Will The Anti-Christ Be A Muslim? And What Is the Synagogue Of Satan?
By Rick Gedeon
Today many in traditional Christianity, especially in Evangelical Christianity are now growing in the belief that the anti-Christ will be a Muslim with a widely held view that the false prophet will appear on the scene at the end of the age, pawning himself off as the returning Jesus Christ who will confess that he was not the Messiah, and that Muhammad was truly the prophet of Allah, and will then seduce the world into worshipping a powerful Muslim leader(anti-Christ) who will then wreak havoc on the Jews and the post Christian world as well as the saints of God just before the real return of Jesus Christ. This movement is spearheaded by conservitive traditional Christians such as Joel Richardson, and Jack Van Impe, after his miserable Mayan "end of the world calandar date" Rapture on December 21, 2012 flopped, and he slithered out of it, jumped on this new "sexy" traditional Christian end time prophecy of who the Anti-Christ will be. They always seem to pick out the ever new emerging bogeyman that is the worlds new threat, cast it as the Anti-Christ and cleverly weave it into Bible prophecy to make it look real, and really scary, and then they go on to write books about how it will all unfold, and then sell millions of those books and reap millions of dollars for themselves off the backs of gullable and deceived people. God saw this great deception and atrocity thousands of years ago, and in Ezekiel chapter 34 and verses 1 through 5, God testifies this atrocity to a nation who does not even know its own identity:
And the word of the Lord came to me saying, "Son of man, prophesy to the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, 'thus says the Lord God to the shepherds; "Woe to the shepherds of Israel WHO FEED THEMSELVES! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? "You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaugther the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock. The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost, but with force and cruelty you have ruled them. So they were scattered because their was no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered. my sheep wandered through all the mountains, and on everyhigh hill; yes, My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and no one was seeking or searching for them."
Hal Lindsey has sold over 50 million books since 1969 about how the Soviet Union and the USA, along with a European beast headed by King Juan Carlos of Spain would be involved in his perceived battle of Armageddon in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39. And what was the result? The result is a fat cat life for him and bewilderment and disallusion for millions of his followers when his prophesies failed. What about Tim LaHaye, a radical believer of the pre-tribulation Rapture and his Left Behind series of books that he published in the early 2,000's? The result was a whopping 80 million books sold about a secret Rapture that is not scriptural and will not take place. The result again is a lavish life style for him and a great falling away in the near future for millions when everything they own will be swept out from under them and will be left in un-perceived misery when this pre-tribulation Rapture does not take place. They themselves will have been "left behind" and in their misery will turn from belief and "blaspheme the God of heaven" in doing so. Now there are the "new prophets" who have "got it all figured out!" Joel Richardson is now prohesying that the Anti-Christ will be a great Muslim leader who will lead a revived Ottoman Empire led by the nation of Turkey against Israel in Ezekiel chapter 38 and 39 after the great tribulation, which will include the peoples that once dwelt there such as Assyria, Rosh, Gog, and Magog. And then there are the books that have been streaming out of him to back his prophesies up making him lots of money about another end time scenario that will not come to pass. Even the prior two traditional Christian prophets mentioned before Joel dis-agree with him. He must be trampling on their turf! And what will be the result when his prophesies pass away? They will continue to help erode the belief that there is an all powerfull God and Messiah Jesus Christ. One great flaw in Joel Richardson's prophesies is that he believes that all the above peoples still reside in the area of Asia Minor or Turkey and northern Iraq. One has to remember that all modern peoples and nations descended from Noah and his three sons after the flood CAME FROM THE THE MIDDLE EAST. All nations you see dwelling on all the continents today came from the loins of Noah and his three sons if you say that you believe in your Bible, and many of the peoples that once dwelt in that part of the world have long ago moved on to other parts of the world. The 10 northern tribes of Israel who were not Jewish are gone from Samaria. The Babylonians are now gone from the original land of Shinar. Most of the Assyrians who brutalized the nations of the Middle East are now gone. The descendants of Esau, known as Edom who settled in Bosra and Mount Seir in what is now southwestern Jordan are long gone from that territory. All that's left there is a desolate wilderness and some ancient ruins of the city Bosra and the caves of Petra. Edom long ago has since moved on out of the Middle East, and has himself become a large assembly of people around the world, and is soon going to fulfill the prohecy of his father Jacob and assist the anti-Christ in wreaking havoc on the descendants of his younger brother Jacob who was to suplant him in world greatness near the end of this present evil age. Notice Jacob's prophecy to Esau after Jacob took away his birthright blessing and Esau's reaction to it in Genesis chapter 27 and verses 38 through 40 from the Rotherham's Emphisized Bible:
And Esau said unto his father, but one blessing hast thou, O my father? Bless me also, O my father! Then answered Isaac his father and said unto him. Lo! (away from) the fat parts of the earth shall be thy dwelling, and (away from) the dew of the heavens above; and on thy sword thou shalt live, and thy brother(Jacob) shalt thou serve: But it shall come to pass when thou shalt rove at large then thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck. And Esau lay in wait for Jacob, on account of the blessing wherewith his father had blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, the days of mourning for my father draw near, when I can slay my brother Jacob.
This prophecy concerning Esau's descedants dwelling in dry arid areas of the world was fulfilled in part when Esau and his family-the people of Edom(red) settled in the desolate areas of what is now left of the city of Bosra and Mount Seir, but note again that these original dwelling places of Edom have long been abandoned. Esau and his descendants actually had the tendency to breed like rabbits and intermingle themselves with just about any race of people that was around them from Canaanite women to Ishmaelite woman, and the result at the end of this present evil age is a diverse race of people all over the globe dwelling in the presence of his brother Jacob who has supplanted him in greatness. But note what the prophecy of Jacob says about what this diverse race of people is going to do to his brother in the latter days again in Genesis chapter 27 and verse 40:
...But it shall come to pass when thou shalt rove at large then thou shalt break his(Jacob) yoke from off thy neck.
Notice that above scripture that when Esau is spread out(at large) he will become restless and break free from his brother Jacob's bonds. What nation or nations did the English speaking peoples(Israel) supplant in greatness in wold history that now dwell in the arid and dry places of the earth and have a history of brutality by the sword? Could many of Esau's decsendants be the Spanish speaking peoples of the Earth such as Spain and Mexico as well as many of the people of Turkey? Could Esau's descendants also include many of the peoples of modern day Italy who were once masters of The Roman Empire? Could Esau have become a multitude of nations as his brother Jacob rising to world domination first and then to be supplanted in world greatness by his brother Jacob in these latter times? The point I'm making here is that Esau indeed has also become a multitude of peoples around the world, but when God prohpesies about this people and his continuing hatred toward his brother Jacob in the latter days, what does He refer to Edom as? He refers to Edom many times as Mount Seir and Bosra! Notice this truth first in the book of Amos chapter 1 and verses 11 and 12 from the NKJV:
Thus says the Lord: "For three transgressions of Edom and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, because he pursued his brother with the sword(Jacob), and cast off all pity; his anger tore perpetually, and he kept his wrath forever. BUT I WILL SEND A FIRE UPON TEMAN(Esau's grandson-descendants), WHICH SHALL DEVOUR THE PALACES OF BOSRA."
So here is a prophecy concernining the palaces of Bosra being devoured by fire because the descendants of Esau, in particular here the grandson of Esau's descendants-Teman persued his brother Jacob by the sword because of his never ending hatred and jealosy over his brothers greatness and mastery over him. And the city God uses to describe the destruction of the descendants of Teman who now dwell in modern day Turkey is Bosra in what is now southwestern Jordan, the original settlement of Esau and Edom, a city that has long since disapeared in history. The main point here is that God will use a races original dwelling areas as symbols in Bible prophecy even though that particular race of people has long vacated that area. Other examples are Babylon-a city and kingdom long ago forsaken, Assyria-now mainly Germany, and ancient Samaria or Ephraim for the United States. Peoples and races do grow, and when they do there is that natual instinct to spread out and seek new territories to dwell in because an area of land can get just plain to crowded with the original peoples who dwelt there. Take the example of a house with a husband, wife and five children. When those children grow and marry and have children of their own, do they stay in that same original house? No! It would get to crowded and much strife would ensue between family members. Notice this truth when Abraham and his nephew Lot both became large and prosperous in Genesis chapter 12 and verses 1 through 11:
Then Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him to the South. Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. And he went on his journey from the South as far as Bethal and Ai, to the place of the alter which he had made there at first. And there Abram called on the name of the Lord. Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents. NOW THE LAND WAS NOT ABLE TO SUPPORT THEM, THAT THEY MIGHT DWELL TOGETHER, FOR THEIR POSSESSIONS WERE SO GREAT THAT THEY COULD NOT DWELL TOGETHER, AND THERE WAS STRIFE BETWEEN THE HERDSMAN OF OF ABRAM'S LIVESTOCK AND THE HERDSMEN OF LOT'S LIVESTOCK. THE CANAANITES AND THE PERIZITES THEN DWELT IN THE LAND. So Abram said to Lot, "Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. IS NOT THE WHOLE LAND BEFORE YOU? PLEASE SEPERATE FROM ME. IF YOU TAKE THE LEFT, THEN I WILL GO TO THE RIGHT; OR, IF YOU GO TO THE RIGHT, THEN I WILL GO TO THE LEFT." And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere(before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorah) like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar. Then Lot chose all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. AND THEY SEPERATED FROM EACH OTHER.
When two diferrent peoples squable over a piece of land that they are dwelling in together because they have become to numorous they do one of two things; kill each other off, or one seperates from the other and moves into new lands, and this was the case between Lot and his uncle Abram. Lot later became the father of the children of Ammon and Moab through his two daughters and they dwell today in modern day Jordan. As for Abram, who later God changed to Abraham; well he became the father of many nations-millions upon millions of people all over the globe; a truly astonishing fact that most people in the world are unaware of or deny to this day, even though God plainly promised this to him in the pages of His Word. One more time, let's look at another prophecy of Edom in the latter days concerning a place on earth where his descendants no longer live. Read Ezekiel chapter 35 and verses1 through 9:
Morover the word of the Lord came to me saying, "Son of man, SET YOUR FACE AGAINST MOUNT SEIR(ESAU-EDOM) AND PROPHESY AGAINST IT, and say to it, "Thus says the Lord God: "Behold, O MOUNT SEIR, I am against you; I will stretch out my hand against you, and make you most desolate; I shall lay your cities waste, and you shall be desolate. Then you shall know that I am the Lord. Because you have had an ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to an end, therefore, as I live, says the Lord God, I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; since you have not hated blood, therefore blood shall pursue you. Thus I wil make MOUNT SEIR most desolate, and your cities shall be uninhabited; then you shall know that I am the Lord."
So here again God uses the ancient dwelling of Esau-Mount Seir to symbolically represent the present day Edomites who have long ago vacated that area; who will be blotted out from under heaven at the end of this present evil age for their violent acts against their brother Jacob. Once again, the main point I am trying to drive home is that the ancient peoples of the many lands of the Bible no longer dwell where they did in Old Testament times. Gog, Megog, Rosh, Assyria and other peoples that dwelt in Turkey in Old Testament times have since moved on and have expanded into numerous peoples all over the earth, but God will use their original dwelling places in figurative language concerning end time Bible prophecy.
So what is the answer to the title question above? Will the soon coming post traditional Christian world be seduced by a false prophet to turn the world to Islam and an anti-Christ powerful Muslim leader who will lead this new formed synagogue of Satan against the Jews and true elect of God who are left on the earth before the second coming of Christ? The answer to both scenarios is a resounding no!!! The Anti-Christ Will Be Anti-Every Religion.
Please read and understand that the man who will come on the scene at the end of the age that will lead the most powerful Gentile kingdom that the world will have ever known will be anti-Christ, anti-Islam and Allah, anti-Hindu, anti-Buda, and anti whatever other religion you can think of that will worship God, or false gods other than himself as has been mentioned on other parts of this site. Let Daniel chapter 11 and verses 36 and 37 confirm this:
“Then the king(anti-Christ) shall do according to his own will: HE SHALL EXULT AND MAGNIFY HIMSELF ABOVE EVERY GOD, SHALL SPEAK BLASPHEMIES AGAINST THE GOD OF GODS, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished: for what has been determined shall be done. HE SHALL REGARD NIETHER THE GOD OF HIS FATHERS(TRUE GOD), NOR THE DESIRE OF WOMEN(RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS WHO WORSHIP THESE GODS), FOR HE SHALL EXALT HIMSELF ABOVE THEM ALL.”
The traditional Christian world, especially the physical Israelite nations under the dominion of the anti-Christ are going to get whacked: the first nations to “bear the reproach of the all the nations(Ezek. 5:14-15). The Middle East and the Islamic nations known as the King of the South in the book of Daniel led by Egypt are also going to get whacked, and all other peoples who worship a god under the dominion of the anti-Christ are going to get whacked! Are you one of the many Christians today that believe the anti-Christ will be a radical Muslim? Think again! Read what the Lord God himself is going to do to the ringleader of the Islam nations: Egypt, near the end of this present evil world by this anti-Christ and anti-Muslim leader in Ezekiel chapter 30 starting in verses 1 through 4:
“The word of the Lord again came to me saying “Son of man, prophesy, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Wail, ‘Woe to the day!’ For the day is near; EVEN THE DAY OF THE LORD IS NEAR; IT WILL BE A DAY OF CLOUDS, THE TIME OF THE GENTILES(KINGDOM OF THE ANTI-CHRIST).” THE SWORD SHALL COME UPON EGYPT, AND GREAT ANGUISH SHALL BE IN ETHIOPIA(CUSH). WHEN THE SLAIN FALL IN EGYPT, AND THEY TAKE AWAY HER WEALTH, AND HER FOUNDATIONS ARE BROKEN DOWN.”
There is no doubt by the above words of the living God through Ezekiel that the event that is about to fall upon Egypt and her Islam allies is during the latter days just before the day or year of the Lord’s direct intervention in the affairs of mankind before the return of Jesus Christ. Also notice that God said it would be “the time of the Gentiles” the time when the great Israeli nations such as the U.S. and Britain would no longer be the dominant powers in the world and that it would be the time of the anti-Christ’s ten nation beast kingdom. Jesus spoke of this time in the gospel of Luke chapter 21 and verses 20 through 24:
“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. For these are the days of vengeance, which all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword and be led away captive into all nations. AND JERUSALEM WILL BE TRAMPLED BY GENTILES UNTIL THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES ARE FULFILLED.”
The book of Daniel chapter 12 will also confirm this end time Gentile empire that will wreak havoc in the Middle East as we will later see. Now that it has been shown to you that Egypt will be overthrown by this great end time Gentile empire in the latter days let’s back up to Ezekiel chapter 29 and read the description of this great judgment on the Muslim nation of Egypt which as a witness, will not give up their belief in that religion. They will not be under the dominion of the anti-Christ until they along with other Middle East nations known as the King of the South in Daniel chapter 12:40 until they attack his kingdom(King of the North) and then he will unleash his fury upon these Islam nations as part of God’s judgment on this false and wicked religion. Read verses 1 through 16 of Ezekiel chapter 29:
“In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me saying, “ Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh(symbol of modern day Egyptian leader) king of Egypt, and prophesy against him, and against all Egypt. ‘Speak and say, “Thus says the Lord God: behold I am against you, O Pharaoh, king of Egypt, O great monster who lies in the midst of the rivers (Muslim nations), who has said, ’My River(Kingdom of the South) is my own; I have made it for myself.’ But I will put hooks in your jaws, and cause the fish of your rivers(allies) to stick to your scales; I will bring you up out of the midst of your rivers(United States of Islam), and all the fish in your rivers will stick to your scales(suffer you fate). I will leave you in the wilderness, you and all the fish of your rivers(allies of your kingdom); you shall fall on the open field. You shall not be picked up or gathered. I have given you as food for the beasts of the field and to the birds of the heavens. THEN ALL THE INHABITANTS OF EGYPT SHALL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD(after destroyed will realize who the true God is), because they have been a staff of reed(whip) to the house of Israel. When they took hold of you with the hand(tried to be your allies), you broke and tore all their shoulders; when they leaned on you, you broke and made all their backs quiver. “Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will bring a sword upon you and cut off from you man and beast. And the land of Egypt shall become desolate and waste; then they will know that I am the Lord, because he said, ’The River(United States of Islam) is mine, and I have made it.’ “Indeed therefore, I am against you and against your rivers(allies), and I will make the land utterly waste and desolate, from Migdol to Syene, as far as the border of Ethiopia. Neither the foot of man shall walk through it nor foot of beast pass through it, and it shall be uninhabited for forty years. I will make the land of Egypt desolate in the midst of the desolate countries(Muslim nations around her). And her cities will be in the midst of the cities that are laid waste, her cities shall be desolate forty years; and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them throughout the countries.” ‘Yet, thus says the Lord God: “At the end of forty years(after Christ’s return) I will gather the Egyptians from among the peoples among whom they were scattered. I will bring back the captives of Egypt and cause them to return to the land of Pathros, to the land of their origin, and there they shall be a lowly kingdom. It shall be the lowliest of kingdoms; it shall never again exalt itself above the nations, for I will diminish them so they will not rule over the nations any more.”
Now where will this great battle between the King of the South and the King of the North begin? The Bible tells us plainly in Jeremiah chapter 46 and verses 1 through 12:
The word of the Lord which came to Jeremiah the prohpet against the nations. Against Egypt. Concerning the army of Pharaoh Necho, king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates in Carchemish, and which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated in the forth yearof Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:
"Order the buckler and shield, and draw near to battle! Harness the horses, and mount up, you horsemen! Stand forth with your helmets, polish the spears, put on the armor! Why have I seen them dismayed and turned back? Their mighty ones are beaten down; they have speedily fled, and did not look back, for fear was all around," says the Lord. "Do not let the swift flee away, nor the mighty man escape; they will stumble and fall toward the north, by the river Euphrates. Who is this coming up like a flood, whose waters(allies) move like the rivers? Egypt rises like a flood, and its waters move like the rivers; and he says, 'I will go up and cover the earth, I will destroy the city and its inhabitants.' Come up, O horses, and rage O chariots! And let the mighty men come forth: the Ethiopians and the Lybians who handle the shield, and the Lydians who handle and bend the bow. FOR THIS IS THE DAY OF THE LORD GOD OF HOSTS, A DAY OF VENGEANCE, THAT HE MAY AVENGE HIMSELF ON HIS ADVERSARIES. The sword shall devour; it shall be satisfied and made drunk with their blood; for the Lord god of hosts has a sacrifice IN THE NORTH COUNTRY BY THE RIVER EURPHRATES. Go up to Gilead and take balm, o virgin, the daughter of Egypt; in vain you will use many medicines; you shall not be cured. The nations have heard of your shame, and your cry has filled the land; for the mighty man has stumbled against the mighty; they both have fallen together."
Note again that the time of this punishment on Egypt it will be at the end of this present age near THE DAY OF THE LORD, and not only will she be punished; it is made quite clear by God that her allies will be destroyed also. Now on to Ezekiel chapter 30 and verses 1 through 9:
"WAIL, ‘WOE TO THE DAY! FOR THE DAY IS NEAR, EVEN THE DAY OF THE LORD IS NEAR; IT WILL BE A DAY OF CLOUDS, THE TIME OF THE GENTILES. The sword shall come upon Egypt, and great anguish shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain fall in Egypt, and they take away her wealth, and her foundations are broken down. Ethiopia, Libya, Lidya, all the mingled people, Chub, and the men of the lands who are allied, shall fall with them by the sword. ‘Thus says the Lord: “Those who uphold Egypt shall fall, and the pride of her power shall come down. From Migdol to Syene those with her shall fall by the sword,” says the Lord God. “They shall be desolate in the midst of the desolate countries, and her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are laid waste. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I have set a fire in Egypt and all her helpers are destroyed. On that day messengers shall go forth from Me in ships to make the careless Ethiopians afraid, and great anguish shall come upon them, as on the day of Egypt; for indeed it is coming!”
You can also read about Egypt and The king of the South’s demise in Isaiah chapters 19 and verses 1 through 15. Now it truly amazes me that just a few days ago, from the beginning of the writing of this article, that the newly elected president of Egypt after helping settle a cease fire between Israel(Judah) and the Hamas Palestinian leaders, that he rewarded himself by declaring sweeping changes in that he took it upon himself to expand the powers of his presidency to that of basically a dictator. What was the response of the people who elected him? They protested and many rioted and branded the president with the name of Pharaoh! Interesting indeed, for God also brands this end time leader of the King of the South also in Ezekiel chapters 29 through 32 as Pharaoh. The leader of the King of the South will reside in Egypt, and will be a dictator like the anti-Christ, but he is identified by God as a Pharaoh(supreme ruler). Read what God again is going to do to Pharaoh, Egypt and the Islam nations under his control in the latter days at the hand of the anti-Christ’s beast kingdom in Daniel chapter 11 and verses 40 through 43:
“At the time of the end(end of the age) the King of the South(United States of Islam led by Egypt) shall attack him(beast kingdom), and the King of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horseman, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown, but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon. He shall stretch out his hand against the countries(United States of Islam), AND THE LAND OF EGYPT SHALL NOT ESCAPE. HE SHALL HAVE POWER OVER THE TREASURES OF GOLD AND SILVER, AND OVER ALL THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF EGYPT; the Libyans and Ethiopia shall also follow at his heels.”
Notice here the one named country of many that are going to be overthrown will be the ringleader of this end time Muslim kingdom and that is Egypt. There will be a great slaughter in the Middle East, as this will be the time of the great tribulation, and God will use this anti-Christ leader(king of Babylon or Assyria) to judge and bring down the Muslim nations in the Middle East, and thus the writer here is boldly condemning any prophesy that the anti-Christ will be a Muslim leader.
Synagogue of Satan Revealed
To understand who or what the Synagogue of Satan is you need to analyze the scriptures where it is first mentioned in the message to the church of Smyrna in Revelation chapter 2 and verses 8 through 11, and this will give you the key to understand what the synagogue of Satan will be like in the last days mentioned in revelation chapter 3 and verses 7 through 13 in Christ’s message to the church of Philadelphia, and what kind of worship it will entail toward this anti-Christ. Read the message to the church of Smyrna starting in in Rev. 2:8 and 9:
“And to the angel of the church of Smyrna write, “These things says the First and the Last, who was dead and came to life: “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty, (but you are rich); AND I KNOW THE BLASPHEMY OF THOSE WHO SAY THEY ARE JEWS, AND ARE NOT, BUT ARE A SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN.”
The church of Smyrna is the second mentioned church of seven in Revelation chapters 2 and 3, and most Bible scholars believe the first church mentioned-the church of Ephesus was the church of the apostolic age up until the time of the death of the apostle John. Now lets analyze the first trait of the church of Smyrna above. Jesus says that they will be persecuted, and that they will suffer tribulation and death or martyrdom. Now this is the key trait that will reveal the identity of who the synagogue of Satan was at this early stage of Christianity, for this group of people obviously were the ones who were persecuting these early Christians after the age of Ephesus. Let’s read Rev. 2:9-10 to confirm this persecution:
“Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
Jesus is plainly telling this church that they are going to suffer tribulation to the point of death at the hands of the devil, and obviously those of his synagogue would be responsible for carrying it out. When did Christians start to get persecuted and killed, and by whom after the apostolic age of Ephesus? If we know the answer, then we can finger the synagogue of Satan who persecuted them, and what kind of worship they were involved in which will return near the end of this present evil age. The answer to the question of who persecuted and put to death many of the saints of God of the church of Smyrna were Roman Emperors, beginning with Nero and ending with Diocletian, who were considered by then to be gods by the Roman politicians/priests who ruled over the common peoples, and who along with these people they ruled over worshipped gods in the likeness of men. It is none other than the ancient mystery religion of Babylon that found its way to Egypt, then to Greece and finally to Rome: basically the same gods but with different names. Let me clearly note that at the time of these persecutions, the Catholic church who mixed these Babylonian gods and their worship beliefs and rituals with the true God and Christ was not formed yet. It would not come into full being until after Constantine came into power. THE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN WHO PERSECUTED THE CHURCH OF SMYRNA WERE EMPEROR WORSHIPERS AND WORSHIPPERS OF GODS IN THE LIKENESS OF MEN, THE MOST SIMPLEST AND PRIMITIVE FORM OF THE ANCIENT BABYLONIAN MYSTERY REIGION, AND IN THE LATTER DAYS THERE WILL BE A RETURN OF WICKED EMPEROR WORSHIP WHEN THE BEAST AND THE FALSE PROPHET COME ON THE SCENE. THE ANTI-CHRIST WILL WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH THE NAME OF JESUS(ANTI-CHRIST) NOR ANYTHING TO DO WITH ALLAH “FOR HE WILL MAGNIFY HIMSELF ABOVE THEM ALL.” HE WILL WIPE OUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AS NOTED IN REVELATION CHAPTER 17 AND VERSES 15 THROUGH 17 AND ATTEMPT TO DESTROY THE SAINTS OF GOD:
Then he(angel) said to me, “The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, THESE WILL HATE THE HARLOT, MAKE HER DESOLATE AND NAKED, EAT HER FLESH AND BURN HER WITH FIRE. FOR GOD HAS PUT IT INTO THEIR HEARTS TO FULFILL HIS PURPOSE, TO BE OF ONE MIND, AND TO GIVE THEIR KINGDOM TO THE BEAST, UNTIL THE WORDS OF GOD ARE FULLFILLED.”
During the Christian persecutions of the church of Smyrna the one who professed Christ and was brought before the Roman authorities were given the opportunity to renounce their faith in Jesus and to prove their loyalty to the Emperor by offering a gift or incense, often to the image of the Roman emperor and swear allegiance to him as the supreme god. Many did not and they suffered horrendous deaths at the hands of these man-god worshipers as Christ prophesied they would. Some recanted their faith and were spared. It is believed by many Bible scholars that it was Emperor Diocletian, the most ruthless Christian persecutor who ruled the empire from 284 to 295 AD who was responsible for the 10 day/year prophecy of Smyrna’s persecution prophesied by Christ. The Roman Emperors who persecuted and martyred those of this rising sect felt that they were a threat to the stability of the Empire for the Emperor-god cult worship was believed to bring stability, unity, and order to the Roman Empire. This Babylonian mystery religion, again primarily the worship of men as gods originated over 4,000 years ago when Babylonian Queen Semiramis deified herself as the queen of heaven when she became pregnant after her son-husband Nimrod was killed. This wicked harlot claimed that he ascended into heaven as the sun god and miraculously impregnated her with the child she was carrying, and this son was Tamuz, proclaimed by her mother to be “the son of god,” thus completing the original trinity godhead mystery religion that is now ensnared into traditional Christianity as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit-three co-equal gods in one. It is definitely a mystery, for even the most famed Christian Bible scholars cannot explain this concept. The apostle Paul was well aware of this mystery religion, for it existed all around him in the Roman world in his lifetime, and he knew the roots of it when he testified of these corrupters of the “Incorruptible God” in Romans chapter 1 and verses 18 through 28. Many attribute these scriptures to the modern day sinner, but if you notice the context of these scriptures, they are written in past tense to a group of people who knew the existence of the one supreme God but because of their lust for power and control over the masses suppressed this truth:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what is known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they(not you) are without excuse, because although they knew God(past tense), they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God INTO AN IMAGE LIKE CORRUPTIBLE MAN(BABYLON, GREECE, AND ROME)-and birds and four footed animals and creeping things(Egypt and the Middle East). Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lust of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the creator who is blessed forever, Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;…"
Once they threw out or suppressed the truth of the existence of the living God soon also gone was the knowledge of the righteousness of God, and they quickly lost any morality they had and gave themselves over to their carnal fleshly sinful nature and became morally bankrupt, and the same thing is happening today as we continue to march deeper into secularism and progressivism, blowing off the existence of an “incorruptible God” and falling deeper into immoral filth and lawlessness. Once again, the synagogue of Satan will not be the Catholic church or Islam, but it will be the corrupt direct worship of corruptible men who will be empowered by Satan.
Synagogue Of Satan Soon To Return
As I’m writing this article, it is now a fact that one third of those 30 years and younger in the United States have no affiliation with any religion, and over in Europe, once known as the “Cradle of Christianity,” it is now basically completely secular and Christianity is basically dead. On top of this the United States is on the verge of an economic collapse that will be unrivaled in modern history. The President has said today, Dec. 5th, 2012 that he will raise the U.S. debt ceiling to a staggering mind blowing 18.2 trillion! I just read it off the Drudge Report. What you well may see when the U.S. defaults on its debt and the world drops us as its reserve world currency could be a staggering 50% unemployment rate, an 11,000 point drop in the stock market and a currency that will be utterly worthless with super hyper-inflation. If these things come to pass in this country, what do you think will be the mindset of a generation of people that have been fed with a silver spoon and now have the mindset that they deserve entitlements? All this will be gone! 401ks would be wiped out, public pensions would be consumed, and bonds and treasuries would be worthless. Banks would be forced into “bank holidays” and those with savings would see there savings wiped out. Those receiving entitlements such as Social Security and Welfare would not see another dime of it. The result would be anarchy and riots such as have never been witnessed before. There would be power outages, lack of clean drinking water and mass starvation. On top of this, the U.S. as the worlds biggest consumer of goods would take down the rest of the world with it when it would no longer be able to buy their imported goods, especially China. Yes, this disaster would also wreak havoc on the already teetering economy of the European Union and cause it to collapse. As one economic expert stated in the movie Obama: 2016, if the U.S. economy tanks “there will be no place to run or to hide” in the world from such an economic disaster. And I will also ask this question. What would become of the Christian faith of those in the West if such a great economic catastrophe were to happen? What would become of the Christian faith of well off “God fearing” Westerners when their wealth has been wiped out and they are left destitute, and of those who were banking on a Rapture into heaven to “escape all these things,” and on top of this, natural disasters that are prophesied to strike the earth in the latter days revealed in the first four trumpets in the book of Revelation that will greatly contribute to make life hang in the balance? These God lovers will become God haters and deniers! They will turn away in unbelief, they will fail the test that Jesus said would come upon all that dwell on the earth(Rev. 3:10), and a spiritual vacuum will have been created once millions of people fall away from believing in an almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ, and it will pave the way for a super world leader to come on the scene in a time of world peril and seize upon the misery of many, and with the belief that a Savior is not going to return (2Pet. 3:3), they will willingly give their belief and worship to a man possessed by Satan(Rev. 13:3-4) who will promise them “peace and safety(1Th. 5:3)” and thus the synagogue of Satan will be reborn as testified in Revelation chapter 3 and verses 7 through 10:
“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens: I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept my word, and have not denied my name. INDEED I WILL MAKE THOSE OF THE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN, WHO SAY THEY ARE JEWS AND ARE NOT, BUT LIE-INDEED I WILL MAKE THEM COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOUR FEET, AND TO KNOW THAT I HAVE LOVED YOU. Because you have kept my word to persevere, I also will keep you from the trial(great tribulation) which shall come upon the whole world, to test those that dwell on the earth. Behold I come quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.”
A Great Event In World History To Repeat Itself Once Again?
After the stock market crash in 1929 the American and world economy was devastated, and in 1932 the stock market crashed once again and sent the world economy reeling even deeper into a depression. One of these nations that was profoundly effected was the nation of Germany, in which its currency, the German mark became utterly worthless, and the nation was overrun with super hyper-inflation. How bad was it? A man could be sitting in a restaurant and order a cup of tea that cost 13,000 marks and 20 minutes later, order another cup and the price would shoot up to 13,500 marks! That’s how bad it was. After the 1929 stock market crash millions of Germans began to lose their jobs and by 1932, 6,000,000 Germans, about 1 in 3 were unemployed and brought much misery, depression and loss of national pride and identity, especially after having all the blame of WWI put on them. This second depression which began with the U.S. stock market crash also caused the rise of another event that took place in Germany which would lead to the greatest war of our time. In 1932, before the U.S. stock market crash there were only about 180,000 members of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party, but after this second crash in 1932, Nazi party membership exploded and many other Germans became Nazi sympathizers because of Hitler’s promises to bring the German unemployment rate to 0% and return the German nation to world greatness, and after the 1932 elections the Nazis became the largest party in the German Reichstag with over 37%. Then in 1933, the unthinkable happened when Adolf Hitler was handed the office of Chancellor of Germany. He then quickly took action and had the Reichstag(German Parliament) burned to the ground, then blamed it on the Communists, and took sweeping powers upon himself to make him sole ruler or dictator over the German nation. He then quickly took a beaten down people and restored their pride in themselves, turned the economy around and quickly rebuilt the German military machine into the most powerful force in Europe. He began indoctrinating the German youth into The Hitler Youth cult and whipped the German people through awe inspiring speeches into a feeling that he was their savior from all their miseries, and that as he promised would restore them as “the master race,” The Third Reich which would last a thousand years(millennium). The reaction of the German people to this man for what he did was to idolize him as a savior or a god and with the encouragement of Hitler himself along with his henchmen, for Hitler would at times refer to himself as a type of god. To learn more about this Hitler-god worship cult, go to the site here and read about it at http://net-abbey.org/hitler-as-god.htmThe seal of this MAN-GOD WORSHIP was revealed in Hitler’s salute.
Heil Hitler: A Type Of The Mark Of The Beast?
All over Germany the sign of national unity and complete allegiance to “Mein Fuhrer(my leader)” was the Nazi salute to Hitler and to each other that many historians believed derived not from the Arian race but from Roman times. Everywhere Germans greeted each other it was mandated by the Nazi Party to be greeted with Heil(Hail) Hitler with a salute that entailed the full extent of the right arm AND THE RIGHT HAND to the eye level. This was the unrivaled sign of allegiance and obedience to there Fuhrer. What were these people actually doing when they performed this salute. First you have to believe in it, and belief as mentioned above resides in the mind WHICH IS BEHIND THE FOREHEAD, and that belief was carried out by a bodily action through the extension of the arm AND THE RIGHT HAND, and thus by performing this the Germans were demonstrating their complete loyalty to there supreme leader or god: the man Adolf Hitler. Also through the right arm and hand which in the Bible(Ex. 13:16) symbolizes work; their works followed that of their leader, that of ruthless mass murder and utter wickedness. Those who refused to perform the salute with the greeting were branded as traitors and enemies of Hitler and the state and were imprisoned, tortured and put to death. It is very interesting that of all the Christian religions under the reign of Hitler, he despised the Catholics the most, and had over a million put to death. So what does this Nazi salute to Hitler remind you of? I know what it reminds me of. Read Revelation chapter 13 and verse 16:
“He(false prophet) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, TO RECEIVE A MARK ON THEIR RIGHT HAND OR ON THEIR FOREHEADS,…"
The following of this man that they looked to as the savior of the German nation would soon backfire with their defeat, the extermination of over 6,000,000 Jews, and a total loss of life in Europe of about 52,000,000 people, a small forerunner of what is yet to come(as a witness).
Could this same scenario happen again in the near future? The answer is a resounding yes! For one thing, the Bible reveals that it will. Right now the U.S. national debt stands at a whopping 17 trillion dollars, and appears it is likely to be raised another 2 trillion to cover our massive spending to a mind-blowing 18.2 trillion dollars! Again, the only way we are able to get away with this madness of unrelenting printing is that we are the worlds reserve currency, whereas Europe, with its sovereign debt just cannot print more money when it needs to. This has led to the depressions in Greece and Spain where unemployment is above 25%. They can’t print more Euros out of thin air to pay their people money for their jobs, free insurance and free pensions(socialism), whereas all the U.S. has to do is crank up the printing presses to cover what we don’t bring in in tax revenue. But the medicine is soon going to become the poison, for as we keep printing more money the value of our dollar is going down. As a matter of fact the value of the dollar has gone down 50% over the past 10 years due to the excessive borrowing and quantitative easing measures. Now 5.5 trillion of our debt lies in the hands of foreign nations such as China and Japan in the form of bonds and securities. And they are losing money big time as our dollar sinks in value. The Chinese refuse to take on anymore of our debt and are finding ways to dump our dollar. The world does not want the U.S. dollar as the world reserve currency anymore due to its sinking value, but there is one thing that is holding them back. The U.S. is not only the worlds largest debtor nation, but is also the worlds largest consumer nation that drives the economies of many nations such as China and the nation of Germany which is the economic giant of Europe and the only nation in Europe that is basically debt free and practices austerity with its money. If the U.S. continues to accumulate debt, the sure outcome will be a monetary and economic collapse that will make the great depression look like boom times, and the world will follow in its path, including China and Germany. We will again have the same scenario of the late 1920’s and 30’s, only worse, and on top of this, natural disasters from the first four of the seven trumpets prophesied from the book of Revelation chapter 8 and verses 7-12 are to strike the earth making future world conditions unthinkable at this time. The 5th and 6th trumpets in Revelation chapter 8 and verse 13, and chapter 9 and verses 1 through 19 reveals that out of this economic collapse and natural disasters will arise a beast, a super economic and military giant led by a man who will be worshipped as a god, for Revelation says that all(post Christian world) will marvel and follow this man who heads up this kingdom(Rev. 13:3) just like the Germans did with Hitler in their time of deep economic despair, and that they will give themselves over to him to form a ten nation kingdom(Rev. 17:17) that I guess Daniel described best when he was shown a vision of the four great Gentile Empires that would be involved in the affairs of the nations of Israel up to the end of this present age in Daniel chapter 7 and verses 7 and 8. This is what he saw after the vision of the first 3 beasts:
“After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a forth beast(empire), dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns, I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before three of the of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.”
This end time anti-Christ leader of this Gentile kingdom will not be a Muslim, but he will be as God identifies as the Assyrian, a man from an ancient people who are now identified as the modern day German(warman) people who now reside in the center of Europe who God has used time and again in the Old Testament to punish the house of Israel when they disobeyed Him, culminating in their removal from northern Israel completely in 718 BC. In the twentieth century, the re-assembled house of Israel-mainly the U.S.(Ephraim) and the British Commonwealth(Manasseh) have butted heads twice with this stoic warlike people and prevailed, but not according to our own effort or any kind of military or economic superiority we had over the German people, but it was from the birthright blessings that God gave to Abraham down through the blessing of world dominance given to the two sons of Joseph-Ephraim and Manasseh to be realized in the latter days, and in Genesis chapter 49 and verses 22 through 24, and the first part of verse 25, that it would be God who would be the one who would give us our military might to defeat our enemies during this time of this unconditional blessing of greatness He bestowed upon these two great nations of Israel:
“Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a well; his branches run over the wall. The archers have bitterly grieved him, and hated him, shot at him and hated him. But his bow remained in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob(From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel), by the God of your father who will help you, and by the Almighty who will bless you…"
And now as the U.S. recedes from power as God continues laying the curses of Leviticus chapter 26 and Deuteronomy chapter 28 on this nation, it will be forced to withdrawal its great military presence from the world scene, it will have to greatly reduce its nuclear arsenal, and will be blamed by the world for a worldwide economic collapse as noted here in Deuteronomy chapter 28 and the last part of verse 25:
“… and you shall become troublesome to all the kingdoms of the earth.”
The final result of our rebellion and wickedness before God and His Son Jesus will be defeat and captivity as noted in Deuteronomy chapter 28 and verses 36, 37, and 49 through 52.
“The Lord will bring you and the king whom you set over you to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods-wood and stone. AND YOU SHALL BECOME AN ASTONISHMENT(U.S.A. DEFEATED), A PROVERB, AND A BYWORD AMONG ALL THE NATIONS WHERE THE LORD WILL DRIVE YOU… The Lord will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as an eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand, a nation of fierce continence which does not respect the elderly nor show favor to the young. And they shall eat the increase of your cattle or the offspring of your flocks, until they have destroyed you. They shall besiege at all your gates throughout all your land which the Lord your God has given you.”
Let me now ask you this. What will be Germany's reaction to us when our reckless spending policies wreck not only our economy but also wreck their thriving economy, driving it into the ground leaving them once again destitute as what happened after the stock market crashes of 1929 and 1932? Would it not be hatred and resentment? And will it allow once again, in a time of world peril for a man to arrive on the scene to once again bring that desperate nation out of economic ruins and once again return it to a high minded proud economic and military super giant greater than the one Hitler built in the 1930’s? Will it be the man-god leader of the prophesied eighth beast to arise out of the seventh(current EU) prophesied in Revelation chapter 17 and verse 11? There is a strong case put forth by the Bible that Germany will be that lead nation of the eighth beast consisting of 10 kingdoms which will induce the great tribulation, cause a third of mankind to be killed and will meet his end when they gather in the valley of Jehoshaphat to the south of Jerusalem to fight a war against Christ. Let’s read some scripture about this Assyrian and what he is prophesied to do to Israel(mainly Judah-Jews, the U.S. and Britain.). Let’s start in Isaiah chapter 10 and verse 5:
“Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger and the staff in whose hand is My indignation.”
Notice here God calls this nation the rod of his anger and the staff of his indignation, a nation he uses to punish with. And who up until the tenth chapter of Isaiah has God said He has been angry with? He has been angry over the rebellion and wickedness of the house of Judah(Jews) and the house of Israel(10 northern nations of Israel). Let’s read on in verse 6 what God is going to let this people do to Israel for its wickedness in the latter days:
“I will send him against an ungodly nation, and against the people of my wrath I will give him charge, to seize the spoil, to take the prey, and to tread them down in the mire of the streets(utter destruction)."
There is an invasion down the road coming to the U.S., and it will be spearheaded by the nation of Germany. With our military and economic power gone in the future we will be reduced to a crust of bread to be eaten up by our enemies. The end of this battle will be quite different than the first 2 world wars were. Now notice the genetic make up of this nation described by God himself in verses 7:
“Yet he does not mean so, nor does his heart think so: but it is in his heart(warlike genes) to destroy, and cut off not a few nations.”
And what will be the result of this third war between these powers. The answer is found in Hosea chapter 11 and verses 3 through 6:
“I taught Ephraim(U.S.A.) to walk, taking them(house of Israel) by the arms; but they did not know that I healed them. I drew them with gentle cords, with bands of love, and I was to them as those who take who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them. He shall not return to Egypt; BUT THE ASSYRIAN SHALL BE HIS KING, BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO REPENT. And the sword shall slash in his cities, devour his districts, and consume them, because of their own counsels."
God plainly says here that this Assyrian nation just plainly has it in his blood to have a warlike disposition to want to take down many nations(not a few). This was never so evident than the desire and conquest of the German people in WWII when they wanted to conquer all of Europe, and also take possession of the Soviet Union with the ultimate destiny of world conquest! And do they feel superior to other nations? Let God answer this question in Isaiah chapter 10 and verse 8:
“For he(Assyrian) says’ Are not my princes altogether kings?"
Notice the high minded attitude of this nation that thinks that his people are so great that he thinks his soldiers are like that of princes and his princes are like that of kings, the attitude of a superior or master race is clearly evident in the above scripture. But in the end God will bring the Assyrian down after he has performed His will against His physical people as noted in Isaiah chapter 10 and verses 12:
“Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Lord has performed all His work on Mt. Zion and on Jerusalem, that He will say, I WILL PUNISH THE FRUIT OF THE ARROGANT HEART OF THE KING OF ASSYRIA, AND THE GLORY OF HIS HAUGHTY LOOKS.”
Notice the above description of this nations disposition-that of an arrogant and haughty people. All you have to do is look back at the old film clips of The Nazi German army with Hitler leading them in their staged military parades and you can see the look of arrogance and pride of the supposed “master race.” The German people at this time are still feeling the humiliation and shame of what their nation did during WWII, but there is coming a time in the future when they will revert back to their warlike instincts and rise to lead the most powerful gentile kingdom the world has ever known at the end of the age. You can read about the identity of the German people here at http://www.keithhunt.com/Gerhis.html
Satan Worshipped Through A Possessed Man
In reality, who will these members of this synagogue of Satan really be worshipping? Read Revelation chapter 13 and verse 4:
“SO THEY WORSHIPPED THE DRAGON WHO GAVE AUTHORITY TO THE BEAST; AND THEY WORSPIPPED THE BEAST, SAYING, “WHO IS LIKE THE BEAST? WHO IS ABLE TO MAKE WAR WITH HIM?”
A man being worshipped as a god possessed by Satan at the end of this present evil age will take away the daily sacrifice, the Old Covenant shadow of the New Testament age abiding sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and declare anyone who names the name of Christ as enemies(dividers) of the state, and will turn his followers loose against the saints of God who profess Jesus’ name(Rev. 3: 13:7, 3:18-21, 5:9-11, 13:7, and 20:4), and on those who are left of the Catholic church and the denominations who have sprung out of her(Rev. 17:1-19), and against the Muslim nations who will form the king of the South in Isaiah chapter 19, and verses 1 through 18, chapter 20, and verses 1 through 6, and again as above mentioned, in the book of Ezekiel, and chapter 30 through 32, Jeremiah chapter 46, and Daniel chapter 11, and verses 40 through 43. Please do not get caught up in the latest traditional Christian craze that the anti-Christ will be a Muslim. You will be sorely disappointed when it does not come to pass. AND IT WILL NOT!
Update: February 6, 2113: An Arab summit is now taking place in Egypt and the leader of Egypt is taking the lead role in this summit of 57 nations. The article in the following link stresses that it is Egypt that is stepping forward to be the leader in of the Musim world fulfilling Bible prophecy that it will ultimately be the leader of a United States of Islam(King of the South) in the last days that God will bring down at the hands of the King of the North: the beast of Daniel and Revelation. You can read the article here at http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/06/us-syria-crisis-islamic-idUSBRE9150VN20130206