Barabbas: A Type of Antichrist

Barabbas is the infamous character that was released from prison instead of Jesus. On the surface, this is a terrible thing, to release a convicted murderer instead of an innocent man, and further, to make the innocent man pay the ultimate price that the murderer would normally be required to pay.

However, there’s actually more to this.

Barabbas is mentioned exactly 11 times in the Bible. 11 is the number for disorder, and is often associated with the antichrist. That’s interesting, but look a bit deeper. What exactly was Barabbas in trouble for? Mark 15:7 tells us “...they had committed murder in the rebellion.” So we’ve got rebellion, and murder. Rebellion against what? Historical sources tell us this was a politically motivated rebellion.

So… we’ve got Barabbas committing murder for political gain, or power. Sound kind of antichrist to you? It does to me.

2 Peter 2:4 talks about the angels that were imprisoned, or chained, in dungeons, or the pits of hell, depending on the translation you use. So there’s a strong correlation here between ‘prison’ and ‘pit.’ Still with me?

Ok, head over to Revelation 9:1-3 “Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

Then in chapter 9, verse 11 (did you catch that?), we get this: “And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.

So we’ve got locusts coming out of the bottomless pit (prison), and king over them is this character Abaddon, or Apollyon, which is Satan’s throne angel, ie right hand monster, also called the “Destroyer.” By the way, this happens to be one of the 99 names of Allah. (side note, 99 = 9 x 11).

Back in Luke 23:18 we see: “And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas” who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder.

Isn’t it interesting then that we have Barabbas – a conniving character who is out to gain political power and will use any means possible to gain it, including murder – being chosen and released from prison instead of Jesus Christ?

Sounds to me like Barabbas is a type of the antichrist, whom people will choose over Christ in the last days.

That’s the height of human arrogance and rebellion against God, to choose a convicted murderer over their savior, and it is exactly what people are doing today.

  • Good points! And with the name Barabbas meaning son of the father, that makes an even more convincing anti-Christ. I think Jesus was referring at least in part to Barabbas when he said they rejected Him when He came in the name of the Father, but they will accept another who comes in his own name.

  • Thanks Tricia, that’s a good point about Barabbas’ name.

    Regarding accepting others who come in their own name, I read that already by the year 1700, the Jews had followed after 64 false messiahs… no doubt many more since that time!