Monday, March 30, 2015

Global SITREP B5-15: More on Jeremiah 49:34-39



Final Update 30 March 2015: At least I hope this will be the final update to this SITREP. However, it may be the most important. It has been my assessment for many years that Iran has at least one, possibly more, working nuclear weapons. I also have always maintained that North Korean nuclear tests have been de facto Iranian nuclear tests.

Now comes information posted today from a respected military intelligence report which suggests exactly that, but with a twist. De facto Iranian nuclear tests have occurred in North Korea, and so is their assembly and storage site located in North Korea. According to the mil intel report two and a half years ago (October 2012) Iran began stationing IRGC troops and technicians at a base in North Korea and very near the Chinese border. Their dual purpose is to work on missiles and nuclear weapons assembly. This deployment followed by one month the signing of a technical cooperation pact between the DPRK and Iran.

With the reported key detail of the framework agreement (scheduled to be announced tomorrow) between the P5+1 and Iran holding that there is the "safeguard" of a one-year warning to a breakaway effort by Iran to produce a nuclear weapon by IAEA monitoring of Iran's centrifuges in Iran, what good does that do if Iran's military nuclear effort is based in North Korea, and in nuclear terms, a "stone's throw" from the Chinese border?

Not only is the alleged P5+1-Iran agreement worse than anyone, including Bibi Netanyahu, believed just 4 weeks ago, but it's essentially a mega-farce in continuing parade of mega-farces. Warm and fuzzies for everyone!


21 March 2015:  Are there any indications within Bible prophecy of a nuclear-armed Iran?  If you find one please let me know immediately.  Until that time, and excepting only Ezekiel 38/39, the only 'last days' prophecy there is regarding Iran is the subject of this and numerous other posts to Eschatology Today: Jeremiah 49:34-39.  The prophecy is about a very violent preemptive military neutering of Iran, and a conflict in which Iran's enemies end up subduing the regime to its complete destruction. And it all begins in that part of modern-day Iran where its nuclear infrastructure in concentrated. Historically, biblical Elam had ceased to exist as a nation over five hundred years prior to Jeremiah receiving this prophecy from God circa 600 BC. This leave no doubt that Jeremiah's prophecy is one whose fulfillment was appointed for these 'last days.'

It should therefore come as no surprise to any student of Bible prophecy that the much heralded P5+1 (EU/E3+3) nuclear negotiations with Iran are on the verge of collapse just days prior to the March 31 deadline. The collapse is due as much to the Iranian regime's rejection of the conditions being imposed by the P5+1 as it is due to the European partners rejection of major aspects of the "deal" negotiated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.  The long and the short of these negotiations are that the Iranian regime has played both Obama and Kerry as fools, and which is something the European partners want no part of such absurdity as they know all too well the end result of baseless negotiations with a totalitarian dictatorship bent on imposing their ideology upon the rest of the world.

So, what we're left with is our faith in the prophetic word of God and knowing that its fulfillment is near. Very near indeed.


11 March 2015: Did anyone notice how Iran responded by PM Netanyahu's speech to the U.S. Congress? I am absolutely certain some of you did notice. For those that did not, and for those who don't fully grasp the significance of the Iranian response, this update is for you!

Exactly one week after PM Netanyahu's speech the Iranian Assembly of Experts elected the notorious Hojjatieh Twelver Ayatollah Mohammed-Taqi Mesbah Yazdi. Ayatollah Yazdi is the Iranian cleric who brought Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power in Iran. Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi managed to fall off, or was deliberately and politically knocked off of the top echelon of the clerical elite in Iran during 2013. A ruse during nuclear negotiations, no doubt. He was then summarily dismissed by most intelligence agencies as having little or no influence in any future decision to replace Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

Here is an example of that type of intelligence dismissal of Ayatollah Yazdi that was published by Israel's Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center on July 8, 2013:
"The erosion of Mesbah Yazdi’s status may be temporary and it is quite implausible that he will lose all of his political and religious influence. It may, however, undermine his ability to play a central, influential role in future political struggles, particularly the succession struggle that will likely emerge after the death of the current Supreme Leader."

The Israeli's could not possibly have forecast a more erroneous intelligence assessment, as he was down but by no means out of the picture. Particularly the big picture.
Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi has now ascended to not only play a central and influential role in the selection of the next Supreme Leader, but will be the lead Ayatollah of Iran's 86-man Assembly of Experts to identify the next Supreme Leader.  He could very potentially become the next Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran standing on the precipice of possessing nuclear weapons. 
Need I say that would be bad, very, very bad, and it would necessarily accelerate military calculations on the urgency needed to preempt Iran's nuclear program as of Tuesday 10 March 2015. 
Make no mistake brothers and sisters, this guy is the true Adolf Hilter of modern-day Iran; Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was and remains is a pussy cat compared to this guy. Let me put it another way. The labels "radical" or "conservative hardliner" are much too mild to be accurate in describing Ayatollah Muhammed-Taqi Mesbah Yazdi's mindset, which is a mindset based upon his Mahdi-centric worldview. Iranian's know him as "Temsah" (Crocodile) for very good reasons. Personally, I think the man is demonically possessed.
Here's the key takeaway. As a member of the Shi'a Hojjatieh eschatological sect it is his utmost religious duty to do anything and everything possible to create the global apocalyptic conditions to hasten the awaited al-Madhi. In his eschatological belief system it is the al-Mahdi's mission to kill every Jew living on planet earth. Accordingly, he would nuke Tel Aviv in a heartbeat. Given that he is 80+ years old, he would not dilly-dally about it and would not care one whit if Iran was glassed in retaliation if it meant the al-Madi's return was assured in his mind.
The election of this Iranian Ayatollah to the leadership of the Assembly of Experts in Iran has magnified the words spoken by PM Netanyahu in ways that far too few in the world media have made note of.  And that is most unfortunate. Perhap they will take note if Mahmoud Ahmadinejad returns to power in the near term also.
6 March 2005: As even the main stream media in the Middle East is now acknowledging, the specific content and context of PM Netanyahu's speech to the U.S. Congress has received open and unambiguous approval and support from the Saudi Arabian government, proving what I wrote recently of the military cooperation between them in the ongoing planning for a strike against Iranian nuclear targets is nothing less than a cold hard fact.

So incensed are the Saudi's with Obama's Iranian agenda that one Saudi newspaper columnist said Obama was the worst US President in history; another citing Netanyahu's axiom that when it comes to Iran and the Islamic State, "the enemy of your enemy is your enemy" had particular resonance in the government halls of Riyadh. The Saudi's are keenly aware of Iranian encirclement of their kingdom - from across the waters of the gulf to Yemen in the south where Shi'a Houthi rebels have taken control of the county with Iranian direct support.

5 March 2015: With real-world events having once again fixed our gaze and our diligent study upon the prophecy of Jeremiah (Yirme'Yahu) 49:34-39. Through continuing study the Lord has continued to reveal new insights that I feel I would be remiss as a watchman to omit from mentioning.

Many are fearful to the point of hand-wringing angst that should additional sanctions be applied or Iranian nuclear sites be attacked by outside forces one of the first things Iran would do in response would be to militarily shut down the Strait of Hormuz to the flow of global commerce, especially crude oil.

Here's where reading Jeremiah 49:34-39 causes one to look critically at what the Lord has foretold.  Specifically, how could the Islamic Republic follow through on its often repeated threat to close down the Strait of Hormuz given what our Omnipotent God has declared through His prophet? 

How does Iran shut down this critical waterway when God has destroyed the crown jewel of Iranian military power? How does the uber braggadocian Iranian regime  make good on its threats when God has caused them to be chathath (to be shattered, dismayed, broken) before their enemies? Notice carefully that there is more than one enemy in the context here. Through Jeremiah the Lord has promised "I will send the sword after them, til I have consumed them."  

The world which has no regard for and no interest in the prophetic declarations of the God of Israel spends its time worrying, and fretting, and fearing that which ought not be. That kind of activity has no place here. Unlike others who worry needlessly and express fear over things they have no control over, Christians empowered by the Holy Spirit are in an automatic "In God We Trust" mode day in and day out.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Global SITREP B8-15: Saudi-Iran War Moving Into Yemen; Rise of the 'king of the South"

UPDATE 29 March 2015: It has taken American and western mainstream corporate media three days to begin reporting on this overt military confrontation between a coalition of 10 Sunni Arab nations and Iran on the Yemeni battlefield. 

Better late than never, but be alert for disinformation nestled in alongside facts. The corporate MSM are suddenly reporting this coalition came to be on this date, mostly likely to cover their backsides in giving it little attention under direction of the Obama Administration media handlers because it did not fit neatly with the narrative of Yemen being an Obama Administration pro-Iran success story and achievement in the Arab world. 

The fact of the matter is this military coalition commenced offensive operations on its own tactical volition at midnight in Yemen 72 hours ago, and only today did the Arab League place its official stamp of approval on the creation of a joint military force to oppose Iran in Yemen, and, also the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, as well as operations against enemies in Libya. Within the next 30 days the Arab League will approve a budget, the location and staffing of the military headquarters as well as the specific command and control (C2) mechanisms for the joint military force. 

There is every indication at this point that this Sunni Arab joint force will become a permanent internal structure of the Arab League, with participation of member states being voluntary depending on the location of the circumstance requiring a military solution. Also of interest to us is the fact that among the several executive actions taken at this Arab League summit there was only a one-year budget approved for supporting the Palestinian Authority.

With respect to Bible prophecy, I believe we are watching the fulfillment of the prophecy given to us in the 11th chapter of Daniel (Daniel 11:40-43) by the angel Gabriel regarding the last days "king of the South." The Arab League summit which created this institution was held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Also, take a special note of the participation of Sudan in this coalition. The country has long been an ally of the Islamic Republic of Iran even though it is overwhelmingly a Sunni Muslim country. 

Additionally, the government of Turkey, not a member of the Arab League, has taken sides with the Sunni military coalition against Iran. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said he has grown tired of Iran's efforts to dominate the Middle East. Erdogan is supposed to have a scheduled  state visit to Tehran within the next couple of days. Erdogan is expected to press the Iranian government to "withdraw its support and whatever forces it has in Yemen, Syria and Iraq and to respect their territorial integrity."

On the battlefield itself, Saudi Arabian air and ground forces have reportedly annihilated a Houthi column of light armor and troops that was approaching the Saudi border. Just as with the battle against the Islamic State, the inclusion of boots fighting on the ground in Yemen will be essential.  A high-priority target for the coalition air forces will be the destruction of Scud-B and North Korean-made No Dong ballistic missiles and  MiG-29 aircraft delivered by Russia which are capable of striking Mecca.


Special Note: 
Brothers and Sisters, I would ask you to look long and hard at how blazingly fast these 10 Sunni nations - from Morocco to Pakistan - came together with their military forces to directly challenge the Iran-backed Houthi Shi'a militia in Yemen.

And Israel they leave alone?!?!  


In fact, it appears as if they are counting on Israel to take the fight directly into Iran.  I am now seriously wondering: Will this be the "coalition of nations" I wrote about beginning in September 2010 that could fulfill the prophecy of Jeremiah 49:34-39?

To that notion I am adding the links below to previous Eschatology Today posts in order to tie all of this together in one neat package for future reference should this coalition of nations turn its attention and arrayed swords towards the preemption of Iranian nuclear hegemony.

Global SITREP B5-15: More on Jeremiah 49:34-39

Jeremiah 49: Will a Coalition of Nations Move Against Iran? (Yes, They Will!!) 

 

27 March 2015: The direct Saudi-GCC-Egyptian military intervention in Yemen has a name: Operation Decisive Storm. A total of 10 Sunni Arab nations have committed their military assets to restoring the rightful government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power in Sana'a. This military coalition includes Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco, Sudan, Egypt and Pakistan, and the military objective is to destroy the Iranian-supplied Houthi rebels and their allies.

Over 185 fighter aircraft took part in the first large strike against enemy forces at a range of targets across Yemen yesterday. Saudi, Egyptian, Sudanese and Pakistani troops are being mobilized for land combat operations in Yemen. Russia and Iran are consulting and coordinating their response to the Sunni military coalition's intervention. Saudi Arabia and it's allied air forces have declared a "no fly zone" around the whole of Yemen.


25 March 2015:  The Sunni Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is well on its way to a full-scale military intervention against the Iranian-supplied proxy army of Houthis (Za'idi Shi'a) before it can reach what may be the last redoubt of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the coastal capital of Aden. President Hadi had become a close American ally in the war against AQAP terrorists until his sudden and unexplained abandonment by the Obama Administration.



While President Hadi's pleas for military assistance fell upon deaf ears in the Iranian-born, Valerie Jarrett-dominated Oval Office in Washington, D.C., this was not the case in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. King Salman bin Abdulaziz has ordered the heaviest of the kingdom's artillery and mechanized infantry brigades to pre-invasion assembly points along the Saudi-Yemeni border which lies adjacent to the traditional Houthis homelands in northern Yemen.



It appears to this observer that the de facto retreat of American forces, including our elite Special Forces, from Yemen constitutes prima facie evidence of the Obama Administration's capitulation to Iranian demands within the larger framework of their ongoing nuclear capitulations, thereby advancing and enhancing Iran's regional hegemony over Saudi Arabia and the other Sunni kingdoms and emirates of the Arabian Peninsula. 



Valerie Jarrett and Barack Obama have also apparently erased any White House memory of what occurred to the U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67) on 12 October 2000 at anchor off port Aden, Yemen in what was the first overt strike against U.S. military forces and the American people by the terrorists of Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda, and the government of Sudan, which killed 17 sailors and wounded another 39.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Global SITREP B6-15: Gog of Magog On The Move

During 2014 Denmark scrambled its F-16s nearly 60 times in defense against incoming Russian strike aircraft. That's an average of 5 simulated nuclear attacks per month for an entire year in which Americans were preoccupied with the Obama Administration's instigated racism in our nations heartland. Let us not be distracted from this threat any further.


Update 22 March 2015: Ezekiel 38/39 foretells of Gog of Magog being turned around by Divine hooks to launch an invasion southwards against Israel. It's looking more and more likely that the direction in which Magog's military forces will be turned away from are the Baltic states, northern NATO, the northern tier of the European Union.

Mikhail Vanin is allegedly a Russian diplomat, the Russian Ambassador to Denmark. He recently informed that small Baltic nation that Russian nuclear weapons will be turned against it if Denmark participates in NATO defensive missile shield. Do you understand this? A Russian diplomat has publicly announced through the Danish Jyllands-Posten newspaper the threat of nuclear blackmail against the peaceful Danish people should its government mount a defense against blatant Russian military aggression. 

This is peaceful diplomacy of the modern Russia? No, this is warmongering by a totalitarian state against all of the nations along its entire periphery in the Baltic Sea region. Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden. Of these eight Baltic states only Sweden is not part of NATO, but it is a part of the European Union. Russian cannot threaten one of these nations with nuclear war and not threaten all of them. And all of them are American allies. 2016 cannot come soon enough.


1800 15 March 2015: An update I posted to Eschatology Today just over one year ago was confirmed via a BBC report posted one hour ago. In the single paragraph update of 5 March 2014 for "Ukraine Invasion Update: Russian Disposition of Forces with a Nuclear Threat!" I wrote:


"The nuclear warfare message from Russia last night was clear as a bell. It is a message that Vladimir Putin delivered with the launch of a Cold War era, road mobile RT-2PM 'Topol' (NATO Name: SS-25 'Sickle') ICBM. This ICBM is normally armed with a single 550kT nuclear warhead and multiple decoy warheads. Russian Strategic Rocket Forces launched the SS-25 (image below) from their Kapustin Yar site on the Volga River, some 280 miles east of the Ukrainian border, towards a target that was successfully impacted 1,230 miles distant at the Saryshaghan range in eastern Kazakhstan. On a reciprocal bearing this SS-25 would have made impact in the heart of Poland or one of the other newer member NATO nations in Eastern Europe. The message from Putin to the West: Is Ukraine worth fighting a nuclear war over?"
The BBC report was a follow-up on the Russian government documentary that aired today in which Vladimir Putin confirms he placed Russia's nuclear forces on alert as an unmistakeable threat to the US and the NATO alliance over Russian aggression in Crimea and Ukraine. The launch, trajectory and impact point of the SS-25 'Sickle' warhead at that time prove the validity of what was written here about the quickly forgotten threat.  

That Russia would air this particular program with such a blatant admission while Putin is in the midst of a 10-day Missing-In-Action stunt is not lost on this observer because the nuclear threat to the U.S. and NATO remains. Let this current situation be a warning to Israel regarding the Iranian nuclear threat which cannot be allowed to mature further. Fair warning.

0500 15 March 2015: With rumors running amok for the past week, it is now obvious that something unusual is definitely going in inside the Kremlin. Following days of incessant and increasing rumor mongering originating within Russian Federation websites, an official denial came from Alexi Mukhin, Director of the Center for Political Information, regarding the rumored "incapacitation" Vladimir Putin on Friday 13, March. However, along with that denial from Director Mukhin a request for the heads of major media to stay close to Moscow in preparation for a major public announcement was also made, and which was followed thereafter by some rather cryptic statements he made to Pravda.ru about Putin's peerless leadership status within the Russian Federation.

Such cloak-and-dagger style goings on hasn't been seen in Russia since the days just prior to the collapse  and dissolving of the Soviet Union almost 24 years ago. Following the very public assassination of Putin critic Boris Nemtsov word leaked from Kremlin sources of a "hit list" of major Russian political, business and media players. Vladimir Putin's own going to ground this past week could well be related to the targeted assassinations.  So we wait for the major public announcement from the Russian President. 





7 March 2015: The Russian Federation has launched large-scale war games throughout its Southern Military District (image above) plus Russia's newly annexed territory of Crimea, as well as its bases in Abkhazia and South Ossetia (formerly the western and northern districts of the Republic of Georgia), and in Armenia.  These military forces consist of two entire land armies, large numbers of Special Forces (Spetsnaz), four brigades of paratroops, a Marine brigade plus several independent Marine battalions, the entire Black Sea Fleet and the 4th Air/Air Defense Forces Command.

These war games are an unambiguous message to NATO and Israel about Russian military forces preparedness to engage in full-scale war at a moments notice. Reinforcing this message is the Russian Defense Ministry announcement of these war games continuing over the course of the next month, which not so coincidentally happens to overlap with the time remaining for the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran to reach an agreement. Also not coincidentally is the geographic fact that the large swath of territory that is the Russia's Southern Military District is directly north and contiguous with the Iranian border. Most important from the biblical eschatological perspective is that this territory fully encompasses the northern territories identified in the prophecy of Ezekiel 38/39.

Related to this is news from the Ukrainian government that Russia is using the current ceasefire not to withdraw its troops from eastern Ukraine, but to instead rotate them with fresh troops from Russia. The Ukrainian government estimates there are now a minimum of 18,000 Russian troops on Ukrainian soil in Donetsk and Luhansk provinces. Gog of Magog is clearly on the move with his military forces.

Updates as they occur.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Global SITREP B7-15: Israel's Electorate Gives a Resounding Win to Likud and Bibi; A Resounding Defeat for Obama and his V15!


17 March 2015: Exit polling data is now clearly showing that Likud led by Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has achieved an substantial electoral victory by what may turn out to be a 9, 10 or more seat margin once today's ballots cast by conservatives, religious parties and the IDF are tallied in full.  It does appear just one hour after Israeli polls closed that the blatant interference run in Israel's national election by Barack Obama, the U.S. State Department and their Victory 15 (V15) operatives has fully backfired and cost the leftist Labor and Hatnua coalition any chance of electoral success.

18 March 2015: With about 99% of the ballots now counted Likud has attained a 6 seat majority, 30 seats total, over the Zionist Union in the election for the 20th Knesset. Welcome Back Bibi!  The conservative, nationalist and religious block led by Likud will easily attain the required 61 seats in the 120 seat Knesset. 


I would like to be very clear: This electoral victory was not a miracle, not by any means. This electoral victory was the manifest will of God Almighty!   

So, with the election over and a nationalist-religious coalition arranging itself to assume power, what's next for Bibi Netanyahu? Taking stock, Bibi is without question the most important national leader of any free nation in the world since Winston Churchill; he is now the longest-serving Prime Minister in the history of modern Israel, as well as a leader who is obviously as feared by his foreign and domestic enemies as was our own President Ronald Reagan. Most importantly, Bibi Netanyahu is man who has been precisely placed in time and place by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; he is the first man I have seen in the past six years to directly confront Barack Hussein Obama and tell forcefully him in no uncertain terms a resounding "No!" and then come to the American Congress to explain why his no means no.  

So, the question that occurs now is, what is next for Bibi Netanyahu?

I believe that the answer is without question Bibi Netanyahu has been hand-picked by God to lead Israel through the coming prophetic wars in the run-up to Israel's prophetic 70th Week. This is an awesome responsibility and something I believe led Bibi to go to the Western Wall accompanied by his wife Sara in a follow-up to the visit he made at the wall just prior to departing Israel for his speech to the American Congress. We all know what Bibi said in that speech. We all take him at his word, and so should his enemies. 

I believe this is a new Bibi Netanyahu, and he will be the Israeli Prime Minister who will not hesitate to direct his generals to confront Israel's existential enemies near and far; he will be the Israeli Prime Minister who says "No!" to the creation of a "Palestinian" state that would be utterly incapable of honoring any commitments to peace, safety and security to the people of Israel. 

I believe the Israel that will exist in four years of Bibi Netanyahu's leadership, guided by the hand of God, will far, far surpass the Israel that exists today in ways that will astound the world. If you are an investor, now would be a good time to commence large-scale investments in Israel for the gains to be made are quite literally prophetic. And its all for the glory of God.

One more thing. Pay no heed to Obama or his administration's toadies and lackeys, nor the Arab League emir Elaraby and other thoroughly deluded Muslims. The statements regarding "no sovereign Palestinian state" in the West Bank were not idle electioneering slogans designed to draw extra last-minute votes; it was instead the incoming Netanyahu nationalist government's advance statement regarding a new policy. The one-state solution is the only solution because it is the solution God has foreordained through His prophets. Read: Deuteronomy 30:7; Psalm 83; Isaiah 11:14; Ezekiel 28:24-26; Joshua 13; and Ezekiel 38/39.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Terry James OpEd: A True Profile in Courage

 Senator (R-AR) Tom Cotton in Afghanistan, circa 2008-9 as Captain Tom Cotton, United States Army.

16 March 2015: This is an Eschatology Today first. A guest OpEd from the very gifted speaker and outstanding Bible prophecy author, Terry James, on the subject of true courage, leadership, honor, duty that is personified by the new Republican Senator from Arkansas, Thomas Bryant Cotton. Tom Cotton is a man I would one day like to see elected as President of the United States, the sooner the better as far as I am concerned. I also concur 110% with what Terry has to say below.

A True Profile in Courage
Terry James

Normally, I don’t like to get overly involved in the specifics of congressional matters. However, these courageous congressmen who are taking the full vitriol of liberal Democrats, mainstream press and liberal, pajama-boy social media types need to know that they are supported in what is perhaps the most dangerous threat the world has faced since the Cuban missile crisis --if Iran gets nuclear weapons and the capability to deliver them (which, they apparently already have).

God is in Control, but He expects us to make His Voice heard, especially in these crucial days involving Israel, I believe.

My own newspaper in Little Rock apparently refuses to print the following opinion piece I sent them, but instead printed many articles in opposition to Tom Cotton’s and the others’ letters opposing the terrible deal being made with Iran. This, despite Arkansas, in the mid-term elections, demonstrating that it is the most conservative state in the union. Thus, I know the paper has received an overwhelming number of op-ed pieces favoring the courageous senators, but has refused to print them.

We can reach many more than that one newspaper as Christians, as long as we are allowed access to Internet. 

Thanks and Blessings,
Terry James

Tom Cotton—Our Very Own Profile in Courage

John F. Kennedy, should he be suddenly allowed amongst the living, would have a tough time recognizing the party he once headed—the—in my view—now perverted party his brother, Ted, left in his wake.

The president who faced down Nikita Khrushchev during the missile crisis of October 1962, would, I'm convinced, be appalled at members in the Democrat Party calling "traitorous" patriots who would oppose America's bitter enemies. That is what Democrats and their leftist, wooly-minded, blogging, sycophants are calling congressional leaders who copied the Iranian terrorist regime on a letter saying those congressmen would not support a go-ahead deal, allowing development of nuclear weapons with the Iranian leadership, blood-vowed to wipe both Israel and the U.S. off the globe.

Arkansas' own newly elected senator, Tom Cotton—the senator who initiated the letter, joined by 46 other congressional members—is being subjected to every invective possible, magnified in its fervor a thousand times over by mainstream news and entertainment media. Cotton and the other patriots are accused of being traitors by exposing President Obama's "bad deal,” as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it in his speech to Congress on Tuesday, March 3.

The Democrats doing the name-calling in high-pitched squealing, like the proverbial stuck pig, conveniently forget the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and John Kerry going to some of the world's worst tyrants, in person, to try to thwart efforts of President George W. Bush. They conveniently forget JFK's own brother, Edward M. Kennedy, back in the days of the Reagan Administration, going to the Soviet Union, in person, to assure then Premiere Yuri Andropov that he and the Democrat leadership would find ways to govern Ronald Reagan and his opposition to the Soviet regime's designs on the rest of the world.

John F. Kennedy, if his most famous literary work was in truth his patriotic thought process manifested, would, I have little doubt, consider for inclusion Senator Tom Cotton in his work Profiles in Courage.

I hope every Arkansan who is in touch with reality (and the fact that we are perhaps the most politically conservative state in the union shows most are in touch with reality) will recognize Tom Cotton and the others who joined him for the courage and wisdom they have shown in the face of political and media hatreds those patriots have only begun to experience.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Global SITREP A12-15: It's Happening!!

UPDATE 9 March 2015: Today's update to this SITREP is purely to refute a recent article authored by Leo Hohmann that was published by WorldNetDaily (WND). Hohmann's article claims early on that "WND contacted several prophecy experts and Bible teachers to get their take on this phenomenon." I will now execute this refutation without the obligatory, in-your-face merchandising of agenda-driven, dubitable quality WND literary and DVD productions.

The first refutable point to be made is that Leo Hohmann's article, "Has antichrist ascended to world stage?," is condescending right from the get-go as he characterizes a great many dedicated Christian students, researchers and teachers of Bible prophecy in a most disreputable and diminishing manner. According to Mr. Hohmann these many Spirit-filled and distinctly learned personages of the Bride of Christ are merely "speculating" "prophecy buffs." This characterization evokes the notion that their important work in the Word of God is nothing more than an inconsequential abstract hobby. 

The second refutable point is that it has not yet dawned on Mr. Hohmann that none of the prophecy students writing about the sudden ascendancy of the new Greek Prime Minister have said anything of the sort that he is the antichrist, or that he will become the antichrist. What they have said is analogous to, "this is what the Bible says, and this is what I see, so let's keep an eye on this guy to see what happens from this point forward." This is what good watchmen do regarding the prophetic Word of God.

Thirdly, and to the contrary of Mr. Hohmann's non sequitur, none of his inferred "prophecy experts" actually are "prophecy experts." This is primarily due to the simple fact that no such thing exists as a human being "prophecy expert." There are men and women who can quote Biblical chapter and verse, but none of that guarantees a perfection of understanding and application of the proper hermeneutic exegesis. The Holy Spirit is the purveyor of such expertise and none of the "experts cited in Mr Hohmann's article have cornered the Bible prophecy market in this regard.

Fourthly, a brief look at Hohmann's three cited sources. First up is the WND headliner, the ubiquitous "Joel Richardson," a prolific ghost writer of prophetic eisegesis, and whose primary claim to Bible prophecy expertdom is a half-dozen or so unbiblical books, mostly published by WorldNetDaily, with each uniformly declaring contrary to the express Word of God about Greece (Daniel 8:8-9), yet with unequivocal certainty, that the coming Antichrist will be an adherent of Islam from Turkey. How's that for unbiased substance, eh?

The next cited "prophecy expert" is Pastor Carl Gallups. At first glance Carl Gallups is one whom I did not expect to see referenced in this article. At second glance, I see why he follows "Joel Richardson." His interpretation of Bible prophecy, which is available in another brand spanking new WND Superstore book, is especially egregious. This is especially true regarding his interpretation of The Revelation of Jesus Christ. (he says the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 was the Third Trumpet, meaning we all missed the Harpazo and we're now deep into the 70th Week!) Simply put, it is just trumpeting preposterous. It pains me to write that Carl Gallups is candidate numero uno to have to write a hundred times on the prophecy interpretation classroom chalkboard the text of Revelation 22:18-19. Make that two-hundred times. 

Finally, we have the third WorldNetDaily Superstore Bible "prophecy expert" Mark Blitz. Mark, according to Hohmann's article, states flat out that the new Greek PM is not the antichrist. Of course, Mark is correct, Alexis Tsipras is not the antichrist. Not yet anyway; we'll have to see how things unfold. However, I do disagree with Mark Blitz that being a 'watchman on the wall' is anything but a speculative waste of time, and I did not have to stay in a Holiday Inn last night to come up with that. Nor did I write a book about the prophetic significance of a sequence of blood moons interspersed with a solar eclipse when all the Spirit-inspired Word of God really says three times is, respectively:
 
"The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord." Joel:2:31 NKJV
"The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord." Acts:2:20


"I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood." Revelation 6:12

Most "prophecy buffs" interpret these verses to state that the Lord will break open the Sixth Seal during Gabriel's prophetic 70th Week (Daniel 9:24-27) and on one occasion, and one occasion only, the sun will become black and the moon will turn red. One time, not four times with a bisecting dark sun prior to the 70th Week. 

Prophecy experts? Negative, folks. These gentlemen do not even attain complete agreement with each other much less the majority of the rest of the Bride of Christ.

However, and the point of all this is that now I get it, I really, really do get it. I interpret this self-aggrandizing article is nothing more or less than an in-your-face commercial advertizement for WND book and DVD sales. This is hardly prophetic when it comes to WND, it's rather a very consistent matter of practice: they want your dollars for their commercial interests.



15 February 2015: This Global SITREP leads off with the current Mid East Prophecy Update video from Pastor JD Farag. The lead-off topic in Pastor JD's video sermon presentation is the current update topic subject in the Eschatology Today 'The Origin of the Antichrist' blog post - the new PM of Greece... 


 Alexios Tsipras (Cipras) Was Born: Tisha B'Av, Sunday 28 JUL 1974!

In the above video Pastor JD freely admits that he was at first dismissive of the political developments in Greece, but with sound counsel in the form of Emails and web postings coming from the Mainland (Pastor JD is in Hawaii) he became intrigued. As you watch this MUST SEE video (captioning included) you will learn why Pastor JDs intrigue was transformed to become the impetus for this video and why this SITREP is titled as it is. 

Also, Pastor JD references the NTEB website article (from whence the above image of Tsipras was borrowed) and information posted there directly linking the new Greek PM with the Pope and Vatican. I've already referenced my own discussion on this with Terry James at Rapture Ready. Here's a link to Terry's 2 February "Nearing Midnight" commentary "Antichrist Archetype Emerges." 

So let's consider, within the context of the Psalm 90:10 defined 70-year generation plus an additional 10 years defining a generation of strength, what is currently happening:

1) Just prior to Israel's 70th year as a reborn nation in fulfillment of Isaiah 66:8 we have standing on the various world stages: 

2) A strong candidate for Ezekiel 38/39 'Gog of Magog' leading a militarily resurgent and adventurous Russia; 

3) A charismatic leader suddenly assuming power in the prophetic nation of Greece and executing actions in his own name

4) This same newly emergent leader, acting as a candidate for the EU Presidency just a few short months ago, meeting with the Roman Pope to discuss a peace treaty for the Middle East.

5) The very real possibility in the near term of simultaneous multi-front war erupting on Israel's northern, central and southern frontiers as foretold in Psalm 83, Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 11.

Is there any question about the season we are living in? Is Jesus your Savior; your family's Savior?

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Origin of the Antichrist

This image is a computer-generated bust of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the man that the angel Gabriel prophesied to Daniel as the the forerunner or prototype of the coming Antichrist.(Daniel 11)

UPDATE 08 March 2015: Additional research brings me back once again to this topic. In a closer reading  of the details recounted of Daniel's vision (Daniel 8:8-9 NKJV), I believe these two verses lead to a specifying on the national origin of this man of sin, which is contrary to many earlier exegetical works. For example, the exegesis of  Jamieson, Fausset and Brown, or of Chuck Smith, correctly interprets verse 8 to have been Alexander the Great and the break-up of his massive Macedonian-Greek empire into the four successor empires.

 Battle of Pydna 168 BC, Roman conquest of Antigonid Empire

Sidebar:  These four successor Macedonian Greek empires were ruled by dynastic families which descended from Alexander's most senior military commanders, ALL of whom and of which were Macedonian-Greeks from their founding circa 305 BC to their very last day which was marked either by direct annexation and/or a military conquest by the Roman Republic or Roman Empire. In sequence they were: Antigonus in 168 BC at the Battle of Pydna in Greece (see map above); Lysimachus (Pergamum) which was ceded to Rome by its last king Attalus III in 133 BC; Seleucus (Seleucid Empire) when its last king was deposed by the Roman General and Consul Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great) in 64 BC, and finally, the Macedonian-Greek Ptolemaic Empire of Egypt whose last ruler was the Macedonian-Greek Queen Cleopatra VII Philopator (yes, that Cleopatra!) in 30 BC.

However, at verse 9 they only assign an interpretation to the Seleucid king Antiochus IV Epiphanes, a long acknowledged fore-runner of the antichrist.  Where I am now differing is an interpretation that verse 9 is two-fold in that it also points directly to the future antichrist as well. 

Let's read Daniel 8:8-9 ...

" 8Therefore the male goat grew very great; but when he became strong, the large horn was broken, and in place of it four notable ones came up toward the four winds of heaven. 9And out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Glorious Land."

Notice in which directions the "little horn" grows exceedingly great: to the south, to the east and toward Israel itself.  Antiochus IV Epiphanes' Seleucid Empire was an eastern empire carved out of Alexander's Empire from the get-go of verse 8. So he did not move militarily to the east as he spent the vast majority of his military efforts going to the west, and to the south (Ptolemaic Egypt) and against Israel caught in-between. 

The coming Antichrist military exploits will be towards the south (Libya, Egypt) and the east (kings of the East) and Israel, as seen in Daniel 11:40-44. How do we know this? By reading the beginning of verse 9 to know that he comes "out of one of them" and noting in which directions of the compass his military power is projected, and which, again are to the south, the north and the east. So from which of the four Alexandrian Empires does he come from? From the westernmost and the first of them to have fallen to Roman conquest, that of Antigonus which is modern day Greece in Europe!

15 February 2015: A quick look at the comments section of this post in December will illustrate that the even before the election of Alexios Tsipras to become the current PM of Greece the politics of that nation were being monitored by Eschatology Today for the interpretive reasons made clear at the end of this blog post. My comment on 26 January noted the likely outcome of a vote of confidence against the former Greek PM and the ascendance of Alexios Tsipras to that position of power. 

This is now a hot topic on many Christian prophecy websites with many speculating on whether or not this man is the awaited Antichrist.  That's a determination that will have to wait until some point in the future to know for certain. However, for the moment, I am intently watching all developments with respect to this man. My most recent observations I shared with Terry James of Rapture Ready this morning; it seems only fair that I share them with you all as well.

To begin with, Alexios Tsipras is a native born Athenian Greek; the son of a Greek father from Epirus (Ionia) and a Greek mother born in Eleftheroupoli.  Mr. Tsipras refused to be sworn in the his post as Greek PM by Greek Orthodox Archbishop Ieronymos, and also decreed that neither would his entire cabinet be sworn in by the the Archbishop; that the Archbishop need not even attend the entirely political ceremony. This is highly unusual in Greece where political oaths of office have virtually always been religious in nature, but perhaps not so much in the case with Alexios Tsipras being a self-professed atheist.

However, that being said, there is very good reason to watch what happens in the moths ahead. Straight up, I find this Greek's appearance on the world stage just prior to Israel's 70th year as a reborn nation extraordinary as a matter of timing. In 2014 as a candidate of the EU Commission Presidency he made a declaration that he could lead the economically broken EU back to economic prosperity in less than 10 years.

Most importantly I think is the fact that he took the office of Greek Prime Minister with these words: "I declare in my name, honor and conscience to uphold the Constitution and its laws."  John 5:43 records what Jesus said to the Jews about the future Antichrist: "I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive."

Without question the Greek Prime Minister is now the most prominent atheist on the Earth. Alexios Tsipras plus everything he does in his own name will be watched closely in the coming months.

3 December 2014: It had been suggested to me by some very astute fellow eschatologists that within the text of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 discussed below...
"When looking at the Greek which follows 'Let no man deceive you by any means'  the next words in the sentence are...

"ὅτι ἐὰν μή ἔρχομαι ἀποστασία πρῶτον καί ἄνθρωπος ἁμαρτία ἀποκαλύπτω υἱός ἀπώλεια"
"because unless to come apostasy first and a human being sinful revealed, the son (of) destruction.""
... I've taken and applied the wrong meaning for the Greek word apostasia (apostasy). They are saying the meaning is not the literal, plain text apostasy, but an alternative meaning of departure.  As Dr. Thomas Ice and others will explain the meaning, "Thus, this passage would be saying that the Day of the Lord will not come until the rapture comes before it."  Well, yes, of course that's what Paul is saying  in the context of the entire chapter of 2 Thessalonians 2. But I am not dissuaded from believing that the meaning of the word apostasia is literal and it really means apostasy.

This is where I make a distinction on the meaning of this word. The apostasy is not from the faith of salvation in Christ Jesus that a believing Christian holds, but the kind of apostasy in which a grand departure from God is the point that Paul had made in this prophetic text.

This meaning is obvious to all who survey the world and see that an apostasy, a departure, from the one true God to a false god such as the al-Lah has been occurring globally and in real-time. But this literal meaning of apostasia is even more egregious in a nation such as ours where the claim can be truthfully made that it was founded upon Christian principles. Not only is this country departing from its Christian roots, it is departing from God the Father.

The other day I learned of a very young girl who was a participant in a Disney theme park production where she had to express her feeling about those things most important to her in her young life. Several times Disney rejected her heart-felt offering and through several edits of the text with her mother they simply could net get her offering of what was important in her own life accepted by the corporate entertainment and mass media giant that is The Walt Disney Company.

The reason for the continued rejections, as the mother and daughter finally discovered, was the fact that this young lady had centered her piece on a belief in God as being the singular reason why everything there is exists, in her life and the world and universe at-large. Without God, nothing else would be as it is in other words. Disney was literally rejecting this young girl's work simply because the word God appeared in the text. The Walt Disney Company rejects God. Not the small-g god, but the real big-G God. This is apostasy, literal and in our face, if we choose to see it. Period.

Of course most of us know this is nothing new, Disney has been rejecting God for a long time now and a previous campaign among Christians in highlighting this fact has over time fallen by the wayside, so much so that this little girl and her mother were unaware of it as millions of other Christians are likely unaware of it today.

So, I'm saying that a very real apostasy from God, as Paul was explaining to the Thessalonians as being a sign pointing towards the occurrence of the Harpazo exists and it is here today. Now that leaves just one other revealing thing for us to consider doesn't it. Indeed it does in my humble opinion.


24 November 2014:  Why it is that the Word of God contains so much detailed information about the coming Antichrist if the Bride of Christ is to be Harpazoed prior to his arrival on the world scene? As one who has diligently studied all things eschatological this makes no sense to me. The Saints which come to be born-again during the 70th Week will have no problem knowing who he is, so I have come to the point of realizing this detailed information does not appear to be part of the Lord's word for their benefit. So, who is it for? I have come to hold the view that these details are included in the Word of God for the Bride of Christ to recognize him prior to the start of the 70th Week.

Now before there's an uproar, I have heard hear all of you in advance because I have posed the obvious objections and debate talking points to myself first and also to other eschatologists. So I am sure at this point some are saying that recognizing Antichrist would tantamount to a sign that the Harpazo was imminent and the Harpazo is a signless event more correctly tied to an unknowable number of "the fullness of gentiles has come in" according to Paul in Romans 11:25.

However, is the Harpazo truly a signless event?  In  Paul's second letter to the Bride of Christ in Thessalonica (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12) he explains to them that they should not be fearing that they have been 'left behind' because they are suffering such great persecution as has been prophetically taught to them. Paul instructs them that "the great and awesome day of the Lord" will not come to pass unless to things happen first: a great apostasy and the revealing of the Antichrist. These are definitively a pair of signs in the 'last days' that must occur prior to the Harpazo which itself is prior to the start of the 70th Week.

Let's go straight to the text of 2 Thessalonians 2:3. When looking at the Greek which follows 'Let no man deceive you by any means'  the next words in the sentence are...

"ὅτι ἐὰν μή ἔρχομαι ἀποστασία πρῶτον καί ἄνθρωπος ἁμαρτία ἀποκαλύπτω υἱός ἀπώλεια"
"because unless to come apostasy first and a human being sinful revealed, the son (of) destruction."

The text then goes on to specifics about the Antichrist which were first revealed in great detail in the angel Gabriel's narrative to Daniel (Dan. 11:36-39) on this subject.

The key point I'm at here is that the phrase "the day" or "that day" is implied in most translations of this specific sentence. Those two words are literally not there. The focus is the context of what Paul is responding to the Thessalonian church about is the fear they have been left behind from the Harpazo.

Based upon the literal plain text I interpret Paul to be saying that it is not possible for anyone to have missed the Harpazo unless apostasy and the antichrist revealed come first.

Here's where I take Paul's teaching and apply it to our current reality.

It seems to me, looking forward, that a covenant/treaty for seven years would be in a negotiating stage for some time, months perhaps, prior to it being confirmed, or placed into effect. The confirmation of the treaty commences the 70th Week.

This is not unlike the covenant/treaty between the EU/E3+3 (P5+1) and Iran begin negotiated at the present time. 

This specific kind of negotiation between a Westerner of the attributes we know in detail that the 'son of destruction' will possess would absolutely reveal him to the Bride of Christ in this 'last days' season. This time frame would be smack dab on the dispensational transition from the Church age to 70th Week, but the actual revealing of Antichrist to the Bride of Christ would occur prior to the 70th Week. And the Bride of Christ would likely be all but climbing out of our skin in effervescent anticipation in witness thereof.


19 February 2011: I believe this update contains the correct association both Old and New Testament Scriptures which are sufficient to end once and for all the debate over whether the coming Antichrist will be European or Islamic.

According to Daniel 2 a night vision from God was given to Daniel to interpret Nebuchaddnezzar's dream about a great image which stood before him. It was the image of a statue of excellent splendor and awesome in its form. The image was a symbolic representation of the course and sequence of world empires begining with Nebuchadnezzar's own Babylonian Empire and on well into the future. The subsequent or second world empire what that of the Persians, which was followed in turn by the third world empire, that of Alexander the Great and his Macedonian-Greek Empire which completely eclipsed the first two. The four remant empires of Alexander's were eventally and completely absorbed and taken over a couple of hundred years later by the ultimate fourth world Empire, the Roman Empire which was detailed in Scripture as follows (Daniel 2:40-43):
"And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others. Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay."
And that is the end of the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream which God Himself gave to Daniel. That's all there is folks, nothing follows, the dream was certain, it came from God, and the interpretation was certain, it came from God also. God declared for all time through this ancient dream that there would be four world empires, and only four world empires. Yet, as we shall see, there were details to be added to this information that would come from the angel Gabriel to Daniel.

According to Daniel 10 a fallen angel had fought with and delayed Gabriel for 21 days while he was enroute to deliver this message. And we are told that he was assisted by the Archangel Michael in defeating that fallen angel. The fallen angels name is not given -- as if it were unimportant to any prophetic future events. However, we are informed that after delivering his message to Daniel the angel Gabriel would return to re-engage the angel of Persia, once again assisted by the angel of Israel, Michael the Archangel, and that the angel of Persia would be followed by another (fallen) angel, the angel of a western conquering empire. This is the third empire from Nebuchadnezzar's dream, the angel of the Empire of Grecia. Here's where it gets very interesting relative to the near prophetic future.

This "angel of Grecia" supernaturally empowered Alexander's Empire up and through to the Seleucid Empire and Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who is discussed in detail in the original article below. The key point is that the name of this fallen angel of Grecia known through the Revelation of Jesus Christ, as recorded in Chapter 9 verse 11 and Revelation 17 verse 8.
"And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon." (Revelation 9:11 NKJV)

"The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is."
(Revelation 17:8)
This fallen angel's name doing the bidding of Satan is Abaddon/Apollyon. He is the one who fulfills "The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition." That fallen angel was and will yet be again a prince of Grecia... not Persia. A Western empire, not a Persian, Arab or Islamic Empire.

09 July 2008: The Beast. The anti or in-lieu-of false messianic man of ancient Bible prophecy is the long-anticipated 'end times' character in both Old Testament and New Testament texts. He has always been an enigma, a man of mystery, prophesied to be of fierce countenance, a master of deceit and deception, of such unearthly evil power and charisma that by his mere presence all of mankind will be subdued and submit to his will.

The beast will be a man who ultimately will be wholly possessed by a demonic spirit ascended out of the abyss and identified by the name of Abaddon in Hebrew and Apollyon in the Greek; a man of mind bending unconscionable evil destined to stand as Satan incarnate during Daniel's 70th Week. He is a man whose name John revealed in the Revelation of Jesus Christ, chapter 13 verse 18, would count to or calculate to the Greek alphabetical-numerical equivalent of χξϚ (chi-xi-stigma) or six-hundred, three-score and six. 666.

Antiochus was the eighth in an unbroken direct line of descent of Greek Seleucid kings whose empire was the largest of those inherited in the division of Alexander the Great's Greek Empire into four lesser empires. Antiochus IV Epiphanes was an usurper who ruled the Greek Seleucid empire between 175 and 164 BC when he suddenly died of a disease. Antiochus had abandoned his born-name, Mithradates, and gave himself the name Epiphanes, which means 'god manifest" because he believed he was the living incarnation of Jupiter, the Romanized name of the principal pagan Greek god Zeus. On 15 Kislev 167 BC (6 December) Antiochus originally performed the to-be-repeated act of standing up an image of himself in the Jewish Temple known as the Abomination of Desolation. Antiochus also splashed pigs blood on the altar, sold Jews into slavery, destroyed every scroll of Jewish Scripture he could locate, forbade the daily sacrifice and the Jewish rite of circumcision under pain of death.

With all of these prophetic Biblical references to the Greek, the number of the coming Antichrist name equating to a Greek alphabet gematria, and the detail to which the prophet Daniel spoke concerning Greece, that he would come from the people who would destroy the city and the sanctuary (In 70 AD the Roman 5th Legion - Legio V Macedonica - was one of the principal legions involved in that military action) I became convinced that Daniel has further prophetically identified the national origin of this coming Antichrist. Indeed, Daniel 8 provides us with this specific identifier.

Daniel 8:21 (NKJV)
And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece. The large horn that is between its eyes is the first king.

Daniel 8:21 (YLT)
"And the young he-goat, the hairy one, the king of Javan; and the great horn that [is] between its eyes is the first king."

Greece was known in ancient times as Javan. Javan was the son of Japheth, and a grandson of Noah. Javan and his offspring, Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim and Dodanim, settled in the West, in Europe. So here we have in this verse from Daniel an identifier of Alexander the Great as the symbolic male goat which conquers the Persian Empire. Daniel then continues in verse 22 with his Divinely inerrant prophetic description of how Alexander's Greek Empire would be divided into four kingdoms that would not have the same power as Alexander's.

Then we have in verse 23 a time-warp to the distant future yet which remains anchored to Alexander's Empire, as "that nation," and to the 4 kingdoms which would rise from it, all four referred to as being the same. A prophetic "worm-hole," if you will. This time warp takes us directly to Antiochus IV Epiphanes, and also thousands of years into the future to the man he is the specific model for, the Antichrist:

23 And in the latter time of their kingdom,
When the transgressors have reached their fullness,
A king shall arise,
Having fierce features,
Who understands sinister schemes.

Daniel continues with his description of both Antiochus IV Epiphanes and the coming Antichrist:

24 His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power;
He shall destroy fearfully,
And shall prosper and thrive;
He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people.
25 “ Through his cunning
He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule;
And he shall exalt himself in his heart.
He shall destroy many in their prosperity.
He shall even rise against the Prince of princes;
But he shall be broken without human means.
26 “ And the vision of the evenings and mornings
Which was told is true;
Therefore seal up the vision,
For it refers to many days in the future.

It is my absolute conviction that Daniel's prophecy informs us in no uncertain terms that the coming Antichist will specifically arise from a Greek ancestry, that he will be a direct descendant of Javan via one of his sons whose progeny populate Europe and most of the nations of the West.