In a previous article (WHO), we have mentioned the text of the prophet Isaiah on the fall of the king of Babylon, a prophecy that conceals some important details about the last antichrist. Here we propose the text with some adaptations:
How come you fell from the sky, Hêlēl ben-Šāḥar? How come you were brought down to the ground, you who defeated / killed the people? You said in your heart: “I will ascend into the heavens, upon the stars of God I will lift up my throne, I will settle on the mount of the assembly, in the hidden parts of Thank you. I will climb on the top of the clouds, I will make myself equal to the Most High ». Instead, you were thrown into hell, into the depths of the abyss! (Is 14,12-15)
Hêlēl means “brilliant”, and ben-Šāḥar «son of the dawn “. Most likely the prophet is inspired by a Canaanite myth, so it would be better to translate “son of This year». This year was the son of The, the supreme god of Canaanite Olympus. Rise to the stars of The could indicate the will to Hêlēl son of This year to overwhelm the entire divine assembly, that is, the lower deities and El himself, taking its place. This would explain the Pauline expression, which defines the antichrist as “the one who opposes and rises above all that is called God or that is the object of worship, to the point of sitting himself in the temple of God, declaring himself God” (2Ts 2,4). In the Canaanite Olympus, in fact, the lower divinities could be the object of worship together with the supreme entity (enotheism).
Thank you in Hebrew it means North but here most probably means the Mt. Thank you, the abode of Baʿal, where the temple and the tower of sacrifices where the children were offered stood (cf. Jer 19: 5). It is good to remember that the prophet uses mythological elements in a monotheistic context, in the same way that we today could refer to a character from Greek mythology to describe a person or an event. The last antichrist will try to storm heaven under the banner of Baʿalthat is, it will ask for human sacrifice and, in particular, for children.
We find another element that characterizes the last antichrist in chap. 9 of the Apocalypse, where it speaks of a “star fallen from heaven to earth”, who was given “the key to the well of the Abyss”, with which to open “the well of the Abyss” and from this “smoke rose like the smoke of a great furnace, which darkened the sun and the atmosphere “(Ap 9,1-2).
Following the interpretation of some Fathers, such as Saint Caesar of Arles and Bede the Venerable (in line with Ticonio), the fallen star is not an angel but a man (or a sinful people) who leaves the Church because of their sins. (heaven) – therefore an excommunicated, a heretic – opening the pit of the abyss to unleash the angel of the Abyss, the Exterminator, that is, the devil. In the book of Numbers (24:17), it is written: “a star will rise from Jacob and a scepter will rise from Israel”. The Septuagint (Greek Bible) translates “scepter”, referring to “star”, with anthropos, man, while the Targum (Aramaic Bible) renders the term “star” with “king” and “mighty king”.
He received the key to the pit of the abyss, that is, the power of his heart, to open his heart, to which the devil is joined, and to which he is not prevented from doing his will. And he opened the pit of the abyss – he manifested his heart without any fear or shame of sinning -, and from the well a smoke rose, that is, a people rose that covers and obscures the Church, as it is said: And the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke from the well. The sole has been darkened, he says, but he has not fallen: in fact the sins of evil or proud men, which are committed here and there on earth, they obscure the sun, that is, the Church, and at times they spread darkness over the saints and the righteous, since the number of bad people is such that sometimes the good are barely distinguished from each other.
The expression “like the smoke of a great furnace” recalls the famous passage from Genesis, where we read that Abraham “contemplated Sodom and Gomorrah and the whole expanse of the valley from above and saw that a smoke rose from the earth, like the smoke of a furnace» (Gn 19,28).
Benedict XVI, in Peter Seewald’s book-interview, reveals that the antichrist carries on an anti-Christian creed that rests on the pillars of abortion (child sacrifice) and same-sex marriage (Sodom and Gomorrah):
A hundred years ago anyone would have thought it absurd to talk about same-sex marriage. Today those who oppose it are socially excommunicated. The same goes for abortion and the production of humans in the laboratory. Modern society intends to formulate an anti-Christian creed: whoever challenges it is punished with social excommunication. Being afraid of this spiritual power of the Antichrist is all too natural and it is really necessary that the prayers of entire dioceses and the world Church come to the rescue to resist it.
For Pope Benedict, the antichrist is also a great scholar (star), who uses exegesis to distort God’s message, labeling true faith as fundamentalism:
The interpretation of the Bible can actually become an instrument of the Antichrist … Today the Bible is subjected by many to the criterion of the so-called modern world view, whose fundamental dogma is that God cannot act at all in history – that therefore everything that concerns God must be placed in the realm of the subjective. Then the Bible no longer speaks of God, of the living God, but we only speak to ourselves and decide what God can do and what we want or need to do. And the Antichrist tells us then, in the attitude of a great scholar, that an exegesis that reads the Bible from the perspective of faith in the living God, listening to him, is fundamentalism; only his exegesis, the exegesis considered authentically scientific, in which God himself says nothing and has nothing to say, is in step with the times.
The last antichrist, being the ape of Christ, will be anticipated by one or more precursors. To chap. 8 of the Apocalypse (8: 10-11), we read:
The third angel blew the trumpet and a great star burning like a torch fell from heaven and struck a third of the rivers and springs of water. The star is called Absinthe; a third of the waters turned into wormwood and many men died for those waters, because they had become bitter.
A fallen star, here too, indicates a powerful man or “the great men who, with their bad habits and their iniquities, fall from the Church as from heaven”. The prophet Jeremiah, against the shepherds who destroy and scatter the flock, the ungodly priests and those who prophesy in the name of Ba’al, announces:
Behold, I will make them swallow wormwood and drink poisoned waters, because wickedness has spread throughout the earth from the prophets of Jerusalem. (Jer 23:15)
Absinthe therefore symbolizes the impiety that spreads, bringing with it bitterness and death. In Deuteronomy (29:17), Moses commands: “There may not be a man or woman or family or tribe among you who today turn his heart away from the Lord our God, to go and serve the gods of those nations. There is no root among you that produces poison and wormwood (pikria)».
The fallen star, that is, “a great star burning like a torch (astēr megas kaiomenos hōs lamp) “, Recalls what” like a great mountain of burning fire (h ors oros mega pyri kaiomenon) was thrown into the sea “(Ap 8,8). In the book of Enoch (13: 12-16), the “great fiery mountains (hēs orē megala kaiomena) »Indicate the rebel angels imprisoned in the desert who, in the apocalypse, are thrown into the sea. It would seem that these come out of their prison to invade the sea – the place of primordial chaos, from which the beast rises – and then go up the pit of the abyss.
And, above that crack, I saw a place with no firmament above nor earthly foundations below, and above that there was neither water nor birds: it was a deserted place.  And I saw a terrible thing: there (I saw) seven stars like great burning mountains and as a spirit that questioned me.  And the Angel said to me: «This is the place of the end of heaven and earth. It is the prison of the stars of the sky and the celestial army.  The stars that roll over the fire, and these, are the ones that have transgressed the Lord’s order from before their rising because they did not arrive at the time (appointed for) them.  And (the Lord) was angry with them and imprisoned them until the end (absolution?) Of their sin (which will fall?) In the year of the mystery ».
Absinthe (Apsinthos, which occurs only in Rev 8:11) is the name of the great agglomeration of fire that falls from heaven, that is, comes out of the Church. It could be those who, through modernist exegesis, have destroyed the faith of many, preparing the advent of the last antichrist, who delivers the coup de grace and kills (the soul of) those who have succumbed to his strength. of deception.
 Cesarius of Arles, Commentary on the Apocalypse, Paoline, Milan, 2016, pp. 219-221.
 Seewald, P., Benedict XVI. A life, Garzanti, Milan, 2020, p. 1203.
 Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth, Rizzoli, Milan, 2007, p. 58.
 Cesarius of Arles, Commentary on the Apocalypse, Paoline, Milan, 2016, p. 217.
 Sacchi, P., Apocrypha of the Old Testament, vol. 1, UTET, Milan, pp. 495-496.