THE ASSYRIAN

imagesDaniel’s eleventh chapter has the main Scriptures needed for the portion of this study. It covers the last Gentile ruler who has empowered the return of the Messiah. To make this clear, the Antichrist cannot be positively identified until the tribulation begins. Regardless, he is alive and at this very hour could already be well known in ISIS. Some leading contenders exist but Daniel gives the Antichrist’s actual characteristics. This is the only place in Scriptures that contains such details.

Whole groups are present that believe Prince Charles is the Antichrist. Problems with this idea are that he is too old and does not have a constitutional army. On the other hand, some say it is Prince William because they think the Antichrist has to be from the royal line of England. However, he cannot be the Antichrist because he is too young and, again, the royalty of England does not have a constitutional army. The Queen of England is unable to give instructions to their armed forces. England’s prime minister is the only person who has the power to provide military orders. Britain’s royalty does not have any authority concerning military matters.

Prince Hussein of Jordan has also been looked upon as a possibility of being the Antichrist. Some reasons that this is unlikely are that Jordan is small, it has a poor economy, and it has a defeated army. Israel already defeated them. The possibility that Israel will go into the desert of Jordan during the tribulation is interesting and can help lead one into thinking that the Antichrist is not going to surface from Jordan.

Some people are really stuck on the Roman Empire idea and think Juan Carlos of Spain may be the Antichrist. Realistically, Spain has a lot of internal conflict and an unstable economy. Juan Carlos has trouble running his own country well and he is certainly not going to help anybody else’s.

One that was not previously mentioned is Turkey. Many individuals think that Turkey’s president might rise to be the Antichrist. The truth is that this might be possible. The old Ottoman Empire was headed by Turkey, and had all of Jordan and the Middle East under its control before the First World War. It lost its territory, because it sided with the axis powers. England took what Turkey lost and divided it up, which is why Jordan was called Trans-Jordan. Syria and all the counties around it were made after the First World War from the Ottoman Empire.

ISIS is pushing in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan; however there is a power block with Iran. Within the Islamic world there are Shiite and Sunni branches. Iran is against those that are in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are not of the same mixture so Iran is not going to support them in creating a caliphate.

Believe it or not, there are groups that think Arnold Schwarzenegger is the Antichrist, because his name adds up to 666. Admittedly, that idea is actually just plain funny (by the way, as a disclaimer, this has nothing to do with politics, nothing to do with Democrats, Republicans, or Libertarians, nothing at all).

The Bible has some vague clues in the seventh and eleventh chapters of Daniel that tell the origin of the Antichrist. According to the Word, he will come from the last empire to take over Israel. The last empire to control Israel was the Ottoman Empire. Some have said he comes from Rome. An interesting fact barely known by the human race is that the eastern leg of the Roman Empire stretched down far into Israel covering the Old Assyrian Empire. Other scriptural evidence reveals that the Antichrist will be a Gentile not a Jew. For example, Revelation 13:1 pictures him as a beast arising out of the sea. In Scripture, the sea is used to symbolize Gentile nations. This information brings a question to mind of how does a Gentile, somebody from the old Roman Empire, and possibly a Muslim, all add together?

A valid, and most likely correct, argument is that the Antichrist will rise from the eastern wing of the old Roman Empire. This is also the area known as Assyria, modern northern Iraq, northeastern Syria and southeastern Turkey.

Most individuals have little or no idea that the Anti-Christ is an Assyrian and a Muslim. Some people will not believe it no matter what they witness or are told because it goes against how they were raised. Many were and are controlled with mental mechanisms that keep them from asking difficult questions. They also blindly and erroneously keep their faith in what they have always been told.

Daniel has a lot of information in it and the trick is to properly decipher what has already happened plus what will take place in the future. Verses 36-39 refer to the Antichrist and they are the only place that characteristics are specified.

Daniel 11:36 says, “And the king shall do according to his will.”

And shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women (Daniel 11:36-37).

It is thought that he (Anti-Christ) will be unmarried, not interested in woman. He also will not worship the old Assyrian gods.

“But in his estate shall he honour the god of forces …” (Daniel 11:38).

E.W. Bullinger’s Companion Bible translates that Scripture in this manner: “but in its place shall he honor the god of forces on its pedestal.”

The god of forces is linked to Islam but the part of “on its pedestal” can be confusing until one learns that it applies to the Kaaba. Kaaba is a meteorite that stands on a pedestal in Mecca. Muslims are required to make a pilgrimage there every year and visit this meteorite because it is their god. Hundreds of thousands go in circles around it and touch it.

… And a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things (Daniel 11:38).

Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain (Daniel 11:39).

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