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 is well after the rapture (or abomination in vs. 31) and the leader of the Shiites will be firmly established.  Since Muslims believe in the same God of Abraham, the leader will be denouncing his 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.  Nevertheless, the Shiites and Russia will form the empire of “iron and clay” (see 70th Seven), and they will have considerable power because God has determined that they will succeed for 42 months.  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 him to denounce his religion?      In a nut shell, the Muslims, both Sunni and Shiite, are not taken in the rapture because they don’t believe in Jesus.  Oh, 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 in the crucifixion.  On the contrary, they believe that Jesus ascended to Heaven alive.  That may sound strange to some people but if they acknowledged the crucifixion, then they would have to acknowledge the resurrection, and they can’t very well do that because that’s the foundation for Christianity.  “Twelvers”      The sect of Shiites in Iran and Iraq are called Twelvers because they believe in twelve “Imans” (historical spiritual leaders of the Shiites).  They believe the twelfth will return, someday soon, followed by Jesus.  However, their scenario is way different from the Bible.  When Jesus returns before their expected Iman and takes the Christians, rather than Muslims, he will know his religion was wrong.  That’s when he will exalt himself above God and become the antichrist.  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). [update: They now think ISIS is one of those.]      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:      The stark reality will cause the Shiite leader to abandon Allah, exalt himself, and establish the “kingdom of the beast” (page 4 of chart).  He will be successful for 42 months because that’s the end of the 70th Seven.  They must be successful so they can take the rest of the Middle East, just before God unleashes His final wrath, the “Bowls”.         Note: The exact identity of the antichrist may not be 100% until after the rapture but he will most likely come from Iran (because of verse 21).  There are a few possibilities but it’s too soon to say for sure. sitemap home
Clear reference that the Rapture has already past. 
click to enlarge - or visit chart on homepage  You are on:  “Post-Rapture” page 2 (see below) Tribulation Timeline of Revelation with Wedding Supper verses ‘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. Rise of 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    According to some, there’s supposedly a forerunner to the appearance of the Mahdi, whose identity has been claimed by many, but one man, al-Qahtani, has maintained followers since 2008 and they are making preparations, now. 'Messengers of God' multiply amidst Iraqi chaos Al-Monitor [independent] – February 2, 2015 Quote: Haidar Machtat al-Munchidawi, a turbaned Iraqi man nicknamed al-Qahtani, appeared in video footage in August 2014 and reminded people about the call he made in 2008 from Basra. He introduced himself as the mediator of the Mahdi, the redeemer imam whom Shiites await his coming. His announcement has gathered many followers who believe in him and  spread his ideas. They said in a video segment that they “are paving the way for the coming of the redeemer Imam through their sacrifices.” Updated: 3-02-2015 ‘Antichrist’ News - Twelvers are getting ready for ‘End Times’ related material Updated at bottom: 3-02-2015 Some Shiites link Saudi king's health to end-times Al-Monitor [independent] – January 14, 2015 Quotes: According to Shiite hadiths, after the death of a king named Abdullah in the Hijaz — a western region of present-day Saudi Arabia — no successor to the throne would be accepted, and disagreements would escalate and persist until the rise of Imam Mahdi. “Many in the seminary of Qom [Iran] believe that the rise of Imam Mahdi is imminent.  Even important figures in the seminary have expressed their hope for this event to happen and have called for our readiness to help him.” “What’s happening in the region is very similar to what our Imams have predicted about preconditions for the rise of Imam Mahdi, so the moment of truth may have come.” Historian Muhammad Hossein Rajabi Davani told an Iranian newspaper: “With respect to promises in Shiite hadiths, we are certainly experiencing doomsday, but doomsday has no time frame and it’s not known when it begins and ends.”    This article was written before Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah died but come to find out; his name fits Shiite ‘hadiths’ about end times.  Muslims Predict Jesus Will Defeat ISIS, Beginning in 2015 Huffington Post – February 24, 2015 Quote: The good news is that even if they're wrong, those claims ISIS is making about their own role in Islamic end-time prophecy spell their own certain end. And if it turns out they're right, then we can all rest assured that by the time the dust has finally settled there will be no question left about who's side they are really on, because it's all going to be about Jesus.    This article was written by a Muslim who converted from Christianity.  It gives one version of Twelver end time prophecy that confirms the details I gave above.  Most notably, the Mahdi is supposed to arrive about 7 years before Jesus, which won’t happen.     Note: I think the gray box, in the article, is the Koran, although it’s not labeled, but it starts out very similar to a quote by Jesus in the New Testament.  No wonder Muslim end times seem to be happening at the same time as Christian end times.   Muhammad obviously plagiarized from Jesus. Prophecy of the Twelvers? God told 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 GCC condemns imam's abuse of King Abdullah Gulf News [GCC] – February 2, 2015 Quote: Last week, Iran’s Guardian Council Chairman and Tehran Mosque Friday imam, Ahmad Jannati congratulated Muslims over the death  of Saudi king Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz. “Such antagonistic and hostile statements made by an Iranian official would only increase the gap between the GCC countries and Iran,” Al Zayani said.    Effect of Saudi King’s death on end times     Even Saudi, King Abdullah’s death caused a riff between Iran and Saudi Arabia.  An Iranian Imam, which is above a regular cleric, probably congratulated Shiites because they have some kind of prophecy about a king named Abdullah dying just before the Madhi returns in end times. (see antichrist news for details)      In addition to that, King Abdullah was the first to propose the GCC concept in 2011, to counter the Arab Spring protests and Iranian influence in the region.  That’s just one more thing, about end times, that is tied to the Arab Spring.  There are many.  It’s also interesting, to me, that the king died within one day of the Houthis’ takeover of Yemen.  Related News:
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