The Abomination of Desolation


Christ warned, "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:...For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not from the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved" (Matthew 24:15-22). Obviously, the setting up of the "abomination of desolation" is the one most important event signaling the beginning of the Great Tribulation! But what is it? Where is it to be set up? Who, or what, does it represent? When will we see it in place? Matthew warned, "Whoso readeth, let him understand," so God intends we should understand what Christ meant not be ignorant of one of the most important events in future history.

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Christís strange warning about an "abomination of desolation" means, literally, "the abomination of the desolater," which all authorities generally agree meant an idol, or idolatrous apparatus, to be set up in the holy place by the individual who would destroy Jerusalem, or cause it to become "desolate."

An "abomination" is something God detests, and comes from the Hebrew word shakaz, for an idol; something, or someone who is worshiped in place of the true God.

Christ specifically stated He was referring to the same thing written in the book of Daniel. Danielís prophecy mentions this "abomination" several times: Daniel 9:27; 11:31 and 12:2 are examples. These scriptures identify, in symbol, the perpetrator.

Of Danielís prophecy, Kitto says, "This appears to have been a prediction of the pollution of the temple by Antiochus Epiphanes, who caused an idolatrous altar to be built on the altar of burnt offerings, whereon unclean things were offered to Jupiter Olympius, to whom the temple itself was dedicated" (Encyclopedia of Biblical Literature, John Kitto, Vol. 1, p. 22).

Daniel wrote of a "little horn" coming up among the ten horns of the beast a symbol of a government, or ruler, who succeeds in overthrowing three successive kings, then holds sway over the final seven heads of the Holy Roman Empire. We shall see much more of this "little horn" later in this article.

Of the abomination of desolation and the one who puts it in place, Daniel wrote, "Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of the sanctuary was cast down" (Daniel 8:11).

The Critical and Experimental Commentary says, "Though robbed of its treasures, it was not strictly Ďcast downí by Antiochus; so that a fuller accomplishment is future. Antiochus took away the daily sacrifice for a few years; the Romans, for many ages, and Ďcast downí the temple; and Antichrist, in connection with Rome, the fourth kingdom, shall do so again, after the Jews in their own land, still unbelieving, shall have rebuilt the temple and restored the Mosaic ritual" (Faussett, Vol. 4, p. 427, emphasis mine).

Obviously, since Antiochus reigned hundreds of years before Christ, his desecration of the temple was only a forerunner of Danielís prophecy, which is referring to the time of the end (Daniel 12:4-11).

A second forerunner of this prophesied event took place shortly after Christís warning prophecy of Matthew 24:15, at the destruction of Jerusalem by the armies of Titus. "This may with probability be referred to the advance of the Roman army against the city with their image-crowned standards, to which idolatrous honours were paid, and which the Jews regarded as idols. The unexpected retreat and discomfiture of the Roman forces afforded such as were mindful of our Saviourís prophecy an opportunity of obeying the injunction which it contained, (i.e., Christís warning {Mat. 24:16} that they should Ďflee to the mountains.í)" (Kitto, Vol. 1, pp. 22, 23).

There was another later and more specific abomination of the holy place accomplished by emperor Hadrian, who with "...studied insult to the Jews, set up the figure of a boar over the Bethlehem gate of the city which rose upon the site and ruins of Jerusalem (Euseb. Chron., 1, i. p. 45, ed. 1658), but he erected a temple to Jupiter upon the site of the Jewish temple and caused an image of himself to be set up in the part which answered to the most holy place" (ibid., Vol. 1, p. 23).

These abominations, which took place over a vast span of time in history, are not the fulfillment of Christís end-time prophecy! Notice again the time setting of Christís Olivet prophecy:

"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation...stand in the holy place...then let them which be in Jerusalem flee into the mountains...for then shall be GREAT TRIBULATION such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

"And except those days should be shortened [by Divine intervention Godís heavenly signs, plagues, and the Second Coming of Christ], there should no flesh be saved [alive], but for the electís sake, those days shall be shortened" (Matthew 24:15-22).

The warning concerning the final abomination to be set up in the "holy place" is directly connected to the beginning of the great tribulation, which has as one of its main features the horrible martyrdom of saints (Daniel 7:20-21; Matthew 24:9).

Notice! "All these are be beginning of sorrows [tribulation]."


What IS "The Great Tribulation"?


Christ said the tribulation would be a time unparalleled in all history. Notice what Daniel wrote: "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book..." (Daniel 12:1).

There cannot be two such times, for each is the superlative the worst time of "trouble," meaning droughts, famines, disease epidemics, the unleashing of horrifying, death-dealing weapons of destruction in war that has ever taken place since civilization began!

But wait. Daniel said, "And at that time..." (Daniel 12:1). At what time? The chapter break interrupts a flow of thought from Daniel 11:40. Read all five verses carefully, from Daniel 11:40 to 45.

The "king of the south" was, anciently, one of the Ptolemys of Egypt, a lesser dynasty of pharaohs who waged war with Syria. Syria and Egypt were but two of the four smaller kingdoms left after Alexanderís death (Daniel 11:4). The "king of the north" was, eventually, the same Antiochus Epiphanes who set up a typical abomination of desolation.

But the prophecy is specifically stated to be for a definite time in history "the TIME OF THE END" (Daniel 11:40).

Therefore, Ptolemy Soter and Antiochus Epiphanes are but types, historical representatives, of the two human leaders who will be used to fulfill this end-time prophecy.

Probably, the man who will fulfill the role of "king of the south" will be an Arab leader. He will "push at" the "king of the north," who is the same personage as the beast of Bible prophecy, as we shall see. The expression "push at," seems to fall short of armed aggression. Is it some political affront? Could it be an oil embargo, or threatened disruption of energy to Europe and the world? Because of Saddam Husseinís occupation of Kuwait, and the resultant concentration of military forces and supplies from about thirty nations in the Persian Gulf region, many are tempted to assign Saddam the role of one of the two, either the "king of the north," or the "king of the south."

Certainly, Saddam Hussein is "pushing at" others. But is he "pushing at" someone called "the king of the north," or any modern day political/military leader who is filling such a role?

No, Hussein is "pushing at" the United States, Britain, France, Germany, the Soviet Union, Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia indeed, the whole world! The response to Saddam Hussein is not a sudden occupation of Israel, Egypt, and other nearby countries by some northern power, but the deployment of hundreds of thousands of troops into Saudi Arabia.

Notice that the reaction of the "king of the north" is not protracted economic embargo, or warfare in the Persian Gulf, but a lightning-like attack into Israel, and "many countries" in the region, including Egypt! (Daniel 11:40-42).

It is not Europe, or the United States threatening to invade Israel in this current crisis but Saddam Hussein of Iraq. Study Daniel 11:40-45 carefully, and do not be misled by those who would leap to impossible conclusions, or become hysterical about the nearness of "Armageddon."

Israel and Egypt are both occupied by this "king of the north" at the end time. Daniel 11:40-45 absolutely precludes the possibility that the "king of the north" could be an Islamic leader, for Egypt is an Islamic nation, the largest in population of all Islam. Egypt is Arabic, and, though currently observing the Camp David accords, is nevertheless staunchly united religiously and emotionally with all other Arab nations in calling for the withdrawal of Israel from the "occupied territories." No other Arab state would occupy Egypt. This is the final head of the "Holy Roman Empire" which was always a Germanic power! The king of the north is the final beast of prophecy.

Now, when does this northern military power come storming into Israel? "At the time of the end," says Daniel. And then, reading on to Chapter 12, verse 1, we see Danielís prophecy that At that time" Michael stands up, and a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation begins! In other words, the great tribulation. So the tribulation commences at the same time this king of the north invades Palestine.

Christís warning about the abomination of desolation included this invasion of Palestine by armies. Those forces are identified in Daniel 11:40-45 as being the forces of the king of the north. Christ said, "And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh" (Luke 21:20).


Upon Whom Does This Great Tribulation Descend?


Christ warned, "Then [when the abomination of desolation is set up] let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains..." He continues to say the flight is so urgent; so sudden, that one should not return to retrieve clothing, or household items even food! He warned, "Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house:

"Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes" (Matthew 24:16-18).

Those to whom this warning applies will not read of some impending attack in their weekly news magazines, or see it on nightly television for months at a time it will occur SUDDENLY, with shocking swiftness. The scene set by Christ is of a normal working day where a man might be in the fields, his wife on top of the roof, hanging up washing.

Yet, suddenly, when people least expect it, attacking military forces are seen around Jerusalem.

In the Jerusalem of Christís day, houses were set adjoining each other. Roofs were flat, with parapets, and were used for sitting and talking, hanging up washing, play areas for children, even sleeping at night in hot weather. Commonly, families would erect temporary shelters of fronds and branches, and move into these little booths during the Feast of Tabernacles.

The rabbis wrote of the "road of the roofs," wherein one might walk across several adjoining rooftops, then descend to the street without having to go back inside oneís own house. Christ referred to this practice in His warning.

Danielís prophecy says the tribulation is the time when Michael stands up. Michael is identified as "Michael your prince" (Daniel 10:20-21) an archangel who is the prince of Israel. The 12th chapter says Michael is to stand "for the children of Israel," the children of the people of Daniel, who was a noble of Israel.

Christís prophecy specifically pointed out events to take place in Jerusalem; the Middle East, and Palestine! But the Great Tribulation will be global in its effects, for Christ said, as did Daniel, that it will be a "time of trouble such as there has not been from the time there was a nation"! He also said that if God did not cut short this terrible time of global trouble, not a man, woman, or child would be left alive (Matthew 24:2l-22). Therefore, while events in Jerusalem provide a positive sign that the tribulation is beginning, the tribulation is not confined to Palestine, and the city of Jerusalem.

Yet, from Christís warnings, we see it is obvious the great tribulation begins in Jerusalem; in Palestine, by the setting up of an "abomination," which causes desolation, or destruction. Specifically, the abomination is to be set up in the temple, but no temple exists as yet. The terrible loss of life depicted by Christ is to begin in Jerusalem and neighboring areas the modern nation called "Israel." Christís stern warning, together with Danielís prophecies, show Jerusalem occupied by a northern military power.

But the Jews in "Israel" are but one tribe, with perhaps increments of two others Judah, together with some of Levi and Simeon. There were thirteen tribes in all, counting the two half-tribes of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh.

The northern ten tribes, with a separate dynasty of kings commencing from the time of Jereboam, and a separate national capitol, were carried away captive by Assyrian kings long prior to the captivity of Judah. The ten tribes disappeared into the bleak steppes between the Black and Caspean seas during the years 721 to 718 BC! It was not until 540 BC, about 178 years later, that Judah was taken captive into Babylon.

The bulk of those deported Israelites never returned to Palestine. They migrated along the river valleys into Europe, and into the British Isles!

Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, was renamed "Israel" after his tenacious encounter with God, which is detailed in the book mentioned above.

Jacob had twelve sons, each of whom became the eponymous ancestor of a large tribe of people. Jacob was called "Israel" from the time of his renaming. Judah, one of his sons, together with major portions of Simeon and Levi, came to be known as the "House of Judah," while Manasseh, Ephraim, Gad, Asher, Dan, Naphtali, Benjamin, Reuben, Issachar and Zebulun became known as the "House of Israel." The two are never synonymous in the Bible. There are four books of the Bible detailing the separate national histories of these two distinctly different nations; different dynasties of kings, different territories, different national capitols different languages, cultures, and religions!

The very first time the "nickname" for Judah, "Jew," is ever used in the Bible, the Jews are at war against Israel! 


Not Just the Jews in Israel to Suffer the Tribulation


Now, notice that the Great Tribulation comes not only upon the Jews in the modern nation called Israel, but upon the "House of Jacob," or "The House of Israel," as well!

"Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it [an unparalleled time exactly as described in Matthew 24:15 and Daniel 12:1 the same time of the Great Tribulation]: it is even the time of Jacobís trouble; but he shall be saved out of it" (Jeremiah 30:7).

What is the Great Tribulation? It is a time of horrible suffering; disease, famine, starvation, and the grisly death of millions as a result of terrible warfare featuring the ghastly weapons of modern technology which is to come on the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and several of the democracies of northwestern Europe. It will especially impact the modern nation called "Israel," the Jews in Palestine!


Titus Was a Forerunner


Read Christís somber Olivet Prophecy again. He said, referring to the temple and its great buildings and walls, "...See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down" (Matthew 24:2). Later, He said, "And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness [a witness AGAINST them] unto all nations and THEN shall the end come" (Matthew 24:14).

The Gospel was not preached to but a few prior to Christís death. He spoke in puzzling parables to the masses (Matthew 13:10-17), explaining to His disciples that it was not yet given to them to understand.

It was not until after His resurrection, and His appearance to His disciples (Acts. 1:7-8) that He told them to spread out from Palestine, to the "uttermost parts of the earth," preaching the Gospel.

By 70 AD, only a comparative few had heard the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. It had by no means been preached as a witness to the world. Yet, Christ gave this as a major prerequisite to the setting up of the abomination of desolation. God will not leave this world without a witness.
God will not allow anyone to plaintively cry, "But you never told me!" Just as He sent several of His prophets to loudly proclaim the impending national punishments coming upon the ten-tribed House of Israel long before their destruction detailing their horrible sins; their stiff-necked, God-defying rebellion; their Sabbath-breaking and consequent idolatry; just as He sent several of His prophets to warn Judah of its impending destruction by the Babylonian armies; just as Christ warned His generation (Matthew 24) of the impending destruction of Jerusalem by Titus, SO GOD IS SENDING HIS WARNING AND WITNESS TO THIS WORLD, TODAY!

Most so-called evangelists respond to the cry from people, "preach smooth things; speak deceits!" (Isaiah 30:10). Where, on weekly television, in the thousands of pulpits across our lands, or in religious literature, do you find those who are solemnly telling their audiences that our nations are going to be brutally CONQUERED IN GLOBAL WARFARE unless we repent of our personal and collective sins?

Christ warned, "...except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3,5).

When the armies of Titus destroyed the city of Jerusalem, tens of thousands of Jews were slaughtered.

Yet, countless ones among them had heard Christís warning, and the warnings of His faithful apostles and ministers in the years that followed! Instead of repenting, they rejected Christ, and soon began killing and throwing into jail His apostles!

Except for a few Jews who fled to Pella after the high priest allegedly heard an audible voice in the temple, telling him to flee (according to Josephus), the bulk of the population experienced a holocaust! Christís stern warning had come true!

The soldiers prized loose even the stones atop the walls of the temple. The temple was eventually destroyed. But Christ specifically stated that, immediately following the Great Tribulation, there would come spectacular heavenly signs.

"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars [meteorites] shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heaven shall be shaken:

"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven: and then shall the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory" (Matthew 24:27-30).

Therefore, the prophecy in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 is dual; it has a typical, early fulfillment, and a literal, final end-time fulfillment! Jerusalem is destined to be destroyed again unless its inhabitants repent.

There were no heavenly signs at the destruction of Jerusalem by the armies of Titus; Christ did not come in the power of the Almighty God, shaking the heavens, causing the sun to become black as sackcloth of ashes!

Therefore, there is coming, yet, another destruction of Jerusalem! It will be signaled by the emplacement of the abomination that makes desolate.
Now, who is to set up this abomination?


The "Little Horn" of Daniel


The four great, successive world-dominating empires of Babylon, Persia, Graeco/Macedonia and Rome are depicted in both Daniel 2 and Daniel 7. At the conclusion of the description of the final one of these kingdoms, ROME, Daniel says, "But the saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever" (Daniel 7:18).

Daniel then said, "Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast [Rome], which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;

"And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other [a separate, different "horn," or government; a ruler] which came up, and before whom three fell" (Daniel 7:19-20).

This prophecy shows the ten "horns," or governments, were successive, and not contemporaneous. That this "little horn" is not one of the successive ten is equally obvious, for it is "another" horn which was seen to arise.

Notice its description, "I considered the horns [ten of them], and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns [these probably were the Vandals, Ostragoths, and the Heruli] plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

"I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow...a fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him: thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened" (Daniel 7:8-10).

This is obvious reference to the Second Coming of Christ, the beginning of His millennial reign, and the final judgment day! Yet, the prophecy commences with the emergence of the "little horn;" separate from the other ten; distinctly different, who succeeds in overthrowing, or uprooting, the first three "horns" or governments, of the fourth beast of Daniel 7.

Faussett says, "Antichrist rises after their rise, at first Ďlittle,í (v. 8) but after destroying three of the ten he becomes greater than them all (vv. 20, 21). The three being gone, he is the eighth (cf. Rev. xvii. 11); a distinct head, and yet Ďof the sevení (Critical and Experimental Commentary, Vol. IV. p. 422, emphasis mine).

Now, what of the "mouth speaking great things"?

Daniel says, "And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up [the "little horn"], and before whom three [the first three, in succession] fell; even that horn that had eyes [of a man], and a mouth that spake great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.

"I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them!" (Daniel 7:20-21). So much for the idea of "raptured" saints who are not on earth at the time of the tribulation, or special "saints" who are hiding out in caves. Notice that this applies literally to the final two witnesses, who are killed by the Antichrist power (Revelation 11:7), and also applies to the church (Revelation 13:7).

This "little horn" represents some kind of government which persecutes Godís true church!

Four separate times in Danielís seventh chapter, the prophecy commences with visions of the fourth beast (Rome), being controlled by a "little horn" which overthrows the first three successive governments of Rome, but which is still extant at the time of the end, persecuting the true church, to be finally destroyed by Christ Himself, at His Second Coming.

In other words, the Bible "dates" the time of the "little horn," identifying it as a power, or government, which will be actively persecuting Godís people at the time of Christís return!

Now, who does this persecuting what power, or government, is responsible for the martyrdom of Godís true servants?

"And he [this same "little horn"] shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they [the saints] shall be given into his hand until a time [one year] and times [two more years] and the dividing of time [six months, or one half year; three and one half years in all].

"But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end" (Daniel 7:25-26). This shows a period of terrible persecutions and martyrdom of three and one-half years! And it is at the time of the end, from the beginning of the tribulation until the Second Coming of Christ!

This "little horn" symbolizes a human leader who sits in a position powerful enough to assay to change times and laws.


The Three and One-Half Years

Daniel heard one angel ask another, "How long shall the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation [the abomination of desolation], to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?

"And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed" (Daniel 8:13-14).

So the abomination of desolation will be set in place, defiling the sanctuary, for three and one-half years!

John wrote, "And they worshipped the dragon [Satan] which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast [extreme nationalism state worship!], saying, ĎWho is able to make war with him?í

"And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies [the same mouth as that of the "little horn," meaning Antichrist; the great false prophet!]; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months" (Revelation 13:4-5).

When the Antichrist establishes himself, setting up the abomination, he will continue for three and one-half years.

Notice further: "And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

"But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not, for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months" Revelation 11:1-2).

During this three-and-one-half year period, all organized preaching of the Gospel is impossible. Godís church is scattered, persecuted. (Amos 8:11). Some are to be martyred many are to be miraculously protected from the Antichrist.

God says, "And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child [the church], "And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle [symbolic of Godís miraculous protection. cf. Exodus 19:4], that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time [three and one-half years!] from the face of the serpent.

"And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

"And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:13-17).

Some have seen the "flood" in historical terms; the entire period of the dominance of the "little horn" over the heads of the Holy Roman Empire, and the "flood" of lying doctrines, false charges, and propaganda spewed out of the mouth of the woman who rides the beast.

Some have thought it to be literal; a miracle brought about by Satan, from which Godís people are delivered, like a type of the Red Sea. Whatever its meaning, Satan fails in his attempt to destroy Godís church.

Nevertheless, Godís Word says the great false church, led by its "man of sin" who is Antichrist, will horribly persecute Godís saints. The Great Tribulation includes the martyrdom of many of Godís servants (Matthew 24:9; Revelation 13:7).

Not all of Godís people will be protected. For example, the two witnesses, two human beings who will be specially anointed to be Godís last two prophets warning the beast and false prophet, are to be killed by the Antichrist and the beast.

The work of the two witnesses takes place at the exact same period during which the abomination of desolation sits; the time of the "treading down of the sanctuary."

"And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand, two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth...these have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

"And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them" (Revelation 11:3-7).

Some have assumed the whole church will be "taken to a place of safety" for the three and one-half years. Obviously not. Are not these two witnesses members of Godís true church? Are they not converted, with Godís Holy Spirit, and therefore members of the spiritual "body of Christ," which is the church?

Yet, God allows their martyrdom.

Even as God sent the plagues on Egypt while Israel was yet in the land of Goshen, making a "difference" between the Israelites and Egyptians; even as the death angel "passed over" the Israelitish houses and killed the firstborn of Egypt; so God promises, "A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand, but it shall not come nigh thee (Psalm 91:1-9).

Godís captive people Israel are pictured as crying out to Him in the time of their horrible tribulation: "Come, and let us return unto the Eternal: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up.

"After two days [two years? cf. Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6] will He revive us: in the third day [during the third year?] He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight" (Hosea 6:1-2).

This prophecy is set in the midst of Godís stern warnings to ten-tribed Israel, especially the nation of Ephraim, identified by many indications as Britain.

God said, "Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke [tribulation]: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be...I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early" (Hosea 5:9-15).

The Tribulation, Heavenly Signs (Revelation 6-7), and Day of the Lord all fall within the same three-and-one-half year period! Notice that the abomination of desolation is set up, and continues "until the consummation," or three and one-half years! The two witnesses prophecy for three and one-half years, and are killed only days prior to Christís return! The sanctuary is "trodden down" for three and one-half years, and then "cleansed" by Christís return!

Now you can see how important it is to watch for the time when the abomination of desolation is set up; why Christ warned those in Judaea to flee when they see it coming! Who is this Antichrist? Who is this final "little horn" with the mouth of a man, speaking blasphemies?

He is the "false prophet" of prophecy the leader of a church!


The Woman Who Rides the Beast Symbol of a Great False Church


Now, notice Johnís prophecy: "So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy..." (Revelation 17:3).

A woman is used as a symbol of a church. In this case, an apostate church; a church which is under the sway of Satan; a church depicted as wearing the colors of harlotry, full of names which are insults, blasphemous, to God! "...having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication..." (Revelation 17:3-4).

This great false church, ruled by Satan, has concourse with the kings, presidents, premiers, prime ministers of the nations of this world; a political church, which seeks to impose its policies on many nations; many cultures. God calls such politics harlotry!

Continuing, "...And upon her forehead was a name written, ĎMYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTHí" (Revelation 17:5).

This is a great mother church, who has daughters which came out of her in protest! She wears the colors of whoredom, uses names and titles which are blasphemous, and teaches doctrines cloaked in mystery.

She holds the same old "mystery religion" that dates to ancient Babylon; to the time of Semiramis and Nimrod, the founders of the Babylonish mystery religion, and of organized cities and governments of man.

Her main trappings are the sun; bowing toward the rising sun in the east on the ancient day dedicated to "Ishtar" (Semiramis), pronounced "Easter," today; worship on Sunday instead of Godís Holy Sabbath; sanctioning the use of purely pagan symbols of sexual reproduction and fecundity like orbs and bulbs, the "Ishtar" lily, phallic symbols, flies, eggs a seemingly endless array of the accouterments of ancient heathenism.

She has always fought Godís truth, and persecuted Godís converted servants. Countless thousands have been put to death for daring to cling to the Sabbath; to Godís sacred Passover, which was always held on the evening of the 14th of Nisan by Christ and His disciples. Notice more of this womanís description:

And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration [astonishment, not approbation]" (Revelation 17:5-6).

Read the entire chapter, and you will see this great false church rides upon the beast, controlling it, influencing it. She will be instrumental in binding together the final ten nations comprising the beast. It is her influence and doctrine which provides the "clay" for the ten toes of Danielís second chapter; a weak bonding agent which is not mixed with the "iron" of the militarily powerful nation which will dominate the ten.

Now, notice how this great false church is the same entity as the second beast of Revelation 13!

"And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb [it appears Christ-like], and he spake as a dragon [as Satan: cf. Revelation 12:9].

"And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, [the first beast of Revelation 13 is the same beast as the fourth beast of Daniel 7; representing Imperial Rome from the time of the earliest Roman emperors, and Romulus who gave Rome its name, to the latter-day rulers of the "Holy Roman Empire"] and causeth the earth and them that dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed" (Revelation 13:11-12).

This deadly wound was the fall of Imperial Rome in 476. Its healing was in 554, when Belesarius, victorious in northern Africa, was instrumental in restoring the power of Rome. Notice that this false religious leader, the "little horn" who thought to change times and laws, who was full of names of blasphemy, and who martyred Godís saints is empowered by Satan to perform miracles.

"And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak [he has a "mouth speaking great things"] and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed" (Revelation 13:11-15).

Where do you find a great, global church whose leader claims infallibility; the authority to change "times and laws," to establish dogma? Where is the great, multi-lingual, multi-national, universal church which conducts its religious ceremonies in mysteries, in mysterious symbolism, in elaborate rituals with various hidden meanings? Where is there a great church which is a powerful political organization, having vast influence over geopolitics; over political decisions like choice of government for masses of peoples in many different nations?

Where is the great church whose leaders dress in red and scarlet, the colors of harlotry? Where is the great church which boasts it is "eternal"?

Which city is the "eternal" city, according to lore; the city of "seven hills"? Johnís vision continued, "The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sitteth" (Revelation 17:9). He went on to say, "And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth" (Revelation 17:18).

Which city can claim to have ruled over "the kings of the earth" down through history? Certainly not Washington, D.C., or London, or Berlin, or Tokyo, or Moscow. Which, then? Where is a church whose leader is courted by the most powerful political leaders in the world a church leader who has the power to incite massive demonstrations, strikes, rebellions which can unseat political systems and bring about revolutions in government?

This same great false church is mentioned by Isaiah.

Notice, "And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.

"Therefore hear now this, thou that are given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, ĎI am [blasphemy! A name and title of God!], and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:í" (Isaiah 47:7-8).

Which great church is called "mother" by all others? Which church has protesting daughters which came out of her, and which she confidently boasts she will bring back to the fold? (But her daughters will share her fate: Isaiah 47:9).

Johnís prophecy shows how this great church uses the power of the state to carry out her wishes: "And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand [symbolizing cooperation, agreement, willingness, commitment to work], or in their foreheads [symbolizing like-mindedness, cooperation, acceptance, agreement]: and that no man might buy or sell, save he had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

"Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man: and his number is Six hundred threescore and six" (Revelation 13:15-18).

The beast is Rome, from the time of Imperial Rome to the present to the end-time resurrection of the same old system in the heartland of Europe, dominated by one great religion, which will hold sway over all ten nations.

The "image" is the church which was designed and constructed along the same lines as Imperial Rome, with the diocese, the great diocese, a "collegia," or "college of cardinals," and an absolute ruler, claiming the "primacy of Peter" whose word is unquestioned!

The "image" of the beast is its length and shadow, its replica, its copy. Yet, it is a religious organization, having the appearance of a lamb, but speaking like a dragon, like Satan!

To obey it is to receive its identifying signs and symbols, or its mark.

The image of the beast is, therefore, a great false church organization, patterned after the political structure of ancient, Imperial Rome, with a human leader so revered that many attribute to him virtual divinity (Roman emperors claimed to be god; to be divine, in some instances); a church organization which cloaks many of its rituals and beliefs in mysteries, and a church organization having political influence concourse with governments of the world a church which is at once a state, having full political sovereignty like that of any other nation.

Now you can understand the vision of the ten-horned beast (the final resurrection of the same old system called the "Holy Roman Empire") being ridden by the great fallen woman.


How the False Church Gained Control


From the very beginning of the New Testament church which Christ founded (Matthew 16:18), elements from both within and without (Acts 20:28-31) sought to rid Godís true church of everything remotely "Jewish."

This came about as a result of massive numbers of Gentiles joyously embracing Christianity many of them wanting to cling to ancient, pagan traditions.

The New Testament, particularly Paulís writings and the "letters to the churches" in Revelation 2 and 3, is a story of the erosion of the original faith; of attacks from Judaizers, who could not seem to shake the concept of circumcision, and who wished to impose the principles of Judaism, not Christianity, on new converts (1 Corinthians 7:18-19).

Continually, the fledgling New Testament church is seen struggling against persecutions from government; from the leaders of the Jewish religious sects; from apostasies within and from attacks without.

Paulís letter to the Galatians marvels at how soon they had listened to "another Gospel," and heard about "another Jesus" (Galatians 1:6-8). He rebukes the Corinthians, who, reverting to their pagan customs, had turned the Passover into a Bacchian night of revelry; who tolerated incest within their ranks. He continually defends himself against "false apostles" who parade their "Jewishness" to the people (2 Corinthians 11-12).

Jude, the next to the last book of the New Testament, appeals to true Christians to get back to the "faith once delivered," showing how far the apostasy had progressed. Jude is a clear warning against false teachers who reverted to the pagan mysteries; used gluttony, revelry, sexual promiscuity in their religious services, exactly as heathen priestesses functioned as "temple prostitutes," claiming that such activities were symbolic of concourse with the deity.

By the time John wrote the book of Revelation, probably about 91 or 92 AD, the apostasy was nearly complete.

In the second and third chapters, in the letters to the churches, you will see the churches plagued with false doctrines, false religious leaders, false practices a church shot through with paganism!

Acts 8 and other scriptures identify a man who may have risen to become the first major leader of this apostasy; a man who may well have masqueraded as the "Peter" of Rome, Simon the Magus, or Simon the Magician. His story would require book-length investigation. However, he passed into history, and is not relevant today, except as a forerunner of the final false prophet.

Paul wrote of the budding apostasy, and made it clear that a false prophet will rise in the last days just prior to the Second Coming of Christ!

"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come [the Second Coming of Christ], except there come a falling away [apostasy!] first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

"Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God [a temple which is yet to be constructed in Jerusalem!], shewing himself [claiming] that he is God.

"...And now ye know what witholdeth [withstands; resists. Paul is speaking of himself, as one who was "holding back" this growing apostasy] that he might be revealed in his time.

"For the mystery of iniquity [it was a "mystery" religion; one which condoned sin, or "iniquity"] doth already work; only he who now letteth [restrains] will let [continue to restrain], until he be taken out of the way" (2 Thessalonians 2:1-7).

Here we see a human religious leader who will ensconce himself inside the temple in Jerusalem and actually claim to be divine! claim to be God!

The expression, "be taken out of the way" is the subject of some contention. The Greek verb is ginomai, which carries the connotation "become to be." The preferred reading may well be, "until he Ďbecome to be,í" or "become evident for who he is," rather than a reference to Paul, as one who would be removed by death, or "taken out of the way." Either way, the meaning is clear that Paul was one of the last restraining influences against virtual total apostasy in the early church; that following his death there would be no one left in the eastern world who withstood it.

Yet, Paulís writing was also prophetic, for he referred to the end time, and not just the few years following his death.

Gradually, the visible church of the first and second centuries dramatically changed. Little by little purely pagan customs were adopted. Pagans coming into the church carried with them their superstitions, their various holidays and observances.

Liberal clergymen, ever desirous of more money and power, of larger followings, permitted these pagan customs, dressing them up in "Christian" trappings. Some of these power-hungry leaders gained control of the physical properties of the church through exercising autocratic authority over the people. John wrote of one "Diotrephes," who coveted power, and who "put out" from that local congregation the true believers, retaining only those who had prostituted themselves, spiritually, to corrupt human power (3 John).

Easter finally replaced the Passover. Sunday replaced the Sabbath. Christmas obscured the time of Christís conception. By the time of the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, true Christians were solemnly warned against "Judaizing" by continuing to obey God in observing His Sabbaths, or following Christís example of observing the Passover on the 14th of Nisan; instead, they were commanded to observe the purely pagan "Ishtar" festival, in honor of the pagan goddess of fecundity and sex; a springtime celebration featuring rapidly-reproducing rabbits, the symbols of eggs, and other "mystical" paraphernalia.

From that time to this, the professing "Christian" world has followed the great apostate church. Millions observe "Ishtar" (pronounced "Easter," today) with bunnies and eggs; facing the rising sun in the east, and eating "hot cross buns" (from bous, or boun, meaning the symbol of Taurus, the bull Tammuz, or Nimrod), and reveling in a pagan celebration which has been dressed up in "Christian" clothing.

Eventually, the millions of adherents to this pagan "mystery" religion, now masquerading as "Christian," would bring about the requirement for kings and emperors to acknowledge the power of the church, or suffer the consequences the sure loss of rulership, and perhaps the loss of their lives!

Godís True Church Never in Politics

God solemnly warned His people never to be part of this Babylonish mystery religion; not to partake of its intrigues, its political goals, its wars, or its political systems.

"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, ĎCOME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues,í For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities" (Revelation 18:4-5).

The 18th chapter of Revelation details how the ten-nation beast power shall finally "hate the whore," and utterly destroy this false church, putting to death countless thousands of its officials and its peoples. God will finally reward this hideous, waddling old madam of religion, this persecutor and torturer of Godís people, with the bitterest dregs of the cup of wrath! That is why God warns His people to forsake this mystery religion that they "receive not of her plagues.

Christ had instructed His disciples, "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

"If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you" (John 15:18-19).

He continued, in His prayer to the Father just before His death and resurrection, "I have given them thy word and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

"I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

"They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world" (John 17:14-18). But the false church is very much of this world. It is a political system, sending ambassadors to all nations, functioning as a government. Its leader has always courted favor with kings, premiers, presidents, emperors; has sought to be accepted and liked by them, and has sought to influence them.

But Jesus said, "My Kingdom is not of this world: if my Kingdom were of this world then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my Kingdom not from hence" (John 18:36).

John wrote, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

"And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof..." (1 John 2:15-17).

The word "world" is cosmos, which means the civilization; the communal groupings; cities, governments of the world the society with all its customs, religious and philosophical concepts.

Godís servants are "citizens" of Christís soon-coming Heavenly Kingdom, the Government of God! They are like "sojourners" in this world (1 Peter 2:9-12), like "strangers and pilgrims," as if travelers in a foreign country, having no indigenous citizenship.

Would an American, traveling in Iraq, fight in Iraqís wars against Iran, or America? Would a Briton, traveling in Africa, vote in African elections, join African military organizations, or observe tribal witchcraft or voodoo?

So, God commands His true church to "submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lordís sake: whether it be to the king as supreme; "Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well" (1 Peter 2:13-14). So Godís servants are to be models in obedience to law, respect for authority; in thankfulness for the freedoms and blessings of the governments under which they live. They are to obey those governments in every case except where such civil government comes into conflict with the higher court of heaven!

In such a case, Godís servants must obey God first, and then humbly accept whatever punishment the civil government imposes.

Peter and the apostles said to the authorities during their day, "We ought to obey God rather than men!" (Acts 5:29).

Christís true church was never to become a great political system. It was never to fall under the absolute, dictatorial rule of one man, claiming to be the "direct representative" of Christ; claiming to have no peers on earth, but to be the sole human leader under Christ!

This is one of the many blasphemies of which the great false church is guilty. Any human being arrogating to himself such lofty powers is a stench in the nostrils of God, and will surely answer for the enormity of his folly!

Faucett says, "As Antiochus Epiphanes, the Antichrist of the third kingdom [Daniel 8], was the personal enemy of God; so the final Antichrist of the fourth kingdom [the final "beast" power], his antitype, shall be. The church has endured a pagan and a papal persecution; there remains for her an infidel persecution...He will not merely, as Popery, substitute himself for Christ in Christís name, but ĎDeny the Father and the Son,í {1 John ii.22}. The persecution is to continue up to Christís second coming" (Critical and Experimental Commentary, Vol. IV, p. 422).

This false prophet claims absolute authority over his followers! They can have no direct access to Christ, and through Christ to the Father, according to his false doctrine! Only when his people stay in his good graces, remain subservient, unquestioning, blind followers of him can they be considered "in the body," and considered as having a spiritual relationship with God.

Therefore, this false human leader thinks to usurp the very Priesthood of Christ Himself. He teaches that no man or woman can approach God directly through Christ! They must always be channeled through this one human leader! Finally, this blasphemous and pompous ego will swell to the point that this great false prophet will make the blasphemous claim that he "is God"!

Now, letís notice how this great false church, the "image" of the beast, will be complicit in bringing about the Great Tribulation upon Godís elect. 

The "Yoke" of the False Church 

Isaiahís prophecy identifies the great false church as a major perpetrator of the tribulation; the captivity of ten-tribed Israel: "I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand..." (Isaiah 47:6).

This is the fallen woman; the false church, who boasts that she is "lady of the kingdoms," and will "not suffer the loss of children" who came out of her, in protest.

No "rapture" pictured here. Instead, just as Christ predicted; as all the prophecies clearly state, the tribulation is accompanied by a vast martyrdom of saints (Revelation 13:7; Matthew 24:9).

To continue, "...thou didst shew them no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke" (Isaiah 47:6).

Remember, the beast and the false prophet are complicit in the martyrdom of Godís people, and in the captivity of ten-tribed Israel and Judah!

Notice it is not only the great false church who lays her yoke on Godís people! "O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt...and it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing" (Isaiah 10:24-27).

The "anointing" refers to the Second Coming of Christ.

Isaiah says, "And it shall come to pass in that day [the time of the end; the time of Christís coming] that the Lord shall set His hand the second time to recover the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria...and there shall be an highway for the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria: LIKE AS IT WAS TO ISRAEL IN THE DAY HE CAME UP OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT" (Isaiah 11:11-16).

But when ten-tribed Israel was taken captive by Assyria in 721-718 BC, your Bible says none returned. There was never a miraculous EXODUS from ancient Assyria. Instead, when Babylon subjugated Assyria, the captive Israelites wandered with their former captors into Europe, and toward Scandinavia and the British Isles.

They disappeared, largely, from history. A few clues remain, and their identity can be discovered, but no such event as that described in Isaiah 11 has yet taken place. Clearly, this prophecy is set at the time of Christís return.

Where is modern Israel the House of Israel, not only the Jews? In captivity, under the yoke of both a modern nation who represents the ancient Assyrians, and the false church! In other words, Israel is under captivity to the beast power and the false prophet!

This false prophet is the "little horn" of Daniel the government which finally held sway over the final seven heads of the Roman Empire.

This "little horn" of Danielís prophecy is the papacy, which overthrew three kingdoms which had taken over Rome, generally believed to have been the Vandals (429-533 AD), the Heruli under Odoacer, from the fall of Rome in 476 to about 493, and the eastern Goths from 493 to 554 AD, when General Belesarius retook Carthage.

The influence of the papacy was instrumental in overthrowing these kingdoms, and establishing the "Imperial Restoration" of Rome in about 554.

Now, the "little horn," speaking great things, thinking to "change times and laws" (establish the Sunday calendar, and issue dogmas), dominates the remaining seven heads of the "beast." These were the successive heads of the so-called "Holy Roman Empire," culminating in the weak revival of the same system under Hitler and Mussolini during World War II.

Mussolini called his government the reestablishment of the "Holy Roman Empire"! Faucett admits, "The Roman empire did not represent itself as a continuation of Alexanderís; but the Germanic Empire calls itself Ďthe holy Roman empireí" (Critical and Experimental Commentary, Vol. IV, p. 419, emphasis mine). The "Holy Roman Empire" was Germanic, not Italian.

Even the first three kings, overthrown by the "little horn," were "Teutonic" people.

John was told, "The beast that thou sawest was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit [a symbolic "abyss," signifying satanic origin], and go into perdition [so it is the final beast which is ultimately destroyed by Christís return]" (Revelation 17:8).

The leader of this great false church is the FALSE PROPHET of Bible prophecy, the ANTICHRIST!

He is the "little horn" of Daniel. He is the "man of sin" of 2 Thessalonians 2. He is the "abomination of desolation" PERSONIFIED, for he is the one who actually will sit in the temple of God, making the blasphemous claim that he is God!

Remember how God says the image of the beast, the false church, will have satanic power to perform miracles to delude and deceive millions?

Notice! "And then shall that Wicked ["Wicked One," margin] be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming:

"Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

"And will all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish [are perishing]; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

"And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie..." (2 Thessalonians 2:8-11).

The false prophet will be seated in a temple. He will claim to be "divine." He will perform such lying wonders, miracles, and mysterious "signs" that millions will be convinced. They will WORSHIP this man, revere him as if he is VERY GOD!

One of the first things Christ will accomplish immediately following His return to this earth is to destroy this great, lying, pompous, blasphemous false prophet. "And the beast was taken [arrested caught], and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone" (Revelation 19:19-21).

What to Watch For

In summary, then, Christ specifically said this great "Abomination to God that will cause terrible destruction and desolation," will stand in the holy place, where it ought not!

The temple still stood when Christ uttered those words. His listeners knew exactly to which part of the temple He referred: the innermost part of the temple, called the "holy place," which was the place of the priestsí daily offerings, and the "holy of holies," behind the vail, into which the high priest entered only once each year, on the Day of Atonement.

Paul clearly said the "man of sin" would sit "in the temple of God."

But today, there is no temple in Jerusalem.

Yet, major international tensions occur when enthusiastic Zionist Jews march to the temple walls, attempting to lay a symbolic corner stone for the building of another TEMPLE!

The virulent hatred of the Arabs toward the Jews is partly rooted in the intention of many right-wing Jewish sects to destroy the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aksa Mosque, to make way for the building of another Jewish temple.

When such a temple is built, you should be aware that the final events depicted in this article are VERY NEAR!

Consider: Such an event would probably unite the Arab nations as no other single event. A great war could break out in the Mideast a war in which chemical, and even nuclear weapons might be used, for the Arabs might have witnessed the destruction of two of their most revered mosques, holy places to all Islam.

They might unite, as never before, and their leader would probably be the "king of the south" of Daniel 11:40-45.

To "push at" the "king of the north," who we believe to be the "beast" power, or a United Europe, this Arab leader might cut off all energy to Europe! This would bring an immediate military response as Danielís 11th chapter shows.

If you see a ten-nation combine in Europe, probably called "The United States of Europe," shockingly, suddenly intervene in the Mideast; if you see the head of the great universal church declare that he is going to MOVE THE VATICAN TO JERUSALEM that the "one true church" is going to go back to its BIRTHPLACE; if you see him declaring that Jerusalem should become a corpus separatum, or open, internationalized city, exempt from military action, and then GO THERE HIMSELF TO INSURE IT; if you see miracles performed; major churches, including some state churches returning to the fold of their mother; if you see this man making great and pompous statements, accepting the acclamation of MILLIONS as the man WHO SAVED THE WORLD FROM NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION; if you see him revered almost like Christ, acclaimed as if he were "God," then BE WARNED!

For, when you see such things happening you should know that the Great Tribulation IS BEGINNING!

Should a famous statue that millions have kissed a blackened bronze statue of a figure with a strangely Byzantine or Grecian cast, one who is supposedly the "Peter" of Rome be moved inside the temple; should this man himself ensconce himself inside the temple, then you will have seen the ABOMINATION SET IN PLACE; and horrifying, unimaginable DESTRUCTION will immediately follow!

The consequences of all this to Americans, Britons, Australians, Canadians, South Africans, the democracies of Northwestern Europe, are unimaginable!

May God help those whose minds are opened to understand, as Christ said. May God help you to call upon Him for the changes you KNOW you need to make in your life, to repent of sins, to call upon Christ as Savior, and to become a part of His own body, the spiritual organism that is His true church!

Christ said "many are called, but few are chosen." Has God called you? Is it an accident you have read these words of witness and warning? Or is God Himself working in your life for a purpose? Think about it. Then, pray about it, while there is still time.


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