Daniel 7:20 (KJV) And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
It is from these verses in Daniel which we gain a little bit of information about the coming Antichrist.
The primary point that I want to focus on is that we know he will be a powerful and charismatic leader.
Charisma is the ability to exercise diffuse and intensive influence over the normative or ideological orientations of others (Etzioni, 1961). As a result we can identify charismatic leaders by their effects on their followers such that followers of charismatic leaders:
b) identify with the leader and the mission of the leader;
c) emulate his values, goals, and behavior;
d) see the leader as a source of inspiration;
e) derive a sense of high self-esteem from their relationship with the leader and his mission; and
f) have an exceptionally high degree of trust in the leader and the correctness of his beliefs. (1)
If one does not have followers, then how are they leaders much less a charismatic leader?
Here is an interesting point, most charismatic leaders do not "take" the power, the power is always given to them.
A good example is to look at is Adolph Hitler's rise to power.
Adolph Hitler's Rise to Power
It was Germany's economic depression that really set the stage for the rise of Hitler and Nazism.
After the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the US called in its loans to Germany, and because Germany could not pay back the loans, the German economy collapsed. The number of unemployed grew; crime grew, people starved on the streets. This is the common fallout to a FIAT based economy. It was out of this crisis that the German people looked for someone to blame. They also needed hard solutions. In this case Hitler offered them both, and Nazi success in the elections grew.
Germans turned to Nazism because they were desperate. The number of Nazi seats in the Reichstag rose from 12 in 1928 to 230 in July 1932.
Power is given.
But as we know from history Hitler did not gain the power he wanted. It was his goal to become "Chancellor" but that did not happen.
In November 1932 elections were held in Germany and although the Nazis were gaining in popularity what did happen is that they failed to get a majority of seats in the Reichstag. Because of this Hitler pitched a huge fit and those in power listened.
Franz von Papen was Chancellor of Germany at that time, but he could not get enough support in the Reichstag either. So Hindenburg and von Papen were having to govern by emergency decree under Article 48 of the German Constitution. It is at that time they offered Hitler the post of vice-Chancellor if he promised to support them. Well Hitler refused, in fact he demanded to be made Chancellor. So Von Papen and Hindenburg took a risk and on the 30th of January 1933 Hindenburg made Hitler Chancellor. This was a huge mistake on the part of Hindenburg, he thought he could control Hitler, and history shows how wrong he was.
So as we can see even in the case of Adolph Hitler, the power was given.
The Power is Given
The case will be the same with the Antichrist, his power will be given to him by those who follow and support him.
It is a fact that we are living in the last days. Based on Biblical Prophecy that has come to pass, many agree that we are also living during the final generation.
Stating that and also understanding that power is given and not taken, I have to ask the following…
"Where / who are those who will follow the Antichrist today?"
Looking back at the characteristics of those who follow a charismatic leader, what group of people can we point to today that fit that description?
Many people point to the Catholic Church, but it is a known fact that the Catholic Church is losing numbers. In fact when the rapture takes place (looking at a pre-trib) there will be some Catholics who are also part of the rapture thus diminishing their numbers even more.
Many people point to the New Age followers, but even their numbers are far less than that of the Catholics.
Same goes with Freemasons, Mormons, and just about any other religion out there.
So who is left?
Many people out there keep looking for some smoke and mirror European who will rise to power. But to gain global influence, the numbers have to be there to support the leader.
But people refuse to look at the obvious that is taking place.
"Europe has become an incubator for Islamist thought and political development. Since the early 1960s, Muslim Brotherhood members and sympathizers have moved to Europe and slowly but steadily established a wide and well-organized network of mosques, charities, and Islamic organizations. Unlike the larger Islamic community, the Muslim Brotherhood's ultimate goal may not be simply "to help Muslims be the best citizens they can be," but rather to extend Islamic law throughout Europe and the United States." (2)
Europe does not have the numbers to support that idea. The very fact that by 2025 all of Europe will be predominately Muslim is also another indicator that a western Antichrist is not feasible. England in the next several years will in fact become a Muslim nation and there is nothing that the British can do about it. The birthrate of Muslims in England far out weight that of the British nationals and they have lost the battle. England will fall to Islam and is doing so right before our eyes.
In fact we are seeing the beginnings of that taking place in the US as well.
Where / who are those who will follow the Antichrist?
Who will give him the power?
All logic points to Islam and who is their leader?
They call him the Mahdi, we call him the Antichrist.
Interesting enough is that when we read scripture, the Bible points out many ways to identify the Antichrist. These very same points are also the same points that Muslims are looking for in their leader the Mahdi.
While many people are looking for this "smoke and mirror" European, Islam is looking for their leader.
Many who seek out a European Antichrist seem to always fall back on one excuse or another and cannot point to solid facts, but instead point to what appears to be fairytales and hopes in something non-existent.
An example of that is that some point to the mysterious Illuminati. Well where are these people? Who are they and where are their numbers?
Do you see what I mean? There may be a small group of people who are elites, but they need more to truly effect change on the same level that the Antichrist will effect. Do I believe in these folks? Yes I do, but like the Catholics, New Agers and such, they do not have the willing human resources at hand in the numbers needed.
An interesting situation took place at Prophezine this weekend. We were hacked by Muslims from Turkey. We were probably hacked because we take a stand for what is right and expose Islam for what it is, a death cult from the pit of hell.
Why is it that one can stand out in the very center of town and scream at the top of their lungs the horrors of the catholic church, freemasons, Mormons, new age, ect. and not one thing happen to them except possibly strange looks from those who pass by.
But what would happen to the person who would do the same thing except speak out against Islam?
How long would that person be standing there in the middle of the town square?
Odds are not very long, and everyone knows that to be true, before some Muslim or Policeman came to stop them of their "hate speech."
In fact, with all those who are calling out catholic church, freemasons, Mormons, new age, ect, where are all those hackers bringing down the sites of those speaking out against them?
Think about it, where are those Catholic Hacker groups fighting in cyberspace against those who defame Catholicism?
What about Freemasons, Mormons, New Age, ect,?
Do you know of any?
Like it or not, the idea of a European AC is showing itself to be just smoke and mirrors idea and we need to pull our heads out of the sand and critically look at what scripture is clearly telling us.
In fact here is a list comparing what is taught about the Mahdi and what is known about the Antichrist.
Mahdi verses the Antichrist
* Both Deny Trinity And Cross
* Both Deny The Father And The Son
* Both Are Blasphemous
* Both Are Called Deceiver
* Both Claim To Be Messiah
* Both Kingdoms Suffer A Head Wound
* Both Work False Miracles
* Both Ride A White Horse
* Both Attempt To Change The Law
* Both Deny Women’s Rights
* Both Rule Over Ten Entities
* Both Are the Source of Death and War
* Both Use Military Force
* Both Honor Their God with Gold and Silver
* Both Honor a God of War And Advance His Glory Through War
* Both Condon Rape
* Both Usher Seven Years Peace Treaty
* Both Deceive And Destroy By Peace
* Both Break Treaties
* Both Love War for Booty
* Both Desire World Domination
* Both Lead A Turkish-Iranian Invasion
* Both Exalted As God
* Both Ascend To Heaven
* Both Are Described As Beautiful And Wise Bird
* Both Are Light Beings
* Both Are Pride Filled
* Both Are Lords of This World and the Underworld
* Both Are Called the “Son of the Dawn”
* Both Are Afflicters
* Both Are Cast Out Of Heaven
* Both Are “The Lords of Demons”
* Both Are Possessed
* Both Practice Beheading
* Both Desire Israel’s Destruction
* Both Occupy the Temple Mount
* Our Messiah is their Antichrist—Their Antichrist is our Messiah
* Both Stop the Rain
* Both Enjoy Desecrating Bodies (2)
Where is a list like this for a European Antichrist?
Only a Few Muslims Believe in the Mahdi?
Folks, we need to set the record straight, it is not just some small percentage of Islam that believes in the Mahdi. That is an idea falsely reported by a small group who have not conducted their research properly although say that they have.
To say it plainly, all of Islam is looking for the Mahdi and that is a proven fact. It is this fact that those who teach this "small percentage" idea refuse to acknowledge. Be it pride, fear, loss of support, whatever is the motive, they refuse to acknowledge this and they have made their minds up that they are correct instead of facing the provable truth.
What people need to understand is that Islam is the complete 180 degree opposite of Christianity. Their teachings are satanically inspired and basically "flip" what is taught in God's Word, the Bible. It is Satan's oldest ploy, "hath God said?"
Their hero the Mahdi in scriptures is our enemy the Antichrist.
While we await the Second Coming of Christ, they await the coming of Mahdi.
What Satan did is take God's Word and made all what is wrong… right, all what is good.. bad, and all what is true… false. We are literally seeing Isaiah 5:20 being fulfilled.
Isaiah 5:20 (KJV) Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Folks, Islam has have a high degree of loyalty, commitment, and devotion to their cause and will have to their future leader the Antichrist / Mahdi.
They are the fastest growing religion in the world today and they already have surpassed in numbers that of the Catholic Church and they are gaining on Christianity.
Islam also represents a complete system including political, social, economic, legal and religious. There is no separation of church and state. This is the very system that is foretold to us in Revelation 13
Revelation 13:16-18 (KJV) And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Islam and the Antichrist / Mahdi are already of one mind and of one mission, that is to rule the world and create a global caliphate / government. All who stand against them will be offered to convert to Islam or die by the sword and beheaded.
Islam already emulates the values, goals, and behavior of the coming Antichrist / Mahdi. Just look at how Christians are already severely persecuted all over the world living within Muslim occupied lands. Even many are losing their heads just as Revelation 20:4 states…
Revelation 20:4 (KJV) And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Many in Islam already see the Antichrist / Mahdi as a source of inspiration, and even derive a sense of high self-esteem from their relationship with the leader and his mission. Just look at Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran, and how closely he associates himself with the Antichrist / Mahdi.
Finally Muslims will have an exceptionally high degree of trust in the Antichrist / Mahdi and the correctness of his beliefs.
Because he is one of them, he will be a Muslim coming out of Islam who will then do as all dictators do and turn on those who gave him his power to secure his standing. They then embolden themselves to the point of seeing themselves as God. But we know for a fact that the Antichrist will take it even further.
2 Thessalonians 2:4 (KJV) Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
We need to dig into God's Word and allow it to be our filter to what we see taking place in the world. God's Word is very clear when we look down upon the written word and then look up and out upon that horizon, what is it that we clearly see?
We have to face the facts and say that we see Islam at the doorstep and not some European with some smoke and mirror "new world order" religion. We have got to stop shoving square pegs into round holes hoping that they will fit because that is what we in the west have been taught.
We need to give ourselves permission once again to read scripture for ourselves, allowing the Holy Spirit to properly guide us to what is truly there.
It isn't the latest and greatest author on the scene that tells us what our future holds. We have got to lay these "filters" aside because it is only the pure word of God that will direct our every step.
Folks, I know this is a real mind bender because I was there myself, that is until I got to a point and put all the books aside and looked down into my Bible and then looked up and out to the horizon. It isn't the news that guides us, nor is it books, DVDs or even TV shows. The only reliable absolute truth is God's Word.
Psalms 119:105 (KJV) Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
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