scriptural characteristics of the great Usurper
A messianic politician who galvinises world Jewry,
after Israel's dramatic deliverance from her foes - the as yet
unfulfilled prophecy of Gog and Magog. (Ezk.38-39; Jer.30.7-9)
A neo-imperial leader in Europe - the revivified
Empire, politically reunited under a single currency, founded
in the Treaty of Rome. 'We do not want another committee, we have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all the people, and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and be he god or devil, we will receive him.'
Henri Spaak, a founding father of EU.
A chilling foretaste of the image of the beast? Erdogan's hologram broadcast adulated
Yet, rather than just be a Napoleon, Hitler or Pol Pot like figure, he must alsobe Jewish -
Gentiles might well be seduced by a Jew, but would rabbinic Jews
ever be persuaded to worship a Gentile?
Comes from a background in a relatively small Gentile land (Dan.11.23).
A pretender to the line of David, perhaps from the tribe of Dan
(Gen.49.17; Num 2.25,29; Judg.18.30-31; Rev.7.5-8).
A consummate flatterer and wily charmer (Dan. 11.21; 2 Sam.14.25,
15.2-6). Makes peace, yet holds devastating power to
destroy (Dan.11.21, 25, 40; Rev.13.4).
Exploits the timing of the rebuilding of the 4th
temple, and is specifically linked with the cessation of
offerings there (Dan.8.13-4*, 9.27 11.31*)
He comes to be primarily seated in what is now Istanbul -
Constantine's 7-hilled, second Rome (Rev.13.1, 17.9). (John Gill
recognised its significance)
Is this the healing of the wounded head - the restoration of the
Capital to Rome - the reunification of Empire?
An innovative and creative
syncretist (Deut 13.1-3; Dan.11.37*)
Uniter of East and West, Sun and Moon worship.
Usurper of the aspirations of every faith - Shi'ite muslims,
rabbinic Jews, and both traditional and apostate Protestant
Christians especially (Matt.24.24)
Yet a ruthless zealot who
crushes all opposition - the removal of the Pontifex
Maximus paves the constitutional path for his own
'deification' (Dan. 11.36; 2 Thss.2.4,6-7; Rev.17.16).
An opponent of the Holy Covenant - the Gospel and its foundation
in the land
with Abraham. (Dan.11.30,32*)
A virulent, gnostic opponent of the true Manhood of Yeshua the
Messiah (1 Jn.4.3, 2.22; 2 Jn.1.7).
Perhaps originating from a near economic meltdown, appearing initially without a proper
'Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of
the kingdom: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in
anger, nor in battle.
And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall
not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably,
and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.' (Dan.11.20-21)
A subverter of holiness and of Torah, in the
name of Torah, like Sevi.
The man of lawlessness - perhaps a militant homosexual (2
Accompanied by an 'Elijah', as
Sabbatai Sevi was, playing Nathan of Gaza's crucial role (Rev.13.11-13).
A worker, with his prophet, of persuasive sign miracles, by which
many will be entranced (2 Thess.2.9; Matt.24.24; Rev.13.13,14;
Perhaps along the spiritist-hypnotist line of Derren
The placer of the Abomination that
renders barren (a seducing idol in the character of
Nebuchadnezzar's image of gold, at Dura but far more persuasive)
ultimately in the inner temple itself, (Matt.24.15).