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  Falwell: Antichrist May Be Alive

January 16, 1999

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) -- In a speech about the concern people have over the new millennium, the Rev. Jerry Falwell said the Antichrist is probably alive today and is a male Jew.

Falwell also told about 1,500 people at a conference in Kingsport, Tenn., on Thursday that he believes the second coming of Christ probably will be within 10 years.

``Who will the Antichrist be? I don't know. Nobody else knows,'' said Falwell, whose Sunday morning services at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg are carried by television stations nationwide.

``Is he alive and here today? Probably. Because when he appears during the Tribulation period he will be a full-grown counterfeit of Christ. Of course he'll be Jewish. Of course he'll pretend to be Christ. And if in fact the Lord is coming soon, and he'll be an adult at the presentation of himself, he must be alive somewhere today.''

According to the Bible, the Antichrist will spread universal evil before the end of the world but will be conquered at the second coming of Christ.

Falwell said Friday in Williamsburg that he did not intend for his statement to be anti-Jewish. He said he meant only that the Antichrist must be Jewish because Jesus Christ was a Jew.

``If he's going to be the counterfeit of Christ, he has to be Jewish,'' Falwell said. ``The only thing we know is he must be male and Jewish.''

Rabbi James Rudin of the American Jewish Committee in New York said the comment surprised him because he knows Falwell is a strong supporter of Israel and is not anti-Jewish.

``This is part of what I call millennial madness,'' Rudin said. ``To single out any one man, and particularly to identify him as Jewish, plays into some latent and historical anti-Semitism from the past.

``This is very, very radioactive material. I think Christian leaders have to exercise great care because this can produce negative responses among people who are not educated in the New Testament,'' he said.



January 20, 1999

"When I delivered my sermon on the second coming of Jesus Christ   last week to a pastors conference in Kingsport, Tennessee, I conveyed biblically-based truths that I have believed and preached nationally for more than 40 years. In addition to asserting that I personally believe that Christ could return soon (though no one knows the date of His second coming), I stated that the Antichrist may possibly be alive on the earth today.

"Most evangelicals, including Billy Graham and millions of others, believe in the imminent, premillennial, pretribulational second coming of Jesus Christ for all of His Church.

"Since Jesus came to the earth the first time 2,000 years ago as a Jewish male, most evangelicals believe the Antichrist will, by necessity, be a Jewish male also, since his mission will be to  pretend to be the true Christ. This belief is 2,000 years old and has no anti-Semitic roots. This is simply historic and prophetic orthodox Christian doctrine that many (not all) theologians,  Christian and non-Christian, have understood for two millennia."


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Date: 15 May 2005
Time: 22:27:34


Yes Indeed, what has been stated above is true, However there is a lot more to be said about the anitchrist which is not menchened.The fact that the antichrist must be from a jewish tribe is not nessessary true.Why? Because then the musliums would not except him,especialy when he must organise and sign a peace treaty between israel and it's nieghbours all around,Which I dear say are muslium.What should be Stated is that his parentage would be that his mother is a jew and his father a muslium which make him aceptable to both parties.

Date: 16 Oct 2005
Time: 14:13:41


I think that you should all stop limiting the magnitude force of creation. By titling this omnipotent force and limiting it by title and character, then acknowleging the greatest deception of all time. Giving the force of nothingness, a oxymoron, negative power, a power that some feel is equivelent to your God. There is one power and it is not to be judged or pre- concieved with humanitys petty notions. By giving power to sepratism and race, or power to the Jew's, Mason's or vatican you have all fell in to thier ploy and submitted your powers as puppets. You have accepted fear and consequence and you are powerless now revering mans creation. In which happened for a reason, so your awaited anti-christ is the second coming. It is the same message that jesus spoke of yet youve misconstrued. We are all a vehicle for creation, it is the way it is. Claim king or God over your self and talents, manifest ego and vanity and live powerless like the god you have chose. Hypocrites!

Date: 13 Nov 2005
Time: 08:48:59


I think that Jerry Falwell is one of those very deceived individuals who got his knowledge from other indiiduals rather than the Bible.
This future "Antichrist" cannot be Jewish because, since the first century, specifically AD70, there have been no Jews on earth. Romans 11:32 says that God concluded all Israel in unbelief so the He might have mercy on all people, (former)Jews and Gentiles. The Bible doesn't say that He turned anyone back into a Jew after that.
And there will be no future human Antichrist; the many antichrists came and went in John's day, the last times of Israel, and the only other antichrist is Satan, himself.

If Doctor Falwell ever clears his mind of dispensational futurism, and takes time to really study the Bible for himself, he would discover that there is no Israel and there are no Jews. The Antichrist is Satan, not some "substitute Christ." This idea that "anti" in the Greek could mean either "against" or "imitation" is a lot of imaginative dispensational malarky. "Antichrist" is no more an imitation Christ than an antitank gun is an imitation tank.

Date: 28 Nov 2005
Time: 00:55:00


The Antichrist is not individuals posing as the coming messiah, but rather a multitude of religions who's faith is not with the God and his son. Does not it make sense then the passages? Its a thought I think worth considering when so much of the bible already uses metaphors. Look and read for yourself though for the indiviual is his own mind.

Date: 10 Jan 2006
Time: 16:44:23


What if the one who is to be "anti-christ" is from the East of those in Israel, opposed to the East of the U.S.? Suppose this "anti-Christ" is Jewish, well the "Anti-Christ" would essentially be a Demagogue. A catalyst, so to speak. And music is another tool for the use of such actions. However, I am inclined to believe theologinas have it all wrong. Due to the fact, a lot of indications lead to the possibility that Lucifer is in fact, a female. Since the Bible does not predate Judaism, and does not predate any other beliefs before that. The Bible, was based on male rulership, as it spoke of the submissiveness expected from a woman to the male. And the male anima in rulership, as well as over that of the female.

Date: 11 Jan 2006
Time: 07:19:07


I think your ideas of this anti-christ, are a bit clouded, Mr., Falwell. The numbers, 666 are the numerical numbers of man. Mankind fell, just as angels have fell. Angels and demons are one in the same. They are one race. Lucifer fell because he created man. Plain and simle. The gods became jealous, and then threw him and his creation out. How do I explain this? Well, in the Bible, it reads that Lucifer broke The Divine Law. The Divine Law is in fact "Creation". He created something with a free will, and therefore was thrown out, because the gods were jealous that he was the better artist. In closing, the only anti-christ would be those against their creator. And hell is here on earth, admit or not. Live in the fantasy world, all organized religions have chosen to create. The facts are there. And religions fail to read between the lines. The Bible is made up and compiled from various cultures and their beliefs. Stolen by "god's people".

Date: 17 Jan 2006
Time: 03:52:10


It is disturbing how many Chrisitans give their interpretation of Scripture the same authority as the Scripture itself. Lower your defenses, ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into the truth, and then open your self to other interpretations of Bible prophecy such as the Preterist view. The sincere seeker of the truth has nothing to fear.

Date: 22 Feb 2006
Time: 14:22:39


I agree that the antichrist will be a Jewish male; there is no other way that the Jewish people can receive him as their messiah.

Date: 17 Mar 2006
Time: 10:19:44


While I understand the point Rev.Falwell is making, he is adding to scripture. Nowhere, in Daniel, Revelation, or elsewhere, does scripture indicate that the Antichrist will be Jewish; in fact, since he merely purports to be a messiah, or savior, and is false in this, we may have the open assumption he could issue from any race and background. Why, he might even be a Protestant minister from the South!

Date: 14 May 2006
Time: 00:02:02


Falwell's delusional. He's mean-spirited and hateful, and he's hurting Christianity and the USA. Funny, the teachings of the Jesus I read about are a lot different than what I hear from Falwell.

Date: 20 May 2006
Time: 05:12:14


I believe that the antichrist will be, not like Jesus, but like Judas, a not jewish person. Judas Iscariot which means the man from the southland. From beneath. Not from above. I believe that Judas was from egypt. The land in the south. I believe Jesus was not jewish. Jesus was not from this earth. Jesus was created in the woman Mary, who was a jew. So Jesus "came" to his own peouple. He came to the sons and dougthers of God through the generation of Adam, the first son of God. And not through the serpant, father of cain and the headens. I believe the antichrist will be a elected world leader who supports Israel for financial gain. But will hang himself, like Judas, when he will hear the woice of God.

Date: 10 Jun 2006
Time: 16:30:43


if you all read your bibles you we see that the antichrist is not going to come on the scene proclaiming to be the messiah until 3.5 years into the tribulation. in the beginning he will only be looked upon as someone who has the answers to the worlds problems, like a lying politician. after 3.5 years he will sit in the temple in jerusalem and claim to be the messiah where he will demand worship from everybody on earth. many will be deceived and those who are right with GOD will see through the deception. dont look for a man from a specific race or religion, look for someone with all the answers.

Date: 12 Jul 2006
Time: 13:28:35


For what the prophecy says the next anti christ would be a son of a priest monge and a nun ...and that he would be the next pope who´s on the list that can be the next pope ?

Date: 17 Aug 2006
Time: 05:36:03


We do know that he will be a open man. Open to all races. Just like Jesus was. He will do something to get all nations to bow down to him. He will be a manefestation of the devil. That is what we know. The thing is, who cares what race he will be or is now. As Christians we should care about getting the "fake fase" Christians ready for the tribulation. (What I mean by " fake false" Christians are the ones who go to chucrh on Sunday, just go through the motions andthen go out and sin intentanally the other 6 days of the week ) We should also be gettin people saved NOW, learning and teaching morals, baptiseing believers and again get people ready for the tribulation rather than speculateing and being scared of the Anti Christ. Jesus has power over death, hell and the grave. I know I will die, ( unless I am raptered by then) but I will not die.
( I am talking figuratively on the last sentence of corse)

The other day I was on a muslim site. There are muslims who say Allah hates people who yawn, Man, I am glad I do not worship that demon Allah. I WORSHIP THE MOST HIGH GOD JEHOVA JEYRO.

Date: 31 Oct 2006
Time: 19:38:06


Truly, he does state a good point and I can understand where he's coming from. My only objection is time, he will probably not be coming anytime soon. There would be followers of the antichrist who openly state the fact. We shouldn't concern ourselves anyway,Jesus will win in the end so there is no purpose of thinking it over.

Date: 05 Nov 2006
Time: 22:03:27


Fal well is a complete joke. I'm glad that Christianity is whithering as secularism and reason conquers these idiotic fairy tales.

Date: 02 Dec 2006
Time: 22:20:30


anth-Christ will claim many things which the real Christ did claim but only difference, He will claim to be God what was not claimed by Christ, so any people on the earth most especially christians may believe Him but only muslims will reject Him directly because Christ never claims 'to be God'...

Date: 13 Jan 2007
Time: 01:58:38


Falwell is an idoit. If good fearing Christians cannot figure out that Islam is the BEAST(they who deny the son deny the father ie are antichrist) the Whore of Babylon is Saudi Arabia(a religious fanatical hatrad of all that is holy)(Rev. I saw those who had been BEHEADED ..(ISLAM IS THE ONLY RELIGON THAT DOES THIS NOT ROME~!!)
YOU ARE SO DUMB) and Allah is the AntiChrist we are all in trouble.By the way Falwell read EZEKIAL 38 AND 39 ALL OVER AGAIN..ALL THESE COUNTRIES ARE MUSLIM~~!!! NO JEW COULD LEAD THE MUSLIMS. READ PSALM 38-39 FOR A MAN OF GOD YOU SURE ARE OFF THE MARK. Speaking of Mark the Mark of the Beast is not 666 its they oldest known Papyri concerning The Beast of Revelation.(the Ocyryhnchus Papyri LVI 4499) So, it actually says,"Here is wisdom. Let him who have understanding decide (who) the multitude of the of a man (that is, MOHAMMED) AND his multitude (are) "In the Name of Allah." (Bismallah) go and find this out for yourself look a the 3rd line of the John writing what he sees Yes he is~!!!
your an idiot Falwell you really are~!!Study learn the word of God dont listen to Idiots like Falwell.


Date: 07 Apr 2007
Time: 16:54:22


To say that the antimessiah may be jewish is an anti jewish statement is absurd.
Israel is Gods chosen people, and the possibility
of satan using a jewish man cannot and will not change that.

Date: 15 Apr 2007
Time: 11:23:42


Man! I have read all the entries and some of you are seriously misguided and some right on. The truth, don't accept the mark of the beast, you will be persecuted, tortued, and a outcast, trust in the Lord your God worry about the antichrist when he sits at the throne and proclaims himself as God, then be mindful that it is going to get way worse, Then look up because Jesus will be coming soon, then eternity with God is all you need to know.

Date: 12 May 2007
Time: 13:00:25


LISTEN people!! Many say that you shouldn't speculate about when Jesus will return. But the bible says no man knows the DAY or the HOUR, but even Jesus warns to discern the signs of the times. Also, Revelations says "LET HIM who hath understanding RECOGNIZE the number of the beast - for it is of human number..." This is a message from God himself that if we are wise we CAN recognize who the antichrist will potentially be. Also, in the U.N. congregating room right now there are numbered seats for all the members. Seat #666 is and has been vacant, even though all other seats are assigned names, even almost to seat #680 - you can check this on the internet yourself - the names of each nationality occupying that particular seat are listed. My educated OPINION is that the antichrist could be a U.N. secretary-general or president of one of its sessions, as this would be a suitable platform for him to appear on, regardless of what nationality he be from.

Date: 16 May 2007
Time: 07:51:41



Of course, Jerry Falwell's remarks are appropriate. Jews with "thin skin," and who apparently can't separate factual statements within a persons belief from those which are anti-semetic. Falwell didn't single out anyone, but expressed a sincere Biblically-based belief which, as he stated, has been held for a long time, and by many others who are supportive of Israel (not for reason of some agenda).

Date: 27 Jun 2007
Time: 19:13:32


No one knows the time of His return, no point in speculating.

We do know Christ will be victorious!

I don't believe Dr. Falwell's comments should be taken as anti-semitic.

Blessings all around.


Date: 10 Jul 2007
Time: 00:30:35


retards think anitchrist means one bad, he will be of all faiths or with religiousness like fads. we cant pick and choose our prophets so we will all know after the fact, like always. try burning the money on earth, eradication of currency or paper money, people will have to start thinking again...

Date: 27 Oct 2007
Time: 21:27:35


Date oct.27,2007
Time 8:13pm

I'm disturbed by many of the thinking of a couple of you. Especially the guy that put that there is no israel I can tell your either persian or palastianian or muslim. But hello they where accepted as a nation in the 1950's
And the guy from oct.16,2005 you seem like you don't like authority you don't like the fact that your not in control but sadly you are in control of your decisions but if you believe your so part of power try staying alive past your 70th to 80th birthday good luck life and death teaches that God is in control and you are an antichrist for not believe in him, god bless you hopefully you change in time before it's to late. And the bible says that the antichrist will be part jew part gentile making him of course like many of us a mixture in race and that he won't love the love of a woman making him gay, read the bible fellas and the bible doesn't call us to call our neighbors by bad names like many of you have first look at yourselves and change before you go out there and hurt others your supposed exhort not hurt or call others by names like the ones some of you used.

Date: 05 Nov 2007
Time: 22:49:34


My humble opinion is this. We must first without doubt, understand and have correct interpretation of
the seven mountains and seven kings and ten kings in Revelation 17 and 18 in connection with symbolic Babylon in order to discover the identity of the 2 beasts in Rev.13{and false prophet}AntiChrist.The word "bismallah" is 666 numerically in Greek, and it means " in the name of allah'...and that ain't Jewish.

Date: 19 Dec 2007
Time: 11:57:34


To the person who has called the serpent the father of Cain you would want to read the bible correctly and not put your version for others to read.Adam was and is the father of Cain and it was the serpent who tempted Cain. If you read the bible you would see that god put a special mark on Cain and warned that no harm should come to him. I don't think he would be protecting the son of Satan as he is the real anti-christ.

Date: 21 Dec 2007
Time: 11:41:23


In the Book of Revelation, there are two beasts which come forth to conquer the world; one comes from the sea(typically represents the Gentile Nation) and the other out of the land(always refers to Israel). Which this thought and stated in a very brief manner, my conclusion is that the Anti-Christ will be a politically motivated Gentile, who will be supported by a strong Jewish leader who gives credibility to the Gentile Anti-Christ. I do not think it is necessary that the Anti-Christ be Jewish as most "anti-Christs", predating the birth of Christ were Gentiles. Just my opion on a very difficult topic. I do believe he is alive today and will have no problem in leading the "Harry Potter" generation into the pits of Hell!

Date: 30 Mar 2009
Time: 18:01:19

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I wish i could believe the end is near but my belief is too strong to believe the rumors that say the world will end on December 12, 2012

Date: 04 Jun 2009
Time: 21:09:33

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I think that Obama is the Anti-christ. He is for abortions, he is making no serious commitment in helping Israel, (gods holy land)

Date: 01 Oct 2011
Time: 09:24:49

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if christ most come again, then we must whait for another "CARRINGTON EVENT FROM 1859.

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