Today's One Year Bible Reading

1 Samuel

Goliath: another anti-Christ type.

Satan stood at the line of battle for years, taunting and intimidating humans with his size, power, and terrifying words of death. Jesus came to fight the giant for us, and He was also offered the daughter of a King to be His betrothed as a reward (His future Bride). Jesus ended the power of Satan with one strike and set us free from fear and death. Jesus was the Rock that gave the final blow to the giant. Just as we can have more than one Christ-type going at once (Samuel and David), so we now have 2 anti-Christ types at once (Saul and Goliath). Here are some similarities of Goliath to the anti-Christ:

  • His name means "Soothsayer" which at once connects him with the powers of the underworld.

  • He was a giant, and thus, like Saul, prefigured the Super-man.

  • He was the enemy of Israel.

  • His consuming egotism was displayed in his blatant challenge, "I defy the armies of Israel" (1 Sam. 17:10).

  • The mysterious number 666 (the number of the Antichrist) is connected with Goliath. Note the three sixes. (a) He was six cubits high (1 Sam. 17:4). (b) Six pieces of armor are enumerated - helmet, coat of mail, greaves, target, staff, and shield (1 Sam. 17:5-7). (c) His spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron (1 Sam. 17:7).

  • He was slain by the sword (see 1 Sam. 17:51 compare Rev. 13:14).

  • He was slain by David - type of Christ... In each of these respects he foreshadowed the Antichrist.

Some of the other types of anti-Christs of the Bible and history in addition to Saul and Goliath are:

  • Cain

  • Pharaoh

  • Nimrod (Tower of Babel)

  • Solomon (yep, that's right)

  • Haman (book of Esther)

  • Herod

  • Nero

  • Hitler

  • Next? We'll likely find out in our lifetime...

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17:32 "Don't worry about this Philistine," David told Saul. "I'll go fight him!" Only God could give David this kind of courage. He will do the same for us!

17:48 As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. We often approach evil on from a defensive position—in fear. This is a good reminder to attack it offensively! Attack sin, fear, oppression—go for it! "You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven's Armies-the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied." Let's get a warrior mindset!

18:4 Jonathan sealed the pact by taking off his robe and giving it to David, together with his tunic, sword, bow, and belt. I think Jonathan might be to David what John the Baptist was to Jesus. Here we see Jonathan giving his robe, tunic, sword, bow, and belt. It's as if Johnny knows he was here to prepare the way for David and not to claim position for himself. Though Johnny is the son of the king, he is aware that someone comes after him who is greater than he, and he offers up his position by offering him the symbols of his power and royal position.

"As it is written (hey, sounds like Slumdog Millionaire) in Isaiah the prophet: "BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY; THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, `MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.' Mark 1:2