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kevtherev
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Posted - 22 Jan 2006 :  21:49:08  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Will the Antichrist an Assyrian (Iraqi)?

The Time of His Appearing

"And after sixty-two weeks, Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood and till the end of the war desolations are determined."

- Daniel 9:26

Daniel 9:27 and 2 Thessalonians 2:3,7 tell us that the coming world leader (AKA the "Antichrist," the "Assyrian," the "Son of Perdition," the "Man of Sin" and the "Beast") will come upon the world scene at the start of the seven-year Tribulation. This happens after the formation of a world government comprised of 10 nations in Eastern and Western Europe:

"The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces. The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; he shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings."

- Daniel 7:23,24

The Antichrist appears at the start, not the middle of the Tribulation Week. Although notable developments concerning him occur at the middle of the Tribulation, they do not negate the reality of his presence during the first 3-1/2 years (Daniel 7:25).

In Daniel 7:8 we are told that he plucks up three horns by the root. This imagery is later interpreted by the angel Gabriel as representing three of the ten nations that will be overthrown by a warring Antichrist at the start of the seven years (Daniel 8:23,24; 11:40, Revelation 6:2). As a mortal man, he will forcibly subdue three of these countries within the "revived Roman Empire." After installing three replacements, He co-rules with the ten kings for the next 3-1/2 years. After 3-1/2 years, these ten will surrender their authority, allowing him to unilaterally rule the world until the end of the Tribulation Week (Revelation 17:12,13; 13:4-7). In addition to this power consolidation, several other key events take place at the middle of the Tribulation, in the following sequence:



1. He is killed in battle (Daniel 11:40, Zechariah 11:15-17, Revelation 13:14).

2. Satan cast to the earth and embodies Antichrist (Revelation 12:7- 13:3).

3. He is raised to life through the power (or magic) of Satan (Revelation 17:8b, KJV).

4. After coming back to life: a) he destroys Mystery Babylon (for competing for his worship - Revelation 17:16); b) he breaks his covenant with Israel (Isaiah 28:18); and c) he defiles the Temple on Mt. Moriah (2 Thessalonians 2:4).



These events do not indicate that Antichrist's initial appearance will be at the middle of the Tribulation. This belief comes from a narrow interpretation of Revelation 13:1, where John mentions the beast for the first time at mid-trib. Although John does not identify him as the "beast" until mid-trib, Daniel clearly sees the "beast" prior to the Tribulation Week (Daniel 7:23). 2 Thessalonians 2 refers to the "man of sin;" another term for the "beast," the "little horn," and the "prince to come" - all of whom make their appearance before the Tribulation Week (Daniel 7:8; 9:27). Determining the time of his initial appearance is integral to knowing that the Rapture is pre-tribulational. Since his appearance does precede the Tribulation Week (Daniel 9:27), so also must the Rapture (2 Thessalonians 2:6,7).



From Where?

Having established the "time of his appearance," let us now explore the "place of his origin." There has been much unbiblical postulating regarding this question. It has been said that he will come from Italy, Spain, Russia, the United States, and of late, even Great Britain! The Bible is not silent regarding the geographic origin of the coming world leader. As previously mentioned, Daniel 7:8 tells us that he will come up from among the future 10-nation alliance, which includes the Middle East. This area lies within the geographic borders of Ancient Rome, the original location of the 10 horns of Daniel 2:40-42; 7:24. Some assert that the ten horns represent the ten international regions partitioned by the United Nations. I find this untenable because of the geographic restrictions found in Daniel 2 and 7 and because these "regions" do not represent national sovereigns, endemic to a "kingdom".

Daniel 7:24 also tells us that he cannot come to power (be revealed) until after this 10-nation alliance is in place. Daniel 7:8 clearly teaches: "I considered the horns (ten), and behold, there came up among them another horn (eleven), a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots; and behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things." This scripture quite clearly indicates that the 10-nation federation must be in place before the identity of the Antichrist can be known.

Although his personal identity might not be known for certain before the coalescing of ten particular nations, the place of his origin can be. In Daniel 8:21 we read: "The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between his eyes is the first king." The large horn between his eyes is the first king of ancient Greece - Alexander the Great, whose nickname was the "Goat" (the national emblem of Greece and the occult's image of Satan). The angel Gabriel predicted that Alexander's empire would be divided into four sections after his death (8:22). History reveals this is exactly what happened! His four generals divided the kingdom into four parts: Seleucus assumed leadership of the area surrounding modern Syria; Ptolemy ruled modern Egypt and proximate areas; Cassander ruled the area of modern Greece; and Lysimachus ruled the area of modern Turkey. Gabriel then goes on to tell us in verses 22 and 23 of chapter 8 that "the king" (meaning the last days' Antichrist) will arise from one of the countries that lie within the boundaries of ancient Greece. Ancient Greece, of course, is in Eastern Europe; it encompassed at least the four countries mentioned above: Turkey, Egypt, Syria and Greece. It also included modern Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, "Palestine," Jordan (and a small part of Saudi Arabia on the eastern border of Jordan). Three of these will be plucked up by the little horn. He will come from one of the aforementioned countries or one immediately adjoining these. The Scriptures, then, reduce our geographic scope to the Eastern Europe/Middle East area.

On the basis of the following scriptures, I believe the "prince who is to come" (Daniel 9:26) may be from, or closely tied to Syria:

"...The destruction decreed shall overflow with righteousness. For the Lord God of hosts will make a determined end in the midst of all the land. Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: 'O My people, who dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian. He shall strike you with a rod and lift up his staff against you, in the manner of Egypt. For yet a very little while and the indignation (Tribulation) will cease, as will my anger in their destruction.' And the Lord of hosts will stir up a scourge for him like the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb; as His rod was on the sea, so will He lift it up in the manner of Egypt. It shall come to pass in that day that his (the Assyrian's) burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil."

- Isaiah 10:22-27

Isaiah refers elsewhere to Antichrist as the Assyrian (31:8), as does the prophet Micah (5:5,6). These scriptures provide compelling evidence that he will arise from the area in or around modern Syria - somewhere within the boundaries of the ancient Grecian Empire. In Isaiah 10:34, God refers to Antichrist as "Lebanon". Lebanon (on Israel's northern border) is adjacent to and owned by Syria. This is the area that God says the Antichrist come from, or will have a strong base of operations (Ezekiel 31:3). However, he could arise from anywhere in the Middle East, including Jordan, Iraq or Saudi Arabia.

Revelation 13:2 seems to narrow the scope to Iran, Iraq or Syria: "And the beast that I saw was like a leopard, its feet were like a bear's, and its mouth was like a lion's mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority."

This passage describes the Antichrist, here called "the beast." It also says that Satan (the dragon) will empower him. The three animals, leopard, bear and lion, represent three contemporary countries in the Middle East: Syria the leopard, Iran the bear and Iraq the lion. The leopard is used by Daniel to describe the entire ancient Grecian Empire, which later divided into four sections comprised of modern Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Syria. The leopard represents Syria because it issued from the ancient Grecian Empire. The bear represents modern Iran, which changed its name from Persia when it became a nation. Daniel 7:5 likened Persia to a bear. Iraq is represented by the lion because Daniel 7:4 ascribes ancient Babylon to a lion. That same Babylon is in modern Iraq, 55 miles south of Baghdad. So here again the Bible points to the Middle East (Syria, Iran and Iraq) when describing the geographic origin of the person of Antichrist.

There are two noteworthy items in this context. First, the countries mentioned above are all Islamic. This suggests that the coming world conqueror may be Muslim. Also Jesus said in Luke 21:29- 32 that when the fig tree (representing Israel) and "all the trees" shoot forth, it will indicate the time of the end. The other "trees" represent other nations, in addition to the "fig tree" nation of Israel, which was founded in 1948. Iran became a nation in 1935; Syria in 1944; and Iraq in 1958. These "trees" are certainly budding, indicating to this writer that the stage is set for the appearance of the Antichrist.



Who's Who

Verses 24-26 of Daniel 8 further describe this little horn, the subject of verses 9-14 of the same chapter. The Scripture places this individual in "the time of the end" (verse 17) and during the "Indignation" (Great Tribulation), verse 19. Because the Indignation is still in our future, the prophecies of Daniel 8 could not possibly have been fulfilled by anyone in our past. Some individuals maintain that Antiochus Epiphanes of Syria fulfilled the passages in Daniel 8. However, Gabriel nullifies this interpretation by specifying the time of the fulfillment of this vision as, "the time of the end." Epiphanes the Great desecrated the temple in 165 B.C., thus failing the time period requirement of Daniel 8:17,19. Besides this anachronism, Epiphanes never rose against Jesus Christ, the "Prince of princes" (Daniel 8:25), thus disqualifying him as the antitype of Daniel 8:21f.

The little horn of chapter 7 is the same as that of chapter 8. Chapter 8 simply tells us from what part of revived Rome he will come. After the little horn conquers three of the ten horns, he will co-rule the 10-nation alliance for the first 3-1/2 years. Eventually he will preside over the revived Grecian empire - that is why he is described as a "Leopard" in Revelation 13:2, "The Beast (Antichrist) was like a leopard..." Daniel 7:6 states that the leopard is the country divided into four sections. In short, the little horn of Daniel 7 co-rules revived Rome for the first 3-1/2 years; then, as the little horn of Daniel 8, he consolidates power and unilaterally rules revived Greece for the last 3-1/2 years (Revelation 17:12-17). This occurs because the kingdom of clay and iron (Daniel 2:43) can no longer hold together, so the clay yields to the iron. The result is the kingdom of Antichrist (AKA revived Greece).

This explains Revelation 17:10: "There are seven kings (kingdoms). Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come." This refers to world kingdoms of various periods in history; the first being Egypt; the second Assyria; the third; Babylon, the fourth; Medo-Persia and the fifth; Greece - thus accounting for the five that had fallen in John the Apostle's day (when this vision was received). The sixth power at that time was Ancient Rome ("one is") and the other "to come" will be the seventh, represented by the 10 horns on the Beast of Revelation 17.

Notice carefully verse 8a of Revelation 17, where we are told the Beast "was" (in John's past), and "is not" (in his present), "yet will ascend..." If the Beast (the coming Antichrist) was in John's past, it must have been one of the "five that had fallen" (verse 10), i.e., Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia or Greece. In light of Daniel 7:6; 8:21 and Revelation 13:2, the future, "ascending" kingdom of Revelation 17:8 must be Greece. Joel 3:6 and Zechariah 9:13,14 support this conclusion. They imply that Greece will once again be in power at the time of the end. Thus ancient Greece is revived as the Beast kingdom in the last days.

The Beast kingdom of Revelation 17:8 is not revived Rome (the seventh). Revived Rome is merely one of seven heads upon the Beast. The Beast is a composite of all the kingdoms, making him a separate, eighth kingdom (v.11). He is also separate and distinct from the 10 kings within revived Rome (v.12). In addition to being an eighth entity, distinct in himself, the Beast is also representative of more than a man, as indicated above. The beast is both a king (man) and a kingdom (nation). Revelation 17:8a is referring to the kingdom of Greece (and the angelic prince of Grecia - Daniel 10:20), while the latter part of the verse refers to the man who will rule revived Greece: "...was, and is not, and yet is" (KJV). The last half of verse 8 is describing the Antichrist killed by the sword (Revelation 13:14) and brought back to life, while Revelation 17:8a describes Greece which "was, is not and will come." The "Beast" is both a king and a kingdom.

Verse 11 of Revelation 17 says, "The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth..." This tells us that there will be an eighth - an eighth king and an eighth kingdom. Verse 11 reveals that this "eighth" is one of the "seven." On the basis of the scriptures previously given, I believe that of those seven kingdoms, the fifth (Greece) is the one referred to. Greece is the leopard of Revelation 13:2 - the eighth and final kingdom of this world. But who is the eighth "King"? He is the resurrected man of Revelation 17:8b - "he was (little horn of first 3-1/2 years), and is not (killed in battle at mid-trib) and yet is" (brought back to life by the magic or power of Satan - Daniel 8:24). Before his death and resurrection, he was "the seventh".





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The eighth "kingdom" is the 5th of seven - GREECE

The 8th "king" is 7th of seven - the PRINCE TO COME





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Please recall that Daniel referred to this eighth king as the "little horn" (8:9). The little horn is first mentioned in Daniel 7 when he overthrows three countries at the start of the Tribulation Week. He then co-rules the seventh kingdom, revived Rome, for 3-1/2 years. When the little horn is again mentioned in Daniel 8, it is in the context of revived Greece (8:21) - the eighth kingdom. Therein do we find an astounding revelation. The seventh king of Revelation 17:10 is the little horn of Daniel 7, co- ruling revived Rome as a fully mortal man. The eighth king of Revelation 17:11 is the little horn of Daniel 8, embodied by Satan during the last half of the Tribulation. He is the Beast leader of the eighth kingdom - revived Greece. The seventh of Revelation 17:10 is the little horn of Daniel seven; the eighth of Revelation 17:11 is the little horn of Daniel eight

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nick
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Posted - 09 Jul 2006 :  14:19:54  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
With all that is happening in Iraq the need for a leader who is a "peacekeeper" is paramount. It is exciting to be living in these days. The rapture could happen today!

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nick
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Posted - 09 Jul 2006 :  14:24:46  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
A great scripture proving the nationality of the Antichrist is in Rev 13:2

And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

The leopard is Syria, the bear is Iran, and the Lion is Iraq! So we can transliterate this to be:

And the beast which I saw was like unto [Syria], and his feet were as the feet of Iran, and his mouth as the mouth of Iraq: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

No wonder the Antichrist loves to chop heads off! He is a Muslim at heart!

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daas
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Posted - 01 Apr 2007 :  16:35:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have you considered that you're reading a bit much into this Nick? After all, traditionally Russia is represented by the bear, and Cameroon in Africa is frequently represented by the lion, so to claim definitive proof of the nationality of the antichrist on this easily misinterpreted verse is drawing a long bow.
Sounds a bit like Muslim-bashing to me, which is a little un-Christian. Remember, Love Thy Neighbour...
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nick
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Posted - 18 Apr 2007 :  17:18:50  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Hey there Das, if you read the book of Daniel it describes in specific detail who the bear, lion and leopard are. Please describe why you think Islam should be praised?

I think it is a satanic cult personally.

Cheers.

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daas
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Posted - 20 Apr 2007 :  16:28:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dear Nick,
Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see in my bible where it describes the leopard being Syria, etc. However, may I point out that I make no claim that Islam should be praised (not sure where you saw that, but it's not in my comment), merely that you denigrate a whole population in your claim that the anti-christ will be spawned by them, and that Muslims enjoy cutting peoples heads off. In the same sense that Christians should not be judged by historical acts such as the Crusades and the Holocaust (yes, Hitler claimed to be acting on God's behalf), or the current evils that GW Bush is performing in God's name, not all Muslims should be tarred with the brush of terrorism. Have a chat to a Muslim - the ones I've spoken to condemn the acts committed in Allah's name as surely as we do.
And to claim that they are satanic?!? People who worship satan are satanic, people who worship Christ are Christians, people who worship Allah are Muslims. Different names, different faiths, all still human beings, God's creations if you will. A little love and acceptance of our differences and the world would be a different place.
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