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‘Post-Rapture’ Pages: (see ‘sitemap’ for a full listing by category) 1. Tribulation ‘Initial’ Events (Daniel 11: 32-35) 2. The Antichrist (Daniel 11:36) 5. Tribulation ‘Middle’ Events (Daniel 11: 40-43) 6. Tribulation ‘Final’ Events     (Daniel 11: 44-45) 3. Who is the Beast? (Daniel 11: 37-38)  4. Kingdom of the Beast (Daniel 11:39) 8. Battle with gog & magog    (Ezekiel 37 & Revelation 20) 7. Jesus’ 1000-Year Reign (Revelation 20)   Other Post-Rapture Pages   (note: the two witnesses are in 1 & 5 also) The Two Witnesses (Revelation 11)  Man of Lawlessness (2 Thess. 2)         Chronology of Daniel 12               Third Jewish Temple? The Trumpet Call vs. The Trumpet Plagues you are here related material Re-written: 11-10-2017 Prophecy about Twelvers?   Genesis 17:20  [God to Abraham:]   “As for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers.   He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation.”  The Antichrist Introduction   The antichrist is an intriguing topic because most people associate it with end times and someone who will set up a one-world government and initiate the ‘mark of the beast’, so people can’t buy and sell unless they have the mark.  Of course, anyone who accepts the mark will be condemned to eternity in a lake of burning sulfur.  Yuck.  Some people use this concept out of context, to scare people into buying a book or something, when in reality, the antichrist comes after the rapture, so Christians who know Jesus don’t have anything to worry about.    The ones twisting the timeline are post-tribs who overlap the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls, in Revelation 6, 8, and 16, so that the 6th Seal rapture, which matches Jesus’ coming in Matthew 24:29-31, will be at the end and coincide with Armageddon.  That’s just not right.  No one should twist and overlap the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls because it creates contradictions, which means that some things must be left out of God’s prophecy in Revelation.  There’s a fatal warning for leaving things out of Revelation so don’t do it. (Rev. 22:19)  On the contrary, if the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls are not overlapped, then the antichrist (Rev. 13) must come after the 6th Seal rapture (Rev. 6), and the multitude arriving in heaven (Rev. 7).  By the way, Seals 1-5 are already done, so the 6th Seal rapture is the next one to be opened.  One world government? Maybe, but not until after the rapture.   It’s a little hard to believe that every nation on earth will band together and follow one person but the rapture will be a major shock to the world and many things will change. Thus, anything is possible.  In the following passage, the “beast” is an empire, or group of nations (10-horns), and the antichrist is the “mouth”, who is the leader or spokesman for the group.  Revelation 13:5-8 “The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. 6 He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast-all whose names have not been written in the book of life  belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.”    It certainly sounds like the antichrist will be given ‘authority’ over every nation and all inhabitants of the earth will ‘worship’ the beast.  Yet, I’m not sure if that constitutes a one world government or if the beast just has some authority over the other governments, but stays separate.  Either way, the beast undoubtedly has massive influence over the world, but since it develops after the rapture, there’s nothing for Christians to worry about.    There are several clues to indicate that the 42-months are after the rapture.  For one, it corresponds to the 1260-days that the two witnesses will prophesy, in Rev 11, which is also after the rapture.  That’s easy to show because the Trumpet plagues start in Revelation 8, after the 7th Seal, but end when the two witnesses ascend to heaven, after being killed by the beast. (Rev. 11:7-15)  Therefore, the 42-months that the antichrist rises is the same as the 1260- days that the two witnesses prophesy.  Since the Trumpets can’t start until the 7th Seal is done (Rev. 8), which is obviously after the 6th Seal, then the Trumpets, two witnesses, and antichrist all take place in the first 3.5 years after the rapture.  In fact, when the above passage says, “He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them”, it’s most likely referring to the two witnesses (and possibly the 144,000 from Rev 7), but only after they finish prophesying because no one has the power to touch them before they are done. (Rev. 11:5)    Another clue that the 42-months are post-rapture is that the antichrist slanders “those who live in heaven.”  Why would he do that, unless millions of people were already gone, in the rapture, so he knows that they’re living in heaven?  Plus, notice that the inhabitants of the earth that worship the beast will be those whose names are not in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  That’s because the ones whose names ARE in the Lamb’s Book of Life are already in heaven.    Another clue that the antichrist is ‘post-rapture’ is that the abomination occurs in Daniel 11:31, which is when the rapture occurs (see Matthew 24 explained), and the antichrist is described in Daniel 11:36.  In general, 36 is after 31.  Daniel 11:36 “The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place.”   Obviously, the antichrist is an agent of Satan, but God will use him for His own purposes.  In other words, the antichrist will be ‘successful’ only because God allows him to be, and for a limited time.  God’s “time of wrath” is during the Trumpet and Bowl plagues, in Revelation, when the antichrist and false prophet will play their roles, at least until the 7th Bowl is done (Armageddon) when Jesus will cast them into the “fiery lake of burning sulfur.” (Rev. 19:20)  Where will the antichrist come from?   There are several reasons that I think the antichrist will come from Iran.  First of all, the final empire that started in Daniel 11:21 describes the Islamic Revolution of Iran, in 1979.  Daniel 11:22 removed Saddam, which helped Iran gain influence in Iraq.  Daniel 11:23 was the nuclear agreement, which helped Iran financially, so they could gain even more influence.  Daniel 11:24 describes ISIS, which ultimately allowed Iran to move into Iraq and Syria, militarily, by sponsoring the Shia militias or Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).  Daniel 11:25 describes the ‘south’ (Saudi Arabia) waging war on the Houthis in Yemen, which Iran is believed to be helping.  Daniel 11:26-27 describes the attempted coup in Turkey, which ultimately gave Erdogan more power and turned him into an ally of the ‘north’ (Iran, Russia, and Assad) rather than Saudi Arabia.  Daniel 11:28, which specifically mentions the “king of the north” refers to Iran’s actions at the UN General Assembly in 2016, where Rouhani complained to the P5+1 and got the US to ease the remaining banking sanctions so they could gain access to the rest of their wealth.  My point is: No other country, except Iran, either satisfied, or benefited from, all the verses of Daniel 11, leading to the abomination in verse 31.    Secondly, Iran has had seven presidents, since 1979, which potentially fulfills the riddle from Revelation 17, which says, “They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while.  The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.” (Revelation 17:10-11)  Riddles are meant to be difficult but it clearly emphasizes the 6th king or president, which I will talk about later.  Notice that the 7th king remains for a “little while”, insinuating that his presidency will be cut short, probably due to the rapture.  The “beast” (perhaps meaning ‘antichrist’, in this context, or ‘foreign god’, which I discuss below) is the 8th king, but he “belongs to the seven”, which means he belongs to Iran   Note: There’s a chance that the 8th king is not a president at all because the “beast”, which is described in a previous verse, doesn’t sound human.  Revelation 17:8 says, “The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction.”  That doesn’t sound human but could be Marduk, the patron god of ancient Babylon.  Nevertheless, he would still “belong to the seven”, which refers to Iran.   The religion of the beast   Thirdly, Iran’s primary religion is “Twelver Islam”, which is a branch of Shia Islam, which believes that the 12th Imam (or Mahdi) will return before Jesus to unite the world into one Islamic community.  When Jesus appears in the sky, and gathers the Christians to heaven, before the Mahdi arrives, then the Shiites will know that their religion was false, thus inspiring the antichrist to abandon his religion and blaspheme God.    For background, the 12th Imam, Muhammad al-Māhdī, from the line of Husayn, was born in 869 and assumed the title of Imam, at age five, when his father died.  However, he disappeared after leading the prayer at his father’s funeral.  Legion has it that he did not die but was rather ‘hidden by God’ (called the Occultation), and he will eventually return.  According to scholar, Moojan Momen, traditions report that al-Mahdi will announce himself in Mecca, and then travel to Kufa.  At that time, he will fight an apocalyptic battle against the evil forces of the Dajjal and Sufyani (false religions or false messiahs).  There are differing opinions on how that epic battle will take place.  One account says that al-Mahdi will prevail and rule the earth for a number of years before Jesus’ return.  Another account describes Jesus’ descent over Syria where he joins al-Mahdi and slays the Dajjal.  Either way, al-Mahdi arrives before Jesus, and the world unites into one Islamic community.    According to the Encyclopedia of Islam, Jesus is supposed to assume leadership, after the death of al-Mahdi, and rule for about forty years.  Then, he dies and gets buried next to Muhammad.  Obviously, Biblical end times doesn’t fit this scenario, so Jesus’ arrival will show that the Shiites’ religion was false.  That stark jolt of reality is about the only thing that could make the antichrist turn from Islam and blaspheme God like Daniel 11:36 says.    After turning from God (or Allah), the kingdom of the beast will honor a “god of fortresses; a god unknown to his fathers” (Daniel 11:38), which I believe to be Marduk, the patron god of ancient Babylon (as mentioned in the previous section).  For one reason, Marduk is depicted on the walls (fortresses) of ancient Babylon.  That’s discussed more on another page Currency of the beast   I just discovered another factor that supports the antichrist coming from Iran because they are forming an infrastructure for Bitcoin, and other digital cryptocurrencies, in order to get around sanctions.  They’re doing it out of necessity because there’s a good chance they will get sanctioned again by the US, in the near future.  According to reports, the Iranian government has already researched Bitcoin and its possible benefits for its economy.  Iran’s Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Amir Hossein Davaee, said that the government has “conducted a number of research studies as part of efforts to prepare the infrastructure to use Bitcoin inside the country.”  He went on to say that Iran is now on the edge of creating a proper infrastructure not only for Bitcoin but also for other cryptocurrencies.  He said, once this project is finished, they will be properly integrated and regulated   It just sounds eerie to me because the ‘mark of the beast’ would be one way to “integrate and regulate.”  Revelation 13:16-17 says, “He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark ...”   Well, it’s already well-known that an RFID chip can be placed into a person’s hand, which is the size of a grain of rice, to contain personal information, even track bank accounts.  Some companies use them for employees.  Most credit cards have already gone to a chip reader, instead of the old magnetic strip.  I’m not an expert on Bitcoin but I’m pretty sure that most transactions are handled electronically, without physical currency.  If an entire country went to Bitcoin, as their primary currency, I can see how they might require everyone to get a chip, to hold their personal & banking information, because there would be little or no physical currency.  If all the old currency was converted and deemed void, then someone literally couldn’t buy or sell, unless they had the mark (or chip).    The concept could easily spread from country to country because Bitcoin is already worldwide.  It’s just a matter of converting each nation’s currency.  I know it wouldn’t happen overnight, but I don’t think the mark of the beast starts until 1290-days after the rapture anyway. (Daniel 12:11)  That’s after the false prophet arrives and performs many miracles to “deceive those who are perishing.”  Actually, “God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie, and so that all will be condemned, who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2 Thess. 2:9-12)  Of course, that’s describing the ‘post-rapture’, when there will be many unprecedented events, so it’s not unthinkable that something happens to the world’s currencies, so everyone has to go to Bitcoin.  I think it’s interesting that Iran has already researched it and is preparing the infrastructure, so they will be on the ground floor when it happens.  It’s almost as if America’s animosity towards Iran is inadvertently preparing it to fulfill prophecy in the post-rapture.  God’s timeline of 37’s   Another indication that points to Iran is God’s “Timeline of 37’s”, which is a whole series of significant events that happened in multiples of 37-years apart, starting with the year that Daniel received God’s “Book of Truth” (Daniel 11).  The main connection to the Bible is that God’s riddle of 666 results in 37.  The Bible says, “This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.”  (Revelation 13:18)  As it turns out, the ‘calculation’ is simple because the number ‘666’ is divided by the sum of its digits.  [666 / (6+6+6) or 666 / 18 = 37 ]  The timeline of 37’s is proof that this is indeed the ‘calculation’ because only God could coordinate so many events on specific years, in multiples of 37.  The thing that points to Iran is the fact that Muhammad’s original vision, which basically started Islam in Daniel 11:5, was in 610AD.  The Islamic Revolution of Iran, which started the final empire in Daniel 11:21, was in 1979.  Well, those two events are exactly “37 x 37” years apart [610AD + 1369 = 1979], which means that the ‘number of the beast’, squared, perfectly points to Iran, the final empire in Daniel 11.    It shows that God knew what He was planning, long ago, and He is executing that plan perfectly.  Granted, we just went past Iran’s 37th anniversary, in 2016, but that was an eventful year.  Daniel 11:26-30 were fulfilled and Trump was elected, who is fulfilling prophecy, in his own way, by emboldening Israel to do as it pleases and antagonizing Iran.  It will eventually lead to the uprising and abomination in Daniel 11:31, but God is taking His time.  After all, Matthew 25:5 says, “The Bridegroom was a long time in coming.”  Yet, I think it’s already been a long time, since we past the 37th anniversary, and the abomination is very close.  The Little Horn – Daniel 7   The little horn in Daniel 7:8 is also the antichrist but the only new information it brings is that the antichrist will displace three of the ten leaders when he arises to power.  Yet, once again, that is after the rapture because Daniel 7:7 describes the 10-horned beast, which corresponds to the 10-horned beast in Revelation 13, which is after the rapture.  I have a separate page  on the four beasts of Daniel 7, which starts with Iran in Daniel 7:4.  The abomination is not mentioned in Daniel 7, so it doesn’t indicate much about the rapture, but it’s important to note that only the fourth beast is “terrifying and frightening”, which is the 10-horned, ‘post-rapture’ beast, from which the antichrist arises.  The other 3 beasts are just fulfilling prophecy.  Who is the antichrist?   Since the antichrist rises to power after the abomination, we may not know who it is before the rapture.  I admit, I thought it was Ahmadinejad, and it’s still possible, but I’m not as sure any more.  I based my guess on several factors.  First, the riddle from Revelation 17:10, which I mentioned above, emphasizes the 6th king and Ahmadinejad was the 6th president.  He even registered to run again, which could have made him the 8th also, but the Guardian Council didn’t let him run.  As such, Rouhani won again so an 8th president hasn’t been determined.  Ahmadinejad is still active in politics because he recently published a scathing letter on his website, complaining and threatening the judicial branch.  He still has some degree of popularity in the rural areas and Tehran, where he was mayor before he was president.    Another factor that pointed to Ahmadinejad was the fact that he turned 60-years old during  the 37th anniversary of Iran.  Recall that ‘37’ = 666 / (6+6+6), so with his age, that’s a lot of 6’s.  However, Iran is no longer in their 37th anniversary, and Ahmadinejad has turned 61, but that could just be because the Bridegroom is a “long time in coming” and we are in over-time.    Other factors are his bold and outlandish speeches, such as denying the Holocaust and having people walk out on him at the UN General Assembly, which would be characteristic of the antichrist in Daniel 11:36; 7:8 and Revelation 13:5.  He’s also relatively short, at 5’2”, which could be a clever match to the “little horn” because there’s nothing little about replacing three other horns.  Ahmadinejad is also a Sayyida, on his mother’s side, which means that he’s a direct descendent of Muhammad, which could come in handy if he claims to be the Mahdi, after the rapture.  His father was also a scholar who taught the Koran.  I’m open-minded because there are other people in Iran that it could be, but I won’t try to list them.  Ahmadinejad checks a lot of boxes.  Like I said, the ‘post-rapture’ will be a perilous time and many strange things will happen, so Ahmadinejad remains a possibility because they might need someone with his boldness and brash personality, when they figure out their religion was false.  The “Man of Lawlessness”   Another place in the Bible that the antichrist is mentioned was by Paul in 2nd Thessalonians 2.  That is the passage that most post-tribs use to try to say that the antichrist is revealed before the rapture, but Paul was not trying to give a definitive timeline.  On the contrary, Paul was just trying to squash the rumor that the rapture or ‘gathering on the day of the Lord’ had already come. (vs. 1-2)  Therefore, he was naming things that he knew would correspond to end times, around the rapture, to show that it had not occurred because the other events had not occurred.  Naturally, he started with the abomination, in the Book of Daniel, because that’s the event that Jesus said to watch for.  Yet, he refers to the ‘rebellion’, instead, which is the ‘uprising’ that accompanies the abomination in Daniel 11:31.  That’s understandable, since no one really knows what the abomination is.  In like fashion, the signs leading to the ‘uprising’ are what I look for, because the abomination could be various things.  Anyway, Paul mentions the ‘man of lawlessness being revealed’, along with the rebellion (vs. 3-4), but that is actually a reference to the person in Daniel 11:36, which is of course after Daniel 11:31.  Like I said, Paul wasn’t trying to give an exact timeline; he was trying to squash a rumor.    2nd Thessalonians 2:4 also mentions the man of lawlessness “setting himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God”, which some people quote to say that a temple must be built before the rapture.  Yet, like I said, that refers to the bold declaration in Daniel 11:36, which is after the rapture, so a third temple could be built after the rapture also.  In fact, the antichrist probably doesn’t say that until Israel is invaded in Daniel 11:41, when the two witnesses are killed, which would be at the 3.5-year point.  Israel would have plenty of time to build a third temple in 3.5 years, especially with the two witnesses protecting them.    After that, Paul mentions a couple of things from Revelation, which is remarkable because Revelation hadn’t been written yet.  Paul mentions that the antichrist will be overthrown by Jesus with the “breath of His mouth” (v.8), which is the same as the ‘sword of His mouth’ in Revelation 19:15, during Armageddon.  From there, Paul backtracks and talks about the false prophet (vs. 9-12), which is found in Revelation 13:13-18.  Therefore, it’s obvious that Paul wasn’t trying to give a definitive timeline.  In that respect, it’s much better to stick to Daniel 11 (God’s Book of Truth) and Revelation (God’s final prophecy) to determine the order of things.  No antichrist from Turkey   A lot of self-proclaimed Bible teachers have picked Turkey as the final empire from the North, but that’s mostly post-tribs using an old, incorrect interpretation of Daniel 11.  There are only two previous interpretations, both with huge gaps, which I describe in more detail on another page.  Most people use Matthew Henry’s 1706 version, with some modifications, but that one puts the abomination before Jesus, which is obviously wrong because Jesus refers to it in the future.  A Seventh Day Adventist named Uriah Smith made some modifications, in the 1800’s, so the abomination would be after Jesus, but it makes no sense and ends with the Ottoman Empire (Turkey), which he thought was the final empire from the North.  He was obviously wrong but that’s why a lot of post-tribs think Turkey will return as the final empire.  Prior to 1979, it was the safest bet because the Shiites were politically weak.  Yet, Iran fulfilled Daniel 11:21 and rose to power.  Sure, Turkey has become allied with the North, as I expected, because Turkey and Iran were both founding members of the 10-nation ECO (Economic Cooperation Organization), which could be the 10-horned beast (or maybe not).  Regardless, Iran is the one who has the most influence in the Middle East (Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon), which is the main indicator of the ‘king of the north’ in Daniel 11. (condensed commentary)   Furthermore, the Ottomans were indeed mentioned in Daniel 11:14-19, because they ruled the Middle East for over 400 years, but the last thing that verse 19 says about them is that they will be “seen no more.”  Therefore, Turkey will not revive the Ottoman Empire, as the post-tribs predict, with their faulty interpretation of Daniel 11.  As I said before, the post-tribs also have a faulty interpretation of Revelation because they overlap the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls, which inevitably leaves some things out, due to contradictions.  They should know better because leaving things out of God’s prophecy in Revelation is forbidden. (Rev. 22:19)  Therefore, don’t listen to post-tribs who say that Turkey is the final empire because they’re wrong about a lot of things, including the pre-trib rapture. (Proof of Rapture) Final words   It’s a shame that post-tribs twist and overlap Revelation to make people believe that the antichrist comes before the rapture, because they have people looking for the wrong signs.  Sure, they can sell more books and videos by scaring people, but Paul said that people who teach false doctrines as a means to financial gain have corrupt minds and understand nothing. (1 Timothy 6:3-5)  Besides, if all the remarkable events and miracles that accompany the antichrist and false prophet, not to mention the two witnesses, happen before the rapture, then wouldn’t everyone believe in the Bible and accept Jesus?  If all those things happened first, then Jesus’ arrival wouldn’t be much of a surprise at all.  However, we know that it will be.  Unfortunately, post-tribs have people looking for the antichrist, before Jesus, which is wrong and could possibly cause them to be unprepared, when Jesus arrives in the sky for the rapture.    Post-tribs flip things around and tell people to beware of pre-tribs because they’re looking for a messiah on earth, but that’s not true.  All pre-tribs know that Jesus will appear in the sky for the rapture.  It’s actually the Jews who are looking for a messiah on earth, but they’re not looking for Jesus, which is a bad mistake. (Revelation 6:15-17)   Post-tribs also warn that pre-tribs will be disappointed and lose faith when the tribulation starts and Jesus hasn’t arrived, but that’s silly.  According to Revelation 7+, the multitude will be in heaven before the tribulation (Trumpets and Bowls) ever start.  Yet, like I said, if all those things from Revelation start happening, everyone would believe even more, not less. Yet, at that point, it wouldn’t require much faith because everything would be out in the open.    On the contrary, it’s those who twist and overlap Revelation who will be sorely disappointed because God gave a severe warning: “If anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.” (Revelation 22:19)  Jesus said, “Leave them; they are blind guides.  If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)    I’m not judging or condemning, because that’s not my job; I’m just quoting the Bible.  Related page: Will people be saved after the rapture? 
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