When The Beast Arrives
The most common term for the Empire of Antichrist in the book of Revelation is “beast” where it appears some 36 times. Revelation picks up the term from Daniel 7 where the prophet Daniel uses it to portray the Gentile empires that would follow Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian Empire.
Thus far in our studies of the Empire of Antichrist we have determined that the precise identity of the beast is the revived Ottoman Caliphate that fulfills Revelation 17:9-11 as Satan’s 8th and final empire.
What will the beast be like?
When the Caliphate returns after being dormant for 100 years, it may best be described as “ISIS on Steroids” except this time around, when the Jihad conquering begins in the Tribulation, the Ottoman Islamic State will be led by the unholy trinity of Satan, Antichrist and the False Prophet not Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self proclaimed leader of the ISIS Caliphate.
The UNHOLY TRINITY is described as follows,
13 And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs; 14 for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.
According to Daniel and Revelation the beast is unstoppable! Antichrist and his forces who will be powered by the enemy become so overwhelming they never experience defeat until crushed by Jesus at His Second Coming.
During the unstoppable wars in the Tribulation, the Ottoman Caliphate’s methodology will not have changed since its barbaric 500 year rule from 1453 to 1922.
The Ottoman rule began with genocide against the Romans in 1453 when they slaughtered 10’s of 1,000’s in it’s conquest of Constantinople and the Ottoman rule ended with genocide of the 1-million Armenian’s in the waning days of WWI. The Islamic Caliphate was purely satanic then and will be 7 times worse in the Tribulation!
The horrors the world will soon face is beyond comprehension as Antichrist assaults one nation after another beginning in the Middle East using hatred, enmity, rape, servitude, ethnic cleansing, jihad and genocide.
Islam is NOT the “religion of peace” as Obama/Biden and George Bush would falsely have us believe. That’s a sad attempt to cover the bloodshed commanded by the Quran.
Revelation 17 coins the religious system of Islam as the “MOTHER OF HARLOTS” which is released under the sovereignty of God to set up mankind’s judgment and fulfill Jesus’ prophecy in Mt. 24:21 of the worst period in history.
As a reminder of it’s evil nature, we see all these features prominently displayed in the genocide taking place in Africa today.
While much of the church thinks Antichrist is a man of peace who will rise from Europe, the spirit of Antichrist is already here on full display in the theatres like the Middle East and North Africa. And it’s not pretty.
On March 24, scores of people were massacred or forced to flee during an Islamic terror attack in the city of Palma, Mozambique, near a major gas plant in the Cabo Delgado province. Pictured: Internally displaced people from Palma gather in the Sports Center in the city of Pemba to receive humanitarian aid on April 2, 2021. (Photo by Alfredo Zuniga/AFP via Getty Images)
Imagine the nightmare when millions of similar events detailed below, break out daily, during the reckless reign of the Beast.
- After a mosque leaders’ wife embraced Christianity, and as a form of “retribution,” the imam ordered the rape of three Christian girls related to a local pastor…. — Morning Star News, March 11, 2021, Uganda.
- “Intercourse with a girl below the age of 16 is statutory rape in Pakistan, but in most cases a falsified conversion certificate and Islamic marriage certificate influence police to pardon kidnappers.” — Morning Star News, March 12, 2012, Pakistan.
- On March 20, a court “changed a sentence of life imprisonment to the death penalty for a Christian convicted of sending a blasphemous text message in 2011″…. Such petitions are “seen often as a service to Islam and as jihad or holy war against blasphemers.” according to the report. — Union of Catholic Asian News, March 29, 2021, Pakistan.
- “Muslims demand to make capital punishment the only penalty for blasphemy”…. The courts increasingly seem to be complying. — Union of Catholic Asian News, March 29, 2021, Pakistan.
- “That night, our village was attacked…. I was at home with my four children. We tried to escape to the woods, but they took my eldest son and beheaded him. We couldn’t do anything because we would be killed too.” — Save the Children, March 16, 2021, Mozambique.
- “In one of the worst attacks last year, the jihadists turned a village soccer field into an execution ground where they beheaded more than 50 people in three days of savage violence.” — Barnabas Fund, March 30, 2021, Mozambique.
So Why Study the Empire of Antichrist? What Difference Does it Make? 3 Reasons Why!
Why it is Beneficial to study the meanings behind the 7 “beast images” and the Empire of Antichrist and the various heads and 10 horns found throughout Scripture?
We offer at least three reasons why it is beneficial to study the meanings and discover the proper interpretations of the main players in the end times and their geo-political trends for today.
First, these images give Bible-studying Christians an ability to accurately determine the “season” of the age in which we are living in right now.
For example, were Jews to study Daniel and accept the book of Revelation also as inspired Scripture, they would not be so blind to the coming holocaust of the Tribulation spoken about so vividly in Daniel.
The Jewish people are living on the verge of imminent disaster but an understanding of what the Word says of the last days may be all it takes for some to accept Jesus as their Messiah.
And an understanding of these topics better prepares the Christian to identify the “prophetic season.”
Second, a proper understanding of the beasts provides a bulwark against deception.
God’s clash with Antichrist and the beast is the major theme in the Book of Revelation and the beast’s blasphemous religious system led by the Quran and the enforcement of Sharia is its driving force.
Believers around the world need to wake up to the fact that Islam is also the most dangerous threat to the church today. One only needs to travel to the Middle East and North Africa to see for themselves. Where are all the Christians? Where are Christianity’s historic cultural sights? The slaughter is increasing!
The Last Days are characterized as deceptive and as a trap, and expressly so the last-day ruler and the Dragon (Satan). This time is truly treacherous. Our enemy is the father of lies and deception (John 8:44).
“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie.”
2 Thessalonians 2:9
We are convinced that those deception times are already upon us today. Is Christendom ready? Are you?
And Third, not only is Turkey and the 10 kings relevant to our time today, but also Satan’s 7 Empires.
The visions of the world’s 7 empires apply to us today. How so?
All 7 of them, along with the 10 kings, will be in existence and on the world scene during the Last Days when Christ returns. That means they are here now and already rising to their destiny to become part of the beast. The prophet Daniel says that it will be,
“In the time of those kings, that the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed”
This gives us all the more reason to sit up and be “on watch” of the movements surrounding Turkey, Syria. Iraq, Iran and Israel and the rapidly developing events of the Middle East before it becomes the “missile-east” in the Tribulation!
These are the days when our generation should be plugged in and watching as never before. Knowing and understanding the aspects of the Beast Empire gives believers stability in the last days.
God knew the relevance of Turkey, and how the accompanying geo-political events surrounding it’s rise would become front and center before the Rapture.
And the Lord knew the church would need discernment for interpreting the developing events to avoid confusion. So the Lord graciously gave us His prophetic Word to point us in the right direction.
Those who aren’t paying attention miss this connection and walk blindly through the end times and therefore will find themselves more vulnerable to deception.
Unlocking the Bible’s Greatest Prophetic Mysteries
What is the Image of the Beast Described in Revelation 13:15?
Few prophecies generate more wild speculation than the image of the beast that speaks!
The interpretation of the image that speaks and how it speaks is one of the topics we will decode this Tuesday related to the Empire of Antichrist.
Prior verses note that the False Prophet will be able to perform false miracles to deceive people (Revelation 13:13–14). Then the False Prophet oversees the construction of something that speaks and is identified as the Image of the Beast.
Is it possible to know what this image is? Not only does the image speak but it commands people to bow down and worship it. If people refuse to bow down and worship the Image they will be killed.
Telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
The mandatory death sentence to those who refuse to bow and worship the image is a clear parallel to Nebuchadnezzar’s ruling in Daniel 3 that whoever refused to bow down and worship his image must be killed.
At that time, Daniel’s three friends refused to worship the image and were thrown into a white-hot furnace, but God delivered them (Daniel 3). Similarly, a remnant of faithful believers will refuse to bow down and worship the Image of the Beast in the Tribulation will be killed.
Nebuchadnezzar’s Image and the enforcement of mandatory worship in Daniel 3 is a picture that foreshadows the False Prophet’s image in Revelation 13:15.
They go together. Daniel 3 lays the foundation for helping us interpret and better understand Revelation 13:15.
First, they threatened the pastor. He’s a born-again, godly pastor with a wonderful testimony and graduate of Master’s Seminary in California.
Next, they threw him in jail for violating COVID laws for holding church services.
After fining him and releasing him from jail, the police were at the Spruce Grove church in Edmonton, Alberta before 8 a.m.
Crews could be seen putting fencing up around the building’s perimeter, as well as blocking off several parking stalls. Alberta Health Services physically closed GraceLife Church and has prevented access to the building until GLC can demonstrate the ability to comply with Alberta’s chief medical officer of health’s (CMOH) restrictions,” AHS said in a statement Wednesday morning.
It appears Satan has a grip on our northern neighbor. Does this mean we won’t be too far behind?
Obeying God Not Man
The pages of history are filled with examples of faithful believers who resolutely obeyed God, even if it meant facing severe repercussions from men.
When Daniel refused to stop praying, he was thrown into a den of lions. When the apostles refused to stop proclaiming the name of Jesus, they were arrested and scourged. When the church father Polycarp refused to renounce Christ, he was burned at the stake. When the Puritan John Bunyan refused to stop preaching, he was put in jail for twelve years. Many other examples could be given, but the point is clear.
To obey God rather than men is not always easy. But it has been the heartbeat of believers in every age.
James Coates is a living illustration of that same kind of resolve. When government officials interfered with his congregation’s ability to meet and worship, James and his fellow elders determined they must choose God over government. That courageous stand came at a cost. James was arrested.
When he appeared before the judge, he was told he would be released if he stopped holding church services as he had been doing. Like Luther at the Diet of Worms, he respectfully answered that he could not do so. His conscience was bound to God and Scripture. As a result, James was imprisoned and treated like a common criminal.
It is clear the Provincial Health Authority of Alberta wants to make an example out of James. But believers across North America should also want to point out his example, because his conduct has truly been exemplary. The church should stand in solidarity with James’ courage and the courage of his church today! We should applaud the unwavering convictions on which that courage is established.
We need to be trusting the Lord in this assault, and continue to pray for our dear brother, his wife, his sons, his fellow elders, and his congregation.
Our prayer is only that, as a result of these bazar circumstances, the message of the gospel will shine forth to the honor of Christ.
Soli Deo Gloria! To God Be The Glory!
The tide is changing! We can feel it and now we can read it. As America runs from God, her new found pride over rejecting God is getting bolder and louder as she seems no longer embarrassed by her arrogance or interested in hiding it from God’s people… or from God!
America, Rejecting God Showing Godless Mindset
A recent article in the Los Angeles Times and Yahoo News is headlined, “Why America’s Record Godlessness is Good News for the Nation.”
In part it reads, “The secularization of U.S. society—the waning of religious faith, practice and affiliation—is continuing at a dramatic and historically unprecedented pace. While many may consider such a development as a cause for concern, such a worry is not warranted. This increasing godlessness in America is actually a good thing, to be welcomed and embraced.”
Are you serious?
As recently as 1976, nearly 40% of Americans said they believed that the Bible was the actual word of God—to be taken literally. Today, only about 20% of Americans believe that. More believe the Bible is a collection of fables, history and tales written by men.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) recently proclaimed that God’s will was of no concern to this Congress. First, the liberals kicked God out of the Pledge of Allegiance and then out of their Democrat National Conventions since 2012. Until recently, they did not make an effort to force the rest of the nation to also abandon God.
Secularization has consequences. Check out nations that have experimented with it: Japan, Scandinavia, Australia, the U.K. and Eastern Europe. How is society functioning in Godless Cuba, Venezuela, China and Russia?
Once God is gone, repression follows.
The article heralding America’s new Godlessness said that now society can embrace abortion, socialized medicine, euthanasia, and gun control.
It reads, “The organic secularization we are experiencing in the United States is a progressive force for good, one that is associated with improved human rights, more protections for planet Earth, and an increased socio-cultural propensity to make this life as fair and just as we can—in the here and now—rather than in a heavenly reward that fewer and fewer of us believe in.”
Does this not foreshadow the words of Luke 18:8: When Christ returns, will He find any of faith?
Government Becomes God
For one hundred years, there has been an effort to make the government god. Starting in 2020, a new and unforeseen element was added that furthered that agenda—fear. Fear of a pandemic.
It became the perfect storm.
Author and blogger Jonathan Brentner writes, “The combination of fear and the great deception of our time, have made vast numbers of people willing to submit to the government, which they now regard as the protector of their health. As a result, they have willingly given up many of their rights and freedoms for the sake of remaining healthy, a trend sure to continue.
“And very few pastors stand up against the restriction regarding the freedom of religion imposed on them by socialist governors.”
Given Over To A Reprobate Mind
Four of the most terrifying words in the Bible are “God gave them over.” (Romans 1:24-28) Because man rejected God, He gave them over to a reprobate mind. We find the same principle in 2 Thessalonians 2, but this time in terms of end-time man’s delusional beliefs. To those who reject God’s truth, He will send them a powerful spirit of delusion allowing them to misjudge what’s actually occurring in the last days. They will believe that what is false is actually true. We are seeing this more and more in our generation!
The Stage is Being Set
Just 50-100 years ago, our churches were filled on Sundays. Even though the Mainline Protestants were in decline, still faithful Presbyterians, Lutherans, and Methodists joyfully sang hymns. The evangelical church was exploding in reaction to the liberalism that had invaded the church.
The thought of a prominent U.S. Congressman stating that our government was not concerned with God’s will was unthinkable!
But 50-100 years ago we were not so late in the game! The shadow of the Tribulation hadn’t yet arrived. Few were even thinking about Antichrist and his looming empire, much less knowingly or unknowingly heralding his coming. Now he is on the horizon. So are the Four Horsemen.
Evil is on its way but so is the Rapture of the Church.
That’s the good news in the midst of this sad story about America.
Jesus is coming soon whether the church today talks about it or not. Jesus is coming whether the godless culture believes it or not. They didn’t believe God would judge the world in Noah’s day either!
Nothing can stop the spiraling events leading the world into God’s great Day of Wrath just as nothing can stop the soon return of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. It is imminent. Any minute.
We’ve seen the bribery trick become a disaster before when Obama bribed Iran to behave! It doesn’t work! Not to worry, let’s give it a second try, maybe if we up the ante a few $billion, the Iranians will behave this time around! Sure!
Concerning recent developments in Iran, it’s important to keep in mind that Iran is a key player in the Empire of Antichrist. Iran will most likely become the leader of the Shiite sect in Satan’s eighth and final empire (Rev. 17:9-11).
That means the Iranian regime is being enabled by supernatural powers of evil (Dan. 10:13, 20) within the kingdom of Satan helping it maneuver into it’s Satanic destiny as one of the leading nations of the 10-King Caliphate (Ezek. 38:5; Dan. 75; Rev. 13:2).
If we are now in the shadow of the Tribulation, as I believe we are, Iran will not be stopped because this world is slipping farther and farther under the grip of the powers of darkness who now have control.
The American leaders calling the shots to assist the Islamic State of Iran are blind leaders of the blind and will face God’s judgment soon for strengthening the BEAST against the Jewish State.
All nations will one day be held accountable as to whether they helped or hurt the State of Israel in the last days.
In Mt. 25:40, the short phrase “my brethren” points to the Jewish people living in the last days! The chosen people become the basis of Christ’s “Judgment of the Nations” (Mt. 25:31-46), which he conducts after He returns at the Second Coming. When Jesus returns, He will judge the nations based on how they treated Israel.
The end-time governments of America, with the exception of the Trump Administration, will not do so well based on this crucial factor!
Big Dollars For Iran $4.5 Billion!
- The latest evidence that Iran is continuing to conceal vital elements of its nuclear program from the outside world suggest that, even if there is a resumption of negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program the regime has little genuine interest in complying with the terms of any future deal.
- In another provocative move, Iran’s conservative-dominated parliament has ordered the government to start limiting some inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN-sponsored body responsible for monitoring Iran’s nuclear activities.
- The move by the Iranian parliament comes after the IAEA published a report revealing that last summer inspectors found uranium particles at two Iranian nuclear sites that Iran tried to block access to.
- The Biden Administration has also apparently been trying to sidestep legally-required congressional approval to funnel more money to Iran and other dictatorships through a new International Monetary Fund program “special drawing rights” (SDRs).
Through this mysterious hush, hush, slush fund, Iran would receive $4.5 billion, in non-U.S. currency. Apparently, they took some heat for the last batch of U.S. dollars Obama dropped on the runway tarmac.
According to the Wall Street Journal, which referred to the program as “Special Dollars for Dictators“, Iran’s leadership will most likely use these newfound billions to strengthen domestic repression, to intensify regional adventurism, bolster Hezbollah’s arsenal along Israel’s northern border, fund Iran’s proxy of Houthi rebels in Yemen to target Saudi oil fields, and, of course to escalate their nuclear program still further.
As Trump taught us, strength works, bribery doesn’t!