Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. © Copyright 2010 - 2015   All rights reserved. The Antichrist 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.      This verse takes place after the rapture because it’s chronologically after the abomination in Daniel 11:31.  The so-called ‘king’ will be a Muslim from the North (or Shiites).  The identity of that person is discussed later.  Since Muslims believe in the same ‘God of Abraham’ as Christians, which is the same ‘God of gods’ in this verse, the leader will be denouncing his own religion.  When you think about it, it would take a profound event such as the ‘rapture’ to cause such a drastic change in the above person.  He will be “successful” because God has everything planned out in Revelation.  Revelation 13: 4-6 Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, "Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?"  The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies  and to exercise his authority for forty-two months.  He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place  and those who live in heaven. What would cause the antichrist to denounce his own religion?      In a nut shell, the Muslims won’t be taken in the rapture because they don’t believe that Jesus was the Son of God.  They believe that Jesus was a prophet but not the Son of God.  Like all prophets in Islam, they consider Jesus to be Muslim  because He preached about submission to God.  They believe in the virgin birth but not the crucifixion.  On the contrary, they believe that Jesus ascended to Heaven ‘alive’.  That may sound strange to some but if they acknowledge the crucifixion, then they would have to acknowledge the resurrection and they can’t do that because the resurrection is the foundation for Christianity and Muhammad wasn’t resurrected.       Most Shiites in Iran and Iraq are called Twelvers because they believe in twelve particular “Imans” (historical spiritual leaders who descended from Muhammad).  They believe that the twelfth Imam will return someday (more on that below), followed by Jesus.  When Jesus returns before their expected Iman and takes the Christians, rather than Muslims, he will know that his religion was wrong.  That’s when he will exalt himself above God and become the antichrist.  Twelver Beliefs:    Twelver Muslims believe that another individual will divinely re-appear before Jesus.  He was the twelfth and final Iman, Muhammad al-Māhdī, from the line of Husayn.  He was born in 869 and assumed the title of Iman at age five when his father died.  Reportedly, he disappeared after he led the prayer at his father’s funeral.  Twelver Shiites believe that al-Māhdī did not die but was rather ‘hidden by God’ (called the Occultation).  He is supposed to return before Jesus to bring peace and justice to the world.  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 the Sufyani. (similar to a false messiah or antichrist in Christianity)      There are differing opinions about the epic battle.  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, 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, the events of the rapture will not fit this scenario so the Shiite leader will know his religion was false.  Conclusion:      This stark reality will cause the Shiite leader to abandon Allah, exalt himself, and establish the “kingdom of the beast” (Daniel 11:39).  That kingdom will worship a “god of fortresses”, which I think is Murduk, who is depicted on the walls of Babylon. (Daniel 11:37-38)  The antichrist will be successful for 42 months (Rev. 13), which coincides with the end of the 70th Seven (post-rapture).  That’s because the rapture is in the middle of the 70th Seven (Daniel 9:27) and 42 months is 3.5 years (half-a-seven).  The Shiites will be successful and take the rest of the Middle East (Daniel 11:40-43), just before God unleashes His final wrath, called the “Bowls” (Rev. 16), which ends with Armageddon.     Note: The riddle of “666” (summarized below) identifies of the antichrist but he won’t fulfill this verse and declare himself above God until after the rapture. sitemap home
A clear reference that the Rapture has already past. 
‘Post-Rapture’ Pages: (Daniel 11 combined with Revelation 8-19) [Note: 2, 3. & 4 are ‘extra’ info] 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 Updated: 7-26-2016 Prophecy about Twelvers? God to Abraham:   “And 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.” Genesis 17:20 Solution to God’s riddle of 666   Simply put, the number 666 is divided by the sum of its digits (18) to reveal man’s number, which is “37”.  That’s why the riddle says to “calculate” the number of the beast or man’s number, but then gives a number as 666.  A person is supposed to use the number 666 to “calculate” man’s number.  Thus, 666 / (6+6+6) = “37”.  After God led me to this answer, a whole “timeline of 37’s” was revealed to prove the point, which is explained on the 666 page.  The ‘timeline of years’ doesn’t depend on any human calendar because it has its own logical starting point and proceeds by counting ‘years’, or revolutions of the earth around the sun.  Who is the Antichrist?   The “timeline of 37’s” proves that this ‘calculation’ is the answer to the riddle but I think it also has a duel meaning and reveals the antichrist from Daniel 11:36.  Note: There are further details below the chart, discussing Daniel 7, Revelation 13, Revelation 17, and current events from the news.  Briefly, the 666 points to Ahmadinejad because he was the 6th president of Iran (the final empire in Daniel 11, starting with verse 21) and he will turn 60 years old, within the 37th anniversary of Iran.  In more specific terms, the 37th anniversary of Iran started February 11, 2016, and Ahmadinejad will be 60 years old on October 28, 2016.  Thus, there’s about a 3.5 month overlap where Ahmadinejad will be 60 years old, within the 37th anniversary of Iran, the final empire in Daniel 11. (chart below)   Ahmadinejad also satisfies the general characteristic of the antichrist, which is mainly bold and blasphemous speech (Revelation 13:5-6 and Daniel 11:36), which he was known for, in front of the UN, during his presidency.  He also has some military experience, although the exact amount is unknown, but that would come in handy for the antichrist because the final empire expands its territory after the rapture. (Daniel 7:21 and Revelation 13:7)  His height of 5’2” could be a direct reference to the “little horn” (Daniel 7:8), which is another reference to the antichrist, who had “eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully.”    Perhaps the most compelling argument is Ahmadinejad’s bid to become Iran’s president, again.  It’s a long-shot because Iran has never had a repeat president before, but it’s not as outrageous as it once seemed, a couple of years ago.  That’s because the nuclear agreement that Iran made with the P5+1 has not turned out as favorable as they had hoped.  Iran fulfilled their end of the agreement, in January 2016, but certain countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Israel, are trying everything they can do to prevent Iran’s integration back into the international community.  The United States is letting the obstacles persist, which is letting the hardliners, such as Ahmadinejad, gain traction on the moderates, who supported the agreement, such as Rouhani.    Long story short, if Ahmadinejad is re-elected, he will become the 8th president, but there will only be 7 presidents total, which satisfies another riddle, 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)  It’s vague because it’s a riddle but notice that the term “one is” refers to the 6th.  The 7th must remain for “a little while”, which would be true if Rouhani lost to Ahmadinejad because every president since the 3rd has been re-elected for a second term.  Of course, Ahmadinejad would be the 8th but he would belong to the 7 because he would be the first repeat president.  He would also be “going to his destruction” because that’s what happens to the antichrist. (Daniel 9:27 and Revelation 19:20)      Long story short, after many ‘wins’ (Rev 13:5-10), I think Ahmadinejad gets injured in the 6th Trumpet war (Rev 9:13-21), which is the battle that kills the two witnesses, after they prophesy for 1260 days, post-rapture. (Rev. 11:7-14    Then, the false prophet takes over and rules on his behalf, making an image in his honor, and forcing everyone to worship the image.  He performs miraculous signs, “even causing fire to come down from heaven”, thus deceiving the inhabitants of the earth, and forcing them to take the “mark of the beast” (Rev. 13:11-17).  Thus Ahmadinejad will be an injured hero, who survives and gets honored.  (more below) Revelation 17: 7-11 7 Then the angel said to me: "Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. 8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come. 9 "This calls for a mind with wisdom.  The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. 10 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. 11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven  and is going to his destruction. Verse-by-verse commentary   In a nut shell, the woman is the city of Babylon, which will be re-built in the post-rapture, as a shining symbol of the final empire, only to be destroyed during Armageddon.  Note: This is definitely the post-rapture beast, because it has 10-horns, just like the first beast in Revelation 13, which I believe to be the 10-nations of the ECO.   One possibility is Marduk, the patron god of Babylon, who existed before John, but will return to be worshiped by the final empire.  Another possibility is the Timurid Empire, which is similar in area to the ECO, but will worship Marduk.   Notice that the “inhabitants of the earth”, who see the beast, are only those whose names are not in the Book of Life.    That’s because the multitude, whose names were in the Book, went to heaven in the rapture, and this is describing tribulation on earth’.   Two riddles begin:  To tell the truth, I don’t know what the seven hills are but they are probably actual topography.   The seven kings are ‘seven presidents’ of the final empire, Iran, before the rapture.  Notice that the 7th (Rouhani) only remains for a little while, which probably means that he will not serve a 2nd term as most presidents in Iran have.    If Ahmadinejad is re-elected, he will be an eighth president but there will only be ‘seven’ because he is a repeat.  He will rule as the antichrist, after the rapture, until his destruction.    Details of the above summary: The ‘Seven Kings’ of Revelation 17 (another riddle) ‘Current’ activities of Ahmadinejad (support the above theory)    I wasn’t paying attention to Ahmadinejad, when I stumbled upon the answer to God’s riddle but since doing so, I found that he is indeed making a comeback and may run in the next presidential election, scheduled in Spring 2017.  In general, Ahmadinejad hasn’t officially declared because Iran doesn’t have long campaign seasons like the United States (no country does) but he has been making more speeches lately.  Another factor pointing to Ahmadinejad: Boastful Speech     Another factor that points to Ahmadinejad is his bold and abrasive speech, which would be ‘required by the antichrist’, in order to make a bold claim to be above God.     Note: The “little horn”, below, is also about the antichrist, which could be a clever reference to Ahmadinejad’s height, which is 5’2”.  I say that because there’s nothing ‘little’ about what the horn accomplishes, later in Daniel 7.  Daniel 7:8    “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully.”    Also note: Ahmadinejad has some military experience, which would come in handy because the antichrist ‘wins’ some battles, in Daniel 7 and 11, until he is defeated at Armageddon.  Note: Daniel 7: 4-6 are explained on the current events page. Revelation 13 (the ‘beast’ and the ‘mouth’ of the beast)     I’d be the first to admit that Revelation is challenging to understand but one thing that I’ve found, through my study of Daniel and Revelation, is that the term ‘beast’ can used to represent different things, at different times, during ‘end times’.  For example, Daniel 7 describes four different ‘beasts’, during end times, but only the ‘fourth beast’ (with ten horns) is the ‘post-rapture’ beast, in Rev. 13.  That’s the same one that gives rise to the ‘little horn’, which is the ‘antichrist’ who speaks boastfully. (Daniel 7:8, above)    In Revelation 13:3-4, the ‘head’ of the beast that “seemed to have a ‘fatal wound’, but the fatal wound had been healed”, is the ‘nation’ of Iran, which is also the ‘final empire’ in Daniel.  In this case, the “fatal would” was ‘economic’, due to sanctions, but the election of Rouhani, followed by the nuclear deal (verse 23), has done wonders for Iran’s standing on the world stage.  As noted in Revelation 17 (above), Iran is the ‘head’, which is ‘in charge’ of the 10-nation ECO (post-rapture), but they will also be the head that “seemed to have the fatal wound, but was healed”, so they are both.     In Revelation 13:5-8, the ‘mouth’ of the beast is the ‘antichrist’, who will “exercise his authority for 42 months” (vs 5).  In verse 6, the antichrist “blasphemes God” and “slanders those who live in heaven”, which is the same as Daniel 11:36, which is obviously ‘post-rapture’ because he knows that people live in heaven.  Nevertheless, “he’s given power to make war against the ‘saints’ and to conquer them” (vs 7), which is not only a reference to the 6th Trumpet war, in Revelation 9:13-21, but also to the killing of the two witnesses (Enoch and Elijah), who are the “saints”.  (Note: The 144,000 are killed ‘later’, after the ‘mark of the beast’ has been implemented (vs 16), and after the two witnesses are gone.)     Anyway, after the two witnesses are killed, Ahmadinejad will be a ‘hero’ because the two witnesses “tormented those who live on the earth”. (Rev. 11:10)  Thus, it is a relief to have them gone.  I said Ahmadinejad was ‘injured’ because the ‘false prophet’, who enters in the 2nd half of chapter 13, makes everyone “set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.” (vs 14)      Notice that the antichrist is “wounded by the ‘sword’ and yet lives”, but the ‘head’ (vs 3), which had the “fatal wound”, never mentions anything about a ‘sword’ or weapon.  My point is: I’m not contradicting anything, and the Bible isn’t contradicting itself, because the ‘head’ (nation of Iran) is ‘wounded and healed’, plus the ‘mouth’ (antichrist) is also ‘wounded and lives’.  Both are true.     In my opinion, the mixed-up policies of the United States are driving Iran back to the hardliners such as Ahmadinejad.  I mean, after the nuclear deal, America had its chance to pivot towards Iran, and away from Saudi Arabia, who is the root of the jihadists phenomena around the world.  Yet, they continue to go down the same roads as before and paint Iran, Assad, and Russia as the problem when the leaders of Saudi Arabia are much worse.  I hate to say it but part of the problem is America’s reluctance to express any view contrary to Israel, who favors Saudi Arabia over Iran, which means they favor jihadists and terrorists over Assad, which is ludicrous.  I support Israel but they are wrong about some things.     Here’s a good article that explains how America has not lived up to their promise, after the nuclear deal, which is helping Ahmadinejad and hurting Rouhani.  The world banks are still hesitant about dealing with Iran because they are afraid of what the republican Congress will do in the future, especially with the American election looming.  Unfortunately, they have good reason to be afraid because republicans are heavily influenced by Israel, who favors Saudi Arabia.  Plus, Hilary Clinton is heavily influenced by Saudi Arabia because they have donated millions to the Clinton Foundation.  Therefore, America is not fulfilling the nuclear bargain and that probably won’t change, which is fueling support for Ahmadinejad.  Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries