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 All rights reserved.
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.
I think everyone agrees that this verse is describing the antichrist in end times.
However, there’s a difference of opinion as to when it happens. Since I have proven
the timeline of Daniel 11 with real events from the Middle East, it is obvious that this
verse happens after the rapture because it happens after the abomination in verse 31.
The “time of wrath” is the 2300-days between the abomination and the re-consecration
of the sanctuary (after Armageddon), as described in Daniel 8.
Note: For the aforementioned proof, see the homepage for an overall timeline,
“Daniel 11-through history” for a closer look at past interpretations, the “Seals”
for Revelation’s true timeline, “exposing post-tribulationists” for a closer look at
Matthew 24 and Revelation, the “final empire” or “current events” for headlines
leading to the “abomination”. Honestly, with Daniel 11 and the Seals correctly
interpreted, everything links together perfectly (without manipulation)
and points to a “pre-tribulation” rapture.
In fact, it will take a profound event such as the Rapture to cause such an extreme
change in the person above. That’s because the person above will be part of the North
or Shiites so they will worship Allah, who is the same God that Christians worship.
However, when the Shiite leader orchestrated the uprising on the Temple Mount and
set up the abomination that causes desolation, he was not expecting Jesus to appear
in the clouds and a huge earthquake to strike but that’s exactly what will happen.
That series of events will cause him to realize that his religion was wrong, which is
about the only thing that could cause the drastic change above.
Muslims 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 in the crucifixion. On the contrary, they believe that
Jesus ascended to Heaven alive. That may sound strange to some people but if they
acknowledge the crucifixion, then they would automatically have to acknowledge the
resurrection, which is the foundation for Christianity. The Shiites of Iran and Iraq, which
are mostly “Twelver Muslims”, go a step further and believe that Jesus will return someday,
(like Christians). However, their scenario for His return is very different from the Bible.
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).
There are differing opinions of what happens during and after 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. That will cause him to abandon Allah, exalt himself,
and establish the “kingdom of the beast”. He will be successful until the “time of wrath” is
completed because God has decreed a certain ending for the final empire.
Note: The exact identity of the antichrist may not be evident until after the rapture
but the picture is becoming clearer all the time. (see current events)
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