THE LAST SEVEN YEARS OF THIS CURRENT AGE
Back to Daniel 9:26-27, (Note: the signal for the Tribulation to begin is not the Rapture – It is the Antichrist signing the treaty.)
We noted above, the last seven years will most likely not begin until the Holy Spirit “restrainer” – 2nd Thess. 3:6 (who is found in all Christians/Messianic Jews) steps aside or a “Rapture” occurs, or both. Should this occur, the world would be in a state of chaos, which might cause Russia and her Muslim allies to “go for it” and invade Israel. Assuming Almighty God (El Shaddai) intervenes as noted in Eze. 38, there would no longer be a Muslim or any other nation to oppose a “7 year peace treaty” which brings us to the next step. This seven year peace treaty would guarantee no one will come against Israel – and Ezekial noted these “things” would come to pass in the “latter” days.
Over the last twenty years or so, there has been tremendous disagreement regarding the lineage of the Antichrist, some such as Farah feeling it has to be a Muslim, whereas another such as Rhodes in his book, “The End Times in Chronological Order”, and others stating a Muslim would never claim to be God since it would trash the Muslim creed.
Rhodes writes “A Muslim Antichrist would be considered an Infidel because the word “Christ” represents the Son of God”, (Note: Due to Ishmael being sent away by Abraham as a teenager, (after God told Abraham to do this), Ishmael’s testimony very possibly led the creators of Islam to disbelieve in any such thing as a “Son” of God, i.e. Islam believes in the God of Abraham and Ishmael/Mohammed per their understanding, whereas Israel and the rest of the non-agnostic world understand a belief in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and so on.
Many people characterize the God of the Old Testament as a God of Judgment and the God of the New Testament as a God of love. Scripture reveals He is still both and was the same early on and now, (Mal 3:6 “I the LORD do not change.”
John 16:33, tells of of Jesus saying, “in this world you will have tribulation”. However, the End Time Tribulation is distinct. In Matt. 24:21 Yeshua (Jesus) described it as “of such severity that no period in history, now or past or future, will equal it, and verse 22: “for the sake of the elect, it will be shortened, as no flesh could survive it. It is called the time of Jacob’s trouble, for it is a Judgment on Messiah-rejecting Israel–Jeremiah 30:7 Daniel 12:1-4.
Yet all the nations of the world will be judged for their sin and rejection of Yeshua (Jesus). (Isa. 26:21, and Rev. 6: 15-17)
Although again, there is disagreement, many feel the Kingdom into which the Antichrist will come to govern is initially represented by a ten nation confederacy. such as the EU may become.
Scripture: “Dan: 7:24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings.”
Compare the following Scripture to the above:
Re 13:1 And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.
2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.
Here is a very short description of Daniel 7:26 and Revelation 13:5 as per: https://www.gotquestions.org/little-horn.html “The little horn that Daniel sees is the Antichrist, a world leader who rises to power from within a league of ten future kings. This little horn will blaspheme God and persecute God’s people during the tribulation, right up until the second coming of the Lord Jesus. At that time, the Antichrist’s “power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever” (Daniel 7:26), and Yeshua will establish His millennial kingdom. The reign of the Antichrist is limited: forty-two months, and no more (Revelation 13:5). The little horn will lose his war against God. His boastful blasphemy and wanton violence are only temporary. The reign of Christ is eternal.”
This leads us to consider the formation by the Antichrist of the “Unholy Trinity” noted in various scriptures: The answer to the question of “who or what is the two horned beast of Revelation 13 is amazingly complex based on the number of varying answers.
Some commentators are extremely dogmatic and insist upon one of these:
The United States
Islam in control of the U.S.
Israel and the British Mandate
Predating Wicca’s male and female aspects of an antlered anthropomorphic god. (Insert: Whoa!)
The first Beast is a political power and the second Beast is the Antichrist.
Just the opposite of above.
It could be America, but it could be a nation that is born in the future.
An AI (Artificial Intelligence-Robot)
Daniel 7:25 – Time, Times, and half a Time
By Napoleon’s orders, the papacy was completely eliminated in 1798, by one of his generals named Berthier. The existing Pope was taken into captivity, much as the “pope” had caused much captivity in the Dark Ages with the killing of 100 million non- Catholics or Jews, i.e. “the persecution of the saints”. Eventually this Pope died in captivity.
This writer believes these events were a fulfillment of prophecy from Daniel 7:25 that stated there would be 3.5 years, 42 months or 1,260 days/years – of literal papal rule. This time began in 476 A.D. with a decree of the emperor Justinian establishing the Bishop of Rome as head of all Churches with no separation of Church and State. This decree went into effect in 538 A.D.
538 A.D. is the beginning of the literal spiritual/political Papal rule. The elimination of the papacy in 1798, declaring Rome to be a Republic of France, was exactly 1,260 years. 1798, was the end of the “time, times and half a time” as predicted by Daniel. http://www.amazon.com/End-Time-Delusions-Steve-Wohlberg-ebook/)
Although sites are few in number this site appears in agreement: http://www.endtimeprophecies.co.za/bible-prophecies/attributes-of-daniels-little-horn-vatican. The reader is urged to just think about it. Is it common sense?
(More to come)