Artificial Intelligence And The Hybridization Of The Human Race
Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk who wants to send man to Mars has warned that a future where AI is smarter than us will be dangerous. We must all become cyborgs if we are to survive the inevitable robot crisis. http://www.wired.co.uk/article/elon-musk-humans-must-become-cyborgs.
Please read this article. Understand what a cyborg is. That is where the world is headed. Can a cyborg be a good Christian? How will a cyborg fair as a Christian? Christians belonging to Generation X and beyond are faced with this choice even before the antiChrist hangs out his shingles. ‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…’ should be our prayers in this end time as ungodliness fills the earth.
We must pray, but also we must understand the times and the seasons, and the machinations of the evil one, and the variegated, subtle, and seemingly innocuous ways by which Satan wants to force us into his mold, and enslave us for ever. Man merging with machines may appear exciting and innocuous, but indeed, it is flagrant idolatry; it is antiGod. It is an alteration of the divine image in man. A time will come when those of us who reject merging with machines will look primitive and outmoded. It will be extremely difficult to function in society at that time outside of these machines. This will certainly put pressure on the younger generation to conform to become cyborgs. If it is not us, it will be them, our children, grandchildren, and great grandchilren. What shall we tell them when they come to tell us they want a microchip implanted in their brains to enhance academic excellence, crack computer codes, or enhance athletic performance? Believe me, this will certainly happen before the antiChrist emerges on the world stage. What shall we tell them? Is the Church prepared for this crisis of identity?
Do our church leaders, Pastors, and ministers know? Are believers open to learning about these issues? Or shall we pretend that it does not matter, like the self-styled preachers of righteousness who tell us: ” all we have to do is live right, and we shall be raptured whenever the Rapture occurs. What does it mean to live right? Does sin consist only in lying, cheating, murder, amorous relations, breaking out into open idolatry, etc? These sins consist of individual choices. What about gene alteration? A generation hybridized is a generation lost. What brought about escalation of evil in the antedeluvian world? Was it not alteration of the human genome by cohabitation of fallen evil angels and human females ( Gen.6 )? The goal of Satan has always been the same, it has not changed: to destroy or disqualify man. But he has added new methods in his arsenal. The antiChrist cannot take over the world without cyborgs. Jesus chided with Pharisees for tithing mint, anise, and cummin, but neglecting the weightier matters of the law, justice, mercy, and faith ( Matt.23:23 ). If we preach and teach success, the good life, promotion, prosperity, how to be happy all the time, etc; and leave out these weightier issues of the End Times, we would have acted like the hypocritical Pharisees. Shall we be commended before God?
A Pastor is an undershepherd under Jesus the good Shepherd. He is under “heaven’s oat” to teach the congregants by word of mouth and by example the whole counsel of God. This is enormous responsibility. He cannot only teach faith, prosperity, promotion, success, etc, and neglect the weightier issues of the End Times. It is not a matter of that is not my message. That is not what am called to preach. That is not my forte. Or am called to preach faith or healing, promotion, success, prosperity, divine protection, etc. If one had elected to be a Pastor, one has elected to preach and teach the whole counsel of God, more so the weightier matters of the end times. Evangelists must win souls and send them to the Church. Ministers who run parachurch ministries must teach whatever they called to teach. But pastors have enormous responsibility to teach the whole counsel of God.
Some believers do not know what a cyborg means. A dear saint defined it as follows: “Cybernetic organisms cannot have the spirit in them. They could only be programmed to behave like christian . But there’s no human yet whose whole body is made to function completely by electromechanical devices. I think a cyborg is still a medical fiction.” Is this the correct definition of a cyborg? She conflates a robot with a cyborg. A cyborg is a real human being who is merged with machines. He is a person who interfaces with machines and controls everything around him with microchips implanted in various parts of his body, and is in turn controlled by a giant computer somewhere run by a big brother, the government, some institution or organisation. His performance is tremendously enhanced by microchips. Sometimes he acts like a robot in areas where he is already programmed, but he is still capable of autonomous and independent actions in other areas where he is not programmed.
Satan is trying to force the believers into his mold especially through technology, and the cares of this life. The cares of this life are not in and of themselves sinful, but could lead one into compromising position of one’s faith. Our notion of holiness should not be repentance and righteous living alone. By righteous living I mean, no lies, cheating, no stealing, no sexual immoralities, etc. We know that a believer can do all these things and yet wind up not being raptured if he or she is surreptitiously lead into receiving the mark of the Beast. We must not be like the Pharisees, hypocrites who pay tithe of mint, anise, and cummin, but neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faith. Jesus chided them: these you ought to have done without neglecting the others. We must teach holiness and righteous living. That is one side of the coin, the obverse. We must not neglect the other side, the reverse: the subtle ways by which we could be lured into compromises with the things of this world. Which believer does not know that lying, cheating, stealing, embezzlement of funds whether that of the Church or government or NGO etc, sexual immoralities, pornographies, and murders are sinful? These are givens.
But how many believers know that becoming a cyborg or being hybridised in any form will lead one to eternal damnation? Do they even know the difference between a robot and a cyborg? Do they know the meaning of transhuman, nephelim, hybrid human, or humanoid? Can any one imagine the pressure under which a young believer who is a graduate and highly skilled will be to become a cyborg less he lose his job to robots in the near future. The Church will be required to economically boycott the world before the Great Tribulation before the world economically boycott the Church during the Great Tribulation. How do we do that? By establishing businesses that cater to the needs of the Church especially in difficult times like the Great Tribulation. Yuval Noah Harari , a lecture in history at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, has written a book tiltled Homo Deus, in which he painted a picture of uncertainty as what man will be and what he needs to survive in the next two centuries. Do the Churches have such foresight and prepare the younger generation for this kind of eventualities and exigencies?
Elon Musk has seen the difficulty from economic perspective and is warning the world: ” become cyborgs less you lose your jobs to robots.” He has also seen the spiritual aspect, and warns that “by artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon.” He also said, without oversight, AI could pose an existential threat to humanity. The Church should see both the economic and spiritual perspectives and warn the believers: ” Don’t become cyborgs less you lose your precious and eternal souls to Satan.” Leaders are visionaries and dreamers. They dream dreams. They see things ahead of time. They are watchmen. They see and warn others of what is coming ahead whether good or bad. Someone in England was imprisoned for suggesting that some day men in different parts of the world will be speaking to one another directly. He died in jail. But what he saw then in his mind’s eye is a reality in our day. Before the antiChrist shows up on the world stage, believers will be under economic pressure to become cyborgs.
(1) Men + Angels = Nephelim.
“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” ( Gen.6:4-8 ).
The Hebrew word nephelim is the plural of naphal which means fallen one. They were the offspring of the unnatural union between fallen angels who sided with Satan in the rebellion, and were cast out of the Heaven of heavens which is the abode of the Almighty, and human females. Jewish tradition holds that some of them survived the deluge and gave rise to the giants that were of old like the Anakim. The sight of these men frightened the spies of Israel into making a false confession of their invincibility. “And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” Num.13:33 ). Noah found grace in the eyes of God because he was not hybridised with fallen evil angels. The statement that “Noah was righteous or perfect in His generation” is better rendered, “Noah was pure in his descendants.” “These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” ( Gen.6:9 ).
The only reason Noah and his household were preserved was because they were not hybridised. It was the mercy of God that kept them from being hybridised, in order to preserve humanity. We must refuse to be hybridized in our generation. The younger generation, generation X are in danger of accepting these things unquestioningly as part of development, not knowing it is to the detriment of their souls. They will be under enormous social and economic pressures to comply and become cyborgs less they lose their jobs to robots and become economically obsolescent and irrelevant. The highly skilled prophessionsls are more in danger. Therefore, it is obligatory for us to warn them. Jewish rabbis know these things and warn the world but Church leaders, our General Overseers, Bishops, Pastors, and Evangelists do not.
( 2 ) Man + Animal = Humanoid.
( 3 ) Man + Machine = Cyborg.
( 4 ) Men + Angels + Animals + Machines = Nephelim
( 5 ) Men + Angels + Animals = Nephelim
( 6 ) Men + Angels + Machines = Nephelim
All these are also called transhumans or hybrid humans. The aim of Satan is to destroy or disqualify man so that he cannot be saved. These things are not new. Satan had experimented with these notions in antiquity. In antiquity it was man and angels as recorded in Gen.6 quoted above. But Jewish rabbis believe animals were also involved. Am inclined to believe that. If not why did God destroy the animals also? “And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” ( Gen.6:7 ). We know that the sperm of a dog, under certain conditions can fertilize the ovum of a woman. Under the law God decreed that those who engage in bestiality should be cut off from the living. This is not only because of demonization but also because of danger of hybridization.
What is new today is the inclusion of machines. The 20th century German philosopher, Martin Heidegger warned that technology was going to destroy humanity. A cyborg can never be saved. And humanity is about to metamorphose into cyborgs. Believers must be warned never to become cyborgs. Before we were Homo Sapiens, and then we became Homo Sapiens Sapiens or simply Sapiens. But very soon man shall be Homo Deus, man independent of God. Man doing his thing in defiance to God. But is he really man. He has lost himself to Satan as he merges with machines, biometrics, and AI ( artificial intelligence). Scientists, philosophers, technologists, historians, and Jewish rabbis are talking about these things, but the leaders of the Church are oblivious of it. C’est bien triste. It is very dismal.
The Tesla and SpaceX founder warned that a future where AI is smarter than us will be ‘dangerous.’ We must all become cyborgs if we are to survive the inevitable robot crisis. The rampant popularity of tattoos is desensitizing the world in a way that may cause the Mark of the Beast to seem as innocuous as ‘just another tattoo’. The prophetic words of the Bible have never rung more true and relevant than they do today with the transition to digital currency taking place in many countries and the reliance on identity now possible with a “mark” such as implanted RFID chips. NewFusion may be the first Belgian company to chip their employees, but with rumours circulating that other are considering similar policies, they likely won’t be the last. ABC News reported that Three Square Market wants to implant a rice-sized RFID microchip into its employees. Some may opine that there is nothing dangerous about these technological innovations. They are here to enhance our economic status. In some ways, they make life more easier and more wonderful. They will certainly enhance economic status, but is life all about economy? I wonder!
You see my brethren, the issue is not that simple. Let’s take the hypothetical case of a believer who is highly skilled, employed by a technological company. Now the company comes up with a policy to have all employees chipped for the purpose of identification, security, and ease of access to company facilities. Will this highly skilled brother or sister accept to be branded in order to retain his or her job, or refuse and lose his or means of livelihood. Bear in mind that he or she is highly skilled and will not easily and readily land another job in another company. What if he or she does not know the implications of branding for a Christian since most pastors do not talk about it. Remember totoos have been popularised by sports celebrities who act as role models for the youths of our genetation. There are Christian football stars who wear totoos, and are quick to tell you they are innocuous. What we are saying is that the Church is not sensitising its members to the dangers of these things. If Christians do not know that they are of evil origin and may compromise their faith, how can they reject them? Today, it is one company in Belgium, tomorrow it will all companies all over the World. Do you see the reason why I say the Church must economically boycott the the world before the Great Tribulation before the the world would economically boycott the Church during the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist. Totoos, microchip, and biometric implants are here to stay. Believers need to be sensitised to their dangers.
Machine + AI = Robot
Elon Musk has warned that man has to become cyborgs in order not to lose jobs to robots. How is the Church preparing its members to survive the foreseen robots crisis without compromising their faith or losing their souls to the Devil? Are we going to fold our hands, and say, “it does not matter” , or “it is for those in Europe and America” ? If cell phones and computers are not for those in Europe and America only, so also will be robots. Unlike the industrial revolution, the robots crisis may lead some in the Church, especially the younger generation to compromise of their faith.
Man wants to attain Godhood. By that they mean to conquer death and live for ever in this sinful body of ours. By that they hope to become Homo Dei. That is the next stage of humanistic evolution. Man does not want to conquer sin. Sin is not a problem to them. They have accepted it: they love it. To them there is nothing like sin. It is matter of like or dislike. The holiness of God is not enticing to them. What is enticing to them is immortality. They do not believe in God. They believe man evolved. Those of them who believe in God, do not believe He is interested in the affairs of men anymore. Some of them believe God created the world, set it like a clock to run according natural laws in creation and retired into heaven. They want man to live for ever in this wretched body of ours , in a sinful state independent of God, in defiance to His commandments.
Therefore man wants to merge with machines and become cyborgs. Would you like your sons and daughters in the military to be super soldiers? These bio-engineered soldiers who interface with machines, are they still Homo sapiens? Some like Peter Thiel, the founder of PayPal believe in parabiosis. They believe by transfusing themselves with the blood of young people they can attain longevity and with time immortality. This is not entirely new. What is new is the scientific approach. In antiquity among all peoples, warriors and priests of deities drank the blood of their captives and victims. By that they hoped to attain longevity and immortality. Witches and wizards transfigure into vampires bats to suck the blood of others to increase their longevity. But God forbids man to eat blood, even those of animals: ” For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls ( Lev.17:11-14 ).
Raymond Kurzweil, Google’s director of technology has predicted the nearness of singularity. Singularity is a point in astrophysics when every exponent is zero. With the exponential increase in computer technology and artificial intelligence man would have to merge with machines or become utterly irrelevant and obsolete. This will be the death of human civilization as we know it as cyborgs take over the world. Raymond Kursweil also wants to upload his soul into a computer and live as a software for ever. He wants to bring his late father or his replicant back to life. This would have been laughable were it not that these men are so serious, dedicated and committed to their goals. Aubrey De Gray, the British biologist with a formidable bears has a seven point plan to conquer death. Formidable questions they are, but are they unanswerable? Certainly not. When men attempted to build a tower that would reach up to heaven, did God relax, fold His hands and say, ” it is unattainable.” He came down from the heavens to confound their language. With time man will achieve his aim of messing up humanity. But God in His omnipotence and infinite wisdom will not allow that to happen. Before man archives his goal, God will swoop in from the heavens and reclaim His rule over and retake physical possession of the Earth.
The driving force behind Elon Musk’s interplanetary colonisation is the need of a bolt – hole in the event of a robot uprising. Some of these robots are demon-possessed and driven. Yes! One of them, after a meeting, joked about missing an opportunity to shoot Demis Hassabis on the spot because of his obsession with developing superintelligent robots. Some of them are aware of the dangers of superintelligent robots though they are not believers like you and I. Some of them are aware super AI is demonic incantation? Think about the video game, Evil Geneius, which featured a scientist who created a doomsday device to achieve world domination. Is it not paving way for the antiMessiah? My concern is the younger generation who are fascinated by these demonic inventions. Do you see why I say it is another Tower Of Babel? Because through it man intends to achieve immortality and independence from God. In other words become God, a Homo Deus.
One of Hassabis partner in DeepMind said, ” I think human extinction will probably occur, and technology will play a part in it.” Is this not the same as the satanic plan to destroy or disqualify humanity, thereby defeating God. But this cannot happen simply because, like in the Tower of Babel, before demented humans and demons achieve their goal, God will intervene to save humanity from extinction on this planet, because Christ shall reign over human subjects in the Millennium. In order to escape human obsolescence in the face of robot superintelligence, Elon Musk is advocating a merger between biological, that is human intelligence, and machine intelligence. This is where it gets a bit scary for believers because this will lead to hybridisation. Transhumanism is antiGod. Human mind-machine meld is antiGod.
Dr. Bukunola Jeminusi asked the question, Can a cyborg be saved? I mean his genetic constitution is 100% human but has bits of some electronic device. My answer is that the demons know what they are doing. It alters human constitution and leads to demonisation. To the extent the individual is demonized, to that extent, it is harder to save the individual. It is safer not to become a cyborg at all. The alteration is in the mind primarily, but they are also altering human genome. Dr. Bukunola Jeminusi asked, If, for example, it’s some medical necessity or prothesis for a hand, arm, foot or leg lost from accident. My answer to that question is that a biological prosthesis does not lead to mind alteration and demonisation. Many have worn prostheses for decades and remain good Christians, for instance, cardiac pacemakers or artificial kidneys. But a man whose brain is hardwired with neural lace through injectable neural mesh that enables his brain and mind to communicate directly with computers is demonised. The computer programmes that run super AI are demonic incantations. The AI programmers are aware they summon demons. It involves a process which they call summoning. When they want to start work, they say let us begin summoning. It sounds like a joke, but there is a lot of truth in it.
Elon Musk said, ” with artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon.” He did not say demons, but the demon. I think he has in mind a particular principality in the kingdom of darkness. Raymond Kurzweil talks about human beings merging with super AI to create the godlike human beings of the future. What a grotesque idea. And how grotesque would that man look? We must not confuse what is humane and innocuous with with what is satanic and damaging to man and infringes on the sovereignty of God. The difference needs to be clarified. Dr. Bukunola Jeminusi recalls that actually all these have played out in cartoons, animations and sci-fi films.
Let us hear what the experts say about artificial intelligence.
” I think the development of full Artificial Intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”
Bill Gates told Charlie Rose that AI was potentially more dangerous than a nuclear catastrophe.
Nick Bostrom, Oxford professor of philosophy warned in his 2014 book, “Superintelligence” that ” once an unfriendly superintelligence exists, it will prevent us from replacing it or changing its preferences. Our fate would be sealed.”
Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of state of the US held a meeting at the Brook in Manhattan with AI experts to address his concern over how smart robots could cause a rupture in history and unravel how civilisation works.
Max Tegmark, a physics professor at MIT who runs the Future Of Life Institute said we should be proactive and not reactive, and that with nuclear weapons and AI we don’t want to learn from our mistakes. We want to plan ahead.
Elon Must said it was possible to construct scenarios where “recovery of human civilization does not occur.”
Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Demis Hassabis, Steve Wozniak, Stuart Russell alongside 1000 others have signed a letters to world leaders calling for a ban on offensive autonomous weapons.
“Why do we want to set up ourselves as the enemy when they might overpower us someday? It should be a joint partnership. All we can do is seed them with a strong culture where they can see us humans as their friends.”
“Full AI is in the order of magnitude of extraterrestrial landing. There are some very deeply tricky questions around this…. If you really push on how do we make AI safe, I don’t think people have any clue. We don’t know what AI is. It is very hard to know how it would be controllable. There’s some sense in which the AI questions encapsulates all people’s hopes and fears about the computer age. I think people’s intuitions do just really break down when they are pushed to these limits, because we’ve never dealt with entities smarter than humans on this planet.”
When you hear of immortality and extention of our Mind Files, it means merging with machines.
We, the ministers of the gospel, pastors, church leaders, and anyone else who knows should warn the younger generation of the dangers these things pose to their eternal soul. We should de-emphasize prosperity, the good life and happiness, and prepare the saints for survival in a world taken over by atheists, humanistic evolutionists, and transhumanists. Anyone who thinks that the Church is here to rescue the world is mistaken. The Church need to be rescued from the world which has extended its dangerous tentacles into the Church. Any believer who is preoccupied with wealth, riches, and the good life would be ensnared by these things. The only way we can escape them is to economically boycott the world.
There are Christians who believe that through evangelism, and social work like building hospitals, prison visits, programmes for the poor and needy, Christians will take over the world. It is a false notion. These things are good in themselves but they cannot solve the problem of sin which is at the heart of man’s calamity. The world instead will be run over by evil men, the transhumanists. “But evil men shall wax worse and worse deceiving, and being deceived.” ( 2 Tim.3:13 ). They are everywhere in all forms and shades. It was very popular in the 90s that God would anoint leaders in Zion who shall take over the Earth. What we see is a worsening of the situation in spite of our prayers and Megachurches. Hard drugs, LGTB, gay marriages etc are being legalised. Am not painting a sad picture. This is biblical realism. I am a biblical realist. Things are not going to get better in the world. Things are going to get worse and worse until the antiChrist takes over, and then Hell will be late lose.
Believers must be taught to travel light as ambassadors of heaven and pilgrims. We must not lay our treasures on Earth, where rut and moss consume, and thieves break in and steal. Where a man’s treasure is , there will his heart be also ( Luk.12:34 ). Having food and raiment we should be therewith content. “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” ( 1 Tim.6:8-12 ). We must reorder our message in order to rescue our wards. This is not against anyone in particular. Our message has to change to reorientate our wards heavenwards.
Any believer who aims to be the best in any field will come face to face with evil. He either bows or breaks. Believers must be taught that the last days scenario is different from any so far in history. It will so bad that the Church will have to be rescued from heaven or no believer would survive. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” ( Matt.24:22 ).
There are some of us who want to accumulated the wealth of this world. What they want to do with am at a lost. There are human problems that are unsolvable till Jesus comes. Take for instance the issue of hunger and poverty. It is not because there is not enough. Indeed, there is more than enough. But it doesn’t not go round. Why? Because of human greed. David Cameron said if the amount of money stolen from Nigeria in the last 30 years, has been stolen from UK, there would be no more UK. Think about that. The people who stole this money who are they, and what do they look like today? Please parents, pastors etc, teach your children and grandchildren these things. And you are setting them on the path to heaven.
Author: Avraham Shallom.
The Seven Churches Of Asia
Chapters 2 & 3 are descriptions of the condition and state in each of the seven local churches. In each letter, Christ is introduced and certain aspects of His person germane to the local assembly is revealed. The condition of the local assembly is stated. The church is commended or condemned. A recommendation is made and an invitation is extended to the local assembly to overcome with respect to the soon coming of the Lord. “He that has ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.” In relation to the coming of the Lord, any local assembly will fall into one of these seven categories. It also refers to individual Christians. Local assemblies as well as individual Christians could fall into one of these seven categories. The seven churches could be further broken down into three categories: faithful and uncompromising as exemplified by the church of Philadelphia and perhaps the church Of Smyrna, the dead church or Christian as exemplified by the church of Sardis, and the unfaithful and compromising church or Christian exemplified by the church of Thyatira. Five of the churches are unfaithful and compromising. The majority of believers are unfaithful and compromising. Few are spiritually dead though they exhibit all the paraphernalia of religion. Few are faithful and uncompromising. The Church of Philadelphia and perhaps the Churchof Smyrna depending on one’s view, are the only one or two local assemblies which received unqualified commendations. Such will be the conditions in the churches and the state of individual Christians prior to and into the 70th week of Daniel. In the light of these, it behoves us to examine ourselves whether we are in the faith, and to upgrade accordingly.
Revelation is a book of sevens. There are seven churches, seven benedictions, seven heads, seven mountains, seven horns and seven eyes, seven thunders, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven bowls, seven kings, etc. Seven is the number of perfection and completeness. God is about to bring history to a consummate end. There are some that interpret the seven churches to represent seven church ages. This cannot be biblically substantiated. Who determines when one age ends and the other begins? What are the criteria? There are others that teach that each of the seven church correspond to the seven years of the 70th week. This view too, like the first cannot be biblically substantiated. It will turn the chronology of the End Times on its head, as it would mean that the last church, the church of Laodecia shall be here till the last year of the 70th week which perhaps would be the sixth trumpet judgment. Why the lukewarm Church instead of the dead Church, the Church of Sardis. This kind of interpretation does violence to the Scriptures. It is biblically unjustified.
The fact that five of the seven churches are unfaithful and compromising, one is spiritually dead, means that the churches must be purified in order to make them raptureable. The faithful and uncompromising Church, the Church of philadelphia and perhaps the Church of Smirna are offered protection within the sphere of the Great Tribulation. The unfaithful and compromising churches will suffer the full brunt of the reign of terror by the antiChrist in order to be purged, purified, and cleansed for Rapture. Protection is not automatic, but rather based on one’s understanding of the times and obedience to God’s instructions concerning perseverance. God promised the faithful Church, the Church of Philadelphia, “Because you have kept the word of my patience ( my instructions concerning perseverance ), I ( God ) shall keep ( protect not exempt ) you from the hour of peirasmos ( trial, test, temptation ) which will come upon all the world ( Rev.3:10 ). The hour of temptation, test or trial is the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist. It is egregious for any minister of the gospel to teach the believers that they will not have to face the antiChrist. That will be setting up for destruction by the robotic images ( beasts of the Earth ) of the antiChrist.
The Faithful And Uncompromising Believers
The faithful and uncompromising believers are exemplified by the Church of Philadelphia. The Church Of Philadelphia is the only one that received unqualified commendations and no condemnations. They have obeyed God’s instructions concerning perseverance. They know the times and epochs. They have an eye on the word as well as what is going in the world. They travel light. They are not burdened with the cares and pleasures of this world. They know they are pilgrims in this world on their passage to heaven. They know when to drop out of society. They have built safe havens. They have procured food, medicine, and other supplies. This is how God will protect them from the hour of temptation, the Great Tribulation which shall come upon the whole world.
A segment of them, after they have put their families in safe havens would elect to go out to preach to others not to take the mark of the Beast. It is not only that they have refused the mark of the Beast, they persuade others not to accept to be branded with the mark of the Beast. The antiChrist shall be very angry and offended with them. He shall give them a special kind of punishment, death by beheading. The Greek word is cephalizo. “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” ( Revelation 20:4 ). They shall be raised from the dead on the first day of the Millennium. The Greek scholar Robert Gundry tells us the the tense of the verbs living and reigning occur at the same time.
The rest of the faithful and uncompromising believers shall be delivered out of the hour of temptation ( test, trial ) by being taken out of it in the Rapture. The Greek is tereo ek which connotes being taken out of the midst of trial or tribulation. “And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” ( Revelation 7:13-17 ).
The Unfaithful And Compromising Belivers
The unfaithful and compromising believers are those believers who have not been careful to obey and follow God’s instruction concerning perseverance. The majority of the seven churches, 5-6, if one views the Church Of Smyrna as unfaithful and compromising. Their only error was that they allowed into the local assembly those who claim to be Jews but in actual fact were of the synagogue of Satan. If one views these Jews as members of Jewish Synagogue in the city of Smyrna who opposed the Church in Smyrna, then this Church like the Church Of Philadelphia have unqualified commendation. The areas of compromises in the churches are: the lost of first love ( 2:4 ), fear of suffering and persecution ( 2:19), doctrinal defection ( 2:14,15 ), moral compromise and departure ( 2:20), spiritual deadness ( 3:1,2 ), inability to persevere ( 3:11 ), and lukewarmness ( 3:15,16 ). These believers do not know the times and epochs. They comprise in one area or the other. They are not prepared. They are not faithful, and they are not watchful ( Matt.24:42-52 ). They are fruitful but to a limited extent ( Matt.13:8 ).
These believers have no protection from the persecution by the antiChrist because they have not observed God’s instructions concerning perseverance. However, most ofthem will not take the mark of the Beast. The majority of the believers that shall be killed, the fifth seal martyrs ( Rev.6:9-11 ) will come from this group. Some of these believers will turn out to be giants of the faith. They will stand for the word of God and their testimony in Jesus and die for it. We must not forget that there is a complement of believers to be killed. It is a secret number known only to the Lord. The secret things belong to God (Deut.29:29 ). When that number is complete, God will cut short the Great Tribulation by the antiChrist with cosmic and celestial disturbances in order to save some saints allow for rapture. If those days were not cut short, no flesh shall be saved, but for the elects sake, they shall be cut short ( Matt.24:22 ).
Interestingly, those to be killed have been chosen in eternity past, so also those to be taken into captivity. “ If anyone is destined to be killed with the sword, with the sword, the one shall be killed: if anyone is destined into captivity, intocaptivity the one goes. Here is the patience and faith of the saints.” ( Rev.13:10 ). This however does not preclude human responsibility. We are in partnership with God. Divine sovereignty does not invalidate human responsibility, but rather coöperates with it in order to accomplish divine goals.
The Dead Christians
The dead Christiansas exemplified by the Church Of Sardis are those who outwardly profess Christ but are spiritually dead. They have all the paraphernalia of Christianity but not the life of the Son Of God. They call Jesus Lord, Lord, but they do not obey. They know nothing about God’s will for their lives and are not careful to walk in the light of his word. Majority of them will take the mark of the Beast without bathing an eye. They are so much into the world and the world into them. However there is a segment of them that will repent and accept Jesus as their Lord and die for their faith in Him. This will be an uphill task. We must begin to examine ourselves now, make necessary adjustments, so that we may not be caught off guard.
Some Wrong Notions About The End Times
“And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain. And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.” ( Daniel 11:36-45 ).
The KJV translation did well in capitalizing the first letter of the word God in this passage. In the other occurrences of the word God in this passage, the first letter should not have been captitalized, for it it does not refer to the God of Israel. The Hebrew word el ( singular; plural: elohim ) is generic, and could refer to the Yahweh of Judah, the God of Israel, the idols of the nations as well as important human personalities ( Gen.1:1; Exod.20:3, 22:28 ). The antiChrist who is spoken of here will be indwelt and empowered by Satan. “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” ( Rev.13:2 ). Therefore, the antiChrist will be a Satanist. The god he will honor is Satan whom he will secretly worship. The antiChrist will be possessed and taken over by Satan from the midpoint of the 70th week when he is cast down to the Earth by archangel Michael ( Rev.12:7-9 ). It will be eschatologically jingoistic for any biblical scholar to infer from this passage that the antiChrist will be a Jew who will not worship the Elohim of his fathers, the God of Israel.
That verses 36-40 speak of the career of the antiChrist, biblical scholars are agreed. From verse 40, The king of the South and the king of the North, fade up with his oppressive rule begin to attack him. But he is too powerful for them and unstoppable. My question is if the antiChrist is the king of the North as some teach, how come he is attacked by the king of the North? The king of the North mentioned in this verse, who is he? The cardinal points referred to here are relative to the land of Israel. The north of Israel is vast area stretching from Europe to Asia. Any army invading the land of Israel from this vast area could have been described by the prophet as coming from the north of Israel. He would not have gone into details using such precise terms of location like northwest, northeast, etc., as we do today. In verse 41, we see the antiChrist invading the Holy Land described by the prophet as the glorious land. He spares Edom, Moab, and Ammon. These ancient kingdoms correspond to modern day Jordan. They are most probably allied to him. Some suggest they are neutral, but that is unlikely because, they shall be severely punished by Christ in the Day Of The Lord for their cruelty towards the sons of Jacob.
“For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever. In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them. But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress. Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity; Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress. For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.” ( Obadiah 1:10-15 ).
The Edomites are descendants of Esau ( Gen.25:30, 33:16, 36:6-9 ), Jacob’s twin brother ( Gen.25:19-34 ). The Moabites and Ammonites are the descendants of Lot ( Gen.13:1-13,19:30-38 ), Abraham’s nephew ( Gen.11:27, 12:4 ) through inadvertent incestuous relations with his two daughters in the third degree of inebriation. So, these peoples are related to the Jews by blood. The other side spoken of here is the east bank of the Jordan River. During the Babylonian invasion of Judah in 586 BC, the Edomites, the Moabites and the Ammomites were allies of king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. There shall be a reapeat performance in the last days during the invasion of the land of Israel by the antiMessiah during the Jerusalem and the Jehoshaphat Campaigns, and the Battle of Armageddon. How do we know that? Because it is written: ” For the Day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen, as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own heads.” Though there was a partial fulfillment of this prophecy in the days of king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, it shall be fully fulfilled during the reign of the antiChrist in the latter days or better still at the end of time. Jordan has sovereignty over the Temple Mount. During the Yom Kippur in 1967, Israel regained the Temple Mount from Jordan, and gave control to the Muslim Waqf as gesture of goodwill. The Jews shall rebuild their Temple on the Temple Mount after regaining sovereignty over the Temple Mount.
The Jordanians shall be part of the invading armies of the antiChrist. They shall participate in the violation of the precincts of the Holy Temple, and the spoilation of its treasures. They will mount roadblocks, apprehend the sons of Jacob who escape the invading armies of the antiChrist, kill some , and hand over the escapees of judah to the armies of the antiMessiah. God will plead with them to accommodate the escapees of Judah because the extortioner and the oppressor who is the antiChrist is at hand, but they would not. At the start of the Great Tribulation, the 144,000 from the twelve tribes of Israel, and other Jews, both observant and unobservant, and Christians who refuse the mark of allegiance to the Beast, shall seek refuge in the red rose city of Petra in the Edomite wilderness which is in modern day Jordan as also did Christians during the Jewish Revolt under Roman domination ( 66-74 AD ). “For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon. Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth. Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.” ( Isaiah 16:2-4 ). Here the antiChrist is referred to as the spoiler, the extortioner and the oppressor. How else would he finance his vast armies of ten nation confederation other than by looting the treasuries and treasures of conquered nations. In his invasion of Israel, he shall be assisted by the Jordanians which is the reason they shall be spared invasion by him. But the God of Israel will punish them for their cruelty towards their brethren, the Jews. During the Day Of The Lord’s wrath, the Edomites shall be as wondering birds cast out of their nest at the fords of Arnon because of their refusal to show kindness to the sons of Jacob. A memorial fire shall burn in Edom, a symbol of their utter destruction throughout the Millennium.
The prophet Obadiah said that their dealings will return upon their own head. And the prophet Ezekiel said:
” Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me saying, son of man, set thy face against mount Seir, and prophesy against it, and say unto it, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O mount Seir, I am against thee, and I will stretch out mine hand against thee, and I will make thee most desolate. I will lay thy cities waste, and thou shall know that I am the LORD. Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end:….” ( Ezek.35:1-15). When does the iniquity of the children of Israel have an end? During the 70th week of Daniel. “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.” ( Dan.9:24 ). Mount Seir refers to the region south of the inheritance of Judah which was inhabited by the Edomites, the descendants of Esau, Jacob’s twin brother. There are those who teach that the Edomites have been wiped out and no longer exist. If they do not exist anymore how are they accused of cruelty to the sons of Jacob by God at the time that their iniquity has an end which is during the 70th week of Daniel? So we conclude that the Edomites of old are the Jordanians of today.
The Lord further declared through the prophet Isaiah:
” …..And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of curse to judgment…. It is the Day Of The Lord’s vengeance, and the year of recompensed for the controversy of Zion. And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall be waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever…….” ( Is.34:4,5,8-10). This prophecy has not been fulfilled in antiquity. It shall be fulfilled in the Day Of The Lord’s Vengeance which is during the Day Of His Wrath. Idumea is the Greek version of Edom. There has not been any time in history when the land of Edom was turned into pitch, not when they were sacked by the Nabatean Arabs nor conquered by the Hasmonean king John Hyrcanus ( 135 BC ).
The prophet Jeremiah added his voice to the horror that shall be Edom:
” For I have sworn by myself, saith the Lord, that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach , a waste, and a curse; and all the cities thereof shall be perpetual wastes. Also Edom shall be a desolation: everyone that goeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss at all the plagues thereof. And as in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbouring cities thereof, saith the LORD, no man shall abide there, neither shall son of man dwell in it” ( Jer.49:13,17,18). There is no record in antiquity of the punishment of Edom like that of Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone or sulphur.
We have seen that the prophets are unequivocal in prophesying about the destruction of Edom. Bozrah was the capital city of Edom in ancient times. God will make Edom an eternal example for the nations of the world to see. Because of his hatred and violence toward his brother Jacob, he shall be covered with shame. The land shall be made a burning pitch. It shall not be quenched night or day. Its smoke shall go up for ever and ever. When the nations of the world shall be assembled in the Millennium, no noble man from Edom shall be found ( Is.34:12 ). The land of Edom shall be the habitation of wild beasts of the deserts and the islands. All the carnivorous birds of the air shall lodge in the ruins of Edom. The scavengers shall find habitations in the ruins of Edom. The land of Edom shall be overgrown with thorns, nestles and brambles, and it shall become the habitation of dragons and a court for owls ( Is.34:13-15 ).
Because Egypt is not allied to the antiChrist, the antiChrist shall invade Egypt and loot her archeological, art, and other treasures. He shall be supported by the Libyans and the Cushites ( Sudanese ). These two African nations are Islamic and are part of his ten nation coalition of the Eighth And Final Beast Empire as also shown by the prophet Ezekiel ( Ezek.38:5 ). “Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:” ( Ezek.38:5 ). Ezek.38:6 tells us that Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. “Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.” ( Ezek.38:6 ).
From the table of nations in Gen.10, we can see that Gomer is one of the sons of Japheth as also Magog ( Germanic peoples ), Madai ( Medes, Kurds ), Javan ( Greece ), Meshech and Tuval ( White Russia ), Tiras ( Persia, Iran ). Togarmah is the son of Gomer, and therefore the grandson of Japheth the elder. Togarmah is of the house of Gomer, and they are located north of Israel which is Turkey. If a nation north of Israel is allied to the antiChrist, does this prove that the antiChrist is from Turkey and therefore the king of the North? In Dan.11:44, the antiChrist is infuriated by invasions from the East and the North. Therefore, with great fury, he shall utterly destroy them and take many captive. There shall be no army that shall match the ferocity of Magog, Meshech, and Tuval. They are the most sophisticated, with the latest in military technology. They are the power base of the antiChrist. At the commencement of his military and leadership career, he shall overthrow the three rulers of these three peoples and appoint puppets in their steads. This coup d’etas may be military or else political gerrymandering in which they are voted out of government by the majority. There will always be ten kings. The antiChrist is the eleventh horn ( the little horn ) and the overall leader or the Emperor of the Eighth And Final Beast Empire ( The Fourth Reich ). “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. 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.” ( Dan.7:8, 24 ). Biblical scholars are agreed that the antiChrist is the little horn which has eyes which signal intelligence and a mouth speaking blasphemy against the God of Heaven. Far more than Alexander the Great of Macedon, and Napoleon of France, he is shall be a military genius. By the use of the word subdue, it is likely these three kings shall be forced out of power.
Dan.11:45 speaks of the antiChrist relocating his headquarters from the land of Magog to Jerusalem, the glorious Holy Mountain between the two seas, the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River which empties into the Lake of Asphaltes which is the Dead Sea. This transfer occurs at the midpoint of the 70th week of Daniel when he makes his debut at the Rebuilt Third Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. This is the abomination of desolation of Dan.9:27, and the revelation of the Man Of Sin spoken by Apostle Paul in 2 Thess.2:3,4. Three and one-half years later he shall meet his Waterloo at Armageddon ( Rev.19:20,21 ).
In this passage of Daniel 11 under investigation, we have seen the king of the South, the king of the North, and king of the East, but there is no mention of the king of the West. Whatever happened to the king of the West? Does it mean that the whole of Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand will not be involved in this Final conflict? Will NATO disintegrate before this time? Will America and Western Europe vanish from the Earth before the 70th week of Daniel? I leave the reader to answer these questions.
As touching the invasion from the East, the Scroll of Revelation gives us more insight. “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” ( Rev.16:12 ). At the outpouring of the sixth bowl judgment, the waters of the Euphrates River that empty into the Persian Gulf is desiccated making way for the kings of the East. What does this tell us? Unlike the other regions of the world, the East shall not be united. Therefore there shall be more than one king. This is not difficult to understand because the major powers in this region have major ideological and religious differences. India is Hindi in region and democratic in government. China on the other hand is Confusian and Buddhist in religion and communist in government. Pakistan is Islamic in religion and practices pseudodemocracy. If we include Japan, we see that it is Shintoistic and Toistic in religion and democratic in government. These are the reasons why there is no unity amongst the kings and peoples of the East. They are rival kings and kingdoms with different and divergent religious and ideological bases. They are suspicious of one another. Right now there is a face off between India and China. There is a lot of controversy over the ownership of islands in the South China Sea between China and its neighbors.
Now as touching the West, all the nations have judeochristian base, and practice one form of democracy or the other. As at now, they are moving away from judeochristian base to postchristian due to their philosophy of humanistic evolution. The antiChrist will be a secular humanist. And the ultimate form of democracy however, is dictatorship. And the antiChrist will be the ultimate dictator. Ultimate dictatorship has been mirrored by Antiochus Theos Epiphanes of Greek Syria in the late second century BC ( 178-164 ), and Adolf Hitler of Nazi Germany ( The Third Reich ) in the first half of the 20th century AD ( 1933-1945 ), both of whom were of western descent. Adolf Hitler was a Magogite ( Germanic ), whilst Antiochus IV Epiphanes was of Javan ( Greece ). Both of these two world rulers were ardent persecutors of the sons of Jacob. So far, Adolf Hitler, of cursed memory, has the worst record. The antiChrist however, shall be the superlative and ultimate antisemite, and the worst persecutor of the sons of Jacob.
Magog ( Germanic peoples of Europe ) are found in Germany, Austria, sudenland in the Czech Repubilic, Silesia region of Poland, and south and west of Moscow in the Russian Federation. The Anglus and the Saxons who populated England in antiquity came from Lower Saxony in Bavaria, Germany. The original Franks are also Germanic in their ancestry. French and English have their roots in the German language. They are part of the Germanic group of Indo-European languages. In identifying the sons of Noah after the deluge, what is most important is ethnicity not geography. Magog was dominant amongst his brethren and became the natural leader of Meshech and Tuval, who were forefront in pushing out the frontiers of history. They were nomadic. The title Caesar borne by the Roman emperors is the same as the German Kaiser, the White Russian Czar who ruled from Saint Petersburg, and the Iranian Shah. These are different versions of the same title. Magog, Meshech, and Tuval invaded the plain of Latium where the city of Rome was founded. The patrician families that founded Rome were of Magog, Meshech, and Tuval, mainly Magog. Some of the Roman Caesars had Germanicum attached to their names. Anyone who plays down the centrality of Magog in the history and migrations of Europeans has denied the obvious. An ethnic group that led the whole world to two world wars are not pushovers. We must not regard the political indolence of Germany at the moment to mean impotence. They are technologically advanced as any other western nation, and antisemitism is on rise amongst its youths. With heavy immigration from the Arab and Islamic nations in the Middle East, who can tell what it will turn into in the future!
One more word on Egypt. The king of the South is not Egypt as some affirm though south of Israel. It is clearly stated by the prophet Daniel that the antiChrist shall invade and conquer Egypt and loot her treasures. This shall be because Egypt shall be isolated. They shall be neither part of the ten nation confederation of the Eighth And Final Beast Empire ( The Fourth Reich ) nor part of coalition of nations of Africa south of the Sahara. The king of the South that shall attack the antiChrist at the end of time shall most probably be the leader of Africa south of the Sahara. In the end of time, there shall be alliances and coalitions as nations as their rulers see that the antiChrist poses existential threat to them. We should not suppose that the south in the End Times is referent to Egypt only as though God did not know that there would be other inhabitants of the continent of Africa beyond Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia.
We have shown from the Scriptures in Daniel 11:36-40 that the antiChrist is not the king of the North as some teachers of biblical prophecy affirm, because the antiChrist is different from the king of the North and was attacked by the king of the North in the time of the end. The king of the North is not Turkey either because Turkey is part of the ten nation confederation of the Eighth Beast Empire of which the antiChrist is the emperor. The other errors we have to refute are the teaching that the antiChrist will be a Muslim from Turkey and that Turkey is the 8th and Final Beast Empire. From Rev.17, we understand that the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sitteth. “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.” ( Revelation 17:9-11 ). The seven heads are synonymous with the seven mountains. Mountains signify kingdoms. There are seven kings. And kings are synonymous with kingdoms in the Mid East. It is obvious that the seven mountains mentioned here do not refer to the seven hills on which Rome was founded because these seven hills were not seven kingdoms with seven kings. Actually there were nine hills on which Rome was founded on the Tiber River. These hills are Aventine, caelian, Capitoline, Equiline, Palatine, Quirimal, Veminal, Janiculum, and Pincian. These hills were not kingdoms neither had they heads nor kings. So, the seven mountains do not refer to the seven hills on which Rome was founded, but rather the seven Beast Empires.
At the time of writing of the Scroll of Revelation by Apostle John, the apocalyptist, about 96 AD, five kingdoms were history. These were Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medopersia, and Greece ( Javan ). The one in existence at that time was Rome ( Magog, Meshech, and Tuval ), the sixth Beast Empire. The one to come which would last for a short time, the seventh Beast Empire was not identified by John. This has led to wild speculations about the identity of this Empire. But this Empire would have certain characteristics by which it could be identified when it appeared on the world stage. Like all the previous six, it would persecute Israel. It is one of the seven heads. Did the Ottoman Empire single out the Jews for persecution as did Rome ( Nero, Caligula, Hadrian ), Greece ( Antiochus Theos Epiphanes ) and genocide and annihilation as did Nazi Germany, the Third Reich? No. Current wall of the Old City of Jerusalem was built by the Ottoman Emperor Suleiman the Magnificent. He did not bar Jews from living or owing property in the city unlike the Roman Emperor Hadrian who after the Bar Kochba Revolt ( 132-135 ), ploughed Jerusalem with yokes of oxen, rebuilt it and renamed it Aelia Capitolina, and barred Jews from the city under the pain of death ( 136 ). There was no genocide of the Jews during the 400 years that the Ottomans reigned over Palestine. Jews lived in the whole Middle East throughout this period. The people singled out for persecution under the Ottoman Empire were Christians, especially Christian Armenia. As a matter of fact, the Ottoman Empire took over Palestine after defeating the Mamluks in 1517. Between 1914 and 1922, the Ottoman Empire liquidated 1.5 million Armenians. Their honorable women and ladies were publicly crucified on Crosses stark naked. On the other hand, there is no record that the Jews were singled out for genocide. Did the Ottoman Empire last for a short time? No. It lasted 623 years.
The two divisions of the Roman Empire, the two legs of iron of the statue of king Nebuchadnezzar’s dream were Rome and Byzantium.
“His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.” ( Dan.2:33-35, 40-43 ).
The capital of the Eastern Roman Empire was Byzantium which was renamed Constantinople in honor of Emperor Constantine. The Eastern Roman Empire is also referred as Byzantium and the period as Byzantine Period. Constantinople is modern day Istanbul in Turkey. The Western Roman Empire with capital in Rome was sacked by the Barbarians who were ethnic Germans from the North, the Visigoths, in 410 AD, and by the Vandals in 455 AD. The Roman Empire in the west ended with the deposition of emperor Romulus Augustulus by Odoacer, a German warlord in 476 AD. Separate rule in the west ended with the death of Julius Nepos in 480 AD. The Eastern Roman Empire or Byzantium continued for another 1,000 years until it was overrun by the Ottoman Turks in 1453 AD. The Ottoman Turks, though Indo-European people come from a different stock. Whilst the founders of Rome were Magog, Meshech, and Tuval, mainly Magog, the Ottoman Turks were from Gomer, and Togarmah. They were all of Japhethic extractions. The Ottoman Turks ruled the whole Mid East and Palestine for a period of 400 years from 1517 and became the dominant power in the Mediterranean world until defeated by the British in 1917 during the First World War. So, the Ottoman Empire lasted for 623 years, a period that can hardly be described as a short space. Remember that the seventh head which is the seventh Beast Empire and its ruler shall last for a short space. Therefore the seventh Beast Empire shall have only one ruler who would rule for a short period of time. This is the only logical conclusion. Does the Ottoman Empire fit the bill? No.
Walid Shoebet and Joel Richardson have argued that because the Roman Tenth Legion, Legion X Frentensis led by the Roman general Titus was composed mainly of Turkmen and Arabs, it was not Titus who destroyed the Second Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem in 70 AD. That when the fire started, Titus gave order that the fire should be extinguished but the Turkmen and the Arabs who constituted the rank and file of his army reneged. That may well be true. However, it does not change the fact that it was the Roman general Titus who destroyed the second Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem in 70 AD. If these soldiers were not Roman citizens, then they were machineries. Every Empire recruited soldiers from conquered people. Those soldiers whatever their ethnicity were maintained by the power that be under whose auspices they fought. This argument is a very weak attempt at best to convince us that the Turks destroyed the Second Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah, and therefore the antiChrist who will take over the Third Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah at the midpoint of the 70th week will be a Muslim from Turkey, the so called Mideast Beast.
This argument begs the question. At that time neither Islam nor the Ottoman Empire was in existence. Even if they did exist at that time, The Second Temple was not destroyed in the name of Islam or the Ottoman Empire. Secondly neither the Turks nor the Arabs descended from Magog, Meshech and Tuval, and therefore could not be the iron in the image of the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar. The onus for the destruction of the Second Jewish Temple on Moriah in Jerusalem rests with the leadership of the Roman army not the rank and file of the Roman army. During the First World War, France recruited soldiers from the Francophone African countries as also did Great Britain from the Anglophone African countries. After the war, France stationed some of these black soldiers from Senegal in Africa in the Ruhr, the heavily industrialized region of Germany as a form of humiliation to Germany in order to extract reparations and war endemnity. Shall we therefore say that Africa defeated Germany during the Second World War? Was Africa ever at war with Germany? This kind of argument is very misleading, and therefore untenable. Did the Turks and the Arabs rule over the land of Israel after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD? During the scramble for Africa, the Igbos, an ethnic group southeast of Nigeria gave the British a tough time. The British recruited soldiers from the Yorubas, an ethnic group in the southwest of Nigeria, and from the Hausas, an ethnic group from the North of Nigeria to fight and defeat the Igbos. Shall we say that the Yorubas and the Hausas defeated the Igbos? Were the Igbos at war with the Yorubas and the Hausas? Who commanded these Hausa and Yoruba soldiers? White British Army officers. The Igbos were defeated, and colonized by the British. Did the Yorubas and the Hausas rule over the Igbos during the colonial era? No. Who did? The British, period.
The Sixth Beast Empire, the Seventh Beast Empire, and the Eighth Beast Empire have their roots in the iron legs of the image of king Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. The iron we have identified as Magog, Meshech, and Tuval. But the Ottoman Turks and modern day Turkey are from Gomer and Togarmah. Besides the Ottoman Empire did not persecute Israel in exile, neither had it only one ruler nor was it of short duration. The only Empire in history that meets these criteria or qualifications is Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany ( The Third Reich ). The Germans are Magogites. The Third Reich of Adolf Hitler lasted for a very short time of 12 years ( 1933-1945 ). So far as history records, Nazi Germany has been the worst persecutor of the sons of Jacob. During the reign of terror by the Nazi dictator, Adolf Hitler, six millions Jews perished in the gas chambers and crematoria all over Eastern and parts of Western Europe, amongst whom were 2 millions Jewish children whose lives were snuffed out in the embryo. One factor that is common amongst the seven Beast Empire of Satan is their persecution of the sons of Jacob. Neither Joel Richardson nor Walid Shoebet has emphasized this glaring fact in their identification of the Seventh Beast Empire as the Ottoman Empire. Why? Because it is conspicuously absent. If we say that the Ottoman Empire is the seventh Beast Empire of Satan, what shall we say of Hitler’s Nazi Germany? If the Empire that killed more Jews than any other in history is not one of the Beast Empires of Satan, which other Empire has the qualification? It baffles me that these scholars are silent about the role of Nazi Germany, the Fourth Reich, as a Beast Empire of Satan. Is this theological antisemitism or historical revisionism by deliberate omission?
If the Seventh Beast Empire is Magogite, the Eighth Beast Empire which is the revived Seventh Beast Empire must also be Magogite. Kings are synonymous with their kingdoms. If the revived kingdom is Magogite, the revived king also must be Magogite. So the antiChrist, the revived head of the revived Seventh Beast Empire must be Magogite. This logic is born out by the fact that the prophet Ezekiel identified the antiChrist as Gog of the land of Magog, the head or natural ruler of Meshech, and Tuval ( Ezek.38:1,2 ). In Ezek.38,39, he leads the armies of his ten nation confederation against Christ at Armageddon. Ezek.38,39 which some scholars isolate as the Gog and Magog war, which according to them, especially the pretribulationists, shall be the final war before the Rapture, is nothing other than the war of Armageddon. After this war is the rebuilding of the Fourth And Millennial Temple by Christ Himself ( Ezek.40-43 ) on the new elevated and renovated Mount Zion during the 45-day Restoration Period ( Dan.12:11,12 ). Let me make it clear here that although the Jews have drawn a plan of the Third Temple based on Ezek.40-43, procured materials and raised over $100 millions for the rebuilding of the Third Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, they shall not be able to erect a temple of this magnitude in this age. The Third Temple shall be a much smaller structure hastily set up and will last for a brief period of time. Ezek.40-48 is a description of Jerusalem and the land of Israel in the Millennium.
The pretribbers say that the Rapture is imminent and can occur at any moment without any prophetic event preceding it, yet they tell us the Gog and Magog war in which Russia and its allies shall invade Israel is the last prophetic event that shall unfold before the Rapture can take place. Is the Gog and Magog war not a prophetic event? They say no prophetic event will precede the Rapture, yet they hold prophecy conferences every week all over North America. What are they prophesying about if no prophetic event will occur before the Rapture? I wonder!
If the Ottoman Empire was of Magogite origin, what then is the origin of the Roman Empire? So, the antiChrist cannot come from Turkey. The antiChrist is an atheist, and so cannot be a Muslim in practice ( Dan.11:36-39, 2 Thess.2:4 ). Some biblical scholars have strictures with that. Muslims are not atheists. The only god that the antiChrist would recognize is the barrel of the gun. He shall be a Chairman Mao; power belongs to the barrel of the gun. He shall worship the god of forces, the god of munition. His career begins with overthrow, and metamorphoses into subtle peace diplomacy and war. The antiMessiah will be a powerful and extremely ungodly military leader. He will lead his vast armies in the Jerusalem campaign in which he relocates his headquarters from Europe to Jerusalem. When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, let him that readeth understand ( Matt.24:15 ). “He shall plant the tabernacle of palace between the seas in the glorious Holy Mountain” ( Dan.11:45 ). He shall lead his armies in the Jehoshaphat campaign ( Joel 3:1,2,9,12-16, Zechariah.14:2 ). He shall lead his armies at Armageddon ( Ezek. 38:4,8,9; Dan.11:38 ). He will conquer Egypt. He shall go forth conquering and to conquer ( Rev.6:2 ). Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all ( Dan.11:37). So the antiMessiah shall be a warrior and a powerful military leader, but an ungodly one for that matter.
There are really no true atheists. Atheism is a misnomer. Atheism is a religion. Their god is “no-god” which is falsehood, the origin of which is Satanic. So, Satan is the god of all atheists. All atheists are idolaters. All atheists are satanists. Atheism is idolatry. All atheists are pagans. To that extent and in that sense, the antiChrist will be a pagan. Quite frankly he is a secular humanist in public, but secretly he worships Satan who indwells and empowers him, and whom he represents ( Rev.13:2 ), and practices witchcraft as also did also Adolf Hitler. Adolf Hitler would say publically there is no God, yet he was a member of a witches and wizards coven. See “The Sword Of Longinus.” The antiChrist shall be the consummate superman which is the end product of secular humanism and evolution.
Another error is that the land of Shinar is Mecca in Arabia. The land of Shinar is Babylon which is in modern day Iraq. “And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.” ( Gen.10:10 ). If the Tower of Babel, the ancient Ziggurats are in Babylon, and Babylon is in the land of Shinar, how can Mecca be the land of Shinar.
“Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll. And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits. Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it. I will bring it forth, saith the Lord of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof. Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth. And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth. And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof. Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven. Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah? And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.” ( Zech.5:1-11 ).
The ephah is a holy measure. A woman in a holy measure is an abomination. The woman in the ephah is Semiramis or Anat, the wife of Nimrod and mother of Tammuz or Osiris. The ephah was taken to its base in the land of Shinar where mother-child worship introduced by Nimrod began. It was Nimrod who founded Babel. It was from Babylon in the land of Shinar that it spread to all other parts of the world after the confusion of languages at Babel. Mother-child worship did not begin in Mecca in Arabia. So, Mecca in Arabia cannot be the land of Shinar.
That Islam is the symbol of mother-child worship is true, so also every other false religion. That Mecca is Babylon the Great, the Great Whore of Rev.17,18 is not true, though the spirit of Babylon, the spirit of mother-child worship controls Mecca as it does also Rome and did Pergamos, and the center of every other false religion other than true Christianity. So Rev.17,18 are not about Mecca. Neither is it about Jerusalem, for that would mean that the ten kings of the Eighth Beast Empire shall destroy the headquarters of the antiChrist and the capital city of the His empire. “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. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” ( Rev.17:12-18 ). Will the ten kings of the Eighth Beast Empire burn down the capital city of the antiChrist to whom they are allied? The antiChrist shall be in control of Jerusalem until defeated by Christ at the final battle of Armageddon.
It is about ancient Babylon which has been rebuilt by Saddam Hussein in modern day Iraq. It shall be the religious and commercial center of the Eighth Beast Empire ( The Fourth Reich ). With regards to the end time scenario, Saudi Arabia and Mecca are insignificant, irrelevant, and inconsequential. There is no prominence give to Saudi Arabia and Mecca in the End Times. Biblical eschatology is silent about them. It is not proper therefore for us to twist Scriptures to include and give them prominence. These ministers who hold this opinion are former Muslims or Christian ministers who minister to Muslims. They have seen how deeply seated is the Islamic ideology of world domination. They cannot see Islam playing second fiddle. Is it therefore difficult for God to alter the stats quo?
We should not interpret biblical prophecy in the light of current affairs, rather current affairs should be viewed through the prism of biblical prophecy. There are many books written on biblical prophecy which became bestsellers in their times. They were based on the geopolitics of their times. They were sensational. They sold millions of copies and their authors made their money. When we pick them up today, what do we see? They are not worth the paper on which they were written. Books on biblical prophecy should have value and normative authority till the end of time. Some books on biblical prophecy which are advocating that the antiChrist is the king of the North, and will be the Mideast Beast, and a Muslim from Turkey or an Assyrian will become irrelevant in the coming decades with changes in the geopolitics of the world. Pleasantly surprising though, the geopolitics of the future will lead to the realignment of nations in such a way as to conform to biblical prophecy as announciated by the statue of the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in Dan.2 and the four beasts of Dan.7.
That the ten horns of the nondescript Beast are the ten kings of Arabia is also false. Saudi Arabia is not part of the ten nation confederation of the Eighth And Final Beast Empire ( The Fourth Reich ). The Bible tells us who they are. “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” ( Rev.13:2 ). According to Dan.7, the lion is Babylon, the leopard is Greece, the bear Medopersia, and the nondescript Beast is Rome.
“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. 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. 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. 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.” ( Dan.7:4-7 ).
The fourth Beast, the composite nondescript ferocious Beast with ten horns is representative of the Sixth Beast Empire ( Rome ), the Seventh Beast Empire ( Nazi Germany ), and the Eighth Beast Empire. That was why the fourth Beast could not be represented by a single animal. It was composite and nondescript. The Seventh and the Eighth Beast Empires are subsumed in the Sixth Beast Empire ( Roman Empire ). They emerged out of the Roman iron root. They are of the same ancestry as Rome. There are some that teach that the Seventh Beast Empire is not represented in Dan.7. However, that assumption is not true. Obviously the ten horns are a representation of the composition of the Eighth Beast Empire. But why is the Fourth Beast a nondescript composite Beast? It is because it composed of more than one Beast. There is a reason for whatever God does. All the other Beast Empires were represented by a single clearly identifiable animals, but when it came to Rome, it was represented as a monster of a creature. These three beasts have a common ancestry. This is the only logical conclusion. Even if the Ottoman Empire were of Roman ancestry, which obviously it was not, it would still not qualify as the Seventh Beast Empire because it did not single out the Jews for genocide, neither did it last for a short period of time.
The ten horns are the ten kings of Magog, Meshech, and Tuval ( nondescript beat; Rome ), Javan ( Leopard; Greece or Greek Syria ), Arphaschard ( winged Lion; Babylon or Iraq ), Persia ( bear; Iran or Tiras ). The other four, Put ( Libya ), Cush ( Sudan ), Gomer and Togarmer ( Turkey ) were not represented by beasts simply because they were not Beast Empires [ Ezek.38:1-6; Rev.13:2 ]. The four heads of the leopard are the four divisions of the Greek Empire after the demise of Alexander the Great of Macedon in 323 BC. We can see that neither modern Turkey nor the Ottoman Empire is one of the seven Beast Empires of Satan. After the demise of Alexander the Great of Macedon, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the seventh ruler of one of the four divisions of the Greek Empire was a persecutor of the sons of Jacob. Alexander himself never persecuted the sons of Jacob. Am inclined to believe that Javan refers to Greek Syria of which Antiochus IV Epiphanes was the head, who was also a prefigure of the antiChrist, neither Egypt nor Greece nor Macedonia proper .
Turkey will be part of the ten nation confederation of the Eighth And Final Beast Empire ( The Fourth Reich ) but not the head neither one of the power base nations of Magog, Meshech, and Tuval. Turkey is part of the clay of the ten toes of the image of king Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. The leadership of the ten nation confederation, the Eighth And Final Beast Empire of Satan is in the iron root, not the clay. The nondescript composite ferocious Beast had iron teeth. The life of the Beast is in the iron teeth with which it tears the prey. The iron is the power base of the Beast. The antiChrist must come from the iron base. The life of the Beast is not in the secondary horns. The antiChrist cannot come from the clay. Therefore, the antiChrist cannot come from Turkey nor any of the other six secondary nations. Clay is a mixture of all kinds of substances held together by water. So also the clay in the ten toes of the statue of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream is an admixture of all the sons of Noah after the deluge. All the descendants of Shem, Ham, and Japheth are represented. Those of Hamitic extraction are Put ( Libya ) and Cush ( Sudan ). Those of Semitic extraction are Arphaschard ( Babylon ), and perhaps Greek Syria. Those of Japhethic extraction are Gomer, Togarmer ( Turkey ), and Iran ( Persia or Tiras ). Gomer, Togarmer, and Tiras ( Persia ) are Indo-European peoples. The only thing that holds these peoples together is the Islamic religion. Joel Richardson has asked the question, if the antiChrist is not a Muslim how is he able to gain the allegiance of Muslims? And I ask why did Saudi Arabia and Kuwait permit Christian US soldiers to enter into their lands and defend them against Saddam Hussein, a Muslim ruler of a Muslim nation? It is a marriage of convenience. It is survival of fittest. In politics there are no permanent friends, but permanent interests. The Muslims want world domination. They want to establish a global caliphate that will rule the world. The west also want world domination. It is a marriage of convenience. Therefore, they will mingle themselves in the seed of men, but will not cleave to one another. “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. 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. 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.” ( Daniel 2:41-43 ).
There are also those who claim the antiChrist is the Assyrian. The descendants of the ancient Assyria are found in modern day Iraq. They are few in number and are mainly Christians. They are a persecuted minority in Iraq. They are Semitic people. So if the Assyrians are part of the Eighth And Final Beast Empire, they are part of the clay not the iron. The leadership of the Eighth Beast Empire is from the Iron which is of Roman ancestry ( Magog, Meshech, and Tuval ). So, the antiChrist cannot be an Assyrian unless of course in a metaphorical sense ( Isa.14:25 ). The Assyrians were known for their cruel treatment of war captives. It is exegetically unacceptable to twist Scriptures already fulfilled in antiquity to justify our preconceived notions. Assyria was used by God to punish Israel ( Isa.10:5 ). That was in the past. Assyria will never rise up as an Empire or people to dominate the world neither would Babylon nor Egypt nor Greece nor the Medes and the Persians no matter how hard they try. Geopolitical revival is the exclusive preserve of the Roman Iron, the nondescript composite Beast. Saddam Hussein’s efforts to revive the glories of the neoBabylonian Empire under king Nebuchadnezzar was doomed to failure from the beginning. According to Dan Hayden, Babylon is the Empire that was. So also the efforts of Iranian leadership to rise to the former glories of the Persian Empire by regaining world domination. There is a movement of power amongst the sons of Noah after the flood from Ham to Japheth with which it rests till the end of time.
Ham -> Shem -> Japheth
Ham was the first of the sons of Japhet to establish an empire in history though he was the last born of Noah. That was the Egyptian Empire. From Ham, power moved to the Semitic peoples. Shem was the second son of Noah. They established two empires that impacted Israel negatively, Assyria and Babylon. Although the foundation of the city of Babylon was Hamitic; for Nimrod, a grandson of Ham through Cush was the founder of Babylon, the Sumerians and the Akkadians built the ancient Babylonian Empire. The neoBabylonian Empire of Nebuchadnezzar was founded by the Chaldeans. “And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Put, and Canaan. And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan. And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.” ( Gen.10:6-10 ).
From the Semitic peoples, power moved to the Japhetic peoples. Japheth was the eldest son of Noah. He had the right of primogeniture which included leadership, priesthood and double inheritance. For unrevealed reason the priesthood went to Shem, but Japheth retained the leadership. Ham was to play a subordinate role because he viewed the nakedness of his father, Noah, in a state of inebriation. Both Ham and Japheth dwell in the spiritual tent of Shem. Salvation is of the Jews ( John 4:22 ). “And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.” ( Genesis 9:25-27 ). The tent spoken of here is spiritual tent, the origin of which is divine and rests in the hands of the sons of Jacob, a Semitic people.
“And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread. And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.” ( Genesis 9:18-27 ).
The first of the Japhetites to build an empire were the Medes and the Persian ( Medopersia ). The Medes ( Medai ) and the Persians ( Tiras ) are Indo-European peoples. They descended from Japheth the elder. Next to them were the Greek ( Javan ). Finally we have the descendants of Magog, Meshech, and Tuval ( Rome ). Power will remain not only with the sons of Japheth, but with Magog till the end of time. If we do not have this understanding, we shall be beating about the bush by speculating about the ancestry of the Eighth Beast Empire and the antiChrist. This is all revealed in the image of king Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Dan.2, and the beasts of Daniel’s dream in Dan.7. The iron and the nondescript composite ferocious beast ( Rome ) prevailed till the end of time. The clay was brought in to assist the Iron. The ten horns developed on the nondescript composite and ferocious beast. And the clay is composed of all the descendants of the three sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
But the iron in the statue of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream which is Rome ( Magog, Meshech, and Tuval ) will dominate the world till the End Of The Ages. If the antiChrist is a Muslim from either Ottoman Empire or Assyria, which kings of these two empires would he be? One outstanding characteristics of the antiChrist is that he will be a man who has ruled one of the seven previous Beast Empires, was killed with a military weapon in battle, descended into the abyss, and shall ascend from the abyss to rule over the Eighth And Final Beast Empire. He shall be recognizable when he unveils himself at his debut at the Rebuilt Third Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, at the midpoint of the 70th week of Daniel. “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” ( Rev.13:3 ). “And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.” ( Rev.17:11 ). “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 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.” ( 2 Thess. 2:3-4 ).
The fact that the antiChrist is a dead man who had ruled one of the seven previous Beast Empires in the past and is come back to life to rule over The Eighth Beast Empire ( The Fourth Reich ) shall be the most singular fact that shall grant him overwhelmingly influence over the lives of the living wicked earth-dwellers. Even the kings of the other kingdoms of the Earth in existence at that time shall fear him. Therefore he shall have worldwide influence. “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” ( Rev.13:3-8 ).
They shall worship the Dragon who gave authority to the Beast, and they shall worship the Beast, saying who is able to make war with him? “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” ( Rev.13:4 ). Who is like unto him is an expression of wonder because he is a dead man come back to life. He shall be invincible in battle against these other kings. No human king will be able to defeat the antiChrist in battle. The only person that shall defeat him is Christ at the final battle of Armageddon. The antiChrist is not a human spirit. He is a fallen evil angel. He ascends out of the bottomless pit and shall go into perdition. “And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.” ( Rev.11:7 ). Why is it that he ascends out of the bottomless pit? It is because he has been there. He had lived before and was killed with a military weapon in battle. This is not something future. It has already happened. He ruled over the Seventh Beast Empire. He was sent there because he is not a human spirit. Human spirits are sent to Hell or Heaven not the abyss. The abyss is the abode of fallen angels who did note keep their first estate but in defiance to God’s command to keep men and angels separate, cohabited with human females ( Gen.6 ). They are reserved in chains under darkness waiting for the judgment of the Great Day ( Jude 6 ).
The Muslim nations that shall be allied to the antiChrist shall worship the Dragon as well as the Beast. They shall be idolaters and Satanists as they have always been though they name America as they Great Satan.
Those who claim the antiChrist will be a Mid East Muslim either from Ottoman Empire which modern day Turkey or from Assyria must show us which emperor of one of these two empires he would be who ruled for short time, and was killed with a military weapon in battle, was an ardent persecutor of the sons of Jacob, and will be recognizable at his debut when he unveils himself at the Rebuilt Third Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, as a dead man come back to life, at the midpoint of the 70th week of Daniel. If on the other hand, Nazi Germany ( The Third Reich ) is the seventh Beast Empire, not the Ottoman Empire, then there is no doubt who its sole leader who reigned for a short space was; Adolf Hitler fits the bill. Admiral Carl Doenitz merely surrendered to the Allies. He shall be recognizable when he unveils himself at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. There is a mystery surrounding his death, though he shot himself with a pistol at the Chancellery in Berlin while the Russians were closing in on him. Adolf Hitler is the most recognizable face on television worldwide, and he is not about to give up his position. Besides, there is another huddle; they must show us that he has iron root ( Roman ancestry ) and is Gog, of the land of Magog, the head or natural ruler of Meshech, and Tuval ( Ezek.38:1,2 ). Impossible!
The antiChrist who is the little horn shall arise out of the nondescript Beast which is Rome. Did the Ottoman Empire come out of Rome? They merely defeated the Easthern Roman Empire or Byzantium. “These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. 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; 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. I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;” ( Dan.7:17-21 ). We have to go back to Dan.2 in order to understand that the power base is in the iron and not the clay. The nails were of brass ( bronze ) which is suggestive of Greece. Javan ( Greece ) is one of the ten horns of the Eighth Beast Empire. Turkey is one of the seven secondary nations of the Eighth Beast Empire. The Ottoman Empire does not feature at all. It is not one of the Beast Empires. The Ottoman Empire did not have iron root neither did it come out Rome.
That the dispersion of mother-child worship began from Babylon is true, and that the sacred stone in the Ka’aba in Mecca which Muslim pilgrims kiss is the image of the secret of Semiramis is also true. That Islam is a monotheistic religion is false. Islam is polytheistic. There are 360 gods in the Arabian pantheon worshipped at the Ka’aba in Mecca by the Quraish tribe. Anat or Semiramis was made the patron deity by prophet Mohammed. She is a female goddess. That she is worshipped as a male deity Allah which is an acrostic from Al ila which means the god, is an occultic inversion. Allah is not a personal name but a title. The crescent Moon which is the symbol of Islam is female in Mid East Mythology, and the Sun male. Osiris is the son of Semiramis or Anat. The sons of the gods, their male offspring are the stars ( Rev.12:1 ). The crescent Moon is Semiramis and the lone star is Osiris, who is both husband and son of Semiramis. An abomination. The sun is one of the smallest stars. The lone star doubles as the sun and the star. In other words, Nimrod, the husband of Semiramis is subsumed in the son, Thammuz who is also the husband of Semiramis, Nimrod come back to life. Most Muslim Imams practise witchcraft. They have charms and talisman for every imaginable desire of fallen and deprave humanity. However, that the Ottoman Empire is the Seventh Beast Empire, and that Turkey is the Eighth Beast Empire , and that the antiChrist will be a Mid East Muslim from Turkey, and the king of the North are false.