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We have seen, according to the Bible, that, as the end of the age approaches, Jesus will be recognised as King of the Jews and of the whole world. But immediately prior to this, there will be a number of deceivers, claiming to be the Messiah.

‘And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.’ (Matthew 24:3-5)

 

Among these false messiahs will emerge one who is an amazing and very effective world leader, who is called the Anti-Christ. He will deceive the whole world, including the Jews, for a period of 7 years. He will be a bringer of peace to the Jew and the Arab; something that today looks impossible. He will be hailed as the Messiah and worshipped as such. The Bible tells us that from the signing of the peace treaty there will be peace, but right in the middle of his reign after 3½ years something dreadful will happen, called the abomination of desolation.

‘And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate’ (Daniel 9:27). This is the period of the missing 70th week in Daniel’s prophecy, which represents 7 years.  Jesus also speaks of this ‘When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains.’ (Matthew 24:15-16)

We don’t know the nature of the abomination, but it will be something totally abhorrent to Jews, like sacrificing a pig in the Temple, for example or some form of idol worship prohibited by the Torah.

 

One of the main features of the reign of the Anti-Christ is the so-called Mark of the Beast. ‘He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.’ (Revelation 13:16-18). This passage has been the source of many fictional works involving the number 666 and there has been much speculation as to what it means.

 

In the Bible, numbers have meaning. 5 is the number of Grace, 7 is the number of completion or perfection and 6 is the number of man; one below perfection. 666 could be referencing a ‘unholy trinity’ of Satan, the false prophet and the dragon. Some have interpreted it as the sum of the numerical values of certain names, from the Roman Emperor Nero through to modern day politicians and business tycoons, although this has an unlikely ring about it. Some have interpreted the mark as a function of a credit card or a social security number or even a microchip and or barcode implanted in the right hand or forehead as we discussed in the previous chapter.

 

A further interpretation. for which we are indebted to Walid Shoebat is that the characters which were interpreted by translators as 666 were in fact Arabic rather that Greek symbols. The text as it appears in early transcripts, like Codex Sinaiticus, can be interpreted as meaning a badge or sign on the forehead or right arm which symbolises ‘Allah is great’ with crossed swords. Islam began more than 500 years after John received the Revelation and these symbols would mean a lot more today than they would have then. In a world coming increasingly under the domination of Islam, it is easy to see how wearing such a badge as an act of allegiance would bring benefits.

 

Whatever it refers to or whatever form the mark takes, its purpose is to ensure that trade is only possible between parties having the mark. Without it, a person would not be able to buy even food and hence would become an outcast from society. The idea of the embedded chip that can be recognised by satellite certainly has some attraction. If children were given the chip as a simple injection soon after birth, the same as can currently be done to pets 1, it would potentially improve safety, reducing crime and fraud. The idea of knowing where your child is and who with by looking at your computer screen has a lot of attraction in this age of fear and uncertainty. Once the idea of the chip was established, you can see how anyone resisting could be considered as a potential insurgent. The advantages would be significant once the ethical considerations have been dealt with. The chip could then be used for all kinds of purposes including personal and account identification, virtual money, unlocking doors, satellite tracking. In a society where Godly and Biblical values have been eradicated and superseded by human reason, such methods may be needed to maintain law and order. The technology is certainly available and with increasing terrorism and crime, the acceptability may not be as far away as we think.

 

The anti-Christ will govern the world through ten kings or kingdoms (Daniel 7:24 and Revelation 17:12).

 

In recent years the nations have been discussing the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST)2. This international agreement would extend the sovereignty of countries from the existing 3 miles to 200 miles into the sea. The battle over the Law of the Sea Treaty first began 25 years ago, being halted at the time by President Reagan, but re-emerged in 2004 and is still an on-going debate. The problem is that as most countries overlap by much less than 200 miles, countries would have to be grouped and give up their individual sovereignty for the greater good of the group. A probable example would be Mexico, USA and Canada being grouped as a single legislative entity. Thus, USA law would also be governed by the other two. In this way the entire world would be broken into sovereignty groups, like Europe, Australias, etc, and the way it is going, there would appear to be 10 regions or kingdoms!

 

It is estimated that the SALT would place 70 percent of the Earth's surface under the control of the United Nations even requiring companies mining in the world's oceans to have to pay the UN directly.

 

Once such controls are established, a single world government would be in control and a single individual would be its head, exactly as prophesied in the Bible.

 

So the Anti-Christ will establish a world government that will control every individual person and every business. He will be the ultimate Big Brother. During the first 3½ years he will bring peace and prosperity on a hitherto unimaginable scale. He will be heralded as the messiah and God incarnate, without equal or rival.

 

But during the second half of his 7-year reign, for a further 3½ years there will be a time of terrible persecution, the so-called Great Tribulation. All those that refuse to bow down to and worship the Anti-Christ will become outcasts and they will have to flee to the mountains to avoid being killed. A worldwide war will develop centred on Israel in the plain of Megiddo or Armageddon. Then when it appears that things could not get any worse and little Israel is about to be annihilated, Jesus will return to take control and destroy the Anti-Christ.

 

If this all seems unlikely as there is currently no Temple in Jerusalem, it should be recognised that the plans, the artefacts, the training of the priesthood is all almost complete and the issues holding up the building of the temple relate only to the ownership of the land. What was previously thought to be the original temple site is currently in Arab territory, although very recent excavation appears to be pointing to another site actually inside the Jewish quarter as the original site. Investigation and negotiation is going on even right now. Once the temple is complete the scene will be set for the end-times events to begin to unfold3.

 

One of the main questions everyone will ask, is: When is all of this going to happen? It would appear that God has given us hints, but not with precision. If we knew exactly when, we would either become complacent or possibly terrified. I believe God wants each generation and each individual to be ready and prepared for whenever and whatever He plans to do.

 

There is another passage in the book of Daniel that gives a slightly different slant on these future events. Daniel chapter 11 describes a time of great upheaval and warfare in the Middle East during the period from about 400BC onwards. It is believed by scholars to refer to people like Alexander the Great, Ptolemy, Antiochus and the Maccabees and involve countries like Greece, Rome, Egypt and Persia. All of the events were fulfilled as prophesied.

 

Daniel Chapter 12 then jumps forward in time thousands of years to a time of deliverance of Israel. The angel tells him, ‘But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.’ (Dan 12:4)

 

So clearly this is referencing a period that is at the end of time, and when people will run around like never before. This could surely be describing a time like ours when cars and planes enable a great deal of running around. It is also referring to a time when knowledge shall increase. With the advent of the Internet, knowledge has increased exponentially beyond any time previously.

 

He goes on ‘And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.’ (Daniel 12:8-13)

 

Daniel writes down what he is told, but clearly hasn’t a clue what it’s all about. The angel says that the words are not for then, but for a far off future time, the time of the end.

 

With our western mindset, when we hear of a forecast or a prophecy, we think in terms of statement – fulfilment. However, Biblical prophecy is often about patterns of events, rather than specific once and for all fulfilments. Thus, the fulfilment of the coming of the Holy Spirit took place on the day of Pentecost, but it has not stopped there. It has happened again and again and will reach its conclusion when Jesus returns.

 

The abomination of desolation of which the angel spoke to Daniel is usually is thought to reference the Anti-Christ in the end times. Jesus spoke of this as a future event (Matthew 24:15). However, we know that Antiochus Epiphanes also profaned the Temple in 168BC. Here is my suggestion of a possible interpretation of this passage in Daniel 12.

 

Daniel lived from 620BC until 540BC (80 years). During his lifetime Jerusalem was destroyed and the temple ransacked around the year 586 BC. In other words, the daily sacrifice was taken away sometime during or before 586. Often in prophecy, a day can signify a year (e.g. Ezekiel 4:6). If you now count forward 1290 years you get to about the year 700AD. What happened around that time? The building of the Dome of the Rock started in 685AD and it was completed around 691AD, right on the site where the Temple of God had previously existed. Is it possible that the abomination that causes desolation could also be referring to the Dome of the Rock? It certainly upsets the Jews.

 

The angel then says to wait a further 1335 days until the end. Taking these as years, if you add 1335 to 685 and 691, you get to the years 2020 and 2026. Incidentally, this is a 7-year period, the same as the tribulation period. Coincidence? Maybe.

 

Now I am not trying to push this argument, but, with the state of the world today and the coincidence of all of these prophecies, it could suggest these last time events could all be about to happen in the next 20 years.

 

I think these passages are deliberately obscure and not meant to be understood until the right time, which is at the end. Had the angel told Daniel that these events would be in 2500 years, he would not have been very excited. How thrilled could you get about something that is going to happen in the year 4507?

 

It’s not exactly clear what is going to happen and when. We are not supposed to know the details, but just be ready for events to start unfolding. However, I believe it is sooner than we think.

 

 

1. Chip your pet: http://www.chippet.com/

2. Law of the Sea Treaty: http://www.unlawoftheseatreaty.org/

3. Jerusalem Temple: http: //www.templeinstitute.org/main.htm

 

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