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The Man of Sin : Uncovering the Truth about the Antichrist [Kindle Edition]

Kim Riddlebarger
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What should Christians believe about the Antichrist?

Christians have always been fascinated with the Antichrist, but recently the interest seems to have reached an all-time high, with pop culture depictions and speculation leaving many people confused or even frightened. But what does the Bible really say? What have Christians throughout history believed about the Antichrist? Should we fear the Antichrist or such things as the mark of the Beast? Have some end-times prophecies already been fulfilled?

Pastor and professor Kim Riddlebarger carefully untangles the confusion surrounding this biblical doctrine. He considers common beliefs about the Antichrist and end times, closely examines the relevant scriptural passages, and explains how these passages have been interpreted historically by the church.

Pastors, professors, and concerned Christians seeking trustworthy guidance on the doctrine of the Antichrist will appreciate Riddlebarger's sound biblical approach.

"Beyond sensationalism and silliness, this book on the Antichrist corrects a tendency among a lot of us simply to ignore the topic. Riddlebarger writes with accessible prose, although there is always more research and analysis behind it than meets the eye. If you want to learn about this strange New Testament figure without all the hype usually associated with the genre, look no further. It's serious, interesting, well-informed, and edifying reading."--Michael Horton, professor of theology and apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

Kim Riddlebarger (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, California, and visiting professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California. He is also a cohost of the White Horse Inn radio program, a weekly broadcast on more than fifty radio stations.


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What should Christians believe about the Antichrist?

Christians have always been fascinated with the Antichrist, but recently the interest seems to have reached an all-time high, with pop culture depictions and speculation leaving many people confused or even frightened. But what does the Bible really say? What have Christians throughout history believed about the Antichrist? Should we fear the Antichrist or such things as the mark of the Beast? Have some end-times prophecies already been fulfilled?

Pastor and professor Kim Riddlebarger carefully untangles the confusion surrounding this biblical doctrine. He considers common beliefs about the Antichrist and end times, closely examines the relevant scriptural passages, and explains how these passages have been interpreted historically by the church.

Pastors, professors, and concerned Christians seeking trustworthy guidance on the doctrine of the Antichrist will appreciate Riddlebarger's sound biblical approach.

"Beyond sensationalism and silliness, this book on the Antichrist corrects a tendency among a lot of us simply to ignore the topic. Riddlebarger writes with accessible prose, although there is always more research and analysis behind it than meets the eye. If you want to learn about this strange New Testament figure without all the hype usually associated with the genre, look no further. It's serious, interesting, well-informed, and edifying reading."--Michael Horton, professor of theology and apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

Kim Riddlebarger (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, California, and visiting professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California. He is also a cohost of the White Horse Inn radio program, a weekly broadcast on more than fifty radio stations.

About the Author

Kim Riddlebarger (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, California, and has been a visiting professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California. He is also a co-host of the White Horse Inn

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  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (June 1, 2006)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B8563D4
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
In an age of uncertainty and an Apocalyptic warnings coming through the media, whether in fictional accounts produced by Hollywood, 'documentaries' and 'evidence' of global warming coming interestingly enough again from Hollywood, media accounts of the state of the war on terror, or mainstream Christian retailing of End Times novels, speculations, and conjecture, The Man Of Sin stands as a welcome resource for those who wish to look at what the Bible has to say about the Anti-christ.
Uncovering a truly biblical understanding of the Anti-christ is a daunting task when you begin to see all the presuppositions that have been attached to the person in all the fore-described media. But it is a task that Kim Riddlebarger faced head-on and, in my opinion, produced for us a Biblical picture of the Man of Sin.
The book begins with the immediate context of American culture as it relates to the Anti-christ. Dr. Riddlebarger draws a picture of the contemporary view of the Anti-christ and of the expectancies of what he will be and when he will appear and begins the task of separating fact from fiction.
He then provides an overview of the forerunners of the Anti-christ from the Old Testament. Riddlebarger's discussion of the many 'types' and foretellings of the Anti-christ found in the Old Testament lays the necessary foundation for understanding all that the Anti-christ has been foretold to embody in Scripture. Tracing these types from the serpent in Paradise, through Cain, Nimrod, Pharoah, Nebuchadnezzar, to Antiochus Epiphanes, and through the study of specific prophecies of the Anti-christ, Riddlebarger provides a comprehensive picture of the Anti-christ as expected by Jewish society before the time of Christ.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done September 10, 2006
Format:Paperback
Riddlebarger's "Man of Sin" is the best resource on the subject I have encountered. As a layperson I found the book was persuasive and easy to read. Riddlebarger's previous title "A Case for Amillennialism" was a much more difficult read because I was less familiar with the scripture citations, and less scripture quotations and paraphrases were included in the text.

Raised on the campy and comical "Thief in the night" series during "Youth group" on Sunday Morning, I made several attempts through Revelation to try to see if the Bible taught these things. After realizing that I am hopelessly underfamiliar with apocalyptic literature and Old Testament scriptures and symbols, I looked elsewhere.

I've been troubled by both the futurist and preterist understanding of the Beast/Antichrist/Man of Sin. Riddlebarger has provided satisfactory resolution to all of my nagging concerns in this very narrow topic.

It would seem silly to describe this book as the final answer on all your Antichrist questions, given the historical diversity of interpretations. However, it is the best set of answers I have ever seen, and as a special bonus, they're all consistently laid out next to each other in one book :)! It will be the first resource I turn to when questions pop up.

I do have a complaint about the book. The book may not stand on its own. I wish it repeated a few pages of "A Case for Amillenialism"'s thorough debunking of Dispensational theology. Instead it includes a reference. Because this book is more sensationally interesting to my dispensationalist family members and friends, it may be easier to get them to read it, but it may lack persuasiveness because it fails to kill dispensationalism. Getting them to read two books is always harder.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Defying Escapism April 5, 2009
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Nicolae Carpathia, the Antichrist's given name by LaHaye and Jenkins in the Left Behind series, is anti-scriptural. We may be forgiven in thinking that more heresies have been spawned by this series than once did the gnostics of the second century. Yet, says Dr Kim Riddlebarger, 'Antichrist speculation is inevitable. We cannot escape it'. p 26 Dr Riddlebarger enters his foray into the Antichrist as presented by the mass media and something immediately becomes readily observable: man's preoccupation with the dark. Preying on our fears then becomes the questionable money-motive for much of the collaboration in the publication and production of a peculiarly prophetic genre, projecting onto us an unbiblical and anxious dread - with a way out. Riddlebarger critiques both the futurist and preterist presuppositions through a re-examination of their ethos.

Of great importance are three sections of Scripture crucial to gleaning a scriptural approximation of this enigmatic character: the Epistles of John, John's Apocalypse, and Paul's "man of lawlessness" in 2 Thess 2. Of lesser importance is Daniel's seventy weeks prophecy, which one misguided chiliast describes as 'the indispensable chronological key to all NT prophecy'. Admittedly, Riddlebarger does a great job with his exegesis of Daniel 9:27. Furthermore, Riddlebarger employs past theologians of great stature to great effect in an attempt to oust the consumption of fictional best-sellers, and replace them with a solid integration of gifted scholarly literature less accessible to consumer-frivolous Christians.

By now it becomes apparent that Riddlebarger believes that many antichrists have already come in the course of human history.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best on the topic
Published 6 months ago by Steve R
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
The book is thorough. Riddlebarger covers the topic from biblical and historical perspectives while cutting through the misconceptions and bad interpretation. Read more
Published 7 months ago by H. Sloan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good review of Biblical truth!
Published 9 months ago by Wilma Baskinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent-Makes you think!
I haven't finished reading this book yet-but so far, it's thought-provoking and a careful, contextual analysis if the relevant scriptures relating to the figure if the Antichrist -... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Meg Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Good comparison of different views on the topic
The author tells you upfront what his bias is, and then goes on to explain the various views and why they may or may not be reasonable based on the biblical text.
Published 17 months ago by Abagael MacAskill
5.0 out of 5 stars A REFORMED PASTOR (AND AMILLENNIALIST) LOOKS AT THE ANTICHRIST
Kim Riddlebarger is senior pastor of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, and visiting professor at Westminster Seminary California. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Steven H Propp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Work!
Kim Riddlebarger does a fantastic work in this book. He writes with a good clarity that is informing to the reader of what the Biblical text says about the person of Ant-Christ. Read more
Published on August 21, 2012 by C.S.
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Look at an Old Topic
Riddlebarger's scripture-solid look at the anti-christ is a breath of fresh air. It lacks the sensational, date prediciting trend so common in many who deal with escathology. Read more
Published on December 28, 2009 by Smith Craig Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Kim Riddlebarger, that author of "A Case for Amillienialism" tackles the ultimate villain (aside from Satan himself) in this biblical/historical/theological examination of the... Read more
Published on April 11, 2007 by M. J. Keel
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong But Disorienting Book
When I began "The Man of Sin," I was immediately disoriented. 236 pages later, that assessment still stands. Read more
Published on February 22, 2007 by J. Stephen Newell Jr.
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