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Gorbachev! Has the Real Antichrist Come?

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ISBN-13: 978-0932081193
ISBN-10: 0932081193
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Victory House (June 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932081193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932081193
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,229,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Over ten years before the millennial madness, self described 'nuclear engineer' Robert Faid was ahead of the curve in attempting to pinpoint the end of the world and the rise of the biblical Antichrist. He backs his story up with lots of meaningless numerology and statistics. Like many prophets before him, he also fails miserably.
Of course, in 2002 this book seems like pure unadulterated hogwash, and it is hard to believe that some evangelists will still attempt to defend tenets of this book when the central premise has been clearly proved false. A reader stated (in a review written in 2001) that 'it cannot be denied that Gorbachev was quite active on the world scene for some period of time', as if this was some sort of incredible revelation that the author couldn't guess at when the book was written. You could say the same thing about Jimmy Carter.
The reality is that the book was bogus from day one, and Mr Faid appears to have left the prophecy game in disgrace, just as quickly as he entered it. One only wonders if his later 1993 work 'A Scientific Approach to Biblical Mysteries' is as fatally flawed as this one, since there is nothing 'scientific' to this madness. Perhaps after receiving his Ig Nobel Prize in 1993, Faid decided to stick to the 'nuclear engineering' game for good, heeding the words of one much wiser - 'No man knows the hour of my return'.
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I purchased this book somewhere around 1991 while I began assembling information on Bible Prophecy. Having read the book I contacted the author of the book on a number of points. Dr. Faid took the time to write a personal letter to me, which was surprising and appreciated.
Of main interest was whether Gorbachev could actually fulfill the prophecies concerning the Antichrist. John 5:43 and a passage from the Prophet Daniel would seem to indicate that the Antichrist will be a man the Jews will be comfortable with. This would seem to preclude Russia, which has been an arch-enemy of National Israel. Indeed, Moscow is a primary target of Israel's oft-denied nuclear weapons ("The Sampson Option" - Seymour Hersh).
Much of the conclusion is based on the prophecies of Ezekiel 38-39 where a Russian invasion (descendents of Magog are the Scythians - Flavius Josephus) comes against Israel; albeit unsuccessful. Yet the siege of Jerusalem in Zechariah 12 and 14 indicate that the Antichrist will be successful, if only for a short time. Therefore, a leader of Russia is more appropriately identified with Gog of Magog in Ezek38-39 and less identified with the Antichrist.
Gorbachev, an avowed athiest, was busy with world politics and pursuing efforts of world religion to salvage Russia. Though not personally KGB, Gorbachev was nonetheless the protege of Yuri Andropov who had heavy KGB ties. In the past decade, the former Presidio US Gov't military facility in San Francisco has been the home of the Gorbachev Foundation, a think-tank for globalism and like-minded efforts.
Faid's book noted many of the world situations and conflicts of the late 1980's. For that it is interesting reading. As to the accuracy of interpreting prophecy it is not as accurate.
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