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The Antichrist by Arthur W. Pink

18. The Branch of the Terrible Ones

|Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud; the Branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low| (Isa.25:5). The first five verses of this chapter contemplate the Enemy's stronghold -- Babylon -- and the remainder of the chapter pictures the blessedness of the millennial era. In the fifth verse the Antichrist's overthrow is announced: |The Branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.| With this should be compared Isa.14:19, where of Lucifer it is said, |Thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable Branch.| This points another contrast. The |Branch| is one of the Messianic names: |Behold, I will bring forth My Servant, the Branch| (Zech.3:8); |Behold the man whose name is the Branch| (Zech.6:12). By placing together Isa.4:2 and Isa.14:19 the antithesis will be more evident. Of Christ it is said, |The Branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious.| Antichrist is called |an abominable Branch|: Christ is |the Branch of the Lord;| Antichrist is |the Branch ofthe terrible ones.|
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