One of the most heated debates in our culture today is homosexuality. It is not surprising then that the topic has made its way into our discussion about the Antichrist. So it only natural to ask, “Will the Antichrist be a homosexual?” Some Christians believe that this is so and it is based on Daniel 11:37: “He [the Antichrist] will show no regard[s] for the god[s] of his fathers or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all.”
John MacArthur says concerning the phrase “desire of women”: “This could mean that Antichrist will be a homosexual; but it surely means he has no normal desire or interest in women, e.g., as one who is celibate.”
Is this what the passage is really saying – that the Antichrist will be a homosexual or at least will be celibate? When you study the verse in context, you will learn that the phrase “desire of women” has nothing to do with an interest in women. It has to do with something completely different.
Notice that “the one desired by women” comes in between “He will show no regard[s] for the god[s] of his fathers” and “nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all.” The very next verse continues that the Antichrist will worship a god of war. Why would Daniel teach about the religion of the Antichrist but insert a quick reference to his sexual orientation? This makes no sense.
By studying the context – that the Antichrist will reject all religious believes except for one – it becomes clear the “desire of women” must have some kind of religious significance. There are two possible interpretations to the meaning of the “desire of women.” The first is that the phrase deals with a god or goddess that women worshipped in the ancient world. One example was Tammuz, a Babylonian fertility god. If this interpretation is correct, then the “desire of women” is just another god or goddess. This fits perfectly with the rest of Daniel 11 which states that the Antichrist will not worship any god (except for one).
However, there is a second way to look at the verse. In a Jewish context (remember Daniel was a Jew), the one “desired by women” could be the Messiah, Jesus Christ. John Walvoord notes:
“Although Daniel is not specific, a plausible explanation of this passage, in light of Daniel’s Jewish background, is that this expression, the desire of women, is the natural desire of Jewish women to become the mother of the promised Messiah, the seed of the women promised in Genesis 3:15.”
Many Jewish women had the desire to be the mother of the Messiah, the promised redeemer of both Israel and the world. Although the Bible is clear that homosexuality is a sin, this does not mean that the Antichrist will be a homosexual. Daniel 11 is teaching us that the Antichrist will not follow any religion except that of a god of war. As Christians we need to be careful to interpret the Bible in its original context, that is, we need to look at it through the eyes of those who wrote it, not through the eyes of our own culture.
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 John MacArthur. The MacArthur Bible Commentary. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2005). Pg. 967.
 John Walvoord. Daniel: The Key to Prophetic Revelation. Chicago: Moody, 1989. Pg. 274.