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PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 77
July 20, 2002
HOW LARGE IS THE ANTICHRIST’S EMPIRE?

(Please Read Special Prophecy Update Number 73A)

To many preachers, pastors, teachers, and Bible expositors this is a very simple question!  And they seem startled that I would even pose such a stupid question.  The answer that I normally receive runs something like this: Brother, when God’s Word says “the whole world” it means “the whole world,” and when it says “all the earth” it means “all the earth.”  What’s the matter with you, don’t you believe God’s Holy Book?

When God gave His Word, to the writers of the Old and New Testaments, expressions like “the whole world, all the earth, and wherever men dwell,” meant the known world of that day.  So how can we be so all fired certain that we have been given God’s authority to enlarge its definition with the passage of time?  Of course, there is no question that God, who made earth, knew its size from the beginning, but where did we get the authority to change the meaning of the way He meant to be understood in the minds of those to whom he initially wrote it?  For better or for worse, I believe modern day expositors have made a serious mistake in expanding the size of the antichrist’s empire as world exploration kept increasing the size of the earth.  In Special Prophecy Update Number 73A, titled “Use of the Hyperbole in Prophecy,” I laid out a case to prove my point linguistically as to how God uses expressions throughout His Word that some think mean the whole world as we know it today, but it reality do not by His use of the hyperbole.  As each new continent, each new land mass, each new island, and each new ice burg was located by exploration, we changed the original meaning of the Scriptures to fit the ever expanding size of the world. I do not believe we were justified in doing this, and that because we have done it, we have expanded the antichrist’s empire into one that rules all men from Pole to Pole and around a 360-degree girth of longitude.  We are now looking for an antichrist that will rule all the men on this present earth.  As a result of this looking for such a man, we are not going to recognize the true antichrist when he does come on the scene.  He will not dominate all the world as we know it today.  He will dominate the world that was in existence through the period of Daniel’s four beasts.

Revelation 13:2

[2] And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

 John is looking back some 700 years in time to Daniel’s four beasts, of which three, in Daniel’s day, were still future.  John is writing in the days of Daniel’s fourth beast.  The first beast of Daniel, the Babylonian Lion Empire, was crushed by the Medo-Persian Bear Empire, which was conquered by the Macedonian Leopard Empire, only to suffer the same fate by Daniel’s fourth Roman Empire beast.  The last evil empire on this planet will be that of the antichrist.  His empire will take in all the territory covered during the expansions of the four beast empires.  When the antichrist first attacks Israel he will lead 10 Islamic nations, which were all occupied at times by the old Roman Empire.  I believe the most likely candidates are Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Sudan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and the PA.  After the antichrist conquers Egypt (Daniel 11:43,44), then Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and all the other Islamic nations to the borders of India, will quickly accept him as their ruler.  Within months Europe will come under his dominating influence.  I fully expect him to rule all the land occupied by the four beasts during their maximum expansions, but I do not believe he will dominate the western hemisphere nations. 

I realize that this Prophecy Update, coupled with the Special Prophecy Update Number 73A, does not provide concrete proof that all I have stated, concerning the size of the antichrist’s empire, is unquestionably correct.  However, Lord willing, the Special Prophecy Updates we will release this week, from now until next Friday, will be giving you some additional prophetic scriptures that limit the size of antichrist’s empire. I will not be sending out our usual e-mail notification when we issue a new update on the web site, so check it daily for new updates while I am doing a prophecy meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.  
 

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 77A

July 21, 2002

HOW LARGE IS THE ANTICHRIST’S EMPIRE?

(Please read Prophecy Updates 73A and 77)

Revelation 6:1,2

[1] And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. [2] And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

Most expositors identify the rider of this white horse as being the antichrist.  He is identified as a crowned ruler who goes to conquer on this present planet.  Does he conquer all the nations of the earth as we know them today? 

Revelation 6:3,4

[3] And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. [4] And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

Most expositors associate this rider with shedding blood across the earth in a great war by the sword given him.  Will he kill with his sword across the entire face of the earth as we know it today?   

Revelation 6:5,6

[5] And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. [6] And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

Most expositors associate this rider with a great famine in which a day’s wages will only purchase enough for a very small loaf of wheat bread or three very small loaves of barley bread.  Will he spread this famine and great hunger to all the 200+ nations on the surface of this present earth?   

Revelation 6:7,8a

[7] And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. [8] And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.

Most expositors associate this rider with death produced by any deadly infectious disorder, which always runs rampant in the wake of war and famine.  Will this plague of death infest the present earth from one end to the other?   

The rider who kills with his sword, the rider who kills with hunger, and the rider who kills with the death of disease, are all supposed to be riding their horses in full stride during the reign of the antichrist as he leads them on his conquering steed.   So how much of the earth does the antichrist conquer and directly affect with his misery?

Revelation 6:8b

[8] And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

The context demands that “them” has to refer to the four riders in the verses immediately preceding it, and it even identifies the last three specifically by the words sword, hunger, and death.

The inspired koine Greek word translated “earth” means just what it says, and one-fourth means one-fourth of the earth.  Some expositors have tried to say that it means one-fourth of today’s total world population.  That is absolutely not true!  The word translated “earth” is “ges.”  In the KJV it is translated as “country” twice, as “earth” 188 times, as “ground” 18 times, as “land” 42 times, and as “world” once.

I believe “the beasts of the earth” in Revelation 6:8 are the same as the “beasts” in Daniel 7:12.

Daniel 7:12

[12] As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.

So, for better, or for worst, I do not believe the antichrist will rule over the whole earth as we know it today.  I believe the one-fourth over which he will rule will include all Islamic nations in North Africa, the Middle East, and as far to the east as India.  It will eventually include many European countries.  The people in this area will be more than willing to take the mark of the beast. 
 
SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 77B
July 23, 2002
HOW LARGE IS THE ANTICHRIST’S EMPIRE?

(Please Read Prophecy Updates 73A, 77, and 77A)

Have you ever really looked behind all the teachings that inform us of a great worldwide empire of an antichrist that dominates the more than 200 nations on this present day earth?  Have you really looked at the Scriptures that tell you what countries and areas on this planet he actually conquers?  For instance, most expositors tell us that the willful king of the north in Daniel 11:36-45 is the antichrist.  If that is the case, then we are given an account of his conquering from the time he first attacks the nation of Israel in verse 41 until the end of his life in verse 45.  So what area does he conquer during this time period?

Daniel 11:41-45

[41] He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. [42] He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. [43] But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. [44] But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. [45] And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.

Don’t read between the lines!  Here is what it says – He comes into Israel (the land from Dan to Beersheva) and conquers it.  He bypasses Jordan (Ammon, Edom, and Moab).  He then goes to Egypt and conquers it.  Later he returns to Jerusalem and then comes to his end.

I do not question that many other countries of North Africa and the Middle East will be on his side in this initial attack.  Nor do I doubt that after this 10-nation attack all the Islamic nations will join his ranks.  And I am confident that as he operates out of his Cairo Command Center for three and one-half years he will eventually gain control of most of Europe, and large chunks of Eurasia.  But I am convinced this will be the maximum extent of his end time empire.  He will rule the known world that existed when John wrote the book of Revelation.

I have spent a large portion of my life in the Middle East, the Far East, North Africa, and Europe.  I have discussed the Bible with people living in these areas.  I have never met a follower of Islam in these areas who ever heard that the mark of the beast was 666.  Nor have I encountered an Islamic that knew anything about the man we call the antichrist.  With the exception of jolly ole England, and where American bases exist on the European continent, I could not find anyone who knew anything about the book of Revelation.  I realize there are a few who do, but the Catholics, both Orthodox and Roman, do not teach Revelation to their flocks.  Even the unbelievers in the United States can tell you about 666 and other end time prophecies.  It would be extremely difficult to get the population of the western world to accept a mark on their right hand or forehead.  But it would be no problem in North Africa, the Middle East, Eurasia, and the European continent. 

Daniel’s description of the 10 nations that make up the initial attacking force does not seem to offer the characteristics many expositors give to a great 200+ nation empire ruled completely by the antichrist.

Daniel 2:42,43

[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.

It is rather ironic that we are told the “they,” who make up the 10 toes of the statue, actually “mingle” themselves with the seed of men (mankind).  This may refer to an intermarrying between the seed of Ishmael, Moab, Edom, Moab, and the six sons of the woman Keturah by Abraham.  What is ironic is that the word in Hebrew translated as “mingled” is “Arab.”  By and large, to a great extent, the Jewish people have maintained the integrity of the line of Jacob, the grandson of Abraham.  However, the other lines of Abraham have mingled within themselves and, at times, have mingled to some extent with the seed of Ham, Shem, and Japheth.  I do not see a great 200+ nation empire covering the globe.  I see an Islamic Arab empire ruled by an antichrist that extends his rule outward into Europe, Eurasia, and central Africa.  

He will most assuredly do everything that is written concerning his actions in the book of Revelation, but he will do it in the area the people of John’s day identified as “the whole world.”  As the “known” world grew steadily in size we kept on expanding the vastness of the final empire of the antichrist.  I do not believe we were justified in so doing.   
 
SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 77C
July 25, 2002

HOW LARGE IS THE ANTICHRIST’S EMPIRE?

(Please Read Prophecy Updates 73A, 77, 77A, and 77B)

Please consider the following information extracted from the Cruden’s Complete Concordance to Both the Old and the New Testaments by Alexander Cruden, A.M.. as edited by A.D. Adams, M.A., C.H. Irwin, M.A., D.D., and S.A. Waters, as it relates to the use of the word “WORLD” in the Scriptures.

THE WORLD

“To the Eastern people of earliest times “the world” was very small, including little more than Mesopotamia, Caanan, Arabia, and parts of Egypt.  During Old Testament times it remained much the same, extending a little to the east, as the nations there grew to power; and other parts of Asia and Africa became somewhat known to the adventurous.  Few knew more than the rumors of Italy and even Greece.  In the time of Christ “the world” really meant the Roman Empire, with parts of Africa and Asia under its sway.  All outside of this was vague.  In Bible language “world” is frequently used for the inhabitants of the world.”

When we read the book of Revelation we should be acutely aware it was written to the seven churches that were in Asia.  If we interpret the size of the antichrist’s empire in the light of the size the churches of Asia considered the world to be at that time, I believe we will arrive at a better understanding of its actual size when it does appear in our day and time.  I do not believe we have been justified in continually increasing the size of it as we gradually discovered the three-fourths of the world that was not known in John’s day.  I believe the antichrist’s empire will only cover the known world of John’s day, which is about one-fourth of the total landmass we now classify as “the world.”

Without taking all this into account it is very easy to understand how someone could read the following Scriptures in Revelation, and then conclude it meant all the world from Pole to Pole and from zero degrees longitude to zero degrees longitude.

Revelation 13:7,8

[7] And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over ALL kindreds, and tongues, and nations. [8] And ALL that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Revelation 13:11,12

[11] 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.

Revelation 13:16

[16] And he causeth ALL, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

All these Scriptures have yet to be fulfilled, so it would seem perfectly obvious to many that it is talking about ALL the world and ALL its inhabitants as we know it today.

But suppose Daniel’s prophecies had not yet been fulfilled that deal with his four beasts, and you were waiting for them to be fulfilled.  How would you interpret the Scriptures that follow?

Daniel 2:37,38

[37] Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. [38] And WHERESOEVER THE CHILDREN OF MEN DWELL, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee RULER OVER THEM ALL. Thou art this head of gold.

You would naturally believe he meant all the humans on this present earth, but he did not.  The Babylonian empire did this in the known world when Daniel wrote to the people of 600 B.C.  The same will be true of the antichrist’s empire.  He will do this in the known world of A.D. 95.

Daniel 2:39

[39] And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear RULE OVER ALL THE EARTH.

Alexander’s Macedonian empire did not rule over all of the present day earth.  Neither will the antichrist’s empire.  He will rule what was the known world in A.D. 95.

Daniel 7:23

[23] Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall DEVOUR THE WHOLE EARTH, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

The Roman Empire did not devour the whole earth as we know it today.  Neither will the antichrist’s empire.  He will devour the whole world as it was known in John’s day.

I am prepared to recognize an antichrist that rises out of the European continent and dominates the entire world as we know it today and, if that is what happens, I will not be caught asleep.  But if I am correct in what I believe, then I fear many are going to be shocked when the real antichrist arrives on the scene.  I am confident antichrist will arise in Syria and rule over the known world of A.D. 95.

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Ten Toes of Daniel's Statue

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 78

July 26, 2002

The 10 Toes of Daniel’s Great Statue

I do not question that in the final battle of Armageddon the descendants of Ham, Shem, and Japheth will be combatants against the nation of Israel.  But I have always contended, along with the Bible expositors of the 18th and 19th centuries, that the antichrist’s initial attack would be primarily the descendants of Abraham.  They are the mingled seed of his oldest son Ishmael with the seed of the six sons he sired by Keturah, as well as some of the other offspring of his own father Terah.  The empire of the antichrist will be an Islamic empire that eventually takes into it many European nations.  And, in the final great battle of Armageddon, all those nations that made up the world as it was known in A.D. 95 will come against Israel, such that Japheth, Ham, and Shem’s descendants will also be involved.

Daniel 2:41-43

[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.  

These toes will consist primarily of Terah’s descendants (See the following diagram).

    

                            ADAM                

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                            SETH

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                            NOAH

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            HAM      SHEM      JAPHETH

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                          TERAH

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                       ABRAHAM

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   MOSES           JESUS         MOHAMMED

JEWISH         CHRISTIAN           ISLAMIC  

     FAITH               FAITH                  FAITH

    IN GOD             IN GOD              IN ALLAH

                             IN CHRIST

John 14:6 [6]  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
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