“The Assyrian” (Micah 5:5, Isaiah 10:5, 14:25)
The Anti-Christ is called the Assyrian. Hence, showing from where he will arise. After this, the Babylonian empire defeated the Assyrian empire and became even larger than its predecessor, again, ruling over Israel. Such is the pattern with each successive empire: The Medo-Persian empire succeeded the Babylonian empire, only to be succeeded by the Greek empire, particularly that of the Seleucid dynasty. The Greek empire was in turn succeeded by the Roman Empire. This leads us to the seventh empire which overcame the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire didn’t actually completely fall until the eastern portion of the empire finally fell in AD 1453 to the Turks. The Ottoman Empire succeeded the Roman Empire and ruled over the entire Middle East, including most of the old Roman Empire. The Ottoman Empire existed right up until the end of the First World War. Thus we see that the seventh empire is the Ottoman Empire. This of course corresponds perfectly with Ezekiel’s list of nations.
The Ottoman Empire was the seat of the Islamic caliphate. It was not until 1923 that the Islamic caliphate was officially abolished. Today the Islamic world awaits the restoration of that caliphate.
“they see the beast, because he once was, then he was not, and yet came again”. (Revelation 17:8)
At this time the Islamic caliphate is being restored. Eventually the Anti-Christ will rise to become the Caliper of the Muslim world which will refer to him as the Mahdi.