SIGNS OF THE END OF TIMES:

 

THE AMERICAN - ASSYRIAN ANTICHRIST

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ANTICHRIST  LINEAGE

NOAH begot SHEM (Founded City of Ashur in the land called Assyria)

NOAH begot HAM (Cursed by Noah and fell upon his son CANAAN) .

HAM begot CUSH, PUT and CANAAN.

CUSH begot NIMROD (Built Nineveh in Assyria; Offshoot of Babylon).

CANAAN (means “Merchant”) begot SIDON (as in Tyre and Sidon) and the race of the Canaanites.

“From you, oh Ninevah, has come forth one who plots evil against the Lord and counsels wickedness”, Nahum 1:11.  The Assyrian people live in the Ninevah plains.  The Ninevah plains are near the modern city of Mosul in northern Iraq.

THE TEN ISLAMIC KINGS:   The 10 Islamic kingdoms may include Syria, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, Libya, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  The Assyrians may be the eleventh horn of the beast of Daniel 7 to rise among the ten kings already in power. 

THE LITTLE HORN / ANTICHRIST:  Daniel 8:8-14  The “Little Horn” (Antiochus Sotor; son of Seleucus, one of the 4 Greek generals under Alexander the Great, 221 B.C.) establishes the Seleucid Empire (lineage of the antichrist, epitomized by Antiochus IV Epiphanes, ruler of the Assyrian Empire).

ANTIOCHUS IV EPIPHANES (the prototype of the antichrist), a Greco-Roman ruler, ruled the empire of Assyria (aka land of Nimrod) and performed the abomination of desolation on the temple altar in 165 B.C.

DANIEL 8:8-14  describes the Little Horn as the antichrist in the last days / end of the age.  Verse 13 then asks the question: “How long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifices and the transgression of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?”  Verse 14 answers by saying: “And He said to me ‘2300 days (2300 prophetic years), then the sanctuary shall be cleansed’ “.  Question:  Is the cleansing of the temple that of a physical or spiritual nature?

 

2300 Days, Interpretation  #1:

281 B.C. Antiochus 1 Soter (meaning Savior), the “little horn” of Dan. 8:8, took the throne and started the Seleucid Empire in 281 B.C. + 2300 Days / Years  =  2018 A.D (the start of the 70th 50-year Jubilee from when the Hebrews entered the Promised Land). 

Incidentally, 2018 A.D will also be 70 years from the time Israel became a nation again as prophesied by Ezekiel (Ezek. 37) and Daniel (Dan.9:24-27) and 50 years from the time Jerusalem was recaptured by Israel, to culminate in the year of Jubilee in 2018 A.D.

 So if the prophecy of Dan. 8 is pointing to the heritage of the antichrist, it is indicating that he will be a Roman of Greek heritage.  On the other hand, he will also be a ruler stemming from the lineage of the Seleucid Empire in the land of Assyria.  Antiochus IV Epiphanes ruled Assyria as a Greek who Hellenized all he ruled in commercial apostasy. 

Revelation 18 records how commercial exploitations are consumed by fiery judgment at the close of this age.  Zech. 14:21 states “in that day (i.e. the Millennial reign) there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord of Hosts”.   Commercialism abides within the “curse of Canaan” with religious overtones of apostasy when religion is mixed with commercialism.

This is precisely why there is a distinguishing between the “religious Babylon” of Rev. 17 and “commercial Babylon” mentioned in Rev. 18. 

Assyria is referred to as “the land of Nimrod” (Micah 5:6).  The prophet Micah refers to this final conqueror as “the Assyrian”.  The “remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples and thus He (Messiah) shall deliver us from the Assyrian when he (the Assyrian) comes into our land when he treads within our borders”.  Therefore Nimrod’s connection with the antichrist is altogether possible.  In both Daniel 8 and 11 the Assyrian Antiochus merges almost imperceptibly into the final antichrist. 

Daniel 10:13 refers to “the prince of Persia” who is juxtaposed with the “prince of Greece” in Daniel 10:20.  Persia is in point of fact Assyria; and with the USA now in Assyria (northern Iraq).  The US  might find that a bit disconcerting as a final world empire, with its lineage from the Greco-Roman heritage, now ruling the land of Nimrod / Assyria.

In Isaiah 10:5,12,24 the antichrist is called “the Assyrian”.  In the time of Israel, Assyria included Babylonia.  In other places, the antichrist is termed “the king of the North” (Jer. 1:14, Ezek.26:7) referring to a term meaning Assyria in Scripture.  This term is to be distinguished from “the uttermost parts of the North”, as in Ezek. 38:6,15 and 39:2. 

So the antichrist will be the king / RULER of Assyria / Persia, which of old was the dominion of Seleucus (the little horn), who gained the eastern part of the empire from Alexander.  Many eschatological writers make a cardinal error regarding the Assyrian antichrist.  They see a literal ethnic Assyria, which dissolves into a fundamental misunderstanding of the identity of the little horn; who is actually Greek in heritage, but ruler of the Assyrian empire.

Daniel 8:7-14 emphasizes the little horn / antichrist, who will even exalt himself; and by him the daily sacrifices will be taken away and the place of his sanctuary will be cast down because of his transgression.  This refers to the sacrifices of praise and commitment to God, not blood sacrifices. The Messiah has satisfied the requirement for blood sacrifices.  See DANIEL 9:27 Hebrew Transliteration and English Equivalents - GRAMMER DIAGRAM CHART   and   Ezekiel’s Temple

After 2300 days / years the sanctuary shall be cleansed:

The lineage of the antichrist is initiated with the institution of the Seleucid Empire in 281 B.C.  Note: 281 B.C. plus 2300 years = 2018 A.D., at which time the sanctuary of God will be cleansed and the Millennial Kingdom will start.  This is the end of 2300 years, culminated by the 7-year tribulation period and the beginning of the 70th 50-year Jubilee aka Millennial Kingdom. 

 

The little horn speaks pompous words until, by the intervention of the Ancient of Days, the Son of Man comes in the clouds of heaven … “then to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom” (Dan. 7:14).


2300 Days, Interpretation  #2:

Antiochus IV Epiphanes  (8th in Seleucid Empire lineage) of the little horn in Dan. 8:8 is the one who performed the “Abomination of Desolation” on the temple alter, and persecuted the Jews 2300 days from 171 B.C. to Dec. 25th 165 B.C.; at which time Judas Maccabeus restored (aka rededication) the temple to worship 75 days after the Feast of Tabernacles – now celebrated as Hanukkah or the Feast of Dedication.


2300 Days, Interpretation  #3:

The 4th empire in Daniel’s vision catapults us into the 70th week of Daniel 9:24-27:

2300 days Cleansing the Sanctuary +10 day Armageddon  +7 months (210) Removing Bodies

 

0 ===================== 3.5 years ==================== 7 Years

/            1260 days                   /                      (1260 days)             \  2520 days

0 ====== Cleansing the Sanctuary =========== 2300 +10 +210 = 2520 days

2300 days Cleansing the Sanctuary +10 day Armageddon  +7 months (210) Removing Bodies

                                            Dan.  9:14   6.4 (2300 days) years  + 7 Months   Ezek. 39:12

 

 

10/ 2011 ================ 4/ 2015 ========== 2/ 2018 - 3/ 2018 - 10/ 2018

                               7-Year “Tribulation Period”         ( 2300   +10  +210 )

 
The final manifestation of the Gentile world power is pitted in battle against the people, the saints of the Most High for “a time, times and a half a time” (Dan. 7:25; 12:7 and Rev.13:2).

The 4th beast of Daniel 9, is a logical progression of the Roman Empire.  The 4th beast is the 4th kingdom on earth, which dominates the king/kingdom principle and calls attention to the ultimate beast-nation; it will be headed by the antichrist-beast.  The 4th beast is representative of the power of all the kingdoms of this world.  As noted in Daniel 9:2,34-35 the 4th beast will fill the whole earth and, as Rev.13:1-2 states, “all the world marveled and followed the beast”.

The 4th beast is a composite expression of latter-day world power.  It is tri-partite in nature of an apostate religion (Rev. 17), commercial exploitation (Rev.18) and political power (Rev.19).  All characteristics of  Ham, Cush, Canaan and Nimrod will be found therein.

So who is the “Assyrian”?  This is merely a title representative of the antichrist’s leadership in the Assyrian region (the land of Nimrod) which currently includes Iran and Iraq.  The Assyrian referred to by Isaiah 14 and Micah 5:7 is in fact the antichrist.  The Assyrian is a false messiah attempting to betray and destroy Israel, but the true Messiah will save Israel.  In the end, the Assyrian will be destroyed by the mouth of the Messiah at the end of the “Day of the Lord”.

Daniel 12:6b asks:  “How long shall it be ‘til the end of these wonders?”  He is given the answer: “for a time, times, and half a time (3 ½ years) and all these things shall be finished.”  “From the time of the daily sacrifice shall be taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up there shall be 1,290 days.  Blessed is he who waits and comes to 1,335 days.”

It is interesting to note that the abomination of the Dome of the Rock mosque on the temple mount site which was built in 683 A.D. plus the 1335 days referred to by Daniel (12:12) culminate in the year 2018 A.D.

The Assyrian antichrist is mentioned 13 times in Scripture, such as Micah 5:5-6, Ezek. 31:3, Is. 23:13; 30:31; 31:8; 52:4 and Zech.10:11.  In summation, the antichrist is the Assyrian but he is likewise known as: the king of Babylon, king of Tyre, the willful king, the little horn, the beast, the prince who is to come, and the antichrist.  He is the prince of the people who shall destroy the city and the sanctuary (naos; spiritual temple).  The Assyrian of the last days bears the mark of Nimrod, a mighty hunter, bold against the Lord. 

And it is at this time that “this one” will return (the Messiah of Israel – for “the Deliverer shall come forth out of Zion and He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob”, Rom.11:26) … “thus He shall deliver us from the Assyrian when he comes into our land and when he treads within our borders”  Micah 5:6b.

APOSTASY: There is a great apostasy among Protestants, who are desperately in need of a practical holiness.  This is the indispensible condition for meeting the Lord in peace when He comes.

Paul, in II Thess. Chapter  2 also refers to the antichrist as “the son of perdition” or “man of sin” who “sits as god in the temple (Gk. naos) showing himself that he is god” (II Thess. 2:4).  Note:  The temple buildings are referred to in Hebrew as hieron, whereas the spiritual temple is referred to as naos in Greek.

Note:  The antichrist is not sitting in a physical temple (hieron); but rather he is sitting in the temple (naos) of the spiritual hearts and minds of men spreading his apostasy.

It is important to note here that blood sacrifices have been satisfied by the blood of Christ who was slain “once for all” (Heb. 10:10) and it is the sacrifices of praise and commitment to God that the antichrist seeks to “cause to cease, as noted in Dan. 9:24-27.

See:  DANIEL 9:27 Hebrew Transliteration and English Equivalents - GRAMMER DIAGRAM CHART   and   Ezekiel’s Temple website page


John’s Heavenly Temple of Rev. 21 and 22

And Ezekiel 41 through 48

John, in Rev. 21, goes on to describe the new heavens and the new earth with the “New Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven prepared as a bride for her husband”.  John describes a voice out of heaven saying “Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He shall dwell with them and they shall be His people and God Himself shall dwell with them and shall be their God and there shall be no more death.”  (Rev. 21:1-3)

John then describes in Rev. 21:10 how he is carried away and shown a great city, the Holy Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God.  “And [it] had a great wall and 12 gates and at the gates 12 angels the names written thereon are the names of the 12 tribes of Israel … and the wall of the city had 12 foundations (12 apostles of the land).  And he that talked with me had a golden rod to measure the city …”.  Upon the description of the completion of the measurements of the city, John immediately states “and I saw no temple therein, the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the light of it; and the city had no need of the sun ... for the glory of God enlightened it, and the Lamb is the light thereof …” (Rev. 21:22-23).

Just as with Ezekiel’s vision, John is given a similar vision of the “water of life proceeding out of the throne of God (Rev. 22:1) from a heavenly Jerusalem. (Rev. 21:10)

“In the midst of the street of it on either side of the river was there the tree of life … and there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and the Lamb shall be in it.“ (Rev. 22:1)

SUMMARY:

Ezekiel states that the “East Gatewill be closed until His (Jesus’) Return.  This East Gate is clearly part of Herod’s reconstructed Temple Mount as it exists today.

Ezekiel’s vision of a new temple is therefore a description of both a physical and a spiritual temple.  The physical temple must be Herod’s temple, as he describes the East Gate being opened (during Jesus’ triumphal entry), and closed until His Return.

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Ezekiel then goes on to describe events after the Year of Jubilee, aka Millennial Kingdom.  Then he describes a heavenly vision of “a river of water flowing out from the door of the house of the Lord eastward giving life”. (Ezek. 47:1)

John is given the similar vision of the water of life proceeding out of the throne of God (Rev. 22:1) from a heavenly Jerusalem. (Rev. 21:10)

The apostle John’s vision of a New heavenly Jerusalem is the same as Ezekiel’s vision of a heavenly Jerusalem with the river of living water flowing out from the throne of God.

“In the midst of the street of it on either side of the river was there the tree of life … and there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and the Lamb shall be in it.”  (Rev. 22:1)

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Ezekiel 48 goes on to describe how the 12 tribes repopulate the lands and how “the sanctuary of the house shall be in the midst thereof.

These 12 tribes could only be the ‘faithful’ 144,000 Jewish remnant who had received the mark of protection from the Lord on their forehead to go through the 7-year ‘Tribulation Period’.

“And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.”  Rev. 21:22

Hermeneutically, the apostle John’s heavenly vision of a New Jerusalem and Ezekiel’s vision of the heavenly sanctuary are one and the same.

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“The LORD is in His holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven …”  Psalm 11:4

“Even He shall build the temple of the LORD; and He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon His throne; and He shall be a priest upon His throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”  Zech. 6:13

 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.  Rev. 21:22

 

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Reference: “Spiritual  vs.  Physical Temple

http://www.feastsofthelord.net/feastoftabernacles/id78.html

 

Reference:  Ezekiel’s Temple

http://www.feastsofthelord.net/feastoftabernacles/id70.html 

 

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