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‘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 Re-written: 5-08-2017 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.”  Marduk and Ancient Babylon Daniel 11: 37-38 The Antichrist Part 1: Introduction to 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.”   The ‘king’ in the above verse is the infamous antichrist who will lead the kingdom of the beast for the first 42-months, as noted in Revelation 13:5-6 (below). Revelation 13:5-6 “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.”   In the above verse, the ‘mouth’ represents the antichrist because the beast in Revelation 13 is referring to the 10-horned beast, which is the powerful ‘empire’ that the antichrist is from.  That empire is led by Iran or the Shiites, who represent the North in Daniel 11’s final empire, while Saudi Arabia and the Sunni represent the South.  (I will discuss why it’s Iran, instead of Turkey, in part 2 below.)   One important thing to note is that the antichrist doesn’t come to power until after the rapture.  For one reason, Daniel 11:36 is after the abomination in Daniel 11:31.  Secondly, notice that while blaspheming God, he slanders “those who live in heaven.”  Why would the antichrist acknowledge that people live in heaven (without him) unless the rapture had already happened?  (More on this topic in part 3 below.)    When you think about it, Muslims worship the same God as Christians, so blaspheming God would be the same as denouncing his own religion.  Only a significant event such as the rapture, which would prove Islam to be false, would cause the antichrist to do that.  How would the rapture prove Islam to be false?    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 but if they acknowledged the crucifixion, then they would essentially be acknowledging the resurrection, which is the fundamental basis of Christianity.  After all, Muhammad was not resurrected.     Most Shiites in Iran and Iraq are called Twelvers because they believe in twelve particular “Imams” (historical spiritual leaders who descended from Muhammad).  They believe that the twelfth and final Imam, Muhammad al-Māhdī, from the line of Husayn, did not die but was rather ‘hidden by God’ (called the Occultation).  He was born in 869 and assumed the title of Imam at age five when his father died.  Reportedly, he disappeared after leading the prayer at his father’s funeral.  He is believed to be returning 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 Sufyani (similar to a false messiah or antichrist in Christianity).  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 comes 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, the events of the Bible do not fit this scenario   Basically, when Jesus appears in the sky and raptures (or gathers) devoted Christians, rather than Muslims, before al-Mahdi appears, then the Shiite leader will know his religion was false.  Quick summary of the Biblical ending   The stark reality of Islam being false will cause the Shiite leader to abandon Allah, exalt himself, and establish the “kingdom of the beast.”  The kingdom will worship a “foreign god”, unknown to his fathers, who is also called the “god of fortresses.” (Daniel 11:37-39)  I believe that to be Marduk because he was the ancient god of Babylon, depicted on its walls (fortresses).  Marduk has symbolic significance because he was the patron god of the 1st and 2nd Babylonian Empires, the second of which defeated Judah and burned the Temple.  I think that will be added incentive for the antichrist to choose Marduk.  (There is more about Marduk in part 2 below.)   Notice that the antichrist will exercise his authority for 42-months (Rev 13:5), which is also during the Trumpet plagues (Rev 8-11) and while the two witnesses are prophesying in Jerusalem (Rev 11).  All of that will be in the first 42-months of tribulation. (see chart on left)    Around the end of that 42-months, God will allow him to invade Israel and kill the two witnesses.  But, after 3.5 days, they will stand up and ascend to heaven, as the 7th Trumpet sounds. (Rev 11:7-13)  A huge earthquake accompanies the 7th Trumpet, which apparently injures the antichrist, and ends his authority at 42-months, which was God’s prophecy.   At that point, the kingdom of the beast changes from 10-horns to 2-horns, one of which is the false prophet who does many miracles, even causing fire to come down from heaven, in full view of men. (Rev 13:11-17)  The antichrist was apparently injured (but lives) because the false prophet seems to do everything on his behalf, and in his honor.  He even sets up an image of the first beast (antichrist) and gives it power to “speak and cause all who refuse to worship the image to be killed.” (Rev 13:15)  The false prophet also forces everyone to receive the ‘mark of the beast’ or they can’t buy or sell. (Rev 13:16-17)    After about 45 days, day-1290 to day-1335 (Daniel 12:11-12), at least 144,000 Jews are martyred for not taking the mark of the beast (Rev 14), which is why Jesus said, “For the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:22)  After that, the Bowl plagues start, which last about 3-years and complete God’s wrath on earth. (Rev 16)  The 7th Bowl is Armageddon, when Jesus will return to earth, defeat the kingdom of the beast, and set up His own reign for 1000-years. (Rev 19-20)    When the 1000-years is about over, Satan will be released from the Abyss and he will bring everyone against God’s people, which is the war with gog and magog.  God will disrupt their ability to fight (Eze 39:3) and finally destroy them with fire (Rev 20:9).  Then God will create a new heaven and new earth, which lasts forever, and God will dwell with men. (Rev 21:3)  Part 3: The antichrist (or beast) comes after the rapture   I’ve already mentioned that the antichrist comes after the rapture but I want to emphasize it by listing several verses that prove my point.    1. Revelation 17 – The verse that I just quoted above says, “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.” (Revelation 17:8)    The fact that it specifically mentions those who are “not” in the Book of Life proves that it’s after the rapture because Christians living on earth whose names WERE in the Book of Life would be attending the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.  Otherwise, they would be astonished too.      2. Revelation 13 – One of the verses I used in part 1 said, “He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven.”  (Revelation 13:6)    Why would the antichrist blaspheme God, while acknowledging that people live in heaven, unless the rapture had already happened, proving Islam to be false?  Otherwise, he worships God too.    3. Daniel 7 – Another reference to the antichrist is the “little horn”, in Daniel 7, which tells of a forth beast who is “terrifying and frightening and very powerful”, with “10-horns.” (Daniel 7:7)   That is obviously the same as the 10-horned beast, in Revelation 13:1, who is also very powerful.  Men asked, “Who is like the beast?  Who can make war against him?” (Rev 13:4)   Well, the 10-horned beast in Revelation 13 is obviously after the rapture because it happens after the multitude is in heaven, in Revelation 7.  The “little horn” (antichrist) comes after the 10-horned beast because he uproots three of the previous horns. (Daniel 7:8)  The same verse goes on to say, “This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully.”  That perfectly matches the ‘mouth’ in Revelation 13:5 so both references to the 10-horns and the antichrist, in Daniel 7 and Rev 13, come after the rapture (multitude in heaven in Rev 7).    4. Daniel 11 – Don’t forget that the Bible’s main reference to the antichrist, in Daniel 11:36, is after the rapture because it’s chronologically after the abomination, in Daniel 11:31.    5. 2 Thess 2: 1-12 (man of lawlessness) – This proof is a little more involved because it comes from Paul’s writings, where he was not trying to give a definitive timeline but merely trying to show that the rapture had not happened yet. (v.2)  As such, Paul names several things that were prophesied to happen, during end times (around the rapture), but not necessarily before.  His objective was to refresh the memory of those he had previously spoken to, in person. (v.5)  To do so, Paul names things in Daniel, which is understandable because that’s where Jesus said to look.  On top of that, he goes even farther and names some things in Revelation, which is pretty remarkable since Revelation had yet to be written.    Naturally, Paul starts with the “rebellion that causes desolation” (v.3), which is how it’s phrased in Daniel 8:13, but that’s the same “abomination that causes desolation”, from Matthew 24:15 and Daniel 11:31, which happens right at the rapture.  From there, he couldn’t very well name many other things, before the rapture, so he proceeds to post-rapture.  Paul’s reference to the man of lawlessness being revealed and exalting himself above God (v.5) is an obvious match to the verses in Daniel 11, after the abomination, leading to his ultimate declaration in Daniel 11:36.    Next, Paul says that the man of lawlessness will “set himself up in God’s temple” but that’s way after the rapture, probably when the antichrist invades Israel, and the rest of the South, in Daniel 11:40-43.  That’s when the antichrist will kill the two witnesses (Rev 11), after they’ve been prophesying for 1260-days (3.5 years).  After all, a temple won’t be built until after the rapture, and the two witnesses won’t allow the antichrist anywhere near it, while they’re still alive, because they will have extraordinary powers. (Revelation 11:5-6)    After exhausting events from Daniel, Paul moves to Revelation by saying that the Lord Jesus will overthrow the lawless one “by the breath of His mouth”, which is a clear reference to the “sword of His mouth” (Rev 19:15), during Armageddon.    Finally, Paul goes backwards (below), to match Revelation 13, which talks about the false prophet who performs “great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down, from heaven to earth, in full view of men.” (Rev 13:11-17)  Notice the similarities with Paul’s account.    2 Thessalonians 2: 9-12 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.  They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  11 For this reason 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.    Notice that Paul doesn’t distinguish between the antichrist and false prophet, but calls them both “lawless one.”  Yet, this is a clear reference to the false prophet who does many things on behalf of the first beast (antichrist), who was wounded and yet lived. (Rev 13:12)  Like I said, he was most likely wounded during the invasion that kills the two witnesses, or the subsequent earthquake. (Rev 11:13)  The false prophet even sets up an image of the first beast and has the power to make it “speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.” (Rev 13:15)  The false prophet also forces everyone to receive the ‘mark of the beast’ or they can’t buy or sell. (Rev 13:16)  All this may seem far-fetched but not when you consider that some of the miracles, particularly the ones in Revelation, are probably God’s “powerful delusion”, mentioned by Paul.  After all, causing fire to come from heaven was the same miracle that Elijah used, against the prophets of Baal.  If the false prophet made it a contest, against other religions, as Elijah did, then he could sway a lot of opinion.  Yet, the fire from heaven would actually be God’s delusion.    Finally, you can tell that all this happens after the rapture, besides it matching Revelation 13, because Paul uses the past tense: “refused to be saved” and “all will be condemned.”  Obviously, Jesus will have already raptured (or gathered) all the devoted Christians who love and obey God. Plus, the 144,000 will have already been martyred, so all the rest will be deceived and condemned.  In other words, contrary to popular belief, gentiles who miss the rapture don’t get a second chance.  I think the two witnesses will be explaining that to a lot of disappointed people, which is why the Bible says that the two witnesses “tormented those who live on the earth.”  (Revelation 11:10)  People will actually “gloat and celebrate” at their death.  Perhaps, after they are killed, the false prophet will use their deaths to convince everyone that they were ‘wrong’, and that he can ‘save them’, if they receive the ‘mark of the one who killed them’ (mark of the beast). Of course, that will be a lie.  However, at that time, people will be desperate to believe anything that gives them a little hope, especially from someone who seems to have miraculous powers.  Final Words   As I’ve said before, the signs before the rapture are far more important than those afterwards because someone could see the signs being fulfilled and come to the realization that they need to be saved.  It’s unfortunate that post-tribs cause people to believe that the antichrist and mark of the beast come before the rapture because they have people expecting the wrong signs.  Seriously, if a person could wait for those things to take place, along with the extraordinary plagues and events in Revelation, then everyone would believe in the Bible and it wouldn’t take any faith at all.  Yet, post-tribs twist Revelation, which they shouldn’t do, and deceive people.    In reality, the signs before the rapture (Daniel 11 verses before the abomination) happened more subtly.  They made the news but happened so naturally that people weren’t alarmed.  The abomination (whatever it may be) will initiate a string of events that are unmistakable, including the two witnesses, antichrist, false prophet, and mark of the beast.  However, it will be too late for gentiles to be saved.  I’m not saying that to be gloomy or mean; I just want people to realize that the time to be saved is now.  It may require some faith, and a little perseverance to obey God, but I don’t think it will be very long and those efforts will be rewarded immensely.   Paul said, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)  Part 2: Who is the Antichrist?  Why Iran? 1. Daniel 11 points to Iran   Daniel 11:21-23 speaks distinctively of Iran or the Shiites, which is significant because it describes a change of succession from the previous empire (British mandate), which controlled the Middle East.  Those verses in Daniel 11 are especially important because they talk about ‘seizing the kingdom’ and ‘rising to power’.  As such, the Shiites have the upper hand, in the Middle East, although war continues.  I have found that the pronoun “he”, in Daniel 11:24-27, involves other significant players in the Middle East, including ISIS, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, but none of them are said to be ‘succeeding’ or ‘rising to power’.  Daniel 11:28, which specifically mentions the “king of the North”, returns focus to Iran.  My point is: Iran and the Shiites are the king of the North in Daniel 11 when the abomination is set up, and they seem to be the arch enemy of Israel, more so than any other country (according to Netanyahu), so it stands to reason that the antichrist comes from Iran.  2. The solution to God’s riddle of 666 points to Iran   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)   Simply put, the “calculation” is to divide ‘666’ by the sum of its digits, which gives you the number of the beast or man’s number.  Mathematically speaking: 666 / (6+6+6) = ‘37’ God provided proof that this is the right calculation by placing many significant Biblical events on a timeline of 37’s (multiples of 37-years apart), starting with the year that Daniel received the “Book of Truth” (Daniel 11).  In 1979, the Islamic Revolution of Iran fulfilled Daniel 11:21, which happens to be on that timeline.  Plus, it’s perfectly ‘37 x 37’ years from Muhammad’s original vision, which started Islam in Daniel 11:5.  Mathematically: 610AD +1369 = 1979.   No antichrist from Turkey   Most Christians have been led to believe that the antichrist comes from Turkey but that is based on an outdated and false interpretation of Daniel 11, which originated from the Seventh Day Adventists, in the 1850’s, who thought the Ottomans were the final empire from the North.  Rather than admit they were wrong, when the Ottoman Empire crumbled, they just predicted the empire’s return, which Christians still adhere to today.  Most don’t even know why they focus on Turkey but it’s not Biblical.  However, prior to 1979, it seemed like a sure bet because the Sunni were strong and the Shiites were weak.  Yet, look at the Shiites now, since their Islamic Revolution in Iran fulfilled Daniel 11:21.  Plus, they aligned with Russia, in Syria, to fulfill the kingdom of iron and clay, from Daniel 2:40-43.  On top of that, the Ottomans are clearly mentioned in Daniel 11:14-19, because they lasted 400 years, but the last thing that is said about them is that they will “stumble and fall, to be seen no more.” (Daniel 11:19) Granted, Turkey is still a strong nation but they are not coming back as an empire to conquer the Middle East, as they did before.  There’s nothing in the Bible to support that and the correct interpretation of Daniel 11 clearly says that they’re not.  3. Revelation 17 – The ‘Seven Kings’ point to Iran   Besides the riddle of 666, there’s another riddle in Revelation 17 that points to Iran because, in the nation’s modern existence of 37 years, there have been 7 presidents.    “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)   First of all, Revelation 17 is difficult to decipher but I’m convinced that the seven kings are Iran’s seven presidents, since 1979, because the riddle must match other Biblical prophecies.  There’s obviously some symbolism in the verse because John was writing around 90 AD, when Iran was not a nation, but he was writing about end times, so it could still apply.  Having said that, the term “beast” is used generously in Revelation and seems to refer to different things at different times, such as the antichrist, the kingdom of the antichrist, or the god that the antichrist worships.  Thus, the riddle could be talking about the antichrist as the 8th president or it could be talking about a symbolic 8th king such as the idol god they adopt later.  Either way, it says the 8th king “belongs to the seven” so it definitely has something to do with Iran.  Possibilities for the 8th king   My case for Ahmadinejad: The 6th king in the riddle is clearly emphasized by saying “one is”, which would point to Ahmadinejad because he was the 6th president.  Thus, he would obviously “belong to the seven.”  He also turned 60-years-old during the 37th anniversary of Iran.  That’s a lot of 6’s, since ‘37’ is also related to the 666.  (FYI, he remains 60 until 10-28-17.)  Since he’s only 5’ 2”, he also fits a physical description of the “little horn”, which describes the antichrist in Daniel 7:8.  Plus, his history of controversial speech fits the description for the “mouth of the beast who utters proud words and blasphemies.” (Revelation 13:5)  He even registered to run again, for the May 19, 2017 presidential election, but was disqualified by the Guardian Council because he was too controversial.  Yet, after the rapture, they may be looking for a controversial figure such as Ahmadinejad to take the lead.    The 7th president is Rouhani, who must “remain for a little while”, which says to me that his second term is cut short, probably by the rapture, because that will create a time of emergency.  In such a case, the Supreme Leader has the power to remove the president and appoint someone else who is more suited to the situation.  Therefore, if Rouhani wins his re-election, as the polls suggest, then he will remain the 7th president and Ahmadinejad will still have a chance to become the 8th, after the rapture.    Note: If Rouhani loses and an 8th president is elected, then I won’t have a problem admitting that I was wrong about Ahmadinejad.  I’ve been wrong before, about certain details, but that doesn’t nullify everything else on the website.  Besides, the signs before the rapture are far more important than who becomes the antichrist afterwards.  It won’t matter because Christians will be at the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.  I’m just trying to be as complete as possible and there are more Biblical signs pointing to Ahmadinejad than anyone else.  Other possibilities   My case for Khamenei: If the rapture happens while Rouhani is still the 7th president, then there’s a chance that Khamenei could be the 8th king because he could take charge, ignore Rouhani, and do whatever he pleases.  Khamenei was the 3rd president so he also “belongs to the seven.”  For the record, he turned 77-years-old during the 37th anniversary of Iran but that’s not as many 6’s and it doesn’t account for the emphasis on the 6th king.    Possible future Supreme Leader: Khamenei is not in the best of health so it has been rumored that he could retire so he could have more input on who succeeds him.  It has also been suggested that Raisi, who is currently running for president, could be that person.  If that should happen, Raisi certainly has to temperament for the antichrist because he has the reputation for ruthlessly killing about 30,000 Iranian dissidents (MEK), following the Iran/Iraq war, who sided with Iraq.  Assuming that Rouhani remains the 7th president, any Supreme Leader may be considered “belonging to the seven” because the Supreme Leader is above all presidents.  I know this explanation is not as good, and it doesn’t account for the emphasis on the 6th king, but I’m just giving possibilities.    My case for Marduk: The ‘beast’ or 8th king may not even be the antichrist but instead the god that the kingdom worships, after the rapture.  As such, the idol god could technically “belong to the seven” because Iran will command the northern empire.  I give this possibility because a previous verse in Rev 17 makes the beast sound like something other than human.  “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.” (Revelation 17:8)    The beast in the above verse does not sound like a president, or even human, because it “comes up out of the Abyss.”  I think this matches the “god of fortresses” or foreign god, in Daniel 11:38-39, which I believe to be Marduk.  That’s because Marduk was the patron god of the 1st and 2nd Babylonian Empires and its depicted on the walls (fortresses) of the ancient city.  Babylon was lost for many centuries, as God prophesied in Jeremiah 50:10-13, but it was found around 1900.  Therefore, Marduk could have been residing in the Abyss, while Babylon was lost.    The question is: Is the beast in the above verse the same as the beast that is the 8th king?  Are the two verses talking about the same thing, or two different things?  I tend to think that they’re different.  Either way, the seven kings are still Iran’s seven presidents.  click to enlarge Timeline of end times according to Daniel and the abomination Note: Bottom line is tribulation. 2013 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 the 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] Start ? End  Approx. Middle ?      4      7     10 Iran signed the interim nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (many) on Nov. 24, 2013, which also fulfilled Daniel 11:23 2021 May 24, 2017 - 3.5 years from nuclear agreement and also the day Israel celebrated  the 50th annv. of the 6-day war (lunar calendar).