Updated news: 1-13-2018 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   This page discusses all the various Bible scriptures that are associated with the antichrist, and uses history and current events to explain why that person comes from Iran.    The antichrist is an intriguing topic because most people associate him with end times and a one-world government that will initiate the ‘mark of the beast’, so people can’t buy or 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.  Post-tribs use that concept 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.    Post-tribs twist Revelation’s timeline by overlapping the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls, in Revelation 6, 8, and 16, so that the 6th Seal rapture, in Rev 6, 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 overlap the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls because it creates contradictions, which inevitably leaves some things out of Revelation.  There’s a fatal warning for omitting things from God’s prophecy in Revelation, so don’t do it. (Rev. 22:19)  On the contrary, if the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls left in order, as written, then the antichrist (Rev. 13) must come after the 6th Seal rapture, when the multitude arrives in heaven (Rev. 7).  By the way, Seals 1-5 are done, so the 6th Seal is the next event to happen in Revelation.  One world government? Maybe so, but not until after the rapture.   It’s 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, but the changes won’t be instant.  The antichrist will reveal himself by his actions, and grow in power over time, following the abomination and rapture. [see also Man of Lawlessness   In general, the beast and antichrist are two different things.  The beast is a group of nations, with 10 leaders at first, until the antichrist (little horn) uproots 3 leaders as he takes power.  The antichrist will lead the beast into battle, in the 6th Trumpet War, when Israel is invaded and the two witnesses are killed.  In the following passage, the beast is the empire, or group of nations, 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 kind of authority over the other governments, such as with currency (discussed below).  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 above 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 within 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 also Matthew 24), but the antichrist reaches peak power and exalts himself in Daniel 11:36, below.  In general, verse 36 is well after verse 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, Rev 8 & 16, at which time 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 why I think the antichrist will come from Iran.  First of all, the final empire, which started in Daniel 11:21 describes the Islamic Revolution of Iran, in 1979.  The rest of the verses in Daniel 11 either help Iran directly or indirectly.  For example, Daniel 11:22 removed Saddam, which helped Iran gain influence in Iraq.  Daniel 11:23, which was the nuclear agreement, helped Iran financially, so they could gain even more influence.  Daniel 11:24 described ISIS, which ultimately allowed Iran to move militarily into Iraq and Syria, 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 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 release most of their remaining wealth.  In other words, Iran is the only country that either satisfies or benefits from all the verses of Daniel 11, leading to the abomination in verse 31.  Plus, Iran seems to be the arch-enemy of Israel, which is where you would expect the antichrist to come from.   Secondly, Iran satisfies the riddle of ‘7 kings’, in Rev 17:10, because Iran has had seven presidents, since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, which fulfilled Daniel 11:21.  “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 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” is the 8th king (perhaps meaning antichrist, in this context), but he “belongs to the seven”, which means he belongs to Iran Protests in Iran -2018     Iran experienced 6-days of violent protests, from Dec 28 to Jan 2, which shows how quickly and unexpectedly things can occur.  The protesters were mainly from the poorer population, as opposed to the 2009 protesters, which were primarily from the middle class and students.  They prompted Iran’s parliament to reconsider last month’s welfare budget-cuts and energy price hikes.  It remains to be seen if that’s the only change, resulting from 6-days of violence.   One consequence of the protests was increased animosity towards Trump because he tweeted numerous times in support of the protesters.  If anything, it showed that Iran can’t trust Trump because he obviously wants regime change.  Of course, that was known already because Trump decertified the nuclear agreement with no evidence that Iran was in violation.  The person that Trump is hurting the most is President Rouhani because the nuclear agreement was his pet project.  He tried to get Iran to warm to the West, but the republican Congress did everything they could to hinder the sanctions relief and sabotage Iran’s recovery, especially under Trump.  America also supported the rebels in Syria, for several years, which essentially forced Iran to match funds to support Assad, which the protesters are complaining about now.  Trump accuses Iran of supporting terrorists, but that is subjective, depending on which side of the Sunni-Shiite conflict a person thinks the terrorists are fighting for.  In reality, the Sunni rebels were linked to Al Qaeda and ISIS, so America was closer to supporting terrorists than Iran.  Trump is just doing everything in his power to stop Iran’s influence in the Middle East because Israel doesn’t trust Iran.  Trump wants to be seen as Israel’s best friend because it pleases his base of evangelicals.  Granted, Israel has reason not to trust Iran, but Trump’s poking of the hornet’s nest is just making things worse, not better.  I’m not complaining because Iran’s hatred toward Trump, and thus Israel by association, is just helping to fulfill prophecy by eventually resulting in the abomination that causes desolation being set up in Jerusalem.  The evangelicals think that Trump will make a way for Israel to build the 3rd Temple, which he might, but that also happens after the rapture.  For now, Trump is being used by God to fan the flames of hatred because, “while people are saying ‘peace and safety’, destruction will come on them suddenly.” (1 Th 5:3)   As far as the 7th president being removed early (remaining for a little while), that likely occurs after the rapture, also, because the rapture will prove to Iran that their religion was false (next section) and they will want a more hardline president.  I thought the protests might get that process started because new elections would take a few months, but the protests seem to be subsiding for now.  Of course, anything could happen, such as Rouhani deciding to step down, or the Supreme Leader deciding to hold new elections.  Somehow, Rouhani’s 2nd term will be shortened, making a way for the 8th president, who will likely be the antichrist.    Note: There’s a chance that the 8th king is not the president because the “beast” is the 8th king, who is described in a previous verse.  “The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction.” (Revelation 17:8)  Now, that doesn’t sound human, but could describe the “foreign god” that the antichrist worships (Daniel 11:39), which I believe to be Marduk, the patron god of ancient Babylon. [see explanation in Daniel 11:37-38] There could also be a duel meaning for the 8th king, referring to the 8th president and Marduk.  Whatever the case, the “beast”, which is the 8th king still “belongs to the seven”, which refers to Iran, and the 7th king only “remains for a little while”, so the clock is ticking. (con’t below)  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.)  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.    The riddle shows that God knew what He was planning, long ago, and He’s executing that plan perfectly.  Granted, we just went past Iran’s 37th anniversary, in 2016, but that was an eventful year.  Daniel 11:26-29 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 are past the 37th anniversary, and the abomination is very close.  Related page: Will people be saved after the rapture?  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 - 2017   All rights reserved. Other “Post-Rapture” Pages: see “sitemap” for a complete list   -  Home 1. Tribulation ‘Initial’ Events (Daniel 11: 32-35) 2. Antichrist (Daniel 11:36) 5. Bowls & Armageddon     (Daniel 11: 44-45) 3. Who is the Beast? (Daniel 11: 37-38)  4. Kingdom of the Beast (Daniel 11:39-43) 7. Battle with gog & magog    (Ezekiel 37 & Revelation 20) 6. Jesus’ 1000-Year Reign (Revelation 20)  The Two Witnesses (Revelation 11)  Man of Lawlessness (2 Thess. 2)  Will people be saved after the rapture       Third Jewish Temple?    Daniel 12      The Trumpet Call vs. The Trumpet Plagues 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.  2022 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10 “The 70th Seven” (Daniel’s final week) Tetrad of Blood Moons Illustration of Daniel’s 70th Week, including blood moons                                                             and anniversaries      4      7     10 2019 Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries 2020 Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries 3.5 years (to scale) [1st half] 3.5 years (to scale) [2nd half] Note: only the 1st half of ‘tribulation’ (Trumpet plagues) Start End      4      7     10 2021 ISIS invaded Mosul, June 10, 2014, which fulfilled Daniel 11:24, & the Shiites united to fight. ‘Tribulation’ continues with Bowl plagues Nov 21, 2017- Iran declared victory over ISIS, 1260-days  after the invasion of Mosul.  Dec 9, 2017 - Iraq declared  victory over ISIS in Iraq, 3.5 years after invasion of Mosul. Dec 6, 2017 - Trump declared  Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, sparking riots. Middle Possible antichrist - current events   Since the antichrist rises to power after the abomination, we may not know who it is before the rapture.  I’ve thought it was Ahmadinejad, for a long time, and it still could be, but I’m not positive.  I base 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 has yet to be determined.  Ahmadinejad is still active in politics because he has been writing scathing letters, complaining about 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 points to Ahmadinejad is 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 be due to the Bridegroom’s “long time coming” (Matt 25:5), thus 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.” (below)  Of course, 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 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 Iran may need someone with his bold and brash personality, when they figure out that their religion was false. (explained in ‘religion’ above)  Antichrist News - 2018  (Unrest in Iran con’t)    Several news sources reported that Ahmadinejad had been arrested, in connection with the protests, but that story may have been premature because it was denied by Ahmadinejad’s lawyer.  Details are hard to find, but it seems that Ahmadinejad may have been “detained,” but released within two hours, possibly under “house arrest”, but that is not confirmed.  According to the Times of Israel, which quotes an Arabic publication in London, with unnamed sources in Tehran, Ahmadinejad made a statement while in Bushehr, on Dec 28.  He allegedly said, “Some of the current leaders live detached from the problems and concerns of the people, and do not know anything about the reality of society.”  He supposedly added that Iran was suffering from “mismanagement” and that the government of President Hassan Rouhani “believes that they own the land and that the people are an ignorant society.”  Again, those quotes are unconfirmed, but they are basically pointing out the gap between the common person in society and the rich who are in power.  It’s worth noting that the protests didn’t start in Bushehr; they started in Mashhad, which is on the opposite side of the country.  Ahmadinejad’s comments were not liked by those in power, but his risk of arrest to speak out against the establishment could make him even more popular with the common people of Iran.     Ahmadinejad is not the only person in Iran who is getting the finger pointed at him.  The Ayatollah of Mashhad, where the protests started, is getting his fair share of accusations  because some say that nothing happens in Mashhad without him knowing about it.  Plus, the ayatollah happens to be the father-in-law of Raisi, the hardline opponent of Rouhani who came in second in the last election.  It was also rumored that Raisi’s son, the ayatollah’s grandson, was detained like Ahmadinejad.  Some are suggesting that the protests were staged by hardliners, to discredit Rouhani, and got out of hand.    Rouhani is having a small war-of-words with hardliners, including Khamenei and state TV, because they claim that the protests were mainly due to the economy, thus blaming Rouhani (in addition to America, Israel, and Saudi Arabia).  Rouhani insists that the protests were political and social, as well as the economical.  It doesn’t seem like a big difference, but he’s calling out the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC), which is directly controlled by Khamenei.  The IRGC has a huge budget, which Rouhani is calling attention to, but they also have immense political and social power, so Rouhani is poking a hornet’s nest.    Iran’s Supreme Leader may have the final authority in almost everything, but it seems that even Khamenei could have his kryptonite.  Just 3-days after Ahmadinejad and Raisi’s son was detained, a 20-minute video from 1989 surfaced on social media, showing revealing information about Khamenei’s assignment to the position of Supreme Leader.  For background, Khamenei happened to be the 3rd president of Iran, at the time of Khomeini’s death.  The video shows Khamenei trying to refuse the position of Supreme Leader, admitting that he was ‘unqualified’, due to not being a ‘grand ayatollah’.  Basically, he argued that he would have power over higher ranking ayatollahs, which would be awkward.  Finally, he and others were convinced by Rafsanjani, who was presiding over the meeting, by establishing that the assignment would be ‘temporary’, for one-year only.  Of course, that was 28.5 years ago.  It’s suspected that Rafsanjani, who became the 4th president, thought that he could control Khamenei better.  Well, it’s unknown who leaked the video, but it strangely was leaked on the 1st anniversary of Rafsanjani’s death, which some claim to be a poisoning.  At the time, Rafsanjani was supporting Rouhani, so the video could be revenge from Reformers.  However, it was most likely leaked by hardliners who want some kind of leverage over Khamenei, in case he starts cracking down in ways they don’t like, such as detaining the wrong people.  Either way, it shows that even Khamenei has a weakness.    For the record, I’m not predicting any changes in Iranian leadership, at least not before the rapture, but the recent events could be setting things up for later.  As I said above, the riddle of the ‘7 kings’ (Rev 17:10) indicates that the 7th king “remains for a little while.”  It’s evident that hardliners already want Rouhani out, so if it doesn’t happen in the near future, a monumental event such as the rapture will definitely be the tipping point.  The Supreme Leader has the power to remove the president, in times of emergency, which the rapture will be.  I don’t know if the new president will be chosen by popular election or special committee, but Ahmadinejad, Raisi, or even Soleimani would be prime candidates.  I’m sticking with Ahmadinejad, because he was the 6th king, even though he’s a long-shot.  I hope to be at the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, when I find out whether I’m right or wrong, so it won’t matter.  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.  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. 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