Daniel, the Olivet Discourse, and the Tribulation

Dan. 11 records an incredible picture of what will occur during the 70th Week. Jesus used this chapter as a basis for the Olivet Discourse. Read on to discover the links between Daniel, the Olivet Discourse, and the Tribulation.

These events during the 70th Week comprise a pattern: The Pattern of Seven Events, as detailed in the book Revelation Deciphered. (BUY IT HERE). These events are:

  • Deception by False Messiahs
  • War, Bloodshed and Chaos,
  • Famine and Economic Distress,
  • Abomination and Death,
  • Martyrdom and Apostasy,
  • Celestial Signs,
  • Rapture and Wrath

This pattern is repeated in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Revelation and is best exemplified by the Seven Seals in Rev. 6-8. Daniel 11-12 is the first mention of the pattern in scripture (Although, the sixth event in the pattern: Celestial Signs is not mentioned.)

Daniel 11, however, even mentions events that precede the 70th Week.

Some may doubt that Dan. 11:21-35 refers to the end times. Revelation Deciphered contains extensive proof that it does. I recommend you consult Chapter Ten of that book for the evidence.

The following verses detail the career of the Antichrist up until the signing of the Covenant with the Many.

In his place a despicable person (Antichrist) will arise, on whom the honor of kingship has not been conferred, but he will come in a time of tranquility and seize the kingdom by intrigue. Then an overwhelming army will be swept away before him (Antichrist); both it (the army) and a prince of the covenant will be destroyed. After coming to an agreement with him (the prince of the covenant), he (Antichrist) will act deceitfully, and with only a few people he will rise to power. (Dan. 11:22-23 NIV; clarification and emphasis mine)

This passage offers us astonishing insight. After coming to power in the new kingdom, the Antichrist will defeat an overwhelming army led by an Israeli general (a prince of the covenant.) This is mind blowing. It appears that after this military victory, the Antichrist signs an agreement with the Israeli leader which I believe is the famous Covenant with Death (also called the “Agreement with Sheol” and the “Covenant with the Many” found in Dan. 9:27), which marks the beginning of Daniel’s 70th Week. Is this agreement preceded and prompted by an Antichrist military victory? Does this victory and agreement then lead to the Antichrist’s rise to power?
In Isa. 28:16, God tells Israel in advance that the only true foundation of hope is Jesus, the stone laid in Zion, the precious cornerstone. Unfortunately, Israel will trust the Antichrist and learn the hard way. They will only come to faith in Jesus after suffering through the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord, God’s wrath on earth (at the end of the 70th Week of Daniel), when Jesus physically returns and “They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn” (Zech. 12:10 NIV).

EVENT ONE: DECEPTION BY FALSE MESSIAHS

The Antichrist’s negotiation of a treaty with Israel will probably be an enormous event world-wide and especially in the Islamic realm. It is likely he will utilize this event to promote himself, ride a “white horse,” and present himself as a possible messiah.

The Olivet Discourse doesn’t directly mention the Covenant with the Many. It simply states that we are not to be deceived by the False Messiahs (Matt. 24:4-5). An integral part of that deception will be the Covenant.

EVENT TWO (WAR, BLOODSHED, AND CHAOS)

In the Olivet Discourse, Jesus continues to expound on the signs before his PAROUSIA or coming. The second event is warfare.

You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (Matt. 24:6-7)

In Dan. 11, we learn more about this war.

In a time of tranquility he will enter the richest parts of the realm, and he will accomplish what his fathers never did, nor his ancestors; he will distribute plunder, booty and possessions among them, and he will devise his schemes against strongholds, but only for a time. He will stir up his strength and courage against the king of the South with a large army; so the king of the South will mobilize an extremely large and mighty army for war; but he will not stand, for schemes will be devised against him. (Dan. 11:24-25)

We learn from this passage in Dan. 11 that initially the Antichrist won’t be successful in his bid to become a world leader. If he was successful initially, he wouldn’t need to invade the richest parts of the kingdom or attack the King of the South (Egypt) in the Second Event of the 70th Week. These other countries would surrender peacefully if they considered him their rightful ruler. The fact that they don’t surrender shows us that the Antichrist will still be the ruler of a single nation or a small group of nations at this point in his career.Because the Islamic world does not immediately accept his rule, the Antichrist attempts to gain this position by force.

The passage of time occurs for the richest provinces to feel secure. It is then that he strikes and takes “peace from the earth.” This demonstrates that this is the Second Event of the 70th Week when the Second Seal breaks. Also notice that the term used for the areas he invades is “provinces” not nations or kingdoms. This implies to me that they are other regions close to the Antichrist’s nation. Daniel 8 supports the idea of an invasion close to the Antichrist’s home base:

Out of one of them came another horn, which started small but grew in power to the south and to the east and toward the Beautiful Land (Israel). (Dan. 8:9 NIV, clarification and emphasis mine)

The identity of these nations is not clear. South and east of Assyria are Iraq, Iran, the Arabian Peninsula, and Afghanistan and Pakistan. Certainly, Iraq and Saudi Arabia are rich with oil. These may be the nations involved. If the Arabian Peninsula is conquered, this would surely take “peace” (peace of mind) from the world. A Muslim leader conquering 2/3 of the Middle East and taking complete control of most of the oil fields would certainly upset the industrialized west, and with good reason!

Also we notice that the Antichrist attempts to “devise his schemes against strongholds” during the Second Event of the 70th Week. Are these the western nations? Is this the “chaos” and “disturbances” that Jesus refers to in Luke 21:9 ? At this time, he is unsuccessful. We also see he attacks the King of South (Egypt.) Jesus referenced the war by quoting Isaiah 19, “kingdom against kingdom.”

EVENT THREE (FAMINE AND ECONOMIC COLLAPSE)

References to the Third Event of the 70th Week are more subtle:

The king of the South will mobilize an extremely large and mighty army for war; but he will not stand, for schemes will be devised against him. Those who eat his choice food will destroy him, and his army will overflow, but many will fall down slain. As for both kings, their hearts will be intent on evil, and they will speak lies to each other at the same table; but it will not succeed, for the end is still to come at the appointed time. Then he (the Antichrist) will return to his land with much plunder; but his heart will be set against the holy covenant, and he will take action and then return to his own land. (Dan. 11:26 – 28 NASB, clarification and emphasis mine)

Although it may be stretching details, I find it extremely interesting that food is mentioned in this passage about the Third Year. The term used is “choice food.” The same term as used in Dan. 1:8 to describe the food served to Daniel and his friends by Nebuchadnezzar. This is a marker to me that the forces of the King of the South are eating under the Mark of the Beast (Rev. 13:16-17). Is that an aspect of why they plot against their own king? It is possible that the Muslim military leaders of Egypt actually hold allegiance to the Antichrist and view him as Mahdi despite their position in the Egyptian military? It could be, but this is supposition.

We also see reference to an “action” being taken against Israel (Dan. 11:28). In Revelation Deciphered you will learn that a siege against Jerusalem will begin in the Third Year of the 70th Week. Is this the “action” being referred to in Dan. 11? It most likely is.

Before we look at the fourth event, let’s list the Antichrist’s early exploits from the first three years that we have learned in detail from Daniel 11:
1) Antichrist negotiates and signs the Covenant with the Many
2) He invades the richest parts of the “Kingdom” and distributes the wealth among his followers
3) He plots the destruction of powerful nations
4) He attacks the King of the South (Egypt) but withdraws
5) He takes action against Israel but withdraws

This passage matches the Pattern of Events that we are building about the 70th Week of Daniel.

After this successful expansion of his realm in the Second Year of the 70th Week, the Antichrist attempts to destroy fortresses (the USA and Europe?), attempts to invade Egypt, and undertakes some sort of action against Israel. It appears none of these actions are completely successful at that time. At the very beginning of the Fourth Year, the Antichrist attempts to invade Egypt again:

At the appointed time he will return and come into the South, but this last time it will not turn out the way it did before. For ships of Kittim (thought to be “Cyprus”) will come against him; therefore he will be disheartened. (Dan. 11:29 – 30 NASB, clarification and emphasis mine.)

First, all of these passages represent an extreme amount of warfare in just a short one or two year period. The assumption that the Antichrist will be a man of peace is very misguided. Initially, he appears a man of peace by signing the Covenant with the Many, but starting in Year Two of the 70th Week of Daniel until the end, there will be constant war.
I also want to mention the reference to “ships from Kittim” (this is thought to be Cyprus). The phrase “ships from Kittim” is a reference to a very ancient prophecy by Balaam, who we discussed in Chapter Seven: “Horse of a Different Color (Revelation 6):”

But ships shall come from the coast of Kittim and they shall afflict Ashur and will afflict Eber; so they also will come to destruction. (Num. 24:24 NASB, emphasis mine)

Ashur is father of the Assyrian people who are the people of the Antichrist. By this, Daniel is again signaling that the Antichrist will be Islamic. Eber is one of the great-great grandsons of Noah. Tradition says that Eber (Gk: HEBER) rebelled against Nimrod and refused to assist in building the Tower of Babel. As a reward, God did not confuse his language (Hebrew). Ancient sources claim the descendants of Eber were those who crossed the Euphrates (Abraham and Lot). Are the “ships from Kittim” western warships? Most commentators think they are.

EVENT FOUR (ABOMINATION AND DEATH)

Dan. 11: 31 ushers in the beginning of the last half (last 3 ½ years) of the 70th week of Daniel:

At the appointed time he will return and come into the South, but this last time it will not turn out the way it did before. For ships of Kittim will come against him; therefore he will be disheartened and will return and become enraged at the holy covenant and take action; so he will come back and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant. Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress (the Temple), and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation. (Dan. 11:29-31 NASB, clarification and emphasis mine)

This is the same event that Jesus references in Matt. 24:15-16:

Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),  then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. (Matt. 24: 15-16)

One factor from Dan. 11 that adds to our understanding is that the Antichrist is thwarted in his attack on Egypt by “western” warships. It is only then that he turns on Israel once again with his full fury. Notice how the western warships prevent him from conquering Egypt, but freely allow him to attack Israel!! This clearly demonstrates that the West most likely will have completely turned their backs on Israel by this time. It is a very sad commentary.

In the last section, we noted that the Antichrist will lose heart when the western warships oppose him, but then he “turns” and is finally able to defeat Israel. What changes, and what causes him to suddenly be successful? It is at this very moment that Michael stands up, Satan is cast out of heaven, and the Beast enters and possesses the Antichrist. It is from this moment on that he is directly assisted in his evil endeavors by satanic forces. In just a few more verses we see that he is assisted by a “foreign god” (Dan. 11:39). This is the Muslim’s god, Allah (Satan), who assists him, and it explains why in the first half of Daniel’s 70th week he is somewhat unsuccessful, and why in the second half he is much more successful, due to this satanic assistance.

A common theme in this website has been the Islamic nature of the Antichrist and his empire. Muslims are fully expecting demonic assistance in their assault on the world. They call these fallen angels “jinn” or “djinn” from which we get the word genie.
Those who think the USA and western powers will be able to resist the Antichrist with their traditional armies forget this fact: that the Antichrist forces will be demonically assisted. It will not be a fair fight. However, of course, the Lord Jesus will physically return at the end of the 70th Week of Daniel and punish all the evil doers, jinn and human. Praise God!

In our next article we will examine the final Three Events in the Pattern of Seven Events in both Daniel and Matthew.

 

27 thoughts on “Daniel, the Olivet Discourse, and the Tribulation”

  1. I reject idea Teman location in Saudi Arabia or Yemen. Esau descendant located around Levant region, so Teman is inside Levant.

    Habakkuk 3:3 stated Paran and Teman are related (near) and since Paran location around Sinai peninsula Teman must be near that location maybe east or Paran around Jordanian region

    Regarding Dan 11 prophecy is not futuristic but historical since it is related to ancient kingdom of Persia. I counted 3 or 4 kings of north vs 3 or 4 kings of the south in which north refers to Seleucid and south to Ptolemy Eqypt.

    2300 years prophecy (Dan 8) started when Alexander the great declare himself as king of Levan around 332/333 BC + 2300 = 1967 when Israel finally control Jerusalem (sanctuary restored).

    3.5 times prophecy (Dan 12) aka 42 month aka 1260 days from 688 (power of holy people broken aka when dome of rock build by muslim) +1260 = 1948 – when nation of Israel established

    1290 prophecy (Dan 12) from 632 (mohamad died – abomination that cause desolation) + 1290 = 1922 – palestine mandate

    1335 prophecy (Dan 12) from 632 + 1335 = 1967 (Blessed is the one who wait )

    Regarding Gog prophecies there are 2 Gogs: Gog as king (Gog OF Magog chief prince of Mesech and Tubal) and Gog as people (Gog AND Magog-Rev 20). Gog as king is muawiya while Gog as people are the muslim (sunni).

    1. donal, I am not an expert on the location of ancient cities, however, we disagree on the location of Mount Paran as I see this as being in Saudi Arabia. Teman is also located near Dedan (Ezek. 25:13) which is on the western aspect of the Red Sea. So to me it is in Saudi Arabia, but again, I am not an expert in this area of study. Our understanding of the days of Daniel also differ significantly as I believe they are days (as the prophecy says) not years.

  2. Nelson, who says I am referring to Gog as Y’all. Apart from many other reasons, I ain’t no Texan 🙂

    I said I don’t believe Gog to be a man. That’s because it is blindingly obvious he is a principality of similar order to the one the messenger to Daniel was delayed by. How else could he reappear over 1000 years later in Revelation.

    Your third point makes no sense! The phrase refers to a country – “the land of Magog”. But the country got its name from the progenitor of the tribe that first inhabited it according to the bible. And it’s from understanding this that we are able to understand the prophecy.

    1. We agree on a second point (at at least to some extent) Phil. I also agree that Gog has a demonic component to him. If you read this article it explains how the Beast has 3 aspects to him: demon, man, and expire.

      Yes, the land of Magog did get its name from Magog who was the progenitor of the tribe who first settled that area. They had long since vanished however, by the time of Ezekiel’s prophecy.

  3. Nelson, you say: “The landmass countries were the defining feature that Daniel and Ezekiel used in their vision NOT genetics.”

    Ezekiel 38: “The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.”

    Read it carefully! You will see it speaks both of tribes and landmass. In the case of Magog, it is clearly the land that gets its name from the tribe, because it says “the land of”. And the prophecy declares Gog to be chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Not of the lands that were once inhabited by Meshech and Tubal. So this end-time prophecy requires there to be a land that takes its biblical name from its inhabitants = Magog, and two ethnic groups that get their biblical names from their progenitors = Meshech and Tubal.

    And that’s allowing scripture to interpret scripture.

    You said: “Finally, of course I still support a Middle Eastern antichrist who arises from the land mass of Assyria. It is what the Bible teaches.”

    You can’t do, because you support Richardson’s daft idea that Gog is the Antichrist, and Gog isn’t even a man!

    1. Phil, I’m not sure where you get your ideas. “Gog isn’t even a man!” -PM

      Ezekiel 38 refers to Gog as “you” and “him” in the singular in both Greek and Hebrew, not “y’all” or “them” in the plural. Not a people group but a man. Second, the Septuagint has two other refers to Gog not found in the MT Hebrew: Amos 7:1 and Num. 24:7. In both cases they refer to a king not a people group.

      Third: “of (a country)” is a common phrase. You might say “Nelson of America” or “Phil of Britain” or “Francois of France.” None of these refer to people groups rather to countries.

  4. Nelson, you said: ” We have a dual fulfilment scripture (Dan. 11) that was initially fulfilled by Antiochus IV (a foreshadow of Antichrist).”

    This is correct. And you should look to the historical facts concerning Antiochus’ heritage, and his rise to power. Although born in the region that was once a part of the Assyrian empire, he was ethnically Greek. He didn’t come out of Assyria to take power, he came out of Rome were he had been held hostage. In reality, he was no more Assyrian than you or I am.

    Where Hebrews born in Egypt considered by God to be Egyptians? No! Neither is the Antichrist an Assyrian.

    1. At no time have I ever claimed the Antichrist is ethnically Assyrian. IMO he is born there like Antiochus IV was. You are correct about this Phil. Other than Jews, I don’t believe God has preserved special bloodlines given the vast amount of intermarriage and emigration that has occurred. Rather it is the geographic boundaries or land masses that the Bible refers to in prophecy; such as in prophecies about Yavan, Magog, etc.

      Imagine, a topic we agree upon! I love it!

      1. Nelson, you said: “Imagine, a topic we agree upon! I love it!”

        Don’t bet your life savings on that!

        Show me a biblical example of landmass lending its name to an ethnic group. I can show you more than a dozen examples of the opposite. Explain the science behind God’s preservation of the Jewish bloodline, then show me why it can’t be applied to other ethnicities.

        And do I sense a slight distancing of yourself from the Easty Beasty being a Turk nonsense. Are you getting ready to jump ship?

        Happy Christmas 🙂

        1. “Explain the science behind God’s preservation of the Jewish bloodline, then show me why it can’t be applied to other ethnicities?” -PM

          God can preserve any bloodline he chooses, that doesn’t mean that he does it. In Rev. 7:1-8, we observe 12 “tribes” being sealed as the Jewish remnant. This is biblical proof that their bloodlines were preserved, as “tribe” isn’t a land mass designation. However, I know of no example of this in the Bible in regard to gentiles. For instance, my children are Americans (a land mass designation). Genetically however, they are Mayan Indian, Spanish, Italian, French, English, Welsh, Irish, German, and Lithuanian. Intermarriage and migration has completely mixed the bloodlines unless God has supernaturally preserved them. The only way we can categorically state that he has preserved a bloodline is to provide biblical proof. So please provide us with this biblical proof of a gentile bloodline being preserved into the time of the end.

          If you cannot provide definitive proof then it is just a theory of yours with no backing. In that case, common sense prevails over the theory. And common sense is that that migration and inter-marriage has mixed all bloodlines except for the Jews which have biblical proof behind them.

          1. Your attempt to turn my argument back on me won’t work. It is absolutely absurd to suggest that only the Jewish bloodline is preserved when we have clear end-time references to many ancient non-Jewish bloodlines: Magog, Tubal, Meshech, Gomer, Javan, to mention just a few .

            Your children are Americans because of an act of man’s law that named the landmass, and subsequently the people who reside there. That example has absolutely no baring on this issue.

            So there you have a complete refutation of the premise on which you base your claim that Javan is Turkey. From a biblical perspective, landmass does not give name to the people who reside there. It’s vice versa.

            Are you now ready to admit that Easty Beasty doctrine is hohwash?

          2. Phil, the Jewish people have been miraculously preserved as a people for one reason: to fulfill the promises of God. He has promised them an inheritance that is everlasting. No other people group has such a promise. If we look at the international scene today we see the Jews intact as a religion and ethnic people inhabiting their ancient land.

            No where else do we see Tubalites, for instance, self-identifying as such and inhabiting their ancient land. If the ancient people of Tubal still exist, it is only in the mind of the creator and the will of that creator. There is no evidence of this as there is for the Jews. And they don’t know it personally. They are also scattered abroad. It is nonsense to think that selected people from Mexico, Ireland, China, and South Africa, for instance, will regather in Turkey to fulfill Tubal’s prophetic calling. Absolute nonsense.

            The Biblical definition of these peoples as a homogeneous group is also suspect. The land masses got their name in Genesis 10 – and I agree that in the time immediately after the Tower of Babel that these were homogeneous groups. However, warfare and migration quickly changed that. By the time these groups were named by Daniel and Ezekiel (2000 years later), they were no longer pure descendants of their original namesakes. The landmass countries were the defining feature that Daniel and Ezekiel used in their vision NOT genetics.

            In conclusion, only the Jews are still recognizable as a people group and only the Jews have the promise of God that requires them be preserved as a people group. That is why the Bible ONLY mentions Jewish tribes and no other people group by name in end time prophecy.

            Finally, of course I still support a Middle Eastern antichrist who arises from the land mass of Assyria. It is what the Bible teaches.

    1. I also reject the historical interpretations of Daniel 11 for two reasons.

      One, we are told 3-4 times in Daniel 10 and 12 that the vision is of the end.

      Two, Egypt is not the king of the south. So, Ptolemy is irrelevant.

      Dan 11:26 Yes, those who eat of the portion of his delicacies shall destroy him

      Obadiah 1:7 …Those who eat your bread shall lay a trap for you.
      No one is aware of it.

      Esau, Edom, Teman is the king of the south. Arabia.

      1. Yes the king of the south is the GCC alliance of Sunnis led by Saudis with Bahrain, U.A.E.,Oman,
        The king of the north is not the Antichrist but the shia alliance including nations mentioned in jer49,eze38/39 and psalm 83, Egypt will still be reclaimed by a shia politician from the moslem brotherhood.
        Teman is Yemen and is currently shia and not sunni controlled,after associating with Iran.
        If you are using the OLD KJV then according to Dan 11:40 both kings of the north and south were against “him” this “him” is the Antichrist.
        Again in dan11:44 ,news from the east and NORTH troubled “him” if the Antichrist was from the north then why would he destroy the North???????????

          1. I can identify several old testament scriptures that holistically shed light on the NORTH country/Kingdoms of the North, then you will start wondering if you truly could identify this North,using Israel as the reference/centre on the map.
            In jer25:26,we have a NEAR NORTH( not Syria because of the current chaos but turkey and a FAR NORTH(Russia).
            Then Kingdoms of the north in Jer1:14,15 and jer5:15 whose language cannot be understood by anybody (possibly aliens or demonic manifestations).
            So which is which? Also in Is13:5 we have a FAR COUNTRY from the end of heaven with weapons from God himself not from this planet. So ,you cannot just identify 1 place as north, hence you may need to review the knowledge you got from Scofield reference bible and Josephus history articles.

          2. There are tons of countries north of Israel in the Genesis hall of nations. What matters is what does the immediate context say? We have a dual fulfillment scripture (Dan. 11) that was initially fulfilled by Antiochus IV (a foreshadow of Antichrist). The “Despicable Person” of Dan. 11:21 is the AC and the King of the North and the “Assyrian” of Micah 5:5. If it was fulfilled by the Seleucids the first time, the second fulfillment will be from a nation occupying the same land mass.

            Just picking out bible passages with “north” in them is not exegesis in my opinion. The word is too common.

          3. These “bible passages” that I quoted have to do with the ENDTIMEs/Daniel’s 70th week ONLY.
            So they are not just bible passages that use the word ” north”
            Take note,in Micah 5:5 which you quoted, there are 2 people identified.
            “this man of peace” and the Assyrian. The Assyrian is the Antichrist, and the man of peace,who is also the Idol Shepherd of Israel that will sign the covenant with “many”.
            Can I know which bible version is being used by you?
            I hope it is not the good news translation which is a terrible mistranslation of the WORD of God.

          4. Wisdom, you are new to this site. Perhaps reading without commenting first might help. Then after seeing what myself and the other readers here have uncovered, then comment. Let’s look at Micah 5:5 in my NASB translation:

            This One will be our peace when the Assyrian invades our land,
            when he tramples on our citadels.

            “This one” refers back to the one born in Bethlehem who we know is Jesus and the Assyrian is the Antichrist in this end time passage.That is clear because Micah 5:2-4 are all about Jesus who will become great to the ends of the earth. Matthew 2:6 is the reference proving it is Jesus. I recommend being careful about your interpretations from single verses. I highly recommend “Revelation Deciphered” which is available from Amazon which explains my end time interpretations.

  5. Ships from Kittim is a very interesting phrase. I agree that Kittim is probably a reference to Cyprus, but the island is currently split – half is aligned with Turkey and half is aligned with Europe. If this future incident echoes the history of Antiochus IV, it is likely to be European ships. But the possibility exists that it might be something aligned with the Turkish military which would then suggest some sort of intra-Islamic skirmish. I am not sure how to interpret this, but I do want to consider each option and not just slide over the issue quickly.

  6. At what point prior to Michael standing up and satan being cast down to earth, does the AC suffer a mortal head wound by the sword? Is he mortally wounded during the first attack on Egypt?

    If the AC is referred to as the (resurrected) prince who is to come, would he be a general, and Islamic, and an Assyrian?

    Is satan also Abaddon, released from the pit? How he is thrown down from heaven and up from the pit at the same time?

    1. I only have a few of the answers Ken. Michael stands up at the midpoint, at the Abomination. We know this from Dan. 12.

      I don’t know when (or really even if) the AC receives a mortal wound. I think he does, but the scripture isn’t clear.

      Is Satan Abaddon the destroyer? I don’t think so. He is the ruler over the locusts that sting only those who do not have the seal of God. This would be a house divided against itself. Is he an angel of the Lord. Perhaps. Again, I’m not sure.

  7. Another excellent discussion of the military and political moves of the Antichrist. I’m glad that the near term fulfillment of these events seems much less likely than when I published my last book about it; but I still agree that an Islamic Antichrist could make himself known and rise up anytime.

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