Will the Antichrist Control the Whole Earth?

Will the Antichrist control the whole earth? Will his control be political or something else? What does the Bible say?

The reason that some commentators say the Antichrist will politically control the whole earth is found in Rev. 13:

It was also given to him (the Beast) to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.  (Rev. 13: 7-8)

This seems to imply that the Beast will control the whole world, but that is not necessarily so. Let’s explore this deeper. There are two authorities given to the Antichrist in this Chapter; one from Satan and one from God himself.

The Authority Given to Him by Satan

Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names.  And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.  I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast. (Rev. 13: 1-3)

We know that Satan is currently the ruler of this world. We learn this from an interaction with Jesus:

And he (Satan) led Him (Jesus) up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.  And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.  Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.” (Luke 4: 5-7)

The true Messiah turned down Satan’s offer. The false messiah (Antichrist) will accept the offer. One might ask, “didn’t Christ pay the price to redeem the world back to his control at the cross?” Yes, he did. The control, however, has not transferred and won’t transfer until the 7 Sealed Scroll is opened and the Trumpets blown during Daniel’s 70th Week.  That is when the “Kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ.” Christ has won the right to the spiritual and political authority of the world, but won’t stake his claim until the 7th Trumpet is blown. Prior to that event, the Antichrist will excise Satan’s authority.

So Satan’s demonic authority over the world will be temporarily transfered to the Antichrist.  Does this mean that the Antichrist will be the political leader of the all the nations? No it does not. Satan is not the political leader of all nations now, but the AC will have Satan’s spiritual authority over the entire world.

Satan’s political authority over the world seems to be limited to the seven heads of the Dragon and the similar seven heads of the Beast.  The geo-political extent of this empire is outlined in this chapter as well.

Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names.  And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.  I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast (Rev. 13: 1-3)

Here Satan’s political realm is listed quite clearly. This empire is  the summarized by the three Beasts from Daniel 7: 1-6; the Lion, the Bear, and the Leopard. This means that the Antichrist empire will include the ancient Babylonian empire, the ancient Persian empire, and the ancient Hellanistic (Greek) empire.  IMO this is the political extent of the authority that Satan gives to the Antichrist.  This would include North Africa, the Middle East, and eastern Asia (Afganistan, Pakistan, etc.). This is shockingly similar in scope to a map produced by ISIS of their planned empire. The ISIS map includes more of India Africa, and Spain, but the areas are still very similar.

beast empire

We notice that after the Beast’s head wound is healed the whole earth is amazed and follows after the Beast. This doesn’t mean that the Antichrist politically controls the whole world either.  The Greek word translated “follow” is THAUMAZO which means “admire” or “be in awe of.” So this verse is saying is that the world is in awe of the Beast after the healing of its head wound.

The Authority Given to Him by God

We also see the Antichrist will be given an authority to act for 3 1/2 years. This authority will be given to him by God, but has a time limit.

There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him.  And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.  It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome (Gk: NIKAO, meaning to “spiritually overcome”) them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.  All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain. (Rev. 13: 5-8)

The Beast will will be permitted to war with the saints. This is a near direct quote from Dan. 7:21. The Greek word translated as “overcoming” in the verse in Revelation 13: 7 is NIKAO which always means a spiritual overcoming. This is the same word mistranslated “conquering and to conquer” in relation to the rider of the White Horse in Rev. 6:2.

What this verse really says then is extremely important. This is not a physical war, it is a spiritual war and the Antichrist will overcome many of the saints. We call this the Great Falling Away or the Great Apostasy. The verse that clarifies those that are overcome immediately follows this verse:

And authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain. (Rev. 13: 7-8)

Now that we have learned the “overcoming” is spiritual not physical, the verse that follows it, Rev. 13:7 (that has caused such controversy) takes on a completely new meaning.  Spiritual authority is given to the Antichrist over individual members of all tribes, people, tongues, and nations (Gk: ETHNOS, meaning people groups).

Rev. 13:7 and its mention of tribes, people, tongues, and nations is an exact quote of Rev. 5:9 that refers to  those that are Christ’s.

Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. (Rev. 5:9)

This contrast between the people that the Antichrist is given authority over and those Christ is given only further re-enforces the concept that this authority given to the Antichrist is a spiritual authority. Immediately after Rev. 13:7 we get confirmation of this. All who dwell upon the earth will worship the Antichrist UNLESS their names are written in the Book of Life.  Carefully re-exmining the parallel passage in Rev. 5:9 we see this same reference to the Book of Life with its seals!!  (This is just one further evidence that the 7 Sealed Scroll contains the Book of Life.)

In summary, Rev. 13: 1-10 is primarily about the spiritual authority of the Antichrist, not political authority.

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Other Reasons the Antichrist Might Not Politically Control the World

First, we are told that the Antichrist does not control the area that is modern day Jordan.

He will also enter the Beautiful Land, and many countries will fall; but these will be rescued out of his hand: Edom, Moab and the foremost of the sons of Ammon.  (Dan. 11: 41)

If the Antichrist doesn’t control a country like Jordan which is close to his base of operations (Syria/Turkey/Iraq), it is likely there are many other countries that he doesn’t control as well. We also see him fighting wars during the final 3 1/2 year period (after the Abomination of Desolation. )

But rumors from the East and from the North will disturb him, and he will go forth with great wrath to destroy and annihilate many.  Dan. 11:44)

Right before Armageddon at the sixth bowl, we see that there are still Kings in the East. This may be alluding the to war listed in Dan. 11:44.

The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east. (Rev. 16:12)

Finally, at the battle of Armageddon, it appears the Antichrist must convince the kings to do battle with Christ, it doesn’t seem that he can order them to do so.

And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs;  for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty. (Rev. 16: 13-14)

What Might the Antichrist Control?

If the Antichrist is the Islamic Mahdi, he will have spiritual and political control of all Muslims. These peoples are seeded into nearly all the nations, so in that way he will have control over a portion of the population of most nations. We are already seeing a microcosm of this effect. ISIS controls radical Islamists in many countries without physicially controlling the countries. When Antichrist arises it is likely he will control all Muslims (not just the current “radical” ones.  It is likely a billion followers will all become “radical” at that time.)

Additionally, Islam has the largest voting block in the UN, the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation). It is likely this control will expand and be another source of power for the Antichrist. The Antichrist may even be made the president of the UN.

Summary

We are not given a complete description of lands the Antichrist does and does not control at the end, but it certainly seems that the Antichrist does not have complete political control of the world at any point.

85 thoughts on “Will the Antichrist Control the Whole Earth?”

  1. Why did Westminster in London allow Muslims to demonstrate and multiply and vote in a Muslim Mayor. Why are there no for areas for everyone non Muslim. Not even the police venture into the towns and cities in England taken over by Muslims who demonstrate in public to do jihad and they are not attested by police? Why are they not deported either.
    We in Scotland are seeing Mosques now. Who is allowing them this?
    I won’t tolerate foreign cult . Why are we called islamaphobic. Yet they are all threatening to kill us?

    1. I’m sure this frightens you Elizabeth. Rather than looking at the negative side, I recommend looking at the opportunity you and your church have to witness to these Muslims in Scotland. God loves them just as he does you and I; and their presence in your town give you the chance to present the love of Jesus to them. The surest way of eliminating the threat is to covert them to Christianity.

  2. You may have answered this question somewhere above but in Revelation 6:8 it says by the time the pale horseman rides they will have power over a fourth part of the earth. Islam is expected to reach 25 percent of the earths population by 2025 and by 2030 its going to be over a quarter of the population 26.4 percent. Seeing everything that is happening in the middle east today Do you believe this is what Revelation 6:8 is referring to? I know some other Christians who believe this is what it means. Thanks

    1. Happy secular New Year jlils05. There are two theories as to what that 25% figure means. First we need to look at passage in Rev. 6:8. It says Death and Sheol will be given AUTHORITY over a quarter of the earth to kill (by four various means.) This isn’t political control it is authority to kill. Now this could be authority to kill a fourth of the earth’s population or just authority to kill in a zone that encompases 1/4 of the earth’s land mass or people. My friend Mark Davidson has written that he believes it is only in the Islamic Realm which is 25% of the population and land mass.

      To me it could be either, but I highly favor that it is 25% of the population of the earth. Unlike Mark, I believe the four horsemen ride DURING the 70th Week of Daniel and NOT BEFORE. (See Purpose of the Four Horsemen) If I’m right (and my new book Revelation Deciphered will prove it I believe) the GREEN horse rides at the midpoint of the 70th Week. This event marks the beginning of the Great Tribulation. That is why death and killing is featured. The Antichrist initially isn’t a killer, he appears as a man of peace and signs a Covenant with the Many. It is only at the midpoint he begins his reign of terror. (That is one of about two dozen scriptural reasons I believe the horsemen ride during the 70th Week.)

      Now if this killing truly is the Great Tribulation will it be “great” (meaning widespread see What is the Great Tribulation) if it only takes place over 25% of the earth? So to me this means that authority will be given the Beast to kill 25% of the world’s population. Christians currently make up about 30% so this seems like a proper number.

      1. You may be right but lets say this happens around 2030, it is estimated that the earth’s population will be over 8 billion by then. This would mean that in 3.5 years (Great Tribulation) the Antichrist’s empire (Caliphate) would have to kill over 2 billion people. I find this unlikely. I think like Mark that it will just be in the Islamic realm (middle east area). Sure there will probably be Muslims beheading Christians in other parts of the world but that map of the Islamic realm in black that you have posted above this article is were I think like 99 percent of the killings will happen. And the vast majority of the world Muslim population and land mass is in that area. Plus it is the time of Jacob’s trouble so I think that most of the killing will be in that area probably the area were the false prophet himself is located. In world war 2 there was an estimated 80 million casualties, so if the Antichrist and false prophet or Muslim realm in general kill 500 million in 3.5 years it will still be far worse than world war 2 or any other time period but still far short of 2 billion. I believe it means he will have power or control of a fourth of the earths population to kill by those four means(control of Muslim realm). I don’t think it is a coincidence that all this stuff is happening in the middle east, plus Daniel 8 appears to be getting ready to happen soon, and the Muslim world is almost 25 percent of the population, all at the same time.

        1. Check out this article WHY IS IT CALLED GREAT TRIBULATION. You will see in that article that the word “great” in Great Tribulation means “widespread.” So it actually is the widespread tribulation. That doesn’t seem consistent to me with a Middle East only area. Second, Rev. 6 says he has authority over 25% of the population to kill, not that he kills 25% of the population. Christians alone make up about 30% of the world population right now. However, this is not an area where I’m dogmatic. As I’ve stated the scriptures favor a world wide killing but mid-east only is scripturally possible.

          1. Hey Nelson I keep coming back to this 25% thing in my mind. So what you were saying above is that he has authority over 25% of the earth’s (whole world) population to kill correct? Like it will be wide spread?

          2. The word “Great” in Great Tribulation means “widespread” or “large”, so yea, IMO it will be widespread. This is a hugely misunderstood point. Pre-Tribbers have propagated an idea that the Great Tribulation is worse tribulation than what we have now. (Tell that to the Middle East Christians.) But that is not what the word MEGAS means.

          3. I do believe that it does mean 25% of the whole earth he will have authority over. If that is what it means I think God may be trying to show us something. God is very precise so when it says 25% (exactly a fourth) it means 25% not 24 and not 26 it will be exactly 25% at that time. People want to try to say Islam is already 25% of the earth’s population but that just isn’t the case. In January 2010 the pew research center estimated the world muslim population was 23.4 percent. If I had to guess its probably only like 24.2 right now. But the pew research center says if current trends continue muslims will make up 26.4% of the population in January 2030. If this info is accurate and this is what Rev. 6:8 means then the 2020s should be interesting. As far as the killings It probably will be widespread to a certain degree but still believe the “majority” of the killings will happen in and around Israel (middle east).

          4. So knowing its close to the time of the end you think its just a coincidence that Islam will reach exactly 25% of earth’s population (Rev. 6:8) sometime in the 2020s and is expected to exceed that by 2030?

  3. All Glory to God

    Nelson,

    Actually I agree with your technique. I think you may have boxed yourself into a particular interpretation. I’ll tell you what I mean.

    You assume that nations can only be dominated/broken by military means. They can also be dominated/broken- much more effectively- through economic means. The weak kingdoms are not outside the ten, they are within. These ten kingdoms contain every country in world as Daniel 7 v23 tells us (“…and shall devour the whole earth”)

    I point you to another clue. Consider Revelations 17 v 10-14

    This is the key verse that ties up everything. You see the Kingdoms exist but have no King. These Kingdoms exist by not by conquest but by consensus. This is why Daniel 2 v 41-43 makes no reference to Kings only to a Kingdom. The Kings come but appear only for one hour (15 days)- I suspect as a response to the rapture. Also the AC controlled beast is not part of them but is of them (only he goes into destruction). This I take to mean that though the beast is a separate organization, it is part of the same system. Which Kingdom do we know today that has not a King? the EU is the obvious answer. This is why I believe the ten are regional organizations and note that they will contain every country in the world. This is not an Islamic global empire as that would have Kings.

    The Beast will be a UN-type body in which the 10 Kingdoms will form the security council (here they form a single Global Kingdom). There will be no need for a General Council as every country in the world is represented in the ten.

    God Bless

    1. Curtis, I will respond to each point in order.

      1. I agree, economics will play a very important role at the third seal. The Mark of the Beast is economic. Please re-read THIS POST for the role it plays.

      2. Daniel 7:23 is a parallel verse to Rev. 13:7 and just like Rev. 13:7 has been misinterpreted by many to mean the Beast will politically control the earth. The word “devour” in Septuagint verse 23 is KATESTHIO. This word primarily carries a spiritual meaning, good or bad. Do a word search on this word, Curtis. You will be surprised. For example, Luke 8:5 where the birds “devour” the seed that falls on the hardened path in the Parable of the Sower representing Satan stealing the Word. Luke 15:30 in the Parable of the Prodigal Son where this son was accused of “devouring” his inheritance on loose living. John 2:17 where Jesus said zeal for the Temple “devours” him. Rev. 10:9 where John is instructed to “devour” the little scroll. Rev. 11:5 where the fire coming out of the mouths of the 2 Witnesses “devours” their enemies, Rev. 12:4, where the dragon attempts to “devour” the man child, Rev. 20:9 where the fire from heaven puts down the rebellion at the end of the Millennium. This is NOT a political or military word.

      2a. Dan. 7:23 does carry a clue however as to the identity of the Beast. Notice it says it tramples down and CRUSHES TO BITS all the earth. This is a direct reference to Dan. 2:40 where the fourth kingdom crushes all the other 3 kingdoms into bits. We know from Joel Richardson’s awesome work (in Mideast Beast) on this passage that the fourth kingdom is ISLAM. If you haven’t read Mideast Beast you need to read it first before continuing any further discussion in this comments section. Mentioning the EU has having anything to do with prophecy isn’t scriptural IMO.

      3. First of all I completely reject your comment that 1 hour = 15 days in scripture. You must prove something like that to say it. One hour is a brief time not a specific length of time. Also the rapture happens long after the 10 kings (in the sixth year of the 70th Week as has been demonstrated numerous times on this site).

      3a. Daniel first references the kingdom then references the 10 kings. This is because the kingdom (Islamic Caliphate) was established back in the seventh century by Rev. 17’s 7th King: Mohammed. It received a fatal head wound in 1924 and only now is being revived. The ten kings are yet to come, probably after the revived Ottoman Empire is split into four (Dan. 8:21). I assume these will be 4 of the kings. Then Rev. 17’s 8th King (the little horn, the Antichrist, the Beast) will arise. A portion of the 10 Islamic kings will be with him (iron) and half will be crushed by him (earthenware.) None of this is consistent with the UN. When did it receive a fatal head wound? Never.

      Now might the AC use the UN? I think it very likely, but the Beast Empire is the revived Ottoman Empire.

      My assumption is you have not read Mideast Beast nor Are We Ready For Jesus. Please consider reading both these books before further discussion of this topic.

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        Nelson,

        My purpose is to learn more not to antagonize. My apologies if I have inadvertently caused any grief. Again, I do not make these comments to prove them as fact but to provoke discussion, as all theories are better when put to a rigorous test. My thoughts on this matter are constantly evolving as I receive from men of God such as yourself. I tend to take my ideas from the scripture and what I see happening around me. Perhaps the nature of my training and occupation lend me to a certain bias. This I will not dispute

        You are right that I have not read the books you have mentioned. This is only because I am not able to at this time. Rest assured when I am free from my on-going projects, I will. However, I am well aware of your theory (including the one on the rapture) as I never miss your blog-posts since I discovered them.

        I take the 1 hour = 15 days from the 7 yrs = 1 week. I will however agree that this is disputable.

        I do not dispute that one of the ten Kingdoms could be a revived Ottoman empire or indeed a revived Roman empire. It just seems to me that AC’s organization is separate from the ten kingdoms which rule the whole earth. Note that these Kingdoms exist without Kings -alongside the beast- for a time. Consider Revelations 17 v 12
        “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”. (KJV)

        I think we agree that the ten kingdoms contain every country in the world (either by conquest or consent depending on what you believe). This means that the beast, being separate from the ten kingdoms, is not a country. If it (the beast) is not a country then what is it?

        Consider Revelations 17 v 16-17
        “And the ten horns…For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, AND TO AGREE, and give their kingdom unto the beast, UNTIL THE WORDS OF GOD BE FULFILLED”. (KJV)

        From this verse, it is clear IMO that the ten kingdoms are not conquered by AC, they willingly (by divine influence) give their kingdom to AC. It will be IMO, that three of them will revolt at a later time.

        Note a certain similarity between Revelations 17 v 17 and Daniel 11 v 36
        “And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and SHALL PROSPER UNTIL INDIGNATION BE ACCOMPLISHED: for that that is determined shall be done”. (KJV)

        God Bless

        1. Curtis, I enjoy “iron sharpening iron.” Much of my current understanding has come from such interactions. They have great value. However, Joel Richardson’s work in Mideast Beast has come to stand the test of time and argument. I always suggest those who argue from a European Antichrist prospective to read his book prior to further discussion. It helps a great deal in not requiring we “re-create the wheel” in a comments section.

          You mentioned several factors that you seem to think as universal, but with which I don’t necessarily agree. In regard to the ten kings ruling the whole earth, I do not agree with this. They may, they may not. Scripture is certainly not clear on this. My personal opinion is that they rule 10 Islamic nations that come together to form a Revised Ottoman Empire. However, I realize this my not be the case.

          You asked what I think the Beast is. I believe it is the coming revived Islamic Caliphate (in the physical), a demonic power who controls it, an ARCHON (in the spiritual), and a human who rules and exemplifies that Caliphate: the Antichrist. I think answers to your questions would form an excellent article. Look for a more complete answer in the future weeks.

          1. All Glory to God

            Nelson,

            Fair enough, I will wait to read your article. By the way I believe AC will be Turkish.

            God Bless

          2. book of revelation already exist for 1900 years and talking about the future means 6th century or 7th century also future not just 21st century. those 10 kings already gave their power and authority to islam, they are the reason islam reached their glory long long time ago. allah is the 666 also name also man also mark of the beast.

          3. Donal, I know you strongly believe that this is all historic, but the bible doesn’t support this. Look at Rev. 17:12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour.” One hour isn’t hundereds of years. Also notice they recieve their authority WITH the Beast. They exist at the same time. I will do an article on the ten kings in the next month or so, there seems to be a lot of questions about them.

  4. In a way the UN has world powers,yet its tentacles have not permeated deep enough, to obtain greater control,.In the same way Antichrist and his satanic powers will reach deeper into the world system then any other political world system to date.So regardless of AC reach there will still be a measure of autonomy.But I,m sure if he was able to keep on going he would of had absolute world dominance. Of course this is speculation, and we have only to watch for the main events.

  5. All Glory to God

    Nelson says: …The Bible however, does not clearly foretell a global government so we should be cautious in telling others these theories. Always beginning with “it is my best guess” that this is how it will happen.

    Curtis says: I think the Bible does clearly foretell a Global government. Now, this may not come in the form we are used to. I think it will be better described as a system of global governance which AC will eventually dominate.

    Consider Daniel 7 v 23

    “Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and SHALL DEVOUR THE WHOLE EARTH, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. (KJV).

    What I believe may differ from what you believe but I do not think myself to be infallible (only God is infallible). God shows us pictures, we try to interpret them and in doing so we may err.

    This is why I personally do not discount any interpretation of the prophecies with a biblical foundation. This is why I read everything you write because it may be that I am wrong and you are right. Also I can benefit from your knowledge to improve my understanding of the scriptures.

    I must join Christopher in commending your tolerance of opposing views. It is a rare (and I might add refreshing) quality.

    God Bless

    1. Thanks Curtis, this is a difficult subject isn’t it. The reason its difficult is that there are “seemingly” contradictory statements in the Bible about this topic. My belief is that when we see what appears to be a contradiction BOTH verses must be true. I bet you believe that as well. Just within the book of Daniel we read:

      *Even to the end there will be war (Dan. 9:26)
      *He will also enter the Beautiful Land, and many countries will fall; but these will be rescued out of his hand: Edom, Moab and the foremost of the sons of Ammon. (Dan. 11:41)
      *But he will gain control over the hidden treasures of gold and silver and over all the precious things of Egypt; and Libyans and Ethiopians will follow at his heels. But rumors from the East and from the North will disturb him, and he will go forth with great wrath to destroy and annihilate many. (Dan. 11:434-44)

      These verses show a continuing pattern of war (till the end as Dan. 9:26 says) and show that certain countries escape his rule. I haven’t figured it all out yet; to me the Bible is unclear about the final extent of the Antichrist’s rule. The time of the end will be more complex than we think I believe.

      1. Nelson,
        The verses you mention in Daniel to me describe prophecy that has already occurred. Daniel foretold of a man in history who is known Antiochus Epiphanies IV. He was the Antichrist of the old testament. It is interesting that he came prior to the appearance of Jesus. He went into the temple and sacrificed a pig on the altar and erected a statue of Zeus. All the these verses describe exactly what he did in history after the fall of Alexander the great.

        1. The angel gave us many, many hints that this is not the case. Rather than show all of them, a simple reference to Dan. 11:40 (which occurs before these verses) says “At the end time, the king of the South will collide with him, and the king of the North will storm against him with chariots . . .” 99% of commentators believe the section from Daniel 11:36 – 12:4 is all yet future. Antiochus did not conquer Lybia nor Ethiopia so we can be sure it isn’t in reference to him.

      2. All Glory to God

        Nelson,

        I agree with your sentiments about “seemingly contradictory statements”. However, I will add they may seem contradictory perhaps because we may be looking through from the wrong place.

        The Bible itself gives us clues about the nature of AC’s beast organization

        Consider Daniel 7 v 23
        “Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be DIVERSE from all kingdoms…” (KJV)

        I have highlighted “diverse” because this tells us the beast is different from all Kingdoms that have gone before it even though it spans the entire globe. The beast has authority but not in the manner of the other kingdoms. This tells me that the beast’s authority is indirect.

        Consider Daniel 2 v 41-43
        ” And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, THE KINGDOM SHALL BE DIVIDED; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.

        And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

        And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: BUT THEY SHALL NOT CLEAVE TO ONE ANOTHER, even as iron is not mixed with clay”.(KJV)

        The parts I have highlighted tells us, I believe, a great deal about AC’s beast Kingdom. Control is divided among different powerful entities (who appear to have considerable independence), centralized power is indirect. This nature is further emphasized in the iron and clay…some parts are strong (developed) and some parts are weak (under-developed). It also appears to have some democratic attributes (“they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men”).

        Now, since nothing in this world is totally new, we must think what organization existing today (or has existed before) bears the closest resemblance to the description from the Bible. I will say, without any doubt, that the UN bears the closest resemblance. The UN, though not nearly as powerful as the AC’s beast organization, spans the entire globe and it’s power is considerable (through the security council) but indirect.

        We must continue to pray for Lord’s direction concerning these prophecies.

        God Bless

        1. Many of these points you make Curtis are right on the mark, but I think your conclusion drawn from those points are off mark. The fourth kingdom will be diverse or different from the others that came before it (Babylon, Persia, and Hellanistic). Consider that difference might be its religious, spiritual nature; it might be an Islamic Kingdom.

          As far as the iron and clay, we have discussed this at lenght in the article about that. Notice it says partly strong and partly “broken.” This does not say weak, it says broken. Winners and losers in a war; not developed and undeveloped. The picture reference this is drawn from is Psalm 2 where Jesus’s iron sceptre breaks the clay kingdoms of this world. So in a similar manner the iron of the original kingdom will break other nations but these conquered nations will never fully adhere to the original iron part. Also the iron and clay toes are a FIFTH kingdom; the legs are the fourth kingdom. This is the same as the eighth king of Rev. 17. It is the head of the Beast that recovers from the fatal head wound of Rev. 13. I know you believe the Best is the UN but do you see how in all these exampples it just doesn’t fit with the UN, but all fit perfectly with Islam?

          Now interestingly, I do not discount a UN component of the Beast Empire entirely. Already the OIC commands a large percentage of the UN and controls most votes. I can’t imagine the UN not playing a role frankly, but it will most likely be in an Islamic controlled environment.

          1. All Glory to God

            Nelson,

            Consider Daniel 2 v 43

            “BUT THEY SHALL NOT CLEAVE TO ONE ANOTHER, even as iron is not mixed with clay” (KJV)

            This is not a grouping based ideology, religion, race etc. The Bible makes it clear that the 10 horns have nothing that unifies them except power. So I believe this cannot be Islam, as an Islamic empire will be unified by Islam. This Kingdom is very diverse comprising of, I suspect, every race and creed. It will cover the entire globe

            I believe that this UN will pass away after the 2nd seal war and will be replaced by a reformed global body with more powers but with the 10 regional bodies forming the governing (or security) council. I imagine Islamic countries will form one or more of the horns and play a role from that respect

            God Bless

          2. Many people believe as you do Curtis. As with so many others though, you look at the “sense” of what the words “iron and clay” might mean but miss the “reference.” My Bible interpretation technique is to look for symbols or words and phrases that repeat in other parts of the Bible before rushing to judgment on what a passage means. This is a very old technique dating back to before the days of Jesus. If we look for “iron and clay” together, we find them in Psalm 2:9.

            “You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.”

            So the iron breaks the clay. Sure enough when we look at Daniel we see these two words (iron and earthenware) and about the earthenware it says: “As the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of pottery, so some of the kingdom will be strong and part of it will be brittle.” This is the same image, the clay is weaker and breakable. So in the grouping of ten kings we have a group that is strong and will do the breaking and a group that is weaker and will be broken. We know from Daniel 11 that the AC will conquer Egypt, Libya, and Ethiopia, and many other countries. He will “break” them and although they are the same kingdom (Islamic) they will not adhere as well because they were enemies who were crushed.

            Now could it also be some sort of UN grouping under an Islamic AC (AC just about has to be Islamic according to scripture)? Yes, it could. The UN grouping of weaker states could be crushed by the stronger Islamic states as well. I see this as much less likely however.

  6. Nelson,
    I would like to know what seminary or theological schools you attended. I couldn’t find anything on this website in regard to your background. It would be helpful if you add an “ABOUT” tab on the homepage with a little more information on you. Thanks in advance.

    1. Christopher, this ministry is all about Jesus. I am not important. I’m a DOULOS (slave). So I don’t have any credentials up on the site except that I know Jesus. Now, I have taught Bible for 20 years and I do have a doctorate and two masters (but not in theological studies). I have been mentored by the best for over 23 years of being a Christian. I count folks like Joel Richardson, Joe Lenard, and Alan Kurschner as friends. But in my mind none of that matters. What matters to me is the time I spend with our Lord. I consider all the rest rubbish compared to the greatness of knowing Christ.

      In my opinion, the scriptures speak for themselves. I try to convey that in my teaching; letting the scriptures speak for themselves; letting scripture interpret scripture. This frequently runs counter to mainstream “church” teaching. But iron and iron clashing lead to sharpened iron. I think we all desire that in the inner man. I make a zillion mistakes, but brothers and sisters help correct those mistakes. It is a beautiful thing, because Jesus is the truth. Knowing the truth is knowing Christ.

      I guess that’s the “little more info.”

  7. Was the former Ottoman Empire full of violent terrorists? In schools, they only teach that it was a “Turkish” empire, not that it was Islamic (at least from what I can remember). Do you think many Americans know that this historical empire was very Islamic?

    1. Janae/Nelson, The Turks had a fearsome reputation as a formidable Muslim army. Yes your American books are rather poor on history, as my cousin from Cheltenham Ladies School complained in their slanting history from US eyes. (Maybe it explains US admin poor performance in diplomacy!)
      In my 1960’s school studies of modern European history leading to WWI the early 20th Century Balkans conflicts based upon medieval Muslim-Christian wars and hatred ignited WWI in Serajevo.

  8. Nelson I know this is not the discussion but in reference to Revelation 18 it seems there is various options on what city this is (Babylon), a article on this would be interesting. Thanks for your work

  9. Nelson:

    You mention 1 billion control by A.C..
    Facts: By 2025, the Islamic population of the world will pass the 25% mark (2 out of 8 billion will be Muslims).
    Conclusion: If A.C. Will control all the Islamic population, then he will at least control 25% of world population (2 billion).

    You mention A.C. will have spiritual control.
    Facts: the Middle East Christian ratio has already dwindled to less than 1% (8-12 million) of the whole Middle East population, and the majority of them live in Egypt and Lebanon. Majority of Christians have already left Iran, Iraq and Syria.
    Possible conclusions:
    1) Satan already has 99% of spiritual control of the Middle East and when Satan passes the control over to A.C., all he has to do is to fight the minority Christians in Egypt and Lebenan, and the Jews in Israel, in order to achieve 100% control.
    2) when all the Middle Eastern countries (except Egypt and Jordan) will be under the political control of A.C., the A.C. Will try to control Israel politically as well, with Armageddon War.
    3) this sets the stage for our Lord and savior to come and take the political control of Israel first, by removing A.C. and False prophet.

  10. I want to recommend the book and the DVD by Kelvin Crombie, Gallipoli — The Road to Jerusalem. He gives tremendous historical background to the break-up of the Ottoman Empire, and the subsequent state of affairs now coming out of the Middle East. The victory of the Allies in the WW1 Palestine/Middle East Campaign was one of the bright spots of a horribly destructive war, and which brought about the establishment of God’s Word to return the Jewish people back to their homeland. This, as we know, is what has lit the fire that is raging out of control today. Jerusalem was surrendered by the Turks 98 years ago yesterday, during the Jewish Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah), which is being celebrated today.
    http://www.heritageresources.com.au

    1. Howard, those excellent historical points too easily get overlooked these days. In fact, they’re what started my enquiring as a non-Christian into biblical prophecy because I’d been given a book on it. I flicked thro’ the chapters on Jerusalem whilst TV documentary was on and was amazed to see Iraqi and Iranian elite troops rehearsing the capture of Jerusalem – even though they were enemies at war! (mid-80’s).

      We could even claim Jesus foretold that liberation of Jerusalem. This briefly covers material from that book > http://richards-watch.org/2014/12/09/what-did-jesus-foretell-about-the-first-world-war/

      So that motivated me to launch a blog in 2011 and around its 2nd and 4th anniversaries the Iranians were repeating that military exercise, as if to hammer the point home to me! (http://richards-watch.org/2015/12/02/the-invisible-hand-reappears-at-another-anniversary-spooky/ refers)

  11. Nelson,
    First I would like to thank you for allowing my comments and views on scripture, which don’t necessarily agree with yours. Your board serves as a way to edify the body of believers in the knowledge of the word of God.
    Regarding the bible not expressly saying that there will be a global kingdom, I think we should consider these verses:
    Rev. 13:8- All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
    Rev. 13:3- All the world marveled and followed the beast.
    Rev. 13:7- It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.
    Our world is becoming more connected and interdependent. Issues like fighting terrorism, combatting global warming, sustaining food and natural resources, protecting animal species, and seeking world peace are reasons a global government will be necessary. In reality it will be like the tower of Babel all over again. Imagine Jews, Christians, and Muslims united with Jerusalem as the religious capital of the world. “They will say peace, peace, when there is no peace.”
    Jesus was right when in Matthew 24 that war and rumors of war are the beginning of the end. That’s what we are seeing now.
    The Antichrist will by peace destroy many.- Daniel 8:25

      1. Nelson,
        I reread the article but got the impression that you believe Satan only has spiritual authority over all the earth and not political authority over all the earth. You cite the kingdoms mentioned in Daniel ( middle eastern centric) as being his only political sphere of influence. My question to you is: Is Obama a Muslim? Can you name one nation with a Christian as president? Aren’t political beliefs based on ones spiritual beliefs?
        Also you seem to think that the Antichrist will only have the ability to spiritually overcome the saints. You write in the article ”Now that we have learned the “overcoming” is spiritual not physical”
        The scriptures make it clear that some will be killed with sword and some will be put in prison. All Christians know the choice of execution will be beheading. How can you say he will only have ability to spiritually overcome the saints then?
        It sounds alot like saying that Christ’s resurrection was spiritual not physical.
        This sounds like you have mistranslated the intent of the original Greek.

        1. Thanks for continuing to engage Christopher.
          1. Yes, I believe that Satan does not have political authority over all the earth at this time. If he did, we’d be seeing something like what I imagine the Beast Empire would be like already in existence. I believe he has influence by not dominion. Currently the seventh head of the beast has received a fatal head wound and has not come back to life yet (this was the Ottoman Caliphate.) Now might ISIS be that head coming back to life? Maybe but I think not. It will be the revived Ottoman Caliphate IMO.
          2. Yes, the Bible is clear that the Beast Empire will be a leopard with the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion. Will the Antichrist eventually gain a greater sphere of political influence than this? Yes, probably he will but we are not told to what extent.
          3. I believe the battle that occurs in the 70th Week of Daniel is for the souls of the world. It is a spiritual battle and there will be spiritual overcoming (NIKAO). Many will be led astray and fall away. Will there be physical overcoming as well? Of course! please read this companion article about the purpose of the four horsemen which shows the means by which Satan attempts to NIKAO the world. Most of these have a physical component but are primary based at gaining worship for the Beast.
          4. Of course Christ’s resurrection was physical but his overcoming of Satan was spiritual, accompanied by a physical act (the resurrection.) Jesus won the war on the cross. But it isn’t until he opens the 7 Sealed Scroll that he claims his dominion from Satan. Until that point he gives us the fantastic opportunity to join him in the struggle against evil.
          5. If you think I mistranslated NIKAO do a word study yourself by looking at all the verses that use this word in the NT. I think you will be surprised. None of them talk about a physical conquering.

  12. I think if any Christian wants to understand this prophetic portion of scripture, you need to know about the New World Order. This is an attempt to form a one world government with one world currency and all economies tied together digitally. We are moving to a cashless society. They hate cash because it is anonymous transaction that cannot be tracked.
    The Antichrist will not appear until this system is put in place. He will most definitely have total control over every nation of the world. You cannot buy or sell unless you take his mark. That’s why there is a push to digitally connect even the third world countries.
    If you don’t know about the New World Order then you seriously underestimate the coming Antichrist.

    1. Christopher, Thanks for your comments. The New World Order is a human construction; a guess at what might happen. It’s not found in the Bible. It might be involved in the future of Antichrist and it might not. What is written in this article is what the Bible says about the authority of the Beast. I like to stick to the facts of scripture. I do think it likely that Antichrist will establish a digital currency, that makes sense but it can happen independent of a New World Order.

      1. Nelson,
        The New World Order is in the scriptures. The beast with seven heads and ten horns represents a kingdom, a global kingdom! Daniel saw 4 beast that represented 4 kingdoms. Babylon. Persia, and Greece exactly in that order.
        The New World Order is attempting to establish a one world government. The kingdom is a mixture of all the kingdoms that came before it, thus the mixture of animals representing those kingdoms. Beast=kingdom

        The woman is a city. This city will be this global kingdoms capital. This city is Jerusalem!
        Do you have eyes to see?
        Do you have este to hear?

        1. Christopher, Thanks for engaging on this site. You are exactly correct that the Beast empire will be a combination of the Lion, Bear and Leopard (we know this from Rev. 13). Notice that this empire is the footprint of the old Ottoman Empire that the allies delivered a fatal head wound to at the conclusion of WWI (1924). It is not a complete world dominating footprint. It is not the New World Order. The seven heads are listed in my book Are We Ready For Jesus (Egypt/Assyria/Babylon/Persia/Hellenistic/Rome/Islam). There are a couple pages devoted to this concept there. I probably should post an article on the Beast and its make up (scarlet color, etc.) in the near future.

          As far as the woman being Jerusalem. The bible teaches that the city is destroyed to never be inhabited again. That pretty much eliminates Jerusalem in my opinion.

          Hope that helps.

      2. Nelson,

        It seems to me that all the talk about a “New World Order”, and other such conspiracies — which has been going on for a long time now — is a distraction, even perhaps a deception. People, including Christians, seem to be always jumping on the latest conspiracy bandwagon, while neglecting the study of what the Bible has to say about the end times. which is exactly what the enemy wants.

        1. Jeanne,
          The idea of creating a global government is not new. In fact the idea has been around ever since World War 1 and at that time was known as the grand design. Regarding believing in conspiracy theories if you believe that Osama bin Laden and terrorist conspired to bomb the World Trade Center then you are a conspiracy theorist.
          Many world leaders are talking about creating a global government known as the New World Order. I believe revelation is telling us that it’s coming but many seem to want to interpret it in their own way.
          God bless you

          1. All Glory to God

            Christopher,

            I believe you make an important point here. We know that the first 5 seals are the works of satan. Since satan does nothing new and he does know exactly when the end is (only God knows this), he must attempted these tricks before hoping God will allow them to happen.

            After the first World War, The League of Nations was created to bring Mankind together and presumably stop all wars-this failed.

            Then comes WW2, the UN was created (with more powers than the League of Nations) along with the Bretton Woods institutions where a one World Currency was proposed (many people are not aware), this currency was to be called the Bancor- this failed as well. All these failed because it was not yet time.

            The next time, after satan has instigated WW3 (the 2nd seal war, Daniell 11v22), he will create exactly what he attempted to do twice before in the 20th century- a powerful global body with a single Global Reserve Currency. This time, however, I believe God will permit it. This plan is not new, which is why most people will not see it for what it truly is.

            God Bless

          2. Curtis and Christopher,

            I don’t disagree that what Curtis is proposing is possible. The wars that begin at the second seal will be devastating. After all the AC is permitted to take peace from the earth. The Bible however, does not clearly foretell a global government so we should be cautious in telling others these theories. Always beginning with “it is my best guess” that this is how it will happen.

        2. There also seems to be, in some of the NWO theories, a thread of vile anti-semetism such as was found in the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” a popular work of Russian propaganda about how Jews plotted to rule the world in a giant conspiracy. As a result of this kind of false and incindiary publication, many Jewish people across Europe were murdered. My antennae are up as I occasionally study the NWO flavored theories about the times ahead. I see a lot of theories there that seem to involve no antisemetic bent whatsoever, but there are some that definitely do. Powerful Jewish families are often listed by name as conspirators working to bring the world to its knees. This is dangerous stuff, in my opinion. As we approach the time of Jacob’s trouble, we must be vigilant to defend the children of Israel in every way possible. We must inspect our prophecy theories with a fine tooth comb.

  13. All Glory to God

    Nelson,

    As you know I differ from you about how AC rules the world.

    My Theory

    I believe AC will not directly control any country. After the 2nd Seal war, the world will be re-organized into 10 regional organizations based- perhaps- around the EU. These 10 horns will form the governing council for a new UN-type global body (the UN itself will become history), AC will be secretary-general of the new body.

    These 10 horns will dominate the world until AC is able to set up his currency as the Global Reserve Currency (GRC) along with a Central Bank to issue it. This will allow AC to surpass the governing council in power. AC will get his currency to be the currency of Global trade by ensuring that all commodities (oil in particular) are denominated in this currency. Once he does this, no country, organization or entity will be able to resist him. This is because all countries need to trade and control of the currency of global trade ultimately gives you control of every country’s money. As Lord Rothschild is reputed to have said “give me control of a country’s money and I care not who makes it’s laws”. (See Daniel 7 v 7-8)

    I believe AC will have complete control over the world’s money (and hence the world) . . .

    God Bless

      1. All Glory to God

        I’m sorry Nelson. Sometimes my thoughts run ahead of me. I wanted to bring up a few points concerning your Islamic world domination theory.

        Consider Daniel 11 v 23

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

        From this verse, I believe that AC will use a small number of people to attain power not a billion strong Muslims.

        Consider also Daniel 11 v 36-37

        “And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above EVERY god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.

        Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard ANY god: for he shall magnify himself above all” (KJV)

        From this verse, I believe AC will not be personally religious (Muslims do not magnify themselves over their god). They may be those who will call him the Mahdi and he will do nothing to stop them (why should he?) but he will not subscribe to any religion, be it true or false. I believe he will be deeply into the occult but this he will do in secret. The false prophet however may subscribe to a false religion for purposes of deception.

        God Bless

        1. These are both very good questions Curtis. Both verses you look at come from Dan. 11. Daniel 11: 21 – Dan. 12:4 is one of the portions of scripture that outlines the Pattern of Seven Events (Deception by False Messiahs, War and Bloodshed, Famine and Economic Collapse, Abomination and Death, Martyrdom and Apostasy, Celestial Signs and Rapture, then Wrath.) So the context of the great passage must always be kept in mind. The first verse you quoted is from the beginning of this section. Let me put it in full context:

          After an alliance (The Covenant with the Many) is made with him he will practice deception, and he will go up and gain power with a small force of people. 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. 11:23-25)

          These verses picture the first two of the seven events. Before we look at them. Let’s put them in perspective. The war of Daniel 8 has already taken place. Iran has invaded the middle east, Turkey has counter attacked. Someone or something has broken the new Ottoman Empire up into four sub-regions or nations and the 10 kings are in place but are not yet a unified group. After the ten kings arise, the AC arises and defeats Israel in a battle that we see pictured in Dan. 11:21-22. At this point he is probably the leader of one of the four sub-nations. Into that perspective we look at the verse that you mentioned. In Dan. 11:22 we see the AC making the Covenant with the Many (the deceptive false peace treaty) and practicing deception. This the First Event in the Pattern of Seven Events. It says he gains power with a force of small people (only one of the four sub-nations) and he does this through deception. So your point that he doesn’t command a billion people immediately is correct. At the beginning of the 70th Week of Daniel, he is the leader of a small nation. But through deception (like we saw when we looked at the purpose of the four horsemen) he will begin to gain power over many of the world-wide Muslims. This deception will be through miraculous signs of the False Prophet (Isa, the Muslim Jesus) and the impact of the Covenant with the Many that will astonish the world (it will be the mid-east peace accord the world longs for.)

          Next he will further begin to consolidate his power through warfare. That is the second event in the Pattern of Seven Events: War and Bloodshed. We notice in vv. 23-24 that in a time of tranquility (the one year after the Covenant with the Many) he will invade the “richest parts of the Realm.” We are not told what this is exactly but I assume it is invading the other 3 sub nations of the Neo-Ottoman Empire and that these are the 3 “horns” of the 10 horns that he plucks out as we learn in Dan. 7. Also notice that this war involves invading the King of the South (Egypt). Although this initial attack is not successful.

          I will answer your other question in a second comment.

        2. Your second question involves the theology of the AC and you went to the right place. Dan. 11. You didn’t quote the entire passage about his theology however, so I have copied it here for you.

          Then the king will do as he pleases, and he will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will speak monstrous things against the God of gods; and he will prosper until the indignation is finished, for that which is decreed will be done. He will show no regard for the gods (actually singular GOD) of his fathers or for the desire of women, nor will he show regard for any other god; for he will magnify himself above them all. But instead he will honor a god of fortresses (Heb: MAOZ, meaning “strength” or “fortress”), a god whom his fathers did not know (this shows he is a “new” god); he will honor him with gold, silver, costly stones and treasures. (Dan. 11:36-38)

          He shows no regard for the God of his Fathers (Esau and Ishmael who knew YHWH), the desire of women (Jesus, all Jewish women desired to birth the Messiah), or any other god, EXCEPT he will honor a God of strength (Allah). This Hebrew word MAOZ finds its first occurrence in the Bible in Judges 6:25-26 where Gideon defiles the altar of Baal and this place was called a MAOZ or a “stronghold.” We know that many believe Baal and Allah are one and the same and that Mohammed worshiped Hu’bal who also went by the generic name of god or Allah. So this is another link showing that the “god” of strength (Islam values military might) that the AC honors is Allah.

          Now we know from 2 Thess. 2 that the AC will sit in the Temple of God and proclaim himself to be God. Can both these things (He honors Allah and proclaims himself god) be true? Islam is a religion that is plastic. They believe new revelations abrogate or replace old ones if they contradict. This is very different from Christianity where we believe God is the same yesterday, today and forever, but Islam is not that way. We are wrong to assume that Islam will not accept a man as god. Why does the Beast destroy the Harlot (Islam based in Mecca)? Because he no longer desires anyone to worship in the old ways, he wants the worship for himself. So might the AC proclaim himself to be Allah on earth? He might. Exactly how all this goes down, I am not sure. But the False Prophet will be out there working not only to deceive Christians but Muslims as well into worshiping the Beast.

    1. I am not familiar with any scriptures that tell us why. Jordan is such a minor player, it seems odd. Perhaps Jordan’s role as moderator of the Temple Mount plays some role but I don’t know why they avoid AC rule.

      1. I thought about this last evening. Jordan has been a long-time ally of the U.S. And as Amal Imani writes today at American Thinker in a piece entitled “Why Does Obama Call ISIS ‘ISIL’?”:

        “Besides Israel, Jordan and the Kurds in Northern Iraq have been stalwart friends and allies. Jordan is one of the 65 countries Obama claims are actively “engaged” in taking ISIS/ISIL out. In reality, roughly 60 nations in that vaporous coalition are contributing little or nothing to the cause but allowing their country’s names to appear on a meaningless list.

        “One exception, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, is an eager participant in the war on ISIS. He traveled to Washington to ask Obama for more weapons so Jordan could better defend itself and play a larger role in the regional fight. In like manner, the Kurds, who constitute one of the fiercest fighting forces in the region, have been enormously supportive of the U.S., but they are fighting ISIS with guns from WWII. They too have requested contemporary weaponry. The plaintive requests from both have been ignored.”

        Abdullah was educated in England and the U.S. Whenever you see him interviewed, it is apparent that he is a thinking man and very Westernized, IMO. Abdullah is a military man, and has said he would have made a career out of the military had his father not chosen him to become King (over his uncle). He wasted no time in going after those who burned one of Jordan’s pilots. Abdullah’s mother was born in England. His father before him had also cultivated a close relationship with the U.S. and married an American woman of Jordanian ancestry (Queen Noor). So there is a history there of alliance.

        I was also thinking about the “wilderness” where the woman flees for protection in Revelation 12 might be, which some speculate could be Petra, in Jordan. Perhaps that might be a clue as to why Jordan escapes. Egypt could also be a possibility. Of course, we won’t know until it happens.

        1. Jeanne, you make sound points re Jordan on two counts:
          First, didn’t first century Christians flee for protection to Petra when the Romans besieged Jerusalem circa AD70?
          Secondly, a couple of year’s ago Joel Rosenberg noted that moderate king Abdullah is a key man to watch as battles rage across Middle-East (see https://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/as-fires-rage-across-the-mideast-a-key-man-to-watch-is-jordans-moderate-king-abdullah-ii/)

  14. What kinds of Christians do you think will fall away during the great apostasy? People who didn’t read their Bibles very carefully? Jesus’s warnings about the false Christ seem to be pretty clear…

    1. Janae/Nelson re .your ‘What kinds of Christians do you think will fall away during the great apostasy?’ Kindly allow my ‘tuppence worth’ because you refer to it as a future event. Imho, the full-blown apostasy started decades ago.

      In 1950’s 75% Brits attended church at least once a year but now it’s claimed to be around 5%. The majority of churchgoers probably went on social grounds, not as a result of sincere belief. Yet most were religiously literate, not illiterate as today – so they’d heard and knew about the Gospel message and thus had some faith. So, very many non-Bible-believers have already fallen away, and a majority of baptised Catholics are lapsed in their faithful observance. It seems they became victims of ‘hippie culture and gross hedonism of commercial materialism and immorality.

      The greater apostasy, however, must surely be false doctrines creeping into clergy, rather than laity, as well as political leadership; eg. omission of Gospel proclamation, acceptance and promotion of redefinition of marriage – even clergy in SSM – as well as that of ‘Chrislam’, as in Pope’s apostate remark of Christians and Muslims having the same God!

      SO the ‘falling away’ described by Paul to the Thessalonians started years ago!

      1. Everything you say is true Richard, yet I claim what we are seeing now is the “gradual falling away.” IMO, the great falling away will occur during the 70th Week when believers will face the choice of the Mark of the Beast or death. So what types do I think will fall away? Everyone who values life and the things of this world over Christ. Christ places the falling away after the beginning of birth pangs and during the Great Tribulation (Matt. 24:9-13).

  15. Look at what one or two terrorist attacks does on a country, it almost paralyzes them.Could you imagine two or 3 a day,in every country in the world? Nelson when the scripture says God had to cut the time short,is the implication that if He did not,the world in a few short years would of been Islamic?or the world destroyed?

    1. Mike, here are Jesus’s exact words: “there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. Unless those days had been cut short, no life (Gk: SARX, meaning “body” or “flesh”) would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.” (Matt. 24: 21-22)

      The word SARX indicates Jesus is saying if he didn’t stop the Great Tribulation prior to the end of the 3 1/2 years no humans would be left alive. Why is that? The AC is only killing those who don’t take his Mark. Yet this verse says all human flesh would be destroyed. I think this is directly related to this article. The AC doesn’t control all nations, will he plan some devious plan which if he carried it out would kill everyone on the planet? I think so. Be it nuclear or biological, he will have something ready to devistate the earth, but the Celestial Earthly Disturbance will thwart his plans. Of course, this is conjecture, but what elese can it mean?

  16. To a extent is it also not physical control, or are those who cannot buy or sell only limited to AC kingdom? Can you imagine the hardships and death for saints.If the mark is world wide.?

  17. Nelson, to further back your argument of your statement “If the Antichrist is the Islamic Mahdi, he will have spiritual and political control of all Muslims. These peoples are seeded into nearly all the nations, so in that way he will have control over a portion of the population of most nations. We are already seeing a microcosm of this effect. ISIS controls radical Islamists in many countries without physically controlling the countries. When Antichrist arises it is likely he will control all Muslims (not just the current “radical” ones. It is likely a billion followers will all become “radical” at that time.),” could we look to what is said in the Quran that would galvanize all Muslims to unite and become one. I don’t know all what is said in the Quran, but some of what is said that I know of would seem to do this at some point and would support your argument here. I believe we don’t understand the true motivation of Islam unless we know what motivates it which could be better understood if we knew what the Quran has to say.

    1. Tom, you are SO, SO correct. Christians are woefully unprepared to confront Islam and Muslims with the truth of the gospel. I am putting some finishing touches on a new article and video called “How to Defeat ISIS.” Once that article comes out there will be resources on it.

  18. 3.5 times or 42 month actually 1260 years not ordinary 3.5 years.

    if you follow the history of islam actually rev 13 already fullfilled even 8th head already appeared long time ago

    rev 17 when the beast/islam attacking great babylon prostitute (rome/european community) now in progress—-war against terror. the fall of babylon will be in one hour (rev 18:10) that’s 41 years. this prophecy fullfill when rome/vatican destroyed by fire (nuclear).

    there are no 10 toes only toes – daniel 2 never mention how many toes are there. and the 10 horns are 10 kings (mohamed and his relatives+trusted friends) not 10 nations.

    if you learn history of islam you will know that rev 13 already fullfill.

    we are now at rev 17 when the beast/islam attacking the great babylon(rome/european community), her destruction will be in one hour (rev 18:10).

    1. donal, thanks for sharing. I disagree with just about everything in your comment, but that doesn’t change that we are both waiting for and serving the same Lord, Jesus. Let’s look at your comment about the 42 months. This time period is given to us three different ways in scripture. It is given 3 ways so the reader does not make the mistake you are making here. These are to be literal days, months, and years and not to be interepreted as a day = a year or an hour equals 41 years, etc. God’s Word does tell us a day = a thousand years in 2 Pet. 3 but it also tells us to apply that to the Great Creation Prophecy only. In Ezek. 4 we are given a day = a year, but again we are told to specifically apply that to the instructions the prophet is given about laying on his side. No where is there a prescription in scripture that a day = a year in prophecy. Scripture helps us interpret scripture. One cannot just insert their own meaning into a passage. This is a commonly held falacy, but it is falacy all the same.

      The Mark of the Beast has not been instituted yet nor has an image that speaks. These should tell you without question that these events are yet future.

  19. Great Article. I have read Joel’s, Mark’s and Walid’s books and of course many of your posts. I too believe the AC will not control the whole world though I believe his influence through Islam will be great, and will mean difficult times here in the US. I think Americans when they are pushed up against the “proverbial” wall will stand up and overcome, but not before the great awakening and repentance of its people.

  20. Correct, the Antichrist will not rule the entire world as we know it – he may not even control “the known world” as known by an Israelite. As you mentioned, Jordan stays free of his direct control. Daniel 11:40-45 also mentions that the King of the South (Egypt?) is against him, and the King of the North (Turkey? Russia?) and their are rumors that bother him from the north and east, and the Kings of the East come across the Euphrates. The Antichrist is often depicted as being at war with his enemies, so he must not rule the entire planet…

    But I think his rule will cover some areas most Christians would not expect, and much sooner than many would expect. If interested in my take on this, read: Antichrist-2016-2019

  21. Thanks for this great post. I’ve been waiting for it, and it answers some big questions that I’ve had for a while. What do you think this “spiritual authority” of the antichrist will look like in places where he doesn’t have “political authority”? What will persecution of the saints look like in places where the AC doesn’t have political authority? Also, do you think there are any specific signs that will precede the Iranian/Turkish war, or do you think it could take place at any time?

    1. The AC will control 1 billion people, all part of a suicide cult. Very dangerous. He will also have enormous economic power and probably control the new reserve currency (the Mark of the Beast). The bible isn’t completely clear but it says he takes “peace of mind from the earth” as the red horse rides. This will take the form of world-wide fighting in the streets as Muslims arise and follow their messiah. This is civil war in many parts of the world. Rev. 6:3-4 tells us the type of killing that will take place is sacrificial killing, so in these civil war sites I envision much ISIS type behavior (beheadings, etc.).

      IMO, Dan. 8 is the next prophecy to be fulfilled on the way to the beginning of the 70th Week. I am open to other ideas but that seems like the next one. It is possible that the Jews will build a Temple somewhere other than the Temple Mount but I see that as very doubtful

      1. Nelson,

        I always enjoy and appreciate your articles. However the 1 billion people you mentioned is far less than what he will control. He will control every fake Christian as well (the ones Jesus refers to when he says you have performed miracles in my name but I do not know you, along with the others that don’t have a relationship with their Savior), also the Hindus, Buddhists, Athiests, Satanists, etc. I think you need to try to estimate the amount of actual believers and subtract that from the Earths population rather than just say Muslims.

        Just my thoughts

  22. Hi Nelson! I’m with you on this. Spiritually we know Satan has control of all “Unbelievers” in that their names are not written in “the Book of Life”. We also see Satans power growing in strength with many falling victim in degrading ways (homosexuallity (Romans) Etc. I don’t agree with you or Joel on an Islamic AC. I do believe Robert VanKampen’s (The Sign). Were already seeing shades of EZ38/39. I believe Russia and the current nations their taking over and other Islamic (Persia and others) will be the “10 toes) of Iron and Clay. Putin signing peace treaty with Israel on a Feast day a real soon(( 2016/17) possibility. Really enjoying your posts, Nelson! Thank You!

      1. cinati, In Isaiah 28:14-15, the prophet foretells a “Coveanant with Death and Sheol” which Israel will rely on instead of relying on Christ during the end times. In Dan. 9:27, we see this coveanant is made with Israel by the Antichrist. Then in Rev. 6:7-9 we see Death and Sheol riding the Green horse and beginning the Great Tribulation which is the breaking of the Coveanant at the midpoint of the Tribulation. The Bible actually has a lot to say about about this peace treaty.

        I don’t know why you mention Putin. It is the AC who signs the agreement (and Putin isn’t the AC IMO). Any agreement prior to this is not THE Covenant with Death and Sheol.

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