Kevin Heckle (28 Dec 2011)
"KML-re: AC Questions"

 
KML,
Thanks for your response found here: http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/dec2011/kml1227-2.htm
 
I would disagree on a few points.  As per the AC's Roman lineage I believe the prevailing thought on the 'prince' or ruler of the second part of Daniel 9:26 is in reference to the anti-messiah.  The Roman Titus ordered and executed the destruction of the city and the sanctuary, therefore the ruler to come would seemingly have to be a descendant of a true Roman.  Being Roman isn't really a stretch for any particular sub-group as at that time, Rome ruled almost all of civilization.  Paul declared himself to be Roman, though he was a Jew of Israel.  The Roman legions like  X Fretenses (10th of the Sea Straight) were made up of the conquered peoples of the Romans, whether Syrian, Israeli, Macedonian, etc.  If the 'prince' or ruler is referencing the anti-messiah, the Bible (not me) says that his people would destroy the city and the Temple, which happened in 70 AD.  It is historical fact those people were Roman, made of various European, African and SW Asia ethnicities. 
 
"[26] And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof [shall be] with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined." - Dan 9:26 KJV
 
The end of that 1st Jewish-Roman War occurred 3 years later by the Dead Sea at Masada in 73 AD.  That diaspora, the dispersion of the Jews from the holy city and the sanctuary didn't end until 1967 when the Jews retook the city and the sanctuary at the 6 Day War.  So if the count ended with Titus, the destroyer of the Temple as the 7th legitimate Roman emperor, then when the AC consolidates the world with a Rome-like power, he will be the 8th.  Obama is also the 8th ELECTED American President since the Jews retook Jerusalem in 1967.  Is America with her Senate and Roman-like world power the resurrection of Rome?  I don't know.  We act like it.
 
On the second point, the 'departing' or more accurately the great 'falling away' that the KJV interprets from the Greek word 'apostasia' (Strong's G646) is in reference to the DEFECTION, the APOSTASY from the Church, which would agree with Dan. 11:30 describing the antichrist's agreement with those who FORSAKE the Holy Covenant.  The passage in II Thess. 2:3 has been debated here ad nauseam.  It is doubtful there will be an agreement on the interpretation of this passage until the Lord comes.  The apostasy has begun, whether or not folks see it.  Obama, clearly espousing antichristian ideals, could have NOT come to power without an agreement to vote with a large portion of church-goers in America.  Whether Obama is thee AC or not, I believe the POINT of II Thess 2:3-8 is that a general defection from the true Church will open the door for the AC to achieve power.  The 'restrainer' being diminished yeilds the world to an antichristian power.  A majority not affected by the 'mystery of iniquity' (that was at work in the church even back then) will restrain the AC from gaining power.  When the 'mystery of iniquity' prevails, an apostasy or defection from the church will yield world power to the AC.  The apostasy facilitates power for the AC.
 
Whether Obama is thee AC of course is debateable.  However, the many attributes which he posseses and espouses are antichristian, a truth which is self-evident.  If he is not the one, he IS the model with NO deficit of Biblical AC attributes.
 
In Christ,
Kevin H.