The Antichrist in the Apocalypse of Elijah

Reading Acts

Since The Apocalypse of Elijah is strongly influenced by the book of Revelation, especially 11:1-12, it is not surprising to find a great deal in this apocalypse about a future Antichrist. Jewish apocalypses anticipated a coming king who would persecute God’s people as Antiochus IV Epiphanes did prior to the Maccabean revolt, as well as a rescue from that oppression by a representative of God (a messiah). These themes are found in both Revelation and 2 Thessalonians in the New Testament.

MKG78928 Russian icon of the Prophet Elijah in the wilderness and his Fiery Ascent into Heaven Russian Icon of Elijah in the Wilderness

Chapter 3 concerns the Antichrist. He will appear and claim to be the Christ (1) and he will perform all sorts of miracles (5-13) including the “messianic” signs of healing the blind, deaf and lame. He will not be able to raise the dead, however. The Antichrist is physically described in 14-18. He will be able to transform himself into a child or…

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