Looking at Micah 5, this evening, I was struck with something that I have read over and over and never really grasped, concerning end time prophecy. God clearly identifies the Anti-Christ by the title, the Assyrian. Micah 5:5-6 And he shall be their peace. When the Assyrian comes into our land and treads in our palaces, then we will raise against him seven shepherds and eight princes of men; they shall shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod at its entrances; and he shall deliver us from the Assyrian when he comes into our land and treads within our border. This passage comes immediately after the well known prophecy concerning Christ being born in Bethlehem and a reference to His millennial reign.
Not long after I read this and pondered the growing movement among prophecy buffs to identify the Anti-Christ as a Muslim, I saw an article stating Russia is now using Iranian air bases to stage attacks on Syria, bringing to mind Ezekiel 38 & 39. (CLICK HERE for article) As I pondered these things, I was reminded of Erogan of Turkey who just emerged from an attempted coup stronger than ever.
I must confess, I have always been in the camp that believes the EU would be the revived Roman Empire of Daniel's prophecy (which we will look at in a moment) and the Anti-Christ would be a European leader, who would emerge in a time of great crises and unite the world under one government and religion. I am beginning to rethink this and am going to postulate a theory that the Anti-Christ can indeed come from the Middle East, be a Muslim and still be considered part of a revived Roman Empire, according to Daniel's interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar's dream.
Daniel's interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream
The prophet Daniel interpreted a dream for King Nebuchadnezzar, in which God revealed to the king all the major world empires that would rule the region up to the coming of Christ's kingdom. Daniel 2 records this prophecy, if you are unfamiliar with it, you may want to go read it for yourself before continuing. History tells us that the prophecy was dead on and we can easily identify each empire and it's geographic role. For our purposes, I would like to focus on the legs of iron and feet of iron mixed with clay. The legs of iron, indisputably refer to the Roman Empire. Every Bible scholar agrees on this point. The interesting thing is the fact that the Roman Empire is depicted as two legs. Every previous empire enveloped the Middle East and Northern Africa, Rome was the first to envelope all of the land occupied by previous empires, plus greater Europe. Rome was by far the most prolific empire due to it's sheer size.
For many years, prophecy scholars have believed that the rise of the European Union was the revived Roman Empire, described in Nebuchadnezzar's dream as two feet made up of iron and clay. Surely the EU is a major component of this prophecy, but often neglected is the fact that Bible prophecy deals almost exclusively with the region we call the Middle East, the Anti-Christ is alluded to as coming from the region of the Middle East, and the kingdom of the Anti-Christ is referred to as Babylon, a direct reference to Nimrod, the forerunner of the Anti-Christ. Nimrod was the first person to rise to power and attempt to unite the world under one government and one religion, in opposition to God and declaring himself divine. Evidence suggests that the Anti-Christ will come from the Middle East, yet have a strong leadership role connected to the EU. Until recently, such a scenario would have seemed unlikely, even impossible.
The EU and Islam and the Jesuit takeover of the Roman Church
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