A great shock was caused by the declaration of a rabbi who claimed that the Messiah the Jews are waiting for is the «antichrist».
Rabbi Mario Moreno, founder of the Messianic Jewish Shema Israel Congregation, said that today we live in the time of the Messiah, when what is written in the Torah is fulfilled.
«When we make this connection and read the signs that we are seeing in our daily lives, we begin to worry, because it is happening very quickly,» Moreno said.
«The End Times»
It also indicates that they are living «The Last Times», which are divided into three stages of 2,000 years each; there the certainty that this would be the end according to their belief.
«Today we are in the year 5780, but we know that there was a mistake in the calendar, so we would already be living in the year 6 thousand or more. This means that, according to Jewish tradition, we are already living in the Messianic era,» the Rabbi said.
«We are living at the end, that is, Yeshua will appear very soon. But people live according to what the Bible says will happen, concerned about their own lives, to recover what they lost, without stopping to look at the spiritual problem,» he added.
«Characteristics of the Antichrist»
In an interview with the portal Guíame, he explained that the characteristics of the Antichrist are the same as the Messiah they expect.
The Rabbi indicates that this figure will not come from beliefs like Catholicism or Islam but from Judaism. «For them it is not the Antichrist, for them it is the Messiah,» he said.
The characteristics he has are:
He will be a direct descendant of King David, from the tribe of Judah.
He will not only be a religious leader, but the greatest political leader the world has ever seen.
He will oversee the rebuilding of the Third Temple.
He will restore the Sanhedrin and the sacrifices;
He will bring the Jewish people together in the land of Israel.
«The Antichrist must be a Jew and a descendant of David. In 2 Thessalonians 2:4, the apostle Paul says that the son of perdition will sit in the Temple claiming to be God. He cannot be a Gentile, but a Jew,» he says.
He points out that the prophecy in the book of Daniel will be fulfilled with the coming of this person, saying that for a few years he will be on good behavior and then show who he really is.
«For a while, he will act in some way and then he will be transformed and begin to reveal himself. Daniel’s prophecy indicates that he will act in one way for three and a half years, and will reveal himself in another way in the other three and a half years,» he states.
He concludes by stating that both these indications of the Messiah, and the building of the temple, are the clear definition that the end times are about to begin.