Bill's Bible Basics: Bible Tidbits: Moshiach Ben David
Being as most Jews do not accept that Jesus Christ was God's promised Messiah, today, they continue to wait for their own messiah. This false messiah is the long-anticipated "Moshiach ben David", who the Jews believe will be both a great political and military leader, as well as a spiritual leader who will bring people back to Torah.

Christians who embrace a Futurist theological perspective believe that this man -- if he ever truly arrives -- may be the Antichrist, who the Apostle Paul indicates sits in the Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, and declares himself "God". Due to the convincing signs and lying wonders which he will supposedly be able to perform under the power of Satan, this "son of perdition" or "lawless one" will convince many that he is "God". Consider the following verses:

"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day, [Christ's Return], shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God . . . And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming . . . Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders."
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, 8-9, KJV


However, the aforementioned interpretation is based upon the Futurist perspective, which Bill Kochman no longer embraces. He believes that the Antichrist is a figure of the past, who lived during the First Century, just prior to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD. For a closer look at the Jewish perspective regarding Moshiach ben David, please consider reading part two of "The Kings of the North and the South", as well as the two-part article "Who Hindered the Antichrist?"


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