A time is coming, according to Bible prophecy, when the world will experience the most powerful leader to have ever lived upon the planet. He will far surpass in military capability any president of the United States of America who has yet held the reins of power.
The people of planet earth will literally become awestruck as they witness his exploits. The prophecy regarding the amazement over this future military man-marvel is seen in the following:
And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? (Revelation 13: 4)
We have looked many times at this future tyrant John calls through Holy Spirit Inspiration “the beast.”
He is the first of two beasts that John, through his Revelation vision, sees coming into world history. This beast will make his appearance during the period Daniel the prophet indicated will be the seventieth week that will wrap up premillennial human history. That will be the last seven years leading up to the return of Christ at Armageddon (Revelation 19:11). We know him better, perhaps, as Antichrist.
It is good to think for a bit on that Scripture about this man-beast. The Bible says the question will be asked by the populations of the world–who will actually worship him: Who is able to make war with him?”
In other words, it will look to everyone who witnesses Antichrist’s military exploits and other miraculous accomplishments that he is a god. It will appear, the prophecy says immediately preceding the question, that he is killed by a wound in his head and comes back to life. This is obviously, from our understanding and perspective today, a false resurrection. However, the world at that time of great delusion won’t see it that way.
The question “Who can make war with him?” will be one asked with mesmerized stares of eyes more glazed and glistening than were those as recorded on the black-and-white films of Hitler’s worshipers during the 1930s.
There is no such leader with that kind of power anywhere in view today. There are many, many military leaders and their armies who can and do make war with anyone and everyone in this present geopolitical climate. That future beast will be indeed an animal of unprecedented military capability and authority.
Besides the United States military–still the most feared on the planet despite the Obama Administration’s efforts to, in my view, greatly diminish its strength–Russia and China continue to build tremendous war-making machines. Iran, Turkey, and others constantly aspire to more powerful militaries. There will have to occur massive changes in the military power structures of the world to bring about this singular most monstrous war-making leader, against whom no one is thought to be able to fight.
We often conjecture about what happens to the United States. Why isn’t it in Bible prophecy? If there, it certainly is in a greatly changed configuration, because its military is nowhere in sight, prophetically speaking.
We believe that the militaries of Russia, China, and many others, such as Iran and Turkey, are in prophetic view. We believe we see many of these within the Gog-Magog assault into the Middle East toward Israel as given in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39.
Our own view within the pre-Trib camp concerning the Rapture holds that the great changes needed to reconfigure things in alignment with end times Bible prophecy will unfold during the post-Rapture era. At least, that is my understanding at this point in time.
After that great Rapture event, the United States might fit into being aligned with those nation-entities that stand on the sideline as the Gog-Magog attack begins and simply make a diplomatic protest.
Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? Have you come to take a great spoil? (Ezekiel 38:13)
At any rate, the coalition that assaults into the Holy Land environs will be powerful, and unopposed–by human agencies, that is. God, of course, will completely destroy all but one-sixth of that Gog-Magog army in that future attack. After that destruction, only the great “kings of the East” juggernaut will remain as a force with which to be reckoned.
So, how does the great beast of Revelation 13 accumulate such awesome strength as to have the whole world ask: “Who is able to make war with him?”
In my own cogitations upon the matter–and it is supposition to be sure–there is somehow a dividing line set between the occidental and oriental worlds. This is true to this point in history, I think. But, in that day there seems to be a supernatural demarcation–the Euphrates River or thereabouts. When it is “dried up” as given in Revelation chapter 16, the kings of the East–led no doubt by China–will invade at the time of Armageddon, it seems. At that time the demons appointed especially for that moment will be released from their holding places and will supernaturally indwell those hordes from the orient. These will kill one-third of earth’s inhabitants, the prophecy tells us. However, all of this will happen later, at the very end of the Tribulation–Daniel’s seventieth week.
At that earlier time of the Gog-Magog attack, I believe that Antichrist, resident within the nations who will send a note of protest (Ezekiel 38:13), will understand Bible prophecy to the point that he will think slyly to let the Gog-Magog forces go to their destruction by the God of Heaven. He will then move into the military power vacuum and build his mighty army–an army supernaturally enhanced by the dark powers of Satan.
Again, it is the view of most who hold to the pre-Trib view of the Rapture and to pre-Millennialism that this beast–Antichrist–is to come out of the geographical area now known as the European Union. He will come from the people who were at the heart of the ancient Roman Empire -the people who destroyed Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple in AD 70. I do not believe the beast will be a Muslim, although I do believe his ethnic make-up will be from the area of ancient Assyria. He will, nonetheless, I’m convinced, have been born and raised in the area of Europe, likely somewhere near Rome.
With the UK (Britain, possibly “the merchants of Tarsish”) leaving the EU in the so-called Brexit, the way might be clear to generate great interest in such a powerful military–absent NATO–as the beast can one day build upon. One thing sure, such a military monster will one day be constructed.
It will take the Lord Himself, returning from Heaven with the saints of glory, to bring Antichrist’s ability to make war to an end. Thankfully, Jesus Christ will do so. I believe our Lord will end the beast’s war-making capability with the same words He used that day on the stormy Sea of Galilee. “Peace. Be still.”
Even so, come Lord Jesus.
Ty. I belive this. 🙂
The word that he’ll use is “Destroy” (Deuteronomy 33:27)
Where will be (or already is) the birthplace of the Antichrist? I suspect it may be anywhere within the territory of the original Roman Empire (which coincidentally parallels that of the combined European and Mediterranean Unions, the latter of which we seldom hear much about for some reason. That’s a huge area which includes Europe and the countries surrounding the Mediterranean. I suppose, though, it really doesn’t matter that much because we do know his appearance is a certainty.
It seems to me that this person will need to be universally accepted. That’s a big deal when you look at the way things are today. Just take a look at how things stand between the Jews and Arabs and their respective theologies. I didn’t include the Christians here because the way the modern church has gone in Europe and North America (which pretty much hold the purse-strings), they have, more often than, not sided with the followers of Islam at the expense of the fundamentals of Christian principles and of the Jews anyway. Post-rapture, I have the idea that it won’t take much for the remaining pseudo-Christians to welcome the “man of sin” with open arms.
For him to get the Jews and Muslims to accept him, now that will be the trick.
However, what we all must remember is his supernatural component and with this I have no doubt that even most of them will be deceived as well.
It makes me exceedingly glad that those of us who have not rolled over for all the false doctrine being pushed by today’s organized, liberal religion, and have taken our stand with the Jesus of the Bible won’t be around to see it.
Even so, Come Lord Jesus Come!!!
I believe we are the generation referred to in Math-
ew, Mark and Luke, the generation that shall not
pass away till all be fulfilled. The rapture of the
church in rev 4:1 I believe, will be the catalyst for
prophetic end time wars in the Middle East that will
diminish Islam to a non viable faith. Isaiah 17:1,
Psalm 83, the Magog war of Ezekiel 38-39. These
wars will probably be in quick succession. Islam’s
defeat shall be humiliating at the hands of the God
of Israel. The world at large will be looking, begging,
for someone to intervene and take control of a world
that they believe is in self destruct mode.
Revelation 6:2 (KJV)
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that
sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto
him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
I believe that the Antichrist will come from the EU,
the revived Roman Empire, the fourth beast king-
dom of Daniel 7:7, after the Magog war. The Anti-
christs army will come from EU, and his rise is
elevated by the onset of satanic activity and a
world so deluded they will believe lies. 2 Thess
2:9-11. At the halfway point of the seven year
tribulation period when the Antichrist enters the
temple and declares himself god, he is indwelled
with Satan. So this world leaders rise to power is
unlike any other the world has experienced.
By the way, welcome to the globalists “utopia”.