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Who Holds Back (Keeps) the Antichrist/the Wicked One From Being Revealed?

There are some who believe that Michael, the archangel, is the one who keeps the Antichrist from being revealed (coming on the scene) but that is not the case. Here are some passages that they think refer to Michael holding back or keeping the beast (Antichrist) from making his appearance. However, I believe these verses (given below) are Scriptures that refer to what took place in Daniel's day, and what will happen during the tribulation period (the 70th week of Daniel), and not what is taking place now.

Now, let's take a look at one of those passage.

"And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book." (Dan. 12: 1)

That verse is referring to the middle of the tribulation period, the 70th week of Daniel (Dan. 9: 27), and at least part, if not all, of the last 3½ years (1260 days). This is when some, if not all, Jews/Israelites flee from the Antichrist. (Gentiles will flee during that time as well.). The time of their (the Jews) fleeing will take place during the 5th and 6th seals (Rev. 6: 9 - 11, 12 - 16) after the image of the Antichrist is set up in the temple at Jerusalem (Matt. 24: 15, Dan. 9: 27) and after he breaks the covenant (treaty) that was made in the beginning of the 7 year period (the 70th week of Daniel). The image will be set up and the covenant will be broken in the middle of the tribulation period (the 70th week of Daniel). Michael will take a stand for the children of Israel during that part of the tribulation period, the 70th week of Daniel (Rev. 12: 7 - 9). (Read Matt. 24: 15, 16 - 20, 21 - 22.). But all of this does not have anything to do with the Antichrist when he makes his appearance in the beginning of the 70th week of Daniel by making a covenant or treaty with Israel. The One who holds back the Antichrist is taken out of the way before those things (events) that are mentioned above take place.

Just because the Scripture says the word "...standeth..." (Dan. 12: 1) does not give those who believe in the pre-wrath theory the right to say that it is Michael, the great prince, who hinders or holds back the Antichrist from being revealed. The Antichrist is revealed in Revelation 6: 1 - 2 after the Church goes to Heaven, not at a particular time such as: the middle of the 70th week of Daniel (Dan. 9: 27) when he claims to be God as II Thessalonians 2: 4 states he will.

Being revealed does not mean that the Antichrist has to claim to be God or Antichrist. It simply has to do with the Antichrist coming on the scene or making his appearance.

Now let's take a look at another verse.

Daniel says,
"But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me (the angel) one and twenty days (21 days): but, lo, Michael (See Jude 1: 9.), one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia." (Dan. 10: 13)

Note that Michael came to help this angel in the days of Daniel.

"Now I (the angel) am come to make thee (Daniel) understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days." (Dan. 10: 14)

What was the angel referring to when he said, "...shall befall thy people in the latter days..." (Dan. 10: 14)? This is not referring to the tribulation period, the 70th week of Daniel. Nor is it referring to what Michael will do during the tribulation period. Daniel 10: 14 cannot be referring to Michael holding back or keeping the Antichrist from being revealed (making his appearance). It is referring to what will happen before and after Daniel's death. The Scriptures talk about how the angel will return to fight with the prince of Persia (Dan. 10: 20), four kings of Persia (Dan. 11: 2), and Grecia/Greece coming to power (Dan. 11: 2, 3 - 4). That happened when Alexander the Great built his empire. (Read Dan. 10: 14, 21, 11: 1 - 4. Se also Dan. 8: 1 - 8, 20 - 21.). Daniel chapter 10 has already been fulfilled and so has Daniel 11: 1 - 4. The Rapture and the tribulation period, the 70th week of Daniel, will take place in the future. It is the Holy Spirit who holds back or keeps the Antichrist from being revealed (making his appearance) before the tribulation period, especially from the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) to the Rapture.

"Then said he (the angel), Knowest thou wherefore (why) I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia (Greece) shall come."
"But I will show thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me (that would be this angel who is speaking) in these things, but Michael your prince." (Dan. 10: 20 - 21)

What is the angel referring to when he says, "...in these things..." in Daniel 10: 21? That phrase is referring to the things that are mentioned in Daniel 10: 13 - 20 (Dan. 10: 13 - 14, 20 - 21), and the things which are referred to in Daniel 11: 2 - 3, 4. These Scriptures were written in the days of Daniel. In Daniel 10: 14 the angel had come to make Daniel understand what would befall (happen to) his people (the Jews/Israelites) in the latter days. And in Daniel 11: 2 the angel came to show Daniel the truth concerning Media Persia and the realm of Grecia/Greece, which would come to power after Media Persia is destroyed. The Jews were living in captivity in the land of Babylon. Then Media Persia came to power. (Dan. 5). Daniel 11: 2 says, "...there shall stand up yet three kings of Persia...". So Media Persia would be the next empire. For that is who conquered Babylon. (See Dan. 5: 28, 8: 1 - 4, 20.). Then, some years later, "...a mighty king..." (Dan. 11: 3) and his army overthrew the Medes and Persians. The empire of Greece came into existence. The first king was Alexander the Great (Dan. 8: 21, 11: 3). (See also Dan. 8: 5 - 8.). In due time, his kingdom will be divided (Dan. 8: 8, 22, 11: 4). So, Daniel chapter 10 and 11: 1 - 2 are Scriptures concerning Media Persia (Dan. 10: 13, 20), who overthrew Babylon, which had an effect on the Jews/Israelites who were in captivity. Daniel 10: 21 and 11: 2 - 4 are referring to Grecia/Greece as well. Alexander the Great and his army came (Dan. 10: 21) and conquered Media Persia (Dan. 11: 2 - 3). (See Dan. 10: 13 - 14, 20 - 21.). Those coming events would affect Daniel's people.

It is true that an angel was going to show Daniel some things (events) that would take place in the future. However, Michael's responsibility was, in the days of Daniel, to open the way, driving back the powers of darkness, so that the angel could tell Daniel things that would happen in the days of Media Persia and Greece (Dan. 10: 13 - 14, 20 - 21, 11: 2 - 4), and what he will do during the tribulation period (Dan. 12: 1). Then Daniel wrote them down in his book. The things that Michael was doing, according to Daniel 10: 13 - 14, 20 - 21, were those that would happen before the Rapture would take place. Those things that Michael did in the days of Daniel, and the things that he will do during the tribulation period, have nothing to do with his (Michael's) holding back the powers of darkness so that the Antichrist, the wicked one (II Thes. 2: 3 - 4, 6 - 8), would not make his appearance. The Antichrist would not be allowed to begin his reign until after the Church, the Bride of Christ, had been taken out of this world (II Thes. 2: 1 - 2). Then the wicked one (Antichrist) will be revealed (start his reign) at an appointed time, which is at the time of the opening of the first seal in Revelation 6: 1 - 2.

I believe it is the Holy Spirit who keeps the Antichrist from being revealed. Michael will, however, according to Daniel 12: 1, stand for the children of Israel once again (Rev. 12: 7 - 9, 12), as he did in the days of Daniel (See Dan. 10: 13.), but this time it will be during the last part of the tribulation period, the 70th week of Daniel. It will not be before the Rapture. The reason I say "Rapture" is because only after it takes place will the Antichrist be revealed (begin his reign), which will happen when the first seal is opened (broken) as the tribulation starts. This does not mean that Michael is not doing his part in various areas of God's bidding. I am sure that he has a lot of things to do for Israel and others too.

By the way, the phrase, "...there is none that holdeth with me (the angel) in these things, but Michael your prince." (Dan. 10: 21), is not saying that Michael is holding (keeping) the wicked one from being revealed (beginning his reign) as some think. The phrase, "...in these things..." that is referred to in Daniel 10: 21, is referring to what is said in Daniel 10: 14, 20, 11: 2 - 3, and some other things as well, but not the things that are mentioned in II Thessalonians 2: 1 - 12.

Do not put those Scriptures in Daniel 10 and 12 with the verses in II Thessalonians 2 because, if you do, your reasoning will be wrong. Daniel 12: 1 is in reference to the second half, if not all, of the tribulation period, the 70th week of Daniel. Whereas, the main focus of II Thessalonians 2 is (....that day.... II Thes. 2: 3) the day of Christ (II Thes. 2: 2) which, in this case, is talking about the Rapture. (See II Thes. 2: 1 - 2.). It is true that II Thessalonians 2 mentions the Antichrist (II Thes. 2: 3 - 4) and what he will do (II Thes. 2: 4, 9). II Thessalonians 2 also tells us things that will happen in the middle of the tribulation period (II Thes. 2: 4) and how the Antichrist will be destroyed when Jesus returns to earth (II Thes. 2: 8, Rev. 19: 11, 20), but only to show who is going to be revealed.

It is the Holy Spirit who holds back the powers of darkness. I am sure that angels do their part also but the Antichrist cannot make his appearance until the One who holds back and restrains the powers of darkness is taken out of the way, and that, I believe, is the Holy Spirit, God's Spirit.

Daniel 10: 13 - 14, 20 - 21, and 12: 1, which have to do with Michael, and maybe the other angel too, have nothing to do with what is happening now, in our present day, and unto the time of the Rapture. Those verses have to do with what was going to happen in the days of Persia and Greece. And Daniel 12: 1 is in connection with the tribulation period. Some of those verses in Daniel 11 may also apply to the tribulation period (the 70th week of Daniel), but of that I am not sure.

It is my belief that it is the Holy Spirit who holds back (keeps) the beast (Antichrist) from being revealed, making his appearance, not Michael the archangel. However, Michael will help the children of Israel during at least part, if not all, of the tribulation period, the 70th week of Daniel. See "What About II Thessalonians Chapter 2?". It will help you to understand what I am telling you concerning the Holy Spirit.


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