We are at the end of a very different four part study on End Times where we have been focusing, not so much on the chronological events of the Last Days (meaning just before the Tribulation period), but on the current and potentially upcoming events and trends in our world right now—which are clear, tell-tale signs of major prophetic incidents coming the Tribulation. Things which, by nature and prophetic declaration, have their beginning roots revealed before the Tribulation begins. Thus far we have studied these clear, unmistakable signs from prophecy in our generation: 1) the single-most important event prophetically since the death and resurrection of Jesus: the return of Israel as a nation which has started the clock ticking on the last generation of history. 2) the seemingly unavoidable war between Israel, Iran, Russia and a Middle East Alliance of anti-Israel nations which could be pushed into reality very soon with Iran being at the brink of nuclear power and Russia in a deep military and economic alliance with Iran—having joint forces with Iran, Syria and others at the Northern doorstep of Israel right now. 3) the preparations for a third Temple are all but complete and the intentions to do so are at a peak right now. 4) the moral and religious conditions of our country and our entire world have exponentially changed in a single generation with fear, anarchy, complete moral debauchery, selfishness, pride, narcissism, and godlessness, representing a world against God—a "Great Falling Away" as never before in history. Next, according to the descriptions of Jesus, let's look at evidence which must begin in occurrence as the last days approach an end.
As Jesus talks with His disciples about the last days on earth, listen to His description: Matthew 24:7-8; Luke 21:25-26. In these Passages, Jesus declares that in the last days—and especially into the Tribulation—there will be disasters increasing in occasion and locations, increase in famine worldwide, increase of natural phenomenon in the "Roaring of the sea" and in the, "Powers of the heavens being shaken." Jesus states these things will occur as the "Beginnings of Birth Pangs," growing in frequency and strength as the time draws nearer to complete devastation in the Tribulation. I have heard a number of people in my lifetime proclaim, "Well, there have always been disasters, and famines, people are just trying to dramatize things." To which I say, "true," but if you just do a small amount of research on your own concerning the unmistakable, and unanimous results and opinions of scientists and economists worldwide, here is what you will get in current reports concerning natural disasters in our generation: The Emergency Assistance Foundation; United Nations. And listen to the rapidly changing statistics on famine worldwide: NPR Report; Action Against Hunger; World Health Organization. Whatever the argued cause—global warming, war or natural occurrences—the undeniable truth is: natural disasters are increasing worldwide at an accelerated rate, and worldwide famine in our generation has surged due to wars, disasters, and the pandemic. Again, all predicted to occur with increasing rates in the last generation.
Lastly, we need to take a few moments to discuss the second biggest event of the Tribulation next to the wrath and return of Jesus Christ: the appearance of the Antichrist—the instigator of God's wrath, and horrid ruler of earth for a short period of time in the Tribulation. If he is to rise in power in these last days, it would seem very probable that he is alive and well even as we study here today. This Antichrist does not come to full power (as seen last week) until well after Christians are taken home to be with our Lord. But, He may very well begin to rise in popularity and strength before we are taken home. From where will he arise? What will he be like? How might we recognize him? Many believe he will rise from the European Union, a part of the revived Roman Empire. Other believe he will be Jewish, to be accepted by the Jews. Are there any clues? Let's take a look: Daniel 9:24: this is an amazing and powerful declaration. Daniel is being told that in this "Time Period" of 70 weeks, mankind will be completely redeemed from sin and everlasting righteousness will have arrived; the vision and prophecy will be fulfilled and the most holy will be anointed. In other words, by the end of this prophecy everything will be accomplished. Let's open up this incredible prophecy: Daniel 9:25-26. Daniel is using a method for recording time—which was common in his day: grouping "weeks of years." This prophecy begins while Israel is in exile within the nation of Babylon, and gives a complete timeline when broken down: 7 weeks = 49yrs for the city and walls to be rebuilt. 62 weeks more (62X7) = 483yrs until Messiah appears. And 1 final week = 7yrs to complete the end prophecy. The Walls were rebuilt in 52 days (start timeline), but the City of Jerusalem took 49 years (7wks of 7 years)—this is why the first 7wks was distinguished from the rest, and from that time until the Messiah was to come was to be an additional 62wks of years (62X7=69wks), 483yrs total from start—173,880 days exactly. And at this exact time in history (from decree of Artaxerxes), Jesus Christ arrived in Jerusalem as the Messiah. But, the prophecy doesn't stop there, it makes a very strange prediction about the coming Messiah—stating that this saving Messiah would be violently killed. We all know what happened to Jesus Christ shortly after He rode into Jerusalem as the Messiah [batting 1000 so far--against all odds]. The description of events to come next: the city and the Temple were to be destroyed after the Messiah was killed—which we know historically occurred in 70AD (Emperor Titus). But, notice who is to destroy the Temple and city: “The people of the prince who is to come.” The prince to come is obviously the Antichrist. The four Roman legions which destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple were not of Italian descent as most in the Roman Republic, but were mainly of Syrian and Arab descent. "The people…of the prince who is to come," denotes there is a time period from the destruction of that time and this prince’s final appearing. Then, the final verses of this passage in Daniel tell us of this Antichrist's appearance in the end, completing the final week of seven years left from the 70wks in the prophecy. 69wks having already passed (RAPTURE): Daniel 9:27. This prophecy clearly tells of the Antichrist sealing a 7yr Peace Treaty with Israel and the Middle East. And in 3 1/2 yrs (halfway through the Tribulation), he causes an abomination in the Temple and becomes a destroyer—just as John tells us in Revelation: Revelation 13:4-7. So the Old and New Testament together say the Antichrist comes into popularity with his decree of peace for 7yrs, only to desecrate the Temple and proclaim himself god after 3 1/2yrs—completing this amazing prophecy from 500yrs before Jesus walked the earth. With every single piece of the prophecy having come true in history except the last week to come (7 years), how can we possibly believe this prophecy will not come to pass as perfectly?
From where will this Antichrist arise? Of course, no one will know until he actually comes exactly from where he will rise to power. But, just as Daniel 9:26 hinted at the origin of "his people," the detailed description of his rise in the end from Revelation and Daniel gives us a strong indication: Daniel 2 and 7, and Revelation 13, 17 (statue makes clear, also “Iron and Clay”)—all tell of the Antichrist rising from the remnant of the previous four world empires before him (beasts); having ten nations following him (horns)—which are parts of those previous empires. This is a strong indication the Antichrist will rise to power from the region of Eastern Europe or the Middle East. Just as our opening Prophecy said, "People of the prince that will come," and since he rises from a beast of previous gentile powers, it is likely that he is not Jewish, but gentile. Scriptures say Israel only makes a Treaty with him, they do not accept him as the Messiah or it wouldn’t be blasphemy for him in Temple. Many Prophecies showing strong evidence this Antichrist may just be the Mahdi of the Islamic Religion of which 1/4 of the world now awaits in the Middle East. The order of events may be Gog and his Allies attack Israel, and are horribly devastated by God in their attack—leaving them broken and weak and a global society on the brink of another World War already suffering from economic woes and supply issues—are finally ready to consent to Peace in the Middle East. And the man who steps up to bring this incredible Treaty will make an impression on the world. Daniel 7:8 says this Antichrist will rise as a "Little Horn" from the Ten Horns. Therefore, the Antichrist may be a lesser known leader who rises to the occasion in times of turmoil. Among this new Alliance of Ten Nations in the Eastern Europe/Middle East Area, Ten Nation Alliance comes first. But realize this: in his initial appearance to the world and in his rise to power, he will not seem to be the ruthless, heartless, violent man of terror. He will be caring, intelligent, resourceful, assertive—seemingly intolerant of those who threaten the world. He will be someone whom even Christian will look at and be appreciative and trusting towards. [Remember how quickly Volodymyr Zelensky rose to world popularity at the beginning of the Current War (Time Person of the Year 2022)?] He will do two very important and impacting things with the help of his False Prophet: Revelation 13:14-18. “Breath” = the rational spirit, the power by which a human being feels, thinks, wills, decides; the soul: 1) the Antichrist will gain power over the people of the world through an economic system which completely controls all buying and selling with nothing but a number—meaning such a system must be operative and able before he instills this law upon the world. And for the first time in mankind's history—in our generation today—this system is possible right now. 2) Did you happen to see from where this new economic system will come? The False Prophet tells the people to build an image of the beast that comes to life. This image of the beast is the cause of all people receiving a number to buy and sell. This image of the beast alone is able to tell who has or has not received the mark. This image of the beast demands that it be worshiped by threat of death. This entire scenario is literally comprehensible in our world right now with the development of AI becoming so advanced that one of the biggest pioneers of the field--Elon Musk—is giving repeated warnings about AI's ability to think and learn on it's own so rapidly that it could “Exceed humans' ability to control, predict and understand it." And that we are approaching a threshold where "Machines are smarter than humans." Musk made this comment just this past December. Imagine this form of intelligence and power connected to the Economic System of the world, with the access and power to identify anyone, and immediately know whether they are legal or not—which can be "created" by the people of the world in an animated, "living" form of anyone.
Consider and watch closely: Israel is back in its home land; Russia and Iran are poised at her Northern Border now and Iran is on the threshold of Nuclear Weapons; the Temple Preparations are almost complete and they are waiting; our entire world has become anti-God, given over to an insanely debased mind; disasters and famine have begun to rise intensely; America has lost its influence as a world leader and peacekeeper—and a world in turmoil is ripe for a new candidate; technology involving AI and Electronic Economic Control has literally made every aspect of key events in the Last Days absolutely possible, right now, for the first time in history—and it was all Prophesied to occur in one generation over 2000yrs ago. Revelation 22:12-21.
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