Monday, January 11, 2016

Prophecy Theories Die Hard

I stumbled upon a web site recently which apparently is extremely devoted to a particular "die hard" view of end-time Bible prophecy. The writer seems to be concerned about a growing understanding on the part of some others who hold that the Antichrist will come from the Middle East rather than the more popular modern theory that he will come out of Europe.
Among other things, the writer alleges that the view about the Antichrist's Middle East origin is due to the influence of recent happenings in that part of the world.

While that perhaps could be the case with some, my own understanding of Antichrist's Middle East origin dates back to the early 1980's and was set forth in my little book on "The Little Horn of the Book of Daniel" (pages 72,73,89 etc.)
The very fact that even some Middle East nations are specifically mentioned by name as being conquered by the Antichrist is indicative of his center of operation (See Daniel 11:42, 43 where Egypt, Lybia, and Ethiopia are specified).
Three other Middle East nations are said to "escape out of his hand" (Daniel 11:41, Moab, Edom, and Ammon, which are now Jordan).
Daniel chapter 11:21-45 reveals that he will conquer "many countries" in the Middle East area, but he will also have considerable opposition (Daniel 11:32-35).
While the "European" theory has been made popular by several modern "prophecy teachers," books such as "Left Behind," and "study Bibles," it is significant that not a single European nation is mentioned by name in the book of Daniel. The Scriptures in Daniel focus on the Antichrist's activity in the Middle East if we must judge by what nations are mentioned by name.
One has to have a very expansive imagination to come up with a European Antichrist in the book of Daniel.
--Bob L. Ross
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