The world is looking for a man who can bring peace and security to this troubled world.
From God’s Word, the Bible, a global leader is coming with satanic solutions to the world’s problems. He will be adorable, magnetic, and will rise on a platform of peace and security. Eventually, however, he will prove to be the “Little horn” of Daniel’s prophecies, the beast or Satan-possessed Antichrist of St. John’s prophecies.
He’ll start out amazingly, as most evil dictators do. He will appear to be a friend to the poor and working class. He will take from the rich and give to the poor. Most of the people will believe he can do no wrong.
Hitler of Germany, Lenin and Stalin of Russia, Castro of Cuba, and Mao Tse Tung of China followed the same patterns the antichrist will follow.
The Revolution began in 1949 appealing to the oppressed.
Chairman Mao told the working class they could take their landlord’s properties and put their bosses on trial. A million landlords and many of their family members were executed. The poor took over, thinking they got an incredible deal, thankful to the great Chairman Mao.
But when unqualified people took over things changed, and food became scarce. Supplies were impossible to find. Everything was breaking down, and nobody knew what to do about it. They had killed the ones who had the knowledge.
And by 1963, 30,000,000 in China had starved to death, and most people realized they supported the wrong revolution…but it was too late.
By 1966 Chairman Mao had to do something, so he launched the Cultural Revolution, blaming infiltrators into the government, his rivals must be eliminated. It led to a mass purging of senior officials, raising up many youth brigades, called the Red Guard, and massive executions of those Mao perceived as enemies of his goals.
His tactics included:
- Public humiliation
- Arbitrary imprisonment
- Hard labor
- Sustained harassment
- Seizure of property
- Executions (49-78 million)
To gain favor with the peasants, he called for the public hanging of at least 100 rich men. He called them “bloodsuckers.”
Joseph Stalin, who was loved in the beginning, began to rule by terror, and millions of his own citizens died during his brutal reign.
Where will this satanic leader come from?
Jesus said the coming world leader will be worse than all evil dictators of all times, but the undiscerning will adore him.
There’s a buzz today that the coming Antichrist will be a Muslim. That Islam will control the world with Sharia law and that Mecca is the New Babylon that will be destroyed toward the end of the seven-year tribulation on earth.
While I appreciate the Christian faith of those like Walid Shoebat and Joel Richardson who espouse the Muslim Antichrist theory, I disagree with their assessment based upon the prophetic revelation of Scripture.
First, the Antichrist will make a covenant with Israel (Daniel 9:27). Nobody in Israel would trust a Muslim with any agreement, let alone a covenant. They would, however, trust a Western Gentile leader. They look up to Western leaders and try to emulate them.
Second, according to Daniel 9:26, the prophecy tells us the Antichrist will come from the same people that would destroy Israel in 70 AD. Who was that? The Roman army. Those who promote the Islamic Antichrist theory say that General Titus contracted Arabic soldiers to destroy Jerusalem. Now, that’s what I call creative fiction.
Third, in Daniel chapter 2, were told that the final world power would be a mix of clay and iron. Iron, we are told represented the Roman Empire. It’s clear that the antichrist—this adorable world leader— will be European. With the chaos in the European Union as a result of Islamic migration and Brexit, the conditions are perfect for the dramatic rise of a man who can form the “New Europe.” The iron will be the force of the Old Roman Empire, and the clay may be the Muslim refugees and immigrants who don’t assimilate into Western culture.
Fourth, the religion of the antichrist is incompatible with Islam. St. Paul tells us this world leader will exalt himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God (2 Thessalonians 2:4). Muslims believe that Allah is so lofty he could never be a man or ever have a son. This alone would exclude a Muslim as a candidate for the coming world leader—the Antichrist.
I fully believe, based upon the biblical conditions laid out in prophecy that very soon this man will appear on the earthly scene bringing solutions to the world’s most perplexing problems.
But first, St. Paul said, there will come a great apostasy to many churches and professing believers. They will begin to accept what God condemns and condemn what God supports. Things will turn upside down from a moral standpoint because of reprobate minds (Romans 1).
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Have you ever wondered, “How could somebody believe that evil is good and good is evil?” The answer can be found in Romans 1:28.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind…
One translation puts it like this: “Since they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose…”
Apostasy is an abandonment of God and His principles. Apostasy replaces revelation with reason. After that will be the arrival of the dreaded world leader that will take the nations into greater anguish than ever before seen in history.
If you are doing God’s will as a follower and disciple of Jesus Christ, you won’t even be around for the antichrist rule.
In fact, the Holy Spirit in you is what’s holding him back from making his appearance (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7).