually in New Testament, but it fits.
„And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar–jesus: Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.“
‭‭Acts‬ ‭13:6-11‬ ‭KJV‬

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And this is what we believe could be the false prophet:

Pray and read

1.Kings 13


2. Kings 13:21

And what does Satan wants with the body of Moses ?!!!!

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry: in Jude 1:9

1:34 PM  

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