Contrary to the popular characterization of the Antichrist as an enemy of the Jews, he is the friend and protector of the common Jew.
In Daniel 9:27, the Antichrist is called the Abomination of Desolation:
And he [Christ] shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
The reason for the Antichrist's designation as an "abomination" is not because he is the opponent of the Jews, but rather his relationship to the law of the Jews. His status as an outsider was foretold. For example, in Isaiah 53 he is described as a man of sorrows, rejected and grieved. However, the role of a national savior overcoming the impediments of personal and social ostracization is a common theme in all mythologies.
The lonely exile draws strength from his experience, which forces him to reflect and seek society in God. The trailblazer is separated for the sake of his legacy.
Only a select few can tread the winepress of history.
ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
Daniel 9:26 distinguishes between Dual Messiahs*. One is called "Messiah"; the other is the "Prince of the people".
According to tradition, the Dual Messiahs are Moshiach ben David and Moshiach ben Joseph. "Moshiach ben" means "messiah son of". To be the "son of" refers to lineal descent, or behavior "in the manner of".
Jesus Christ is the messiah known as Moshiach ben David. See Luke 1:32; Revelation 22:16. The second messiah is then Moshiach ben Joseph.
Those who are looking for a respectable latter-day messiah are looking in all the wrong places. Daniel 9:27 calls him an "abomination".
The identity of the "Prince of the people" is easy to determine. Daniel 9:26 states, "the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary". The Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple in 70 C.E. Their prince is Caesar.
The book of Revelation predicts the return of Nero Caesar as the Antichrist near the end of what Daniel calls the Consummation. A contemporary transliteration of Nero's name and title, Neron Kesar, equals 666.
Daniel 9:27 refers to the "overspreading [literally "wing"] of abominations" as the poetic expression of the Roman Eagle.
Like a hen gathering her chickens, the Antichrist spreads his protective, far-reaching wings over the Jews, who are here described as the "desolate".
The reconstitution of impenitent Israel was necessary to stage the coming of a new messiah for the Jews. This messiah is the Antichrist. His affection covers the common Jew who seeks God and simple faith.
* Dual Messiahs is an orthodox biblical teaching and pre-dates Christianity. "Messiah" is the Hebrew term for the ultimate national savior. It means "anointed" because God endows a human being with the Holy Spirit and thus the supernatural powers to accomplish his mission.
"Christ" is the Greek equivalent of "messiah". When Christianity spread to non-Jews, the significance of the messiah became less national and more universal.
"Dual" means two.
Jesus Christ is the first of the Dual Messiahs. The second messiah is properly known as the Antichrist.
Unfortunately, the Antichrist in popular thought is construed as an impostor messiah because of the prefix "anti-", which as used in its first-century context has two meanings: 1) opposed to; or 2) in place of (but not necessarily opposed to).
The genuine Antichrist is a messiah "in place of" Jesus Christ during His absence on earth; however, there are false messiahs known as "antichrists" who are "opposed to" Jesus Christ.