I’m going to touch lightly on a number of subjects in this chapter. How will we know who the Antichrist and the False Prophet are? Who is the Great Whore in Revelation? What is the New World Order? Etc...
Before I begin, please remember that fulfilled prophecy cannot be stated as a fact until it has come to pass. I've studied a lot of theories on prophecy and what I've written here is what rings true in my mind after countless hours of study, but I will never say this is absolute fact until we see it happen. However, the symbols used in the Bible will be known at the time of the end (Dan 12:9) and when you finish this book I believe you will agree with me that there is little doubt that the time is now.
Revival of the Holy Roman / Islamic Ottoman Empire
Dan 2:31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. 32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. 36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. 37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. 38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. 39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. 40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. 41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. 45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
Daniel interprets the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar. He saw an image that had a head of gold, breast and arms of silver, belly and thighs of brass, legs of iron, and feet of iron mixed with clay with ten toes of part iron and part clay. Each of these sections represents a world dominating power. Many nations have existed since that time, but the sections represent world domination (of the known world) as stated in Daniel 2:39.
A very popular theory for this passage is that it is a parallel prophecy of Daniel 7, where it lists the four kingdoms that will exist at the time of the return of Christ. This cannot be true for a couple reasons. First, there are five sections to the statue in Daniel 2 and there are only four beasts in Daniel 7. Second, if we continue to read Daniel 7: 11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. 12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time. We see that the fourth beast, the little horn (the Antichrist and his one world government), is destroyed and the other three beasts (the lion, bear, and leopard) have their dominion taken away but they live on for a while. If this is a parallel prophecy with Daniel 7, then the empires (Babylon, Media/Persia, Greek, Roman) would all still have to be in existence when Christ returns, but they are not and can not. This is definitely a different prophecy with kingdoms differing from the kingdoms we see in Daniel 7. The common factor is that they end at the same place with the return of the Lord. So we know for certain that these are consecutive kingdoms and are not the same nations we find in Daniel 7. But, like other prophecies discussed in this book, the two have a common intersection at the end. When the stone smote the image and became a great mountain; verses 44 and 45 tell us that it's the same declaration as we found in Daniel 7:9. It is the end of this age when the Lord returns, casts down the nations and the governments of the world, and sets up His kingdom on the earth.
Gold – Babylon
Babylon ruled until the Medes and the Persians conquered Babylon in 539 BC.
Silver – Media-Persia
The Medes and Persians ruled until Alexander the Great defeated them in 331 BC.
Brass – Greece
The Grecian empire lasted until the Romans defeated them in 197 BC.
Iron – Rome
The Roman empire lasted about 500 years until it decayed from within and was overrun by barbarians around 300 AD. This was the largest of the empires controlling most of Europe and the Middle East nations.
Iron and Clay – Holy Roman / Islamic Ottoman Empire
The iron is mingled with clay because it’s a continuation of the Roman Empire via the Holy Roman Empire but was broken in two parts, co-existing with the Islamic Ottoman Empire. The Holy Roman Empire controlled the nations of the northern Roman Empire (Europe) while the Islamic Empire controlled the Middle Eastern nations of the Roman Empire. Both of these Empires together comprised the total area controlled by the Roman Empire.
The language used in this prophecy says that this kingdom is “divided” and “partly strong and partly broken”. It is divided because it is two kingdoms who controlled the same area.
The Holy Roman Empire was founded when Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne in 800 AD and proclaimed him to be the first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. The Holy Roman Empire has risen and fallen many times since then (partly strong and partly broken) and has always been ruled by both a religious leader and a political leader. We still have a “Charlemagne prize” which was awarded to Bill Clinton in 2000 and was awarded to Javier Solana in 2007. This prize is awarded to the person who does the most for the reunification of Europe.
The Islamic Empire began after Muhammad created his monotheistic Muslim religion and it spread rapidly among Arab nations. It, like the Holy Roman Empire, rose and fell many times (partly strong and partly broken) until the Ottoman Empire was founded around 1300 AD and continued until 1923. The modern Arab League mirrors the EU in that is uniting the Muslim nations in the same type of economic cooperative but membership is based on it's Muslim culture rather than geographic locality.
Both of these Empires still exist in spirit within the nations they controlled. The EU and the Islamic Nations of the Middle East.
The Bible tells us that the Antichrist and the False Prophet of the bible will revive and unite these two kingdoms to create the End Time world government, the New World Order. This is the iron mingled with clay that follows the Roman Empire, the last kingdom that will exist before the return of Christ, and will be the power base that the Antichrist uses to control the world.
The ten toes agree with the ten horns, or ten kingdoms we talked about in the “Modern nations in the Bible” chapter. Meaning there will be a ten nation, or ten state union in the end time that will produce and give power to the Antichrist as shown to us in Revelation 17:8-14. It's interesting that Russia has ten "states" today. It’s also interesting that the Western European Union, the military wing of the EU, is a group of ten nations that Javier Solana heads up. So far he does not meet all the requirements that would fulfill the prophecies concerning the Antichrist, but he could in the very near future. It's also possible that the ten nations will emerge from the Islamic nations giving their power to what they will believe is their Mahdi.
Verse 44 predicts that, “in the days of these kings”, in the days of the Holy Roman Empire, will the God of heaven set up His kingdom which shall never be destroyed.
This is the same declaration as the one we saw in Daniel 7 and the seventh trumpet: Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
That means that the Holy Roman / Islamic Ottoman Empire will be the last world dominating power and will exist when Jesus returns to set up His kingdom. I am certain that this will be a union of Roman Catholicism and Islam, as you will see shortly in this chapter.
New world order – the coming one world government
The four beasts we discussed in the, “Modern nations in the bible” chapter become one beast. This is the final empire. The nations of the End Time unite to become one beast with many parts. This will be a union of the three nations along with the final beast; a union of Russia, two nations of the EU, and Islam.
Rev 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
The mouth of the lion is a true representation of the global language adopted as the universal language for the New World Order. Britain is the lion and English is the language of Britain.
You can’t really live in the world today and not know that the UN is fast becoming the government of the New World Order. We have a world bank, world court, world economics, world peace keeping force (world military), and a fast materializing world religion referred to as Interfaithism. Everything is falling into place for the Antichrist to take power. It is very likely that the Antichrist will be crowned “king” of the Holy Roman Empire by the reigning pope of that time, confirming the revival of Holy Roman Empire, and this same man will likely be considered by the Muslim world to be the Mahdi (the Muslim Messiah) which will revive the Ottoman Empire. He will wield the power of the UN, as well as the power of the ten state union that he arose from and will unite the world under the auspices of peace. He will also unite the world in a common religion.
Interfaithism and the coming one world religion
The bible tells us that the religion of the end time will be one where the false prophet will deceive the whole world and cause the world to worship the Antichrist by doing miracles such as pulling fire from the sky. This religion already exists but will be made universal by the power given the Antichrist and the false prophet by the devil. The bible doesn't specifically tells us what that religion will be called, but we can determine what it will be by looking at the facts. The world is pretty much dominated by Christianity and Islam (over half of the worlds population combined). While Hinduism comes in a close third, it doesn't look like it will play a significant role in the end times predicted by the Bible. The false prophet will seem to everyone to have Godly power and will fool the whole world into worshiping the Antichrist.
The Roman Catholic church is the self proclaimed “mother” of all churches. And this is actually true for most western faiths.
03 Sep 2000 (AP) VATICAN CITY (AP) - One of Pope John Paul II's closest aides has written to bishops worldwide declaring that the Catholic church is the “mother” of other Christian churches … In the document, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger told the bishops that it was incorrect to refer to Christian churches, ranging from Orthodox to Protestant, as “sister” churches of the Catholic church ... stating that the term “sister” puts them on an equal footing and they are not “sisters” but the Catholic church is the “mother”.
The Vatican is the world’s biggest promoter of Interfaithism, promoting the idea that all religions worship the same God and pushing a worldwide unity of religion. Christianity today is full of churches proclaiming that all religions worship the same God and therefore we should embrace them. The Vatican has even stated that the Muslims worship the same God that Christians do (Article #841 of the Catechism), and that they will enjoy the same salvation equally. This means that they believe it doesn't matter if you're a Christian or a Muslim and that you can find salvation through either religion.
The Muslims, on the other hand, have no such belief. In fact, Muslim doctrine teaches that Jesus is just a prophet, not the manifestation of God in the flesh, and that He will return at the end time to teach Christians the Muslim way and convert them. The prophecies of the bible and the Muslim prophecies concerning the Antichrist (the Muslim Mahdi) and the false prophet (the Muslim Jesus) mirror each other but the good guys of Islam are the bad guys of the bible. This is a very good indication that the Antichrist will rise as the Mahdi of Islam and will unite the Christian world with him via the false prophet and create a global Islamic religion. The bible tells us that this end time religion will be forced upon people or they will be killed if they refuse. The Muslim prophecies tell us that the Muslims will kill any who won't convert to Islam.
I've wondered in the past how the interfaith movement could include the Muslims, and it would need to since a quarter of the earth is Muslim today.
There is ample evidence that the Islamic religion will be the religion of the End Time. Here's why I think so:
The Islamic/Muslim prophecies are a parallel but opposite mirror of biblical prophecy concerning the End Time. The Muslim good guys are the Bible's bad guys.
The Muslim prophecies listed here are found in the Quran and the Sunnah. Some believe Mohammed was possessed by a demon who gave him these parallel prophecies (Mohammed actually said that he feared he was possessed), but it could simply be that he had a copy of the book of Revelation and patterned this all after the bible so as to look authentic. Personally, I believe he was either possessed or given this information and guided to build the Islamic religion by a demon or the devil himself.
Take a look at the following list:
Please remember that these Islamic prophecies are not biblical but they show how very deeply the Muslims of the world will be fooled because they mirror so closely what will actually happen, and it will seem as if their prophecies are coming true even though they are supporting the devil and his Antichrist.
Bible: The Antichrist is an unparalleled political, military, and religious leader that will emerge in the last days.
Islam: The Mahdi is an unparalleled political, military, and religious leader that will emerge in the last days.
Bible: the False Prophet is a secondary prominent figure that will emerge in the last days who will support the Antichrist.
Islam: the Muslim Jesus is a secondary prominent figure that will emerge in the last days to support the Mahdi.
Bible: The Antichrist and the False Prophet together will have a powerful army that will do great damage to the earth in an effort to subdue every nation and dominate the world.
Islam: The Mahdi and the Muslim Jesus will have a powerful army that will attempt to control every nation of the earth and dominate the world.
Bible: The False Prophet is described essentially as a dragon in lamb's clothing.
Islam: The Muslim Jesus comes bearing the name of the one that the world knows as 'The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ." Yet the Muslim Jesus comes to murder all those who do not submit to Islam.
Bible: The Antichrist and the False Prophet establish a new world order.
Islam: The Mahdi and the Muslim Jesus establish a new world order.
Bible: The Antichrist and the False Prophet institute new laws for the whole earth.
Islam: The Mahdi and the Muslim Jesus institute Islamic law all over the earth.
Bible: The Antichrist is said to "change the times."
Islam: It is quite certain that if the Mahdi established Islam all over the earth, he would discontinue the use of Saturday and Sunday as the weekend for days of rest but rather Friday, the holy day of Islam. Also, he would most certainly eliminate the Gregorian calendar and replace it with the Islamic calendar used in every Islamic country.
Bible: The Antichrist and the False Prophet will both be powerful religious leaders who will attempt to institute a universal world religion.
Islam: The Mahdi and the Muslim Jesus will institute Islam as the only religion on the earth.
Bible: The Antichrist and the False Prophet will execute anyone who does not submit to their world religion.
Islam: Likewise, the Mahdi and the Muslim Jesus will execute anyone who does not submit to Islam.
Bible: The Antichrist and the False Prophet will specifically use beheading as the primary means of execution for non-conformists.
Islam: The Mahdi and the Muslim Jesus will use the Islamic practice of beheading for executions.
Bible: The Antichrist and the False Prophet will have a specific agenda to kill as many Jews and Christians as possible.
Islam: The Mahdi and the Muslim Jesus hate Jews and Christians and will kill as many as possible until only a few are left hiding behind rocks and trees.
Bible: The Antichrist and the False Prophet will attack to conquer and seize Jerusalem (the battle of Armageddon).
Islam: The Mahdi and the Muslim Jesus will attack to reconquer and seize Jerusalem for Islam.
Bible: The Antichrist will set himself up in the Jewish Temple as his seat of authority (the abomination of desolation).
Islam: The Mahdi will establish the Islamic caliphate from Jerusalem.
Bible: The False Prophet is said to do many miracles to deceive as many as possible into supporting the Antichrist.
Islam: The Mahdi himself is said to control the weather and the crops. His face is said to glow. We can also assume that since Jesus is viewed as having been empowered by Allah to work miracles when He was here on earth the first time, He will most likely be expected to continue to do so when He returns.
Bible: The belief at the time of Muhammad (and still believed by some people today) was that the Antichrist is described as riding on a white horse in the Book of Revelation.
Islam: The Mahdi is described as riding on a white horse (ironically in the same verse in Revelation).
Bible: The Antichrist is said to make a peace treaty (with many) with Israel for seven years (the Confirmation of the Covenant).
Islam: The Mahdi is said to make a peace treaty through a Jew (specifically a Levite) for exactly seven years.
Bible: Jesus the Jewish Messiah will return to defend the Jews in Israel from a military attack from a vast coalition of nations led by the Antichrist and the False Prophet (the battle of Armageddon).
Islam: The Dajjal, the Islamic Antichrist, will gain a great Jewish following and claim to be Jesus Christ and fight against the Mahdi and the Muslim Jesus.
Bible: The antichrist spirit specifically denies the most unique and central doctrines of Christianity, namely the divinity of Jesus, the incarnation of God in the flesh, and the substitutionary death of Jesus on the Cross.
Islam: Islam doctrinally and spiritually specifically denies the most unique and central doctrines of Christianity, namely the divinity of Jesus, the incarnation of God in the flesh, and the substitutionary death of Jesus on the Cross.
Bible: The primary warning of Jesus and the Apostle Paul was to warn Christians of the abundance of deceit and deception in the last days.
Islam: Islam is perhaps the only religion on earth that practices deceit as one of its tools to assist its own ascendancy. It actually has a specific doctrine which allows and even calls for deception to be used to achieve its desired end.
Bible: From the Bible and history we learn that the final Antichrist empire will be a revived version of the empire that succeeds the Roman Empire (the iron mingled with clay of Daniel 2).
Islam: The empire that succeeded the Roman Empire was the combined Holy Roman Empire in parallel with the Islamic Ottoman Empire.
Bible: When the Antichrist emerges, a system will already exist poised to receive him as a savior and to give allegiance to him.
Islam is already the second largest religion and combined with Christianity constitutes over half of the worlds population. Islam awaits the coming of the Mahdi with universal anticipation. The Catholic church and many Christian churches believe that the Muslims will be saved just like Christianity will be, and believe that they worship the same God as Christianity. It's a very short step to convert to Islam if that is believed to be the truth.
We can see that the whole world will be fooled by the false prophet and the Antichrist, including the Muslims. The Muslims will believe it is their Mahdi, while the rest of the world will follow the interfaith movement into believing that being a Muslim is the same as Christianity in that we all worship the same God and therefore will enjoy the same salvation. As stated, the Catholic church has already included Islam as part of God's people and many Christian churches are following this belief. This means that everyone who is fooled by this will think it's perfectly ok to convert to Islam. I hope you understand that this is the lie that will fool the whole world and is NOT true! Do Not Believe it!
Who is the Great Whore?
The beast of the New World Order (Rev 13:1-2) has two meanings. It’s the one world government and its ruler, but it is also part of an explanation for the coming one world religion. This beast is the first three nations of Daniel 7 along with the fourth beast combined into one beast (a nation and it's ruler). The false prophet will cause the world to worship the Antichrist and will create the world religion discussed above.
There a few theories that Islam is the Great Whore, and some that it's the United States, some that it's New York City. Let's examine that for a minute. Remember that every detail of a prophecy has to be true for what you're looking at to be that prophecy. There cannot be one thing that doesn't fit. When the Bible refers to a whore while it's talking about a people or church, it's always referring to the people of God who have turned away from true worship of Him and/or included other false gods in their worship. It does not refer to a false religion itself as a whore. So, the Great Whore, to fit with everything God has already said, wouldn't be a false religion like Islam or Hinduism. Also, if Islam is the Great Whore, who are the “daughters”? The Islamic religion has no daughter religions. It really doesn't fit. As shown in the scriptures quoted below, the Great Whore is a woman (a church) who is a “city” that sits on seven hills and wears purple and scarlet. She is the mother of harlots. This rules out the whole of the US. And, while New York is a city, nothing else really fits except for the fact that NY is full of sin and filthiness. Islam is a religion but it never worshiped the true God, is not a city that sits on seven hills and the color of Islam is green, not purple and scarlet. Also, if the 10 kings of Rev 17 are Islamic nations, why would they hate the whore if the whore was Islam? Take a look at the following scriptures. I think you'll agree with my conclusion based on fact and scripture. The Great Whore will cause the world to worship the Antichrist, and promote a false religion, but that false religion will not be the Great Whore itself. The Great Whore turns the world away from the true God and plunges into this false religion, thereby becoming the Great Whore.
Rev 13:3 … and all the world wondered after the beast. 4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
All the world will worship the Antichrist. Chapter 17 of the book of Revelation tells us who the end time religious leader is.
Rev 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
She’s a woman (God's depiction of a church) and she sits on many waters. Verse 15 explains that the waters are: peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
What religious organization today has the widest variety of peoples, and nations, and tongues?
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
The woman sat on the beast. This is the combined one world government beast, ruled by the Antichrist, shown in Daniel 2 and 7-11 and Revelation 13 and 17. The false prophet (the end time religious leader) will ride on the power wielded by the Antichrist and will rule with him. The beast is represented as scarlet color in this passage because it will be a Communist (Socialist) government that rules the world.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
She was wearing purple and scarlet. What religious organization wears purple and scarlet? The Catholic leadership; cardinals, archbishops, and bishops wear purple and scarlet.
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
She is the mother of harlots. God has always used a woman to symbolize the church. In II Corinthians 11:2 God’s true church is symbolized as a woman, a virgin. False churches are symbolized as harlots. The woman is depicted as a “great whore” in verse 1. Being the mother of harlots means her “daughter” churches are harlots (false churches). How many daughters does the Roman Catholic church have? Many.
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
The seven heads that the woman is sitting on are seven mountains. Interesting, that the Vatican is in Rome; which is called the City of Seven Hills. The Catholic Encyclopedia states: "It is within the city of Rome, called the city of seven hills, that the entire area of Vatican State proper is now confined" (The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, 1976, s.v. "Rome"). The Vatican is virtually sitting on seven mountains.
18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
What city reigns over the “kings of the earth”? How does the Catholic church “conquer” a nation? She turns the nation Catholic. And the Roman Catholic church believes that she has the right to guide the political thinking of any and all of her members. The Vatican is really the only city that can be said to reign over the kings of the earth.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
An estimated 68 million Christians have been put to death over the years for refusing to bow to the false doctrine of the Roman Catholic church.
I must say at this point, that I have nothing personal against Catholics in any way. I have Catholic friends and I love them very much. Jesus loves all people and anyone can be saved. Anyone! I’m simply pointing out what the scriptures say and what it appears to mean based on the knowledge we have today. It sure appears that the Roman Catholic church will be what God calls the Great Whore.
The leader of the Great Whore will be the False Prophet of Revelation 13.
The false prophet will look like a lamb (the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ), but will speak as a dragon (the devil). The Antichrist will use this person to help gain power over the entire world. The religion of Islam is a false religion, but the Great Whore imitates the one true religion and worship of Jesus Christ as God. The Muslim beliefs pervert the worship of the one true God by making the world believe that Jesus is not actually His son, the manifestation of God in the flesh. When we put all the facts that we know together, it is the leader of the Great Whore who will support the Mahdi and bring the Western world into Islam.
Muslims believe that Christians are the what they call “The People of the Book” and are regarded as misguided but that they worship the same God that they do even though they are considered blasphemers, infidels, and idolaters and are hated by Muslims for what they believe about Jesus. Islamic prophecy says that when the Muslim Jesus returns he will re-educate Christians and convert them to Islam. Any who will not convert will be killed.
The Antichrist will be promoted by a miracle-working religious partner
He will most likely be crowned “king” of the Holy Roman Empire by the reigning Roman Catholic pope. This man will be come in the name of Jesus (the Lamb) will get his power from the devil himself. (the dragon) He will pull fire from the sky and perform miracles to deceive the people of the world. Many people will be awed and deceived by this power. Please don’t be one of them! This man will definitely not be a man of God; he will be this false prophet!
It is almost a certainty that a Roman Catholic pope will be the religious leader that crowns the Antichrist leader of the Holy Roman Empire and the Antichrist will already rule the Islamic nations, confirming the revival of the kingdom that succeeds the Roman Empire. The false prophet will rule with him during the Great Tribulation predicted in Revelation.
A religious leader will work side by side with the Antichrist; called the false prophet.
Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast;
The false prophet will most likely come from the end time religious leader, the Roman Catholic church. He looks like a lamb (like Jesus) but speaks as a dragon (the devil). It’s very likely going to be the 112th pope (counting from the 11th century on, not the original pope). The pope today is the 111th pope. The Catholics have a prophecy of their own that is not biblical; but is very interesting, from Saint Malachi back in the 11th century. This prophecy says that the 112th pope will be the last pope and that he will be an evil pope, and that Rome will be destroyed during this pope’s reign. Revelation also tells us that Rome will be destroyed at the time of the battle of Armageddon.
It looks an awful lot like the Antichrist will rise as the Muslim Mahdi and that the False Prophet will ride on his coattails as the Muslim Jesus. Watch closely what happens with the next Pope.
Since the prophecies concerning the end time are all coming to pass now, it is certain that the Antichrist and the False Prophet are alive on the earth at this very moment. Both of them are undoubtedly in power right now or very near the reigns of power. We probably already know the names of these men, but just don’t know who they are yet.
The bible tells us that we will be able to identify the Antichrist when the time is ripe. That day shall not come until that man of sin be revealed.
2 Thess 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
There are over fifty specific prophecies concerning the Antichrist in the books of Daniel, Revelation and II Thessalonians alone. We will discuss a few of these in order to develop a profile whereby this man can be identified when we see him rise to power.
The Antichrist is definitely a man
Dan 7:21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; 22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. 23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
Some say that the Antichrist will be a system, not a man. This passage alone is enough to prove that he is definitely a man. He shall subdue three kings. He shall speak great words against the most High. He shall wear out the saints of the most High and will make war against the saints. He is definitely a man. He will be the ruler of the one world government.
He will confirm the covenant with many for seven years
Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
In this Old Testament verbiage, a week means a “week of years”, or seven years (Genesis 29:27). The confirmation of the covenant is this: there will be an international agreement to confirm the status of Jerusalem and the permanent borders of Israel. These things are being fought over right now with the Palestinians. The Antichrist will confirm the covenant along with many others. It may be hard to identify him at that time. In the midst of this “week” (three and one half years in), the Antichrist will cause the animal sacrifices being performed in the rebuilt temple to cease, and will cause the “abomination of desolation” by either claiming to be God or acting in the place of God. That is when we will definitely know who he is.
The Antichrist will arise among a union of ten kings
Dan 7:24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
We’ve talked about this in previous chapters. We see that he will arise out of a union of ten nations. And he will uproot, or subdue, three kings (states or nations).
Rev 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
The ten kings will give their power and strength to the Antichrist.
When we see a man rise among a ten-nation union subduing three kings (the leaders of states or nations), watch closely and know that the time is near!
His kingdom will be the revived Holy Roman / Ottoman Empire
As discussed in other areas of this book, he will likely be crowned king of the Holy Roman Empire by the reigning Pope and will likely be considered the Muslim Mahdi.
The Antichrist will use peace as a weapon
Dan 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
He will most likely rise from the horror of World War 3, the sixth trumpet, and will use peace to gain his power and control over the world. By peace he shall destroy many. In his arrogance, he will stand up to Jesus Christ at the seventh trumpet, but he will not win, of course.
He will claim to be God and will be the Abomination of Desolation
Matt 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
The event Jesus is referring to in Matthew 24:15 is Daniel 9:27 and Daniel 11:31. The Antichrist will confirm the covenant for seven years and will be an abomination to God and will make it (the holy place; the Temple) desolate.
Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Dan 11:31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.
2 Thess 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
This event Paul is referring to in 2 Thessalonians is also the “abomination of desolation”. Three and one half years after the confirmation of the covenant, he will sit in the rebuilt temple of Jerusalem and claim to be God. Most believe that he will claim to be all god’s and all messiahs. He will probably claim to be the god of Islam, Buddhism, etc. When you see this happen, you will know without a doubt that he is the Antichrist.
He will be regarded as brilliant
Daniel 7:8 and Revelation 13:5 say that he will have a mouth speaking great things. Daniel 8:23 describes him as “understanding dark sentences”.
He will persecute God’s people and he will rule the entire world
Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Dan 7:21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
God’s people will be persecuted. Since Satan is behind all of this, it’s not surprising. Power is given to him over all nations...
The number of his name will be 666
Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
We don’t have any idea at this time what this will mean, but it will become clear when the time comes.