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The Antichrist by Arthur W. Pink

3. Antichrist in Ezekiel

We shall notice here but two passages in this prophet. First, in 21:25-27 -- |and thou, profane wicked Prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more, until He come whose right it is; and I will give it Him.|

So far as we are aware, all pre-millennial students regard this passage as a description of the Antichrist. It pictures him as Satan's parody of the Son of Man seated upon |the throne of His glory.| It sets him forth as the priest-king. Just as in the Millennium the Lord Jesus will |be a Priest upon His throne| (Zech.6:13), so will the Antichrist combine in his person the headships of both the civil and religious realms. He will be what the popes have long aspired to be -- head of the World-State, and head of the World-Church.

|And thou, O deadly wounded Wicked One, the Prince of Israel, whose day is come, in the time of the iniquity of the end; thus saith the Lord: remove the mitre, and take off the crown| (R. V.). This is clearly Israel's last king, ere the King of kings and Lord of lords returns to the earth. He is here termed |the Prince of Israel| as the true Christ is denominated |Messiah the Prince| in Dan.9:25. The description |O deadly wounded Wicked One| looks forward to Rev.13:12, where we read, |The first Beast whose deadly wound was healed!| |Remove the mitre and take off the crown| point to his assumption of both priestly and kingly honors. The Heb. word for |mitre| here is in every other passage used of the head-dress of Israel's high priest! Finally, the statement that his |day is come[hellip]in the time of iniquity of the end| establishes, beyond a doubt, the identity of this person.

In the opening verses of Ezek.28 we have a striking view of the Man of Sin under the title of |the Prince of Tyre,| just as what is said of |the King of Tyre| in the second half of the chapter is an esoteric allusion to Satan. First, we are told his |heart is lifted up| (v.2), which is precisely what is said to his father, the Devil, in v.17. Second, he makes the boast |I am God| and |I sit in the seat of God| (v.2), which is parallel with 2 Thess.2:4. Third, it is here said of him, |Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee| (v.3), which intimates he will be endowed with superhuman wisdom by that one of whom this same chapter declares, |Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom| (v.12). Fourth, it is said of him, |By thy wisdom and by thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures| (v.4). Thus will he be able to dazzle the worshippers of Mammon by his Croseus-like wealth, and out-do Solomon in the glory of his kingdom. Finally, his death by the sword is here noted, see vv.7, 8.

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