Antiochus was a model for the Antichrist. During his reign, 175-163 B.C., he defeated Ptolemy VI of Egypt and then proceeded to force the Jews to abandon their faith or else be killed. He profaned the Temple by sacrificing a pig on the altar and setting up an idol of Zeus. That stopped the sacrifices. The Maccabees lead a successful revolt lasting 3 years. The Jewish festival of Hanukkah celebrates the cleansing of the Temple.
Antiochus was not God as he claims on this coin. He died of a painful intestinal disease. Unlike Jesus, he did not come back to life.
Whom are you following--a dead "god" or the living God?
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