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The Antichrist by Arthur W. Pink

5. The Bloody and Deceitful Man

|Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the Bloody and Deceitful Man| (Psa.5:6). The Psalm from which this verse is quoted contains a prayer of the godly Jewish remnant, offered during the Tribulation period. In proof of this assertion observe that in v.2 God is owned and addressed as |King.| In v.7 intimation is given that the Temple has been rebuild in Jerusalem, for turning away from it when it has been defiled by |the Abomination of Desolation,| the remnant say, |But as for me I will come into Thy house in the multitude of Thy mercy: and in Thy fear will I worship toward Thy Holy Temple.| While in v.10 we find them praying for the destruction of their enemies, which is parallel with Rev.6:10. It is during that time the faithful remnant will exclaim, |Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the Bloody and Deceitful Man.|

The Bloody and Deceitful Man views the Antichrist in relation to the Jews. In the earlier stages of his public career he poses as their friend and benefactor. He recognizes their rights as a separate State and appears anxious to protect their autonomy. He makes a formal covenant with them (Dan.9:27) and their peace and security seem assured. But a few years later he comes out in his true character. His fair speeches and professions of friendship are seen to be false. He breaks his covenant (Psa.55:20) and turns upon the Jews in fury. Their benefactor is now their worst enemy. The protector of their interests now aims to cut them off from being a nation in the earth (Psa.83:4). Thus is he rightfully denominated by them |the Bloody and Deceitful Man.|

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