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& the Antichrist



“And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honor of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.

And with arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant.

And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.

He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his father's fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strongholds, even for a time.” (Dan. 11.21‑24)


    Close on the heels of the "Raiser of Taxes", looming just off stage and ready to make his grand entrance, is the vile person: the Antichrist himself. But before he makes his entrance we can't help but notice a strange and new looking table sitting on center stage. This table, formed in the shape of Europe has ten thrones placed around it and ten kings are preparing themselves to sit down together to talk about union, peace and the future of the world. When they are finished negotiating their agreement they will invite the vile person on stage so they can hand over the fruits of their work to him.

            These Ten Kings will give this vile person the reins of the end‑time Roman Empire and he will turn it into Satan's masterpiece. His rise to power will herald the beginning of the 70th Week of Daniel.  This man will revel in the worship of the faithless people; first he will become famous among his own small nation; and afterward will "obtain the kingdom by flatteries". Once in power "he shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province" because the intellectuals, the elite, and the men of power shall give him their total support, and "he shall scatter among them the prey, and the spoil, and riches" of all the New Empire's conquests. This vile person, while being ruthless and deceitful will display a peaceable, benevolent side; as Alexander, Napoleon and Hitler had displayed before him. He will be received as the savior of the world, "and by peace he will destroy many" (Dan. 8.25). He will be welcomed as the ultimate reformer and hailed by the Empire as the prince of the common people.

    This vile person's reforms will give the appearance of redistributing the wealth; playing the role of prophecy's Robin Hood, he will look as though he is taking riches and power away from the few and giving it to the many. But it will be an artful illusion. His reign will bring nothing but war, famine and pestilence. Napoleon carried the banner of equality, but gave the people a new nobility. Hitler ended inflation in Germany, put masses of starving people back to work and gave them the hope of a glorious thousand year rule of the earth, only to turn the country into a slave labor camp, where men were herded like cattle to slaughter in gas chambers or battle fields while their cities were turned to rubble and ashes. The Antichrist will be a more talented deceiver than his predecessors, but the fruits will be the same: war, injustice, slaughter, misery, rebellion and death. When this vile person and the Antichrist Kingdom unite into one then Daniel's 2,500 year old prophecy will begin its final "week".

    Map 12 is the final in the series of maps tracking the journey of the nations. The course of Man's self‑government is about to end. The paths of all the nations converge at this one intersection of time. Israel's odyssey has gone full circle; a nation born, judged, dispersed, and reborn by God sits at the crossroads of history where all nations will soon converge, from most significant in prophecy to least. Egypt, Assyria, the ancient ancestors of Lot, Esau and Ishmael; the Roman Empire, Russia and her ungodly hordes, including Persia, Libya and Ethiopia; and the nations of the Far East; all are being resurrected by the hand of God so they can be called to their judgment, all according to "The Redemption Play's" script as laid out by God from the beginning of Creation.


The United Empire of the Ten Kings

    Chapter 11 of Daniel mapped out the course of the Antichrist and his kingdom and shows that the "vile person" follows the "Raiser of Taxes", but before the Antichrist can succeed the Raiser of Taxes to the throne of the Antichrist Empire, the Empire must be reunited. This Antichrist Kingdom, this revised and modern version of the Roman Empire, is being built this very moment in preparation for its leader.  The 1980s created a spirit of cooperation and unity unprecedented in the history of Europe. On every level: economic, social, religious, and political, the Empire is being solidified. Ecumenism flourishes. The Roman Catholic and Episcopalian hierarchies have healed their centuries-old schism. Ancient European enemies are bonding in mutual endeavors of every sort imaginable. European and New World alliance groups, trade federations, economic communities, and interdependent systems of the most important kind are being tested and put into working order. Computer language is being developed as banking's universal language. In much the same way that the French Revolution provided a foundation for Napoleon's New Empire, this new spirit of unity is providing a foundation for the vile person's Empire, and the Ten Kings of this unified Empire will be his backers.

    Both Daniel and the Book of Revelation see similar visions concerning this United Empire and the Antichrist who is given the reins of power. In Revelation a beast with seven heads, having ten horns on the seventh head, rises up from the sea.


            “And I stood upon the sand of the seas, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

            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. 13.1‑2)


    Later in Revelation we are told the meaning of the vision:


            “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 to the beast.“ (Rev. 17)


    The interpretation is definite. In full accord with one another these Ten Kings (leaders) give the Antichrist their power and strength. At first, they are fully united in support of this man. As Daniel reported, the vile person will obtain the kingdom "peaceably" and by "flatteries". He will enjoy political support. Obviously, for the Ten Kings of the Empire to give the Beast their power they must have power to give, therefore their unity and strength has to already be a fact before the Antichrist person comes on the scene. As Hitler was a charismatic personality, unresistable to the world's great diplomats when encountered face to face, so the Antichrist will be a charmer, and more so. He will be a master of diplomacy: a great deceiver. He will cast a spell over the Ten Kings and they will hand him control of the Empire. It may be that they are at loggerheads on how to select a leader for the new European Community. It may be they will decide to let this unknown man fill a temporary power vacuum, just as Alexander the Great, Napoleon and Hitler were all relatively unknown when they slipped their way into power during a crisis of leadership. He may be a compromise candidate installed as a kind of paper tiger to handle the affairs of state like the Royal Family of England does for Great Britain. How he exactly acquires the mantle of power, who can tell? But we know that three of the Ten Kings have reservations immediately after installing him as head of the New Empire.

    Seven of the Ten Kings will remain solidly behind their new and shining star, mesmerized by the heavy spiritual influence of the Dragon, willing to believe that their dreams of power and world domination can only be realized if they back this extraordinary giant of a man. But after he is elected - or appointed, or crowned - three of the leaders, including the most influential of the Ten, will balk at what they have done. Three of the nations in the Community will resist the New Republic of the Antichrist. Daniel saw the same vision that John saw, the beast with seven heads and ten horns, but Daniel also saw three of the horns being uprooted by a little horn.


            “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.

            And 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.”(Dan. 7.7‑8)


    As with John, God also provided Daniel with an interpretation of the vision:


            The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth [this is a reference to the four kingdoms of the Colossus of Antichrist, the fourth kingdom being Rome] which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

            And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall arise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

 (Dan. 7.23‑24)


    Daniel and Revelation confirm each other and establish that the Beast is both the Roman Empire (Daniel) as well as the person of the Antichrist (Revelation). Just as a maturing process had to take place in order for the Empire to become the Beast, so the coming together of the Empire and the Person is necessary for the ultimate maturity and fulfillment of the prophecies about the Antichrist. The two are inseparable. It is at the end of this age (soon) that Beast and Beastly Kingdom will finally be joined. The Ten Kings make up the power base for the revived Roman Empire and the Antichrist Person is the leader that the Empire has long awaited; he is the Beastly Leader that crowns the Beastly Empire with extraordinary Satanic power.

    But though the Antichrist will be universally admired and worshipped, not everyone will be ready to salute. Soon after the Antichrist has ascended to power by his spiritual and political coup d'etat a conflict arises within the leadership of the Ten Kings. Three leaders and their nations will try to topple the Antichrist from power, but the Antichrist will turn the situation to his advantage and use it to purge all undercurrents of opposition from within the New Empire. "...with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant." The prince of the covenant (the mediator in the agreement between the Ten Kings and the Antichrist) will be a threat to the Antichrist's power and influence. This leader, along with two others, will challenge the Antichrist and the conflict will give the Antichrist opportunity to eliminate all threats. The three resisting nations will be subdued and their leadership purged. It will be a glorious victory for the Antichrist and his devotees. It will signal the transformation of the revived Roman Empire of the Ten Kings into the new and diverse Kingdom of the Antichrist. And it will be hailed around the "Roman" world as a great victory for the freedom of men everywhere. As prophesied, the followers of this new world vision will be saying, "Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?"

    The power base of the revived Roman Empire (the Ten Kings) is being built today in Europe. The European Community is here. Organizations among the European Community blanket the military, economic, legal and social strata. The United States and other Western allies are on the fringes of the Empire and only time will tell what part they are to play in the New Empire.     The spirit of Rome, with its humanistic message that Man has a better way, is reaching every ear and being aggressively sold by Western bankers, the Papacy, ecumenical Protestants, the United States' diplomatic corps, the European Community and the United Nations. Slowly, and methodically, a new Roman Empire is being built. Out of this framework will shortly emerge a unified Superpower never before known in the history of the world; and out of that will come the "New Empire": the final Empire of the Beast. It will be the ultimate uniting of the Beast that is Rome, with the Beast that is the Antichrist.


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