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Herod - heroic
Another character who is a type of the Antichrist is Herod. The Temple on Mount Zion during Y'shua's earthly ministry is considered the second temple in sequence after Solomon's Temple. It was also known as Herod's Temple because Herod the Great was responsible for refurbishing and expanding the temple complex. Think about that as Antichrist's Temple in the context of 2 Thessalonians 2:4, when the lawless one “takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.” The name, Herod, means, “heroic.” He is a type of the sought-for hero that the prophet Malachi wrote of as the lord who will suddenly come to his temple.
1 “Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and [or, even] the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts. 2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. 3 He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord offerings in righteousness. 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years. ~ Malachi 3:1-4
The Lord of hosts is not referring to Himself in that passage when he describes the one in whom they delight. The people demand a Jesus Barabbas, an alternate or substitute.
Herod Antipas, a son of Herod the Great, ruled during the time of John the Baptizer and Jesus the Nazarene and as the church age began. He is featured as a type of Antichrist in Acts 12, in one of my favorite prophetic scenarios. You can read about this in Passing Through the Iron Gate. Peter was imprisoned by Herod at the time of “the days of the unleavened food. He intended to bring Peter forth after the Pesah, but an angel visited Peter and led him out in an exciting model of the Bride's release from the bondage of this realm.
1 And about that time, Herod the king put forth his hands, to do evil to certain of those of the assembly, 2 and he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword, 3 and having seen that it is pleasing to the Jews, he added to lay hold of Peter also -- and they were the days of the unleavened food -- 4 whom also having seized, he did put in prison, having delivered [him] to four quaternions of soldiers to guard him, intending after the passover to bring him forth to the people. ~ Acts 12:1-4 (YLT)
Although the timing of Peter's release and his imprisonment is a little ambiguous, a strong argument can be made for Peter's release being on the last day of the Feast, the 21st day of the 1st month. Given the other models I've noted, it seems probable that Peter was imprisoned on a preparation day just prior to the Feast, the 13th day of the 1st month.
Signs of when the lawless one will be revealed that are not based upon the biblical text
The survey of biblical models of the revealing of the lawless one illustrates a trend that highlights the 13th day of the 1st month. The list of examples included Pilate's release of Jesus Barabbas, the revealing of Judas Iscariot and his betrayal of Jesus the Nazarene, Haman's exercise of authority as the enemy of the Jews made his famous decree, plus an example with Herod that matches the pattern but which is slightly less specific in identifying exactly when it happened. When I became aware of the date connection I began to watch for other kinds of examples. Several of note have been discovered over the years, some of which involve signs in the heavens or in the earth. It has become apparent that the Adversary is not ignorant about this matter, neither of the day of the year, nor of the year appointed for his champion to emerge.
Joseph Ratzinger aka Pope Benedict XVI - born and baptized on the 13th day of the 1st month
Pope Benedict XVI was baptized on the day he was born, which is rather unusual. “Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger was born on 16 April, Holy Saturday, 1927, at Schulstraße 11, at 8:30 in the morning in his parents' home in Marktl, Bavaria, Germany. He was baptised the same day.” (Wikipedia) It so happens that it was the 13th day of the 1st month on the Lord's calendar! When you consider all the evidence suggesting that a Pope will be the false prophet beast that will baptize the lawless one, and that it will be as a new birth, that observation is well worth noting.
As a priest, Archbishop, Cardinal and then Pope, he has performed a few Eucharist ceremonies during Mass over the years. Each time, that ritual celebration of “the last supper” as the communion of Antichrist may be seen as a joint celebration that was very personal, because of the shared anniversary of his own birth and baptism.
That appointed day in 2015 will be Ratzinger's 88th birthday. The numerical signification of 88 is 11*8: the flesh (11) and new beginning (8). He still resides at the Vatican and participates in special events, like the double canonization of April 27, 2014 that was broadcast with the latest 3D high-def technology. If Pope Benedict XVI participates in the big event on his birthday in 2015, we should not be surprised.
I, Pet Goat II - the Papal Baptist
This screenshot from the viral video, I, Pet Goat II, is an artistic interpretation of the scene of the baptism of the lawless one in 2015. The character that resembles Osama bin Laden has black wings and is performing an invocation. It's a picture of the Papal false prophet, raising the beast of Revelation 13:1 from the sea.
The moon pictured is not really just a crescent but rather a full moon in eclipse, a blood moon. It specifically pictures the lunar eclipse of 4/4/15, which will mark what will most likely be the 13th day of the 1st month on the Lord's calendar. See Part 29 - Celestial Stargates - The Celestial Sign of Antichrist * in I, Pet Goat II and also Secrets of the Transition of the Ages - Hints of Romans 11 in I, Pet Goat II for some of what I've written on that subject.
This video from Heliofant has to be taken as evidence that the Adversary is well aware of when his champion will emerge. This very special appointment has been prophesied for a very long time.
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More to follow, Lord willing.