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Where Will The Antichrist Come From

Before you read: This article is part of a larger series that builds on itself from the foundation up, with each study building on the last. If something in this article does not make sense to you or if you believe it to be incorrect please be sure you have read over the entire course before passing your final judgment. Also be sure to visit this page’s FAQ And Objections

Every time there is a new political figure introduced there are people that label them as THE antichrist. It doesn’t matter where they are from, what nation they represent, or what they do. In fact, people attempt to stretch the truth so far that they develop conspiracy theories that “prove” they are right.

Prophecy in the Bible is not always clear when it hasn’t yet been fulfilled. But it is always 100% correct when you look back on it. So I am not going to tell you that I know exactly what is going to happen and how. But I can tell you what the Bible DOES make clear.

Where Is The Antichrist From

The first thing we are going to ask is where does the antichrist come from? The Bible does actually give us this information in a very clear way.

Isaiah 10:5

5 O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.

Isaiah 10:23-25

23 For the Lord God of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land. 24 Therefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, 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. 25 For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.

Isaiah 14:25-26

25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders. 26 This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.

Isaiah 30:30-31

30 And the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones. 31 For through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod.

Old Assyria

From the scriptures we can see for certain that the antichrist is Assyrian. The old Assyrian homeland include today’s northern Iraq, southeastern Turkey, northwestern Iran and northeastern Syria. So we can know for certain that at least he is of Assyrian decent.

The scriptures also tell us in Daniel 11 that he is going to be a “king from the north.” So despite the political opinion of many the president of the USA will not be the antichrist, nor will anyone in the royal family, or the European union. The antichrist will be from Assyria. So he is from today’s northern Iraq, southeastern Turkey, northwestern Iran or northeastern Syria.

I’m sure some are wondering how this can be when Daniel 9 says he comes from the people that destroy the city and the sanctuary. Those people were obviously the Romans that did this in 70ad. What you have to remember though is that Rome was made up of people of many different nations. If you study the history of it deeply you discover the Romans sent to destroy it were from Syria.

How Can We Know Who The Antichrist Is

2 Thesolonians 2:3-4

3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 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, shewing himself that he is God.

As we continue to study this man I think it’s good to stop here and ask an important question. How will the antichrist be revealed? We can (and will) learn how he comes to power, where he is from, and know what he is like. But, we must avoid the temptation to label any leader from these places as the antichrist just because of their location.

There are many leaders who come and go. There are always changes in government. But not every political leader is the antichrist.

Daniel 9:27

27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Matthew 24:15

15 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:)

This abomination of desolation is the one thing that will finally reveal who the antichrist is. Everything else may give us clues. But only this will be the actual unveiling of the antichrist.

The Mystery Of Iniquity

2 Thesolonians 2:7-10

7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

Even in the days when the Bible was being written Satan was working towards bringing this man on the scene. He has been plotting and sowing iniquity in people for a long time. He has been preparing the world to accept the rule of this man of sin.

But in verse 7 we read that he is being restrained. There is something blocking him from coming on the scene and it will continue to do so until it is gone.

Michael

Daniel 10:20-21

20 Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come. 21 But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.

In Daniel we discover what witholds. Gabriel and Michael are two angels that the Bible tells us have been fighting against the progression of these things.

When Gabriel is taken out of the way the prince of Grecia comes. And if you read the prophecy given to Daniel 2 that tells us what world empires come you will know that only one is left. When Michael is taken out of the way the next prince will come. That next prince will be the antichrist. So Michael is the one that is currently witholding.

What Is The Antichrist Like

Daniel 8:23-25

23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. 24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. 25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

This man will have a fierce countenance. Meaning he is going to look powerful and aggressive. He is someone that looks like they belong in charge. His ability to understand dark sentences means he will be incredibly intelligent.

But what is interesting is that in verse 24 we read that even though he is powerful it will be “borrowed” power.

Revelation 17:12-13

12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

While Revelation is a book we will cover in detail at another time it’s important to know that it speaks here of others giving power to the antichrist as mentioned in Daniel. With this power he will destroy, prosper, and practice (get better and better at destroying). He will also implement policy that will improve and prosper industry and wealth.

He will use peace as a weapon. If you wonder how peace can be a weapon consider a nation at peace with you. They have no need for an army, no need for weapons, and no need to fear. By peace they feel secure and let their guard down. Then they are destroyed by surprise.

How Does Antichrist Come To Power

Another clue in helping us to identify the antichrist is knowing how he will come to power.

Daniel 11:21

21 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.

Not given the honour could be understood as not GIVEN the nation through normal means such as election. He will still obtain the kingdom by appearing peaceful and flattering people.

Daniel 11:22

22 And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant.

The “they” spoken of are the people of the kingdom. Or in other words through military force their current government will be removed. Even the rightful ruler. Now, how can he come in peacefully AND through military force?

Daniel 11:23

23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.

This is how he can come in peace and yet also through force. He will make a league with a small number of people. He will flatter them, and lie to them. Thus making them want him in charge and they will take over the government. This is how he takes over. He lets THEM attack and then THEY put him in charge. He never has to lead a force. He simply sits back and lets them do it.

Daniel 11:24

24 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers’ fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.

He will “spread the wealth” and for a while he will rule while thinking about how he will take down other nations. Daniel 11 continues giving us a play by play on the military exploits of this man. But at some point during all of this he will confirm a 7 year covenant with many people.

Daniel 9:27

27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Daniel 11:28

28 Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land.

The Bible calls this “the Holy Covenant.” At the time Daniel was writing there was only one Holy Covenant. This included the temple and sacrifice. At the time of writing this study no temple and no sacrifice currently exists in Israel. But they will exist and the antichrist will confirm them. We will talk more about this in a future study.

For now we can be confident in knowing the geographical area he comes from and the way in which he comes to power. In our next study we will continue to explore this man of sin. There are still many questions to answer.

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