Book Review:  "The Second Coming of the Antichrist" Book Review:  "The Second Coming of the Antichrist"
Book Review:  "The Second Coming of the Antichrist"

Book Review: "The Second Coming of the Antichrist"

Book Review:  "The Second Coming of the Antichrist"

by Steve Eastman, Faith Issues

Ever get sick and tired of the speculation on the identity of the Antichrist?  I’ve heard it all, naming every politician from Henry Kissinger to Barack Obama.  But my “tired of hearing about it” reaction withered away before I finished reading the first chapter of Peter Goodgame’s "The Second Coming of the Antichrist."
 
Goodgame goes back to the past to discover the future.  He starts off Chapter One with the sentence — “The Antichrist has been here before.”  Not convinced?  Goodgame begins to build his case with Revelation 17:8 (KJV), “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition ….”  Hm.  Sounds like a someone who once existed, died and lived again, only to wind up in perdition.  And since the Antichrist tries to mimic Jesus, who died and was resurrected, it is not unreasonable to suppose the verse in Revelation is describing such an attempt.
 
Okay, if we buy the argument that the Antichrist once walked this earth in the past, who was he?  Goodgame tells us one of his Biblical names was Nimrod, a real-life character whom Genesis 10:8 tells us began to be a mighty-one (gibborim), a description that is also used of the Nephilim in Genesis 6:4.  Remember back in Genesis 3:15 where God warns the serpent that the woman’s seed would bruise his seed?  The woman’s seed is Jesus.  This implies the serpent’s seed is the Antichrist.
 
Goodgame goes through the histories and mythologies of prominent ancient cultures, identifying Nimrod with other names by which he was known, the most famous being Osiris.  Both the annals of Assyria and Egypt seem to point to the end of this personality’s life somewhere around 3100 BC, which would correspond with the scattering from the Tower of Babel.  “But wait,” you say, “The notes in my Bible indicate the Tower of Babel incident occurred about a thousand years later.”

Here is where Goodgame makes a major contribution to Biblical understanding.  Study notes with King James Bibles are usually based on the chronology of Bishop Ussher, who in the mid-1600s published the date of Creation as 4004 BC.  Ussher based his calculations on the Masoretic text, which I always preferred over the Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Old Testament from the Hebrew.  I reasoned, “Why go from Hebrew to Greek to translate into English?”
 
According to Goodgame, the Septuagint was based on a much older Hebrew text, which the writers of the New Testament place in the mouth of Jesus.  That’s why some of His renderings don’t match the exact wording we find in our Old Testaments.  Around 100 AD, the Jews in an attempt to distinguish themselves from the Christians, produced the Masoretic version, which tended to water down some of the more Messianic passages.  Within a couple of centuries, the Christians decided if it was good enough for the Jews, it was also good enough for them.  Guess what?  The King James version is based on the Masoretic.  You can be sure I downloaded the Septuagint immediately, before finishing “The Second Coming of the Antichrist.”

But getting back to the main theme of the book, Goodgame samples a variety of modern day occult writers, who also believe their Osiris, or whatever name they prefer to use, will come back alive.  As Christians, we may agree with this conclusion, but we must disagree about his ultimate success.  God tells us any so called “Age of Aquarius” is short lived.  The Antichrist’s final “resting” place is the Lake of Fire.  In case you’re wondering about the current location of this corpse, Goodgame presents strong evidence that the mummified Nirmod/Osiris is close to, if not in, the Giza pyramid.

“The Second Coming of the Antichrist” will challenge your thinking.  I promise you will have difficulty countering its basic conclusion.  If reading Goodgame gets you to search the scriptures like the ancient Bereans, we can count your time reading the book and his years of research as well-spent.

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