Signs of the Times

"When it is evening, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.'  And in the morning, 'There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.'  Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?"

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Signs of the Rise of the Beast

Who is the Antichrist?

by Bill Wong

 

 

 


 

Two things tell us what to look for about the rising of the Beast – the Antichrist

 

The Lord Jesus the Christ (Jesus is Jewish and His name is Yahusha‘ in Hebrew, commonly transliterated as Yeshua‘; Yeshua’ haMaschiach means Jesus the Messiah/Christ) makes it plain that the end of days and the days leading to the arrival of the Antichrist (that or one which is against Christ and/or seeks to replace Christ; also called the Beast) are upon us when we see these things occur; it is actually the beginning of the end:

 

Matthew 24:

3     Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be?

     And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"

4     And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you.

5     For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.

6     And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass,

     but the end is not yet.

7     For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,

     and earthquakes in various places.

8     All these are the beginning of sorrows.   (NKJV)

 

 

 

There is no doubt that all we hear now is wars and rumors of wars, and earthquakes in various places.  The earthquakes, in particular, have been increasing in frequency and magnitude in the last few years – sometimes every few days.  Two of the deadliest were in the ocean and created the devastating tsunamis in the South Pacific and Japan; and California recently had one. 

Pestilence has also just come upon the scene.  The bubonic plague has surfaced in Colorado in recent years and there was a case in China in 2014 where an entire town had to be quarantined.  Now there is an ebola virus outbreak and in this day of global transport, it is so easy to spread deadly communicable diseases and cause epidemics and pandemics.  There is also the enterovirus-d68 hitting the United States of America.  Added to this, scientists have recently recreated a strain of the Spanish flu virus, one of the deadliest ever (killed an estimated 50 million during the years of World War I).  And in 2014 scientists created an H1N1 bird flu virus that cannot be stopped by the human immune system.  The intentional creation of the deadliest flu viruses ever is questionable and is a possible invitation to disaster. 

In recent years there have been more incidents of bad harvests, food shortages and rising food prices, as well as famine in certain parts of the world.  In the western United States of America, the drought is the worst it has ever been.  Energy prices and the cost of living is also going up greatly.  Can an all-out global famine be far behind when the aftermath of large-scale or global war, pestilence, natural disasters, and economic collapse are factored in?

 

Then there is all this talk the last few years about asteroids possibly striking the earth.  NASA is looking into asteroid exploration in the hopes of averting planetary-scale catastrophe by redirecting asteroids believed to be on a trajectory towards earth.  This news and interest in asteroids is curious and perhaps another sign that the end is near, because the Book of Revelation references something resembling an asteroid striking the earth: 

Revelation 8:

8    And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;    (AKJV)

 

 

 

For hundreds of years the prophets of the Old Testament foretold of the dispersion of Israel to the four winds of the earth and this came true in 70 CE.  At the same time, these prophets told us that Israel will be re-gathered.  For almost 2000 years since the destruction of the Second Temple and the dispersion, people laughed at this idea of a re-gathering and therefore also the Bible’s claim as the one true word of God.  This was especially the case after the Jews were almost exterminated in World War II. 

 

However, after this despair the nation of Israel was reborn in a day on May 14, 1948 and Jerusalem regained in 1967:

 

Isaiah 66:

7    Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

8     Who has heard such a thing? who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once?  for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

(AKJV)

 

 


Another sign we are in the end times, that goes together with the physical re-gathering of Israel back to the land, is the spiritual re-gathering of Israel.  It is just as important – if not more, a sign and an event as the nation of Israel being re-established in 1948.  More and more Jews are coming to know and accept that Jesus/Yeshua‘ is their Messiah than ever before since the time when Jesus walked the earth and during the Book of Acts. 

 

This is significant for two reasons: 

 

1.  It is a reminder that we must never forget Israel is the apple of God’s eye and not only will God not forget her, but Israel is foremost in the mind of God in His acts to reconcile mankind and all creation to Himself.

 

2.  The time of Jesus walking the earth and the Book of Acts is the beginning of God’s reconciliation with man.  God’s salvation through His son Jesus/Yeshua‘ began with Israel and then spread to the nations as Israel was dispersed.  Now Israel is being gathered back from the nations and salvation to Israel is happening again with the acceptance of Jesus/Yeshua‘ as Messiah after almost 2000 years.

 

 

These two things tell us that we are truly in the end times.  What Jesus/Yeshua‘ began in Israel will complete in Israel.     


It is just more evidence that Israel is the focal point of end times prophecy --- it is all about Israel.  With Israel back on the map, only now can end times prophecy unfold, and the fulfillment of end times prophecy is now occurring rapidly in earnest.

 

And again, we know we are at the end times when the enemies of God work together to destroy Israel which includes dividing up the land of Israel that God calls "My land":

Joel 3:

2   I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.    (NKJV)

 

 

Remember that the Palestinians tried to get the United Nations to divide Israel and create a separate state just recently in September 2011.  The leadership of the United States of America also wants and pushes for the same thing. This is a sign that the dividing up of God’s land Israel will be done with international agreement and involvement. 

But remember: Israel is God's land --- and therefore any attempt to divide it is a sign of the end times and is going against God's will.  Those who try to do this (or agree to it) will be broken by God (this includes Israel the people as well, in disobedience), until the time God moves to restore Israel, both the land and the people, and dwell among them, forevermore.

 


The Bible also tells us immediately after these things and preceding the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to establish the Kingdom of God there will be a time of great tribulation where there will be a dictator who rules much of the world. He is called the Beast in the Book of Revelation:

 

Revelation 13:

1   Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns,

    and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.

2   Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion.

    The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.

3   And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed.

    And all the world marveled and followed the beast.

4   So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying,

    "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?"

5    And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.

6    Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.

7    It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe,

     tongue, and nation.

8    All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written

     in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

9     If anyone has an ear, let him hear.

10   He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword.

     Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.   (NKJV)

 


 

For all intents and purposes, he is the very embodiment of Satan – the enemy, in the form of a man.

 

Many people know of the end times, but never consider how such a person and these terrible events will come about. They only know that it will somehow happen, but these things do not happen suddenly and we must not be caught unprepared. We must seriously think and watch, and not think it will happen elsewhere or some other time, or think you will not be affected by it.

 

We must not let ourselves be absorbed in worldly affairs such as entertainment, money and the lusts of the flesh. These are worldly things, not heavenly things. God’s people are meant for a heavenly kingdom, not an earthly kingdom.

 

Everyone must watch for the signs of the times and they are upon us. We cannot afford to ignore them or be blind to them. It is the difference between eternal life and death, because knowing and preparing for what will come is required to strengthen our faith so that we can withstand anything – even to die in Christ. We must not be caught completely weak and unprepared, believing that we will be taken away and spared from the Beast power to come.

 

Revelation 13:7 above states that the Antichrist/Beast will make war and overcome the saints of God.  This includes Jews and Gentiles.  The Beast may overcome us physically, but our faith that will never deny our God and His Christ and son even at pain of death, is what will sustain us and guarantee our eternal inheritance.

 

As soldiers of Christ (Philippians 2:25; 2 Timothy 2:3-4; Philemon 1:2) who save lives for eternity and fight for the truth and glory of God in Christ, whose blood redeems us, the Lord Jesus frequently tells us to always keep watch and prepare ourselves for what is to come upon the world – tribulation and persecution, before His return.  And no, "the church" will not be taken away before tribulation, but we must endure it and be prepared to die for our faith. Therefore, it behooves us to know what signs to look out for. 


 

So we must ask ourselves the following questions and find the answers: How will a world dictator arise? Are we seeing the signs now of how this is coming about?  


 

The answers to finding out if the stage is currently being set for the Beast can be found in the pages of the Bible and history: 

 

1. Since we know the Beast is as Satan himself, then we must see what the Bible tells us about Satan the enemy (Satan means adversary/enemy). The Beast will be like Satan and behave like him.

 

2. Since we know the Beast will be a dictator, and Satan is the god of this world:

 

John 14:

30    I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.    (NKJV)

 

2 Corinthians 4:

3    And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,

4    in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.    (NASB)

 

1 John 5:

19    We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.   (NASB)

 

 

We must look at history to see if there were examples of dictators that can provide us with information on how the Beast will also be like.

 

 

 

 

The Bible gives us the behavior of Satan and therefore also the Beast

 

The Bible gives us vital and fundamental information about the enemy. The Lord Jesus tells us the enemy is a liar and murderer – the father of it, since the very beginning:

 

John 8:

44     "You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning,

        and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie,

        he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.   (NASB)

 

 

The Bible also tells us that the enemy is extremely proud and wanted to be the supreme power, mounting a rebellion against God:

 

Isaiah 14:

12   "How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth,

       You who have weakened the nations!

13   "But you said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God,

       And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north.

14    'I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.'   (NASB)

 

Revelation 12:

3     Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns,

      and on his heads were seven diadems.

4     And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.

     And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth,

     so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.

5     And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron;

     and her child was caught up to God and to His throne.

6     Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God,

      so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

7     And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon.

     The dragon and his angels waged war,

8     and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven.

9     And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan,

     who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.   (NASB)

 

 

But, the Bible gives us the greatest information about the enemy in the Book of Genesis, in the Garden of Eden with the temptation and fall of Adam and Eve:

 

Genesis 3:

1     Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.

     And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

2     And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;

3     but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said,

     'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' "

4     Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die.

5     For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened,

     and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

6     So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes,

     and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate.

     She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.       (NKJV)

 

 

 

It is here in Genesis that we see exactly how the enemy operates. It shows how the enemy begins the eventual conquest of those whom he wishes to exert total power and control over.

 

 

Given below are the four things Genesis 3:1-6 shows us about how the enemy works:

 

 

1. The enemy creates doubt (verse 1).

 

This comes first, because it plants distrust and instantly clouds what is clearly true and right with anxiety and potentially one’s own faulty ideas about right and wrong.

 

Creating doubt is a form of lying when the one who creates it intentionally targets what is true to get the victim to turn away from this truth. Doubt is created in two ways:

 

a. Can I trust myself in what I have seen/heard and know?

 

b. Can I trust the source which has told me and guides me? The source can be a person (in this case, God) or even our sense of morality itself, etc.

 

 

 

2. The enemy lies (verses 4 & 5).

 

An outright lie, if told often enough, convincingly enough and early enough, can fool almost anyone. Falling for the enemy’s lie is strengthened by the weakness of the flesh: Eve’s desire of the eyes and desire for wisdom, after having doubted God.

 

The enemy takes the truth, hides parts of it and distorts everything else. He is controlling all information Eve gets and replacing truth with his own selfish and sinister storyline.

 

True information is being repackaged and told only one way – his way, the wrong way. Withholding truth and controlling information is vital to deceptively obtain and hold onto complete control over someone.

 

The enemy has convinced mankind to deny God as the one whom they should know and obey as the divine giver of morality. Instead, the enemy has made man look to himself to be his own god and obey his own desires and morality.

 

 

    

3. The enemy uses envy and human weakness to put one side against another (verse 5).

 

After having created doubt and lying about what is actually true, the enemy extends the lie. He creates a division between God and Eve by telling Eve that God has what Eve wants, but God is deliberately not letting her have it to become like Him; God is supposedly “holding out on her” and she should be offended and not listen to Him. The enemy is creating a wedge between the two; he is creating two separated groups of people to war against one another.

 

 

 

4. The enemy has made something look appealing and then states that if he is obeyed, this “good” thing will be possessed by the one who listens to him (verses 5-6).

 

However, this thing that is promised is not good at all, but is instead contrary to what God said/wants which is what Eve knows to be true. The enemy has made a false promise to Eve, promising her wisdom and that she would not die if she just believes in what he is saying. He has taken something that is not good and made it seem good. But what actually happened? This false promise, deception, instead leads to destruction. This false promise is the very opposite of what is good.

 

The enemy creates envy within Eve to wrongfully want what another has, which is based on the enemy’s twisting the truth to make it appear desirable and good when it is not. The enemy is essentially putting Eve against God, putting one side against another. He creates resentment and hatred between the two sides and also creates the idea that the supposed offended party is justified in doing what it has to do to get what is “rightfully” hers. This begins the idea that everything is always someone else’s fault and creates scapegoats with no accountability of wrongdoing.

 

The enemy is presenting himself and his views as good; making it look like all that he wants and all he does is what is best for her. He has promised her great things, but has absolutely no intention of keeping this promise. On the outside, things “look and sound pleasing”, but secretly on the inside, he only wants what is best for himself. Eve is only being used for the enemy to fulfill his own evil motives.

 

In its fullest manifestation to achieve his evil motives, the enemy takes what is good and makes it appear evil, and makes what is evil appear good. In the lie to Eve, the enemy turns everything around and opposite: the enemy gives God the characteristics of Satan, and at the same time, makes Satan appear to be good and be like God. In short, what is good is demonized, and what is evil is made to appears as light. The enemy uses this tactic of demonization to try and make two groups hate and fight one another, promising the deceived great things to get them on his side.

 

The primary reason the enemy fell in sin is his pride. Pride makes someone exalt himself over others. In its ultimate state, pride takes what belongs to others: their lives, their possessions, their thoughts, etc. and makes them expendable. In other words, to the proud, everything and everyone else exists to serve the proud person. The proud person covets what other people have and he thinks it is fine to take it from them. Why? It is because the proud person’s idea is all about “me, me, me” and to elevate himself he will at the same time take from others to bring them down.

 

 

 

In the enemy’s example, his pride made him want to take what belongs to God. As we have seen, the enemy tries to rationalize his behavior and situation to make himself look good and others look bad. However, at the root of it all, the proud person does everything to puff himself up, while at the same time, brings down everyone else.  This is hate.

 

Coveting others and what belongs to them is idolatry (Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5). This is so not only because what is coveted becomes like an idol to be worshipped or lusted after, but ultimately, pride itself is idolatry. Coveting is just a symptom of pride. Being proud is idolatry, because one makes himself his own god.

 

 

From the account of Genesis, we can also see how the enemy could have deceived 1/3 of the angels (Revelation 12:4). It is evident that the enemy wants what belongs to God – His throne (Isaiah 14:12-14). As the father of sin, he took what was his sin and deceived others to be like him. Just like what he did to Eve, he probably lied to the angels, promising them great things if they only believed in him and demonized one side against another which was similar to what he did with Job (Job 1:9-11; 2:4-5) and used all these techniques to make them resent, envy and hate God to put one side against another. He appealed to their emotions which are not always reliable and are in fact notoriously known to be faulty and easily taken advantage of, because it is not based on objective truth, reality and logic.

 

The enemy used class envy to create class warfare – making one side envy the other and want what the other has (this false promise the enemy has made to the deceived) to the extent that the envious group takes action to try and obtain it. The enemy is a master at making that which should be united under God to instead be opposed to God and at opposite sides fighting each other – whether it be division by class, supposed injustices or any other way.  He did this with the angels and mounted a rebellion against God. He did this with the first man and woman, and now we rebel against God. Where he could not succeed in overthrowing God, the enemy succeeded in being the lone ruler holding all the power over the fallen angels, now demons.

 

 

The irony and illogical nature of evil we see in the example of Job is that whereas man is fallen because of Satan, the enemy truly had everything since he was created perfect (Ezekiel 28:12-15), and had absolutely no reason to hate and curse God. No one “forced” him to do evil (he is the father of it and originated it), but he still fell in sin due to his pride. Yet he still tries to convince everyone that others are withholding things or really do not like each other, but only do things for ulterior selfish reasons. Satan is living proof that the ones he demonizes can be totally innocent of these charges and do not do bad things to others (like God) as he says, but evil needs no reason to do what it does and will still target the innocent and make it look bad to have the two sides fight one another to further evil motives.

 

In other words, though Satan was created perfect, his self-will and pride was his downfall. He just was not satisfied with what he had, but had to try to take what belongs to others. He wanted God’s throne. It is all about what “I” want and I am “entitled” to it. It is all about “me” and who cares about anyone else.  He then put his will upon others and deceived them into becoming like him without them even knowing it.

 

 

And then after totally accepting the lie and sin crept in to work in their minds, the enemy now had a willing, but deceived and fallen group that will follow his every word and command. He has convinced them that they have been wronged and deserve more – what God has and is, but God is holding out on them. This is envy and covetousness. He then convinces them to try and do what they feel is right and take what they believe should rightfully belong to them. For the angels, they warred against God. For men, we also war against God as we turn away from Him and create our own gods, even making ourselves our own god. In reality, however, we are merely being used to fulfill the enemy’s desire for worship and absolute power. Hence, the first rebellion was formed.

 

The enemy’s deception of Adam and Eve has resulted in sin and death and so the Lord Jesus’ description in John 8:44 is true. The enemy’s sole objective from the beginning is to be worshipped and rule as God instead of God, and deception, death and destruction as a means to this goal is required and desired by the enemy. He has brought sin to creation, bringing death to men and creating an army of demons. Deception, death and destruction are the only ways he can force his rule upon anyone.

 

History has repeated itself and it will do so again.

 

 

 

 

The enemy’s behavior is present in the totalitarian rule of Russia/China/Germany in the early/mid 20th century

 

As the father of lies and a murderer from the beginning, this satanic behavior has manifested itself in totalitarian governments both past and present. They give us signs of how the Beast power will arise, since the Antichrist is likened to Satan and the one world power to come will also be a dictatorial and totalitarian government. Perhaps because the enemy knows his time is short, we actually see in the last century several examples of the workings of the enemy as portrayed in Genesis. The enemy is showing, knowingly or not, how the Beast power will arise.

 

There are some who do not like to talk about politics/government at all, much less about both politics and religion together. People fight over politics, because their views are different. However, is it really wise and safe to not talk about what is going on in your own as well as other governments around the world? People must not take it personally if the ideology of the leaders or nations they like appear to be the very ideology that aids in bringing about the end times world government of the Beast.

 

The fact of the matter is that you have to talk about politics and the affairs of nations. How else will we know when and how the Beast power will arise?  It is part of obeying the Lord Jesus’ command to recognize and know the signs of the times.

 

 

After all, the Beast power to come soon is a dictatorial one world government ruling over people and nations. It is not just about wars between the nations, but how nations rule their people and ultimately, how many of these nations will succumb to, and fold into the Beast system of one world government. We have to know what is happening in our own government and those of the nations around the world in order to see how the end times situation of the Beast’s world rule will come about. We have to know the signs so we may prepare spiritually to strengthen our faith and endurance.

 

All of these totalitarian leaders are molded in the image of the god of this world Satan, who wants all peoples to be reduced to nothing – the easier to be controlled by the Beast, who is the ultimate image of Satan. The only way for the Beast to rise to power is if there is total chaos in the world, taking advantage of the situation to take the reins of power over everyone. Satan sets the stage for this by creating turmoil in the nations, ensuring that many of them will be ruled by persons made in his image – at first lording over their own citizens, but really with the goal of leveling all nations to prepare the way for the Beast.

 

 

 

Doubts and lies were a means to gain and retain power in the totalitarian regimes of Russia/USSR (under Stalin), China (under Mao) and Germany (under Hitler). They used propaganda extensively to also blind the population to what the dictator was truly doing. They controlled every bit of information and only told the people the dictator’s point of view. The truth and any differing information and those who try to provide this information are quickly found out and removed; no dissenting information was allowed so the dictator can completely control everything the people were supposed to know. These three totalitarian governments also used the means of putting one group of people against another to gain and further their hold on power. The method Russia and China used differed from those of Germany, but with the same results.

 

Russia and China hid behind the lie that they wanted to level the field for all the people in the name of fairness and equality, so everyone can be equal in all ways. Of course, instead of elevating people to an equal height where they had at least basic human rights, the government reduced everyone to be equally nothing with the government holding all the power over their every waking breath and thought. All that belonged to the population (their liberty, possessions and even lives) was to be taken away or put under the control of the government. The people were made very much equal, but equally powerless and compliant. Making people equally elevated opposes and is a danger to lone centralized governmental power, but making people equally nothing completely conforms to it as the government becomes sole provider of all needs.

 

Russia and China used class envy and class warfare (the “bourgeoisie” vs. the “proletariat”, or the supposed “haves” vs. the “have-nots” / “rich” vs. “poor”) as an excuse and provocation for what they did. In fact, using class warfare as part of creating a strong centralized government is exactly what is encouraged and required in the form of government the Russians and Chinese believed in and followed. The supposed “rich” were demonized. Classes of people were used against one another to create chaos, anger and resentment, which created “the need” for the government to step in and “change things” and seize all power – from everyone.

 

Under the disguise of fairness/equality, it started with the government causing and increasing hostility between the classes and supposedly helping one group at the expense of the other. However, this was an excuse to remove the government’s opponent and obstacle to total power – the middle-class, which held certain rights and economic power. It stripped them of their rights and wealth and supposedly gave it away to others to make everyone equal. In reality, however, the ultimate goal was to create or leave only two classes – the ruling elite and the poor who will be made to be completely dependent on the rulers, like a king over his peasants.

 

These governments do not want to elevate the stature of the people, but to reduce and then entirely remove the power of the people. The leaders wanted to control the economy and not leave it in the hands of the people. Only the government will win and not the people – and the people will be deceived and used by the government to meet its ends. Those who initially benefit from the government’s “helping” them at the expense of others are only useful tools being used now to put and keep the government in power.  However, very soon they will find that the government will also take away their rights and things as well and rule over everyone with an iron fist.

 

The government controlled every aspect of the people’s lives. It controlled everything within the nation: media, economy, health, education, etc. The media controls how people know what is happening and what is true or false; the economy controls the currency and how people earn a living; the health system controls the physical, emotional and mental well-being of and how people actually live; the education system controls what the new generation learns and like the media, is a way to control people by controlling information and indoctrinating them with un-Godly views that serve the government only. The government put one group against another, distorting the truth and demonizing its opponents.  It wants to control everything and pick its own “winners and losers” – manipulating and controlling everything, to further its hold of power over the people.  If the government can control these things, then it can rule over and mold the population as it pleases. The government alone had freedom to do whatever it wanted, but the citizenry had absolutely no freedoms at all.

 

The result of this form of government with its lies of equality and having one group fight against another in order to put virtually all power in the hands of one person, was the extermination of countless millions who opposed and did not think like the ruler, or were simply casualties of his agenda. Anyone who resisted or did not “agree” with the program was brutally put down or destroyed. There was the establishment of secret police and military beholden only to the whim of the power hungry and often insecure and paranoid dictator. There were mass executions, concentration (internment) camps, “re-education” brainwashing, deportations (“gulags” in Siberia for Russian dissidents), etc.

 

 

 

Hitler’s Germany also pitted one group of people against another, but in a different fashion. Where the governments of Russia and China were slightly more subtle in the use of scapegoats for their actions and dealt with their own classes of people, Germany completely immersed itself in using a scapegoat and used non-Germans as a scapegoat. The economic woes of Germany after the global Great Depression were blamed on the Jews and “used” as motivation to become an international power. Germany did not need the Jews so much as a reason to rebuild and expand, than as a convenient reason to exterminate them. Yet again, turning everything upside down and opposite – making what is good appear to be evil, and what is evil appear to be good, is used as a primary tool to achieve evil ends. This time, the Jews were demonized and used as justification to fulfill and evil agenda.

 

In the case of Germany, much of the populace therefore was not fighting against one another, but was actually lied to and united under the dictator, supporting him against the Jews and the allied forces against him. The oratory skills of Germany’s ruler were legendary and considered hypnotic and incendiary, brainwashing the masses with nationalistic fervor at the expense of rationality. However, there were many Germans who did not agree with Hitler, but had to leave or keep their silence or will themselves be turned in or killed as enemies of the state.  Hitler was particularly infamous for his establishment of the political/military groups the “brownshirts” (SA - 'sturmabteiling' - assault division or stormtroopers) and the SS ('schutzstaffel' - protection force), who were completely merciless and loyal to him as elite bodyguard, security, policing, and fighting forces, and were key to his rise to, and stay in, power.

 

It should be noted that it took Hitler several years to gain absolute power. It was done by enacting changes little by little, almost imperceptible, that undermined the freedom of the people while increasing government power. It was done this way so the populace will be kept largely unaware or uninvolved – not alarmed. Then, when it was time to strike and seize total power, it was too late for anyone to stop him.  In the beginning, certain groups of people were impacted by these changes, while other groups did not do anything and stood idly by, because they thought it did not affect them.  Gradually, more and more different groups became victims of this regime, with others still not doing anything, because they thought it did not impact them.  Eventually, there was no one left.  When it was time to strike and seize total power, it was too late for anyone to stop him; everybody fell under the control of the totalitarian regime. 

This is an example of how totalitarian regimes come to power by deception, somehow unknown and without resistance by most of the populace; and seem to “suddenly” appear out of nowhere.  There is nothing sudden about it – the people have just been left in the dark, not paying attention, been fed and believe in all the lies.

We should also note that though Germany took much of the hit during the global Great Depression, its leader was still able to take advantage of the situation as a reason to control the people and build power. He used the destroyed economy to hide his motives to gain absolute power.

 

In fact, in this ruler’s early attempt to gain control of Germany, he used the incident of the burning of the Reichstag building (center of German government) to blame others for the fire and then swiftly imposed laws to give the government more power – “emergency” powers, while at the same time suspending citizens’ rights. Many authorities believe this fire was deliberately caused by Hitler for the express purpose/opportunity of pushing his agenda to seize control of the government and the population.

 

This is another example of using people against people and also showing the extent power-mad dictators will go to gain control of the government and the populace – even taking advantage of disasters, to push their agenda. As the enemy is the god of this world, we must not be surprised if ploys like this are used to further the enemy’s agenda to put his Beast on the seat of one world rule.

 

This regime during World War II likewise resulted in millions of deaths and almost single-handedly remade the definition of ‘evil’. It had a leader who was idolized like a god – a messiah, in fact; it hired thugs to terrorize the populace and impact electoral outcomes; it had secret police that instilled fear in everyone and was used as a ruthless enforcer; it had people spying on their neighbors and even children turning in their parents in a show of allegiance to the dictator; it mercilessly tracked down Jews and created concentration/internment camps for the methodical and inhuman extermination of them, outfitted with gas chambers, furnaces, using their hair to manufacture products, etc. This leader of Germany resembled very much a prototype of the Beast/antichrist.

 

 

 

In the cases of all three countries, the fingerprints of the enemy who is the father of lies and a murderer from the beginning were everywhere: deception, including false promises to appeal to the masses, to remove individual freedoms and gain and keep one center of power in the wrong hands with control over all things, putting people against people, destroying those who differ/resist, devastation and death in unimaginable scale. These systems of government are never about the good of the people even though that is what they try to portray themselves as. It is always about the systematic subjugation of the population under the control of one man or the few. This is done using any means necessary to achieve this power over a nation and its people.

 

And despite what these countries may say, in the quest for this power over everyone is the underlying theme of being anti-God, anti-Bible that seeks to persecute any who dares to worship the God of the Bible. It is all about power and ultimately worship. Freedom to worship God takes away from what these leaders want all for themselves. These regimes seek to replace the worship that belongs only to the one true God of the Bible with worshipping its leader as a god.

 

Sadly, sometimes it is the enemy who blinds man into believing that this type of government is good. As the culture decays just like the enemy wants, God is removed from society as the one whom we should look to for our provision and instead the government is looked to as the provider of our needs. The personal relationship that God has with the individual is cut off as the government becomes a substitute for god. However, man and his system of government are fallen and a human leader cannot be trusted to be sole controller of the people’s lives.

 

It is an unfortunate and vicious cycle. Man’s immorality leads to a Godless society. A Godless society leads to governments like this which in turn make things worse by outrightly removing the Bible with force.

 

Attacking the Bible, God and His son Jesus Christ, is the supreme example of demonizing that which is good: making others believe what is good is bad, and what is bad seem good. It is repeating the sin in the Garden of Eden. It can do this by preventing any and all kinds of worship or it can do this by distorting the truth of the Bible.

 

These totalitarian governments and the ideologies and methods they used are just models of Satan the enemy and his ideas. They happen to be Communist (Marxist) and Socialist nations. These types of regimes always lead to the systematic ascension of a lone dictator who ruthlessly lords over all the citizens of his nation and then in the lust for power, tries to spread its power globally and conquer other nations.

 

It is no coincidence, therefore that many who believe in these same ideas to gain and hold onto power and will go to extremes no matter how radical to do this, follow a guidebook written in the early 1970s by Saul Alinsky called “Rules for Radicals” which has a dedication in the beginning of the book to Satan the enemy as the first radical and rebel.  It is a bold and unambiguous admission to all who would listen that these types of tactics and totalitarian regimes (and more broadly authoritarian regimes in general) have Satan as their father.  Another sign that Satan is the father is that these rulers deceive and force their citizens to essentially bow down to and idolize them and if they do not do so, they are destroyed.

 

This is not saying that people who hold Marxist or Socialist views are bad people. No, that is absolutely not true.  In fact, many who have Communist/Socialist views may not even realize that they hold such positions, or they may unknowingly support people who do have these views.

 

However, we must learn from history itself, and also the Bible: that any regime with these ideologies ultimately leads to the devastation of its people and society.  These ideologies exalt the subjugation and control of the many by one or a few, and absolutely hate societies where freedom is the focus: free market, freedom of speech, freedom of religion....free will.  Control is the opposite of freedom.

 

However, what has happened in Russia, China and Germany only serve to show us what to expect of the end times Beast to come – how he will come to power and behave. The signs of the times we look for regarding the actions of the enemy as manifested in Genesis and these totalitarian regimes, will be how it is applied on a global scale, since the end times Beast/Antichrist will be a world dictator in as close to the most complete definition of the term.

 

 

 

 

The pieces are being put in place for the Antichrist to rise to power 

 

In the world today, it is almost impossible to rule the world outright by sheer force alone. Those nations that are not already led by dictatorial leaders, must be weakened, removed or completely changed to make it easier for the Beast to take control. These countries which stand in the way of the Beast must be made uniform, mindless, powerless, and compliant. They must be made “equal” like the other nations which are already set to be easily controlled by the Beast. Therefore, something must happen to level the field for the Beast and make everyone “equal” or to be like him.

 

Does this sound familiar? Yes, the principles of the form of government the Russians and Chinese used will not just be applied within nations, but also across nations – internationally. These principles of gaining and holding totalitarian rule will be used first in a “micro” sense – for an individual nation, by destroying its system of government and enslaving its people; and then also in a “macro” sense – once this nation has been destroyed in the "micro" sense, it will now just be one of many "equalized" and weak/weakened nations in the world that will be enslaved by the Beast in his attempt to control the world.

 

In reality, any nation that has a dictator in power even if he has obtained this power in a different way, is subject to this “macro” leveling of the nations to fold into the Beast kingdom.  Why?  It is because all dictators have the same mind – to rule over people and destroy.  Satan is the supreme dictator and he plans it so that all nations, with dictators or not, will be controlled by the #1 human dictator: the Beast, who is representative of Satan himself.

 

The only way for the Beast to come to power is if all nations become equally nothing and not equally elevated. They must all become uniform like citizens within these nations – whose leader takes absolute power against the will of the citizens. The population is made uniformly weak not for reasons of fairness or equality, but for ease of control by the one who thirsts for absolute power. So once the leaders of these nations have gained control over the people and all aspects of government, then they (the nations) themselves will hand over their power to the Beast/Antichrist – the world leader.

 

 

 

The nations which have not yet been subjected to the various forms of these principles of government, will be subjected to them – quickly and aggressively as Satan knows his time is short. The nations will be thoroughly changed and the power of the people reduced to nothing. The people must be made totally submissive to its nation’s leaders, and the nations must then also be totally submissive and fold back into the overall plan of Satan to establish his Beast dictator over the world.

 

This forced equality of those nations which do not currently have a totalitarian ruler into one that does or are too weak to resist will create massive problems and strife exactly as planned. Once it is added to the hatred already existent between the nations, disasters both man-made and natural that might create the need for “emergency” powers of the state, the very possible disintegration of the world economy and other things, the Beast will use all this chaos to elevate himself to the position of world dictator. We must remember that Jesus said the world will be in chaos immediately before the Beast/Antichrist rises (continued from the wars and rumors of wars, and famines and earthquake in diverse places):

 

Matthew 24:

6    And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled;

     for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

7    For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines,

     pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.

8    All these are the beginning of sorrows.

9   "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake.

10   And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.

11   Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.

12   And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.

13   But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

14   And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

15  "Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet,

      standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand),   (NKJV)

 

 

In the midst of all this, the Beast will take advantage of these emergency situations and take power for himself.

 

The Beast will be true to the nature of his father Satan. The Beast will rise with the supreme deception of promising great things: making what is good appear bad, and making what is bad seem good. He will state he only wants what is good for the world, but though these things sound good, they are not (exactly like what Stalin, Mao and Hitler did) and lead to conflict and persecution. These things will only lead to the removal of individual freedoms and “dissenters” of the Beast’s program, giving the Beast more power to rule a one world government.

 

At this point in man’s history with the chaos all around, the old saying “hell is paved with good intentions” will apply in its fullest form as the Beast will deceive everyone that he is good and good things, like God, Christ and the Bible, are evil and should be done away with.

 

The Bible indicates the end times Beast kingdom will be an alliance of both Rome and Islam, based upon the framework of the ancient Greek Empire. 


What is Islam?  Islam means ‘submission’ or ‘surrender’.  Islam is a religion created in the 600s AD that claims its god Allah is the same God of the Bible and its book the Koran is the latest revelation of God given to mankind which supersedes all previous revelation (the Bible).  Islam says the religion and book were given to its prophet Mohammed who is claimed to be the greatest of God’s prophets.  Its adherents are called Muslims.  The truth, however, is that Allah is a regional pagan moon god pretending to be the one true God of the Bible whose name is YHWH (the four Hebrew letters Yod, Hey, Waw, Hey) which is pronounced Yahuwah, but translated mostly as Jehovah, Yahweh and written as just “the LORD” in most English Bibles; YHWH’s short-form name is Yah.  The truth is that Mohammed was physically attacked and forced to accept the religion in a cave (where he often went to meditate) by someone pretending to be the angel Gabriel and he thought he was demon-possessed.  Islam tries to do away with what came before it – the Bible and its truths, by distorting it and calling it a lie.  The collection of Mohammed’s sayings, teachings, etc. does the same thing regarding Bible truth and is also used as a guide for behavior and living.   So in reality, Islam is the most false and deceptive of all false religions, because the enemy Satan is disguising himself to be YHWH God in order to replace Him and do away with the Word of God, the Bible and YHWH’s truths.

However, it is not just a religion, but it is also a political entity – a system of government that seeks to conquer the world.  Islam tries to deceive everyone to believe in it and threatens people to convert or die, and destroys everything in its path --- even other Muslims.  Its idea of an Islamic-ruled world is a mockery of the Kingdom of God.  So Islam is essentially the worship of hate, lies, death, and destruction.  Its main goal, however, is to oppose and attempt to destroy everything in the Bible, but especially the two greatest truths, which are: 


1) The land and people of Israel who is the chosen of God and the apple of God’s eye, and is the land and people of YHWH God:

Deuteronomy 32:

8    When the Most High divided their inheritance to the nations, When He separated the sons of Adam, He set the boundaries of the peoples According to the number of the children of Israel.

9    For the LORD's portion is His people; Jacob is the place of His inheritance.

10   " He found him in a desert land And in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.   (NKJV)

Therefore, the land and people of Israel are prime targets to be destroyed.


2)  The divine only-begotten Son of God is Jesus who is the Messiah of Israel and also the entire world, who died to atone for the sins of mankind, but was raised in power. He will return to the Mount of Olives in Israel at the end of the age to destroy the enemies of God which are the enemies of Israel who will surround her to destroy her, and destroy the enemies of all mankind – sin, death and Satan with his fallen angels/demons.   Through Him only we reach God, His father and have the gift of eternal life:


John 14:

2   In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

4    And where I go you know, and the way you know."

5    Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?"

6    Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.     (NKJV)


Acts 1:

1    The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

2    until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,

3    to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

4    And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me;

5    for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."

6    Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"

7    And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.

8    But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

9    Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

10  And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,

11  who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."

12  Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey.    (NKJV)


Zechariah 14:

1   Behold, a day is coming for the LORD when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you.

2    For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city.

3   Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle.

4    In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south.

5    You will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!

6    In that day there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle.

7    For it will be a unique day which is known to the LORD, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light.

8    And in that day living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter.

9    And the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one.

10   All the land will be changed into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; but Jerusalem will rise and remain on its site from Benjamin's Gate as far as the place of the First Gate to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king's wine presses.

11   People will live in it, and there will no longer be a curse, for Jerusalem will dwell in security.

12   Now this will be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth.

13   It will come about in that day that a great panic from the LORD will fall on them; and they will seize one another's hand, and the hand of one will be lifted against the hand of another.

14   Judah also will fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be gathered, gold and silver and garments in great abundance.

15   So also like this plague will be the plague on the horse, the mule, the camel, the donkey and all the cattle that will be in those camps.

16   Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths.   (NASB)


As such, believers in the divine Son of God are also targeted for destruction.


Islam says the Lord Jesus is not the divine Son of God and He did not die at all, much less for our sins, but everyone was deceived to believe He was crucified.  Islam says Jesus is a Muslim and was taken to heaven alive, and will come back to destroy Jews and Christians, and then marry and die.  Islam says God’s chosen people are not the Jews/Israel.  By claiming to be from the same God of the Bible, it tries to appear legitimate and truthful, but it is not.  It exists to be a false version of everything about YHWH God. Islam has created a false God, a false holy book, a false messiah (it even has its own), a false people of God, a false gospel, a false history, removes atonement of sin and reduces the divine Son of God to just a man and prophet, etc.  

Please understand that this is not being written, because we supposedly dislike or hate Muslims – no, this is absolutely not the case at all.  We love Muslims as we love ourselves and do not want them to be misled and hurt; we want our Muslim brothers and sisters to know the truth of YHWH’s love that it is through the perfect and sinless Messiah’s atonement as the Lamb of God that ALL mankind is saved from our fall in sin and can have eternal life:

John 1:

29   The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

30   This is He of whom I said, 'After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.'

31   I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water."

32   And John bore witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.

33   I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'

34   And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God."     (NKJV)

1 Peter 2:

21   For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,

22   who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth;

23   and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;

24   and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

25   For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.    (quoting from Isaiah 53, NASB)

Romans 6:

23   For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.   (NKJV)

Romans 13:

8    Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

9    For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

10   Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.    (NASB)


Most Muslims are good people and do not wish harm on anyone, but they are unfortunately deceived by this false religion’s many lies which are aimed to take people away from the one and only truth in the Bible and eternal salvation through faith in Jesus, the Son of God who takes away the sins of the world.  We must pray that they can clearly see how Islam was created to undo YHWH and His Bible truth in order to replace it with a fake.  And contrary to its defenders’ claims, Islam does promote violence against “unbelievers” or “infidels” – and was created to replace and destroy YHWH God, His son Jesus, His people and land Israel, all truth in the Word of God, the Bible, and all believers in the Bible.  Its attempt to blot out the two truths above is why many of the Islamic faith have a blind irrational hatred of Israel, Jews and Christians above all other people and things.  And it is why every day we see acts of violence and other things (“jihad” or “holy war”) from these people (called radical or militant Islam) to wipe out Israel, Jews and Christians all over the world, and others who disagree. 


We are in the end times and we must pray for our Muslim brothers and sisters – whoever they are, peaceful or violent, that they can break away from the snare of Islam and come to know the awesome love of God that promises to cleanse us of our sin and restore us to the eternal relationship with the God who created us, walking side by side as in the Garden, before we fell in sin.  If you are a Muslim reading this, then please do not fear, but realize that the time is very, very short and know that the love of God, His truth and your eternal salvation is the most important thing; so please be completely humble and honest with yourself and pray that the Messiah and Son of God, the perfect sinless one, will show you that He is who the Bible says He is - as many of your brothers and sisters have already found out through prayer, reading the Bible, dreams, visions, etc.  Praise YHWH that He is currently calling out more Muslims than ever before to know His wonderful truth and accept the atonement of the Lord Jesus, and pray that He calls out even more day by day, every day.  HalleluYah / Praise Yah!


The Antichrist kingdom will be a combination of Rome and Islam in a Greek framework --- briefly, in Daniel 2 we read about the King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar's dream of the statue of gold, silver, bronze, iron, and iron mixed with clay:



Daniel 2:

31   "You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome.

32   This image's head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze,

33   its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.

34   You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces.

35   Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

36   "This is the dream. Now we will tell the interpretation of it before the king.

37   You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory;

38   and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all --- you are this head of gold.

39   But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth.

40   And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others.

41   Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay.

42   And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.

43   As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.

44   And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.

45   Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold --- the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure."    (NKJV)

 


History and the Bible tell us that the succession of empires is as follows.  Daniel 2 above tells us the head of gold is Babylon.  Daniel 5:18-31 tells us the chest and arms of silver is Medea-Persia (the Medes-Persians conquered Babylon).  Daniel 8:3-8, 20-22 tells us the belly and thighs of bronze is Greece (Greece conquered the Medes-Persians; the Greek empire under Alexander the Great eventually broke up into four parts after his death as prophesied in Daniel 8:15-22).  The legs of iron is Rome which conquered Greece and was the empire that existed during Jesus’ time, destroyed the temple in 70AD and will still hold sway in some manner until the end time desolations, as we are told in Daniel 9:24-27.  When the Roman Empire conquered Greece, it acquired more land and expanded as both a Western and Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire), which was a melding of Roman and Grecian infrastructure and culture.  The Greek Empire lands that were taken over by Rome included modern day Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt, other parts of the Middle East such as Lebanon and Libya, and lands as far as Pakistan.  The feet of iron and clay is an extension of the legs of iron, Rome, and is Rome mixed with clay.  What then does the clay represent?


The word ‘Arab’ in the Bible is ‘arab which means “mixed”, a mixed people.  Clay is itself referred to as a mixture and then this clay is mixed again with the iron.  The identity of the clay is the Arab peoples or more specifically, the ideology and religion that come forth from the Arabs: Islam.  As a religion, Islam covers not just the Arabic people, but the many nations in the Middle East region which are the ancient enemies of Israel, such as the Assyrians, the nations of Iran (Persia), Iraq (Babylon), the descendants of Edom, etc.

 

In the end of days, the Beast/antichrist kingdom will be composed of both iron and clay:  Rome and Islam.   The ancient enemies of Israel which are in the regions around the Middle East and northern Africa will be united under Islam which is Arabic in origin; it is the “clay” mixed with the “iron” of the Roman Empire.


It is important to note that to be Roman (of the Roman Empire) does not necessarily mean it will involve just European nations which is what the Roman Empire mostly consisted of before it conquered the Greek Empire.  Since acquiring the Grecian lands, the Roman Empire is now both a Western and Eastern Roman Empire that consists of both West and East countries from its connection to Greece; also, the Roman Catholic Church is an extension of this empire but in itself transcends Europe and is global in its scope.  



We know the Antichrist will come from the Roman Empire also because the prophesied “people of the prince who is to come (that) shall destroy the city and the sanctuary” in verse 26 of Daniel’s prophecy below was Rome, who destroyed the Temple in 70 AD:


Daniel 9:

24  " Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy.

25  " Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times.

26  " And after the 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.

27  Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate."    (NKJV)

 



It is actually logical that the road to one dictator ruling the entire world must be established partly (at least in the beginning) by means of alliances. It is necessary to establish and expand a power base and resist opponents.


The totalitarian rule of Hitler again gives us an example from history that will be replicated in the establishment of the Beast world power, showing us why/how a revived Roman Empire will be combined with Islam. Hitler established alliances with Mussolini of Italy, Emperor Hirohito of Japan and less well known and for some reason never really mentioned, Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood (the forefather of all Islamic terrorist organizations), and one of its prominent leaders, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem at the time, Haj Muhammed Amin al-Husseini. Hassan al-Banna actually modeled his Muslim Brotherhood after Hitler.

 

The seeds/relationship first planted by Hitler with al-Banna and the Grand Mufti during the war – both which had fascist and totalitarian ideological views with the complete destruction of all Jews as a common goal, will come to its full fruition in the future when this military alliance which begins as a conspiracy, moves quickly to exercise its power militarily to destroy Israel (and as much of the world as possible).

 

It should be noted also that Hitler was trying to resurrect the Holy Roman Empire – this is why the Nazi (National Socialist German Workers' party) regime was called “the Third Reich”, the enemy’s attempt at a false 1,000-year reign mimicking Christ’s millennial Kingdom of God; it was third after “the reichs” of the Holy Roman Empire under Charlemagne and the reunified Germany of the 19th century ending in World War I.

 

Hitler was an anti-type of the soon-coming Beast. The end times Beast kingdom will seek to destroy Israel and will make alliances with other enemies of Israel. Power makes strange bedfellows as the policy of “the enemy of my enemy makes you my friend” is being followed and why not – they both have the same goal of exterminating God’s people, the Jews (and by extension, Christians as well). Remember, Satan is god of this world and he will bring together what he must to destroy all that belong to God.

 

 

Let us make it very clear that there is no animosity at all towards people of the Islamic faith.  We love our Muslim brothers and sisters with a love that comes from God our father and His son, the Messiah.  It is not a coincidence that more Muslims than ever are coming to seek, know and follow God’s truth that is in His holy word the Bible only, and this truth is the very Word of God, Jesus.  This is because the times of refreshing are soon upon us and God is calling out a people for His own; God shows no partiality but wants all nations to know Him. 

 

Many Muslims are experiencing the presence of Messiah and the power of God in dreams and encounters; they have a burning desire deep in their hearts for God the father and they know in their heart of hearts that the religion they currently practice is lacking in the truth and love of God. These are the earnest seekers of truth who are willing to forsake all to know God – where His truth and light shines so bright, revealing that what they have always been taught before is false. 

 

Knowing God and Messiah of the Bible is not “religion”. Knowing God our father and Messiah is true holiness and love, forgiveness and becoming a new creation for the truly repentant:

 

2 Corinthians 5:

17    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.    (NKJV)

 

 

It is the way, the truth and the life that all peoples were always meant to know.  Cry out to the God and Messiah of the Bible and you will be answered, and when He beckons to you, let Him in, into your heart: 

 

Luke 11:

9    "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

10   For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.   (NKJV)

 

Revelation 3:

20   Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him,

         and he with Me.

21   To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.    (NKJV)

 

 

This way, truth and life is greater than gold or anything in this world – even our lives; it is a loving relationship that goes into eternity. 

 

 

The final stage of end times prophecy is set as not too long after Israel was reborn as a nation in 1948, that over the last few decades a European Union (EU) consolidation of countries has formed which espouse the idea of unification under one authority, even stating it wants to return to or reverse what happened at the Tower of Babel in defiance toward God when all were unified under one ruler (Nimrod, at that time).

 

Who knows what the final configuration will be? A globalist agenda has arisen to set the stage for the Beast power. One current manifestation is the United States of America removing itself and its power and presence from the world stage to allow other nations to “take over” the reins of power (such as Germany and the European Union (EU)). This is absolutely required for, and will accelerate, the rise of the global Beast system.

 

The EU wants to become like the United States of America (USA) where the individual country will give up its sovereignty and even currency to a centralized power (like states to the federal government). The Bible says this will lead to disaster. Why? Because centralization of power is an absolute requirement for a Beast dictator and man cannot be trusted with power.

 

With the economic problems in Europe happening now, you may be wondering how it is possible that the European Union will play a dominant role in the end times Beast’s rise to power. However, this is exactly what we would expect. Remember the lesson of history and the goal of the EU.

 

An emergency situation provides the perfect excuse to push new rules to consolidate power in the hands of a central government. Nazi Germany used this tactic with the fire and the world depression to build up more power to rule the world.

 

The EU wants to become a true unity the way the current USA is. The EU as currently set up is not sufficient to have this strong central government. One of these reasons is that though they share the euro, it is because the individual countries that comprise the EU is still too much of an INDIVIDUAL and has not given up enough of their sovereignty to a central government. However, the economic crisis is what will prompt the EU to advocate and eventually get these member nations to give up even more of its sovereignty. There will truly be a united states of Europe where these countries become simply like states, and they will give a central leader authority over them. Again, we see the totalitarian schemes of the enemy at work to make peoples and even nations equally nothing – the easier for the end times Beast to rise to power.

 

With the shared goal of being an empire power again through the reversal of the Tower of Babel with it as the center of the world, European pride will ensure that the member nations will eventually give up their sovereignty to achieve this aim. All they needed is a “disaster” to make it “necessary” to do things which result in a more powerful centralized leadership. Of course, this goal as center of the world reversing the Tower of Babel, directly opposes God’s Word which tells us He will dwell in Jerusalem forever and it is Israel that is the land of God.

 

And it should also be noted that the symbol of Europe is a woman (Europa of Greek mythology) that rides atop a beast (bull). In Revelation we are told of a woman – a harlot, riding a beast:

 

Revelation 17:

6     I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.

     And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.

7     But the angel said to me, "Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her,

     which has the seven heads and the ten horns.

8     The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition.

      And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life

      from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

9     "Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits.   (NKJV)

 

 

This beast is the Beast that is the combination of Rome and Islam.

 

But who is the woman who sits atop the Beast? She can only be the Roman Catholic Church (see related article: ‘Who is the False Prophet of Revelation’) which is intimately tied with the nations on one side in the affairs of state, and tied with worldly religions in the affairs of church. It is in adulterous relationships with the elements of this world as a partner in laying claim to earthly and demonic power.  It is mystery Babylon, which can be seen by its teachings, traditions and behavior that originate from pagan Babylon.

 

This writer has nothing against Roman Catholic believers. They are honest hard-working people who love God. However, the Roman Catholic institution has created and passed on generations of un-Biblical doctrines that have hidden God’s truths. They have deceived many with their own man-made traditions not based on Bible truth, though God said He wants believers who worship Him in spirit and truth:

 

John 4:

23   But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

24    God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

25    The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will tell us all things."

26    Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He."     (NKJV)

 

 

Note that the very idea of a False Prophet indicates he will appear to be a prophet for God and Christianity, but absolutely is not. It must be noted that the Roman Empire and the Roman Catholic Church is the original unholy union of church and state that masks itself as Christian, but it is a false Christianity that abides by the mind and will of men while making the commandments of God of no effect (Matthew 15:3-6). Christianity will be completely changed and assimilated into pagan religions. This will be part of the enemy’s great deception in attacking God: completely distorting God and His Bible truth. And just like Adam and Eve, most people will believe the enemy and not know it is wrong until it is too late.

 

The parallel establishment of one world religion and the rise of the False Prophet to align with the Beast and his one world government are also a requirement and sign of the rise of the Beast.  This is exactly what the Roman Catholic Church has been doing the last few decades.  It is uniting not just all Christian denominations, but all religions in the world under one ecumenical and interfaith banner in order to create the one world religion the Beast needs to rule the world over all matters of both church and state (religion and government).

 

The Roman Catholic Church is looking to dilute Bible truth to make God and Christ appeal to everyone worldwide. However, to distort God’s truth is to destroy it. It is no longer truth at all, but a deadly lie. So we must not be surprised that part of this delusion in the end times will include a full-blown attack on the Bible itself, banning it as hateful and anathema to man’s better senses, while simultaneously absorbing Christianity into a melting pot of pagan religions.

 

In other words, the Bible truth that God’s divine only-begotten son Jesus is the Messiah who became a man to die for our sins and was resurrected, thereby overcoming sin, death and Satan, and will return to establish the Kingdom of God – will be replaced with a skeleton of lies: a mix of a new, one world, new age religion that would rather worship man, the earth or the cosmos, but not the one true God, where Jesus is just another a good teacher or prophet and nothing more.

 

Remember, it is the False Prophet that forces people to worship the Beast and receive his mark (please see the article. The False Prophet is the beast that looks like a lamb but speaks like a dragon:

 

Revelation 13:

11   Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.

12   And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence,

     and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

13   He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.

14   And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast,

     telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.

15  He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should

     both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.

16   He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,

17   and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18   Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast,

      for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.   (NKJV)

 

 

Bible prophecy is being fulfilled at a rapid pace and we are now also seeing clearer than ever the signs of the nations in the Middle East becoming a united bloc of power that will conspire with whoever wishes to destroy Israel:

 

Psalm 83:

1   O God, do not remain quiet; Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still.

2   For behold, Your enemies make an uproar, And those who hate You have exalted themselves.

3   They make shrewd plans against Your people, And conspire together against Your treasured ones.

4   They have said, "Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more."

5   For they have conspired together with one mind; Against You they make a covenant:

6   The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites;

7   Gebal and Ammon and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;

8   Assyria also has joined with them; They have become a help to the children of Lot. Selah.   (NASB)

 

 

To become this group of nations united with this ideology to destroy Israel, the first thing that must happen is that the current leaders/nations must be changed and this is exactly what we see occurring now.

 

It all began with Iran. Iran’s leader was changed in the late 1970s when the Shah was replaced. Ever since then the nation has been plunged into chaos with the twin results of seeking to destroy Israel and the West while keeping a stranglehold on the freedom of her people where many do not want bloodshed but just liberty to live freely. The Iranian leaders are openly pursuing nuclear capabilities at the same time it states it wants to destroy Israel and push it into the sea (America in 2013 signed an agreement with Iran that does not really prohibit their creating nuclear weapons and gave billions of dollars in aid; this agreement was held in secret without input from nations who are allies and stand the most to lose from Iran’s nuclear capabilities such as Israel and Saudi Arabia). The leaders believe in an apocalyptic leader – “the Madhi”, which calls for war and they are eagerly provoking this war. They are pursuing the unity of other like-minded nations (those who hate Israel) for this agenda to create a new “caliphate”.  A caliphate is an Islamic kingdom ruled by a caliph - a person who is both a political and religious leader who claims this authority as a successor of Mohammed.  Iran is also the leader in supporting terrorist organizations and using them as extensions of themselves to promote these plans of murder and mayhem.

 

Iraq had a dictator, Saddam Hussein that was more secular than religious (he was a Sunni Muslim), but he was toppled in the early 2000s.  Then in 2010 we had the “Arab Spring”.  And since the troops of the United States of America left Iraq at the end of 2011, now we see what has filled the power vacuum – it is a radical Islamic terrorist organization called ISIS/ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/the Levant, which now holds the reins.  This terrorist has taken over much of Syria and Iraq in its quest to create a new Islamic caliphate.

 

 

 

Who is the Antichrist?

 

After many years of being part of NATO and an ally of Israel and the West, the modern nation of Turkey is suddenly anti-Israel and an enemy, becoming Islamic again and moving away from its secularism since its establishment as a republic in 1923 with Mustafa Kemal Ataturk as its first president, after the fall of the Ottoman Empire (which was Islamic for hundreds of years) and World War I. This has occurred with Turkey's current leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan who was its Prime Minister for 11 years and is now its President since August 2014.  Though the modern nation of Turkey was from its foundation built as a secular nation (where presidents are the nation's leaders and not sultans, an Islamic king which is what Ottoman rulers were called) with a strict separation of religion and state, Erdogan has ignored this and is moving the entire nation back to being totally Islamic and displaying autocratic tendencies.  Recently, there is social unrest and protests against the government just like what has happened to the countries in the Middle East, and Erdogan (while he was Prime Minister) came down very hard on the protestors.  He also abuses his power to get his way, and uses it against journalists, the police and anyone else who disagrees with him. 

 

What happens to Turkey regarding Erdogan is very important, because both the Bible and history tells us that its position and identity as: the link between East and West; the combination of secular and Islam; as the extension of the Greek Empire of Alexander the Great that was absorbed into Rome (expanding to become a Western and Eastern Roman Empire); as the head of the Ottoman Empire which picked up where the Eastern Roman Empire left off (the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire was in Turkey, the city of Constantinople/Byzantium, now called Istanbul), etc. is pivotal in end time events.  Indeed, it could be the most pivotal thing, because there is ample evidence that the Beast/Antichrist can possibly come out of or be based from Turkey, serving as the glue that combines all the many characteristics of the end time Beast.


Similar to how many refused to believe the Bible because Israel was not gathered into the land again until 1948, many could not see end times prophecy unfolding until this change in Turkey.  Why?  It is because the invasion of Gog and Magog consists of peoples that come from Turkey. In Ezekiel 38 and 39, Meshech and Tubal are not Rosh or Russia, but the chief (the Hebrew word ‘rosh’ means ‘chief’ or ‘head’) rulers of the ancient lands that are now modern-day Turkey. Notice also that Persia (Iran) is listed among the nations gathered against Israel in war at the end times. This is why Iran’s goal to become a world power by controlling much of what is happening in the Middle East today and obtaining nuclear weapon-capability is a sign of the end times in itself – and the inability or seeming indifference of the United States of America to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons and becoming a major force in the Middle East is contributing to the fulfillment of end time prophecy and how rapidly it will happen:

Ezekiel 38:

2    Son of man, set your face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,

3    And say, Thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

4    And I will turn you back, and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you forth, and all your army, horses and horsemen,

        all of them clothed with all sorts of armor, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

5    Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

6    Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with you.

7    Be you prepared, and prepare for yourself, you, and all your company that are assembled to you, and be you a guard to them.

8    After many days you shall be visited: in the latter years you shall come into the land that is brought back from the sword,

        and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste:

        but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.

9    You shall ascend and come like a storm, you shall be like a cloud to cover the land, you, and all your bands,

        and many people with you.   (AKJV)


Ezekiel 39:

1    Therefore, you son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

2    And I will turn you back, and leave but the sixth part of you, and will cause you to come up from the north parts, and will bring you on the mountains of Israel:

3    And I will smite your bow out of your left hand, and will cause your arrows to fall out of your right hand.

4    You shall fall on the mountains of Israel, you, and all your bands, and the people that is with you: I will give you to the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.

5    You shall fall on the open field: for I have spoken it, said the Lord GOD.    (AKJV)


 

Regarding Gog and Magog, some think that Gog and Magog represent Russia, but this is not the case.  Gog and Magog represents more than just Russia.  Russia would be part of Gog and Magog, but this is only because Gog and Magog represents all the nations from the four corners of the earth that come against Israel as we see in Revelation 20:

 

Revelation 20:

8   and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea.    (NKJV)

 

 

Ezekiel 38 and 39 is the final battle at Christ’s return. Ezekiel 38 to the end of the Book of Ezekiel shows that God’s words to the nations are final with the battle against Gog and Magog leading directly into the millennium with its Temple, distribution of land, etc.


Are we beginning to see the nations of Gog and Magog come together with Russia exerting itself in the Crimea and hinting of siding with Iran in retaliation for sanctions against it?  Is this a sign that the end time is upon us?  

It should be noted also that the Bible speaks of an end-time ruler called the Assyrian and his description fits the Antichrist Beast figure who will enter Jerusalem and take some into captivity.  There is evidence that the Assyrian empire expanded into the land now called Turkey.  Israel will be delivered from the Assyrian; and the Assyrian, like the chief ruler of Meshech and Tubal described in Ezekiel 38 and 39, will fall upon the mountains of Israel:

 

Isaiah 14:

24   The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:

25   That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and on my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.    (AKJV)

 

Micah 5:

2    But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall he come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old,

          from everlasting.

3    Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travails has brought forth: then the remnant of his brothers shall return to the children of Israel.

4    And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great to the ends of the earth.

5    And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.

6    And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he comes into our land, and when he treads within our borders.    (AKJV)

 



And again, regarding Turkey, Pergamos/Pergamum is in Turkey:

Revelation 2:

12   "And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write, 'These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword:

13   "I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan's throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.

14   But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.

15   Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.     (NKJV)

 


Notice that we are told Turkey is where Satan’s throne is.  So we can see there is a distinct possibility that the Antichrist Beast will come forth from Turkey, and it was the seat of power of both the Eastern Roman Empire and the Ottoman Empire that followed, which therefore combines the elements of both Rome and Islam, iron and clay.  However, we must note that this does not necessarily mean the Antichrist Beast will be totally Islamic; more on this later.



The Book of Daniel makes a strong case that the end time Antichrist will come from the area of Turkey, because Antiochus Epiphanes IV was a prototype of the future Antichrist.  Antiochus ruled in the Seleucid Empire which was the largest of the four regions of the dissolved empire of Alexander the Great. The Seleucid Empire included the lands now known as Turkey, Syria, Iraq, etc. The area of the Seleucid Empire is where the King of the North, Antiochus and the future Antichrist comes from.  The King of the South comes from the Ptolemaic Empire, another of the four regions after Alexander's demise which includes Egypt.  In the past the King of the North fought against the King of the South and this will happen again with the Antichrist.  The Antichrist King of the North will fight Egypt, the King of the South.  And again, Scripture seems to show that the throne of Satan through his soon-coming Antichrist will be in Turkey.  If we look at a map of the area, we will actually see that Turkey is in-between the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea and Jerusalem, and Turkey is where the royal pavilion or palace of the Antichrist will be:


Daniel 11:

40   "At the end time the king of the South will collide with him, and the king of the North will storm against him with chariots, with horsemen and with many ships; and he will enter countries, overflow them and pass through.

41   "He will also enter the Beautiful Land, and many countries will fall; but these will be rescued out of his hand: Edom, Moab and the foremost of the sons of Ammon.

42   "Then he will stretch out his hand against other countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape.

43   "But he will gain control over the hidden treasures of gold and silver and over all the precious things of Egypt; and Libyans and Ethiopians will follow at his heels.

44   "But rumors from the East and from the North will disturb him, and he will go forth with great wrath to destroy and annihilate many.

45   "He will pitch the tents of his royal pavilion between the seas and the beautiful Holy Mountain; yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.    (NASB)



Regarding a royal palace of the Antichrist situated between the seas and Jerusalem, we should know that the new Turkish President Erdogan just opened his “Ak Saray” – “the White Palace” in October 2014.  This palace is said to have 1,000 rooms and is 30 times larger than the White House and 4 times larger than the Palace of Versailles in France.  Construction began in 2011 when he was still Prime Minister which clearly illegitimately used the people’s funds.  Is it not strange that he builds such a palace, as if to prepare for when he will become the country’s sole leader in the future?  How could he know (of course, he can make sure it happens)?  He is a president for now, but many Turkish citizens say he is acting more like a sultan.  Such a palace is not presidential at all, but it is a manifestation of his grandiose plans to become royalty, a sultan.

The size of the palace is not the only indicator that he wishes to become a sultan, but its design betrays his intentions as well:  it was purposely designed with Ottoman and Seljuk dynasty influences.  The Seljuks were militarily powerful Turks in medieval times who became Islamic and sought to control all the lands in the Middle East and Egypt, etc. and they preceded the Ottomans.  The Seljuks had an uneasy relationship with the Eastern Roman Empire where they sometimes fought and sometimes were partners.

Indeed, Erdogan is not really hiding what he is planning to do, but he is playing the political game very well and many are blind to where it all might lead.  The presidents of Turkey all resided in the presidential palace in downtown Ankara, but Erdogan breaks this tradition and builds the vast White Palace in the outskirts of Ankara as part of his building a “new Turkey”.  This “new Turkey” is uniting all Islam and recreating a new Ottoman Empire.

His administration has said that a weak Europe and America has provided Turkey with the perfect time to exert its power to take more control of Middle East affairs. His Foreign Minister Ahmet Davotoglu was more blunt and openly stated that the time is right to revise the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916 which was the British and French agreement that divided the lands of the fallen Ottoman Empire into the Middle East Islamic countries we see today. The Foreign Minister also stated that it was the goal of Turkey to be the center of world politics again by combining Turkey with the lands of the Middle East, the Caucacus and Balkans, which is a clear reference to Turkey’s past as the seat of the Ottoman Empire.  Erdogan said that the first thing he will do when his AK party (the AKP – Adalet ve Kalkinma Parti, translated “the Justice and Development Party”) wins the Parliament in 2015 is to grant the presidency more powers. He also said that his goal is to make the new Turkey “a great nation, a great power”, and a top 10 economic power by 2023, which is the 100th year anniversary of the Turkish republic; and to restore Turkey to its former “glory” of the Ottoman Empire and Seljuk dynasty.

Though Erdogan was pro-Islamic and not secular, he began his governance of Turkey as Prime Minister as a “moderate” and was not outspoken or pushing an Islamic agenda upon the people.  However, this has changed in the last several years and his “true colors” have emerged – he has been pushing the nation towards an authoritarian Islamic society while at the same time displaying his anti-Semitism.  He has been using anti-Semitism to invoke the hatred of Jews that naturally exists in Islam in order to bring the Islamic elements of the nation to the forefront in his bid to change Turkey from its almost 100 years of secularism back to Islam. Under his rule, Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf” has become a bestseller in Turkey and anti-Semitism in Turkey has risen to alarming levels.  In fact, he ran on this anti-Semitic platform to become president.

The evidence we see unfolding is that Erdogan is following the Hitler playbook/plan to rise to absolute power as a dictator/sultan (and of course, once Hitler gained this power over his country, he tried to rule the world).  In other words, his rise to power in Turkey is modeled after the rise to power of Hitler in Germany.  Just like Hitler, the Turkish President not only incites hatred of Jews (and Israel), but he does so by ranting and raving with the purpose to ignite patriotism in the country based on anti-Semitism.  Also exactly like Hitler, he blames Jews for everything but especially for Turkey’s economic problems and other problems (like the freedom movement within Turkey, etc.) that he perceives to threaten his reign to bring about a “new Turkey”.  Like Hitler, his hatred of Jews and blaming Jews for every problem will form the basis of the “new Turkey” that will become a world power.  And all this will only get worse and worse heading toward Erdogan's self-imposed 2023 date for the “new Turkey” and beyond.  Like Hitler's Germany, it begins with anti-Semitism, then proceeds to the persecution of Jews within its own country (which is beginning now) and will ultimately lead to targeting Israel and Jews worldwide for destruction.  This hatred and blaming of Jews will not just propel him in his rise to power, but to hold it and we know where this leads: he will expand and exert this power over other countries with the predictable ultimate goal to destroy the object of his hate, to destroy the Jews – just like Hitler did.

And Turkey has shown the world how it is fully capable of committing genocide against the Jews, because Turkey has committed genocide before.  Toward the end of its Ottoman power just before it became a secularist republic in 1923, Turkey committed genocide against the Armenians (which was perhaps tellingly the first country to make Christianity its state religion).  From 1915-1922, about 1.5 million of 2 million Armenians were killed.  This part of its history has been denied and deliberately covered up by Turkey.  This, of course, means that the minority Kurds in Turkey (which have been fighting the Turkish government for years) should also be alert and reminded of this past history of Turkey.

So Turkey has actually engaged in the persecution and ethnic cleansing of minority populations within the nation’s borders even before Nazi Germany. Turkey is the forerunner of believing in keeping the ethnicity of its people and nation supposedly “pure” as superiors, and willing to commit genocide of unwanted minorities to try and do it.  Does this sound familiar?  Yes, Hitler believed it as well and took it to another level with claiming Germans were the “master race”.  When Hitler decided to attack and destroy Poland, he referred to the Turkish genocide of Armenians, because all the other nations stood idly and Turkey never paid a price for what they did (at that time and not even now).  Ottoman Turkey exterminated Christians and Hitler exterminated Jews.  And now a modern secular Turkey is rapidly moving back toward Islam with aspirations of another Ottoman empire, and anti-Semitism is spearheading it.  We can only imagine what will happen to Israel and the world if Turkey returns to Ottoman-like power.      

Anti-Semitism also translates to having the same beliefs as and supporting Israel’s enemies.  Turkey is a friend of Hamas.  It does not consider Hamas a terrorist organization and harbors many of its senior leaders.  Turkey is also a close friend of the Muslim Brotherhood; one of the top Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leaders, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi recently called Erdogan a man who is the equal of Moses (yes, the one who liberated Israel from the Egyptians); actually, many Muslims today treat Erdogan like a god.  Turkey does not consider ISIS a terrorist organization either and has not helped NATO (even though it is still a member of it) and the international coalition to fight ISIS. 

There is even evidence that Turkey is helping ISIS.  Turkey will vehemently deny this and try to keep it secret, but there is a clear reason for Turkey to do this which we must not be blind to.  It is because Turkey’s top leaders, headed by the President himself, have openly stated their intent to return to Ottoman glory.  The parts of the Ottoman Empire that extended to what we now call the Middle East consisted of the nations of Syria and Iraq.  If Turkey is true to its bid to become a world power again like in the days of the Ottoman Empire, then Turkey will want to claim Syria and Iraq as its own (which we also readily see by the fact that Turkey is clearly against the Syrian President Assad and works to see him fall).  So ISIS’s goal of an Islamic caliphate to claim Iraq and Syria is the exact same goal as Erdogan’s “new Turkey” – an empire with an Islamic ruler as its head.  What we will see happen is Turkey continuing to pretend to be innocent and play both sides, deceiving and blinding the world to the fact that it is using ISIS as its foot-soldiers and manipulating other Middle East activities/events to bring about its rise to Ottoman-like power (and therefore enabling it to control Middle East affairs and more).  

After refraining from helping other nations to fight ISIS, Turkey has in mid-2015 promised to help fight ISIS with airstrikes and now allows the United States of America to use an airstrip there.  Curiously, Turkey offered this help shortly after there was a huge outcry that it was secretly helping ISIS so this may be a ploy to try to “disprove” it is helping ISIS.  Even more curiously, even though they have sent jets to supposedly fight ISIS, the Turkish air force is actually striking at the Kurds.  So we see in Turkey’s action two things at the same time: it is helping radical Islam while it says it is not and it still has genocide in its mind, trying to cleanse/wipe out the Kurds from existence.

This goal of becoming another Islamic empire that controls the Middle East is also seen by Turkey’s desire to create and be the head of a Muslim version of the European Union.  It wants to become a member of the European Union, but still has difficulty in doing so, and simultaneously pushes for control of the Middle East.  By its actions and location, we can see that Turkey wants to be the center and union between Europe and Asia, Europe and the Middle East/Islam.

Indeed, Turkey’s attempts to be in the middle of everything while straddling two very different or even opposing areas simultaneously (trying to be a part of one thing and at the same time a part of something else that does not really match; which may be “good” in theory and appearance, but is not good in practice and reality) is a sign in itself that Turkey is likely where the Antichrist will rule from.  This is because the Turkish leader being the man in the middle in all these various areas makes Turkey a focal point and liaison or even mediator of affairs in these same areas, which will include giving it a primary role as peacemaker.  We must not forget that Daniel 9:26-27 states there will be a leader who makes a covenant with Israel, but then breaks this peace in the middle and turns against Israel and brings an end to sacrifices and offerings.  In the Book of Daniel and elsewhere we know there will be a rebuilt temple, a Third Temple, so the Antichrist will be a middleman/moderator in the area of religion as well. 

And what do we see Turkey thinking of possibly doing?  A couple of years ago, the prominent Turkish author and thinker Adnan Oktar (he uses the pseudonym of Harun Yahya) met with members of the new Sanhedrin (yes, the group of Jewish religious leaders and learned men from Messiah’s time has been re-formed) to discuss the building of the Third Temple on the Temple Mount right next to the Dome of the Rock.  To the Jews it is considered the Third Temple, but to Muslims it will be a new temple or palace of Solomon who it considers to be a prophet.  The reason for the two sides to meet and plan on doing this is in the name of peace, to unify the world under religion.

So we might be wondering how Turkey can be so anti-Israel and anti-Jew, but yet still entertain ideas of making peace through religion and the construction of a Third Temple.  But that is the point – is it not?  The Antichrist will play all sides and deceive everyone to appear “good” in order for it to become a world power and destroy Israel and God’s people – Old and New Testament Bible believers.  Since we know the Antichrist is evil, but yet is able to deceive the world to make a covenant with Israel, then we should actually expect this person (or the nation he is from), to speak with a forked tongue out of both sides of his mouth.  The deception, delusion and blindness to Israel is that Israel should know better – that Israel should know this person clearly hates Israel, but yet Israel (perhaps because she will be war-weary and under pressure by the world) will still accept a covenant made by this person, the Antichrist.  The reason will be for supposed peace, but the “carrot” or most motivating factor for Israel will be the dream-come-true of many in Israel: that the long sought-for Temple they wanted will finally be rebuilt – and apparently, it will be built at any cost, selling her soul as it were, by believing a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  

This blindness upon Israel that will make them enter the covenant with the Antichrist is partially of her own doing, because in the zeal to forbid people seeing a linkage to Jesus as their Messiah, the religious leaders have prevented the people from studying the prophecies in the Book of Daniel and forced them to discard the New Testament and think of Jesus as a charlatan.  This is why at that later time, Israel will conveniently forget how much Turkey really hates Israel and will eventually turn against Israel, and Israel will have absolutely no idea she will be walking right into the trap sprung by the Antichrist/Turkey – even though the Bible clearly warns/prophesies of it.  This is why all these current statements and actions by Erdogan now will not be remembered, but for Bible prophecy followers of both Old and New Testatment, it is very obvious that the road for Israel is disastrous until Messiah’s return.

For example, Erdogan made some ominous statements about Jerusalem and Israel.  He said that he will “defend” Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa mosque from Israel which can only mean that Turkey will be prepared to and will one day invade Jerusalem.  But because Israel cannot see – and vehemently refuses to see, the truth about her Messiah and the words of the New Testament, she will not know that she must not make this “deal with the devil” which will just give the devil/Antichrist the opportunity or opening to turn against Israel and attack when she is most vulnerable (thinking peace and the Temple, but getting war, invasion and desolation of the Temple and the land).  This invasion of Jerusalem by the Antichrist is foretold by the Lord Jesus Himself:

Luke 21:

20   "But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.

21   Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her.

22   For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

23   But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people.

24   And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.    (NKJV)



The statement above by the Turkish president is especially noteworthy and Antichrist-like, because he also said Turkey will not be patient with Israel much longer and he will never regard Israel “positively” and that even though Israel seems to be winning now (against Islam terrorism/attacks), Israel will eventually be defeated.  What does warning Israel to not test Turkey’s patience and the term “eventually be defeated” mean when applied to Israel by her enemies?  It means only one thing: the eventual defeat of Israel means it will cease to exist or entirely subjugated, which is the dream and goal of all Islamic nations, and Turkey will be the one to do it.  So the Jews and Israel should have very, very legitimate concerns to watch out for an Islamic Turkey to again try and commit another genocide against peoples it hates. Yet the Bible tells us Israel will be deceived by the Antichrist to accept a false peace – but it is exactly because of Israel accepting this false peace that will lead to her problems with the partial fulfillment of Erdogan’s threats and fulfillment of Luke 21 above.

 

So who is the Antichrist?  The answer to who is the Antichrist is this:

 

With the Bible pointing to Turkey as the nation from which the Antichrist comes, the likely candidate of who is the Antichrist at this time is the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and he will rise modeling Hitler, but where Hitler allied himself with Islam/the Muslim Brotherhood, Erdogan is all by himself a combination – he will be an Islamic Hitler.


There are only two possible ways where Erdogan may not be the Antichrist, and they are:


1)  If a leader from modern-day Turkey will come after him (for example, if he will have a successor) who will be the actual Antichrist, and not him.

OR


2)  If another person not from modern-day Turkey who is of Assyrian descent will be the Antichrist and set up his throne in Turkey.



With the Arab Spring in late 2010 with turmoil in Yemen (as of 2015 Yemen is overrun with Iranian-backed terrorists), Bahrain and the sudden overthrow of nations such as Tunisia and Egypt whose leader was a dictator, but was mostly secular and so he even had a peace agreement with Israel (and was America’s ally) and suppressed radical Islam from taking over the government. This peace with Israel and its alliance with America is now no longer valid and the radical Islamic regime of the Muslim Brotherhood (under Mohammed Morsi) then gained power in Egypt.  However, in 2013 the Egyptian populace rejected this rule and led by the Egyptian military, deposed the Muslim Brotherhood from leadership.

 

The instability of Egypt with all these recent events which started with the overthrow of Israel’s ally foreshadows what will happen in the future with Egypt.  Things will only get worse as its leadership will eventually change and mirror its leadership in the days of Moses – Egypt will once again oppress the people of Israel, which was foretold in the Bible by the prophet Isaiah over 2700 years ago:

 

Isaiah 11:

12   It will happen in that day, that YAHWEH will thresh from the flowing stream of the Euphrates to the brook of Egypt; and you will be gathered one by one, children of Israel.

13   It will happen in that day that a great trumpet will be blown; and those who were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and those who were outcasts in the land of Egypt, shall come; and they will worship YAHWEH in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.   (WEB)

 

 

The instant transformation of Egypt from an ally of almost 35 years to a sworn enemy will result in the oppression (again) of Israel/the Jews in the near future.  The behavior of Egypt will mirror the acts of the Nazis – the Jews will be transported to foreign lands in captivity. 


This change in Egypt is an indicator that Egypt is indeed the King of the South who will also be an enemy of Israel and a force to be reckoned with in the end times, and will oppose the King of the North who is in the Antichrist from Turkey, but will nevertheless fall before the King of the North.  


We see the beginnings of the animosity between Turkey and Egypt right now.  As we mentioned earlier, Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood are close friends.  Turkey was and still is very upset with the overthrow of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood from power by the Egyptian military. Turkey is now constantly at odds with Egypt and strongly rejects Egypt and its current government/leadership.  At the same time, Egypt is very suspicious of Turkey, suspecting that it is trying to take over Middle East affairs.   



Again, this instability in Egypt and the civil unrest which ousted the Muslim Brotherhood is only the beginning as there will be full civil war erupting in Egypt when the Antichrist comes to power (and as we read above in Daniel 11:42, the Antichrist will eventually conquer Egypt), which is prophesied in the Bible:

 

Isaiah 19:

2    I will stir up the Egyptians against the Egyptians, and they will fight everyone against his brother, and everyone against his neighbor; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.

3    The spirit of Egypt will fail in its midst. I will destroy its counsel. They will seek the idols, the charmers, those who have familiar spirits, and the wizards.

4    I will give over the Egyptians into the hand of a cruel lord. A fierce king will rule over them," says the Lord, YAHWEH of Armies.    (WEB)

 

 

But God is not a respecter of persons and in the end, as a potter to clay He will change/mold even the worst of Israel’s enemies into a friend and brother, grafting Egypt into the heritage the one true God of the Bible has promised Israel:

 

Isaiah 19:

19   In that day, there will be an altar to YAHWEH in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to YAHWEH at its border.

20    It will be for a sign and for a witness to YAHWEH of Armies in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to YAHWEH because of oppressors, and he will send them a savior and a defender, and he will deliver them.

21    YAHWEH will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know YAHWEH in that day. Yes, they will worship with sacrifice and offering, and will vow a vow to YAHWEH, and will perform it.

22    YAHWEH will strike Egypt, striking and healing. They will return to YAHWEH, and he will be entreated by them, and will heal them.

23    In that day there will be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria; and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.

24    In that day, Israel will be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth;

25    because YAHWEH of Armies has blessed them, saying, "Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance."    (WEB)

 


It must be noted that the Bible mentions in several places both Assyria and Egypt paired together in the end times, as contrasted against His people Israel.  They are both enemies, but yet this enmity will crumble before the love of God as He will bring all nations under Him and bow their knee.  This is yet another indicator that the Assyrian is the King of the North and Egypt is the King of the South – enemies of each other and of Israel, but even they will come eventually to come to acknowledge and worship the one true God and His Messiah. It is another indicator that the rise of the Antichrist is coming very, very soon.



Libya’s leader was also overthrown almost as an after-thought and there is a full civil war in Syria with the current dictator doing all in his power to retain power (he is even being helped by Iran in this regard).

 

We should note that it is very strange that America aided in the overthrows of Egypt (an ally and the largest nation in the area) and Libya (a small country whose ruler actually cooperated in agreements to forsake weapons of mass destruction), but America did not help the many people in Iran who wanted to get rid of the current regime.  

 

And regarding Syria (a key terrorist supporter and Iranian link), America has at first taken a more subtle approach by joining other nations to provide support to the groups trying to topple the government (is it because Syria is aggressive and a powerhouse, unlike Egypt and Libya; and also not to anger/provoke Iran and Russia (its allies) or make it too obvious America is trying to change the entire region into a radical Islamic one, for whatever reason?).  Then America began to side more clearly with the “rebels” who are just as bad and untrustworthy as the current leadership (and are probably even worse andwhat has happened to other nations will happen to Syria) by deciding to attack Syria, because it has supposedly used biochemical weapons (even though they have virtually won the battle against the insurgents).   Now, however, America has backed off, because the “rebels” have been replaced with ISIS, which is really powerful, threatening everyone, including the West and America, and has already taken over large parts of Syria.

 

Syria will just be one more nation to become a radicalized Islamic one, further leading to a consolidated bloc of power of radical Islamist nations.  


Syria is also very unique, because it clearly has Russia as an ally, and the northern country and other lands the Bible indicates will be involved in end time battles can very well be Russia and the nations that were formerly of the Soviet Union.  Is what will happen in Syria the escalation to all-out world war, World War III?

 

What makes the Egypt development even worse is that during the time it was led by the Muslim Brotherhood, America has been quick to send over a dozen F-16 fighter jets and dozens of tanks to Egypt in 2013.  America sent this military aid to honor an arrangement made with Egypt’s previous leader/government, which had over 30 years of proven pro-West/America/Israel policies and maintained peace with Israel and stability in the entire region.  However, the same cannot be said of the regime that will ultimately be in place, which will be a destabilizing factor in the region.  Has all common sense gone?  Why is America giving weapons to such an unstable nation which can only contribute to the instability of the entire region?

 

Can we see and understand how the god of this world, Satan, is manipulating everything – picking “winners and losers”, who he wants in place to benefit his schemes, setting things up, for his Beast kingdom?  Can we see how the nations are being leveled, making it easier for them to fold into the Beast?  This is another example of how a dictator who devastates the people within a nation (the micro aspect), is really just one of many nations that are simultaneously being devastated in the same manner, only to ultimately fold into an overpowering one world dictator (the macro aspect).

 

This is not the last we have seen of the Muslim Brotherhood, because they have their arms/presence in many places/nations. Things are coming full circle as what has started with the Muslim Brotherhood and its roots in destroying Israel back in the times of Hitler, is being established again, but even more firmly with greater possibility of spreading to other nations since there is so much chaos in the region.

 

And let us not forget that what has started with the change in leadership in Iran is also coming full circle, as Iran is currently the leading force in stirring up things in the region. With the very recent withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, there is already fighting over who will rule the country. Now with the Sunni Muslims no longer in power, how easy would it be for the Shiites to take power, especially since Iran – a longstanding enemy of the former Sunni Iraq, is predominantly Shiite?

 

Many of these nations had leaders that were all dictators, but they kept the religious fanatics from taking over. So what type of rule will these nations now have? It is the old adage of “pick your poison”. However, with these Middle East nations falling, we know what will become of them. These nations will eventually unite under one system and one ruler. The Bible states they will be united with the religion and ideology that seeks to destroy Israel. The Bible stated it will happen and it is happening right before our eyes.

 

What we are seeing in the affairs in the Middle East is the enemy arranging affairs to enable his one world government and religion to be established.  The nations are “equalized” to be compliant with his scheme in bringing his Beast and False Prophet.  Those nations with rulers who are too much of an individual and do not agree with the way the enemy wants things are removed (this is why we see the secular/non-religious dictators targeted), and replaced with rulers and governments that do comply.

 

This is also happening in the United States of America.  Since America does not have a totalitarian ruler, it is the American system of government that is targeted to be destroyed and eventually replaced.  America’s case is a little different, but the result will be the same.

To the unbeliever or one who believes in other gods, the end times are upon us and you must know that God exists, and He is the God of the Bible.  He sent His son Jesus to atone for the sins of mankind and He will return to establish the Kingdom of God.  God is not a respecter of persons, but seeks worshippers in spirit and truth who are willing to hold God and His truth above everything else.  The God of the Bible is truth and He loves us all, but we must come of our free will; He will not force us.  The one true God of the Bible makes Himself known to us by the design and work of His hands in creation; by the prophecies in His word that are without error, being fulfilled right now; and by His son Jesus and His atonement and resurrection that gives us eternal life.

 

 

 

 

More history repeats: Jerusalem the prize

 

As we read earlier, the Bible tells us that Satan the enemy wants to be God. This does not only mean he wants to be worshipped as God, but he also wants to take for himself what belongs to God – His city and His people, to desecrate them and destroy them. He will mock God in the most extreme way possible. The Bible tells us this is exactly what will happen:

 

2 Thessalonians 2:

3     Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first,

     and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,

4     who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped,

     so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.   (NKJV)

 

 

The Bible also makes clear many times that Jerusalem is the center of the world, where all nations want to destroy her. It is in the last days that Jerusalem will be surrounded and ready to be destroyed, but this is when the Lord Jesus will return.  

 

Again, it is not just the Bible that tells us how the enemy and his Beast will behave; history also bares this fact in yet another way.

 

 

There were several Crusades in the Middle Ages between Muslims and the nations partnered with the Roman Catholic Church. What were they fighting for? It was Jerusalem that was in the center of it all.

 

This will dominate much of end times history and it should not surprise anyone.  One religion, Islam, was created to deny the God of the Bible and His son Jesus the Messiah who gives us eternal life by overcoming death with His atoning blood, and sets out to destroy all peoples that are not of the same belief.  The god of Islam is Allah, a regional moon god elevated to supposedly be the one true God.  The other religion, Roman Catholicism, has misled countless number of people with a false version of Christianity, and by its actions makes it clear that it has existed only to distort God’s truth and persecute the true believers of Christ even while it calls itself the true church of Christ.  Roman Catholicism is really the worship of the sun in place of the one true God.  They are not that different, but were created by the enemy Satan to covering all sides, every angle, to make sure God’s people are deceived and destroyed.  The two are worship of the heavens, the sun and the moon, and are abominations to the one true God who is in the Bible.

 

All this may seem to contradict the Biblical prophecy of the end times Beast kingdom being a combination of European and Islamic nations. However, this is not the case at all.  Remember what we discussed earlier about Hitler, who was trying to resurrect the Holy Roman Empire, making alliances with others such as Japan, for instance.  If Hitler succeeded in conquering Europe and Russia, how fast do you think he would have turned on his “ally” Japan so that he alone will rule the world?  Remember also that Hitler’s Nazi Germany allied itself with the Islam, the Grand Mufti and founder of the Muslim Brotherhood.  Are they really different from one another?  No, not at all; in fact, their beliefs are virtually identical – total conquest and the destruction of Israel first and foremost.

 

As we mentioned earlier, strange bedfellows are made when power and a common goal are in view. For convenience and mutual benefit, two enemies can partner together, but only for a short time until this arrangement is no longer beneficial and required.

 

The same will happen in the end times, but the sequence will be reversed.  Rather than the case of Hitler allying with Japan and then eventually turning against his former ally, Rome and Islam will at first be in battle, but at the very end they will be as one to rally all the nations of the world to surround and destroy their (and sad to say in the end times that are soon upon us, the world’s) common enemy: Israel. 


Indeed, we can see hints of how a clash between Rome and Islam may arise, another and final crusade, when in 2014 Pope Francis said that ISIS must be stopped in some way which implies by force as necessary, and ISIS itself has threatened that the Pope is one of its next targets. If radical Islamic forces, whether it be ISIS or some other to come, does attack Rome where the Vatican and pope are, is this what will eventually lead to the False Prophet (pope) to relocate to Turkey which is also where the Antichrist/Beast will ultimately be?  And do not be fooled, the recent quick rise of ISIS and move toward a caliphate does involve Turkey as we read earlier, and everything will eventually be traced back to Turkey; even now, we know that terrorists and their trainees are heading to Turkey to be funneled over to Syria and Iraq and they are receiving support from Turkey in other ways.  It is Turkey, while using ISIS, that is the key to the creation of a new caliphate and another Islamic Ottoman-like empire.  It is Turkey's end-game all along to gather all the nations that follow the Arabic religion Islam is what will eventually lead to the clay toes of the statue in Nebuchadnezzar's dream, and Turkey is behind it. 


This combination of a revived Roman Empire with Islamic tendencies is not that hard to imagine, especially when we consider one more thing:  the strong ties between Turkey and Germany. We have already seen how Turkey surfaces as a strong contender from which the Antichrist comes.  Turkey’s history is also ideally in-between everything and it is a powerhouse, and would be the mightiest Islamic nation if it were to become completely Islamic (as it once was during the Ottoman Empire).  At the same time, Germany is the powerhouse of the European Union whose military might is renowned and was the primary instigator and dominant force of the first two World Wars.


Indeed, the one thing we must not forget is that history has shown already that Germany and Turkey once fought together as one in global war – Germany and the Ottoman Empire/Turkey formed an alliance and were allies in World War I.  In World War II, Turkey was neutral while the two opposing sides – the Allies (Britain, etc.) and the Axis powers (Germany, etc.), wanted Turkey to side with them against the other.  In this neutral role, Turkey continued to engage in economic trade with these nations with Germany being the primary economic partner, which is something that continues to this day. With the war winding down and a possible enticement of UN membership and a say in world affairs, Turkey declared war on Germany in February 1945; but there was no fighting as Germany surrendered in May 1945.   

 

Are the instances of Turkey trying to appear good to the world while deceptively using ISIS and other terrorists to war against its enemies (thereby helping achieve its goal of world dominance again), and Turkey sitting on the sidelines during World War II while other nations fight to the death a foretaste of the fulfilling of this end time prophecy:

 

Daniel 8:

23  "And in the latter time of their kingdom, When the transgressors have reached their fullness, A king shall arise, Having fierce features, Who understands sinister schemes.

24  His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully, And shall prosper and thrive; He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people.

25  "Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; And he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; But he shall be broken without human means.    (NKJV)   


 

There is evidence that the two nations are tied together anciently as a common people, because the previously mentioned Assyrian empire which expanded into ancient Turkey consisted also of a people called the Hittites (Hatti or Chatti) who migrated from the areas around the Black Sea and Caspian Sea into Europe/Germany.  The Hatti/Chatti were also called Hesse, who are the Hessians (Germans).  The ancient records, traditions, etc. of Germany also state that the city of Trier in Germany was founded by the Assyrians (a Trebeta, son of King Ninus) over 4000 years ago, centuries before the origin of the Roman Empire (even though historians currently claim Rome to be its founder).


Could the Antichrist Beast be Roman and Islamic, (a revived Western and Eastern Roman Empire) because he and his kingdom come from both Turkey and Germany – and they have not only their connections to the Roman Empire, but it goes much further than this with the two nations being linked together as ultimately coming from the same source: Assyria?   Will Turkey and Germany be as one in the end-time rise and reign of the Antichrist Beast?  Currently, both Turkey and Germany powerhouses are silent, slumbering giants, but Scripture and history tell us this will not last very long when the world will soon rapidly descend into total chaos.  However, ultimately, as Daniel 2 states, the iron and clay do not mix well and the Beast kingdom will fall.


The possibility that the Antichrist is both Roman and Islamic should not be casually dismissed when we remember what the Bible defines as “antichrist”.  It is something or someone who opposed Christ and/or replaces Christ, but even more.  The Antichrist is someone who denies that Jesus is the Son of God and Messiah who has come in the flesh:

 

1 John 2:

22   Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.

23   Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.    (NKJV)

 

1 John 4:

3    and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.    (NKJV)

 

2 John 1:

7    For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.    (NKJV)



Also, let us not forget this one thing we mentioned briefly before:

 

The Lord Jesus Christ said wars will precede the end and the rise of the Beast (Matthew 24:3-15).  This means the likely scenario is that these wars will include the wars of Western countries led by a European Union against the Islamic caliphate. This war will be exactly the emergency situation the Beast will use to grab total power and unite these sides under him to form the final empire.

 

Is it just a coincidence that Islam is forever the aggressor that seeks to destroy that which is not Islamic – which just happens to conveniently create the required “emergency” and “disaster” for another authoritarian system like the Roman Empire to be “forced” to react and come to power using Satanic tactics to subjugate its people? If you feel like the entire game is fixed and the people of the world are getting set up for the Beast/Antichrist, you are right, because it is fixed and we are getting set up.

 

Remember, the enemy Satan is the god and ruler of this world.

 

We must understand that the enemy wants Jerusalem. Even more, we must understand that he will go to any length to destroy her. He has attempted many times before pitting two groups of people against one another. As the god of this world who is a murderer from the beginning, the enemy manipulates things behind the scenes and puts murderous groups against murderous groups to attain his goal: total destruction of the world with Jerusalem as its centerpiece.

 

He will use not just might, but deception and cunning to do it. He will do whatever it takes to sit in the temple of God and erect the abomination of desolation (Daniel 11:27; Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).   He will take Jerusalem any way he can – even if he must “make” these seemingly opposing sides “fight” each other, but in reality they share the common goal to destroy a common enemy – Israel.

 

This aim of the enemy Satan to take Jerusalem as the ultimate prize is of course the same goal as his Antichrist.  So we must remember what we read earlier on Jesus' prophecy in Luke 21 that the Antichrist will invade Israel; and the Turkish President Erdogan making foreboding and forecasting comments about how he will “defend” Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa mosque from Israel, how he will never regard Israel “positively” and that Israel will eventually be defeated.  Turkey is telling the world that it will one day invade Jerusalem/Israel to ensure that Israel will be defeated. 

 

Provoking a world war between Western, Islamic and other nations (creating total world chaos) only thinly veils the enemy’s ultimate plan to control the world – to “be like the Most High”, ruling from Jerusalem, in order to take and destroy Jerusalem.  Indeed, creating the tension and the war that results between the West and Islam is part of Satan's plan to bring in his Beast and False Prophet.  The Antichrist will come out of the Roman/Islamic conflict once the dust settles and seize his very temporary throne. 

This is Satan’s plan:  He will pit everyone against one another.  Black against white.  Rich against poor.  Religious against atheist.  West against Islam.  Nation against nation.  Everyone will destroy one another.  This will make everyone be so tired and weakened by the bloodshed and chaos, that they will easily be deceived by a great promised peace by the Antichrist, but he will be the worst of all.  And no one will be in any condition to stop himIronically, just as the enemy has planned, the Antichrist and False Prophet who arise from this chaos will be Islam and Rome combined.

 

To war over Jerusalem will happen again as a prelude for everyone – all nations, to get their opportunity to persecute Israel and try to utterly destroy her (Joel 3:2; Zechariah 12:2-3; 14:2-3).

 

How will these nations be united against Israel?  We actually may already have a glimpse today.  What will facilitate uniting the nations against Israel will be something like the United Nations.  The pretense of world peace and unity with a global body overriding the sovereignty of individual nations (such as the UN military commanding the troops of sovereign nations) already exists.  The United Nations is a perverted irony: they preach world unity, but in reality it is world unity to promote a one world government which is dedicated to destroy Israel.  Hence, the United Nations, or something like it in the end time, will be manipulated or headed by the Antichrist and is quite possibly the way that Rome and Islam will ultimately be one.

 

The nations do not need a reason to try to destroy Israel; they just hate Israel, because the enemy hates Israel.  They are just waiting for America to be out of the way (and the enemy's plan to remove America as an obstacle to one world rule is well in progress and close to fruition).  But if they can blame someone else for "making" them do it, then they will of course use excuses to make it look like "self-defense" and stoke more hatred. 

 

For example, the world has not really taken seriously the threats of Iran to wipe Israel off the map and push her into the sea by the use of nuclear weapons.  It is because the world does not care.  This forces Israel's hand to pre-emptively strike to remove Iran's nuclear capabities.  The enemies of Israel, which will be the entire world, will use this as a reason to hate and attack Israel which is something they already want to do any way.  Iran itself will be the first to use this as an excuse to have its proxy extensions attack targets everywhere and plunge the world into the darkest chaos for its “Madhi” (it is their plan from the beginning).  Any objective person knows that the enemies of Israel want to destroy Israel without any reason at all, if given the chance.

 

In this world that is currently in the grip of the enemy, everything is stacked against Israel.  As long as Israel exists it will be an object of irrational and invented hatred targeted by the world for destruction, because the enemy hates all that belongs to God (this hatred is also directed towards believers in the only-begotten Son of God and Messiah Jesus who died for our sins and is raised forever as a foretaste of what awaits believers).  So whatever Israel does: do something or not do something, Israel can never win.  The only time Israel will win is when she cries out to her God in true repentance and then God will send His son Jesus, Israel's Messiah, to return to save her and establish the Kingdom of God, reigning from Jerusalem forevermore.  This cry of Israel will only come when she is surrounded by her enemies and at the brink of extinction.

 

It is Bible prophecy that Jerusalem will be in the center of end times events, which of course includes the rule of the Beast and his False Prophet and she will be surrounded with no one to help her. No one, that is – except God. His son, the Lord Jesus Christ, will return to rescue Israel who is the apple of God’s eye, and He will destroy the enemies of God and establish the Kingdom of God.

 

The Beast and his one world government is coming fast. He will use the pretense of peace and unity to gain and hold power. He will use what is right in the eyes of man to control the world, but its end is death (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25). This is just one way he wages war against God’s people, because God’s people do not live by what man says is right, but what is right in the eyes of God.

 

The totalitarian regimes we have discussed including the soon coming end times Beast power, are clear examples of the truth that no man or human power/government can claim to create a utopia. Such a goal, though sounding good and even well meaning by many, leads to complete disaster. The reason is this: man is fallen and cannot be trusted. Ultimately, the worst of mankind rises to take control and the reasons for a utopian society are ungodly reasons, but only reasons of man. This happened with the angels and Satan; and it happens with man who are fallen in sin because of Satan. The worst of man have Satan as their father and it is these people who always take the reins of power and deceives and destroys everyone else. So if anyone or anything proposes to create a utopia, then an alert must go up to everyone who are watching for the signs of the times.

 

A union of Rome and Islam will be the final kingdom in the prophet Daniel’s visions. They are mentioned together, because they are unified in their desire to destroy God’s people and will dominate world affairs in the end times. Indeed, their efforts to destroy Israel, even though they will at first war against one another, is the catalyst that leads to Christ’s return as all the world surrounds Israel to utterly destroy her.

 

The players are coming up to the table for the Beast to rise to power: Rome has been in place for some time and still needs to consolidate power (and reasons to do so faster and exercise its might); and Islam, which requires a centralized power to destroy non-believers, is in the middle of forming one right now. They feed one another, but at the end, it is always about Jerusalem.


The evidence it is Islam and Rome together as the Antichrist and False Prophet, respectively, seems to be growing.  On February 5, 2018, Turkey’s President Erdogan went to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican, Rome. 


What was their main topic of discussion? 


It was their mutual dislike of America recognizing Jerusalem as the obvious capital of Israel on December 6, 2017.  They are one in fighting the truth that Jerusalem is the City of God (and therefore the capital of Israel) and Israel is the Land of God.  They have agreed to do all they can to make sure that the “status quo” is maintained.  The “status quo” is where Jerusalem is not recognized as the capital so the international community has control over making sure Jerusalem (and also Judea and Samaria, the so-called “West Bank”) is divided between Israel and the “Palestinians”.   


We have Islam and Rome (supposed strange bedfellows) uniting to fight a common enemy.  The common enemy is Jerusalem and Israel which must be divided in opposition to God’s desire.  So in reality, the common enemy is God, because Satan hates God and Christ and all that is God’s and Christ’s which includes His land.  So in this case, America is also considered the common enemy of Islam and Rome, because America is an obstacle to their seeking to divide Israel; an obstacle that must be removed at all costs.


What we see is that Germany and Turkey will be intimately involved in end time affairs and ultimately the Beast/Antichrist will come from either Germany or Turkey (or a combination of both).  Can he come from Germany and then rule/take over in Turkey?  Can he be an Islamic ruler from Germany?  This would be like the Eastern Roman Empire ruling from Constantinople, Turkey again.  We must not forget as we said earlier that the final kingdom as foretold in Nebuchadnezzar’s statue dream in Daniel 2 will be part Roman (the legs of iron) and part something else – Islam (the toes of clay).  We must also remember that the Roman Empire has never truly died out.  The political/government side did, but the religious side continues to this day as the Roman Catholic Church.  Meanwhile, the European Union is looking to revive the political/government side and resurrect a full/complete Roman Empire. 


Or will the Antichrist be Islamic coming from Turkey and have a Pope as his False Prophet – another combination of Islam and Rome where Turkey tries to resuscitate the fairly recent demise of the Ottoman Empire?  This will also satisfy the legs of iron combined with the toes of clay. The evidence currently points to a ruler from Turkey like Erdogan as the more apparent choice, but only time will tell.  Regardless, according to the Bible, the nation of Turkey will be at the center of it all and will rise again as a world power, and this is exactly what we see beginning to happen now and it will be a reality very, very soon.



America the obstacle 

 

Indeed, it is the United States of America (USA) as it is today that is the largest obstacle to the enemy’s plan to establish a world government headed by the Beast he will put as its head. The consistent, but relatively “slow” decrease of USA power in world affairs is only the beginning of Satan’s plan to remove the USA as this obstacle. This reduction of the USA is increasingly rapidly in recent years and the removal of USA could come a lot faster than we think, even at the doors.

 

The only way the enemy can succeed is if the lone Western superpower, the USA, is completely leveled and rendered powerless/weak and compliant: changed into his image or destroyed. America must be weakened first, before Satan and his Beast can destroy America.

 

Satan must make the USA “equal” like the EU nations – the easier for it to be controlled and for the rise of the Beast. Do you see the complete irony of the European Union wanting to be more like a United States of Europe (the easier for a strong centralized government to control) while the USA is already a collection of states and therefore is coming from the reverse side, but nevertheless is still heading toward destruction or somehow being removed as an obstacle?

 

Therefore, the sure sign that the end times are upon us and the Beast system will be established very soon, is the destruction of the USA which is already happening and will accelerate and be magnified greatly.  

 

Many do not believe this only because they never seriously consider the truth that the only way for a Beast world dictator to rise to power is if the USA is not around or is incapable of stopping him. A big reason for this is because Protestant Christianity, which is centralized in America, has been distracted and deceived by one of Satan’s most sinister schemes: most Christians believe they will be taken away from any great tribulation as part of a “pre-tribulation rapture of the church”.

 

So many are not alert and still going about their lives oblivious to the reality and danger of the demise of America, which by common sense and Biblical logic must happen for a Beast power to take over the world. If most Christians have been misled by this doctrine and therefore do not have the proper preparedness, then how will the non-believer know the signs of the times?

 

But the Bible does not teach believers will be taken away and be spared from tribulation.  Instead, the Bible teaches that all believers will go through the tribulation, and we will suffer and die just as Jesus did; fully imitating Him – the servant is not above the master.

 

However, many in America and the world are starting to wake up from their sleep and realizing this truth, because the signs are upon us and can no longer be ignored.

 

What the soldiers of Christ must steel and prepare ourselves for, is that the Beast world power will combine elements of all these totalitarian governments and more, because the Bible describes the tribulation to come as greater than anything that has yet occurred and everyone will perish unless the Lord Jesus returns:

 

Matthew 24:

21   For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been

     since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.

22   And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved;

     but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened.   (NKJV)

 

 

Therefore, after the leveling of countries required for the Beast to come to power in a manner similar to Russia and China, he will rule much like how Hitler’s Germany did: ruling with an iron fist, forcing and getting idolatrous worship, rapidly expanding his kingdom, and relentlessly persecuting and exterminating the people of God – not just the Jews only, but also Christians.

 

 

 

 

Reviewing the signs that the end times Beast is soon upon us

 

Do we see any of these seeds being planted for the Beast to gain power? Let us see and ask ourselves some questions.

 

 

  • Are we seeing the same methods used by Satan and totalitarian governments of the past being used now to: level out or make entire nations into nothing – to be “equally” powerless and compliant? To change nations into the image of the Beast by creating dictatorial governments that reduce the citizens to be “equally” powerless and under the control of the government? Is the destruction of a middle class occurring to create only two classes: the ruling class and the poor/everyone else, who will be made totally reliant on the whims of the ruling class? Is class warfare being used? Is there creating hatred between the people and different areas of business where opposing views to the government are demonized as an excuse to change and take complete power?  Are we seeing the indoctrination of the youth and plans to use them for the government (including controlling the education system by controlling financial loans and directing jobs to the government/public sector and wanting to create a military force to be absolutely loyal to its leader only)? Are these cases all just examples of leaders trying to control every aspect of society to impose “equality” upon all – and will then clear the way, making it easier, for the Beast and his world government?  Isn't

 

 

  • Are we seeing governments trying to control information which can potentially be used against the people?  And what about trying to control the media outlets? Are the existing outlets giving unbiased information or is siding with the government to control what the masses should know and feel? Is the freedom to exercise your rights to free speech being attacked? Are the radio and internet information outlets targets for government control? Why are the nations of the world gathering to discuss the Internet?  It is because many sovereign nations, like the United States of America, are willing to give up its sovereignty to an international body; these nations are trying to circumvent the will of the people by signing international treaties to override the national constitutions/laws.  These nations are trying to give control of the Internet (among other things) to the United Nations or something like it. Besides deception, one of the first things totalitarian rulers like the Beast do on their road to power is make sure there is no opposition.  The deception and destroying opposition come together when government powers are abused to impact the citizens' behaviors and freedoms, and freedom of speech and the Internet will be targeted for restriction or to be removed, allowing only the totalitarian power to present its views as truth to control the people.  Remember that these regimes hate God most of all, because the Bible truth is the one and only true path to salvation, love, peace, and joy. Those who try to preach Bible truth and warn of the tribulation to come upon the world, such as SeekGodsTruth.com, will be prevented from doing so.  The enemy Satan will use any excuse and do all he can to put an end to the preaching of God's truth and His gospel of salvation.  Look for this to happen within only a couple of years; the dark clouds of the storm are gathering and we have precious little time to get the truth out. Let us be reminded that control is the opposite of freedom.

 

 

  • What is the rationale for the globalization agenda to tear down all national walls to meld all nations together so they may be hopelessly entwined and dependent upon the fate of one another? Why is national sovereignty being frowned upon, but instead there is a movement to be absorbed by globalism? Doesn’t this make it all the easier for everyone or many, to rise and fall together? All the easier to be ruled by the Beast? Are we seeing the attempt to reverse the Tower of Babel right before our eyes?

 

 

  • Are there global economic disasters that have already affected how governments behave, endangered some, and in some cases was an excuse to increase the extent of governmental power? Is the world still primed for an even worse economic disaster or depression that will make it much, much easier for the Beast to gain even more power and on a global scale? Pay close attention to the European Union and see how they will handle the economic downturn. It will be used as an excuse to increase and exert the power of a central leadership that will lead to the Beast.

 

 

  • What will happen with the sudden appearance of pestilence/plague upon the world stage?  How will this affect society and the way that governments will treat their people?  Will it be an excuse to exercise total control over the population?

 

 

  • Have we suddenly noticed that many countries are heavily in debt and are going bankrupt? Is your government not really creating economic opportunities, but is instead increasing the burden with more debt and higher and new taxes, while at the same is pushing for new directions for the economy? Have we noticed despite common sense and the obvious peril of other nations as proof (these nations have tried economic and social models which have failed), that some countries still continue to go down the same economic and societal model – going into debt and an ideological society shift wildly without stopping, like a speeding car without brakes – which can only lead to the same collapse of their economy?

 

 

  • Are we witnessing technological advances that do in fact lead people to believe they are as God and also be able to act in unprecedented ways to exert power and control over the masses? What is this cloning and nano technology?  What is this RFID microchip?  What is this GPS and Google technology that can track everything you do?   Is your government working to use the RFID microchip and Google tracking on civilians?  

 

 

  • What is happening to the global standard currency of the US dollar? The US dollar is at the very edge of failing. Why are certain nations pushing for a new international currency to replace the U.S. dollar, especially since it is Biblical prophecy that the Beast will be able to control who can buy and sell and give them the mark of the Beast: 

 

       Revelation 13:

         15   He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast,

            that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship

            the image of the beast to be killed.

         16   He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave,

            to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,

         17   and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast,

            or the number of his name.

         18   Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast,

            for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.   (NKJV)

 

        Why is there an RFID microchip program in the 2000+ page U.S. heathcare bill that was recently

       passed? Is the identification system for the mark of the Beast being set up right in front of our eyes? 

       Note: Controlling who buys and sells is not the mark of the Beast, but it is part of it/related to it, as the

       primary way to identify those who belong to the enemy while at the same time identify and persecute

       those who worship and obey the one true God.

 

 

  • Does it look like America is being set up to fall? Its culture, economy, government, and military are being eaten from within. Note that America was the obstacle for totalitarian attempts for global power during World War II. Will America be in any condition to prevent World War III?  Why is the sovereignty of America directly being attacked and torn down?  What is the Council on Foreign Relations?  Is America purposely being weakened to pave the way for the Antichrist to rise to power? 

 

 

  • Why does it appear that Christianity is weakening globally? Why is it fine to attack Christianity, the Bible and Jews, but everything else must be tolerated by political correctness? Why is the hatred toward everything that is related to the God of the Bible increasing greatly and God is being mocked and taken out of the public forum? Why are the 10 Commandments taken away and prayers not allowed? Despite globalism and diversity teaching “tolerance”, are we actually seeing the Bible being set up to be “the enemy” and not tolerated?  Are there only a few years left before the insanity of “political correctness” and this “tolerance” completely takes over and then even mentioning the Bible will be considered a crime?

 

 

  • Why are there trends in Christianity that take away Bible truth and the one way, the truth, the life which is Christ, and replaces them with things such as ecumenism, the Emergent Church and social justice? Is this preparing for the “new” one world religion that will absorb anything and everything into it in order to control the most people – and then roll into the control of the Beast and his world government? Please see the article: ‘The Coming Great Apostasy’.

 

 

  • Since Israel was re-established in 1948 after almost 2000 years of being dispersed among the nations of the world, Jerusalem is the center of attention throughout the world. Not for good, but because the nations hate her and want to destroy her. Is this hatred growing and spreading? Will she have anymore allies left?  Are the nations gathered against Israel to destroy her which includes dividing up the land (Joel 3:2)?

 

 

  • Why has global terrorism been on the rise over the last few decades and for the first time in the 1990s to now, America is target #1 alongside with Israel?

 

 

  • What is the European Union up to? What is the Roman Catholic Church up to? What is the United Nations up to?  Does the EU dream of a revived Holy Roman Empire?  Is the Roman Catholic Church working toward one world religion?  Is the United Nations trying to gain more power so it can exert authority over the individual nations?  For example, it seeks to command its own forces (NATO has started to act in this manner) that will come first ahead of any sovereign nation’s forces. Are we noticing that certain powers lurking in the shadows are working toward a one world government and one world religion?

 

 

  • Have we noticed what has happened with the “Arab Spring” and the rise of ISIS/ISIL and Iran? Are we seeing a live example of the enemy Satan setting up the nations to conform to his image to ensure chaos reigns to prepare the way for the Beast and the end times with the complete destruction of Israel as his goal? Is this what the sudden and quick overthrows of the regimes of the Middle East nations are all about? That these nations will unite under central leadership – a new “caliphate”, who is molded in the enemy’s image, all this setting the stage for the "West" vs. the "Middle East" --- with Jerusalem/Israel caught in the middle? And eventually these nations will unite in their shared hatred of Israel to get rid of Israel forever? Why is Turkey suddenly hostile to Israel?  What is Turkey doing now and planning to do in the near future to gain power and presence in the Middle East and the world?

 

 

  • Since Iran is trying to gain nuclear weapons, is it true that now Saudi Arabia has essentially made an oil for nuclear weapons deal with China?  Such a development brings the interests of the Far East squarely into the Middle East and end times prophecy, possibly leading to further fulfillment of prophecy:

 

             Revelation 16:                                                                                                                                         

12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared..   (NKJV)

                                                                                                                                    

        

  • Is the stage being set again for the world to clash with one another over Israel, which will be at the center of it? Is this the prelude to world war with all nations choosing one side or the other, but not Israel’s? In fact, though the nations will be at war, because their common goal is their hatred of Israel (because Satan is the god of this world and will dominate world in the end times) – doesn’t this mean that the nations all over the world are actually united against Israel, which is also prophesied in the Bible and why the Lord Jesus returns to save Israel?  Is the West fighting Islam just a cover-up for the Beast to step into power?

 

 

  • Are we seeing governments taking advantage of disasters (whether natural or “man-made”) and using them as an excuse to push a globalist agenda and gain ever more control of a nation, restricting the freedoms and power of its citizens? What will they do if truly catastrophic natural disasters or terrorist attacks occur? Will some of these events be purposely planned in order to seize “emergency” powers and use martial law to bring totalitarian government into power, similar to the way that Hitler’s Reichstag event was created and used?  Do they have the authority to institute martial law? Will they do it? Can they be trusted to use it wisely?

 

 

  • Is your nation becoming weaker and weaker at an astonishingly rapid rate, almost as if its leaders are doing so intentionally, going against all common sense? In this weakened state, will your nation fall easy prey to the soon coming Beast and world government? In fact, does it look like your nation is actually being set up exactly for this to happen – to pave the way for the rise of the Beast? Do we know historically that once the cultures, the wills and the economies of nations decline and fall, then so do these nations?

 

 

  • Are there things being put in place to control the population such as new laws on martial law which give leaders virtual absolute power, and the existence of concentration/internment camps to detain citizens or worse? Are citizens being targeted as terrorists just because their opinions differ from their government? Are there suddenly protests and riots of civilian unrest? Are we being set up? 

 

 

  • How does the rise of Chrislam (the combination of supposed Christianity and Islam – note that the first temple for Chrislam is planned to be built in Berlin for Christians, Muslims and even Jews) factor into all this in light of what Revelation 20:4 tells us about how the Beast kingdom will behead those who take his mark?  Is this another sign telling us that the Antichrist will be Islamic in some way since Islam denies Jesus as the Son of God and Messiah and considers it an offense worthy of death; and Islam seeks to convert others to Islam and if they do not, will behead them?

 

        Revelation 20:

           4   And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them.

            Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God,

            who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands.

            And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.   (NKJV)

 

 

 

These are truly big and troubling questions we have to ask and answer honestly. They point to Satan the enemy manipulating world affairs to rule the world under one person with mass chaos and destruction everywhere. The Bible has predicted these things will happen, which are the inevitable result of sin and rebellion against God.

 

 

This is not meant to frighten anyone, but to prepare everyone. The child of God need not worry or be afraid.

 

 

However, let us be reminded that the soldier of Christ saves eternal lives and does not ever do violence to another person. The Lord Jesus’ command is not for us to fight our government, but to persevere to the end even unto death:

 

 

Revelation 12:

11     And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony,

       and they did not love their lives to the death.   (NKJV)

 

 

We absolutely must not get “political” and must not fight the government. Fighting the government shows that we love this life too much to let go of it in Christ’s name. It is a display of holding on to the here and now, and thinking we are citizens of this world. But the truth is that we are called out of this world and our real citizenship is in heaven – the Kingdom of God:

 

 

John 17:

13   But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

14   I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

15   I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.

16   They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

17   Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.   (NKJV)

 

 

Philippians 3:

20   For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

21   who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body,

     according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.   (NKJV)

 

 

 

Instead, what the Lord Jesus always tells us is to be prepared to live and die in His name. This is what we all must be prepared to do. The one world government headed by the Beast is coming and he will wage war against the saints of God. Our battle is not a physical battle, but a spiritual battle, to stand tall on God’s truth, walking the narrow path and glorifying God in Christ by the faith and testimony God gives us – even to the very end if it means we must die in Christ.

 

After all, how else do we really think all of these things in the end times will all come about? It will not magically appear in an instant. We cannot keep thinking it will happen and at the same time do not know the signs of its coming, which is a recipe for disaster. We must not sleep, but be awake and alert – ever watchful and prepared.

 

Along with many other evidences, the fact that the saints will be beheaded by the Beast again confirms the fact that we will not be taken away in a pre-tribulation rapture, but must endure through it even to our deaths.  It is this pre-tribulation rapture doctrine that is believed by many Christians that has caused many to not diligently look out for the rise of the Beast and his world empire in the end times – after all, if they feel they will not be present for this tribulation, it is natural to not be watchful or care enough about it.

 

This is extremely important to realize, because if we find ourselves woefully unprepared against the Beast’s attack to put his mark upon us or kill us, will we be able to withstand him? Will we be able to die for the glory of God in Christ the Lord if we have been deceived that we will not suffer?  Or will we be so deceived and weakened that we actually will deny the Lord Jesus? But the Bible says if we confess Him, He will confess us before His father and if we deny Him, He will also deny us before His father:

 

Matthew 10:

32  “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.

33    But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. (NKJV)

 

 

So we must not be fooled, but must be alert.

 

 

 

 

Conclusion: When?  And do not be fooled into taking the mark of the Beast

 

Many people wonder when the end will come and it is a lot sooner than we think.  The salvation plan of God as outlined in His holy feast days provides us with an estimated timeframe for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

All the holy days of God are given in Leviticus 23.  The Bible tells us that at the Lord Jesus’ first coming almost 2000 years ago, the Spring holy feast days of God were literally walked in by Jesus and His disciples (Passover, Unleavened Bread, Wavesheaf Offering, and partially Pentecost) which means that the Fall holy days (Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles, Last Great Day) will also be literally walked in by the Lord Jesus upon His return.  For example, Messiah is the Passover Lamb of God who was sacrificed for us as the apostle Paul states:

 

1 Corinthians 5:

6    Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

7    Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

8    Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.   (NKJV)



God also tells us about His holy years. The Bible indicates in Leviticus 25 that on the Jubilee year which occurs every 50th year, the year after 7 sets of 7 consecutive Sabbath weeks (7 x 7 = 49 years) and is initiated by the Day of Atonement, there will be liberty throughout the Promised Land as everyone returns to their own possession which includes the very land itself; the Jubilee is also a year of Sabbath rest for the land.  The Bible makes it clear that Israel is still dispersed throughout the world and is yet to be completely gathered back to the land God gave her.  The Bible also indicates there will be a 1,000-year Kingdom of God when this happens.  This means that the Jubilee will likely be the start of the millennial kingdom and when Christ will likely return, when God will take back His land (this means the land will be divided and not in Israel’s possession, Joel 3:1-2; Zechariah 14:1-4) and all Israel will return to her possession – the land God had promised to her; and then meet, and finally know and accept, her Messiah. 

 

The Lord Jesus fulfilling in Himself the annual Biblical holy days/feasts such as the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles, and the Bible’s heavy emphasis on the 7-year Sabbaths and the Jubilee concerning the Lord Jesus’ return and end time events strongly tells us in no uncertain terms that all Bible believers --- both Jews and non-Jews, should be observing these years in addition to the Biblical weekly and annual holy days/feasts.  This also means that the blessings and curses for obedience and disobedience in Leviticus 26 also apply to every believer.

 

We see the signs of the times all around us and everyone feels Christ’s return is very, very soon.  The question then is when will He return?  Can we know it?  Yes, the Bible says to watch and be alert in order that we are not caught unaware like the 10 foolish virgins for the wedding feast:

 

Matthew 25:

1    "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

2    Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

3    Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,

4    but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

5    But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

6    "And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!'

7    Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.

8    And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'

9    But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.'

10   And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

11   "Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!'

12   But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.'

13   "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.    (NKJV)

 

 


To know the time of His return, we need to know when the next Jubilee is, because from that date we can know approximately when Christ will return.  Evidence points to the next and last Jubilee being 2043 and therefore, the last Sabbath year would be 2042 and the Sabbath years before this will be 2035, 2028, 2021, 2014 (and the first years of these Sabbath cycles will therefore be 2036, 2029, 2022, 2015, etc.). 

 

But we must remember before His return in 2043 on the Year of Jubilee that there will be perilous times which lead to the years of the Great Tribulation followed by the years of the Day of the LORD.  This means that very, very soon we will see unparalleled catastrophic world events leading to the rise of the Antichrist (indeed, we have seen the beginnings of this already in the last several years).  So the most important thing is that we have to get right with God and Christ right now, because there will be years and years of tribulation leading up to His return, and we already see this unfolding in front of our eyes.


Note:  These years are this writer’s best estimate of what will happen in these end times and when Christ will return based on the belief that: 1)  He will return on a holy day of the year, the Feast of Trumpets, and  2)  He will return on a holy year, the year of Jubilee.  The Jubilee date is based on when He first came in fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy of the 70 weeks; please see the article: ‘The Prophesied Messiah: His arrival in Daniel 9’ ). Though we may not know exactly when He will return, we must understand that what Scripture seems to indicate about the timing of His return is part of following Christ’s command to discern the sign of the times of His return and be prepared spiritually for what is to come.


In addition to ‘The Prophesied Messiah arrival’ article, please also see the article: ‘God’s Salvation Plan in the Biblical Feast Days’ for more information about end time events and how the Sabbath years and Jubilee are the central focus and framework of these last events.  The Sabbath years and Jubilee are specifically discussed in the 'Prophesied Messiah arrival' article and the 'Biblical Feast Days' article in the section on the Day of Atonement.  All the Fall feast days: the Feast of Trumpets (the feast day He will likely return on), Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles, Eighth Day (and the late spring Pentecost leading the way as well) lay out the end time sequence of events.



Part of this beginning of sorrows is that the fall of America is imminent in the next few of years, because it is the required component to the rise of the one world government and religious power of the Antichrist Beast kingdom. 


The year 2015, the 1st year of the most current 7-year Sabbath cycle is an important marker in the timeline of events leading to the unveiling of the Antichrist, the tribulation and the return of Christ.  Some major and momentous events will occur in 2015 before the year ends (remember, a Biblical year begins and ends near the Spring season so it is about March/April 2015 to March/April 2016) which will rearrange the global order and set the stage for cataclysmic events that will continue in earnest and worsen throughout the new Sabbath cycle and will lead to the rise of the Antichrist.  The year 2015 will be the starting point of things that lead to the full-scale world-encompassing events such as the famine, pestilence, destructive wars, and natural disasters Christ prophesied in Matthew 24 --- and this destruction will hit America first to remove America, because it is the first and biggest obstacle to the rise of the Beast.  Please also see the article ‘The Fall of America will precede the Rise of the Beast’.

Do not be lulled into a false sense of security and scoff at when He return, because there will be great turmoil, persecution, death, and destruction which begins very soon, in a few years.  And let us be reminded that there is no pre-tribulation rapture so the destruction of America will be the tribulation for Americans, and all believers all over the world will undergo and must endure tribulation.

 

We all must strengthen our faith now while we still can, so that we may be able to stand in the day of decision; we must be ready to die for our faith.

 

We should not fear, but be warned and be prepared to confront it and endure it, to both live and die if necessary for our faith.  This is not the time to fear or fight against the tide of what the Bible says, and we know, must surely come to pass before the heavens and earth are remade.  Now is the time to reach deep into ourselves and make sure we are right with our God and His Son, His Christ, and strengthen our faith for the spiritual war to come.

 

We must be prepared to fight this spiritual war and not be deceived by the Beast.  We must be prepared to die for our faith, knowing that though we will physically perish, we know our reward is eternal life.  We must never curse or deny our God, because of the tribulation to come upon all men (do not be deceived by the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine), but we must build up the strength of our faith upon the chief cornerstone that is Christ Himself.  Throughout history believers have died (not killed) for the faith, and we must be prepared to do the same, because it will definitely come and happen to us.

 

 

As the Bible tells us, the whole world will bow down to the Beast. Their names are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. The Beast will wage war against the saints, but we must persevere:

 

Revelation 13:

6     And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle,

     and them that dwell in heaven.

7     And it was given to him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them:

     and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

8     And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written

     in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

9     If any man have an ear, let him hear.

10   He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills with the sword must be killed with the sword.

     Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.     (AKJV)

 

 

However, the Beast or antichrist will not be alone as he will have his faithful and also false religious right-hand man (the False Prophet) beside him to ensure he has absolute power in both the realms of religion and government – church and state. Yes, the unholy union of church and state we have seen in the Roman Empire with its false Christianity as we saw earlier. People will be forced to accept his mark, but the one who knows God’s truth will not take his mark. We will die for not taking the mark – we will die for God in Christ’s name; again:

 

Revelation 13:

14   And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast,

     telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.

15   He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast,

     that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.

16   He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,

17   and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18   Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast,

     for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.   (NKJV)

 

 

Who are the ones who will not receive the mark of the Beast and are in the Lamb’s Book of Life? Undoubtedly, they must be the ones that Satan hates the most. He is a murderer from the beginning, but who he wants to especially destroy are God’s people. They are the ones who are willing to die in the name of the Lord Jesus – even beheaded as we read in Revelation 20:4, and will persevere even if they die. They are the ones who know their God and keep His commandments and hold to their faith in Christ:

 

Revelation 12:

17   And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring,

     who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.   (NKJV)

 

Revelation 14:

12   Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.   (NKJV)

 

 

The Bible makes it very clear that the Beast will control the entire world economy and will dictate who can buy and sell. Only those who have his mark can buy and sell and engage in the economic market. This means that the saints must be extremely vigilant and careful to not be deceived into taking this mark. Once we understand what the mark is, then we need to make a decision. The decision may seem difficult, because we all have ourselves and maybe families to support. However, there really is no choice: we must abide by God’s truth and not take the mark at any cost – God will see to you and your family attaining an eternal reward.  There is much more to the mark of the Beast than just who can buy and sell. Please see article: ‘What is the Mark of the Beast’.

 

 

The saints are those who know their God and will not bow down to the Beast, his image or his mark:

 

Daniel 3:

15   "Now if you are ready, at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon,

      psaltery and bagpipe and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, very well.

      But if you do not worship, you will immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire;

      and what god is there who can deliver you out of my hands?"

16   Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king,

     "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter.

17   "If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire;

      and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king.

18   "But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king,

      that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up."   (NASB)

 

 

Please note that the saints will NOT bow down to the Beast even if God does not save them. These saints will stand strong in their faith and not deny God, but they will perform exploits, even to death:

 

Daniel 11:

32   And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries:

     but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

33   And they that understand among the people shall instruct many:

     yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. (AKJV)

 

 

These are the saints we must be and so we must be alert to the enemy’s deceptions and not falter. We must open our eyes and prepare to stand on the day of decision.

 

We must know that what we suffer now in the name of God cannot be compared to what awaits us as citizens of eternity. Our suffering here and now before Christ’s return is fleeting and cannot be compared to the glory we will have when we are changed: 

 

Romans 8:

18   For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared

     with the glory which shall be revealed in us.   (NKJV)

 

 

Forcing most people to worship him as we read in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 above will make the enemy happy for he will finally in some way fulfill his longing to be worshipped as god by mankind.

 

But his happiness will be for a short while only. The faithful in Christ must persevere to the very end and we will be happy for all eternity. Remember, the ones beheaded in Revelation 20:4 are the ones who will reign with Christ and will be with our Heavenly Father and the Lamb of God forever.

 

Revelation 21:

1     Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

2     Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,

     prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3     And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men,

     and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.

4     And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.

     There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."      (NKJV)

 

 


Does this mean we will all die or be beheaded? That is not the question or the issue.


 

The questions and issues are:


 

1.   Is your faith strong enough to go through the tribulation?  Will you be prepared to die in Christ?

 


2.   Do you know God’s truth so that you will not be deceived by the Beast and False Prophet

      and take the mark of the Beast?

 

 


Everyone, the time is short. Please look through the rest of this site as it is essential that we know God’s truth in order that we know who it is we are to live for and also to die for, and to know how we must bide our time here in this world to glorify, love and please God as His dear children.

 

The faith once for all delivered to the saints by Christ (Jude 1:3) is the same truth that will take away any worries or fears, and gives us faith, hope, joy, perseverance, and strength to give our all to God in Christ – so even as the Lord Jesus laid down His life for us, that we may also be prepared to lay down our own life for Him, and glorify God.

 

The time is coming soon where we have to decide for God’s truth. We must have God’s truth, wisdom and knowledge to not be deceived by the Beast and his False Prophet, and must not take his mark. But it all begins with God’s truth – first we must seek it and then know it. We must be prepared. Our eternal salvation is at stake.



We should also be aware that we MUST NOT be distracted about trying to know the identity of the end times Beast power, and lose sight of the more important thing which is:  the signs (events, conditions, etc.) which foretell and prepare for the rise of the Beast at the end of this age just before the Lord Jesus Christ returns. 

It is not about who the Antichrist is, but about knowing the signs and being prepared:


Luke 21:

29   Then He told them a parable: "Behold the fig tree and all the trees;

30   as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near.

31   "So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near.

32   "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place.

33   "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

34   "Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;

35   for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth.

36   "But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."    (NASB)



This means we must make sure that our spiritual house is in order as soon as possible with God in Christ, because there will be years (beginning in earnest in 2014) leading up to the Beast making himself known, and these years will be filled witmassive changes/upheavals for the worst, and greacatastrophe, persecution and tribulation, to pave the way for the Antichrist.  For example, this road to the Antichrist will begin with the fall and total transformation of the United States of America.

 

God is warning us that time is extremely short and we must return to Him; we must return to the truth which is the faith once for all delivered to the saints --- before it is too late as the tribulation that has come upon us all will cause a famine of the word of God in the world, and many will be blinded to God's truth and fall for the enemy's deceptions.

 

 

I know this may be a lot to consider, but the time is indeed really, really short, so we must get our spiritual house in order NOW.  We must earnestly seek God’s truth, and truly live by the word of God, the Bible only.  We must not be afraid and run away from it, but must know and accept God’s truth as the most important thing and above all, because God is truth and God is above all.  To live, now and forever, in a close and loving relationship with Him which we were always meant to have is the purpose of our lives.  He gave us His all – His son, to bring us back to Him, so it is not too much to ask to be and live the way that pleases Him; we must be willing to live by God’s truth regardless of the cost.


What is also true is that the Internet will not last long and will very soon be completely controlled or restricted by the government  –  on both a national and international level.  We at SeekGodsTruth.com are trying to warn the world of what is to come, and to let everyone know that the faith God gave us – which is unchanged and is the faith once for all delivered to the saints, is what will prepare and save us for all eternity. We are warning everyone that WE MUST PREPARE NOW SPIRITUALLY WHILE WE STILL CAN.


So we ask you to PLEASE spread the word to as many people as you can, and let everyone know about SeekGodsTruth.com.  Our salvation: eternal life with God and Christ who loves us so much, is too precious to throw away.  God seeks worshippers in spirit and truth, and His word is truth – the truth that makes us free.  Please spread the word about SeekGodsTruth.com so people know the true and eternal freedom that comes from God and His word only.   May God bless you with His truth.




Please also see the articles in the other sections of this website which speaks of what the faith once for all delivered to the saints really is – it is the truth which sets us free; sections such as: Is it the True Church?’, A Pre-Tribulation Rapture?’, The Gospel of God,The Law of God, andThe Bible Truth about Death’.  Please also read the article: ‘The Name of God and Messiah’, because we should know the vital truth and real names of the Heavenly Father and His son, and do not make the name of God worthless and vain.