Question: Is It Possible That The Final Antichrist Will Be A Homosexual In That He Has No Desire For Women? (Daniel 11:37)
Answer: The prophet Daniel made a statement regarding the character of the coming Antichrist that many understand as a reference to homosexuality. In the eleventh chapter, we read the following description of the future world leader.
Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all (Daniel 11:37 King James Version).
The New King James translation reads basically the same. This personage shall not regard “the desire of women.” This particular phrase “the desire of women” has been variously interpreted.
It Is A Reference To Sexual Orientation?
Some believe it refers to his sexual orientation. In other words, this final Antichrist will either be celibate or he will have an unnatural desire for men instead of women. Either seems to be possible with this translation. A number of Bible commentators believe this is the meaning here.
Other Translations Have A Different Understanding Of The Meaning
Other translations, however, do not translate the verse in the same way. For example, the English Standard Version translates the phrase “the one beloved by women.” It reads as follows.
He shall pay no attention to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women. He shall not pay attention to any other god, for he shall magnify himself above all (Daniel 11:37 ESV).
The NIV has something similar. It says.
He will show no regard for the gods of his ancestors or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all (Daniel 11:37 NIV).
Some translations understand this to mean he has no desire for “the god loved by women.” The New Living Translation says.
He will have no respect for the gods of his ancestors, or for the god loved by women, or for any other god, for he will boast that he is greater than them all (Daniel 11:37 NLT).
With these translations his sexual orientation is not an issue. Consequently, another meaning for this phrase has to be found.
What Does It Mean?
If it is not referring to his sexual orientation then what does this phrase mean? There have been a number of suggestions offered.
Option 1: He Has Not Desire For The God Of Israel
Some take it to mean that Antichrist has no interest in the God of Israel. The phrase “desire of women” is translated to mean “the one desired by women.” This is viewed as a reference to the desire of Jewish women to be the mother of the Messiah.
Thus, the phrase “the desire of women” is referring to a Person, the promised Messiah. Antichrist has contempt for the genuine Messiah.
Option 2: He Has Desire For Any Human Love
There are others who see this as a reference to human love. For whatever reason, Antichrist has no desire for human love from anyone whether it be male or female.
Whatever the exact meaning of the phrase which Daniel uses to describe this coming man of sin, we do not have to assume that he indicates Antichrist will be a homosexual.
While this is a possible understanding of the phrase, it is certainly not the only way to interpret it.
Summary To Question 20 Is It Possible That The Final Antichrist Will Be A Homosexual In That He Has No Desire For Women? (Daniel 11:37)
The Book of Daniel has a statement regarding the final Antichrist which has puzzled many people. It has been translated to indicate that Antichrist will not regard the “desire of women.” At issue is the meaning of this phrase.
Some have understood it to refer to the sexual orientation of the future man of sin. In other words, he will have no desire for females. This could mean he is celibate or that his attraction is to other men. A number of Bible commentators have held this view.
However, this is not the only way the passage can be understood. Other translations render it in such a way that it has nothing to do with sexual orientation.
Certain translations translate the phrase in such a way that he does not respect “the god loved by women.” This is a possible way to understand the text.
There is also the possibility that the phrase “the desire of women” refers to a person, the long-awaited Messiah. It was the hope of every young Jewish girl to be the mother of the Messiah. Antichrist has no respect for this hope. Thus, the phrase “the desire of women” would be referring to a Person, the Messiah.
There is also the possibility that Antichrist desires no love from any human being. Human love is not something he wants or needs.
Whatever the case may be, we should not assume, as some have, that this must refer to his sexual orientation.
This question is from my forthcoming book “The Final Antichrist”