Will the Antichrist be a Jew?

Question:

Thanks for making your book The Post Tribulation Rapture available on computer. The book is very informative and provided me with a different perspective. I was taught pre trib rapture and accepted it but for the past few years I felt something wrong with that teaching. I put off my study until recently and ran across your book on the internet. Nevertheless, I have a significant amout of studying to do in order to settle this within my heart.

I would like to ask you a couple of questions relating to end times.

Do you feel we could currently be in the "time of sorrows?" We try to see things from America's perspective but many people and other nations are currently suffering, ie. famines, wars & rumors, earthquakes, nations rising against nations, etc.

What are your thoughts about the origin of anti-christ? Will he be a jew? Will he come from Europe?

Thanks for any feedback. Again you book was very informative - it's clear you have studied this in great detail and divided it quiet nicely.

Response:

Thank you for your feedback and encouragement. I am very glad that my book was helpful to you. I tend to believe that the "time of sorrows" of which Jesus spoke refers to the first 3 1/2 years of Daniels 70th week. The entire discourse in Matt. 24 paralles the first six seals as well. I believe that the second 3 1/2 years is what he called "tribulation" "great tribulation" or "the tribulation of those days." This is when the antichrist sets himself up as God (the abomination of desolation), requiring everyone to worship him and begins persecuting Christians and Jews who will not. Concerning the antichrist himself, it has been thought that he will be a Roman since Romans destroyed Jerusalem and Daniel said that this would be done by the people of the prince who is to come (Dan. 9:26). It is also seems that the endtime world empire will have some connection with the ancient Roman empire which was represented by iron, where the endtime empire is both iron and clay (Dan. 2:33, 40-43). However, it would also seem to me that if he is going to be a false messiah then he would either have to be a Jew, or at least claim to be one. Maybe he'll be both Jewish and Roman.