God’s Word clearly predicts that in the very last days before Jesus comes back there will be an Antichrist. This man will be the final manifestation of many antichrists that have appeared throughout history. All of them were demon-possessed men. Since creation Satan’s supreme ambition has been to set up an earthly ruler through whom he can receive the worship of the world and he has tried to do it with the rulers of every historic empire going all the way back to Nimrod. Through the final Antichrist Satan will achieve his goal namely to re-incarnate himself in a human body and to be worshipped as God by men.
In the Book of Daniel chapter 11:1-35 we have the prophet describing the historical battles that would occur between the kingdoms of Seleucus of Syria and Ptolemy of Egypt leading up to the coming of the Seleucid Greek General Antiochus Epiphanies. Of course Antiochus was a major type of the Antichrist and Daniel was telling us that the Antichrist would come in the character of Antiochus. The Lord Jesus Himself said that this would be so when He spoke about “the abomination of desolation” that would occur at the end of this age. Jesus was saying that another in the character of Antiochus would repeat “the abomination” at the end of this age, namely, the desecration of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (Matthew 24:15)
In Daniel chapter 11:21-35 the prophet described Antiochus and what the Holy Spirit is trying to tell us is that the Antichrist would be just like Antiochus. Now between verses 35 and 36 Daniel changes the time frame (a time leap) and begins to describe another character that will appear at the time of the end. (Daniel 11:40) (Daniel 12:1-3) This man will be the Antichrist himself.
When you look at what is happening today in the Middle East it is very clear that we are seeing Biblical prophecy literally being fulfilled before our eyes. Of course Israel is centre stage and although there are other trouble spots in the world the situation in the Middle East surpasses them all. It is no accident that the whole world is being exposed to the events occurring in the Middle East today. The stage is now being set for the “Antiochus” to come who will seek the desolation of Jerusalem and the destruction of Israel. Today there is only one empire that is arising in the earth, a “wild beast” bent on the subjugation of the entire world. Indeed the “Babylonian” empire is rising again!
The beast “wounded by the sword” is alive again and striding through the earth! Very soon their leader will arrive and he indeed will be “the King who exults himself.” We are looking at Daniel chapter eleven verse thirty six through to Chapter twelve verse three. Now let’s look at the text itself and the features of the Antichrist Daniel describes. What will he be like and what will he do?
1. He will be a wilful and rebellious king.
(Vs. 36) “The king will do as he pleases.
The Antichrist will be a wilfully rebellious and wicked despot who has his own agenda for the world, a man in the character of Nimrod. All past rulers of the ancient empires were this way. Whether they were the kings of Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia Greece or Rome they all did as they pleased and received worship as gods. This will be the mark of the Antichrist. He will be a ruthless dictator who does not care for men or for God! Undoubtedly there have been many antichrists in history and they are still around today. Right now you have one in North Korea and one in Iran! The Antichrist’s empire will ultimately reach into many nations and his law will be the only law.
Today there is an empire arising in the earth and it is more powerful than any western, European confederation. It is one whose political, economic, military and religious power will surpass Europe and the west. Today it is the power of Islam! At the heart of this beast empire is the hate towards any who believe in the Tri-unity of God and the fact that He begot a Son. This man will be an arch rebel in the face of God like Nimrod of whom it is written, “He was a mighty hunter in the face of God.” In other words according to the Hebrew language Nimrod was a rebel of the worst kind and his ambition was to build an empire that breached the walls of heaven itself and defied the Living God!
2. He will claim to be God Incarnate.
“He will exult and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods.”
The Antichrist will seek to be worshipped as God incarnate. All of the past rulers of the ancient empires sought to be deified in some way. This man will exult himself above every religion on earth especially Christianity and will make laws and proclamations that no ruler before him has made. Historically all of the other religions have denied the basic tenants of Christianity but this man with his religion will destroy all religion except his own. Ultimately he will be the only ‘god.’
Today Islam has an agenda and that is to conquer the world and establish global Islamic Sharia law. This is clearly taught in the Koran and in other Islamic literature. The Koran clearly states that the two great enemies of Islam are “the people of the book” i.e., the Jews and the Christians who accept the Bible as God’s only divinely inspired Word. This attitude is clearly seen in the leader of Iran who is still calling for the total extermination of Israel. In fact in countries like Indonesia, the Sudan and in many other Islamic countries including Saudi Arabia Christians to this day are murdered and tortured in the name of Mohammad and Islam.
Ultimately this man Daniel describes will stand on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to proclaim himself as God to the whole world. Paul the apostle tells us this in the New Testament when he said concerning this man of sin, “He opposes and exults himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, and even sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:4) When the Antichrist is worshipped as God on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in some way he will also be worshipped in the professing Christian Church. The worship of this man will supersede the worship of the Pope. This man will say, “unheard of things against the God of gods” and speak against the Lord in a way that none of his predecessors ever did.
This man’s empire will sweep all through the Middle-east and beyond. In fact as I have already mentioned in other studies that Islam is not merely another religion like Buddhism or Hinduism but a political, economic and militaristic entity bent on world domination. There is a religious component that is true but it cannot be relegated to just another religion. Satan of course has a religious side to him and understands the power of religion; however, he knows full well that it is not religion that saves the soul but only the blood of Christ and His righteousness received by faith.
In fact all religion is a vain thing. Knowing God personally through His Son and the Blessed Holy Spirit is the only thing that really matters in this world. The Lord Jesus said; “I am the way, the truth and the life and no-one comes to the Father except through Me.” Again it is written in scripture that “salvation is found in no-one else for there is no other name under heaven given among men by whom we must be saved.” The reality is that Buddha is dead and buried Confucius is dead and buried, Mohammad is dead and buried but Jesus is alive and doing well! In Him is the resurrection to eternal life and is found in no-one else! The Lord Jesus also said; “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and is believing in Me will never die.”
Today Islam denies the Father and Son relationship in the Godhead and places a curse on all those who accept that God has begotten a Divine Son in the Lord Jesus Christ. Many down through the centuries have been saying that the final Pope will be the Antichrist, however, that is not possible because the Roman Catholic Church in its doctrines and dogmas, which cannot be changed, do not deny the virgin birth, the divinity of Jesus or deny the Trinity. However Islam denies all of these things. While it can be said that the Popes sit in the seat of the Antichrist because of the titles given to them they, at least publicly, do not deny the divinity of Jesus or the Trinity.
The spirit of antichrist denies the Father and the Son relationship in the Godhead and the Bible says that whoever does this is the Antichrist. The Apostle John himself said, “Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist-He denies the Father and the Son.” (1 John 2:22) However, God will have the final word! Daniel tells us concerning the Antichrist, “He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place.” God Himself has fixed a boundary for the Antichrist and there is an appointed time on God’s historical Calendar when this rebel and his entire empire will come to a fiery end. As it is written also in Daniel; “Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beat was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire.” (Daniel 7:11)
This beast empire is active today in Islam and that when Jesus comes back He will destroy Islam from the face of the earth forever. Those who have followed the Antichrist will, along with him, burn in the lake of fire forever! As John writes; “A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulphur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.” This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.” (Revelation 14:9-12)
If we are obeying God’s commandments by the Holy Spirit’s power and enduring the Satanic pressures arrayed against us and living moment by moment under the protection of the blood of Christ then we will not be among those that worship the beast and his image and receive the mark of his name. We most certainly will not be among those who will be tormented forever in the Lake of Fire.
3. He will despise and hate the Lord Jesus Christ
(Vs. 37) “He will show no regard for the god’s of his fathers or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exult himself above them all.”
This man will reject the many “gods” of his ancestors and exult himself above them all. Even though he will come out from a Polytheistic culture he will deny them all. Already this has happened in history with Mohammad. Traditionally before his time there were many pagan gods in Arabia including Allah the moon-god of war but when Mohammad came along he wanted a Monotheistic God like the Jews and the Christians so he got rid of all of the gods of his fathers except Allah the Moon god of war. He then proclaimed that Allah was the only god and that he, Mohammad, was his prophet.
Of course Allah is not the God of the Jews and the Christians but another “god,” one invented by man himself. In fact both in the Old and New Testaments the Bible clearly tells us that “other gods” are demons! (Deuteronomy 32:16-17) (1 Corinthians 10:20) When you see “so called Christians” indulging in Inter-faith worship ore even bowing down to images of Mary and the saints, as they do in Roman Catholicism, they are in reality worshipping demons.
The Antichrist will make himself to be greater than the God of the Jews and the Christians. When you hear the Muslim’s call to prayer in the phrase, “Allah Wakbar” he is not saying, “God is Great” but “God is Greater.” You may ask “greater than whom?” Well their ‘god’ is greater than the God of the Jews and the Christians. There is only one other who said that he was greater than God and that was Satan himself as recorded in the books of the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel. (Isaiah 14:12-15)(Ezekiel 28:11-15)
In passing notice the phrase, “the one desired by women.” Every Jewish woman of Abraham’s descendants through Isaac’s line wanted to give birth to the Messiah. Daniel tells us that the Antichrist will have no regard at all for the Messiah of Israel. The Antichrist will despise the Messiah and because he cannot touch him he will go after his family both the Jews and faithful Christians. Also it does not mean that he has no desire for women but that he regards them as worthless and to be suppressed by men. Of course this fits perfectly in with Islamic law concerning the place of women according to the Koran and the Hadith.
4. He will have a religion of the sword and great wealth at his disposal
(Vs. 38-39) Instead of them, he will honour a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his fathers he will honour with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god and will greatly honour those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price.”
Notice several things about this man. “He will honour a god of fortresses;” i.e., his ‘god’ will be a war god. Of course Allah in reality is the moon god of war. Islam is a religion of the sword. Their emblem is the crossed swords as well as the Crescent Moon. Then it goes on to say, “A god unknown to his fathers he will honour with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts.” If this man is a Muslim General and Politician then he will also be a descendent of Ishmael whose God was also the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, however, Ishmael’s decedents have been at war with each other for centuries. The Bible tells us that Ishmael “died in the presence (face) of his brethren” in other words he died fighting! God said that Ishmael’s descendants would be fighting each other. “He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”
To this day the Sunni’s and the Shiites are still fighting each other. But let’s continue. This man will not be a worshipper of the true and living God but honour “a foreign god” and have great wealth at his disposal. Today Islam has the wealth through its oil supplies to most of the nations of the world. Islam denies the Father and the Son relationship in the Godhead, worships a different ‘god,’ believes it has a global agenda to conquer the world with the sword and has a religion that is reaping the wealth of the western nations. Let’s continue with the text.
“He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god and will greatly honour those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price.”
When this man and his vast army sweep down from the North of Israel he will not only attack Israel and Jerusalem but will also attack other nations as well. Today Islam has a “Trojan Horse” in the western nations. Already the Islamic terrorists have been at work in Europe, America, England, France, and Russia and in many other European countries. Even in Muslim countries like Indonesia the terrorists of Islam have been reaping havoc with their suicide bombings. When the Antichrist with his armies invades the Middle East it will trigger a global Jihad, an Islamic “chain reaction.” The “sleeper cells” predominantly in western countries will be activated unleashing terror on a scale far worse than we have seen already. When you look at the twentieth and the twenty first century the terrorists and suicide bombers have all been Islamic extremists.
In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred. Then in 1979, the U.S. Embassy in Iran was taken over. During the 1980’s a number of Americans were kidnapped. In 1983, the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up. Then in 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was high jacked and a 70-year-old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheel chair. In 1985 TWA flight was hijacked at Athens, and a U.S. navy diver trying to rescue the passengers was murdered. Then in 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed. Then in 1993 The World Trade Centre was bombed the first time by Islamic extremists. Once again in 1998, the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed. On the 11th of September 2001 four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the twin towers of the World Trade Centre and of the remaining two, one crashed into the U.S. Pentagon and the other was diverted by the passengers only to crash. Thousands of people were killed, all done by Muslim suicide bombers. In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan. Again in 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered. Once again in 2002 the Sari Nightclub in Kuta Beach, Bali, was blown up killing 189 mainly young tourists. Then in July 2004 three London Underground trains and one London bus was suicide bombed. Even today the list continues as suicide bombers kill and maim innocent people around the world with ever increasing frequency and viciousness. Yes there is an Islamic “Trojan horse” in the West! This is an undeniable fact!
In verse 39 the “foreign god” is not the God of the Bible but a vicious and cruel god who kills, steals and destroys everything. This man will use his religious and political ideologies to gain popularity and acknowledgement and set up an economic system that rewards all those who submit to his authority. Indeed this beast empire will seek to subjugate the world if he can and especially those who follow the God of the Bible. In the book of Revelation chapter thirteen we are told that Believers in Jesus as well as faithful Israelites who also believe in the Messiah will be hunted down, tortured and killed for their faith because they refuse to worship the Antichrist as God.
The Apostle John records this when he wrote; “The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander His name and His dwelling place and those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast-all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.”(Revelation 13:5-8)
Notice the text tells us that he, “will greatly honour those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price.” Islam today is rapidly moving towards controlling the world’s economy primarily through its oil. Even though America has its own oils fields the politicians in the White House still “curry favour” and “suck up” to the Islamic Oil Sheiks of Arabia. Even though Saudi Arabia to this day murders Christians the western politicians turn “a blind eye” to these atrocities in their greed for the petro-dollar! Even Obama when in Office invited the Muslim Brotherhood into the White House and “rubed shoulders” with other Islamic leaders. When the Antichrist comes to power he will have a vast empire that encompasses the whole Middle–Eastern region that geographically was the same region occupied by the Ancient Kingdoms of Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome.
Added to this his empire will stretch into parts of Europe as well. Throughout his empire he will reward all who acknowledge him and will give them land. Of course in Islam today those who own land in their countries and do not follow the Islamic faith have to pay the “Jizyah Tax” to their Muslim Government. This tax is enforced on all non-Muslims in Islamic countries today where Sharia law is enforced. When the Antichrist comes this will be his mandate throughout his vast Middle-Eastern Empire.
If you are reading this article and you know that your name is not yet written in the Lamb’s Book of Life then you need to thoroughly repent of your unbelief in Jesus, confess and turn away from all of your sin and rebellion towards God and run to the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy, pardon and cleansing through His precious blood. Unless you are under the protection of His blood by faith alone in Him you cannot be saved and you will worship the Antichrist and take his mark or the number of his name (Badge of Servitude). You must turn from a Christ hating, Christ rejecting way of life to a Christ loving, Christ accepting way of life! This will lead you away from a life of sin and rebellion and lead you into a life of righteousness, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit and ultimately to heaven.
Ultimately you will have only one of two choices to make Christ or the Antichrist? When he comes, only those who are really born again and know the strength and sustaining power of the Holy Spirit in their daily lives will be able to stand against him and not bow to or embrace his ideology. If you make Jesus Lord then you will be rescued from the wrath that is surely coming upon the Antichrist and those who will ultimately follow him when he arrives on the scene. We do need to differentiate between the wrath of Satan and the wrath of God.
5. He will invade many countries and fight many nations
(Vs. 40) “At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships.”
Historically, the first kings of the North and the South were Seleucus and Ptolemy. For territory Seleucus eventually got control of what we now know as Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of Turkey. Reigning for a time from Babylon in modern Iraq, he built a new capital city 20 miles to the south east on the Tigris river and named it Seleucia. Ptolemy took Libya, Egypt, the Sudan, Israel and Jordan, and chose Alexandria in Egypt as his capital. According to history and the book of Daniel there was a prolonged war between these two kingdoms. Daniel records these wars in the earlier part of Daniel chapter eleven. There were six wars between the Ptolemy and Seleucid kingdoms from 274 BC to 168 BC. The last major king of the North to immerge was Antiochus Epihanes the Seleucid Greek General who swept down into the Land of Israel, invaded the city of Jerusalem and desecrated the Temple Mount.
It is almost certain that in the not too distant future that there will be another war in the Middle-East between the King of the North and the King of the South. If you look at the same geographical areas today that made up the kingdoms of Seleucus and Ptolemy you can well see another North and South conflict brewing. Today the King of the North could well be a man who comes from the region of Turkey. Historically parts of Turkey were under Seleucid rule. It could be that the next King of the North could be the Antichrist leading a vast army from the countries of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Turkic speaking southern States of Russia and Turkey itself. Their goal would be the destruction of Israel and the subjugation of those countries in the South that are moderate Muslims and aligned with the western powers. These nations following the King of the North would be Islamic fundamentalists bent on conquering the world for Islam and the glory of Allah.
The King of the south may well be a Western confederacy with a prominent General possibly an American or European General who with their armies seeks to defend those Muslim countries that have become to a greater or lesser degree moderate Muslims due to their economic associations with the western nations through oil deals with the west. The main players would be Saudi Arabia and Jordan and possibly even Kuwait which has also integrated with the west through oil deals as well. Of course the Saudi and Kuwaiti Oil Sheiks supply that oil to the Western nations.
A war with the king of the North would possibly involve America and its allies to defend their investments in these countries. Remember when Kuwait was attacked by Iraq America went to their defence. This could be the same type of scenario but on a much wider scale. The king of the North would want to enforce strict Sharia law and make their moderate brothers in the South die-hard Muslims. America on the other hand would want to protect their investments in the South especially Saudi Arabia and Kuwait because of the oil deals going down with these countries.
Today it would seem that Russia and America are already set to have a “face off” if their economic interests are at stake in the Middle-East. Right now in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulfs the USA and Russia are building up their Naval Fleets. Of course everyone remembers the Cold War between America and Russia. Furthermore when Ahmadinejad the former President of Iran was in power in a speech published on his website he said that the ultimate goal of world forces must be the annihilation of Israel…He also said that “liberating Palestine” would solve all the world’s problems…another thing he said in his speech was, “Anyone who loves freedom and justice must strive for the annihilation of the Zionist regime in order to pave the way for world justice and freedom.” Ahmadinejad, who has called the Holocaust a myth, Has previously called for Israel’s annihilation, in a 2005 speech in which he used a Persian phrase that translates literally, “wiped off the page of time.”
In the prophet Ezekiel there was a “principality” (powerful demonic spirit) behind the throne of the Kingdom of Persia and that same “principality” today is behind Ahmadinejad and its intense desire is the destruction of Israel! If Iran starts a war then Russia would back Iran. If this is correct according to scripture there will be another war between the King of the North and the King of the South. Remember that prophecy is a “pattern.” The Seleucid and Ptolemy wars of past history Daniel records for us will happen again within the same geographical locations, however, the superpowers involved this time will primarily be America and Russia. America would back Israel and Russia would back Iran. Of course we must not discount the fact that Oil is also involved in this whole scenario. But let’s now move on.
“He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood.”
The Antichrist and his armies will invade many countries and will sweep through them much like the armies of Ancient Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome swept through nations and kingdoms. In fact this beast empire will be the combined ferociousness of all of them put together and empowered by Satan himself. We read about this beast empire in Revelation, “The beast (empire) I saw resembled a Leopard, (Ancient Greece ) but had feet like those of a bear, (Ancient Persia) and a mouth like that of a lion (Ancient Babylon). The dragon (Satan) gave the beast (Empire) his power and his throne and great authority.” (Revelation 13:2)
The “Leopard” today would primarily be Turkey. As I have mentioned parts of Turkey were included in the Ancient Seleucid Greek Empire. The “Bear” today would be Iran which was Ancient Persia. The “Lion” today would be Iraq which was Ancient Babylon. All of these nations were part of the ancient Seleucid Greek Empire. These are all Muslim nations today and they are driven by Satan to destroy Jews and Christians alike and are bent on the destruction of Israel itself! Furthermore, they are expecting the promised Mahdi to lead them in a so-called ‘glorious’ Jihad for Allah to establish a Global Caliphate ruled by Sharia Law.
Daniel’s description of this man in chapter eleven fits the character and the conduct of the Antichrist like a glove. The fastest expanding empire today is Islam. It is rapidly gaining in political, economic and military power to challenge the West. Today Europe, America and even in Australia there is an “Islamic Trojan Horse.” In other countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan Islam is spreading at an alarming rate.
During the crusades the western armies may have turned back the tide of Islam in history; however, this last empire driven by Satan himself will turn back the tide of Western democracy and power. In the end the West will be hard pressed to stop the global expansion of Islam. God may well use Islam to judge the western nations because of their moral and spiritual decadence. The immergence of the Antichrist with his vast army will ignite a major Middle-Eastern war and draw the other nations of the world into the conflict. The end goal of this great army will be the extermination of Israel, especially the city of Jerusalem.
Ultimately things will become so bad in the world that only the return of the Lord Jesus Christ will save the planet from totally annihilating itself. When you think about the nuclear arsenal in the world today the description of the four horseman of the Apocalypse in the Book of Revelation paints a very frightening and gloomy scenario.
6. He will Invade Israel
“He will also invade the Beautiful Land. (Israel)”
In the book of Zechariah chapters twelve to thirteen we see Israel invaded by the armies of the nations. Also in Ezekiel chapters thirty eight and thirty nine we see the same scenario described. In fact in Ezekiel chapter thirty eight these nations are specifically mentioned and correspond to the following geographical areas we see today. Ezekiel writes; “The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you.” (Ezekiel 30:1-6)
Firstly, there is Gog, of the land of Magog the Chief Prince of Meshech and Tubal. Gog or “Gygez” was a real historical person from Turkey and lived around the same time that Ezekiel was writing his prophecy. Today Magog would be Turkey, parts of Southern Russia such as former Soviet Republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan with around 60 million Muslims, and possibly northern parts of Afghanistan. Also it would include Northern Iran, Syria and the Turkic Regions of Central Asia.
Secondly, we have Meschech and Tubal which is also located in Modern Turkey. Thirdly, there is Persia which today of course is Iran. Fourthly, there is Cush which today would be the Sudan and even includes Somalia. Put today would include Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania and Libya. Fifthly, there is Gomer which is located in North Central Turkey today. Togarmah is Eastern Turkey. All of these countries are Muslim countries today. It is interesting that most of these countries at one time or other were part of the Eastern Leg of the Roman Empire with Constantinople (Istanbul today) as its capital. The Eastern Leg of the Empire came to be known as Byzantium until its demise at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish Empire.
In the light of what is happening in the Middle-east today with the countries lining up against Israel the last great beast empire ruled over by the Antichrist will be the empire of Islam and the final image of the beast the Koran? In the world today over 1.2 billion Muslims proudly mark themselves with the number 666. For Muslims who know the Koran this number proves the perfection of the Koran and the proof for them that Mohammed was the prophet of Allah. There is no doubt that Islam is using the media, especially television broadcasts, to send the message of the Koran and Islam out to the nations of the world. In the book of Revelation the number 666 does not stand for a specific man but for a man made global confederation that opposes the Lord Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. Now let’s move on.
“Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand.”
In the Bible these nations were enemies of Israel and Satan’s tools in trying to destroy the Israelites. In these areas for centuries there have been principalities in the heavenly realms arrayed against God’s purposes for Israel and they are still around today. For centuries the Edomites, Moabites and the Ammonites opposed the Israelites and many wars were fought between these nations and Israel. They have always been hostile to Israel. The countries of Edom, Moab and Ammon correspond to what the British called the Trans Jordan or what we call the Jordan area today. Millions of Arabs and a bastion of Islamic fanaticism occupy this geographical area. These are the ‘Palestinian’ Arabs today. These people are spared by the armies of the Antichrist as in some way they will have already submitted themselves to his rule. From ancient times the Arab natiuons have always fought against Israel and at the time of the Antichrist’s invasion will support him against Israel. “The king who exults himself” will subjugate the whole Middle Eastern region and in the middle of this vast Arab empire is the State of Israel. At the time of this invasion and its duration for three and a half years only the Second Coming of Jesus will save the nation of Israel and the world itself from total annihilation. (Matthew 24:22) And so we continue with the text.
(Vs. 42-43) “He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt, with the Libyans and Nubians (Northern Sudan) in submission.”
In the Bible Egypt has always been a type of the world and the Pharaohs as a type of the devil. The Antichrist will subjugate Egypt and plunder its wealth. To some degree it will be a judgement on Egypt at that time as it has been supported by the western democracies. Today there is a new government in Egypt with a leader who is against the Muslim Brotherhood, a movement that has as its mandate the subjugation of the world to Islam and the enforcement of Strict Sharia Law. Their symbol is an image of crossed swords and the Koran. It may well be that Egypt, Libya and Northern Sudan are the three “horns” of the ten “horns” (Kings) that the Antichrist (the little Horn) will pull up by the roots. As I mentioned in a previous study the ten kings are associated with the seven mountains in Revelation chapter seventeen (See the study “Beasts in Bible Prophecy” Part two)
Radical Islam or those in Islam committed to Jihad hate the west and are hell bent on destroying our freedom of speech and democratic way of life. Many Muslims see the spiritual and moral decadence of the western nations and fervently believe that their agenda is to purge the west from this corruption. Also when they see the effects of western culture and the philosophies of the Greco Roman way of thinking drawing multitudes of philosophical Muslims away from Islamic Sharia Law and the strict teachings of the Koran you can understand why those committed to Jihad hate the west.
(Vs. 44) “But reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in great rage to destroy and annihilate many.”
Islam has always been fragmented as they are the seed of Ishmael and according to the Bible there will always be conflict between the Arab nations. The reports from the east and the North that alarm the Antichrist may possibly be those who are opposing his military campaigns. Whoever they are they will disturb him. It has been suggested that it may be the Kings of the East, a 200 million strong army that marches across the dried up Euphrates river and marches towards Jerusalem. It has been suggested these kings could be China and possibly India who for some reason also want to attack Jerusalem. We know that the Old Trade Route called the Silk Road runs from China to Israel.
However, it has also been suggested that the “Kings of the East” with their army of 200 million are in fact the armies of the Antichrist. Islam is so widespread today that a Supreme Caliph or Mahdi possessed by Satan and having supernatural power would be able to summon up and field an Islamic army of 200 million to follow him. Look at what Adolph Hitler did in Germany, watch the old footage of his speeches and the lens of the camera sweeping over the vast hypnotised multitudes and you will understand what that demonic power is that persuades the masses. Look at the Imams today preaching Jihad from the pulpits in their Mosques, not only in the countries in the Middle-East, but also in the western democracies.
Now the Antichrist, Enraged by those who are resisting him, will vent his anger on everyone and everything that seeks to oppose him and frustrate his plan for global domination. At this time the whole world will be in an advanced state of fear and anxiety not knowing the way out. It will be just like Jesus said, “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and the tossing of the sea (the nations in turmoil) Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.” (Luke 21:25-26)
Can you imagine thermonuclear exchanges resulting in fallout, sickness and death on a scale unequalled in history? Can you imagine millions around the globe dying from earthquakes, diseases, famines and radiation sickness? Can you imagine polluted rivers and contaminated food? When you see the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse ride across the face of the earth you see where this fallen world is headed. Only the return of Christ will save this planet from its headlong plunge into annihilation. Remember that the empire of the Antichrist is a “wild beast.” Today the mentality of a Muslim who is waging Jihad is that if he dies with his finger on the button of a thermonuclear weapon according to Islam he will go straight to paradise to be with 70 beautiful virgins. What does he care about anyone? The Muslims kill their own people! It really does not matter to the “Jihad minded” Muslim who he kills!
7. He will desecrate the Temple Mount
(Vs. 45) “He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.”
On May the eleventh in 2011 on Al-Aqsa the official Hamas-run television channel the Hamas MP and Cleric Yunis Al-Astal said these words, “When Palestine is liberated and it’s people return to it, and the entire region, with the grace of Allah will be turned into the United States of Islam, the land of Palestine will become the Capital of the Islamic Caliphate, and all the countries will turn into the states within the Caliphate.” (End of quote) Now the end goal of the Antichrist will be to establish his capital in the city of Jerusalem, “at the beautiful Holy Mountain.” According to the Bible the Beautiful Holy Mountain is the City of Jerusalem. (Daniel 9:16, 20) (Zechariah 8:3) When the Antichrist pitches his “tent” in Jerusalem, makes it his headquarters and desecrates the Temple Mount it will bring about the final three and a half years of this present age namely “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble,” a time of distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world and never to be equalled again.” (Matthew 24:22) At the end of this period of time the Antichrist will come to his end! Now let’s move on into Daniel Chapter twelve.
(Chapter 12:1-2) “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people-everyone whose name is found written in the book-will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.”
“At that time” is the time when the Antichrist will pitch his tent in Jerusalem proclaiming to be God sitting on the Temple Mount. Israel will be centre stage in world affairs and this event will unleash the last three and a half years of this present age, “a time of distress such as not happened from the beginning of nations.” This is the same period of time Jesus mentioned (Matthew 24:22), at this time Michael the Archangel will move to protect Israel from total destruction at the hands of the Antichrist’s forces. At the end of this time Jesus will return to resurrect and rescue faithful believers and to deliver Israel. At this time the rapture and the resurrection of all the saints will occur, the rapture and resurrection being the same event. They will rise to, “everlasting life.” Then at the end of the Millennium the unbelieving dead will rise to “everlasting contempt” before the Great White Throne (Revelation 20:11-15).
(Vs. 3) “Those who are wise (impart wisdom) will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.”
The last thing God showed Daniel was a faithful remnant at the end who will be preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom and like Noah, warning people to live right before God and to flee into the “Ark of Salvation” from the wrath to come. Stars in the Bible are symbolic of faithful believers in both Testaments (Genesis 15:5) (Philippians 2:15-16). The Lord Jesus Himself also said that the last great “sign” that would occur just before He came back would be the global proclamation of the Gospel of the Kingdom (Matthew 24:14). Preaching righteousness and holiness will be the distinguishing mark of faithful believers in the last days. Preaching the Gospel that includes the Second Coming of Christ will lead many to righteousness in these last days.
Using Eschatology in evangelism is a very powerful instrument in the hands of the Holy Spirit. Remember that Noah himself was a preacher of righteousness and righteousness was his message to the people of his day. They had one of two choices. Go into the ark to be saved or to stay in the world and to perish. The people of Israel in Egypt had two choices, shelter under the blood or perish at the hands of the destroyer. In the end all of us will have to choose Christ or the Antichrist? No one will be left in a vacuum. Indeed Joel the prophet put it this way when he said concerning the last days, “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” (Joel 3:14)
Yes, the Antichrist is coming. Yes, there will be a “Time of Jacob’s Trouble.” Yes, there will ultimately be a global spiritual seduction in the Church, a denial of God’s Word. Yes, there will be ever-increasing tension in the Middle East and violence in the world. Yes, there will be war, famine and disease that will continue to the end of this age. Yes, there will be a global persecution of faithful Christians. However, the Lord Jesus told his faithful followers that when they see these things, not to be shaken or alarmed but to look up because their deliverance will be at hand. In the end God’s Word will prevail! The Lord Jesus said; “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. “Be careful or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live upon the earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:28, 33-36) As we close this study there is one more thing to always keep in mind that the Antichrist “will come to his end, and no one will help him.” For the sale of the elect God will cut short those days and the Antichrist and his armies will be annihilated which leads us to the final point.
9. He will come to his end with no one to help him
We need to remember that this king who exults himself will come to a fiery end! His kingdom will not stand in the judgement! Like Satan his father he will suffer the same judgement for holding to the same sin of pride and rebellion his father Satan had against God. Isaiah the prophet records God’s words in passing sentence of Satan and the Antichrist. “You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of the assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the most high.” But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit. Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: “Is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble, the man who made the world a desert, who overthrew its cities and would not let the captives go home?” (Isaiah 14:13-17)
The Apostle John also writes about the end of the Antichrist’s empire and those empires of the false prophet. “But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshipped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulphur. The rest of them (the armies) were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.” …“And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulphur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 19:21) (Revelation 20:10).
If what has been written in this article is correct, concerning the role of Islam in Bible Prophecy, then the armies of Islam will attack Israel. When this happens the Lord Jesus will pour out the bowls of His wrath upon the inhabitants of the world, plunging the Kingdom of the Antichrist into darkness and then send the Lord Jesus back to rapture the elect, save Israel and fight those Islamic nations that have surrounded Jerusalem. Our Saviour, Lord and Messiah the Lord Jesus will return to the Mount of olives and take the war up to Megiddo and into Lebanon and Syria, Iraq and Iran and then all the way down into the Valley of Jehoshaphat into Saudi Arabia and into Egypt itself then return to Jerusalem to plant His feet on the Mount of olives once again to proclaim total Victory. As far as Islam is concerned it will have ceased to exist! Indeed the last beast empire will have perished from the face of the earth! In the end Isaiah the prophet said, “And they (the redeemed and the surviving nations) will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against Me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.” (Isaiah 66:24)