Antichrist & the Coming Fourth Reich
2 Thess 2:4 “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”
Turkish President Erdogan announced plans to form a new Islamic Union led by Turkey. Erdogan has been on a mission to revive the Turkish-ruled Ottoman Empire and has met with Iranian leaders several times. Erdogan has vowed he will remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from power in Damascus. Isaiah 17 has yet to be fulfilled; the fulfillment of Isaiah 17 and the destruction of Damascus is very near, as is the Psalm 83 war.
The end-time nations have started to gather, one way or another, in Syria.
Paul, while on the road to Damascus, became a Christian and changed the course of human history. He became the bridge between Christians and Jews. With the coming destruction of Damascus, the course of human history will change again.
Revelation 22:18 “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
The Islamic religion, once you get to the core, resembles Catholicism an awful lot. But it also resembles Judaism in many ways. Muhammad copied from the Bible and the Torah; he took God’s word and made it his own. The very last paragraph in the Bible, in Revelation, warns against this.
Muhammad’s blasphemy has led millions upon millions of people astray. God will add to his punishment for this.
There are many similarities between Judaism and Islam, and the similarities between their Messiah and our Antichrist are startling. The word Messiah simply means “anointed one.” The Jewish people are looking for a King David-like figure.
Even though both Christians and Jews worship the same God, the Jewish people are not seeking Jesus, or anyone even like Jesus. They are seeking an earthly King or Messiah. The same sort of Messiah the Muslims are seeking.
The Meshiach, or Jewish Messiah, will bring political and spiritual redemption to the Jews. He will establish a government in Israel that will be the center of all world government for Jews and Gentiles. He will rebuild the Temple and re-establish temple worship (Jeremiah 33:18). The Jewish idea of Meshiach is a great human leader, not a savior like Jesus. Not the Son of God.
The Islamic Messiah, or Mahdi as Muslims call him, hold the belief that the Mahdi will appear as a messianic figure, same as the Jews. Even with the Shia /Sunni divide, all Muslims agree on the coming Mahdi. This coming Mahdi or Messiah will bring false peace to the earth. He will ultimately stand in the newly built Jewish Temple proclaiming himself to be God. Both Jews and Muslims believe this coming Messiah, or Antichrist, will rule from Jerusalem.
Muslims and Jews believe their Mahdi/Messiah will bring peace to humanity. He will share the wealth between the needy and deserving. He will teach virtue, equality and justice. They are both looking for a political and religious leader who will come when he’s needed most, like during a time of war. During the Psalm 83 war perhaps? War brings the loudest cries for peace.
The similarities between Islam and Judaism are endless.
Both Jews and Muslims refrain from eating pork. Both pray a certain number of times throughout the day, Muslims facing Mecca and the Jews facing Jerusalem; but at one time, the Muslims faced Jerusalem when praying.
Muslims are to pilgrimage to Mecca while Jews were to pilgrimage to Jerusalem. In the Bible, we read of the pilgrimages Jesus took to Jerusalem for Passover and other important Sabbatical requirements.
“Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up for the feast, according to the custom of the feast. When they had fulfilled the days [of the feast], his parents started home, unaware that the boy Jesus had stayed behind in Jerusalem” (Luke 2:41-43).
“Three times a year—on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, on the Feast of Weeks, and on the Feast of Booths—all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place that he will choose. They shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed” (Deut. 16:16).
They both agree women should be covered; Jews are a bit more relaxed but married women should cover their head. In Islam, all women should cover their head and all men in both religions cover theirs when praying and in their places of worship. Both have strict purifying laws, like purifying the dead and circumcising male infants. Both religions adamantly deny Jesus is the Son of God.
Both Jews and Muslims have strict dietary laws. The similarities are endless because they come from Abraham’s teachings. Once Ishmael was sent away by Abraham, their relationship did not end. Later in the Bible we read of Ishmael and Isaac burying Abraham together years later. Because of their father, there is unity between them.
“And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, the field which Abraham purchased from the sons of Heth” (Gen 25:9).
Esau married into Ishmael’s family, forever binding the two. Jacob was renamed Israel, forever binding the Jewish people to all of Israel, but especially Jerusalem.
And finally, both have a strict dislike for Christianity.
The Bible says “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you killed, hanging him on a tree” (Acts 5:30).
From the Talmud we read of the night Jesus was arrested – “Of all who are guilty of death by the Law, he alone is caught by a ruse. How is it done? They light a candle in an inner room and place witnesses in an adjoining room outside where they can see him and hear his voice, but where they cannot be seen by him…..”
“That thou mayest never have a son or a disciple who will salt his food so much that he destroys his taste in public, like Jesus the Nazarene.”
In Orach Chaiim, 113:8 “If a Jew when praying should meet a Christian [Akum] carrying a star [a crucifix] in his hand, even if he has come to a place in his prayer where it is necessary to bow down to worship God in his heart, he must not do so lest he should seem to bow down before an image.”
Has God turned on Israel or the Jewish people? NO! It is because of the Jewish people’s rejection of Christ that Christians received the gift of salvation in the first place. We are saved by Grace, and the Jewish people will return to the Lord their God. Their hearts have purposely been hardened.
Romans 11: 25-27 “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”
Romans 11:11-13 “I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!
“For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?”
The Jewish people have not lost God’s love or favor. His covenant with them is eternal. There has been an Antichrist spirit over the Middle East all along. Always there, hiding in the shadows. Much more of Europe will fall to the globalist Antichrist powers, but I do not believe the US will.
“What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, See, this is new? It has been already in the ages before us” (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10).
The 10th Roman Legion under General Titus Flavius was a legion based in southern Turkey. The 10th Roman Legion consisted mostly of Syrians and Turks, and are also those who destroyed the second Temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD. Today, these countries are almost 100 percent Muslim. They destroyed the second temple and will undoubtedly destroy the third.
“The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed” (Daniel 9:26).
“The greatest part of the Roman garrison was raised out of Syria; and being thus related to the Syrian part, they were ready to assist it.” —The Wars of The Jews: History of the Destruction of Jerusalem By Flavius Josephus Trans. William Whiston BOOK II: CHAPTER 13 Paragraph 7. (I suggest reading Josephus’ ancient writings.)
In 586 BC, Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, destroyed the first temple. Ancient Babylon is in modern day Iraq, not far from Baghdad. Iraq is a majority Shia country and closely aligned with Iran in belief. Iran also has an embassy in Baghdad and uses it to influence Iraqi politics.
Shiite Islam began in Iraq, and the rise of ISIS also began in Iraq. Sina Toossi from the Iranian American Council told Newsweek, “The two neighbors have been bound by deep cultural, commercial and religious ties for centuries.”
The alliances are being made.
In Daniel 9:27, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 and Revelation 11:1-2, we read about the third temple to come. Will this be an Islamic Antichrist, with the Pope as the false prophet? The Pope has been an extremely controversial Pope; among his biggest controversies are his claims that you don’t have to believe in Jesus Christ to go to heaven. He has even prayed in mosques with Turkey’s Erdogan.
The Catholic Church has been working to reduce Jewish rights in Jerusalem and in the Old City for years. They have been working to get ownership of the most important Christian sites in Jerusalem, like the upper room. The Pope held a mass there not long ago. The Vatican would like nothing more than to gain full control of the upper rooms, or inner rooms as Jesus called them. Jesus won’t be in the desert either. Turkey and surrounding Muslim nations are surrounded by desert. Jesus returns to the Mount of Olives!
Jesus said: “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it” (Matthew 24:26).
There are two beasts in Revelation: the beast from the sea and the beast from the earth. I believe the beast from the sea is Islam, and the beast from the earth is Catholicism. The beast from the earth appears as a lamb but speaks like a dragon; the dragon is Satan. The Pope appears as a lamb who simply wants to feed children and stop homelessness, but he speaks as a dragon. Both beasts get authority from the dragon, or Satan.
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon” (Revelations 13:11).
In Adolf Hitler’s memoirs, he said, “You see, it’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn’t we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammedan (Islam) religion too would have been much more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness…”
The Holy Roman Empire was historically a German Empire.
In Ezekiel 38, Gomer is listed as one of the countries to attack Israel in the last days. Gomer is thought to be modern-day Germany.
Daniel 7:6 “After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.”
Germany’s first Reich or Kingdom was the Holy Roman Empire. The second was the German Empire. Hitler, with his Third Reich, tried to exterminate the Jewish people. Reich is simply the German word for kingdom.
The coming Fourth Reich, which Germany will be a part of, is emerging today. The leopard’s wings represent France; their national symbol is a rooster. France and Germany have a long alliance, dating back to Charlemagne, King of the Franks, who unified Western Europe. Today, they are closer than ever.
Charlemagne cemented the idea of a unified Europe. France and Germany are both founding members of the EU, and both welcomed hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees to the detriment of their own citizens. Both countries use the Euro and are a part of the one-world system.
France’s Jewish population has been dwindling in recent years due to a rise in persecution. Jewish people have been persecuted, killed and expelled from nation after nation for almost 2,000 years. Many of these Jews are returning home, to Israel!
Daniel saw that the one-world beasts “had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time (7:12).
The dominion of these countries has greatly diminished, but they are still relevant enough to help decide world matters.
Part Two coming soon!