Updated Iran protests: 6-25-2018 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 had 6-days of violent protests, from Dec 28th to Jan 2nd, which shows how quickly and unexpectedly things can occur.  The protesters were mainly from the poorer population, as opposed to the 2009 protesters, who 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 from the 6-days of violence.    One consequence of the protests was increased animosity towards Trump because he tweeted numerous times in support of the protesters and made clear that he supported regime change.    Since then, Trump pulled the United States out of the nuclear agreement, May 8, 2018, and started re-imposing economic sanctions on Iran.    Update June 25, 2018 - Protests broke out in the Grand Bazaar in Tehran, which are the biggest protests since 2012.  Of course, the protests in 2012 eventually led to the election of a moderate president, Rouhani, in 2013, who orchestrated the nuclear deal that eased sanctions.  Now that Trump has broke the deal and re-imposed sanctions, the Iranian currency has dropped to record low-levels.  Per BBC News, “A dollar is currently worth as much as 90,000 rials, compared with 65,000 rials, just before Trump's announcement, and 42,890 at the end of 2017.”  We must see if the protests endure, since tear gas was used today (6-25), but they are already more serious than the protests in Dec/Jan because those were in rural areas, and now it has reached Tehran.    There are a couple of distinct differences with 2012.  First, an election was due, the following year, so they waited, and the presidency went from a hardliner, Ahmadinejah, who was against the US, to a moderate, Rouhani, who embraced the US.  Thanks to Trump and Netanyahu, that strategy has backfired on Rouhani, but an election isn’t due for about three years.  It will be interesting to see what happens because Revelation 17:10-11 indicates that the “7th king” will be removed early, and Rouhani is the 7th president.  With the breaking of the agreement, the situation is reversed and chances are: They will go back to a hardliner president, just in time for the rapture and revealing of the antichrist, who could be the 8th president. (see above)   The Religion of the Beast   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 - 2018   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 (updated below 4-19-2018)   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)      April 19, 2018 – Ahmadinejad’s supporters have been “growing in number and influence”, according to Radio Farda, which seems like a neutral Iranian publication.  His supporters are said to include members of the Basij (an IRGC affiliated paramilitary force), along with university students and lecturers.  Ahmadinejad is making his voice heard by criticizing  all facets of Iranian leadership: Khamenei, Rouhani, the judiciary, and military (IRGC).  He has even suggested early and ‘fair’ elections, alluding to his disqualification by the Guardian Council.  His supporters are said to be “establishing themselves as a sizeable force that could put its mark on future developments at the right time.”  Of course, I think that ‘right time’ will be after  the rapture, but Ahmadinejad is positioning himself to be in the right place at the right time, to possibly become the 8th president and the antichrist.  When I first predicted Ahmadinejad as the antichrist, years ago, many thought I was crazy because he was a bit of a laughing stock, but Ahmadinejad is showing surprising resiliency.    Currency of the beast   May 1, 2018 – Iran announced that their own cryptocurrency is ready for trial.  Iran’s regular currency hit an all-time low, since Trump was threatening to exit the nuclear agreement and impose new sanctions (which Trump followed through with on May 8, 2018).  Now, Iran will try even harder to launch their new cryptocurrency, in order to bypass sanctions.    With regards to the ‘mark of the beast’, this new development is even closer to Biblical prophecy because Iran would have more control over their own digital currency.  In general, a digital currency is exactly what is needed to fulfill the ‘mark of the beast’ because people need a digital account to keep record of their money.  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 and most credit cards have already gone to a chip reader, instead of the old magnetic strip.  A country could theoretically force every citizen to receive an RFID chip, in their right hand or forehead, in order to use their money, thus fulfilling the ‘mark of the beast’.    “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.”  (Revelation 13:16-17)    Of course, the ‘mark of the beast’ will be forced upon people after the rapture, not before, but all the ground-work is being prepared.  It will start in Iran and probably spread to other Middle Eastern countries in whom they have a large influence.  After all, the ‘little horn’ (antichrist) uproots three of the ten-horns, when he comes to power. (Daniel 7:8)  That could be the nations of the Middle East.  Ultimately, the antichrist will muster all his forces to invade Israel, during the 6th Trumpet war (Rev 9:13-19 and Daniel 11:40-43), which is when the beast will kill the two witnesses and take control of the 3rd Temple (which is built after the rapture, under protection of the two witnesses).  That’s when the beast will impose their cryptocurrency upon the citizens of Israel, and put to death all who refuse to comply.  There will be at least 144,000 Israelites who are martyred for refusing the mark (Rev 14), which are the same “souls” who come to life in Rev 20:4-6 and become priests during the 1000-years.  As I point out on a different page, gentiles won’t likely get the same deal as Jews, for refusing the mark, because why would a gentile who missed the rapture become a priest?  On the contrary, gentiles are probably those whom God labels as “not sincere.” (Daniel 11:34)  Gentiles should take steps to insure that they have a sincere relationship with Jesus, before the rapture, so they don’t have to worry about the ‘mark of the beast’ and whether they get a second chance or not.     To tell the truth, I’m not sure if the ‘mark of the beast’ will be imposed world-wide or regional.  Granted, Revelation 13:8 says, “All inhabitants of the world will worship the beast”, but does ‘worship’ include using their currency?  I don’t know, maybe, but it will definitely be imposed upon Israel because that’s why the 144,000 are martyred.  If somehow Bitcoin becomes the world currency, due to financial collapse or something, then I could see how the mark of the beast could become world-wide.  Yet, a regional Iranian cryptocurrency, forced upon Israel, could also fulfill the Biblical prophecies.  In general, I’m flexible on the post-rapture prophecies because I plan to be in heaven (God willing) when they are fulfilled.  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. - Updated: 6-25-2018 -
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