Where the Antichrist Will Rise From:

        

Where the Antichrist Rises:

The Antichrist himself will come out of Assyria, better known today as the area of northern Iraq (Kurdistan) Mosul/Nineveh, which is currently dominated by Islam and the worship of the pagan Moon god Allah.  History records that both the Islamic religion and the ancient city of Nineveh were devout 'Moon Worshipers' – Moon god Sin and New Moon goddess Inanna/Ishtar (Artemis).  This can even be evidenced today when viewing Islam's coveted symbol of a 'Crescent Moon' atop Moslem Mosques.  Therefore, as Scripture reveals, (emphasis added)

"There is one come out of thee,[Nineveh] that imagineth evil against the Lord, a wicked counsellor." (Nahum 1:11)

"And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men." (Micah 5:5)

"Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. [9] And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land." (Daniel 8:8-9)

Thus, following the death of Alexander the Great in Babylon, his Grecian empire was divided into four divisions:

(1) Cassander took Greece, Macedon and the western parts of the Empire.

(2) Lysimachus took Asia Minor, or present Turkey and Thrace, the northern part of
      the Empire.

(3) Seleucus took all the eastern parts of the Empire, including Syria and
      Babylon, or the modern states of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran.

(4) Ptolemy took the kingdom of Egypt, the southern part of the Empire.

Alexander's Empire was literally divided "toward the four winds of heaven" as stated by the Prophet Daniel 8:8.  It is from the Seleucus division the Antichrist (Little Horn) will arise.

Meanwhile, the man Antichrist will most likely have a strong affiliation with the Tribe of Dan.   When the Jewish patriarch Jacob was dying, he declared,

"... Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days." (Genesis 49:1)

"Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. [17] Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. [18] I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord." (Genesis 49:16-18)

In the Book of Deuteronomy 33:32, it is revealed, "And of Dan he said, Dan is a lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan."

In support of these Scriptures, we find in the Book of Revelation that whenever the 'Servants of God' were sealed to go through the 'Trumpet Judgments' the Tribe of Dan was excluded and replaced by Joseph's son Manasseh.

"And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. [5] Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. [6] Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. [7] Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. [8] Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand." (Rev. 7:4-8)

In addition, the prophet Jeremiah revealed that the Antichrist would invade Israel through Dan.

"The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan: the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they are come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it; the city, and those that dwell therein." (Jeremiah 8:16) 

Thus, with regards to the Prophet Daniel - Dan. 9:27 was NOT formerly fulfilled by Antiochus IV Epiphanes when he chose the Tobiad family and Jason as the new High Priest to replace Onias III (190-174 BC) who was murdered by Andronicus?  

Going forwards, what we see in the Scripture below is that the Abyss Beast (Abaddon/Apollyon/Adonikam - see http://www.shalach.org/Antichrist/Number%20666%20and%20Name%20of%20the%20Beast.htm) is given a ‘MOUTH’ (the False Prophet who is none other than the man Antichrist himself and the Second Beast of Rev. 13:11-12) speaking blasphemous words against the most High - and ONLY continues 42 months/31/2 years/1260 days.  

"And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months." (Rev. 13:5) 

"And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. [12] And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed." (Rev. 13:11-12) 

It also must be noted that those who support a 7 years pre-tribulation rapture cannot suggest that the man Antichrist will fulfill Daniel 9:27 regarding a 7 years peace covenant with Israel and the Jews, and then interpret Rev. 13:5 as referring to the man Antichrist as well.  Rev. 13:5 states that, "and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months."  Thus, there is NO Scriptural evidence of the man Antichrist reigning for 7 years.

While the mortal man who will become the Great Tribulation Beast man Antichrist will most certainly be alive before the onset of the last half of Daniel’s 70th Week, he will in no way be the much-dreaded man Antichrist as described in prophecy at that time.  He does NOT become the Beast man Antichrist until he rises to power and is possessed (infused with power - Dan. 8:24...not by his own power...) by the fallen angelic Abyss Beast Abaddon/Apollyon/Adonikam, marking the onset of the Great Tribulation – the last 31/2 years of Daniel’s 70th Week.   

It only makes sense that if Yeshua Jesus is the One and Only True Prophet then, the man Antichrist is the One and Only False Prophet (mouth) of/for the abyss beast.  Therefore, Rev. chapter 13 reveals that the False Prophet rises after the First Beast (Abyss Beast Abaddon/Apollyon/Adonikam) and only exists 31/2 years.  

Therefore, the UNHOLY Trinity consists of Satan, Abyss Beast, and the mortal man Antichrist.

Going forwards, the final resolve at some point for Iraq will result in the country being partitioned into three distinct states or three autonomously federated states/regions - Kurds in the north (Mosul), Sunnis in the center (Baghdad) and Shiites in the south (Basra). 

As the below Scripture indicates the Antichrist, (the Little Horn) when risen to full power marking the Middle of Daniel's 70th Week (at the beginning of the Great Tribulation), from among the 10 Kings that come out of the old Roman Empire, will later subdue three of the first 10 kings and the other seven kings will freely capitulate to his rule.

"I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things." (Daniel 7:8)

"For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled." (Rev. 17:17)

"[41] And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. [42] And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. [43] And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay." (Daniel 2:41-43)

Thus, the man Antichrist's ten-nation confederated kingdom will be a mingled confederation of countries ruled by the brutal iron grip of dictators while the other member states will be ruled by much weaker and less aggressive democracies or the will of the people.  (see also http://www.shalach.org/Antichrist/World%20AC.htm)

Then, after the Antichrist has successfully taken full control of this revised ten-nation confederation at the onset of the 'Great Tribulation', he will immediately begin his military conquest towards the south, the east and towards Jerusalem, Israel.

"And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land." (Daniel 8:9)

In conclusion, it must not be overlooked that the rise of the man Antichrist and his confederated kingdom will occur at lightening speed as Scripture reveals,

"And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast." (Rev. 17:12)