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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 115A
April 13, 2003
Modern Assyrian Land Claims & the Assyrian Antichrist
In whole numbered Prophecy Updates 62 to 69, I made a case to prove that Micah 5:1-3 was fulfilled by Christ and that Micah 5:4-9 has yet to be fulfilled. Please browse through these Updates, found above in our Prophecy Archives, before considering what follows.
Micah 5:4-6 – And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.  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.  And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.
I have no doubt that the “he” of verse 4, “this man” of verse 5, and the first “he” in verse 6, all refer to Christ. And I have no doubt that the “Assyrian” of verses 5 and 6 is of Assyrian descent, and that he is the antichrist. He will be an Assyrian by bloodline. There has not been a nation known as Assyria for more than 2600 years, but on the surface of this planet there are more than four million who consider themselves Assyrians, and more than two million of them live in northwestern Syria and northern Iraq. There are some 50,000 living in Iran, about 20,000 in Turkey, and approximately 40,000 in Lebanon.
Assyrians have no official country today, but if you were to ask their leaders what they consider to be their rightful territory in today’s world, they would tell you it extends into four countries – Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Turkey. It takes in all of northern Iraq down to about 100 miles south of Kirkuk, the northwestern tip of Iran west of Lake Urmi, all of northern Syria between the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers, and a narrow strip of southeastern Turkey containing Harran, Edessa, Diyarbakir, and Lake Van. I have always believed the antichrist would be an Assyrian. And it seemed most likely he would be the leader of Syria, and I still believe it, but he could arise in northern Iraq – There are 700,000 Assyrians living in Syria, and 1,500,000 in Iraq. Assyrians consider themselves to be a Semitic people indigenous to Mesopotamia, and to be ethnically distinct from both Arabs and Jews. However, the Arabs and Islam swept across Assyria in 630 A.D., and since that time countless mixed marriages have spread the blood of Abraham via his six sons by Keturah, and his twelve grandsons by Ishmael, into some of the Assyrian bloodlines. About one third of Assyrians live outside the Middle East, the largest number being about 400,000 in the United States, and some 120,000 in Sweden, but two-thirds continue to live in the land they still believe is rightfully theirs. All in all there are more than four million scattered among 40 nations. As to their religious preference, 4 percent are Syriac Catholic, 26 percent are Syriac Orthodox, 19 percent are Church of the East, 45 percent are Chaldean, and the rest are Islamic or diverse beliefs.
The formation of a new Iraqi government, and what role the Assyrians might be allowed to play in it, along with the Kurds, Shiites, Sunni, and other ethnic groups will certainly be worth watching. They were led to believe the League of Nations was going to give them a homeland after World War I, but somehow the promise was shoved aside. I am hoping they will be given sufficient seats in the new Iraqi government to have a representative voice. The Saddam regime killed them by the thousands, and they certainly deserve a voice in the new regime. Because they sided with the victorious allies of World War I, Great Britain promised them autonomy, independence, and a homeland. However, when the conflict ended, and the British Mandate was eventually terminated, they were relinquished to the Iraqi government for resolution of their statehood. Of course, this was like relinquishing the chicken over to the fox for a resolution of its final deposition. I am now hoping that Great Britain will finally keep at least part of its promise by giving them seats in the new government of Iraq.