Bible Prophecy -- The Ultimate Deception
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  The Ultimate Deception Book Introduction.
  Daniel's Visions: Ten Horns And The Antichrist.
  Why The Antichrist Will Originate In Lebanon.
  The Rise Of Antichrist: A Time Of Terror And Crisis.
  Why Antichrist Will Not Pretend To Be Messiah.
  Why We Will See Armageddon Before 2025 A.D..
  Why Gog In Ezekiel 38 Represents The Antichrist.
  Why There Will Be No Peace After The Rapture.
  The Antichrist Fallacies In Daniel 11:1-34.
  Why The City Of Babylon Must Be Rebuilt In Iraq.
  The Pre-Adamite Kingdom Of Satan.
  Why The City Of Tyre Must Be Rebuilt In Lebanon.
  II Thessalonians 2 And The Final Great Apostasy.
  Testing Before The Rapture; Why Christians Suffer.
  What Does The Seven-Headed Beast Symbolize?
  What Does Mystery Babylon Symbolize?
  Last Trump: The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Escape.
  Why Revelation 4:1 Portrays The Pre-Trib Rapture.
  Why Revelation 11 Portrays The Second Coming.
  10½ Years Between Rapture And Second Coming.
  Why Revelation 12 Portrays The Pre-Trib Rapture.
  The Post-Rapture Bema Judgment Of Believers.
  Prophetic Parables And Misconceptions.
  The 7 Seals: The White Horseman Is Not Antichrist.
  The 144,000 Jews Will Not Evangelize The World.
  200 Million Angelic Horsemen Of The Sixth Plague.
  Who Will Be The Two Witnesses In Revelation 11?
  The 7-Headed Leopard Beast And His 666 Mark.
  Millennial Reign: Armageddon Survivors Judged.
  The Fate Of People Who Never Heard Of Jesus.
  Why The Earth Will Never Be Annihilated.
  Eternal Conditions For Earth And The Universe.
  How Should We Interpret Biblical Scriptures?
  Endtime Bible Prophecy Charts.
  Book Table Of Contents.
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  When Moral Principles Conflict With Each Other.
  Biblical Divorce And Re-Marriage; Part 1.
  Biblical Divorce And Re-Marriage; Part 2.
  Biblical Divorce And Re-Marriage. (Print-Friendly)
  A Short Summary Of My Doctrinal Beliefs.
  Short Summary Of Reasons Disproving Evolution.
  Why I Am A Bible-Believing Christian.
  Why Liberals Should Not Impose Their Values.
  Why Liberals Are Wrong About Church-State Issues.
  Thou Shalt Not Steal Legally.
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Bible prophecy   From 1974 and until he passed away in June of 2005, Frank Caw devoted a considerable amount of time to research and study in Bible prophecy and related philosophical and theological issues. This website is dedicated by his family to his memory and work and is as he presented it at the time of his death. The family of Frank Caw, Jr. would like to thank Tim McHyde of EscapeAllTheseThings.com for hosting his website.
 
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Daniel's Prophecies And Antichrist
 
Daniel’s First Vision (Daniel 2)

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More than 2500 years ago, the personal, infinite, triune God of the Christian Bible inspired the Jewish prophet Daniel to foretell the future in a series of extraordinary visions. Although each vision foretold the same, basic pattern of future events, each one added new, additional insight as each new revelation unfolded. Moreover, this correlation of events among these biblical visions is important because it eliminates any reasonable doubt concerning the accuracy of our scriptural interpretation based upon the mathematical laws of probability. A chart portraying this harmony among the visions is located at the end of this chapter.
 
Daniel’s first vision — a vision actually seen by Nebuchadnezzar, but interpreted by Daniel — involves a huge, horrific-looking image shaped into an immense man-like form:
 
Daniel 2:31-48
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... (KJV)
 
Daniel stipulates that the “head of gold” represents Nebuchadnezzar, king of the Babylonian Empire. (Daniel 2:36-38). Nebuchadnezzar and Babylon represent each other in this vision because, during ancient times, a king and his kingdom were viewed as synonymous with each other. Likewise, history will readily confirm that the “arms of silver” represent the dual-nature of the Medo-Persian Empire, and that the belly of brass symbolizes the Grecian Empire of Alexander the Great. Then finally, the “legs of iron” represent the dual nature of the ancient Roman Empire that was divided into Eastern and Western halves during much of its history.
 
“The fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron.” This scriptural phrase simply indicates that the old Roman Empire was to be a very powerful and mighty world empire; it has nothing to do with the form of government employed by the Romans. For instance, there is no basis for the theory that iron in this biblical prophecy must represent centralized government. Instead, it means precisely what it actually says. Just as iron represents strength, so likewise did the Roman Empire possess incredible strength and durability as a very powerful governing force of longevity.
 
What do the ten toes of the symbolic image represent? The following passage provides the answer: “Whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potter’s clay (the weak parts; Dan. 2:42), and part of iron (strong parts; Dan. 2:42), the kingdom (Roman Empire) shall be divided.” (Dan. 2:41).
 
Does not this passage reflect the actual outcome of events after the Roman Empire collapsed? Even a cursory glance at world history will show that the Roman Empire never fell before another world empire as did the other empires before it. Instead, it split into a number of kingdoms and political entities which now form the modern-day countries of Europe and Asia Minor and northern Africa. Thus, Daniel’s prophetic prediction that the Roman kingdom would “be divided” into numerous parts (i.e., toes) was fulfilled precisely as foretold.
 
Please note carefully that Daniel did NOT say in the above scripture that after the old Roman Empire collapsed, a long period of time (actually centuries) would elapse before ten countries would be united into the “ten kings” portrayed in Revelation 17. But, he did say that the Roman Empire would DIVIDE into the ten toes. That choice of words indicates a sense of immediacy to this action that automatically precludes a long interval of time between the collapse of the Roman Empire and the formation of the ten toes. Thus, as we will observe in Daniel’s second vision, just as the four heads of the leopard portray the four-fold division of the Grecian Empire when it folded after the death of Alexander the Great, so likewise do the tens toes of Daniel’s image symbolize the countries and kingdoms that were formed within the old Roman Empire soon after it collapsed.
 
Many prophetic commentators have theorized that the ten toes of the symbolic image represent the revival of a modern-day Roman Empire that will occur when ten countries in western Europe merge into a monolithic union or structure of some type, i.e., a United States of Europe. However, this theory, as it usually is presented, does not give us the most accurate picture possible. For instance, most prophetic analysts generally have overlooked the historical fact that the Roman Empire was divided into Eastern and Western halves during much of its existence. That is why Daniel’s first vision portrays the ancient Roman Empire as two legs on the symbolic image seen by Nebuchadnezzar in his dream. Accordingly, if the two legs in Daniel’s vision represent the Eastern and Western halves of the old Roman Empire, then the ten toes connected to those same two legs must represent all of the modern-day countries that were formed within the geographical area of both empire halves. Therefore, Daniel’s ten toes must symbolize something more than just countries in western Europe; they must represent all of the modern-day countries throughout Europe and Asia Minor that are located within the geographical territory of the old Roman Empire.
 
As absolute proof positive that our interpretation is correct, we will demonstrate later in this chapter that the “little horn” Antichrist will rise to power in a tiny, new country that will appear within one of the four empire segments that formed within the ancient Grecian Empire after Alexander the Great died. Furthermore, in yet another vision, Daniel also predicted that the old Syrian Dynasty, comprised of modern-day Lebanon and Syria, would be the specific Grecian Empire segment from which Antichrist will originate. Thus, the Antichrist must originate within a geographical area that was once a part of three ancient political kingdoms: the Roman and Grecian empires and the old Syrian Dynasty. But, obviously NONE of the countries in western Europe were ever a part of all three of these political entities. Therefore, it is absolutely impossible for the ten toes and the ten horns to represent ONLY countries in western Europe. Instead, they must represent ALL of the modern-day countries within the geographical area of the old Roman Empire so that they include an area that was also once a part of the ancient Grecian Empire and the old Syrian Dynasty.
 
Moreover, some of these ten-toe countries — represented by the iron in the toes — have been strong and independent nations, while some of the other countries — represented by the clay in the toes — have exhibited weakness. Accordingly, sometimes these weaker “clay” countries have been conquered by stronger neighboring countries who would then change their boundary lines. Although there are more than ten such countries, the number “ten” can represent an approximate or unknown or round number in prophetic and symbolic passages as the following scriptures attest:
 
Jude 1:14
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, (KJV)
 
Daniel 7:10
10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. (KJV)
 
Revelation 2:10
10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. (KJV)
 
Revelation 5:11
11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; (KJV)
 
Furthermore, Daniel predicted there would be numerous attempts to reunite into a revived Roman Empire, but that in each case “they (would) not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” (Dan. 2:43). History has proven this biblical prophecy correct. Although there have been many attempts to re-create the Roman Empire, they all have been unsuccessful or short-lived. That is why Daniel 2:44 predicts that the individual “Roman” countries (i.e., kings; ten toes; ten horns) will still be in existence when God establishes His literal Kingdom on the earth, thus proving these “Roman” countries will retain their national identities and political sovereignty even during the “last days.”
 
This biblical prediction is confirmed in Revelation 13:1 which shows the ten horns (i.e., the modern-day “Roman” countries) wearing individual crowns of power and authority even though they will be a part of the Antichrist’s empire. Therefore, as we will determine later in this book, the symbolic beast in Revelation 13 represents the Antichrist (and Satan), and the seventh head of the Antichrist beast represents his new world empire. Furthermore, Revelation 13 states that the Antichrist beast is leopard-like in its appearance, with the mouth of a lion, and the feet of a bear, and ten horns on its head. So, obviously the symbolism in that passage correlates with the prophetic symbolism portrayed in Daniel’s second vision. Thus, we must conclude that the modern-day countries within the geographical areas of the ancient Babylonian, Persian, Grecian and Roman empires will form the nucleus of the Antichrist’s new world empire. But, since the symbolic ten horns are also crowned individually, this signifies that these “Roman” countries will retain their national identities and a significant amount of political sovereignty precisely as Daniel predicted they would.
 
However, the collective set of crowns on all ten of the horns indicates also that the modern-day countries within the geographical area of the old Roman Empire will be united, organizationally, to a limited degree, when they voluntarily swear allegiance to the Antichrist BEFORE the Rapture. Thus, the existence of the ten horns on the symbolic empire head of the Antichrist demonstrates these countries will be a part of his new empire. But, the fact that the ten horns will be crowned, individually, indicates these Roman countries will retain their national identities and political sovereignty even though they will be united, organizationally, when they become a part of the Antichrist’s empire. Accordingly, it will be the man, Antichrist, who will forge a new empire into existence, not an existing empire which will appoint a leader as many people suppose.
 
Moreover, Revelation 17 predicts that the beast (i.e., Satan within the Antichrist) and the ten horns will receive power simultaneously (BEFORE the Rapture), and that they will retain this power for only a short period of time. That is why it is so significant that there have been very determined efforts, recently, to unify Europe even though the geographical boundary lines for the ten toes and the European Union currently do not coincide with each other. However, many more countries are scheduled to join the European Union as members by May 1, 2004, and when that happens, the European Union will encompass virtually all of the modern-day countries within the geographical territory of the ancient Roman Empire. So at that point, all of the “Roman” countries will then be united, organizationally, and ready to become a part of the Antichrist’s empire BEFORE the pre-tribulation Rapture occurs. (Rev. 12; 13:1-2).
 
Therefore, the European Union is important, prophetically, because it has been preparing people in that part of the world — philosophically and politically and economically — for their participation as members of the new world empire which the Antichrist will forge into existence within the near future. Additionally, in a move that will further enhance preparations for entry into the empire of the Antichrist, the European Union has even created an organizational mechanism which can quickly be adapted to the new circumstances of the moment. Thus, the modern “Roman” countries are moving towards a limited form of unification so that they will be ready to swear collective allegiance to the Antichrist soon after he creates a new Middle Eastern empire. Accordingly, those prophetic developments will mark the point at which the “last days” empowerment of the ten horns and the beast will begin:
 
Revelation 17:12-13
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. (KJV)
 
“They shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another...” This prophetic phrase simply indicates that the political leaders and the Royal families in the “Roman” countries would attempt to forge political alliances with one another, sometimes even through inter-marriages between their families, but never would there be any lasting confederations or alliances among them. Although sometimes it is said this scriptural passage teaches that demonic activity, both on and above the earth, will explode in frequency and intensity just prior to the Return of Christ, this passage actually does not address that issue at all. Instead, it clearly focuses exclusively on matters related to the ten toes if the complete scriptural context is taken into consideration.
 
Daniel continues by stating that a stone “cut out without hands” will strike the symbolic image, causing it to crumble. Since all of the symbolic image will be intact and standing upright at that future point in time, this means that all of the modern-day countries within the geographical area of all four of these biblical world empires will not only be in existence, but will be rich and powerful as well. The stone (the “chief cornerstone,” our Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus) will then grow into a “mountain” (i.e., an empire or kingdom) which will eventually cover all of the earth. We are informed that this means God will establish an eternal Kingdom which will smash the sovereignty of all earthly kingdoms, thus making every country throughout the world subject to the rulership of God forever. (Dan. 2:44, 45).
 
 
Daniel’s Second Vision (Daniel 7)
 
Many years after interpreting the vision which Nebuchadnezzar had seen, Daniel experiences an extraordinary vision of his own in which he watches four powerful animals — a lion, a bear, a leopard, and a terrible, non-descript beast boasting ten horns — rise up from the sea amidst the blowing of mighty, boisterous winds. However, it very quickly becomes apparent that this vision, too, must be taken symbolically because a literal meaning would be impossible and non-sensical.
 
Accordingly, we note first that the passage, Daniel 7:17, stipulates that these four “great beasts” are four great kingdoms which “shall arise out of the earth.” A more accurate translation, however, such as Young’s Literal Translation Of The Bible, translates this verse as: “These great beasts, that are four, are four kings, they rise up from the earth...” Furthermore, a consultation with Strong’s Hebrew-Greek Dictionary confirms that Young was correct in rendering this passage to read as “rise” rather than “shall arise.” The proper translation in this case is important because some have tried to say that all four beasts can appear only after the time of Daniel and Babylon since Daniel was told that all four beasts “shall arise” — which, by implication, supposedly means sometime after the Babylonian Empire ceased to exist. If this were true, it might possibly be easier to argue that the first beast could not represent Babylon — although we would still have to explain why Babylon was also the first of several empires portrayed in Daniel’s first vision. However, a more accurate translation eliminates any such concern by allowing us to harmonize and correlate all of the elements portrayed in the first three visions that were given to Daniel or interpreted by him.
 
It is important to note, also, that some parts of Daniel’s visions which were futuristic for Daniel are now fulfilled history from our perspective. God (wisely) launched into prophecies concerning the “last days” from the springboard of “empire-history” in order to give us a time-space-historical reference point from which we could properly interpret the end-time prophecies. Furthermore, a complete understanding of all the visions in their entirety was reserved for the “end-times.” (Dan. 8:17-19, 26; 12:4, 9). That is why Daniel was confused by the second and third prophecies when they added important details and information not found in the first vision. However, this practice of gradual or progressive revelation is quite typical of how God operated in biblical times. For instance, God’s plan of salvation through Christ increasingly was revealed to us down through the centuries of time, starting with Adam and Eve with their very limited knowledge, to the epistles and Revelation with their sophisticated and comprehensive view of things.
 
Daniel 7:1-7
1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.
 
2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
 
3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
 
4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.
 
5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
 
6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
 
7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. (KJV)
 
“Four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.” Winds in prophetic and symbolic passages can represent wars and conflicts and strife and judgments from God. (Dan. 8:7-13 compared with Jer. 25:32-33) (Rev. 7:1-3). Likewise, in prophecy, “sea” or “water” can symbolize the masses of humanity or the nations of people on the earth. (Rev. 13:1) (Rev. 17:1, 15).
 
The first animal (lion) represents Babylon. Just as gold represented Babylon in the first vision because it is chief among metals, so likewise was the lion selected to symbolize Babylon in the second vision because it is king of the animal world. As even further evidence, the details given concerning the lion correspond precisely to those given describing the reign of Nebuchadnezzar. For instance, the eagle’s wings identify the beast as Babylon because Babylon is compared to an eagle in several other scriptures. (Jer. 48:40) (Ezek. 17) (Hab. 1:6-8). Since Nebuchadnezzar carved out a vast empire for himself in just a few short years, the eagle wings denote the swiftness of his military conquests. We also observe active symbolic imagery in this vision that portrays the plucking of the lion’s eagle wings before it is lifted from the earth and forced to stand upon its feet as a man with a man’s heart. This symbolism obviously correlates with the passage in Daniel 4 which describes how the proud and regal Nebuchadnezzar was struck down by God, through seven years of insanity, until he acquired the humility and Godly respect that allowed his restoration as a man with a sound mind.
 
The second beast in appearance is a bear reminiscent of a large species of bear inhabiting the mountains of Media. It is intended to symbolize Medo-Persia because of their shared reputation for cruelty and blood-thirstiness and plundering. (Isa. 13:16-18) (Jer. 51:48-56). The symbolic action associated with the two sides of the bear demonstrates how both Medes and Persians formed this vicious empire, even though one side is emphasized to illustrate the strength and vitality of the Persians over the Medes. As confirmation of our interpretation, we noted earlier that the two silver arms in Daniel’s first vision also represented the dual nature of the Medo-Persian Empire. Likewise, in a similar manner, Daniel’s third vision in Daniel 8 also depicts the supremacy of the Persians over the Medes. It does this by portraying one of the two horns on a symbolic ram (representing the Medo-Persian Empire) rising higher than the other horn, thereby illustrating how Cyrus the Persian ascended to power after the reign of Darius the Mede while becoming the more powerful of the two. Hence there is complete harmony and agreement within all three of these visions by Daniel. However, in Daniel’s second vision, we are also given additional information about Persia when it uses three ribs in the mouth of the bear to signify additional territory, beyond the boundary lines of the Babylonian Empire, which was conquered by Medo-Persia.
 
A leopard is universally known for its amazing swiftness. So, when that imagery is enhanced with the addition of four wings, rather than two (as in the case of the lion which represented Nebuchadnezzar), it creates a hybrid image quite capable of symbolizing the incredible quickness with which Alexander the Great conquered the then-known world. Likewise, after the sudden, unexpected death of Alexander the Great, the old Grecian Empire was divided among four of his top generals, depicted by the “four heads” of the leopard. Moreover, as noted before, symbolism associated with this vision is reminiscent of the symbolism pictured in Daniel’s other prophetic visions. Thus, in Daniel’s third vision, described in Daniel 8, we see four horns, i.e., four political entities, emerge from the head of the goat, i.e., the Grecian Empire, after the great horn, Alexander the Great, is “broken,” i.e., becomes dead prematurely.
 
Next we encounter the fourth beast which is described simply as non-descript because it was so powerful and dreadful and terrible that it defied description. Rome was “diverse from all the others” in the sense that it was a republic in nature while all of the previous biblical empires were dictatorships. However, this major, fundamental difference between it and the other world empires did not prevent Rome from ruling its conquered subjects with an iron hand — which explains why iron is mentioned once again as a fundamental characteristic of Rome just as it was in Daniel’s first vision.
 
The ten horns? Daniel states that they represent “ten kings.” As noted several times already, the details of Daniel’s visions seem to match and correlate with each other in perfect harmony, and in the first vision the ten toes of the image represented the modern-day countries which emerged from the geographical area of the old Roman Empire. Accordingly, this would seem to imply that the ten horns also represent the modern Roman countries. Although there are more than ten such countries, ten can represent an approximate or unknown or round number in prophetic and symbolic passages as we proved earlier.
 
A United States of Europe just before the initial appearance of the Antichrist? Based on what we have learned regarding the symbolism in Daniel’s visions, there would have been five beasts pictured in this vision, rather than four, if a new and successive empire had been destined to replace the old Roman Empire. Accordingly, just as the four heads of the leopard portray the four-fold division of the old Grecian Empire when it folded after the death of Alexander the Great, so likewise do the tens horns of the beast symbolize the numerous political kingdoms and countries that were formed within the geographical area of the old Roman Empire after it collapsed. However, as we saw earlier, even though these modern Roman countries will retain at least some degree of limited political sovereignty until Armageddon, they will be united into a confederated union of some type (such as an expanded EU) near the time when the Antichrist comes to power. Thus, they will “receive power as kings one hour with the beast (i.e., Satan within the Antichrist),” and then “give their power and strength unto the beast” BEFORE the pre-tribulation Rapture occurs.
 
Daniel 7:8, 19, 20, 23, 24
8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
 
19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
 
20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
 
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. (KJV)
 
“Shall devour the whole earth.” When interpreting phrases such as “whole earth” or “whole world” or “all the world” in the Bible, we must understand that an absolute, strict literal interpretation of such phrases sometimes are modified in their meaning by contextual considerations, including other scriptural passages. In this instance, Rome never actually ruled over the entire global planet as we know it today, but the Roman Empire did conquer and dominate virtually all of the entire world known to Western Civilization at that point in time. Likewise, in a similar manner, Babylon (Dan. 2:38) and Greece (Dan. 2:39) also ruled over their known worlds during their respective times in history. (Compare: Romans 1:8; Romans 10:18; Col. 1:23; etc.). However, in Revelation 13, when it is said that the Antichrist will rule over the whole world, and that people from every nation and tongue will worship him as god, it is very likely that the phrase “whole world” means precisely that because people living at that future point in time obviously will understand it as such.
 
Sometime during the existence of these modern-day Roman countries, a “little horn” suddenly and unexpectedly appears among them. (Dan. 7:8). Because horns throughout biblical Scripture represent the power and authority that is inherent in kingdoms and countries, this “little horn” quite logically represents a small, new kingdom or a small, new country. However, in this instance, the little horn also represents a strong-man leader or dictator because Daniel very quickly ascribes human attributes to the little horn country, attributes such as “a mouth speaking great things.” For that reason, it would seem this tiny, new country and the man associated with it will appear together, simultaneously, in a manner which suggests that it will be the man who will cause the little horn country to spring into existence. Bible prophecy students generally call this man the Antichrist, and it will be during the lifetime of this person that the Battle of Armageddon will take place, thereby leading to the establishment of God’s eternal Kingdom throughout the earth. (Dan. 7:14).
 
“Three of the first horns plucked up by the roots.... and he shall subdue three kings.” Daniel states that three of the modern-day countries within the geographical area of the ancient Roman Empire will be conquered or subdued by the Antichrist when he first rises to power. Moreover, as we will determine later, the Antichrist will originate from a tiny, new country within the area of modern-day Lebanon, and will then begin to wage war in both a southern and eastern direction, starting from somewhere within Lebanon. Therefore, the only modern countries that can possibly be one of Daniel’s “three horns” are Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq because they are the only countries within the geographical area of the old Roman Empire that are located south or east of Lebanon.
 
However, current geopolitical circumstances seem to indicate that the countries of Israel, Syria and Iraq will most likely be the three horns that will be subdued by the Antichrist. Furthermore, based upon intelligence information, a major military crisis could very easily materialize through Russian and/or Chinese and/or North Korean aggression. Thus, in one way or another, explosive geopolitical circumstances in the Middle East and Asia may deteriorate to the point where it will become necessary for the Antichrist to rescue the world from the horrific threat of terrorism and destruction and war. Moreover, there are also scriptural reasons as to why Russian military aggression could play a very significant role in the terror equation that triggers the rise of the Antichrist. Since the Antichrist will control all the nations of the world immediately after the pre-tribulation Rapture, and since he will be the “chief prince” of Russia (Magog) for at least several years before Armageddon, these two scriptural considerations imply one of two possible scenarios for the future of Russia. Either the hard-liners in Russia will relinquish political control over their country, voluntarily, even though they have been preparing for war with the United States. Or they will embark on a journey of military adventurism in hopes of restoring the glory of the former Soviet Empire.
 
Therefore, it is quite possible that a horrific wave of radical Islamic terrorism will explode throughout the Middle East area, and perhaps even in other parts of the world, in our immediate future. Then Russia and/or China and/or North Korea could possibly launch, or threaten to launch, a massive military campaign of aggression that would include the threat of nuclear weapons. Obviously if these scenarios do take place, they would add immeasurably to the sense of terror and fear and frustration that would envelop the world. But, one thing we do know for certain. The Bible does predict that the military conquests of Antichrist, during his initial rise to power, will be so spectacular and astounding that most people will actually believe him when he proclaims himself to be a god! In fact, he will receive universal acclaim as an invincible war genius with whom no one can possibly make war against. So, it is reasonable to infer that world events will become very scary and terrifying sometime within our immediate future. That may explain why Jesus gave us the following warning regarding this time-period in history: “Be not terrified, the end is not yet.”
 
Accordingly, it seems likely that Daniel’s three horns will represent the countries of Israel, Syria and Iraq because they were once a part of the old Roman Empire, and they are located south or east of Lebanon, and based upon current geopolitical realities, they probably will be subdued by the Antichrist when he first rises to power. Furthermore, we should note that several biblical scriptures predict that Israel will be conquered by the Antichrist during his initial ascendancy to power. As for Syria and Iraq, however, the Bible only predicts that these two countries will become a part of the empire of the Antichrist; it does not say whether they will do so voluntarily, or whether they will be conquered militarily by the Antichrist. But, biblical scriptures do predict that Antichrist will conquer numerous armies during his initial appearance as he “waxes exceeding great” in a southern and eastern direction, and that he will “destroy wonderfully” by using supernatural occult power derived from Satan. Furthermore, both of these countries — along with Iran, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan — are major sponsors and/or hotbeds of radical Islamic terrorism. So, at this point, Syria and Iraq appear to be likely candidates for military conquest by the Antichrist when he first appears. Therefore, if Antichrist subdues Syria and Iraq when he conquers Israel, the identity of the three horns will have to be ascribed to these three countries.
 
Moreover, the sudden appearance of the Antichrist to rescue the world from the horrific threat of radical Islamic terrorism and catastrophic wars will be so unexpected and amazing that all of the modern-day countries within the geographical area of the old Roman Empire (ALL ten horns; an expanded EU) will voluntarily join the empire of the Antichrist sometime BEFORE the Rapture occurs. That landmark development will then begin the fulfillment of the scripture that predicts the “ten horns” will “receive power as kings one hour with the beast,” and then “give their power and strength unto the beast (i.e., Satan within the Antichrist).” (Rev. 17:12-13).
 
“In this horn were eyes like the eyes of man.” This descriptive phrase probably denotes more than mere human intelligence. Other scriptures we will survey later clearly attribute satanic and supernatural power to the Antichrist, so this passage could also be a veiled reference to such power. Furthermore, it is even possible he will have very unusual-looking eyes in a literal sense. As an example, Walid Jumblatt, Druze politician and warlord in southern Lebanon, has large and unusual-looking eyes which I noticed immediately when he first came to my attention in the Fall of 1983 during the Lebanese Civil War. More than once it was reported that newsmen were talking about his extraordinary cunning in maneuvering politically and militarily to achieve more power and influence than what his small army ordinarily would warrant. Of course, only time will tell for certain if he will prove to be the Antichrist.
 
“And a mouth speaking great things.” The Antichrist will demonstrate extraordinary powers of persuasion while boldly proclaiming his creative and amazing solutions for world and regional problems. Therefore, when he begins to enforce and inspire conditions of world peace and security and prosperity during a time of great crisis and terror, there should be no problem in understanding why most people will become mesmerized by this man. Obviously he will be a very impressive and charismatic person.
 
Daniel 7:25 gives us additional insight: “And he (the Antichrist) shall speak great words against the most High.... and think to change times and laws...” In other words, Antichrist will speak boldly and defiantly against the true God of biblical Christianity while advocating his own standard of morals and values for society. No decent standard or sensible norm will be safe from attack or immune to criticism. Accordingly, from the very outset, there will never be any pretense on his part at feeling very sympathetic towards Israel or Jews or Bible-believing Christians, nor will he ever pretend to be the Jewish Messiah as some people suppose — especially since Israel will be one of the very first countries which he will attack when he first rises to power. (Dan. 8:9). Instead, he will begin soon after his initial appearance to criticize and defy traditional Christian beliefs and moral values and cultural conventions, and then immediately after the Rapture, will even kill anyone who proclaims their faith in Christ. Later, he will also violate the sanctity of the sacred Holy of Holies room in a rebuilt Jewish Temple while proclaiming himself to be the god of gods.
 
I John 4:3
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. (KJV)
 
II John 1:7
7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. (KJV)
 
I John 2:18, 22
18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
 
22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. (KJV)
 
In the above passages, not only are we told that a specific, unique personage called “antichrist” will appear some day, but we are also informed that since the inception of Christianity, there always have been people who have denied that the historic Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh. Or as noted in I John 2:22, that both God the Father and God the Son are the true God in Heaven. Thus, these people, too, are “little” antichrists in a manner of speaking. So, while we are warned against the heresy these people teach, we are also given further insight as to exactly what the Antichrist will advocate, and how the Bible itself actually defines the word “antichrist.”
 
Because Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines the prefix “anti” as meaning “one that is opposed,” this indicates that the Antichrist will be opposed (to the true God in Heaven). Moreover, as noted in the paragraph above while commenting on I John 2:22, the Bible says that the Antichrist will deny the true God in Heaven, i.e., the personal, infinite, triune God of biblical Christianity. So, obviously this scriptural prediction is completely consistent with Daniel when he says in Daniel 7:25 that the Antichrist “shall speak great words against the most High,” and in Daniel 11:36-37 where he states that the Antichrist will “magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods... nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.” This then is how we should define the word “antichrist” because that is how the Bible defines it.
 
That is why it is wrong to think that the Antichrist will ever pretend to be the Jewish Messiah — even when he first appears to rescue the world from the threat of terror and destruction and war. Instead, the Antichrist will deny both God the Father and God the Son while proclaiming himself to be a god above all other gods. Therefore, it may not be a coincidence that the popular New Age Movement teaches that we can achieve godhood and extraordinary powers of the mind through “higher consciousness” techniques or through “Christ consciousness.” For that reason, the impressive historical evidence proving the true identity of Jesus is ignored by these people and their followers, and He is relegated to the status of just another ordinary psychic seer.
 
“Whose look was more stout than his fellows.” Although Antichrist will originate from a tiny, brand-new country, he and his small army of soldiers will accomplish incredible military feats which will astound the whole world. His military prowess will seem so impressive and amazing, and his small nation will seem so violent and ruthless, that they will very quickly acquire a reputation for fierceness and invincibility. That explains why Revelation 13 predicts that the entire world will marvel at the military prowess of the Antichrist when everyone exclaims: “Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?”
 
“And he (Antichrist) shall be diverse from the first (i.e., the ten horns; the modern Roman Empire countries).” The year 1989 proved to be an amazing watershed in international politics, marking a most extraordinary upsurge in the democratic spirit throughout the world which has continued to grow in strength during the years since then. In stark contrast, however, from the very moment he first begins his rise to power and prominence, the Antichrist will exercise dictatorial control over the newly-independent country which he will declare into existence before extending his rulership over the whole world (Rev. 13:4-8).
 
Daniel 7:8-11
8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
 
9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
 
10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
 
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. (KJV)
 
“Thrones were cast down.” This scriptural phrase in verse 9 could also be translated as “set down” or “put in place.” Likewise, the heavenly scene described in verses 9-10 is pictured in greater detail in Revelation 4 and 5 where we observe the judgment throne of God surrounded by the thrones of the “24 elders,” immediately after the pre-tribulation Rapture has taken place.
 
Thus, it is instructive to note that Daniel’s narrative in this passage, while describing endtime earthly events, is interrupted by verses 9 and 10 which portray events in Heaven immediately after Christians have been “Raptured” to Heaven. Therefore, verses 8 and 11 establish a precise time-frame or chronological reference point which tells us when the Rapture will take place relative to events on the earth. More specifically, verse 8 portrays a series of earthly events which conclude with the little horn Antichrist “speaking great things.” The next two verses, i.e., verses 9 and 10, then describe various events which take place in Heaven immediately after the Rapture. Then, verse 11 picks up where it left off in verse 8 by resuming its narration of the exact same earthly event or activity (i.e., “the voice of the great words which the horn spake”). So, without question, this interruption in the continuity of Daniel’s narrative establishes the undeniable fact that the Antichrist will begin his initial rise to power before the pre-tribulation Rapture occurs. Furthermore, the context of this passage also indicates that the Rapture will occur before persecutions are initiated against the Tribulation Saints, thereby further confirming that the Rapture is pre-tribulation in nature.
 
Daniel 7:12
12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time. (KJV)
 
This passage seems to indicate that the various empire beasts (i.e., the modern-day countries which once comprised these empires) will enjoy a resurgence in power and wealth during the “last days” immediately prior to the Rapture. This resurgence in power and affluence is corroborated by Daniel 2:45 which states that all of the symbolic image in Daniel’s first vision will be standing upright (i.e., will be powerful and wealthy) at the time when God breaks the power of these various world empire countries. However, even though He will destroy their power and sovereignty, He will allow them to survive and enter into His new Kingdom on the earth, a new eternal Kingdom which will supersede the sovereignty of all earthly kingdoms. In Revelation and many other passages throughout the Bible, we are informed that this transformative process will occur on a gradual basis during the Millennial Reign of Christ on the earth.
 
Daniel 7:13-27
13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
 
14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed....
 
17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
 
18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
 
19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
 
20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
 
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.
 
26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
 
27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. (KJV)
 
“And they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” This passage simply states that people who become Christians after the Rapture (i.e., “tribulation saints”) will be persecuted for a certain period of time by the Antichrist. Other scriptural passages clarify this period of time as lasting for three and one-half years. (Rev. 12:6) (Rev. 12:14) (Rev. 13:5) (Dan. 12:7).

 

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